Once on This Island

CMT Rising Stars

Show Dates: May 4 – 7, 2017

Audition registration opens February 28

CMT Rising Stars celebrates storytelling with the enchanting Once on This Island. Poor peasant girl Ti Moune rescues rich city boy Daniel from a terrible car accident, and falls in love with him as she nurses him back to health. The pompous gods decide to put her to the test, to prove that love is stronger than death – and Ti Moune’s very soul hangs in the balance. Let the Caribbean-flavored score and colorful choreography draw you in, and immerse you in this island world!


Tickets On-Sale: March 24

Artistic Staff

Ian LeonardIan Leonard, Director

When he auditioned for Damn Yankees in the summer of CMT’s 28th season, Ian had no idea that he would still be present for its 48th season, nor was he able to envision that this organization would be that place that he would call, most proudly, “Home.” However, now 20 years later, Ian’s connection with Children’s Musical Theater San Jose marks one of the most treasured relationships of his life. He has directed several productions here at CMT, including The Sound of Music, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Evita, Bye Bye Birdie, and Starmites. He’s had the pleasure of collaborating with longtime mentor and CMT Artistic Director, Kevin Hauge, on shows like American Idiot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Jekyll & Hyde. As an actor, Ian appeared in the world premiere of Fly by Night (Harold McClam) at TheatreWorks, where he’s also played roles in [title of show], A Christmas Memory, Dessa Rose, and more. He recently played Rev. John Witherspoon in 1776 at American Conservatory Theatre, staged by Tony Award-winning director Frank Galati. In Legally Blonde (Diablo Theatre Company), he played Emmett opposite Broadway’s Bailey Hanks, winner of MTV’s Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods. Ian also co-founded, and appears regularly in, one of the Bay Area’s busiest (and most polite) cover bands, The Peelers. www.thepeelersband.com

Claire AlexanderClaire Alexander, Choreographer

Claire Alexander grew up dancing at her mother’s studio in southern California. After moving north to attend SJSU and receiving her BA in modern dance, she began teaching and choreographing for many Bay Area studios and schools. Claire fell in love with musical theater shortly after college when she had the opportunity to perform in Hairspray with CMT Marquee Productions; she’s directed, choreographed and performed in many CMT shows since. It’s here that Claire has met some of her dearest friends and collaborators. She loves that CMT feels like a second home, and enjoys working and making connections with all of the families involved. She recently had the privilege to attend the National Dance Institute’s teacher training program, and continues to find opportunities to further her education and training in dance and theater. When she’s not choreographing, Claire is a full-time real estate agent with Keller Williams and loves to help people achieve their home buying and selling goals. She’s an active leader in the San Jose arts community, and is a graduate of the San Jose Leadership Council's Community Leadership Program.


Claire AlexanderCatherine Brady, Vocal Director

Spring is a very exciting time at the children’s theater, and Catherine is delighted to be a part of it! Once on This Island marks her fifth time working as vocal director with the always energetic and creative Rising Stars. Her previous vocal directing credits are Throughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma!, The Music Man, and Crazy for You. She has worked as a music educator at CMTSJ, South Valley Civic Theater, and Most Holy Trinity School. Catherine performs around the bay area, having last been seen as Ellen in Miss Saigon (Broadway by the Bay), Diana in Next to Normal (South Valley Civic Theater), and Mother in Ragtime (CMT Marquee). She received her classical voice training at Chapman University and runs her own private voice studio. Here’s to a great spring of bringing creativity to life!.



Lane SandersLane Sanders, Musical Director

Lane Sanders has been immensely involved with CMT over the past ten years as a drummer/percussionist, and more recently as a musical director. Some of his highlights have been The Who’s Tommy, Miss Saigon, Xanadu, and In the Heights, and he was thrilled to be percussionist and subconductor for the Marquee production of Les Misérables. Outside of CMT, Lane is a prominent percussionist in the South Bay. He’s performed with Symphony Silicon Valley, Monterey Bay Symphony, the Air Force Band of the Golden West, Broadway by the Bay, and many other musical theater groups in the area. As an educator, he’s taught percussion both privately and for many high school and university ensembles. Lane is very excited to be continuing his conducting experiences this season at CMT.

Show Schedule

Thursday, May 4: 7 p.m. (A)
Friday, May 5: 7 p.m. (H)
Saturday, May 6: 12 p.m. (H), 4 p.m. (H), 8 p.m. (A)
Sunday, May 7: 1 p.m. (A), 5 p.m. (H)

(H) Haiti Cast, (A) Antilles Cast

School Shows

(for field trips and school groups)
Thursday, May 4 • 10 a.m.
Friday, May 5 • 10 a.m.

Auditions: March 7 & 8  • 4 p.m. • CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION INFO
Callbacks: March 9 & 10
Super Callbacks: March 11
Cast List Posted: March 13
Family Meeting: March 14
Age of Cast: 8 - 14

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