Cast and characters
Drew Simone Betts-Voss, 8, of Shorewood, will make her Small Town Theatrics debut as
Little TiMoune, and her cousin, Shebi Voss will portray a grown-up Ti Moune.
The elder Voss, also of Shorewood, first performed with the theatre company in its 2018 production of "Newsies."
In the roles of Ti Moune's adoptive parents, Mama Euralie and Tonton Julian are Small Town alumni Danielle Porterfield and Wyatt Onsen, both of Coal City.
The 20-member cast is full of talent with individuals who have performed in numerous school, community and regional productions, as well as theatre directors and vocal and instrumental musicians.
Combining their voices, the cast tells the story of Ti Moune's prayers to the gods as she searches for her purpose and the legacy she leaves for generations that follow.
From the opening number, "We Dance," to the closing song, "Why We Tell the Story," audience members will be taken in by the lyrics and the voices delivering them.
The production is directed by Jack Micetich with vocal direction by Shanan D'Agostino.
Appearing as gods are Caleb Swick, of Wilmington, in the role of Papa Ge the demon of death; James Reinbacher, of Braidwood, as Agwe the god of water; Rebecca Rouston, of Kankakee, as Asaka mother of the earth and Dana Eisnach, of Braceville, in the role of Erzulie the goddess of love.
Preston Johnson, of Coal City, will take the stage as Ti Moune's love interest Daniel Beauxhomme; Hannah Babyak, of Shorewood, assumes the role of Andrea, Daniel's promised wife and Kyle Cassady, of Bourbonnais, appears as Armand.
Bringing the story together are the storytellers played by Paula Peacock, Riley Nevin, Josh Lacy, Brittany Freelon, DeKotah Reuger, Gabe Ludes, Jimmy Soto, Hailey Kasky and Deena Cassady.