After the Storm -- a non-profit film and theatre project that uses the power of art to raise and distribute money, increase awareness and revitalize the lives of children in the New Orleans community -- presents two performances of a very special production of the award-winning musical Once On This Island. Starring students and young artists from the New Orleans area, Once On This Island is a highly acclaimed Broadway adaptation of the popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid. With a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, the show weaves the story of a black peasant girl on a mythical Caribbean island who survives a hurricane and then must discover her purpose in life. The unpredictable "gods" who rule the island decide to guide the girl on a quest, and to test the strength of her love against the pwoerful forces of prejudice, nature, hatred and finally, death. It is a perfect parallel with the story of New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina. After the Storm's production of Once On This Island is directed and choreographed by Gerry McIntyre (one of the original Broadway cast members) with musical direction by Randy Redd and production design by Amanda Rehbein. Tickets for the 8:00 show include a special post-show reception with Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, the cast and producing team.