SEACT kicks off new season with youth musical

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Southeast Alabama Community Theatre, or SEACT, kicked off its new season to a packed house of students from across the tri-states.

And the cast features a host of talented young people.

Whether it's the music, the costumes, the dancing or the acting, SEACT’s rendition of "Once on This Island, Jr.", has something everyone can enjoy.

"This is a story about the power of love over things like death, and prejudice, and hate,” said Co-Director, Annamarie Arens.

“And it's a story about two young people from very different worlds," Arens said.

Arens is one of two directors who hand-selected each cast member, whittling the pool of nearly 70 talented youths, to just 41.

"That was a difficult task,” said Arens.

“And we were really hoping that the right people would turn out at auditions…and they did!" Arens said.

"We practice four days a week,” said Lillian Murphree, who plays the role of “Asaka.”

“Usually rehearsals are two-and-a-half hours, sometimes longer depending on what we're doing. It's a lot of work, but it's so much fun and so rewarding," Murphree said.

About 250 students from Alabama, Florida, and Georgia got a chance to take in SEACT's first performance of the season, which is always a youth musical.

So let's hear a little more about the plot. --

"So, Papa Ge and I have kind of made a bet to see if love would conquer death, or death would conquer love,” said Madeleine Burnett, who plays the role of “Erzulie.”

“So, the storyline is if she would choose love over dying, or choose the one she loves over dying," Burnett said.

But if you ask the castmates if love really does conquers all, they say – "We have been arguing about this the entire show!"

Another question for the ages.

"Once on This Island, Jr." opens to the public starting Friday, September 13th at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center in Dothan.

For ticket prices and a list of showtimes visit the SEACT website at

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