Roger Ludlowe Middle School students this month will present the musical "Once On This Island Jr.," a fairy tale about powerful island gods, forbidden romance and the fate of a young woman who must choose between life and death to save the man she loves.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," the stage play is set on a Caribbean island whose villagers sing to calm a frightened little girl in the midst of a terrible storm. A tale unfolds about the competing Gods of Love, Death, Earth and Water and the role they play in the star-crossed relationship between a poor peasant girl and a rich island boy.

The cast includes sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Performances are scheduled Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium, 689 Unquowa Road.

A chorus of village storytellers weave a tale of the peasant girl and the musical mayhem that ensues as the gods and goddesses decide her fate. The finale brings the villagers and gods together in a production number that has love conquering all.

"We are thrilled to bring such a lively performance to the Roger Ludlowe Middle School stage," says Greg Superty, the school's drama director.

Tickets are $10 and go on sale March 19. They may be reserved by sending an e-mail to The e-mail should include name, telephone number and the number of tickets to be reserved. An e-mail response will confirm the tickets may be picked up the day of the show. Tickets also will be available at the door.