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“Once On This Is­land” Sept. 14 – Oct. 1 Ge­or­gia En­sem­ble The­atre Roswell Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter 950 For­rest Street, Roswell, GA 30075 but a high­light was 2016’s “In the Heights” at Au­rora The­atre, which won him a lo­cal Suzi Award for his chore­og­ra­phy.

For this pro­duc­tion, he is both di­rect­ing and chore­ograph­ing, which has been a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion.

“The di­rec­tors that you know on the Broad­way scene that are di­rect­ing mu­si­cals started off as chore­og­ra­phers,” he said. “We have to be able to make sure we story-tell through move­ment.”

As of press time, he’s only been in re­hearsals for two days and he lauds his per­form­ers as be­ing very in touch with the ma­te­rial.

“They are such true artists; the way that they can tell a story through the mu­sic is un­be­liev­able,” Aponte said.

Aponte feels LGBT au­di­ences can es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ate the mes­sages of “Once On This Is­land.”

“In this po­lit­i­cal cli­mate, we are try­ing to find peo­ple who are like-minded,” he said. “But I think this show in­vites you to reach your hand out to an­other group and see where they are com­ing from.”

Di­rec­tor-chore­og­ra­pher Ri­cardo Aponte of ‘Once On This Is­land.’ (Cour­tesy photo)

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