“Once On This Island” Sept. 14 – Oct. 1 Georgia Ensemble Theatre Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, GA 30075 www.get.org 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)