Raevyn Thigpen has a big voice — and a big role to fill.
In Woodlands High School’s production of “Once on This Island” this week, the 17-year-old junior plays Erzulie, the Goddess of Love, a constant presence in the life of the central character, TiMoune.
“At the beginning, I show love to the younger TiMoune, so she feels it throughout the whole show,” Thigpen says. “As she transforms into the older girl, she still feels the love I’m giving her.”
As in Greek and Roman mythology, these gods — Asaka, Mother of the Earth; Agwe, God of Water; Papa Ge, Demon of Death; and Erzulie — have all the power.
“They can get mad quickly,” Thigpen says with a soft laugh.
“Once on This Island” is an ensemble piece, where actors help to move the story along, setting the scene, watching the action. Gods in one scene are peasants in the next, Thigpen says, in a story that draws on “The Little Mermaid” plotline, set to islands-themed music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics and book by Lynn Ahrens.
“Nobody gets left, out,” Thigpen says. “We all have a part in the play.”
“Once on This Island,” Woodlands High School, 7:30 p.m., March 29, 30, 31. $10, $5 students. 914-761-6052.
Photo by Peter D. Kramer: Raevyn Thigpen on the set of “Once on This Island” at Woodlands High School.