How to feel like part of the show with seats on stage during ‘Once on This Island’

There’s going to the show and there’s being immersed in the show.

“Once on This Island,” the one-act Caribbean tale that earned the 2018 Tony award for “Best Revival of a Musical,”  is headed to Dayton for shows Oct. 22-27 at the Schuster Center.

The performance is 90 minutes with no intermission.

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One thing that makes this production different from the rest is the fact that audiences can be a part of the action with special seating on stage.

On Broadway, the musical was staged in the round at Circle in the Square. While that’s not the setting here, director Michael Arden and set designer Dane Laffrey have found new ways to present a more immersive show within a traditional theater setting.

Each production will offer a limited number of $25 on-stage bleacher seats.

Feel the sand on your toes and the tropical breeze and feel like part of the production.


• Onstage seats are $25 each.

• The seating is on stage just a few feet away from the cast.

• It is backless bleacher-style seating, padded.

• There are a limited number of seats available per performance.

• Must be at least 10 years old.

• Stage seats can include ADA accessible seats/wheelchairs – two maximum per performance.

• The seating offers side or rear view of some of the performance.

• Some aspects of the action may be obstructed.


Complete the online form on the Victoria Theatre Association's website and a staff member will contact you. If you have any questions, please contact Betty Gould at 937-461-8295.


What: "Once On This Island," the Broadway musical on tour

When: Oct. 22-Oct. 27. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton

Tickets: $26 to $99 plus service fees. Student rush tickets and military discounts are available. Get standard tickets online at, at the Box Office, or by phone at ( 937) 228-3630 or (888) 228-3630.

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