Once Upon the First

musicals and operas · starfactory acting and music academy · Ages 7+ · United States of America

family friendly world premiere

The storyline explores the topics of self-acceptance and love by guiding the audience through the journeys of a girl who is half Chinese and half Caucasian and a boy who pursues his artistic dream of performing Chinese Opera as the beautiful Empress from an ancient Chinese dynasty. An American-born child whose parents are different ethnicities struggles with her own identity of who she really is because of the Asian way she was raised within the melting pot culture of the U.S. While she struggles for the first time with finding out who she really is, she meets a boy who also struggles with pleasing his parents without losing his artistic identity and passion for acting as the famous concubine in Beijing Opera. The new friendship helps both of them to realize that they are both special individuals and they are not defined by the color or their skins or whichever artistic passion they pursue. The bully, the main antagonist, serves as a main cause of all the turmoil theses two protagonists go through in the musical, but the bully ends up going through a change of heart.

Production Team

* Fringe Veteran