In Part 6 of a series of interviews with the cast of Once on This Island, meet Jade Jones.
Please introduce yourself and tell our readers where they may have seen you perform before on our local stages. Where did you get your training?
Jade: Hello, my name is Jade Jones! You may have seen me in the Helen Hayes nominated production of HAIR at The Keegan Theatre last year, or at the Capital Fringe Festival passed out in the corner of the gypsy tent bar. I also won the title of Signature Idol at Signature’s 25th anniversary open house.
Why did you want to be part of this production?
I was really, really excited about the potential of getting to work with Matt Conner again. I first met him during the Signature Idol competition; he was the host, and I was immediately intrigued by him. I got my first opportunity to work with him during Elmer Gantry at Signature. I saw Stephen and Matt’s production of The Turn of the Screw at Creative Cauldron and I fell in love with the intimacy of the space. It’s the perfect place to tell the story of Once On This Island.
Have you ever appeared in a production of Once on This Island before and who did you play? What makes this production so special?
One of the reasons why this production is so special to me is because it is the first production of Once on this Island that I’ve worked on. The cast is also very special to me. I really didn’t know anyone in the cast with the exception of Ian Coleman, and now we’ve morphed into a small family.
Unique, and very witty. The Caribbean influence is especially pleasing. You can’t help but smile when you hear this music.
Have you appeared in any other musical written by Stephen and Lynn? If yes, which musical and who did you play?
I played Mayzie LaBird in Suessical in college. Another example of a unique and witty score!
Who do you play in Once on This Island and how do you relate to your character? Do you share any similar traits? Which character is so much like you and why and how?
I’m portraying the role of Mama Euralie in this production. I relate to her very much because of my maternal instinct. I’ve been told several times that I have an “old soul,” and I definitely have a bond with the two girls who play Little TiMoune. Mama Euralie is also a chronic worrier, so there’s that as well.
Tell me about your big number solo and what do we learn about your character as you are singing the song?
Mama Euralie’s big number is “TiMoune.” During the song I am expressing my fears and worries of what may happen to TiMoune if she goes on her journey to find Daniel. I think Mama is also projecting fears onto TiMoune that she may have had to confront when she was her age. She’s reflecting on her past and blinded by the image of Little TiMoune, making it extremely difficult for her to see her daughter as a young woman.
What are some of the themes of the show that today’s audiences can relate to?
There are some very relevant themes and in this show. There’s an interesting dynamic happening between the peasants and the wealthy citizens of the island. Family, innocence, and of course, love, are some of the other prominent themes in this story.
Why should families bring their kids and grand kids to see Once on This Island?
Diversity in the theatre. It’s not every day you see an all African-American cast, and you learn a lot about culture in this piece.
What do you want audiences to take with them after seeing Once on This Island at Creative Cauldron?
Life. I want to give them life.
Once on This Island plays through May 31, 2015 at Creative Cauldron –410 South Maple Ave, Falls Church, VA in the Pearson Building Square Building at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Lee Highway (Washington Boulevard). Performances are Friday & Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM & 7 PM. For tickets, purchase them online.
Caroline Simpson’s review of Once on This Island on DCMetroTheaterArts.
Meet the Cast of ‘Once on This Island’ at Creative Cauldron: Part 1: Malcolm Lee.
Meet the Cast of ‘Once on This Island’ at Creative Cauldron: Part 2: Ian Anthony Coleman.
Meet the Cast of ‘Once on This Island’ at Creative Cauldron: Part 3: Carl Williams.
Meet the Cast of ‘Once on This Island’ at Creative Cauldron: Part 4: Tiara N. Whaley.
Meet the Cast of ‘One on This Island’ at Creative Cauldron: Part 5: Avia Fields.