Once on This Island - Live Animals

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Once on This Island - Live Animals#1
Posted: 11/25/17 at 8:40am

I saw Once on this Island last night. I loved the show but was really disappointed to see live animals used in the production.

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Once on This Island - Live Animals#2
Posted: 11/25/17 at 9:03am

I agree. I don’t think it is necessary. The poor goat seemed scared. Hopefully they’ll stop soon. 

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Posted: 11/25/17 at 9:51am
I agree. They were completely unnecessary.
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Posted: 11/25/17 at 1:23pm
They already fired the mosquitos who bit the audience during Mama Will Provide. That part was scary.
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Posted: 11/25/17 at 2:43pm
How are they used?
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Posted: 11/25/17 at 3:03pm

That goat spent 3 years at Juilliard and 5 years working regional theater and finally got his equity card. This is his big break. Leave him alone.

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Once on This Island - Live Animals#7
Posted: 11/25/17 at 3:49pm
Well, if they weren't in this show, they'd probably be on a plate. I'd rather see that goat onstage.
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Once on This Island - Live Animals#8
Posted: 11/25/17 at 5:33pm
Cleaning up after the show must be a fun job.
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Posted: 11/25/17 at 5:44pm

Are the animals mistreated somehow?

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Once on This Island - Live Animals#10
Posted: 11/25/17 at 5:48pm

blaxx said: "They already fired the mosquitos who bit the audience during Mama Will Provide. That part was scary. "

Wait what? Is this real?

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Posted: 11/25/17 at 5:54pm

Call_me_jorge said: "blaxx said: "They already fired the mosquitos who bit the audience during Mama Will Provide. That part was scary. "

Wait what? Is this real?
"

 

No

 

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Posted: 11/25/17 at 6:16pm

No, they aren't poorly treated.  People are worried about their quality of life.   (That being said, I can't see how it's necessary, either.)

 

Yes, the trained mosquitoes is a thing.   (Oy.)

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Posted: 11/25/17 at 6:36pm

dramamama611 said: "No, they are poorly treated."

How so?

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Posted: 11/25/17 at 6:45pm

trpguyy said: "dramamama611 said: "No, they are poorly treated."

How so?
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You really have to ask? Their names are not even credited in the program, how would YOU feel?

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Posted: 11/25/17 at 6:53pm
This thread for the win.
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Posted: 11/25/17 at 7:07pm

blaxx said: "trpguyy said: "dramamama611 said: "No, they are poorly treated."

How so?
"

You really have to ask? Their names are not even credited in the program, how would YOU feel?
"

I'd feel pretty baaaaaaaaad.

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Once on This Island - Live Animals#17
Posted: 11/25/17 at 7:14pm

Sorry, trpguyy, I bad typo -- a meant they're NOT poorly treated.  (fixed above.)

If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
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Once on This Island - Live Animals#18
Posted: 11/25/17 at 7:48pm
I can assure you, if any of the animals on stage seem unhappy or scared, it's an acting choice they've discussed with the director.
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Once on This Island - Live Animals#19
Posted: 11/25/17 at 7:57pm
They should get Arthur Laurents’ lamb puppet back out of storage. Or LuPone’s closet. Where is that poor lamb puppet now?
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Once on This Island - Live Animals#20
Posted: 11/25/17 at 7:57pm

UncleCharlie said: "I can assure you, if any of the animals on stage seem unhappy or scared, it's an acting choice they've discussed with the director."

I sure hope you're right. I'm reading the memoir 'My Life with Annie Bites' by Sandy and it is not pretty.

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Once on This Island - Live Animals#21
Posted: 11/25/17 at 8:06pm
They should have cast Laura Benanti in her Caroline the cow costume from Gypsy.

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Once on This Island - Live Animals#22
Posted: 11/25/17 at 8:08pm

blaxx said: "I sure hope you're right. I'm reading the memoir 'My Life with Annie Bites' by Sandy and it is not pretty."

Totally sour grapes over losing a long running pension dispute. For the definitive and unbiased story, read "Sandy: Biting The Hand That Fed Her, The Truth Behind the Scenes" by Grace Farrell.

Updated On: 11/25/17 at 08:08 PM
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Once on This Island - Live Animals#23
Posted: 11/25/17 at 8:45pm
I saw the show yesterday and had the same thought. I thought it was mandatory that they include something in the playbill about the animals. It definitely made the show feel more immersive, and it was surprising to see live animals, but for such a small part in the show idk how worth it it is. I’m curious does the goat and chickens stay in the theater?
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Once on This Island - Live Animals#24
Posted: 11/25/17 at 8:58pm

Notreallysilent 2 said: "I saw the show yesterday and had the same thought. I thought it was mandatory that they include something in the playbill about the animals. It definitely made the show feel more immersive, and it was surprising to see live animals, but for such a small part in the show idk how worth it it is. I’m curious does the goat and chickens stay in the theater?"

I heard the goat is staying at the Marriott Marquis but the chickens prefer Hyatts so they're staying at the Grand Hyatt next to Grand Central.

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Once on This Island - Live Animals#25
Posted: 11/25/17 at 9:24pm