The Best Audition Songs for Once on This Island – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Once on This Island? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for Once on This Island, broken down by character.

Since Once on This Island is a musical from the 1990s, the songs below are from 1980-2010. In addition, there are lots of tropical, classic, and spiritual vibes in the following list in order to match the style of the show.


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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Once on This Island Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Step 2: Get to know the show

In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to listen to the Once on This Island cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Agwe

Live With Somebody You Love” – Martin Guerre

Make Them Hear You” – Ragtime

They Live in You” – The Lion King

Wheels of a Dream” – Ragtime


Andrea Deveraux

China Doll” – Marguerite

The Finer Things” – Jane Eyre

What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin

Will You?” – Grey Gardens


Asaka

Circle of Life” – The Lion King

Hell No!” – The Color Purple

Raise Your Voice” – Sister Act

You Can’t Get to Heaven” – The Life


Daniel Beauxhomme

I Am My Own Invention” – Wonderland

One Step Closer” – The Little Mermaid

Proud of Your Boy” – Aladdin

Take a Chance on Me” – Little Women


Erzulie

Christmas Lullaby” – Songs for a New World

Finding Wonderland” – Wonderland

He Lives in You (Reprise)” – The Lion King

The Gods Love Nubia” – Aida


Papa Ge

Easy as Life” – Aida

Sweet Child” – The Little Mermaid

The Court of Miracles” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Man I Used to Be” – The Count of Monte Cristo


Ti Moune

Almost There” – The Princess and the Frog  [film/non-musical theatre]

Beyond My Wildest Dreams” – The Little Mermaid

Something of My Own” – Dessa Rose

That’s How You Know” – Enchanted  [film/non-musical theatre]


Tonton Julian

I Was Here” – The Glorious Ones

In Every Age” – Titanic

Love Who You Love” – A Man of No Importance

To Be a Captain” – Titanic


Ensemble (Altos)

Someday” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Past Is Another Land” – Aida

White Milk & Red Blood” – Dessa Rose


Ensemble (Baritones)

Heaven’s Light” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Ink” – Dessa Rose

Ziggy” – Dear Edwina


Ensemble (Basses)

As Good As You” – Jane Eyre

If I Can’t Love Her” – Beauty and the Beast

Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance


Ensemble (Contras)

A Change in Me” – Beauty and the Beast

God Help The Outcasts” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Shadowland” – The Lion King


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Ensemble (Mezzos)

Everything I Know” – In the Heights

Push Da Button” – The Color Purple

Twelve Children” – Dessa Rose


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Around the World” – Grey Gardens

Princess” – A Man of No Importance

The Sea of Life” – The Pirate Queen


Ensemble (Tenors)

Another Pyramid” – Aida

Endless Night” – The Lion King

Made of Stone” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Once on This Island:

• “I Intend to Be a Queen➝” from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown  (Lucy)

• “Moon Man Walk” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Mother Moon➝” from Fading Joy➝  (Joy)

• “Rooms” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “That’s All I Got➝” from Other Desert Cities  (Trip)


Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!


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Once on This Island Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Once on This Island, along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.

* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.


“We Dance” – Ensemble

“One Small Girl” – Agwe, Asaka, Erzulie, Papa Ge, Tonton, Mama Euralie, Little Girl, Ensemble

Waiting for Life” – Ti Moune, Ensemble

“And the Gods Heard Her Prayer / Rain” – Asaka, Agwe, Erzulie, Papa Ge, Ensemble

“Discovering Daniel / Pray” – Ti Moune, Mama, Tonton, Ensemble

Forever Yours” – Ti Moune, Daniel, Papa Ge

“The Sad Tale of the Beauxhommes” – Armond, Ensemble

“Ti Moune”- Ti Moune, Mama, Tonton

“Mama Will Provide” – Asaka, Ensemble

“Some Say” – Ensemble

The Human Heart” – Erzulie, Ensemble

“Gossip” – Daniel, Ti Moune, Armand, Ensemble

Some Girls” – Daniel

“The Ball” – Andrea, Daniel, Ti Moune, Ensemble

“Ti Moune’s Dance” – Erzulie, Asaka, Agwe, Papa Ge, Ensemble

“When We Are Wed” – Andrea, Daniel, Ti Moune

“Forever Yours (Reprise)” – Papa Ge, Ti Moune, Erzulie, Ensemble

“A Part of Us” – Mama, Little Ti Moune, Erzulie, Asaka, Agwe, Tonton, Ensemble

“Why We Tell the Story” – Ensemble


Which of these audition songs for Once on This Island did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for Once on This Island.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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