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The cast of "Once on the Island Jr." rehearses for this weekend's opening. - photo by FRANKIE TOVAR / The Journal

Turlock Youth Performing Arts' newest show, "Once on the Island Jr.," will transport audience members to a tropical paradise through colorful costumes and songs. An adaptation of the popular fairy tale "The Little Mermaid," "Once on the Island Jr." tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.

Performances are set for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Dr. Tickets available at the door one hour before show time for $10 each.