Monday, 5 March 2012
ONE AND ONLY: Theatre community celebrates the life and times of Christine Bell
It’s what she would have wanted: a spirited send-off enriched with song and drama and movement.
The life of veteran actress and PR guru Christine Ann Bell was celebrated on Saturday with a series of moving and dramatic performances at the Hope Fellowship Church in Kingston. In addition to L’Acadco, Nexus, and the Company Dance Theatre, glowing tributes came from Leonie Forbes, Ian Andrews, Claudette Pious-Richardson, Jenni Campbell (Press Association of Jamaica) and Scarlett Beharie, President of the Jamaica Association of Dramatic Artists, among several others.
“Christine was many things to many people. In the theatre community, we knew how lucky we were to have someone who was so good at everything,” noted Beharie. “Her mere presence in an audience would make a cast sit up and take notes. Experienced actors wanted to share the stage with her; younger actors wanted to learn from her, and the audience wanted to enjoy her talent.”
Bell, 59, passed away on Feb. 24 at the Andrews Memorial Hospital after a bout with cancer. She died leaving sons David-Anthony Smellie and Iyun Harrison.
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