“I do know there are people interested in taking on the franchise, but whoever takes it on will have to be determined to overcome the challenge of acquiring adequate sponsorship for the pageant.” So says former Miss Jamaica World pageant director Regina Beavers speaking recently on the future of the beauty pageant following Spartan’s exit last month as the local franchise-holders. “I do think [Miss Jamaica World] needs to get the recognition it deserves from both the government and corporate Jamaica,” notes Beavers, who is also gearing up for next week’s launch of the much-anticipated Live & Revive live-music series. “It’s really important that they show the support because the pageant is truly about grooming the next generation of women. But at the same time you want to make it marketable and profitable.”
Marley magic on stage
Based on the book by Cedella Marley, with music and lyrics by her legendary dad Bob Marley, Three Little Birds: The Musical will have its world premiere as the fourth production in the 61st season of the Adventure Theatre Musical Theatre Company (ATMTC). Set to run from March 15 to April 14, the children’s show (directed by Nick Olcott) features three little birds singing their sweet songs to Ziggy, a very shy child who is happy to see the world from the TV in his room. All performances will take place at Adventure Theatre MTC, in the historic Glen Echo Park. “Jamaica may be a small island nation, but its presence has been felt globally, especially in America,” says ATMTC’s producing artistic director, Michael J. Bobbitt. “We have been so blessed to have support from Cedella Marley, who was amazing to work with on this project and allowed us to introduce her words and her father’s music to a new generation.” Visit www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org to learn more.