Wednesday, 4 September 2013

ARTS BEAT: A new biography pays tribute to Father Richard HoLung + JJT's Aladdin auditions set for this weekend

FROLIC AND FANTASY: The Jamaica Junior Theatre has become synonymous with whimsical and delightfully entertaining productions (Alice, Hercules, Cats) that have a way of charming the socks off its audiences inside Mona's Philip Sherlock Centre. Up next is an adaptation of the romantic children's classic Aladdin, set to debut in January. To bring the show to life, producers are seeking the right mix of dancers, singers, musicians and actors, aged 9 to 21. Auditions will take place at the St. Andrew High School for Girls this Saturday, Sep. 7. For more info, visit 

The life and legacy of iconic Jamaican humanitarian Father Richard HoLung are exhaustively chronicled in Candles in the Dark, a new biography by scholar and renowned Catholic biographer Joseph Pearce that charts HoLung's trajectory from precocious childhood with immigrant parents to his musical exploits as a songwriter and playwright extraordinaire to, perhaps most importantly, his life-changing work with Missionaries of the Poor in some of the most dangerous and hardscrabble communities in Jamaica and elsewhere. (259 pages. St. Benedict Press.)

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