SHOW STOPPERS: The prize-winning Jamaicans in performance in Barbados recently.
Proving yet again that they're truly in a league of their own, the consistently outstanding Jamaica Youth Theatre ensemble, a talent-heavy delegation comprising some eleven high-school standouts from across the island, utterly dominated last week's Caribbean Schools' Drama Festival in Barbados, bagging more than ten trophies, including the highly coveted award for Best Overall Performance, for their rollicking song-and-dance entry "We Love Wi Self."
Completing their haul were wins in such categories as Best Acting Ensemble, Most Creative Presentation, Best Set Design, Outstanding Director (Akeem Mignott) and, perhaps most delightfully of all, Best Actress honours for young Mandie Salmon.
The Jamaican student-actors, sponsored by the CHASE Fund, hail from such institutions as Waterford High, Munro College, Black River High, Mona High and Ardenne High. The competition/festival ran from December 8 through 15 in the Bajan capital of Christchurch and welcomed participants spanning the region: Anguilla, British Virging Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the host country, to name some of the islands represented.
Jamaica's delegation was only too happy to spread their wings while in Christchurch (and other parts of Barbados), giving performances at institutions like St. Peter's Alexandra School, attending cultural workshops and a youth forum centred on the Caribbean Single Market Initiative. Fun times.