SHOW TIME: With a creative team led by the dynamic and long-serving director Peter Haley, the Jamaica Junior Theatre Company (JJT) is set to unveil its 2014 musical production, Aladdin (based on the Walt Disney original) this month. For the show, premiering at the Philip Sherlock Centre on January 10, Ana Strachan assumes duties as musical director, with the Company Dance Theatre's Tony Wilson returning as chief choreographer. Proceeds from the run will benefit the non-profit entity Children First.
THE FRONT PAGE: Easily one of the most influential voices in the Jamaican media, Dionne Jackson-Miller, the PAJ's 2013 Journalist of the Year, recently commented on her pick for Personality of the Year, an unsurprising but worthy choice: JLP Leader Andrew Holness. "I think this was not just because of the leadership challenge," Jackson-Miller tells The Gleaner, "but the events surrounding it, which allowed Jamaicans to begin to get a much clearer picture of Mr. Holness as a leader."
SINGING SENSATIONS: The performance roster for this month's Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Trelawny is growing lengthier with each passing week, thanks in large part to the addition of more marquee names to the lineup, the latest among them singer Crystal Gayle and R&B legend Chaka Khan, joining the previously announced Toni Braxton, Aaron Neville and Chrisette Michele. The Jamaicans who will share the billing are yet to be revealed. The festival is scheduled to run from January 30 to February 1 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: Global icons in their own right, Jamaican sprinting superstar Usain Bolt and screen legend Angela Lansbury are both the recipients of thrilling new accolades. While Lansbury is set to be made a Dame of the British Empire (an honour I feel should have been bestowed long ago), Bolt has been deservedly tapped as Sportsman of the Year by Argentina's La Gazette della Sport Buon Anno, opposite Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, their chosen Sportswoman of the Year honoree.