Tuesday, 18 April 2017

STAGE LEFT: JCDC finalists going for gold + Karl Williams and Braata Productions team up + Halvard White preps for May recital

DREAMING IN COLOUR: Karl Williams has done it again. The versatile award-winning playwright has followed up the triumphant success of his provocative plays The Black That I Am and Not About Eve with Welcome to America: A Caribbean Musical, which gets its world premiere run at the York College in New York this month. The song-and-dance show sees Williams (book and lyrics) collaborating with Braata Productions’ Andrew Clarke (producer) and composer/musician Joel Edwards (musical director). Exploring the Caribbean immigrant experience, the complex pursuit of the American dream, and such universal themes as ambition, hope and dignity, Welcome to America tells the story of Sabrina Barnes (Fitgi Saint-Louis) who leaves her island home in the hope of becoming a bonafide star, but she soon realizes that, in spite of her talent and determination, the dream she is chasing may be in jeopardy. In addition to Williams, Clarke and Edwards, the production’s creative team includes Courtney Ffrench, who supplies the choreography and Yudelka Heyer, who directs. 

CLASS ACT: On May 2, Mona’s Philip Sherlock Centre will come alive with the sound of heavenly piano-playing. Iconic pianist Halvard White is bringing his impeccable artistry and one-of-a-kind musicianship to the stage for a recital that’s sure to delight his long-time admirers and secure new members for the fan club. No stranger to giving solo piano recitals that consistently draw standing ovations from packed audiences, White’s programme will see him delivering interpretations of compositions by Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninov and Ludwig Van Beethoven, among other classical masters. Showtime is 7:30pm. 

TALENT SHOW: Before the crème de la crème can be selected for the beloved Mello-Go-Roun’ concert showcase, performers have to bring their A-game to the National Finals of the JCDC Festival of the Performing Arts. This year’s finals, to select gold medal winners in music, dance, speech, drama and traditional folk forms, is currently underway at the Little Theatre in Kingston, bringing together the year’s most outstanding entries and entrants (prep, primary and high-schoolers, community groups, et al) from across the island. The 2017 finals are scheduled to conclude on May 2.

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