{10} What I did this week: Countdown to Inspire!

Montegonian Dance Company Prepares to INSPIRE! Fairfield Stage

For too long Montego Bay has been a spectator to theatre in Jamaica, observing but never taking part in the cultural diversity that the performing arts brings to our heritage. While Kingston enjoys a rich repast of singing, dancing and acting talent, MoBay is often left playing ‘catch up’ to Kingston’s ‘pepper’. We in the west are not devoid of our own theatrical talent, but this talent often goes unnoticed or underappreciated.

Montego Bay will have its chance to take the stage in the theatrical production INSPIRE!. Written and directed by Philip Clarke (White Witch, Actor Boy awardee), the musical features a cast that hails exclusively from the west. George Bates (JCDC gold medalist), Kyesha Randall (graduate, Montego Bay Community College), Angelita McDonald (JCDC Festival Queen 2010) and Garrison Youths (of Dancin’ Dynamites fame) will grace the Fairfield stage on the weekend of July 15, 16 and 17. They will be joined by fellow dancers, actors and singers in the personages of Anchovy High School teachers, UWI students, and a St. James Junior Councillor, Montegonians all.

INSPIRE! follows the struggles of a small dance group in Montego Bay as they encounter roadblocks on the way to fame. Through bitter rivalries, budding romance and dire tragedy, the group survives disaster and finds a way to inspire themselves and others. The main selling point of INSPIRE! is not its authentic representation of adolescent life and times, nor even the realistic, down-to-earth characters; its appeal lies in its home-grown nature. INSPIRE! is a production unique in its arena, performed entirely by Montegonians for Montegonians.

So mark your calendars, Montego Bay, and get ready to welcome the first wave of fresh and promising talent from right here in your own back yard. Support your friend, your cousin, your classmate. You won’t want to miss it.

Date: July 15, 16, 17, 2011
Venue: Fairfield Theatre
Time: Friday & Saturday 8p.m.
Sunday 7p.m.
Tickets: $1000, $800 for students with ID, children under 12 $500

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