Theatre is alive and well in Saint Lucia with the production of “Papa Diable, the Devil at Christmas’ by the KiddiCrew Theatre Company, a nonprofit creative arts organization. The play is set to open this Thursday evening (November 3) at the National Cultural Centre.
The young and vibrant cast was presented to sponsors at the launch event held at the rehearsal studio last month. As a proud sponsor of culture and youth development in a variety of ways, Massy Stores St. Lucia was elated to stand with the talented cast and crew under the watchful eye of its producer and founder, June Frederick.
In presenting a cheque for EC $2,500 to the group, Divisional Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Massy Stores, Sariah Best-Joseph, expressed gratitude to the team for keeping the arts alive, stating that “as a company, we understand the sacrifice and commitment which leads to a production like this one and are excited to be on board for another year in a much larger way. As Massy Stores continue to reinforce our commitment to youth development as a strong area focus, we are happy to support such a worthy cause which we hope will inspire a new generation.”
Frederick expressed gratitude to the sponsors and the Walcott family who allowed the use of Roderick Walcott’s play, adding that, “we are happy to present Roderick Walcott’s plays to the generations who do not know his work which is part of the cultural landscape of Saint Lucia. We are especially grateful for the support given as we strive to move forward and develop these kids besides the setbacks which threatened the production.”
On November 3 at the National Cultural Centre, the curtains are set to open on the premiere of “Papa Diable, the Devil at Christmas” with a 16-member cast directed by Melissa Stacey Giddings with assistance from Shakira Roberts and Delano Payne, and instrumental dramaturg coaching by Kendel Hippolyte. Tickets are available at the Yard and KiddiCrew Theatre Company.
Kiddicrew Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing traditional dance to the younger generations with an appreciation for drama. What started as a television show, KiddiCrew has branched into productions, workshops in schools and summer programmes, all geared towards increasing the awareness of the works of noted Saint Lucian playwrights.
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