The shocking talent in Jamaica
WITH A sense of mystery, more and more I ask the question, ‘How can Jamaica produce such an amount of amazing talent – the boldness in acting, singing, dancing, the arts in general – and be so poor as a nation? Where does it come from?
Combined with a sense of God, who is the origin of all things, we have a richness that can hardly be matched.
I have watched all our players over my 30 years as a music director. They are disciplined, and they receive discipline as they pour themselves for hundreds of hours into participating in a theatre they believe in. Hour after hour, stretching themselves, pouring themselves out until they feel satisfied in their performance in Moses.
MOP is purposeful theatre. MOP Theatre tells stories that teach spiritual lessons that get into the depths of the characters of such people as Christ, Isaiah, Moses, Saint Paul, Saint Peter, Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of Jesus, and great Jamaican men and women in the ghetto struggling to survive and overcoming all odds.
These young aspiring Jamaicans! They rehearse, they act, they dance, they sing under the tutelage of our wonderful production team of Paula Shaw, Gregory Thames, Alwyn Bully, and Robin Baston.
They seek to embody the characters, even if they are minor characters! They want to authentically embody the parts they play, even though they are young and inexperienced.
Jamaicans have natural God-given talent and are also generous. I pray that they will develop not only in talent, but also in virtue as they continue to mature as part of Fr Richard Ho Lung and Friends.
‘Work them to death’.