The shock­ing tal­ent in Ja­maica

Jamaica Gleaner - - MOSES - By Wyn­ton Wil­liams

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’.


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