EN­TER­TAIN­MENT AV­ENUE ‘Sin­gle Par­ents’ re­turn to raise funds for school

Buff Bay Pri­mary, Oc­to­ber 15; Old Har­bour Pri­mary, Novem­ber 19

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Carl Gilchrist Gleaner Writer

AF­TER A limited first run ear­lier this year, Ever­ton Dawkins of St Ann-based Dy­na­mite Pro­duc­tion has re­turned with the play Sin­gle Par­ents, to help schools raise funds for their op­er­a­tions.

Sin­gle Par­ents will be staged on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 15 at Buff Bay Pri­mary in Port­land and Satur­day, Novem­ber 19 at Old Har­bour Pri­mary, St Cather­ine.

Dawkins says schools that are in­ter­ested in part­ner­ing with Dy­na­mite Pro­duc­tions to raise funds should con­tact him (at 329-5175 or Juliet Shank at 447-8619).

“It’s a win-win sit­u­a­tion for the schools,” Dawkins sug­gested. “It’s a very good deal for them and all schools that want to raise money should take ad­van­tage of this offer. It’s not cost­ing the school a dol­lar, but they will make 40 per cent of all tick­ets they sell. All they have to do is sell enough tick­ets so that every­body can be happy. And they can raise ad­di­tional funds by sell­ing re­fresh­ments,” he added. “We en­cour­age the schools to get their Par­en­tTeacher As­so­ci­a­tion and Past Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion and every­body else in­volved.”

It’s not just about rais­ing cash, but based on the syn­op­sis that I’ve seen, there’s a pos­i­tive mes­sage that will res­onate well and will serve to ed­u­cate par­ents and chil­dren, and es­pe­cially teenagers. It’s a must-see play

PRO­CEEDS GO TO SCHOOLS

Dy­na­mite Pro­duc­tions will be re­spon­si­ble for print­ing tick­ets, fly­ers and all nec­es­sary pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

The schools will pro­vide the venue and be given the tick­ets to sell, and will re­tain 40 per cent of all tick­ets sales.

“I fully en­dorse this project. We have come on board, see­ing that our school is in need of cash,” act­ing prin­ci­pal at Buff Bay Pri­mary, Du­val Wyn­d­ham, told En­ter­tain­ment Av­enue.

“It’s not just about rais­ing cash, but based on the syn­op­sis that I’ve seen, there’s a pos­i­tive mes­sage that will res­onate well and will serve to ed­u­cate par­ents and chil­dren, and es­pe­cially teenagers. It’s a must-see play.”

Wyn­d­ham said the school has Ever­ton Dawkins

been do­ing well in ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties such as sports, cul­ture and 4-H ac­tiv­i­ties, and funds are needed to con­tinue on that path. He, how­ever, pointed out that the im­me­di­ate is­sue will be to pro­vide fans for sev­eral of the class­rooms that are quite hu­mid.

“The class­rooms are in need of fans, we want to en­sure that the class­rooms are com­fort­able for teach­ing and learn­ing. We re­ally ex­pect to see a big turnout,” Wyn­d­ham said.

Sin­gle Par­ents, writ­ten, di­rected and pro­duced by Ever­ton Dawkins, com­pares a sin­gle mother rais­ing her son and a sin­gle fa­ther rais­ing his daugh­ter, both fam­ily shar­ing a ten­e­ment yard.

“It’s a mo­ti­va­tional story,” the writer stated of the play billed as an in­spi­ra­tional com­edy. “It’s the story of a poor boy who wanted to be­come a doc­tor but is faced with lots of dis­trac­tions, peer pres­sure, the ups and downs of ev­ery­day liv­ing and other stuff, but his mother has faith in him and wasn’t go­ing to let him go down.”

Sin­gle Par­ents stars Juliet Shank (as Brenda), Tan­ice El­lis (as Olive), La­toya Folkes (as Miss Har­ris), An­drew Kelly (as An­drew), Natasha Wil­liams (as Bub­bles), Ken­roy Rowe (as Oneil), Pa­trick Smith (as Dig­gie), Carl­ton But­ler (as Bigs) and Christo­pher Bar­rett (as Michael).

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