Dig­i­cel Sup­ports Sec­ond An­nual Kid­diCrew Rod­er­ick Wal­cott Pro­duc­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

As the lead­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and en­ter­tain­ment provider across the re­gion, Dig­i­cel con­tin­ues to span its cul­tural in­vest­ment port­fo­lio across mar­kets in unique ways. In St. Lu­cia, Dig­i­cel has once again part­nered with Kid­diCrew The­atre Com­pany for its 2016 pro­duc­tion `Papa Di­able’ - The Devil at Christ­mas and its fundraiser cal­en­dar of ac­tiv­i­ties. On Novem­ber 3rd and 4th the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre will come alive with the rich work of St. Lu­cian play­wright Rod­er­ick Wal­cott, through in­cred­i­bly tal­ented young ac­tors and ac­tresses who make up the cast of Kid­diCrew.

Kid­diCrew has over the years be­come syn­ony­mous in St. Lu­cia with a va­ri­ety of pro­grams for chil­dren`s de­vel­op­ment and has hosted a range of youth, arts and cul­tural based pro­grams both lo­cally and re­gion­ally. Rec­og­niz­ing the need to pro­mote the aware­ness of two gen­er­a­tions of the works of one of St. Lu­cia`s cul­tural icons, Rod­er­ick Wal­cott, (twin brother of Hon­ourable Derek Wal­cott, St. Lu­cia`s No­bel Lau­re­ate for Lit­er­a­ture) who wrote mu­si­cals that en­com­passed St. Lu­cia’s cul­tural land­scape, and par­tic­i­pated in many cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties from the 1950s to the 1970`s. Kid­diCrew The­atre em­barked on a mis­sion to bring his work back to the stage, by pro­duc­ing one play a year over a five year pe­riod fea­tur­ing chil­dren between the ages of eight and 17 years. In 2015, the first play `The Leg­end of Tom Fool’ was spec­tac­u­larly show­cased at the Cul­tural Cen­tre and for 2016, cast and crew mem­bers a re ex­cited to de­liver an­other im­pres­sive stag­ing, this time of `Papa Di­able- The Devil at Christ­mas’ come Novem­ber. Speak­ing at a re­cent press launch held at Kid­diCrew’s The­atre re­hearsal space `Our Space’, Di­rec­tor and Pro­ducer of Kid­diCrew Mrs. June Fred­er­ick said “De­vel­op­ing the skills of our young peo­ple in the arts, is de­vel­op­ing skills for life. Dis­ci­pline, com­mit­ment and pas­sion on any path in life for that mat­ter and ac­cep­tance of the lessons learnt will only auger well for them in their fu­ture de­vel­op­ment. Kid­diCrew The­atre Com­pany is not only ful­fill­ing this man­date, but by do­ing so is creat­ing an en­cour­age­ment and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of lo­cal play­wrights and our own cul­tural land­scape.”

The Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ex­ec­u­tive who rep­re­sented Dig­i­cel at the press launch said, “Kid­diCrew em­bod­ies and rep­re­sents two of our pri­mary spon­sor­ship philoso­phies which are youth de­vel­op­ment and cul­tural de­vel­op­ment. Kid­diCrew to us rep­re­sents deep cul­tural preser­va­tion, an au­then­tic cel­e­bra­tion of true St. Lu­cian tal­ent and also cul­ti­vates unique life skills through the arts for this gen­er­a­tion. Cul­tural iden­tity is very crit­i­cal to a coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment and or­ga­ni­za­tions like Kid­diCrew do an ex­cel­lent job in bridg­ing the gen­er­a­tional gaps in the con­ti­nu­ity of St. Lu­cian cul­ture, tra­di­tions, her­itage, his­tory, play­wrights and more.”

Miss Victor went on to speak to the cast mem­bers specif­i­cally say­ing, “I en­cour­age you to truly ap­pre­ci­ate the mag­ni­tude of the knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence you are gain­ing through this process. Many do not know of the work of Rod­er­ick Wal­cott, many do not even know he is the twin brother of our No­bel Lau­re­ate Hon­or­able Derek Wal­cott and for you, our youth to bring it to life so boldly, is truly ex­tra­or­di­nary. I en­cour­age you fur­ther to share this knowl­edge among your school­mates, peers, com­mu­ni­ties and fam­i­lies to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity of such a rich part of our cul­ture and his­tory.”

Tick­ets for Papa Di­able – The Devil at Christ­mas are avail­able at The Cell out­lets Bridge Street and Bay­walk as well as The Yard in Mas­sade for only EC$50. Dig­i­cel en­cour­ages St. Lu­cians to come ex­pe­ri­ence this unique pro­duc­tion.

June Fred­er­ick, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer of Kid­diCrew The­ater group ad­dressed the of­fi­cial me­dia launch of this years stag­ing of Papa Di­able- The Devil at Christ­mas’.

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