Sir Derek Wal­cott’s The­atre Fes­ti­val: Ti Jean and His Broth­ers

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Michele-Lau­ren Hack­shaw

This year’s edi­tion of the Sir Derek Wal­cott Schools’ The­atre Fes­ti­val fo­cused on the clas­sic Caribbean play, ‘Ti Jean and His Broth­ers’. It was my first time at­tend­ing the event that forms a part of the an­nual No­bel Lau­re­ate cel­e­bra­tions and, quite frankly, I was blown away!

I was struck im­me­di­ately by the ex­cite­ment and en­thu­si­asm of stu­dents that in­ten­si­fied once they’d changed into cos­tume. It was clear from the mo­ment they got on stage just how much hard work and ef­fort had gone into re­hears­ing their roles and per­fect­ing their lines.

Per­form­ing schools in the group cat­e­gory in­cluded Mi­coud Sec­ondary with ‘The Story of Ti Jean and His Broth­ers’, Den­nery Pri­mary with ‘The Bol­lom’s Story’, Cas­tries Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary with a dou­ble pre­sen­ta­tion of ‘The Mother’s Story’ plus ‘Canne Brule’, and St. Mary’s Col­lege Sec­ondary with ‘The Jeans’.

In the mono­logue cat­e­gory per­form­ers in­cluded Zayna Joseph and Christal Moncherry from Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School, ShayLia Sylvester from Cas­tries Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School, and Leah Emanuel and Jamika Junes from Ciceron Sec­ondary School.

Af­ter a se­ries of dra­matic per­for­mances and por­tray­als, egged on by an amped up au­di­ence, it was time for the com­pe­ti­tion re­sults. In the mono­logue cat­e­gory, Jamika Junes from the Ciceron school walked away with third place. Zayna Joseph from Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive took sec­ond place while Christal Moncherry from the same school claimed first place!

Sadly awards weren’t given for group per­for­mances but, if they had been, I strongly sus­pect that Canne Brule, as per­formed by the Cas­tries Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School, would have earned the top spot.

On an­other note, I thought it was im­pres­sive that St. Mary’s Col­lege stu­dents were per­form­ing their the­atre arts ex­am­i­na­tion in front of an en­thralled au­di­ence that in­cluded the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral!

Mono­logue com­peti­tors from left to right: Jamika Junes (third place), Christal Moncherry (first place), Shay-Lia Sylvester, Leah Emanuel and Zayna Joseph (sec­ond place).

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