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Stories by Marcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | August 21, 2019 | 12:06 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

There was a tremendous show of audience support for Christendom’s youngest concert series, Unity in the City, last Saturday at the National Stadium. Neither the several long pauses between band changes nor the lengthy concert proved a deterrent to...

Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:22 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

For several decades, the National Pantomime, staged by the Little Theatre Movement (LTM), held pride of place on Jamaica’s annual entertainment calendar. But in spite of its national acclaim, Jamaica’s noble theatre institution seems to have lost...

Published:Saturday | August 3, 2019 | 12:13 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

It was a historic moment on Thursday, Emancipation Day, when Khamara Wright, a sous chef from St Catherine, ended her parish’s 29-year drought in the National Festival Queen Competition. Miss Kingston and St. Andrew, Annakay Hudson, placed second,...

Published:Tuesday | July 30, 2019 | 12:14 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Laughter is medicine, and for the many who flocked the Courtleigh Auditorium on Sunday, the prescription administered by four featured stand-up comedians – Dufton ‘Duffy’ Shepherd, Leighton Smith, Chris ‘Johnny’ Daley, and Lemon – was good. The New...

Published:Monday | July 22, 2019 | 12:15 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

A defining moment for any successful performing arts company comes when the younger generation is put to the test to prove that they are able to continue the success of their predecessors. The current members of the National Dance Theatre Company (...

Published:Thursday | July 18, 2019 | 12:21 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Colourful backdrop, coupled with spectacular set and costumes, reinforced the creatively bold choreographies at Saturday’s staging of Milan 2019. It was the Anjali dancers’ 11th season, and it could be best described as a showpiece of India, and...

Published:Wednesday | July 17, 2019 | 12:22 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

It was a dance show of the highest calibre, especially for a local high-school production. From the spectacle of costumes, set and props, to some amazing dance formations, beautiful body extensions and gripping display of emotions, the talented...

Published:Monday | July 8, 2019 | 12:17 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

The Phoenix Theatre on Haining Road in New Kingston was the venue for the uplifting production Ketch Di Riddim, a theatrical revue. The production began in an unorthodox manner, garnering full audience participation through a collective intake of...

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:14 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

The corporate area stop of Kevin Downswell’s Realignment tour was more than a concert. It was a session in spiritual upliftment, induced by moving songs of praise delivered by local and international gospel artistes. Held at the Ranny Williams...

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:29 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

When two of Jamaica’s funniest stand-up comedians joined forces on one show, the expectations are high, and rightly so. On Sunday, Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis, and his brother, Ian, ‘Ity’, delivered more than the expected. From their tear-jerking...

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:28 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Going on stage and willingly share the unpleasantries of one’s life to a space filled with strangers, takes some grit. But that is what many stand-up comedians do – they take some of their most endearing or painful experiences and present them to...

Published:Tuesday | May 14, 2019 | 12:09 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

The International Ocho Rios Jazz Festival is a labour of love for its organiser, Myrna Hague. But the self-proclaimed defender of music has found this year, the 29th staging, particularly challenging. “When you have huge challenges, you have to...

Published:Tuesday | May 7, 2019 | 12:15 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Fueled by their love for music in the ’70s, a group of friends embarked on a mission to share and promote chorale and orchestral music, across Jamaica. On Sunday, four of them – Carole Reid, Marilyn Brice-McDonald, Easton Lee, and Winston Ewart –...

Published:Saturday | May 4, 2019 | 12:07 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Artistic director of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), Marlon Simms, wants people to know that Professor Rex Nettleford’s legacy lives on. “It is alive, and we have a new generation of dancers and persons who are still willing to give to...

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:15 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Fans of jazz who gathered on the east lawns of the iconic Devon House on Waterloo Road in St Andrew were treated to a feast of pure and avant-garde jazz, in celebration of International Jazz Day 2019. Organised by the Edna Manley College of the...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:06 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

On Easter Sunday, one of Christianity’s holiest days, the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) continued its tradition of celebrating the season with an early-morning feast of movement and music. The 38-year-old show saw new pieces in music, but...

Published:Wednesday | April 17, 2019 | 12:14 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Joy and disappointment are always present at any competition, and Sunday’s staging of Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Drum Fest 2019 was no different. Even as the Louise Bennett Gardens Theatre on Hope Road reverberated to the...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:14 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

From the use of an appealing backdrop, colourful costumes, well-defined choreography to amazing delivery of beautifully arranged songs, the University Chorale concert was indeed a performance spectrum. The feat was the result of commitment and...

Published:Tuesday | April 2, 2019 | 12:10 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

The Christ Church of Vineyard Town’s concert, which pulled a full house and with a galaxy of musical acts, was an event worth experiencing. Pastor of the church, Reverend Father Sean Major-Campbell, was very pleased, telling The Gleaner, “I think...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:10 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Between 1738 and 1740, the Jamaican Maroons battled the British for their freedom. Centuries later, Dr Andrew Marshall, at the request of Steven Woodham, conductor of the Immaculate Conception High School (ICHS) Symphony Orchestra, composed a...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:23 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

A teacher sacrifices her life for her students; a marketing executive sacrifices love for career, and a beggar rescues a priest. These were three of the scenarios presented in the films shown at the Jamaica International Faith Film Festival’s...

Published:Monday | February 25, 2019 | 12:11 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Sunday saw a diverse blend of guests attending the world premiere of the documentary Journey, Break Every Rule, a tribute to former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller at the historic Carib 5 cinema in Cross Roads, Kingston. Remarks from Simpson...

Published:Thursday | January 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

It was a series of interesting twists, and in the end, the player gets played. That's how the story unfolded in Aisha Davis and David Tulloch's What Goes Around, now showing at the Blue Room at the Phoenix Theatre Complex on Haining Road in New...

Published:Thursday | January 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

For the second consecutive year, the gospel extravaganza Genesis was held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Hope Road. As is customary, the show, held on New Year's Day, drew a congregation that was a nice blend of age groups.But it was...

Published:Thursday | December 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Twenty-five years is a long time in the life of any organisation and is often a journey marked with success and challenges. It is also a time when the organisation explores the prospects of passing on leaderships roles to the next generation.This is...

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