Phoenix Theatre opens with Harris' 'Same Difference'
The Dahlia Harris-penned and directed comedy Same Difference reopens today at the newly christened Phoenix Theatre, 8 Haining Road, New Kingston. Formerly known as the Theatre Place, the revamped space, now under new management, will reopen its doors and raise the proverbial curtain with the comedy. Harris, who boasts a strong reputation as a fine actress, has been steadily expanding her theatre repertoire as an award-winning playwright, director and producer with the gospel dramas God's Way 1 and 2 and the 2015 comedy Ol' Fyah Stick.
For Same Difference she has teamed up again with Volier 'Maffi' Johnson and Deon Silvera, who are joined by
popular TV and stage actress Maylynne Lowe and young upcomers Shantol Jackson and Desmond Dennis. "There is such amazing chemistry among the actors you will love them, you will hate them, you will pity them whatever the emotion you will become invested in the story," Harris stated.
Same Difference tells the story of two neighbouring families of different social backgrounds and aspirations, who find themselves in a rivalry when more than just property lines get crossed in their bid to establish controlling rights and importance. As each family tries to outdo the other, suspense, drama and hilarity result, but at the end what becomes apparent is that at the heart of it, most of us are essentially the same.
Same Difference had originally opened and enjoyed a Christmas and New Year's run at the Karram Speid auditorium, Merl Grove High School. Patrons will now get an extended chance to see it from Tuesday to Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
Mico hosts music workshop
The Mico University College's music department is seeking to broaden the horizons of future and present teachers of music by hosting a music education workshop with the prolific Mr Michael Burnett (MA, FRCO) today.
'Music composition is a very weak area in the Caribbean," said Ismay Kerr, head of the Music Department at The Mico University College. "Our teachers and students are very creative but need to be strengthened in the area of composition. In our Music Department we are interested in the development of wholesome students and thought this would be an integral way in introducing student teachers, teachers and lecturers to the composition of a well-known composer familiar to the Caribbean region."
Burnett, although a British citizen, considers himself Jamaican as he has served as lecturer at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and
Performing Arts and the University of the West Indies between 1978 and 1981 and continues to visit the region doing musical workshops, especially in the area of CSEC music.
He is the composer of Let These Things Be Written Down, written and performed in Jamaica in 2007. This work featured Jamaican musicians, students from local schools and church groups. It is currently one of the set works on the CSEC Music Syllabus and Burnett will be utilising some of the selections during a workshop at the Enos Nutall Lecture Theatre, Mico, Marescaux Road, St Andrew, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $1,500.