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ASHE's Love Actually A Success

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 2:04 PMShereita Grizzle
ASHE in performance
ASHE in performance
ASHE in performance
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The ASHE Company's recently staged, Love Actually show, attracted an impressive turnout at the Vibes Theatre on Cargill avenue, as patrons came out to witness the talented young men and women of ASHE in their element.

It was clear from the start, that the audience would not be disappointed with the entertainment package. With the hope of taking their audience on a journey they wouldn't soon forget, the performers asked the crowd to 'hop aboard' their love boat, as they cruise the seas of romance.

The show opened with the ensemble brilliantly executing a medley of songs. Still sticking to the 'love boat' theme, they delivered a melodious version of the theme song from the 1977 television series, The Love Boat, before transitioning to Hues Corporation?s Rock the Boat, and John Paul Young?s, Love is in the Air.

Many young people sitting in the audience did not know the songs being performed, as most of the songs were classical hits from the 1970s. However, the group?s delivery of the songs was on point, and patrons didn't seem to mind the fact that they did not know the lyrics.

Multi-talented

The ASHE Company prides itself on developing multi-talented individuals and that was evident at Love Actually. The show was not just about showcasing the group?s vocal abilities, but was also geared at showcasing their skills in other areas of the performing arts, such as dance and poetry. There were several choreographed pieces and poems performed throughout the night, all based on the theme of love.

Though there were several R&B hits performed throughout the night, reggae and dancehall were not to be forgotten. Love songs from several local artistes were masterfully crafted by the ASHE performers, as they highlighted songs of love produced by Jamaican entertainers. Among the songs performed in this segment were Beres Hammond?s Rock Away and Pull It Up, Jah Cure?s Unconditional Love, Sean Paul and Sasha?s version of I?m Still In Love and Tarrus Riley and Ellie Golding?s, Powerful.

The group then made their transition to dancehall. Among those songs performed were Vybz Kartel's Gon? Get Better, Damian Marley?s Affairs of the Heart and Dexta Daps 7/11 as well as Jealous Ova, his collaboration with Tifa.

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