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All About Mothers at ASHE

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle

It was all about mothers at the Vibes Theatre on Cargill Avenue last Sunday as the ASHE Performing Arts Group brought its tribute to mothers to the stage.

Although off to a late start, patrons didn't mind as they were treated to cocktails from a food station located on the premises.

Guests also engaged in light conversation as they awaited the start of the show, many reminiscing (especially the mothers) on their day, hoping to close it out with great entertainment from the ASHE group.

There were no disappointments. Doing what they do best, the creative group gave patrons their all and put on a fine show.

In their usual style, ASHE delivered a compact show combining all aspects of the performing arts (song, dance and drama).

Fittingly titled 'Mama', the production chronicled the everyday struggles of mothers across the globe. Fighting the stresses of raising a child (often on their own), providing a stable home and keeping their children out of harm's way, were some of the issues brought to the fore with ASHE's production.

With the delivery of every note, every dance move and every line, the young men and women, who were part of the production, proved why the group is considered, by many, as one of the best creative groups in the island.

Taunia Flowers, Tori-Ann Ivey, Rudolph Tomlinson and Shawna Lee Shedden, were some of the night's top performers.

Flowers was particularly outstanding in her role as the community 'Mama'. As one of the central characters, she brought the entire production together as she carried out her role as the 'eyes and ears' of the community to perfection.

Whenever the other mothers in the community were falling off track in their role as a mother, Flowers, aka 'Mama', was always there to offer advice and set them on the right path.

An ASHE production wouldn't be complete without singing and dancing. There was the incorporation of some impressive vocal arrangements and spirited choreography. The audience enjoyed the group's reggae medley, rocking along to interpretations of song selections from entertainers such as Chronixx, Dennis Brown, Beenie Man and others.

Though the reggae medley was well received, the audience particularly appreciated the group's tribute to mothers. ASHE they delivered a slew of songs such as Sizzla's Thank You Mama, Christopher Martin's Mama, and I-Octane's Mama You Alone.