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Stories by Michael Reckord

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Lovers of musicals should enjoy the two lively, colourful productions on stage this weekend. The Jamaica Junior Theatre's The Wiz is at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), UWI, Mona, and the Little Theatre Movement's 2016-17...

Published:Friday | January 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Participants in a recent workshop at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, got invaluable advice on playwriting from a multiple award-winning master of the craft."I see writing as a journey," said playwright/producer Aston Cooke at the...

Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 12:06 AMMichael Reckord

A key aspect of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts' (EMCVPA) annual staff development conference in recent years has been about upgrading the college from its already exalted status as the premier arts-training institution in...

Published:Friday | January 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Adding to his numerous theatrical roles of actor, singer, writer, director, producer, composer and designer, David Tulloch recently became a theatre manager.Last year, he took over management of The Theatre Place on Haining Road from Pablo Hoilett,...

Published:Friday | December 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The programme blurb for RawIe Gibbons' play I Lawah, recently produced at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), repeats the institution's mission "to enrich the aesthetic sensibilities and promote the cultural diversity...

Published:Friday | December 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

If everything goes as planned by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), last month's workshop on stand-up comedy will begin bearing fruit in January when the JCDC parish auditions for its speech competition begin.Held at the Ranny...

Published:Friday | December 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Courtroom dramas are quite commonplace. Guided tours of art galleries are conducted every day. However, over the weekend, Corporate Area audiences were treated to a courtroom drama and an art gallery tour which were quite extraordinary.The former,...

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2016 | 12:30 AMMichael Reckord

Some of the island's finest singers and instrumentalists provided the music, while an ebullient Joan Andrea Hutchinson, acting as both a performer and the emcee, provided the laughter to create a delightful Jamaica Theological Seminary (JTS) concert...

Published:Friday | December 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

November 19, 2016, graduation day at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), 1 Arthur Wint Drive, St Andrew, was extra special for School of Music student Shalisha Turpin. She became the college's first female to graduate...

Published:Tuesday | November 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The work of 18th-Century classical musician Samuel Felsted, Jamaica's first documented composer and the first known composer of an oratorio in the Western Hemisphere, will be available online in January 2017. Facilitating access to the music by...

Published:Friday | November 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Fresh to the new post of College Orator of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), Amina Blackwood Meeks recently launched a discussion series on the role and function of the arts in Jamaica, which she hopes will...

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 12:32 AMMichael Reckord

The work of Samuel Felsted, the 18th-century classical musician who is both Jamaica’s first documented composer and the first known composer of an oratorio in the Western Hemisphere, will be available online as of January 2017. Facilitating...

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Years ago, cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley gave Humroy Whyte advice about teaching which he has never forgotten. She said, "Find out what they like, Humroy, and teach them from it.""And that's what I do," Whyte told me recently on one of his...

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Reggae singer-songwriter Peter Lloyd's appearance at the National Gallery recently marked the middle of his Pure Love tour of Jamaica. A world tour with the same theme is planned for next year.He and his management team - Team Peter Lloyd - have put...

Published:Friday | November 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"There's money in the laughter business, and that's not a joke," said Andrew Brodber, a specialist in speech and arts development and training with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC). He was speaking to participants in a workshop on...

Published:Friday | November 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

How important is a man's reputation in Jamaica? Is it necessary for a woman to be respectable? Will slackness lead to a deterioration and eventual destruction of the society?Questions like those arose during a discussion on slackness, especially in...

Published:Monday | October 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Five short films produced in Jamaica over the summer will have a private, invitation-only screening next week. General public showings of the films, described as "excellent" by JAMPRO Film Commissioner Renee Robinson, will follow in coming months....

Published:Thursday | October 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

This is the second of a two-part article based on an interview with Rupert Lewis, UWI Professor Emeritus in Political Thought. Lewis has produced three books and numerous articles on National Hero Marcus Garvey and is now writing a short biography...

Published:Friday | October 21, 2016 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord

(This is the first of a two-part article based on an interview with Rupert Lewis, the University of the West Indies (UWI) professor emeritus in political thought, who has produced three books and numerous articles on National Hero Marcus Garvey and...

Published:Friday | October 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Donald Trump could well become the next president of the United States - and thus the most powerful man in the world. So when I was in his home town, New York City, recently, I thought I should drop in on him.I arrived at the prestigious Trump Tower...

Published:Wednesday | October 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The audience at the Methodist Chorale's 50th anniversary concert at Coke Memorial Methodist Church, East Parade, recently, thoroughly enjoyed the event.That was clear from their applause, and few would have been more delighted than the founder-...

Published:Friday | October 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Early last month, a roomful of opera lovers came out to meet composer Dr Shirley Thompson and soprano Abigail Kelly, UK-based classical musicians of the Jamaican diaspora, about whom they would have already heard much.Thompson's 45-minute opera...

Published:Friday | October 7, 2016 | 12:01 AMMichael Reckord

A highly enjoyable staged reading was held last Thursday to celebrate both the birthday and the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Spain's most famous and one of the world's greatest writers. It was presented by the Embassy of...

Published:Friday | September 30, 2016 | 12:28 AMMichael Reckord

Rayon McLean, founder and artistic director of the six-year-old Quilt Performing Arts Company, and Fr Richard Ho Lung, founder of the 45-year-old Fr Ho Lung & Friends, were misleadingly succinct when they described their companies to audiences...

Published:Friday | September 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

After decades of work at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), the multitalented Calvin Mitchell has retired. Appropriately, considering Mitchell's work in theatrical lighting, last Thursday's sentimental send-off took...

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