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Powerful Men and Women Concert 2011 promises high energy

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2011 | 12:00 AM

High energy performances in dance, song and comedy will take centre stage as the cast of Powerful Men and Women 2011 mount a cavalcade of performances exactly a week from today at the National Indoor Sports Centre, Kingston.

The annual concert, which benefits the Mustard Seed Communities, has to date, raised $25 million for the organisation which cares for over 400 abandoned able-bodies and disabled children with HIV/AIDS in homes located around the island.

According to planning committee chair, Thyra Heaven, Powerful Men and Women 2011 will showcase a very exciting and fast-moving production, featuring a variety of acts ranging from dramatic presentations to dancehall showgirls.

Back onstage is the very popular Dr Blossom O'Mealy Nelson, who has always thrilled her audience with her comedy act of 'topicalities', plus musical comedian Dr Michael Abrahams.

A fashion feature will showcase 'models' strutting the runway in Jamaican Pride, African Splendour and Evening Highlights. There will also be musical offerings from outstanding performers like Charmaine Lemonius, Andrew Lawrence, Michael Powell, Emerson Henry, Tanice Morrison, Robbie Robinson, Linroy Edwards, Ian Wilkinson, DiMario McDowell and opera diva Miss Carole Reid.

Dance and drama in various forms feature Carol Francis, Glynis Salmon, Fae Pickersgill, Jean Wilson, Michelle Wilson-Reynolds, Lillyclair Bellamy, Clelia Baretto de Hunter, Gerthlyn Holman and Aloun Ndombet-Assamba.

The show opens with a very comical piece which features Jamaica's favourite comedian, Oliver Samuels.

This year, Powerful Men and Women will be guided by the very creative team led by producer and creative consultant, Weston Haughton; award-winning playwright Aston Cooke, the show's production director; Roxene Nickle-Alveranga, production and executive assistant. The set design and general graphic support will be provided by Kevin Riettie. The Show's musical director is Ewan Simpson, and Steve Golding will provide services as stage manager with Lawrence Tulloch rounding out the team as technical director.

Sound and lighting will be provided by Clear Sounds.

Tickets for Powerful Men and Women 2011 are available at Island Grill, Wassi Art, Signatures Boutique, Mustard Seed Communities and The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.