Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer
The Trevor Rhone play Old Story Time, which is considered an enduring classic by ardent theatre fans, will be relived this Sunday in Montego Bay with two separate performances at the Half Moon Conference Centre in Rose Hall.
Sydney Reid, the executive producer of the play, outlined that with the cast comprising Winston 'Bello' Bell, Dorothy Cunningham, Keniesha Bowes, Evone Walters, Patria-Kaye Aarons, Michael Forrest, Devon Yetman, and Canute Fagan, theatre fans should come with an appetite to be entertained and informed about Jamaica's history.
"As we celebrate Jamaica 50, this is an excellent production that takes you through the years in Jamaican history," said Reid. "It is not only fun, but really entertaining. It is a good event for family, friends, or persons who love the performing arts."
Within recent times, Montego Bay has seen a decline in performing arts productions in spite of the efforts of theatre practitioners to maintain the relevance of the Fairfield Theatre as a way of generating widespread demand for this type of entertainment.
However, Reid is hoping that the staging of Old Story Time will be the engine that re-energizes Montegoians to once again embrace the performing arts.
The show will commence at 4 p.m. with a performance for students. The evening's performance for the general public is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
"For a long time, you (theatre fans) have been asking us to bring the play to the city and we heard you, and come December 9, the crew will give you a spectacular show that will you always remember," said Reid.
Eugene Williams, who is the head of the drama department at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, brings his expertise to the table in directing the experienced cast. According to Reid, "We will take the audience on a timeless journey of Jamaica's past while showing off theatre at its best."