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Pantomime focuses on the young

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM
There's a new set of students on the road. If the uniforms seem unfamiliar, you have to go to the Little Theatre come Boxing Day (December 26) to find out who they are and why they stopped traffic on Tom Redcam Drive the other Sunday afternoon. -Contributed

Davina Henry, Staff Reporter

Anansi and Goat Head Soup was successful. Now the Little Theatre Movement (LTM) is once again hoping that pantomime will be a hit.

Earlier this week, the LTM treated a select few to samplings of Skoolaz, the organisation's latest effort.

Students and adults alike got into costume to raise the curtain on this year's production, a remount of a play introduced many years ago.

The revamped production was brought to life in magical fashion by a superb cast at the launch on Monday night.

The original Schoolers, which was first staged in 1989, then updated in 1995, is substantially different for this staging of the 72nd pantomime.

The story of Skoolaz is set in two high schools, Manus Rulus Academy, an all-male institution with a proud motto, 'Manus Rulus Foreveramus', and the Sunlight Finishing School for Ladies, 'where girls are ladies and ladies wish they were girls'.

At the launch, cast members performed excerpts from the play to resounding applause.

Performing selections including Haffi Go A School, Manus Rulus Foreveramus and Ready Fi Go Again, the cast must have been pleased to look into an audience with members who could not get enough.

The family-oriented entertainment package tells of the challenges that both schools are facing with today's youths and the efforts being made to turn out worthy students into the wider society.

Barbara Gloudon, chairman of the LTM, who also doubled as writer of the script and lyrics for the pantomime, told The Gleaner they decided to revamp the original Schoolers because young people were always current.

"The reason why I decided to bring back Skoolaz is because young people are always current, they are never stale nor outdated. We have created new situations and new stories in keeping with the time and the music is more contemporary. Today's pantomime has always been a microcosm of Jamaican life," she said.

Skoolaz will open on Boxing Day, December 26, and will run until May.