Uhuru brings theatre culture to Hanover

Published: Wednesday | December 4, 2013 Comments 0
Youngsters of the Uhuru Performing Arts Theatre Company doing a cultural piece. - Contributed
Youngsters of the Uhuru Performing Arts Theatre Company doing a cultural piece. - Contributed

The Uhuru Performing Arts Theatre Company was established in 2003, the brainchild of Nerris Hawthorne, a returning resident and graduate of Chelsea College of Physical Education, England; Damion Andrews, graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; and Aldith Stephens, performing arts coordinator and culture agent.

The young company then, although vibrant, promising, highly welcome and regarded, had to cease operations temporarily due to a lack of finances.

Many of the members, though very passionate, were high-school students with no source of income to defray the cost of travelling across Hanover to make it to events or rehearsals.

Over time, people kept clamouring for the revival of Uhuru. With careful consideration, evaluation and determination for its success, the former directors and friends decided it was time to revamp the company and host Uhuru Revisited.

The name was given to the re-launch function that took place at Florizel Court Villas, Esher, Lucea, in April of this year.

"It is our objective to introduce theatre to rural Jamaica and fill the existing void that now exists - no theatre and no cultural centres," said Stephens.

"Rural Jamaica has to depend on outside entities, largely, all the way from Kingston, to enjoy a good play or journey to Kingston for any development beyond high school in this area," she continued.

"Youngsters need to be creatively occupied and their talents need to be developed, especially at this time, when there are so many challenges."

Uhuru Performing Arts Theatre Company is bent on taking up the challenge of making this provision for Hanover's youth and is helping to channel their energies in positive directions.

So it is against this backdrop that the Uhuru Performing Arts Theatre Company - Cultural Blitz in Hanover, presents An Evening of Entertainment on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at The Florizel Court Villas.

"This is Uhuru's first production after its relaunch, and showcases, in a creative, dramatic setting, the rich and unique individual talents of the Uhurites, a local production like no other ever seen in Western Jamaica," said Mrs. Stephens.

"Come in your numbers, relax and enjoy an evening with Uhuru," she encouraged.

According Stephens, patrons could win exciting giveaways or the grand gate prize and enjoy an after party.

Adults pay $1000, while children enter the venue for $300.

"Your support will help defray costs already incurred; hopefully, give the company capital with which to work; and pay a stipend to the eagerly dedicated and promising youth - our hope, our future," Stephens explained.

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