Monday, April 15, 2024

By George, they’re great!


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THE PEOPLE of St George last Saturday evening took to heart the charge that everything with breath should praise the Lord.
With the billing of community theatre, several schools, organisations and some specially invited guests offered up praises in song, verse and drama.
Fittingly, the show got off to a great start with a piece from Sohanice Lashley of St George Secondary School titled When I’m On My Knees, followed by groups from St Jude’s and Workman’s Primary schools who did inspirational numbers in verse and song respectively. Workman’s returned later to sing Carry Your Candle.
Singer Michael Proverbs also contributed two pieces.
Nine-time calypso monarch Red Plastic Bag (RPB) was also in the house, starting off with a not oft heard piece that encouraged people to strive for excellence in life. He also took some time out to encourage the children to reach for the skies and not be deterred by the current circumstances.
He then lightened the mood with last year’s big hit Something Is Happening, which had the young and old alike singing along and dancing and waving in their seats.
Further encouragement for the youth came when all the children were invited to the front of the stage for the church leaders to offer them up in prayer.
A breath of fresh air and amusement came with The Mothers Of St George. These four women, including one who needed the assistance of a cane, did a multimedia piece that impressed everyone. The little dance which had the golden girls going down to low town did bring the house down.
A much anticipated act was the dance group calling themselves The Generals. Based on the reaction from members of the audience, they did not disappoint.
Sherrol Inniss also did an impromptu choreography to Alabaster Box that had people glued.
A commentary depicting issues that youngsters have to endure and the challenges they face were brought to life in a skit by Wings Of An Eagle Minstry.
Rising star Kieshelle Rawlins serenaded people on the saxophone with I Believe and Save The Best For Last. Rawlins is a great talent and could only get better with the passing of time. The professionals, whose influences are very evident in her stage persona, should be pleased.
Whether it was intentional or not, organisers seemed to have done just that. Songbird Paula Hinds brought the show to a fulfilling climax with The Prayer and More Than Wonderful. She was the usual vocal powerhouse, showcasing her impressive range and control and at the same time titillating the senses with her sweet tones.
Kudos to the engaging emcee Margaret Inniss for keeping a smooth flow, and constantly encouraging the youth and other members of the audience to look to God.


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