Saturday, April 13, 2024

Laff-It-Off treat for students


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Four hundred students will be treated to Bajan comedy at its best when they head to the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre to watch a special edition of Laff-It-Off.

The students who attend public and private secondary schools, the Barbados Community College, and are enrolled in Operation Triple Threat, will be accompanied by their respective theatre arts teachers for this year’s production under the theme Size Roun’.

This year’s show will feature 19-year-old actor Kyle Cozier and Dario Walrond, who are both making their stage debut, as well as regulars Peta Alleyne, Janine White, and Angelo Lascelles. Alleyne has been with the production for 30 years.

Producer of Barbados’ longest running theatrical production, Ian Estwick, told WEEKEND BUZZ that each yearfor 12 years they had looked forward to welcoming the students to Laff-It-Off and to seeing their reactions.

“Even though we don’t get feedback directly from the students, we do hear from their teachers. We look forward to having the students attend because it benefits us. After months of rehearsals, it gives us the opportunity to play to an audience before opening night and make sure we are on point in terms of our timing and our delivery.

“We also hope that it sparks their interests and they want to join the production either as part of the cast or the crew, as the show has been playing for more than 30 years. As a matter of fact, two of our newest members, Kyle and Dario, attended the show when they were students and we have them with us today. The students will see what they are being taught in action and it bodes well for the future of Laff-It-Off and theatre in Barbados,” Estwick said.

After the show students are required to submit critiques for their theatre arts course.

The show opens to the public tomorrow and plays for ten nights only. (GBM)


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