On the Jamaican theatre landscape, Boxing Day is synonymous with the premiere of the annual pantomime, which has been developed by the Little Theatre Movement (LTM) for a long time. On Sunday, even with amusement continue to on lockdown, panto ongoing it long-standing Boxing Day tradition.
Although the solid was not enjoying in front of a dwell viewers, they brought Rebel K to everyday living in the virtual room on YouTube, Facebook and on PBC Jamaica. Previous year, for the to start with time in 78 a long time, the LTM did not open up a new production on Boxing Day. Alternatively, they provided a live performance titled Nah Give Up, which drew on the tracks and scenes from earlier pantomimes and which experienced a message of resilience.
Rebel K, a new manufacturing, pays homage to previously pantomimes Johnny Reggae, which was staged in 1978-79 and Reggae Son (1992-93).
Generation coordinator Anya Gloudon, who is carrying the baton handed to her by her mother Barbara, is mom hen-happy of the cast which has been in rehearsals tirelessly because November, with out even a stipend “and only bruk curfew one particular time”. She also praised them for their perseverance, which saw them examining the script from their telephones, when actual physical copies just could not be printed.
Gloudon is really fired up at getting in a position to make in the course of these hoping occasions, even if Christmas and Boxing Working day “felt odd”.
“On Christmas Working day, I would invest 50 % of it celebrating and the other 50 % carrying out previous-moment costume stuff. But [on Saturday] I was bored I experienced very little to do, due to the fact we experienced presently filmed from final 7 days. Commonly, at this time right now [Boxing Day] we would be at the Tiny Theatre from early, screaming at just about every other and making ready for the large opening night. But the wonderful point is that we could keep the custom of pantomime heading,” Gloudon instructed The Gleaner.
Commenting on Rebel K, she said, “We centered it on Johnny Reggae, which was a creation which we did in the ‘70s, and then experienced a reboot in the ‘90s identified as Reggae Son. We made the decision that this time we would aim on a woman — no person required to do just about anything about COVID. So we have a young lady from uptown who likes music, but her mother thinks that it is not the acceptable occupation for her, so proper there we have the parent-boy or girl wrestle. Anyway, she pursues her vocation and buss huge. And with this getting panto, there are many twists and turns.”
Among the solid members are Latoya Newman, who performs Rebel K Ryan Bailey, for whom Gloudon experienced a exclusive shout-out, owing to his perseverance, which saw him driving from Portland to Kingston for rehearsals, without the need of a stipend Kevin Halstead Keisha Kong-Scarlett Ray Jarrett Alison Latchman of Cabbie Chronicles fame and director Pierre ‘Avacado’ Lemaire.
“Grub [Cooper] graciously labored on the music, and a person of our cast users, Derrick ‘Khafari Moor’ remixed two panto music. A few previous solid associates gave us some dollars to obtain paint for props, and everything came collectively. We have a expressing in Jamaica that ‘no issue how tough t’ings get, we occur collectively ‘nd we ban’ we belly and mek matters transpire. Mi happy a dem,” she declared.
Rebel K will be aired now on LTM’s YouTube and Fb platforms, as well as on @pbcjamaica at 6 p.m.