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Stella Maris season opens this evening

Saturday, November 04, 2017

THE stage is set, the costumes ready, and the dancers well rehearsed for tonight's opening of Stella Maris Dance Ensemble's 24th Season of Dance at the Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, Kingston at 8 o'clock.

“It promises to be a spectacular show!” said Dr. Monika Lawrence, founder and artistic director of the dance ensemble.

She said one of the highlights over the past four years is the fact that the ensemble has put on a full season performance for young people from various children's homes in Kingston. And this year, the number reached its highest, with 680 children having been confirmed to attend their special show last night at the Little Theatre, sponsored by Supreme Ventures and the CHASE Fund.

Co-ordinator of that children's show, Baheerah Millwood, who is a former principal dancer with the group, said the annual visit to the theatre has become a calendar event for the children. And this year, she had to appeal to the homes to reduce the number of children selected from each institution in order to ensure seating for each child.

She said the children came from 28 children's homes and included students from six high schools which are studying for the CXC examination in the Performing Arts.

“The Stella Maris Dance Ensemble Season allows the CXC students exposure to a live performance, which is part of their preparation for the examination,” Ms. Millwood explained.

Last night's special show for the hundreds of children began with the serving of refreshments provided by Reggae Jammin, Devon House Ice cream, Wisynco and Cal's Manufacturing. In addition, Food for the Poor donated food items such as rice, cornmeal and peas, as well as exercise books and crocs shoes for the children's homes.

The Stella Maris Dance Ensemble Dance Season closes tomorrow with a show at 5 p.m. at the Little Theatre.