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Caribbean Secondary Schools Drama Festival to host auditioning, playwriting workshops in Saint Lucia

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(PRESS RELEASE) — The upcoming Caribbean Secondary Schools Drama Festival slated for November 3 to 9 in Saint Lucia presents an opportunity for artistes to hone their crafts.

This year, Saint Lucian drama students will join their counterparts from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Antigua and Barbuda for an intensive week of training workshops and performances.

An auditioning workshop with Marvin George from the Edna Manley College for the Performing Arts in Jamaica will be held on Wednesday, November 6 from 10 a.m. at the National Cultural Centre (NCC). Registration fee is $20.

Those in attendance at the workshop will also be able to learn more about the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the possibilities open to Saint Lucians.

Recently, the government of Saint Lucia, under the EQUIP Programme and Ministry of Education, awarded scholarships to Saint Lucian students to attend the Edna Manley College for the Performing Arts.

Meanwhile, Caribbean Laureate Dr. Paloma Mohamed of Guyana, whose plays have been staged throughout the world, will facilitate a two-day intensive playwriting workshop on November 5 and November 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Cultural Centre.

Dr. Mohamed writes about various themes and subjects but also specializes in plays that target young people. The sessions will give participants the opportunity to work on their plays and get feedback from a published and award-winning playwright. Registration cost is $60 for both days.

National Coordinator for this year’s festival, Kentillia Louis, said a major concern for those involved in the genre is an unfamiliarity with the audition process.

She encourages anyone wishing to improve their skills to sign up for the workshops.

“There’s a way of deciding how to choose your piece, what you should look for and do—whether it’s for a scholarship or to get a part in a production,” Louis said. “You need to know what your assessors are looking for. These workshops help in preparing you for such scenarios.”

The acclaimed Edna Manley College for the Performing Arts is just one of the institutions Saint Lucia is partnering with to improve skills in the performing arts.

During this year’s festival, nearly 100 students, teachers and general practitioners of theatre will exchange skills, experiences and ideas in performance and production, allowing them to improve on their standards of production. Forums to discuss plans for arts education will also be hosted.

The drama festival will be hosted at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) where nightly performances by students from the participating countries will be adjudicated. Nightly admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children and the public is asked to support in full force.

For more information about the 2019 Caribbean Secondary Schools Drama Festival, email [email protected]

Registration is now open. Register by visiting the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), Barnard Hill, Castries; or at CAMDU on Morne Fortune.

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