Members of the
Téyat Toutafé cast
The first ever full season of theatre is set to
begin in Rodney Bay tomorrow. Over the next three months, the
Téyat Toutafé tent will be filled with hilarious
yet thought-provoking productions. Tomorrow will be no exception
with the opening night musical production Rampanalgas Sunrise.
The theatre season will run straight through to January and includes
the staging of eight different productions—six different
plays and two musical variety shows.
Apart from multiple ongoing rehearsals, the Téyat members
have laboured tirelessly to secure the facilities and equipment
necessary to make this project a reality with extremely limited
Thanks to the French Embassy, the group now has a full-sized tent
to use as a theatre space. Michael Chastanet has agreed to let
the group use a piece of his land in central, while bleacher seating
has been made and donated by Caribbean Metals Ltd. M&C Home
Depot has donated wooden planks, gravel and sand to prepare the
land came from CO Williams; and a sign printed by JE Bergasse
and Company Ltd.
Due to resource constraints, theatre members have built the stage
and lighting system themselves. But this is all part of the community
outreach philosophy which is central to all Téyat work.
This is a not-for-profit venture designed to reach out to the
St Lucian community and assist primarily with the development
of young St Lucians.
Under the guidance and tutelage of Ellen O’Malley Camps,
who has 40 years experience in Caribbean theatre, Téyat
members are taught about assuming responsibility, making things
happen no matter what the obstacles, and to do everything for
themselves wherever possible. And in-between they manage to squeeze
in a little theatre—the medium through which O’Malley
Camps teaches and reaches young people.
Members are then encouraged to use this character development
to the benefit of others through Téyat Toutafe’s
Toutafé’s tent theatre at Rodney bay
Some of the projects already completed or on-stream
include: the Wednesday workshop—a theatre training project
open to the general public; an Emancipation Workshop facilitated
by Téyat members at the Cultural Centre; a theatre enrichment
course at Upton Gardens Girls Centre; a personal empowerment,
leadership skills and team building training course for Gros Islet
youth; and foreign tours to enable young people to experience
performing and representing St Lucia.
Two successful tours to the Dublin Theatre Festival, Ireland and
Festival Téyat Zabim in Guadeloupe have already been undertaken.
The sheer scale and diversity of the drama productions are also
calculated to give the youth a wide forum for looking and dealing
with important issues they will face in their day-to-day lives.
For example the opening show, Rampanalgas Sunrise by O’Malley
Camps and Roger Israel, was rehearsed over many months and used
as a vehicle for teaching movement and voice and will feature
many young St Lucians making their stage debuts.
Bent, a moving play by Martin Sherman about the persecution of
homosexuals in Nazi Germany, looks at homophobic stereotypes and
attitudes and the callousness of prejudice.
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow
is Enuf, an award-winning play by Ntozake Shange, looks at the
conditions and prejudices many young women of colour face in modern
And, finally, Mammyshow Pappyshow: Wha happen to de plan? gets
Téyat members involved in actual playwriting.
But as much as anything, Téyat is committed to providing
a quality product that the public can come and enjoy at a reasonable
cost. Tickets are $20 dollars in advance, children $10 and if
you become a Friend of Téyat Toutafe, further discounts
and inclusion in Téyat functions are also available.
The full season schedule is as follows: Rampanlagas Sunrise; For
Coloured Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf;
Couplets; Bent; A Man for All Seasons featuring the music and
storytelling of Gene Lawrence; Rhythm So Lucian, fusion music
by a new St Lucian band; Donkey Time, a collaborative effort between
Beverly Gravinsky and Téyat Toutafe; and Mammyshow Pappyshow:
Wha Happen to the Plan.
For further information and tickets, contact email@example.com,
or call Lawrence Bain at 450-4977.
returned to St Lucia on Monday evening
St Lucian beauty Camille Greer emerged as winner of the 2002 Miss
Caribbean Tourism Pageant, held at Carnival City in St Kitts on
First runner-up was Trinidadian Nikeisha Bynoe, while Vanessa John
of Anguilla was second runner-up. The third runner-up position went
to Mariella Luigo of Puerto Rico.
Greer, an employee of Sandals Halcyon and the reigning Miss St Lucia
Hotel and Tourism Association, also emerged winner of a number of
segments: Best Interview and Best Promotional Speech (contestants
had to deliver speeches that literally sold or marketed their islands).
Other segment winners were: Miss Congeniality—Miss Grenada;
Best Evening Wear—Miss Puerto Rico; Best National Costume—Miss
Trinidad and Tobago; and Best Swim Wear—Miss St Kitts.
St Lucia has been a regular participant at this pageant which was
first held seven years ago, but this is the first time a St Lucian
has brought home the crown.
An excited Greer, shared a few comments in her moment of joy on
stage, said she was very surprised to win, but that she was pleased
with the outcome.
“I thank all those who encouraged me,” she said, “and
who helped me at various points along the way.”
During her year-long reign, Greer said she will be readily available
to help the St Kitts and Nevis Hotel and Tourism Association (the
pageant organisers) in whatever way she could. To her Sandals family,
she expressed thanks for their support and excitedly said, “I’ll
be back on Monday.”
Executive Director of the St Kitts Hotel and Tourism Association,
Val Henry, said he was “delighted” with the high standard
of the show and the smooth way in which it flowed. He added: “The
girls did their countries proud, they represented themselves well.
The audience liked what they saw on stage—lots of talent and
intelligence. What I think is important is that the audience, as
well as the girls, respected and loved the result, and that is important
for any type of competition.”
The launching of a new Kwéyòl dictionary by
the Ministry of Education and the Summer Institute of Linguistics
International (SIL) is helping to refashion the future, according
to permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Dr Didicus
Dr Jules speaking at the recent launch of the dictionary at the
Folk Research Centre (FRC), paid particular homage to Dr David Frank
of the SIL, who during the early 1980s was intricately involved
in developing the orthography of the Kwéyòl language
together with members of the FRC.
Dr Jules focused his attention on the historical developments regarding
the FRC/SIL relationship, while collaborating on the Kwéyòl
“I want to recall that when David first came to St Lucia,
at the point when he came with the Crosby’s and he sat with
us at the Folk Research Centre, we were not sober minded, young
committed Christians. We were radical, fire breathing black nationalists
and we put David and the Crosby’s through their own particular
baptism of fire to ask them why a group of white people would want
to come and help us, and which one of them here represented the
CIA,” Jules said.
Dr Jules complemented Dr Frank and his team for working tirelessly
doing the simple things that “all the fire breathing radicals”
would never want to touch, but which at the end of the day had laid
the foundation for a solid future.
Founding member of the FRC, Monsignor Patrick “Paba”
Anthony reiterated the significance of appreciating the beauty of
the idiom that is “indigenously and natively ours” carrying
its own wealth and power.
According to Msgr Anthony, if one does not appreciate oneself as
a person, it is impossible to appreciate the beauty of our language.
The Monsignor indicated that this is the main driving force which
keeps them doing research into St Lucian culture, because the culture,
he said, is the expression of our humanity, equal with the humanity
of anybody, anywhere in the world.
The first Kwéyòl dictionary was published by the late
Jones E Mondesir in 1992.
A number of recommendations
are to go before governments of member states of the Caribbean Tourism
Organisation (CTO) dealing with aviation policy matters.
The CTO Aviation Committee met at Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort
on Saturday October 26, ahead of the 25th Annual Caribbean Tourism
Conference (CTC-25) to look at issues facing carriers serving the
region and to identify possible solutions to some of the problems.
The Committee, chaired by Conrad Aleong, president and chief executive
officer of BWIA (British West Indies Airways), concluded that indigenous
carriers needed help from governments of the region as well as “the
marketing machinery” of the external airlines.
The Committee agreed to recommend that governments provide marketing
support for the indigenous carriers. It will also propose that the
national airlines be the first choice of travel for government employees.
On the subject of charters, the Committee agreed that these should
be allowed to collect passengers to and from their destinations.
However, the number of passengers should be limited to 10 percent
of the aircraft capacity. Members also agreed to recommend to the
governments, guidelines for use by destinations to determine when
to approach a charter.
With the airline industry continuing to suffer hundreds of millions
of dollars in losses since September 11, 2001 the Committee’s
objective is to find a method of helping all carriers to profit
from serving the region.
“We must have external scheduled carriers, as well as charters,
but the indigenous carriers will always be the backbone of sustainable
airlift,” said Mr Aleong. “I look forward to the day
when the region has an ideal mix of these various elements.”
Delegates to the meeting unanimously called on the indigenous carriers
to meet regularly to discuss common problems and to work together,
particularly in the areas of maintenance, airports and aircraft
purchasing, to find ways to reduce their costs.
They also expressed the need for the governments to become aware
of the threat posed by low cost airlines to larger carriers serving
The delegates felt that as the larger airlines restructure their
costs to deal with the competition from the low cost carriers, they
may pull out of the Caribbean and the indigenous carriers will not
be enough to fill the void.
The Aviation Committee meeting was one of several taking place ahead
of the CTC-25, which opened on Monday.
The Human Resource Development, Blue Flag, Executive and Marketing
Committees met on Saturday while the Ministers of Tourism and the
Board of Directors met Sunday.
The Ministers and Directors were expected to discuss the Caribbean
Tourism Strategic Plan, the financial needs of the sector and a
Sustainable Fund for Caribbean Tourism.
The regional television campaign, Life Needs the Caribbean as part
of the overall marketing programme was also slated for discussion.
This agreement is testimony of a long standing cordial relationship
The St Lucia Seamen Waterfront and General Workers Union was busy
last week when it sealed two wage agreements.
In the first instance, the union signed a two year Contract of Agreement
on behalf of workers at the St Lucia Electricity Services.
But that wasn’t the end, a day later it signed a three year
Contract of Agreement on behalf of the Castries City Council’s
daily paid workers.
The Labour Department’s Mc Stephen Aubertin, who was on hand
at last Wednesday’s CCC signing ceremony, maintained that
there should be a spirit of compromise and complimented both parties
on a fine job.
“I’d like to encourage all other employers and trade
unions to try their utmost to negotiate in good faith,” Aubertin
said. “The spirit of compromise ensures that the wishes of
both parties are met at least halfway.”
He added that after much deliberation, they were pleased with the
outcome of the negotiations—which gives CCC staff an increase
of one per cent per annum.
“I must emphasise that during our discussions on the subject
we were able to highlight to the union the need to have their workers
be more productive,” Aubertin noted.
“As it is now, productivity among its members is very low
and that is a factor that has compelled management to examine the
options that are available in order to heighten productivity.”
Elijah Greenidge, president of the St Lucia Seamen and General Workers
Union said the agreement was proof of their long-standing cordial
relations with the CCC.