Crystal Fletcher making a name in theatre
Talented actress Crystal Fletcher has landed her second lead role in a major theatrical production in a new play called 'Young and Wreckless'.
"I am really happy about this new role in this play. I can't say much about it now, but I will be playing a young girl dating an older man, and you know the mischief that can create in people's lives. I am also looking forward to working with actor Ricky Rowe, whose work I have always admired, so I am really excited," she said.
Young and Wreckless opens on June 22 at the Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston.
Over the past two years, Fletcher has emerged as a bona fide rising star on the theatre scene.
Last year, Fletcher earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike with her performance in the play Wah Sweet Nanny Goat, which was filmed by TVJ and broadcast on Saturdays over a five-week period.
Fletcher played the character Angel, the child of Janet, one of the principal characters. The play won the Best Local Theatrical play award at the recent Youth View Awards and racked up three Actor Boy nominations - Best New Jamaican Script, Best Comedy and Best Children's Theatre.
"Wah Sweet Nanny Goat did a lot for me; up to even last Saturday, people came up to me saying they recognised me from the TVJ broadcast. It raised my profile and created a platform so that other industry players could know what I am capable of," she said.
Fletcher is pursuing a degree in computer science at the University of Technology. She is also an extra on the popular Real Friends series on TVJ.
It was during her final year at St Hugh's High School that she auditioned for and became a member of the cast of the production Bashment Granny 3, where her professional acting career began.
Fletcher grew up in Central Village, Spanish Town. She attended St Catherine Primary, where she won a bronze medal in the Jamaican dialect category of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's speech competition.
She joined the drama club at St Hugh's and was awarded a gold medal for a group dialect called My Days.