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April 30, 2014
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National Festival of the Arts a success
Jolyn Bryan, Star Writer


Remona Buchanan performing a passionate scene from the drama 'A Mother's Loss'. - Jolyn Bryan

The Parish finals for speech and drama in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) 2014 National Festival of the Arts was concluded on Monday with an impressive showing from schools across St Thomas.

The yearly festival has been instrumental in showcasing some of the most talented upcoming artistes across the country, and that was no less true when the students of St Thomas brought their best to the table, blowing away the judges and spectators that came out to the Anglican Church Hall in Morant Bay to watch the performances.

The groups, competing in Jamaican dialect poems, dub poetry, standard English poems as well as others, were judged by actress Angella Jarrett, playwright Joan Belfon and actor Rayon McLean in areas of creativity, talent and clarity of delivery.

Of special note were performances by Cedrea Walker from Seaforth High School, who won bronze for his original dub poem 'Put Little Faith', and Remona Buchanan, from Star Struck Performing Arts Group, for her stirring and emotional 'one woman' performance of 'A Mother's Loss', which earned a merit for direction.

But it was Rushane Thompson of Seaforth High, who thrilled the crowd and the judges, winning gold for his energetic and entertaining performance of 'Bun A Fire'. He, along with gold medalists Raldayne Thomas of Providence Kindergarten Preparatory, who performed 'Who Am I', Charlecia Robinson of Grant Pens Primary and Infant School, 'Fi Wi Environment', and Yattana Anderson of Yallahs High with Ms. Lou's 'Here Soh' will now advance to the National Finals.

This will be held after all parish judging has been concluded. The St Thomas Parish finals for traditional folk forms will be held on May 8 at the same venue.

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