Rain and adjustments – the shows go on
Yesterday we experienced heavy rain and wind that threatened to derail at least one production and stopped potential audience members, and even some ticket holders, from coming out to the other two productions but all performances went on as scheduled.
Our outdoor venue, The National Art Gallery, has a stage on the grounds with a tent that covers it while the audience sits under a covered porch. Even with that setup, the rain was so hard and wind so strong that it made it impossible to perform on the stage. A few smart people in the production team, determined not to cancel the performance, made the decision to move the production onto the porch. They rearranged the seating, the lighting and the sound and the performance of The World is my Home – The life of Paul Robeson proceeded to have its opening night performance to a very appreciative and sold out audience, thanks in part to the US Embassy.
Not too far away, the premiere performance of Dat Bahamian Ting was also taking place to small but also a very appreciative audience. Bahamians are notorious for not going out in the rain but a brave group did come out and they got to see an enjoyable performance at the Epworth Hall. Congrats to everyone involved. The photographs in this post are from last night’s performance. Pictured are cast members Joseph Thompson and Dana Ferguson in photos taken by David Burrows. Robin Belfield, author and director gave the audience a wonderful evening to remember. Dat Bahamian Ting has the night off but will be back on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
God’s Trombones also had its second performance last night and Pastor Mario Moxey and the cast did not disappoint. The crowd here was also small but those who were there got their money’s worth. Wednesday is the next performance of God’s Trombones and on that night the production moves to New Destiny Baptist Church with guest preacher, Bishop Delton Fernander.
Box Office is at the Dundas for all Shakespeare in Paradise productions, Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm, Telephone: 393-3728 or 394-7179.