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The world premiere of Jab Molassie
This Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th November, Calabash Foundation for the Arts presents the world premiere of "JAB MOLASSIE" - a new music-theatre work with original music by London-based Trinidadian composer Dominique Le Gendre and libretto by Caitlyn Kamminga of the University of Trinidad & Tobago's Academy for the Performing Arts. 
 
“JAB MOLASSIE" runs at the Little Carib Theatre with at 8pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm and 6pm on Sunday 9th. Tickets are $250, with a special offer of $100 tickets for children under 18 and university students with valid ID. The opening night gala is already sold out. Tickets are available at the Little Carib Box Office (tel: 622-4644) from 12pm daily, closing at 6pm Monday-Wednesday, and 8pm Thursday-Sunday.

The cast features a mix of rapso, rock and opera singers - 3canal's Wendell Manwarren and Roger Roberts join Gyazette's Nickolai Salcedo to sing alongside star sopranos Natalia Dopwell and Germaine Wilson, while dancer Dominique Doyle plays the silent role of the Carnival Queen. The production is directed by London-based Jamaican writer/director Patricia Cumper (MBE), assisted by Caroline Taylor; with the UK's Ian Shaw serving as Musical Director; Dave Williams as Movement Director; Kathryn Chan doing Set and Costume Design; Benny Gomes doing Lighting Design; and Robin Foster (Sound Design).
 
The original score by Le Gendre is at the heart of "JAB MOLASSIE", and takes the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of our musical heritage. Nine live musicians - clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, double seconds steel pan, two percussion, violin and double bass - bring the music to life. Seven of the nine musicians are current UTT faculty members and one is a member of the National Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The story of "JAB MOLASSIE" is a Trinidad & Tobago adaptation of Igor Stravinsky’s internationally renowned "The Soldier’s Tale". It's set in the hills of Laventille and the story is told by two school Security Guards, a man and woman, played by Manwarren and Wilson, who narrate the tale of Starboy, Nickolai Salcedo, a gifted musician with a bright future who unwittingly sells his soul, represented by his music, to Jab Molassie played by Roger Roberts and Natalia Dopwell. Dominique Doyle performs the silent dance role of Carnival Queen. Imagining that in exchange for his instrument he will gain all the riches promised to him by Jab and his magic book, Starboy cannot predict the heavy price he will pay for this exchange.  Nor does he imagine that he will be lost forever. Or…will he be?

Further information, visit “JAB MOLASSIE” online at 
www.jabmolassie.com and www.facebook.com/JabMolassie, or call 345-4330.
 
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