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Billed as T&T's first original
soca musical, Stick-ey Desires
continues its run tonight. It
is staged by students of the
Department of Creative and
Festival Arts (DCFA), UWI,
Head of department and direc-
tor Louis McWilliams said the play
centres around Peter, a masman
who plays in a steelband, his de-
cision to move to New York and
how it affects the women in his life.
McWilliams said he wrote the
script with six students, Rayshawn
Pierre, Kerri McNeil, Daniella Kat-
waroo, Joshua Moodoo, Tricia
Kellawon and Marissa Ramnine.
"I knew I wanted to do some-
thing local because that's where
my strength is. I spent semester
one just feeding them with soca
and forcing them to listen to the
lyrics and not just hook lines, so
the emphasis in class was really
on listening to some of the older
soca songs and pulling out the key
things inside of them."
The name Stick-ey Desires was
picked from a number of student
submissions that included lines
from some of the songs. He said
it was the one that seemed least
clichéd and also would cause peo-
ple to think about the play when
they heard it.
"Sticky doesn't always have
to mean gluey. There are the pan
sticks; one gets stuck in New York;
and the key players inside there all
have desires, so at the end of the
day, that's the one that stood up."
McWilliams commended the
writing team, musical director Kh-
ion de Las and the members of the
live band who provide the majority
of the music for the play. He said
music, dance, technical theatre
and theatre students of the cam-
pus together for one production.
The production is an exam for
the participating students, who are
drawn from the Production Two
class, with support from the Pro-
duction 1B and Technical Theatre
"We've had processes where
we've built productions and we've
had processes where we worked
directly from the script and so we
always give the bunch of students a
new experience. I think they would
have benefited from this process of
building something from scratch
and they should be proud, knowing
that we started from nothing and
now have a full-fledged musical
using over 30 songs," McWilliams
He said he enjoys local musicals
and hopes this one in particular
will inspire people to think about
taking soca out of the party and
making it educational.
"Artistes have sung some really
good lyrics but people generally
only hear the chorus and don't
listen to the message inside the
song. Given the fact that one of
our students is the two-time Soca
Monarch, probably it just felt nat-
ural to go that way. I didn't think
of it before, but it just fit in with
what we're doing."
McWilliams said he wants the
audience to join in and sing along
when they come to see the pro-
"I'm looking for the level of
interaction that soca has, as a lot
of the songs are familiar. People
might pause a bit because the lyr-
ics are in the context of the play
sometimes and slightly (divergent)
from the original lyrics, but I want
to encourage a sing-along. I have
no problem with people getting up
and dancing in the aisles during
the show and participating.
"I hope they go away with a
sense of nostalgia and thinking
that soca music has potential.
Soca has meaning and I think in-
troducing this young cast to some
of the older soca and seeing how
comfortable they are with it now
was a joy."
The play opened March 31. To-
night's showtime is 6 pm. It con-
tinues April 7-9 at the Learning
Resource Centre, UWI, St Augus-
tine. Show times are 8 pm and 6
pm on Sundays. Discounted tickets
are available for secondary school
and tertiary institution students.
The cast of the soca musical Stick-ey Desires in rehearsal. Photo courtesy Anika Ward
Stick-ey Desires' musical director Khion De Las, left, and director Louis
McWilliams during a rehearsal.
Call 663-2222 or 645-1955; or
either teachers, who have degrees
in the subjects or have the ability to
teach the subjects, many willing to
volunteer their services.
In the 2017 Panorama competition
Deltones performed in the small band
category with seven- to 13-year-olds
comprising 80 per cent of the band
and the other 20 per cent under the
age of 40.
"I decided to take this young class
to the Panorama, and within embody-
ing all the concepts of the institute we
wanted to make a statement to T&T
because for months upon months
leading up to the competition, chil-
dren were coming to the class crying
because their friend was missing or a
cousin caught a bullet to the head or
some mother or sister was battered.
"Children should come here feel-
ing sad because they wanted to wear
a particular outfit and their mummy
made their wear what they were wear-
ing or they asked for $10 and got $5
instead. Children should not be sad
because their friend was murdered."
What emerged was a social message
being sent through the presentation
of Bun Dem by Leroy "Black Stalin"
Calliste that incorporated the ances-
tral musical influences of the Spanish,
French, English, Africans, Indians and
the others who came before. The ar-
rangement took them to the finals at
Skinner Park. The performance did
not win the title but left an indelible
print on the audience who witnessed
it.Almost at the end of the perfor-
mance, an artistic display was in-
troduced, featuring seven children,
all under the age of six, dressed in
lily white, emerging on the Skinner
Park stage with signs depicting the
times. "All child molesters-Bun Dem"
"All rapists-Bun Dem"
, "Female kill-
, "All politicians that
thieving from the treasury-Bun Dem"
Sennon recalled, "At the end,
when the music started to climax,
like the children reached some kind
of epiphany; they just burst into tears.
As they emerged from the stage they
were all crying and when I asked why
they were crying they could not say. I
guess tears was the only way to diffuse
While the Skinner Park audience
placed them in winners row, the offi-
cial judges result placed them seventh.
Sennon acknowledged that while
his motivation has never been to
merely win, but to be excellent in
their presentation, the results were
disappointing for the children.
"Winning that Panorama would
have put a level of marketing viabil-
ity or a stamp on what we are doing.
I could develop a lot of hypotheses,
but the God I serve always strike equi-
librium and whatever is in the dark
would always come to light. So my
children cry for five or six days but
as a serious medium to make a serious
contribution towards the youths of
T&T, we are going ahead full force."
ahead full force
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