Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 26th 2013 Contents Originally cast for the role of the
kralahome in the First Instinct's Mu-
sical Production of the King and I,
fate served Conrad with the lead role
of the King instead; the initial person
for that part did not appear. Conrad
has since stood up to the challenge,
causing females to melt and bringing
audiences to their feet with his
many interpretations of this bold
and fierce king.
"Even though there are no similar-
ities to the role I play in this produc-
tion and myself, I am happy yet
humbled to be a part of the play,"
said Conrad. "The singing was not a
problem since I had done musicals
before, but the nervousness is al-
ways there for each show. Though
the play is the same, each show is al-
ways different and because each
crowd is diverse my nervousness ac-
tually stems from wanting to please
"Nothing is short of amazing as I
am also working alongside Raymond
Choo Kong. It certainly helps a lot...
he is a very detailed person and also
a good actor so he knows exactly
what each character should portray."
Performing for over 18 years, he
started off at the Trinidad Theatre
Workshop. However, Conrad, who di-
vulged that he snores when he is
tired and might have been a librarian
instead of an actor, believes that he
has grown tremendously. "My life
has changed... it may sound a little
'sappy' but acting teaches you
things. You view the world differ-
ently and the more you do, the more
you learn. There is also a comfort
level with myself and how I interact
with others. I am also able to turn off
and on characters much better now."
Challenging roles have become
one of Conrad's fortes as they seem
to cling to him. Always testing his
limits and stretching himself, Conrad
dives head first into any part he re-
ceives. However, he revealed that
one of his most challenging parts
was when he played the role of
Delilah, a transvestite. A Tony Hall
Musical Production of 'The Brand
New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe
Club', Conrad explained because the
script was so multi-layered it was a
bit of a test. "Tony Hall is also an-
other thorough producer, has his
own techniques and has the ten-
dency to write difficult characters
and difficult plays."
His biggest accomplishment to
date is his constant work flow and
being able to work with people who
he looked up to such as Richard Ra-
goobarsingh, Raymond Choo Kong,
Penelope Spencer, Deborah Bou-
caud-Mason and Cecilia Salazar just
to name a few. Even though Conrad
is constantly on the go he always
tries to find time and space to have
Still at pen-to-paper stage, Conrad
is currently working on his own play
that he reveals will have the ultimate
and ideal character for him. He is
soon to appear in other plays and
productions before the year ends.
The King and I Musical which has
been running since April 5th this
year is based on the 1944 novel
Anna and the King of Siam by Mar-
garet Landon, brings to light a British
governess' experience who was
hired by the King to help modernise
his country. The grand finale of this
spectacular show will run from May
30th to June 2nd at Queens Hall, St.
For more information on Conrad you
can follow him twitter: @conradparris
or Instagram: conradparris or add him
on facebook.com/parisantony or face-
As he lay upon his royal bed surrounded by his priests, kralahome,
amazons, guards, children, multiple wives, and servants, he whistled
for the last time. It was a whistle to prove that he was not afraid;
afraid of taking his last breath. And as much as he wanted to maintain
his stubborn, yet inquisitive and smart character, the tears that trick-
led down his weary and royal face said otherwise. Those that looked on
from the audience and his minions were so enthralled by his perform-
ance; they fell into 'suspended disbelief' complementing his tears with
theirs. The lights came down, everyone exited the stage and when the
curtain call was heard, the man, the king, was none other than Conrad
May 26, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
By Akiela Hope
Other appearances of Conrad Parris
• Derek Walcott's "Steel"
• Tony Hall's & David Rudder's "The Brand New
Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club"
• Davlin Thomas' "Lear Ananci"
• William Shakespeare's "The Tempest"
• Elton John's "Aida"
• "Westwood Park"
• "Dot Com" for Gayelle the Channel
• "The Ghost of Hing King Estate"
• "Sans Souci"
• "Between Friends"
• Soon to be seen in Nick Attin's "Escape from
Other work include:
• presenting for "Taste"
• voicing for radio & television
• performing master of ceremonies duties.
• He has also filmed advertisements in
Venezuela & Costa Rica.
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