Jamaican culture on show in Jamaica, New York
NEW YORK, United States, Thursday March 8, 2012 - West Indians are expected to assemble this weekend in Jamaica, Queens, to laugh and sway to the highly successful Jamaican musical and comedic production "Wheel An' Come Again".
Directed by Jamaican singer and producer Andrew Clarke, the New York-based Braata Folk Singers will showcase their 2011 hit production at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) this Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue in Queens.
Following rave reviews in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Toronto, the show makes its Queens debut this weekend. "We are truly excited to present Wheel an' Come Again in Queens for the first time," said Clarke.
The singer-producer was himself impressed and "bigged up" JPAC's state-of-the-art facilities. "It's a wonderful space, with terrific seating for the audience, an expansive stage and first-world technical facilities. It gives us the opportunity to present the show at its very best, and also to introduce patrons to an exciting performance space that has been remarkably under the radar until now."
Set predominantly on a vibrant and colorful Jamaican market day, Wheel An' Come Again traces, through song and movement, the activities of a group of vendors and shoppers as they gossip, haggle, socialize and occasionally argue their way through the busy day.
The dramatic market backdrop provides a perfect performance platform for many memorable Jamaican and Caribbean folk songs, including Coconut Woman, Ruckumbine, I'm a Better Woman Than You, Don't Touch Mi Tomato, Domino, Under The Coconut Tree, and Lionheart.
The show continues Braata's commemoration of Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence year which began with their recent appearance in Toronto, and includes the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio from July 4 to 14 where they will represent Jamaica.
"Having Jamaican culture on show in Jamaica, Queens is part of our plans to connect the culture of the Caribbean with the strong Caribbean communities who live in the borough," said Phillip Willis, executive director of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) which manages the JPAC facility. "Saturday's show promises to be exciting and we can't wait for Braata to take the Caribbean community down memory lane."
The show will rock JPAC's 400-seat auditorium, located at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue in Queens, where the unique architectural elements of a 19th century church have been incorporated into the construction of a 21st century performing arts theater.
The JPAC facility is easily accessible by public transportation, including bus and subway (E, F, J and Z lines) as well as the LIRR.
To purchase tickets ($25 - adults; $20 - children and seniors), call 718-618-6170 or visit www.jamaica-performingartscenter.org.
The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center are housed landmark buildings owned by the City of New York.
About Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL)
For 40 years, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) has served as an arts oasis in a section of New York City where cultural opportunities are extremely limited. Created in 1972 as part of an effort to revitalize Jamaica, JCAL has earned a reputation for inspiring youth to take an interest in the arts, showcasing the talents of up-and-coming local artists and performers, and creating dynamic multicultural programs and workshops that have been embraced by the community. Each year, tens of thousands of visitors of all ages, backgrounds and skill sets pass through its doors to attend classes and workshops, view art exhibitions, attend performances or immerse themselves in an art residency.
For further information, visit www.jcal.org
About Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC)
Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) is a mid-size, multipurpose performance venue housed in a completely renovated 1858 landmark building - the former First Reformed Dutch Church of Jamaica. JPAC is a showcase for local, regional and national artists and performers. This beautiful 400-seat theater is surrounded by stained glass windows giving the space an almost ethereal quality. State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems enhance the experience all the more. JPAC is destined to become one of the premier destination spots in New York City for intimate concerts and other performances. Visit www.jamaica-performingartscenter.org for more information.