JCS Entertainment’s ongoing business model includes working with Producer’s of high quality theatre as part of the development process of the live theatre art form and expanding even further the now limited yet potentially greater market of persons wanting to enjoy this. Here we offer a snapshot review of our past productions.
- Music by RICHARD RODGERS
- Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
- Book by HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE
- Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp
It’s the one that started it all! Rodger and Hammerstein’s ‘The Sound of Music’ ran at N.A.P.A. from April 18 to 22, 2012 and Queen’s Hall from August 2 to 4, 2012. It featured Tova Miller as ‘Maria’, Kearn Samuel as Captain Von Trapp and Cecilia Salazar as the Baroness. This production also introduced a host of young talent, which is now a characteristic part of JCS Entertainment.
Boasting some of the most popular songs in musical history, this production presented them using our national instrument as an integral part of the orchestration. The Steel Pan will go on to feature in every production of JCS Entertainment.
Rodger and Hammerstein’s ‘The Sound of Music’ announced JCS Entertainment’s intention to raise the standard of Quality Entertainment to heights never seen before in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Music by RICHARD RODGERS
- Book and Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
- Based on “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon
- Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins
In 2013, Rodger and Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I’ was presented a N.A.P.A (April 25 to 28), Naparima Bowl (May 16 to 18) and Queen’s Hall (May 30 to June 2). This nationwide tour featured Conrad Parris as the King and Tova Miller as Anna Leonowens. Patti-Anne Ali and Germaine Wilson shared the role of Lady Thiang.
This production was made distinct by its elaborate costuming, detailed sets and moving acting and singing performances by the cast. Conrad Parris and Tova Miller earned critical acclaim for their performances. The production’s visuals and sound drew comparisons to musicals presented on Broadway and the West End.
Rodger and Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I’ was also highlighted by the play within the play, ‘The Small House of Uncle Thomas’. A story told through dance with input of our choreography consultant on this production, national icon, Satnarine Balkaransingh.
This visionary concept was presented at the Central Bank Auditorium on October 25 and 26, with another run from October 31 to November 3 and a Charity performance on November 16 at N.A.P.A. (South) for the Maritime South Regional Centre.
It showcased pieces from previous productions (The Sound of Music and The King and I) and highlights from other popular Broadway Musicals such as ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. It also featured High Quality L.E.D. Screens, which provided the backdrops for performances that took audiences from the bright streets of New York, to the mountains of Austria and ending in the catacombs of the Phantom’s Opera.
Tova Miller and Kearn Samuel returned to perform new songs, as well as, songs from previous productions. They were joined by Marvin Smith and the fabulous Mavis John.
- Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
- Lyrics by Tim Rice
A revival like nothing you’ve never seen before! This rock opera ran at N.A.P.A. from May 7 to 11, 2014. Devin Harry Paul starred as Jesus and Kearn Samuel starred as Judas. The role of Mary Magdalene was performed by the very young and talented, Kristen Honeywell.
This production of Jesus Christ Superstar was true musical spectacular with the brightest lights, hard-driving music and stirring performances by a huge cast. In addition to the steel pan, Tassa Drums were also used in the orchestra.
This timeless story, told with energetic choreography, eye popping costuming and outstanding singing/acting performances, had audiences mesmerized and asking for more!
- Book, Music, and Story by TOM STOLZ
25 SHOWS!…Our best received and the longest run of production at the time. MAHALIA ran from May 7 to July 4 (2015) at venues such as The Little Carib Theatre, Central Bank Auditorium and Naparima Bowl.
This gospel musical told the story of Mahalia Jackson and her historical impact on Gospel Music and the Civil Rights Movement. It featured Lletesha Sylvester as Mahalia, Mandisa Granderson as Young Mahalia and Conrad Parris as Martin Luther King Jr.
This was the first JCS Entertainment Production that had a cast and crew of less than 100 persons. It was also the first production to have such critical acclaim and sold out shows, with many patrons returning to see it more than twice.
- Book By Kevin Del Aguila
- Music And Lyrics By Gary Adler & Michael Patrick Walker
- Conceived By Marc Kessler & Ken Davenport
The ALTAR BOYZ was a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy that ran at the Central Bank Auditorium from April 8 to 17, 2016. It was about a fictitious, now famous band on the last night of their international “Epiphany Tour 2016” world music tour.
Matthew (Kearn Samuel), Mark (Kyle Richardson), Luke (Omar Jarra), Juan (Justin Zephyrine) and Abraham (Nicholas Subero) also known as ‘The Boyz’ were five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs. The musical also featured Lletesha Sylvetser, Nikia Coutou, Khadaesha Worrell-Sobers and Jeanine Jackson as ‘The Angelz’. Keon Jeffrey led the band ‘The Glory’ that showcased Jeanine Ruiz, Ryan Romany, Kail Thomas and Joel Wiggins
Some of the profound messages they left behind included “Everybody Fits” in God’s Family, the “Epiphany” that God don’t make mistakes and he made us all and they finally deliver a message of unity faith and botherly love. Also, that “there is no star as bright as its constellation and no harmony in a single voice.”
The well-received Altar Boyz featured tight harmonies and spectacular choreography that delighted the audiences of all ages.