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Not best of times


JOHN SEALY

Not best of times

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HEADLINERS’ PURPOSE?for being at the Plantation Theatre Thursday night was to present their production Hard At Play to “the selection committee from the National Cultural Foundation to pick out the ones they want to take to the Party Monarch and Pic-O-De-Crop Semi-finals”.
That was how emcee Adrian “Boo” Husbands put it as he welcomed judges of the Pic-O-De-Crop competition after the initial assignment was postponed due to Tropical Storm Chantal Tuesday.
Taking on the persona of a Nigerian chief, Husbands shared duties with one of his back-up singers who read the names of the supporting sponsors and depended on the band to tell him when the judges were ready because he could not see the light they were shining.
Before going any further, “nuff respect” – I am not sure they still say that – to the band for their orchestration and arrangement of Lord Kitchener’s Old Lady Walk A Mile as their signature song. The musicians were great, especially trumpeter Shawn Layne, whose tone and mariachi nuances were a joy to hear.

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