Pan Jamaican Investment Trust (PanJam) through its C.B. Facey Foundation facilitated the attendance of children from inner city communities at the Sunday, January 11 staging of Nesta’s Rock – a theatrical production of the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company, in association with Tuff Gong International.
Brittany Singh, Managing Consultant at the C.B. Facey Foundation said the entity holds a long standing relationship with the producers. “We have sponsored benefit performances of the JMTC’s annual productions for the past three years. They are always highly anticipated, as one of the goals of the Foundation is to invest in education through the Arts; which contributes to the holistic development of children.”
Comprising a large cast ranging from ages nine to 22, Nesta’s Rock has ignited and inspired its young performers and audiences from all social spheres. Danielle Stiebel, Executive and Artistic Producer believes “It is not where you’re from, it’s your love for performing. PanJam with its Foundation sees the benefit of junior theatre. They bring children who have never had the experience of theatre, and every child should have that experience. This cast has kids from all over. What is beautiful about JMTC is we cover the spectrum, we have kids that come from more affluent homes and kids from poorer communities.”
With Drama, Dance and Music omitted from the curriculum of many Primary/All-Age and Junior High Schools, most children in attendance were seeing a theatrical performance for the very first time. Tuan of Boys Town All-Age said “It is very nice, the dancing and the music.” Another was perplexed by the non-physical interpretation of a tussle between the actors in one scene. “I would watch it from evening till morning, but they pretended to fight, so it wasn’t real,” said 14 year old Dave Myers.
Davion James, Music Teacher at St Anne’s Primary, also in attendance, admitted children love the arts, but without a Drama programme, music has to be structured in a way they can understand. “You want them to be more creative, so this production has helped them to see how instruments can be used.”
Nesta’s Rock is an original musical production inspired by the childhood of Robert Nesta Marley – a part of his 70th birthday celebrations.
Pan Jamaican Investment Trust (PanJam), formed in 1964 was among the first companies to be listed on the newly formed Kingston Stock Exchange. PanJam pioneered the development of high-rise commercial and residential properties in Jamaica. Today PanJam is comprised of a diversified portfolio of investments, including wholly-owned businesses and investor partnerships in insurance, manufacturing, real estate, among others.