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  • The Ministries of Tourism and Entertainment, and Education, have partnered in an engagement that will see several high schools being utilised as performing arts centres.
  • Jamaica College and St. Andrew High School in St. Andrew; Guys Hill High School, St. Catherine; and Manchester High School, Manchester - have been selected for improvement to be carried out on their facilities.
  • The move is aimed at addressing the “deficiency” in the availability of entertainment venues by “improving existing spaces.”

The Ministries of Tourism and Entertainment, and Education, have partnered in an engagement that will see several high schools being utilised as performing arts centres.

Arising from this, an initial four institutions – Jamaica College and St. Andrew High School in St. Andrew; Guys Hill High School, St. Catherine; and Manchester High School, Manchester – have been selected for improvement to be carried out on their facilities, beginning September, to accommodate this undertaking.

This was announced by State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford, during his 2014/15 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on June 10, under the theme: ‘Progressing on the Path of Progress’.

Mr. Crawford said the move is aimed at addressing the “deficiency” in the availability of entertainment venues by “improving existing spaces.” This, he contended, will create “greater access” to venues for creative producers and promoters, particularly of drama.

This engagement is expected to augur well at the schools where it is undertaken, consequent on the Theatre Arts component incorporated in the Education Ministry’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) curriculum.

Mr. Crawford pointed out that this aspect of the curriculum includes the welcomed components of Drama, Dance, and Stage Craft, pointing out that “before now, no school in Jamaica has ever been able to complete the Stage Craft component at CSEC.”

“What we have done… is to enable Jamaican students to complete CSEC Theatre Arts in Stage Craft for the first time,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Mr. Crawford said an additional benefit expected to arise from the venue improvement initiative, is the provision of training for persons in sound and lighting.

He pointed out that despite an increasing number of music studios and rising number of filmmakers, sound and lighting expertise in Jamaica is currently limited.