Boogsie Sharpe lends his mastery to Marionettes.
Zen Dionne Jarrette
With each voice so clear that you could identify each singer,
the Marionettes Chorale presented Joy To The World at Queens
Hall, St Anns, last Thursday night.
After a small cocktail reception by show sponsor bpTT, patrons
turned out in their numbers despite inclement weather to
see the Senior and Youth Chorales do Christmas classics
and contemporary favourites.
A jubilant start was the song Im Gonna Sing, with
a blending of voices that captured attention from the moment
notes were uttered.
Shortly after came the dramatic piece Ode To Joy, during
which Marlon De Bique and Rory Wallace did justice to Ludwig
Inscription of Hope was a performance that gave the hall
It was a song written from writing left on a wall in a hiding
place in Cologne, Germany, by a Jewish man running from
The girls choir did this number and it certainly conveyed
hope in the midst of utter hopelessness.
The choirs send-up of Aida was sheer magnificence,
particularly in soloist Jacqueline Johnson. Playing the
role Heather Headley won a Tony award for on Broadway, Johnsons
voice was different, and had a soothing quality that still
came through in the dramatic songs Dance Of The Robe and
The Gods Love Nubia.
Melded with Best Village calibre drumming and intricate
choreography from both choir and dancers it was just spectacular.
After intermission, soloist Loretta Boes began Adeste Fideles,
O Come All Ye Faithful, and was joined by the choir, which
had the audience singing along in operatic fashion.
Then came Ding Dong Merrily On High, a timeless song which
the season would not be the same without.
One of the worlds most famous Christmas instrumentals,
The Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskys
Nutcracker Suite, was put to words .
They simply sang Fa La La in time with the piece,
but added with a ballerina and quirky choreography, they
made it a delight.
The Senior Chorale took the stage not long after and did
contemporary classics, such as Its Beginning To Look
A Lot Like Christmas, complete with tap dancers, and The
The Steelpan Celebration came after and was certainly that
when Len Boogsie Sharpe lent his mastery on
the national instrument to the Marionettes programme.
Doing Ring Christmas Bells, Gloria In Excelsis Deo, God
Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, in Jazz styling, Jingle Bells and
Joy To The World, his hands were flying expertise on the
He kept the audience on each note, and earned a rousing
ovation at the end.
Then came the highlight of the night.
O Holy Night, for most shows, has become the piece de resistance,
as it takes voices of the highest calibre to pull this classic
The Marionettes were in their element when Gillian Seecharan-Scott
took the stage and almost made the audience fall to its
knees when she sang that very line from the song.
Then joined by Deborah Nahous for a duet, then the rest
of the choir filtering in, they showed power and left patrons
It was a moving, beautiful performance.
Ending the show was Ya Es Navidad, during which the choir
did a little breakaway, and Conductor Gretta
Taylor joined them on-stage.
Anyone who went to the show feeling like Scrooge certainly
came away with the Christmas spirit.