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Dimanche Gras producer: We did best we could

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dimanche Gras producer Derrick Lewis, who was charged with revamping the traditional Carnival Sunday show, said given the time frame and budget, the producers did what they could. In a brief telephone interview with the T&T Guardian yesterday, Lewis said, “We did all we could in the given time and budget.”


Lewis, a director of Island People, admitted some elements did not work, such as the opening sequence, when there were technical difficulties. However, he said, “We worked hard with a great team.” Pressed for further comment, Lewis said he was unable to do so since he had a meeting to attend. 


The revamped show was severely criticised by the public. Besides going over time, the $3 million show failed to impress many, including National Carnival Commission (NCC) chairman Allison Demas, who commented on her Facebook page that she was disappointed. 


Demas wrote, “To be honest, I am disappointed with Dimanche Gras. I had envisioned a crisp three-hour production of the highest creative and technical quality, not the usual five-to-six hour marathon. However, I still think that the possibilities are limitless and by starting the planning process one year in advance I pray that by Carnival 2014 we will finally get it right.”


The show removed the competitive elements, a long-standing aspect of the show. Nevertheless despite starting at 6 pm with a pre-show, the entire event did not end until 2 am. 


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