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EMA Youth Ambassadors host Eco Concert

Monday, February 20, 2012

The EMA Youth Ambassadors had a resounding success with their first ever Eco Concert in Trinidad and Tobago. The concert, entitled Orient My Generation (OMG), was held at Queen’s Hall, Port-of-Spain on Saturday 4th February. It featured many skits, plays and songs that all reflected sentiments and issues of a changing environment. The production also featured Soca celebrity host, Super Jigga T.C. As a proud EMA Youth Ambassador, I can say that it was undoubtedly a great show that featured many theatrical concepts as well as current environmental issues. Forestry, littering, flooding and adapting to greener lifestyles were just some of the central themes for the many short plays in the concert. I was privileged enough to do a monologue and chose to perform ‘Harry D Hunter’. A seemingly older character, who is as vibrant as any young individual and tries his best to educate himself on issues surrounding the forests. Harry is not a selfish person, and thus shares his ‘wealth’ of information to a listening audience. He does so creatively and usually sings parodies of popular Soca songs to make his delivery as entertaining and educational as possible. 

My fellow colleagues were simply outstanding. Notable mention must be given to Alexander Johnson, Jochelle Fortune, Shastri Ramroop, Alex Harripersad, Mahalia Marshall, Dominique Raphael and Matthew Omar for their outstanding performance in the play ‘Halfway Green’. The play featured issues of adapting to a greener lifestyle. It was quite entertaining, considering the characters were quite common in a real life setting. A ‘drunkie’, a ‘maco’, a lover-boy and even a granny were all featured in the village of Halfway Green as they all tried to come to terms with changing their lifestyles for the betterment of their environment. We tried our best to cater for the needs of an expansive audience, with even a Sesame Street adapted play entitled ‘Monsters Surfers Club’. This illustrated the importance of not throwing trash in the oceans, rivers and drains. This was accompanied by song and dance which made for an excellent performance for both children and adults. The production also featured guest performances from Tinique Beckles and Anthony Batson, both of whom were winners in the EMA’s Eco Song Competition 2011. Super Jigga TC along with the EMA Youth Ambassadors closed the show with his latest release for Carnival 2K12 ‘Action’. The EMA Youth Ambassadors must give great thanks to the management and staff of Queen’s Hall for their hospitality and accommodations. We must also say a special thank you to our fellow Youth Ambassador, Annabella Thorne, along with her designing team for doing a spectacular job on our costumes for the production. We would also like to thank the Environmental Management Authority of Trinidad and Tobago for showing its continued interest and support. Special mention must be given to Tisha Marajh, Manager of Corporate Relations and Public Education as well as Dr. Joth Singh, Directing Manager/CEO of the EMA. 


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