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  1. 1. ‘ POSITIVE’ HIV Awareness Edutainment Musical
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Thursday, February 17 2005 – World Premiere of “Positive” </li></ul><ul><li>Barn Theatre </li></ul><ul><li>2-week run </li></ul><ul><li>Five (5) performances for Schools and youth groups at the Ward Theatre </li></ul><ul><li>Over 3,500 tickets issued to 35 schools and organizations </li></ul>
  3. 3. FIRST FUNDERS <ul><li>MOH through funding from the World Bank </li></ul><ul><li>The Jamaica Association of Dramatic Artists (JADA) was the sub-recipient and Producer. </li></ul><ul><li>US EMBASSY, Public Affairs Dept. </li></ul><ul><li>The U.S Mission in Jamaica sponsored one of the shows at the WARD and they were so impressed by the impact that it had, particularly with young people, that they decided to fund performances of “Positive” in each parish commencing in September 24, 2005. The remaining shows were performed in October and November 2005. </li></ul>
  4. 4. THE CREATIVE PROCESS <ul><li>Scripted by Trevor Rhone from the real-life contributions of several individuals and organizations, and in particular, Fabian Thomas. </li></ul><ul><li>The story of Positive began in a writers’ workshop and call to action that was convened by the Ministry of Health at the Morgan’s Harbour Hotel in April 2004. The workshop was designed to encourage more writers to begin including HIV/AIDS prevention, safer sex and abstinence in the storylines of their scripts, as part of efforts to increase public awareness of the need to play a more proactive role in controlling the spread of the disease. </li></ul>
  5. 5. ORIGINAL CREATIVE TEAM <ul><li>TREVOR RHONE – Playwright </li></ul><ul><li>FABIAN THOMAS – Director </li></ul><ul><li>FABIAN THOMAS </li></ul><ul><li>& TEISHA DUNCAN – Lyrics </li></ul><ul><li>GRUB COOPER – Music </li></ul><ul><li>MICHAEL HOLGATE – Choreographer </li></ul><ul><li>BOB KERR – Set Design </li></ul>
  6. 6. STORYLINE <ul><li>POSITIVE follows the efforts of an HIV/AIDS educator and his attempts to spread the word about HIV/AIDS prevention, safer sex and abstinence by doing ‘walk & talks’ in public places. The storyline also examines the challenges and realities of other characters who find themselves dealing with the psycho-social, sexual and economic issues related to HIV/AIDS. These characters are a nun, a disillusioned young man, an inner-city mother and her daughter, A young Pastor, an HIV+ woman and Joe’s fiancé. All but Jane, meet Joe on the street and their stories are explored through dialogue, song and movement, while utilizing a mixture of present day action and flashbacks. Ever-present and plotting to undo Joe’s efforts is Hi5 (HIV). Hi5 is committed to making sure the rate of HIV infection increases and that the factors that drive the epidemic continue to do so. </li></ul>
  7. 7. On stage at a school…
  8. 8. RESPONSE <ul><li>Audiences have been unanimous in their praise of the production which delivers its messages without preaching and holds the attention of the audience whilst providing them with a highly entertaining piece of musical theatre. </li></ul>
  9. 9. POSITIVE 2008 <ul><li>Marina Lampkin from the Ministry of Tourism in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, saw POSITIVE in Jamaica in 2005. She was convinced that the production with its credible, powerful and hard-hitting message about HIV prevention should be performed in SVG </li></ul><ul><li>After 3 years, director fabian thomas and a new cast of seven actors from Jamaica entertained and educated audiences in SVG on a 6-show tour of the island on June 9 – 14. </li></ul><ul><li>The tour was made possible with funding from the World Bank, in collaboration with the Ministries of Finance & Planning and Tourism in St. Vincent. Performances took place in the capital (Kingstown), the communities of Rose Hall and Fancy and the Union Island. </li></ul><ul><li>Originally planned for 5 performances a sixth one was added when 70 reservations made by the island’s National Insurance Department could not be accommodated since tickets for the 2 Kingstown performances ran out the day before both shows. All performances were free to the public. </li></ul><ul><li>Minister of Tourism Glen Beach said he was impressed with the production, happy that so many turned out to attend, but disappointed that more youth were not in the audience. He went on to say that he felt thomas and the cast should be invited back to do a school tour. This was met with thunderous applause. </li></ul>
  10. 10. POSITIVE ’08/’09 <ul><li>Double casting the production </li></ul><ul><li>November 29 or 30: Gala Fundraiser for National AIDS Committee </li></ul><ul><li>World AIDS Day/Week (December 1 - 5) </li></ul><ul><li>Tickets for school performances can be sold at minimal cost or given away (if sponsored by corporate entities & individuals) </li></ul><ul><li>School & community performances, fundraising benefit performances, corporate initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>International tours </li></ul>
  11. 11. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? <ul><ul><li>In Jamaica: J$150,000 (per show) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outside of Jamaica: US$2000 (per show) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NB: These costs do not include venue rental, accommodation, ground or air transportation, light & sound equipment, promotion/advertising and cast/crew refreshments. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. A FEW PHOTOS
  13. 13. Joe & Sister Bernadine counsel Delrose, as HIV looks on.
  14. 14. Marilyn, Pastor, Sister & Devon offer Joe some support
  15. 15. CONTACT INFORMATION <ul><li>Fabian Thomas </li></ul><ul><li>492-9020 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>WE LOOK FORWARD TO A ‘POSITIVE’ COLLABORATION!!! </li></ul>