Thursday, November 12, 2015

Season 7 of Poetry on Stage

The Poet Tyrone Sawyer and his family pause for a photo after a Season 6 performance of Poetry on Stage at Government House. (L to R) Anwar, Jacquelyn (wife of the Poet), Tyrone, Nefitieri, Tyrone Jr., and Joshua. 

It is the Seventh Edition of "Poetry on Stage" at Sapodilla of West Bay on Tuesday, November 17that 6:30 p.m., to be staged under the auspices of Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

"Poetry on Stage" is presented by Jemima's Playhouse and features the work of Bahamian Poet, Tyrone Sawyer. Sawyer's children, Nefitieri, Tyrone, Jr., Joshua and Anwar will serve as Co-Masters of Ceremonies of the event.

"Poetry on Stage" is a family show distinguished by its fun-filled, hilarious, romantic and even solemn renditions by the Poet, himself; and by close family and friends. These vibrant verses penned by Sawyer have regaled many an appreciative audience over six seasons of "Poetry on Stage".

After taking a break of a few years, many persons approached him, Sawyer said, and asked for a return of "Poetry on Stage". He has responded with a dynamic show designed to evoke laughter, tears and reverence for God. The selections would alternate between poems and prayers in the form of poems; hence, the name of Sawyer's new book, "Poems & Prayers", which will also be launched on that occasion.

"Poetry on Stage" will take place at SAPODILLA of West Bay which is nestled in a seven-acre, lush, picturesque garden and tropical wetland, making it the perfect ambience for a poetry reading! SAPODILLA of West Bay has been rated by USA Today as one of the Top Three Restaurants in The Bahamas, and by Caribbean Journal as the "... Best New Restaurant in the Caribbean in 2014."

Part proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Sisters of St. Martin's Monastery, Nassau.

The Poet Tyrone Sawyer and his wife Jacquelyn(L) take a photo with Lady Joan Foulkes after a Season 6 production of Poetry on Stage at Government House.

Stated the Poet, "The Sisters of St. Martin's have done so much over the years, and oftentimes under adverse circumstances, to build up our Bahamian community. We would like to give back to them in a small way and at the same time, to shed some light upon their enduring contributions to nation-building."

"The poems are meant to be recited," explained Sawyer. "Our goal is to entertain while making a contribution to the Spoken Word tradition which has long been a staple of Bahamian culture; and has been passed down from generation to generation."

Sawyer points to his Grandfather as the inspiration for his work. "As a toddler, Papa who was a Lighthouse Keeper, would recite poetry to my brothers and me, from memory. For some reason, this just stuck with me. And later on, I began to write poetry as a result."

"Poetry on Stage" at SAPODILLA promises to be a Gala Event. At 6:30 p.m., it would begin with a delightful Cocktail Reception with music provided by Francis Richardson with vocals by Khonica Prosa; and featuring champagne, courtesy of Bristol Wines & Spirits, with signature hors d'oeuvres exquisitely prepared by SAPODILLA of West Bay.

The Poetry Reading begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Attendees at "Poetry on Stage" will have the opportunity to win several awesome prizes. These include a 4 day/3 night stay (for two) at a SANDALS all-inclusive luxury resort in The Bahamas, St. Lucia, Jamaica or Antigua; two roundtrip tickets by SkyBahamas to any of its destinations; and a 3 day/2 night stay at the Pelican Bay Hotel in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

More information could be obtained by visiting the "Poetry on Stage" Facebook Page, or by visiting the Jemima's Playhouse web page

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