The production which is running from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd is being presented under the title “Let’s Laugh Again”. According to the Artistic Director, Mr. Clement Bouncin’ Williams, the production is actually a four, one act comedy plays.
Williams explained that 2011 marks the 35th Anniversary of the NPTM, and the revival of the movement with the production of Let’s Laugh Again, is featuring lots of new talent that will provide stimulus for a sustained theatre group that will flourish for some time, for at least to another significant anniversary.
The new cast, said Williams, includes Nikk-e Greene, Otis Jeffers, Alphonso Henry, “Shaq” Benjamin, Jherez Taylor, Romaine Belgrove, Unoma Allen, Schneidman Warner, Patrick Battice, Azuree Liburd, Jihan Williams, Cindy Desuza, Tristan Duncan, Fiona Swanston, and Taylor.
The National Players Theater Movement was formed on 13th October, 1976 with thirteen members, at the Basseterre High School Auditorium. The co-founders were Clement Williams and Henry “Stogumber” Browne.
The group’s original mission, explained Williams, who became the Producer and Artistic Director, was to use the dramatic arts as a means of educating and entertaining the general population. The NTPM said Williams strives to produce theatre pieces that are rich in cultural, historical and social issues.
The group’s first production was held in December 1976, that time, with three One Act plays-“its Only for a Time”, “Papa Look the Priest Passing” and “Mamaguy”.
Mt. Williams said that though the group had an exception run between 1976 and 2001 after which it became dormant. Their last production was a “Storm without a Breeze”.