With Carnival merely two months away, there is much excitement in the industry. From large bands to medium and even children’s Carnival productions, the buzz is rife that Carnival 2010 will be a spectacle of dynamic proportions. One band that is planning a presentation of mass appeal is San Juan-based Peekaboo Productions. Designer Shane James is excited, and with the theme Look To The Hills—A Celebration of Life In Paramin, he seems to have his journey mapped out, with clear focus being kept on the Northern area that’s known for parang, green seasonings and J’Ouvert morning blue devils. The band, in its first year, is seeking to provide its young patrons with a joyful experience of what mas is really meant to be. Having been a part of carnivals across the islands and here in T&T over the years, the local costume designer understands the importance of creating costumes that are suited to what is topical at the moment.
For this reason, he says, Peekaboo has chosen to highlight the good aspects of T&T, in the face of the crippling crime situation that continues to be a topic of discontent. “We are calling on young people to come journey with us and experience the joy of mas. In 2010, we will highlight one of the most beautiful places in T&T—a place that is rich in culture and offers a good experience to anyone who visits.” Costumes, which are available to toddlers and youths up to age 14, range in cost from $650 to $950. Dance De Parang, The Ascent, Blue Devils, Green Seasoning and Cool Breeze are among the sections, and according to James, what will set Peekaboo apart from any other production is its focus on less sectioning and more individuality. James said the bandleader, 23-year-old Natasha Murray, had been instrumental in ensuring that Peekaboo Productions delivers for C2K10.
He said the organisation’s name was chosen to reflect the playfulness that was abundant among children of all ages. He says beyond Carnival, there will be a number of events planned and executed with the youth of T&T in mind. Based at 12 Evelyn Trace, El Socorro, in San Juan, Peekaboo Productions is calling on corporate Trinidad to assist in this endeavour. “This is an amazing opportunity for companies to give back to the young ones and help in making T&T’s Carnival—all areas of it—a truly successful venture,” says James. He says even if Peekaboo is not sponsored, they will ensure that all goes as planned. Call Peekaboo at 721-3166 or 314-0443. They’re guaranteeing the fun and excitement children yearn for.
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Published: 21 Dec 2009Trinidad Guardian