Major changes are coming to this year’s Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch Competition.
Today the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training and the National Cultural Foundation announced a partnership which will see the competition now being coordinated through the school system.
It will be open to all public and private primary, special and secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
During the media briefing at the ministry’s Media Resource Department (MRD), Elsie Payne Complex, Constitution Rd, St Michael, it was also announced the scope would include song writing, vocal training and musical arrangement.
The competition will take place between May and July 2019.
The expanded scope opens up a new range of prizes for participants in Best Sweet Soca, Best Bashment Soca, Best Power Soca and Best Junior Road March Tune. The winning primary school will received a multi-purpose activity room and the secondary school will get an outfitted music lab.
Students will now compete in three age group – 6 to 10, 11 to 14 and 15 to 18. Mentors, who include some of the top names in the art form, including cultural ambassadors Stetson ‘Red Plastic Bag’ Wiltshire and Anthony ‘Gabby’ Carter, have been assigned to some of the schools. Auditions will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Daphne Joseph Hackett Theatre.
Donella Weekes-Oliver (The Lester Vaughan School)
Dale Rudder (Queen’s College)
Adrian Clarke (Princess Margaret)
Terencia Coward (Springer Memorial)
Kirk Brown (The St Michael School)
Damian Bowen (Combermere School)
Stefan Walcott (Harrison College)
Ambassador Stetson Wiltshire (Hilda Skeene Primary)
Teri Williams (Vauxhall Primary)
Michael Mercer (St Cyprian’s Boys)
Ambassador Anthony Carter (St Paul’s Primary)
Dale Rudder (Deacons Primary)
The schools will be divided into Four Zones and preliminaries will be held in June.
North - St Lucy, St Peter and St Andrew
West - St James, St Thomas and St Michael
East - St Joseph, St John and St Philip
South - Christ Church and St George
A series of workshops on June 1 and 2 will also teach the young entertainers about intellectual property/copyright, microphone use and stage confidence, movement for singers, the media interview, vocal development and being competition ready. (PR/SAT)