Youths from around Trinidad showcased their talent at the Central Bank Auditorium in what proved to be an explosion of creativity.
On Sunday 23rd October, from 6PM, students from eleven secondary schools who are members of the Heroes Foundation, took to the stage with music, song, dance and spoken word, to relate a passionate story of ambition and adversity.
The production, entitled “The Rise” followed the story of hardship, tragedy and triumph of a young woman – Jewel. Her story culminated in her production of a fashion show – Recycle Runway. The actual designers of the fashion pieces, as well as the shows models, performers, exhibiting artists, and the MC for the evening, were all current or former members of the Foundation’s Youth Development Programme and Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programme.
Over 50 secondary school students spent their July/August vacation, and every weekend after school resumed, rehearsing to put on the production. The Foundation facilitated their rehearsals with coaches and mentors to help them prepare. Sponsors of the event, as well as parents, family and friends of the performers expressed how moved they were by the story and the display of talent. One patron expressed his sentiments, saying “It’s programmes and events such as these that unite and integrate our youth, the communities, and ultimately our country!”
The evening culminated with an amazing performance from 2016 International Soca Monarch, Aaron ‘Voice’ St. Louis. He was joined on stage by all the performers their curtain call. The staff of the Foundation commended Voice for his lively performance, which they said was a perfect end to the production, and a well-deserved reward for the students after four months of hard work.