A bubbly evening
Jith Peiris observes the youth in the performing arts circuit, with a mixture of pride and anticipation of what their audience will see in the future.
It was a similar train of thought that prompted Jith to establish the Creative Arts Foundation 25 years ago, with the intention of providing young, aspiring performers with the motivation, space, a stage and an audience for them to do what they love the most. Jith, along with the rest of Colombo, has forgotten how many productions have taken the boards since then, but for him, this is beside the point.
“What makes me happy,” he says, “is the knowledge that I have helped some very talented young people further their passion for performing.” In his upcoming production, ‘Champagne Toast’ ,Jith pays something of a tribute to performing youth, in yet another musical performance which brings young performers together. Taking place on September 15, the show features several well known as well as upcoming acts.
“There are so many young artists out there,” continues Jith, “who simply need a slight boost and the opportunity to perform for an audience in order to establish themselves; and aside from the well known names I have also brought in a few lesser known individuals and groups whose talent and commitment deserves to be recognized.”
Champagne Toast then, is what Jith like to call a toast to the youth. “I always enjoy coming up with names for the productions,” he says, “and this seemed apt for the occasion. Not only will it be an enjoyable evening- light hearted and yes, bubbly, but it also reminds us of the people we celebrate as we watch them light up the stage.”
Jith goes on to describe the line up for the show- a one hour, 45 minute juxtaposition of unexpected genres- classical and broadway, Gregorian chants and Abba numbers and dance items. Without wanting to divulge much about a performance which promises many unique performances, Jith is satisfied that Champagne Toast underlines his belief that a performance should have something to offer everyone, irrespective of age and preferences.
“Apart from the classical genres there will be music that thrilled our audiences over the years- the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, with performances by the Menaka Children’s Choir and Vocal Enigma among others, and individual performances by Trudy, Dhanushi and Shenelle, among several others,” promises Jith.
Tickets for Champagne Toast priced at Rs. 2000, 1500, 1000, 850 and 600, are available at The British School Auditorium.
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