Pupils of the Cascade School for the Deaf were recently able to enjoy the magic and fun, as well as learn important life lessons, as part of the audience at Queen's Hall in Port of Spain, for the theatrical production Pinotito, thanks to the sponsorship of the bmobile Foundation. Their peers from the St Taspians Home had likewise benefited from bmobile's sponsorship when they attended the play at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA).
The attendance of the pupils at the Carvalho Productions play at Queen's Hall, was supported by bmobile as a way to ensure that the children had an opportunity to enjoy the thrilling performance enjoyed by hundreds of their peers in Trinidad and Tobago. Actress Debra Boucaud Mason interpreted the lively dialogue for the children who could not hear.
The producer of Pinotito, Fareid Carvalho, who runs Carvalho Productions said, “bmobile not only believes and sees my vision but they also understand that use of theatre in education is not only important and vital but makes children aware of important moral values, acceptable social behaviour patterns and great family values.” He said bmobile has been a valued sponsor of his for the last four years.
VP marketing at TSTT, Camille Campbell, stressed “bmobile's commitment to ensuring all Trinidadians and Tobagonians benefit from the knowledge and various types of communication available. We are working with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union in ensuring greater accessibility of telecommunications for persons who are differently abled. As such, we are committed to promoting a truly inclusive society; ensuring that these children got the chance to enjoy the Carvalho Productions' performance of Pinotito simply reinforces our commitment to such inclusivity”.
The production Pinotito is a Caribbean adaptation of the well-known tale of Pinocchio, the toy boy who came to life and whose nose grew longer every time he told a lie.
In Carvalho's production, the script for which was written by Penelope Spencer, the character who plays Pinotito is faced with a series of moral challenges. He must overcome these challenges on his way to becoming what the fairy godmother who brings him to life says every human being should be: “brave, honest and selfless”.
As Pinotito, played by Kyle Richardson, wrestles with temptations, like choosing stardom over going to school, and choosing to gorge himself on candy in Candyland rather than pursue an education, he is helped by his conscience in the form of a cricket, played by Carvalho. The 265 pupils in attendance at the Queen's Hall performance were also very vocal in urging Pinotito to reject the temptations and choose schooling and education instead. The pupils cried “No” in loud dismay every time Pinotito made a bad choice.
The play, which ran for seven days at Queen's Hall and six days at SAPA, enjoyed capacity crowds. More than 7,000 attended the play at Queen's Hall and 12,000 at SAPA.