The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has commended the Pantomime Company Limited for promoting solid waste management in its newest show, ‘Trash and Hype’, which opened at the Little Theatre on April 1.
The final shows are scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 pm and Sunday, May 14 at 4:30 pm.
Audley Gordon, executive director of the NSWMA, told JIS News that the pantomime speaks extensively about the ‘three Rs’ – reduce, reuse and recycle – which form part of the entity’s communication programme.
“We are always welcoming of any ideas that will help us to promote our message for better solid waste management practices,” said Gordon, noting that the current way in which citizens treat with solid waste cannot be accepted.
He pointed out that children are among the targeted groups for the pantomime, and it is important to start with them in order to develop a mindset for a clean Jamaica and for them to identify the role that they can play.
“When I was at the pantomime, I saw that a good 70 per cent of the audience were young people from schools. I’m very happy to see that and was very excited to even talk to some of the children there, because we believe that when we get them to speak the language of a clean Jamaica, we get them to reduce, reuse and recycle and to ring that out in the ears of the parents, aunties and the neighbours,” mused Gordon.
He further encouraged everyone to go out and watch the pantomime this weekend, noting that it is a great activity for the entire family.
Meanwhile, Anya Gloudon, executive director of the Pantomime Company Limited, thanked the NSWMA for supporting the production, noting that it was a “no brainer” to reach out to them, given the message being promoted.
“They have wondrously supported us and sponsored us, so that we can get the message across to all the children, families and community groups that come to the show, to have more respect for your environment or to handle your waste efficiently and effectively and just live in harmony with the environment and each other,” Gloudon explained.
The costs to see the pantomime are: $2,500 for adults, $1,900 for children under 12 years old and groups with more than 20 persons, while groups with more than 100 persons will pay $1,500.
Persons interested in attending are being asked to call 876-826-2286 if they require additional information.
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