Cayman preschoolers put on quite a show

Cayman’s youngest stars will be shining brightly Saturday, 9 June. Around 75 children between the ages of 2 and 10 will be taking part in the International Music Festival at the Seafarer’s Association Building in Prospect. The event is organised by the Parents Association of the Launch Pad Enrichment Centre.

It looks set to be a riot of colour, music, dancing and family fun from 4 to 7pm as children from three different preschools come together to showcase their artistic talents and provide lively entertainment.

“It’s a festival to celebrate the value of the arts in the development of children,” says Laurel Fraser, director of the Launch Pad Enrichment Centre. “Exposing preschoolers to the arts has been shown to benefit their academic development later on. This is also an opportunity for those who show skill in the performing arts to showcase their talent.”

Children from the Launch Pad Enrichment Centre will be singing a song written especially for them and their school by musician and educator Maryann Harman. “It’s all about the things we do. There will be a lot of instruments involved and a really festive, Caribbean beat,” says Laurel. There will be 3 and 4 year old children showing off their ballroom dancing talent and 5 to 8 year olds performing a gospel number they choreographed themselves. Preschoolers from Sister Janice’s preschool will be putting on an African cultural dance, children from Tiffany’s preschool in West Bay will be performing poetry and drama pieces and the Twinkle Tots will be doing a special number from their ballet repertoire. A children’s fashion show is also planned, featuring fashion from kids clothing store Partial to Blue and there will be face painting and refreshments.

The second half of the festival will be led by Maryann “Mar” Harman, with an interactive series of songs and dances that will encourage plenty of participation from children.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the children to show their artistic talents and to build self-esteem, but it’s also a chance to inspire the children to pursue the arts later in life,” says Laurel.

The festival aims to raise money for a down payment on a school bus for the Launch Pad Enrichment Centre, so that all the children can travel together on school trips. Tickets can be purchased from any of the participating preschools ($10 for adults, $5 for children 5 and older) and Partial to Blue in George Town.

For more information call 623-1866.