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Final Performance of “The Rainmakers”

For Release Upon Receipt - July 9, 2009

St. Augustine

The last chance to see the original musical creation “The Rainmakers” is carded for July 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Naparima Bowl. “The Rainmakers” is a 45-minute musical production integrating dance, drama and traditional Carnival characters. The script is written and directed by Franka Hills-Headley, founder of Golden Hands, and features nine original neo-classical compositions for Steelpan and Percussion Ensemble by Dr. Jeannine Remy, Lecturer, Department of Creative and Festival Arts, The University of the West Indies (UWI).

The highly acclaimed work was first presented at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), UWI in January 2008, after which, with major support from the UWI, Trinidad and Tobago Entertainment Company, National Gas Company, Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs, and many other corporate sponsors, it was performed at the prestigious 33rd Annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Austin, Texas. A tumultuous standing ovation by the near capacity audience attested to their outstanding performance. “The Rainmakers” received high praise from Jeff Hartsough, Director of Event Production and Marketing for PASIC, who noted that “it was one of the best sessions at PASIC…” “The Rainmakers” also received a commemorative plaque from Professor Gary Cook, President of the Percussive Arts Society, who stated: “The Rainmakers has been a highlight of our convention and my personal witnessing of this amazing production was both moving and inspiring”.

At the final performance, audio CDs with the original music, digital music notation files, programme notes and background information about the show will be on sale. All proceeds will be used to offset outstanding bills for the Rainmaker’s several performances. “The Rainmakers” and Patron, His Excellency Professor George Maxwell Richards, President of Trinidad and Tobago wish to thank all those who have contributed so generously to ensure the success of this project.

For further information on the “The Rainmakers” please visit the website: or call (868) 663-2222 or (868) 662-2002 Exts 3791 or 3792.

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