Pollard became the youngest actor to be nominated for an award and the youngest to win a Cacique.
President of the National Drama Association of TT (NDATT), Joel Greaves, said Pollard’s accomplishment was testimony that the local theatre industry is alive, well and in good hands.
But on a more sombre note, Greaves lamented that the industry was in dire need of a financial boost and if the performing arts is to take its rightful place in the cultural fabric of society, both the public and private sectors must render assistance.
“We have the most vibrant drama fraternity in the Caribbean. Yet, we have an issue when it comes to funding the arts in Trinidad and Tobago. There needs to be more appreciation for the arts if we are to realise our vision. It is sad because the arts is a link to who we are as a people and our culture. It is where we came from and our values...it is sad that the theatre fraternity should suffer from a lack of funding,” Greaves said.
Following last year’s hiatus, this year’s awards were presented for the period 2007 and 2008.
The Centre for The UWI Festival Arts Chorale, picked up awards for the 2007 Broadway Musical Oliver including awards for Outstanding Achievement in Set Design; Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role; Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design and Pollard’s award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.
UWI Festival Arts Chorale also picked up an award for Outstanding Achievement in Set Design for the 2008 musical, The Sound of Music.
The 2008 production, Three Women, featuring actors Ann Louise Tam, Belinda Barnes and Eunice Alleyne and directed by Mervyn de Goeas picked up four awards in the categories, Outstanding Achievement in Directing, Outstanding Dramatic Production, Outstanding Production and Outstanding Achievement in Writing (Original Script).
Other special awards included the NDATT Caribbean Award 2007 /2008, to Adrian Augier of St Lucia and Trevor Rhone of Jamaica respectively. The NDATT Vanguard Award was presented to Raymond Choo Kong and the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Shirley “Beulah” King and Cynthia Lee Mack.
The Cacique Award winners
Outstanding Achievement in Set Design
2007 - Oliver – Kwynn Johnson
2008 - The Sound of Music – Gillian Creese and Jennifer Mofford-Joab.
Outstanding Achievement in Lighting and design
2007 - Shine – Curtis Bachan
2008 - Tributes – Celia Wells
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
2007 - I Love You Til Someone Better Comes Along – Richard Ragoobarsingh
2008 - One of Our Sons is Missing – Giselle E. Langton
Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design
2007 - Oliver – Paulette Alfred
2008 - The Sound of Music – Paulette Alfred
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
2007 - Kendra Sylvester – Oliver
2008 - Abigail henry – Bitter Cassava
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
2007 - Dimitri Pollard – Oliver
2008 - Mohammed Muwakil – Bitter Cassava
Outstanding Achievement in Writing (Original Script)
2007 - Shine Curtis Bachan
2008 - 3 Women – Ann Louise Tam, Belinda Barnes and Eunice Alleyne
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
2007 - Cecilia Salazar – Shine
2008 - Hannah Howard – The Sound of Music
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
2007 - Raymond Choo Kong – Politically Incorrect
2008 - Arnold Goindhan – Joy and Fire
Outstanding Achievement in Directing
2007 - Debra Boucaud-Mason for I Love You Till Someone Better Comes Along
2008 - Mervyn de Goeas – 3 Women
Outstanding Comedic Production
2007 - I Love You Till Someone Better Comes Along – RS Production
2008 - We Like it So – Raymond Choo Kong Productions
Outstanding Dramatic Production
2007 - Oliver
2008 - 3 Women – The Players Workshop
2007 - Oliver
2008 - 3 Women