December 11th, 2013
New Production Gets Kids and Parents Talking
Some cast members with celebrities who made guest appearances in the production of “Worth the Wait” that premiered at the James Brown Family Performing Arts Center.
“It’s Amazing”…I’m Speechless”…I love it”… “Very Good – Powerful”…“It was very eye-opening, uplifting great message to convey to people”… “Great, wonderful positive message”…..“Opens up topics of seriousness; now you gotta talk to your children” “It not just about getting pregnant any more – it’s about life and death”… “It shows the peer pressure guys are under, not all are womanizers”………“Relevant, something our youth are going through”…“A nice cool way to talk about it – it’s real, not an act……”
“It was such an honor and a pleasure to be a part of the production of WTW and to work with both new and seasoned talent. I am truly blessed to be have had such an amazing opportunity to participate in this important social cause”. Issa Pointer of the Pointer Sisters
These are just some of the comments from theatre-goers that viewed the production of Pamela R. Smith’s “Worth The Wait”(WTW). Premiering at the James Brown Family Performing Arts Center (JBFPAC) in Poughkeepsie, the show’s message of HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy prevention and abstinence took viewers by surprise, and after two sold out performances, had people begging for more.
“Worth The Wait” emphasizes the dangers of irresponsible sexual encounters, unplanned pregnancies and the risks of contracting STD’s. Written by author Pamela R. Smith, WTW is set in the early 2000’s, but tells a story that’s just as relevant today as it was years ago. It is a vital piece, a play that pulls no punches about teen sexuality in society today. It cries out with passion of the dangers that are associated with irresponsible sexual encounters; for one, unplanned pregnancies, the most deadly being the HIV – AIDS virus.
Local businesses Rent-A-Center of Poughkeepsie, Hertz Rental Cars and The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel came on board as sponsors for the production, and the production was made more special with the participation of local youth from the community acting as professional dressing room coordinators, stage managers, lighting crew and stage hands.
The talented cast hails from all over the Hudson Valley and audiences were thrilled by special guest appearances made by national/international celebrities Dorien Wilson (The Parkers, Friends, That’s So Raven, House Party 4 and You’ve been Served), Tiffany Evans (Promise Ring: 143), along with Issa Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) and JCISCO (American Idol Contestant and La Nueva Estrella winner).
Although presented in the form of entertainment, the message was delivered with effective precision by the talented 11 member cast and special guest artists. Now, you, your teen, tweens and community have the opportunity to see this play in its entirety, and, depending on the date, see additional national/international guest artists as part of the performance.
The producers invite you to consider bringing this message of HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy prevention and abstinence to your community. For additional information on future performance dates and fundraising opportunities contact PMG International at 845-402-2200 ext. 105.