The Ramblers Tales 2011 Atlanta Show

The Ramblers Tales will be in Metro Atlanta on Saturday, October 15th at the Porter Sanford. Long noted as a boisterous showcase for Caribbean performers, this is the third year in a row that The Ramblers Tales will be at Porter Sanford.

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Each year seems to bring a feeling of familiarity with it, Lashley, producer of The Ramblers Tales, remarks. I think its because people now know what to expect to some extent but our role is to surprise the audience. He elaborates on how a very special surprise was worked into The Ramblers Tales last year. The show started with the curtain rising and the people in the audience were staring at the show waiting in anticipation, he fondly recalls. They heard a voice and before they realized it, they themselves were in the middle of the show. The actress Charmaine Joan started the show by emerging from the back of the theatre and proceeded to interact with the audience as she strolled through the audience dressed in fanciful but provocative attire as she eased her way to the stage.


Inventiveness is key to keeping the program fresh, Lashley believes. This is the type of suspenseful drama that the show needs to keep bringing the audience back, he explains. If you have been to the show, you know that you will like it but you just have to be open-minded about the form of the comic delivery. We like it when the audience sits back and says, OK, surprise me but with no exception, make me laugh, show me what you've got.

Nikki Crosby


Stand-up comedy, skits and fashion are all part and parcel of the exciting show that is The Ramblers Tales. The ever-popular Nikki Crosby will be one of the comedians in this year¹s program. She is widely famous as the first major female stand-up comic in the Caribbean. An accomplished actress and producer, she has won the prestigious Cacique Awards for Best Actress, Best Production, Original Writing and Best Producer. Along with Penelope Spencer and Mairoon Ali, Nikki Crosby formed Ha Ha Ha Productions in 2008. It has produced several successful plays including Best Little Whorehouse in Guapo, Sex in the City and RAW. She made her first appearance on television in Nikki on the Promenade, a TV6 produced show about the wonders of Trinidad and Tobago¹s Carnival.

 

Lashley says, Drew can be considered as one of the Caribbeans best kept secrets in Atlanta.

Another fantastically talented comic attendees at this year's version of The Ramblers Tales are going to be treated to will be Drew Thomas. He has gained fame for the manner in which he tells a variety of humorous stories. He invariably draws an audience in with incisive but humorous account of close relationships, day-to-day life and current events. Drew Thomas has a warm personality that makes audiences feel at ease with him. In 2006, he was voted Best Comedian in Atlanta by Creative Loafing. The Ramblers Tales will be in Metro Atlanta on Saturday, October 15th at the Porter Sanford. Long noted as a boisterous showcase for Caribbean performers, this is the third year in a row that The Ramblers Tales will be at Porter Sanford.
Each year seems to bring a feeling of familiarity with it, Lashley, producer of The Ramblers Tales, remarks. I think its because people now know what to expect to some extent but our role is to surprise the audience. He elaborates on how a very special surprise was worked into The Ramblers Tales last year. The show started with the curtain rising and the people in the audience were staring at the show waiting in anticipation, he fondly recalls. They heard a voice and before they realized it, they themselves were in the middle of the show. The actress Charmaine Joan started the show by emerging from the back of the theatre and proceeded to interact with the audience as she strolled through the audience dressed in fanciful but provocative attire as she eased her way to the stage.


Inventiveness is key to keeping the program fresh, Lashley believes. This is the type of suspenseful drama that the show needs to keep bringing the audience back, he explains. If you have been to the show, you know that you will like it but you just have to be open-minded about the form of the comic delivery. We like it when the audience sits back and says, OK, surprise me but with no exception, make me laugh, show me what you¹ve got.
Stand-up comedy, skits and fashion are all part and parcel of the exciting show that is The Ramblers Tales. The ever-popular Nikki Crosby will be one of the comedians in this years program. She is widely famous as the afing magazine. The dynamic performer has been seen on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and NBCs Last Comic Standing.
In the eye-pleasing fashion segment of the show, attendees at The Ramblers Tales will be able to see Miss Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Princess Priya Mungroo, age 5, Miss Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Junior Miss Serena Turnquist, 13, and Miss Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Queen Nadia Barr, 21.

Nadia Barr @ Atlanta Carnival 2011The strikingly attractive Nadia Barr was born in Miami, Florida to Bahamian parents. During her reign as Miss Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Queen 2011 she has appeared at many events throughout metro Atlanta and in other parts of the United States. She has actively promoted her platform cause that is preventing teen pregnancy through sexual abstinence. She recently graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in psychology and planned to continue her education in clinical psychology at Howard University in the fall of 2012. She hopes to eventually open a private practice as a psychologist.

 What does Lashley find most challenging about producing The Ramblers Tales?

You have to ask yourself, if someone took the time to dress up and come out to the theatre, what would that person expect? he answers. Our thought is that the overall experience should be important. They should feel comfortable in the environment and it should have some homeliness to it. The show should have entertaining value that they can relate to, they should be able to buy in to the comedians swagger as well as be themselves in the moment. I think, as a show, if we hit these targets then the people will come back, they will bring their friends and they will make it their moment. That is the value that we want to represent.

 

Lashley does not believe the goals would necessarily be different if the show had originated an American concept, instead of the Caribbean-centric form. The comparatives should not be an American or a Caribbean standard of what a show should be, he maintains. Its about creating a show and an experience that would appeal to an attendee at many levels. It may be a difficult challenge but the idea is to have a show where you could hate most of the acts on stage but still love the show because it is more than just a comedy show it is about an overall experience.


What is special about this years production? This year we are reaching out to communities outside of Atlanta, he responds. We think that people will see value in making the trip for the show. Our job is to sell them that convincing statement that says, The Ramblers Tales show knows how to entertain you, give us the chance to prove it.

Published by The Caribbean Star Newspaper

 

See also:

 Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Queens 2011