Keisha revels in roller-coaster role
HAVING cut her teeth in musical theatre, actress Keisha Patterson felt at home when she first read the part of Cutie, in Patrick Brown’s Frank And The Freak.
The play opened December 23 at Centerstage Theatre in New Kingston.
“I have great fun playing Cutie as the character is so young, so feisty, daring, bubbly, childlike, yet on the verge of becoming a woman, which is one of her biggest wishes as her overprotective dad keeps her quite under thumb,” said Patterson. “She goes through a roller-coaster of emotions, and though challenging, it is definitely one of my favourite roles.”
The Jambiz International production also stars Jambiz regulars Glen Campbell, Courtney Wilson, Akeem Minott and Sakina Deer.
Frank The Freak is Patterson’s third Jambiz International play, following Breadfruit Kingdom and
Ladies Of The Night. It forced her to dig deep.
“This role is definitely physically demanding for me because Cutie is full of energy, and with all the dancing, the screaming, the quick changes, and doing eight shows a week, it is also demanding on the vocals. But I feel so good at the end of the performance, like having a great workout. A role worth playing should demand some effort,” she said.
Patterson has been involved in theatre since her youth. She did stints with Jamaica Junior Theatre, Jamaica Musical Theatre Company, The Company Limited, and Ashe Caribbean Performing Arts Ensemble.
“I always knew I wanted to perform. So my family helped me find the right fit as a child performer and I was also enrolled at Edna Manley School of Dance every summer that I had free, and after school. The rest is pretty much history,” she said.
Frank The Freak continues this evening with an 8:00 pm show.