We have noted the letter titled ‘Save Pinnacle for RasTafari’ which was published in your newspaper on Thursday, December 05, 2013.
In reference to Pinnacle (located within the De la Vega Heights development) the writer stated “the Jamaican State has made the site a national heritage site, ...more »
BARBARA Kaufmann, long-standing wardrobe mistress with the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) and Little Theatre Movement Company, has died.
Kaufmann, who served the NDTC for 48 of its 51-year history, died at the Kingston Public Hospital on Friday following a brief period of illness.
Barry Moncrieffe, artistic director of the NDTC, said Kaufmann was a loyal and dedicated artist who gave selfless and unwavering service to the NDTC and The Little Theatre Movement (LTM).
"Barbara, affectionately called Auntie Babs, lived on purpose, committing her life to the development theatre arts in Jamaica. She excelled in her craft and fulfilled her most vital role as wardrobe mistress of the NDTC and the LTM Pantomime. As a founding member and secretary of the Eddy Thomas Dance Workshop, she was also blessed with heightened perspective and appreciation for the all the elements that work together to make a successful theatrical performance," he said.
Former dancer with the NDTC Cheryl Rhyman remembers Kaufmann's meticulous nature and the care and dedication she put into her work.
"What a stalwart, "Rhyman stated. "When many people think of the job of a wardrobe mistress the full scope never comes to mind, Barbara took it to a science. For a piece like The Crossing, she would endure that all the small pieces of costume and props are ready and in place for the next performance. Her work and worth became especially important during tours overseas," she said.
These qualities were also echoed by current dance captain with the NDTC Marlon Simms, who reflected on Kaufmann's generosity of spirit having been with the company for so many year.
"We are losing our early members — Professor Nettleford, Monica McGowan, Ronan Critchlow and now Auntie Barbara. She would share so much with us the younger dancers as she had been there almost from the beginning and we really appreciated it," said Simms.
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