Sharon Cummings of Deja-Vu Theatre Production Inc.
About Sharon Cummings of Deja-Vu Theatre Production Inc.954-557-7491
Founder / President Déjà vu Theatredejavutheatre.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Lou in Colour is coming to South Florida and Goldson Spine will be presenting Sharon Cummings of Déjà vu Theater Saturday, June 4th at 12:20 pm on WAVS 1170 AM radio. Tune in because this is a show that you won’t want to miss.
Sharon Cummings, migrated to the United States when she was nine years old. She grew up in New York. Ms. Cummings grew up during a time when there were not that many Jamaicans living in New York City. She didn’t meet any Jamaicans until she got to High School, by that time she had lost what little culture she had.
Before Ms. Cummings started Déjà Vu Theatre in 2002, she did not know much of her own culture, but she felt strongly about learning more about where she came from. At the same time she felt it was important to teach our young children about our rich culture and about our icons.
She started Déjà vu Theatre to not only learn about her own culture but to also teach our young ones about where they came from. She has a passion for what she does, to be able to offer an outlet to young people to showcase their vast talent.
Ms. Cummings felt a need to start a theatre company here in South Florida, because she saw that all productions at that time were coming directly from Jamaica. She also noticed that there were so many talent right here, locally. So she decided to form Déjà vu Theatre, to offer an outlet to young people especially, but also to individuals that yearn to perform on stage. When she started this theatre company, a young man came to audition to be a part of Deja Vu. He did a piece by Miss Lou, she did not understand one word, but at the same time she saw the humor which made her wish she knew more and could understand more of her own culture and language.
After fourteen years of persistence and perseverance, she understands much more today. Déjà vu Theatre performs a lot of original pieces, majority of them written by her, in dialect, (Patois). Ms. Cummings has had Jamaicans come to her and ask why she does so many of her works in patois, “people will think that all Jamaicans speak that way”.
At that time Ms. Cummings had a television she called “Bashment Bay” so she did three segments on the topic, explaining to the audience that it’s not broken English, just like what Miss Lou said…..It’s a combination of different languages. Fourteen years after starting Déjà vu Theatre, she finds that some Jamaicans still think it’s something that we are to be ashamed of.
There is a time and place for it she says, but as the Honorable Louise Bennett said…..”A Fe Wi”.