ENTERTAINING: Characters from Fun, Facts and Fantasy during a scene at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s on October 15.
A healthy dose of fun
Kimoy Leon Sing
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with Carvalho Productions held a two-day children’s theatrical production called Fun, Facts and Fantasy making Trinidad and Tobago a healthier place at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s on October 15.
The production looked at the importance of healthy eating, proper nutrition and caring for your body. It also touched on other issues such as bullying, peer pressure, swine flu and obesity; using humour as one of the main vehicles to get their message across. The large crowd — consisting of mainly children — laughed to their hearts content.
CEO and founder of Carvalho Productions, Fareid Carvalho said, “The Ministry decided to do this since childhood obesity and childhood diabetes have been increasing rapidly right here in Trinidad and Tobago. They felt that instead of just pamphlets and books, this production would create a better outlet to communicate to kids, parents and families the important information needed in adapting a healthier lifestyle.”
Some of the main characters included the Mad Hatter, Lion, Dorian, Grass hopper, Carl and Marsha.
“The Mad Hatter” he over eats at a mad tea party...sugar cakes, donuts, cake, ice cream and chocolate bars. This eventually gives him a heart attack. His friends at the tea party help him by cautioning about eating healthier,” he said.
Carvalho noted some of the other characters such as Marsha who is a bully and an over eater displays what she sees from her father. He said, it is also important for parents to be exemplars since children learn from their parents.
He said, “The show is one and a half hours with a 15-minute intermission. The cast of Fun, Facts and Fantasy include me, Hans Des Vignes, Jeannine Clarke, Aaliea Gliding, Levee Rodriguez, Fidel Guerra, Akeila Hope and Netfa Haynes.”
“Our target audience is mainly kids, teens and parents. The production is all about promoting eating healthy; choosing a healthier lifestyle thus giving us a longer life span,” he said.
Carvalho is no stranger to the stage or television. From acting to modelling, Carvalho has produced several productions such as The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid and Wonderland.
He noted that through Fun, Facts and Fantasy, the risk of diabetes; malfunctions caused by obesity; preventative measures of catching the flu and the effects of over eating are also highlighted.
Carvalho said, “The Creator made us all. Whether we are black, white, tall, thin, blue eyes or brown, he loves us. No matter our colour, size or shape. We cannot choose to be pretty or tall but we can choose to eat healthy.”
“This is the first instalment of Fun, Facts and Fantasy making Trinidad and Tobago a healthier place.
“We are hoping to do this yearly or maybe even take it to all schools in the country as a fun, educational, rolling, theatrical caravan,” he said.