Friday, February 23, 2018

Carol La Chapelle, 'Beulah' to be honoured tonight

The National Women's Action Committee (NWAC), the women's arm of the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC), will be honouring dancer Carol La Chapelle and actress Shirley "Beulah" King at the National Calypso Queen Competition tonight at the Cascadia Hotel Ballroom, St Ann's, at 7.30 p.m.

La Chapelle holds a Master of Arts from The University of the West Indies and is a graduate of The London College of Dance And Drama, Dartford College of Education, and University of London.

She is the artistic Director of the La Chapelle Dance Company of Trinidad and Tobago as well as the first Trinidadian to gain Honours in the Royal Academy Ballet Examinations. She has been involved in several carnival presentations.

Shirley 'Beulah" King has taught for over 35 years at several educational institutions, namely the Longdenville, Cunupia and Orange Valley Government Primary Schools.

King, affectionately referred to as Beulah, her most famous character, has acted in over 50 plays and over 1,000 performances.

Her roles also include Mabel in Calabash Alley, Millie in Zingay, Mrs James in Bossman and Ma Do Do in Green Magic.

King has also been choir mistress at the Cunupia Roman Catholic Church, a member of the National Choir, and public relations officer for the Hope Shelter for battered Women and Children. She is also the recipient of the Humming Bird Medal (Silver) in 1988 and the Cacique lifetime achievement award.