In the inaugural season of our Many Voices, Many Stories initiative, we bring you a behind-the-scenes look at a new musical development, Dario et la Diablesse: A Caribbean Musical, by emerging artists, Sasky Louison (book/lyrics) and Darryl Joseph-Dennie (music). Under the guidance and mentorship of Dora Mavor Award Winning Playwright, Richardo Keens-Douglas, renowned Broadway, Stratford actor Mark Cassius, and choreographer, Shakeil Rollock, we are proud to present scenes and songs of this developmental project. Join us for a virtual presentation of this work in progress by our talented team of emerging artists in Toronto and in the Caribbean, from the comfort of your own home!
The musical is based on a Caribbean folktale of La Diablesse. In this story, La Diablesse, the beautiful female devil, falls in love with her prey, and now has to convince her father, the Devil, to not steal his soul. Not held back by the pandemic, the acting and singing involves the participation of emerging artists from Toronto and the Caribbean. This developmental project provides an opportunity to these emerging artists an opportunity to develop their acting and singing skills with authentic Caribbean folklore not known to many Canadians.
The musical is filled with the sounds of the Caribbean namely drums, steelpan, soca, calypso,reggae, extempo, zouk, jazz and R&B with choreography led by Shakeil Rollock. It is poetic, filled with prose and a good laugh for all.
This project heralds No Strings Theatre's program Many Voices, Many Stories, telling the untold stories of Canadian history through artistic expressions of workshops and productions and supporting the development of new works by New Generation (Emerging) Artists, for all future development work ahead. More information