My review oversight
August 16, 2011
Please afford me the opportunity to rectify a gross oversight in my recent review of Eric Bean's “Return to Paradise” at the City Hall Theatre. In my haste to declare the show a masterpiece and celebrate the achievements of the young Bermudian artists involved in its production, I unintentionally left an integral member of the wonderful cast out of my review.
Now while it is never mandatory for a critic to mention every member of an ensemble cast by name, my egregious error was that I named eight of the nine dancers, creating an unjust and unfair situation. As I mentioned in my article, the cast was made up of the “cream of the crop” from a large open audition, and I can confirm that each and every dancer who played a part in '“Return to Paradise” was absolutely fabulous.
With that being said, I must apologise profusely to Miss Tsilala Graham-Haynes. Miss Graham-Haynes is a young Bermudian artist who featured in two of the three group pieces, and all of the full company pieces that made up the “Return to Paradise” programme. The fact that I did not mention the two group pieces that Miss Graham-Haynes was in (“Pulse” and “Pressure”) in my review is a woefully inadequate excuse for omitting her.
Miss Graham-Haynes was an effervescent entity of stage last Friday night, dancing with energy, verve, and passion. The pieces she featured in were spectacular; leaving them out of my initial review was more a matter of word count than worthiness. This show was, in fact, an amazing thing to behold; every piece was marvellous, and every dancer was awesome. I sincerely hope that my insensitive act of omission has not dampened Miss Graham-Haynes' well-earned pride in being a part of this masterwork of modern Bermudian art.
Tsilala is currently studying Musical Theatre at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I have no doubt that she is well on the way to a career full of glowing reviews and critical acclaim. She is a young lady that all of Bermuda must celebrate, as are all of the young people involved in “Return to Paradise”.
Truth be told, I could talk about this show all day, and I feel quite terrible for leaving Miss Graham-Haynes out of my initial review; especially since she more than deserved equal billing with her fellow cast members. I offer you my humblest apologies Miss Graham-Haynes, and wish you all the best on your path toward international acclaim.
In closing, I encourage all young people who are doing positive things to stick to the wicket; hard work will always bring rewards. I also urge the Bermuda public to support and cheer on our young people who are doing positive things (which is still the majority believe it or not!). Miss Graham-Haynes and Mr. Eric Bean Jr. are two such young people, and I enthusiastically applaud them both.
Thank you for indulging me, Mr Editor.