July 27 - August 3, 2014
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 A UUPATT/PMG International/JBFPAC Production

“It’s Amazing”……………“I’m Speechless”…………………
“I love it”…………“Fantastic, Fabulous, Loving it”
“Very Good – Powerful”………………
“It was very eye-opening, uplifting great message to convey to people”
“Great, wonderful positive message”….
“Opens up topics of seriousness; now you gotta talk to your children”
“It's not just about getting pregnant any more – it’s about life and death”…….
“It shows the peer pressure guys are under, not all are womanizers”………
“Relevant, something our youth are going through”…….
“A nice cool way to talk about it – it’s real, not an act……”

"It was such an honor and a pleasure to be a part of the production of WTW and to work with both new and seasoned talent. I am truly blessed to be have had such an amazing opportunity to participate in this important social cause". Issa Pointer of the Pointer Sisters

“It was an amazingly beautiful experience. When you are ready, I would like to discuss how we can get Worth The Wait to Atlanta, GA.” Tiffany Evans, national recording artist and actress

“I think it is a great message for all young people. I loved the line where the lead character’s mother says, ‘Wear a condom, wear a condom they say, but a condom can’t protect your heart’. It was a great show.” ----Community Advocate

These are just some of the comments from theatre-goers that were fortunate enough to get a ticket to the performances of the production of Pamela R. Smith’s WORTH THE WAIT. Premiering at the James Brown Family Performing Arts Center (JBFPAC), at 70 S. Hamilton Street in Poughkeepsie, NY, the show’s message of HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy prevention and Abstinence took viewers by surprise, and after TWO SOLD OUT PERFORMANCES, had people begging for more.  

Worth The Wait emphasizes the dangers of irresponsible sexual encounters, unplanned pregnancies and the risks of contracting STD’s. Written by author Pamela R. Smith, WTW is set in the early 2000’s, but tells a story that’s just as relevant today as it was years ago. ” It is a vital piece, a play that pulls no punches about teen sexuality in society today. It cries out with passion of the dangers that are associated with irresponsible sexual encounters; for one, unplanned pregnancies, the most deadly being the HIV–AIDS virus.  
Above- Audiences pay close attention to the sometimes riveting scenes of WORTH THE WAIT.
Below - Keilah Lynné, in the leading role of MELINDA, listens intently as Joi Morris (MERCEDES) tells a friend how important it is to hold on to your virtue, as fellow cast member Kaleb Thompson (JASON) looks on.  
Local businesses Rent-A-Center of Poughkeepsie, Hertz Rental Cars and The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel came on board as sponsors for the production, which was made more special with the participation of local youth from the community acting as professional dressing room coordinators, stage managers, lighting crew and stage hands. 

The talented cast hails from all over the Hudson Valley and weekend audiences were thrilled by special guest appearances made by national/international celebrities DORIEN WILSON (The Parkers, Friends, That’s So Raven, House Party 4 and You’ve been Served)TIFFANY EVANS (Promise Ring: 143), along with ISSA POINTER (The Pointer Sisters) and JCISCO (American Idol Contestant and La Nueva Estrella winner).

Although presented in the form of entertainment, the message was delivered with effective precision by the talented 11 member cast and special guest artists. Now, you, your teen, tweens and community have the opportunity to see this play in its entirety, and, depending on the date, see additional national/international guest artists as part of the performance.  

We invite you to consider bringing this message of HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy prevention and Abstinence to your community. For additional information on future performance dates and fundraising opportunities contact us at PMG International, 845-402-2200 ext. 106.  
MS. JONES, played by Felicia Watson, drops some serious advice during a group "rap session" 
​Above - JASON (Kaleb Thompson) warns promiscuous BILL (Zachary Reid) of the dangers of unprotected sex.
Melanie Jones as GRANDMA JONES, tries to reach MS. JONES in a kind way about neglecting her daughter, MELINDA 
T'Ondra Walker plays 15 year old  unwed mother TONYA, here describing the hardships of raising a child alone
Tiffany Evans, Dorien Wilson, Melanie Jones, Issa Pointer, Joi Morris, Jcisco, Felicia Watson and Keilah Lynné, Set crew, Family Portrait, Dorien Wilson and John Flowers, Dorien, Tiffany and Poughkeepsie NY youth, Poughkeepsie Supt. of Schools, Dr. Nicole Williams, Poughkeepsie High School Principal Phee Simpson and Greg Charter with cast,  Linda Mann, Dorien, M*POWER, Ciesta Little-Quinn,Issa Pointer,Jcisco,Toni Llanos with M*POWER, Dorien, TIffany, Jcisco, Issa, Joi Morris, Zachary Reid, Shakeya Jones, Felicia Watson
Dorien Wilson  made this production of WORTH THE WAIT even more special with his poignant  messages of wisdom, delivered expertly with sincerity and humor
First Row –  cast members Melanie Jones, Michael Davis, Dazell’L. Green, Kaleb Thompson, T’Ondra Walker, Production Assistant Michaela Charter, Poughkeepsie Supt. of Schools, Dr. Nicole Williams, 
Second row – cast members Cezar Remon, Keilah Lynné, Zachary “Swazzy” Reid and Shakeya Jones, with Special Guests Issa Pointer (the Pointer Sisters) and JCISCO (American Idol contestant), Poughkeepsie High School Principal Phee Simpson
Pamela R. Smith’s WORTH THE WAIT

Special Appearances by
DORIEN WILSON, TIFFANY EVANS and 
ISSA POINTER (of the Legendary Pointer Sisters)
Featuring the JBFPAC WTW Ensemble Group

Original Musical Selections
JAMES “TARRENCE MOTLEY” EPPS (Musical Director)
Musical performance by JCISCO (“GOOD DAY”) 
Lyrics: Jcisco, Music: Surefire Music Group
Musical performance by JASON RAY (“DREAM GIRL”) 
Lyrics and Music: Surefire Music Group
Spoken Word Lyrics “WORTH THE WAIT” by MICHAEL DAVIS 
Music by JAMES “TARRENCE MOTLEY” EPPS
Voiceover provided by Julian Mosley
Voiceover audio provided by Pearmain Studios, Sheldon, CT

Produced by PMG INTERNATIONAL, INC. and UUPATT
Executive Producer JBFPAC
70 S. Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601               845-471-1454  contact

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