Mona Fleming selling soup at the Sunshine Theatre fundraiser.
ANGUILLA–The Sunshine Theatre’s newly opened home Lonestar was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma on September 6. A fundraising event was held on Saturday, December 16, featuring the sale of local soups, baked fish and Johnny cakes, to aid with the process of rebuilding.
The Sunshine Theatre, a non-profit, privately owned, community-based cultural icon owned and managed by Felix and Mona Fleming has been providing entertainment to the island since 1989. Initially founded in St. Thomas, the US Virgin Islands, in 1973, it relocated to Anguilla and has been entertaining Anguilla and neighbouring islands ever since. Felix Fleming writes, produces, directs and oftentimes acts in the three productions staged annually which cover the gamut of drama, comedy and musicals, with a focus on local cultural values and history.
Until May 2017, the Sunshine Theatre did not have its own base, instead using available and appropriate locations. However, after many months of construction, it presented its play “Pepper in Dem Soup” in its own theatre the Lonestar, in May. The play was one of the highlights of the many events paying tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Anguilla’s revolution, with sell-out performances over a two-week period.