Sunshine Theatre Celebrating 30 Years of Promoting Jamaican Culture

Sunshine Enterprises /Sunshine Theatre Company is one of the oldest promotional and entertainment companies in the South Florida Caribbean community. Mike and Jackie Shaw are the principals and their venture started in the 80’s when they promoted Trevor Rhone’s production “Two Can Play” (starring Charles Hyatt and Grace McGhie) in Miami. This was done in celebration of “Jamaica 21” at the prestigious Gusman Cultural Center, downtown Miami. The venture was not very successful and Mike vowed never to promote anymore of these shows. He remembered the Theater Manager telling him if he was truly into theater, when the bug bites you can’t resist. Their next venture not long after was Basil Dawkins award winning ‘Champagne and Sky Juice’ was more successful.

Other successes led to more ambitious projects, including Louis Marriott’s Bedwardthat had a cast of 45 people. The success of this project with such a large cast led them to consider the LTM National Pantomime.  After months of discussion the LTM agreed to tour South Florida, but this first visit was filled with problems that included not getting the visas granted. It took the concerted efforts of the LTM, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US State Department to make this tour possible. The show ‘Schoolers’ was a resounding success and the annual LTM Pantomime became a regular visitor to South Florida until later when New York was added to the tours. The changing financial and economic climate  of the 90’s however made it increasingly challenging to secure sponsorship, and eventually promoting large groups like the LTM and ASHE Ensemble were curtailed.

Their attempts at a crossover venture into the Afro American community with “Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame” at the James L. KnightCenter in Miami was a major financial disaster and after a short hiatus, Sunshine Theatre with Jackie and her outgoing
personality at the helm emerged. Over the years Mike and Jackie have worked with many producers with varying degrees of success, Basil Dawkins and more recently Stages Productions have been their most successful and consistent shows especially those featuring Shebada and Delcita.  Some of the many
actors and characters they have worked with and have fond memories include Miss Lou, Charles Hyatt, Leonie Forbes, Oliver Samuels, Volier’ Maffie ‘Johnson, Deon Silvera,  Audrey Reid, Winston ‘Bello’ Bell, Ruth Hoshing , Cleve ‘Chu Chu’ Warren,

Their efforts are not limited to Florida, (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Melbourne, Orlando, Ocala and Lehigh Acres) they continue to expand promoting the Jamaican culture to other areas of the Diaspora such as New York, 
Washington DC, Maryland (Baltimore, College Park, Columbia) and Atlanta.

Mike and Jackie have received awards from the Consul General of Jamaica for their long
dedication and promotion of the Jamaican culture across the Diaspora (which was presented by Prime Minister Bruce Golding) and at last year Consul General’s 50th Independence  Gala celebration was one of the ‘Vanguard’ honorees ‘. They have also received

the ‘Jamaican Milestone Award’ from the Jamaican/USA Chamber of Commerce and Jackie has received
a ‘Woman of Excellence award’ from Nostalgia In Gold. She has also received an Outstanding Leadership award from the USA Netball Association as President of the Association who led the USA Team to their first World Championship tournament in Birmingham, England in 1995.

As they enter their 30th year of entertainment and promotion they hope you appreciate their efforts and their struggles and continue to support them in spreading the Jamaican culture across the Diaspora. Sunshine Theatre would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have assisted and supported
them over these many years, especially the Sponsors, Advertisers, TicketSellers, Volunteers and most importantly the many loyal Patrons .

Some of the shows they have promoted include the following:

Trevor Rhone’s “Two Can Play”, “Old Story Time”,

Basil Dawkins’ Champagne & Skyjuice, Toy Boy, Feminine Justice, Gift for Mom, Hot Spot, Uptown Bangarang, Where Is My Father

David Heron’s, Ecstasy, Intermission, and Against his Will

LTM Pantomimes; Schoolers, 50/Fifty, Reggae Son, Man De Yah, Moon Splash, Anancy Come Back

Jam Biz’s; Run For Your Wife, Puppy Love, Cutie & the Freak, Oliver & the Genie, River Bottom,

Ashe Ensemble’s; Songs of Freedom, Hush, Vibes in a World of Sexuality,

Stages Productions’ ; Ova Mi Dead Body, Money Worries, Ghett Out,  Bashment Granny ,The Plumber, The Politicians, Wedding Scamma

Big Stage ProductionsCourt House Drama

Pablo Hoilette – When the Cat’s Away, Remember Me, The Love List.

Fabulous Five Band: Annual Grand Christmas Ball & Celebrity Fashion Show

For More Information contact Mike Shaw 954-549-7361 or 786- 237-5493