normaskeete-headshotNorma Skeete is a real estate professional based in Arlington, Virginia. Originally from Jamaica, she moved to the United States in 1980 and worked in the fields of accounting and financial services. She absolutely loves helping people and never miss an opportunity to point others towards important resources necessary to attain financial goals, be it real estate or otherwise. She strongly believes that anyone can reach their goals with the right knowledge.

In addition to being passionate about her career, Norma loves travelling and also has a deep interest in theatre. For years, she has made time to travel, discover new places and to enjoy new theatre productions. She is especially fond of the theatrical offerings found in New York, London and the Washington DC Metro area. Norma revels in the blend of robust orchestra scores, precision dancing and the superb acting synonymous with Broadway, although her interest is quite varied, encompassing not only the aforementioned productions, but also modern dance, ballet, opera, symphonies as well as the eclectic fare found locally.

Wherever these performances may be, there is one given that never changes; Norma must be seated in one of the first few center-stage rows. As such, she never relinquishes the purchasing of tickets to anyone when planning an outing with friends. Sitting close to the stage is just as important to her as the caliber of a performance – observing every minute detail of expressions and movement and being transported by the sounds emanating from the orchestra pit is a must!

Norma’s love for the theatre originated in her home country of Jamaica. There, she was introduced to amateur theatre by a friend of one of her brothers to join the cast of an upcoming production. Her debut was an ensemble role in the great Rodgers and Hammerstein’s production of SOUTH PACIFIC. Her most memorable role was that of Madcap Maisie in THE BOYFIRIEND.

Norma is particularly intrigued by the differences between the American and Jamaican theatre scenes. In Jamaica, amateur theatre is primarily done for fun and entertainment on both sides of the stage. Understand, however, that this does not diminish the quality. Indeed, many groups were frequently invited to perform away from the homeland. In the United States, however, amateur theatre is often merely a stepping stone to the bright lights of Broadway and beyond, a goal at which people work tirelessly. Norma ponders the contrast between perceptions of the theatre as a hobby versus a true art form that is incredibly competitive. Despite the Jamaican experience being more relaxed, Norma loves the scale and grandeur of the productions available in New York and London and will never tire of occupying a stage-front seat.

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