Not a one-woman show

‘Jacy Sings Country’ could easily be described as a one-woman show, except that it takes a dozen people to pull it off.

And although Jacinthe (Jacy) Sabourin is the only singer on stage, she presents music made famous by eight of some of the best known female vocalists, country or otherwise.

The results can be seen tonight and tomorrow night at the Prospect Playhouse, home of the Cayman Drama Society.

Members are donating their time and talents to offer a couple of hours of themed entertainment, good food and, for anyone who attends in cowboy/cowgirl garb, the chance to win some prizes.

Show director Regina Oliver explained that the drama society is still rebuilding after Hurricane Ivan. The production is a fund-raiser, as well as an evening of relaxed entertainment. ‘Plus we don’t want people to forget us,’ she exclaimed.

The theatre stage is not as big as it was pre-Ivan, but its present size does lend itself to a more intimate atmosphere that suits this show.

On stage at all times is Martin Tedd as emcee. He shares biographical notes of the singers who are featured and he even cracks a joke or two.

Just one song into the programme, it is apparent that the narrative serves two purposes. It sets the mood for the next song and it gives Jacy time to go through a variety of costume changes.

Part of the anticipation, in fact, is wondering how she will look in her next entrance. Wardrobe mistress Virginia Moerl helps make the changes.

Peter Phillips is stage manager, coordinating her work with that of Colin Wilson on sound, Valerie Cottier and Cathy Wight on lights.

Then there are the people who work the bar and front of house. Penny Phillips, with assistance from Regina, is charged with responsibility for the intermission buffet, described as good Tex-Mex fare.

Intermission neatly divides the programme into two sets, with the first featuring the songs of Patsy Cline and some facts about her that even fans may not have known.

The second set highlights signature hits by Connie Francis, Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Crystal Gayle and LeAnn Rimes.

It would be fun to guess which song is associated with which singer, so one recommendation would be to not look at the printed programme right away.

Curtain time, as usual, is 7.30 both nights. Tickets at $25 cover the show and food. They may be obtained by phoning the box office at 949-5054.

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