The Prospect Playhouse curtain is set to go up on the Caribbean comedy Miriamy this Thursday.
The play, directed by Bill Bewley, will be staged for the first time in Cayman and presents a valid and timeless picture of Caribbean morality.
Written by Guyanese playwright Frank Pilgrim in the 1960s, Miriamy is set on the mythical island of St. Midas. The comedy tells the tale of a young widow – Miriamy – who is about to give birth to quintuplets. Concerned about the impending illegitimate birth, and the discredit it will bring to the community, well-meaning locals rally round in search of the father with the aim of marching him down the alter. But things aren’t quite what they seem. With hilarious consequences and a clever twist, the CDS is hoping the play will be a box office hit.
‘There’s some great humour; as much as in the actions as there are in the words,’ Mr. Bewley said. ‘This is a fantastic, fast-moving comedy, which will really keep the audience on its toes.’
With what the director describes as a ‘vibrant script’, Mr. Bewley – who last year successfully directed the Caribbean drama Elmina’s Kitchen – is hoping the two-hour production will appeal to all.
‘On stage, Miriamy acts out brilliantly,’ he said. ‘We haven’t made any changes to the script. It’s as funny now as it was over 40 years ago.’
Mr. Bewley admits, as director, it wasn’t his first choice.
‘It was actually the committee who recommended I take a look at the script. I read it and loved it. Miriamy is extremely well written and has a very clever ending, which is really going to appeal to the audience.’
Split into three acts, the play will run for approximately two hours, with two 15-minute intervals. Dinner theatre has been scrapped, the director citing it would ‘slow down the production and unbalance it.’
The 11-strong cast includes a mix of veteran cast members as well as new thespians. Vincent Francis, Dennis Hue and Cyndy Ebanks are all familiar faces on the playhouse stage, between them having starred in numerous CDS productions. Acting for the drama society for the first time are Owen Henry, Adrienn Abranko, Neil Hamaty and Gerald Watts, while Megan Gordon and Damian Dilbert will both make their stage debut.
Tickets are $20; $10 for children under 12. Doors open at 7pm, performances start at 7.30pm. The play will be staged on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through 22 September. Call the box-office on 949-5054 for further details and ticket reservations.
Dulcibelle – Megan Gordon
Mrs. Stella Singer – Cyndy Ebanks
Bob Stevens/Reporter – Vincent Francis
Dr. Edwin Singer – Owen Henry
Norah – Gwynneth Hamilton
Mrs. Maude Bygham – Adrienn Abranko
Mr. Chambers – Gerald Watts
Desmond Victiore – Neil Hamaty
Mr. Billings – Andy Harrison
Timothy – Damian Dilbert
Garcia – Dennis Hue
Director – Bill and Wendy Bewely
Producer – Kasey Mullins
Stage manager, set design and construction – Paul de Freitas
Assistant stage manager – Pat Steward
Properties – Richard Johnson and Niamh Hutchinson
Box office – Omeria Gordon