New role for drama students

On Saturday 27 June 2009 at 2:00 pm, The Cayman Drama Society will meet at the Prospect Playhouse to elect a Student Executive Committee, which will appeal to the youth of the Cayman Islands.

The work of this committee will be to give a voice to younger members of the Cayman Drama Society, to foster love of and growth in use of the theatre by younger members. It will also provide opportunities for young people of all talents to take part in theatre either onstage or back-stage. To research and recommend plays and other forms of dramatic entertainment to be produced, directed and played by younger members of the Society, and to arrange or take part in social activities of the Society.

Penny Phillips, Chairman of CDS said ‘This is an exciting time for our society. Besides our many dramatic offerings, we are also hosting two dance shows and the annual NCVO Telethon.

‘In July and August, we shall be offering summer camps which will allow members and non-members alike, anyone who is interested in theatre, to learn something of what makes a theatre tick. The creation of a representative Student body is another example of our commitment to the young people of the Cayman Islands.’

Paul de Freitas, Schools Liaison member of the CDS Executive committee and who is tasked with the creation of the Student Executive noted that CDS was impressed with the commitment and level of talent displayed by the students of the John Gray High School who crewed the recent, very complicated productions of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ and ‘Annie’.

In addition, the recent performance of Oklahoma by the St Ignatius students clearly illustrated the level of technical and dramatic talent available. He said: ‘Formation of the CDS Student Executive committee recognises the abilities of these younger members of our community and gives them the means to take theatre to a new level as they grow within the CDS environment. They will have access to very talented and experienced people to help them as needed, but will be encouraged to take the lead in driving their own activities and productions. It is a win-win situation for drama and youth in the Cayman Islands’.

In order to take part in the elections or to stand for office, student membership of CDS is required. Membership forms will be available at the event and the annual fee is being pro-rated to $5.00 which must accompany the membership application when handed in at Saturday’s meeting.

Elections will take place for a Chairman and Secretary, as well as committee chairs for the Membership, Productions and Publicity committees.

For further information on the event, prospective members or Student Executive candidates should call Paul de Freitas on 916-6331.

The Cayman Drama Society is committed to providing quality live theatre to educate, enrich and entertain, while providing lifelong learning opportunities and fostering creative expression. It operates its own 140-seat theatre, the Prospect Playhouse, at 223B Shamrock Road, Prospect, Grand Cayman. Information on current events and a complete history of the society and its productions can be found on its website, www.cds.ky.

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