Cocktails and Cabaret, a performance of some lesser known pieces of musical theatre, is a one night only show, that will take place at the Prospect Playhouse on Friday, 24 August.
Conceived and put together by 19-year-old theatre student Melanie Ebanks, the show will be a fundraiser for the new George Town Primary Performing Arts Centre. Melanie will be the sole performer and the Cayman Drama Society has donated the Prospect Playhouse for the event. Although she is off to London to start her Bachelor of Arts in Acting just two weeks after the show, Melanie wanted to do something to give back to the community before she sets her sights on more distant shores.
Accompanied by acclaimed pianist Glen Inanga, Melanie will be performing a selection of songs from Broadway musicals including Chicago, Anything Goes, Avenue Q and Little Mermaid. “I considered doing pop music,” she says, “but it doesn’t really speak to people as much as musical theatre. It’s a lot more exciting if you find the right stuff. Most of the pieces are not typical musical theatre, a lot of them are unknown, so it’s something of a teaser for those who are not familiar with the genre.”
“It’s going to be a really laid back environment,” she adds. “People can come along for happy hour at the bar and from there go to the show.”
The doors will open at 6.30pm, giving people plenty of time to get themselves some refreshments before the performance begins at 7.00pm.* Tickets are $10 and Melanie is hoping to raise at least $1,000 with this performance.
Melanie had her first taste of the stage at the age of 10, when she played the Artful Dodger in a school performance of Oliver Twist. “Ever since then, I’ve never looked back,” she says. “It was one of the defining moments of my life.”
Since then, she has taken part in several Cayman Drama Society productions and has just completed a year of theatre studies at the Interlochen Centre for the Arts in the US.
Melanie is delighted to have had the support and accompaniment of Glen Inanga in this venture. “He’s an incredible player and I feel privileged to have had him as a mentor, as a well as a friend, through this whole process,” she says.
One hundred per cent of the proceeds will go towards the George Town Primary School’s music programme.
To purchase tickets call 939-8282 or 916-2722