The Cayman Drama Society recently held their annual general meeting at the Prospect Playhouse during which plans for forthcoming productions were firmed up, ongoing repairs to the playhouse discussed, and ways in which to ensure the society remains sustainable in today’s economy.
The drama society also welcomed four new members to the executive committee who will work with existing members to drive the society forward.
Chairwoman Sheree Ebanks said this year will be a busy year for the drama society as it continues with ongoing repairs.
“We carried out a lot of enhancements to the playhouse last year, including to the lobby and upgrading the sound equipment with new speakers, sound board and wireless microphones,” Ms Ebanks said. “This year we aim to continue with more upgrades, including upgrading the lighting and turning the upstairs area of the playhouse into a VIP lounge, which can be used for private functions. We also hope to be able to expand the bar area to enable us to offer more social events to our members.”
In addition, the committee also plans to work on a new website, which will allow for tickets to be purchased online, as well as launching a “Play Bill” set advertising space which will run for an entire year across all programmes.
The committee has also reorganised the production season, which will now run from September to July, which Ms Ebanks said will allow the drama society to plan productions as far as 18 months in advance.
The first production this year will be “Stomp The Rock” in March, an original musical production compiled by drama society committee member Sue Howe. Rehearsals are already under way and Ms Ebanks hopes the production will draw in the crowds.
“We kicked off last year with the musical Hairspray, which was hugely popular,” Ms Ebanks said. “We hope to emulate this success with ‘Stomp the Rock’.”
“Stomp The Rock” will be followed by the “The 39 Steps”, a melodrama adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock in June/July. Next, the drama society plan to put on another comedy, “Noises Off”, in September, a 1982 play by English playwright Michael Frayn, followed by William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in November. The next large musical production with be “Anything Goes” in early 2014.
The Cayman Drama Society is a nonprofit organisation, which relies wholly on volunteers and sponsors. Ms Ebanks said they hope to encourage more members to join, as well as sponsors to come on board.
“We can’t exist without our members,” she said. “There are lots of ways to volunteer and get involved with the drama society, including set design, working behind the scenes, lighting and sound, as well as volunteering at the bar. We rely 100 per cent on our volunteers and we would like it to remain that way, but it is becoming increasingly difficult.”
The drama society, which hosts 6,000 to 8,000 audience members a year, offers numerous membership options. These include one year, five year and lifetime membership options, starting at just $20. Members enjoy discounted preview nights as well as a variety of social events.
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