The Cayman Drama Society’s latest show, “CayTube Live,” takes a comedic look at events and everyday life in Cayman.
The show, which opened Thursday, is being staged Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings through May 17 at the Prospect Playhouse, includes short sketches, such as “FOI,” “Restaurant Rollover,” and “Northward Ritz.”
Director Peter Kosa and producer Malcolm Ellis first presented the show in January 2012 with a limited run of four stagings. Due to popular demand, the duo decided to present a new version of the show, with new material and a full run of nine performances.
Auditions were held late last year, and some of the original performers are back, along with some new faces. The cast includes Julissa Castillo, Malcolm Ellis, Jacoline Frank, Gwynneth Hamilton, Mary Anne Kosa, Peter Kosa, Michael McLaughlin, Soraya Moghadass, Wendy Moore, Michelle Morgan, Teri Quappe, Vijay Singhera, Martin Tedd and Dominic Wheaton.
“The show consists of a series of short sketches that are tied together by the common themes of television, but referencing current events and social experiences that are specific to the Cayman Islands, in a very light-hearted way,” Ellis said.
“We like to use the analogy of the audience watching TV, but we have the remote control and keep flipping channels from one show to another every few minutes. We’ve even incorporated some parody “commercials” to complete that experience.
“The humour is aimed at an adult audience,” he said. “There is no profanity, but the broad humor in one or two sketches might be considered a little ‘PG-13,’ so fine for older teens and adults, but younger kids probably wouldn’t enjoy the show.”
Ellis said that developing the show has been challenging, but at the same time it has been a great deal of fun.
“We started months ago with a team of writers, guided by lead writer Michelle Morgan, in developing all new and original material for the show,” he said. “Dozens of ideas were considered and the best worked up into sketches. We have a dozen people in the cast, with many different scenes to portray, so the backstage runs at a frenetic pace as the scene transforms from game show, to soap opera, to live news report, and on and on.”
Ellis added: “The sketches poke gentle fun at things that everyone can identify with. Topics like wiretapping and the dump take a ribbing, but simple situations like a happy hour buffet table will also hit a familiar funny bone for most people.
“We’re particularly pleased with our musical finale, which pulls our entire cast, Caymanian and expats alike, into a rousing and hilarious ode to the ins and outs of our Immigration Department. We hope everyone remembers – it’s all in good fun.”
Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., through May 17. The lobby bar opens 30 minutes before the show. To reserve tickets, call 938-1998, or email [email protected] Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youths. Visit caymandrama.org.ky.