‘Cocktails and Cabaret’ helps young aviators

“Cocktails and Cabaret” – a popular Broadway review – is back for its third year at the Prospect Playhouse from Aug. 14 to 16.  

With a collection of musical numbers in cabaret style, organizers are promising a “magical night of musical theater” with songs from such hits as “Matilda,” “Annie,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Frozen” and “Shrek.”  

Starring Melanie Ebanks, Terrie Quappe, Rory Mann and David Verhoeven, the show was developed by 20-year-old Ebanks, who is studying theater at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. In 2012 she accepted a challenge from her mentor Glen Inanaga, an accomplished professional musician who will also be accompanying the performers, to put on a show.  

The first show, a solo performance by Ebanks, raised more than $1,500 for George Town Primary School’s new performing arts center.  

This year, like last year, proceeds will be donated to the Zak Quappe Memorial Scholarship Fund, set up in memory of the young actress and singer’s cousin, Zak Quappe, in 2013. Quappe, who was killed in a car accident at age 21, was passionate about flying and intended to make a career of it. The memorial fund provides monetary help to young Caymanians who are also interested in becoming a pilot.  

“We are really hoping to match, if not exceed, last year’s show which raised $7,000,” Ebanks said. “We have added an extra show, so hopefully we will succeed.” 

She added that while some of the songs are classics, a lot of the material is quite new. 

“Many of the songs are from musicals from the last five years. A lot of people in Cayman don’t get the chance to see Broadway musicals because of money or time, so it’s also about bringing these great songs to Cayman for everyone to enjoy. It’s a great family-friendly night, and we are looking forward to putting a great show on.”  

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for children 12 years and under. Happy Hour is at 6:30 p.m. with a prompt performance time of 7 p.m. A matinee performance will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 16. For tickets, call 938-1998, or email [email protected]  


Melanie Ebanks is the driving force behind ‘Cocktails and Cabaret.’ The show will be staged for four nights at the Prospect Playhouse.