Kids get taste of theater – at the cinema

Hundreds of Cayman Islands schoolchildren were treated this week to a theater performance of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” while sitting in cinema seats in Camana Bay. 

The performance is part of the “Culture at the Cinema” series launched last month with a sold-out production of “Hamlet” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. 

The series, which takes international stage productions performed in places like London and Moscow, captures them on HD film and delivers them to local audiences, has been brought to Cayman by Camana Bay Cinema and Digicel. 

The shows, usually shown on Saturdays, are normally reserved for adults, as alcohol is served and under licensing restrictions, only over-18s are allowed in. 

“However in conjunction with the Saturday evening events, a program called ‘Culture for Kids’ has been developed,” said Simon Watson of Camana Bay Cinema. “This is where all the productions are made available to schoolchildren free of charge across Grand Cayman.” 

He added, “We at the cinema and our partners at Digicel believe that it is important for all schoolchildren to have access to the arts and culture wherever possible. This is why we are making all the performances available free of charge to every school in Cayman.” 

More than 400 students and school staff attended two performances of the latest stage adaptation of “Treasure Island,” a story of “murder, money and mutiny.” The production, adapted by Bryony Lavery, was performed at the National Theatre in London. 

Mr. Watson said the organizers of “Culture at the Cinema” intend to continue offering free screenings of the production to schoolchildren when the series continues next year. 

For details of upcoming performances, visit www.bigscreen.ky.  

Schoolchildren arrive at the cinema in Camana Bay for Thursday morning

Schoolchildren arrive at the cinema in Camana Bay for Thursday morning’s screening of ‘Treasure Island.’ – PHOTO: JEWEL LEVY

Excitement overload: Cayman International School students get ready to view

Excitement overload: Cayman International School students get ready to view ‘Treasure Island’ as part of the ‘Culture at the Cinema’ series. – PHOTO: JEWEL LEVY
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