Cayman audiences can expect another hilarious serving of “Rundown” beginning May 12 at the Harquail Theatre. The annual comedy revue features a star-studded local cast taking a close look at the comical side of the island’s seriousness.

No topic is off limits: politics, religion, sports, media, “supermarketing,” fauna and flora, “happy” laws, ganja cures … and more.

Written, designed and directed by Henry Muttoo, “Rundown” is 24 years old and a much-anticipated tradition and indelible part of the landscape, just like Easter camping and bush medicine.

If you do not know what the “marl road” is (and no, it is not the start of Dart’s new road by Camana Bay) or if you are trying to get the hang of things in Cayman, you won’t want to miss this show.

On the other hand, if you are all too familiar with the marl road, cow itch, “Tru Tru,” “Cock Crow” and Mac, you’ll be back for another “pain-a-belly” this year.

Here is a look at some of this year’s “Rundown idiots” and their thoughtful answers to a few of life’s most important questions:

Matt Brown
Matt Brown

Matt Brown

Years performing: 3-4

Greatest accomplishment in arts career: “Hung Low” character.

“Rundown” roles: “Hung Low,” “Low Hung” and several others (I sing too!).

Biggest challenge taking on role: Practice

Why be part of “Rundown”?: To pursue my dreams and seize opportunities!

Funniest cast member in real life: Henry Muttoo.

Before the curtain goes up/step on stage: I take a breath.

Lesley-Ann Bernard
Lesley-Ann Bernard

Lesley-Ann Bernard

Years performing: More than 20

Greatest accomplishment in arts career: Jamaica National Pantomime.

“Rundown” roles: “Funny Bones” and many others.

Why be part of “Rundown”?: To have fun and get a bellyful of laughs!

Funniest cast member in real life: Me [smile].

Before the curtain goes up/step on stage: I fool around.

Jevaughnie Ebanks
Jevaughnie Ebanks

Jevaughnie Ebanks

Years performing: Since I was 12 years old.

Greatest accomplishment in arts career: Performing in “Rundown.”

“Rundown” roles: “Boogsy,” “Politician” and as myself.

Biggest challenge taking on role: The amount of lines and time needed to rehearse.

Why be part of “Rundown”?: Henry [Muttoo] asked me to and I felt honored.

Funniest cast member in real life: Matt Brown and myself [smile].

Before the curtain goes up/step on stage: Use the bathroom and pray that I do not mess up.

Leroy Holness
Leroy Holness

Leroy Holness

Years performing: More than 40

Greatest accomplishment in arts career: So much. As you go along you learn, achieve and appreciate so much in the cultural and acting fields. It keeps me young and refreshed. I feel like I’m in a different part of the world.

“Rundown” roles: “Ital” (Rasta Man).

Biggest challenge taking on role: I do not really have a big challenge because he’s so simple. It’s easy flowing for me to do Ital.

Why be part of “Rundown”?: Theater workshops and productions have [always] been in my path. One year has not passed that I haven’t been on stage.

Funniest cast member in real life: I do not really want to say any one person is the funniest … [but] Matt Brown is one.

Before the curtain goes up/step on stage: I bounce up and down, walking around like a mad man. Something to keep my blood flowing!

Rachel Gepolla
Rachel Gepolla

Rachel Gepolla

Years performing: 2

Greatest accomplishment in arts career: Being part of “Rundown” was truly great! Being on the “Lighten Up” show with Catherine Tyson as well.

“Rundown” roles: “Caboose Lady” and “The Dorothy.”

Biggest challenge taking on role: Memorizing lines!

Why be part of “Rundown”?: It’s a wonderful way of being part of a community, bringing laughter and fun.

Funniest cast member in real life: Leroy.

Before the curtain goes up/step on stage: I pray real hard for me and everybody else!

Josefa Martinez-Shims
Josefa Martinez-Shims

Josefa Martinez-Shims

Years performing: 20-plus

Greatest accomplishment in arts career: There are many for me. In high school, I got the Indian version role of Cinderella called “Ashputel.” I also got the opportunity to be in “Rent” the musical and won best Talent in Miss Teen 2001. In 2000, I was crowned Miss Cayfest, and was recognized by the CNCF with an award upon graduation in 2001.

Biggest challenge taking on role: Trying to stay in character.

Why be part of “Rundown”?: I love acting and I’ve been in it before.

Funniest cast member in real life: I think I am [smile].

Before the curtain goes up/step on stage: I always say a prayer, breathe in deeply and tell everyone to “big up demself.”

Priscilla Pouchie
Priscilla Pouchie

Priscilla Pouchie

Years performing: Since I was about 5 years old.

Greatest accomplishment in arts career: “Granny” in Gimistory is where I get my real recognition and a lot of people love my Caymanian character.

“Rundown” role: “Old Caymanian woman.”

Why be part of “Rundown”?: I just love when I can go into the community and to the supermarkets and people recognize me and tell me how much they enjoyed the show.

Funniest cast member in real life: We’re all goofy; we love to clown around.

Before the curtain goes up/step on stage: I usually try to calm myself down because I’m quite hyped up, but just to bring it down a little bit [so I do not] look like a ball bouncing all over the place.

Giselle Webb
Giselle Webb

Giselle Webb

Years performing: Since I was 9 or 10 years old.

Greatest accomplishment in arts career: Representing my country in various cultural arts events and performing areas.

“Rundown” role: “Jamaican dancer.”

Biggest challenge taking on role: Depicting the nationalities accurately and impersonating the characters.

Why be part of “Rundown”?: It’s fun and I enjoy it.

Funniest cast member in real life: Lesley.

Before the curtain goes up/step on stage: I read over lines and make sure I know where I need to be.

Kathleen Helvester
Kathleen Helvester

Kathleen Helvester

Years performing: 2-3

Greatest accomplishment in arts career: Winning second place in Cayman Brac’s Got Talent.

“Rundown” roles: Singer and model.

Biggest challenge taking on role: Taking on the role itself is a challenge for me because this is my first time acting on stage!

Why be part of “Rundown”?: To gain more experience in the performing industry.

Funniest cast member in real life: Matt Brown and Jevaughnie Ebanks.
Before the curtain goes up/step on stage: I read over my lines and pray I do not mess up.

Troy Rodgers
Troy Rodgers

Troy Rodgers

Years performing: More than 15

Greatest accomplishment in arts career: Jamaica – Prime Minister Youth Awards for Arts & Culture 2010. JCDC Jamaica – Charles Hyatt Awards for Best Actor of Comedy.

Why be part of “Rundown”?: Driven by my passion for the performing arts.

Funniest cast member in real life: Jevaughnie.

Before the curtain goes up/step on stage: I find my character.

Show dates: May 12–15; 20–22; 27–29

Show times: 8 p.m. on Thursday/Friday/Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children and seniors. Call 949-5477 to reserve your seats or email [email protected]

0
0

NO COMMENTS