Savannah smile concert delights audience

After the closing arguments have been made, Jesse Matthews, minister of environment is ordered to spend three months at the Cayman Islands Hospital to get a smile checkup with “smilologist” Lenari Seymour.

That entertaining culmination to the mini skit, “Court’s In,” was just one part of the Savannah United Church youth department’s “Yuh cayaan smile ah wha” evening concert on May 7 at the church. The children were all smiles as they danced, sang and showcased glow-in-the-dark “fandangles” and glow-in-the-dark puppets to the delight of the audience.

Karlene Buckle, one of the youth leaders for the primary and youth choir group, said the successful concert came out of an effort to develop more interesting activities for children in the church community that were different from what they do in school.

“‘Yuh cayaan smile ah wah’ is Caymanian dialect [meaning, ‘You can’t smile, or what?’] and we wanted to use the catchy phrase around the church to give the young people a reason to smile and a unique way to greet each other,” Ms. Buckle said.

One year ago, the youth leaders started using the smile theme to plan activities for the children, and it proved an instant success during Friday evening youth fellowships. It generated a lot of response from the young people – especially the boys.

“During practice for the concert, they loved the scene from the courtroom drama, because to them it was so relevant to the Caymanian community,” Ms. Buckle said.

Proceeds from the concert will go toward props for other upcoming “Yuh cayaan smile ah wah” productions, which the church is hoping will become annual events.