‘Fame’ musical set to be a sellout

The cast of 'Fame the Musical Jr.'

With final preparations for the opening night of “Fame the Musical Jr.” at the Prospect Playhouse, excitement is building for the young cast from the Musicians Ltd. School of Music and Performing Arts.

Fifty students ages 6-15 from public and private schools across Cayman have been working since January to deliver a performance that is certain to dazzle the audience.

Musical Director Janine Stabler chose this lively show for its catchy songs and fast-paced dance numbers that both young and old will know and love, she said.

The popular musical provides an insight into life at New York City’s High School of Performing Arts, where sweat and hard work are the keys to a successful life as a performer.

Katherine Walmsley and Eleri Stabler play the parts of two teachers arguing.
Katherine Walmsley and Eleri Stabler play the parts of two teachers arguing.

Setting the scene

The curtain rises as young boys and girls, starry-eyed and hopeful, pray for an acceptance letter from the prestigious high school. A drummer known as Lambchops rips open her envelope and explodes with excitement. Other students tear their envelopes apart to find acceptance letters. At the school, the audience meets the English teacher, Miss Sherman, and an array of new students: Carmen Diaz, Serena Katz, Schlomo Metzenbaum, Nick Piazza, Jose Vegas, Tyrone Jackson and many others. Students are thrown into the rigorous studies of performing arts and experience the demands of drama, dance and music class. Freshman year has officially begun.

The story follows the group of students across the acting, dancing and music faculties from 1980-1984 as they learn to master their craft and grow up alongside each other, rising to the various challenges that face them. The underlying theme is summed up by the opening number “Hard Work,” a melody that returns throughout the show.

Scholarship program

Putting together a high-quality production is a costly undertaking, organizers said. Sponsorships and donations have helped to partly fund the many areas required to produce a musical of this caliber.

'Fame the Musical Jr.' opens at the Prospect Playhouse on Friday.
‘Fame the Musical Jr.’ opens at the Prospect Playhouse on Friday.

“Special thanks must go to the Cayman Islands Ministry of Education for once again supporting the islands’ schoolchildren,” said Ms. Stabler. “We are extremely grateful for the backing of all our sponsors without whom the show would not be possible.”
Part of the proceeds from the show will go toward the Musicians Ltd. Performing Arts and Instrumental Scholarship Programs for Caymanian children with ambition, talent and a need for financial assistance.

The May 21 and May 29 performances feature Musicians Ltd.’s Broadway Stars class, which will be showcased prior to the main show. This group of students ages 6–9 will perform songs and dance numbers from some of the most popular musicals on Broadway.

Four evening performances (7 p.m.): May 20, 21, 27 and 28. Four matinee performances (3 p.m.): May 21, 22, 28, 29. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for children. Visit www.musicians.ky and click the “Fame” button to buy tickets.