There is no substitute for a good, old-fashioned fairy tale or well-known story that still enchants all ages. The Cayman Drama Society is bringing them to life through performances and live book readings over the next couple of weeks, creating events to entertain young and old.
‘Hansel and Gretel’
Everyone remembers the tale of the two children in the woods who come across an edible house where a witch lives. Written by the Brothers Grimm, it has been retold many times and can be pretty dark when you really think about it.
On Saturday, there will be a mini-production of “Hansel and Gretel” at the Prospect Playhouse Theatre, performed by members of the Adult Actors Class. The story has been brightened considerably and is aimed toward younger audiences, but hey – all are welcome to go along and share the show. There are two perfomances – one at 11:30 a.m. and one at 2:30 p.m. – and tickets should be bought in advance online. They are $5 for adults and free for children. Each performance will be between 10 and 20 minutes long, and as the bar will be closed, patrons are asked to bring their own drinks along.
The George Town Public Library is holding its Book Fair on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and there will be free refreshments. There will also be author exhibits, storytelling, children’s activities, prize raffles and book readings. The Cayman Drama Society’s 8-11 year-olds will be reading “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” by Roald Dahl at 11 a.m. and Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in The Hat” at 11:30 a.m.
“The Gruffalo” will be read by the Society’s 12-16 year-olds at 2 p.m.
The final 2018 show being produced at the Prospect Playhouse Theatre is “Playhouse Family Christmas.” Be warned: tickets sell out very quickly, so get yours early.
Here is a glimpse of what you can expect in the coming months.
‘Playhouse Family Christmas’
Grizz and Frizz are back with a cavalcade of Christmas characters. This family-friendly show is a must for all ages and gets everyone into the festive spirit. There is usually mulled wine for sale at the bar and of course, Santa always makes an appearance.
Many will remember the film starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters in the main roles. This story of a young hairdresser who wants to complete her education and an alcoholic professor who sees her potential is full of humor and heart.
‘On Golden Pond’
This 1979 play by Ernest Thompson focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. The story takes place over a year, with their daughter Chelsea, her fiancé Billy Ray and his son, Billy Ray Jr., visiting before they leave the teenage boy with the couple for a month.
Catherine has inherited her late father’s mathematical brilliance, but she is haunted by the fear that she might also share his debilitating mental illness. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, David Auburn’s play is a passionate, intelligent story about fathers and daughters, the nature of genius and the power of love.
‘Into The Woods’
“Into the Woods” is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.
For tickets and information, visit www.cds.ky.