August 1, 2021

Have your Christmas Cake and eat it!

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Members of The UCCI’s dance group and choir show off the show’s spectacular costumes during rehearsals. Photos by Christopher Tobutt

The Christmas Cake, which will be showing in the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) this Saturday, is a musical adapted from a story written by UCCI President Roy Bodden.

The show, a fundraiser for the UCCI’s performing arts programme, features Cayman star performers Quincy Brown and Rita Estevanovich along with up-and-coming stars from the UCCI’s own music and dance groups, and is being directed by renowned Choreographer Dr. Monika Lawrence, who also designed the show’s lavish costumes.

“What we have done is that we have used the basic story and embellished it into a musical which includes dancers, singers, musicians, actors, and actresses. It’s a Cayman story so we used a lot of Cayman songs. We intend to capture the imagination of the audience as we take them on a journey reminiscent of Caymanian Christmases of yesteryears,” Dr. Lawrence said.

Adding an authentic touch of Cayman Christmas past, musical entertainment will come from the Swanky Kitchen Band and the Evomere Band.

The production will also include the UCCI Choir, UCCI dancers and the UCCI’s award-winning Pandemix Steel Band, under the direction of Glen Inanga.

Quincy Brown, who will be taking a lead role in the show said,  “I consider it a great privilege to co-direct with the ever-so-talented Dr. Monika Lawrence and work with music genius Glen Inanga. In my estimation, this collaboration of the UCCI Choir, Dancers and Pandemix band will showcase the best production that UCCI has staged to date.”

The show, which will take place at 6.30 on Saturday December 17 starting at 6.30 in the UCCI’s courtyard, will raise funds for the University’s ongoing performing arts programme.

Commenting on the programme’s importance, UCCI President Roy Bodden said:  “In addition to offering opportunities for students to build self-confidence, the performing arts also provide avenues for students to explore and understand the importance of other persons and the roles they play, both literally and figuratively, as it is through interdependence that we thrive as a people.”

Regular admission is CI$15 while students and children will be charged CI$10. Tickets are available at Funky Tangs, Books and Books, the UCCI Student Services Office.

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