Veteran Actor/Director Anthony ‘Skeebo’ Roberts Joins Cast of The Cabinet For Freeport Premiere
Freeport, Grand Bahama… With the formation of new political parties, familiar political faces and the nation already caught up in new political campaigns, the latest political play The Cabinet has decided to change constituencies and take the laughs to Grand Bahama after a successful run in New Providence.
Set to premiere at 8pm at the Regency Theatre this weekend (May 27 and May 28, 2011), director and writer Ward Minnis promises the play will have a few surprises in store for viewers, most notably a new cast member in the person of Anthony ‘Skeebo’ Roberts.
Roberts is a DANZA award-winning actor who has been in nearly 40 productions, the majority of them playing a lead role. He’s also seen outside the Bahamas in several commercials and on productions filmed in The Bahamas such as the Olsen twins’ Holiday in The Sun and All My Children.
“I am so thrilled to have Skeebo joining the cast to take over the role of --- which was previously played by Ian Strachan,” says Minnis. “I’ve worked with Skeebo about ten years ago when we were cast mates in Sam Boodle’s The Landlord and I have the utmost respect for him in the theatre industry. Skeebo has the ability to bring a character to life as if the play were written after he was cast. And actually, during the casting of the play I wanted to work with him but he was already committed to his directorial debut of Better The Devil. I guess it was meant to be because now that we are on tour, he’s here and the entire team is able to see how one of our local icons manages to come in at the last minute and commits so well to it.”
As for why the play is so well received and already beginning an inter-island tour through the archipelago, Minnis feels that the present political air in The Bahamas lends to its success.
“The play has been in the works for about three years now and I think it simply coincides with the fact that voters are registering and looking for a laugh in the midst of the serious business of politics in this country,” he said. “Sure I wrote the play with some of that in mind, but the amazing cast who bring it to life bring out the attributes we see in Parliament, at rallies and on the campaign trail. Without them, honestly it would never come to life as vividly as possible.”
“But we are all excited and geared to go when it comes to bringing The Cabinet to Freeport,” added Minnis. “We know that we will certainly bring scandal and hilariousness to the viewers. The team at the Regency made it possible for us and we are just completely overwhelmed with the amount of people who were in Nassau for the original shows that wrote us and asked us to bring it over. So, now we are doing the political thing and giving the people what they want and what they want is to see what all the laughs in The Cabinet are about.”
Tickets for The Cabinet are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information call 1-242-225-7923.
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