Two highly respected individuals in the South Florida music scene, Jim Camacho and Rich Ulloa, have joined forces for a musical venture that takes both men into a new, exciting and distinctly different realm.
The two have announced a partnership designed to bring Camacho’s latest musical play, The Cavie Islanders & The Troll, to Ulloa’s Y&T Music label and a wider audience in the process. Plans call for a series of performances at the end of May and a national CD release during which the soundtrack will be marketed to media outlets across the country.
The children’s musical utilizes the talents of 23 child performers from several different schools and a host of leading local musicians, including Camacho (guitar, bass, piano, keys), Fritz Dorigo (guitar) and Fernando Perdomo (guitar).
The story revolves around the young residents of the fictional Cavie Island, whose idyllic lifestyle is threatened by a “mean and scary” Troll (played by award winning actor Ken Clement). What transpires on the island results in a lesson of friendship that impacts and inspires all concerned.
The songs, composed by Camacho, are vibrant and infectious, a sound he’s become well known for through both his recent solo recordings and the albums he made with the nationally acclaimed band the Goods.
Performances will take place at the Mandelstam Theater, 8530 SW 57 Ave. in South Miami, on Friday, May 27, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 28, 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m. The show, which lasts approximately one hour, is appropriate for all school-age audiences.
The Y&T Music CD release date for The Cavie Islanders and The Troll will be May 27 with a special party and reception at 7 p.m. at the theater.
“This is a great opportunity for these kids, most of whom have never had an experience in live theater before,” Camacho said. “They enter into this program where they receive professional training in acting, dancing, and singing. It’s a total musical theater immersion.”
As a result, the children not only learn to sing, dance and act, but they also gain personal confidence and a passion for the arts, Camacho said.
“And that’s something that they will carry with them their entire lives. What’s more, the younger audiences get a real kick out of watching other kids act and sing. It offers them a terrific introduction to the joys of live musical theater,” he added.
”I’ve been a fan of Jim’s work for many years, so I’m thrilled to be able to work with him on this special project,” Ulloa said. “Plus, I’ve always loved classic musicals like The Sound of Music, South Pacific and many others of that era. Jim’s score for the Cavie Islanders musical totally blew me away and I hope it one day becomes a kid’s classic.”