By Cliodhna McGowan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 15th May, 2006 Posted: 16:32 CIT (21:32 GMT)
Two Caymanian teens have turned into TV presenters overnight following some Awesome Adventures in their homeland.
Wendy Adam of Triple C School and Kamala Murugesu of John Gray High School, both in Year 12, were chosen as on–air hosts for Awesome Adventures, a US nationally syndicated TV show.
Shooting at Boatswain’s Beach on Friday, from left, producer Merv Jones, sound man Ben Hudson, camera man Larry Blair, adventure partner Wendy Adam, host Mystro Clark, adventure partner Kamala Murugesu, with Dr. Samantha Shields, Assistant Curator for Terrestrial Exhibits, Boatswain’s Beach. Photo: Cliodhna McGowan
This past weekend the producer Merv Jones and host Mystro Clark, were in Cayman filming with the girls, the host’s adventure partners.
The show will air for half an hour and really promotes tourism for the location filmed, the producer commented, especially as a family holiday destination.
Local film crew AV Solutions and Blair Marketing and Productions were hired to shoot the footage (Larry Blair as camera man and Ben Hudson on sound).
Filming took place Friday at Boatswain’s Beach and at the Sandbar. Saturday saw them go underwater on Atlantis Submarine and then to cover the Batabano Street Parade. On Sunday the group was to go on to Little Cayman’s Southern Cross Club for a fishing excursion and a kayak to Owen Island. The group were to stay the night at Divi Tiara Beach Resort on Cayman Brac. Activities on Monday back on Grand Cayman included boat ride Thriller, the surf machine at Black Pearl Skate & Surf Park, and an encounter at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park with blue iguanas.
The two teenagers were chosen by the show’s producers having been sent the bios and photos of many young Caymanians.
Producer Mr. Jones explained, “The Department of Tourism sent us a group of photos, but theirs (the two girls’) just jumped off the page, much more than the others”.
Although it was initially supposed to be a boy and a girl chosen, these two girls simply shone too brightly to turn down any one of them, and so the female duo was chosen.
Mr. Jones explained that the shoot was planned for a weekend so the girls would miss only one day of school.
Describing the island as beautiful, Mr. Jones said they were hoping to focus on the unusual aspects of the island, such as the blue iguana, stingrays and turtles.
The TV show is aimed at teens and will be syndicated mainly through the Fox TV stations.
Before their first shoot at Boatswain’s Beach the two teens, who have never presented for TV before, said they were not nervous, but excited.
“I’m really excited. I’ve never done something like this before,” said Kamala, who is also Miss Teen. She has previously acted with Broadways’ Class Act and was in her school production of "The King and I".
Wendy said, “I think it will be really fun and I am really looking forward to it.” Daughter of Mr. Mike Adam, CEO and President of Cayman Airways, she has a love for tourism and is currently interning with the Department of Tourism in their Public Relations department.
Another intern, Tonie Chisholm, who graduates from St. Ignatius Catholic School this year, is working with the local film crew.
Host of Awesome Adventures, Mr. Clark is part of a new unscripted series for Lifetime Television, which premieres on 5 June. Called Lovespring, it is a comedy about a dating service that matches people up all wrong.