Monday 30 March, 2020

Go on a musical adventure with Operation Triple Threat

Operation Triple Threat students in rehearsal. (PHOTO: Operation Triple Threat/Andrew Browne Photography)

Operation Triple Threat students in rehearsal. (PHOTO: Operation Triple Threat/Andrew Browne Photography)

A musical theatre production of DreamWorks' hit animated movie, Madagascar, is set to hit local stages this weekend, thanks to local charity Operation Triple Threat (OTT).

Director/Founder/Trustee Janelle Headley has urged the Barbadian public to come out and support the production, with shows on Friday June 30, Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2 at St. Winifred's School.

She explained that proceeds from the show go to OTT's Bridge Award Programme, which affords OTT students to either attend the local programme at no cost, attend international Musical Theatre training workshops, as well as audition or attend international Performing Arts institutions.

Speaking at a press conference this week, Headley noted that so far some 50 students have benefited from these opportunities. She added that during this academic year the group also provided financial assistance for four OTT alums, enabling them to attend various colleges or universities in the USA.

(L-R) Operation Triple Threat students and alum, Chad Montplaisir, Jon-Mykul Bowen, Michael Cadette and Charlene Morris with Director Janelle Headley (centre) at a press conference this week.

 

Noting that Barbados has made strides as more people recognise the various career opportunities available within the arts, the performing arts academy director said there is still a long way to go in terms of financial support for the sector.

“Parents are warming up to the idea that the performing arts is a viable option and that it isn’t just singing, dancing acting either. You can have technical theatre jobs that are sustainable, you can go into makeup and costume design etc. So, there have been improvements, but we still have a long way to go in terms of fully supporting the arts and understanding that it is an expensive undertaking,” she said.

OTT caters to students ages 7 to 21 and Headley noted a growing interest in the performance arts, with larger numbers turning out for OTT auditions - including more males.

Of note is that Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jr is being co-directed by two members of the 12-21 group - Jon-Mykul Bowen and Chad Montplaisir – a testament to the continuous development which the charity offers.

Tickets are available from A & B Soundz, Sheraton Mall; Deanna Dash's Toy Shop, Sky Mall; Lewis Drug Mart, Rockley; O.T.T. Performing Arts Academy and Online at tixPRO: www.tixprocaribbean.com.

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