Upcoming Musical To Showcase Young Bajan Talent
Operation Triple Threat (OTT) students aged between 11 to 21 will perform a hilarious, high-energy musical ‘13’ live on stage at Frank Collymore Hall during the 2014 Easter weekend (April 17th and 19th). This will be the premier of ‘13’ in Barbados, and a unique showcase for the singing, dancing and acting talents of Barbadian youth.
OTT's 2012 Production of Fame Jr.
“To perform in this musical, every one of our 22-member cast has had to audition, demonstrating their ‘triple threat’ performance skills in the three disciplines of singing, dancing and acting,” explains OTT director, Janelle Headley.
“Many of these young people aspire to future careers in the performing arts. These talented youngsters are learning how to excel and compete at an international level by committing typically more than 12 hours per week to our year-round OTT developmental performing arts programme, attending rigorous and comprehensive training classes after school and during weekends.”
The OTT programme also offers the Barbadian public the opportunity to experience musical theatre entertainment on a regular basis and at an affordable price. This is OTT’s second full-scale musical theatre production; in 2012, the cast performed ‘Fame! Jr’ and received rave reviews.
Another scene in Fame Jr.
The musical ‘13’ is billed as a “grown up story about growing up”, written by Jason Robert Brown and staged in conjunction with Music Theatre International (MTI) as part of its special collection of musicals for younger performers. The story is about a 13-year old boy who is forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana where he finds it tough to make friends and survive the school year. Dealing with issues of peer pressure and bullying, this story is sure to resonate with Barbadian audiences. The musical celebrates and accepts the differences between us all, and proves that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.
There will be three performances of ‘13’: a free matinee for secondary students only on Thursday April 17th at 12-noon; the opening night on Thursday April 17th at 7pm; and the final gala night on Saturday April 19th at 7pm. Advance tickets for the opening night and gala night performances of ‘13’ cost $40 for adults and $25 for children, and are available now from A&B Soundz (Sheraton), Rubis Service Station (Wildey), Sol Service Station (Black Rock) and online at tixprocaribbean.com.