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Broadway show comes to Barbados
Added by Barbados Today on April 20, 2017.
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Once On This Island, an intriguing, romantic musical, heads to the Frank Collymore Hall this weekend.
The eight-time Tony-nominated, Olivier Award-winning production will feature an entire local cast of 26 talented youth, who are part of Operation Triple Threat (OTT).
Students of the intensive performing arts programme will deliver the musical fable, set on an island in the French Antilles on the night of a violent tropical storm. A theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, the play’s vibrant music score is expected to resonate with Barbadian audiences when it opens this Friday, April 21.
Once On This Island is a one-of-a-kind musical theatre production. It explores the classic themes of love, loss and redemption in the context of Caribbean culture, art, religion and social structure. It is our most ambitious and anticipated production yet,” said Janelle Headley, Creative Director/Founder of OTT, who also directs the show.
Once On This Island was first presented Off-Broadway, where it opened to rave reviews before moving to Broadway. Its book and lyrics are by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. The production is being presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Besides the opening night, the show will be staged on  Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23. It is being presented with support from The Maria Holder Memorial Trust, Frank Collymore Hall, Banks Holdings Ltd., Rock Hard Cement, R.L. Mark & Company Ltd, Office Solutions & Systems Barbados Ltd and Capital Media HD 99.3 FM.
It follows previous successful productions from OTT, including Into The Woods, The Wiz and 13, A New Musical.

Operation Triple Threat takes audience on a fairytale journey

17:47, April 16, 2016
Into The Woods!
Their production of Broadway hit, Into The Woods, earned them rave reviews from the patrons who came out to the Frank Collymore Hall last weekend.
The audience was kept on their toes as they were taken on a journey of suspense, action, romance and comedy as several classic fairytales came to life before their eyes – with a contemporary twist.
The 28-member cast aged 11 – 21 sang, danced and acted in a polished production that upheld the quality set design and costuming for which OTT has become known.
Anna Greenidge was formidable in her portrayal of The Witch, who wielded her influence over The Baker and his Wife and the many characters who crossed their paths – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack the Giant Killer, Rapunzel and more. OTT newcomer, Makéda Lowe, gave an engaging performance of Little Red Riding Hood, whose character had a much more complicated journey than the fairytale ever let on.
OTT’s Into The Woods was a quality production by cast and crew that validated the programme’s stated mission, as explained by Director and Founder, Janelle Headley: "Operation Thriple Threat exists, first and foremost, because we believe that every young aspiring artist deserve to be the best they can be."
The developmental programme aims to help children to be able to fulfil their dreams regardless of financial limitations.

Media Coverage on OTT's Director, Janelle Headley

Media Coverage of Into The Woods
Media Coverage of The Wiz
Just like Dorothy in the tornado that whisked her off to Oz, patrons were blown away by the wonderful performances on the opening night of The Wiz.
The 1975 Broadway adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is being staged by local developmental performing arts programme, Operation Triple Threat (OTT), at Frank Collymore Hall this weekend.
With ages ranging from 11 to 24, the cast members displayed an impressive level of talent, professionalism and polish as they sang, danced and acted – proving that they truly were a triple threat and fully deserving of the standing ovation they received at the end of the night.
Patrons who filled the Hall were captivated as they followed Dorothy (Melanie Jean-Baptiste) down the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City to meet The Wiz.
Jean-Baptiste sparkled as brightly as her silver slippers, as she sang and acted her way into the audience’s heart.
Her travel companions, The Scarecrow (Jabari Browne), The Tin Man (Ammunikée Gomez) and The Cowardly Lion (Zoe Armstrong) were equally riveting and kept the audience laughing with their antics and mannerisms which brought their characters to life. The Wiz (Katani Lewis), the Wicked Witch of the West (Makala King) and the Good Witch of the South (Anna Greenidge) also commanded the stage, while the full supporting cast maintained the high standard of performance with choreographies that were well synchronized, athletic and acrobatic. The creative and well executed set design, costuming and makeup were all integral to the success of the production. While the transition between scenes could have been swifter, cast members never missed a cue or dropped character, even those who played multiple roles – an indication of their discipline and intense preparation under the direction of OTT Founder/Director Janelle Headley and tutors Tara-Jane Herbert, Justin Poleon and Maachelle Farley.

The Wiz continues tonight and tomorrow in already sold-out performances.

Taken from LOOP NEWS online:

We made it on to LOOP news!


"Drab to fab!" 
This is what we've been waiting so long to tell you: we have our own home!!!! We've been working hard since June and we're super excited to present to you.....(drum roll) OTT Performing Arts Academy!!! 


We're so proud of Katie Cothran! She just successfully completed a summer intensive programme at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Colorado and from all reports she most definitely represented the OTT family well, even landing a lead role in the musical theatre production! Well done Katie


Why not try out for Operation Triple Threat's intensive after-school triple threat performing arts programme.
Sunday June 29th,  2:00pm at the Black Rock (OLQU) Cultural Centre. Click on the flyer for details.

OTT presents a 2-day Broadway Performance Workshop with Broadway's Tanya Birl!

Operation Triple Threat is delighted to inform you that we will be bringing Tanya Birl, a dynamic and experienced performer who has been in numerous on and off Broadway shows, to Barbados to be part of our intensive workshops weekend, June 21st and 22nd, 2014.

Cost is $30.00 for Saturday, $50.00 for Sunday or $60.00 to attend both.

Tanya's credits include: The Lion King’, ‘Finian’s Rainbow’, ‘Memphis’, ‘How To Succeed in Business...’ staring Daniel Radcliffe, and recently ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ staring Scarlett Johansson. She has also performed in ‘West Side Story’ in London’s West End and in several of New York's City Center Encores! Productions. For Tanya's Bio click: Who is Tanya Birl?
Barbados Today Article on OTT's production of '13, A New Musical'

OTT's second MTI full-scale musical theatre production is Jason Robert Brown's "13". 
"13" is a hilarious, high energy show which also tackles the issues of peer pressure and bullying.
Click on the "SHOWS" tab for more info.
OTT is teaming up with Live-Breathe Music!
to produce "SAANG! Dance. Act".
Don't you miss it!

OTT's Year-Round Programme starts
SEPTEMBER 16th, 2013 and...
We've expanded our age range to: 7- 21 years!
Sign up by clicking on the APPLY tab.

We'd like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who 
helped us to put on a great workshop, as well as
those of you who sponsored our trip to the 
Broadway Student Summit, in New York City.

2 days jam-packed with workshops.
To register online click on the APPLY tab above. 
Space is limited.
What a great time we had in New York for the Broadway Summit! We learnt so much and got to see Lion King, Wicked & Newsies!  We can't wait to go again next year. For more photos click on the following link: OTT BSS Trip 2013

OTT is going to Broadway!! (Well...a few of us.)
Although we've had to cancel our summer programme this year; due to a lack of funding. (Yes, we are still bummed about it....) We couldn't let an entire summer go by without doing something!So we decided that we'd use the small amount of money we did have to help four of our most promising students take part in the 2013 Broadway Student Summit, which is held in New York City. You might be asking, "Why only four?" We absolutely wish we could take more students but that's all the summit could accommodate right now. The summer session is sold out, but don't fear! We're already looking at doing the trip again--maybe next Easter! For more information about the programme visit: Also check out "The Wall" on OTT's website for daily updates on the trip, starting from July 10th through 15th.

Chad Montplaisir, Charlene Morris, Cherise Clarke and Kwasi Perry.

So that everyone can benefit from this trip, we'll be holding a 2-day workshop upon our return so we can share with you all we've learnt , and so we can have a fun day or two doing what we love best--PERFORMING!!!! So listen out for further details as the workshop will take place this August.

We had a lovely day with american singer and rapper Shea Rose.
For more photos visit: OTT & Shea Rose Photos

OTT will be taking part in a collaborative project from June 13th - 20th with American singer and rapper Shea Rose. Miss Rose is currently here on an international artist residency at Fresh Milk Studios. The photos shown are from the meet and greet (June 11th), where Janelle Headley (Director of OTT), met with Shea to discuss the project. 

Shea, Janelle, three students, and OTT associate tutor Tara- Jane Herbert will meet June 13th to embark on this exciting project. 

Fore more information about Shea and Fresh Milk visit: or  | Photos by  Mark King.

Thank you to all of the sponsors who came on board to help to make 
our April Showcase & Fundraiser possible.
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Come on out and help us raise funds 
for our 2013 Summer Boot Camp.
This night will feature works inspired by 
our students' own life experiences, as well as 
standard Musical Theatre Repertoire.

April 20th and 21st, 2013
7:30pm at the Black Rock (OLQU) Cultural Centre.
>>A & B Soundz, Sheraton
>>Shell Gas Station, Black Rock
You may also purchase tickets from OTT staff or cast members.

Media Review of Fame Jr.

Don't miss our show! 
August 23rd, 2012
6:15pm, Frank Collymore Hall

Join us as we join the students of "PA" as they journey through 4 years of hardwork, love, joy and pain
at the celebrated Performing Arts School in New York City.
Come dressed in your 80's best to win cool prizes for the Best Dressed Dude and Dudette!

The cat is finally out of the bag!
Wait for it........
OTT's 2012 final production will be "Fame Jr." !!
Show Date: August 23rd, 2012
Place: Frank Collymore Hall.

From the hit motion pictures, television series, and international stage success, FAME is nothing short of a global phenomenon. Set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street (1980-1984), FAME JR. is the bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. With candor, humor and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today. 

This year (2012), we are happy to let you know that Operation Triple Threat is now an official member of Musical Theatre International (MTI). We are extremely excited about this because it means our participants will have the incredible opportunity to be a part of internationally celebrated musical theatre productions—an invaluable experience for any young person to add to his/her performance resume. (See "Partners/Supporters" for more details.)

OTT's Director, Janelle Headley-Newton, was chosen to be highlighted in the UNDP/ARC Magazine's Youth-IN Visions Webisode project. It was an awesome opportunity to spread the word about Operation Triple Threat! 
Thank you Holly Bynoe and Nadia Huggins! Also a BIG "thank you" to the OTT 2011 students who participated in the video shoot-- you guys were awesome, as usual :) 
Here's the VIDEO Link:

December 14th, 2011, Barbados Today

August 19th, 2011 Barabdos Today

August 11th, 2011-Kurama Magazine

Operation Triple Threat Treat for
QEH Children's Ward
August 11th, 2011-Barbados Today

Nation News-July 23rd, 2011 
July 16th, 2011-Kurama Magazine
June 17th, 2011- The Barbados Advocate