As more Barbadians are exposed to careers within the arts, the Rock Hard Cares Foundation is sponsoring a special Students Show of Roald Dahl’s, Matilda The Musical which will be produced by Operation Triple Threat (OTT).
On April 13 at 12 p.m. at the Frank Collymore Hall, pupils from primary and secondary schools, as well as community groups across the island will enjoy the matinee performance of the musical, followed by a discussion with the cast and production team.
Regional Administration Manager with Rock Hard Distribution Ltd. Deborah Anne Reid said Rock Hard Cares was delighted to support the work of OTT, adding that the upcoming production is a must see.
She noted that OTT has been doing amazing work, providing a foundation for several young Barbadians who are interested in the performing arts and so working with the charity provides Rock Hard Cares with the opportunity to assist young people in various ways. Ms Reid went on to add that several OTT alumni have gained places at colleges and universities overseas and were cast in several local and international productions. Therefore, she believes that it is important to introduce children to the arts from an early age.
“There are several young people who may be interested in singing, dancing or acting, but who may not have been exposed to the career options now available to them. In addition, with plans by the University of the West Indies to introduce the Faculty of Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, there is a need to provide even more opportunities for young people to experience and enjoy the various disciplines within the arts from a young age. Rock Hard Cares is therefore delighted to work with OTT on this Student Show.”
Meanwhile, Director/Producer of Operation Triple Threat Janelle Headley noted that OTT, with the help of sponsors, is committed to ensuring that access to the theatre, as well as training and development in theatre, is available to everyone and that funding and resources are not barriers for any young child who has a passion and a desire to pursue a career in the performing arts.
“We’re very glad that we are able to work with the Rock Hard Cares Foundation to enable students and community groups to see the full performance at a reduced price. Sponsorship is vital to OTT’s success, especially in terms of empowering the youth. A production of this size is a huge financial undertaking and can cost upwards of $160,000, and OTT is committed to staging high-level productions for the children. We believe that the students have the ability, passion and focus to operate on a professional level and we want to give them a fighting chance at being able to function anywhere in the world if they want to pursue theatre as a career.”
The production of Matilda The Musical will include the amalgamation of the 7-11 and 12-21 age groups on the stage. The show runs from April 12 to 14. (PR)