Wiz show fun for all

They call themselves Operation Triple Threat. That’s because they sing, they dance, and they act.

The students taking a break during rehearsal.
The students taking a break during rehearsal.

Over the last few weeks they have been earnestly rehearsing for their upcoming play Wiz on April 17. Director Janelle Headley-Newton told patrons they could look forward to a dynamic presentation.

Director of Operation Triple Threat, Janelle Headley-Newton.
Director of Operation Triple Threat, Janelle Headley-Newton.

“Expect a really fun and dynamic show. Its like a retelling of the Wizard Of Oz. It’s a more soulful version and its going to be really exciting, but the story has a real depth to it. Working on the show, we have discovered a lot about ourselves . . . . It will be a fun show to watch for all age groups,” Headley-Newton said.

Furthermore, she said she was quite impressed with the resilience of the students who all seemed to handle the pressure of rehearsal and balancing school very well.

“We have quite a rigorous programme. They meet three days a week and its 12 plus hours; so it is a tough balancing act. But we do everything we can to try to support them –– like time management workshops in the first term, and so on. But the students love what they do and they are all passionate about this. So once they come, even though they may be tired, once they step on to the stage and they are around everyone else and feel the energy, they really give 100 per cent,” she said.

Last week Thursday during rehearsal, the students received a visit from actor and culturist and executive director of the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership On HIV/AIDS, Dr Allyson Leacock, and singer and musician Emile Straker of the internationally acclaimed Merrymen, who also helped to further inspire the students.

Dr Allyson Leacock and Emile Straker (from left) gave students a pep talk.
Dr Allyson Leacock and Emile Straker (from left) gave students a pep talk.
Justin Poloen going through a dance routine with the students. 
Justin Poloen going through a dance routine with the students.

The show comes off on April 17 to 19 at Frank Collymore Hall.

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