Operation Triple Threat: Sing. Dance. Act (OTT), is seeing significant progress in its mission to train young people in the performing arts – it just gained Platinum Sponsorship from Scotiabank and now has increased their partnerships with yet another fiscal entity…

The registered charity recently acquired a Disney licence that allows it to produce “The Little Mermaid“. OTT’s Founder and Director Janelle Headley who scored this as one of the organisation’s important achievements said its senior members, those between 12 and 21 years were cast members for the family friendly production which will be on stage at the Frank Collymore Hall from April 13 to 15.

Headley, who was speaking following the presentation of an additional sponsorship cheque, this time from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (soon to be FirstCaribbean only as parent CIBC decided to strike back on its own) recently, she linked the charity’s progress to such funding and said the bank’s participation had allowed the organisation to assist its members through partial or full scholarships.

Pointing to other areas of success, Headley said OTT’s membership had increased over the past two to three years and it was evident that members were becoming well-rounded individuals.

The positive impact is evident. They are doing better in school; some have decided to further their studies,” OTT’s founder said, explaining that in addition to the performing arts, classes included remedial reading, spanish and french. Members are also exposed to individual and group counselling as well as career guidance.

Michelle Whitelaw, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Director of Retail Banking Channels (centre left) making a presentation to Janelle Headley OTT’s Founder and Director (centre right) surrounded by students of OTT.

I thank CIBC FirstCaribbean for its vision in seeing the worth of our programme and for continuing its level of support,” she said.

The bank’s Director of Retail Banking Channels, Michelle Whitelaw said the bank recognised the importance of youth development to Barbados and the region and was therefore willing and happy to assist in such an effort that allows young people to pursue their passion in the performing arts.

Operation Triple Threat was created in 2011 by a small group of local and international artistes and educators, to train young performing artistes between seven and 21 years, to become skilled in each of the three disciplines of singing, dancing and acting. It uses the performing arts, not only for entertainment but for advocacy and education, which is done through ensuring that each student is involved in some performance related community service.

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