Launch of new theatre youth group

Odyssey Youth Theatre group in action NNL-140825-122023001
Odyssey Youth Theatre group in action NNL-140825-122023001

Odyssey Theatrical Productions will be launching a new musical theatre youth group next month due to popular demand.

The group is known for putting on theatrical performances in Banbury featuring adults and teenagers, but now there will also be an opportunity specifically for children aged seven to 13 to be involved.

Director and choreographer Sharon Green said: “We were constantly being asked if we catered for children younger than 12 so we finally decided to create a group for them.”

Open to anyone in school years three-eight, Odyssey Juniors is being launched on Sunday, September 7 at Carrdus School, Overthorpe, with a free taster session.

The event will take place at 2pm-4pm and will enable children and their parents to find out more about the show, meet the team and take part in some drama and dance activities.

Parents are welcome to stay, have a cup of tea or coffee and watch what is going on.

The group is set to be performing Disney’s Aladdin Jr. on November 14-15, with rehearsals taking place every Sunday until the show.

Odyssey Theatre (for adults and students in Year Nine and upwards) continues to grow and, following on from this year’s West Side Story, will be performing the new musical version of The Addams Family in April 2015. Rehearsals will start in November.

Odyssey Youth is the annual summer school for students aged 12-18 where they create the whole show in just one week. Next summer, the group will be one of the first companies in the country to perform the brand new musical Bring It On.

Odyssey director Paul Clark said: “We have constantly been hounded by parents wanting their children to join our summer school, which is 12 years and upwards, and we have had to turn them down.

“With this constant demand, we have now decided to create a group just for them as there doesn’t seem to be many opportunities for youngsters of that age.”