Witney Youth Theatre school - WOAPA - West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts delivered a surprise flashmob performance in The Clarendon Centre, Oxford recently (Saturday July 21st).
The West Oxfordshire-based charity SpecialEffect have been 'adopted' by The Clarendon Centre, Oxford as their chosen charity for the coming year. To celebrate the launch of this partnership, SpecialEffect approached WOAPA to request a one-off performance to mark the occasion.
As well as being able to try out the computer equipment for themselves, shoppers were treated to a medley of songs and dance by over 60 performers from WOAPAs Adult Singing Group and Children's Theatre School.
Within the first 24 hours, over 5000 people had logged on to Witney TV to see the film of the flashmob. This quickly rose to 11,000 within days and has now peaked at 17,000.
SpecialEffect is a charity dedicated to helping ALL young people with disabilities to enjoy computer games. For these children, the majority of computer games are simply too quick or too difficult to play, and they can help them and their parents to find out which games they CAN play, and how to adapt those games that they can't.
It was tremendous, said Mark Saville, the charitys Communications Officer, The groups energy was astounding, and were really grateful to all the singers and dancers at the Academy for their hard work in preparing for this, to Witney TV, and to the Clarendon Centre for their fantastic support and nomination as their charity of the year.
WOAPA Adult Singing Group recently performed at 'Battstock' and Witney Music Festivals as well as appearing with the children from the saturday morning theatre school at the Witney Jubilee celebrations.
After the performance in The Clerendon Centre, one of the singers was heard to say .. "How on earth can we top that?"
Well ... watch this space!