ODEON cinema chain announces its Imagination Apprentice - and she’s from Milton Keynes

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ODEON cinemas has announced the appointment of its first ever Imagination Apprentice, and she’s from Milton Keynes.

Eleven-year old Jaclyn Moorhouse stepped into the honorary role after triumphing in ODEON’s Inspiring Imaginations competition.

Launched to mark the release of animation The Secret Life of Pets, she wrote a story in the genre of “What secret life my family pet leads whilst we’re out of the house”.

With her winning story “When My Sister’s Cat Came To Stay”, Jaclyn was invited to her local cinema at MK1 for a private screening of The Secret Life of Pets with more than 80 of her friends and family, as well as seeing her work brought to life by local illustrator Creative Bone and printed onto large artworks around the cinema.

Telling the tale of when her older sister brought her cat Pudding home to stay, Jaclyn’s story suggests that Pudding did not enjoy her new home – including searching for the local cat rescue centre on Jaclyn’s mother’s laptop and staying up all night surfing social media.

“I really enjoyed using my imagination to write my story about Pudding, and it was great meeting the team at ODEON Milton Keynes and watching The Secret Life of Pets with all my friends,” Jaclyn said.

“Children should read and watch whatever they can as stories and films are full of amazing things that can help your imagination grow!”

Kenny Simmons, General Manager at ODEON Milton Keynes, said: “We were bowled over by the creativity on show in Jaclyn’s story – and loved reading it and seeing Pudding brought to life in-cinema.

“At ODEON we take pride in inspiring children with a range of titles at our cinemas, and with films such as The Secret Life of Pets and The BFG already wowing audiences on our screens, summer 2016 is off to a truly fantastic start.”