September 1, 2015

Watch Out as we Blast! and Boom! at Rhodes

by Phoenixphil

in Blast Summer School,Boom Summer School

A Great Way to Spend a Week in August

August 2015 saw two of our most successful summer school projects ever take place at Rhodes. Blast, the summer school for older aged students (11 to 18) took place between Sunday 16th and Saturday 22nd August. Forty participants spent the week under the creative direction of course leader Jeanne Stacey, who was assisted by Phoenix regulars Duncan Rutherford and Katie Barker-Dale. In a move away from previous years the entire final production was devised by those involved and told the story of a plane crash and what became of the survivors on a small tropical Island. The final show ‘GONE’ played to a packed crowd of friends and family of all those who took part. After the performance the technical team took to the stage to present their, now traditional, show piece song and dance routine. Before the cast received their certificates, William Edden was awarded The Chiara Sanfilippo Memorial Award for his outstanding work at Blast over the past several years. The Award is given annually in memory of 13-year-old Chiara who died in a car accident just a few weeks after attending Blast in 2013.

The following week saw the emergence of Boom, our newly named Primary summer school, which took place between Monday 24th and Friday 28th September. Thirty-Seven primary aged children worked tirelessly throughout five fun packed days to create a musical performance entitled Jamie, the story of a young girl who wants to be a hero. The week was led by Phoenix dance tutor and Panto choreographer Katie Barker-Dale and Primary tutor Connor Linden. They were assisted by senior students William Edden and Kali Dronsfield. The final performance was a huge success and left more than a few parents in both tears of joy and laughter as their children astonished them with what had been achieved in just a week.

In a summer of firsts, both projects were digitally diarised via a sequence of online vlogs which proved to be a real hit amongst parents and participants. See the Blast Vlog here and the Boom vlog here.

Pictures from the week of Blast can be seen here and from the show here, whilst pictures from Boom can be viewed online here.

As is always the case, DVD’s of both projects are available from our online shop.

Details of our Summer courses for 2016 will be available soon.

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