A weekend of entertainment!

The annual Bishops Stortford Music Festival took place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May at St Mary’s School. This year Phoenix had been asked to organise the kids entertainment tent for the weekend, so along with the Phoenix Clowns up to their usual antics, Elsa and Anna were painting faces and playing Princess games, Glastonbabies was in full swing and even Batman and Spiderman popped by to give a Superhero Training course!

Adam Amor, who used to run the Phoenix Chicks classes, was there running his Glastonbabies set; a fun and interactive introduction to music and rythm for young kids and parents. Armed with an assortment of shakers, plastic boppers, a few big drums and Adam’s saxophone, musical jams were ringing out across the sunny festival field as anyone was welcome to come along and join in for as long as they wanted.

Grace Wheeler was there running her Parties with a Princess set, with her and Kali Dronsfield dressed up as Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from Frozen making aspiring young princesses dreams come true. Even Olaf made an appearance, and even though the sun was out he managed not to melt! Throughout the weekend they played Princess themed games, told Princess stories and also did face painting and Frozen inspired tattoos.

Finally Batman and Superman appeared to represent The Play People, and ran a superhero training course around the tent to see if there were any possible young superheroes around the festival. After a couple of parachute games and superhero themed games the young hopefuls tried their hand at a superhero obstacle course!

Of course the Phoenix Clowns were popping in and out of the tent over the weekend, joining in with the superheroes and princesses, even showing their dance moves during the Glastonbabies jam sessions. The rest of the time they were up to their usual hijinks with the public, another fun couple of days out for the Phoenix Clown troupe!

With lots of live music going on throughout both days at the festival and some lovely weather, the Bishops Stortford Music Festival was a fun weekend out for anyone who came along.

To see pictures from the day, click here.

July 16, 2014

Phoenix Students at Local Events

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Clowns,Rhodes Pantomime

Festivals, Carnivals and Cazfest!

Phoenix students have been busy this summer outside of classes as well, with local events giving them lots of chances to perform and to represent the school, as well as getting to dress up and have a laugh at the same time! First was the Waltham Abbey Festival, organised by Phoenix Vice Principal Jeanne Stacey and Daniel James, who played Stan Laurel in the recent Phoenix Tour. Phoenix assisted with the event in many ways;  tutor Grace Wheeler who sang while ukelele trio The Descendants also played a few of their songs. The Phoenix Clowns were once again on hand to promote the school and to entertain the people at the Festival.

Then there was the Bishops Stortford Carnival, where the Rhodes Pantomime bus proudly headed the parade and was full to the brim, especially since this year it was promoting not just Dick Whittington but also the summer production of West Side Story. Phoenix Principal Phil Dale topped the float as Sarah the Cook, along with other pantomime characters.  The cast of West Side Story were also on the bus, a host of Jets and Sharks waving to the citizens of Bishops Stortford as they passed. Leading the parade were the Phoenix Clowns, passing out whistles and flyers, and hyping everyone up for the parade of floats. Last but by no means least, behind the Rhodes Pantomime bus, there was a horde of rats promoting Dick Whittington, all looking very mean and scary!

The Phoenix Clowns were then called upon again to help promote the school at Cazfest, a local music festival. Walking around in the scorching heat handing out leaflets doesn’t sound like an easy task, but the Clowns were really busy and productive all day, entertaining themselves and the people at the festival.

It’s good to see so many of our students taking part in events like these to help promote the school, but also enjoying themselves and having the confidence to give it a go. The ability to interact as characters with the general public is a valuable theatrical skill! A big thank-you to everyone who came and helped out, well done!

To see pictures from the Bishops Stortford Carnival, click here.

To see pictures from Cazfest, click here.