December 28, 2016

Christmas fun everywhere at Phoenix!

by Phoenixphil

in Classes,Showcases

Primary Christmas Showcases

When it gets to December the Christmas spirit comes out at Phoenix and the Primary age students work towards their Christmas showcases. This year spread the fun of Christmas across a variety of ages and stages, ending the Autumn Term of Phoenix with some magic!

The Fledglings in Harlow put on the tale of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer at Burnt Mill Academy, filled with antlers and shiny noses, ending with Santa Claus visiting the students in Merry Christmas send off!







Our Primary Class in Harlow performed their annual Pets Corner Nativity, welcoming friends and family to a colourful performance of the Christmas Story!







In our Bishop’s Stortford branch, the Fledglings and Primary class came together to put on their own version of the Christmas Nativity which took place on the Rhodes Stage with the Cinderella Pantomime Set!







We hope everyone had a great Christmas and we look forward to see what the new year will bring!

To see more photos of the showcases click here!


December 20, 2015

A Phoenix Nativity Experience

by Phoenixphil

in Showcases

Hundreds Flock to Christmas Treat

The traditional Phoenix Nativity Play at Pets Corner took a new turn this year when our Harlow Primary and Fledgling students presented a Phoenix Nativity Experience on Thursday December 17th.

In recent years a more conventional Nativity play has been presented with the audience watching from an improvised seating rake made from straw bales. The recent refurbishment of Pets Corner coupled with the always potential disastrous weather encouraged Phoenix Director Phil Dale and Primary Principal Faye Linden to try something different. Rather than a single performance the students devised a number of different scenarios that audience members were able to walk around and watch at will in a ‘promenade’ theatre style.

After being greeted by Herod and his Guards, the public were lead past stables where Inn Keepers apologised for the lack of room. A short walk lead to the shepherds in a stable being confronted by Gabriel whilst on the opposite side of Pets Corner the Three Kings were deciding how best to pay their respects to the new born baby. At the far end of the event our Fledgling students told the story of the Christmas star and a stable full of costumes allowed children to dress as various characters and stage their own Nativity picture.

The event came to a conclusion when Joseph lead Mary to the stable on a donkey and the entire cast came together for a festive singalong. The popularity of the annual event was underlined when over 300 people turned up and for a short while it looked like the event might come to a standstill due to the sheer number of people. However, everything went off without a hitch leaving hundreds of people in the mood for Christmas and Phil and Faye planning an even bigger and better event next year!

See pictures from the Phoenix Nativity Experience here

July 16, 2014

Showcase Season 2014 Comes to a Close

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Showcases

Performance Opportunities for every Phoenix Student!

The last part of the theatre school year is always jam-packed with showcases as all students from both Harlow and Bishop Stortford get to perform everything they’ve been working on during classes to family and friends. This is a very important part of their training as they get to build up experience of performing on stages in proper theatres in front of an audience, and put all their performance skills they’ve been practising to work.

The Harlow branch had their first showcases in the studio theatre at Harlow Playhouse earlier this year in March, and then had their big main stage showcase also at the Playhouse in June, featuring all the students from Primary age up to our Senior class. It opened with a piece some of the Senior students had been working on with Drama Tutor and Vice Principal Jeanne Stacey, based around the Trestle Masks. These full face and half face masks mean the performers have to really focus on the physicality of their acting, to express emotion purely through gestures and body language rather than speech. A really touching piece, it got excellent feedback from the audiences and the group had clearly worked very hard on it. Following that was the first half of Grease, which the rest of the Intermediate and Senior students had been working on. After the interval was the Primary section of the showcase, where all students acted out a Phoenix lesson, complete with Frozen sing-a-longs, and a game of ‘Yes, let’s!’ Then the second half of Grease closed the showcase before all students joined in a rousing rendition of ‘We Go Together!’

Then it was the turn of the Bishops Stortford classes to showcase their talent, in two separate performances at the Rhodes in Bishops Stortford. The first was the Primary Showcase, which featured both short drama pieces from the drama classes, and musical numbers from the musical theatre classes. The Fledglings, the youngest class in Phoenix, joined the showcase with a couple of beach and summer holiday themed performances. Judging by the performance, the future of Phoenix looks bright with so many talented youngsters enjoying themselves onstage! The Intermediate and Senior students then got their chance to perform at their own showcase the week after, once again presenting both drama excerpts they’d been working on in class and also some musical numbers from the musical theatre students. Also featured in this showcase was the Rhodes Community Glee Choir, who presented the songs they’d been working on with Musical Theatre tutor Duncan Rutherford in their Tuesday sessions.

So a huge well done to all the students and tutors for another year of showcases well done!

To see pictures from the Bishops Stortford Primary Showcase, click here.

To see pictures from the Bishops Stortford Senior Showcase, click here.

To see pictures from the Main Stage Harlow Showcase, click here.

April 2, 2014

Harlow Phoenix Showcase

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Showcases

Harlow Playhouse, Main Stage, dates announced!


Harlow Primary, Intermediate and Senior classes Showcase:

Sunday 15th June Technical Rehearsal 10am – 6pm (exact times to be confirmed)

Monday 16th June Show 1, 7.30pm

Tuesday 17th June Show 2, 7.30pm

Please note: Harlow Fledglings will not be performing in this showcase.

Tickets are on sale from the Playhouse Box Office 01279 431945 or online at and cost £15.00.


April 2, 2014

Bishops Stortford Showcases

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Showcases

Showcase dates announced!

Bishop’s Stortford Fledglings, Primary Drama and Primary Musical Theatre Showcase, Rhodes

Saturday 5th July 2014

Technical rehearsal from 2pm onwards (exact time to be confirmed)

Show 6pm

Tickets are on sale from the Rhodes Box Office 01279 651746, or online at and cost £8.


Bishop’s Stortford Intermediate Drama, Senior Drama, Senior Musical Theatre and Rhodes Glee Choir Showcase, Rhodes

Technical rehearsal – Tuesday 8th July, 6pm – 10pm (exact time to be confirmed)

Show – Wednesday 9th July, 7.30pm

Tickets are on sale from the Rhodes Box Office 01279 651746, or online at and cost £10.

February 3, 2014

Harlow Showcases 2014

Dates confirmed for this year’s Phoenix Theatre School Harlow Showcases! The dates and times of this years Phoenix Showcases are as follows. All this information has already been e-mailed out, so make sure you don’t miss any! Intermediate & Senior Showcase (Studio Theatre) Thursday 6th March:        Technical Rehearsal                         (5pm to 10pm) […]

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July 8, 2013

Bishops Stortford Drama Showcase 2013

Final Drama Showcase of the Season is Great Success. Saturday 6th July was another big day for the Phoenix team, with all of the Bishops Stortford drama classes getting the opportunity to perform on the Rhodes stage. A busy morning of technical rehearsals was followed by 2 performances at 1.30pm and then 4.00pm. Students of […]

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