March 19, 2013

Phoenix Harlow Students get started on Showcases

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Showcases

Showcase Rehearsals well underway!

With the Harlow Phoenix annual showcases coming up in June, rehearsals have started with the aim of this year being the very best yet. With the new structure of the theatre school, all students will be involved in performing a full size production of Joseph on the Playhouse main stage, as well as showcasing some of their other work they’ve been doing during lessons. Sure to be fun for the whole family, the showcase will take place on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th of June, with tickets going on sale on the 22nd March, so make sure you don’t miss out! 

Meanwhile for the drama showcase, the students are working in smaller groups, meaning there will be a lot to enjoy! The Primary drama students are working on their own devised pieces of theatre, for their showcase on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of June, and at only £8 a ticket be sure you order yours when they go on sale on the 21st March!

The Intermediate drama students are working on two shortened scripts; Mugged and Just, and the Senior group are also working on their own devised pieces, so be sure to come along and watch on Friday 7th or on Saturday 8th June, with tickets going on sale on the 20th March.

To purchase tickets, call the Playhouse Box Office on 01279431945

To read more information on the Intermediate and Senior Drama and Musical Theatre Showcases, click here.

To read more information on the Primary Drama and Musical Theatre Showcases, click here.

January 5, 2011

Jack and the Beanstalk Climbs New Heights

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Rhodes Pantomime

Phoenix First Year of Fun at the Rhodes!

Phil Dale (right) plots with comics Dan James and Nathan Stickley

The first pantomime produced at the Rhodes by Phoenix Theatre Arts was a huge success over Christmas, breaking all previous box office records for the venue. Written and produced by Phil Dale, who also played the part of the evil squire, the pantomime was directed by Phoenix drama tutor Jeanne Stacey, and the show heavily featured other Phoenix students of all ages.

Tom Brace played Silly Billy, and Primary Drama tutor Faye Linden took the lead role of Jack, who’s adventure starts when she sells Daisy the Cow (played by Phoenix students Mack Newton and Toby Gibbs) for a handful of magical beans. Great fun for all the family, the show included beanstalks, big musical numbers, and a lot of messy fun, especially in the dairy with a chaotic slapstick routine involving many pies to the face! Daniel James and Nathan Stickely played the much loved roles of the two comics, winning the audience over with a hilarious set of slapstick routines involving the Squire too.

Faye Linden (Jack) in the Dairy with Dame Trott, Silly Billy and her friends

The Herts and Essex Observer said, ‘ there was more than enough enthusiasm, stage presence and talent on show to guarantee a good time.’ National Theatre Newspaper The Stage went a step further and the reviewer seemed hardly able to contain his enthusiasm as he stated that teh show was “…told with enough vim and verve to blow your Christmas stockings off and obliterate the memory of the rather lacklustre recent shows.” He then went on to say “If the citizens of Stortford don’t flock in their thousands to see this very funny and energetic panto, I shall personally want to know why not.”

To read the full Herts and Essex Observe review, click here.

To read The Stage review, click here.

With this first success under the belt, ambitions are high for next years pantomime Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood!