November 29, 2016

The Power of Fun!

by phoenixdrew

in Jack Petchey

Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge 2017

After taking a year off from the Glee Club Challenge, Phoenix have returned to the competition with an entry featuring a mix of current and former Phoenix Students, aged between 11 and 24. The 2017 entry is led by Phoenix Tutor and Choreographer Katie Barker-Dale, as well as Phoenix Newcomer Tom Marlow, a music teacher who is leading the vocal side of the entry.

After successfully gaining an entry place with their rendition of Frankie goes to Hollywood’s “The Power of Love”, the group this year worked towards a second song which they would have to showcase at a Bootcamp workshop in Epping. The second choice was a medley of Sia songs, including “Cheap Thrills”, “Elastic Heart”, and “The Greatest”. This upbeat number featured more intense choreography, combined with complex vocals to showcase skills in acting, singing and dancing.

At the Bootcamp Phoenix worked with a variety of tutors and industry professionals to help explore the technical aspects of the songs as well as finding a story that both the audience and the performers can connect to. Many of the tutors at the Bootcamp have worked previously for the Glee Club challenge and twice the group were told that this entry is possibly the strongest Phoenix have been, vocally and in terms of dance.

The next step for the group is to prepare for the Regional-Finals on the 4th February at the Chelmsford Civic Theatre. Only 3 out of 1o groups in the Regional-Finals will make it through to the Grand Final at the O2 Indigo stage, so Phoenix will be working on their performances to ensure that 2017 will be the best they have ever been.

To find out more about the Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge click here

Below is the video of Phoenix’s rendition of “The Power of Love”


December 4, 2014

Rhodes Community Choir at BGT

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Auditions

Big day out for the Choir!

The Rhodes Community Choir is run by Phoenix Musical Theatre Tutor Duncan Rutherford, assisted by Phoenix Musical Theatre Assistant Tutor Grace Wheeler at the Rhodes Arts Complex in Bishops Stortford on Tuesday nights. Recently they auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent, and here’s an account of their fantastic day:

It takes commitment to get up at 6am on a Sunday and put on full panto costume and make-up  but that is what our own Rhodes Community Choir did on 30th November. Wigs were donned, hooks attached and even fairy lights were scattered amongst sprayed and glittered hair. Why? Well, thanks to the one of our members, Sue Last, we were on our way to Britain’s Got Talent!

Having been formed two years ago, the choir has grown in numbers and rehearses every Tuesday evening, at the Rhodes. We have been involved in various performances….so why not let the country see what we are up to? Phil Dale and Sue came up with the idea of full panto attire (which came as a bit of a shock) but it turned out to be a fantastic costume choice. Arriving at the Excel in London, we wandered past bemused members of the public, who were probably there for the Lego or Hobbycraft exhibitions that were also taking place. At the venue, we were instantly greeted by someone on the BGT crew and told that we looked wonderful – of course we did! From then on we were ushered to and fro, making sure that were in shot, as there were not many people in costume.

It was then decided that we should be filmed arriving at the venue. Our Fairy Godmother and Captain Hook were mic’d up and we then walked to the venue…six times. Next we were taken to the ‘Holding Room’: an enormous room with dressing tables, dance floor and a stage. The crew reminded us of past winners and told us, “It is very likely that the next winner could be in this room!”

Following a quick rehearsal, we were ushered into our auditioning room. Lucy (our producer) and a cameraman welcomed us and asked us a few questions. She seemed impressed (or bemused) by our costumes but when we performed she discovered that we can actually sing. As a result, she put us straight through! We performed once more, to camera and then it was done. All that remained was to tuck into the delicious cake that the Rhodes had prepared for us.

We will find out in February if we have made it to the next stage of the process. Even if we haven’t, we had a fantastic day out and made a lot of people smile. Thank you to Sue Last for entering us and to Duncan Rutherford and Grace Wheeler for their continued efforts in making us look and sound fabulous! Now we get the chance to relax and watch you two on stage.

To like their facebook page and see pictures from the day, click here.

November 10, 2014

Phoenix Glee at the Regional Finals

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Jack Petchey

Phoenix’s Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge adventure ends for another year

Once again Phoenix Glee entered the annual Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge, with a whole host of new faces in the team. This year the Essex Regional Final was held on Saturday 8th November, at the Palace Theatre in Westcliff On Sea. Unfortunately the aim to reach the Grand Final for a third consecutive year was dashed when Phoenix failed to be one of the four Essex teams to progress through this round. However, this is no way detracts from the effort and the talent of the Phoenix Glee team, who gave it their all and put on a performance to be proud of.

A big well done to Bryn Richards, Kenan Keric, Harry Belton, Jessica Rennie, Emma Kent, Rebecca Kitson, Emily Oliver, Alice Shepherd, Jacqueline Hulbert, Alysha Hutchings, Reanna Austin, Louise Austin, Sophie Boulton, Georgia Stringer, Hannah Clancy and Darby Savage.

The two songs Phoenix Glee entered the competition with were Madonna’s Like A Prayer, complete with nun outfits for the whole team, and Say Something, originally by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera. Although the group didn’t manage to win one of the four Essex positions in the Grand Final, this was a great chance for a whole new set of Phoenix performers to show their ability on a big stage. We hope all the performers enjoyed their experience and won’t let the loss damage their confidence, because we’re very proud we had them to represent Phoenix at the competition.

To see pictures from the competition, click here.

July 18, 2014

Phoenix Glee through to the Regional Finals

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Jack Petchey

The Phoenix Glee team of 2014 are on their way to The Palace Theatre!

For the fourth year running, Phoenix Theatre School has entered a team into the Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge. Always a fun and exciting experience for the students, this year sees a whole host of fresh faces take on the challenge, and a few returning Glee Club Challenge veterans too. After filming their entry, a performance of ‘Like A Prayer’ by Madonna, we are very pleased to announce that Phoenix Glee are one of the teams to be selected to proceed through to the next round of the competition, the Regional Final. This will take place at The Palace Theatre, in Westcliff on Sea, a live show in front of a full audience!

Before that, to prepare the groups for the performance, there will be a Boot Camp on Sunday 5th October, where the groups will get to perform their two numbers to professionals and then will receive feedback on how to improve. This is always a helpful stage of the competition, getting an outside perspective and good constructive notes.

Once again though, we’re proud of all our Phoenix Glee members for this year, and will be supporting them all the way!

To watch the Phoenix Glee entry for this year, click here.

November 27, 2013

Phoenix Glee at the Grand Final!

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Jack Petchey

Big day for Phoenix finalists!

Another year, another exciting day at the Indig02 for this years Phoenix Glee members! After getting through their Regional Final, Phoenix, along with the nine other teams of Glee finalists, performed in the Grand Final of the Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge 2013 on Sunday 24th November. The event was once again hosted by Phoenix Principal Phil Dale, and four celebrities were invited along to judge the competition; Graham Norton, Tamzin Outhwaite, Brenda Edwards and John Partridge. Another treat for all the Glee finalists this year was to meet the judges before the show, pictured right is the members of Phoenix Glee having a little chat with Graham Norton.

The standard of performance was even higher than last year, with all 10 groups full of talent and enthusiasm, and unfortunately the Phoenix Glee team didn’t manage to break into the top three. But the group gave it their all, and their second number was performed with such energy that apparently John Partridge gave them a standing ovation!

Once again, Phoenix Glee have done themselves, and all of us, very proud!

To see pictures from the final, click here.


November 18, 2013

Phoenix Glee At The O2: Again!

Phoenix Glee win their place in the Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge 2013 Grand Final! Following on from the success of last year’s Glee team, this year Phoenix Glee have once again managed to make it through to the Grand Final of this years Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge, earning their right to perform on […]

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October 24, 2013

Regional Final Beckons for Phoenix Glee

We still haven’t stopped believing! It’s that time of year again, Phoenix are getting gleeful for the Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge 2013! After the success of Phoenix Glee last year, making it to the Grand Final at the Indig02 in London, this years group hopes to do even better. Their Regional Final takes place […]

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