The company’s aims are to provide safe and secure environments for young people to develop and learn new skills and knowledge. All members are given a fair opportunity to audition for parts and roles in productions. We encourage our young people to try new aspects of performing arts. We offer opportunities for young people to develop their skills in our principal disciplines: acting, singing and dancing. Unlike other companies, we also offer opportunity to develop and learn new skills and knowledge within other disciplines, such as writing, directing, wardrobe, make-up, props, set, technical and media. Our members regularly perform in front of their peers, who will suggest honest and constructive ways to improve their performances.
A typical session follows the following structure:
• Sign in and have a chat about what the session will involve.
• Play a game
• Physical and vocal warm up (session appropriate)
• Workshop/rehearsal time
• Workshop/rehearsal time
• Performance to peers
• End discussion
• Home time
Sessions can vary dependant on production rehearsal schedules or workshop type. We often have outside instructors/experts come in and run workshops.
The Phoenix Performers are one big family. We look forward to welcoming you to this family. We like to take time out between shows to strengthen the bonds between our members and their peers. We often participate in team building exercises and fun games. We understand that our young people have a lot on their plate, whether it be exams and tests at school, home life troubles or other personal issues. We want to offer an escape from the stresses of life – we’re here to offer a support network. We’re here to help.
We recommend that members bring water and a snack to our sessions. We do provide a tuck shop at our Saturday morning sessions, but stock can be varied and limited.
Phoenix Performers are split into three age groups. This is to ensure that our workshops, sessions, dances, sketches and plays are tailored for their specific age range and ability. The groups are:
• Kestrels – 7 to 10 years
• Falcons – 10 to 13 years
• Eagles (Youth) – 13 to 25 years
We meet as a full company (all three age groups) once a week. This is at Christchurch Sports Hall, Ffordd Las, every Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm. Our Youth Group (Eagles) also meet on a Wednesday evening at Ysgol Llywelyn, Trellewelyn Rd. This is from 7pm until 9pm.
Running up to a show we will hold additional rehearsals at other venues. Letters will be handed out regarding these.