Amazing acceptance for Ciara

Phoenix Youth Theatre would like to send a huge congratulations to one of our stars, Ciara Christie, who has been accepted to study musical theatre at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Edinburgh.

At the young age of 16, Ciara was one of the youngest performers auditioning to join the school and we could not be more proud of her achievements.

Ciara will be seeing out her Phoenix Youth Theatre years in style next month, in her starring role as Smitty in ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’. And if this if how she succeeds without trying, her future will be one to watch!

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Hole in One for Murderous Golfers

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Members and guests at the Peterculter Golf Club brought their detection skills to the fore this weekend, for an original Phoenix Theatre murder mystery entitled ‘Stiff as a Board’.

Everyone in attendance was sworn in as Special Constables to assist ‘officers’ in finding out just which of our motley crew of curious characters committed the deed. There was a prize on offer for whoever reached the nearest conclusion of “who”, “how” and “why” - and congratulations to the single person who completely hit the nail on the head!

It was a fantastic night all round and we’re glad the guests had a ball!

Find out more information on our Murder Mysteries, and book one for your own event.

Phoenix Youth turns 20!


Phoenix Youth Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year!

That's two decades of entertaining the audiences of the north-east, while teaching young people confidence and life skills they can use throughout their lives.

Society's Scott Begbie interviewed Junior class teacher (and original pupil) Jonnie Milne about the company's history and legacy.

Read the full story here.

Youngsters Show the Dangers of Drugs


Members of Phoenix Youth Theatre have been congratulated by Police Scotland this week, following the premiere of a short film they've made to highlight the dangers of drug misuse.

Alexandra Smith and Darcy Stewart appeared alongside a number of their Harlaw Academy classmates as part of 'Choices for Life' - a project they've been working on with Station House Media Unit (SHMU).

As the film premiered today at the Belmont Filmhouse, in front of fellow pupils and invited guests, we could not be more proud of the pair of them.

Garthdee gets the Greatest Show

It was a night to remember at the Inchgarth Community Centre last night, as Phoenix Theatre's corporate team brought the glitz and glamour of 'The Greatest Showman' to the 10th annual Garthdee Spirit of the Community Awards.

Our dancers lit up the room with some of the hit film's most iconic songs and had many of the city's finest cheering along with every move.

P.T. Barnum may or may not have said "The noblest art is that of making others happy", but on this night Phoenix Theatre brought that rule to life.

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Andrew Has Talent


Phoenix Youth Theatre would like to send a big congratulations to one of our young stars, Andrew, who recently came third in Auchenblae's Got Talent.

It's not the first time Andrew has graced the spotlight, as he took his school by storm with a poem in honour of Burns Day earlier this year.

We predict he'll be snatching the top crown and many more accolades in years to come.

One for Sorrow, Two for Joy

Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Youth Theatre were delighted to once again be part of Ellen Kent & Opera International's professional touring productions, as they travelled to the Caird Hall in Dundee yesterday.

We provided a group of adults and youngsters for Madama Butterfly, including Emma Lewis, one of Phoenix Youth Theatre's littlest Juniors, who stepped into the shoes of Sorrow.

Phoenix Theatre have been providing groups of adults and children for Ellen Kent tours since 2007.

The Nicest Kids in Aberdeen

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Phoenix Theatre's corporate team were delighted to perform for the Burgesses of Aberdeen this week at the city's Beach Ballroom.

As part of the 'This is our City' dinner and event, our dancers performed their classic and much-loved Hairspray routine to rapturous applause. It was an honour and a pleasure for everyone involved.

A Curious Tale of iTunes Success

Everyone in the Phoenix family has been delighted for one of our stars and Phoenix Youth Theatre Junior Class teachers, whose new podcast has shot up the iTunes charts.

Jonnie Milne's classic ghost and horror story podcast, 'Curious Tales' debuted last month and overtook longstanding shows such as The Archers last week, racking up over 10,000 listeners.

The show, which can be found on iTunes, SoundCloud at its own website, sees Jonnie perform some of his favourite classic horror stories, from the likes of M.R. James, Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.

Its success was featured in Aberdeen's Evening Express newspaper and you can find that full story by clicking here.


Olivia is set for RADA

Everyone in Phoenix Theatre & Phoenix Youth Theatre are sending the warmest of congratulations to one of our dearest young stars, who has accepted a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Olivia Thom has had a special place in Phoenix Youth Theatre over the years - first starting as one of our smallest pupils over 10 years ago before returning to take the stage by storm more recently, including her star turn as Ado Annie in 'Oklahoma'.

She is set to start RADA's Foundation Course in Acting next month and we could not be more proud of her - or jealous of her new classmates for getting to watch her star continue to shine!

Phoenix Links In

We are delighted to announce that we have joined the ranks of LinkedIn companies and users across the globe.

Be sure to head over to LinkedIn to follow us, to find out more about the company and for any corporate entertainment enquiries.

Finals Beckon for Star Michael

We are sure that everyone associated with Phoenix will join us in crossing their fingers and sending the best of luck to one of our most beloved former stars this weekend.

Michael Lewis has successfully got into the finals of the Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year, which will take place on Saturday 20 May at Glasgow's SECC!

The judging panel for the heats commended him for rising above the "exceptionally strong and extremely fierce" competition and that comes as no surprise to those of us who saw Michael's talent from the day he walked into Phoenix Youth Theatre.

We all continue to be incredibly proud of Michael's ongoing achievements and look forward to hearing how things go this weekend!

An Ah-Mer-Zing Time at the Ball

Members of Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Youth Theatre were on hand - or on tail! - to help out at this year's JDRF Junior Diabetes Charity Ball last night.

The 'Under the Sea' event took place at Ardoe House Hotel and the guests loved being welcomed by the mighty King Triton and his favourite mermaids!

Our Prince Climbs a Beanstalk

Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Youth Theatre are delighted that one of our former young stars has won the role of his dreams as Jack in 'Into the Woods'.

Michael Lewis landed leading roles in Phoenix Youth's 'Billy', 'The Pajama Game' and 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying', before going on to play Rapunzel's Prince in Phoenix Theatre's 'Into the Woods' in 2014.

We were all incredibly proud when he secured a place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and he has made a great success of himself, such as playing the lead part of Ugly in Honk and now securing this part in his school's Sondheim project. We look forward to hearing how his second journey into the woods goes next month!

Chatterating Breaks Into iTunes Top 10

Everyone in the Phoenix family is immensely proud to see Jonnie Milne and Katie Baxter be featured in the Evening Express newspaper for their geek and pop-culture podcast, 'Chatterating'.

The show broke into the iTunes Top 10 for TV & Film podcasts back in the autumn and has been growing in popularity ever since. It is available to download and subscribe to on iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher right now!

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We Bid Goodbye to a Canine Star

It is with a deep and profound sadness that we report that our beloved Bennie, who starred as Sandy in Phoenix Youth Theatre's Annie, has passed away.

Bennie was an absolute highlight for cast and audience alike in the 2010 show and he loved every second he spent in the spotlight.

We hope that you will join us in remembering him as a sociable, fun and loving dog. He will continue to live on through all of us.

After all, good dogs never die. They just fall asleep in your heart. And they're happy, so they wag their tails and that is why your heart hurts.

Phoenix Theatre Takes on the 'Mannequin Challenge'

Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Youth Theatre would like to thank everyone who attended 'One Day More' and helped us raise money for the incredible Grampian Women's Aid.

While celebrating the show's success, the cast decided to put their own spin on the newest internet craze - the Mannequin Challenge. Or as we call it - freezing!

It's not all song and dance at Phoenix Theatre. Enjoy a trip backstage at ACT Aberdeen and see what happens when we stay really still!

The Perfect Day for a Phoenix Wedding

We would like to thank everyone for their love and best wishes as Phoenix Theatre's own Katie and Ian staked their claim for the wedding of the century!

The happy couple have each been central parts of Phoenix Theatre for the majority of their lives and their future marriage has seemed to have been written in the stars. After spending their childhood playing together, they would go on to star as romantic leads in Phoenix Youth Theatre's 'My Fair Lady' in 2009 and then Phoenix Theatre's 'A Little Night Music', 'Hello Dolly' and 'Legally Blonde' - in 2013, 2014 and 2016 respectively.

It's been a long time coming and it was certainly worth it. The wedding was a simply stunning day from start to finish, with beautiful weather, beautiful people and no one could have wished for anything more.

We are sure that each and every member of Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Youth Theatre will wish Katie and Ian a long and wonderful life together as Mr and Mrs Baxter.

Colette Heads for Chelsea!

We are proud to announce that our wonderfully talented Choreographer and Dance Teacher, Colette Murray BA Hons, CBTS (RAD), FDI (ISTD), has been appointed to the management position of Programme Co-ordinator with The English National Ballet School, based in Chelsea, London.

Everyone at Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Youth Theatre will be sad to see her go after six years of stunning choreography but we are all very proud of what she has achieved and know that she will go from strength to strength in her new position.  Aberdeen's loss is London's gain!

Good luck, Colette!

Fans on Hand for Charity Ball

Members of Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Youth Theatre were in high spirits as they helped out at the JDRF Junior Diabetes Charity Ball last night at Ardoe House Hotel.

Our famed crew of paparazzi were out in full force, greeting the guests alongside a crowd of screaming young fans! The guests were then entertained by our delightful Marilyn dancers, who stayed late into the night following their routine, to assist with a fantastic raffle.