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.

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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!

The full Evening Express article on the brother and sister duo is available here - https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/chart-success-for-siblings-chatter3/

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.

Cast Join Carmen at the Caird Hall

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.

We provided a group of 10 adults and 10 junior pupils for a production of Bizet's Carmen. Phoenix Theatre has been providing groups of adults and children for Ellen Kent tours since 2007.

An Inspector Calls on Phoenix Stars

Three of Phoenix Youth Theatre's youngest upcoming stars were honoured to take part in the latest professional tour of 'An Inspector Calls' at His Majesty's Theatre, alongside TV's Liam Brennan.

The show ran from Tuesday 8 March to Saturday 12 March and is the third time Phoenix Youth Theatre have been asked to provide performers for the hit West End show. Several of the youngsters selected in the past have gone on to great things within Phoenix and we are sure that Nicole, Matthew and Oran will follow in their footsteps!

Phoenix is 25 Years Old!

Phoenix Theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!

From 1991's Annie to 2016's Legally Blonde, the company has been honoured to entertain the audiences in the North East for a quarter of a century!

We have also seen a number of our young stars go on to great things on the West End and in TV land, such as Call the Midwife's Laura Main, who was our original Annie back in 1991!

The last 25 years have been a roller-coaster ride that would be difficult to put into words. But that's just what Phoenix Theatre's Jonnie Milne had to do, when he was interviewed by the Evening Express this week!

For the full story - https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixAberdeen/posts/10156398915025587

 

Happy Halloween Wedding

Congratulations and best wishes to Phoenix stalwarts Fiona Milne and Keith Elliott, who celebrated Halloween by becoming the new Mr and Mrs Elliott.

The happy couple met through Phoenix and it was love at first sight when Fiona - who has been a part of the company for over 15 years - first laid eyes on Keith when he turned up to help at Phoenix Youth's 'Annie' in 2010.

Their wedding was a beautiful affair and all of the guests had a fantastic time celebrating the occasion. Everyone in Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Youth Theatre wishes Fiona and Keith health, wealth and happiness going forward.

Michael Leaves for Trinity Laban

Phoenix Youth Theatre would like to wish Michael Lewis the best of luck as he heads down to London to start the next stage of his theatrical training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Michael has been one of Phoenix Youth's stars for the past few years, landing lead roles in shows including 'Billy', 'The Pajama Game' and 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'. He also went on to play Rapunzel's Prince in Phoenix Theatre's production of 'Into The Woods'

He has been a joy to work with every step of the way and we couldn't be more proud of him!

Our Very Own Disney Princesses

Phoenix Youth Theatre are delighted to partner up with Codona's Amusement Park in Aberdeen to provide a little Disney magic for the Summer season.

A number of our talented young stars will be on hand to meet and greet the youngsters of the North East each weekend as a selection of Disney princesses. Pictured here are our first pair - Serena Masson and Charlotte Reid as Frozen's Elsa and Anna respectively. What other princesses will be flying in? Head down to Codona's to find out! 

Serena Heads for the West End

We couldn't be happier to say well done to one of our nicest pupils, Serena Masson, as she prepares to head off for the West End this summer!

Serena's Star Quality Takes Her to the West End

Many singers and actors would love to appear in London's hallowed West End. But the majority never realise that ambition. So you can imagine how excited Portlethen teenager Serena Masson is after gaining the chance to appear in a new production of Phantom of the Opera.

The 17-year-old has just been accepted into the West End Stage programme and, although she's still at school, Serena is already relishing the chance. In the longer term, she wants to be a film actress. But the opportunity to shine with many of her British contemporaries this summer has thrilled her to bits.

For Full Story Go To - http://aberdeen.stv.tv/articles/318888-serena-masson-17-from-portlethen-joins-phantom-of-the-opera/