A Rhyl-based performing arts group is set to return for its first show since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
The Phoenix Performers, which accepts members ages three and up, will perform “The Phoenix Rises” at Rhyl Town Hall on May 6-7.
“The Phoenix Rises” will see musical numbers, dances and skits, and showcase the talented band members with pieces designed by the leaders and members themselves.
Through collaboration, Phoenix’s mission is to help empower and inspire future performers and theater makers.
Glenda Hailwood started Phoenix 15 years ago to provide opportunities for young people in and around Rhyl.
Since forming, Phoenix have gone from strength to strength, recently moving into a new home at the Ffordd Las Community Center in Rhyl.
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Glenda Hailwood said: “I started the group 15 years ago now to provide a facility for local children and young people where they could learn performing arts skills in a safe and affordable place.
“The group is run by volunteer leaders who give their time for free while working full time.
“We are a family group and provide a fun and friendly place where young people can make friends, support their individuality and have fun! We invite new members to join us. »
In 2019, Phoenix began starting sessions for children three and older.
Phoenix leader Ashley Martin added, “For many of these kids, ‘The Phoenix Rises’ will be their first experience on stage in front of a live audience.
“We are so proud of the progress they made during rehearsals.
“It’s exciting to see our members gaining confidence every week. The talent we have on display is second to none.
Throughout the nationwide shutdowns, Phoenix has continued to provide online sessions for its youth, as well as a safe space where their members can come and share their anxieties about the pandemic.
Together with its members, Phoenix launched its “Keep Talking” campaign which encouraged people to have open discussions about their feelings and promote positive mental health throughout the pandemic.
Suzanne Hailwood, director of “The Phoenix Rises,” added, “We have been busy rehearsing and preparing for our first comeback show!
“The talent this year is amazing and we can’t wait to showcase all of our wonderful performers.
“It has been a difficult few years and the performing arts sector has suffered greatly, deeply affecting the mental health and well-being of children and young people, and we believe that a group like ours can help support and to develop positive mental and physical well-being.
“Here at Phoenix Performers, we provide a safe, caring, stimulating and fun environment where children and young people can freely express themselves and make new friends while learning exciting new performance skills.
“We were fortunate to open our doors to former members and a host of talented new members.
“Children and young people have worked so hard to build their confidence and self-esteem and we are thrilled to be performing on the main stage again.”
Phoenix encourages its young people to try new aspects of the performing arts, providing opportunities to develop their skills in their main disciplines: acting, singing and dancing.
Unlike other companies, Phoenix also offers opportunities to develop and learn new skills in other disciplines, such as writing, directing, wardrobe, makeup, props, decor, technology and the media.
As this is the Phoenix Performers’ first large-scale production since the pandemic, they are looking to attract new audiences and potential new members.
If you have or know a youngster three years or older eager to take the stage, the Phoenix Performers will be accepting new members beginning Saturday, May 14.
Phoenix has an exciting program planned, with a summer exhibition and a pantomime in preparation for December.
The Phoenix Performers also expressed their sincere thanks to North Hoyle Wind Farm, who helped fund this production.
You can catch The Phoenix Rises at Rhyl Town Hall on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 (doors at 7 p.m., shows start at 7:30 p.m.).
Tickets are on sale now and available at www.phoenixperformers.com/boxoffice.