bawtry phoenix young players

This incredible group of young people, aged 8 - 18 years, is the youth section of the Bawtry Amateur Dramatic Society.  Our aim is to make drama/ performing arts accessible to all, regardless of ability, experience or background. 
On Saturdays we engage in a wide variety of activities with the aim of improving performance, interactive and social skills, mainly focussed on drama, but also incorporating music and dance.
We aim to build confidence and, most importantly, have a good time. We deliver two major productions a year, generally one musical and one drama. We pride ourselves on the high standards of performance and our shows are always sold out.  We are also branching out and are starting to perform within the local community.
At present there are over forty members. We are a friendly, inclusive group and members come from all over the Doncaster, South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw areas.

Rehearsing for our next production, ‘Annie’

Rehearsing for our next production, ‘Annie’

Our greatest asset is our theatre. The children learn, rehearse and perform in a real theatre which we all love and respect. They learn about the way a theatre works, including the technology of sound and lighting, set building and Front of House management. These are things that most other youth groups cannot offer!
Our fees are £5 per session.  We meet at the theatre every Saturday during school terms. Also we ask parents to pay £10 per year for a membership fee so that their child/children are fully included within theatre life.

Members range from 8 to 18 years

Members range from 8 to 18 years

We also run trips throughout the year to other theatres to see a wide range of shows, plays, concerts and dancers including a trip to the West End. As well as entering children in to competition and graded exams.

We now operate two classes, one for those attending primary school, and one for those who attend secondary school. However, we tend to assign groups more on ability than age.

Juniors from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Seniors from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.

Email Wendy Herring for further information

The cast of ‘Annie’

The cast of ‘Annie’

The group is led by Jonah Thompson, who has a wide range of experience in theatre, performing and directing. He has appeared in over 50 shows including Hairspray (Edna Turnblad), Annie (Rooster) and Sister Act (Pablo)

People you need to know:
Director/Leader and Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Jonah Thompson ( Level 6 diploma in performing arts)
Assistant Director and Designated Safeguarding Lead: Tony Jones (Qualified Drama teacher)
Secretary: Wendy Herring
Choreographer: Collen Owen
Musical Director: Alan Cropley (Former Hayfield Music teacher)
Admin officers: Louella Chesterman and Barbara Dale