Jonah Thompson

Jonah Thompson

Jonah Thompson

Leader, Director and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Jonah has been performing for 17 years in shows, musicals and plays across South Yorkshire.

Starting out at the age of 4 at Stagecoach Performing Arts School gaining his Level 6 in Drama from Trinity Collage London he has gone on to perform in many groups, theatres and shows.

Jonah attended Wath Comprehensive School for 7 years where he gained A Level in Drama as well as taking part in every School Panto and Show during his time.

During his time at Wombwell Operatic Society he took on many principle roles like Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof and Pablo in Sister Act as well as being on the committee an acting as assistant director. He has also been a member of The Little Theatre (Thurnscoe) LS Theatre Productions and Birdwell Adult Actors.

From there he joined Wickersley Youngstars and has taken on the roles of Edna Turnblad in Hairspray and Rev Shaw Moore in Footloose as well as being on the committee for publicity.

Jonah joined Bawtry Phoenix Theatre 2 years ago when he met Chloe (The previous Leader) at Hall Cross Academy the school where he works. When Chloe left for China, Jonah jumped into her shoes and has quickly established his way of hard working, dedication and enthusiasm to the whole group. As well as leading the Youth Group he regularly takes part in our Productions

Colleen Owen

Colleen Owen

Colleen Owen


Colleen joined the team at the beginning of 2019 and has quickly established herself with in it. Colleen has a vast amount of experience not just in dance but in Performing Arts as a whole!

Her dance specialism is tap which she has been doing for nearly 30 years.

Colleen has worked with Jonah before but on an acting basis this is their first time working together as a production team.

Colleen is a member of Wombwell Operatic Society where she has taken many leading roles including Yente in Fiddler on the Roof and countless appearances as Fairy Godmother in the traditional Panto.

Colleen looks forward to working with Jonah again and the rest of the team.

Alan Cropley

Alan Cropley

Alan Cropley

Musical Director

Alan went to the Percy Jackson Grammar School, where he studied GCSE Music and A level Music. He then went on to the Royal Manchester College of Music, where he obtained the degree of G.R.S.M. (Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music). (The Royal Manchester College of Music eventually amalgamated with the Northern College of Music to become the Royal Northern College of Music).  He became a music teacher at Campsmount School, later becoming Head of Music at St. Peter’s High School. This school eventually became part of the McAuley School, and although he was offered the Head of Music position there, he decided to go to the Hayfield School, where he spent the last 30 years of his career, initially as Head of Music, but later as Head of Creative Arts (Music, Art, Drama).

He has always been interested in working with young people in the fields of Music and the Performing Arts and over the years he has been Musical Director on over 50 different productions, including Grease, The Beggar’s Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof, H.M.S. Pinafore, Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, to name but a few. For some years, He was Musical Director of the Doncaster Youth Theatre, putting on a range of productions, including the British Premier of a stage version of “Bugsy Malone”. He has also written and arranged music for various productions. He has also acted as accompanist for many students taking Music Theatre examinations in Doncaster.

                          In recent years, Alan has been the Musical Director on a number of productions at the Phoenix Theatre. Over the years, Alan has played in various bands, dance and rock bands (including the bands playing for the joint schools “Ising” concerts at the Dome) and currently performs in a duo called “Change for Two Tenors”.

Tony Jones

Tony Jones


Acting Coach and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Tony has been teaching Drama to young people for over 40 years. He has taught in schools up to 'A' level. He was Director of the Phoenix Young Players for ten years until retirement three years ago but continues to be involved as acting coach.
In the past he has worked with Alan, our Musical Director, on many musicals for young people written by himself and a notable local musician, the late Rob Southwick.
He has also directed adults, most recently, in Quartet' and 'Oh What a Lovely War'. He is an experienced role player and story teller for the National Trust working at The Workhouse in Southwell in Nottinghamshire.
He is also Technical Manager for the Phoenix Theatre in Bawtry, being mostly self-taught, as a matter of necessity. He designs and operates the lights and sound for most of the theatre's shows.

Charlotte Fricker

Charlotte Fricker


Vocal Coach and Assistant Musical Director

Charlotte has had a passion for singing and acting from a very young age where she attended the Nottinghamshire Educational Theatre Company. After studying Drama and Music at A Level, Charlotte went on to pursue her passion for the Performing Arts. After gaining places at prestigious colleges around the country, including LIPA, Charlotte gained a Degree in Performing Arts with Digital Media from Hull University. Acting credits since graduating include the title role in Cinderella, Grace in Annie, Rizzo In Grease, The Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz and more recently the Wicked Witch of the West. Charlotte has performed locally at The Little Theatre in Doncaster. Upon graduating, Charlotte was also offered a professional contract with Disneyland Paris, playing a lead character, “Snow White”.

As well as Acting, Charlotte has also performed in various shows as a Singer/Dancer. She performed as the lead Vocalist with a Burlesque Dance group around South Yorkshire for corporate events and showcases and was a solo singer in the B&H choir. Charlotte is now a member at the Phoenix Theatre and is really enjoying her role as vocal coach for the youth theatres upcoming production of Annie, assisting with all the children and helping them develop their passion for acting and singing.



Barbara Dale

Secretary and Co-Producer

Barbara has a background in office/administration spanning over 30 years, where she has worked for some major Corporate companies based in Newbury, Berkshire, eventually leading to a role as an Office Manager. She moved to Doncaster in 2006, to be closer to family, and currently works as a receptionist in a local GP Practice.

Barbara has herself taken a training course on safeguarding children, and has also organised training for a group of people while holding the role of Welfare Office for her local swimming club. She is a believer that all children should have the opportunity that the Youth Group offers them, whatever their ability.

Barbara started as a volunteer for the Phoenix Theatre during the Youth Group production of Cinderella helping backstage as a chaperone, and helping the younger members of the group with their costume changes. She has since then become of valued member of the Admin Team for the youth group, and is often to be found giving up her time on a Saturday morning to help out during rehearsals.

Whilst this is the first time Barbara has undertaken the role of “Co-Producer” she is finding it very rewarding and is learning a lot about all aspects of theatre life, including working on Front of House, which she has undertaken for a some of the theatres main shows including Oh What a Lovely War and Relatively Speaking.

She is looking forward to working with the youth group for future productions if the opportunity arises.