The Red Phoenix Theatre company had an amazing cast with which to launch its much anticipated A.L.I.V.E. program. The program is intended to enhance the performance skills of middle, high school, and early college-aged artists. The premiere production of this program was Seussical, Jr. The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge: not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him, the only one who recognizes his "kind and his powerful heart." Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, in a story that makes you laugh and cry.
Sweeney Todd: The School Edition
The Red Phoenix Theatre Company enjoyed great success with the fall production of Sweeney Todd: The School Edition. This show was part of the A.L.I.V.E. educational program and included youth in middle school, high school, and early college. Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd tells the infamous tale of the "Demon Barber of Fleet Street": After being falsely imprisoned for 15 years by the corrupt Judge Turpin, Todd returns to London in search of his family. His hopes are shattered when he meets up with Ms. Lovett, the owner of a meat pie shop and she tells him the unfortunate fate of his family. Todd then turns his focus to revenge against the Judge. His quest for blood soon expands to include the customers of his barber shop, while Ms. Lovett suddenly has the people of London lining up in droves with her mysterious new meat pie recipe. After filling their bellies with the delicious meat pies, many customers stop in at Todd's for a shave and are never heard from again Red Phoenix Theatre Company was thrilled with the launch of its newest educational program, Red Phoenix Jams. The premiere title for the Jams program was Dear Edwina Jr. This show sold out completely at the 14th Street Playhouse, turning away extra sales at the door! This show follows the adventures of advice-giver extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple as she directs the kids in the neighborhood in production number after hilarious production number in her "Advice-A-Palooza" extravaganza. The Red Phoenix Theatre Company is excited about the Summer 2013 production of Hairspray. This show is part of our educational program. The 1950's are out and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do!
Les Miserables: The School Edition
Red Phoenix Theatre Company was absolutely blown away by this production of Les Miserables! We were excited to produce the show, but had no idea our cast would bring such an amazing performance to the stage. This show sold out completely almost a week before opening at the 14th Street Playhouse, and we were forced to turn away ticket sales at the door! We are so proud of our cast members and crew, as well as thankful to parents and volunteers! This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes and honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father - violating his parole in the process. The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean’s adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed.
Legally Blonde: The Musical
Red Phoenix Theatre Company had such an amazing time with this show! We were thrilled to produce our first full version of a Broadway show and are so thankful that we were able to be the premier theatrical production at the brand new Buford Theatre! This was a sold out show and we are so thankful for everyone's efforts to make this such an amazing production! Perennially perky Elle Woods is a girl who loves to shop for the latest all-pink outfits (and matching handbags, of course). But don't let this seemingly ditsy fashionista fool you; this sorority sister is smarter than she seems. Miss Woods comma Elle doesn't take 'no' for an answer, so when her boyfriend dumps her for someone 'more serious,' Elle sets out to win him back by putting down the credit card and hitting the books. Ready to revamp her image, Elle goes where no Delta Nu sorority girl has gone before: Harvard Law School! This fun and exciting show takes you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Harvard's newest, blondest student: that daredevil in high heels, Elle Woods! Along the way, our heroine proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
The Red Phoenix Theatre Company was excited about the Spring 2013 production of Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr and has an amazing time rehearsing and performing this fun show! Little Mermaid, Jr was part of our educational program and our students had an absolute blast "Under the Sea"!
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. We also enjoyed a huge success with our Under the Sea Jamboree benefitting local charity, Bert's Big Adventure! We're so glad that we were able to make this production be part of such an amazing organization. The jamboree featured sneak peak performances, games, prizes, a photo booth, and tons more Disney magic for over 100 guests!