Phoenix marks five years

4 novemebr 2013.'Neil Myers, manager of Castleford Phoenix Theatre, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary.'MB1001/02b
4 novemebr 2013.'Neil Myers, manager of Castleford Phoenix Theatre, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary.'MB1001/02b

A community theatre which has seen hundreds of performers tread its boards is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Castleford Phoenix Theatre, which is based at Airedale Academy, will mark its anniversary with a cabaret show on Monday November 18.

Since the Phoenix opened its doors in 2008, it has become one of the busiest venues for live entertainment in the Wakefield district, with around 50,000 people seeing a show or event there.

Neil Myers, theatre manager, said the aim of the theatre was to become a venue to serve the whole community.

He said: “We wanted something that could be used by professional organisations, arts groups, offer business facilities, a wide range of the community, not just the school.

“We are getting more and more each year, the usage is increasing. The Phoenix has staged musicals, cabaret, dance, awards, mediums, comedy nights, magicians, children’s entertainers, tribute bands, local bands and artists, plays and drama, and much more.”

In the future Neil said he hoped the theatre could be developed to include more corporate events.

He said: “I think it would be a good venue for businesses who want a theatrical touch to meetings. It can become an open space, the seating can be moved so it’s quite versatile.

“It’s a case of spreading awareness to people, obviously as a school we don’t have the same budget for publicity as other theatres.

“I’d also like to see more straight drama and plays here.”

Five Years of the Phoenix will feature many of the groups which have performed at the venue, including Kippax Amateur Operatic Society, Encore Theatre Company, Airedale Academy’s own CAST, Claire School of Dance, Lorraine School of Theatre and Dance and Victoria Willis School of Dance.

The rugby league World cup cheerleading squad, the Elite Cheerleaders, will also take part in the show, along with local singer Charlotte Beale.

The theatre will be arranged with tables and chairs in true cabaret style, with the bar area open throughout the evening.

Tickets to the show, which starts at 7.15pm, cost £8, and are available from www.castlefordphoenixtheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01977 664566.