Some tired clowns following the performance to the parents and pupils of Flakefleet Primary School. This was the final curtain on our 3 month project that was funded by the Wyre Strategic partnership. All of the Primary year 4s & 5s presented at least one new Circus Skill that they had learned during the project. This was delivered by Yuri & Tonya Gridneff and 19 year old Jamie Lee-Coldham, the latest addition to our teaching staff.
Daniel made it to Maidstone and here he is filming for Yo Gaba Gaba, a new programme on Nickelodeon to be shown some time in April. Watch this space!
Daniel Tate Potts on his way to Maidstone studios from his school, Montgomery High, Bispham. He is going to film Ya Gaba Gaba for Nickleodeon Television
The Circus school was involved in many events in 2008, including, Lytham Carnival, St Anne’s Carnival, Poulton-Le-fylde Festival, Staining Gala, Hornsea Carnival, Tetbury summer show, The Teeside (Corus) steel family gala, The Croft Carnival, Alsager Carnival, Milland Rural Fair, Hope in Wigan, Calder vale fete, Monkey Club launch at the Grand Theatre and many Schools including the continuing activities day at Montgomery high (Third year)
The Circus School Charity supported Louise Horrocks park fun day, Amphibians day at Blackpool Zoo and the South Shore Community day.
We also had an unusual Volunteer for a night at Highfield Humanities College. Gordon Marsden MP for Blackpool South. He was very useful in helping the beginners on the mini tightrope. He was happy to support the Circus School as it brought members of the community together in a worthwhile activity.
As a new community interest company, Blackpool Circus School was awarded a substantial grant by Blackpool Enterprise Solutions towards printing and a promotional DVD.
The Circus School was also asked to take part in the roadshow for the new Creative Media Diploma for 14-19 year olds that starts in 2009. Among the other activities at Bispham High School was Stageworks from the Pleasure Beach and Rock FM. The workshops proved to be very popular with the youngsters from St Aidans, Highfield, Bispham and Montgomery. Blackpool is ideal for the creative media diploma given the wealth of media employers available.
Circus school wins “it’s a knockout” for the second year running, Chris Wade, Jamie Lee Coldham, Joel & Page Hatton and Jordon and Amy Atkinson prove that Circus skills training improves overall coordination.
Blackpool Circus School will also feature in “Showzam 2009” the annual Circus,Variety & Magic event to be held during February half term cumulating in a grand parade through the streets of Blackpool. “Watch this space for further news and how to be part of it,
The Circus School is also rehearsing their display team for the Mayors Charity at the Marine hall Fleetwood, The variety show starring Joe Longthorne at the Grand Theatre. And Showzam 2009 which takes place on the Spring half term week.
The Mayor of Blackpool Councillor Robert Wynne tries his hand on the unicycle at the end of the presentation evening. All the proceeds of the evening were donated to the Mayors charity “Blackpool’s A Knockout”
Our thanks go to Ian Evans Head of Highfield School for the free use of the hall, Marc Dimolow for providing the music for the acts, More poi for their guest appearance, Karen Fishwick, Maureen Walker and Mrs O Sullivan for the box office and Raffle, Dave Hawkins, Roy of St Annes Old links, Frank Carson and the Grand Theatre for providing prizes for the Raffle and all the parents and children that helped to make the evening a success.
And last but not least thanks to all the teachers and to Steve Royle for his great comedy/juggling act that had the audience spell bound with amazement and laughter.
The “Easy Riders” again featured for the Circus School, this time in “Variety for the Vic” a Charity show at the Little Theatre, Thornton. This was in aid of a breast cancer appeal. The other acts on the bill were mainly adults from the world of musicals. Holly Johnstone was also scheduled but sustained an injury to her shins that meant she was unable to take part.
April also saw a donation from the Coop, the School is now a supported charity of the Coop. Jack Croysdill from the Coop who arranged the donation will formally present the cheque for £500 to the Circus School on Presentation evening. This will take place on Wednesday evening on the 27th June at Highfield Humanities College sports hall.