“Bridging the gap between what?” I hear you cry! Well let us tell you a little more about our vision for Mixed Voice….
Our mission, as a local production company, is to bridge the gap between professional and amateur theatre. Why shouldn’t our audiences be able to see professional standard productions in their home town at a reasonable price? When you buy a ticket to a Mixed Voice performance, you enable us to do more of what we love! So over the coming year we plan to give you some behind the scenes insights into Mixed Voice and what we do with our cast and creative teams before, during and after the rehearsal process to constantly produce high quality shows.
As part of this, we thought you might like to know more about our cast and creative team members, starting with one of our superstars (don’t tell him we said that!) Will Arundell. We asked Will to tell us about his time with Mixed Voice and what it has meant to him…..
“I joined Mixed Voice four years ago when Josh told me I was doing the Christmas Show and for the past few years I’ve done what I was told – usually “get on stage and try and get to the end of the song/scene/show without mucking up” and so far that advice has steered me well. I have worked in nearly every part of Mixed Voice over my time with them; be it behind the scenes or onstage and it has been a pleasure from day one! They allowed me the chance to play the son of God, MD my first professional show and recently, pretend to play the bass guitar onstage in Grease – something I definitely should never do again!
I am now in my third year at the Guildford School of Acting, about to open in Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods, but over the past three years I have been incredibly lucky to be able to hone my skills outside the classroom with Mixed Voice – as every time I come home, Josh tells me (do you see a pattern here) that I’m working on some show or other…
It’s a credit to the incredible creative teams that Mixed Voice attracts that I feel no shift in standard between working at a drama school and working with Mixed Voice, something very few companies can boast, and proof that MV is really bridging the gap between amateur and professional companies.
It has been a joy to watch/help/occasionally hinder the amazing progression of this company over the past few years and I have no doubt that this trajectory will continue for the foreseeable future.
So finally just a massive thank you to the amazing MV team, directors, MDs, musicians, Matt and his tech team and of course Seany for dealing with me. But especially to Josh – thanks for keeping me around, employing me, encouraging me (and telling me what to do).”