The Mad Cows

About The Mad Cows

It is over 20 years since Alex and Lisa first met. They have sung and danced their way through many productions from child to adult hood, run the highly successful Stagecoach (SAOS’s junior section now closed), directed and choreographed for many different schools and groups, and gathered a wealth of experience which they wanted to pass on to others. So eleven years ago they founded Mad Cow Productions.

Their aim was to enable people of al ages to take part in plays and musicals which are as close to professional standards as possible. To achieve this they have provided the opportunity for members to develop the necessary skills, through their own hard work and importantly under professional, qualified input. Such tutoring usually costs a lot of money but Alex and Lisa also wanted to keep the members costs down. The hunt was on for like minded folk, Mad Cow is a Not For Profit group, who would tutor the Herd to a high standard but give their time voluntarily.

So who are the Mad Cow Tutors?

Alex Hinton: Co Producer and Director

Originally from the North East Alex is a graduate of Newcastle University (BA.Hons (English)) and Leeds University PGCE (English and Drama). She has taught Drama and English Literature to A Level but now devotes her skills to Mad Cow Productions.

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Lisa Lowarch: Co Producer and Choreographer

A Shropshire lass Lisa trained in dance from the age of eight to sixteen at The Fay Donnehay School of Dance. Where she specialized in Ballet. Lisa’s aim in life is to get our men dancing!

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Chris Lewis: Musical Director

Chris hails from Derbyshire, a graduate of Durham University(BA Hons Music) and Reading University (PGCE) he currently teaches Music and Performance Studies at Shrewsbury Sixth Form where he is also their Musical Director.
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Matthew Robinson: Choreographer

Matt trained at Laine the prestigeous Theatre Arts College in London which specialises in dance and Musical Theatre. Post training he appeared in UK Tour of The Pirates of Penzance, numerous pantomimes and in the UK tours of: Jesus Christ Superstar, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, and Mama Mia as well as being in Blood Brothers in London’s West End. Matt brings The Herd real insight into what it is actually like to be on a West End stage, pushing all to achieve higher and higher standards and adding a real West End quality to our choreography.

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Lorna Crosse: Company Vocal Coach

Lorna was a professional soprano. She trained in Canada (Gold Medalist in 1975) and is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory Toronto. The ARCT (For Performers and Teachers) is the highest academic standing awarded by the Conservatory and is an Internationally recognised Teaching Certificate. Lorna brings her years of experience and success, from beginners to professional performers, to our members encouraging them and ensuring that they are taught to sing safely. Our principals can recieve one to one lessons while our ensemble is coached as a group activity. She is a member of the ISM, BVA, has a Supervisor Certificate in Music education and the General Teachers Certificate (Ontario Dept. of Education)

 

Andrew Hinton: Company Sound Designer and Associate Sound Tutor.

A graduate of Cambridge University BA Hons, M.A (Cantab) Andy is currently an Associate Tutor for sound at Guilford School of Acting. He has to juggle the teaching with his freelancing elsewhere. Freelance work has recently included mixing The Royal Opera Houses last two productions of "The Wind in the Willows" and Sound Designing the What's On Stage Award-winning "Sweeney Todd" at Twickenham Theatre in 2014. Currently he is working on a new musical "Love Birds" and a play "Positive" for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Andy also spent two years working in support of all things sound-related at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, as well as Sound Designing some of their public shows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Catherine Benson: Associate Opera Tutor

On rare occaisions we have a member who would like to pursue a career in opera. In this instance we call on Catherine who is a Professor of singing at The Royal Academy of Music in London for her advice.
Cathy had a successful freelance career performing throughout the UK in opera, concert and oratorio. She performed in principal roles with Park Lane Opera, Bloomsbury Opera, Opera Holland Park, ENO, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Glyndebourne Touring Opera. At Glyndebourne she was awarded the then Glyndebourne Touring Opera Singers Award, enabling her to study Mozart opera roles with Martin Isepp. Catherine has a particular interest in pedagogy and Art of Teaching.