Who are Company MK
Established in 1992, Company MK is a theatre group well known in the local community for producing high-quality musical theatre that is diverse, inclusive, progressive and risk-taking. Somewhat different from a traditional operatic society we tend to tackle musicals that are slightly more challenging than those typically performed on a community stage. In short, we work hard to include something for everyone.
In a typical year, Company MK performs a full-scale musical, and a staged variety concert that showcases a breadth of local talent. Our versatile and creative group re-forms itself for each show and unusually for an amateur theatre group, we do not have a membership. Instead, we hold auditions for each production, meaning we can attract the best talent available.This has never stood in the way of creating a strong, vibrant community built on friendship and a love of musical theatre.
We very much hope this is a community you will believe in and be inspired to join. The support of corporate and individual patrons is key to us continuing to offer fun, high-quality and exciting musical theatre experiences that our local audiences can enjoy at low prices. Please consider joining us in this mission, if you are able.
Producing amateur theatre can't cost that much can it?
Yes. Our costs for a full-scale musical production are approximately £13 to £16K. On average along with our show fees for cast members and ticket sales we take around £11K, meaning often we can make a £2K plus loss.To help us to break even, we perform a variety concert and undertake a variety of fundraising throughout the year, but things like costume, theatre hire, band hire and scenery costs are on the rise and to continue providing the high-calibre of musical theatre we are known for we have to do more to raise funds.
Company MK Patrons' Scheme - How can you help?
Becoming a patron of Company MK is a fantastic way to:
showcase the social values of your business;
strengthen ties within the Milton Keynes community;
play a vital role in creating opportunity for local performers and audiences alike.
The benefits to those involved in creating live performances can't be overestimated, it's an opportunity to develop core skills such as confidence, self-presentation, perseverance and team work. Plus, we also know that our audiences greatly benefit from access to performing arts, which provide both entertainment and education, sparking creativity and offeringa medium through which to reflect on society.