Are you an incredible singer?

Would you like to earn great money this Christmas season, and have a BLAST doing it?

 


 

- 2016 Audition Information -

Auditions: August 20 and 21, 1:00pm
Location: Crossroads Church
12229 Del Amo Blvd, Cerritos, CA 90703

Callbacks: August 22, 7:00pm, Location: TBA


What do alumni say about the Handbell Carolers?

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PERFORMERS

Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses, to play ages 18-49, for performances at Theme Parks, Restaurants, Country Clubs, Corporate and Private parties in Orange County and L.A. from early November through the first week of January.

Ability to read music and experience in musical comedy preferred. Full & part time positions available for 7 quartets.

AUDITIONS

Bring a picture, resume, application form (see below) and lots of personality.

At 1:00 PM, we will tell everyone exactly what to expect that afternoon and answer all questions. Then, you'll be asked to learn one of our 4-part arrangements to sing with 3 other performers. We'll evaluate those performances and make cuts throughout the afternoon. Finally, if you're invited to callbacks, you'll be given some music to take home, learn, and bring back on Monday night.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR AUDITION APPLICATION

Once completed, print it out and bring it with you along with your picture and resume to the audition. Questions? Email: MixedCompany@cox.net

THE COMPANY

MIXED COMPANY is owned and operated by Randy Pryor. Credits of the group include multiple Christmas seasons at Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure, Downtown Disney, the Disneyland Hotel, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood, Queen Mary/Spruce Goose, The Summit House Restaurant, and 33 consecutive years at Five Crowns Restaurant in Corona del Mar.

Company Manager: Sharon Frazier-Verpooten . Music Director: Amy Glinskas
Show Director: KC Archer ..Assistant Music Director: Steven Donahue .



For the past 33 Christmas seasons we have produced world-class caroling groups that perform with English Handbells at theme parks, restaurants, hotels, corporate and private parties. Our quartets provide "strolling caroling," as well as perform a fun-filled show combining music, comedy and audience participation.

Sample 1

Sample 2

We are always looking for people who blend together vocally, and whose appearance and personalities blend as well. Since all MIXED COMPANY personnel are always living "life in the fishbowl," a clean-cut image and positive attitude are required.

Each of our quartets works as a unit all season, providing a better blend and stronger chemistry in performance. This can be hard work for our cast members, so a good work ethic and the right attitude are critical. If you have a positive attitude, like to have fun, are flexible and easy to work with, then you may be perfect for this group.

Our award-winning costumes are custom-made. We furnish our singers with their wardrobes except shoes, men's Tux shirts, and ladies' gloves.

 

 

We are casting up to twenty-eight singers to work the 2016 holiday season from November 4 through January 8, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We are looking for Entertainers who are: Professional, Available, Punctual, and an absolute pleasure to work with. They should be: Vocally talented with the ability to blend (sight reading is a plus), Animated with excellent Stage Presence, Expressive with high Energy and Enthusiasm, and Committed to teamwork. Divas need not apply.



Performance Compensation
for All Singers
     
Disneyland (Parks or Hotel)
Summit House Restaurant
$22.50 per set
$25.00 per hour (+ tips)
(Typically, 6 sets per day)
Private Parties
Knott's Berry Farm
$80.00 per 1-hour Event
$22.50 per set
$100.00 per 2-hour Event
(Typically, 5 sets per day)
$120.00 per 3-hour Event

$140.00 per 4-hour Event
Five Crowns Restaurant
$25.00 per hour (+ tips)



Our Guarantee To You
Anyone who has ever worked with us knows that we pay our performers more than other caroling companies pay theirs - in some cases, much more! Mixed Company will guarantee that, if you perform at all of your assigned gigs, your total wages for the season will be at least the amount listed as follows (not including tips):

Quartets
Minimum Guarantee
(Average from 2015)
3 (Full Time) Handbell Quartets
$2500 each
$4,500 each
4 (Part Time) Handbell Quartets
$2000 each
$3,000 each

Why do we pay so much? Simple. We require more from our performers than anyone else - more rehearsals, more availability, more enthusiasm, the best attitudes, and, above all, an unshakable commitment to the highest quality possible.

Rehearsals
Rehearsals begin in late August with Orientation (Aug 27th). Rookies should expect to attend all rehearsals and to keep absences to an absolute minimum. See schedule below.

The entire cast will rehearse twice a week with our Music Director, and our Show Director. Additionally, each quartet will meet for five "outside rehearsals" over the course of the rehearsal period. These will be scheduled with the leader of your quartet.

Availability for Performances
Scheduling conflicts need to be agreed upon at the time of casting. (We need all cast members to be available for performances all Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in December, as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!)

Christmas Variety Show
Once again, our annual Christmas Variety Show will be on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m., in Cerritos. If you’d like more information, or if you'd like to see the promo video of the show, click here.

Thank you for your time. We look forward to seeing you at the Auditions!

2016 Handbell Carolers Rehearsal Schedule

Saturday
Aug. 27
9 am - 1 pm
Orientation & Rehearsal
Cerritos
Saturday
Sept. 3
9 am - 1 pm
Rehearsal
Cerritos
Saturday Sept. 10 9 am - 1 pm (9-2 for girls) Rehearsal & make-up demo Cerritos
Monday Sept. 12 7 pm - 10 pm Rehearsal Cerritos
Saturday
Sept. 17
9 am - 1 pm
Rehearsal & Costume Fitting
Mission Viejo
Monday
Sept. 19
7 pm - 10 pm
Rehearsal
Cerritos
Saturday
Sept. 24
9 am - 1 pm
Rehearsal
Cerritos
Monday
Sept. 26
7 pm - 10 pm
Rehearsal
Cerritos
Saturday Oct. 1 9 am - 1 pm Rehearsal Cerritos
Monday
Oct. 3
7 pm - 10 pm
Rehearsal
Cerritos
Saturday
Oct. 8
9 am - 1 pm
Rehearsal
Cerritos
Monday
Oct. 10
7 pm - 10 pm
Rehearsal
Cerritos
Saturday Oct. 15 9 am - 1 pm Rehearsal Cerritos
Monday
Oct. 17
7 pm - 10 pm
Rehearsal
Cerritos
Saturday Oct. 22 9 am - 1 pm Rehearsal Cerritos
Monday Oct. 24 7 pm - 10 pm Rehearsal Cerritos
Saturday Oct. 29 9 am - 7 pm "Boot Camp" Rehearsal Cerritos
Sunday Oct. 30 9 am - 3 pm Rehearsal/informal recital Lag Hills/Lke Forst
Saturday Nov. 5 9 am - 1 pm Rehearsal Cerritos
Monday Nov. 7 7 pm - 10 pm Rehearsal & Costume Fitting Knott's Berry Farm
Monday Nov 14 7 pm - 10 pm Rehearsal TBA
Friday
Nov. 18
6 pm - 10 pm
Tech/Dress Rehearsal
TBA
Saturday
Nov. 19
6 pm - 10 pm
Christmas/Variety Show
TBA
Saturday Jan. 14 12 - 3 pm Costume Return Mission Viejo

For more information email Randy Pryor at MixedCompany@cox.net

And, don't forget to visit our website:
www.ChristmasCaroling.com

 

"I've grown a lot over the years by being a part of Mixed Company. I've enjoyed the challenge of singing while playing English handbells - what a beautiful sound! Gaining and reciprocating the respect of my fellow talented carolers has been greatly rewarding. It's been a wonderful privilege to provide genuine holiday warmth, laughter, and kicklines to young and old, Virginias and Scrooges, crowds of two thousand and crowds of two. Congratulations on 30 years, Mixed Company!" - Jalin Hsu, Alto


"There's nothing greater to do for Christmas than to make good music with talented musicians and good friends, and then go out and make other people's Christmas!" - Eric Cajiuat, Bass

"Many caroling groups stand and sing from folders of printed music, but how challenging and fun is that? As a member of 'Tis The Season Handbell Carolers, you will work hard. But in the end, when you are out there entertaining, singing gorgeous tight harmonies, and interacting with the people, you'll suddenly realize that all the preparation was for the sole purpose of creating a unified group that makes people happy. And you'll be out of the book so you can see it in their faces!" - Julie Ramsey, Alto

"My experience with Mixed Company has been enriching on so many levels. No joke, I have played some terrible gigs so I'm not likely to sugar coat things.

I have been continually challenged to grow as a musician and performer by extremely professional and talented people. There have been so many golden moments when people have been very appreciative and deeply touched by our performances.

I have not only developed great industry connections but have gained great friends. Not to mention the pay is very attractive, its a lot of fun and it beats waiting tables any day." - Tracy Perry, Tenor

"Mixed Company has proven to be one of the most challenging and rewarding performing experiences of my life. I pulled my hair out during rehearsals my rookie year, the learning curve is steep!

But going out there and nailing those tight harmonies with three people who became lifelong friends makes it all worthwhile, and the looks on the faces of the folks while you're giving them a little holiday spirit really takes your mind off the price of Rogaine.

I look forward to Caroling season every year." - Frank Romeo, Bass


"The first time I saw my good friend Bill carol with Mixed Company, I knew this was the group I was born to be a part of. The unique blend of traditional, jazz, contemporary, and parodies really drew me in. Add on Mixed Company's English handbells and it brought this lifelong bell nerd to her 'happy place!' It is a true pleasure to perform with such talented singers! I get sad when it's not caroling season because I don't get to see these awesome people every week. I know that I have made friends for life. I have learned so much musically and found the demanding challenge invigorating. It's hard work, REALLY hard, but it's all worth it when you lock into those really tight, crunchy harmonies and give yourself goosebumps. Nothing gives me greater joy than making a guest's holiday season brighter with the gift of music. The instant feedback puts a smile on my face. Oh, the comments you hear are priceless! - Jenny Schniepp, Alto

 

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