Production Team

Below you will see brief details about the various members of the production teams that we have had the good fortune to work with over the years.

Director - Aaron Bixley

Director - Oliver! 2014

Aaron won a scholarship to study at Guildford School of Acting, he then went on to train in Advanced Stage Combat at Birmingham Scool of Speech & Drama. Aaron has also directed productions of The Fifteen Streets at Darlington Civic Theatre (Associate Director), Macbeth, The Crucible & an adaptation of Romeo & Juliet called "We Burn Daylight" (all at the Pork Pie Theatre). Currently, he is Head of Drama at The Croft Preparatory School, where he writes and directs his own shows. He is also joint Director of The Drama Club, a theatre company for young people in Alcester and Stratford.

Musical Director - Simon Kemp

Musical Director - Oliver! 2014

Founder, Songwriter & Musical Director of the Dr Teeth Big Band (1997-2005) a jump-jive-boogie-woogie band that wowed audiences all over this green and pleasant land, including two tours of the USA and numerous trips to Europe. The Dr Teeth Big Band also released a CD out on the Big Bear record label entitled Rythym Is Our Business.  Founder/Musical Director of the Stratford based choir SHOUT (2006 - present).

Director - Paul Clark

Director - Sweet Charity 2013

Paul is an experienced performer and director who has worked professionally both in this country and abroad. He has appeared numerous times in the West End and currently teaches drama and singing to 6-18 year olds at a theatre school in Rugby. He was first involved with SMTC when he took the part of Walter De Courcey in the society’s production of Chess and in 2013 directed our show Sweet Charity.

Musical Director - Jacqui Smith

Musical Director - Sweet Charity 2013

Jacqui has been performing and directing theatre, performing arts and musicals for many years and has been Musical Director for multiple societies, schools, choirs, dance schools and theatre companies for over two decades now. Her musical journeys have taken her through many years as a singing teacher and vocal coach and she has had many successful students who are now working full time as singers and professional performers all around the world. She still regularly performs professionally as a singer and actress and she has performed with SMTC in 2011 as Gloria, the Science Officer in Return to the Forbidden Planet and was Musical Director for our 2013 show Sweet Charity.

Choreographer - Sara Higgins

Choreographer - Sweet Charity 2013

Sara is the co-director of Fiery Feet Dance Studio in Leamington Spa. Established for over 10 years she is an experienced teacher and choreographer. Away from the studio she has spent the past 5 years involved with several amateur dramatic societies, most recently with LWMS as Ulla in The Producers. Sara performed with SMTC playing April in Company in 2010 and was Choreographer for our 2013 show Sweet Charity.

Director – Philip Beeson

Director - Sweeney Todd 2014, Fame 2012, Return to the Forbidden Planet 2011 & 2001, Comapny 2010, Chess 2009, The Best of Broadway 2007, West Side Storry 2006, Crazy for You 2003, Holly Dolly 1999, Me & My Girl 1998, Carousel  1997, Mikado in Concert 1997, Mame 1996, Caberet 1994, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1993,

Philip has been involved in amateur theatre for many years. As a performer, he played a number of leading roles in his home town of Derby, including appearances in Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot and Man of La Mancha, before moving to live in Warwickshire, where he played the leads in South Pacific and Kiss Me Kate with our Company. As a director, his works include many plays and musicals ranging from G & S to Hello Dolly! and from The Sound of Music to The Merchant of Venice. He has directed more than a dozen of our shows, including West Side Story and Chess, both of which received the NODA Regional Best Production Award.

Choreographer – Julie Bedlow-Howard

Julie has been involved with Dancing and Theatre since childhood, winning numerous competitions and becoming All-England Tap Champion at the age of 17. She has played principal roles in many shows including The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Kiss Me Kate, My Fair Lady, Me and My Girl, Salad Days and Cinderella. In 1989, Julie’s attention turned to choreography and with a string of successful credits, including several award winning shows, she finds herself in great demand. Julie is also a member of Coventry's Three Spires Musical Society, who recently beat thousands of hopefuls to make it to the final of Channel 5's Don't Stop Believing.

Musical Director – James Suckling

James studied Music and Drama at Warwick University and subsequently taught at primary schools in Coventry and Warwickshire. He is also the Principal of the Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools in Bromsgrove and Edgbaston. James has worked as Musical Director, Director or Producer on many shows, including A Little Night Music, Anything Goes, Barnum, Cabaret, Camelot, Crazy For You, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Godspell, Guys & Dolls, Hello Dolly!, Into the Woods, Kiss Me Kate, La Cage aux Folles, Little Shop of Horrors, Mame, Me and My Girl, Oliver, The Pirates of Penzance, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd, and The Wizard of Oz, and as Musical Director on our own productions of West Side Story, Best of Broadway, Chess and Company.

Assistant Musical Director – Maddy Evans

Maddy studied violin and piano at Birmingham Junior Conservatoire and Manchester University. Since graduating in 2002, she has enjoyed a varied career as performer, director and teacher in Stratford and the surrounding area. With a strong classical background, Maddy has performed extensively as a soloist, ensemble player and orchestral member. She is also organist and Director of Music at St George’s Church in Brailes and is in great demand as an accompanist. Maddy has been variously involved with our Company as accompanist, pit musician, and Assistant Musical Director. She was also our Musical Director for The Boyfriend and Guys & Dolls and was Musical Director for our choir. 

Stage Manager – Chris Biddle

Chris has a wealth of experience as a freelance Stage Manager and Lighting and Set Designer. Having worked in the technical disciplines of Theatre for over 20 years, including a stint as Chief Electrician at Coventry’s Butts Theatre, Chris has been involved with numerous amateur and professional events across the region, including our productions of Crazy For You, West Side Story, The Boyfriend, Guys & Dolls, Chess and Company.


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