STOMP Takes Over Jackson College Stage
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty and unique--an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. No show is ever the same. This international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and received rave reviews from audiences. The eight-member ensemble uses everything but conventional percussion instruments. The stage is filled and music is made using matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, lighters, hubcaps and more! If you haven't seen STOMP yet, now is the time to go! The STOMP tour is making a pit stop at the Jackson College Potter Center on Tuesday, January 21st and Wednesday, January 22nd.
There is one performer that is sure to stand out from the rest. Dubbed the "clown" of the show, Guido Mandozzi was born in the UK to Italian parents. He trained as an actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. He joined the British cast of STOMP in 2005, and came to the America tour three years later. We had a chance to talk with Guido about his journey to the stage as a theatre performer and what to expect when the ensemble hits the stage at Jackson College.
Jane Sugiyama: What led you to pursue a career in theatre?
Guido Mandozzi: I've always enjoyed. I was very fortunate when I was young. The school I went to in England was musically inclined, we did a couple of plays a year. I was also involved with sports at the time as well, and when I had to choose between the two, I chose soccer. However, one fateful day I tore a ligament in my left knee and that put me out and ruined that career for me. The only other thing that I really loved doing was drama and plays and things of that nature.
JS: Being involved in the performing industry can be very overwhelming. What carries you through and motivates you to keep moving forward?
GM: I am just lucky, really. Genuinely, lucky. I am doing something that I trained to do and that I love to do. There are a number of actors that are out of work and I feel very fortunate to be doing something that I love, while also getting paid for it.
I came to America five years ago, and I keep going because of the excitement of seeing all of the new towns and places that we travel to. I am a big foodie and I love taking photos. For me it is all about exploring and meeting new people, seeing new things and places.
JS: If someone had never heard of STOMP before, how would you explain the nature of them show to them? What can audiences expect?
GM: When you describe to people that you make music out of trash, or use sticks and brooms as instruments, all they can picture is a garbage can routine--that would be repetitive and boring. What a lot of people don't know is that there is a story-line to the show. We all take on our own characters. There is a lot of love and laughter in the show.
JS: This show requires intensity and energy. How do you and others in the ensemble prepare for the performance? What are rehearsals like?
GM: Everyone trains differently. Some people go to the gym everyday; I don't. I like walking around and seeing the towns and cities that we visit. Some people prefer to stretch. We all have our own thing. When it is time for rehearsals, we all come together to practice certain routines and decide which ones we will incorporate into the show that night. No show is ever quite the same.
JS: The ensemble of the show is small with only twelve performers. Tell us about the dynamic between all twelve personalities.
GM: We are fortunate that we each have our own space--our own hotel rooms (he laughs). But really, we are like family. Yeah, we may have heated discussions at times, but it is because we are so passionate about performing and love what we do.
The STOMP tour will perform at Jackson College Potter Center on Tuesday, January 21st and Wednesday, January 22nd. For ticket information visit http://www.jccmi.edu/events/stomp.htm.
For information about the show visit the official STOMP website here.