Mitch Atkins
Lori Atkins
As co-founder and President of Musical Theatre Orange County, Mitch is realizing a dream of instilling a love for live theatre into the youth of our community. Mitch recently started a new position at Knott’s Berry Farm as Director of Production. Prior to Knott's, Mitch was with the Disneyland Resort for over 28 years most recently as Senior Technical Director. In his time there, he worked on diverse projects such Frozen Live at the Hyperion, Fantastic!, Parade of Dreams, Electrical Parade, Haunted Mansion Holiday, ElecTRONica, Aladdin The Musical Spectacular, Celebrate!, and many others. Prior to, and during this time Mitch also continued to nurture his love for theatre with his outside role as Technical Director with various community theaters, including lighting design duties for over 50 productions. Mitch’s theatre experience goes back to Junior High School where he began working in technical theatre. Mitch and his wife Lori are both natives of Orange County, California and have raised their four children in the city of Orange.
Lori is co-founder and Executive Producer of Musical Theatre Orange County. Lori has produced numerous shows for MTOC during the past 14 years. Some of her favorites include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and Disney's Tarzan. In addition, she has organized and produced talent shows and has been involved in various community theaters in a variety of capacities for the past twenty years. She has managed everything from box office, back office, costumes, scenery and anything else that needs to be done. A recent proud moment was producing the beautiful original production of ECC's "Journey to Christmas". She has also enjoyed a bit of time on "the boards" herself with favorite roles such as Aunt Tilly ("It's a Wonderful Life") and Ethel Toffelmier ("The Music Man"). With success in many entrepreneurial endeavors which include owning her own Collectibles Business, event coordinating and several years as a licensed Cosmetologist, her proudest accomplishments to date are……being a wife, mother and now "nana".