Mills born for the stage

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on April 24, 2020

The Weekender continues this week to learn more about the colourful and creative people that comprise the Great Southern’s art and entertainment industry. Today, we focus on Plantagenet Players actor and writer Roxanne Mills.

JOINING a theatre group can be a big leap for some people; meeting new people, having the confidence to get on stage.

For new Mount Barker resident Roxanne Mills, there was no hesitation.

She jumped on the stage before her moving boxes were unpacked back in 2006.

“I am a boisterous person and I attached myself to my new work colleague – who I had only known for two days the first time I went to Plantagenet Players – and just slid right in without them knowing I was there, and then I took over,” Mills laughed.

“After moving from Kalgoorlie, I promised myself that when I moved to Mt Barker I would become a brave person and try things that scared me, and Players was the first opportunity I had.

“I remember the first time I was rehearsing singing on stage, I was petrified; I burst into tears. But with the support of everyone I got through the first show and after that you couldn’t keep me away from singing on stage.”

Over 13 years, Mills has performed in 12 shows as an actor, writer and producer.

She found a new family in the Plantagenet Players amateur theatre group and wouldn’t give it up for the world.

Currently, some of the group members are sewing laundry bags for local paramedics and nurses to help in the COVID-19 effort.

But don’t worry, Mills wants to reassure fans, COVID-19 isn’t stopping this theatre group from getting back into the groove.

“We will be back so look out,” she said.

“This is the first year I am told that Plantagenet Players may not be able to put on a show. Never in our history have we failed to put on a show.

“So have no fear, our energy levels and our penchant for silliness will return as soon as we can.”