Mixed Co. to provide murderous entertainment

May 13, 2011, 12:48 a.m.

If sex and violence are the cornerstones of American entertainment, Mixed Co. got the message loud and clear.

Following last quarter’s highly successful lingerie-clad “Love Sucks” show, Stanford’s oldest co-ed a cappella group returns tonight with the comically gruesome “Murder at Mixed Co. Manor.” The show starts at 8 p.m. in Toyon Lounge.

“Murder” kicks off with a decapitation in the first 10 minutes and never looks back. One by one, members get killed off in creative and hilarious ways, ratcheting up the suspense in a traditional whodunit.

“No other show has as many gruesome deaths, including ‘Sweeney Todd,'” joked Peter Pham ’13. “We provide equal opportunity death. Also, we sing sometimes.”

The music is obviously any a cappella show’s raison d’etre, and thankfully, president Jessica Asperger ’13 assures us that the group is “loaded with vocal talent.” That talent and enthusiasm will be unleashed on current pop staples such as “Battlefield” by Jordin Sparks and “Black and Gold” by Sam Sparrow, as well as classics such as “Somebody to Love” by Queen.

But Asperger hopes that the show will add up to something even more.

“What’s cool about our show is that, unlike other a cappella groups, we try and put on a full show. There is a plot, there are costumes and we try and make songs fit into a larger narrative. It’s more of a full experience.”

“You will be hard pressed to find a show that will make you laugh, cry and leave you aurally satisfied,” Pham added. “Ours will.”

If that’s not enough, you should also “come for the hot French maid” Asperger added.

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