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MAREE KENNEDY as Dotty Otley

Maree has been involved in theatre for ‘longer than she can remember’! And most of her oldest and dearest friends were formed during those hours of rehearsal.

Maree’s involvement with BTC dates back to 1995, with ‘The Sentimental Bloke’. Since then, Maree has been involved in an impressive list of productions, including: ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Carousel’, ‘Rough Justice’, ‘The Winters Tale’,‘Last Tango in Little Grimley’ and ‘Last Panto in Little Grimley’.

She has served as a Production Manager (‘Animal Farm’) and a Director; her credits including ‘Deathtrap’ and ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’.
Maree played a major role in the creation and running of ‘Horizons Drama School’ for BTC.

Throughout her years at BTC, she served on the Committee for five years, including a stint as Treasurer.

One of Maree’s career highlights was directing ‘The Laramie Project’ for Eagle Eyed Productions.
Outside of Bendigo, Maree has performed as ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as ‘The Wicked Witch of the West’; in ‘Westside Story’, ‘Grease’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Calamity Jane’, ‘Cosi’, ‘Rio Rita’ and ‘South Pacific’. She has also directed many Pantomimes and Christmas specials outside of Bendigo.

Maree is thrilled to be back in “Beautiful Bendigo” performing in ‘Noises Off’, a play that she’s always thought is “one of the funniest plays going around”.

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PAUL HENSHALL as Selsdon Mowbray

Paul’s theatrical stage debut was in 2003 when he played the King in the Bendigo Production of Cinderella. The experience got him hooked on theatre and since then he’s played character roles in South Pacific, Breaker Morant, The Wizard of Oz, A Chorus of Disapproval, Black Rock, The Rooms, Joseph, Don’s Party, Turning Tables and no doubt a few more.  
But Paul’s appearances on stage goes back quite a lot further than that Cinderella debut. Paul started playing drums at the age of 13 and from the age of 18 (you’ve GOTY to be able to drive to be a working drummer) he played on many and varied stages. Bands ranged from a tour and recording with a gospel group through to residencies in pubs and clubs, mostly in and around Melbourne. But he says his best gigs were supporting bigger name acts such as Russel Morris, Doug Parkinson and John Paul Young. “It’s always great to play in front of a big audience, and those guys really did pull big crowds in their day”.
In 1990 he retired the sticks to move to Tasmania, where he and his wife Anne ran a boutique accommodation venture. As a part of their business, Paul and Anne hosted over 50 Murder Mystery Weekends which saw Paul play a drunk butler (great training for ‘Noises Off’) an Irish priest, a war time pub publican, and many more.
Now as the owner of a very busy training and consulting company for small business, Paul spends a high percentage of his time presenting workshops and seminars locally, nationally and internationally.
Those that know Paul well simply say “Give him a microphone and an audience and you can’t shut him up”.
Despite all of this background, Paul says that Noises Off has been one of his biggest performance challenges. “There’s so many places to be and so many characters to consider, I’m not sure who I am for most of the show” he said. “Selsdon pretty much relies on other people to make sure he’s in the right place at the right time. The way I hopefully make that look real is actually nothing to do with talented acting, it’s because it IS real”.
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While not as theatrically experienced as some of his co-stars, Chris Pedler has a great passion for community theatre.

As a small boy, Chris followed his father Jonathan Pedler to many rehearsals and shows. He mostly ran lines with his dad but was also a bit of a nuisance backstage.

Chris first took to the stage while in university. In 2003 he was part of Ballarat National Theatre’s season of short plays, where he had a role in The Trysting Place and performed at the Royal South Street Competition. He was again with BNT in 2008 for their production of ‘Noises Off’ as the ever-reliable Tim.

In his first outing with BTC, Chris was in ‘A Foundling’ and ‘Flowers’ in a series Daniel Keene’s one-act plays ‘The Meeting Place’ in 2011. He returned in 2014 for the very fun BTC production of ‘Turning Tables’.

Outside of theatre, Chris is the entertainment journalist at the Bendigo Advertiser, where he gets to review the latest films, interview musicians and follow all the theatre news in Bendigo.

BTC’s production of ‘Noises Off’ sees Chris return to one of his favourite plays. He is enjoying taking on the frustrated, sarcastic and pretentious director Lloyd Dallas.

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The theatre bug hit me at age 12 when I played the ‘Artful Dodger’ in our secondary school musical. Since this enlightening cross-gender experience I continued to tread the boards throughout my school and University life. I’ve always had a passion for musicals as it combined my love of singing and acting. Amateur theatre is one of the best hobbies one can take on. I mean where else do you get to pretend you’re someone else, meet some lifelong likeminded friends and make people smile (hopefully). Although I’ve played numerous amateur theatre roles over the years my favourites would have to Annie (Annie get your Gun), Ado Annie (Oklahoma), Sally (Me and My Girl) and the Fairy Godmother in ‘Cinderella’. The last musical was particularly special for me as I shared the stage with my family.
Over the years I’ve sung in a Jazz and Blues band as well as dabbled with an eclectic mix of music in our little band ‘Silhouette’ or ‘After Dark’. There’s no better feeling than getting those intricate harmonies just right.
My work as Educational Speech Pathologist also allows me to indulge occasionally in the ‘theatre world’, much to my students’ amusement.
When I’m not singing, acting or working you’ll possibly find me on the tennis court, walking briskly “anywhere” or wining and dining with friends and family.
‘Noises Off’ is my second venture into drama. My first straight acting role as the meddling Mrs Bennett in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ certainly whet my appetite for plays. This very exuberant comedy is stretching my acting skills as I’m finding it sooo difficult taking on the role of the theatre “gossip’. Great bunch of people to work with, it’s a tough gig but so rewarding.

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Abe Watson has been performing ever since he was able to talk (apparently!). At the age of eight (2004), he was convinced to audition for BTC’s upcoming production of ‘Oliver!’; he was cast as the ‘littlest’ orphan, and was even given three lines!

Abe has been continuously involved with BTC since 2004, on stage and off. As well as playing characters such as ‘Chip’ (Beauty & the Beast, 2006), ‘Gavroche’ (Les Misérables, 2008), ‘Judas/John the Baptist’ (Godspell, 2012) and ‘Link’ (Hairspray, 2013), Abe was nominated to the BTC Committee as their first Junior General Committee Member, and currently serves as the Company’s Vice President.

Abe’s other performance credits include ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (BTC, 2005), ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ (BTC, 2007), ‘All Shook Up’ (BTC, 2009), ‘Annie’ (BTC, 2010) as well as Catholic College Bendigo’s ‘Oliver’ in 2011 in which he played ‘Fagin’.
Abe has undertaken performance workshops with The National Theatre Drama School and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

After developing a keen interest for the ‘back of house’ aspects of theatre, mainly sound and lighting, Abe gained employment at The Capital Theatre in 2010 as a Theatre Technician. Abe has worked as a Theatre Designer, Lighting & Sound Operator, Technical Adviser, Stage Manager, Orchestra Member and Production Manager.

Abe holds a VCE in Music Performance (Contemporary Voice), Drama, French, English Language, Australian Politics and Psychology, completed at Catholic College Bendigo as College Captain in 2014.

Abe has a huge passion for all things artistic and in his ‘down-time’ runs his own business, providing Technical Services and Vocal Tuition.

Abe has immensely enjoyed rehearsals for ‘Noises Off’, and feels lucky and humbled to be able to share the stage with such an incredibly talented and dynamic cast and cannot wait to bring this clever farce to Bendigo audiences.

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Originally from the A.C.T, Jason began performing at the ripe old age of six, singing and dancing along with the MGM classics for an enthusiastic audience of family members. It wasn’t until he was eleven when Jason really started to develop a passion for musical theatre and drama, making his stage debut in a local production of ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ featuring in the children’s chorus.
After relocating to Bendigo at fifteen, Jason was pleased to be offered his first named role as ‘Courfeyrac’ in Bendigo Community Theatre’s production of ‘Les Miserables’. He then won the supporting role of ‘Amos Hart’ in ‘Chicago’ for which he was nominated for ‘ The Gladys Moncrief award for Best New Talent’ and was extremely humbled to receive the ‘Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role’ through The Music Theatre Guild of Victoria.
Jason has continued to enjoy being challenged by the roles he has been lucky enough to play, such as; ‘Koko’ in the ‘Mikado’, ‘Kenneth Gibson’ from ‘Call me Madam’, ‘Skimbleshanks’ and ‘Munkustrap’ in ‘Cats’ and other great productions with BCT like ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum’ , ‘Once a Catholic’ and ‘Princess Ascending’
Jason has loved being involved with BTC since ‘Oklahoma’ in 2007, honoured to have been given the opportunity to play his dream roll of ‘Rooster’ in ‘Annie’ and dance in such a brilliant production of ‘Chicago’ last year in 2014.
Jason focuses most of his offstage time on providing private vocal tuition and undertaking numerous dance fitness classes at Z Fit Studios.
He is loving the drama and comedy of ‘Noises Off’ and can’t wait to introduce ‘Garry LeJeune’ to Bendigo audiences.

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Christopher has a love of theatre and performing that spans over 20 years. He has worked professionally with ‘The Flying Bookworm Theatre Company’ and with the ‘Associazione Culturale Linguistica Educational’, living and working in Italy for six months performing in the ‘Theatrino’ shows. He has been the Artistic Director of F.L. Educational Theatre Australia and currently lectures in Drama Education at La Trobe University. Christopher has directed and performed in many amateur theatre productions. Directing credits include B.T.C’s ‘Man of LaMancha’, and Girton Grammar Schools ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’, ‘Cabaret’ and ‘West Side Story’. As performer he has played a variety of roles, including Wilber Turnblad in ‘Hairspray’, The Baker in ‘Into the Woods’, Gaston in ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Fagin in ‘Oliver’, Seymour in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and Bill Snibson in ‘Me and My Girl’. From his first opportunity performing in his first show at 16 years of age to today, Christopher has made a career out of his passion and has enjoyed every moment.

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