The Gift cast

Past Youth Theatre Productions
The Gift by Greg Bepper (2014)

Produced in conjunction with Thunderbolt Theatre Teenage Drama School at the studio in Hornsby NSW Australia. This insight into life on the land during the Great Depression gave a greater understanding to this time to audience and actor alike. Since this performance, Greg has completed a full length version with the introduction of a new character: Stringy Lawson, and this play will be produced in Thunderbolt Theatre's 2017 season.

SYNOPSIS
Six country-born and bred teenagers: The Cook’s: John, May, Annie and Kirby and the MacArthur’s: Gladys and Winnie, all living on a remote rural property, are left to fend for themselves during the grip of a long drought and the commencement of The Great Depression. When their parents are forced to find work in Sydney, each teen, along with their neighbour: Stringy Lawson, come to terms with their demons and ghosts from the past. All watching their dreams slowly disappear, while facing the hardships, tragedies and impending death… alone.

CAST: May Cook - Brittany WYNN, John Cook - Tobias HILTON, Annie Cook - Abby JOHNSON, Kirby Cook - Rohan CAHILL, Gladys MacArthur - Jessica MURPHY, Winnie MacArthur - Bridget FERRY

Directed by Greg BEPPER




Tilly McCormack & Abi Curtain in
Game Play: Monopoly

Game Play by Greg Bepper (2014)

Produced in conjunction with Thunderbolt Theatre Teenage Drama School at the studio in Hornsby NSW Australia. This play was a series of four playettes based on popular board games with the characters tackling teenage issues taking on the personae and moves of the game pieces, the setting and rules of the game.

SYNOPSIS
Scrabble : A group of teen girls expecting a party, arrive at one of their peers funeral for her father.

Snakes & Ladders: A story of the fragility of teen friendships and expectations of life.

Monopoly: A teens trepidation of their first steps into the outside world and independence

Chess: A story of sibling rivalry, peer pressure and greed.

CAST: 'Scrabble' ~ Jessica MURPHY, Abby JOHNSON, Brittany WYNN, Abi CURTAIN, Tilly McCORMACK, Bridget FERRY
'Snakes & Ladders' ~ Abby JOHNSON, Jessica Murphy, Brittany WYNN, Bridget FERRY
'Monopoly' ~ Tilly McCORMACK, Abi CURTAIN, Bridget FERRY
'Chess' ~ Jessica MURPHY, Bridget FERRY, Abi CURTAIN, Brittany WYNN, Tilly McCORMACK, Abby JOHNSON

Directed by Greg BEPPER




Riddhi Dua in
A Story of ... elation

The story of... verbatim (2014)

Produced in conjunction with Thunderbolt Theatre Teenage Drama School at the studio in Hornsby NSW Australia. This series of ten monologues were first recorded by the actors of a friend, sibling, peer or family member who told a story in relation to their specific, allocated emotion. The stories were then retold in performance, verbatim and as the original storyteller being the character.

SYNOPSIS
Ten real stories retold verbatim as their original storyteller being the portrayed character. The stories of.. elation, loss, opportunity, regret, betrayal, guilt, love, pride and success

CAST: The story of... elation - Riddhi DUA, loss - Abi CURTAIN, opportunity - Bridget FERRY, regret - Abby JOHNSON, betrayal - Tobias HILTON, guilt - Tilly MaCORMACK, success - Lauren BURWOOD

Directed by Greg BEPPER




Tobias Hilton as Barbie

Living off the Doll by Greg Bepper (2013)

Produced in conjunction with Thunderbolt Theatre Teenage Drama School at a pop-up venue in Hornsby NSW Australia.This twenty five minute short play was produced as a performance play reading. The actors wore theatre blacks and each character was depicted by a single prop or piece of costume. The uniqueness of this performance was a male playing the female character of the doll: Barbie, to a very believable level.

SYNOPSIS
Our world as we know it, through a world disaster, has become a very different place. Through an archaeological discovery, a new order of civilization is created following the ways of this discovery. The ways of the dolls: Barbie, Ken, GI Joe, Skipper and Malibu Stacey. But their world is disrupted by the intrusion of an outsider - A Brat!

CAST: Barbie - Tobias HILTON, Ken - Lanii STRONG, GI Joe - Lauren BURWOOD, Skipper - Abby JOHNSON, Malibu Stacey - Brittany WYNN, Brat - Jessica MURPHY

Directed by Greg BEPPER




Angus Berg as Pip
Abby Johnson as Estella in
The Teen Age: Greater Expectatiions

The Teen Age by Greg Bepper (2013)

Produced in conjunction with Thunderbolt Theatre Teenage Drama School at the studio in Hornsby NSW Australia. This production contained five, two-handed playettes, highlighting the trials and tribulations of just being a teenager

SYNOPSIS
Greater Expectations: thirteen year old, Estella finds it difficult to live up to the expectations of her parents with the high achievements of her older brother, Pip as the benchmark.

Headspace Bully: Jane battles with the bullying of John all within the confines of her head.

Heartbreak: Sixteen year old Ce and Mandy are best friends forever but when Ce is dumped by her boyfriend for Mandy, the bond of their friendship is tested.

Peering Pressure: A surreal look through teens, Amanda and Eve at the pressures placed upon teens to become accepted by their peers and the temptations that are offered along the way.

YOLO: Pro and Con are two teens and depict the conscience of a teenager. Pro wanting to embrace life and experience it all, Con always on the side of caution and all that is right.

CAST: 'Greater Expectations' - Abby JOHNSON as Estella, Angus BERG as Pip. 'Headspace Bully' - Riddhi DUA as Jane Doe, Tobias HILTON as John Doe. 'Heartbreak' - Tilly McCORMACK as Ce, Brittany WYNN as Mandy. 'Peering Pressure' - Lanii STRONG as Amanda, Elizabeth GRACIE as Eve. 'YOLO' - Jessica MURPHY as Con, Abby JOHNSON as Pro, Tilly McCORMACK as The Teenager.

Directed by Greg BEPPER





[TOP] Lanii Strong as Sammie in The Thin Line
[CENTRE] Elizabeth Gracie as Annabelle in Party Girl
[BOTTOM} Brittany Wynn as Vicky in Private Hell

Against Type by Greg Bepper (2013)

Produced in conjunction with Thunderbolt Theatre Teenage Drama School at the studio in Hornsby NSW Australia. This production saw the performance of nine monologues with the teen actors performing these specifically written pieces, in a character against their own personality.

SYNOPSIS
'Tinkering': Jordon is an apprentice mechanic who left school to take up this trade. He is a doer not a listener. He finds it very hard not to have his hands occupied to the point of obsession.

'The Thin Line': Sammie was a bright, loving child who loved doing new things, going new places and making new friends. This all changed in her teens when she became obsessed with her looks, especially her weight.

'Splitting': Caroline is the eldest of two children. She is twelve (a Twelvey). At home she is a sweet young girl. Always helpful. Never talks back to her parents. All changes when she is away from home especially at school and the mall. Here she becomes a real twelvey: Kazza!

'Bitch'n': Harriet is an only child. She is babied and totally spoilt by her parents. Her circle of friends are more followers than friends and that’s just the way she likes it. Although, school is a problem to her as she is not the only one to get attention so she creates havoc until she does.

'Simon Says': Simon is a compulsive obsessive. He knows all too well that he has this syndrome and now and as a teenager is not coping with it very well.

'Private Hell': Vicki is a cutter. She does not cut for attention; in fact she hides the fact. It’s her own private hell. She doesn’t want to hurt herself to the point of being fatal but the cutting helps her cope when a major problem comes into her life, which is more often than is reality, or when she is totally bored.

'The Note': Ellie has not had an easy or happy life. She didn’t have a Father from the age of two. Her mother is a nurse but through the pressures and hours required her mother is hooked on prescription drugs. Ellie is very protective of six year old sister, Jessica, and takes the blame for most of her wrongs.

'Party Girl': Annabelle is very likeable, popular and loud with never ending enthusiasm. She is the middle child of eleven children. She never tries to hurt anyone intentionally but sometimes, because of her enthusiasm, she can go a bit too far with her well intentioned advice.

'Lonley in a crowd': Nieve is an only child. Her father is a Captain in the army. He is presently serving in Afghanistan. Her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s. They live in a residence on the army base. She is homeschooled by visiting tutors as she cares for her mother 24/7. She is very much a loner due to these circumstances and has had no opportunity to make friends of her own age.

CAST: 'Tinkering' - Tobias HILTON as Jordon. 'The Thin Line' - Lanii STRONG as Sammie. 'Splitting' - Abby JOHNSON as Caroline/Kazza. 'Bitch'n' - Tilly McCORMACK as Harriet. 'Simon Says' - Mark BELL as Simon. 'Private Hell' - Brittany WYNN as Vicky. 'The Note' - Annie GORYUNOVA as Ellie. 'Party Girl' - Elizabeth GRACIE as Annabelle. 'Lonely in the crowd' - Riddhi DUA as Nieve.

Directed by Greg BEPPER



Georgie Curtis as Vicky
Elizabeth Gracie as Velvet
Jessee Davidson as Veronica


Blood Sisters by Greg Bepper (2012)

Produced in conjunction with the PCYC Teenage Theatre Co. at the Kirkwood Theatre in Hornsby NSW Australia. This teen-horror play was devised and written at the hight of the popularity for everything supernatural. This play was directed by fifteen year old, Angus Berg in his directorial debut.

SYNOPSIS
There comes a time in every young V- girls life when she must help prepare the 'essence' in preparation to become a true blood. This is such a time for the blood sisters; Vicky, Val, Velvet, Veronica and Victoria. But the competition to become 'the chosen one' is s fierce one and the temptation to 'do the raw' is great.

CAST: Georgie CURTIS as Vicky, Tilly McCORMACK as Val, Elisabeth GRACIE as Velvet, Jesse Davidson as Veronica, Nardine DRACAKIS as Victoria, Bronte HALL as Vice, Jack CURTIS as The Cow

Directed by Angus BERG



Annie Goryunova as The Tailor


Apprentices 5: The Tailor's Tourment by Greg Bepper (2012)

Produced in conjunction with the PCYC Teenage Theatre Co. at the Kirkwood Theatre in Hornsby NSW Australia. This was the second play in the pentalogy (5 play) series of Apprentices 5. Play one was Introduced in 2011 as part of the revival of Kids Saturday Matinee Theatre for a new generation.

SYNOPSIS
Following the adventures of The Knight in the first play : The Knights Quest, three weeks have come to pass and he is still missing after following the dragon. All of the apprentices are worried for his safety but The Tailors concern, it seems, is a great deal more. Upon his return The Knight is accompanied by The Farm Girl who he found on his travels. The Tailor finds she has a new rival and this girl is not all she seems.

CAST: Annie GORYUNOVA as The Tailor, Tobias HILTON as The Knight, Lanii STRONG as The Sourcerer, Katrina FRANKISH as The Pagan Princess, Veronica PELLAER as The Princess, Brittany WYNN as The Farm Girl, Jack CURTIS as The Goblin/The Herald

Directed by Greg BEPPER



Brittany Wyn as Brittany
Bronte Hall as Bronte
Jack Curtis as Jack


Spirit of Madness by Greg Bepper (2011)

Produced in conjunction with the PCYC Teenage Theatre Co. at the Kirkwood Theatre in Hornsby NSW Australia. The second play on the bill in the revival of Kids Saturday Matinee Theatre. This teen-thriller play was devised and written at the height of the popularity for everything supernatural. This play was also produced by the 3 Sisters Youth Theatre in 2015.

SYNOPSIS
The day after wagging school has strange consequences for Brittany, Jack and Bronte. Entering the burnt out principal's office, they find that all is not what it seems, and yet the same. They meet Clementine, a young girl with a grudge and a determined mission, that only they can bring to a conclusion.

CAST: Brittany WYNN as Brittany, Jack CURTIS as Jack, Bronte HALL as Bronte, Clementine LEEDHAM as Clementine.

Directed by Greg BEPPER



Emily Huggins as The Sorcerer
Jesse Davidson as The Tailor
Veronica Pellaer as The Princess

Apprentices 5: The Knight's Quest by Greg Bepper (2011)

Produced in conjunction with the PCYC Teenage Theatre Co. at the Kirkwood Theatre in Hornsby NSW Australia. This was the first play in the pentalogy (5 play) series of Apprentices 5. This play opened the revival of Kids Saturday Matinee Theatre for a new generation.

SYNOPSIS
Five medieval teens, all from different backgrounds and status, meet in secret to just be teens. Friends since they were seven, this group of apprentices: The Knight, The Princess, The Tailor, The Pagan Princess and The Sorcerer are devoted to each other. Nothing shows this more then when the Knight loses his job and they all hatch a plan for him to be reinstated … although their plan does involve him slaying a dragon!

CAST: Tobias HILTON as The Knight, Veronica PELLAER as The Princess, Emily HUGGINS as The Sourcerer, Katrina FRANKISH as The Pagan Princess, Jessie DAVIDSON as The Tailor, Angus BERG (understudy) as The Knight

Directed by Greg BEPPER





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