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Emma Powell

Emma’s first performance was at the age of three when she appeared on US television with Ronald McDonald. School musicals were the natural progression from an Oompa Loompa at age 12 in The Wizard of Oz to Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie at sweet sixteen.

As a grown up, the stage continued to beckon and she gave up a career in Public Relations to travel around Australia in The Pirates of Penzance. Emma then landed a spot in the Cameron Mackintosh world-wide sensation Les Miserables, touring to Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea and Cape Town. On her return, Emma participated in a workshop of an exciting original Australian musical, Crusade.

She was then fortunate and thrilled, to be cast in the title role of Anthony Crowley’s original production, The Journey Girl, as Samantha. A one woman show, The Journey Girl used all of Emma’s talents including, comedy, drama and singing of a whooping 22 songs.

What Emma didn’t know at the time was that her next starring role would be motherhood. Wanting to share her experiences of parenthood, she wrote and performed the cabarets – Two’s Company – Three’s On The Way, and Two’s Company – Three’s a Crowd. Emma is no stranger to the intimate style of cabaret, having also performed her one-woman show Let Yourself Go and Anthony Crowley’s An After Dinner Treat at Mietta’s in Melbourne.

After a few years of full time parenting Emma re-entered the theatre world with the hit musical Mamma Mia! Starting off in the ensemble and understudy to Rosie she was then promoted to the role of Rosie for the Australasian Tour. For two years she had an absolute ball making people laugh as one of the title comedy roles in the show.

On her return to Australia she landed the cameo role of Hattie in The Production Company’s Kiss Me Kate. Next on the cards was working with Topol in Fiddler on The Roof as the 8 foot, ranting and raving Fruma Sarah. Emma’s most recent work was a self devised, one- woman piece called Dumped! which she performed at The Butterfly Club in South Melbourne to great reviews. Her other creation, Busting Out! was a hit at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and has since played to sell out crowds all over Australia. Emma looks forward to Busting Out! becoming even bigger and better!!!

Bev Killick

A highly accomplished performer, comedian and actor, Bev Killick brings her exceptional comic (and EE) talents to Busting Out! After 10 years in the biz, Bev is hitting her stride playing at major theatres around Australia to capacity crowds. She's likeable.. bawdy and real.

She has been the Support Act for Wierd Al Yankovic at the Palais and more recently at Hamer Hall. The Support Act for Puppetry of the Penis, Featured Act - Show us your Roots, Featured Act - Best of Green Faces, Regular at Sydney's Original Comedy Store - The Comedy Club - The Comic's Lounge - ICBM Canberra - Sit Down Comedy Brisbane-Dockside Comedy Brisbane The Laugh Garage, - Gold Coast Arts Centre - Comedy Knockout - A-List comedy rooms - Star 100 Comedy rooms - Comedy All Stars - Funny Girls QLD tour, The Comedy Muster W.A, The Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur, The St Kilda Laughs Festival, Toured West Australia with Life After Dick, Broome Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Cracker Comedy Festival, The Big Laugh Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Her television credits include Pizza, Kath and Kim, Beauty and the Beast, Channel V In the Joint, Joker Poker, MDA, Many Ads, including major Coopers Ad, Yellow Pages, Berri Juice, Berlei Bra Uplifting Tour TVC, Headliners, The Comedy Channel, Joker Poker, Spin TV, Stand Up Australia (two stints), Hosted Melbourne Comedy Highlights with Leah Macleod and Maynard for Channel V, Featured Comic for Pubs of the World for Japan TV, Show us your Roots - Hosted by Jonathan Coleman, Channel 9 Comedy Gala Live at the Asylum, Surprise Wedding as a bride....yes really.

Mandi Lodge

British/Australian performer of the stage, film and TV, Mandi has just returned to Australia after completing a national tour of Busting Out! in the UK. It was a great opportunity to tour England and Wales in a show she loves and spend time with her family.

Since arriving Down under 10 years ago Mandi has performed in All Shook Up, 42nd Street and Sweeney Todd in which she played Mrs Lovett opposite the late Rob Guest.

During her career she has enjoyed performing with Tamsin Carroll, Rachel Beck, James Morrison and of course Emma Powell and Bev Killick in Busting Out! She has recently completed a tour of Menopause the Musical and in 2010 starred in the Adelaide and Melbourne seasons of Dumped! The Musical we've all been through.

Louise Steele

Louise’s love of theatre came at an early age when she played The Angel Gabriel for her school nativity. However, it was the laughter from the audience at her facial expressions which she enjoyed most of all and a comedienne was born.

Louise has performed in theatres throughout Australia and has enjoyed roles such as “Nurse” in Romeo & Juliet, “Jenny” in Don’s Party, “Evonne” in The Castle and “Dianne” in Black Rock. Louise has also performed in musicals, including Oliver, Cabaret and Sweeney Todd.

Louise also recently played the role of “Elizabeth Barnsley” in the ABC logie nominated documentary The Floating Brothel.

Louise loves performing with Busting Out! and in particular seeing women embrace their womanhood. As a mother of two, she enjoys balancing motherhood with the opportunity to perform in Busting Out! and has been a regular part of the company for three years.

Wendy Grose

As a child, Wendy performed in musicals and plays from an early age and yearned to follow in the footsteps of Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews or maybe become Harrietta Secombe.

At the age of 15, opera suddenly became her passion which lead to her becoming an operatic soprano (Royal Opera Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Opera de Lyon, etc - performing roles from Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes to Mimi in La Boheme) and singing as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras in Europe and Australia.

Feeling the need to diversify, Wendy later branched out as an actor and comedienne. Her numerous credits include performances with Chamber Made Opera, Back to Back Theatre, The Production Company, Mainstreet Theatre Company and the Queensland Theatre Company. Television credits include Kath and Kim, Whatever happened to that guy, Blue Heelers, Sea Change, Neighbours and Marshall Law.

Wendy has developed a number of one woman shows with her accompanist Len Vorster, which have toured extensively. She was featured in The Weekly Times' Hall of Fame for her portrayal of Marjorie Lawrence in 'A Different Hat'. Successive shows include "Perfect Timing" (A tribute to concert comedienne extraordinaire Anna Russell); cabaret show "When love comes to call", featuring the beautiful melodies of Gershwin and Porter and comedy show "Mind your manners!" - a touring musical TV show, exploring the dilemmas of modern day etiquette . They have recorded a CD with label "Cracked Records" called "Look in my Eyes".

Wendy is a teaching artist for the Victorian Arts Centre, regularly conducting workshops in voice production, music and drama for people of all ages and abilities. She also devises and directs productions for community and professional theatre. She has just returned from London, having been invited to perform in Amici Dance Theatre's 30th anniversary production of Tightrope and has recently joined the cast for "Busting Out!".

Having been amply endowed since age of 11, Wendy has always endeavoured to quell the protuberance of her breasts. Even when singing with the opera in boned crinolines and breasts pushed up to the skies, she tried not to notice them. So finally, after all these years of suppression, and with encouragement from her mother ("If you're not going to get them out now, when are you?!"), Wendy's busty substances are thrilled to be allowed out to play.

Katie Houghton

Katie grew up in a musical family, and made her first official recording of ‘Puff The Magic Dragon’ at age 2, so it was inevitable that she was destined for the stage. However, at age 12, when Katie discovered none of the boys would kiss her in Spin the Bottle because she was ‘A Foghorn’ she decided to choose music! Luckily she grew breasts! AND a sense of humour!

After being rejected by several creditable theatrical institutions, Katie drowned her sorrows in France, Italy, Germany, England, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, Greece, Austria, Portugal, and of course Albania. When she could no longer fall back on her Diploma in Photography she finally settled at the W.A. Academy of Performing Arts. (WAAPA).

Whilst at drama school, Katie’s abilities blossomed and she embraced her love of comedy whilst fine-tuning her exceptional vocal skills, mastering Opera, Jazz and Broadway. Katie graduated in 1997 having earned the Leslie Anderson Award For Most Outstanding Student, (this only means something to other WAAPA students and recipients, like Hugh Jackman - I’m sure his mum was proud at the time!)

Katie has toured nationally with The Merry Widow, Plainsong, Bear In The Big Blue House and at home in Fiddler On The Roof, Bat Boy and her all time favourite, Forbidden Broadway, where she relished impersonating Ethel Merman and Liza Minnelli.

Katie has also greatly enjoyed appearing in The Production Company’s Hello Dolly, Carousel, and Mame. Katie has recently taken a break from performing to raise her two children and would like to thank her incredibly supportive husband and friends for all of the childcare.

Katie is thrilled to be back on stage in this empowering production!


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