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Tony Appleby B.Ed

 

Script Writer, Director, Composer, Choreographer, Designer, Performer.

 

Tony feels incredibly lucky to have been selected to study at both Melbourne High School & the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, before gaining a Bachelor of Education in Drama & Dance at Rusden Campus of Deakin University..

After teaching Drama, Dance & English in a range of primary, secondary, special education schools & private performing arts institutions, plus working professionally on a range of theatrical, dance, singing & musical theatre projects, Tony then went on to create his first children’s theatre company in 1999. Tony Bones Entertainment “Children’s Theatre by Qualified Teachers" grew over 16 years to tour a total of 32 CBCA short listed book shows that Tony personally adapted for school Book Week programs, as well as 5 original theatre in education productions that focussed on bullying, Maths & Science, puppetry, fairytales & iconic Australians. Tony also created 25 different original party character productions that were performed at corporate events, festivals & parties both in Australia & overseas, as well as a number of different musical cabaret productions that toured for corporate functions & events.

 

After 16 years of solid touring around Australia & constant show development, Tony sold Tony Bones Entertainment at the end of 2014 & took a year to travel around Australia with his young family for a year. This was an amazing experience, especially exploring the range of community based arts programs on offer around the country.

 

Tony has now returned to part time teaching in the Victorian secondary school system which allows him the time to create this new theatre company with a much smaller staff and a much clearer focus - the CBCA short listed Picture Book of the Year show! This new model has been created in direct response to many schools requesting a lower priced option in theatre in education that still has the highest quality of performance & stagecraft elements that schools have grown to know with Tony's shows.

 

Tony says: “With this new, niche business I finally get to focus all of my creative energy on just one new major production each year and it just so happens to be the project I’ve always loved doing the most - the new CBCA short listed Picture Book of the Year for Book Week. After 16 years of building up a large company of performers with several casts touring multiple productions around the country I’m now so excited to be able to throw all of my time, creativity & performance skills into one amazing new production each year. The fact that I personally get to perform every single performance myself to thousands of students across the country each year is even more exciting! The new setup is much more adaptable & flexible than my previous one, & offers the very latest technology on stage with 40cm high raised stages, new state of the art sound system & wireless headset microphone, cutting edge wireless DMX lighting, and multiple digital projectors & screens, all run via remote control on stage. By upgrading to the latest technologies I've been able to cut out the need for a second staff member to operate sound, lighting & projectors & can now do it myself within the show without anyone even knowing. It is amazing what the gear can do now and this all results in a big reduction in price & at the same time an even more spectacular theatre experience for the students & teachers.”

 

Tony has now performed for over half a million school students across Australia. To see what some of the schools have had to say click here!!!

 

Performance & Teaching Resume

 

CBCA SHORT LISTED BOOKS ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY TONY APPLEBY FOR TONY BONES ENTERTAINMENT Writer, Director & Performer

  • The Windy Farm (2014 - based on the picture book by Doug McLeod & Craig Smith)
  • My Life As An Alphabet (2014 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Barry Jonsberg)
  • Herman & Rosie (2013 - based on the picture book by Gus Gordon)
  • Other Brother (2013 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Simon French)
  • No Bears (2012 - based on the picture book by Meg McKinlay)
  • Bungawitta (2012 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Emily Rodda)
  • Two Peas in a Pod (2011 - based on the picture book by Chris McKimmie)
  • Duck For A Day (2011 - based on the younger reader's novel by Meg McKinlay)
  • Schumann the Shoeman (2010 - based on the picture book by John & Stella Danalis)
  • Matty Forever (2010 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Elizabeth Fensham)
  • Nobody Owns The Moon (2009 - based on the picture book by Tohby Riddle)
  • Audrey Of The Outback (2009 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Christine Harris)
  • The Night Garden (2008 - based on the picture book by Elise Hurst)
  • Amelia Dee & The Peacock Lamp (2008 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Odo Hirsch)
  • Water Witcher (2007 - based on the picture book by Jan Ormerod)
  • Being Bee (2007 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Catherine Bateson)
  • Irving The Magician (2006 - based on the picture book by Tohby Riddle)
  • To The Light (2006 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Pat Flynn)
  • At The Beach - Postcards from Crabby Spit (2005 - based on the picture book by Roland Harvey)
  • Billy Mack’s War (2005 - based on the younger reader’s novel by James Roy)
  • Milli, Jack & the Dancing Cat (2004 - based on the picture book by Stephen Michael King)
  • Stella By The Sea (2004 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Ruth Starke)
  • Bear & Chook (2003 - based on the picture book by Lisa Shanahan & Emma Quay)
  • Tom Jones Saves The World (2003- based on the younger reader’s novel by Steven Herrick)
  • Horrible Harriet (2002 - based on the picture book by Leigh Hobbs)
  • My Story - A Different Sort Of Real - The Diary Of Charlotte McKenzie - Melbourne 1918 (2002 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Kerry Greenwood)
  • When Dogs Cry (2002 - based on the older reader’s novel by Markus Zusak)
  • The Singing Hat (2001 - based on the picture book by Tohby Riddle)
  • Something's Fishy, Hazel Green! (2001 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Odo Hirsch)
  • Touch Me (2001 - based on the older reader’s novel by James Moloney)
  • Captain Mack (2000 - by Tony Appleby based on the younger reader’s novel by James Roy)
  • Tyro (2000 - based on the older reader’s novel by David McRobbie)

 

ORIGINAL THEATRE IN EDUCATION SCRIPTS FOR THE STAGE BY TONY APPLEBY FOR TONY BONES ENTERTAINMENT Writer, Director & Performer

  • Good Things Come in Threes - Fractured Fairytales Puppetry Show (2011 - 2014)
  • Adventurescope - Maths / Science Adventure Show (2010 - 2014)
  • Bully Bull Ring - Anti-Bullying Show (2007 - 2014)
  • Rudolph's Recruits - Christmas Musical Extravaganza (2002-2014)
  • Our Greatest Australian (2001 & 2006)
  • Tony Bones 2000 (2000)
  • Story Tellers 1999 (1999)

 

CABARET PERFORMANCES FOR THE STAGE BY TONY APPLEBY FOR TONY BONES ENTERTAINMENT - Writer, Director & Performer

  • Heart and Music - An Evening With The Music of Lloyd Webber And Other Popular Music Theatre 
  • The Mikado's Pinafore Pirates - An Evening With The Music Of Gilbert And Sullivan And Other Popular Music Theatre (Don Clarke & The Pirate King) 
  • An Evening Of Popular Music Theatre

 

ORIGINAL PARTY CHARACTER SCRIPTS FOR THE STAGE BY TONY APPLEBY FOR TONY BONES ENTERTAINMENT Writer, Director & Performer

  • Witches, Wizards & Tails of Lizards - Wizard Powers (with Witch Way-Did-She-Go)
  • Yeehah! The Sheriff Star - Cowboy McCoy (with Cowgirl Shirl)
  • The Magic Billabong - Pixie Pong (with Fairy Petunia)
  • My Very Own Circus - Tony Bones The Clown or Huggles The Dancing Bear (with Tina Bones The Clown )
  • High Flying Heroes - Super Dooper The Super Hero (with Fairy Petunia)
  • Nightie Knight, Princess Bella - Nightie Knight (with Princess Bella)
  • Stars In Your Eyes - Rock Star Ricky (with Rock Star Ricci)
  • X Marks The Spot - Pirate McGee (with Mermaid Manners)
  • Hey Presto! There’s A Rabbit In My Hat! - Wizard Powers (with Presto the Magic Rabbit)
  • A Jingle Bell Christmas - Santa Claus (with Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer or Elfie the Christmas Elf)
  • Tony Bones The Clown
  • Wizard Powers
  • Super Dooper The Super Hero
  • Pirate McGee
  • Cowboy McCoy
  • Huggles the Teddy Bear
  • Rock Star Ricky
  • Easter Bunny
  • Santa Claus

 

ORIGINAL PARTY CHARACTER SCRIPTS FOR THE STAGE BY TONY APPLEBY FOR TONY BONES ENTERTAINMENT Writer & Director

  • Fairy Petunia
  • Princess Bella
  • Mermaid Manners
  • Rock Star RiccI
  • Witch Way-Did-She-Go
  • Hoppity the Bunny Rabbit

 

EDUCATION

  • 1993-1996 Deakin University, Rusden Campus - Bachelor of Education - Secondary - Drama/Dance, English. (Dux of Course).
  • 1993-1996 Melbourne High School (Graduated VCE, 1992 Opera Prize)
  • 1991-1992 Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (Graduated VCE Theatre Studies)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Full Time:

  • 2016-2018 Mount Waverley Secondary College (Various short contracts - Drama Yr.9-11, English Yr.8-11, English Enhancement Yr.9, EAL Yr.9-10, Science Yr.9-10)
  • 2002 Sandringham Secondary College - Highett Campus (Drama - Yr.7-8)
  • 1999 Term 1 Rowville Secondary College- Eastern Campus (Drama, English - Yr.7-10)
  • 1998 Term 4 Frank W.Cheshire Education Centre (Burwood Boy's Home) Primary Class Teacher- Special Ed.- Ages 6-12
  • 1998 Term 3 Rowville Secondary College (Drama, Dance, English, Library, Basketball Coach - Yr.7-12)

Part Time:

  • 2002 Term 1 Sandringham Secondary College - Highett Campus (Drama Year 7-10, Dance Year 9-12)
  • 2000 Hampton Park Secondary College (Year 9 Specialist Program, English)
  • 1995-1997 Cathy-Lea Academy of Performing Arts (Drama/ Dance Teacher, Director and Choreographer - Ages 6-20 yrs)
  • 1999 Fairhills High School (Dance Teacher and Choreographer- Contemporary/Funk - Year 10)
  • 1996 South Oakleigh Secondary College (Dance and Culture Teacher and Choreographer- Contemporary, Funk, Aboriginal and Old English Folk - Year 10)
  • 1996 Melbourne High School (Dance Teacher and Choreographer- Contemporary/Funk - Year 9-11)
  • 1996 National Children's Dance Theatre Australia (Auditions Instructor- Funk/ Jazz - Grades 1-6)

Casual Relief Teaching - 1997-2018

  • Mount Waverley Secondary College
  • Vermont Secondary College
  • Highvale Secondary College
  • Lyndale Secondary College
  • Wantirna Secondary College
  • Forest Hill Secondary College
  • Brighton Secondary College
  • Sandringham Secondary - Senior Campus
  • Sandringham Secondary - Highett Campus
  • Rowville Secondary - Eastern Campus
  • Rowville Secondary - Western Campus
  • Hampton Park Secondary College
  • Wellington Secondary College
  • Nazareth College
  • Berengarra School (Special Needs Students)
  • Cheshire School (Special Needs Students)
  • Nepean School, Age 5-18 yrs (Special School)
  • Naranga Special School

Teaching Rounds: 1995-96 

  • First Round - Pembroke Secondary College
  • Second Round - Brentwood Secondary College
  • Third Round - Wesley College, Glen Waverley Campus
  • Fourth Round - Swinburne Secondary College

CHILDREN'S THEATRE

  • 2000-2001 Princess Candy & Friends - Party Performer - Wally The Wizard, Jolly Roger The Pirate, Reg The Legend, Santa
  • 2001 Wishlandia - Captain Hooked On Wishlandia (Captain Hook) - Polly Woodside.
  • 1995–1997 CLAPA (Cathy-Lea Academy of Performing Arts) - Writer / Director / Co-Choreographer, Performer - The Toy Shop, The Invisible Princess, The Soprano Murder, The Little Orphan
  • 1993–1996 Rusden Theatre Company - Writer / Co-Director / Lead Performer - The Toy Chest, The Playmates
  • 1992 Oxford Children’s Theatre - Performer - A Christmas Carol

MUSICAL THEATRE

  • 2009 Catchment Players of Darebin - The Full Monty (Jerry Lukowski) Principal Role
  • 2007 Hunter Music - The Book of Luke (Cabaret by Luke Hunter)
  • 2001-2005 PLOS (Peninsula Light Opera Society)
    • The Full Monty (Jerry Lukowski) Principal Role - Victorian Music Theatre Guild Nominee - Best Male Actor in a Leading Role 2005
    • Song Dance & A Touch Of Cabaret (Various Roles) 
    • West Side Story (Action) Victorian Music Theatre Guild Nominee: Best Supporting Actor - 2003.
    • Company (Robert) Principal Role 
    • A Chorus Line (Don Kerr)
    • Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon Zealotes)
  • 2004 Red Green Blue Productions - Kill All The Rockstars - World Premiere Concept Recording (Bank Executive) - CD, Film & DVD Release.
  • 2004 Stella Entertainment - Paris - World Premiere Season (Ulysses) - National Theatre, St Kilda & Frankston Arts Centre
  • 2003 Itocs Productions - Happily Ever After (Prince Valiant)
  • 2000 Dirty Dicks Medieval Madness Theatre Restaurant - The Adventures Of Christopher Columbus (Christopher Columbus, Rolf Harris, Bob Marley, Policeman- Village People) Principal Role.
  • 1998-1999 CLOC (Cheltenham Light Opera Company)
    • Crazy For You (Lank Hawkins)
    • A Chorus Line (Bobby Mills) Victorian Music Theatre Guild Nominee: Best Supporting Actor - 1998.
  • 1998 DTC / DLOC (Dandenong Light Opera Company) - Jesus Christ Superstar.
  • 1997 CLAPA (Cathy-Lea Academy of Performing Arts) - The Little Orphan.
  • 1996 Roslyn Charlesworth School Of Dance - Alice In Wonderland.
  • 1991-1992 Melbourne High School
    • Sweet Charity (Oscar Lindquist) Principal Role
    • My Fair Lady.

CONTEMPORARY THEATRE

  • 1992-1996 Deakin University, Rusden Campus
    • A Working Man's Castle (Production Manager / Performer)
    • The Children's Hour (Musical Director / Choir performer)
    • Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's MacBeth (Inspector, Laertes) 
    • La Mimi Wa Kuukuu (Director / Writer / Performer)
    • Freedom of the City, Everyman, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Director of selected scenes)
  • 1997 CLAPA
    • Love Child (Director)
  • 1996 Swinburne Secondary College - Dreams (Director)
  • 1995 Hampton Park Secondary College
    • The Brothers of Blues (Co-Director / Script writer / Stage Manager)
    • A Rough Lot (Co-Director / Script writer / Stage Manager)
  • 1992 Melbourne High School - Kidnapped (Alan Breck Stewart)
  • 1991-1992 Victorian College Of The Arts Secondary
    • Pride And Prejudice (Mr Darcy) 
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius)
  • 1992 The Shakespeare Globe Centre Australia
  • 1992 Schools' Shakespeare Festival

DANCE

  • 1995-1997 CLAPA
    • The Little Orphan ( (Choreographer, Dancer)
    • Boy's Funk Troupe  (Choreographer)
    • Gent's Funk Troupe (Dancer)
  • 1996 Rosslyn Charlesworth School Of Dance
    • Pineapple Polle (Principal Dancer)
    • Alice In Wonderland (Principal Dancer)
  • 1993-1996 Rusden Dance Theatre - Deakin University
    • Gaugin's Questions (Dancer/ Co-choreographer)
    • Jump Cut (Dancer/ Co-choreographer)
    • True Believers (Dancer/ Co-choreographer)
    • Green Mill Festival (Crown Casino) (Dancer/ Co-choreographer)

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Adrian Portell

 

Composer, Arranger, Musical Director.

 

Adrian is a diverse Melbourne-based musician who works in the areas of musical direction, vocal coaching, accompanying, recording, and piano teaching.

 

He has been playing keyboards since the age of five, and although he pursued a science degree at university, and later had a brief dalliance with an actuarial firm, working in the finance industry, he has always maintained his love of music.

 

He first got the chance to get involved with musical theatre at the age of fourteen, and has since musically directed a number of productions.   

 

He has most recently worked as assistant musical director on ‘The Book of Mormon’, and also as assistant musical director on ‘Matilda the Musical’, ‘Strictly Ballroom, The Musical’, musical director on the world premiere production of ‘King Kong’, and assistant musical director on ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘A Chorus Line’.  He has done extensive work playing and depping in orchestras, and as a repetiteur and choral conductor, and he also teaches at the Victorian College of the Arts.
 
 

 

MUSIC & SONGS CREATED WITH TONY APPLEBY FOR CBCA SHORT LISTED BOOKS FOR BOOKS TO LIFE - Composer.

  • A Walk in the Bush (2018 - based on the picture book by Gwyn Perkins)

 

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Peter Amesbury

 

 

Technical Designer - Sound, Lighting, Digital Projection & Animation.

 

Peter has worked as a freelance Lighting Designer and Production Manager for many years, working on productions and events all over Australia and Internationally. Peter started working with The Australian Shakespeare Company in 2013. During his time at the ASC Peter has worked on a diverse range of indoor and outdoor performances, in the roles of both Lighting Technician and Production Manager.

His ASC Production credits include: ‘As You Like It’, ’A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, “Shakespeare’s Best Bits”, “Twelfth Night” and “Hamlet’. For the past two years, Peter has also worked on the ’Walking with Spirits Festival’, a production which takes place in a remote Northern Territory location with an audience of over 500 people. In contrast, Peter has also worked on the UK performance seasons managing the tours of “The Wind in the Willows” and “Tinker Bell and The Dream Fairies”.

Peter also has a successful freelance portfolio as a lighting designer. His critically acclaimed design of “Guilty Pleasures” (Blue Saint Productions), which starred Angelique Cassimatis, has also toured Australia. 

Most recently, Peter has held the role of Production Manager on the Australian revival of ‘Godspell: the Musical’ which performed at the Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre Melbourne.

As a whizz with the cutting edge QLAB software, Peter has brought his technical chops to integrate all of the sound, DMX lighting, digital projections & animations for our 2018 show "A Walk in the Bush", as well as designing many technical elements for the production himself. Peter is truly pushing new boundaries with his technical design in theatre in education in Australia.

 

TECHNICAL DESIGN WITH TONY APPLEBY FOR CBCA SHORT LISTED BOOKS FOR BOOKS TO LIFE Technical Designer - Sound, Lighting, Digital Projection & Animation.

  • A Walk in the Bush (2018 - based on the picture book by Gwyn Perkins)

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Gerald Marko BMus H1 (1st class hons.) (Voice, Monash), Post.Grad. (Perf. Arts), Ad.Dip (Linguistics), Estill Master Teacher and Course Instructor with testing privileges

 

Composer, Arranger, Sound Producer, Musical Director.

 

Austrian born Gerald Marko is the director of The Voice Gym Pty Ltd providing voice mechanics and vocal technique for singers as well as preventive and remedial voice training for singers, speakers and therapists .

He is a teaching associate at Monash University, where he contributed to the new popular voice major which started in 2016, a sessional lecturer at Melbourne University and teaches vocal technique at Box Hill Institute/CAE and the North Melbourne Institute of TAFE. 

Gerald has an honours degree in Voice (Jazz, Monash) in preparation for a PhD by research. He is a co-investigator in voice science studies with the division of speech pathology at Queensland University. Besides being an ESTILL CCI-TP & CMT, Gerald also holds a Diploma in Performing Arts and an Advanced Diploma in Linguistics, Literature and Journalism.

Between 1998 and 2004, Gerald played lead roles in European professional musical theatre. such as “CATS” (Munkustrap, Tugger, Gus, Skimble), “Saturday Night Fever” (Tony Manero, Joey, Double J), “Hair” (Berger, Claude), “Buddy Holly” and “Falco Meets Amadeus” (Falco). Gerald performed in original and cover bands in Austria, Germany, Denmark and Australia across all genres from Opera and Music Theatre to Rock, Funk and Rap. He has written over 500 songs, plays guitar, bass, drums and piano, is a published recording artist (Universal) and a certified Rei-Ki practitioner. Gerald wrote the original soundtrack to the award winning American short "Brothers" (2006) and his song "Let there be Funk" was licensed for the L.A. short film "Highway 15" (2013). He also came in 3rd place with his song "Heroes and Dreamers" in the SBS songwriting competition "Song for the Socceroos" in 2006. In 2008, Gerald was the musical director of the Crown Casino Gaming Floor Shows and since 2007 holds an APRA/AMCOS Annual Blanket License to create commercial backing tracks and underscores, is an APRA Writer Full Member and a registered APRA.

MUSIC & SONGS CREATED WITH TONY APPLEBY FOR CBCA SHORT LISTED BOOKS FOR TONY BONES ENTERTAINMENT Composer, Sound Arranger.

  • The Windy Farm (2014 - based on the picture book by Doug McLeod & Craig Smith)
  • My Life As An Alphabet (2014 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Barry Jonsberg)
  • Herman & Rosie (2013 - based on the picture book by Gus Gordon) (Sound Engineer)
  • Other Brother (2013 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Simon French) (Sound Engineer)

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Clint Sanders B.Design (Communication Design)

 

Set Designer, Puppet Designer, Graphic Designer

 

Clint is a senior graphic designer at the Melbourne branch of CBRE & has a Bachelor of Communication Design from Swinburne University of Technology. Before moving into the design field, Clint had a long history of stage & contemporary musical performance.

 

Musical theatre credits include the lead role of Leo Bloom in Geelong Lyric Theatre Society’s production of “The Producers” & the lead role of Johnny O'Keefe in their production of "Shout!" The Legend of the Wild One" for which he received a nomination by the Victorian Music Theatre Guild for "Best Actor in a Leading Role". Other roles include Simon Zealotes in “Jesus Christ Superstar” with Ballarat Light Opera Company, Jack in “Into the Woods” with Ballarat Theatre Company, Seymour Krelborn for Ararat Musical Comedy Society Inc production of “Little Shop of Horrors”, Ernst Ludwig in “Cabaret” with Ballarat LyricTheatre, Algernon Moncrief in “The Importance of Being Ernest” and George Milton in “Of Mice And Men” with Pawprint Productions in Ballarat.  Clint also played the role of Barry in the short film "Natural Selection”

 

His vocal performance credits include performances at the Australia Post Stawell Gift and Ararat’s Golden Gateway Festival Concert in 2005, City of Ballarat Christmas Carols at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 2006 and a CD launch with The Little Brass Band at Ballarat’s Fine Arts Gallery in 2007. He has also toured the country for several years as the front man for successful U2 & Coldplay tribute bands, as well as singing as the front man of a rock band in Geelong.

 

Behind the scenes Clint also loves to be involved in many aspects of set design & construction, audio/visual design & development, and the design & developement of promotional and marketing materials.

Clint began working with Tony in 2008 when he started touring as a performer in Tony's Book Week shows before moving into the set, props & puppet design areas in 2009 where he has been able to take the shows to a new level. He was also the lead graphic designer of the Books To Life logo.

SETS & PUPPETS CREATED WITH TONY APPLEBY FOR FOR TONY BONES ENTERTAINMENT THEATRE IN EDUCATION SHOWS

  • Complete re-design of sets & puppets for Rudolph's Recruits - Christmas Musical Extravaganza (By Tony Appleby B.Ed) 2014
  • The Windy Farm (2014 CBCA Short Listed Picture Book of the Year)
  • My Life As An Alphabet (2014 CBCA Short Listed Younger Reader's Book of the Year)
  • Complete re-design of sets for Bully Bully Ring - Anti Bullying Musical (by Tony Appleby B.Ed) 2013
  • Herman & Rosie (2013 CBCA Short Listed Picture Book of the Year)
  • Other Brother (2013 CBCA Short Listed Younger Reader's Book of the Year)
  • No Bears (2012 CBCA Short Listed Picture Book of the Year)
  • Bungawitta (2012 CBCA Short Listed Younger Reader's Book of the Year)
  • Two Peas in a Pod (2011 CBCA Short Listed Picture Book of the Year)
  • Duck For a Day (2011 CBCA Short Listed Younger Reader's Book of the Year)
  • Good Things Come in Threes - (Fractured Fairytale Puppetry Show)
  • Nobody Owns the Moon (2009 CBCA Short Listed Picture Book of the Year)
  • Audrey of the Outback (2009 CBCA Short Listed Younger Reader's Book of the Year)

THEATRE IN EDUCATION SHOWS PERFORMED WITH TONY APPLEBY FOR TONY BONES ENTERTAINMENT

  • Rudolph's Recruits - Christmas Musical Extravaganza (By Tony Appleby B.Ed) 2010
  • Bully Bully Ring - Anti Bullying Musical (by Tony Appleby B.Ed) 2008-2009
  • The Night Garden (2008 CBCA Short Listed Picture Book of the Year) 2008
  • Amelia Dee & the Peacock Lamp (2008 CBCA Short Listed Younger Reader's Book of the Year) 2008

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Marni Appleby

 

Tour Manager, Costume Designer,  Props Designer, Choreographer, Administration

 

Marni is a graduate of the full-time Dance and Drama course at “Dance Factory”. Here she studied under Dulcie Lee, Barbara Warren-Smith, Kelly Akyers, Colin Anthony, Sue Ellen-Cocks, Sonali Versace, Kevin Coyne and Mark Laguerre. Her subjects studied included Jazz, Classical, Tap, Contemporary, Drama, Modeling, Acrobatics and Singing.

Upon graduating Marni flew to Japan to complete several contracts as a cabaret dancer in both Izaka and Kamata. She returned to Melbourne performing in regular dance and fashion parades at several of Melbourne’s nightspots.

Marni has since performed in many musicals as a dance specialist and often as dance captain. She was choreographer for "Musicals On Show" and co-choreographer for "PLOS Entertains in Concert". As a dancer & dance captain her musical theatre credits include "Song, Dance & a Touch of Cabaret", the world premiere season of John English’s "Paris", "West Side Story", Laurie in "A Chorus Line", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Les Miserables", "Follies", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Anything Goes", "Sweet Charity", "Song Dance & All That Jazz", "Me & My Girl", "Spotlight ’96", "42nd Street", "Spotlight ’95" and the "Gala Opening Night of the Frankston Cultural Centre".

She also developed a passion for performing in children’s theatre and pantomimes such as "Robin Hood Rides Again" and "Pinocchio" where she both performed and acted as assistant to the choreographer and director. Other pantomimes include "Peter Pan" and "Snow White" with Rainbow Theatre.

Marni began working in Arts Adminstration & in various off-stage roles when she joined Tony Bones Entertainment in 2002 through until she & Tony sold the company at the end of 2014. In that time she was the technical lighting and sound operator for the cabaret productions, ran the admin department, managed all of the party staff, packed the party equipment, managed the party bookings, designed the props & costumes as well as having various administrative roles within the company. Always on the lookout for new challenges, she loved the way TBE allowed her to be creative behind the scenes.

It was on her return from Japan that Marni started concentrating more fully on her other passion: animal welfare. Marni has since worked for over 20 years with the RSPCA in the areas of animal welfare, livestock management, cat boarding, lost and found, customer service and office management. She now works in customer service for the Pearcedale branch of RSPCA where she both works in the veterinary clinic & also the shelter where she re-houses thousands of lost animals every year. She now splits her time between RSPCA, Books To Life, and family life with Tony & their two young children.

 

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Nick Murphy

 

Graphic Designer, Digital Designer, Lighting Designer, Marketing Consultant, Set & Puppet Design & Construction

 

Nick brings over 20 years experience in Advertising and Marketing to Books To Life. An industry trained graphic designer, Nick has gained great experience in many and varied roles from Production Manager to Creative Director.

Tony & Nick started working together at Tony Bones Entertainment in 2012 where Nick managed to greatly improve the internal systems of the company & streamline the booking system for schools. Much of that learning has gone into creating the successful streamilined systems that we use at Books To Life today.

Involved in the design of both the Books To Life company logo & website, Nick also flexes his creative muscles as part of the set building team for many of Tony's school performances. In particular, he introduced & developed our DMX lighting designs & digital projections which opened up a world of new theatrical opportunities for our audiences.

SETS, PUPPETS, LIGHTING & DIGITAL PROJECTIONS CREATED WITH TONY APPLEBY FOR FOR TONY BONES ENTERTAINMENT THEATRE IN EDUCATION SHOWS

  • Complete re-design of Wedge Tailed Eagle shadow puppet for Rudolph's Recruits - Christmas Musical Extravaganza (By Tony Appleby B.Ed) 2014
  • The Windy Farm (2014 CBCA Short Listed Picture Book of the Year)
  • My Life As An Alphabet (2014 CBCA Short Listed Younger Reader's Book of the Year)
  • Herman & Rosie (2013 CBCA Short Listed Picture Book of the Year)
  • Other Brother (2013 CBCA Short Listed Younger Reader's Book of the Year)
  • No Bears (2012 CBCA Short Listed Picture Book of the Year)
  • Bungawitta (2012 CBCA Short Listed Younger Reader's Book of the Year)

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