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84 Dudley St, West Melbourne VIC 3003 +61 (03) 9329 9850

SAMANTHA KENNEDY

Born and living on Wurundjeri land Samantha finished her formal training at Federation University Arts Academy in 2020, shortly relocating to Naarm/Melbourne thereafter.

Samantha is an emerging theatre, screen, and vocal artist with a fierce passion for spoken word, poetry and music. This is Samantha’s first show at the castle and is so excited to be a part of the team.

JOEL HADE

A student of Musical Theatre for 30 years, Joel trained for 9 years at Victorian Youth Theatre and spent 2017 attaining his Diploma of Theatre Arts at Melbourne Polytechnic. He has performed in dozens of local productions, most recently as Lonny in Panorama Theatre Company’s season of Rock of Ages and Sir Toby Belch in GJ Production’s Twelfth Night. Joel also appeared as Elwood Blues for The Blues Brothers 21st Century Australasian Tribute Show.

Joel is also a board member of Cactus Musicals and amateur theatre company, providing unique theatrical experiences. His love of music leads him to the unique opportunity to start Dancing Through Life, a company which focuses on enjoyment of dance and exposure to the many different styles of dance available catering to people of all abilities. Joel is now in his 2nd year as a member of the Witches in Britches cast..

PAULA WILLIAMS

Paula started performing professionally as a teenager in pantomimes throughout Australia with such characters as Humphrey B. Bear, Bugs Bunny, The Simpsons, Tom and Jerry and many more. In 2001, she won the opportunity to work as a Mae West impersonator at Universal Studios Japan. A few years later she toured NZ and Australia with “Menopause the Musical” and also performed in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and Melbourne’s State Theatre with Thomas the Tank Engine and was Dance Captain for the Dubai and Melbourne seasons. Her TV credits include playing “Isabella Jordan” on Neighbours and in 2005 returned as “Bethany Lilley”. Other TV credits include Blue Heelers, Full Frontal, various TV commercials and a new Australian sitcom ‘Fix Her Up’ where she plays a photographer. She recently had a small part in a Chinese Feature Film “A Journey Through Time With Anthony”. She trained at The Dance Factory in Richmond since she was 8 and now works there teaching Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Singing/Drama classes. She also studied Musical Theatre at the National Theatre in 2002 where she was selected as a Showcase performer.

Witches in Britches has been home to Paula since 2003. She would return throughout the years to perform in shows then go on to write and direct 4 successful shows, the latest being “Charlie’s Witches”.