The Director of this production is Robert Osborne
Robert’s first ever role in Maskers was stage managing the Christmas show Jingle Bells in 2011, so it is fitting that 12 years later he is now directing it. He has appeared as an actor in over 10 plays, the most recent being The Picture Of Dorian Gray earlier this year. He has also stage managed and production managed a number of shows at the studio and at external venues including the Nuffield theatre, Berry Theatre, Hamptworth Estate and The Gregg school. He has just come to the end of 4 years as Maskers’ Production Director where he has been in charge of selecting and overseeing the company’s programme. This is his second time directing a play; the first being Happy in 2018 and he is delighted to be doing so with such a funny and entertaining play. When not in the theatre, he enjoys Harry Potter, hiking and singing with a local musical choir.
David Tuttle is played by Phil Wilson
Phil’s last performance to any audience was in his final year of primary school.... a long time ago!
Fascinated with the extraordinary ability of method actors on the big screen and on stage, he decided 2023 was the year to get back into acting and is extremely excited to perform for our audiences this December. Phil plans to get involved with a lot more for years to come.
Samantha Tuttle is played by Jo Fox
Jo has been an active Masker for 15 years and has played a variety of roles in that time, including Lady Jane Rochford in Anne Boleyn, Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest, Ursula in Much Ado about Nothing and Luna the Monkey in The Jungle Book. She most recently appeared as a variety of weird and wonderful characters, including a book and a kitchen scrubber, in April's studio production, Gormenghast.
Jo is really enjoying being part of this wacky show and hopes it leaves you feeling cheery and festive!
As well as acting, Jo has been kept busy in her role as Company Secretary on the Maskers Committee for the last 4 years.
Natalie Weldon is played by Anna Hussey
Anna joined Maskers in 2018 and has been involved both on stage and behind the scenes. Her first play with Maskers was as part of the ensemble in Wyrd Sisters. Anna has since played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and originated the role of Vicki in Yards Apart. In 2023, Anna directed for Maskers with Gormenghast and performed various roles in Jane Eyre. Anna is having a good laugh with Sorry! Wrong Chimney! and hopes everyone enjoys the madness!
William Weldon is played by Dave Smith
Dave is looking forward to playing William in this hilarious farce. Despite this being his first outing with Maskers, Dave has over 100 productions under his belt. Highlights include Bill in An evening with Gary Lineker, Julian Marsh in 42nd Street, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Professor Bhaer in Little Women, Boone (Whistle Down the Wind), Dennis (Rock of Ages), Uncle Fester (The Addams Family), Beadle Bamford (Sweeney Todd ) Adam (Rules for Living) and Ted in Hi-de-Hi. He hopes you all enjoy the show and thanks you for your support.
Kris Kreigle is played by Paul Baker
Paul has been in over twenty-five shows in the open air for Maskers and rarely ventures indoors. During that time, he has played a variety of roles including Weasel Norman in Wind in the Willows and Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn and often multiple parts in the same production, as evidenced when he played four different characters in The Three Musketeers last year. This is Paul’s second production in a row inside, having played Sepulchrave in Maskers’ April production of Gormenghast. This is also the third show in a row that his character has either been married or engaged to a character played by Marie McDade!
Sheila is played by Marie McDade
Marie joined the Maskers in 2011 and has always enjoyed performing in the annual Christmas show. Other past productions – both in the studio and outdoors - have included Our Town, Richard II, Much Ado About Nothing, The Jungle Book, Around the World in 80 Days, Wyrd Sisters, A Bunch of Amateurs, The Three Musketeers, Out of Focus, Gormenghast, Jane Eyre and, most recently, Time and Tide.
Policeman is played by Bandy Smith
Bandy joined Maskers in 2022, debuting in Christmas with the Cratchits, where he played Bob Cratchit. Since then, he has been involved both on and off stage. Prior to joining Maskers, Bandy took part in two pantomimes with another theatre group. Bandy is enjoying being part of the Christmas show again and is relishing the comedy element of the play. He hopes you enjoy the performance as much as he is enjoying rehearsals and he hopes this is a great start to your Christmas celebrations.