Jakoby Appleby is a Year 10 student at ESC.
He has been very busy over the past few years involving himself in acting.
Here is his story in his own words.

For the past three years, I have been sucked into the world of youth acting in Bendigo.

My first show was Phantom of the Opera with Nexus Bendigo Youth Theatre, where I got a
supporting lead. After that, I ventured beyond Nexus to join Next Gen Youth, BTC (Bendigo
Theatre Company) and their youth program, Tribe. This year has been the busiest yet, with Sleeping Beauty: The Pantomime, Blood Brothers, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast JR and Dracula.

The upcoming BTC production of Wicked will be my fifth production this year. Wicked follows The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz and her life before Dorothy Gale popped up. Full of dance and song, Wicked is an emotional journey and will make you fall in love with all the characters.

The main characters include Elphaba, who ends up becoming The Witch of the West due to her actions, Galinda Upland, her college roommate who eventually becomes The Witch of The South, Fiyero Tigelaar, The Winkie Prince that is a romantic interest for both female witches.

Other leads include The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (do I need to say more about him?), Madame Morrible, teacher at Shiz University and lecturer to the witches, Nessarose who is Elphaba’s Sister that is bound to a wheelchair since birth, Boq who is Munchkin infatuated with Galinda, Doctor Dilamond and a Goat… no, seriously.

The production is the largest the Bendigo Theatre Company has ever done, with ten shows and a cast of 40+ of the regions top performers.

I play an ensemble member in it BUT I do have the first spoken line of the musical. You will have to come and see to find out what it is! Wicked has ten performances from 25 October – 3 November at the Ulumbarra Theatre.

Wicked will be shown at Ulumbarra Theatre from the 25th October.

Tickets can be purchased via Go Tix: https://boxoffice.gotix.com.au/WEBPAGES/EntaWebShow/ShowDatesCombo.aspx


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