The BigTime Pros
BigTime Productions has been “knocking ’em dead” since 1992. We’ve developed a reputation over the years of providing unbeatable entertainment in a tasteful manner. Our attention to the group dynamic and comedic interaction has separated us from the pack and created a loyal following.
Much of our success can be attributed to the outstanding acting talent on view in every show, in fact it’s not unusual to have over a hundred years of murder mystery performance experience in a single BigTime cast. Here’s a quick look at some selected BigTime talent.
Peter Dillon, President of BigTime Productions
Actor & Entrepreneur: Mixing Show & Biz
Peter Dillon, BigTime’s founder and President-At-Large, is a Top Forty Under 40 award recipient and was named one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s Top 50 People. He has been a professional actor for over 25 years and appeared in dozens of Films, Television shows, Radio + TV commercials and 1000’s of Comedically Interactive Dinner Theatre productions all over the world. Most recently, Peter can be seen in TV shows Murdoch Mysteries, SUITS, Orphan Black, Saving Hope, Flashpoint, NIKITA, Degrassi The Next Generation, Hell on Wheels, to name a few. Currently Peter can be seen as Fred Baxter on ABC Tv’s hit show Quantico. Over the years he’s shared the screen with Ernest Borgnine, Denzel Washington, Ed O’Neil, Teri Garr, Angelina Jolie, Dan Aykroyd, Sandra Oh, and many others.
In 2001, Dillon co-founded A.C.T. (Acting for Cinema and Television), a company that offers screen training courses, and does its part to introduce local performers to casting agents and producers. Peter performs in as many BigTime shows as he can fit into his schedule; he can usually be seen playing the hard case gumshoe ‘Special’ Officer Torque Penderloin, dumb waiter Corey Timlinsonfindan and game show host Bobby Rayburn Jr. Learn more about Pete at www.PeteDillon.com.
Norm joined BigTime in 1996. His professional acting credits include appearing opposite Ben Affleck in “The Sum Of All Fears,” Edward Norton in “The Score” and Neve Campbell in “Lost Junction”. He has also voiced a variety of characters for animated series, and can often be heard on radio commercials. Norm is also an accomplished writer and musician, and has many other creative interests. BigTime audiences know him as Officer Rawling Stone in our Full Corporate Murder Mysteries, Chip Rockwell in Silence of the Hams, Father Innocenti in our DIY LITE Mysteries and the lovable cowboy, Kirk Wheeler in BigTime Idol.
Tom began his professional career back in 1986 as a member of the Second City Touring Company. When we last checked, Tom was in his 9th season as Mr. Perino on the internationally acclaimed series “Degrassi: The Next Generation”. Some of his other TV/film credits include guest starring roles on award winning shows such as “Flashpoint” and “Da Vinci’s Inquest” as well as being a series regular on “Due South” and “Riverdale”. With BigTime he has enjoyed playing Special Officer Bummings, Donnie Cocktail, Bobby Rayburn Jr, Kirk Wheeler, Father Vencenzo, Gil Browser and Sammy “Da Squid” Bonetti.
Andrew is an actor and comedian hailing from Sarnia, Ontario. He has been involved in theatre and musical theatre from the young age of 9 years old and has yet to find anything more exciting. Andrew holds a BA in Dramatic Arts from Brock University and has done extensive training at Second City in Toronto, Carter Thor Studios East and Straeon Acting Studios. Andrew has also performed comedy at Yuk Yuks throughout Ontario and at various other locations in Canada, The United States and Sweden. Andrew is thrilled to be having a ball with such a great and talented cast.
Ashlie is thrilled to be part of the Big Time team. Originally from Alberta, Ashlie studied Theatre Arts at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, but she has made Toronto her home for the last several years. Some of her favourite credits include Lucy (You're A Good Man Charlie Brown), Nellie (Floyd Collins) and Dogberry (Much Ado About Nothing). She also spent 5 years as part of the Edmonton Opera Chorus and currently is in the ensemble with Opera Luminata a company that pairs Opera and Musical Theatre classics with fireworks and other pyrotechnic effects. She can also be heard as the voice of Rune the Treasure Hunting Zebra and several other characters on the video game Amazing World.
Brenda Scherloski has entertained audiences from Midland to Ottawa in such plays as "The Curious Savage," "Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii," "Murder by the Book" and "Departures and Arrivals." She has recently finished the TV comedy pilot called "County" and the independent short film "Good for the Soul." Brenda has also played the role of Judi Rockwell in Silence of the Hams and Patricia DuPoisson in The Codfather to rave reviews.
Brett Kelly has performed in over twenty theatre productions including "The Importance of Being Earnest," "The Woman in Black" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream," many of with Kanata Theatre. He is perhaps best known for his work as a director/actor of independent films such as "The Bonesetter," "The Feral Man" and the horror/comedy "My Dead Girlfriend." For BigTime, Brett often appears as John Dooley in Silence of the Hams and as Angel in The Codfather.
Cary is a veteran comedic actor, who is a regular instructor with the Second City Toronto. As a founding member of the Canadian Comedy Award-nominated sketch troupe The Closet Primadonnas, he has performed in Fringe Festivals throughout Canada. He is also an accomplished theatre actor with many lead credits to his name. Cary does full corporate training workshops and shows using his sharp improvisation skills. He can be seen “killin’ it” in a variety of BigTime roles, especially as Special Officer Sonny Bunns, Donnie Cocktail and Chip Rockwell, Kirk Wheeler and Gil Browser.
Chelsea joined BigTime in 2008 with degrees in Theatre & Film (McMaster) & Comedy Writing/Performance (Humber). A comedienne/character actress, Chelsea has experience with Second City & does stand-up/sketch/improv comedy all over Toronto. Chelsea divides her time between voiceover work (CBC, MuchMusic,), film (Dual Suspects, Tights & Fights,) & musical theatre (Rent, 3rd Degree). Chelsea especially likes playing Trudy in Big Time Idol because it combines comedy & singing! Chelsea loves Big Time & interacting with great audiences all over Canada!
With over 20 years at BigTime, audiences have enjoyed his renditions of Chip Rockwell in Silence of the Hams, Pete Bloom in Diamonds in the Bluff, Gil Browser in The Codfather and Robert Simpleton in Joker's Wild. Dave has done countless voice-overs for television and radio. Listeners of Ottawa's CHEZ 106 FM radio station would undoubtedly recognize his voice as "The Afternoon Guy."
Derick's film credits include starring in Rob Thompson's dark comedy "Intercourse with a Martyr" and Peter Hebert's "Lucky or Not." His television credits include "County" and numerous commercials. Derick has done voice-over work for such CD-ROM games as "Monopoly," "Wheel of Fortune," the "Guess Who Detective Series" and "Scrabble." Derick has played over thirty different characters with BigTime and seen the world as part of our touring cast.
Elena joined BigTime in 2012 and is living out her life long dream of entertaining people. Elena's bigger than life personality and sense of humour shines through in every role she plays. When not performing in BigTime IDOL or Silence of the Hams, Elena can be seen keeping BigTime casts on their cues (and their toes) as she stage manages.
Enoch is a University of Ottawa Theatre Program grad who joined BigTime in 2008. With over 10 years of stage, event, and production management experience, Enoch quickly became BigTime Ottawa's Head Stage Manager. Keeping our equipment up to date and running a tight ship (with a smile) is what he does best. Audiences can usually see Enoch laughing from the sound board.
Gabrielle has been with BigTime from the very start in 1992. She had the pleasure to play opposite Eli Wallach in the film "A Taste of Jupiter." She has appeared in "The RCMP Story," "Undercover Angel," "Kiss of Debt" and the TV series "Kevin Spencer" and "Butch Patterson." Her most prominent BigTime character has been Sandy Beach from Silence of the Hams and our BigTime IDOL Variety Show; she has also given stellar performances as Jessica Conduct in Tales from the Script, Dorothy Alice Stewart in our 1940s Radio Play Interactive Theatre and Gina the Italian-French maid in our DIY Small Dinner Party Mysteries.
James has a background in improv and stage work, and attended the National Institute of Broadcasting in Toronto. He's quick to bring his high energy and quick wit to every show he's part of! For BigTime, James enjoys stage managing and playing the volatile Sammy "The Squid" Bonetti in The Codfather.
Jodi has been a BigTime cast member since 2003. As a professional actor she has appeared in such feature films as The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom, The Girl He met Online (with Yvonne Zima), Hit By Lightening (with John Cryer), Clown (producers Eli Roth & Quentin Tarantino), A Sister’s Revenge (with Brooke Burns & Tim Rozon) and more. She is proud to have had a role in the “We Work Ottawa” project, entitled The Game Changer, with Dan Aykroyd. Jodi does film, voice, TV and corporate acting but has loved being a part of BigTime for more than a decade. She has played every female role there is to play but has to admit that her favourite is Miss Sandy Beach.
Joe is a graduate of Humber's Acting program as well as the Second City Improv Program and Conservatory. He’s appeared in a slew of films and network television shows including Rookie Blue, Republic of Doyle, Covert Affairs, and in the Syfy Space Opera The Expanse. Joe can be seen performing with BigTime as Donnie Cocktail, Davey Nantucket, and Angel Delivista, among other characters. Joe is a diverse and gangly performer who loves interacting with the audience... oh, and he loves the word "slacks".
Karl Claude is a professional actor/comedian who's been active in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre productions since 1997. Karl joined BigTime in 2001 as both a performer and event host. Audiences love his low-key sense of humor and interactivity. Look for Karl as John Dooley and various other characters in Silence of the Hams and Skippy in our 1940s Radio Play Interactive Theatre.
Kate has been involved in theatre both on and off stage since she was a child. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa's Theatre program. She has worked for The Black Hand Theatre Collective which has taken her to Germany and Hong Kong for some amazing experiences. She is also in training at The Second City's Improv program. Kate is thrilled to be a part of Toronto's Big Time Murder's cast portraying Judi Rockwell in Silence of the Hams.
Kearsten is an actress graduated 1st in her class from the acclaimed Toronto Film School, where she is honoured to hold the Best Actor Award. Currently based in Toronto, she continues her studies in comedy and improv at The Second City as both an actress and writer. Most recently, Kearsten starred in a film which won Best Romance in a Los Angeles film festival. Kearsten's energy and quick-wit make her a perfect fit in any BigTime cast.
Having performed in hundreds of BigTime shows since 2003, Kim is best knows as Judy Rockwell in Silence of the Hams and Patricia Du Possion in The Codfather. She has also performed in voiceovers, live performances as well as corporate and video work.
Lars is best described as a "Comedic Viking Rockstar", a "Human Cartoon" and a “fit Chris Farley". In addition to performing his high energy standup act across North America, Lars has starred in a wide spectrum of theatre, commercial, & TV/Film productions. Lars' comedic raps were showcased on the Comedy Network and he has been featured at SXSW Film Festival, Montreal SketchFest, Unscripted New York, Sirius/XM radio, plus many funny commercial spots including Neutrogena, Great Clips & Cineplex. Other dramatic TV appearances include “Mayday”, “Treasures Decoded” & “Paranormal Survivor”. Lars biggest TV gig “Almost Genius” is scheduled to air on CMT in fall 2015. In 2012, Lars won a London Music Award for Most Popular TV/Media Personality and he was recently crowned Canada's "Rocksmith2014 Ultimate Underground Rockstar" after a nationwide challenge by Ubisoft Canada.
Laura Anne Harris
Laura Anne Harris is a performer/clown/writer/director who trained at the University of Victoria’s Acting program and graduated in 2007. Laura wrote and starred in Pitch Blond at the 2007 Victoria Fringe Festival where she won the 2007 Critic’s Choice Award for ‘Best Fringe Production.’ Since then she has performed this production at the 2008 Uno Festival in Victoria, B.C., the Sunset Theatre (Wells, B.C.), the Chutzpah Festival (Vancouver, B.C.), the 2009 Femfest (Winnipeg, MB.), and the 2013 Next Stage Theatre Festival in Toronto. Laura plays numerous characters BigTime and loves being a part of this funny and creative team!
After more than 20 years with BigTime, Mike never fails to have fun playing Gil Browser in The Codfather, Pete Bloom in Diamonds in the Bluff, Harold Holden in Joker's Wild, Kirk Wheeler in Hari Karaoke and Chad Biltmore in our 1940s Radio Play Interactive Theatre. He also keeps busy at the Ottawa Little Theatre, having performed in such plays as "The Rainmaker," "A Midsummer's Night Dream," "Rexy," "Opening Night" and many more.
Rob Lethbridge was "discovered" by two cast members during a performance of one of our dinner theatre productions. He has since played John Dooley and Donny Cocktail in Silence of the Hams, Sammy 'The Squid' Bonnetti in The Codfather and Skippy, the Assistant Director of our 1940s Radio Play Interactive Theatre. Rob is also a member of the Bytowne Fire Brigade and has appeared in circa 1920's fire fighter clothing in numerous public events.
Ross is an Ottawa area writer, actor and veteran stage performer with over 20 years with BigTime. He has performed with several theater troupes, including Nepean Little Theatre and Lakeside Players, and has appeared on many Rogers television productions. BigTime clients will of course know Ross as Donnie Cocktail and John Dooley in Silence of the Hams and Sammy Bonetti and Angel Delivista from The Codfather.
Several clients of BigTime know Sally Clelford as Sandy Beach in Silence of the Hams. Sally's feature film debut was in "Posers" with Adam Beach; she has since appeared in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" directed by George Clooney. Other credits include "Salem Witch Trials" for Alliance Atlantis, multiple roles on The Comedy Network's "The Endless Grind" and herself on CBC's weekly program, "Switchback."
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