If you’re relatively new to the music theatre scene in Adelaide you may not know Katie Packer… unless you were at our Opening Night in August last year where she sang ‘Safer’ from First Date. Rewind 10+ years ago, and you may remember seeing her treading the boards for both Northern Light Theatre Company and Marie Clark.
Katie recently moved back to Adelaide from Melbourne; in fact she arrived just in time to perform at the first ever Broadway Sessions! She has played such musical roles as Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, Lady Thiang in The King & I, Antonia in Man of La Mancha, The Narrator in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and received Lyrebird Award nominations for playing Sister Amnesia in Nunsense & Nunsense 2. Most recently, she played one of her dream roles, The Witch in Into The Woods, the wonderful Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in The Music Man, and one of small and talented ensemble in Working The Musical.
Before she moved to Melbourne, she was a singing teacher for many years, and has kept that going by Musical Directing such shows as The Outsider’s, All The New Stuff, Kid’s On Broadway, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Godspell, Little Shop Of Horrors, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Wedding Singer, Seussical The Musical and most recently The Wizard of Oz.
In addition to that enormous list, in 2014 she also added another quiver to her theatrical bow by co-directing Avenue Q. All of which means she can’t really decide which side of the stage she would like to be on!
Now she is trying her hand at hosting. Come and join us this Sunday as Katie helps Broadway Sessions weave the way through the multitude of love songs (of all kinds) in musical theatre.