Opening Night

30 Sunday August 2015
When: 6:30pm Where: The Jade Monkey Tickets: $10

This is it… the very first of the Broadway Sessions! We’re kicking off with a bang at The Jade Monkey, 6:30pm, Sunday August 30. There are a host of invited guests to get us started, plus the opportunity for you to get up and sing with the Broadway Sessions Band. That’s right, a live band! Forget karaoke or piano accompaniment – at Broadway Sessions we’ve got you covered.

Doors open at 6pm and there are beverages available from the bar all night.

For your chance to perform on opening night, register now and express your interest. If you’re just interested in coming along, pre-purchase tickets today to make sure you secure your spot. If there are any remaining tickets, they will be available at the door.

 

Your Session Host

Mark Oates

Mark is a respected opera, cabaret and concert singer, with a passion for music theatre. He has toured South Australia with State Opera, SINGular productions and the Adelaide Art Orchestra. Mark produced and performed in his own sell out swing show – Mark Oates and the Daniel Brunner Pretty Big Band – for the 2009 and 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festivals. For the Adelaide Festival, Mark sung the roles of Ruffiak in Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre and Street Singer in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.

For State Opera SA, Mark premiered the role of “the Cantor” in Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires, a co-production with Leigh Warren and Dancers which was reprised for the 2011 Brisbane Festival. He also performed Joe in The Station (Howard Blake), and John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach). Last year Mark performed in the world premiere of the full Philip Glass trilogy for State Opera SA, including the role of Arjuna in Satyagraha. In the two weeks prior to the opening night of Broadway Sessions, Mark will be part of the State Opera SA chorus in Faust and the Verdi Requiem before travelling to Canberra for two concerts with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Mark has also worked with many Adelaide based musical theatre companies. He was an Oscart and Curtain Call winner and Critic’s Circle nominee for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in The G&S Society’s Les Misérables. For The G&S Society Mark has also played the Baker in Into the Woods and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. He premiered Horton the Elephant in the award winning Seussical the Musical and portrayed Utterson in Jekyll and Hyde for The Hills Musical Company. Other roles include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for Northern Light Theatre Company, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden for both The Therry Dramatic Society and The G&S Society, Enoch Snow in Carousel for Swell Productions/MS Society and was part of the original cast of It’s A Dad thing for SINGular productions. Mark has also played “man” in several productions, including Songs for a New World and I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change!

Session Performers

Amelie Peters

Amelie Peters is an award-winning, classically trained vocalist, international performer and vocal coach. After successful performances in Perth, Adelaide, and Melbourne, Amelie was invited to perform at the Soho Playhouse in New York City as a soul/jazz singer in the burlesque Fringe show Fafi D’Alour & the Delinquents in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the Elder Conservatorium of Adelaide.

Her knowledge of the voice has been largely extended with her most recently completed BAST training. With this education, Amelie feels she can give the appropriate guidance and nurturing tailored to each individual’s voice. While she specialises in classical voice, Amelie has a strong background in musical theatre, jazz, and contemporary music.

Extensively trained by Kirsty Roberts, Amelie has also studied with renowned opera singers and Broadway stars from around the world. She has vocal directed the entire casts of High School Musical 2 (2016) and Hairspray the Musical (2018) for Shane Davidson Presents. Amelie's students consistently achieve outstanding results in competitions & exams, along with her junior vocal ensembles, vocal trio and adult vocal ensemble.

Ben Francis

Although only 16, Ben Francis is a very sought after performer around South Australia. He has been privileged enough to perform with many companies, such as: Independent Theatre Company, State Opera of South Australia, HeapsGood Productions, Adelaide Youth Theatre, "Shane Davidson Presents", Mighty Good Talent, and has performed in The Royal Albert Hall (and on the West End).

Ben attends Scotch College on a Performing Arts Scholarship, where he is actively involved in theatre, drama, dance and vocal ensembles and performances. Ben has been fortunate enough to play a number of principal roles in theatre professional and amateur theatre companies around Adelaide. These roles include: Jesus (Jesus Christ Superstar), Snoopy (You're a Good Man Charlie Brown), Ryan (High School Musical), Scarecrow (Wizard of Oz), Diesel (West Side Story), Frederic (Pirates of Penzance) and Peter Pan (Peter and Alice).

In 2014, Ben launched 'Promise Adelaide', a Not For Profit organisation set up to promote Youth Theatre and Performing Arts in South Australia. Promise identifies and created opportunities for young artists to develop and gain exposure, whilst also raising money for a wide range of charities.

David Gauci

I have two arms and feet. But my feet are not at the end of my arms. That would just be plain silly. I like to sing, especially in other people's showers. But not while showering - that would just be weird. I have been singing since before fire, but not long after the wheel. I trained under a number of singing teachers but as a result of claustrophobia I found it better to stand next them instead. As a child I would spontaneously sing in class, as an accountant I would spontaneously sing in the office. I was soon sent back to class. I love chocolate.

Em Carter

Em is a 23-year old teacher disappearing across the pond for the next couple of years. She began performing at age five but didn't enter the magical land of musical theatre until the age of 12. She enjoys reading, history, piña coladas, getting caught in the rain, and obviously, musicals.

She has performed and crewed for many shows. The highlights of her time treading the boards include playing Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun (UHS), Bet in Oliver! (G&S), and possibly her favourite role at the tender age of 12 - the Pirate King (Pelican Productions). Other credits include Les Misérables (G&S), Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S), Cinderfella the Pantomime (Royal Holloway), Young Frankenstein (MCMT), Calamity Jane (MCMT), Music Theatre Camp 2008 - 2013 (Pelican Productions).

Emma Bargery

From pantomime Prince to neurotic pianist, Emma treasures every moment she has spent on stage. Some of her favourite roles include: Morticia in MBM's Addams Family the Musical, Portia the wind up doll in Grey (2010 Adelaide Fringe) and Nancy in G&S SA's production of Oliver!

Professionally, Emma has performed around Adelaide as a singer in various bands and vocal groups, acted in several Adelaide Fringe Festivals, toured interstate as a dancer in Elvis If I can Dream starring Mark Anthony, and in 2012 she had the great pleasure of working with Six Foot Something Productions and The Factory, performing as Natalie Goodman in the award winning SA Premiere of Next To Normal.

Emma has recently had the honour to work with renowned composers Matthew Robinson (Metro Street, Happy People) and Scott Evan Davis (Cautiously Optimistic, Picture Perfect) and also had the pleasure to sing some new material written by young and upcoming Australian composers as a soloist at Adelaide's first Home Grown performance. In early 2015 Emma performed as Holly in the Australian premiere of Darkle (Lazy Saturday Productions) written by Bill Gallager as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Emma is thrilled to be understudying the role of Kate in the Australian Tour of Amity Dry's Mother Wife and The Complicated Life, as well as sinking her teeth into a classic tale re-told in Foul Play's production of Eurydice. She is also set to appear as a victim of a violent crime in Director Gareth Wilkes' short film Aftershock.

Felicity O’Brien

Felicity O'Brien has been performing around Adelaide (and Australia) since 2001, but mostly in the contemporary and folk scene. Since having her children she has begun to branch out into fresher waters and has recently discovered a new love for musical theatre songs. With a powerful presence and a powerful voice we hope you'll enjoy Felicity's new-found love of musical theatre, and in particular, her performance at the first-ever Broadway Sessions!

Katie Packer

Katie has played such roles in Adelaide as Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, Lady Thiang in The King & I, Antonia in Man of La Mancha as well as Footnote in Pratchett Pieces for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. After moving to Melbourne in 2005 she played The Narrator in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Lt. Janice Fury in M*A*S*H, Pamela Lukowski in The Full Monty and received Lyrebird Award nominations for playing Sister Amnesia in Nunsense & Nunsense 2. She also played one of her dream roles, The Witch in Into The Woods as well as the wonderful Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in The Music Man. Since moving back to Adelaide in 2015, Katie has portrayed Margaret Johnson in The Light In The Piazza for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival and Jen in John & Jen. In 2018 she has had the opportunity to worth with composer John Bucchino on his show It’s Only Life for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival, and to be a part of the small ensemble cast of Godspell.

Katie has Musically Directed The Outsiders, All The New Stuff, Kids 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, The Wizard Of Oz and, most recently Annie. She also had the opportunity to co-direct for the first time with Avenue Q in 2014.

Kelly Bickle

Hailing from Balaklava, Kelly is President of the Balaklava Community Arts, where she has performed, directed, choreographed, stage managed etc, etc in over 30 of their productions, including Seussical (2016 Director), The Addams Family (2015 Morticia), Beauty and the Beast (2014 Babette), and has just recently performed the role of Darlene Love in their 2017 production of Leader of the Pack. She has recently completed an Association Diploma in Music of the Stage and screen with honours with the International Music Examinations Board and a Diploma of Theatre Performance. When not banging sets together or rehearsing lines, she works as Principal's Assistant at Horizon Christian School, and teaches Speech and Drama for Speech and Drama Studios SA, as well as being a wife and mother.

Lauren Renée

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Lauren Renée got an early taste of performing, putting on visionary "plays" in her parent's lounge-room. The love affair continued as Lauren sang in several choirs and performed in musicals throughout her high-school career, training in Classical Voice and culminating in a performance as Betty Rizzo in St Andrew's School's 2006 production of Grease.

After a sabbatical, Lauren made her return to the musical stage playing romantic lead Amalia Balash in Therry Dramatic Society's She Loves Me in 2014. She also appeared with the Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company of South Australia in their 2014 production of My Fair Lady, capping off the year playing Gracie in Soul Factor Gospel Choir's Christmas musical, For Unto Y'all.

In July 2015, Lauren appeared as the title character in the SA Premiere of Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical produced by Matt Byrne Media. She was also very excited to take on some of Stephen Sondheim's most famous work in the acclaimed Hills Musical Company production of Company later that year, and the chance to capture another childhood icon in a tip to Katharine Hepburn's Tracy Lord in Therry Dramatic Society's The Philadelphia Story in 2016. Both shows were nominated for Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards 2016.

Lauren is now embarking on her first major project for 2017, as Rita - a lively Liverpudlian hairdresser - in IpSkip Productions' upcoming version of Willy Russel's Educating Rita.

Lindsay Prodea

Lindsay has performed over the past decade in both musical theatre and cabaret, having enjoyed success in various genres: classical roles such as John Brooke in Little Women (The Musical) (Therry Dramatic Society 2013) and Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods (Northern Light Theatre Company 2012); to contemporary roles such as Abraham in the Adelaide premiere of Altar Boyz (Davine Interventionz 2013), Sonny Malone in Xanadu (The Musical) (Davine Interventionz 2014), George in The Drowsy Chaperone (Hills Musical Company 2013), Kyle the UPS Delivery guy in Legally Blonde (HMC 2014) and most recently Elliott Garfield in The Goodbye Girl (Therry 2015). Lindsay has also appeared in countless other shows, favourites including Urinetown42nd StreetCrazy for You & Les Misérables. Most recently he premiered in Adelaide the role of Fabrizio for Davine Interventionz's 2016 Adelaide Fringe Show, The Light In The Piazza.

Aside from musical theatre, Lindsay has a keen passion for cabaret, having written, co-produced and performed at numerous cabaret events over the years. Stepping out side his usual genre, Lindsay played the role of Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (old sport), produced by Independent Theatre.

Lisa Simonetti

Lisa has been singing since a very young age and has been receiving singing tuition since the age of 14 – most recently with David Gauci. Lisa has also been a vocal coach & singing teacher for almost 9 years and became involved in Adelaide community theatre around this time. Since then Lisa has gone on to be involved in many shows – some of her favourite roles include Ellie Greenwich in Leader of the Pack (NLTC, 2011), Mrs Potts in Disney's Beauty & the Beast (2011), Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray (MBM 2012) and most recently Mama Cass Elliott in the South Australian premiere of Flower Children (Davine Interventionz, 2015).

Lisa has also had the opportunity to be involved with performing in the Adelaide Fringe Festival (Michelle & the Gentleman's Club, 2013 & Flower Children, 2015) & several workshops & masterclasses during the Adelaide Cabaret Festival (with Jason Robert Brown, Adam Guettel, Matthew Robinson & Scott Evan Davis). She was also recently in New York this year in July and was lucky enough to have a one on one class with Adam Guettel (lyrical writter for Light in the Piazza). By night she is a performer but by day works as a midwife at the Women's & Children's Hospital, where the song of choice is 'Happy Birthday' for all the new babies she gets to welcome into the world!

Mim Sarre

Mim has been singing for as long as she can remember. She began drama lessons at Theatre Bugs at the age of 5, and was a student there for almost a decade. She began voice lessons with Kim Spargo in 2008 and musical theatre training with Patrick Lim in 2009, giving her the opportunity to perform in a number of youth productions, including playing Belle in Beauty and the Beast Jr. and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical! Jr. (both with Swell Productions). She continued her theatre education at Pembroke School, playing the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2010 and studying High Level Theatre in the International Baccalaureate program from 2011-12 under the tutelage of Julianne English.

She is now heavily involved in the Adelaide amateur theatre scene, having worked companies such as the Hills Musical Company, Therry Dramatic Society, Emma Knights Productions and Davine Interventionz, amongst others. Her favourite roles include Wendla Bergman in Spring Awakening (HMC, 2017), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (HMC, 2015), Margot in Legally Blonde: The Musical (HMC, 2014) and Beth March in Little Women (Therry, 2013). She is a regular performer and occasional host of the popular event Broadway Sessions.

From 2013 to 2014 she studied at Graceland University, USA, on a vocal scholarship, where she was involved in a number of stage shows, most notably playing Audrey in the homecoming musical Little Shop of Horrors.

Mim is a singing teacher at Theatre Bugs and is looking forward to Musically Directing their production of Little Shop of Horrors in the Adelaide Fringe, March 2017. She is also an avid songwriter and lyricist and is planning to develop this aspect of her artistry in the near future.

Paris Anderson

Paris started her professional career when she was just three years old, being chosen in a national performing arts and photographic contest as overall winner and with most potential to succeed. Since then Paris has worked with Wayne Scott Kermond in Candy Man and various other local and interstate productions. She has performed in many dance, drama and theatre competitions and is trained in all facets of dance and musical theatre. Paris is currently in Year 11 at Scotch college on a Performing Arts Scholarship where she continues to receive intensive training in dance, drama and music.

Paris was recently cast as the main role of Mary Magdalene in the latest Scotch College production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and was part of the ensemble and nominated dance captain with special feature roles in Scotch College's Pirates of Penzance and Adelaide Youth Theatre's Hairspray the Musical. In 2015 Paris was asked to be choregrapher for Promises Adelaide and is thrilled to be asked back as an upcoming soloist and performer in November. In the future Paris hopes to be working in LA on stage professionally in her chosen passion of musical theatre. She would like to thank her family, friends and teachers for all their ongoing support wisdom and encouragement, with a special thank you to her mum and dad for raising her to dream the dream. Paris one day would love to be part of the professional cast in her all time favourite musical The Phantom of the Opera.

Paul Talbot

Paul is a co-founder of Six Foot Something Productions, producing and performing in Picture Perfect (Adelaide Cabaret Festival), playing Dan in Next to Normal (nominated for an Adelaide Theatre Guide award as best professional performance, Male) as one of the five performers in Elegies: Song Cycle and as Jamie in The Last Five Years. He is a regular performer with the State Opera Chorus (most recently appearing as God in Faust) and has appeared as a soloist at a number of corporate events.

With Swamp Fairy Paul appeared in a touring production of Loving Lloyd Weber and sang for the Cancer Council (opening for Rhonda Burchmore at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre). He performed as part of Fright Night for CanDo4Kids and sung the national anthem from a diving board for the National Junior Diving Championships. He has also sung with the Adelaide Chamber Singers and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, including the first performance of Peter Sculthorpe’s Requiem (Adelaide Fringe Festival). Paul was nominated for an Adelaide Critic’s Circle award for his performance as Grosvenor in Patience (opposite Denis Olsen). He has performed many lead roles in amateur theatre, including both plays and musicals. Favourite roles include Bill Sikes (Oliver), Jack (Into the Woods) and Enjolras (Les Misérables).

Rosanne Hosking

Rosanne's performance career spans over 20 years and has taken her all around Australia (and overseas). She has enjoyed exploring her natural versatility on the operatic, musical theatre, cabaret and contemporary stage. Her professional theatrical debut was in the Australian cast of The Phantom of the Opera with which she toured Australia and New Zealand.

Most recently, Rosanne played the role of Miriam in the World Premier of new Australian musical, The Front at the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and in 2013 she toured Australia with Amity Dry's musical, Mother Wife and the Complicated Life in the role of Lily. In 2012, she was awarded the Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Award - Best Professional Female Performance, for her portrayal of Diana Goodman in Adelaide's premiere of the musical, Next to Normal (Six Foot Something Productions & The Factory).

Her other professional theatre credits include The Venetian Twins (Beatrice) for the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, South Pacific (Dinah) for Seabiscuit Productions/Festival Centre and Sunday in the Park with George (Frieda). She has also performed in State Opera of South Australia seasons of Don Giovanni, A Masked Ball and Turandot.

Rosanne has made appearances both nationally and internationally as a concert artist. Highlights have included Off the Air with ABC ClassicFM presenter, Guy Noble and performing Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate with the Austral Sinfonietta in London. In addition, she is a well-respected vocal coach based in Adelaide. Rosanne lectures in singing and music at the Adelaide College of Arts, works regularly with Pelican Productions as a Vocal & Musical Director, runs workshops for the Primary Schools Festival of Music and also runs her own private studio assisting professional and emerging artists.

Scott Reynolds

Scott has always had a love of the theatre, but his real obsession began in high school, with performances as the Foreman, Pimp and a Student in Les Misérables, Priam in Paris and Action in West Side Story. Since completing high school he performed non-stop for a number of years, starting with Gerald Bolingbroke in Me and My Girl, an Apostle in Jesus Christ Superstar and Ugly in Honk! (Marie Clark Musical Theatre). After playing Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! and Asher and the Butler in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company of SA), Scott joined Northern Light Theatre Company’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as Monsieur D’Arque to round out 2011. The following year started with an incredible experience: Scott won the role of Henry in Six Foot Something’s pro-am Production of Next to Normal. After a mild performance hiatus in more recent times, Scott starred as Hunter in Irregular Productions sell out 2015 Adelaide Fringe season of [title of show].

If there’s one thing he regrets, it’s not starting singing and performing (publicly of course) at an earlier age. Off-stage (but in the theatre) Scott enjoys both sound and lighting design, and the challenges each of these areas brings to his knowledge of design in the digital world. Broadway Sessions is certainly the start of a new chapter, bringing together many ongoing stories and plot lines, but allowing the love of theatre (musical theatre in particular) to continue in new and exciting ways.

When not strutting his stuff on stage, or manically helping out backstage or in the roof of a theatre, Scott is a web designer & developer, creating sites like this one! You can see more of his work at www.scottreynolds.com.au.

Serena Martino-Williams

Serena has been performing since she was 7 years old when she began her vocal training with the Australian Girls Choir. She began performing with the Adelaide Youth Theatre (AYT) in 2011 and since, Serena has performed in many more shows for AYT including as Tracy in Hairspray, Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast and as The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods which was nominated for Best Musical (Youth Theatre) in the Adelaide Theatre Guide ‘Curtain Call’ Awards 2015/16.

Serena has also performed roles for Matt Byrne Media, Pelican Productions and for Heaps Good Productions at the Maritime Museum, National Railway Museum and for the City of Port Adelaide, for The Entertainment Store, including performing the role of Ben in the Australian touring production of Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom and for Emma Knights Productions, most recently as Ado Annie in the return season of Oklahoma: On a Farm!

In addition to performing regularly, Serena musically directs many shows for Promise Adelaide, and has also conducted and musically directed for the Adelaide Youth Theatre, Spark of Inspiration, The Parks Theatre and the Australian Classical Youth Ballet. Serena made her directing debut with Gleeson College’s production of High School Musical in 2014 and has since directed many shows including the Adelaide Youth Theatre’s successful production of Aladdin Jr in 2016.

Tahlia Fantone

Tahlia has been performing since the age of three and has never stopped loving it. Currently she is dancing at Rachel Symons Dance School and taking voice lessons with Kirsty Roberts. Her very first musical was The Sound of Music as Gretle and since then Tahlia has been fortunate enough to perform various other roles. Some of her favourites include Eponine in Les Misérables, Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Spelling Bee, Anita in West Side Story, Gertrude in Seussical the Musical, Patrice in 13 A New Musical, Sally Brown in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Lily St Regas in Annie and Little Sally in Urinetown.

Tahlia was a seasoned performer with Adelaide Youth Theatre and went to Scotch College, graduating in the class of 2013. She has also been a resident performer with Heaps Good Productions, performing in various children's shows including Shipwrecked, Rumpelstiltskin, Gory Stories and most recently Monsters, Myths and Madness.

Since 2009 Tahlia has performed with the group Dream Voices, performing at various events through the years and at their annual Christmas Eve show. She was fortunate enough to get the chance to travel and live in Singapore for five months last year teaching dance and since then has performed with Promise in Songs from Stage and Screen and Heart to Heart, which she greatly enjoyed. Tahlia is looking forward to the coming years and hopes that she can continue to perform as much as possible!

Zali Sedgman

Zali is sixteen years old and has been performing in musicals since she was ten. She has been involved in many musicals with Adelaide Youth Theatre, and in 2018 she has played Dragon in Shrek the Musical and Melman from Madagascar Jnr. Zali has also performed with Impact Entertainment (Gen Z for Adelaide's Royal Show), Heaps Good Productions, Broadway 4Kidz and the Australian Classical Youth Ballet Company.