For our second session we have decided to do something very special. The September Session will include performances from the stars of musicals opening over the next month (Evita, Guys & Dolls, BIG, Fame, and Bugsy Malone), but all other performance slots will be in the open mic format. That’s double the opportunity to get up and sing anything at all from the musical theatre genre.
Please note for this very special open mic session: we have moved to a Friday night, are starting an hour later, and we will also be at a different venue; don’t worry though, after September we are back at The Jade Monkey on the normal day, at the normal time!
Your Session Host
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.
Andrew James Crispe
Andrew is an established freelance performer and vocal coach who has performed professionally in and around Adelaide. He has been a member of the State Opera of SA’s Chorus since 2009. Andrew‘s first foray into the world of Music Theatre was in 2000, when he was encouraged to audition for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s back-to-back production of HMS Pinafore and Trial By Jury, and since then he has not looked back!
Andrew won his first leading role in 2006, and has gone on to play a large number of leading and supporting roles throughout Adelaide’s community theatre. Andrew has been nominated for Best Male Performance by the Critics Circle Awards for his role as Don Lockwood in Singin’ In The Rain, and by the Adelaide Theatre Guide for the same role, as well as his portrayal of The Beast in Disney's Beauty And The Beast. For one of his most recent productions Andrew won the TASA Best Male Performance Award for his portrayal of Edward Bloom in BIG FISH – a show which also won the TASA MusiCal Award. Andrew co-wrote and performed in the sold-out season of Villain-Ville: A Musical Exploration of Villainy and Evil in the 2015 Fringe Festival. His most recent appearances this year include a return to the role of Curly McLain (for the third time) in an outdoor production of Oklahoma (On A Farm) with Emma Knights Productions, The Preacher in Davine Interventionz production of Violet, a return to the role of the Major General in Emma Knights Productions’ fourth season of Pirates On The Popeye, and lastly as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar.
Andrew played the role of Marius in both seasons of Les Misérables with the Gilbert & Sullivan’s Society in 2008 and 2009, and he is overjoyed to be coming back for yet another season with them only this time as the infamous Javert – a role he has coveted since he was little!
Benji Riggs is 18 years old and has been performing from a very young age. His first lead role was as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat with Shane Davidson Presents age 10. Since then he has played many leads for Swell Productions, Adelaide Youth Theatre, Scotch College and the Independent Theatre Company, as well as professionally for Heaps Good Productions, and SINGular Productions. Benji has also been in the ensemble for the State Opera of South Australia, Windmill and the Australian Ballet Company.
Benji runs his own company – Spark of Inspiration – which was set up in 2011 to educate children in the performing arts. With Spark of Inspiration he has performed to over 10,000 primary school students and raised over $25,000 for children's Charities, both in Australia and overseas. Benji graduated from Scotch College in 2014 as Performing Arts Captain, and currently while on his gap year he is trying raise both awareness and funds for the Leukaemia Foundation with his band UNPLUGGED. Benji was very proud to be nominated as a finalist in the Young Leaders category for the Pride of Australia Medal this year.
Brendan has performed in shows for most theatre companies in SA. Favourite Roles include Wilbur in Hairspray, Bert in Mary Poppins and Danny Maguire in Xanadu. He can be seen next in Guys and Dolls as Nathan Detroit with G&S SA. He has been in the chorus for many shows, worked backstage on just as many and Directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for AYT. He will be directing two shows next year, Bob's your Auntie for Tea Tree Players and Catch Me if You Can for Marie Clark (big challenges ahead)!
Brendan's ultimate role would Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors. By day Brendan is self employed as a House/Office and Window Cleaner for Maxwells Smart Cleaning Service. Give him a call if you don't like cleaning because he certainly does!
Ella is just eleven years old and has a passion for the Arts. She has been dancing with TIDC for nine years, and has performed in many state and national competitions over this time. Showing particular flair for singing, she has busked in Salisbury's Secret Garden and been involved in musical theatre productions with Pelican productions in Little Mermaid Jr and many Adelaide Youth Theatre productions.
Ella was cast as Charlotte in the 2014 junior production of Charlotte's Web, and will be playing Lina Morelli in October's Junior AYT production of Busgy Malone. Ella is working vocally with both Emma Riggs and Kirsty Roberts, on trumpet with Lesley Raymond and Piano with Esther Riggs. She is also a budding contemporary artist, recently placing second in this year's Junior Contemparay Solo section of the Balaklava eisteddfod. If that wasn't enough, she is also currently exploring songwriting!
Ellis Dolan spent 2017 studying Musical Theatre at NIDA; appearing in the Sydney Theatre Company production of Chimerica as part of the NIDA Ensemble.
He has appeared in several productions around Adelaide, including Evita (The Met) in which he portrayed Che; The Producers (HMC) as the Stormtrooper; Oliver! (Shane Davidson Presents) as Bill Sykes; as well as ensemble roles in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (HMC) and Jesus Christ Superstar (G&S Society). Off-stage, he acted as Assistant Director for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Smokey Joe's Cafe (HMC).
He also toured across Australia, portraying the role of Peter Dutton, as part of Abbott: The Musical (George Glass Productions), performing as part of the Canberra Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as a sell-out run in the Adelaide Fringe.
Outside of performing, Ellis is a writer - having completed his Honours in Creative Arts: Creative Writing at Flinders University. He’s currently struggling through the first draft of a novel and is constantly side-tracked by wanting to write reviews and film analysis; because of this, nothing seems to get done, but he has a lot of fun doing it.
He's incredibly excited to make his directorial debut with Edges as part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival and can't think of a better cast and crew to work with.
Gemma has been singing and dancing and acting since she was three years old and at fifteen is already an accomplished performer - a true triple threat! Gemma's passion for musical theatre has allowed her to feature in a number of shows over the past few years including Wendy in Peter Pan and The Witch in Into The Woods Jr with Adelaide Youth Theatre. Gemma has just returned from performing in DisneyWorld and Universal Studios, Orlando.
Gemma is a student at TIDC Performing Arts Studio and has competed successfully in State, National and International Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary competitions. She attends Loreto College where she is very much involved in the performing arts, is a keen saxophone player and a member of the school band. Gemma is thrilled to be singing at Broadway Sessions this month!
Jeri Williams is originally from the United States, and has been a performer all her life - singing in choirs, churches, glee club and even a pop/R&B girl group. Her first performance in a musical was as a secretary in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at age 16, and she never stopped. Jeri’s first paid gig was a singer in an acapella group at Busch Gardens theme park in Florida. A year or two later she was hired by Disney Cruise Lines, as a performer and “Friends with Wendy Darling”. She met her Aussie husband on board that ship and spent the next six years performing in Dance Parties, Parades & Specialty Performances with Holland America and Royal Caribbean.
Jeri settled here in Adelaide in 2011 and has been privileged to have performed in a few shows - NLTC’s Into The Woods (2012) as the Baker’s Wife; G&SSA’s Guys & Dolls (2015) as Adelaide and NLTC's Mack and Mabel (2016) as Mabel.
Jeri is a full time working mum, so finding time for shows is impossiblethese days. But she’s so thankful for Broadway Sessions to give a busy mum like her a chance to return to the stage, at least for one night every now and then.
Josh Barkley started theatre work when a high school friend introduced him to the stage at the age of fifteen. Since then Josh has performed in many plays and musicals including the parts of Enjolras in Les Misérables, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Corny Collins in Hairspray, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast and Old Deuteronomy in Cats.
Kate started theatre at age 15 in Northern Light Theatre Company’s productions of Once Upon a Mattress followed by A Fractured G & S Trilogy, from which she was hooked! At age 16 Kate’s first Principle role was “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz (NLTC), for which she was first nominated for Best Female Performance by the Adelaide Theatre Guide. Kate continued with the roles “Liesl” in The Sound of Music and “Annie Golden” in Leader of the Pack, before playing “Karen” in The Boy from Oz (The Met), “Demeter” in Cats (Marie Clark), “Cinderella” in The Pumpkin (Curly Top Productions), and a Priest in Jesus Christ Superstar (G & S Society). Kate played “Shelley” in Hairspray (MBM) before returning to Northern Light Theatre Company to play the leading role of “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast.
Kate was awarded “Best Female Performance” by the Adelaide Theatre Guide for her role as “Kira” in Davine Interventionz production of Xanadu in the 2014 Adelaide Fringe. Kate most recently played the leading lady “Susan Lawrence” in Northern Light’s Production of BIG the Musical and will be returning to the stage next month to play the title role in Cinderella.
Kate was a regular extra on McLeod’s Daughters as a teenager and was part of the successful Fringe show Changing the Pace in 2011. She worked professionally as a singer for Night Train Theatre Restaurant in its final years but in the “real world” she works as a Paediatric Speech Pathologist.
Leah Boots is currently at school in year nine at Marryatville High. She loves singing, acting and dancing. So far she has been in a few musicals, such as Chip in Beauty and the Beast (NLTC), Little Cosette in Les Misérables, and Gabriella in High School Musical, and has also done a bit of TV work. She has also performed as part of the ensemble in a few Pelican Productions performances such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Bring It On. Leah has been a featured soloist in the Festival of Music (twice), and an assisting artist.
Mitchell first began performing at age 7 in choirs and school productions, before working extensively with youth theatre companies Pelican Productions and Swell Productions. Mitchell performed professionally as a child with Windmill Theatre Company. Mitchell has recently performed leading roles in Spring Awakening (Hills Musical Company - ATG Best Male Performance nom.), Violet (Davine Interventionz) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S Society), and has been featured in She Loves Me (Therry), FAME (Marie Clark), and Oklahoma! (Emma Knights Productions). He has also appeared in song cycles 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (Emma Knights Productions) and Edges (Irregular Productions).
Outside of performing, Mitchell has recently completed his Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) at UniSA and works as a performing arts teacher with Theatre Bugs and Adelaide Theatre Academy. In 2018 Mitchell made his directorial debut with Adelaide Theatre Academy's acclaimed production of Xanadu Jr.
Nathan has been performing onstage since the age of six starting as a tiny, little magician alongside his mother. Since then he has worked his way up the ranks of Scout Shouts Youth Theatre as performer and Young Director for several years (2007-2014). Pirates of Penzance (Ensemble/2012) marked his amateur theatre debut and he has since appeared in Little Shop of Horrors (Ensemble/2013), Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision (Russia, Estonia, Italy/2013), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Frank Pontipee/2014), White Christmas (Broadway Chorus/2014), Happy Days (Richie Cunningham/2015), all with the Northern Light Theatre Company, Mary Poppins (Bear, Tap Ensemble/2015) with Matt Byrne Media, and Guys and Dolls (Rusty Charlie/2015) with the G&S Society of SA. He now serves on the Northern Light committee as Publicity Officer. Nathan has enjoyed singing in fundraising cabarets for NLTC, ADSSA and Riding for the Disabled, his ability in which has grown through singing tuition over the past four years.
Nicholas recently started training with Brian Gilbertson, a well-known Adelaide vocal teacher and performer. After just finishing Year 12 just last year, he's still figuring out what he wants to do. His hopes are that he'll get into an acting school next year!
Recently Nicholas had the privilege of being a part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival with a new show, written by Lane Hinchcliffe, called The Front. It was a brilliant experience being able to work with industry professionals, and he also got the added benefit of being able to see a few cabaret shows here and there!
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.
Tanisha has a strong background in musical theatre, however recently has taken up songwriting (as well as learning the guitar and drums). Her current singing teacher is Kirsty Roberts and together they're developing an EP. Look out for that soon!
Tegan has appeared in many amateur and professional shows since the age of nine, her favourite roles include Annie in Annie (Northern Light Theatre Co. – 1997), Lois/Bianca in Kiss Me Kate (MCMT- 2006 and Co Opera SA- 2007), and Ariel in Footloose (Matt Byrne Media – 2006), Holly in The Wedding Singer (Matt Byrne Media – 2008), Lucy T Slut in Avenue Q (Matt Byrne Media – 2011). More recently, Rizzo in Grease (The Met – 2013), Calamity Jane in Calamity Jane (MCMT- 2014), Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (Hills Musical Company – 2014) and Julia in The Wedding Singer (MCMT- 2015). She also co-wrote, choreographed and performed in the sold out season of Villain-Ville: A Musical Exploration of Villainy and Evil in the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Tegan has worked around Adelaide as a show girl, promotional model, dancer, children’s show host and suit character performer for Essential Talent and had the opportunity to perform in Singapore with Ricarp in 2007. For five years Tegan worked at the Night Train as a lead performer in their Adult, Kids and touring show, The Rockaholics, and has been the lead singer for Adelaide corporate and Party Band Jungle Jooce for the past seven years. After completing a Drama degree and a B Ed at Flinders University she is currently a Performing Arts teacher. More recently Tegan played Amneris in the Hills Musical Company's May 2017 production of Aida and Princess Fiona in January 2018 in AYT's Shrek opposite her real life ogre, Andrew Crispe. In May this year she is looking forward to playing opposite Andrew again in the METs High Society as Tracy Samantha Lord.
Vaishnavi is a fourth year law and french student with a passion for music. This is now her fifth time being a part of the Broadway Sessions line-up, and her first time since coming back from a semester exchange in Paris! Vaishi's dream is to one day play a lead role, but for her being anything in any musical is an incredibly fun and rewarding experience. Since returning from France she was in the Met's production of Bye Bye Birdie and hopes to be part of another show soon!
Zak has been passionate about theatre for as long as he can remember, undertaking both on and offstage roles for a variety of productions. He has completed a Certificate IV in Commercial Dance at Gravity Dance, specialising in tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballroom and ballet.
Zak’s choreography credits include Singin’ in the Rain JR (2017, TB Arts, Fringe Festival), A Peter Combe Extravaganza! (2017, Something on Saturday) and A Night on Broadway (2014, Glenunga High School). Zak made his professional debut with State Opera of South Australia’s production of Hansel and Gretel. Since then, he has played many memorable roles such as Boq in Wicked the Musical (2016, Matt Byrne Media), Mary Sunshine in Chicago (2017, Emma Knights Productions), The Tinman in The Wiz (2013, GIHS), Danny in Grease (2014, GIHS), Bert in Mary Poppins (2014, GIHS) and also appeared as a featured dancer in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016, G&S Society of SA).
An avid performer, he has entertained at many events around Adelaide, such as the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Royal Adelaide Show and Adelaide's Clipsal 500, as well as at private functions, weddings and parties. Zak also works as an entertainer for Nickelodeon and Showtime Attractions and has performed in many children’s shows with them.