October Session: Gender Swap

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

About this Session

October Session means the very first of our themed nights – Gender Swap! That’s right! Gender swap! To take part you will need to sing a song that is normally performed by someone of another gender. This is going to be a fun one, and will be a great opportunity to get to sing a song that is normally taboo (at least in a proper performance sense). You likely already have at least one song in your repertoire that belongs to another gender, and this is your chance to share it with the world!

The October Session will also include a performance from the cast of the Off-Broadway musical, The Story Of My Life, which opens at the Star Theatre in November as part of the Adelaide Feast Festival.

 

Session Host

Jeri Williams

Jeri Williams is originally from the United States, and has been a performer all her life. Her love affair with singing began before she could speak. Jeri grew up singing in church and school choirs – most notably, her high school's award-winning Jazz Show Choir, The Ambassadors. She is trained in choir, jazz and pop/R&B vocals. Jeri's first experience with community theatre was in a local production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, as a secretary, just before Year 11. The following year, she joined a community pop/dance group, and shortly thereafter an aspiring pop/R&B girl group.

After graduating, Jeri performed in an acapella group at a Florida theme park for more than a year before joining Disney Cruise Lines, as part of the Character Cast. She met her Aussie husband on board that ship and spent the next six years performing in Dance Parties, Parades & Specialty Performances with two other cruise lines. Jeri finally left ship life and settled down in 2011, and shortly thereafter landed the role of the Baker’s Wife in NLTC’s production of Into The Woods (2012). That production has held a huge space in her heart for the last three years. During this time, she became a mum for the first time, to her beautiful baby boy, Wyatt. Since coming to Australia, Jeri has loved performing in local theatre, and was involved in G&S' 2015 production of Guys & Dolls, but most recently was involved in NLTC's production of Mack and Mabel in October of 2016.

Being a mum of a young family it's often difficult to find the time to spare for shows and hence Broadway Sessions is a perfect fit – health permitting of course.

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.

Callum Piotr

Callum has been doing musical theatre for 10 years. He has been is shows such as The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, Footloose, Hairspray and many more. Callum got his Diploma of Music last year from TAFESA and has a strong passion for music. He has had vocal lessons with David Gauci and Naomi Eyers and is hoping to continue study interstate next year. His inspirations are John Barrowman, Nathan Lane and George Hearn, and would love to do such shows as It Shoulda Been You, DogFight and Ordinary Days.

Cara Brown

Cara is an international choral and theatre performer with her feet firmly planted in musical theatre. She started on stage in the days before mobile phones and microphones for amateur performers. Should you know her, it explains a lot!

Cara has appeared in various television shows and films as well as a panellist for The Project (Ch 10). Cara is also a stagecraft, character development and movement for stage teacher through her own studio as well as producing successful burlesque shows for Adelaide Fringe and a variety of charity nights around Adelaide. She has participated in over 21 years of Adelaide Fringes and has been performing, in total, for over 30 years. She now produces cabaret shows with her company Burly Q Events.

Cara's hobbies include handicrafts, costuming and destroying bigots on the internet. She likes playfully teasing sopranos and intends to clean her room soon.

Chelsea McGuinness

Chelsea has just completed year 12 and has since started a degree in Jazz performance at the Elder Conservatorium. In 2016 at Generations in Jazz Chelsea was awarded Division 2 Most Promising Vocalist. She also earned a merit in her year 12 subject Music Solo Performance.

Musical Theatre credits include Princess Ying Yaowalak (The King and I), Young Cosette (Les Misérables), Susan Waverley (White Christmas), Baby June (Gypsy) as well as playing Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street and Calamity in Calamity Jane in her high school musicals.

Daniel Knowles

Since his first taste of performing on stage when he was 11 in a Primary School production of 'A Kidsummer Night's Dream', Daniel has thoroughly enjoyed being in the spotlight. His first appearance on the ammeter theatre scene was in NLTC's The Pirates of Penzance as a Pirate/Police in 2012. This was followed by 3 more NLTC shows: Little Shop of Horrors (Ensemble, 2013), Euröbeat: Almost Eurovision (Estonia/Russia/Sweden, 2013) and Happy Days (Bully/Ensemble, 2015). Daniel recently appeared in MBM's Mary Poppins as Punch/Tap Ensemble and also in MBM's Alfie as Perc; both in 2015. Daniel is currently studying Web Technologies and is a massive Survivor fan. He also loves Beyoncé and just happens to have the same last name as her (Knowles). He is looking forward to his first Broadway Sessions performance!

David Salter

When David is not performing in local musical theatre and cabaret, you can catch him busking at Adelaide's beaches and surrounding suburbs with his ukulele, performing puppets for children, and enjoying singalongs at old folks homes. His recent credits include playing Peter Allen in the Met's Boy from Oz, Princeton in Matt Byrne Media's Avenue Q. as well as leads in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for Opus, Little Shop of Horrors for Northern Light Theatre Company, and the local cabaret showcases Sing on Through Tomorrow and Homemade Fusion.

David recently played the role of Denny Doherty in the Davine Interventionz sell out season production of Flowerchildren – The Mamas and Papas Story after performing in Davine's 2013 production of Altar Boyz.

Emma Wilczek

Since the time she was just 4 years old, Emma has loved performing. She first realised her passion for musical theatre when she participated in her high school’s production of Grease as an eager year 8 student. As a now just as eager 21-year-old, she has since proudly been a part of many great shows. Some of her favourites include the roles of Tracy and Elle Woods in her school's productions of Hairspray and Legally Blonde, Lily St. Regis in Adelaide Youth Theatre’s Annie, Ruth in G & S society’s Thoroughly Modern Millie, Melita in Spring Awakening by HMC and most recently Girl Bad Idea Bear in HMC's Avenue Q. Emma is also very excited to be a member of the Elder Conservatorium's brand new musical theatre course and cannot wait to see where it leads her.

Harry Nguyen

Harry Nguyen is usually known as the ‘Krispy Kreme’ guy, mainly because he brings donuts to any shows that he is apart of. Falling in love with theatre from his first show in 2013 (High School Musical, AYT), Harry has immersed himself in shows including Hairspray (AYT), Fame (Marie Clark), Into the Woods (AYT), Rent (Marie Clark), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S). Harry is currently working towards getting into theatre schools, but in the meantime you can catch him working at Krispy Kreme and giving free glazed donuts to anyone he knows.

Leah Gauthier

Leah Gauthier (nee Potter) has been involved in theatre in some form for as long as she can remember. She completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Tabor College in 2010 and has since then taken part in various productions around Adelaide. Some of her roles have included Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz, Therry Dramatic Society, 2012), Little Red Ridinghood (Into The Woods, Northern Lights Theatre Company, 2012), Susan Pevensie (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Influencers, 2013), Katie Brown (Calamity Jane, Marie Clark Musical Theatre, 2014) and Edith in the Bailey Dolls, a musical she co-wrote and directed for the Adelaide Fringe in 2011 and 2012.

In addition to that lengthy list, Leah also spent her time musical directing Tyndale Christian School's Middle School musicals for the past 6 years. After taking a break from the theatre scene to complete her teaching degree and get married, she returns with a name change and an excitement to perform again.

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.

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!

Mark Stefanoff

Mark has trained throughout Australia and New York studying Musical Theatre at Schools including The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA Bachelor of Musical Theatre), APO Arts Academy (Advanced Diploma Musical Theatre), and Broadway Dance Centre (Scholarship Program). Mark is most well known from his appearances on The Voice, most recently in this years series making his way on to Team Ricky!

Credits include Angel-Rent, Edgar/BatBoy- BatBoy, Chip Tolentino- Spelling Bee, Schlomo- Fame, Mungojerrie-Cats, The Boy From Oz, HONK!, Children of Eden, Hello Dolly (Revival Cast), and Godspell (Revival Cast). Mark has worked for the International Touring Show; The Illusionist's as Gingers Assistant. Alongside Theatre, Mark has had the privilege to work with artists including Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian, Silvie Paladino, Rhonda Burchmore, Rachael Beck, and Natalie Weiss. 2017 is looking to be an exciting year for Mark as he ventures away from Adelaide with Harvest Rain's touring production of Hairspray.

Mim Sarre

Millicent Sarre is a singer & songwriter, cabaret artist, music theatre performer and vocal coach.

Mim studied Music and Theatre at Graceland University, USA, before returning to her hometown of Adelaide, South Australia, where she has been actively involved in the music theatre scene. Her notable roles to date include Veronica Sawyer in Heathers the Musical (Segue Productions, 2019), Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening (Hills Musical Company 2017), Ivy in Ivy + Bean the Musical (The Gemini Collective, 2018 – Australian Premiere), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Hills Musical Company, 2015) and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Graceland University, 2013).

In June 2019, she premiered her original cabaret show, Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered, in the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe, and revived the show for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020, where it played a sold-out extended season and was a 3-time award winner in the Adelaide Fringe Awards.

Nathan Quadrio

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.

Scott Lorien

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.

Sophie Morris

Sophie's passion for theatre began at the age of 11 years old in Northern Light Theatre Company's Beauty and the Beast. Since then she has played many of her favourite roles such as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Skylar in Bring it On, Brooke Wyndam in Legally Blonde and most recently Hedy La Rue in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Stacey Andrew

Stacey is a Special Education Teacher with a love for all things musical. After eight years of study and completing a Masters degree she is back to focusing on her musical passion.

William Peake

As a child, you could always find William screaming into his SingStar microphone and dancing to High School Musical. These habits evolved into William's love for singing and dancing.

In William's short musical career he has performed in Jekyll and Hyde, in which he portrayed several important characters including "Angry Man 1", "Rich Man" and "Scared Man #2", and Anything Goes where he was Reverand Henry T Dobson. In 2019 William got his first leading role in Once Upon a Mattress where he was Prince Dauntless the Drab.

William is currently at the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music completing a Bachelors of Music Education and Pedagogy.

Session Band

Peter Johns (Piano/Musical Director)

Peter is a music director, accompanist, repertoire coach, and the founder of Irregular Productions - one half of the brains behind Broadway Sessions.

He has been a theatre music director since 2005, with a number of his shows winning local awards. Theatre Credits include: (as Music Director) Beautiful, Mamma Mia, Les Misérables, Next to Normal, Violet, The Story Of My Life, Songs For A New World, The Light In The Piazza, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Into the Woods, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, [title of show], Edges, Avenue Q, Bring It On, Singing In The Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, Urinetown the Musical, Scrooge, The Witches of Eastwick, Little Shop of Horrors, Seussical the Musical, Grease, Once Upon a Mattress; (as Associate Music Director) Kinky Boots; (as Conductor) City of Angels, The Addams Family; (as Associate Conductor) Rent; (as Assistant Music Director) Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, South Pacific, Copacabana; as well as playing keyboard in over 25 other productions.

Besides co-producing Broadway Sessions, Irregular Productions has also staged the South Australian premieres of Songs for a New World, [title of show] and Edges, as well as a new production of Godspell (with Lydian Productions).

Peter is also the music director for Civic Park Carols, Australia's second-largest candlelight carols event, working with some of Adelaide’s finest musician’s and performers, as well as artists such as Justine Clarke, Guy Sebastian, Rachel Beck, and Jimmy Giggle.

Max Ziliotto (Drums/Percussion)

Max has been playing percussion for 15 years, and has been involved in numerous music performance groups throughout that time. Attending Marryatville High School 2006-2010, and being a part of the Raiders Drum Corps since 2007, he learned performance etiquette pretty quickly, and grew comfortable performing in front of people. Max participated in the Big Band program at high school, and as such was able to attend Generations in Jazz multiple times. His drumkit playing further improved after high school where, during his studies for his Bachelor of Music (Percussion), he was a part of the Jazz SA Youth Superbands. While studying his Bachelors, Max competed in and won First Place in the 2011 MSO Snare Competition.

Musical theatre has been part of his life since 2009, and as luck would have it, Max has been working with Peter Johns since his very first show! Productions Max has been involved in include: Sweeney Todd, Fame, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, Annie, The Full Monty, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Violet, Wicked, Bring It On!, Edges, Beautiful, Mamma Mia, and Les Miserables.

Outside of music, Max has developed a passion for gridiron, and plays for the Port Adelaide Spartans. He is also a personal trainer, and his love for craft beers is pretty strong!

Louis Cann (Bass)

Louis has been playing both double bass and bass guitar as long as he can remember. Beginning with lessons at the age of 7, he quickly developed his skills and decided that music was the career for him. Louis began playing for Musical Theatre shows in 2011, with the Northern Lights Theatre Company’s production of Beauty and the Beast, which coincidentally, was the beginning of a long-standing working relationship with Musical Director, Peter Johns! Since, Louis has played for many theatre companies around Adelaide, including Adelaide Youth Theatre, Lydian Productions, Pelican Productions, Davine Productions, Irregular Productions, Marie Clarke Musical Theatre, The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of South Australia, and Hills Musical Company. Some of his favourite shows to play for have been In the Heights, for Pelican Productions in 2019, and Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, for Davine Productions in 2020. In 2018, Louis had the privilege of playing in the pit for the Gordon Frost Organisation’s touring production of The Wizard of Oz. Louis graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2016, with a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance.) That same year, he began performing as a casual member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - some of his favourite performances include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, and Last Night of the Proms at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Martin Cheney (Piano)

Martin is an accompanist, repertoire coach and music director for the Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium and a secondary school music teacher, accompanist and repetiteur at Concordia College. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Composition and is a co-founder of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra.
As the founder and director of Lydian Productions, Martin has produced and music-directed critically-acclaimed seasons of john & jen and Godspell (with Irregular Productions) since its debut in 2016, as well as curating a new music theatre song cycle, Bitter. Sweet., in 2019. Professionally, Martin has performed with Il Divo, Marina Prior and John Foreman, as well as being keyboard deputy for the touring Australian productions of The Wizard of Oz, Mamma Mia! and Aladdin. He has had the good fortune to work with the best of Australia’s theatre music directors, including Laura Tipoki, Michael Azzopardi, Chris King and Kohan van Sambeeck.
Martin has also worked as a rehearsal pianist for the State Opera Company of South Australia and is regularly engaged as an audition pianist for many of Adelaide’s theatre companies (when there is not an ongoing global pandemic).