About this Session
We don’t know about you, but for us the weeks in leading up to Christmas are pretty full on and busy (busy) busy! Work Christmas parties, drinks for this, drinks for that, family catch-ups, last minute Christmas shopping, final auditions for performing arts schools, Carols by Candlelight and so on… And of course then there’s Christmas Eve and Christmas Day get-togethers, Boxing Day parties, plus lots of racing from one place to the next.
So, we thought by the time Broadway Sessions arrives it’s time to stop. Take a break from the busy-ness of the season, and sit down, relax with Broadway Sessions: piano style!
No drum grooves, no funky bass riffs, just the performer, the piano, and the lyrics of their favourite Broadway songs. We’ve asked them to be creative (but mindful) in song choices; where a song’s lyrics really speak to you, or will make the audience laugh; maybe a song that’s normally accompanied by a band or orchestra they think would work with the simplicity of a piano; or, it may be a song they’ve heard which is recorded with just a piano and would like to sing that.
It’s sure to be an interesting night!
Lindsay Prodea (he/him)
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 Urinetown, 42nd Street, Crazy 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.
There would be few things in life that mean more to Anthony than music (except for his amazing family). Whether listening or participating, dancing or reflecting, building up or winding down, on piano at a party or on stage in a show, music is one of his greatest passions, right up there with the wonderful world of cinema.
In his working life, Anthony is an adjudicator for Debating SA, and part of the staff at Second Chances Furniture Warehouse on Richmond Road.
His on-stage musical experience has included Mack and Mabel, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus of Disapproval, Company, If/Then, and Summer of '69 - plus the recent/upcoming Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
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.
Catherine established a passion for performing arts in Adelaide, appearing in multiple amateur productions including Jo March in Little Women (Therry Dramatic Society 2013), Eponine in Les Misérables (Shane Davidson Presents 2012), Tammy in Hairspray (Matt Byrne Media 2012) and Pegeen in The Playboy of the Western World (Independent Theatre Inc 2013). Catherine then moved to Melbourne in 2014 to pursue musical theatre full time at APO Arts Academy.
During her 2 year training, she landed her first professional gig in Spiegelicious and in 2015 was a semi-finalist in the Rob Guest Endowment. Since graduating Catherine appeared in numerous TVCs and local musical theatre productions in Melbourne. In 2017 she performed the role of Maureen in WMTC’s production of RENT and in October 2018 she performed the role of Emma Carew in CLOC’s production of Jekyll and Hyde.
Catherine joined the corporate trio The Cover Girls in 2017 and regularly performed with them on various cruise ships around Australia. Since moving back to Adelaide in 2020 Catherine has become a mother to her daughter Charlotte and returned to local theatre. She played the role of the Baker’s Wife in G&S’s Into the Woods (2022), Sarah in Therry Theatre’s Company (2023) and will be performing the role of Julia in NLTC’s upcoming 2024 production of The Wedding Singer.
One of Chloe's earliest memories is twirling and singing in an Adelaide Crows football guernsey. Following this passion, she landed her first professional role in the touring production of Turandot in 2008, as well as starring as Ariel in the 2013 Australian premiere of The Little Mermaid. Chloe loved being part of Big Dreams – a 2019 Book Week show.
Throughout her time at WAAPA, Chloe has had the opportunity to play Cora in Atlantis (Matthew Robinson. Workshop) and Diane Lorimer in 42nd Street (dir. Jason Langley) as well as being a featured soloist in both Rent (dir. Adam Mitchell) and Chicago (dir. Crispin Taylor). Chloe filmed Vivid ‘magination, a music video with WASA where she played female lead Drew which was released in 2018.
Most recently Chloe returned from performing in Disney’s PJ Masks live show in Singapore with Marilla productions.
Ellis Dolan (he/him)
Ellis Dolan toured as Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show, and with the company of School of Rock as an Understudy for Dewey Finn and as a Swing – travelling all over Australia, China, and New Zealand.
He 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 Festival.
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 third 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 made his directorial debut with Edges as part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival and loved every second of working with such fine people.
Elyse just graduated with a Diploma of Musical Theatre from APO Arts Academy in Melbourne. She moved to Victoria to complete the course. She has trained with many teachers and working professionals in the theatre world such as Derek Taylor, David Piper, Trent Baker, Nadia Komazec, Andrea Carmody and Will Centurion. Elyse will be staying in Melbourne and continuing training in all areas. Previously, she has performed in several shows around Adelaide such as: Eurobeat (NLTC), Phantom of the Opera (MBM), Little Shop of Horrors (NLTC), Fiddler on the Roof (OPUS), The Pirates of Penzance (NLTC) and Oliver (NLTC).
Jessica Mills (she/her)
Originally from Adelaide, Jessica graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2016 with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre. She made her adult professional debut early 2017 with The 7 Sopranos in their tour of Songs from Stage and Screen, and has since toured with them internationally.
With State Opera of South Australia, Jessica understudied and performed the lead role of Angela, and covered all of the female roles in their tour of Love Burns. She has performed as a soloist in Bright Lights and Big Dreams, and Emerging Artists In Concert. Currently, she is looking forward to stepping into the role of Isabel in Pirates of Penzance. Jessica has also performed in the chorus of La Bohème, Voss, and La Traviata.
Other stage credits include: Nella – Gianni Schicchi (CoOpera), Messa da Requiem (Adelaide Festival), Study Cover La Strega Buona del Nord – Il Mago di Oz (Victorian Opera), Choreographer, TweedleDee – Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (Australian Contemporary Opera Co.), Mab/Day, Dance Captain – The Enchanted Pig (postponed, ACOCo.), actor/dancer - Don Giovanni (Opera Australia), actor - Il Viaggio a Reims (Opera Australia), U/S Mary Maguire, Ensemble - The Beautiful Game (Manilla Street Productions), Cinderella - Cinderella (Pantomime Productions), and Aurora - Sleeping Beauty (Tivoli).
Jonathon is currently in his second year at Federation University Arts Academy in Ballarat studying a Bachelor of Music Theatre. Earlier this year he had the opportunity of playing the role of 'Mrs. White' in a new Australian musical called Showtrain at FedUni and in a few weeks time Jonathon will be playing the role of 'Albert Petersen' in Bye Bye Birdie. His Adelaide theatre credits include, Grease with The Met, The Addams Family with Matt Byrne Media and Young Frankenstein with Marie Clark Music Theatre. He has been completing vocal coaching with Ursula White for five years, and with Robyn Womersly and Richard Chew at University.
Jonathon's dream role is Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening, as well as Bud Frump in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Kate Hodges (She/Her)
Kate is an established performer and a regular with NLTC having played roles such as Liesl in The Sound of Music, The title role in Cinderella, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and most recently Fantine in this year's production of Les Miserables to name a few. Kate loves the Adelaide theatre community and has performed with a number of other companies across SA including MBM, The MET, Marie Clarke, Therry, The Hills Musical Theatre Company and G&S Society. Highlights for Kate include playing the puppet Kate Monster for The Hills Musical Theatre Company's production of Avenue Q in 2018 and the roller-skating Goddess Kira/Clio in Davine Interventionz' production of Xanadu in 2014.
Kate was first nominated for an Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards for "Best Female Performance" at 15 for her role as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz with NLTC. Ten years later Kate was nominated again and won ATG's "Best Female Performance" for her role in or Kira/Clio in Xanadu. In the real world Kate is a Speech Pathologist, Voice Therapist, Vocal Coach and Mum to two young children.
Kathryn was born in England and has had a rich upbringing in the world of the arts. She has been in various characters such as tweedledum in Alice in wonderland, Betty Rizzo in Grease and is currently playing Erma in JamaeRaws adaptation of Anything Goes. Kathryn has been singing in Soul Factor Gospel Choir for many years and is currently receiving vocal training by David Gauci.
Recently out of uni with a degree in teaching and the arts, Kathryn has been in musical theatre since a young age. She is currently in the Hills production of Aida and also teaches musical theatre, acting and singing at Starlets SA.
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!
Marc Clement is an actor, singer/songwriter and bass player. He has been writing and performing original songs around Adelaide and Australia for over 20 years in various bands, and has also been acting for over 25 years, with lead roles in musicals such as Tommy, The Addams Family and White Christmas. He regularly performs in about three plays a year, and has done many straight plays with lead roles in Reservoir Dogs with MBM, Rick with Spotlight theatre, and recently played the lead role of Alfie in Alfie with MBM with great reviews.
Marc is always studying acting and is currently doing a two month course with Tony Knight (head acting coach at NIDA for over 20 years). He is off to Melbourne in January to do the National Actors Intensive for a week, and has been in a mere four films this year: one of which will be at the Mercury cinema in January. With only two actors in the film it was a huge opportunity to get some great screen time. The film is called Ambergris. Marc has previously been to Broadway Sessions and thinks it's a fantastic way for local talent to show what they can do. This time it's his turn!
Mark Stefanoff (he/they)
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!
This ignited that theatre bug which led Mark to tour Australia, Asia, America and Europe with multiple musicals/productions including Kinky Boots (Australian Tour), Godspell (Australian Revival), Hello, Dolly! (Australian Revival), Hairspray Arena Spectacular (Tour), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (NCL European Tour), and Magic to do – Stephen Schwartz (USA/Euro Princess tour 3.0). Mark is proudly represented by Emma Raciti Management, and is excited by the opportunities that are popping up within South Australia in the Arts!
Most recently Mark has been working with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as the vocal captain for Disco Wonderland for the Brisbane Festival. Mark is about to head out on tour for the Japanese and Australian tour of Burn The Floor as their lead vocalist.
Mitchell is so excited to be back at Broadway Sessions for the first time since almost 3 years living in Melbourne. Favourite past roles include Melchior in Spring Awakening (HMC), Marius in Les Misérables (PLOS - Melbourne), Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S), and Monty in Violet (Davine). He currently works as a paediatric podiatrist in the public sector in Victoria and is so grateful to be able to get across the border (and hopefully back) to sing tonight.
Performing has been a huge part of Rebecca's life from the very young age of four. Whether singing, dancing, acting or playing one of her instruments. Rebecca loves being on stage, which has enabled her to share that love for the performing arts with people around her.
Rebecca's first lead role was the Lion in The Wizard of Oz, followed by Gabriella Montez in High School Musical, along with many other youth productions. She has also travelled all around Australia throughout her schooling, performing in competitions with Voice, Flute, Drama & Dance. She is currently studying classical studies at the Elder Conservatorium of Music at Adelaide University. Rebecca hopes to pursue Music Theatre as a career and travel interstate to audition for numerous theatre schools.
Robbie Breugelmans moved back to Adelaide in 2020, after 6 years working as a performer in Melbourne. Robbie has performed in many different countries with groups such as Hi 5 and PJ Masks, as well as originating the role of Webster in the ABC Kids show Team Rescue. Other highlights include being a member of the International award-winning A Cappella Quartet, The Fishbowl Boys, and representing Australia in vocal competitions over in Canada and USA.
Roxie began singing at age seven, performing in numerous concerts with Voicestyle Studios. Since 2006, she has embarked on solo performances, performing at such venues as: The Intercontinental Hotel, The Governor Hindmarsh and Adelaide Festival Centre.
Some of her theatre credits include: The Sour Kangaroo (Seussical – Shane Davidson Presents), Brenda (Hairspray – Matt Byrne Media), Erato (Xanadu – Davine Interventionz), Flight by Night Addams (The Addams Family – Matt Byrne Media), Hot Box Dancer (Guys and Dolls – G&S Society) and ensemble for Catch Me If You Can with Marie Clark Theatre Company.
Roxie is also a graduate of AC Arts, where she studied a Diploma of Costume for Performance.
Sandy knew from a young age that she was destined to be in the theatre, and as it turns out she was correct. Sandy is an Operating Theatre Nurse, and yes, she does sing at work! Sandy's first experience of music theatre was at age 11 when she understudied the role of Jane in a Come Out Festival performance of Tarzan's Narrow Escape. Not long after this she was introduced to the world of country music, and won a number of talent quests across Australia, including two amateur Golden Guitars at Tamworth, and her episode of Bert Newton's New Faces at age 15.
Since then Sandy has sung across a number of genres, studied AMEB Classical Voice to Grade 5, and worked as a Primary School Choir Trainer for the Festival Of Music. Her passion remains with Music Theatre and some of her favourite things have been playing the role of Nancy in Oliver!, Miss Hannigan in Annie (Balaklava Community Arts 2001/2005), Mrs Baskin in Big ( Northern Light 2015), and most recently being privileged to be in the ensemble of G&S Society's extremely well received production of Les Misérables.
Sophia is currently living in Queensland, where she has performed in a large variety of productions on stage. Sophia played Persephone in Eurobeat (NLTC, 2013), Adelaide Adams in Calamity Jane (MCMT, 2013), Keely in The First (BTG, 2015), Mrs Potts (BTG, 2015), The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (BTG, 2016) and most recently Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes (BTG, 2017).
Some of Sophia's favourite shows in the ensemble include Sweeney Todd (HMC, 2011), Hairspray (MBM, 2012), Into the Woods (NLTC, 2012) and Calamity Jane (BTG, 2013). Sophia was part of the Australian Girls Choir and was invited to perform in a tour of the USA for G’Day USA (2009), performing in Carnegie Hall with Olivia Newton-John and with Hugh Jackman in the Boy From Oz (2006) and with Andre Rieu in 2009.
Sophia is a regular performer with Footlights Theatrical Inc and has performed in their shows: Sirens, Classy Christmas 1 and 2, Best of the West End and On the Rocks shows.
Sophia is currently rehearsing for That 90s Time Travel Movie: A Back to the Future Parody with Brisbane Arts Theatre, as well as L.O.V.E with Footlights Theatrical Inc for early 2018.
Since his debut in 2012, Steven has been involved in a number of Adelaide amateur musical theatre shows both on and offstage. These include ensemble roles in Dusty (NLTC, 2019), If/Then (Segue Productions, 2018), Spamalot (Marie Clark Musical Theatre, 2018), Bye Bye Birdie (The Met, 2017), Fiddler on the Roof (Therry, 2017), Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S, 2016), Mary Poppins (MBM, 2015), Legally Blonde (Hills Musical Company, 2014), Xanadu (Davine Interventions, 2014), Eurobeat (NLTC, 2013) and Copacabana (The Met, 2012), the role of Ralph Malph in Happy Days (NLTC, 2015), as well as crewing for MBM in Phantom of the Opera (2013) and Hairspray (2012). In 2016, he performed in the ensemble of MBM's SA amateur premiere of Wicked, and was thankful to understudy the role of Fiyero. Steven also has regularly performed in the community choir for the Tea Tree Gully Council's Carols in the Park since 2013.
Singing and dancing is a passion for Steve that stems back over 20 years; involvement with Adelaide Festival Choir (1996), competitive gymnastics (1994-1997), becoming a Zumba Instructor (2011-2014), and various singing and dancing lessons have contributed to his love of this outlet.
Steve is currently receiving vocal tuition from David Gauci, and is looking forward to being in Davine Productions’ 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival show, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Tom is an actor with an increasingly disconcerting habit of wandering onto cabaret stages. In 2017, he received vocal training at AC Arts and starred in his first two professional productions (Will Eno's Title and Deed and Adam Rapp's Nocturne). In 2019, he directed and performed in the Australian première of Nerve by Adam Szymkowicz, for which both he and co-star Katherine Silbereisen were nominated for ATG Curtain Call Awards.
Outside of theatre projects, Tom has been active in the comedy scene since 2015, both online and onstage, often in collaboration with Sebastian Benn.
Vanessa Lee Shirley
Vanessa holds an Advanced Diploma of Design for makeup, specializing in film, TV, theatre and SFX. She has been Head Makeup Artist for various feature and short films and theatre productions. Currently she is performing in G&S Les Misérables as Madame Thenadier and following this Vanessa is producing and performing the role of Claire in Ordinary Days. Her other performance credits include understudy to the role of Bec in Amity Dry’s musical Mother Wife and The Complicated Life with Popjam Productions, Co-Opera’s The Magic Flute throughout Australia and Europe and performing Frasquita in Carmen. Vanessa’s extensive musical theatre background includes Mrs Sowerberry in Oliver!, Ayah in The Secret Garden, Tessa in The Gondoliers, the Fairy Queen in Iolanthe, Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, and Rapunzel in Into The Woods. Vanessa has recently directed and designed The Addams Family Musical for Walford School for Girls.
BJ Peake (He/Them)
As a child, you could always find BJ screaming into his SingStar microphone and dancing to High School Musical. These habits evolved into BJ's love for singing and dancing.
BJ Has been floating around the Adelaide Theatre scene for a short while now, but in his short career he has had the opportunity to participate in several shows and portray a variety of characters such as Angry Man #1, Rich Man, And Scared Man #2 in Jekyll and Hyde, Male Ensemble Member in Hello Dolly!, Reverend Henry T Dobson in Anything Goes, and Prince Dauntless the Drab in Once Upon A Mattress.
In 2021 BJ completed his Bachelors of Music Education and Pedagogy at the Adelaide Conservatorium, and is currently putting his skills to use as Assistant Music Director for Marie Clarke Music Theatres upcoming show I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.
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.
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.
Max Ziliotto (Drums/Percussion)
Max Ziliotto has been performing since 2004, from concert bands, drumline and big band, to orchestral works and musical theatre. Prior to his acceptance as a Casual Percussionist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, he completed his Bachelor of Music in 2013 at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Amanda Grigg.
Born in Adelaide, Max began his musical journey under the guidance of Peter Matzick. Attending Marryatville High School, Max gained a wealth of performance opportunities including the Generations in Jazz festival in Mount Gambier. During his Undergraduate studies, Max won first place in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Award in 2011.
Max has been performing with the Elder Conservatorium's Music Theatre students' productions since 2021, most notably playing the drum score for Legally Blonde, directed by Broadway's Nikki Snelson in 2022.
Max was also an active member of the Raiders Drum Corps from 2006-2019, performing numerous times in the city's Christmas Pageant, and on stage with them at Australian Ultimate Drummers Weekend in Melbourne 2015. He has tutored at South Australian Music Camp multiple times, and has been in the house band of Broadway Sessions since its inception in 2015.