December Session

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

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!

 

Your Session Host

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 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.

Session Performers

Anthony Vawser

There would be few things in life that mean more to Anthony than music (but his amazing family will always keep the number one spot in his heart!) Whether listening or participating, dancing or reflecting, building up or winding down, on piano at a party or on stage in a show, he feels it's safe to declare that music is his lifeblood.

However, he does also greatly enjoy writing for the Adelaide Theatre Guide and Stage Whispers, as well as broadening and sharpening his talents either back-stage at a theatre or working for Second Chances Op Shop and Furniture Warehouse. His on-stage musical experience has included Mack and Mabel, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus of Disapproval, and the recent Company.

Les Misérables is the show/score that has captured Anthony's heart since childhood, while such high school roles as Fagin and vocal performances including The Music of the Night and Starlight Express are fond memories that he hopes to add to with Broadway Sessions.

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.

Catherine Hancock

Catherine Hancock has just completed two years of full time musical theatre training at APO Arts Academy in Melbourne. Originally from Adelaide, she performed in multiple amateur productions. These included: Jo March in Little Women (Therry Dramatic Society 2013), Tammy in Hairspray (Matt Byrne Media 2012), Eponine in Les Misérables (Shane Davidson Presents 2012), Pegeen in The Playboy of the Western World (Inependent Theatre Inc 2013). Catherine's TV credits include Honda's “Free for all” TVC (2014), iSelect TVC (2015), Coles Christmas TVC (2015) and playing a Canadian Nurse in 2014 in Anzac Girls (ABC).

In the summer of 2014/2015 Catherine was lucky enough to secure her first role in a professional stage show as the lead female singer in Jason Coleman’s Spiegelicious in Sorrento. The production starred Wayne Scott Kermond and after a sold out Christmas season, returned over Easter for another successful run. Catherine's most recent achievement was being selected as a semi finalist for the Rob Guest Endowment Award last year in Sydney.

Chloe Bremner

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.

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).

Most recently Chloe filmed “Vivid ‘magination," a music video with WASA where she played female lead Drew, with a release date expected in early 2018.

Ellis Dolan

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.

Elyse Batson

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

Originally from Adelaide, Jessica has spent the past two years in Brisbane undertaking a Bachelor of Musical Theatre. She is a highly motivated and versatile performer. Whilst in Brisbane, she has featured in several productions including The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas as Angel, Con2TheCabaret, and Rent as Alexi Darling. Highlights of her training so far involve her work with award-winning composer/playwright Megan Shorey, and esteemed West End choreographer Cressida Carre on A Chorus Line as a dancer/swing. She looks forward next year to touring a production of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, and Our Turn (the third year showcase) to Sydney and Melbourne.

Jonathon Shilling

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

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.

Kathryn Driver

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 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!

Marc Clement

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

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.

Mitchell Smith

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.

Rebecca Symonds

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.

Robin Breugelmans

Robin Breugelmans has just completed two years of Musical Theatre study at APO Arts Academy in Melbourne. Robin was a part of the International award winning A Capella quartet, 'The Fishbowl Boys' and has been lucky enough to represent Australia in competitions in America and Canada. Robin was a featured support artist for the recent Lea Salonga concert in Melbourne. His amateur credits in Adelaide include Shane Davidson Presents: Les Misérables; Grantaire (2012), Gin and Vodka Productions: Gypsy; Yonkers (2011), Gin and Vodka Productions: Spring Awakening; Georg (2010).

Roxie Giovannucci

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 Wandel

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 Dimopoulos

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.

Steven Lewis

Although only having been in the Adelaide musical theatre realm for a few years, Steven has been involved in a number of shows both on and offstage. These include ensemble roles in Mary Poppins (MBM, 2015), Legally Blonde (Hills Musical Company), 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. Later in 2016 he was involved in Thoroughly Modern Millie with G&S SA, and 2017 performed in Therry Dramatic society's production of Fiddler on the Roof as well as performing as a teen ensemble member for Bye Bye Birdie (The Met). Steven also attended the first Australian Musical Theatre Workshop in January 2013, overseen by Harvest Rain in Brisbane, and has regularly performed in the community choir for the Tea Tree Gully Council's Carols in the Park for the past 5 years.

Steven also has singing and dancing experience dating back 20 years, which include singing in the Adelaide Festival Choir (1996), boys competitive gymnastics (1994-1996), various dancing and singing lessons, and becoming a Zumba instructor (2011-2014). Steven really feels that musical theatre is where he feels most himself, and looks forward to many more years of performing and sharing lasting memories with other performers in the field.

Tom Gentry

Tom is an actor with an increasingly disconcerting habit of wandering, slightly lost, onto cabaret stages. As yet, he has been involved with four musicals, all for school. As of 2017, he has received vocal training at AC Arts. He starred in his first professional non-musical production in June, playing the nameless "slightly foreign" man in Will Eno's Title and Deed, and his second in November, playing the grief- and guilt-stricken piano-prodigy-turned-insomniac-novelist in Adam Rapp's Nocturne.

Outside of theatre projects and pissing off his neighbours with his late-night singing, Tom has been involved with YouTube comedy since 2015, active on both his own channel and others'. Since 2016, he has performed in three original live comedy shows, Breathing without Supervision, A Night You'll Forget, and Failure to Comply, with friend and collaborator 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.

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 Williams love for singing and dancing. William was very slow to get into the musical theatre world, only finding his love for musicals when he was 16 when his best friend Arianne showed him a little musical called The Book of Mormon.

William has only been involved in one musical so far: Marie Clarke Musical Theatre's production of Jekyll and Hyde. William portrayed several important characters including "Angry Man 1", "Rich Man" and "Scared Man #2".