February Session #1 – The Best of Broadway Sessions

14 Sunday February 2016
When: 6:30pm Where: The Jade Monkey Tickets: $10

February in Adelaide means Festival time and we just had to join in the fun. Since we couldn’t possibly fit everything into one night we have added an extra Session. That’s right. TWO BROADWAY SESSIONS. It’s Christmas all over again!

Join us on the 14th of February as we revisit some of our favourite performances and performers since we launched six months ago. They aren’t necessarily perfect in technique and pitch (although they could well be…), but they each capture the very essence of Broadway Sessions in their own unique way. More than anything else, we want to show you (and let you bask in the enjoyment of) what Broadway Sessions is all about – what it set out to be, and where it intends to go heading into the future.

There is also (of course) the opportunity for you to register to perform on-stage with the Session band.

*Please note that due to all tickets being sold via Adelaide Fringe and FringeTIX there is a slight price increase for this session.

Your Session Host

Mark Oates

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

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

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

Session Performers

Amelie Peters

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

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

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

David Gauci

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

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.

Erin McKellar

Erin McKellar is an aspiring young vocalist, from Adelaide. Erin is currently studying a bachelor of music, specializing in jazz performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Prior to this Erin studied at Saint Peter’s Girls School, where she achieved several SACE merits in her final music and drama studies. Erin recently returned from undergoing a Jazz singers intensive summer workshop in London at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, learning from a various faulty members from the school.

In 2014 Erin was selected as a mentor for the 2014 New York Jazz Symposium in Melbourne, working along side and learning from some of New Yorks finest Jazz musicians including Carl Allen, Rodney Jones and Carla Cook. Erin also received a scholarship to attend the 2013 Juilliard Jazz Winter School, again learning under the guidance of Carl Allen, Rodney Jones, Matthew Jodrell and many more. She also placed first in the Edith and Ern Vocal eisteddfod and placed second in the 2014 talent on show competition.

As well as being a solo vocalist Erin is also a member of Adelaide’s finest jazz choir, The Adelaide Connection and The Jones Commentary directed by Charmaine Jones. Erin is currently involved in the live music scene in Adelaide and values every opportunity to share music with the community. Erin is looking forward to returning to her roots in musical theatre.

Gemma Dandie

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!

Iman Saleh

Iman has been a musician for 10 years playing bass in several local bands throughout that time and also having completed a diploma in music. Always having a natural knack for the arts he always wanted to explore the side of acting and dancing, and was given the opportunity in 2015 when he first entered the Adelaide musical theatre scene in JamaeRaws adaptation of the musical Grease, portraying the role of Danny Zuko. He has since been in Wicked (Matt Byrne Media) and Anything Goes (JamaeRaw) playing Moonface Martin and most recently MBM's Saturday Night Fever as Bobby C. Iman has been enjoying his experiences and developing his stage skills and is excited to see where it will take him.

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.

Leah Harford

At 18, Leah is trained in Musical Theatre, dance and has private singing tuition with Kirsty Roberts. The Met’s The King & I was Leah’s first musical at eight years old whereby she played the role of Princess Ying Yaowalack and some ten years on Leah was very excited to accept the beautiful role of Tuptim with The Met – shows start 13th October at the Arts Theatre.

In the ten year gap Leah has performed for both professional and amateur companies in varying lead and support roles: Adelaide Youth Theatre – Into The Woods (Cinderella), Seussical (Gertrude), Hairspray (Nicest Kid), High School Musical (Taylor McKessie), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally u/s), G&S Society – Les Misérables (Young Cosette), Swell Productions – Thoroughly Modern Millie (Bun Foo), Into the Woods (Rapunzel), Beauty & The Beast (Le Fou), Seussical (Jo-Jo), … just to name a some of the shows. Leah extended her CV to include directing with AYT giving her the opportunity to direct her first musical Aladdin Jr. earlier this year – a fantastic experience which she loved.

Leah has performed overseas in Disneyland Hong Kong & Paris and on the West End in London with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team and has sung at many previous Broadway Sessions. Leah hopes to go on and study and teach in the Arts Industry.

Lindsay Prodea

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

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

Lisa Simonetti

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

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

Mim Sarre

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Paul Talbot

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

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

Rod Schultz

Rod has proven his versatility in a broad variety of roles, from musicals to children’s theatre. Leading roles include Fagin in Oliver! (The G&S Society of SA), Paul in A Chorus Line and Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Hills Musical Company), The Man in the Saloon in Blues in the Night (Northern Light Theatre Company), and The Baker in Into the Woods (MS Society). Other credits include Dr Madden/Dr Fine in Next to Normal (Six Foot Something Productions), Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music (Hills Musical Company), Collins in RENT (Catchy Title Productions), the Villan in The Musical of Musicals, the Musical! (Toot Toot Productions), Linus in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (MS Society) and Thenardier in several productions of Les Misérables.

As a vocalist, Rod has featured in cabaret, benefit concerts, corporate entertainment, and has originated roles in developing local works. He has sung live for ABC radio and has toured Australia extensively with children’s favourite The Fairies.

Since joining Co-Opera in 2012, Rod has toured Australia and Malaysia with Die Fledermaus (Frank), and recently made his opera debut covering the role of Goro for Co-Opera’s touring production of Madama Butterfly.

Ron Abelita

Music has always been part of Ron’s life. As part of Novo Concertante Manila, an international award-winning chamber choir in the Philippines, Ron travelled to Europe and Asia performing a wide range of acapella music of various genres. He has also participated in competitions and concerts to international audiences. Ron continues to explore music as a chorus member of The Elder Conservatorium Chorale. He has found a new passion for musical theatre in both amateur and professional productions. Since moving to Australia in 2010, Ron has done Miss Saigon (MCMT 2011), Bernstein Mass (ASO 2012), Ennio Morriconne Live (ASO 2012), Kiss of the Spider Woman (HMC 2012), Forbidden Broadway (MCMT 2012), Phantom of the Opera (MBM 2013), The Cross (ACTS 2013 & 2014), part of the chorus for Andrea Bocelli (ASO 2014) and Rent (MCMT 2016). Ron recently played a part in the exciting production of the 2012 Broadway Revival Version of Godspell which opened in May 2018. Ron secretly wishes that like Hamilton, more and more shows and production outfits will now allow everyone and recognise talent over race and culture, to play roles not usually given to people of colour. In February 2016, Ron first took part in Broadway Sessions and is again thrilled to take part in this month's session.

Sandy Marion

Sandy grew up singing jazz and soul and was intorduced to musical theatre by her Grandpa - she now works for Amnesty International, but still loves to perform whenever she can!

Scott Reynolds

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

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

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

Serena Martino-Williams

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

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

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

Tegan Gully

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.