About this Session
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 28th of February for our very first sing-a-long, Broadway style, where the audience can really join in the fun. There are many things planned already for this night and we don’t want to say too much, too soon, but you can expect a wide range of songs from Rogers and Hammerstein to Andrew Lloyd Webber to Jonathan Larsen and Stephen Sondheim!
There is also 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.
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 year in Sydney.
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.