May Session

22 Sunday May 2016
When: 6:30pm Where: Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre Tickets: $10

Join us in May for a night of performer favourites (aka… drum roll… FREE CHOICE!) Please note the Session this month is the second to last Sunday in May due to venue upgrades! Performers can choose anything from the musical theatre genre to sing this month – although, as always, we’ll try and keep the program as varied as possible!

Doors open at 6pm and there are beverages available from the bar all night (including after the show).

 

Your Session Host

Ellis Dolan

Ellis Dolan 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 (HMC) and can’t wait to try his hand as part of a production team again.

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.

Ellis also performs outside of the theatre; he acts as a front man, playing original music with his alt-rock band Iridescent, and reinterprets cover songs as one half of Scotch & Stix, an acoustic/percussion duo.

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.

Session Performers

Amity Dry

Amity is the writer and composer of Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life, which was created in Adelaide and has gone on to be a national success story. It was an invited show at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, has been translated into Norwegian to play a season in Norway, has played at the United Nations and 54 Below in New York and staged a 43 show national tour last year. She is currently developing her second musical, Famous which gives an inside look into reality TV and instant fame. Famous was recently workshopped here in Adelaide with Broadway Sessions' Peter Johns Md'ing and quite a few of our Broadway Sessions regulars taking part in the workshop. Amity has also had a top 10 pop album, The Lighthouse and has featured on two series of The Block.

Andrew Kelly

Andrew has been around for a while having played in bands since the early 80's.  This is his first foray into the musical theatre world though .. unless you count the 1980 appearance as Louis Leonowens in a highschool production of The King and I or an even earlier Primary School outing as the Artful Dodger. He has never played Pokémon Go. Honest.

Benjamin Maio Mackay

Benjamin Maio Mackay is an actor, singer, director, podcaster, writer and producer.

Benjamin has been performing for many years, has hosted programs for ABC Radio and toured his own stage shows around Australia. His most recent stage show, Matthew Reilly's Ice Station Live, based of the best selling Australian novel was performed at the Adelaide Fringe to critical and audience acclaim. He directed, adapted, produced and performed in the show.

He has attended vocal and acting training through numerous institutions since he was 7 years of age. He has completed the AMEB Speech and Drama course with honours and is currently studying for a diploma from Trinity College in drama and speech.

He currently runs the production company Preachrs Podcast OnLine & OnStage. His podcast Benjamin Maio Mackay's Talk 2 Me, is released twice a month and features interviews with entertainment celebrities. It attracts an average of 5 million listeners from around the world.

Benjamin’s upcoming project is the Great Detectives of Old Time Radio Live 9-City National Tour. Benjamin is directing, producing and adapting the project, in addition to performing in it. It will play Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Canberra, Hobart, Brisbane and the Gold Coast over 2016 and 2017.

Benjamin has been interested in performing for as long as he can remember and he loves working in this space!

Casmira Hambledon

Casmira Hambledon loves stories, diverse and supportive communities, wigs, glitter, and belting as a way to deal with having too many emotions. Luckily she found theatre.

Highlights have included directing and choreographing for Peter Combe’s Adelaide Fringe Shows 2013-2015, performing the role of ‘Violet’ in Davine Productions’ Violet, and 'Fantine' in the G&S Society's production of Les Misérables. Recently she has performed in Edges with Irregular Productions, 'Shelby' in Steel Magnolias with IpSkip, 'The Lady of the Lake' in Spamalot with Marie Clarke, and the ‘Sour Kangaroo’ in Seussical with Northern Light. Casmira is very excited to play nine characters in Judge Jackie with Davine Productions again for the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2019.

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.

Grace Mackenzie

Grace is a first year university student studying microbiology but still enjoys performing and looks to improve both her singing and performance skills. Notable past performances include Gertrude Mcfuzz in Seussical and Penny in Hairspray.

Karen Muller

Karen is no stranger to the stage in Adelaide. She has worked with various theatre companies over the last 10 years. Some of the highlights including, Oliver!Into the WoodsBeauty and the BeastAvenue Q and Spamalot. More recently Karen has taken time out from theatre to look after her ever growing family, but she is very pleased to be able to take the stage at Broadway Sessions.

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

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.

Nives Baldassi-Winderlich

Nives is studying history at Adelaide University. She was part of the Special Interest Music program at Marryatville High School but since graduation she's only really performed for the shower head. It's now time for her to step into the limelight and show Adelaide what she's all about!

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).

Ruby Pinkerton

Ruby has been performing from a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. She was in the ensemble of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Misérables presented by The Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Ruby also understudied the titular role in Davine Interventionz Fringe production of Violet, and performed in the ensemble. Ruby played Hodel in the Therry Dramatic Society's production of Fiddler on the Roof in 2017, and is currently rehearsing for Godspell, produced by Irregular Productions and Lydian Productions. She currently studies Education and Drama at Flinders University and teaches singing at Creative Academy of Performing Arts.

Sarah Jane Whiteley

Sarah is most well known for her love of many different styles of music. It is her constant persistence that vocalists should practice, perform and draw from as many different styles as possible.

With over 9 years teaching experience both through her own private studio and in many schools, her passion lies in helping vocalists understand physiology of their instrument to develop great technique and versatility. When coupled with great musicality this increases performance capabilities exponentially and hugely lowers performance anxiety.

She has completed a Bachelor Of Music in Jazz Performance at the Adelaide Conservatorium Of Music and attended many different courses in the prestigious Estill Voice Model. She is in the process of training for the Figure Proficiency Test in the Estill Voice Model. With the experience of being taught by some of the most sought after teachers in Australia she has gained a wide range of knowledge and skills. Teachers including Adelaide’s darling ‘Charmaine Jones’ (Monash University, Melbourne, Gospo Enterprises), jazz mistress ‘Anita Wardell’ (Birmingham University, London, Australian Institute of Music), clinical voice consultant Helen Tiller, Certified Estill Master Teacher and Course Instructor Naomi Eyers. She is currently studying a Masters of Teaching.

A professional musician and musical director, she received critical acclaim for her performance as Aretha Franklin in the Adelaide Fringe’s Blues Brothers Revue. She has performed in many musicals, revues and cabaret shows (Rent, Smokey Joes Café, Evita, Sugar, Back to the 80s etc.) She took on her first production team role in 2017 as the musical director of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. 2018 shows her as the creative writer and director of her new Adelaide Fringe show From A Distance, The Glory Of Bette. Sarah regularly performs as a jazz, soul and contemporary musician in corporate, wedding and Christmas events in Adelaide.

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.

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.

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.

Zali Sedgman

Zali is sixteen years old and has been performing in musicals since she was ten. She has been involved in many musicals with Adelaide Youth Theatre, and in 2018 she has played Dragon in Shrek the Musical and Melman from Madagascar Jnr. Zali has also performed with Impact Entertainment (Gen Z for Adelaide's Royal Show), Heaps Good Productions, Broadway 4Kidz and the Australian Classical Youth Ballet Company.