May Session

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

About this Session

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).

 

Session Host

Ellis Dolan

Ellis Dolan is currently touring with the company of 'School of Rock' as an Understudy for Dewey Finn and as a Swing – recently returning from a four-month tour of China. 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 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 made his directorial debut with Edges as part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival and loved every second of working with such fine people.

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 Lorien

Casmira is an experienced performer and teacher with a great passion for storytelling. Highlights have included performing the role of ‘Violet’ in Davine Productions’ Violet (for which she won the TASA award for Best Female Performance 2017) and 'Fantine' in the G&S Society's production of Les Misérables (for which she was nominated for a Curtain Call: Best Female Performance 2018).

In 2018 she performed in Edges with Irregular Productions for the Adelaide Fringe, ‘Shelby’ in Steel Magnolias with IpSkip,'The Lady of the Lake' in Spamalot with Marie Clark (winner of Best Ensemble Curtain Call 2018), and the ‘Sour Kangaroo’ in Seussical with Northern Light. In 2019 Casmira played nine characters in Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court with Davine Productions (which won Best Ensemble and Best Musical at the 2019 Curtain Call Awards, as well as the TASA for Best Musical) and Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme in Assassins for Hills Musical Company.

Professionally, Casmira has acted and provided voices for several short films and children’s productions. She also spent many years directing and music directing musicals for Adelaide Theatre Academy, including Snow White and Alice in Wonderland for the Festival Centre’s ‘Something on Saturday’ program. Her fondest memories are working with Peter Combe in directing and choreographing his Adelaide Fringe shows from 2013-2015.

Catherine Breugelmans

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 has 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 performs with them on various cruise ships around Australia. Catherine last performed at Broadway Sessions in November 2016 and is thrilled to be back thanks to COVID19 forcing her so isolate back home in Adelaide for the time being!

Grace Mackenzie

Grace is a Second year university student studying Health and Medical Sciences 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 has been involved with a number of theatre companies in Adelaide over the last 15 years. Some of her stage highlights include Oliver, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Avenue Q and Spamalot. She hasn't been on stage in a show since 2014 because the role of "Mother of Two" keeps her busy these days. Therefore, Karen loves being able to perform at Broadway Sessions as often as possible.

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

Millicent Sarre is a singer & songwriter, cabaret artist, music theatre performer and vocal coach.

Mim studied Music and Theatre at Graceland University, USA, before returning to her hometown of Adelaide, South Australia, where she has been actively involved in the music theatre scene. Her notable roles to date include Veronica Sawyer in Heathers the Musical (Segue Productions, 2019), Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening (Hills Musical Company 2017), Ivy in Ivy + Bean the Musical (The Gemini Collective, 2018 – Australian Premiere), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Hills Musical Company, 2015) and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Graceland University, 2013).

In June 2019, she premiered her original cabaret show, Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered, in the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe, and revived the show for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020, where it played a sold-out extended season and was a 3-time award winner in the Adelaide Fringe Awards.

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’s passion for musical theatre began at a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. Ruby performed as the ‘Turn Back, O Man’ soloist in Godspell, produced by Irregular Productions and Lydian Productions. She played Hodel in the Therry Dramatic Society's production of Fiddler on the Roof, and understudied the title role and performed in the ensemble for Davine Productions’ Violet. Her performing credits also include Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Misérables produced by The Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Ruby's most recent role was Nicola in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society's 2019 production of Kinky Boots.

Sarah Jane Whiteley

After training under some of the most sought-after music and performance coaches in Australia Sarah has gained a wide range of technical knowledge and skills. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance and attended many different courses in the prestigious Estill Voice Model. Teachers including Adelaide’s darling ‘Charmaine Jones’, jazz mistress ‘Anita Wardell’, clinical voice consultant Helen Tiller, Certified Estill Master Teacher and Course Instructor Naomi Eyers. Sarah is currently perusing producing and musical directing goals as well as studying a Masters in Teaching.

A professional vocalist, Sarah performs in both private and corporate settings around Adelaide as well as musical theatre. Credits include Rent (MCMT), Evita (The Met), Sugar (The Met), Smokey Joes Café (Hills), The Blues Brothers (Adelaide Fringe), the ever-growing event; Civic Park Carols and her own show From A Distance, the Glory of Bette. Sarah will also be appearing in Emma Knights production of Sex and the Musical in the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Sarah is excited to produce her ‘Bette Midler’ show From a Distance, the Glory of Bette in the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019 for the 2nd year running.

Scott Lorien

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 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). Currently, he is working with IKAG Productions on the Australian première of Nerve by Adam Szymkowicz, which opens in June 2019.

Outside of theatre projects, Tom has been involved with internet comedy since 2015, appearing in several YouTube sketches on 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.

Session Band

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.

Martin Cheney (Piano)

Martin is an accompanist, repertoire coach and music director for the Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium and a secondary school music teacher, accompanist and repetiteur at Concordia College. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Composition and is a co-founder of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra.
As the founder and director of Lydian Productions, Martin has produced and music-directed critically-acclaimed seasons of john & jen and Godspell (with Irregular Productions) since its debut in 2016, as well as curating a new music theatre song cycle, Bitter. Sweet., in 2019. Professionally, Martin has performed with Il Divo, Marina Prior and John Foreman, as well as being keyboard deputy for the touring Australian productions of The Wizard of Oz, Mamma Mia! and Aladdin. He has had the good fortune to work with the best of Australia’s theatre music directors, including Laura Tipoki, Michael Azzopardi, Chris King and Kohan van Sambeeck.
Martin has also worked as a rehearsal pianist for the State Opera Company of South Australia and is regularly engaged as an audition pianist for many of Adelaide’s theatre companies (when there is not an ongoing global pandemic).