August Session – Our First Birthday!

28 Sunday August 2016
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $10

Join us in August as Broadway Sessions celebrates their FIRST birthday! This will be a night you will not want to miss! Many more details to come, but we’ll be sure to be celebrating the big O-N-E in style!

Doors open at 6pm and there are beverages (and food) available from the bar all night. Full meals are available from the main dining room in the adjacent Norwood Hotel, but smaller bar food will be available in the venue itself too.

 

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 James Crispe

Andrew is an established freelance performer and vocal coach who has performed professionally in and around Adelaide. He has been a member of the State Opera of SA’s Chorus since 2009. Andrew‘s first foray into the world of Music Theatre was in 2000, when he was encouraged to audition for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s back-to-back production of HMS Pinafore and Trial By Jury, and since then he has not looked back!

Andrew won his first leading role in 2006, and has gone on to play a large number of leading and supporting roles throughout Adelaide’s community theatre. Andrew has been nominated for Best Male Performance by the Critics Circle Awards for his role as Don Lockwood in Singin’ In The Rain, and by the Adelaide Theatre Guide for the same role, as well as his portrayal of The Beast in Disney's Beauty And The Beast. For one of his most recent productions Andrew won the TASA Best Male Performance Award for his portrayal of Edward Bloom in BIG FISH – a show which also won the TASA MusiCal Award. Andrew co-wrote and performed in the sold-out season of Villain-Ville: A Musical Exploration of Villainy and Evil in the 2015 Fringe Festival. His most recent appearances this year include a return to the role of Curly McLain (for the third time) in an outdoor production of Oklahoma (On A Farm) with Emma Knights Productions, The Preacher in Davine Interventionz production of Violet, a return to the role of the Major General in Emma Knights Productions’ fourth season of Pirates On The Popeye, and lastly as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar.

Andrew played the role of Marius in both seasons of Les Misérables with the Gilbert & Sullivan’s Society in 2008 and 2009, and he is overjoyed to be coming back for yet another season with them only this time as the infamous Javert – a role he has coveted since he was little!

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.

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.

Emma Haddy

Born into a family with a background in the performing arts, Emma has been immersed in the world of theatre ever since she can remember. Her introduction to Adelaide amateur theatre came when she joined the ensemble of G&S’s Oliver! in both 2013 and 2014, and was involved in the society’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2016. In 2017, Emma fulfilled her lifelong dream to perform the role of Cosette in Les Misérables, also with G&S. She is a regular performer at Broadway Sessions. After completing high school in 2015, Emma is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts at Adelaide University.

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.

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.

Kelly Bickle

Hailing from Balaklava, Kelly is President of the Balaklava Community Arts, where she has performed, directed, choreographed, stage managed etc, etc in over 30 of their productions, including Seussical (2016 Director), The Addams Family (2015 Morticia), Beauty and the Beast (2014 Babette), and has just recently performed the role of Darlene Love in their 2017 production of Leader of the Pack. She has recently completed an Association Diploma in Music of the Stage and screen with honours with the International Music Examinations Board and a Diploma of Theatre Performance. When not banging sets together or rehearsing lines, she works as Principal's Assistant at Horizon Christian School, and teaches Speech and Drama for Speech and Drama Studios SA, as well as being a wife and mother.

Lauren Renée

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Lauren Renée got an early taste of performing, putting on visionary "plays" in her parent's lounge-room. The love affair continued as Lauren sang in several choirs and performed in musicals throughout her high-school career, training in Classical Voice and culminating in a performance as Betty Rizzo in St Andrew's School's 2006 production of Grease.

After a sabbatical, Lauren made her return to the musical stage playing romantic lead Amalia Balash in Therry Dramatic Society's She Loves Me in 2014. She also appeared with the Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company of South Australia in their 2014 production of My Fair Lady, capping off the year playing Gracie in Soul Factor Gospel Choir's Christmas musical, For Unto Y'all.

In July 2015, Lauren appeared as the title character in the SA Premiere of Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical produced by Matt Byrne Media. She was also very excited to take on some of Stephen Sondheim's most famous work in the acclaimed Hills Musical Company production of Company later that year, and the chance to capture another childhood icon in a tip to Katharine Hepburn's Tracy Lord in Therry Dramatic Society's The Philadelphia Story in 2016. Both shows were nominated for Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards 2016.

Lauren is now embarking on her first major project for 2017, as Rita - a lively Liverpudlian hairdresser - in IpSkip Productions' upcoming version of Willy Russel's Educating Rita.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

Zak Vasiliou

Zak has been passionate about theatre for as long as he can remember, undertaking both on and offstage roles for a variety of productions. He has completed a Certificate IV in Commercial Dance at Gravity Dance, specialising in tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballroom and ballet.

Zak’s choreography credits include Singin’ in the Rain JR (2017, TB Arts, Fringe Festival), A Peter Combe Extravaganza! (2017, Something on Saturday) and A Night on Broadway (2014, Glenunga High School). Zak made his professional debut with State Opera of South Australia’s production of Hansel and Gretel. Since then, he has played many memorable roles such as Boq in Wicked the Musical (2016, Matt Byrne Media), Mary Sunshine in Chicago (2017, Emma Knights Productions), The Tinman in The Wiz (2013, GIHS), Danny in Grease (2014, GIHS), Bert in Mary Poppins (2014, GIHS) and also appeared as a featured dancer in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016, G&S Society of SA).

An avid performer, he has entertained at many events around Adelaide, such as the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Royal Adelaide Show and Adelaide's Clipsal 500, as well as at private functions, weddings and parties. Zak also works as an entertainer for Nickelodeon and Showtime Attractions and has performed in many children’s shows with them.