September Session – Unplugged

21 Wednesday September 2016
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $15

September sees Broadway Sessions takes a slightly different approach – a mid-week Session! That’s right, a Wednesday night! Take a break from the busy-ness of the week, grab a drink, sit down, relax and enjoy the same Broadway Sessions you know and love, but with a more chilled-out, or as we put it, “unplugged” feel. The Broadway Sessions band (perhaps even with a special guest?!) will be there to play for our talented performers as they take their songs off the stage and into our metaphorical lounge room. There may even be some audience participation!

Registrations to perform have closed. (Being unplugged we asked performers to be mindful of their song choices. We recommended choosing a song where the lyrics really resonated with them, or that will potentially make the audience laugh. Maybe they even have a song that’s normally backed by a full band or orchestra but would work in an unplugged setting. Essentially, we wanted them to get creative with us!)

 

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

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.

Cara Brown

Cara is an international choral and theatre performer with her feet firmly planted in musical theatre. She started on stage in the days before mobile phones and microphones for amateur performers. Should you know her, it explains a lot!

Cara has appeared in various television shows and films as well as a panellist for The Project (Ch 10). Cara is also a stagecraft, character development and movement for stage teacher through her own studio as well as producing successful burlesque shows for Adelaide Fringe and a variety of charity nights around Adelaide. She has participated in over 21 years of Adelaide Fringes and has been performing, in total, for over 30 years. She now produces cabaret shows with her company Burly Q Events.

Cara's hobbies include handicrafts, costuming and destroying bigots on the internet. She likes playfully teasing sopranos and intends to clean her room soon.

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.

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.

Jennifer Cruise

Jennifer Cruise has recently completed a degree in social work at Flinders University and is fairly new to the Adelaide musical scene. Last season Jennifer participated as a chorus member in all three shows in the G&S fest and is currently a member of the Soul Factor Gospel choir. Jennifer has been under the tutelage of Peter Hopkins for the last two years and is looking forward to performing at Broadway Sessions for the first time.

Jeri Williams

Jeri Williams is originally from the United States, and has been a performer all her life - singing in choirs, churches, glee club and even a pop/R&B girl group. Her first performance in a musical was as a secretary in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at age 16, and she never stopped. Jeri’s first paid gig was a singer in an acapella group at Busch Gardens theme park in Florida. A year or two later she was hired by Disney Cruise Lines, as a performer and “Friends with Wendy Darling”. She met her Aussie husband on board that ship and spent the next six years performing in Dance Parties, Parades & Specialty Performances with Holland America and Royal Caribbean.

Jeri settled here in Adelaide in 2011 and has been privileged to have performed in a few shows - NLTC’s Into The Woods (2012) as the Baker’s Wife; G&SSA’s Guys & Dolls (2015) as Adelaide and NLTC's Mack and Mabel (2016) as Mabel.

Jeri is a full time working mum, so finding time for shows is impossiblethese days. But she’s so thankful for Broadway Sessions to give a busy mum like her a chance to return to the stage, at least for one night every now and then.

Jonathon Shilling

Jonathon is currently in his second year at Federation University Arts Academy in Ballarat studying a Bachelor of Music Theatre. Earlier this year he had the opportunity of playing the role of 'Mrs. White' in a new Australian musical called Showtrain at FedUni and in a few weeks time Jonathon will be playing the role of 'Albert Petersen' in Bye Bye Birdie. His Adelaide theatre credits include, Grease with The Met, The Addams Family with Matt Byrne Media and Young Frankenstein with Marie Clark Music Theatre. He has been completing vocal coaching with Ursula White for five years, and with Robyn Womersly and Richard Chew at University.

Jonathon's dream role is Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening, as well as Bud Frump in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Kate Neville

Kate is thirteen years old and has been dancing and singing for the last five years, and performing in musicals for the last three years. Her first musical being the professional production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, cast with Rachael Beck and David Hobson. Since then she has performed in Adelaide Youth Theatre productions of Alice in Wonderland (small Alice), Charlotte's Web the Musical (Fern) and Bugsy Malone. Kate has also performed with the Australian Classical Youth Ballet Company, Heaps Good Productions, Musical Moments, 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival and recently in Behind The Front – a tribute to the Battle of Fromelles.

Kate recently competed in the Balaklava Eisteddfod, receiving first for Musical Theatre Solo and second for Popular Vocal Solo. She is currently rehearsing with the Performing arts Programme at Loreto College and will play the role of Michael in this years production of Mary Poppins. Kate will also perform in Disneyland Florida with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team at the end of this year, and next year with the Adelaide Youth Theatre production of 13 The Musical for the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

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.

Katie Packer

Katie has played such roles in Adelaide as Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, Lady Thiang in The King & I, Antonia in Man of La Mancha as well as Footnote in Pratchett Pieces for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. After moving to Melbourne in 2005 she played The Narrator in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Lt. Janice Fury in M*A*S*H, Pamela Lukowski in The Full Monty and received Lyrebird Award nominations for playing Sister Amnesia in Nunsense & Nunsense 2. She also played one of her dream roles, The Witch in Into The Woods as well as the wonderful Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in The Music Man. Since moving back to Adelaide in 2015, Katie has portrayed Margaret Johnson in The Light In The Piazza for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival and Jen in John & Jen. In 2018 she has had the opportunity to worth with composer John Bucchino on his show It’s Only Life for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival, and to be a part of the small ensemble cast of Godspell.

Katie has Musically Directed The Outsiders, All The New Stuff, Kids On Broadway, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Godspell, Little Shop Of Horrors, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Wedding Singer, Seussical The Musical, The Wizard Of Oz and, most recently Annie. She also had the opportunity to co-direct for the first time with Avenue Q in 2014.

Kristin Stefanoff

Kristin has always lived and breathed music, but it wasn't until 2009 that she discovered musical theatre. After accompanying her first show she thought, "Hey, this looks like fun!" and auditioned for the next show that came around. The rest, as they say, is history. She has accompanied and music directed, but she only truly feels alive on the stage. Favourite roles include Smitty in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2013), Inga in Young Frankenstein (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2014), Clara in The Light In The Piazza (Davine Interventionz 2016), and Cathy in The Last Five Years (Segue Productions 2017). She was recently in the ensemble of Spamalot (MCMT) and played Elizabeth/Liz/Beth in If/Then in September (Segue Productions).

Kristin is excited to be music directing again, with Heathers for Segue Productions in September 2019. Kristin is also a founding member of the new Adelaide based theatre company Segue Productions. When she's not at rehearsals or the theatre, she teaches singing and piano and raises an active and already very musical toddler (at least, in the opinion of her very unbiased mother).

Lauren Scarfe

Lauren started her musical career after following in her parents’ footsteps and performing in her high school musicals, then with a local musical society in the Riverland. She has been involved in various choirs and has 21 years of calisthenics training behind her. She also worked at Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp SA for 7 years as a choreographer and supervisor.

Lauren has an extensive background in Adelaide productions as a performer, choreographer, assistant director and production manager. Her onstage highlights include Jolene Oakes in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with OPUS Performing Arts, Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music with Northern Light Theatre Company and Graziella/Soloist in West Side Story with The Metropolitan Musical Society. More recently she assisted the director on The Hills Musical Company’s Legally Blonde and South Australian Light Opera Society’s The Student Prince, and directed Seaford Secondary College’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. Lauren had her directorial debut earlier this year with Northern Light Theatre Company's version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.

Leah Boots

Leah Boots is currently at school in year nine at Marryatville High. She loves singing, acting and dancing. So far she has been in a few musicals, such as Chip in Beauty and the Beast (NLTC), Little Cosette in Les Misérables, and Gabriella in High School Musical, and has also done a bit of TV work. She has also performed as part of the ensemble in a few Pelican Productions performances such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Bring It On. Leah has been a featured soloist in the Festival of Music (twice), and an assisting artist.

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.

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.

Sophie Stokes

Sophie graduated from WAAPA in 2014 where she had the great opportunity and honour to work with such names as Tayna Mitford, Jason Langley, Lisa O'Dea and the head of Performing Arts at WAAPA Andrew Lewis. Throughout her time there she was featured in roles such as Sheila in Hair, Mae Colman in Reefer Madness and Consuela in West Side Story. After moving to Melbourne she took a contract as the lead vocalist on one of Royal Caribbeans newest ships – The Quantum of the Seas. She returns to Australia excited to continue pursuing her dreams of working in musical theatre.

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.

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.