About this Session
To kick off the new year, join us and our host, Lindsay Prodea, for a night of performer’s favourite songs – that’s right, it’s free choice time! In addition to the regular happenings of Broadway Sessions, there will be a special performance from the cast of Violet.
If you are registering, please remember to suggest two songs so we can choose a program of varied style. This month there are no restrictions on what you can choose, provided it’s from musical theatre or a musical theatre writer!
Your Session Host
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 Urinetown, 42nd Street, Crazy 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.
Amelia has trained for years at Xcel Dance Studios. She received national titles in Tap and Song and Dance at Showcase Dance Nationals, and has won numerous competition scholarships and aggregates to interstate schools such as Brent Street and Dance World.
Amelia is no stranger to the stage and was lucky enough to play the lead of Alistair in her year 11 drama production of Two Weeks with the Queen, as well as the lead roles of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde Jr and Gabriella in High School Musical 2 with Shane Davidson Presents. In February Amelia is joining TB Arts in the leading role of Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain Jr for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017.
Ava-Rose Askew has been studying musical theatre for the past 6 months at APO Arts Academy in Melbourne, she is now back in Adelaide and starting her studies in sound production for the next 6 months before moving to back to Melbourne next year to complete her studies in Musical Theatre.
She has been performing for the past four years, achieving roles including Gabriella and Sharpay from High School Musical, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Kathy from Disco Inferno, Adella from The Little Mermaid and other amazing roles. If Ava-Rose isn't performing on stage she can be found recording and writing her own music which she has been doing from the age of 8. She's also been a part of many choirs starting from primary school with the Festival of Music where she achieved two solos in grade 5 and grade 7 first singing 'I Can Make the Difference' and then 'In this Ancient House', she went back last year to perform 'Part of Your World' as one of the assisting artists.
Ava-Rose has also been involved with The Australian Youth Choir, Vocal Jazz and her school choirs.
Brenton Shaw is a singer, actor, composer, musical director and choral conductor.
From the age of eight Brenton has been involved in theatre and music performing in both established and original music theatre, opera, cabaret and choral repertoire. A graduate of the University of South Australia's Bachelor of Media Arts (Performing Arts major) in 2013 Brenton was invited to continue his study in musical theatre at Minnesota State University Mankato, USA. He furthered his study in 2014 and as part of his honours thesis adapted Bryce Courtenay's iconic novel Jessica for the musical theatre stage. From 2013 to 2016 he was the co-conducter for the Tutti Ensemble, an all inclusive community choir, and in 2016 was also commissioned to work with the students of Christie Downs Primary School on a music theatre adaptation of the children's book The Snail and the Whale. From 2015-2016 he also worked as a casual lecturer at the University of South Australia in communication studies.
Performance highlights include: Courfeyrac - Les Misérables, The Boy - Ten Ways to Love, Baal - Baal, Possum - EYE MUSIC, Soldier - Earshot, Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure (musical director), King - The Six Swans (Aust. Premiere), Rites of Passage, History of Autism (stage manager), and My Life, My Love.
This year he is thrilled to continue his studies in music theatre at Federation University Ballarat, where he hopes he can finally learn how to dance on a stage without making a fool of himself!
Cara, 17, graduated from King's Baptist Grammar School in 2016 and is excited to gain experience performing in Adelaide. Cara saw her first professional musical when she was just 5 and, like all of us, fell in love with the stage! Since, she has seized any opportunity to learn and grow as a performer. She began performing in school choirs, bands and in the ensemble for many youth shows including The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, My Son Pinocchio, High School Musical (KBGS).
Her first experience as a lead role was playing Mrs Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and she loved it! From there she played many other characters, her favourite roles were the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods and Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray! Cara was very honoured to have received the Performing Arts award at KBGS for her dedication to the arts in from 2014-2016.
Most recently, Cara performed in the ensemble for Fiddler on the Roof with Therry Dramatic Society, and is currently in rehearsals for their Jane Eyre. Cara loves coming to Broadway Sessions and is looking forward to performing again!
Casmira loves stories, diverse and supportive communities, wigs, glitter, and belting as a way of dealing with too many emotions. Luckily, she found theatre!
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) and Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme in Assassins for Hills Musical Company.
Casmira’s professional credits include performing in The Teddy Bears Picnic for The Garden of Unearthly Delights, directing and performing in several children’s theatre productions for the Something On Saturday Program with Adelaide Festival Centre, and providing the voice for ‘Poppy Platypus’ in Lupa Entertainment’s popular app for children: Hip Hop Kangaroo and Friends.
CJ McLean is an emerging Adelaide writer. His fiction and poetry has appeared in InDaily and Vaein Zine, and he has read and performed at Speakeasy and The Hearth. In 2015, CJ was mentored by Nicki Bloom in ATYP’s Fresh Ink Mentoring Program. He developed a seven-minute monologue, Changing Room, at ATYP’s National Studio, which was later selected for The Voices Project 2016. Changing Room was reworked and broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Pocketdocs program in late 2016, and published by Currency Press in an anthology of the same name. In 2017, CJ mounted his first one-man cabaret show for the Adelaide Fringe, Love & Anger, which explored themes of lost love and self-identity. He was recently awarded with the State Theatre Company's Young Playwright's Award for his play The River.
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.
Eloise Quinn-Valentine is known in the Adelaide musical theatre community by a number of names including 'Eloise QV', and the more enigmatic 'Boise Q'. Eloise has performed in musicals, plays, in choirs and at events around Adelaide with companies such as Davine Productions, Adelaide Conservatorium Chorale, University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, Independent Theatre, Therry Dramatic Society and Young Adelaide Voices. She also took up the opportunity to perform the role of Betty in The Crucible while on exchange at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2017.
Recent highlights include playing Vivie Warren in Mrs Warren's Profession (Independent Theatre), Phaedra in Jerusalem (University of Adelaide Theatre Guild), Sister Sophia in an immersive production of The Sound of Music (Emma Knights Productions), Young Violet in Violet: A Musical (Davine Productions), and in Its Only Life (Davine Productions, ft. John Bucchino), and Betty/Carole cover in Davine Productions' sold-out season of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical.
As well as loving to tell stories on stage, Eloise recently completed her Honours in English Literature at Flinders University.
At the age of three, Emily first took to the stage – originally a dancer, she was captured by the feeling of complete freedom when she danced. After opening her horizon she has found love in moving ordences not only through dance by in song also.
This year Emily will be leaving the Adelaide scene to study in Perth at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts). Knowing her remaining time in Adelaide is short, she wanted to perform in her first Broadway Sessions to kick off 2017. We're sure Emily will be back soon though with bucket loads of even more amazing talent to share!
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, and in 2019 joined the cast of Therry's The Pirates of Penzance as Edith. 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.
Fahad has been performing for 24 years in concerts, and musical theatre and drama productions. His most recent theatre production was an original Australian musical called Pricecheck, where he played the a cooky supermarket worker who had a fetish for fruit and vegetables. Prior to that he was in a production of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown musically directed by Peter Johns, where he played the role of Snoopy. Amongst some of Fahad's favourites roles in theatre are Tobias in Sweeny Todd and Dr Aziz in a Passage to India. Later in 2017 he will be performing in the Red Phoenix political drama Two Hands at the Holden Street Theatre.
Fahad is also a singer of Indian and Pakistani music, and has been performing in this style since the age of 15. He has travelled to India and undertaken vocal training in semi-classical Hindustani music. He has given a number of concerts, and in 2014 performed as part of Floating Melodies for the world renowned Ozasia festival on the Popeye boat, where he was accompanied by his band.
Fahad most recently was involved in the production of Violet, where he played the role of Flick for the Davine Interventionz production staged during the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Fiona has an Honours degree in performance from Flinders University Drama Centre. She has appeared on television and on stage both professionally, here and interstate and as part of the Adelaide Amateur Theatre community. She has worked in several aspects of theatre from performer to choreographer to director. Maureen from RENT is a dream role in a show she has loved since she was 14 and received the original Broadway album and was privileged enough to see the original Australian production.
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.
Jess has been involved in Adelaide musical theatre since 2015, having met her best friend and now husband through the school musical and wanting to make many more new friends! Some of her onstage highlights include Guys & Dolls with G&SSA (2015), Cinderella with NLTC (2016) Fiddler on the Roof with Therry (2017), and Phantom of the Opera with G&SSA (2018).
She has now started working backstage, primarily in Stage Management, and will be directing her first musical at Balaklava Community Arts with The Drowsy Chaperone in 2020! She still loves to sing and always looks forward to Broadway Sessions.
Kaitlyn played her dream role of Christine Dae in Phantom of The Opera at just 16 years old. She also travelled around Europe for her final year of high school singing as the lead soprano and soloist, and on her travels through Italy she performed in the Vatican. Recently, Kaitlyn has spent her year traveling around Australia working with Opera Australia and has been focusing on her theatre management. She loves having the chance to perform when she can.
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.
Very familiar with treading the boards, Lachlan has performed in many musicals including AIDA with his school, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, both with Pelican Productions and professionally at the Festival Theatre. He has also participated in Pelican's Musical Theatre Camp for eight years.
No stranger to dance, Lachlan has been learning Tap and Jazz at RSDS for eight years. In February 2017 Lachlan will be using these dance skills to perform as the leading man, Don Lockwood, in TB Arts production of Singin' in the Rain Jr for the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
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.
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!
Megan is a graduate of the Music Theatre program at the University of Ballarat and has been performing in theatre and cabaret in Adelaide and beyond for over fifteen years, including a two-year stint in the U.K., where she performed her show The Girl Who Won't Grow Up and premiered a new, as yet untitled piece, at the Pheasantry in London.
She has written and produced several cabarets and concerts, and produced the South Australian and amateur premiere of Matthew Robinson's Sing on Through Tomorrow in 2014. Favourite roles in amateur theatre have included Laurey in Oklahoma!, Phoebe in The Yeomen of the Guard, and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
In 2018 Megan premiered a new cabaret at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, climbed Rocky Mountains once more as a part of The Pirates of Penzance (on the Popeye!), directed the Australian Premiere of Buffy Kills Edward, a Musical Parody, and is playing Petra in A Little Night Music for the G&S Society and Carrie in Rules for Living with the Adelaide Repertory. And that's only the stuff that's confirmed!
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.
Nic started theater in 2016, performing in the ensemble of Big Fish (Therry, 2016). Since then, he has been bitten by the "theater bug", and hasn't looked back. Outside of the music world, Nic works in customer service, and enjoys playing a variety of nerd games (video games, tabletop, board games etc).
Being a geek, Nic would absolutely jump at the chance to perform in either of Joss Whedon's musical works – Once more with Feeling, from Buffy, or Dr Horribles Sing-Along Video Blog. His first exposure to any sort of stage show was the Phantom of the Opera movie, from 2004.
Rebecca comes from a rich musical heritage and has been performing for most of her life. Versatile in her style she enjoys performing in all musical genres which has led to her performing as a soloist with many different groups and for varying audiences. She has been a leading soloist with Adelaide’s Soul Factor Gospel Choir for the past 16 years, performs regularly with her Sisters, The Raymond Sisters and for five years was the vocal soloist with the Melbourne Staff Band with whom she toured Australia, Korea and the UK where she had the privilege of singing in the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Rebecca performs corporately as a Singer and Actor. Appearing as a soloist at varying events in Adelaide and Nationally and in Theatre. Memorable roles include the role of Violet Hilton in SideShow (2018) and Aida in Aida (2017) with Hills Musical Company, Sandra Bloom in Big Fish with Therry Dramatic Society (2016), Laurey in Oklahoma! The immersive farm experience with Emma Knights Productions (2016 & 2017), and Cosette in Les Misérables with the G&S Society (2008 & 2009).
When not performing Rebecca teaches singing, has her own Mary Kay Cosmetic business and is a makeup artist. She also teaches Skincare & Self Esteem classes in schools and groups in the community.
Ruby’s passion for musical theatre began at a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. Most recently, 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.
Tim is a second year actor at Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts). He has been dancing for several years and has done many musicals with Therry and Hills musical company, such as She Loves Me, Goodbye Girl and Full Monty. Tim would say that his favourite role would be of that from Full Monty where he played the young stud Ethan.