About this Session
Fringe time = busy time! We know it… SO, to help you fit all those (other) shows in, February’s Session is moving to a quieter night of the week – Monday! It’s the same Broadway Sessions you know and love, but simply on a Monday night. Simple, right?
This month features some of Adelaide’s favourite performers, a sneak peek into three of Adelaide’s upcoming musicals (Violet, The Pyjama Game, and 13), as well as your chance to sing one of your favourite songs with the Broadway Sessions band. If this isn’t the simplest way to claim a performance credit in an Adelaide Fringe Festival show, we don’t know what is – be sure to put in your registration information to be considered for this month, and if you just want to sit back and enjoy, buy your tickets today!
Registrations are now open! Please note, tickets for February’s Session are only available, in advance, from FringeTIX. Tickets will still be available at the door on the night, but our usual booking system won’t be utilised for those too keen to wait.
Your Session Host
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!
Amelie Peters is an award-winning, classically trained vocalist, international performer and vocal coach. After successful performances in Perth, Adelaide, and Melbourne, Amelie was invited to perform at the Soho Playhouse in New York City as a soul/jazz singer in the burlesque Fringe show Fafi D’Alour & the Delinquents in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the Elder Conservatorium of Adelaide.
Her knowledge of the voice has been largely extended with her most recently completed BAST training. With this education, Amelie feels she can give the appropriate guidance and nurturing tailored to each individual’s voice. While she specialises in classical voice, Amelie has a strong background in musical theatre, jazz, and contemporary music.
Extensively trained by Kirsty Roberts, Amelie has also studied with renowned opera singers and Broadway stars from around the world. She has vocal directed the entire casts of High School Musical 2 (2016) and Hairspray the Musical (2018) for Shane Davidson Presents. Amelie's students consistently achieve outstanding results in competitions & exams, along with her junior vocal ensembles, vocal trio and adult vocal ensemble.
Andrew is currently attending the University of South Australia undertaking a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Industries) and is taking vocal lessons from Adelaide singer Norma Knight. He made his principal musical debut in the South Coast Choral and Arts Society's production of Sweeney Todd in the role of Anthony Hope in 2017 and recently played Enjolras in their production of Les Misérables. He is currently about to perform in The Gilbert & Sullivan Society's production of The Phantom of the Opera in the ensemble and is also in rehearsals for St. Jude's Player's production of Man of La Mancha as the Barber. He is inspired by singers such as Anthony Warlow, Ben Lewis and Ramin Karimloo and his dream is to follow in the footsteps of these great singers and, one day, don the mask and play the Phantom.
Beth van Raalte
Beth is 10 years old and has been singing and dancing with Pelican Productions for 3 years. She played the role of Molly in State Opera’s recent production of Innocence and sings with her school rock band. Beth loves art, piano, climbing trees and creating songs with her friends. Singing makes her feel happy.
Buddy is a high school drama teacher who loves to perform. He has worked with a number of amateur theatre companies in Adelaide and has played many over-the-top characters (whilst breaking many bones in the process).
Carly started choral singing at a young age in the Adelaide Girls Choir. She performed with "Voiceworks Adelaide" during her tertiary studies and more recently has sung in the Adelaide Symphony Chorale. Her love of singing initially stemmed from performing with choirs, whilst her passion for performing in musicals started in 2005, when she was part of the MS Society's production of Les Misérables.
Since then, Carly has performed in Glibert and Sullivan's productions of Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver. She has also performed in Davine Productions' Violet, It's Only Life and is currently performing with Davine Productions once more in the South Australian premier of Beautiful, The Carole King Musical.
Carly is a High School Music Teacher by trade and is currently the arts coordinator of Gleeson College. Her favourite part of her job is allowing her students to have the experience of performing in musicals. Some of her students from Gleeson are still heavily involved in the Adelaide Music theatre scene and some have sung in past Broadway Sessions here. She loves the thought that her past students are continuing on with their love of music and musicals.
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.
Chelsea has just completed year 12 and has since started a degree in Jazz performance at the Elder Conservatorium. In 2016 at Generations in Jazz Chelsea was awarded Division 2 Most Promising Vocalist. She also earned a merit in her year 12 subject Music Solo Performance.
Musical Theatre credits include Princess Ying Yaowalak (The King and I), Young Cosette (Les Misérables), Susan Waverley (White Christmas), Baby June (Gypsy) as well as playing Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street and Calamity in Calamity Jane in her high school musicals.
Dharini's greatest passion is singing and she has been doing this since she was little. Dharini loves to participate in musicals, one of her favourites being Rent, where she was in the ensemble and Mimi Understudy. She has recently returned from a six-month study exchange at The University of Birmingham where she took part in a showcase where she was a featured soloist. Dharini also loves to gig at events and is a very passionate songwriter. Dharini is hoping to be involved in more Musical Theatre opportunities in the future.
Em is a 24-year old teacher back down under on a break from Ye Olde Englande. She began performing at age five but didn't enter the magical land of musical theatre until the age of 12. She enjoys reading, history, piña coladas, getting caught in the rain, and obviously, musicals.
She has performed and crewed for many shows. The highlights of her time treading the boards include playing Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun (UHS), Bet in Oliver! (G&S), and possibly her favourite role at the tender age of 12 - the Pirate King (Pelican Productions). Other credits include Les Misérables (G&S), Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S), Cinderfella the Pantomime (Royal Holloway), Young Frankenstein (MCMT), Calamity Jane (MCMT), Music Theatre Camp 2008 - 2013 (Pelican Productions).
Hannah Smith is a 16 year old student in Year 11 at Murray Bridge High School.
Hannah has been singing, dancing and performing her way through life participating in numerous musical theatre productions and theatre performances with both school, Murray Bridge Players and Singers, Adelaide Youth Theatre and Promise Adelaide – Musical Moments.
A year ago Hannah decided to embrace her passion for Directing Musical Theatre, and created her own ‘Hannah Catherine Productions’, presenting The Sounds of Musicals in 2016 and Cinderella – a musical play in Jan 2017, raising over $2500 for Silent Ripples – a support group for those bereaved through suicide.
Hannah is excited to be performing in Broadway Sessions with a song that she thoroughly enjoyed performing at The Sound of Musicals!
In 2019, Jared has performed as Chris Scott in the METS production of Miss Saigon, Frederic in Therry's Pirates of Penzance, and in the Chorus for State Opera of South Australia's Carmen. In 2018, Jared performed as Raoul in the Gilbert & Sullivan Society's Phantom of the Opera; Buddy in the Hills Musical Company's Sideshow; and with John Bucchino in Davine Interventionz's It's Only Life. Jared became a member of the State Opera Chorus in 2018, which saw him perform in The Merry Widow and Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg.
Jared began performing in Adelaide musicals in 2008 in the Met's Shout and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society's HMS Pinafore. Since then he has performed in multiple musicals including Therry's Fiddler on the Roof; G&S' Les Misérables, Pirates of Penzance, Mikado, Orpheus in the Underworld, Yeoman of the Guard, and The Gondoliers; Met's My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, CATS, The King & I; and Little Miss World Media's Ordinary Days. He trained at the Elder Conservatorium under Robert Dawe and Patrick Power.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Nanami Ogushi is a 17 year old who took part in the Pelican Productions Musical Theatre Camp this year and absolutely loved it. Nanami has always loved singing and has been going to singing lessons for a few years now – but officially found her passion and confidence for performing after participating in Pelican Productions. She played the lead of Mrs Potts in the show Beauty and Beast for Pelican Productions.
Nina is better known in Adelaide for her choreographic work, Hairspray (Adelaide Youth Theatre), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Pelican Productions), Music Theatre Camp 2015 and 2016 (Pelican Productions), Legally Blonde Jr (Shane Davidson Presents) among others. However, Nina is an accomplished musical theatre performer. Nina has performed in London and Liverpool in the UK but since moving to Australia in 2007 she has focused on her teaching and choreographic works. Nina is thrilled to have this long over due opportunity to indulge in her first passion, Musical Theatre.
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.
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.
Shannon Day is a 16 year old student currently in Year 11 at Murray Bridge High School.
Shannon has been studying music and singing for 4 years at the Murray Bridge High School and has been doing Vocal Ensemble for 3 years. Shannon sang a variety of songs in The Sound of Musicals in 2016 and played a heroic Prince Charming in Cinderella – a musical play in January 2017.
He is excited to be performing in Broadway Sessions with a song that he thoroughly enjoyed performing at The Sound of Musicals!
Sophie's passion for theatre began at the age of 11 years old in Northern Light Theatre Company's Beauty and the Beast. Since then she has played many of her favourite roles such as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Skylar in Bring it On, Brooke Wyndam in Legally Blonde and most recently Hedy La Rue in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
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.
Vanessa Lee Shirley
Vanessa holds an Advanced Diploma of Design for makeup, specializing in film, TV, theatre and SFX. She has been Head Makeup Artist for various feature and short films and theatre productions. Currently she is performing in G&S Les Misérables as Madame Thenadier and following this Vanessa is producing and performing the role of Claire in Ordinary Days. Her other performance credits include understudy to the role of Bec in Amity Dry’s musical Mother Wife and The Complicated Life with Popjam Productions, Co-Opera’s The Magic Flute throughout Australia and Europe and performing Frasquita in Carmen. Vanessa’s extensive musical theatre background includes Mrs Sowerberry in Oliver!, Ayah in The Secret Garden, Tessa in The Gondoliers, the Fairy Queen in Iolanthe, Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, and Rapunzel in Into The Woods. Vanessa has recently directed and designed The Addams Family Musical for Walford School for Girls.
As a child, you could always find William screaming into his SingStar microphone and dancing to High School Musical. These habits evolved into Williams love for singing and dancing. William was very slow to get into the musical theatre world, only finding his love for musicals when he was 16.
In Williams short musical career he has performed in Jekyll and Hyde, In which he portrayed several important characters including "Angry Man 1", "Rich Man" and "Scared Man #2", Anything Goes where he was Reverand Henry T Dobson, and Once Upon a Matress where he performed his first leading role as Prince Dauntless the Drab.