April already?! How did that happen… well, one thing that’s consistent is this. Broadway Sessions! As the year starts to speed up, we’re throwing it back to our performers who are free to nominate any song they like from the musical theatre genre. No themes tonight, just a month of good-ol-Broadway Sessions action. There will be performers, both old and new, and plenty of varied content. It’s a busy time of the year for many theatre companies too, and we’ll be featuring performances from the casts of Aida, Jekyll & Hyde, 9 to 5, Bring it On, and Chicago. Wow, what a list!
As always, get in quick to register your interest to perform (anybody is welcome!), and if you’d prefer to sit back and relax, grab those tickets today to ensure you don’t miss all the fun.
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!
Alisa has been performing in musicals in Adelaide for over 10 years. Alisa's favourite roles include Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (MBM, 2011), Reno in Dusty (The Met, 2011) and Enid in Legally Blonde the Musical (Hills, 2014). Most recently Alisa performed in Violet (Davine Interventionz) for the Adelaide Fringe. Currently Alisa is rehearsing for Aida with the Hills Musical Company. Alisa has trained in jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop dance and has vocal tuition with Kirsty Roberts.
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.
Ashley has been fortunate enough to perform in Calamity Jane in 2014 and Catch Me If You Can in 2016, both with Marie Mark Musical Theatre. Prior to getting involved with theatre, she worked as a singing teacher at Leanne Hoad Singing Studio for two years. She is currently working on the musical Jekyll and Hyde and feels very privileged to be able to work with some very wonderfully talented people.
Ava-Rose Askew 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 apart 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, and recently performed in the Regeneration concert.
With a professional career spanning three decades and diverse music genres, Carolyn has been honoured to share the stage with many greats, including Anthony Warlow, Lou Diamond Philips, Bert Newton, Ruth Cracknel and Jubilant Sykes.
Carolyn has been in the original casts of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden and The Sound of Music. Other roles include Jelly/Griddlebone in CATS in Hamburg, Johanna in Sweeney Todd for Queensland Opera, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof and Flora in Turn of the Screw for Opera Australia.
Carolyn has performed in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival with Broadway legends Maltby and Shire in Closer than Ever and Take Flight, and in The Adelaide Festival’s production of Bernstein’s Mass.
Concert highlights include Shakespeare on Broadway with Margaret Urlich, “duetting” with Marina Prior and singing the National Anthem at the Opening Ceremony of The Ashes in Adelaide. Television credits include Here’s Humphrey, The Kingdom of Paramithi, Neighbours and Wiggle TV and for many years she was the original voice of Dorothy the Dinosaur. Carolyn has also taught performance in schools, workshops and privately and has coached many students towards successful auditions.
Recently Carolyn played the role of Rose Pickles in Gale Edward’s workshop performance of Cloudstreet with State Opera of SA and then toured Australia as the alternate Mrs. Anna in Opera Australia’s The King and I, performing the role opposite Lou Diamond Phillips and Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
Casey Brown is a 15 year old Year 10 student at Willunga High School. She has been involved in theatre and acting since she was 11. Casey was involved in Kapunda Musical Society's productions of: The Snow Queen, Cinderella and Her 7 Ugly Step Sisters, Oz, Harry's Hotter at Twilight and The Story of Kapunda. She was also involved in JamaeRaw's performance of Anything Goes in 2016.
Casey has previously done dance lessons with Dance SA in 2015 and further joined JamaeRaw for Tap and Jazz classes in 2016. She is also currently doing singing lessons with Kathryn Driver at Sparrows Singing Lessons.
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.
Growing up performing in the Scouts’ Gang Show: Comedy Capers, David developed a love for musical theatre from a young age. Trained at the Centre for the Performing Arts; David has enjoyed performing Shakespeare with the State Theatre, Lightning Strike and Chopt Logic Theatre Companies and has toured in the past with Splash Theatre Company. Turning from professional acting to focus his energy on his family and work for the Anglican Church as a priest, David chooses to do shows that he loves.
It was in Marie Clark's production of Paris in the titular role that David hit the Adelaide scene in musical theatre. David has since performed with with Marie Clark Musical Theatre in Miss Saigon (John) and as Carl Hanratty in the 2016 production of Catch Me if You Can. He has worked with Northern Light Theatre Company as Frederick in Pirates of Penzance and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. David also performed at the Adelaide Fringe 2015 with Lazy Saturday Productions' Australian premiere of Darkle. 2017 is a big year of theatre for David starting with Pale Ale Tales, a new work by local writer, Jason Hendy in the 2017 Fringe, Jekyll and Hyde with Marie Clark and finishing with Les Misérables as Enjolras with G&S Society.
David is thankful to his wife for her love and support, and for letting him play.
Ella Leopardi is currently studying at The University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music, doing a Bachelor of Music - Jazz Performance and separately a Diploma of Languages - Italian. Ella's music inspiration are those talented musicians around her, living in Adelaide, as she feels that one day she too could be as talented as them. Ella loves music theatre as it incorporates her desire for acting and her absolute love of singing. After she completes her current degrees she will start a Masters of Teaching so one day she can share her passion for music, especially musical theatre, with her wonderful future students.
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'. Since the age of four, she has performed in choirs, musicals and at events with local companies such as Davine Interventionz, Emma Knights Productions, IpSkip Productions, Adelaide Youth Theatre, Urban Myth, Gravity and Mitcham Dance, Theatre Bugs and Young Adelaide Voices. Eloise has also performed abroad in the role of Betty in The Crucible while on exchange at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2017.
She most recently appeared on stage as Phaedra in Jerusalem (University of Adelaide Theatre Guild), Charlotte York in Sex & The Musical (Emma Knights Productions), Sister Sophia in an immersive production of The Sound of Music (Emma Knights Productions), Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web (IpSkip Productions), Young Violet in Violet: a musical (Davine Productions), and in It’s Only Life (Davine Productions, ft. John Bucchino). When she is not telling stories on stage, Eloise is studying Honours in English Literature at Flinders University.
Emily Glew has been passionate about the performing arts all of her life and began training in voice and dance at age 11. She has trained with artists including Michaela Burger and David Gauci, and is trained in classical, contemporary, jazz and tap dance. Beginning participating in musical theatre at age 13, she has been part in many musical theatre productions including most recently, Violet with Davine Interventionz, and taking the role of Shprintze in the Therry Dramatical Society’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.
Standout roles for Emily also include Jellylorum in Cats, and Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins, both with Loreto College. Additionally, Emily has been studying music since the age of 6, and has played in numerous instrumental ensembles on the piano, guitar, and clarinet. Emily’s love for music has led to her teaching and musically directing multiple musicals in the past. Emily is happy to bring her enthusiasm for the dance and musicality of Sideshow to the stage.
Emily-Jo has been in the world of musical theatre since she was 13 and never looked back. Working with various theatre companies, choirs and children's entertainers, Emily has thrived on the families you can have, the confidence you can grow and the love for performing, which only gets stronger. From England to Australia, she has been in many productions such as The Producers, Pirates of Penzance, Footloose and her most recent, playing a lead role in SCCAS's Pippin, directed by Robert Bell (2016). Whilst being a performer, she has also co-directed/co-choreographed for many productions with a youth theatre group which herself and her mother created together for kids who needed a voice.
Studying a bachelor of education/arts, Emily-Jo strives to show every chid can be whatever they when they grow up and never stop believing.
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.
Grace is 15 years old and a year 10 student at Immanuel College where she is part of the music program. Grace is a vocal student of Teresa La Rocca and enjoys singing in the Immanuel College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Senior Vocal Ensemble and the Rock Band. As well as enjoying a diversity of singing experiences Grace plays the Cello and Tenor Saxophone and participates in a range of classical and jazz ensembles. Grace was awarded AMEB Singing First Grade Honours and Second grade credit with merit and won first and second places in the 2015 Adelaide Eisteddfod. In the future Grace would love to broaden her singing performance experiences and further explore musical theatre and cabaret.
Singing isn't just a hobby or a passion for Grace Sawtell... it's a necessity! From infancy Grace has used song to soothe, celebrate and express herself. This love has lead rise to following her dream to become a performer through vocal coaching from the age of 5 years. Grace has participated in musical theatre, group and solo performance and classes in song and dance since 2014. Grace is currently studying at Starlets SA under the direction of Kathryn Driver. Watch this space because magic happens and dreams really do come true...!
Harry Nguyen is usually known as the ‘Krispy Kreme’ guy, mainly because he brings donuts to any shows that he is apart of. Falling in love with theatre from his first show in 2013 (High School Musical, AYT), Harry has immersed himself in shows including Hairspray (AYT), Fame (Marie Clark), Into the Woods (AYT), Rent (Marie Clark), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S). Harry is currently working towards getting into theatre schools, but in the meantime you can catch him working at Krispy Kreme and giving free glazed donuts to anyone he knows.
Working in Real Estate during the day, theatre has become a major escape from work life for James since 2000. Majority of the first decade of involvement was spent backstage and only venturing into the stage lights in 2008 after gaining some vocal training with Merrilyn Air. Currently in his 3rd year as president of Blackwood Players Inc, James has been actively involved in the company since 2003, filling in all roles from Stage Manager, Production Manager, Lighting & Sound operator and Director.
In 2015, James played numerous roles in Forbidden Broadway with his favourite song being 'I Enjoy Being a Cat' ( based off "I Enjoy Being a Girl", Rodgers-Hammerstein and "Memory", Lloyd Webber-Eliot). James has played many other on stage roles, but notably the role of Rene in 'Allo 'Allo for Blackwood Players Inc and Noarlunga Theatre Company within the last 5 years. James will soon be in his first lead role in a Broadway musical, and is excited to perform with so many other talented actors.
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.
Karina began her performing career as a dancer, training in jazz, tap, and ballet; this lead her to musical theatre. She now works as a teacher, teaching secondary English and Drama. Karina has been in several productions in Adelaide including Forbidden Broadway, Call of Guadalupe, and Georges Farquhar's period comedy, The Recruiting Officer. Last year Karina played Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense for Blackwood Players. She is now currently playing Audrey in Blackwood Players' new production of Little Shop of Horrors.
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.
Lucy has loved performing ever since she can remember and is very excited to be performing for the first time tonight at Broadway Sessions. She is currently rehearsing with The Met as Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5 and is loving being a part of such a talented and supportive cast and production team. She will also be performing in G&S' production of Les Misérables later in the year, which she is very much looking forward to!
Michelle has been involved with the performing arts since the age of eight. Some of her favourite shows and roles include Ursula Merkle in Bye Bye Birdie, Laker Girl in Spamalot, Ellie Greenwich in Leader of the Pack with NLTC, a rebel in Urinetown, Kate/Chutney in Legally Blonde with the Hills Musical Company, Little Red in Into the Woods, Urleen in Footloose, Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray with Matt Byrne Media. More recently she performed as an Alabama Lamb in Therry’s Big Fish. Michelle has been teaching drama, singing and dance at Theatre Bugs since 2014 and is currently the co-director of the Show Bugs team.
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.
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.
Roxie began singing at age seven, performing in numerous concerts with Voicestyle Studios. Since 2006, she has embarked on solo performances, performing at such venues as: The Intercontinental Hotel, The Governor Hindmarsh and Adelaide Festival Centre.
Some of her theatre credits include: The Sour Kangaroo (Seussical – Shane Davidson Presents), Brenda (Hairspray – Matt Byrne Media), Erato (Xanadu – Davine Interventionz), Flight by Night Addams (The Addams Family – Matt Byrne Media), Hot Box Dancer (Guys and Dolls – G&S Society) and ensemble for Catch Me If You Can with Marie Clark Theatre Company.
Roxie is also a graduate of AC Arts, where she studied a Diploma of Costume for Performance.
At 19, Scarlett has been passionate about performing since she was young. She began dancing at Barbara Jayne Dance Centre when she was 3 years old where she developed her singing and dancing skills for 13 years and has now begun focusing on her passion for musical theatre. Scarlett has recently graduated year 12 at Concordia College where she was and will continue to be taught by her singing teacher Rosie Hosking. Scarlett hopes to pursue musical theatre in the future.
With 16 years of combined performing experience, Scarlett's love for the stage has never ceased, with her most recent roles being Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, and recently Campbell Davis in Pelican Production's production of Bring It On the Musical for which she received a TASA nomination for 'Best Youth Female Actor'. She has also most recently finished a performance season of Godspell with Lydian Productions and Irregular Productions.
Stefanie Rossi is a professional performer (actor/singer/dancer) from Adelaide who completed her Advanced Diploma of Arts in Acting at the end of 2012 and who has worked professionally in the industry since with. She has performed with companies like Patch Theatre Company (Mr McGee and the Biting Flea national tour), Splash Theatre Company (Read Across the Universe), Foul Play (experimental production of Macbeth), Perform! Educational Musicals (World’s Apart), The Hills Musical Company (Company), Matt Byrne Media (Fringe shows The Luv Boat and My Kitchen Fools) and Mystique/Tony Knights Productions (Extremities at the Festival Centre).
From 2015 until August 2016 Stefanie worked as the Primary School Program Coordinator and Puppeteer for Camp Quality here in Adelaide. In 2016 Stefanie took on lead roles in locally written and produced web series Freemales, Kessel Run Production’s short film Cheaters, the Port Film Co-op’s latest feature film Youth On The March and South Australian Film Corporation funded ABC iView series, Almost Midnight. Earlier in 2016, Stefanie started up her own media/production company with a fellow colleague and has a few short films in pre-production as well as a rock opera that is in the final stages of being written and a web series that is in pre-production. She has also just been offered a position with the Paediatric Mental Health Training Unit at Adelaide University working as part of the improvisational simulated scenario training that is conducted for the students there.
Stefanie will be playing Velma Kelly in Emma Knights' upcoming production of Chicago.
Tielah is a full-time History student at the University of Adelaide who is working towards a Post-Grad degree and also pursues her passion for performing in whatever time she can scrape together. Her deep-rooted passion for musical theatre has lead to roles through many youth theatre productions, and a few South Coast Choral and Arts Society shows. She was head of the ensemble in SCCAS's production of Sweeney Todd and also played the role of Madame Fogg: the keeper of the asylum and was in SCCAS's production of Cinderella and the Pirates playing Captain Blackbeard (written by director Jonathan Ogilvie). In November Tielah will be a part of the ensemble in the Hills Musical Company's upcoming production of Assassins and is thrilled to be a part of the theatre community in Adelaide once again.