May Session: A Good Ol’ Fashioned Piano Party

28 Sunday May 2017
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $15

About this Session

Welcome to the Broadway Sessions living room. It’s time for a piano party, and you’re invited. Grab a chair as we gather around the piano (and stage) to join in a good ol’ fashion piano party. We’re taking it down a notch, with piano and some hand percussion – please keep this in mind when you register to sing – and will have plenty of sing-a-long opportunity for audience involvement and interaction throughout the night. Those who register will still be performing for the audience, however, so don’t worry that your limelight will be dimmed – but definitely a different environment this month to our normal setup.

Although we’re stepping it down a beat, we’ll still be featuring performances from the cast of the upcoming production of Fiddler On The Roof.

Session Setlist

Act 1
Sing-A-Long Medley (The Sound Of Music) – Lindsay Prodea, Rebecca Raymond
Do You Love Me? (Fiddler On The Roof)* – Anne Doherty, David Gauci
Hopelessly Devoted To You (Grease) – Sandy Wandel
My New Philosophy (You're A Good Man Charlie Brown) – Ava-Rose Askew
Somewhere That's Green (Little Shop Of Horrors) – Anastasia Ferguson
When I Grow Up (Sing-A-Long) (Matilda) – Emma Haddy, Lindsay Prodea
Once Upon A December (Anastasia) – Beth Ann Brady
Goodbye Emil (Romance Romance) – Georgia Broomhall
Lost In The Wilderness (Children Of Eden) – Lindsay Prodea
Fine (Scarred For Life) – Josh Belperio
One Day More (Sing-A-Long) (Les Misérables) – Lindsay Prodea, Mitchell Smith, Rebecca Raymond
Act 2
Darryl Is A Boy (And He Lives In My Closet) (Michael Mitnick) – Kristin Stefanoff
Why God, Why? (Miss Saigon) – Joseph Giblin
Defying Gravity (Sing-A-Long) (Wicked) – Lindsay Prodea, Scott Lorien
I Push Up My Glasses (Nikko Benson) – Cordelia Ferguson
Larger Than Life (My Favourite Year) – Mitchell Smith
Not Alone (A Very Potter Musical) – Damien Quick
Another Life (Bridges Of Madison County) – Ruby Pinkerton
Dancing Queen (Sing-A-Long) (Mamma Mia) – Lindsay Prodea
* promoting an upcoming show

Session Host

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 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.

Session Performers

Anastasia Ferguson

Anastasia has been singing and dancing from a young age and was thrilled to discover at the end of primary school that the two could be combined! She has taken part in various school musicals and been involved in Pelican Productions since 2010. Anastasia is now studying Education at Flinders University, where she helped set up Flinders Uni Performing Arts Society to meet more theatre-minded people; FUPAS also recently produced their first play to great success. In her free time, Anastasia enjoys singing with Young Adelaide Voices and jamming out with her friends.

Anne Doherty

Anne has been performing in theatre for many years; her most recent roles being with The G&S Society playing Hebe in G&S Fest’s Pinafore, Mrs Medlock in The Secret Garden, The Duchess of Plaza Toro in Gondoliers, Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Ensemble in Les Misérables. Favourite roles over the years are Jennifer in Paint Your Wagon and Mrs Winthrop in The Secret Garden with Therry, Cecily in The Importance of Being Ernest, Ellie Dunn in Heartbreak House, Paquette in Candide with Independent Theatre and Gwendoline in Ernest in Love with Mayfair. Fun facts: My Fair Lady is Anne’s all-time favourite musical, having played Eliza with The Hills Musical Company 23 years ago – which, coincidentally was both the first and last time she worked onstage with her friend Adam Goodburn.

Ava-Rose Askew

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.

Beth Ann Brady

Beth Ann is the proud director of her own music tuition services in Adelaide, Music Eternal. With her team of 5 tutors, their mission is to provide lessons that are fun, and full of music and joy, looking to nourish the whole soul. Beth Ann knows that without music, life would be so much less and wants everyone to have the chance to receive the best possible music education, one that encourages the students to never stop learning, even outside their lessons.

Beth Ann loves to share music with anyone and everyone and takes every opportunity to learn and practice her own music.

Cordelia Ferguson

Cordelia first started singing at the young age of six as part of Young Adelaide Voices in 2004 and has yet to stop. Her first introduction to musical theatre was at Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp in 2010, where she fell in love with musicals and the theatre. Since then she has auditioned for as many roles as possible, landing her first role, and dream role, of Nancy in Now Productions Oliver! in 2016.

Cordelia's roles also include Brigitta in The Sound of Music, Aunt Em/Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jenny Lind in Barnum. She also enjoys working as a crew member on shows and feels that every person who does theatre should work backstage at least once! Cordelia has just completed a diploma in Film and TV at MAPS Film School.

Damien Quick

Damien is no stranger to the stage, and has been regularly performing, singing and playing music since childhood. His introduction to musical theatre came when he was dragged along to an audition for The Wedding Singer by his older sister at the age of 13. This inspired a new passion, and Damien looked to maximise performing opportunities throughout high school, where he played Bugsy in Bugsy Malone and was involved in various solo and ensemble music performances.

After finishing high school in 2012, Damien re-entered the theatre with gusto, and has been a frequent performer ever since. Damien is part of the five-star award-nominated cabaret group 'The Bailey Beaus' created by Vintage Vendetta Productions, and has been fortunate to perform many interesting roles in well-known shows, including Mark in RENT, Doody in Grease, George in The Wedding Singer, and The Historian in Spamalot, as well as roles in Les Misérables, Oliver, The Sound of Music, Calamity Jane, and Catch Me If You Can.

David Gauci

I have two arms and feet. But my feet are not at the end of my arms. That would just be plain silly. I like to sing, especially in other people's showers. But not while showering - that would just be weird. I have been singing since before fire, but not long after the wheel. I trained under a number of singing teachers but as a result of claustrophobia I found it better to stand next them instead. As a child I would spontaneously sing in class, as an accountant I would spontaneously sing in the office. I was soon sent back to class. I love chocolate.

Emma Haddy

Born into a family with a background in the performing arts, Emma has been immersed in the world of theatre ever since she can remember. Her introduction to Adelaide amateur theatre came when she joined the ensemble of G&S’s Oliver! in both 2013 and 2014, and was involved in the society’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2016. In 2017, Emma fulfilled her lifelong dream to perform the role of Cosette in Les Misérables, also with G&S, and in 2019 joined the cast of Therry's The Pirates of Penzance as Edith. Emma graduated from her Bachelor of Arts at Adelaide University in 2019.

Georgia Broomhall

Georgia had her introduction to musical theatre at 7 years when she appeared in the Windmill production of Brundibar.  In later years she has played some wonderful roles including Brenda (Catch Me if You Can), Mabel (Fame), Tracy (Hairspray) and Maria (West Side Story).

Georgia has recently travelled to New York with Australian Youth Performing Arts Team and had the pleasure of one on one coaching with Natalie Weiss and Bob Marks.  She also joined the team in Broadway workshops in Acting, Singing and Dance. Georgia is currently rehearsing for Fiddler on the Roof where she is playing the eldest daughter Tzeitel. Georgia will join the ensemble of Les Misérables later this year.

Joseph Giblin

Joseph has been doing theatre since childhood, though not properly hitting the Adelaide scene until Marie Clark's Jekyll and Hyde in 2017 as a member of the ensemble. Since then, he has played roles such as Mitch Mahoney in Spelling Bee, Marius in Les Misérables, Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid, and is currently in Marie Clark's Anything Goes. When not singing, dancing, or delivering a dramatic monologue, he's usually pouring something alcoholic (whether for a customer or himself remains to be seen).

Josh Belperio

Emerging composer, conductor, pianist and cabaret artist, Josh Belperio, is passionate about helping people better empathise with themselves and with each other through the unique power of music. Josh received his B.mus. in composition from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Adelaide University, in 2015, studying with Graeme Koehne and Anne Cawrse. His choral compositions have been sung by ensembles such as the Elder Conservatorium Chorale, the Festival Statesmen Chorus, the Young Voices of Melbourne, and the Gondwana Chorale. His orchestral music has been played by the Australian Youth Orchestra, Canberra Youth Orchestra, and Adelaide Youth Sinfonia.

As a musical theatre composer, Josh was awarded a $10,000 Carclew Project & Development Grant to fund the first development of an original musical, produced by Release Creative, with support from the Adelaide Festival Centre. In cabaret, Josh accompanied in the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and was recently awarded a Helpmann Academy Grant to undertake a mentorship with Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan, and vocal lessons with Rosanne Hosking for his upcoming show, Scarred for Life.

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 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), Cathy in The Last Five Years (Segue Productions 2017), Elizabeth/Liz/Beth in If/Then (Segue Productions 2018), and Simone in Shane Warne The Musical (Segue Productions 2020). In 2021, she will hopefully have the chance to perform with the Met as Vivienne in Legally Blonde the Musical!

Kristin music directed Heathers the Musical for Segue Productions in September 2019. She 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 voice and piano, and often dances around the house singing showtunes with her awesome 5 year old.

Mitchell Smith

Mitchell first began performing at age 7 in choirs and school productions, before working extensively with youth theatre companies Pelican Productions and Swell Productions. Mitchell performed professionally as a child with Windmill Theatre Company. Mitchell has recently performed leading roles in Spring Awakening (Hills Musical Company - ATG Best Male Performance nom.), Violet (Davine Interventionz) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S Society), and has been featured in She Loves Me (Therry), FAME (Marie Clark), and Oklahoma! (Emma Knights Productions). He has also appeared in song cycles 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (Emma Knights Productions) and Edges (Irregular Productions).

Outside of performing, Mitchell has recently completed his Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) at UniSA and works as a performing arts teacher with Theatre Bugs and Adelaide Theatre Academy. In 2018 Mitchell made his directorial debut with Adelaide Theatre Academy's acclaimed production of Xanadu Jr.

Rebecca Raymond

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 Pinkerton

Ruby’s passion for musical theatre began at a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. 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.

Sandy Wandel

Sandy knew from a young age that she was destined to be in the theatre, and as it turns out she was correct. Sandy is an Operating Theatre Nurse, and yes, she does sing at work! Sandy's first experience of music theatre was at age 11 when she understudied the role of Jane in a Come Out Festival performance of Tarzan's Narrow Escape. Not long after this she was introduced to the world of country music, and won a number of talent quests across Australia, including two amateur Golden Guitars at Tamworth, and her episode of Bert Newton's New Faces at age 15.

Since then Sandy has sung across a number of genres, studied AMEB Classical Voice to Grade 5, and worked as a Primary School Choir Trainer for the Festival Of Music. Her passion remains with Music Theatre and some of her favourite things have been playing the role of Nancy in Oliver!, Miss Hannigan in Annie (Balaklava Community Arts 2001/2005), Mrs Baskin in Big ( Northern Light 2015), and most recently being privileged to be in the ensemble of G&S Society's extremely well received production of Les Misérables.

Session Band

Peter Johns (Piano/Musical Director)

Peter is a music director, accompanist, repertoire coach, and the founder of Irregular Productions - one half of the brains behind Broadway Sessions.

He has been a theatre music director since 2005, with a number of his shows winning local awards. Theatre Credits include: (as Music Director) Beautiful, Mamma Mia, Les Misérables, Next to Normal, Violet, The Story Of My Life, Songs For A New World, The Light In The Piazza, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Into the Woods, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, [title of show], Edges, Avenue Q, Bring It On, Singing In The Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, Urinetown the Musical, Scrooge, The Witches of Eastwick, Little Shop of Horrors, Seussical the Musical, Grease, Once Upon a Mattress; (as Associate Music Director) Kinky Boots; (as Conductor) City of Angels, The Addams Family; (as Associate Conductor) Rent; (as Assistant Music Director) Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, South Pacific, Copacabana; as well as playing keyboard in over 25 other productions.

Besides co-producing Broadway Sessions, Irregular Productions has also staged the South Australian premieres of Songs for a New World, [title of show] and Edges, as well as a new production of Godspell (with Lydian Productions).

Peter is also the music director for Civic Park Carols, Australia's second-largest candlelight carols event, working with some of Adelaide’s finest musician’s and performers, as well as artists such as Justine Clarke, Guy Sebastian, Rachel Beck, and Jimmy Giggle.

Max Ziliotto (Drums/Percussion)

Max has been playing percussion for 15 years, and has been involved in numerous music performance groups throughout that time. Attending Marryatville High School 2006-2010, and being a part of the Raiders Drum Corps since 2007, he learned performance etiquette pretty quickly, and grew comfortable performing in front of people. Max participated in the Big Band program at high school, and as such was able to attend Generations in Jazz multiple times. His drumkit playing further improved after high school where, during his studies for his Bachelor of Music (Percussion), he was a part of the Jazz SA Youth Superbands. While studying his Bachelors, Max competed in and won First Place in the 2011 MSO Snare Competition.

Musical theatre has been part of his life since 2009, and as luck would have it, Max has been working with Peter Johns since his very first show! Productions Max has been involved in include: Sweeney Todd, Fame, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, Annie, The Full Monty, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Violet, Wicked, Bring It On!, Edges, Beautiful, Mamma Mia, and Les Miserables.

Outside of music, Max has developed a passion for gridiron, and plays for the Port Adelaide Spartans. He is also a personal trainer, and his love for craft beers is pretty strong!

Louis Cann (Bass)

Louis has been playing both double bass and bass guitar as long as he can remember. Beginning with lessons at the age of 7, he quickly developed his skills and decided that music was the career for him. Louis began playing for Musical Theatre shows in 2011, with the Northern Lights Theatre Company’s production of Beauty and the Beast, which coincidentally, was the beginning of a long-standing working relationship with Musical Director, Peter Johns! Since, Louis has played for many theatre companies around Adelaide, including Adelaide Youth Theatre, Lydian Productions, Pelican Productions, Davine Productions, Irregular Productions, Marie Clarke Musical Theatre, The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of South Australia, and Hills Musical Company. Some of his favourite shows to play for have been In the Heights, for Pelican Productions in 2019, and Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, for Davine Productions in 2020. In 2018, Louis had the privilege of playing in the pit for the Gordon Frost Organisation’s touring production of The Wizard of Oz. Louis graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2016, with a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance.) That same year, he began performing as a casual member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - some of his favourite performances include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, and Last Night of the Proms at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Martin Cheney (Piano)

Martin is an accompanist, repertoire coach and music director for the Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium and a secondary school music teacher, accompanist and repetiteur at Concordia College. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Composition and is a co-founder of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra.
As the founder and director of Lydian Productions, Martin has produced and music-directed critically-acclaimed seasons of john & jen and Godspell (with Irregular Productions) since its debut in 2016, as well as curating a new music theatre song cycle, Bitter. Sweet., in 2019. Professionally, Martin has performed with Il Divo, Marina Prior and John Foreman, as well as being keyboard deputy for the touring Australian productions of The Wizard of Oz, Mamma Mia! and Aladdin. He has had the good fortune to work with the best of Australia’s theatre music directors, including Laura Tipoki, Michael Azzopardi, Chris King and Kohan van Sambeeck.
Martin has also worked as a rehearsal pianist for the State Opera Company of South Australia and is regularly engaged as an audition pianist for many of Adelaide’s theatre companies (when there is not an ongoing global pandemic).