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.
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.
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 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 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.
BethAnn has been working as an instrumental tutor for a few years now and realised that although so many children want to perform they aren't always taught how. So she has embarked on an experiment to perform in as many different genres and environments as possible, with as many different instruments as possible. So far there has been folk violin at festivals, harp at venue openings, guitar and vocals at birthday parties, joining witht a rockabilly band or playing keys in an alternative rock group. Now the newest direction is to see if BethAnn has what it takes to sing when more than the showerhead is listening. All performance tips, experiences and failures are written down to be passed on to future students, who think their teacher is one of the strangest (but most fun) teachers they have ever had.
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 and the Narrator in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has performed in the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Smells Like Teen Spirit in 2018, her first non-musical show since high school, and Jenny Lind in Barnum with Now Productions in 2019. She is currently studying Film and TV at MAPS film school.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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 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), and Cathy in The Last Five Years (Segue Productions 2017). She was recently in the ensemble of Spamalot (MCMT) and played Elizabeth/Liz/Beth in If/Then in September (Segue Productions).
Kristin is excited to be music directing again, with Heathers for Segue Productions in September 2019. Kristin is also a founding member of the new Adelaide based theatre company Segue Productions. When she's not at rehearsals or the theatre, she teaches voice and piano, and often dances around the house with her awesome preschooler (usually to the Frozen soundtrack...).
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 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 currently rehearsing for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society's 2019 production of Kinky Boots, as Nicola.
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.