Broadway Sessions On Tour: Balaklava

20 Sunday August 2017
When: 4:00pm Where: Balaklava Town Hall Tickets: $15

Broadway Sessions is going ‘On Tour’ and heading up to Balaklava.

Balaklava Community Arts issued the call for us to bring our show to their community, and who were we to say no?! Located approximately 90km north of the centre of Adelaide, Balaklava is well known for its interest and support in the arts, and hosts one of South Australia’s most popular eisteddfods in early August each year.

Join us on Sunday 20th August as we take Broadway Sessions to Balaklava. Why not make a day of it and visit the beautiful Clare Valley (and its wineries!), only a further 40 minutes north, and catch the show on the way home? This Session will take place in the afternoon (4pm, doors at 3:30pm), rather than at our usual 6:30pm start time, just to allow any Adelaide visitors or performers time to get home on a Sunday night.

Registrations are open to locals of the area, of course, as well as our regular Adelaide performers. This will be just like any other Broadway Sessions event, simply in a new and fun venue. Come along and enjoy Broadway Sessions On Tour!

Session Setlist

Act 1
You're Welcome (Moana) – David MacGillivray
Home (Beauty And The Beast) – Alex Chapman
Ireland (Legally Blonde) – Kaitlyn McKenzie
Gaston (Beauty And The Beast) – Buddy Dawson
Sweet Dreams (It's Only Life) – Lisa Shetler
Send In The Clowns (A Little Night Music) – Bronwyn Langman
Let It Sing (Violet) – Mark Oates
I'm Not Afraid Of Anything (Songs For A New World) – Natalie Lambert
Beautiful City (Godspell) – Lindsay Prodea
Act 2
You'll Be Back (Hamilton) – Scott Reynolds
With You (Ghost) – Phoebe Giles
Losing My Mind (Follies) – Wendy Rayner
All I Know (Matilda) – Buddy Dawson
Defying Gravity (Wicked) – Emily Smith
Notice Me Horton (Seussical) – Casey Lawrie
Bring Him Home* (Les Miserables) – Mark Oates
As Long As He Needs Me (Oliver) – Sophie Brown
Hard To Be The Bard (Something Rotten) – David MacGillivray
Waving Through A Window (Dear Evan Hansen) – Lindsay Prodea
* promoting an upcoming show

Your Session Hosts

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.

Mark Oates

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!

Session Performers

Alex Chapman

Alex has loved the theatre since a young age seeing her first show of Me and My Girl. After seeing multiple musicals including her favourites Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast, Alex enrolled with singing lessons with Joan Leslie in the Adelaide Hills. Mostly for a bit of fun she continued for a few years before a long 10 year break before auditioning for Balaklava Community Arts' production of Beauty and the Beast and being able to perform her dream role of Belle in 2014. This is inspired her to take up singing again and is always looking for new opportunities to gain experience and have some fun. Alex has recently performed in the ensemble with the G&S Society in their 2018 production of The Phantom of the Opera.

Bronwyn Langman

Bronwyn has only recently come to musical theatre as a vocalist, backstage for Cats with The Met in 2015, and in the Chorus of Fiddler on the Roof with Therry this year. In the eighties she played her French Horn in the orchestra pit for a few G&S productions with Marie Clarke – but that was before marriage and children changed everything. There have, however, been a few vocal highlights along the way, such as performing solo (and with her husband) at the reception of the Olympic Flame at Colley Reserve in 2000. Bronwyn enjoys performing swing and broadway material, along with her family, in retirement villages around Adelaide and singing at church.

Buddy Dawson

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).

Casey Lawrie

Casey grew a passion and love for music at a young age, and as a vocalist she began competing in the local Balaklava Eisteddfod when she was just 10 years old. She took part in the vocal, musical theatre and contemporary vocal sections and thoroughly enjoyed each opportunity to perform and develop her skills. Casey also loved taking part in the Balaklava Community Art Productions, including playing Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Lisa, a Pirate and an Indian in Peter Pan.

While attending Horizon Christian School Casey took part in many stage productions including Little Woman, The Letter, Pollyanna and The Wind in the Willows. Casey is currently in her second year of studying music at Tabor College, majoring in voice within a range of styles including Musical Theatre, Folk, and Contemporary.

David MacGillivray

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.

Emily Smith

Emily Smith loves performing above all other things, especially housework. Emily teaches singing, and thinks the best part of her job is seeing people grow and develop their skills and confidence. She has sung for many years, but only recently began taking dancing lessons, so being given the singing and tap dancing role of Reno in Southern Flinders Players recent performance of Anything Goes was a challenge, but one she relished! Other recent shows Emily has participated in have been with the Magpie Warblers as the Witch in Into the Woods (playing a villain was an interesting experience!) and Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors, for which Emily also acted as vocal coach.

Kaitlyn McKenzie

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. Kaitlyn is looking to move to America next year to work with a theatre company to be their producer, she is currently managing four seperate companies.

Lisa Shetler

Many of Lisa's happiest childhood memories are from the wings and stairwells of the Shedley Theatre, where she has been performing since she was two. As a child, she performed in Northern Light Theater Company’s (NLTC) productions of Annie, Carousel, The King & I and Bugsy Malone, whilst also dancing with Total Image Dance Company. She grew into playing lead roles in her high school’s musicals including: Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls and Katisha in the Hot Mikado. After a decade long hiatus from the stage, to gain her qualifications as a psychologist and start her career, she re-joined NLTC for their 2016 production of Cinderella and loved playing Mae in their 2017 production of Pajama Game. She is thrilled to be a part of the Adelaide theater community again.

Natalie Lambert

Singing and dancing from the age of 5, Natalie had her musical theatre debut late in life playing Cinderella in the University of Adelaide's production of Into The Woods. Igniting her passion for the art, she went onto gaining lead roles in A Funny thing Happened on The Way to The Forum, The Mikado and The Magic Flute. After graduating from her Classical Voice degree she continued to perform as a soloist and chorus member in The Sound of Music and Guys and Dolls and is currently working on Les Misérables with the Gilbert and Sullivan society. Natalie is a senior school music teacher, loves her job and feels so blessed that she can do what she loves everyday.

Phoebe Giles

Phoebe has spent the last 13 years singing in front of an audience. She began acting in year 7 after she starred in a class movie which was a parody of Days of Our Lives. She has taken on multiple roles but considers her favourite role to be Goldilocks in Charmed. Currently, she is an Out of School Hours Teacher and loves getting the students involved with music. You can often find (or hear) Phoebe singing everywhere she goes.

Scott Reynolds

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.

Sophie Brown

Sophie is 15 years old and started taking singing lessons at the age of seven. She performed in her first musical at the age of eight, was bitten by the bug, and another 14 musicals followed in quick succession! She has most recently played the roles of Nancy in Oliver!, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Maria in The Sound of Music with Now Productions, and Annie Golden in Balaklava Community Arts' production of Leader of the Pack. She is currently rehearsing with Northern Light Theatre Company in their production of Seussical.

As well as an obvious obsession with Musical Theatre, Sophie enjoys playing piano, classical singing, and is a member of the Gawler Gospel Choir. Any excess energy is spent training with the Charles Sturt Fencing Club.

Wendy Rayner

Following training in classical voice at Elder Conservatorium, and many years as a soloist at weddings, parties and (almost) anything, Wendy’s involvement in theatre has seen her embrace a wide variety of character roles over the past 20 years. These have ranged from haughty Sister Berthe (The Sound of Music), fragile Old Sally (Oliver!) and the delightfully dithery Mrs Tottendale (The Drowsy Chaperone) ... to memorable characters created for the busy ensembles of The Goodbye Girl and Big Fish. She has appeared as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance several times, and can't seem to stop performing in Les Misérables.

Wendy has appeared with Emma Knights Productions as Ruth in Pirates on the Popeye (Adelaide Fringe), and as Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! On A Farm.

Other acting work regularly takes Wendy to Adelaide University, transforming into a variety of quirky clients who visit the consulting rooms of undergraduate vets developing their clinical skills. Her film roles include Juney (Here I Am), and The Prof (Carbon Daters).