Sassy September at Broadway Sessions is here. No, that’s not official, but it rolls off the tongue nicely. We’ve had a number of theme nights recently, so September’s Session is performer’s free choice – we’re all about the registrations this month, so jump in and get your song registrations recorded. Come along for a fun night of musical theatre content, including featured performances from the upcoming casts of Spring Awakening, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ordinary Days, and Shrek Jr. Your favourite Broadway Sessions House Band will be blasting the tunes, and an array of local performers, both old and new, will grace the stage once again.
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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.
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.
Bec Walker is a classically trained singer who likes to sing opera, musical theatre, blues, jazz, rock and anything else. Bec is a sometimes Musical Director and an all the time teacher, she taught voice for many years before becoming a classroom music teacher. She plays the oboe and a little of everything else and in her spare time arranges music and organises bands and soloists. Music is embedded in every part of Bec's life and she enjoys nothing more than seeing it bring joy and meaning to people's lives.
Cailene Kilcoyne came to Adelaide from San Diego, California. She has performed regionally around the States as well as internationally on a cruise ship. She is super excited to announce that she will be playing the role of "Marcy" in Emma Knights upcoming production of I Love You Because, which will be her Australian debut!
Connor debuted in musical theatre with the Northern Light Theatre Company’s 2010 production of Oliver!, playing Nipper and has continued to expand the range of his creative endeavours ever since. Since graduating from Prince Alfred College last year, Connor has played numerous roles for Adelaide Youth Theatre including Genie in Aladdin, Linus in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid and most recently Brett in 13 a New Musical. Connor has also been involved in productions with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society including Oliver! as The Artful Dodger and Friedrich in The Sound of Music.
Highlights of Connor’s career include playing Kent in the feature film A Month of Sundays and touring to Hong Kong, Paris, London and the USA with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team in 2014 and 2017. Connor is also a budding young graphic designer and has begun to design logos and promotional material for local theatre companies to further expand his involvement in Adelaide theatre.
Dione Baker, Adelaide’s pocket power house, is known among the Adelaide theatre circle as the "diva"... but in a good way! Since the age of 16 Dione has performed for many amateur and professional companies including Co Opera and State Opera of South Australia. Dione was also a member of team Ricky Martin on 2015's season of The Voice Australia. Some of her most cherished roles have been Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera for Matt Byrne Media (2013), Suor Angelica and Cio Cio San (Madame Butterfly) for Co Opera (2012 and 2015).
Most recently Dione has been selected to be a member of the State Opera (SA) Chorus for 2019 and looks forward to working with them again soon. Dione is a versatile singer and performer as she has done many styles from pop to opera, and was also a part of the amateur premiere of We Will Rock You with Matt Byrne Media in July 2018 where she played the jumping Suzi Quattro
Divya Narayan is a new performer to the Broadway Sessions stage, and to the performing arts sphere in a wider sense. She has performed in various shows during her schooling years, and is currently undertaking music exams as per the ABRSM. She aspires to be able to perform professionally one day, and be the solo of a musical on a stage performed in front of thousands of people. Divya also has done various dance classes including contemporary, hiphop, and ballet, and has chosen to focus on ballet. One of her greatest achievements in relation to Musical Theatre is directing the school show in 2015, which was an entirely student run show, in which her role was the Director.
21-year-old Dylan Rufus has been in the South Australian theatre community since 2011. He has assumed many roles in the theatre: audio-visual design and technician, stagehand and stage manager, musician and musical director, actor, writer and composer—his recently showcased work in the University of South Australia’s self-written production of Behind Closed Doors. Dylan’s onstage work has seen him in musicals such as Grease, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Spring Awakening; and offstage work in productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antigone, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Beauty and the Beast.
2018 has seen Dylan in the Adelaide Fringe: portraying Orin Scrivello D.D.S. in Adelaide Theatre Academy’s Little Shop of Horrors, and was part of the original cast of Emma Knights' Production Buffy Kills Edward playing Giles/Angel/Dr Cullen, which was featured in the Melbourne Fringe in September; and also playing Slim/Cord Elam in Emma Knights’ Oklahoma!. Dylan's future projects include Hills Musical Company's production of Avenue Q and Emma Knights' Anne of Green Gables.
Outside of the theatre, Dylan is completing his MBAA Bachelor of Arts, through the University of South Australia, and Associate Performers Diploma in guitar, through Australia and New Zealand Cultural Arts Ltd (ANZCA).
Throughout her high school years, Eloise enjoyed playing roles such as Mowgli in The Jungle Book (2014) and Marty in Grease (2016), as well performing regularly with the school choir and liturgical ensemble. Attending Theatre Bugs for 8 years, she appeared on Behind the News (BTN), performed in the Something on Saturday program, and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Currently studying a double degree of Psychology and Social Sciences at UniSA, Eloise is enjoying the break from study that music and live theatre brings and she can't wait for what more is to come. Last year she performed with Northern Light Theatre Company in Annie and has just finished up their season of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Eloise is also currently working hard with her old high-school liturgical ensemble, now called Va Utopia, to bring a buzz of fresh, youth-driven music into the local church services.
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.
Since the time she was just 4 years old Emma has loved performing her little heart out onstage. She first realised her passion for musical theatre, however, when she participated in her high school’s production of Grease as an eager year 8 student. As a now just as eager 19 year old, she has since proudly been a part of many great shows. Some of her favourites include the roles of Tracy in Saint Aloysius College’s Hairspray, Lily St. Regis in Adelaide Youth Theatre’s Annie, Elle Woods in Saint Aloysius College’s production of Legally Blonde, and most recently, Ruth in G & S society’s Thoroughly Modern Millie. Emma is also very excited to be a part of the cast of HMC's upcoming production of Spring Awakening. She hopes that this is just a start and plans to continue performing long into the future.
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.
Georgie is a young contemporary singer/songwriter who has been writing her own music for as long as she can remember. She loves musical theatre and has studied piano, singing and dance from an early age. She has had featured roles for the last three years in Pelican Productions Music Theatre camps and has been involved in both Pelican and Swell Productions' seasons of The Little Mermaid. Georgie had her first non-musical role playing Petunia with Therry Dramatic Society in their production of The Darling Buds of May in 2014 and has been involved with Adelaide Youth Theatre's Charlottes Web, Beauty and The Beast (2015), Aladdin and 13 (2017). She most recently played the lead role of Ida in Scotch College's production of Honk Jr which has been her favourite role to date - although she has a few more in mind! She has been a soloist with both Pelican Productions and Adelaide Youth Theatre and was a lead soloist with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team who travelled to America at the end of 2016.
Georgie performs with her brother Jack as Ignite! and has been involved in several music videos and charity events. Now under the tutelage of Kirsty Roberts, Georgie is focussing on furthering her singing and song-writing and is soon to release her first EP of originals, Bystander.
Grace is a first year university student studying microbiology but still enjoys performing and looks to improve both her singing and performance skills. Notable past performances include Gertrude Mcfuzz in Seussical and Penny in Hairspray.
Holly Abbott is 12 years old. She has been dancing and singing at TIDC Performing Arts Studio for the past 7 years under the direction of Kerreane Sarti, and is a voice student of Emma Riggs, Laura Brook and the Studio and Star Factory, where she is also part of a 4 person vocal ensemble. Holly has played various roles in over 10 musical theatre productions with Adelaide Youth Theatre and was also cast in 2016 in Northern Light's production of Cinderella.
Holly is currently in rehearsal for AYT's Shrek Jr where she will be playing the role of Teen Fiona whilst also rehearsing for Northern Light Theatre Company's production of Annie where she will be playing the title role. She has most recently returned from performing as a soloist in the USA with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team and was lucky enough to perform at Disney World and Universal Studios, before participating in various workshops with Broadway performers in New York City – where she hopes to one day perform herself!
Jack has studied piano, guitar, dance and voice for many years and has been performing in musicals and operas since the age of 9, enjoying such roles as Colin in G&S Society’s The Secret Garden, Oliver Twist in both seasons of the G&S Society’s Oliver!, JoJo in Shane Davidson’s Suessical, Kurt in G&S' The Sound of Music, LeFou in AYT’s Beauty and the Beast, Flounder in Swell Productions' The Little Mermaid, Young Josh in Northern Light Society’s Big and Aladdin in AYT’s Aladdin Jr. Jack also played Prince Eric in Pelican Productions The Little Mermaid Jnr for which they won two ATG Awards including best ensemble, and Cinderella’s Prince in the ATG nominated Fringe production of Into The Woods. More recently Jack performed as Prince Chululongkorn with the Metropolitan Theatre Company's The King and I, Eddie in 13 The Musical for AYT's Fringe season, and Lucas in Scotch College's Addams Family.
Professional credits include the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, State Opera's La Boheme; the Singular/State Opera workshop of Innocence and State Opera's Tosca (Shepherd Boy) (2016).
Jack performs with his sister Georgie as 'Ignite' and sings for charity functions and has featured in several music videos including Parra for Cuva's world-wide hit Wicked Games. A highlight last year was Ignite winning the People's Choice award for Talent On Show at the Royal Adelaide Show. Jack is currently rehearsing for Promise Adelaide's All Is Calm while trying to hold down a career as a school boy. He is particularly excited about being selected to interview celebrities on the red carpet at the upcoming Aria Awards on Nov 28th for Celebrity TV Down Under's GO web series.
James has performed lead roles in operettas with SA Light Opera Society and in the Cabaret Fringe and Summer School. Before their passing, James received classical vocal tuition from operatic soprano Belinda Matonti and Romanian born accompanist Florin Radulescu. He is currently a student of Brian Gilbertson.
In reception, Jemma was spotted lip-syncing the year 7s' lines in their school musical, and she has been working to steal the spotlight ever since. She is very versatile, and over the years has 'played drums' in Fame, kissed her ex boyfriend in Bye Bye Birdie, whinged in Blithe Spirit, fake tap danced in Big Fish, been awkward in Smokey Joe's Cafe, spun plates in Chicago, been angsty in Spring Awakening, been both 7 and 11 in Ivy + Bean, and most recently belted and riffed in Godspell. She has also studied Jazz at the Con, and did a full time dance course last year (which is hilarious if you know Jemma, who is a mover at best).
Her biggest accomplishments to date have been falling down stairs on stage and peeing in a bush at an audition.
Jess first began performing at age seven and says that she has loved the rush and excitement since. Now 17, Jess involves herself in every musical opportunity she can find. Jess’ first professional show was with Pelican Productions’ - Music Theatre Camp; Believe. Every year since, Jess has performed in each of their Music Theatre Camps, 2018 MTC will be her ninth year with the company. Jess has been performing with companies such as; Pelican Productions, Adelaide Youth Theatre, Promise Adelaide and Shane Davidson Presents.
Some of her career highlights have been playing; Sandy Dumbrowski, Galinda the Good Witch, Cogsworth, The Wardrobe and a selected solo artist for various councils and Fundraising Foundations. Jess has now begun attending private lessons with her current vocal coach Kirsty Roberts, with whom she continues to produce her own music. Jess is also further developing her solo career by busking in many locations across Adelaide and is regularly performing in her band at various venues. Jess looks forward to her future career with her solo music and musical theatre.
A Performing Arts Primary school teacher, Kate performs everyday in the classroom. She enjoys creating musicals in her schools and sharing her love of this art style. She is currently preparing for Licentiate in AMEB Musical Theatre after completing 8th Grade last year. She particularly enjoys singing strong female characters.
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 only 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 singing and piano and raises an active and already very musical toddler (at least, in the opinion of her very unbiased mother).
Mim has been singing for as long as she can remember. She began drama lessons at Theatre Bugs at the age of 5, and was a student there for almost a decade. She began voice lessons with Kim Spargo in 2008 and musical theatre training with Patrick Lim in 2009, giving her the opportunity to perform in a number of youth productions, including playing Belle in Beauty and the Beast Jr. and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical! Jr. (both with Swell Productions). She continued her theatre education at Pembroke School, playing the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2010 and studying High Level Theatre in the International Baccalaureate program from 2011-12 under the tutelage of Julianne English.
She is now heavily involved in the Adelaide amateur theatre scene, having worked companies such as the Hills Musical Company, Therry Dramatic Society, Emma Knights Productions and Davine Interventionz, amongst others. Her favourite roles include Wendla Bergman in Spring Awakening (HMC, 2017), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (HMC, 2015), Margot in Legally Blonde: The Musical (HMC, 2014) and Beth March in Little Women (Therry, 2013). She is a regular performer and occasional host of the popular event Broadway Sessions.
From 2013 to 2014 she studied at Graceland University, USA, on a vocal scholarship, where she was involved in a number of stage shows, most notably playing Audrey in the homecoming musical Little Shop of Horrors.
Mim is a singing teacher at Theatre Bugs and is looking forward to Musically Directing their production of Little Shop of Horrors in the Adelaide Fringe, March 2017. She is also an avid songwriter and lyricist and is planning to develop this aspect of her artistry in the near future.
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.
Phuong Nguyen is a first year university student who has taken an interest in broadway and musical theatre. She has always loved to sing and took part in several performances when she was in high school. She is new to broadway but she is excited to try something new and challenge herself.
Robyn has been performing and teaching for over 20 years in various guises. After completing her Bachelor of Music, the stage wooed her and she has since performed with the Hills Musical Company, Northern Light Theatre and Matt Byrne Media. Her favourite performances have included; Rita in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Matt Byrne Media; Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers and Vera in Stepping Out, for the Hills Musical Company; Sukie in The Witches of Eastwick and Kathy in Singing in the Rain with Northern Light theatre company.
Over the past three years, she has been the lead vocalist for the 60’s band, The Highlights, performed in the 60s Down Under matinee series, and worked as backing vocalist for the 2017 Fringe show, A Tribute to George Harrison. With a background in jazz music, she was also given the opportunity to sing with the Lindy Hip Big Band for two years, and features on their CD.
Currently the Senior Trainer at Learning Music Australia, she teaches contemporary music performance to students and adults, and continues to advocate for Arts in Education.
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.
Shay has started to become a familiar face in the musical theatre crowd these days. Most recently he was cast as Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (MCMT 2017) and is enjoying playing two very different characters. Notable performances include The Monster in Young Frankenstein (MCMT 2014), Mr Twimble in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (MCMT 2013) and Cat/Monkey/Björn Ulvaeus in Forbidden Broadway (MCMT 2012).
Sophie Morris has always had a love for the stage. She started becoming involved in shows form the age of 11 and since then has participated in many shows with companies such as Northern Light Theatre Company, Therry Dramatic Society, Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Shane Davidson Presents and Pelican Productions. Her favourite roles so far were Margot in Legally Blonde (Shane Davidson Presents) and most recently Skylar in Bring it On the Musical (Pelican Productions).
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.