About this Session
It’s back for another year! That’s right, #BroadwaySessionsWishlist from 2016 is back again, and we know it’s going to be even bigger than before! Get on to your favourite social media platform, use the hashtag #BroadwaySessionsWishlist, and suggest a song along with an artist who you would like to see perform that song. You don’t need to know them personally, you don’t need to ask for their permission – the more suggestions the better. We’ll then approach them for you (how nice!), and see if we can get them on board.
Of course, our usual registrations will still be accepted, but only a very limited number will be available – and this will be dependent on the number wishlist suggestions received.
Details on submission dates for #BroadwaySessionsWishlist will be announced soon, but please don’t start posting them until we open up the floor – it could get messy!
Mark Oates (he/him)
Mark is an award winning South Australian performer whose credits include the Adelaide and Brisbane Festivals, State Opera South Australia, SINGular Productions, Co Opera, Various People, Aerial Artists Australia, and MOatesArt Productions.
In 2022 Mark was nominated for an Adelaide Critic's Circle Award for his body of work. He premiered the dual roles of Ian Duncan and Don Dunstan in Neil Armfield's Ruby Award-winning Watershed: The Death Of Dr Duncan for the Adelaide Festival – while for State Opera South Australia he performed Lt Tom in Voss and Gastone in La Traviata, as well as embarking on a national tour of Love Burns, completing the first orchestration workshop of When The Rain Stops Falling and appearing in Bright Lights, Big Dreams.
Previous Adelaide Festival appearances are Mozart Requiem (2020), Bernstein Mass – featured Street Singer (2012) and Le Grande Macabre - Ruffiak (2010).
In State Opera of South Australia's 2023 season Mark will be appearing as the Defendant in Trial by Jury and in Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore, as well as hosting the Tra La La Bar for the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, with further exciting projects to be announced. In 2021, Mark appeared as Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd and Jack in Love Burns, and opened the year in Carousel. Further highlights with the company include Njegus in The Merry Widow, Arjuna in Satyagraha, John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld, The Cantor in Maria de Buenos Aires (co production with Leigh Warren Dancers – Adelaide Festival Centre Playhouse and Brisbane Festival). Mark is a proud and long-standing State Opera South Australia artist, both as a chorister and a principal performer.
Well known and regarded on the concert stage, Mark also mentors Class of Cabaret for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, works extensively with Primary Schools Music Festival and regularly tours with Aerial Artists Australia in Le Aerial, including Perth Fringeworld, Adelaide Fringe, Auckland Fringe, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre and Port Douglas. Mark is Associate Producer and regular host of Broadway Sessions, Adelaide's long running monthly music theatre focussed, curated open mic night.
Abby has been absent from the public Musical Theatre world for a little while (although her housemates can attest that the shower gets a good vocal warm up every morning), as she is currently studying acting at Flinders Drama Centre. Her final honours year of study will see her off to Chicago on exchange to Columbia College in 2018. Abby was a regular performer with many Adelaide companies; Hills Theatre Company, Northern Light Theatre Company, Therry Dramatic Society... and many more. She has dearly missed her musical theatre family, and felt it was definitely time to visit Mr Johns, whom she is extremley thankful for many things.
Most recently Abby performed in the Adelaide Festival in Intimate Space a physical theatre piece created by Restless Dance Theatre which was nominated for "Best Dance Performance" at the 2017 Helpmann Awards. She was also chosen to perform in this years Adelaide Cabaret Festival as a part of the GreenRoom Speakeasy.
Its been a long time away from the Musical Theatre genre, but this is where it all started for Abby.
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 James Crispe
Andrew is an established freelance performer and vocal coach who has performed professionally in and around Adelaide. He has been a member of the State Opera of SA’s Chorus since 2009. Andrew‘s first foray into the world of Music Theatre was in 2000, when he was encouraged to audition for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s back-to-back production of HMS Pinafore and Trial By Jury, and since then he has not looked back!
Andrew won his first leading role in 2006, and has gone on to play a large number of leading and supporting roles throughout Adelaide’s community theatre. Andrew has been nominated for Best Male Performance by the Critics Circle Awards for his role as Don Lockwood in Singin’ In The Rain, and by the Adelaide Theatre Guide for the same role, as well as his portrayal of The Beast in Disney's Beauty And The Beast. For one of his most recent productions Andrew won the TASA Best Male Performance Award for his portrayal of Edward Bloom in BIG FISH – a show which also won the TASA MusiCal Award. Andrew co-wrote and performed in the sold-out season of Villain-Ville: A Musical Exploration of Villainy and Evil in the 2015 Fringe Festival. His most recent appearances this year include a return to the role of Curly McLain (for the third time) in an outdoor production of Oklahoma (On A Farm) with Emma Knights Productions, The Preacher in Davine Interventionz production of Violet, a return to the role of the Major General in Emma Knights Productions’ fourth season of Pirates On The Popeye, and lastly as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar.
Andrew played the role of Marius in both seasons of Les Misérables with the Gilbert & Sullivan’s Society in 2008 and 2009, and he is overjoyed to be coming back for yet another season with them only this time as the infamous Javert – a role he has coveted since he was little!
Ashley is a new comer to broadway sessions but is no stranger to the stage. Ashley has been performing for 13 years and her most memorable roles include Annie in Annie jnr and Sebastian in The Little Mermaid both with her high school. Her most recent roles include Maria in West Side Story, and Multiple Ensemble roles for Therry Dramatic Society’s Jane Eyre.
Billie Turner is twenty-one years old, and has been acting and singing since she was seven. She has been involved in several choirs and acting troupes throughout her life, as well as drama classes throughout high school. She began her career in musical theatre since 2014, when she made her debut playing Chef Louis in Pelican Productions’ The Little Mermaid Jr.
Since then, she has been involved in several music theatre productions, playing characters such as Boris the Spy in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Witch in Into the Woods, Madame Thenadier in Les Misérables, and Bridget in Bring It On which makes its return season in August 2018.
She is also the lead vocalist in Adelaide alternative rock band, The 4 Star Heroes.
Brenton Edgecombe has been a professional entertainer since 1997, working in theatres, clubs, function venues and onboard cruise ships as one half of a unique music and comedy double-act called String Fever. String Fever is the winner of five Australian entertainment industry MO Awards, including Variety Entertainers of the Year.
Brenton also pretends to be Elton John in a tribute show called Elton by Brenton and records string lines for various projects in his home studio. Before embarking on the path of entertainment Brenton played violin with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and many other groups in Adelaide and Sydney.
Career highlights include performing onboard the historic QEII, shaking hands with Ita Buttrose and appearing as an earnest coffee drinker on Neighbours. Brenton also wrote and appeared in the original comedy-cabaret DON'T SHOOT! I'm a Vegan (Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020) which was four-star rated by the Advertiser and five-star rated by several lesser known (but more discerning) publications.
Caellyen has a strange tradition in his life. Every 6 years, 5 months, and 15 days, he is involved in musical theatre in some capacity. The last one being the Met’s 2011 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat. Caellyen looks forward to seeing you all on Saturday the 13th of April, 2024!
Casmira Lorien (she/her)
Casmira is an experienced performer and teacher with a great passion for storytelling. Highlights have included performing the role of ‘Violet’ in Davine Productions’ Violet (for which she won the TASA award for Best Female Performance 2017) and 'Fantine' in the G&S Society's production of Les Misérables (for which she was nominated for a Curtain Call: Best Female Performance 2018).
In 2018 she performed in Edges with Irregular Productions for the Adelaide Fringe, ‘Shelby’ in Steel Magnolias with IpSkip,'The Lady of the Lake' in Spamalot with Marie Clark (winner of Best Ensemble Curtain Call 2018), and the ‘Sour Kangaroo’ in Seussical with Northern Light. In 2019 Casmira played nine characters in Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court with Davine Productions (which won Best Ensemble and Best Musical at the 2019 Curtain Call Awards, as well as the TASA for Best Musical) and Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme in Assassins for Hills Musical Company.
Professionally, Casmira has acted and provided voices for several short films and children’s productions. She also spent many years directing and music directing musicals for Adelaide Theatre Academy, including Snow White and Alice in Wonderland for the Festival Centre’s ‘Something on Saturday’ program. Her fondest memories are working with Peter Combe in directing and choreographing his Adelaide Fringe shows from 2013-2015.
Darcy Mae Bensted
Darcy has enjoyed singing since the age of 4 but was thrown into performing as a solo artist at 11 with the Adelaide Festival of Music. Since then Darcy was accepted into Charles Campbell Collages’ Selective entry performing arts program and studied a variety of artforms until graduating in 2015 with a DUX in music. Her Charles Campbell Collage days are to thank for introducing her to the world of musical theatre, which she now would like to pursue professionally as a career. Apart from being a seasonal dancer and vocalist in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Festival of music and The Adelaide Fringe Festival, her favourite shows she’s been apart of include Footloose as Rusty and The Wizard of Oz as Dorothy Gale with Charles Campbell Collage, Hairspray the Arena Spectacular with Harvest Rain Theatre Co, Everlasting Musical Theatre Camp as Fiona with Pelican Productions, Jekyll and Hyde with Marie Clark Musical theatre and currently about to perform in the Les Misérables cast with the G & S Society. Darcy is very excited to be completing her studies in music at AC ARTS this year and begin pursuing Musical Theatre more intensely.
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 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 Festival in 2015 with Lazy Saturday Productions' Australian premiere of Darkle. 2017 was a big year of theatre for David starting with Pale Ale Tales, a new work by local writer, Jason Hendy in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe, Jekyll and Hyde with Marie Clark and finishing with Les Misérables as Enjolras with G&S Society. Most recently David performed with the Hills Musical Company in Assassins as John Wilkes Booth.
David is thankful to his wife for her love and support, and for letting him play.
Jerome is a 2019 graduate from Patrick School of the Arts from Melbourne, under the mentorship of Andrew Hallsworth. Upon graduating, he worked with Dean Bryant and Matthew Frank on their new musical cast recording of My Brilliant Career, now available on Spotify, Apple Music and iTunes. He is also a top 30 Semi-Finalist of the AOC Initiative. Jerome is a proud BIPOC performer, represented by Hansen Management.
Joshua Angeles is a 22 year old singer/performer with a passion for musical theatre and storytelling. He has been singing for as long as he can remember, starting at a very young age singing in church. Performances he is most recently known for include In The Heights (Pelican Productions) as Usnavi and Latin Choreographer, Les Misérables (G&S) as Marius, Godspell (Lydian/Irregular Productions) as Judas, and Judge Jackie (Davine Productions) as Duane.
Outside of theatre, Josh is a Systems Engineer working for an Electrical/Energy company. He is also Salsa performer/instructor. In his spare time, he loves playing guitar, songwriting and spending time with family and friends.
Katie Packer (she/her)
Katie has played such roles in Adelaide as Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, Lady Thiang in The King & I, Antonia in Man of La Mancha as well as Footnote in Pratchett Pieces for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. After moving to Melbourne in 2005 she played The Narrator in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Lt. Janice Fury in M*A*S*H, Pamela Lukowski in The Full Monty and received Lyrebird Award nominations for playing Sister Amnesia in Nunsense & Nunsense 2. She also played one of her dream roles, The Witch in Into The Woods as well as the wonderful Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in The Music Man. Since moving back to Adelaide in 2015, Katie has portrayed Margaret Johnson in The Light In The Piazza for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival and Jen in John & Jen. She had the opportunity to work with composer John Bucchino on his show It’s Only Life for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival, to be a part of the small ensemble cast of Godspell, and portrayed Judge Jackie Justice in Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court for the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Most recently she portrayed Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley.
Katie has Musically Directed The Outsiders, All The New Stuff, Kids On Broadway, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Godspell, Little Shop Of Horrors, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Wedding Singer, Seussical The Musical, The Wizard Of Oz, Annie, Once Upon A Mattress and most recently Betty Blue Eyes. She also had the opportunity to co-direct for the first time with Avenue Q in 2014.
Kiera Turner has been a part of the musical theatre scene since 2015 after graduating with meritorious achievement from Brighton Secondary School's Special Interest Music program. Since then she has participated in Forbidden Broadway (Blackwood Players, 2015), The Little Mermaid (AYT, 2016), Into the Woods (AYT, 2016).
She played her first supporting role as Johanna in Sweeney Todd (SCCAS, 2017) and then as Cosette in Les Misérables (SCCAS, 2018). She has since done Phantom of the Opera (G&S Society, 2018), Miss Saigon (The Met, 2019), as well as playing violin in the orchestra for a number of other shows. Kiera is extremely excited to be playing Princess Ida as her first lead role as she particularly connected to the character. Ida is a kickass young lady who truly believes in the power and intelligence of women and Kiera hopes to bring this to the stage.
Michelle has been involved with the performing arts since the age of eight. Some of her favourite shows and roles include Rosie in Mamma Mia!, a Laker Girl in Spamalot, Ellie Greenwich in Leader of the Pack and Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain 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, and an Alabama Lamb in Big Fish, and Helen in The Hello Girls with Therry. Michelle has taught Musical Theatre for years and directs youth musicals for companies across Adelaide. Currently she is rehearsal with the Hills Musical Company for their production of Urinetown and feels very lucky to be a part of such an amazing cast and team!
Rachel refused to have anything to do with performing arts when she was a child, to rebel against her mother. When she found out that she would get trophies for participating in dance, she signed up at 8 years old and went on to do 20 years of training.
She started in musical theatre in 2004 with Brigadoon, then discovered that there are much more fun shows to do! She's been involved in many productions since, including Beauty and the Beast, The Wedding Singer, Young Frankenstein, Catch Me If You Can and Jekyll and Hyde. She performs, choreographs, and currently is at the helm as President of Marie Clark Musical Theatre.
She's in the midst of a production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and thanks Broadway Sessions for giving her a break from the theatre!
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.
Rory Adams is a 16 year old singer, songwriter from Adelaide, Australia who has trained in contemporary, pop music and music theatre. He regularly takes part in musicals around Adelaide and had the amazing opportunity to tour Asia and Europe as a performer with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team in 2014. In 2016, Rory was thrilled to receive first place in the Royal Adelaide Show Talent on Show competition, before releasing his debut single, 2016, on iTunes and Spotify in November, peaking at #31 on the Australian iTunes Pop Charts.
Prior to the release of his debut single, Rory was fortunate to be awarded a partial scholarship to the VocalizeU Artist Intensive in Los Angeles where he worked with industry leaders including Will Wells (Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Pentatonix and smash broadway hit, Hamilton) who commented on his LA performance of '2016’, “Something tells me that won't be the last time [Rory has] a room full of people going crazy and singing [his] songs!"
As well as performing in musicals around Adelaide, Rory has recently musical directed Peter Pan Jr and Shrek Jr for Adelaide Youth Theatre. In 2017, Rory was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music Summer Performance Program (previously attended by artists including Meghan Trainer, Charlie Puth and Imagine Dragons) where he was able to develop his craft and musicianship, writing and performing alongside artists from all over the globe. During this program, Rory was offered a scholarship to study an undergraduate degree of his choice after the completion of his schooling in 2018.
At 23, 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 graduated Concordia College in 2017 as the Dux of Solo Vocal Performance where she was and will continue to be taught by her singing teacher Rosie Hosking.
With 18 years of combined performing experience, Scarlett's love for the stage has never ceased, with her previous roles including Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, and Campbell Davis in Pelican Production's production of Bring It On the Musical's first season and its 2018 return season - for which she received a TASA nomination for 'Best Youth Female Actor'. Her most recent musical accreditation included a performance season of Godspell with Lydian Productions and Irregular Productions. In addition to this, she was also selected to perform as a featured soloist at the nationally televised 2018 Elder Park Carols By Candlelight. Her professional accolades in Adelaide have also included working with Ding Productions and Shane International each year for varying statewide productions. She has also been contracted with Royal Caribbean International (Miami) as a featured lead vocalist since January 2019 and has recently returned from a 10 month LA season with them. She’s set to resume her overseas work with them for another year, beginning in October 2022.
Serena began performing with the Adelaide Youth Theatre in 2011 and since, has played many roles for the youth theatre such as Tracy in Hairspray, Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Dragon in Shrek the Musical and most recently as Elphaba in their production of Wicked. Serena has also performed in many shows for Emma Knights Productions, including as Ado Annie in Oklahoma: On a Farm!, Buffy in Buffy Kills Edward and as New York Woman in I Love You Because.
Recently, Serena performed the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera for the G&S Society of SA, and has played Elphaba in Wicked and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Serena has also performed many roles professionally for companies such as The Entertainment Store and Heaps Good Productions, most recently in the successful season of Snowmageddon at the South Australian Maritime Museum. In addition to musical theatre, Serena performs regularly with The Three Little Sisters, an Andrews Sisters tribute show, and performs in and directs The Honey-Bees, a 60s-tribute show.
Sophie graduated from WAAPA in 2014 where she had the great opportunity and honour to work with such names as Tayna Mitford, Jason Langley, Lisa O'Dea and the head of Performing Arts at WAAPA Andrew Lewis. Throughout her time there she was featured in roles such as Sheila in Hair, Mae Colman in Reefer Madness and Consuela in West Side Story and had the privilege to perform with Hugh Jackman. After moving to Melbourne she took a contract as the lead vocalist on one of Royal Caribbeans newest ships – The Quantum of the Seas. She returns to Australia excited to continue pursuing her dreams of working in musical theatre.
At 22, Stephanie has been singing, dancing and acting for most of her life. Her love for theatre began in The Fairies when she was 9 and she has since had the opportunity to play some amazing roles, such as 'Calamity' in Calamity Jane (Trinity College), 'Millie' in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Swell Productions) and 'Rizzo' in Grease, 'Ariel' in The Little Mermaid and 'Danielle' in Bring It On (Pelican Productions). Stephanie has been passionate about singing most of her life, performing at many events over the years, including the Elder Park Carols and SANFL grand finals. She now is in her 3rd year of vocal coaching with her certificate in Stage 1 & 2 of Estill Voice Training. Apart from musicals, she is also passionate about leading youth and music at her church. Stephanie is looking forward to getting more involved in musical theatre in the future.
Tash is a talented triple threat from the east coast of Australia. She started performing at the age of 3 and has not been able to stop since. Tash has received High Distinctions from Trinity College London in her ATCL in Musical Theatre. She has taught and performed musical theatre in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Sydney and all throughout NSW, QLD and New Zealand. Tash has most recently performed in It's Only Life (Davine Interventions) with the one and only John Bucchinno , and many more. Tash has loved every minute of her experiences and can not wait to have many, many more opportunities to make people laugh, feel and experience theatre.
Tegan Gully-Crispe (She/Her)
Tegan has appeared in amateur and professional shows since the age of nine, her favourite roles include Lois/Bianca in Kiss Me Kate (MCMT- 2006 and Co Opera SA - 2007), Ariel in Footloose (Matt Byrne Media – 2006), Lucy T Slut in Avenue Q (Matt Byrne Media – 2011), Rizzo in Grease (The Met – 2013), Calamity Jane in Calamity Jane (MCMT- 2014), Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (Hills Musical Company – 2014) and Julia in The Wedding Singer (MCMT- 2015).
For five years Tegan worked at the Night Train as a lead performer in their Adult, Kids and touring show, The Rockaholics, and has been the lead singer for Adelaide corporate and Party Band Jungle Jooce for the past 16 years. She also co-wrote, choreographed and performed in the sold out season of Villain-Ville: A Musical Exploration of Villainy and Evil in the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
More recently Tegan played Princess Fiona in AYT's Shrek, Tracy Samantha Lord in the METs High Society, Mayzie La Bird in NLTC’s Seussical in 2018 and Eva Peron in G&S' production of Evita in 2021. In April this year, Tegan will be playing Holly in Northern Light Theatre CO’s production of The Wedding Singer.
Trevor hasn't been particularly active in the theatre community of late, having only performed in Pretty Boys in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival since returning from interstate a few years ago. In the meantime, he has been busying himself with the Festival Statesmen Chorus, performing a variety of a cappella music. Highlights have included singing back-up for Adele, performing with Rob Mills and headlining the National Choral Festival in the past 12 months.
Trevor's theatre credits include Avenue Q (Matt Byrne Media), Curtains and Anything Goes (Therry), Orpheus in the Underworld and HMS Pinnafore (G&S SA), and Gypsy and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (MS Society). Trevor's most recent theatre engagement was working on Promise Adelaide's 2017 production of All Is Calm which will be his musical directing debut; where he is excited to be combining his love of musical theatre and acapella together.
Zak is currently in his third year at the Victorian College of the Arts studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre). He has been passionate about theatre for as long as he can remember, undertaking both on and offstage roles for a variety of productions. He has completed a Certificate IV in Commercial Dance at Gravity Dance, specialising in tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballroom and ballet.
Zak’s choreography credits include Singin’ in the Rain JR (2017, TB Arts, Fringe Festival), A Peter Combe Extravaganza! (2017, Something on Saturday) and A Night on Broadway (2014, Glenunga High School). Zak made his professional debut with State Opera of South Australia’s production of Hansel and Gretel. Since then, he has played many memorable roles such as Boq in Wicked the Musical (2016, Matt Byrne Media), Mary Sunshine in Chicago (2017, Emma Knights Productions), The Tinman in The Wiz (2013, GIHS), Danny in Grease (2014, GIHS), Bert in Mary Poppins (2014, GIHS) and also appeared as a featured dancer in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016, G&S Society of SA).
An avid performer, he has entertained at many events around Adelaide, such as the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Royal Adelaide Show and Adelaide's Clipsal 500, as well as at private functions, weddings and parties. Zak also works as an entertainer for Nickelodeon and Showtime Attractions and has performed in many children’s shows with them.
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.
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.
Max Ziliotto (Drums/Percussion)
Max Ziliotto has been performing since 2004, from concert bands, drumline and big band, to orchestral works and musical theatre. Prior to his acceptance as a Casual Percussionist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, he completed his Bachelor of Music in 2013 at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Amanda Grigg.
Born in Adelaide, Max began his musical journey under the guidance of Peter Matzick. Attending Marryatville High School, Max gained a wealth of performance opportunities including the Generations in Jazz festival in Mount Gambier. During his Undergraduate studies, Max won first place in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Award in 2011.
Max has been performing with the Elder Conservatorium's Music Theatre students' productions since 2021, most notably playing the drum score for Legally Blonde, directed by Broadway's Nikki Snelson in 2022.
Max was also an active member of the Raiders Drum Corps from 2006-2019, performing numerous times in the city's Christmas Pageant, and on stage with them at Australian Ultimate Drummers Weekend in Melbourne 2015. He has tutored at South Australian Music Camp multiple times, and has been in the house band of Broadway Sessions since its inception in 2015.