It’s NEW YEAR’s EVE EVE! That’s right… we were hoping for a New Year’s Eve party, but apparently so were other people… so in true Broadway Sessions spirit, we’re making the most of it! Come along the night before the end of the year, and celebrate with us – Broadway Sessions style. Party hats required, noise makers optional. This is a “regular” Session, where performers have the last laugh – and get to choose what they want to sing. Help us celebrate the end of 2017 and support the performing arts here in Adelaide for one last time (this year).
Your Session Hosts
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 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!
Alana is 15 years old and started singing with the school choir, then moved to Musical Theatre at age 10. Alana has enjoyed success with lead roles in productions by Adelaide Youth Theatre, Pelican Productions, and work with Promise Adelaide. Her highlights include working with professional Producers/Directors from New York in Newcastle NSW with ITheatrics, and singing the opening song for the 2017 Pacific Games Opening Ceremony. She is passionate about all genres of music, most recently introducing Jazz and Contemporary to her repertoire. Alana loves to sing, act and dance and owes much of her success to working with many accomplished teachers and performers.
Barbara da Silva
Barbra da Silva studied Creative Writing at Flinders University, but she has also been singing ever since she was a child and has performed in public many times. She took voice lessons at Flagstaff Hill Primary School, mainly focusing on jazz and R&B. She was also a soloist in the choir and auditioned for a solo for the Festival of Music in 2004. She continued taking voice lessons throughout high school, singing in the Aberfoyle Park High School choir and performing Broadway songs for music lessons. She hopes to get involved in local theatre productions in Adelaide, but her ultimate dream is to star in Hamilton and In The Heights.
Casmira Hambledon loves stories, diverse and supportive communities, wigs, glitter, and belting as a way to deal with having too many emotions. Luckily she found theatre. Highlights have included directing and choreographing for Peter Combe’s Adelaide Fringe Shows 2013-2015, 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 played 'Woman 2' in Edges with Irregular Productions, 'Shelby' in Steel Magnolias with IpSkip, 'The Lady of the Lake' in Spamalot with Marie Clark, and the ‘Sour Kangaroo’ in Seussical with Northern Light. Most recently Casmira played nine characters in Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court with Davine Productions at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
One of Chloe's earliest memories is twirling and singing in an Adelaide Crows football guernsey. Following this passion, she landed her first professional role in the touring production of Turandot in 2008, as well as starring as Ariel in the 2013 Australian premiere of The Little Mermaid.
Throughout her time at WAAPA, Chloe has had the opportunity to play Cora in Atlantis (Matthew Robinson. Workshop) and Diane Lorimer in 42nd Street (dir. Jason Langley) as well as being a featured soloist in both Rent (dir. Adam Mitchell) and Chicago (dir. Crispin Taylor).
Most recently Chloe filmed “Vivid ‘magination," a music video with WASA where she played female lead Drew, with a release date expected in early 2018.
22-year-old Dylan Rufus has been in the South Australian theatre community since 2011; assuming many roles: including audio-visual design and technician, stagehand and stage manager, musician and musical director, actor, writer and composer—with his recent contribution in the University of South Australia’s self-written production of Behind Closed Doors in 2018. Dylan’s onstage work has seen him in musicals such as Grease, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd, and Spring Awakening, amongst other plays and pantomimes.
The previous year (2018) saw Dylan as Orin Scrivello D.D.S. in Little Shop of Horrors (Adelaide Theatre Academy), Giles/Angel/Dr Cullen in Emma Wiley’s Buffy Kills Edward and Slim/Cord Elam in Oklahoma! on a Farm (Emma Knights Productions), and the Newcomer in Avenue Q (Hills Musical Company). Later in 2019, Dylan will be featured as Paul Kelly/Principal Gowan/Leonard Sawyer in Segue Production’s Heathers: the Musical in September.
Outside of the theatre, Dylan is completing his MMET Master of Teaching in Secondary Education through the University of South Australia, and Associate Performers Diploma in Piano through Australia and New Zealand Cultural Arts (ANZCA).
Ella Heywood-Smith is an actress, singer and script writer who has just completed an honours degree at the University of South Australia. In 2016 she performed in her self-written musical Arellond in the Adelaide Fringe. In 2016 - 2017 she travelled with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team to America to perform in the Macy's parade and musical theatre shows in Disneyworld and Universal Studios. Ella's honours degree has given her the opportunity to write a script about her experiences as a child of same-sex parents and the script was first performed at the Feast Festival in 2017. Ella has just concluded her performance as Martha Dunnstock in Heathers The Musical (High School Edition) with CAPA (Adelaide Fringe Festival 2018).
Ellis Dolan spent 2017 studying Musical Theatre at NIDA; appearing in the Sydney Theatre Company production of Chimerica as part of the NIDA Ensemble.
He has appeared in several productions around Adelaide, including Evita (The Met) in which he portrayed Che; The Producers (HMC) as the Stormtrooper; Oliver! (Shane Davidson Presents) as Bill Sykes; as well as ensemble roles in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (HMC) and Jesus Christ Superstar (G&S Society). Off-stage, he acted as Assistant Director for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Smokey Joe's Cafe (HMC).
He also toured across Australia, portraying the role of Peter Dutton, as part of Abbott: The Musical (George Glass Productions), performing as part of the Canberra Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as a sell-out run in the Adelaide Fringe.
Outside of performing, Ellis is a writer - having completed his Honours in Creative Arts: Creative Writing at Flinders University. He’s currently struggling through the first draft of a novel and is constantly side-tracked by wanting to write reviews and film analysis; because of this, nothing seems to get done, but he has a lot of fun doing it.
He's incredibly excited to make his directorial debut with Edges as part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival and can't think of a better cast and crew to work with.
Eloise Quinn-Valentine is known in the Adelaide musical theatre community by a number of names including 'Eloise QV', and the more enigmatic 'Boise Q'. Since the age of four, she has performed in choirs, musicals and at events with local companies such as Davine Interventionz, Emma Knights Productions, IpSkip Productions, Adelaide Youth Theatre, Urban Myth, Gravity and Mitcham Dance, Theatre Bugs and Young Adelaide Voices. Eloise has also performed abroad in the role of Betty in The Crucible while on exchange at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2017.
She most recently appeared on stage in IpSkip Productions’ Charlotte’s Web in the role of Wilbur, and in Davine Interventionz' production of It's Only Life with John Bucchino in the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Eloise is pursuing studies in English literature at Flinders University while simultaneously incorporating her passion for storytelling into musical theatre.
Hailing from rural South Australia, Georgia is a 2017 graduate of the Bachelor of Musical Theatre program at the Queensland Conservatorium. Before discovering her passion for Musical Theatre, Georgia trained in classical violin, piano and contemporary voice. After performing in her first show in Adelaide she won the Adelaide Youth Theatre scholarship for 2013. During her time at the Conservatorium, Georgia has been fortunate enough to play the Narrator in Sweet Charity, Sonja in The Life, been Featured Performer in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Girl in West Side Story.
Georgia has also enjoyed being a featured soloist at multiple extracurricular performances, including Thank You For The Music: An ABBA Celebration at QPAC, Queensland Pops Orchestra with Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Rhonda Burchmore on Broadway, the Queensland Tourism Awards and the City Hall Concert Series as part of the Brisbane Festival. Georgia is proudly represented by Mollison Keightley Management.
At 19, Jerome is a natural performer and has a genuine passion for the stage. Currently studying Teaching and Arts (Music Education) at the University of Adelaide, he wishes to impart his love of music to future generations. Jerome trains at Precizion Dance and recently took part in their Adelaide Fringe Festival Premiere of Those Guys That Dance, involving various styles of dance. He was also mentored by Libby O'Donovan to produce his first cabaret show, Retrospective, at the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. With this in mind, his calling for musical theatre will never tarnish, his most acclaimed roles include; Evan Goldman in 13!, Sebastian the Crab in The Little Mermaid, Twig in Bring It On, and Collins Understudy in Rent. Next year, Jerome will be studying music theatre at Patrick Studios, over in Melbourne!
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.
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).
Melody has been training in contemporary music and musical theatre most of her life and has no intention of abandoning her love for the stage anytime soon. She performed in her first musical, Holiday Inn, in June 2018 and cherished every second. She is hoping to continue working in local theatre productions in the future but, for now, she's taking it one stage at a time...
Michelle Simper is living, working, running, yoga-ing and only just recently, singing in Sydney. She took some time since moving there and her sister's death to want to sing a note. However, small steps is sometimes enough. She is now backing up a lovely lady at the Castle Hill RSL and song writing again. Michelle has surveyed the Sydney theatre scene, which is extensive and extremely talented. The Adelaide amateur theatre regulars know her from coming back to theatre at 30 having been a dancer and acting in Sydney back then. She worked with Shane Davidson and G&S Society of SA for many years, enjoying the participation elements of performing – so ensemble roles where ever possible. Michelle updated her dance and acting training in the 90's by doing Vocal jazz in 2002 and ballroom/latin dancing levels. She has resumed piano lessons which he pianist & composer father is delighted about.
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.
Mitre Khammash is a South Australian Film & Theatre maker. Graduating from Adelaide College of the Arts studying Film and Television in 2014, Mitre has gone onto working in the SA theatrical and screen production industry. - Mitre’s credits include writing, producing and directing original a cappella jukebox musicals, Counting Bars 2015 and Pretty Boys 2017, as well as being involved in a number of theatrical productions for AJZ productions, Brink Productions and No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability. Mitre also has produced small creative screen works, such as web-series: The Munday Night Report and has produced multiple short films and music videos.
In 2018 Mitre worked in a crew position for Netflix / ABC Series Pine Gap, and has also been commissioned by Carclew to undergo creative project development on his original theatre work Counting Bars 2015. He worked with Adelaide based creatives and actors to devise a new South Australian musical theatre piece, and has since created THE ANNA PROJECT as an outcome of this development. Mitre is thoroughly working toward a career in the South Australian arts industry in Stage and Screen.
Omkar Nagesh has always been passionate about singing and performing on stage. He has enjoyed working with various amateur theatre companies in Adelaide over the past 10 years. Omkar was nominated for an Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Award for Best Male Performance in his role as The Engineer in Miss Saigon (MCMT 2011). Other favourite roles include Leo Bloom in The Producers (HMC 2015), Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast (Northern Light 2011), Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest (AUFC 2011), Historian/Prince Herbert/Minstrel/et al. in Spamalot (Northern Light 2010), Growltiger in Cats (The Met 2009), and most recently as Jake in the South Australian Premiere of Sideshow (HMC 2018).
Rachel Bruerville is a composer, cellist, singer, and writer, who is proud to call Adelaide her home. She has a cat named Larry, and when she’s not in a rehearsal, you might find her hanging out in the Hufflepuff common room. Rachel’s main performing activity is in her role as a core member of the Adelaide Chamber Singers, as well as playing the cello in various theatre pits, and with her band, Minority Tradition. Significant achievements include working on the South Australian and national tours (2016-17) of Patch Theatre Company’s Emily Loves to Bounce, and composing and performing her original solo cello/vocal score in the award-winning 2017 Adelaide Fringe theatre production Stories in the Dark.
Since moving (back and forth) to Melbourne, Rachel has completed a diploma at APO Arts Academy in Music Theatre. She worked with Magnormos in their Sondheim and Herman triptychs Anyone Can Whistle and Milk and Honey at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Other performances include the premiere of two original Australian musicals Housewarming (Apollo Productions) and Until Tomorrow (Kin Collaborative). Rachel has featured at corporate events including floor shows at the Crown Entertainment and back-up vocalist on network television shows Dancing With The Stars and Australia's Got Talent.
On the Adelaide theatre scene, she co-wrote and performed award-nominated cabaret comedy trilogy Tears On My Pillow and premiered the (award-nominated) musical song cycle Homemade Fusion with So What Media. In 2013 she played the role of Chelsea with The Follies Company and Auspicious Arts Projects in the workshop of upcoming Australian musical The New Black. Other roles include, Petra in A Little Night Music, Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Carmen Diaz in Fame and Eponine in Les Misérables (for which she won an ATG Award for Best Female Performer 2008).
Rachel made her Melbourne 'Am Dram' Theatre debut last year with the role of Sukie in Williamstown's Witches of Eastwick and will be returning this year to play the role of Brenda in the Victorian Premiere of Catch Me If You Can. Rachel is currently developing her one-woman cabaret Manxious (which won Judges and People's choice at The Short+Sweet Festival on the Gold Coast in 2015).
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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.
Sophia is currently living in Queensland, where she has performed in a large variety of productions on stage. Sophia played Persephone in Eurobeat (NLTC, 2013), Adelaide Adams in Calamity Jane (MCMT, 2013), Keely in The First (BTG, 2015), Mrs Potts (BTG, 2015), The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (BTG, 2016) and most recently Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes (BTG, 2017).
Some of Sophia's favourite shows in the ensemble include Sweeney Todd (HMC, 2011), Hairspray (MBM, 2012), Into the Woods (NLTC, 2012) and Calamity Jane (BTG, 2013). Sophia was part of the Australian Girls Choir and was invited to perform in a tour of the USA for G’Day USA (2009), performing in Carnegie Hall with Olivia Newton-John and with Hugh Jackman in the Boy From Oz (2006) and with Andre Rieu in 2009.
Sophia is a regular performer with Footlights Theatrical Inc and has performed in their shows: Sirens, Classy Christmas 1 and 2, Best of the West End and On the Rocks shows.
Sophia is currently rehearsing for That 90s Time Travel Movie: A Back to the Future Parody with Brisbane Arts Theatre, as well as L.O.V.E with Footlights Theatrical Inc for early 2018.
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.
Sophie is fortunate enough to be studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at the Victorian College of the Arts. Before moving to Melbourne, Sophie was heavily involved in the Adelaide theatre scene. She began dancing at the age of 6 which naturally progressed to discovering the allure of music theatre. She has been involved in a variety of cabarets, competitions and musicals including Rent (MCMT), The Little Mermaid as Ariel (AYT), Beauty and the Beast as Belle/Babette (AYT) and The Wizard of Oz as Dorothy (AYT and Gleeson College).
Tielah is a full-time History student at the University of Adelaide who is working towards a Post-Grad degree and also pursues her passion for performing in whatever time she can scrape together. Her deep-rooted passion for musical theatre has lead to roles through many youth theatre productions, and a few South Coast Choral and Arts Society shows. She was head of the ensemble in SCCAS's production of Sweeney Todd and also played the role of Madame Fogg: the keeper of the asylum. Her most recent role was in SCCAS's production of Cinderella and the Pirates playing Captain Blackbeard (written by director Jonathan Ogilvie).
Tom’s professional acting career began in 2008 when cast in Glendyn Ivin's feature film, Last Ride opposite Hugo Weaving. In 2009 Tom was honoured with an AFI nomination for Best Young Actor for his performance in the film. Tom went on to play the pivotal role of Young Fish in Screentime’s adaptation of Tim Winton’s best selling novel Cloudstreet.
Tom’s other feature film credits to date are Matching Jack, The Tree, Daniel, Deadline Gallipoli and Boys in the Trees.
Tom has performed in multiple shows across Adelaide, both professional and amateur. In 2008 and 2009 He played Gavroche in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society production, Les Misérables. He has also been apart of many of Scotch College's musicals, including Pirates of Penzance, West Side Story, Les Misérables and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Tom is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts – Acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts.
As a child, you could always find William screaming into his SingStar microphone and dancing to High School Musical. These habits evolved into Williams love for singing and dancing. William was very slow to get into the musical theatre world, only finding his love for musicals when he was 16 when his best friend Arianne showed him a little musical called The Book of Mormon.
William has only been involved in one musical so far: Marie Clarke Musical Theatre's production of Jekyll and Hyde. William portrayed several important characters including "Angry Man 1", "Rich Man" and "Scared Man #2".