Kick off your New Year with a visit to Broadway Sessions HQ. This month is a performer’s choice month, meaning anything from a musical (or by a musical theatre writer) is fair game. The end of January means the end of holidays for many, and what better way to jump start your “real” year than by being at the first Broadway Sessions for 2018!
Your Session Host
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!
Adam has been involved in the theatrical scene for many years. He is a co-founder of SINGular Productions and produced I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Fringe Festival, 2007), Elegies: A Song Cycle, Different Fields and It’s a Dad Thing: The Musical. He is currently developing a new Australian opera with State Opera of South Australia titled, Innocence. Adam recently performed the role of Father in Davine Productions' Violet in 2017 Adelaide Fringe.
BethAnn has been working as an instrumental tutor for a few years now and realised that although so many children want to perform they aren't always taught how. So she has embarked on an experiment to perform in as many different genres and environments as possible, with as many different instruments as possible. So far there has been folk violin at festivals, harp at venue openings, guitar and vocals at birthday parties, joining witht a rockabilly band or playing keys in an alternative rock group. Now the newest direction is to see if BethAnn has what it takes to sing when more than the showerhead is listening. All performance tips, experiences and failures are written down to be passed on to future students, who think their teacher is one of the strangest (but most fun) teachers they have ever had.
Carly started choral singing at a young age in the Adelaide Girls Choir. She performed with "Voiceworks Adelaide" during her tertiary studies and more recently has sung in the Adelaide Symphony Chorale. Her love of singing initially stemmed from performing with choirs, whilst her passion for performing in musicals started in 2005, when she was part of the MS Society's production of Les Misérables.
Since then, Carly has performed in Glibert and Sullivan's productions of Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver. She has performed with Davine Interventionz in the 2017 production of Violet and the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Season of It's Only Life.
Carly is a High School Music Teacher by trade and is currently the arts coordinator of Gleeson College. Her favourite part of her job is allowing her students to have the experience of performing in musicals. Some of her students from Gleeson are still heavily involved in the Adelaide Music theatre scene and some have sung in past Broadway Sessions here. She loves the thought that her past students are continuing on with their love of music and musicals.
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, and 'Fantine' in the G&S Society's production of Les Misérables. Recently she has performed in Edges with Irregular Productions, 'Shelby' in Steel Magnolias with IpSkip, 'The Lady of the Lake' in Spamalot with Marie Clarke, and the ‘Sour Kangaroo’ in Seussical with Northern Light. Casmira is very excited to play nine characters in Judge Jackie with Davine Productions again for the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2019.
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).
EJ made her first pilgrimage to a theatre to photograph a show with her parents when she was only 8 months old. It seems that she was destined to be on the stage. She has appeared in a number of Adelaide Youth Theatre productions including as a Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast (2015), and as Attina in The Little Mermaid (2016). Last year she was in Fiddler on the Roof with Therry Dramatic Society.
Most recently she performed Once Upon a December from Anastasia as part of Pelican Productions - Music Theatre Camp (2018), definitely a performance highlight, but her favourite role to date was definitely playing Thea in Spring Awakening with the Hills Musical Company (2017).
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 through musical theatre.
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.
Georgia Firth is 15 years old and is a student at Marryatville High School. In 2017 she played the role of Kendra in Adelaide Youth Theatre's Fringe Festival production of 13 The Musical, and later in the year played the part of Mayzie in Seussical Jnr with Pelican Productions. This year she performed in Promise Adelaide's Musical Moments and Diva Series concerts as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Harry Nguyen is usually known as the ‘Krispy Kreme’ guy, mainly because he brings donuts to any shows that he is apart of. Falling in love with theatre from his first show in 2013 (High School Musical, AYT), Harry has immersed himself in shows including Hairspray (AYT), Fame (Marie Clark), Into the Woods (AYT), Rent (Marie Clark), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S). Harry is currently working towards getting into theatre schools, but in the meantime you can catch him working at Krispy Kreme and giving free glazed donuts to anyone he knows.
Jared recently finished playing Buddy in the Hills Musical Company's 2018 production of Sideshow. Earlier this year he performed in Davine Interventionz's It's Only Life. He is soon to commence rehearsals for the Gilbert and Sullivans Society's Phantom of the Opera, in which he will be playing Raoul. He trained at the Elder Conservatorium under Robert Dawe and Patrick Power.
Jared began performing in Adelaide musicals in 2008 in the Met's Shout and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society's HMS Pinafore. Since then he has performed in multiple musicals including Therry's Fiddler on the Roof; G&S' Les Misérables, Pirates of Penzance, Mikado, Orpheus in the Underworld, Yeoman of the Guard, and The Gondoliers; Met's My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, CATS, The King & I; and Little Miss World Media's Ordinary Days.
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.
Josh Barkley started theatre work when a high school friend introduced him to the stage at the age of fifteen. Since then Josh has performed in many plays and musicals including the parts of Enjolras in Les Misérables, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Corny Collins in Hairspray, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast and Old Deuteronomy in Cats.
Josh is a 20 year old performer and has been singing for as long as he can remember. He started singing in church from a very young age and performed in his first musical as Doody in Grease (2013) by Pelican Productions. Since then, Josh fell in love with musical theatre performance and has been involved in many musicals playing roles such as Tyrone Jackson in Fame 2015 (Marie Clark Music Theatre) and most recently as Marius Pontmercy in Les Misérables 2017 (G&S).
Outside of theatre, Josh sings in a Filipino church choir ‘Fructus Augustini’, is a songwriter, and plays guitar, ukulele and the Cajon. He is currently in his final year in a Bachelor (with Honours) of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering degree at the University of Adelaide in 2018 and hopes to study/pursue musical theatre after he completes engineering this year. Josh will be performing in Davine Interventionz's It's Only Life for the 2018 Fringe season and will also be performing as Judas in Irregular/Lydian Productions' Godspell in May.
Kathryn was born in England and has had a rich upbringing in the world of the arts. She has been in various characters such as tweedledum in Alice in wonderland, Betty Rizzo in Grease and is currently playing Erma in JamaeRaws adaptation of Anything Goes. Kathryn has been singing in Soul Factor Gospel Choir for many years and is currently receiving vocal training by David Gauci.
Recently out of uni with a degree in teaching and the arts, Kathryn has been in musical theatre since a young age. She is currently in the Hills production of Aida and also teaches musical theatre, acting and singing at Starlets SA.
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. In 2018 she has had the opportunity to worth with composer John Bucchino on his show It’s Only Life for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival, and to be a part of the small ensemble cast of Godspell.
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 and, most recently Annie. She also had the opportunity to co-direct for the first time with Avenue Q in 2014.
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.
Megan is a graduate of the Music Theatre program at the University of Ballarat and has been performing in theatre and cabaret in Adelaide and beyond for over fifteen years, including a two-year stint in the U.K., where she performed her show The Girl Who Won't Grow Up and premiered a new, as yet untitled piece, at the Pheasantry in London.
She has written and produced several cabarets and concerts, and produced the South Australian and amateur premiere of Matthew Robinson's Sing on Through Tomorrow in 2014. Favourite roles in amateur theatre have included Laurey in Oklahoma!, Phoebe in The Yeomen of the Guard, and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
In 2018 Megan premiered a new cabaret at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, climbed Rocky Mountains once more as a part of The Pirates of Penzance (on the Popeye!), directed the Australian Premiere of Buffy Kills Edward, a Musical Parody, and is playing Petra in A Little Night Music for the G&S Society and Carrie in Rules for Living with the Adelaide Repertory. And that's only the stuff that's confirmed!
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.
Having started piano lessons at the age of 5, Nha-Uyen has been a musician and a performer since a young age. Upon discovering musical theatre, she joined her school's Musical Theatre Club, which she stayed in throughout her high school years. During this time, Nha-Uyen played Kate from Legally Blonde in her school's musical revue and had the opportunity to direct The Lion King Jr in her senior year. She also featured in the mass ensemble of Harvest Rain's Grease Arena Spectacular in 2017.
Although she is now studying optometry at Flinders University, Nha-Uyen aspires to one day fulfil her dreams of being a musical theatre performer and continues to work on her craft as much as she can!
Nick has a long history of performance across a variety of media, ranging from areas as diverse as opera to improvised comedy. He has been an active member of the Adelaide theatre community since 2009, appearing in 17 productions to date, most recently in Promise Adelaide’s premiere of All is Calm, an acapella show about the Christmas truce of 1914 on the Western Front. In May 2018 he will be appearing in the role of ‘Nick’ in Godspell, presented by Irregular/Lydian productions.
Outside of theatre, he has been a regular performer with the Festival Statesmen Chorus since 2012. He also has a considerable background in comedy and improvised theatre, most notably as the writer and presenter of the webseries The Munday Night Report, a satirical news programme, and as a member of the musical improv troupe Spoonerise This! which had a sold-out season at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
He pursued acting at SA Casting from 2010-2013 and classical voice at the Elder Conservatorium of Music from 2015-2016. While he is currently studying a double degree in Law and Science at the University of Adelaide, music and performance, in general, remain lifelong interests.
Nicole is no stranger to the stage, performing since she was 6. Her passion began in Singapore; as President and Production Manager in the Drama Club, lead roles in her school's productions and involvement in the Literature Festival and Singapore Youth Festival. Moving to Australia, her love for musical theatre and dancing grew with ensemble roles, lead roles and as Choreographer for Seussical and The Lion King Jr. Aside from her active roles as main cast and Stage Manager in her high school Drama productions, she joined Harvest Rain's Adelaide arena tours for Hairspray and Grease. Nicole is thrilled to perform at Broadway Sessions!
Ruby has been performing from a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. She was in the ensemble of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Misérables presented by The Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Ruby also understudied the titular role in Davine Interventionz Fringe production of Violet, and performed in the ensemble. Ruby played Hodel in the Therry Dramatic Society's production of Fiddler on the Roof in 2017, and is currently rehearsing for Godspell, produced by Irregular Productions and Lydian Productions. She currently studies Education and Drama at Flinders University and teaches singing at Creative Academy of Performing Arts.
Sarah Jane Whiteley
Sarah is most well known for her love of many different styles of music. It is her constant persistence that vocalists should practice, perform and draw from as many different styles as possible.
With over 9 years teaching experience both through her own private studio and in many schools, her passion lies in helping vocalists understand physiology of their instrument to develop great technique and versatility. When coupled with great musicality this increases performance capabilities exponentially and hugely lowers performance anxiety.
She has completed a Bachelor Of Music in Jazz Performance at the Adelaide Conservatorium Of Music and attended many different courses in the prestigious Estill Voice Model. She is in the process of training for the Figure Proficiency Test in the Estill Voice Model. With the experience of being taught by some of the most sought after teachers in Australia she has gained a wide range of knowledge and skills. Teachers including Adelaide’s darling ‘Charmaine Jones’ (Monash University, Melbourne, Gospo Enterprises), jazz mistress ‘Anita Wardell’ (Birmingham University, London, Australian Institute of Music), clinical voice consultant Helen Tiller, Certified Estill Master Teacher and Course Instructor Naomi Eyers. She is currently studying a Masters of Teaching.
A professional musician and musical director, she received critical acclaim for her performance as Aretha Franklin in the Adelaide Fringe’s Blues Brothers Revue. She has performed in many musicals, revues and cabaret shows (Rent, Smokey Joes Café, Evita, Sugar, Back to the 80s etc.) She took on her first production team role in 2017 as the musical director of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. 2018 shows her as the creative writer and director of her new Adelaide Fringe show From A Distance, The Glory Of Bette. Sarah regularly performs as a jazz, soul and contemporary musician in corporate, wedding and Christmas events in Adelaide.
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.
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).