That’s right, it’s back! After the packed house success of our first (and initially only) Disney night, we thought we’d bring it back, in a bumper Adelaide Fringe edition
Come on and Be Our Guest as host and Disney addict Millicent Sarre helps to make Disney Part of Your World (for one night) with a Session dedicated to the Disney musical. Now, I Won’t Say (I’m In Love), but we think this one will really Go The Distance.
There are plenty of both well-known and unknown Disney songs that can take you from Zero to Hero: don’t just sit in the audience thinking I Wan’na Be Like You, but register your suggestions and help turn the Poor Unfortunate Souls in the audience into true Disney addicts too. Trust us… Mother Knows Best.
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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.
Ada has performed in many musicals during her schooling. As well as participating in Theatre Bugs and the school bands in years 6 and 7, and the school choir through year 6 to 12. More recently Ada has performed in her fathers band Sound Factory. Performing in corporate shows and events.
Ada enjoys all her performances, giving more than 100% into all roles that she is placed in and all challenges that come her way. This year Ada is a commencing student at the University of Adelaide, in a Bachelor of Music (Jazz - Performance) course.
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.
Casmira Hambledon has been involved in Adelaide theatre for the past eleven years both as a performer and director. She has appeared in several musicals with the G&S society including Jesus Christ Superstar, Into The Woods, and their last production of Les Misérables. Casmira then spent several years dedicated to teaching and performing for the very young, including playing a fairy and teddy from 2013-2015 in The Teddy Bears Picnic at The Garden of Unearthly Delights, as well as directing and performing in Alice in Wonderland, and Snow White for the Something on Saturday program at Adelaide Festival Centre.
Casmira is also very proud of her involvement in directing and choreographing for Peter Combe’s Fringe shows in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2015 she performed in the song cycle Sing on Through Tomorrow, which was nominated for a Curtain Call Award for best professional musical. More recently Casmira played Gabrielle York in St Jude’s Players When The Rain Stops Falling, the role of Violet in Davine Interventionz production of Violet in March 2017, and 'Fantine' in the G&S Society's production of Les Misérables. So far in 2018 she has performed in Edges with Irregular Productions, as 'Shelby' in Steel Magnolias with ISkip, and most recently played 'The Lady of the Lake' in Spamalot with Marie Clarke.
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.
Claire is proud (and feeling old) to have been a part of Adelaide's musical theatre and cabaret scene for over 10 years now. She's had the chance to play some fantastic roles in shows such as The Sound of Music, [title of show], The Wedding Singer, and Homemade Fusion. Claire has been a part of a number of Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Fringe festival shows, and has also tapped into the local theatre scene in London and Rotterdam during her time living overseas. Having recently returned to Australian shores, Claire is excited to chortle, tear-up and beam her way through this festival season, drinking in the delights of Adelaide's talent.
Courtney is a classically trained vocalist holding a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) from the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Throughout her degree Courtney was a member of many choirs including the Adelaide Symphony Chorus where she most notably performed in Danny Elfman's The Music of Tim Burton and Andrea Bocceli's Australian tour.
After nearly a decade of classical training and performing, Courtney decided to broaden her style and began focusing on Musical Theatre. Courtney has just finished performing as Heather McNamara in HEATHERS: The Musical to a sold out season in the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Courtney has recently returned from travelling to both London's West End and Broadway and is thrilled to perform, more inspired than ever.
Growing up performing in the Scouts’ Gang Show: Comedy Capers, David developed a love for musical theatre from a young age. Trained at the Centre for the Performing Arts; David has enjoyed performing Shakespeare with the State Theatre, Lightning Strike and Chopt Logic Theatre Companies and has toured in the past with Splash Theatre Company. Turning from professional acting to focus his energy on his family and work for the Anglican Church as a priest, David chooses to do shows that he loves.
It was in Marie Clark's production of Paris in the titular role that David hit the Adelaide scene in musical theatre. David has since performed with with Marie Clark Musical Theatre in Miss Saigon (John) and as Carl Hanratty in the 2016 production of Catch Me if You Can. He has worked with Northern Light Theatre Company as Frederick in Pirates of Penzance and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. David also performed at the Adelaide Fringe 2015 with Lazy Saturday Productions' Australian premiere of Darkle. 2017 is a big year of theatre for David starting with Pale Ale Tales, a new work by local writer, Jason Hendy in the 2017 Fringe, Jekyll and Hyde with Marie Clark and finishing with Les Misérables as Enjolras with G&S Society.
David is thankful to his wife for her love and support, and for letting him play.
When David is not performing in local musical theatre and cabaret, you can catch him busking at Adelaide's beaches and surrounding suburbs with his ukulele, performing puppets for children, and enjoying singalongs at old folks homes. His recent credits include playing Peter Allen in the Met's Boy from Oz, Princeton in Matt Byrne Media's Avenue Q. as well as leads in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for Opus, Little Shop of Horrors for Northern Light Theatre Company, and the local cabaret showcases Sing on Through Tomorrow and Homemade Fusion.
David recently played the role of Denny Doherty in the Davine Interventionz sell out season production of Flowerchildren – The Mamas and Papas Story after performing in Davine's 2013 production of Altar Boyz.
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.
Born into a family with a background in the performing arts, Emma has been immersed in the world of theatre ever since she can remember. Her introduction to Adelaide amateur theatre came when she joined the ensemble of G&S’s Oliver! in both 2013 and 2014, and was involved in the society’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2016. In 2017, Emma fulfilled her lifelong dream to perform the role of Cosette in Les Misérables, also with G&S. She is a regular performer at Broadway Sessions. After completing high school in 2015, Emma is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts at Adelaide University.
Emma is currently a year 12 student with a passion for music and all things Disney. She performed with theatre bugs for many years and has most recently been part of the chorus for her school's productions of Hairspray and Legally Blonde. Emma now takes vocal lessons with Teresa LaRocca.
At 21, Georgia is still exploring Adelaide's theatre community with wide eyes. With a later start than some, Georgia began performing with Pelican Productions at 14, and continued to do so for six years. Her most recent feat with the company was earlier this year in Bring it On: The Musical, where she played the part of Bridget. In high school, Georgia was an avid performer, participating in every musical and vocal group she could be apart of.
In 2014, she was rewarded for her efforts when she received the C E Wattchow Music shield and the Adelaide Festival Award at her graduation. Since graduating, Georgia has spread her love of the performing arts overseas, by working as a drama instructor in a summer camp in Arizona. She is now currently studying a Bachelor of International Tourism at Flinders University and most recently starred in the MET's production of High Society as the precocious Dinah Lord.
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.
Grace loves all things Disney and has been going to see musicals since she was 6 years old, always choosing to be in the front row because it was the closest to the stage.
At 19, Grace has performed in 3 musicals: Pirates of Penzance Jr. (2013), Mulan Jr. (2015) and Singing in the Rain Jr. (2017), 3 Catholic School Music Festivals (2009-2011) and has over 9 years of singing experience, including gigging around Adelaide at charity gigs and other functions for the past 3 years. Last year, she studied acting through NIDA Open and Adelaide College of the Arts as well as completing her first year of a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree at University of South Australia, combining her love of music and acting.
This year, Grace was lucky enough to perform in Harvest Rain's Youngharts Creative Convention alongside Rhonda Burchmore, Christine Anu, Silvie Paladino and Isaiah Firebrace. She will not only be performing in the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival but also the Adelaide Festival in the stage adaption of Alice Oswald's Memorial.
John Sheehy is an Actor/Singer from Cork, Ireland. John’s original profession was as a structural engineer before completing a Masters in Business Studies only to realise that performing was his true calling. He studied acting and musical theatre in The Gaiety School of Acting and The Cork School of Music before moving to Swindon in 2015 to train in dance at Liberatus School of Performing Arts. As semi-finalist in The Voice of Ireland he has performed live to audiences of over one million viewers and in 2016 John had a number 1 single on iTunes in Ireland. Currently living in London he is a soloist for international touring acapella groups The Magnets and The Choir of Man. With a Vocal range of 4 octaves covering (G2 to G6) and belt to E5, John is a Baritone, Tenor and Countertenor with a very strong falsetto. He is also an avid Liverpool F.C fan and his other interests include Yoga and video production.
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).
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.
Nava Revalk is a 16-year-old singer, actress, dancer and pianist, who has been performing since the age of 3. Nava has played lead roles in musicals with South Australian youth theatre groups and has received many accolades and awards for her performances. Nava recently sang the National Anthem solo at the Tour Down Under and has performed at many large events.
In December last year, Nava sang solo at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida as part of a tour with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team. During the US tour, Nava also visited Broadway in New York and received an invaluable glimpse into the highest levels of international performing arts through participating in multiple workshops with Broadway professionals.
The American tour was only weeks after Nava had the bounty of touring Japan, performing with her school, Concordia College. Nava’s goal is to bring people together through performing professionally, internationally.
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).
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.
Having recently completed the Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Sarah has returned to the Eastern states to launch her professional career. Raised in Adelaide, she trained in jazz, ballet, tap and contemporary dance, and toured internationally with Young Adelaide Voices. She featured as lead vocalist alongside Kate Ceberano in Lady Marmalade (dir. Michael Degenhart) and performed various lead roles for State Opera SA’s Broadway Jr Series (dir. Patrick Lim) and Pelican Production's Music Theatre Camp.
After obtaining her Certificate IV in Dance in 2012, Sarah moved to Melbourne to continue her training at Danceworld Studios and completed the Foundation of Music Theatre at VCA.
Her WAAPA credits include Truman Head Fly in Bring it On (dir. Jay James-Moody, chor. Michael Ralph), Alexi Darling/Ensemble in Rent (dir. Adam Mitchell), Dance captain in Heathers (dir. Andrew Lewis), Phyllis Dale in 42nd Street (dir. Jason Langley, chor. Lisa O’Dea) and Annie in Chicago (dir. Crispin Taylor, chor. Michael Ralph).
Scott has always had a love of the theatre, but his real obsession began in high school, with performances as the Foreman, Pimp and a Student in Les Misérables, Priam in Paris and Action in West Side Story. Since completing high school he performed non-stop for a number of years, starting with Gerald Bolingbroke in Me and My Girl, an Apostle in Jesus Christ Superstar and Ugly in Honk! (Marie Clark Musical Theatre). After playing Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! and Asher and the Butler in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company of SA), Scott joined Northern Light Theatre Company’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as Monsieur D’Arque to round out 2011. The following year started with an incredible experience: Scott won the role of Henry in Six Foot Something’s pro-am Production of Next to Normal. After a mild performance hiatus in more recent times, Scott starred as Hunter in Irregular Productions sell out 2015 Adelaide Fringe season of [title of show].
If there’s one thing he regrets, it’s not starting singing and performing (publicly of course) at an earlier age. Off-stage (but in the theatre) Scott enjoys both sound and lighting design, and the challenges each of these areas brings to his knowledge of design in the digital world. Broadway Sessions is certainly the start of a new chapter, bringing together many ongoing stories and plot lines, but allowing the love of theatre (musical theatre in particular) to continue in new and exciting ways.
When not strutting his stuff on stage, or manically helping out backstage or in the roof of a theatre, Scott is a web designer & developer, creating sites like this one! You can see more of his work at www.scottreynolds.com.au.
Sophia has been performing since she was just three years old and now is in Year 10 as a Scotch College Performing Arts Scholarship student. She first started at Theatre Bugs when she was 3 and she was involved in many performances. She then moved on to Trinity College London Drama School where she completed many speech and musical theatre exams. Sophia trained through Trinity with Alicia Zorkovic until Year 8 and now trains with Peta Shannon and SA Casting.
Sophia started voice lessons when she was in Year 2 through Theatre Bugs, then in Year 4 with Andrew Turner until the end of Year 7. She now takes lessons with Kristen Hardy through Scotch College. Sophia has been dancing since the age of 3 and has done many different styles at many dance schools.
Sophia has participated in many musicals and shows. Sophia performed has performed in 2 Promise Adelaide shows, Rising Stars for the starlight foundation as a guest performer, their fringe show Musical Moments last year and is now performing in again for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival season. Sophia has performed in 4 Shane Davidson Present’s shows, Hairspray Jnr in 2015 as a Dynamite, Legally Blonde Jnr in 2016 and High School Musical 2 as Kelsi Nielsen last year. This year she was in Wicked and played Elphaba’s Mother and Shen Shen. For Wicked she had an article written about her in The Messenger. Sophia hopes to pursue musical theatre since she loves it so much.
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).
Tom Brandon is a 26 year old singer from Ireland, and is visiting Adelaide with "The Choir of Man" (performing at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2018). He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has been performing in London (and abroad) since 2013.