It’s time to pick up the pace, and feel the beat – one of our most popular theme nights is back, and we’re turning it up to 11. Rock Night v2.0 is here, and we’re ready to rock. This month’s song selection will be from rock musicals, or certainly musicals that have a driving beat and usually need at least a guitar to feel complete. Performers can pick their favourite rock-style songs, remembering of course that many rock musicals have a number of upbeat ballads too! If you need some inspiration, take a look at our first Rock Night to get a feel for what we’re all about, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find something that rocks and get yourself on stage!
This month we welcome back guitarist extraordinaire, Max Garcia-Underwood, with special guest pianist, Martin Cheney. Rock Night is a blast, and we’re looking forward to having you with us.
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!
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.
Anastasia has been singing and dancing from a young age and was thrilled to discover at the end of primary school that the two could be combined! She has taken part in various school musicals and been involved in Pelican Productions since 2010. Anastasia is now studying Education at Flinders University, where she helped set up Flinders Uni Performing Arts Society to meet more theatre-minded people; FUPAS also recently produced their first play to great success. In her free time, Anastasia enjoys singing with Young Adelaide Voices and jamming out with her friends.
In Glasgow, Scotland, Arran worked professionally in theatre, film and television with The BBC, UK Theatre School at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, RedSnappa, and Scottish Opera’s nationwide tour of Falstaff (2008) before immigrating to Australia in 2013. Arran has worked with Adelaide Classical Youth Ballet and Adelaide Youth Theatre in Beauty and the Beast (2015) as Cogsworth, followed by other roles in Annie and Hairspray (2014).
At Flinders Drama Centre, Arran has played George in Our Town, by Thornton Wilder (Dir: Tiffany Lyndall-Knight), and Andrei in Chekhov’s Three Sisters (Dir: Tom Healey). In 2017, Arran portrayed Scott in Jane Bodie’s A Single Act, (Dir: David Mealor) and Soldier in selected plays from Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat by Mark Ravenhill (Dir: Catherine Fitzgerald). Arran experimented with Pochinko Clowning in a month-long workshop, lead by Hew Parham and then with gender as Miss Prism in 2018’s The Importance of Being Earnest (Dir: Genevieve Mooy).
Last year, he participated in ActNow’s Queer Youth Theatre Workshop, led by director and dramaturg, Sarah Dunn. Arran has a keen interest in queer theatre projects such as Nescha Jelk’s cross-gender cast Julius Caesar, of which he is currently in the rehearsal process for his Graduating Production at Flinders.
Cailene Kilcoyne came to Adelaide from San Diego, California. She has performed regionally around the States as well as internationally on a cruise ship. She is super excited to announce that she will be playing the role of "Marcy" in Emma Knights upcoming production of I Love You Because, which will be her Australian debut!
Cordelia first started singing at the young age of six as part of Young Adelaide Voices in 2004 and has yet to stop. Her first introduction to musical theatre was at Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp in 2010, where she fell in love with musicals and the theatre. Since then she has auditioned for as many roles as possible, landing her first role, and dream role, of Nancy in Now Productions Oliver! in 2016.
Cordelia's roles also include Brigitta in The Sound of Music, Aunt Em/Glinda in The Wizard of Oz and the Narrator in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Most recently she performed in the Adelaide Fringe Festival show Smells Like Teen Spirit, her first non-musical show since high school. She is currently in the Cert IV Sound Production Course at TAFE (ACArts) and hopes to continue her study in music theatre at the completion of her course. Cordelia will be playing the role of Jenny Lind in Barnum with March Productions in the Adelaide Fringe Festival in March 2019.
Danielle started performing at age 5 within her school and also in the Australian Girls Choir. She landed her first lead role in a musical at age 6 starring as Henny Penny in the year 1 & 2 production of The Sky is Falling, where she was seen pulling actors into their correct spots and mouthing everyone's lines. In High School (Norwood Morialta High School) Danielle played leads across multiple musicals, 2008 - Rizzo in Grease, 2010 - Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and 2011 - Anna in The King and I. Additionally, in 2010 Danielle was part of the High School Cabaret Show, directed by David Campbell during the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Since high school, Danielle pursued a basketball career playing Premier League basketball for 8 years, which prevented her from performing. Since retiring in late 2017, she has been trying to crack back into musical theatre, auditioning for musicals. Last year Danielle was lucky enough to play Scaramouche in Matt Byrne Media's We Will Rock You.
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, Newcomer in Hills Musical Company's Avenue Q, 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!.
Outside of the theatre, Dylan has completed an MBAA Bachelor of Arts, through the University of South Australia, and an Associate Performer Diploma in Guitar, through Australia and New Zealand Cultural Arts Ltd (ANZCA), and will continue to study a Postgraduate Master in Teaching (Secondary) through UniSA, and both an Associate Performer Diploma in Pianoforte and an Associate Teacher Diploma through ANZCA.
Elle Nichelle is a private vocal coach, singer, choir director and songwriter in Adelaide. She graduated the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2009 with a Diploma in Jazz Voice. Elle has performed as a lead vocalist with Gospo since their first show in the Adelaide Fringe Festival: GospoCentric & GospoTivity (2009), GospoAzz (2010-2011), Gospolicious (2014), Gospolation in both the Adelaide & Melbourne Fringe Festival (2017) and Jackson vs Jackson (2018). Elle loves being involved in theatre: her roles thus far include being a lead vocalist in Smokey Joe’s Café with Hills Musical Company (2016), Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors with Blackwood Players (2017) & Fortune Teller in Sideshow with Hills Musical Company (2018). Elle currently studies Speech Pathology at Flinders University.
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.
Emily Glew has been passionate about the performing arts all of her life and began training in voice and dance at age 11. She has trained with artists including Michaela Burger and David Gauci, and is trained in classical, contemporary, jazz and tap dance. Beginning participating in musical theatre at age 13, she has been part in many musical theatre productions including most recently, Violet with Davine Interventionz, and taking the role of Shprintze in the Therry Dramatical Society’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.
Standout roles for Emily also include Jellylorum in Cats, and Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins, both with Loreto College. Additionally, Emily has been studying music since the age of 6, and has played in numerous instrumental ensembles on the piano, guitar, and clarinet. Emily’s love for music has led to her teaching and musically directing multiple musicals in the past. Emily is happy to bring her enthusiasm for the dance and musicality of Sideshow to the stage.
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.
Iman has been a musician for 10 years playing bass in several local bands throughout that time and also having completed a diploma in music. Always having a natural knack for the arts he always wanted to explore the side of acting and dancing, and was given the opportunity in 2015 when he first entered the Adelaide musical theatre scene in JamaeRaws adaptation of the musical Grease, portraying the role of Danny Zuko. He has since been in Wicked (Matt Byrne Media) and Anything Goes (JamaeRaw) playing Moonface Martin and most recently MBM's Saturday Night Fever as Bobby C. Iman has been enjoying his experiences and developing his stage skills and is excited to see where it will take him.
In 2018, Jared has performed as Raoul in the Gilbert & Sullivan Society's Phantom of the opera; Buddy in the Hills Musical Company's Sideshow; and with John Bucchino in Davine Interventionz's It's Only Life. Jared became a member of the State Opera Chorus in 2018, which saw him perform in The Merry Widow and Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg.
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. He trained at the Elder Conservatorium under Robert Dawe and Patrick Power.
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, done a full-time dance course last year (which is hilarious if you know Jemma, who is a mover at best), and is about to embark on a Bachelor of Music Theatre at the University of Adelaide (whaaaaaat?!)...
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.
Maya’s love of all things musical theatre began at an early age. Her journey in performance began with Pelican Productions, where she participated in numerous Music Theatre Camps, as well as productions of Grease and The Little Mermaid Jr. Maya has continued her involvement with Pelican Productions as an assistant tutor at Music Theatre Camp since 2015. After taking a short break to complete her university studies, Maya has since appeared in the Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2016, and their 2017 sell-out production of Les Misérables as Cosette understudy. Maya most recently performed in Lydian Productions and Irregular Production's Godspell in May 2018, as the "By My Side" soloist. Maya is in her second year as a primary school teacher, which she immensely enjoys – especially when she is able to share her love of performing arts with her students.
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.
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).
Patrick is an amateur theatre hybrid with credits in both musical and straight theatre plays, some of these include: the G&S Society’s Guys and Dolls, (2015), Therry Dramatic Society’s Fiddler on the Roof (2017), the Adelaide Repertory Theatre’s The Elephant Man (2016) and more recently the Adelaide Repertory Theatre's critically acclaimed Our Boys (2017). In the outside world, Patrick studies a Bachelor of Journalism (International Relations) at the University of South Australia; is an avid and somewhat pretentious film connoisseur - enjoying a healthy balance of foreign language, old-Hollywood and trashy rom-com films; and spends what little spare time he has left in his beloved 'work-in-progress' garden.
Music has always been part of Ron’s life. As part of Novo Concertante Manila, an international award-winning chamber choir in the Philippines, Ron travelled to Europe and Asia performing a wide range of acapella music of various genres. He has also participated in competitions and concerts to international audiences. Ron continues to explore music as a chorus member of The Elder Conservatorium Chorale. He has found a new passion for musical theatre in both amateur and professional productions. Since moving to Australia in 2010, Ron has done Miss Saigon (MCMT 2011), Bernstein Mass (ASO 2012), Ennio Morriconne Live (ASO 2012), Kiss of the Spider Woman (HMC 2012), Forbidden Broadway (MCMT 2012), Phantom of the Opera (MBM 2013), The Cross (ACTS 2013 & 2014), part of the chorus for Andrea Bocelli (ASO 2014) and Rent (MCMT 2016). Ron recently played a part in the exciting production of the 2012 Broadway Revival Version of Godspell which opened in May 2018. Ron secretly wishes that like Hamilton, more and more shows and production outfits will now allow everyone and recognise talent over race and culture, to play roles not usually given to people of colour. In February 2016, Ron first took part in Broadway Sessions and is again thrilled to take part in this month's session.
At 19, Scarlett has been passionate about performing since she was young. She began dancing at Barbara Jayne Dance Centre when she was 3 years old where she developed her singing and dancing skills for 13 years and has now begun focusing on her passion for musical theatre. Scarlett has recently graduated year 12 at Concordia College where she was and will continue to be taught by her singing teacher Rosie Hosking. Scarlett hopes to pursue musical theatre in the future.
With 16 years of combined performing experience, Scarlett's love for the stage has never ceased, with her most recent roles being Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, and recently Campbell Davis in Pelican Production's production of Bring It On the Musical for which she received a TASA nomination for 'Best Youth Female Actor'. She has also most recently finished a performance season of Godspell with Lydian Productions and Irregular Productions.
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).