June Session

24 Sunday June 2018
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $15-20

About this Session

To help you celebrate surviving the shortest day of the year, why not come and join some of Adelaide’s up and coming and established performers as they share some of their favourite songs from the music theatre catalogue.

This month we also welcome back Kate Hodges as our host for the evening and take a peak into shows opening over the next six weeks.

Session Setlist

Act 1
I Have Confidence (The Sound Of Music) – Mim Sarre
Watch What Happens (Newsies) – Em Carter
The Rum Tum Tugger (Cats) – Aimee Crathern
Journey To The Past (Anastasia) – Ava-Rose Askew
The History Of Wrong Guys (Kinky Boots) – Emily Glew
You'll Be Back (Hamilton) – Steven Lewis
When You're Good To Mama (Chicago) – Nikki Long
Legally Blonde (Legally Blonde)* – Laura Williams, Ris Mosel
Over The Rainbow (The Wizard Of Oz) – Leah Kovacic
Home (Scott Alan) – Erin Merritt
Solla Sollew (Seussical) – Wendy Rayner
I Can Do Better Than That! (The Last 5 Years) – Georgia Cosercas
It's All Happening (Bring It On)* – Billie Turner, Finnegan Green, Jack Conroy, Katie Olsson, Scarlett Anthony, Sean Jackson, Stephanie Cole
Act 2
Summer In Ohio (The Last 5 Years) – Kate Hodges
Defying Gravity (Wicked) – Oscar Bridges
You've Got A Friend (Beautiful) – Georgia Firth
For Forever (Dear Evan Hansen) – Scott Perry
So Big, So Small (Dear Evan Hansen) – Rebecca Raymond
Champagne (In The Heights) – Casmira Lorien, Scott Lorien
Now (Scott Alan) – Scarlett Anthony
Taylor The Latte Boy (Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich) – Mitre Khammash
Times Are Hard For Dreamers (Amelie) – Jeri Williams
Dying Ain't So Bad (Bonnie & Clyde) – Maya Miller
When She Smiles (Lysistrata Jones) – Ron Abelita
I Didn't Plan It (Waitress) – Jemma Allen
* promoting an upcoming show

Session Host

Kate Hodges

Kate started theatre at age 15 in Northern Light Theatre Company’s productions of Once Upon a Mattress followed by A Fractured G & S Trilogy, from which she was hooked! At age 16 Kate’s first Principle role was “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz (NLTC), for which she was first nominated for Best Female Performance by the Adelaide Theatre Guide. Kate continued with the roles “Liesl” in The Sound of Music and “Annie Golden” in Leader of the Pack, before playing “Karen” in The Boy from Oz (The Met), “Demeter” in Cats (Marie Clark), “Cinderella” in The Pumpkin (Curly Top Productions), and a Priest in Jesus Christ Superstar (G & S Society). Kate played “Shelley” in Hairspray (MBM) before returning to Northern Light Theatre Company to play the leading role of “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast.

Kate was awarded “Best Female Performance” by the Adelaide Theatre Guide for her role as “Kira” in Davine Interventionz production of Xanadu in the 2014 Adelaide Fringe. Kate most recently played the leading lady “Susan Lawrence” in Northern Light’s Production of BIG the Musical and will be returning to the stage next month to play the title role in Cinderella.

Kate was a regular extra on McLeod’s Daughters as a teenager and was part of the successful Fringe show Changing the Pace in 2011. She worked professionally as a singer for Night Train Theatre Restaurant in its final years but in the “real world” she works as a Paediatric Speech Pathologist.

Session Performers

Aimee Crathern

Aimee is an avid music lover and an aunty. She currently attends Tutti Arts and participates in their music program 3 days a week. Aimee loves performing and will take each opportunity to do so, participating in the performing arts group No Strings Attached, sings with the Tutti Choir and Poco Choir, and is also a member of the worlds first all girl disability music group The Sisters of Invention. The Sisters of Invention, have seen Aimee perform at numerous events such as The Special Olympics Closing Ceremony, Womad and The Fringe Festival. Aimee and her music group The Sisters of Invention are recording their new album which should be released later this year. Aimee and her music group recently appeared on ABC iView Get Crackin.

In addition, she is in a new group called TGIF (Thank God It's Friday), and will be performing at the Highway Hotel on the 3rd of November. She is also performing in the Adelaide Christmas Pageant with TGIF, and performing in a show with No Strings Attached on 7th & 8th of November.

Ava-Rose Askew

Ava-Rose Askew has been studying musical theatre for the past 6 months at APO Arts Academy in Melbourne, she is now back in Adelaide and starting her studies in sound production for the next 6 months before moving to back to Melbourne next year to complete her studies in Musical Theatre.

She has been performing for the past four years, achieving roles including Gabriella and Sharpay from High School Musical, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Kathy from Disco Inferno, Adella from The Little Mermaid and other amazing roles. If Ava-Rose isn't performing on stage she can be found recording and writing her own music which she has been doing from the age of 8. She's also been a part of many choirs starting from primary school with the Festival of Music where she achieved two solos in grade 5 and grade 7 first singing 'I Can Make the Difference' and then 'In this Ancient House', she went back last year to perform 'Part of Your World' as one of the assisting artists.

Ava-Rose has also been involved with The Australian Youth Choir, Vocal Jazz and her school choirs.

Billie Turner

Billie Turner is twenty-one years old, and has been acting and singing since she was seven. She has been involved in several choirs and acting troupes throughout her life, as well as drama classes throughout high school. She began her career in musical theatre since 2014, when she made her debut playing Chef Louis in Pelican Productions’ The Little Mermaid Jr.

Since then, she has been involved in several music theatre productions, playing characters such as Boris the Spy in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Witch in Into the Woods, Madame Thenadier in Les Misérables, and Bridget in Bring It On which makes its return season in August 2018.

She is also the lead vocalist in Adelaide alternative rock band, The 4 Star Heroes.

Casmira Lorien

Casmira is an experienced performer and teacher with a great passion for storytelling. Highlights have included performing the role of ‘Violet’ in Davine Productions’ Violet (for which she won the TASA award for Best Female Performance 2017) and 'Fantine' in the G&S Society's production of Les Misérables (for which she was nominated for a Curtain Call: Best Female Performance 2018).

In 2018 she performed in Edges with Irregular Productions for the Adelaide Fringe, ‘Shelby’ in Steel Magnolias with IpSkip,'The Lady of the Lake' in Spamalot with Marie Clark (winner of Best Ensemble Curtain Call 2018), and the ‘Sour Kangaroo’ in Seussical with Northern Light. In 2019 Casmira played nine characters in Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court with Davine Productions (which won Best Ensemble and Best Musical at the 2019 Curtain Call Awards, as well as the TASA for Best Musical) and Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme in Assassins for Hills Musical Company.

Professionally, Casmira has acted and provided voices for several short films and children’s productions. She also spent many years directing and music directing musicals for Adelaide Theatre Academy, including Snow White and Alice in Wonderland for the Festival Centre’s ‘Something on Saturday’ program. Her fondest memories are working with Peter Combe in directing and choreographing his Adelaide Fringe shows from 2013-2015.

Em Carter

Em is a 24-year old teacher back down under on a break from Ye Olde Englande. She began performing at age five but didn't enter the magical land of musical theatre until the age of 12. She enjoys reading, history, piña coladas, getting caught in the rain, and obviously, musicals.

She has performed and crewed for many shows. The highlights of her time treading the boards include playing Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun (UHS), Bet in Oliver! (G&S), and possibly her favourite role at the tender age of 12 - the Pirate King (Pelican Productions). Other credits include Les Misérables (G&S), Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S), Cinderfella the Pantomime (Royal Holloway), Young Frankenstein (MCMT), Calamity Jane (MCMT), Music Theatre Camp 2008 - 2013 (Pelican Productions).

Emily Glew

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.

Erin Merritt

Erin is currently in her first year of uni after graduating from Glenunga International High School in 2017. Throughout her school years, she was involved in numerous Musical Theatre productions - from The Wizard of Oz to The Little Mermaid. She has played the roles of Evillene (The Wicked Witch of the West) (The Wiz), Elphaba (Wicked), The Sour Kangaroo (Seussical The Musical), Rafiki (The Lion King), and Ursula (The Little Mermaid). She was also involved in the Young Adelaide Voices choir, and was a member of the Rising Star Academy whilst growing up in South Africa. Erin has been doing weekly singing lessons for the past couple of years, and is excited to see how her vocal and performance skills will continue to develop going forward.

Finnegan Green

Finnegan is 16 years old and has loved performing from a young age. He has developed his passion for music and theatre as a company member of Pelican Productions and since he was 7 years old has played 13 lead roles in their musicals and shows.

Finnegan also loves to dance and trains in jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary dance with Accent on Dance and is currently completing Stage 2 dance at MQDE. In 2013 Finnegan made his professional debut in the role of 'Jeremy' in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (TML Enterprises) at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. In the same year he enjoyed his first film role in the short film Young Hearts directed by Tim Hodgson and played the title role of Amahl in the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Adelaide Festival Centre. He also participated in a developmental workshop for SINGular Productions/State Opera's Innocence Lost.

In 2014 Finnegan was lucky enough to be one of the top 100 and one of only 3 South Australian's in The Voice Kids (Nine Network). In 2017 he played the fun role of ‘Rooster’ in Annie and this year played the role of ‘Emmett’ in Legally Blonde both for his school, Concordia College. Last year he was also chosen to participate in the pilot program of Newsies JR with Itheatrics as well as playing the title role of 'Horton' for Pelican Productions' Seussical JR. Earlier in 2018 Finnegan travelled to the USA where he participated in a week long Itheatrics pilot program in New York and performed several lead roles with Pelican Productions on the Carnival ship in the Caribbean. He performed the same show in Disney and also played the role of Burt in the Mary Poppins workshop with Disney Performing Arts.

Last year Finnegan played the role of Twig in Pelican Productions’ Bring it On and he can’t wait to play the role again for the return season in August 2018.

Georgia Cosercas

At 23, 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 in 2017 in Bring it On: The Musical, where she played the part of Bridget, earning her a nomination for best youth perfomer.

Georgia has spread her love of the performing arts overseas, by working as a drama instructor in a summer camp in Arizona. She has just completed her Bachelor of International Tourism at Flinders University and most recently starred in the MET's production of High Society as the precocious Dinah Lord. Up next, Georgia will be performing in Davine Productions Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in the 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Georgia Firth

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.

Jemma Allen

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 (ew) in Bye Bye Birdie, whinged in Blithe Spirit, fake tapped in Big Fish, been awkward in Smokey Joe's Cafe, spun plates in Chicago, been angsty in Spring Awakening, been both 7 and 11 y.o. in Ivy + Bean, and belted and riffed in Godspell. She just finished the sell out season of Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Uni of Adelaide, where she reprised the role of Ilse in Spring Awakening.

It's been a hot second since Jemma has been on stage and she is NERVOUS, so if anyone wants to buy her a G&T or a snack to help calm her down she would be very appreciative.

Jeri Williams

Originally from the US, Jeri Williams immigrated to Adelaide in 2011. She’s a born performer, growing up singing in choirs, glee club, a pop/R&B girl group, and musical theatre. She got her start in theatre performing in the ensemble of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at age 16. After school, Jeri got a job singing in an acapella group at a theme park in Florida, which led to being cast as Wendy Darling by Disney Cruise Line. Jeri spent her early 20s working and performing on various cruise ships with her husband.

Since making Adelaide her home, Jeri has delved into the local theatre scene on a few occasions, being cast in leading roles in NLTC’s Into The Woods (2012) as the Baker’s Wife; G&SSA’s Guys & Dolls (2015) as Adelaide and NLTC's Mack and Mabel (2016) as Mabel.

When life gets too busy for a full show schedule, Jeri enjoys singing with the Civic Park Carols Choir and joining in for a sing at Broadway Sessions as often as possible.

Katie Olsson

Katie Olsson is 17 years old and has had a passion for music theatre since 2012 when she first participated in Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp. For the past 6 years, Katie has taken part in several Pelican Productions with roles including Cinderella (Into the Woods), Dorothy (Wizard of Oz), Wendy (Peter Pan), Young Princess Fiona (Shrek the Musical), and Patty Simcox (Grease). Katie's professional credits include the Children's Ensemble in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Festival Theatre on its Australian tour in 2013, and performing at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Harvest Rain's Hairspray Arena Spectacular in 2016.

In April 2018, Katie was given the opportunity to join Pelican's USA Tour where she performed in New York, Disneyworld, and on a Carnival cruise across the Caribbean for three weeks, also participating in numerous workshops from professional performers and producers. Katie is currently rehearsing for her Year 12 Drama production of Mad Forest, playing the lead role of Florina, and the return season of Pelican Productions Bring it On the Musical in August where she will be playing Nautica for a second time.

Laura Williams

A year 11 student at Scotch College, Laura is 16 years old and has been performing from a very young age. With a passion for music theatre she currently studies singing, dance and drama. Her performing highlights include playing Mary in G&S Society’s production of The Secret Garden in 2013 and performing in Disneyland (Orlando – 2016 Paris/Hong Kong - 2014, Anaheim - 2011) for AYPAT and AYT. Laura has worked professionally for Heaps Good Productions in Dinosaurs Down Under and the Port Adelaide Festival. Laura enjoyed playing Loretta in Bugsy Malone, Wilbur in Charlottes Web, Tweedle-Dee in Alice in Wonderland for AYT as well as performing in Out of the Blue for Promise Adelaide. She has appeared in all Scotch College musicals since 2014 including Addams Family where she played Alice (2017), 42nd Street,(2016), Jesus Christ Superstar (2015) and Pirates of Penzance (2014). She is very excited to be playing her dream role, ‘Elle Woods’ in this year’s production of Legally Blonde.

Leah Kovacic

Leah Kovacic is a versatile, young performer originally from the Riverland. Leah completed 12 years in Rosie Clark’s School of Dance. She also performed as a soloist at the Primary Schools Festival of Music three times and as an assisting artist once. Leah has performed in multiple musicals; her favourites being her role as Duffy in Annie and as Babette in Beauty and the Beast. She was previously the keyboard player and joint-vocalist of her band Embrace, a band which performed covers and original songs. As a band, they played together at events including the Riverland Field Days, MooRock and Quorn Music Festival. Leah is currently performing her original songs as a solo artist on keyboard and vocals playing at venues such as In The Seen at the Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club and Music Mondays at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel.

Maya Miller

Maya’s love of musical theatre began at an early age, with her journey in performance beginning with Pelican Productions. Since then, Maya’s theatre credits include The Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016) and Les Misérables (2017), Lydian Productions and Irregular Productions’ Godspell (2018) as the ‘By My Side’ soloist, Marie Clark Musical Theatre’s Anything Goes (2019) as Hope Harcourt, Segue Productions’ Heathers (2019) as Heather McNamara, and most recently Davine Productions' Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as Cynthia Weil (2020). Maya is a primary school Dance/Drama teacher, and she finds so much joy in being able to share her love of musical theatre with her students.

Mim Sarre

Millicent Sarre is a singer & songwriter, cabaret artist, music theatre performer and vocal coach.

Mim studied Music and Theatre at Graceland University, USA, before returning to her hometown of Adelaide, South Australia, where she has been actively involved in the music theatre scene. Her notable roles to date include Veronica Sawyer in Heathers the Musical (Segue Productions, 2019), Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening (Hills Musical Company 2017), Ivy in Ivy + Bean the Musical (The Gemini Collective, 2018 – Australian Premiere), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Hills Musical Company, 2015) and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Graceland University, 2013).

In June 2019, she premiered her original cabaret show, Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered, in the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe, and revived the show for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020, where it played a sold-out extended season and was a 3-time award winner in the Adelaide Fringe Awards.

Mitre Khammash

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.

Nikki Long

Nikki is a performer who’s love for the stage started at a very young age, starting with SAPPS Choir in primary school, and being part of the mass ensemble in the Grease Arena Spectacular.

In 2018 Nikki completed her training at Australian Company of Performing Arts with a Certificate IV in Dance where she trained in dance, singing and acting. She performed in two shows as part of the course, including playing Rapunzel in the pantomime Once Upon a Time, where she also discovered a love of performing for children. Nikki is continuing her studies at The University of Adelaide doing the Bachelor of Music Theatre.

Nikki made her Adelaide theatre debut as Heather Chandler in Segue Productions’ Heathers in 2019.

Oscar Bridges

Oscar has been performing since the age of 7. He made his professional debut at 10 in The Sound of Music. He has done over 20 shows with Adelaide Youth Theatre, Therry Dramatic Society, Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the State Theatre Company of SA. His favourite musicals are Les Misérables and Kinky Boots and he would love to one day play Lola in a broadway show. He was lucky enough to play Gavroche in Les Misérables in 2017 and fell in love with all the music. Oscar has had the privilege of working and learning with many of the greats in Adelaide Theatre and is very excited to be performing with some of them tonight.

Fresh back from New York this year filming 3 new junior musicals with iTheatrics, Oscar is looking forward to getting back on the stage to sing some of his favorite songs. He is newly inspired by all the Broadway shows he saw whilst there including, Tootsie, Frozen and Mean Girls!

Rebecca Raymond

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.

Ris Mosel

Ris is a 17-year-old with a passion for the performing arts. Attending Scotch College, he is the Performing Arts Captain and studies mainly singing and acting. Ris’ first production was a school recreation of The Little Mermaid Jr, in Phoenix, Arizona. Since then, he has participated in other musicals at Scotch, such as Pirates of Penzance (2014), Jesus Christ Superstar (2015), 42nd Street as Mac (2016), The Addams Family Musical as Gomez (2017) and is currently playing Emmet Forrest this year in Scotch’s production of Legally Blonde. He has also enjoyed performing in multiple Music Theatre Camps (2015-2018) through Pelican Productions. Ris also performed in the Class of Cabaret in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2017.

Ron Abelita

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 A Cappella music of various genres in competitions and concerts. Since moving to Adelaide in 2010, he found his passion for music theatre in both amateur and professional productions. Ron has done shows including Miss Saigon (MCMT 2011 & MMTC 2019), Bernstein Mass & Ennio Morriconne Live (ASO 2012), Forbidden Broadway (MCMT 2012), The Cross (ACTS 2013 & 2014), Chorus for Andrea Bocelli (ASO 2014), Rent (MCMT 2016), Godspell (IP & LP 2018).

Ron had a fabulous time with G&S' Kinky Boots in his first lead role as Lola in September 2019. Weeks after KB, Ron is covered up from head to toe as Sr Mary Amnesia in MBM’s production of Nunsense A-Men! Ron secretly wishes that like Hamilton, more shows and production outfits will now start to be inclusive 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.

Scarlett Anthony

At 21, Scarlett has been passionate about performing since she was young. She began dancing at Barbara Jayne Dance Centre when she was 3 years old where she developed her singing and dancing skills for 13 years and has now begun focusing on her passion for musical theatre. Scarlett graduated Concordia College in 2017 where she was and will continue to be taught by her singing teacher Rosie Hosking.

With 16 years of combined performing experience, Scarlett's love for the stage has never ceased, with her previous roles including Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, and Campbell Davis in Pelican Production's production of Bring It On the Musical's first season and its 2018 return season - for which she received a TASA nomination for 'Best Youth Female Actor'. Her most recent musical accreditation included a performance season of Godspell with Lydian Productions and Irregular Productions. In addition to this, she was also selected to perform at the nationally televised 2018 Elder Park Carols By Candlelight. Her professional accolades in Adelaide have also included working with Ding Productions and Shane International each year for varying statewide productions. She has also been contracted with Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines as a featured lead vocalist since January 2019.

Scott Perry

Scott has always had a love for music and starting singing from a very young age. He was always getting involved in choirs and musicals at primary and high school making appearances in shows such as Bye Bye Birdie and Godspell. Recently re-discovering his passion for theatre and musicals his job as a flight attendant keeps him away from home these days but is excited to be joining the Broadway Sessions community

Scott Lorien

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.

Sean Jackson

Sean is 19 years old and has loved music, performing and dance from a young age. Since training voice with David Gauci, Sean has taken every opportunity to perform on stage through school productions and Pelican Productions' Music Theatre Camp. Sean's first role in a musical was Hugo Peabody from Bye Bye Birdie. From there, Sean has also been involved with Star Theatres Teen Dream and has played the role of Ryder numerous times in Nick Jr's Paw Patrol. He has also performed in many theatrical plays including The Ham Funeral and Hedda Gabbler. Most recently, Sean played the role of La Cienega in Pelican Production's adaption of Bring It On The Musical for which he won the 'Best Young Performer' award at the 2017 ATG Curtain Call Awards.

Outside of theatre, Sean is currently studying a Bachelor of Primary Education at the University of South Australia. He is also working as a children’s performer with the company Bop Till You Drop.

Stephanie Cole

At 22, Stephanie has been singing, dancing and acting for most of her life. Her love for theatre began in The Fairies when she was 9 and she has since had the opportunity to play some amazing roles, such as 'Calamity' in Calamity Jane (Trinity College), 'Millie' in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Swell Productions) and 'Rizzo' in Grease, 'Ariel' in The Little Mermaid and 'Danielle' in Bring It On (Pelican Productions). Stephanie has been passionate about singing most of her life, performing at many events over the years, including the Elder Park Carols and SANFL grand finals. She now is in her 3rd year of vocal coaching with her certificate in Stage 1 & 2 of Estill Voice Training. Apart from musicals, she is also passionate about leading youth and music at her church. Stephanie is looking forward to getting more involved in musical theatre in the future.

Steven Lewis

Since his debut in 2012, Steven has been involved in a number of Adelaide amateur musical theatre shows both on and offstage. These include ensemble roles in Dusty (NLTC, 2019), If/Then (Segue Productions, 2018), Spamalot (Marie Clark Musical Theatre, 2018), Bye Bye Birdie (The Met, 2017), Fiddler on the Roof (Therry, 2017), Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S, 2016), Mary Poppins (MBM, 2015), Legally Blonde (Hills Musical Company, 2014), Xanadu (Davine Interventions, 2014), Eurobeat (NLTC, 2013) and Copacabana (The Met, 2012), the role of Ralph Malph in Happy Days (NLTC, 2015), as well as crewing for MBM in Phantom of the Opera (2013) and Hairspray (2012). In 2016, he performed in the ensemble of MBM's SA amateur premiere of Wicked, and was thankful to understudy the role of Fiyero. Steven also has regularly performed in the community choir for the Tea Tree Gully Council's Carols in the Park since 2013.

Singing and dancing is a passion for Steve that stems back over 20 years; involvement with Adelaide Festival Choir (1996), competitive gymnastics (1994-1997), becoming a Zumba Instructor (2011-2014), and various singing and dancing lessons have contributed to his love of this outlet.

Steve is currently receiving vocal tuition from David Gauci, and is looking forward to being in Davine Productions’ 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival show, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Wendy Rayner

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 of Penzance (Adelaide Fringe Festival), Aunt Eller (Oklahoma! On A Farm), Mrs Rachel Lynde (Anne of Green Gables) and Sister Berthe/Frau Schmidt (The Sound of Music).

Session Band

Peter Johns (Piano/Musical Director)

Peter is a music director, accompanist, repertoire coach, and the founder of Irregular Productions - one half of the brains behind Broadway Sessions.

He has been a theatre music director since 2005, with a number of his shows winning local awards. Theatre Credits include: (as Music Director) Beautiful, Mamma Mia, Les Misérables, Next to Normal, Violet, The Story Of My Life, Songs For A New World, The Light In The Piazza, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Into the Woods, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, [title of show], Edges, Avenue Q, Bring It On, Singing In The Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, Urinetown the Musical, Scrooge, The Witches of Eastwick, Little Shop of Horrors, Seussical the Musical, Grease, Once Upon a Mattress; (as Associate Music Director) Kinky Boots; (as Conductor) City of Angels, The Addams Family; (as Associate Conductor) Rent; (as Assistant Music Director) Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, South Pacific, Copacabana; as well as playing keyboard in over 25 other productions.

Besides co-producing Broadway Sessions, Irregular Productions has also staged the South Australian premieres of Songs for a New World, [title of show] and Edges, as well as a new production of Godspell (with Lydian Productions).

Peter is also the music director for Civic Park Carols, Australia's second-largest candlelight carols event, working with some of Adelaide’s finest musician’s and performers, as well as artists such as Justine Clarke, Guy Sebastian, Rachel Beck, and Jimmy Giggle.

Max Ziliotto (Drums/Percussion)

Max has been playing percussion for 15 years, and has been involved in numerous music performance groups throughout that time. Attending Marryatville High School 2006-2010, and being a part of the Raiders Drum Corps since 2007, he learned performance etiquette pretty quickly, and grew comfortable performing in front of people. Max participated in the Big Band program at high school, and as such was able to attend Generations in Jazz multiple times. His drumkit playing further improved after high school where, during his studies for his Bachelor of Music (Percussion), he was a part of the Jazz SA Youth Superbands. While studying his Bachelors, Max competed in and won First Place in the 2011 MSO Snare Competition.

Musical theatre has been part of his life since 2009, and as luck would have it, Max has been working with Peter Johns since his very first show! Productions Max has been involved in include: Sweeney Todd, Fame, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, Annie, The Full Monty, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Violet, Wicked, Bring It On!, Edges, Beautiful, Mamma Mia, and Les Miserables.

Outside of music, Max has developed a passion for gridiron, and plays for the Port Adelaide Spartans. He is also a personal trainer, and his love for craft beers is pretty strong!

Louis Cann (Bass)

Louis has been playing both double bass and bass guitar as long as he can remember. Beginning with lessons at the age of 7, he quickly developed his skills and decided that music was the career for him. Louis began playing for Musical Theatre shows in 2011, with the Northern Lights Theatre Company’s production of Beauty and the Beast, which coincidentally, was the beginning of a long-standing working relationship with Musical Director, Peter Johns! Since, Louis has played for many theatre companies around Adelaide, including Adelaide Youth Theatre, Lydian Productions, Pelican Productions, Davine Productions, Irregular Productions, Marie Clarke Musical Theatre, The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of South Australia, and Hills Musical Company. Some of his favourite shows to play for have been In the Heights, for Pelican Productions in 2019, and Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, for Davine Productions in 2020. In 2018, Louis had the privilege of playing in the pit for the Gordon Frost Organisation’s touring production of The Wizard of Oz. Louis graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2016, with a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance.) That same year, he began performing as a casual member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - some of his favourite performances include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, and Last Night of the Proms at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Martin Cheney (Piano)

Martin is an accompanist, repertoire coach and music director for the Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium and a secondary school music teacher, accompanist and repetiteur at Concordia College. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Composition and is a co-founder of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra.
As the founder and director of Lydian Productions, Martin has produced and music-directed critically-acclaimed seasons of john & jen and Godspell (with Irregular Productions) since its debut in 2016, as well as curating a new music theatre song cycle, Bitter. Sweet., in 2019. Professionally, Martin has performed with Il Divo, Marina Prior and John Foreman, as well as being keyboard deputy for the touring Australian productions of The Wizard of Oz, Mamma Mia! and Aladdin. He has had the good fortune to work with the best of Australia’s theatre music directors, including Laura Tipoki, Michael Azzopardi, Chris King and Kohan van Sambeeck.
Martin has also worked as a rehearsal pianist for the State Opera Company of South Australia and is regularly engaged as an audition pianist for many of Adelaide’s theatre companies (when there is not an ongoing global pandemic).