The Studio Take Over!

14 Sunday July 2019
When: 6:30pm Where: The Hackney Tickets: $15-20

About this Session

SEND HELP!!*  We have been taken over by The Studio and Star Factory.

Join us at The Hackney on Sunday 14 July as members of The Studio fam take to the stage to sing their favourite musical theatre songs. This Session will be chockablock full of solos, duets and ensemble performances. Hosted by Broadway Sessions performer and Studio coach, Amelie Peters, and regular Broadway Sessions host Mark Oates, this is one Session you will not want to miss!

Tickets are available from our website and any remaining tickets will be available at the door. Doors open at 5:45pm and beverages and food will be available from the bar.

The Studio and Star Factory is an elite level vocal coaching and artist development studio. Studio director, Kirsty Roberts, and her team of coaches and mentors provide professional vocal training, songwriting tuition and career mentoring for singers, songwriters, recording artists and music theatre performers. They also offer piano and guitar tuition, musicianship training, audition coaching, international artist development opportunities, exclusive workshops and masterclasses with special guest mentors, vocal ensembles, recording and music video production.

(*Help can be provided in the form of buying tickets!)

Session Setlist

Act 1
The I Love You Song (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) – Deon Martino-Williams, Gemma Dandie, Zali Sedgman
Luck Be A Lady (Guys and Dolls) – Jack Raft
One Perfect Moment (Bring It On) – Kiara Linke
Opportunity (Annie) – Madeleine McNicol
Over The Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz) – Isabel Butler
Thank You For The Music (Mamma Mia) – Ella Spiniello
The Girl I Mean To Be (The Secret Garden) – Morgan Smith
Good Kid (The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical) – Oliver Lawes
A Summer In Ohio (The Last Five Years) – Paige Dobie
Almost Nearly Perfect (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) – Sebastian Cocks
On The Steps of the Palace (Into The Woods) – Chloe Seabrook
So Big/So Small (Dear Evan Hansen) – Holly Abbott
She Used To Be Mine (Waitress) – Sammi G
Meadowlark (The Baker’s Wife) – Gemma Dandie
You Are The Music In Me (High School Musical 2) – Alessia Charman, Alicia Hammond, Kiara Linke, Zara Blight
Act 2
(When It) All Falls Down (Chaplin) – Zali Sedgman
If Only You Would Listen (School of Rock) – Chloe Seabrook, Ella Spiniello, Oliver Lawes, Sophie Blight
Naughty (Matilda) – Jacqueline-Marie Davies-Morgante
Quiet (Matilda) – Isabella Charman
Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid) – Kate Neville
Burn (Hamilton: An American Musical) – Maya Miller
Don’t Rain On My Parade (Funny Girl) – Alessia Charman
For Good (Wicked) – Alicia Hammond, Zara Blight
Watch What Happens (Newsies) – Kayla Parobiec
The Life I Never Led (Sister Act) – Chelsea McGuinness
Take Me Away (Scott Alan) – Georgie Raft
What Baking Can Do (Waitress) – Sophie Stokes
The Story Goes On (Baby) – Nicole Herreen

Session Hosts

Amelie Peters

Amelie Peters is an award winning, classically trained vocalist, international performer, songwriter and BAST accredited vocal coach.

Amelie holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice (Performance and Pedagogy) from the Elder Conservatorium of Adelaide. Her professional performance work includes Carmen (2019) and Carmina Burana (2020) with the State Opera of South Australia as well as successful tours in Australia and the US, where Amelie was invited to sing at the Soho Playhouse in New York City. Her credits as a vocal director for youth theatre include High School Musical 2 (2016), Hairspray the Musical (2018) and Mary Poppins the Musical (2019.) Amelie has also produced and performed original music in Cabernet the Cabaret (2019) and Cabernet Refined (2020) at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

While she specialises in classical voice, Amelie also has a strong background in musical theatre, jazz and contemporary music. She has worked with renowned opera singers, musical theatre composers and Broadway stars from around the world.

Amelie’s ability to inspire, guide and nurture talent has led to consistently outstanding results for her private students and vocal ensembles, making Amelie one of the most sought after young vocal coaches in Adelaide.

Mark Oates

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!

Session Performers

Alessia Charman

Alessia loves to sing, dance and act. She has been dancing and performing on stage since she was 2 1/2 years old and has also been involved in many Adelaide Youth Theatre productions for the last 4 years, having recently played the lead role of Sharpay in High School Musical 2. Alessia is also part of the Studio & Star Factory family and a member of the Contemporary Ensemble GLO.

Alicia Hammond

Alicia is 13 years old and made her stage debut with the G&S Society playing the role of Marta in The Sound of Music in 2014. It was here that Alicia discovered her love for Musical Theatre and she has been actively involved since. Alicia made her professional debut in 2016 playing the role of Brigitta von Trapp in the Adelaide season of The Sound of Music with the Gordon Frost Organisation. Alicia has performed in several musicals with Pelican Productions, Adelaide Youth Theatre, Shane Davidson Presents, TB Arts and Emma Knights Productions. Alicia has also performed with the Adelaide Rep Theatre, Promise Adelaide, Spark of Inspiration and Peter Combe.

Apart from Brigitta, her favourite roles have been Mayzie in Seussical Jr, and Little Cosette in Les Misérables, and Elle Woods (her dream role) in Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp. Alicia is a dance student at RSDS and a voice student of Kirsty Roberts and Amelie Peters, and previously Katrina Ryan. Alicia loves performing and is grateful for all of the friendships she has made through Music Theatre.

In her spare time, Alicia enjoys spending time at home with her family and two dogs, Benji & Tilly. She enjoys watching Musical Theatre, Movies, playing Netball, Cooking and spending time with her friends.

Chelsea McGuinness

Chelsea McGuinness has studied with internationally acclaimed vocal experts throughout her training, and is currently under the mentorship of award-winning jazz vocalist Anita Wardell. In 2016, she was presented with the Generations In Jazz (GIJ) 'Most Promising Jazz Vocal Soloist' award, and she was also selected by James Morrison as a 'Vocal Scholarship Finalist' at GIJ in 2018 and 2019. She is now in her final year of studying for a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) at the Elder Conservatorium.

Trained by Kirsty Roberts since 2014, Chelsea has been involved in the Adelaide theatre scene since the age of 7, most recently performing in The Hills production of Spring Awakening as Anna (2017). She recently spent a month in the US to gain further experience in the international jazz scene, and gigs regularly in Adelaide at various venues and corporate events, collaborating with Adelaide's most up-and-coming musicians. Chelsea is also very passionate about vocal training and currently teaches at The Studio and Star Factory as well as St Peters Girls.

Chloe Seabrook

Chloe is 15 year old singer songwriter from the Barossa with a love for performing arts and musicals. She has performed in over 15 musicals at various theatre companies across Adelaide and studies at The Studio & Star Factory.

Her most recent and memorable shows include Les Misérables (Fantine), 13 The Musical (Cassie), Seussical the Musical (Bird Girl) with AYT; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Truly Scrumptious) and The Sound of Music (Liesl von Trapp) with NOW Productions; and The Little Mermaid (Sebastian) with Parks Theatre.

Deon Martino-Williams

Deon began performing at the age of 13 when he performed in Disney’s The Little Mermaid with the Adelaide Youth Theatre (AYT). He has since played many roles for AYT including Fiyero in Wicked, Roger in Grease, and Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical. Deon has also performed for other companies around Adelaide including as J. Pierrepont Finch in March Production’s How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Ensemble in The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of SA’s Kinky Boots, and as a Private Dempsey in Therry’s Hello Girls earlier in 2021. Deon is happy to have come full circle and be performing The Little Mermaid once again, as one of his dream roles, Prince Eric.

Ella Spiniello

Ella is 12 years old and has been performing since she was 8. Her first musical was with Adelaide Youth Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland. She then went on to reform in Pelican Productions' musical theatre camps and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang also with Pelican. Most recently she enjoyed performing in the musical Suessical playing the role of a Wickersham brother, again with Pelican. Apart from singing and dancing, she enjoys playing a game of soccer!

Gemma Dandie

Gemma has been singing and dancing and acting since she was three years old and at fifteen is already an accomplished performer - a true triple threat! Gemma's passion for musical theatre has allowed her to feature in a number of shows over the past few years including Wendy in Peter Pan and The Witch in Into The Woods Jr with Adelaide Youth Theatre. Gemma has just returned from performing in DisneyWorld and Universal Studios, Orlando.

Gemma is a student at TIDC Performing Arts Studio and has competed successfully in State, National and International Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary competitions. She attends Loreto College where she is very much involved in the performing arts, is a keen saxophone player and a member of the school band. Gemma is thrilled to be singing at Broadway Sessions this month!

Georgie Raft

Georgie Raft is a 16 year old contemporary/pop singer-songwriter from Adelaide. She currently studies jazz and classical voice as well as audio production at The Studio And Star Factory.
Georgie has performed a number of lead roles in musicals including Fantine in Scotch College's Les Misérables, Rosemary in March Productions How to Succeed in Business Without really Trying and Jenny Lind in Barnum, She was a lead vocalist with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team travelling to the US and gained a solo role in iTheatrics Broadway workshops in 2019. A highly versatile performer, in 2019 Georgie was awarded the Joan Lyons Scholarship for State Opera SA's Winter School, and performed in State Opera SA's season of Boojum!

Georgie has been songwriting since she was young and has a number of professionally produced songs In 2016 and 2017, three of her songs made the semi-finalist category of the International Songwriting Competition and in 2018, four of her songs were selected for the finals of the Australian Songwriting Awards with her latest single Better Off featuring in a number of Spotify's international playlists.

Her debut EP of original songs Breathing To Prove That I Can has received fabulous reviews and is currently receiving airplay on a number of Australian radio stations.

Holly Abbott

Holly Abbott is 16 years old. Holly has been dancing and singing at TIDC Performing Arts Studio for the past 12 years under the direction of Kerreane Sarti, and is a voice student of Emma Riggs, and The Studio and Star Factory, where she is also part of a vocal ensemble group ‘Spirit’

Holly has been in over 30 Musicals with various companies ... with some of her favourite roles being Patrice in 13 The Musical, Jemima Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with NLTC, Kelsi in High School Musical, Young Fiona in Shrek Jr, Tracey Turnblad in Hairspray Jr all with Adelaide Youth Theatre. She was also cast in Matt Byrne Media’s 2019 production of Strictly Ballroom where she played Kylie Hastings - Holly has also played the title role in NLTC's 2017 production of Annie - where she was also honoured to receive the Theatre Association of South Australia award for Best Youth Female Actor for this role.

The next few months are going to be busy with Holly about to direct her first show Madagascar Jr for AYT, along with performing in Newsies with AYT and Seussical as Mayzie La Bird for her school.

Holly has also performed as a soloist in the USA with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team – where she was lucky enough to perform at Disney World and Universal Studios, before participating in various workshops with Broadway performers in New York City – where she hopes to one day perform herself!

Holly hopes to continue to study musical theatre once she has graduated and aspires to study overseas!

Isabel Butler

Isabel is 10 years old. She has a love for musical theatre and has performed in numerous productions including Seussical, Annie and The Little Mermaid. She also loves attending Musical Theatre Camp, which is a two week long camp that includes two performances at the conclusion.

Isabel was also a part of Pelican Productions inaugural USA trip. Participating in an iTheatrics week long course in New York, two performances on a Caribbean cruise and finally performing in Florida Disneyworld. Isabel loves to sing and enjoyed her first performance with live accompaniment late last year.

Isabella Charman

Isabella loves to sing, dance and act! She has been dancing since she was 2 years old and loves to perform on Stage as well as being actively involved with Adelaide Youth Theatre for the last 3 years in ensemble and minor lead roles. Isabella has also a member of the Studio & Star Factory family for the last 2 years.

Jack Raft

Jack has studied piano, guitar, dance and voice for many years and has been performing in musicals and operas since the age of 9, enjoying such roles as Colin in G&S Society’s The Secret Garden, Oliver Twist in both seasons of the G&S Society’s Oliver!, JoJo in Shane Davidson’s Suessical, Kurt in G&S' The Sound of Music, LeFou in AYT’s Beauty and the Beast, Flounder in Swell Productions' The Little Mermaid, Young Josh in Northern Light Society’s Big and Aladdin in AYT’s Aladdin Jr. Jack also played Prince Eric in Pelican Productions The Little Mermaid Jnr for which they won two ATG Awards including best ensemble, and Cinderella’s Prince in the ATG nominated Fringe production of Into The Woods. More recently Jack has performed as Prince Chululongkorn with the Metropolitan Theatre Company's The King and I, Eddie in 13 The Musical for AYT's Adelaide Fringe Festival season, and Lucas in Scotch College's The Addams Family.

Professional credits include the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, State Opera SA's La Boheme; the Singular/State Opera workshop of Innocence and State Opera SA's Tosca (Shepherd Boy solosit) (2016). This year Jack played the role of Gilbert Blythe in Emma Knights Productions' Anne of Green Gables and was also lucky enough to be selected to perform as part of the 'Class of Cabaret' at the 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, mentored by Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan.

Jack performs with his sister Georgie as duo 'Ignite' and has featured in several music videos including Parra for Cuva's world-wide hit 'Wicked Games'. A highlight for Ignite! was winning the People's Choice award for 'Talent On Show' at the Royal Adelaide Show. Jack is currently rehearsing for Ignite's upcoming Cabaret at the Star Theatre and the role of Enjolras in Scotch College's Les Misérables while trying to hold down a career as a school boy.

Jacqueline-Marie Davies-Morgante

Jacqueline-Marie (Jaqi) has been singing her little heart out since she was 3 years old and hasn't looked back since with her vocal range growing exponentially after Amelie Peters became her vocal teacher and mentor. Converting passion and hard work into performances Jaqi was awarded trophies and special commendations at her first ever Balaklava Eisteddfod in 2018.

The other passion in Jaqi's life is acting which she began at 7 years of age and first appeared in AYT's Elf Jnr in 2017. From there and having secured an agent in Sydney and training in Los Angeles Jaqi has gone onto to appear in National TVC's, short films and earlier in 2019 Atlanta Junior Musical Festival.

Kate Neville

Kate Neville is 16 years old and has been singing, dancing and acting for 8 years. Kate studies songwriting, voice and audio production at The Studio and Star Factory and takes vocal lessons with Kirsty Roberts and Emma Riggs. Kate also currently dances at TIDC Performing Arts Studio. Kate fell in love with Musical Theatre at the age of 10 when she performed in the professional production of Adelaide’s season of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with TML Enterprises. Since then, Kate has performed with various companies including Adelaide Youth Theatre, Heaps Good Productions, Spark of Inspiration, Promise Adelaide, Australian Classical Youth Ballet, Pelican Productions, Broadway 4 Kids and Loreto College.

Musicals Kate has performed in include; Alice in Wonderland (Small Alice), Charlotte's Web the Musical (Fern), Annie (Annie), Peter Pan (Tinkerbell), Mary Poppins (Michael and Mary Poppins) and Behind The Front- A tribute to the Battle of Fromelles. Kate travelled and performed in the United States with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team including the Candlelight Processional Choir at Epcot Park and The Junior Theatre iTheatrics Celebration in Atlanta. Kate also had the privilege to be Performing Arts Vice Captain for her school’s Annual Performing Arts Festival in June.

Kate has a passion for songwriting and has been writing songs since 2017 with mentor Tori Marshall. Kate wrote her first song Somewhere Like Home which was a tribute to the Manchester Bombings at Ariana Grande’s concert and reached number #4 on the Singer-Songwriter Australian iTunes Charts. Kate has also co-written with Alexandra Hosking where she recorded and released her second song Counting Stars after receiving the Jemma Rix scholarship. Kate's passion for songwriting and musical theatre is continually developing and she can’t wait for many more exciting opportunities in the future.

Kayla Parobiec

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Kiara Linke (Her/she)

Kiara has been singing, dancing and acting for as long as she can remember. She enrolled in her first dance class at the age of 2 and for the last 10 years has studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Cheer, Singing and Musical Theatre at TIDC Performing Arts Studio. At the age of 10, she developed a love for Musical Theatre and got her first role in Adelaide Youth Theatre's Bugsy Malone (2015). She has gone on to perform in numerous AYT shows, with highlights being Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Patrice in 13: The Musical, Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Little Red in Into the Woods. 

Kiara is a passionate, captivating and talented young performer with a bright future ahead of her.

Madeleine McNicol

Madeleine is an 11 year old who loves to sing... (loudly)! In late 2017 she started singing lessons with Tori Marshall at the Studio & Star Factory. She is in grade 5 at St Peters Lutheran School in Blackwood and spends a lot of her time Dancing at Accent on Dance. Madeleine has spent her last 3 summers performing in Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp.

In 2018 she had the privilege of being the understudy for Jemima Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (NLTC) and playing Cecile in Annie Jr (Pelican Productions). One day she would like to play Elphaba in the show Wicked.

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.

Morgan Smith

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Nicole Herreen

Adelaide born and bred, Nicole Herreen pursued a childhood passion for performance and trained to be highly accomplished in singing, acting and dance. She holds a Certificate IV in Musical Theatre from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and a Bachelor of Musical Theatre with the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Recently, Nicole has completed screen acting training through The Australian Film & Television Academy (TAFTA) and has completed her Certificate of Singing Teaching with BAST UK.

Nicole previously starred as Jo March in Little Women (The Broadway Musical) at the Brisbane Powerhouse, performed in the touring production of Godspell and played Serena Katz in FAME! Nicole has sung as a soloist in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival three years in a row, and on QPAC’s stage with the Queensland Pops Orchestra and the QPAC Choir.

Now Melbourne based, Nicole is focusing on creating her own work and furthering her skills as a performing artist. In October this year, Nicole is launching not one, but two original cabarets at The Butterfly Club in the heart of Melbourne's CBD.

Oliver Lawes

Oliver Lawes is 13 years old and has been studying singing since the age of 8. He has performed with the Adelaide Youth Theatre for the past 4 years in shows such as Bugsy Malone, Peter Pan, Shrek and Madagascar. He has performed as a member of the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team in the USA in 2017 and 2019. This year he has sung in Musical Moments with Promise Adelaide at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival, he has played the role of General Tom Thumb in March Productions' Barnum and Simple Simon in Porridge with Theatrebugs. He is soon to perform as Gavroche in Les Misérables, Richie in 13 and the Park Keeper in Mary Poppins. He will be taking part in Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp early in 2020.

Paige Dobie

Paige is 19 years old. She has performed in many musical theatre productions with Adelaide Youth Theatre over many years, most recently performing in the role of Audrey with Adelaide Theatre Academy's production of Little Shop of Horrors. Paige has also travelled overseas with the Australian Youth Performing Arts team, performing in Hong Kong, USA, London and Paris. She has been undertaking vocal tuition with Kirsty Roberts and Amelie Peters over the past 6 years. Recently graduating Year 12 in 2017 Paige travelled to the USA in 2018 to work at Summer Camp and is now back returning to pursue her love of singing and performing.

Sammi G

At 15 years old, Sammi is a Year 9 Student who attends Cedar College. Her love of the stage started at age 3. Since then she has been involved in numerous singing showcases and musical theatre performances. Between 2013 and 2017 Sammi has appeared in many Adelaide Youth Theatre productions including Mrs Darling in Peter Pan Jr, The Narrator in Aladdin Jr, Tallulah’s Girl in Bugsy Malone, Homer Zuckerman in Charlotte’s Web and ensemble in both Annie and The Wizard Of Oz.

In 2017 Sammi attended the Junior Theatre Celebration in Newcastle as part of the Adelaide Youth Theatre Team. In 2016/17 Sammi was part of the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team. They travelled to the USA to perform at Disneyworld in Florida and Universal Studios as part of the Macy’s Day Parade. She also attended various music theatre workshops with leading Broadway stars in New York.

Earlier this year as part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sammi performed in Promise Adelaide's The Diva Series and Musical Moments, as well as Adelaide Voice Crew's Michael Jackson: The Mirror, which all received great reviews. In 2018 Sammi debuted in Shane Davidson Presents' Beauty And The Beast as Mrs Potts.

During 2017 and 2018 Sammi has been a student at The Studio And Star Factory. During this time she has been involved in the Balaklava Eisteddfod placing in the top 3 in all of her entries. She has also finished writing 7 original songs and has recorded 2 of them. She is currently working on producing her own music. In July 2018 Sammi was selected by Jemma Rix herself, and was awarded the Studio And Star Factory, Jemma Rix Scholarship. Sammi is looking forward to being a part of Broadway Sessions.

Sebastian Cocks

Sebastian began dancing at age 4 and studies ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and musical theatre with ACPA. He has been singing for one year under the guidance of Stephanie Grigg and most recently Michael Griffiths.

His performance experience includes Newspaper Man/Ensemble for Adelaide Youth Theatre's Madagascar Jnr, Ensemble in AYT's Wicked, Prince Charming in AYT's Cinderella Kids and most notably made his professional stage debut as Benji in Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical (Michael Cassel Group).

Sophie Blight

Sophie is an 11 year old who loves to sing. Some of her recent credits include the role of Jetsam in The Little Mermaid (Pelican Productions), Orphan/Annie u/s in Annie (NLTC) , Sneetch in Seussical The Musical (Pelican Productions) and Royal Princess in The King & I (The Met). Sophie is vocally coached by Kirsty Roberts at The Studio & Star Factory.

Sophie Stokes

Sophie graduated from WAAPA in 2014 where she had the great opportunity and honour to work with such names as Tayna Mitford, Jason Langley, Lisa O'Dea and the head of Performing Arts at WAAPA Andrew Lewis. Throughout her time there she was featured in roles such as Sheila in Hair, Mae Colman in Reefer Madness and Consuela in West Side Story and had the privilege to perform with Hugh Jackman. After moving to Melbourne she took a contract as the lead vocalist on one of Royal Caribbeans newest ships – The Quantum of the Seas. She returns to Australia excited to continue pursuing her dreams of working in musical theatre.

Zali Sedgman

Zali is sixteen years old and has been performing in musicals since she was ten. She has been involved in many musicals with Adelaide Youth Theatre, and in 2018 she has played Dragon in Shrek the Musical and Melman from Madagascar Jnr. Zali has also performed with Impact Entertainment (Gen Z for Adelaide's Royal Show), Heaps Good Productions, Broadway 4Kidz and the Australian Classical Youth Ballet Company.

Zara Blight

Zara was thrilled to make her professional stage debut at the age of seven originating the role of Little Greta in Girl Asleep for Windmill Theatre at the 2014 Adelaide Festival. She has appeared in lead roles in many local theatre productions, most recently as Mrs Bucket in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory with Adelaide Youth Theatre and Rachel in One Man, Two Guvnors for Princes Players. Zara can be seen in the music video for Stronger by German DJ and producer, Claptone as well as Scars To Your Beautiful x This Girl is on Fire with girl group, Glo. Zara is a proud member and soloist in her award winning senior school jazz choir, Enchante and plays violin in the senior string orchestra as well as piano.

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.

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.

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!