It’s back for its third year! This July, Lindsay Prodea hosts one of our most popular themes – Role Reversal.
For anyone unfamiliar with Role Reversal, this is the Session where performers register songs that were written for someone completely different to them – it could be a song written for a different gender, ethnicity, age group, or one of many other possibilities!
If you are registering to perform, we encourage you to be creative and think outside the box – how does the story change if it’s told, for example, by a male instead of a female, or a child instead of an adult? We look forward to seeing what you come up with.
This month we welcome two special guests into the Broadway Sessions family. Joining our regular bass player (and first time music director!) Louis Cann, we are very excited to introduce Paul Sinkinson on piano, and Adam Dickson on drums.
As this is one of our most popular themes, we recommend buying your tickets prior to the night so you don’t risk missing out on what is sure to be a super fun evening.
Your Session Host
Lindsay has performed over the past decade in both musical theatre and cabaret, having enjoyed success in various genres: classical roles such as John Brooke in Little Women (The Musical) (Therry Dramatic Society 2013) and Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods (Northern Light Theatre Company 2012); to contemporary roles such as Abraham in the Adelaide premiere of Altar Boyz (Davine Interventionz 2013), Sonny Malone in Xanadu (The Musical) (Davine Interventionz 2014), George in The Drowsy Chaperone (Hills Musical Company 2013), Kyle the UPS Delivery guy in Legally Blonde (HMC 2014) and most recently Elliott Garfield in The Goodbye Girl (Therry 2015). Lindsay has also appeared in countless other shows, favourites including Urinetown, 42nd Street, Crazy for You & Les Misérables. Most recently he premiered in Adelaide the role of Fabrizio for Davine Interventionz's 2016 Adelaide Fringe Show, The Light In The Piazza.
Aside from musical theatre, Lindsay has a keen passion for cabaret, having written, co-produced and performed at numerous cabaret events over the years. Stepping out side his usual genre, Lindsay played the role of Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (old sport), produced by Independent Theatre.
Alex is 16, and is naturally an avid lover of musical theatre. He attends Pembroke School and has been doing Theatre Bugs for just over 10 years. Alex has played roles such as Michael Darling in Peter Pan with Pembroke School, Dexter in Singing In The Rain, and Patrick Martin in Little Shop of Horrors, in the 2017 and 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festivals with Theatre Bugs, Cogsworth in Beauty and The Beast with Theatre Bugs, and Jeter in Footloose with the Parks Community Theatre. Alex does not have a favourite musical, and will jam to most showtunes. Generally, he only cries when the song he is listening to is a reprise, but It's Quiet Uptown always does the trick.
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.
Ava-Rose Askew 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 apart 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, and recently performed in the Regeneration concert.
Brenton Edgecombe has been a professional entertainer since 1997, working in theatres, clubs, function venues and onboard cruise ships as one half of a unique music and comedy double-act called String Fever. String Fever is the winner of five Australian entertainment industry MO Awards, including Variety Entertainers of the Year.
Brenton also pretends to be Elton John in a tribute show called Crocodile Rocket and records string lines for various projects in his home studio. Before embarking on the path of entertainment Brenton played violin with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and many other groups in Adelaide and Sydney.
Career highlights include performing onboard the historic QEII, shaking hands with Ita Buttrose and appearing as an earnest coffee drinker on Neighbours. Brenton is also a passionate animal rights advocate and his alter-ego Vegan Smythe has had over 350,000 YouTube channel views.
Buddy is a high school drama teacher who loves to perform. He has worked with a number of amateur theatre companies in Adelaide and has played many over-the-top characters (whilst breaking many bones in the process).
One of Chloe's earliest memories is twirling and singing in an Adelaide Crows football guernsey. Following this passion, she landed her first professional role in the touring production of Turandot in 2008, as well as starring as Ariel in the 2013 Australian premiere of The Little Mermaid.
Throughout her time at WAAPA, Chloe has had the opportunity to play Cora in Atlantis (Matthew Robinson. Workshop) and Diane Lorimer in 42nd Street (dir. Jason Langley) as well as being a featured soloist in both Rent (dir. Adam Mitchell) and Chicago (dir. Crispin Taylor).
Most recently Chloe filmed “Vivid ‘magination," a music video with WASA where she played female lead Drew, with a release date expected in early 2018.
Claire is proud (and feeling old) to have been a part of Adelaide's musical theatre and cabaret scene for over 10 years now. She's had the chance to play some fantastic roles in shows such as The Sound of Music, [title of show], The Wedding Singer, and Homemade Fusion. Claire has been a part of a number of Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Fringe festival shows, and has also tapped into the local theatre scene in London and Rotterdam during her time living overseas. Having recently returned to Australian shores, Claire is excited to chortle, tear-up and beam her way through this festival season, drinking in the delights of Adelaide's talent.
Damien is no stranger to the stage, and has been regularly performing, singing and playing music since childhood. His introduction to musical theatre came when he was dragged along to an audition for The Wedding Singer by his older sister at the age of 13. This inspired a new passion, and Damien looked to maximise performing opportunities throughout high school, where he played Bugsy in Bugsy Malone and was involved in various solo and ensemble music performances.
After finishing high school in 2012, Damien re-entered the theatre with gusto, and has been a frequent performer ever since. Damien is part of the five-star award-nominated cabaret group 'The Bailey Beaus' created by Vintage Vendetta Productions, and has been fortunate to perform many interesting roles in well-known shows, including Mark in RENT, Doody in Grease, George in The Wedding Singer, and The Historian in Spamalot, as well as roles in Les Misérables, Oliver, The Sound of Music, Calamity Jane, and Catch Me If You Can.
I have two arms and feet. But my feet are not at the end of my arms. That would just be plain silly. I like to sing, especially in other people's showers. But not while showering - that would just be weird. I have been singing since before fire, but not long after the wheel. I trained under a number of singing teachers but as a result of claustrophobia I found it better to stand next them instead. As a child I would spontaneously sing in class, as an accountant I would spontaneously sing in the office. I was soon sent back to class. I love chocolate.
Growing up performing in the Scouts’ Gang Show: Comedy Capers, David developed a love for musical theatre from a young age. Trained at the Centre for the Performing Arts; David has enjoyed performing Shakespeare with the State Theatre, Lightning Strike and Chopt Logic Theatre Companies and has toured in the past with Splash Theatre Company. Turning from professional acting to focus his energy on his family and work for the Anglican Church as a priest, David chooses to do shows that he loves.
It was in Marie Clark's production of Paris in the titular role that David hit the Adelaide scene in musical theatre. David has since performed with with Marie Clark Musical Theatre in Miss Saigon (John) and as Carl Hanratty in the 2016 production of Catch Me if You Can. He has worked with Northern Light Theatre Company as Frederick in Pirates of Penzance and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. David also performed at the Adelaide Fringe 2015 with Lazy Saturday Productions' Australian premiere of Darkle. 2017 is a big year of theatre for David starting with Pale Ale Tales, a new work by local writer, Jason Hendy in the 2017 Fringe, Jekyll and Hyde with Marie Clark and finishing with Les Misérables as Enjolras with G&S Society.
David is thankful to his wife for her love and support, and for letting him play.
Eloise Quinn-Valentine is known in the Adelaide musical theatre community by a number of names including 'Eloise QV', and the more enigmatic 'Boise Q'. Since the age of four, she has performed in choirs, musicals and at events with local companies such as Davine Interventionz, Emma Knights Productions, IpSkip Productions, Adelaide Youth Theatre, Urban Myth, Gravity and Mitcham Dance, Theatre Bugs and Young Adelaide Voices. Eloise has also performed abroad in the role of Betty in The Crucible while on exchange at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2017.
She most recently appeared on stage in IpSkip Productions’ Charlotte’s Web in the role of Wilbur, and in Davine Interventionz' production of It's Only Life with John Bucchino in the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Eloise is pursuing studies in English literature at Flinders University while simultaneously incorporating her passion for storytelling through musical theatre.
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.
Enzo's love of singing started at age 13 after taking voice lessons to prepare for an unexpected role as Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical Jr. He has since performed as Mufasa in The Lion King Jr, and Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid Jr. While he is now studying Engineering at UniSA, Enzo wants to keep pursuing singing as a hobby.
Gil is a member of the Elder Conservatorium Chorale and the Adelaide Symphony Chorus.
He has performed in various community theatres in Adelaide such as Miss Saigon (Marie Clark), Kiss of the Spider Woman (The Sterling Community Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Matt Byrne Media) as part of the ensemble. He played the back-to-back role of Pontius Pilate in the Way of the Cross Musical (Angelico Christian Theatrical Society Inc.) in 2013 and 2014 productions.
Gil has sung as part of the chorus in numerous concerts with the Adelaide Symphony Chorus and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring and Andrea Bocelli Concert both at the Entertainment Centre Arena and in Ennio Morricone Live at the Elder Park. He also sang in the chorus in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Britten's War Requiem and Last Night of the Proms with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Chorus, all at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.
Gil is a member of Four Seasonings, a quartet which performs in various venues and performed in various fund-raising concerts and private functions.
In reception, Jemma was spotted lip-syncing the year 7s' lines in their school musical, and she has been working to steal the spotlight ever since. She is very versatile, and over the years has 'played drums' in Fame, kissed her ex boyfriend in Bye Bye Birdie, whinged in Blithe Spirit, fake tap danced in Big Fish, been awkward in Smokey Joe's Cafe, spun plates in Chicago, been angsty in Spring Awakening, been both 7 and 11 in Ivy + Bean, and most recently belted and riffed in Godspell. She has also studied Jazz at the Con, and did a full time dance course last year (which is hilarious if you know Jemma, who is a mover at best).
Her biggest accomplishments to date have been falling down stairs on stage and peeing in a bush at an audition.
Jeremy Thomas is a 16 year old youth musical theatre performer here in Adelaide. He has worked with various companies over a total of 5 years but has remained consistently loyal to the youth theatre company Adelaide Theatre Academy. His favourite roles include Ron in The Parks Theatre production of Footloose and Gaston in TB Arts production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. Jeremy also thoroughly enjoyed his experience as ensemble in Adelaide Theatre Academy’s Little Shop of Horrors. He is also looking forward to performing as Danny in Adelaide Theatre Academy’s rendition of Xanadu Jr.
One day Jeremy hopes to perform in other shows such as Heathers and Something Rotten.
Having been singing since the age of 5, Jordan has been involved in music for almost his entire life. He has been involved in many choirs, musicals and other music events throughout his time at school, such as the Generations in Jazz festival, playing Kurt in The Sound of Music, and Jesus in Godspell. Now at University, Jordan seeks to involve himself further in the music scene in Adelaide.
Katie has played such roles in Adelaide as Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, Lady Thiang in The King & I, Antonia in Man of La Mancha as well as Footnote in Pratchett Pieces for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. After moving to Melbourne in 2005 she played The Narrator in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Lt. Janice Fury in M*A*S*H, Pamela Lukowski in The Full Monty and received Lyrebird Award nominations for playing Sister Amnesia in Nunsense & Nunsense 2. She also played one of her dream roles, The Witch in Into The Woods as well as the wonderful Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in The Music Man. Since moving back to Adelaide in 2015, Katie has portrayed Margaret Johnson in The Light In The Piazza for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival and Jen in John & Jen. In 2018 she has had the opportunity to worth with composer John Bucchino on his show It’s Only Life for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival, and to be a part of the small ensemble cast of Godspell.
Katie has Musically Directed The Outsiders, All The New Stuff, Kids On Broadway, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Godspell, Little Shop Of Horrors, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Wedding Singer, Seussical The Musical, The Wizard Of Oz and, most recently Annie. She also had the opportunity to co-direct for the first time with Avenue Q in 2014.
Kristin has always lived and breathed music, but it wasn't until 2009 that she discovered musical theatre. After accompanying her first show she thought, "Hey, this looks like fun!" and auditioned for the next show that came around. The rest, as they say, is history. She has accompanied and music directed, but she only truly feels alive on the stage. Favourite roles include Smitty in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2013), Inga in Young Frankenstein (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2014), Clara in The Light In The Piazza (Davine Interventionz 2016), and Cathy in The Last Five Years (Segue Productions 2017). She was recently in the ensemble of Spamalot (MCMT) and played Elizabeth/Liz/Beth in If/Then in September (Segue Productions).
Kristin is excited to be music directing again, with Heathers for Segue Productions in September 2019. Kristin is also a founding member of the new Adelaide based theatre company Segue Productions. When she's not at rehearsals or the theatre, she teaches singing and piano and raises an active and already very musical toddler (at least, in the opinion of her very unbiased mother).
Lucy has been involved in musical theatre both on-stage and off-stage since she was ten. She has performed roles such as Velma in Chicago, Jolene from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown and Gianetta in The Gondoliers (to name a few!).
Lucy is currently in her final semester of studying law and enjoys pursuing musical theatre involvement in her spare time.
Nikki is a passionate performer. She is currently studying full time dance at ACPA to become the strongest mover she can possibly be.
Oliver is currently taking singing lessons at Adelaide Theatre Academy with Millicent Sarre, where he also is enrolled in the ‘Showstoppers’ group who put on musical performances regularly. He has performed at Broadway Sessions twice in 2016, as well as in many musicals since. Oliver has performed as Buddy in Elf Jr. (Theatre Bugs), Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose (The Parks Theatre), and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Theatre Bugs). Most recently, Oliver had the opportunity to portray one of his dream roles; the character of Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors in March of 2018 with Adelaide Theatre Academy as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Professionally, Oliver has recently performed in the kids production Snowmageddon: Penguins of Antarctica with Heaps Good Productions. Coming up in 2018, he will be starring as Sonny Malone in Xanadu Jr. with Adelaide Theatre Academy in September, as well as Boq in Adelaide Youth Theatre’s production of Wicked in December.
Raymund de la Cruz
Raymund was encouraged to start singing in Year 3 by his music teacher who entered him into a school singing contest which he went on to win. Having a Bachelors Degree in Engineering, a degree in Doctor of Medicine and now finishing a Masters in Clinical Research he has still found time to weave music through all those years of study. He has sung mostly in his university choir and has travelled extensively around Europe winning several awards. Not having performed in any musical theatre to date, but being a huge fan, he has seen every major musical in New York and London.
He currently performs with the award-winning Festival Statesmen Chorus.
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.
Sebastian’s talent and passion for performing has stood out since he was knee high to a drama block and he shone in his breakout performance as ‘Oompa Loompa 1’ in the Red Cliffs Players production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Since then he has performed leading and supporting roles in amateur productions all around the country. He’s played a knight of The Round Table, two princes, an in-the-closet investment banker/puppet and been shot dead… twice.
He scored his first leading role as the Cat in the Hat in Suessical! (Adelaide Youth Theatre -2013), charmed as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (MMAC-2014), and performed in his first fringe as the Comfort Councillor in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (AYT- 2014). Most recently he performed as Sammy in The Wedding Singer (Marie Clarke -2015). Sebastian would like to thank his mother for not encouraging him to play sport.
Trevor hasn't been particularly active in the theatre community of late, having only performed in Pretty Boys in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival since returning from interstate a few years ago. In the meantime, he has been busying himself with the Festival Statesmen Chorus, performing a variety of a cappella music. Highlights have included singing back-up for Adele, performing with Rob Mills and headlining the National Choral Festival in the past 12 months.
Trevor's theatre credits include Avenue Q (Matt Byrne Media), Curtains and Anything Goes (Therry), Orpheus in the Underworld and HMS Pinnafore (G&S SA), and Gypsy and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (MS Society). Trevor's most recent theatre engagement was working on Promise Adelaide's 2017 production of All Is Calm which will be his musical directing debut; where he is excited to be combining his love of musical theatre and acapella together.
Vanessa Lee Shirley
Vanessa holds an Advanced Diploma of Design for makeup, specializing in film, TV, theatre and SFX. She has been Head Makeup Artist for various feature and short films and theatre productions. Currently she is performing in G&S Les Misérables as Madame Thenadier and following this Vanessa is producing and performing the role of Claire in Ordinary Days. Her other performance credits include understudy to the role of Bec in Amity Dry’s musical Mother Wife and The Complicated Life with Popjam Productions, Co-Opera’s The Magic Flute throughout Australia and Europe and performing Frasquita in Carmen. Vanessa’s extensive musical theatre background includes Mrs Sowerberry in Oliver!, Ayah in The Secret Garden, Tessa in The Gondoliers, the Fairy Queen in Iolanthe, Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, and Rapunzel in Into The Woods. Vanessa has recently directed and designed The Addams Family Musical for Walford School for Girls.
Zak has been passionate about theatre for as long as he can remember, undertaking both on and offstage roles for a variety of productions. He has completed a Certificate IV in Commercial Dance at Gravity Dance, specialising in tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballroom and ballet.
Zak’s choreography credits include Singin’ in the Rain JR (2017, TB Arts, Fringe Festival), A Peter Combe Extravaganza! (2017, Something on Saturday) and A Night on Broadway (2014, Glenunga High School). Zak made his professional debut with State Opera of South Australia’s production of Hansel and Gretel. Since then, he has played many memorable roles such as Boq in Wicked the Musical (2016, Matt Byrne Media), Mary Sunshine in Chicago (2017, Emma Knights Productions), The Tinman in The Wiz (2013, GIHS), Danny in Grease (2014, GIHS), Bert in Mary Poppins (2014, GIHS) and also appeared as a featured dancer in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016, G&S Society of SA).
An avid performer, he has entertained at many events around Adelaide, such as the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Royal Adelaide Show and Adelaide's Clipsal 500, as well as at private functions, weddings and parties. Zak also works as an entertainer for Nickelodeon and Showtime Attractions and has performed in many children’s shows with them.