Broadway Sessions Jr

19 Sunday August 2018
When: 5:00pm Where: The Nest Tickets: $15-20

About this Session


Broadway Sessions, in a new partnership with Pelican Productions, are excited to introduce another performance opportunity for Adelaide’s musical theatre stars of tomorrow.

Broadway Sessions Jr is a musical theatre performance and open mic afternoon that’s all about coming together and celebrating the very talented theatre community in Adelaide.

Based at Adelaide’s newest performing arts venue, The Nest, Broadway Sessions Jr aims to provide an inclusive, and easily accessible opportunity for 10 to 19 year olds of all backgrounds and levels of experience to sing something from the musical theatre genre. The talented Broadway Sessions band will be there to help you hit the right notes, and the house will be filled with an audience of supportive musical theatre lovers.

With a 1:30pm and 5pm Session, the very first Broadway Sessions Jr will have 40+ performance spots for the youth of Adelaide. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been involved with Pelican Productions in the past or not – we invite ALL young people to register to perform. When you register, you will be asked to provide two song options for the producers to choose from. Registrations are now open and close at 10pm on Sunday 5th August. If your registration is accepted and you are invited to perform, there is $25 performers fee which covers the band arrangement, a rehearsal with the musical director, and your ticket to the Session.

Audience seats are limited, so we encourage you to buy your tickets before the day.

Session Setlist

Act 1
Dancing Through Life (Wicked) – Sean Jackson
Live Out Loud (A Little Princess) – Ariel Higgs
Beauty School Dropout (Grease) – Zachary Baseby
In His Eyes (Jekyll And Hyde) – Emma Vanderzon, Katherine Gregory
What If (The Addams Family) – Jasper Darwent
It’s Possible (Seussical) – Sam Stringer
Memory (Cats) – Brianna Teehan
Go The Distance (Hercules) – Hannah Pollard
I Speak Six Languages (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) – Lluka Wadey
Act 2
Not For The Life Of Me (Thoroughly Modern Millie) – Jade Porter
I Have Confidence (The Sound Of Music) – Saphron Giannos
Almost There (Randy Newman) – Ella Spiniello, Lucy Rice
A Million Dreams (The Greatest Showman) – Madaleine Raspe
Giants In The Sky (Into The Woods) – Madeleine McNicol
Corner Of The Sky (Pippin) – Cooper James
Quiet (Matilda) – Tahlia Binetti
Electricity (Billy Elliot) – Oliver Lawes
No One Will Bruise (Atlantis (in Development)) – Scarlett Anthony

Session Hosts

Lindsay Prodea

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.

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.

Session Performers

Ariel Higgs

Ariel is ten years old. She has performed with Theatre Bugs since age three and was a member of the Australian Girls Choir from 2015-2016. She joined Pelican Productions in 2016 and has loved attending music theatre camps Seize the Day, Into the Woods and Everlasting and performing in Seussical Jr. She was thrilled to make her professional debut in 2016, playing the role of Brigitta in The Sound of Music (Gordon Frost Organisation). In September 2017, Ariel was fortunate to perform the role of Young Cosette in Les Misérables with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of SA and was nominated for Best Youth Female Actor in the 2017 TASA awards.

Her latest performance was in the itheatrics New York pilot programme in April 2018, where she played the role of Clarice in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr. Ariel attends dance lessons at Barbara Jayne Dance Centre and voice tuition with Kirsty Roberts and when not performing can be found enjoying netball, cricket, athletics, swimming, clarinet and reading.

Brianna Teehan

Brianna is a 16-year-old musical theatre student. She has been studying music for 5 years and has a passion for the Disneyland theatre. Her mentor is her singing teacher, Cindy Mcdonald and her inspiration is Elaine Paige and Michael Crawford. Her favourite musicals consist of The Phantom of The Opera, Wicked, CATS and Frozen. Brianna would love to pursue her passion by being a Disney princess in Tokyo, Disneyland.

Cooper James

Cooper, 15, loves every aspect of performing, but above all musical theatre and dance. He was lucky enough to make his professional debut playing Kurt in The Sound of Music in 2016. Cooper is studying Drama at Brighton High School in the Company Bright program and is learning the Oboe. He is passionate about dance and attends Generation Dance learning ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre.

Cooper receives his vocal coaching from Carolyn Ferrie and in 2018 was a soloist for the Festival of Music. In 2016 he joined Pelican Productions and played the cheeky Rooster Hannigan in Annie Jr. Cooper was one of a select group of performers from around Australia to participate to the Junior Theatre Celebrations in the Disney Newsies Jr Pilot (2017) playing Crutchie and in Sister Act (2018) playing Joey. He has enjoyed playing a variety of characters at Pelican Productions MTC including Barnum in The Greatest Showman, Mr Mistoffelees from Cats, Danny from Grease, Marlin from Finding Nemo and hamming it up singing ‘I Eat More’ from Willy Wonka. Cooper has also performed a number of shows with Promise Adelaide.

When he isn’t singing or dancing you will find Cooper listening to music, teaching himself guitar, piano or with his head in a book.

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!

Emma Vanderzon

Emma is currently a year 12 student with a passion for music and all things Disney. She performed with theatre bugs for many years and has most recently been part of the chorus for her school's productions of Hairspray and Legally Blonde. Emma now takes vocal lessons with Teresa LaRocca.

Hannah Pollard

Hannah is 11 years old and has performed in 8 shows this far, this being her 9th. She takes singing lessons with David Gauci, dance lessons with Michelle's Dance School, acting lessons with Pelican Productions, piano with Sandi McMenamin and is a member of the Australian Girls Choir. She is delighted to be a soloist and a host for the 2018 Festival of Music and loves opportunities like this.

Jade Porter

Jade started dancing lessons at age three and singing lessons when she turned five. She has performed in several Adelaide musical theatre productions. Some of her favourite performance experiences include Annie, Bugsy Malone and The Little Mermaid (Adelaide Youth Theatre), The King and I (The MET), Seussical (Pelican Productions) and Little Shop of Horrors (Adelaide Arts Academy). Jade has also performed in Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida, and in the Junior Theatre Celebration in Newcastle.

Jasper Darwent

Jasper is 10 years old and has enjoyed several wonderful experiences in the performing arts. Some of which include: performing at the Adelaide Fringe with Peter Combe; recording songs for an educational CD with Sally Hardy; playing an orphan in Northern Lights production of Annie and the role of Katie Spoonapple in Theatre Bugs’ production of Dear Edwina Jr. Jasper played Janet the sister of young Mick Taylor in the Wolf Creek TV Series and had a feature role in the short film Playtime. She has also loved being mentored and performing in Music Theatre Camps with Pelican Productions and has received vocal coaching from Mim Sarre and Amelie Peters. She is soon to commence in the role of Chip in Shane Davidson’s production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. Jasper is very excited to have the opportunity to perform in her first Broadway Sessions Junior.

Katherine Gregory

Coming from a family with a love of all things music, Katherine has developed a deep passion for performance of music and theatre. From a young age Katherine has performed solo, in choirs and ballet productions and has always welcomed the opportunity to visit the theatre and orchestra. Currently finishing Year 12 this year at Concordia College, Katherine has had great opportunities performing in competitions such as Generations in Jazz and school musical productions, highlights including dancing in Hairspray and playing Vivienne in Legally Blonde: The Musical. Favourite musical characters (currently) include Eponine from Les Misérables and Jenna from Waitress and as for a favourite musical... well, there's just too many to choose. When she's not performing or singing around the house, Katherine loves to settle down with a good book, watch Downton Abbey or bake something delicious! Katherine's inspiration comes from her parents and grandma who have always encouraged her to be bold, and from God who she thanks every day for the gift of music and the ability to share it with others.

Lluka Wadey

Lluka is 14 years old and has loved performing on stage from a young age. She has been a company member of Pelican Productions since she was seven years old. She has played ‘Gurtrude Mcfuzz’ in Seussical, ‘Annie’ in Annie Jr, Tracy’ in MTC 2018 and ‘Jasmin’ in MTC 2020. She looks forward to playing ‘Rafiki’ in The Lion King Jr this September 2020. Lluka’s favourite subject starting high school this year is Drama. She also enjoys playing the ukulele.

Lucy Rice

Lucy is 14 years old and her heart beats to the tune of Musical Theatre. Nothing makes her happier than being up on stage and she has been performing since 3 years of age - most recently with Pelican Productions starring as Mary Poppins in the 2020 Music Theatre Camp (MTC).

She has been blessed to work with numerous performing arts companies including March Productions (Barnum), Promise Adelaide (Musical Moments), Shane Davidson Productions (Into the Woods Jr - Florida) (Beauty & the Beast Jr - Silly Girl) and Pelican Productions (Annie Jr – Drake and Seussical Jr), as well as part of their MTC since 2015, which she has held many feature solos.

Lucy is a member of the Walford Middle School Choir as well as their performing choir, Chica Voce. She trains in vocal technique and music theatre with Linda Ellis and Kylie Green and has trained in dance since she was 3 years old: studying Broadway jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop with Norwood Ballet.

Madaleine Raspe

Madaleine is ten years old and has been singing for 4 years with the Adelaide Hills Arts music school. She adores musical theatre and has recently performed for the Hills Youth Theatre company in productions such as Pollyanna, Blinky Bill and Snow White. She regularly performs at her music school showcases at the Governor Hindmarsh, and has just been selected to sing a solo at the Festival of Music (Festival Theatre) in September with her school choir. Her favourite musical to date is Matilda, and Madaleine would love the opportunity to play this character one day on stage. Madaleine has also recently completed her Grade 3 AMEB Rockshool singing exam and is also learning to play the guitar.

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.

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.

Sam Stringer

Sam Stringer is a 12 years old performer who enjoys entertaining audiences through singing, dancing, acting and stand up comedy. Sam started drama at Theatre Bugs at the age of 4. From the age of 6, Sam started to learn hip hip and jazz at the Australian Company of Performing Arts where he performed for a few years taught by an incredibly talented dance teacher Pep Rigano.

At school, Sam has enjoyed performing lead roles in Wakakirri productions for the past 4 years, with the highlight being last year when they won the state award for Best Celebration Story, National Entertainment Category Award and were nominated for the National Story of the Year Award. Last year, Sam performed the part of Fritz in the end of year school production of The Nutcracker, and he is currently working on the role of Weasel Norman in the middle school production of Toad Hall.

Sam has performed in the children’s community choir, The Main Event led by Benji Riggs and is currently involved in the Northern Sound System Choir and his school’s Festival of Music Choir.

This year, Sam joined The Parks Youth Theatre where he was provided with incredible support and encouragement and amazing instruction and performance opportunities, such as various roles in Broadway Bootcamp and Seussical the Musical Junior as a Wickersham Brother. This year he also started hip hop and musical theatre at TIDC taught by the amazing Mackenzie Dael.

Sam is currently playing the role of Jojo in the Northern Light Theatre Company’s production of Seussical the Musical and is looking forward to wowing audiences at The Shelley Theatre during their performance season in October.

Sam proudly identifies as a person on the Autism Spectrum with ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia. Although Sam experiences many challenges with daily life and learning, he has found his natural talent in performing arts and is excited for every opportunity to develop his potential.

Saphron Giannos

Saphron is 20 years old and loves to put on a show! She has performed on the Royal Caribbean cruise line as featured singer and an ensemble dancer. Her favourite roles she has played include Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Widow Corney and Rose Seller in Oliver! and Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, both with Now Productions. She has also done many plays in her high school days, and was a featured ensemble member in Seussical (NLTC). In her spare time, she loves to perform with her friends, write scripts and attempt a baking recipe. Saphron studies education and majors in history in her everyday life.

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.

Tahlia Binetti

Tahlia loves to dance, sing and sparkle on stage – and off stage too! She has been a student of TIDC Performing Arts Studio for nearly 6 years, where she studies all genres of dance and performance, in troupes and solo lessons. During this time, Tahlia has been a part of Adelaide Youth Theatre productions of The Little Mermaid (Junior Dancer), Peter Pan Jr (Skunk- lost boy), and Elf Jr (Shawanda). She has performed as a dancer in High School Musical, Footloose, and Seussical with The Parks Theatre, and participated twice in YMCA Broadway Bootcamp. Through TIDC, Tahlia discovered her passion for singing and musical theatre and started vocal lessons late 2016. Tahlia performed with The Parks Youth Theatre in their production of Fame Jr as Miss Sherman in 2018 and was also part of the first Broadway Sessions Jr, also in 2018.

Tahlia is a vibrant, determined, brave and happy girl, and when she grows up she wants to be a vet. She loves her pets, her trampoline, and playing practical jokes! She believes that all of your dreams can come true if you believe in yourself, never give up and keep reaching for the stars.

Zachary Baseby

Zachary is 20 years old and he has been proud to have been performing in various arts of the theatre for over 13 years. His earliest memory of performing was in various pantomimes with Stars on Stage.

He regularly had performances with various performing arts schools such as Theatrebugs, Mighty Good Productions and he recently finished his training with Actors Ink. (to which he was referred to go and train with by Australian television and radio personality, Anne "Willsy" Wills).

Some of Zachary’s theatre highlights over the past few years have been: The Grinch in Seussical (NLTC, 2018), Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde JR (The Parks Youth Theatre, 2019), The Mock Turtle in Alice in Wonderland (The Parks Youth Theatre, 2019) and most recently, Lefou in Beauty and the Beast (NOW Productions, 2020).

Other than theatre, Zachary has also appeared in two short films to date created by students of Flinders University: Plastic Aeroplane (2018) and Rock, Paper, Scissors (2019).

During isolation from COVID-19, Zachary found his own way of doing theatre from the safety of his home with newfound friends from various countries and joining them in online read throughs of plays, musicals etc. and now that theatre is slowly resuming back to normality in South Australia, Zachary is looking forward to performing soon in Shane Davidson Presents’ September production of Seussical JR as Horton the Elephant and resuming rehearsals as Javert in NOW Productions’ postponed production of Les Misérables.

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).