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 (he/him)

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 23, 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 as the Dux of Solo Vocal Performance where she was and will continue to be taught by her singing teacher Rosie Hosking.

With 18 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 as a featured soloist 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 (Miami) as a featured lead vocalist since January 2019 and has recently returned from a 10 month LA season with them. She’s set to resume her overseas work with them for another year, beginning in October 2022.

Session Performers

Ariel Higgs (she/her)

Ariel is fifteen years old. She has enjoyed performing since the age of three, initially with Theatre Bugs and the Australian Girls Choir, before joining Pelican Productions in 2016 and attending their music theatre camps ever since. She made her professional debut in 2016, playing the role of Brigitta in The Sound of Music (Gordon Frost Organisation) and then performed 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. She has since performed lead roles in The Little Mermaid and School of Rock (Pelican Productions) and most recently as Donna in Mamma Mia in her school production. Ariel attends dance lessons at Barbara Jayne Dance Centre and voice tuition with Kirsty Roberts, and when not performing can be found enjoying netball, volleyball, crocheting, reading and hanging with her friends.

Brianna Teehan

Brianna is a 19-year-old musical theatre student. She has been studying music for eight years and has a passion for the Disneyland theatre. Her mentor is her singing teacher, Cindy Macdonald and her inspirations are Elaine Paige and Michael Crawford. Her list of favourite musicals consist of The Phantom of The Opera, Wicked, CATS and Frozen. Brianna would love to pursue her passion by being a performing Disney princess on Disney cruise ships.

Cooper James (he/him)

Cooper is a singer, dancer, actor, musical theatre nerd, studying music theatre at VCA in 2024. He was part of the 2022 Class of Cabaret program. Cooper receives his vocal coaching from the fabulous Carolyn Ferrie and dances at Barbara Jayne Dance Centre. If he’s not at the piano playing and writing music, you will find him busking on Jetty Road Glenelg or playing vinyl.

Ella Spiniello (she/her)

Ella Spiniello is 17 years old and has been performing since the age of five in singing dancing and acting. She has performed in various amateur production shows around Adelaide, playing various different roles such as Charlotte in 13 and Scuttle in The Little Mermaid. More recently Ella has been accepted into Class of Cabaret where she is learning how to create her own cabaret performance.

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 17 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, Jasmin in MTC 2020 and Muriel in MTC 2023. She looks forward to playing Elsa in Frozen Jr this August 2023. Lluka recently performed in Class of Cabaret at the Festival theatre as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. She also enjoys playing the piano, guitar and ukulele.

Lucy Rice (she/her)

At 17 years old, Lucy is an accomplished performer who has been singing, dancing and treading the boards for as long as she can remember. Lucy is currently in year 12 at Walford Anglican School for Girls where she is Choir Leader and a key member of their principal performing choir, Chanterelle. In 2023, she completed a Certificate 3 in Dance (Music Theatre) and has most recently played the roles of Descendant's Maleficient in Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp, Annas/Queen Herod/Soul Girl in the Walford Anglican School for Girls x St Peters College production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and the lead role of Laura Black in Angela Betzien's Girl Who Cried Wolf.

Her previous performing highlights include Ariel in The Little Mermaid Jr (Shane Davidson Presents), Margot in Legally Blonde Jr (Shane Davidson Presents), Cinderella in Into the Woods Jr (Shane Davidson Presents), Rafiki in Lion King Jr (Shane Davidson Presents), Tangled's Rapunzel and Mary Poppins (Pelican Productions' MTC), as well as being a part of OzTheatrics Junior Theatre Festival Australia showcase of Guys and Dolls Jr and the pilot of Mean Girls Jr.

Lucy receives vocal coaching from Millicent Sarre and is studying Music Theatre as part of GWB Studios Pre-Professional program. Lucy is also looking forward to performing at the Australian Music Theatre Festival in Tasmania in May.

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 (he/him)

Zachary Baseby is 23 years old and has had a burning passion for all things musical theatre related from a very young age, starting from his first performance in 2008 as Humpty Dumpty in Surprising Old King Cole (Stars on Stage). From there on, he has trained with various acting schools such as Actors Ink., Theatrebugs, Mighty Good Productions, and Heesom Casting before performing in his first musical theatre show in 2017 with The Parks Youth Theatre as an ensemble member in Grease.

Some of Zachary’s theatre highlights over the past few years have been: The Grinch in Seussical (NLTC, 2018), Horton the Elephant in Seussical Jr (Shane Davidson Presents, 2020), Javert in Les Misérables (NOW Productions, 2021), The Wolf in Into the Woods (Adelaide Youth Theatre, 2022), Uncle Fester in The Addams Family (Alternative Theatre Company, 2022), Wadsworth in Clue (Phoenix Variety & Music Group, 2023), Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid (Balaklava Community Arts, 2023) and most recently, the titular role in Peter Pan: A Christmas Pantomime (Blackwood Players, 2023).

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). He has also appeared in two full length film projects with NOW Productions as the role of Bobby Packer in TEN FOUR, Agent Percash: REWIND, and Detective Jamieson in their spin-off adaptation: RED DAWN.

Recently, Zachary has landed his most recent roles as Cretin in Agatha Twisty: A Murder in Pantoland for the Adelaide Fringe 2024 and venturing into his first show with the G&S Society of South Australia in their May 2024 production of Oklahoma!

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 Ziliotto has been performing since 2004, from concert bands, drumline and big band, to orchestral works and musical theatre. Prior to his acceptance as a Casual Percussionist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, he completed his Bachelor of Music in 2013 at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Amanda Grigg.

Born in Adelaide, Max began his musical journey under the guidance of Peter Matzick. Attending Marryatville High School, Max gained a wealth of performance opportunities including the Generations in Jazz festival in Mount Gambier. During his Undergraduate studies, Max won first place in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Award in 2011.

Max has been performing with the Elder Conservatorium's Music Theatre students' productions since 2021, most notably playing the drum score for Legally Blonde, directed by Broadway's Nikki Snelson in 2022.

Max was also an active member of the Raiders Drum Corps from 2006-2019, performing numerous times in the city's Christmas Pageant, and on stage with them at Australian Ultimate Drummers Weekend in Melbourne 2015. He has tutored at South Australian Music Camp multiple times, and has been in the house band of Broadway Sessions since its inception in 2015.