Can you believe it’s been three years since we started this adventure together at The Jade Monkey?
Join us as we celebrate the last three years and look to the future.
Oh, and did we mention cake?
This Session also features performances by cast members from Segue Production’s SA premiere of If/Then, and The G&S Society’s Phantom Of The Opera.
Your Session Hosts
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.
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!
Adam has been involved in the theatrical scene for many years. He is a co-founder of SINGular Productions and produced I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Fringe Festival, 2007), Elegies: A Song Cycle, Different Fields and It’s a Dad Thing: The Musical. He is currently developing a new Australian opera with State Opera of South Australia titled, Innocence. Adam recently performed the role of Father in Davine Productions' Violet in 2017 Adelaide Fringe.
Alicia grew up in mid north South Australia, where jamming around her grandparents’ kitchen table was common and family events often featured some kind of singalong. After leaving school, Alicia studied a Certificate IV in Music and Diploma of Music at TAFE SA. She started working as an instrumental music teacher while studying and continued to teach for several years after finishing. Alicia taught piano, voice and ran a choir, accompanying her students for SACE moderations and other performances. Throughout her time at school, TAFE and while teaching, she also performed at various places. Alicia then took a break from music to undertake a Bachelor of Journalism (with a sub-major in Environmental Systems) and became a freelance writer (her current work). She also completed a Graduate Certificate in Science.
Through her work as a writer, she met other musicians and found herself playing as part of a band at a work-related event. After the event, the group continued to jam for fun and have since played at a couple of other events, all of which helped re-ignite her passion for music. Alicia recently began performing her original music again, under ‘Alicia Joy’. She also recently competed in the Balaklava Eisteddfod with her mum and two sisters, coming in tied first for the open contemporary vocal ensemble category.
Coming up in 2018, If/Then is Alicia’s debut musical, and she would like to thank Segue Productions and the creative team for the opportunity to be part of such a great production.
Ariana has been singing for as long as she can remember and, at just fourteen years old, she has become quite a passionate young performer. Her love for theatre started when she was in her early years of school and began to see the musicals that came around to Adelaide. From there, she joined her school choir which she participated in for five years, leading her to performing as a soloist on the Festival Theatre stage. She then went on to pursue dance and acting with Star Academy and acting coach, Peta Shannon. Currently, Ariana partakes in Adelaide Theatre Academy where she performs in various musicals and concerts with their Performance Troupe. In the future, Ariana hopes to pursue a career in music or musical theatre.
Ashleigh started dancing at 3 years of age, and her love of the stage only grew from there. Her very first musical was La Cage Aux Folles (OPUS), followed by playing Mayzie La Bird in Seussical (Tatachilla Lutheran College). She has been blessed to be able to be in the ensemble for many bucket list shows, including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (OPUS), Legally Blonde (Hills Musical Company), Jekyll & Hyde (MCMT), Les Misérables (G&S) and Spamalot (MCMT).
She has also been lucky enough to choreograph Annie Jnr (Investigator College) and High School Musical (Stayg25). She is also very excited for her next choreography adventure with Segue Productions’ next show, Heathers the Musical. It has been a challenge and a privilege to play Elena in the upcoming 2018 production of If/Then (Segue Productions).
Casmira Hambledon loves stories, diverse and supportive communities, wigs, glitter, and belting as a way to deal with having too many emotions. Luckily she found theatre.
Highlights have included directing and choreographing for Peter Combe’s Adelaide Fringe Shows 2013-2015, performing the role of ‘Violet’ in Davine Productions’ Violet, and 'Fantine' in the G&S Society's production of Les Misérables. Recently she has performed in Edges with Irregular Productions, 'Shelby' in Steel Magnolias with IpSkip, 'The Lady of the Lake' in Spamalot with Marie Clarke, and the ‘Sour Kangaroo’ in Seussical with Northern Light. Casmira is very excited to play nine characters in Judge Jackie with Davine Productions again for the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2019.
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.
Born into a family with a background in the performing arts, Emma has been immersed in the world of theatre ever since she can remember. Her introduction to Adelaide amateur theatre came when she joined the ensemble of G&S’s Oliver! in both 2013 and 2014, and was involved in the society’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2016. In 2017, Emma fulfilled her lifelong dream to perform the role of Cosette in Les Misérables, also with G&S. She is a regular performer at Broadway Sessions. After completing high school in 2015, Emma is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts at Adelaide University.
Gus has been performing theatre in Adelaide with several companies continually since 2003, but did his first show in 2001. That one took him two years to recover from! The talent level in Adelaide theatre has always been good, but currently every show seems to be bursting at the seams with talent on & off stage. A great position for our community to be in. Whilst he loves performing onstage, cabaret performance is not as common for him so his first time mic in hand at Broadway Sessions will be an experience...for everyone ;)
Jack Ashe is a year 12 student new to Adelaide but has been heavily involved with the Port Pirie Youth Theatre and Southern Flinders Players in Port Pirie. Within these companies, he has performed in such roles as Fagin from Oliver! and Link Larken from Hairspray. Apart from musical theatre Jack is also involved in The Jones Commentary and has performed in the Backing Choir for The Gospo Collective's February 2018 performance of Jackson Vs Jackson at the Adelaide Fringe.
Jared recently finished playing Buddy in the Hills Musical Company's 2018 production of Sideshow. Earlier this year he performed in Davine Interventionz's It's Only Life. He is soon to commence rehearsals for the Gilbert and Sullivans Society's Phantom of the Opera, in which he will be playing Raoul. He trained at the Elder Conservatorium under Robert Dawe and Patrick Power.
Jared began performing in Adelaide musicals in 2008 in the Met's Shout and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society's HMS Pinafore. Since then he has performed in multiple musicals including Therry's Fiddler on the Roof; G&S' Les Misérables, Pirates of Penzance, Mikado, Orpheus in the Underworld, Yeoman of the Guard, and The Gondoliers; Met's My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, CATS, The King & I; and Little Miss World Media's Ordinary Days.
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.
Joseph has been acting and singing since he discovered his passion for theatre as a child. Though never trained in either singing or acting, his passion for the performing arts pushed him to teach himself, with John Owen-Jones and Hugh Panaro. Joseph has performed in Marie Clark Musical Theatre's Jekyll and Hyde and their production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Mitch Mahoney, as well as SCCAS' recent production of Les Misérables as Marius Pontmercy.
Kelsey is a singer, actor and dancer who began performing at a young age. She took tap and jazz classes from the age of 7 at Deslyn’s Dance, and began to take an interest in musical theatre at the age of 10, when she began singing and acting lessons at Mighty Good Talent School.
Having performed in countless dance recitals and end of year showcases, Kelsey is no stranger to the stage, but she had her first taste of musical theatre in her high school production of Back To The 80s, in which she played the centerfold/high school teacher, Miss Brannigan.
Kelsey has been involved in the Adelaide musical theatre scene since she was 15, when she performed in Essential Talent Performing Arts’ production of Aladdin, which was performed for school holiday entertainment in Rundle Mall.
Other notable ensemble performances have been High School Musical (AYT 2013), CATS (The MET 2015), Bye Bye Birdie (The Met 2017) and Spamalot (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2018). She has also been privileged to play The Mistress in Evita (The Met 2015) and Polly Pry in the Australian premiere of Cannibal the Musical (Briggs & Heaysman Theatre Co. 2016).
Kelsey feels extremely privileged and excited to have the opportunity to play Kate in the 2018 South Australian premiere of If/Then, and can’t wait for the audience to experience the beauty of this show.
Kirsty has only recently moved to Adelaide and is finding her way through the Adelaide theatre scene, but before the move she was involved in local Theatre productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Grease and School of Rock. Kirsty is currently singing with High Spirits Harmony, a womens a capella group, before this whilst still in Mount Gambier, she spent years involved in community choirs and competed in Generations in Jazz.
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).
Maisie loves food and has spent her life breaking into song mid mouthful. She couldn’t believe her luck when she came across Pelican Productions 3 years ago and discovered other people her age who broke into song too.
Since then she’s had a ball performing at Music Theatre Camps, in shows like Seussical Jr (Pelican Productions), Peter Pan Jr (Adelaide Youth Theatre) and Singing In The Rain Jr (Adelaide Theatre Academy), and most recently at the iTheatrics workshop in New York, where in her excitement to get to the buffet she tripped and broke her elbow.
Maisie would like to dedicate her Broadway Sessions debut to the elderly gentleman who tried to help her up.
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, 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!
Mim has been singing for as long as she can remember. She began drama lessons at Theatre Bugs at the age of 5, and was a student there for almost a decade. She began voice lessons with Kim Spargo in 2008 and musical theatre training with Patrick Lim in 2009, giving her the opportunity to perform in a number of youth productions, including playing Belle in Beauty and the Beast Jr. and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical! Jr. (both with Swell Productions). She continued her theatre education at Pembroke School, playing the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2010 and studying High Level Theatre in the International Baccalaureate program from 2011-12 under the tutelage of Julianne English.
She is now heavily involved in the Adelaide amateur theatre scene, having worked companies such as the Hills Musical Company, Therry Dramatic Society, Emma Knights Productions and Davine Interventionz, amongst others. Her favourite roles include Wendla Bergman in Spring Awakening (HMC, 2017), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (HMC, 2015), Margot in Legally Blonde: The Musical (HMC, 2014) and Beth March in Little Women (Therry, 2013). She is a regular performer and occasional host of the popular event Broadway Sessions.
From 2013 to 2014 she studied at Graceland University, USA, on a vocal scholarship, where she was involved in a number of stage shows, most notably playing Audrey in the homecoming musical Little Shop of Horrors.
Mim is a singing teacher at Theatre Bugs and is looking forward to Musically Directing their production of Little Shop of Horrors in the Adelaide Fringe, March 2017. She is also an avid songwriter and lyricist and is planning to develop this aspect of her artistry in the near future.
Mitchell first began performing at age 7 in choirs and school productions, before working extensively with youth theatre companies Pelican Productions and Swell Productions. Mitchell performed professionally as a child with Windmill Theatre Company. Mitchell has recently performed leading roles in Spring Awakening (Hills Musical Company - ATG Best Male Performance nom.), Violet (Davine Interventionz) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S Society), and has been featured in She Loves Me (Therry), FAME (Marie Clark), and Oklahoma! (Emma Knights Productions). He has also appeared in song cycles 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (Emma Knights Productions) and Edges (Irregular Productions).
Outside of performing, Mitchell has recently completed his Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) at UniSA and works as a performing arts teacher with Theatre Bugs and Adelaide Theatre Academy. In 2018 Mitchell made his directorial debut with Adelaide Theatre Academy's acclaimed production of Xanadu Jr.
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.
Serena has been performing since she was 7 years old when she began her vocal training with the Australian Girls Choir. She began performing with the Adelaide Youth Theatre (AYT) in 2011 and since, Serena has performed in many more shows for AYT including as Tracy in Hairspray, Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast and as The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods which was nominated for Best Musical (Youth Theatre) in the Adelaide Theatre Guide ‘Curtain Call’ Awards 2015/16.
Serena has also performed roles for Matt Byrne Media, Pelican Productions and for Heaps Good Productions at the Maritime Museum, National Railway Museum and for the City of Port Adelaide, for The Entertainment Store, including performing the role of Ben in the Australian touring production of Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom and for Emma Knights Productions, most recently as Ado Annie in the return season of Oklahoma: On a Farm!
In addition to performing regularly, Serena musically directs many shows for Promise Adelaide, and has also conducted and musically directed for the Adelaide Youth Theatre, Spark of Inspiration, The Parks Theatre and the Australian Classical Youth Ballet. Serena made her directing debut with Gleeson College’s production of High School Musical in 2014 and has since directed many shows including the Adelaide Youth Theatre’s successful production of Aladdin Jr in 2016.
Sienna is currently in the Showstoppers class at Adelaide Theatre Academy. Some of her past roles include Dora Bailey in Singing in the Rain Jr, Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast Jr and Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors. She is currently undertaking voice lessons with Mim Sarre and is working with Adelaide Theatre Academy's production of Xanadu Jr.
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.