In August 2017 Broadway Sessions went on a road trip. Before our Session in Balaklava ended, the arts community up there extended an invitation to return this year. Balaklava is well known for its interest and support in the arts, and is the proud host of one of SA’s most popular eisteddfods. Once again, we just couldn’t say no!
Anyone can register to perform at this Session, and we invite anyone who loves to sing songs from the music theatre genre and lives in the mid-north region of South Australia to join us – we love meeting and sharing the stage with new (to us) performers. Of course, we also would love to have some of our Adelaide performers join us in supporting the Balaklava arts community.
There’s no theme for this Session – choose two to three of your favourite songs from a musical or by a music theatre writer and head to the registration page. This will be like all our other Sessions and events, just in a different space, which also happens to be one of our favourite venues!
Our Adelaide audience are also encouraged to join in! Balaklava is approximately 90km north of Adelaide. Why not make a day of it? Visit the beautiful Clare Valley (and its wineries!), only a further 40 minutes up the road, and come to the Session on your way home!
This Session starts slightly earlier than normal. Doors will open at 4:30pm for a 5pm Session. And yes, there is a bar – beer, wine, soft drinks, and some of the most amazing platters you have ever seen!
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 has loved the theatre since a young age seeing her first show of Me and My Girl. After seeing multiple musicals including her favourites Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast, Alex enrolled with singing lessons with Joan Leslie in the Adelaide Hills. Mostly for a bit of fun she continued for a few years before a long 10 year break before auditioning for Balaklava Community Arts' production of Beauty and the Beast and being able to perform her dream role of Belle in 2014. This is inspired her to take up singing again and is always looking for new opportunities to gain experience and have some fun. Alex has recently performed in the ensemble with the G&S Society in their 2018 production of The Phantom of the Opera.
Angus is an engineer from Port Pirie with a passion for musical theatre. He is a keen member of local theatre groups Southern Flinders Players and The Magpie Warblers, with whom he has performed as The Baker in Into the Woods (2017) and Billy Crocker in Anything Goes (2018). He will be playing Warner in Southern Flinders production of Legally Blonde in early 2019. Outside of theatre, Angus enjoys tinkering in the shed and exploring the beautiful parks and ranges throughout the mid-North.
Ava is 12 years old and is currently in Year 6. She has been singing since the age of 7 and doing Musical Theatre exams since the age of 10. Ava has performed in a number of Musical Theatre shows with Now Productions, with the highlight of playing the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz in 2017. Also in 2017 she had the lead role in the school musical What a Knight. On top of loving Musical Theatre Ava also takes acting classes, dances and plays both the piano and drums.
She hopes you have a wonderful night at Broadway Sessions, and enjoy the show!
Casey grew a passion and love for music at a young age, and as a vocalist she began competing in the local Balaklava Eisteddfod when she was just 10 years old. She took part in the vocal, musical theatre and contemporary vocal sections and thoroughly enjoyed each opportunity to perform and develop her skills. Casey also loved taking part in the Balaklava Community Art Productions, including playing Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Lisa, a Pirate and an Indian in Peter Pan.
While attending Horizon Christian School Casey took part in many stage productions including Little Woman, The Letter, Pollyanna and The Wind in the Willows. Casey is currently in her second year of studying music at Tabor College, majoring in voice within a range of styles including Musical Theatre, Folk, and Contemporary.
Chelsey is 10 years old and loves drama, singing and dance. She particularly loves acro dance. Chelsey first competed in The Balaklava Eisteddfod at the age of 6 in the musical theatre section and has gone on to perform in various concerts, fundraising events and competitions around Adelaide. She has recently performed on a cruise ship with SAPerforming Arts where she takes vocal and dance classes.
Chelsey is a member of Adelaide Plains Drama Troupe, and will be competing with her group in the finals of Now Talent early next year. One day in the future Chelsey would like to run her own performing arts school and teach acro skills herself!
Claire Whittaker is a 20-year-old amateur performer from the small town of Hamley Bridge. For as long as she can remember, she has been annoying her family and friends (and now boyfriend... sorry babe) with her dream of being on Broadway. Singing, dancing and acting are her passions in life, and Claire can't see a future without at least one of them. Every time she is on stage, she thinks back to 7-year-old Claire who would ask her Dad to hold the camera while she performed for nobody in particular.
She's always been a little be of that "extra something", and hopes you enjoy how much fun she's having while performing.
Emily Smith loves performing above all other things, especially housework. Emily teaches singing, and thinks the best part of her job is seeing people grow and develop their skills and confidence. She has sung for many years, but only recently began taking dancing lessons, so being given the singing and tap dancing role of Reno in Southern Flinders Players recent performance of Anything Goes was a challenge, but one she relished! Other recent shows Emily has participated in have been with the Magpie Warblers as the Witch in Into the Woods (playing a villain was an interesting experience!) and Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors, for which Emily also acted as vocal coach.
Emily is a very busy person, being the mother of three boys aged ten and under, working as a singing teacher, and studying a Masters. She still finds time to perform though because theatre is life!
Hailing from Balaklava, Kelly is President of the Balaklava Community Arts, where she has performed, directed, choreographed, stage managed etc, etc in over 30 of their productions, including Seussical (2016 Director), The Addams Family (2015 Morticia), Beauty and the Beast (2014 Babette), and has just recently performed the role of Darlene Love in their 2017 production of Leader of the Pack. She has recently completed an Association Diploma in Music of the Stage and screen with honours with the International Music Examinations Board and a Diploma of Theatre Performance. When not banging sets together or rehearsing lines, she works as Principal's Assistant at Horizon Christian School, and teaches Speech and Drama for Speech and Drama Studios SA, as well as being a wife and mother.
Laura has always loved singing from a young age and this passion lead her to singing lessons in her teen years. While working in a busy dental clinic as a front office coordinator, she remains dedicated and committed to her vocal coaching sessions to maintain excellence in her singing development. Laura has performed in concerts held by the several singing studios she has previously and currently attends.
A few years back in 2011 she did compete in the Balaklava Eisteddfod and received first place in the Vocal Open Popular division and second place in the Contemporary Vocal Open Solo division.
Neville Langman recently performed as Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady for The Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company (The Met), and also in CATS (also for The Met). He most recently appeared as Avram – the bookseller – in Fiddler on the Roof for the Therry Dramatic Society.
Sophie is 15 years old and started taking singing lessons at the age of seven. She performed in her first musical at the age of eight, was bitten by the bug, and another 14 musicals followed in quick succession! She has most recently played the roles of Nancy in Oliver!, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Maria in The Sound of Music with Now Productions, and Annie Golden in Balaklava Community Arts' production of Leader of the Pack. She is currently rehearsing with Northern Light Theatre Company in their production of Seussical.
As well as an obvious obsession with Musical Theatre, Sophie enjoys playing piano, classical singing, and is a member of the Gawler Gospel Choir. Any excess energy is spent training with the Charles Sturt Fencing Club.