October Session

28 Sunday October 2018
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $15-20

It’s time for another performer’s choice night. We love these nights as we often get to discover new songs.

Come and spend an evening with us, filled with new songs and old favourites.

This Session will include a performance by cast members of The Hills Musical Company’s upcoming staging of Avenue Q.

Session Setlist

Act 1
The Life Of The Party (The Wild Party) – Jemma Allen
The Other Side (The Greatest Showman) – Blake Ascione, Simon Barnett
Maybe This Time (Cabaret) – Danielle Greaves
How 'bout A Dance (Bonnie And Clyde) – Ashleigh Robson
Both Sides, Now (Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert) – Patrick Marlin
Up On The Fridge (Dear Edwina) – Emma Good
Who I'd Be (Shrek) – Jake Fielke
On My Own (Les Misérables) – Megan Malaski
Monster (Frozen: The Musical) – Kristin Stefanoff
Way Ahead Of My Time (Taxi Cabaret) – Zak Vasiliou
She Cries (Songs For A New World) – Jordan Coulter
Pretty Funny (Dogfight) – Jeri Williams
Act 2
I Wish I Could Go Back To College* (Avenue Q) – Kate Hodges, Michael Bates, Warren Logan
Dont Rain On My Parade (Funny Girl) – Grace Mackenzie
I’d Rather Be Me (Mean Girls) – Alisa James
Simple Joys (Pippin) – Nikki Long
Beauty And The Beast (Beauty And The Beast) – Sammi G
Romeo And Juliet (Reefer Madness) – Casmira Hambledon, David Salter
Don't Let Me Go (Shrek) – Omkar Nagesh
You'll Be Back (Hamilton) – Ben Catt
Breathe (In The Heights) – Ruby Pinkerton
Funny (City Of Angels) – Mark Oates
Anytime (I Am There) (Elegies) – Eloise Quinn-Valentine
I Couldn't Know Someone Less (Daddy Long Legs) – Eve Green
* promoting an upcoming show

Your Session Host

Mark Oates

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!

Session Performers

Alisa James

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.

Ashleigh Robson

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).

Ben Catt

Ben works as an artist and graphic designer. Ben began singing at a young age in the NSW state choir before moving to South Australia where he has continued as a professional soloist and as an ensemble singer, most notably with the Festival Statesmen Chorus. He has extensive national touring experience, having performed in the Festival of Voices in 2014, and as part of the headline acts of multiple national music festivals including the Pemulwuy Male Voices festival and the Australian National Choral Association’s Choralfest. Ben has worked as a professional musical theatre soloist including a touring production of the musical Counting Bars.

Blake Ascione

Blake has been performing in the South Australian musical theatre scene since his debut in Therry society's production of Big Fish in 2016. Since then he has work worked with HMC on the two productions and three State Opera of South Australia and Elder Conservatorium collaborations. He is excited to make his Broadway Sessions debut.

Casmira Hambledon

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.

Danielle Greaves

Danielle started performing at age 5 within her school and also in the Australian Girls Choir. She landed her first lead role in a musical at age 6 starring as Henny Penny in the year 1 & 2 production of The Sky is Falling, where she was seen pulling actors into their correct spots and mouthing everyone's lines. In High School (Norwood Morialta High School) Danielle played leads across multiple musicals, 2008 - Rizzo in Grease, 2010 - Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and 2011 - Anna in The King and I. Additionally, in 2010 Danielle was part of the High School Cabaret Show, directed by David Campbell during the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Since high school, Danielle pursued a basketball career playing Premier League basketball for 8 years, which prevented her from performing. Since retiring in late 2017, she has been trying to crack back into musical theatre, auditioning for musicals. You can see Danielle in July 2018 as Scaramouche in Matt Byrne Media's We Will Rock You.

David Salter

When David is not performing in local musical theatre and cabaret, you can catch him busking at Adelaide's beaches and surrounding suburbs with his ukulele, performing puppets for children, and enjoying singalongs at old folks homes. His recent credits include playing Peter Allen in the Met's Boy from Oz, Princeton in Matt Byrne Media's Avenue Q. as well as leads in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for Opus, Little Shop of Horrors for Northern Light Theatre Company, and the local cabaret showcases Sing on Through Tomorrow and Homemade Fusion.

David recently played the role of Denny Doherty in the Davine Interventionz sell out season production of Flowerchildren – The Mamas and Papas Story after performing in Davine's 2013 production of Altar Boyz.

Eloise Quinn-Valentine

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.

Emma Good

Emma started dancing with Generation Dance when she was 3 years old and became a member of their competition troupe, performing at SASDS Eisteddfods and CanDance. She currently takes singing lessons at Theatre Bugs and attends their combo class. She has just turned 9 and loves to perform.

Eve Green

Eve has loved performing from a young age. She has developed her passion for music and theatre as a company member of Pelican Productions, her most recent role being ‘Eva’ in the Bring it On return season in 2018. Much of Eve’s childhood was spent training as a gymnast and acrobat, beginning training at age 5 with GymJets. In 2013 she was the International Development Program State gymnastics champion on beam, vault, bars and all round champion.

Her first film experience was an extra in the gymnastics movie Raising the Bar in 2015. Eve’s most memorable achievement was winning silver and two bronze medals in Melbourne at the National Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships in 2015. Eve currently trains as an aerial artist at Aerial Artists Adelaide. Eve’s favourite roles have been Eva in Bring it On in both 2017 and 2018, Miss Hannigan in Annie in 2018, and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical in 2017. Eve loves having Rosie Hosking as her inspirational vocal teacher and enjoys classes in all dance styles at Accent on Dance. Earlier in 2018 Eve had the incredible experience of performing in New York, on a Carnival cruise and in Disney with Pelican Productions and Itheatrics.

Grace Mackenzie

Grace is a first year university student studying microbiology but still enjoys performing and looks to improve both her singing and performance skills. Notable past performances include Gertrude Mcfuzz in Seussical and Penny in Hairspray.

Jake Fielke

Jake Fielke is a 17-year-old student from the Adelaide Hills with a passion for music. In the future, Jake plans to release his first single and EP by the start of 2019 under his artist name Phari. Since Year 5 Jake has had a burning desire to explore as many of the different directions that Music has to offer throughout his lifetime, including heaps (and heaps) of musical theatre. If you see him and want to talk to him about your interests in music or anything else then feel free to! Jake loves to talk about other people's passions and goals just as much as he wants to share his own.

Jemma Allen

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.

Jeri Williams

Jeri Williams is originally from the United States, and has been a performer all her life - singing in choirs, churches, glee club and even a pop/R&B girl group. Her first performance in a musical was as a secretary in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at age 16, and she never stopped. Jeri’s first paid gig was a singer in an acapella group at Busch Gardens theme park in Florida. A year or two later she was hired by Disney Cruise Lines, as a performer and “Friends with Wendy Darling”. She met her Aussie husband on board that ship and spent the next six years performing in Dance Parties, Parades & Specialty Performances with Holland America and Royal Caribbean.

Jeri settled here in Adelaide in 2011 and has been privileged to have performed in a few shows - NLTC’s Into The Woods (2012) as the Baker’s Wife; G&SSA’s Guys & Dolls (2015) as Adelaide and NLTC's Mack and Mabel (2016) as Mabel.

Jeri is a full time working mum, so finding time for shows is impossiblethese days. But she’s so thankful for Broadway Sessions to give a busy mum like her a chance to return to the stage, at least for one night every now and then.

Jordan Coulter

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.

Kate Hodges

Kate started theatre at age 15 in Northern Light Theatre Company’s productions of Once Upon a Mattress followed by A Fractured G & S Trilogy, from which she was hooked! At age 16 Kate’s first Principle role was “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz (NLTC), for which she was first nominated for Best Female Performance by the Adelaide Theatre Guide. Kate continued with the roles “Liesl” in The Sound of Music and “Annie Golden” in Leader of the Pack, before playing “Karen” in The Boy from Oz (The Met), “Demeter” in Cats (Marie Clark), “Cinderella” in The Pumpkin (Curly Top Productions), and a Priest in Jesus Christ Superstar (G & S Society). Kate played “Shelley” in Hairspray (MBM) before returning to Northern Light Theatre Company to play the leading role of “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast.

Kate was awarded “Best Female Performance” by the Adelaide Theatre Guide for her role as “Kira” in Davine Interventionz production of Xanadu in the 2014 Adelaide Fringe. Kate most recently played the leading lady “Susan Lawrence” in Northern Light’s Production of BIG the Musical and will be returning to the stage next month to play the title role in Cinderella.

Kate was a regular extra on McLeod’s Daughters as a teenager and was part of the successful Fringe show Changing the Pace in 2011. She worked professionally as a singer for Night Train Theatre Restaurant in its final years but in the “real world” she works as a Paediatric Speech Pathologist.

Kristin Stefanoff

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).

Megan Malaski

Megan is an exchange student from Minneapolis Minnesota in the United States. She has been singing in choirs since she was four years old and started acting when she was 14. She has been in many shows with leading roles her favorites being White Christmas, Seussical, Guys and Dolls, and Grease. She is known as a spotlight kid at the Hennepin Theatre in Minneapolis and continues her acting journey at Uni. She loves to be on stage and hopefully she touches at least one person while she's there.

Michael Bates

Michael Bates began his music career from a young age, training as an orchestral percussionist and performing with Adelaide’s premier youth orchestras. His vocal career began with the lead role in a school musical. His first amateur theatre role was in Bye Bye Birdie (2002). In October of 2008, Michael won the World Karaoke Championships in Lahti, Finland, resulting in his debut single Tell Me being released on iTunes and appearing on Australia's top rating breakfast shows Sunrise (Ch7) and The Morning Show (Ch7).

Michael has since been cast in the South Australian Premier Production of Avenue Q (2011) playing a Bad Idea Bear and went on to join the cast of Dusty in 2011.

Away from the stage Michael has fronted many local jazz bands as well as the South Australian Navy and Army Bands. In July of 2013 Michael played The Phantom in MBM’s Production of The Phantom of The Opera to rave reviews, earning himself an ATG Best Male Performance nomination. He premiered his debut solo cabaret show Out Here On My Own in a sold out 2014 season and in 2015 he was a featured performer at The Shedley Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Concert.

January 2016 saw Michael play Jud Fry in the award nominated production of Oklahoma! on a Farm. In July of 2016 Michael played Fiyero in the MBM SA Premiere Production of Wicked followed by the role of Hollywood Director Mack Sennet in NLTC's Mack and Mabel in October of the same year. Michael is thrilled to be moving back to Avenue Q and playing Princeton. This is his debut with The Hills Musical Company and has so far loved every minute.

Nikki Long

Nikki is a passionate performer. She is currently studying full time dance at ACPA to become the strongest mover she can possibly be.

Omkar Nagesh

Omkar Nagesh has always been passionate about singing and performing on stage. He has enjoyed working with various amateur theatre companies in Adelaide over the past 10 years. Omkar was nominated for an Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Award for Best Male Performance in his role as The Engineer in Miss Saigon (MCMT 2011). Other favourite roles include Leo Bloom in The Producers (HMC 2015), Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast (Northern Light 2011), Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest (AUFC 2011), Historian/Prince Herbert/Minstrel/et al. in Spamalot (Northern Light 2010), Growltiger in Cats (The Met 2009), and most recently as Jake in the South Australian Premiere of Sideshow (HMC 2018).

Patrick Marlin

Patrick is an amateur theatre hybrid with credits in both musical and straight theatre plays, some of these include: the G&S Society’s Guys and Dolls, (2015), Therry Dramatic Society’s Fiddler on the Roof (2017), the Adelaide Repertory Theatre’s The Elephant Man (2016) and more recently the Adelaide Repertory Theatre's critically acclaimed Our Boys (2017). In the outside world, Patrick studies a Bachelor of Journalism (International Relations) at the University of South Australia; is an avid and somewhat pretentious film connoisseur - enjoying a healthy balance of foreign language, old-Hollywood and trashy rom-com films; and spends what little spare time he has left in his beloved 'work-in-progress' garden.

Ruby Pinkerton

Ruby has been performing from a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. She was in the ensemble of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Misérables presented by The Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Ruby also understudied the titular role in Davine Interventionz Fringe production of Violet, and performed in the ensemble. Ruby played Hodel in the Therry Dramatic Society's production of Fiddler on the Roof in 2017, and is currently rehearsing for Godspell, produced by Irregular Productions and Lydian Productions. She currently studies Education and Drama at Flinders University and teaches singing at Creative Academy of Performing Arts.

Sammi G

At 15 years old, Sammi is a Year 9 Student who attends Cedar College. Her love of the stage started at age 3. Since then she has been involved in numerous singing showcases and musical theatre performances. Between 2013 and 2017 Sammi has appeared in many Adelaide Youth Theatre productions including Mrs Darling in Peter Pan Jr, The Narrator in Aladdin Jr, Tallulah’s Girl in Bugsy Malone, Homer Zuckerman in Charlotte’s Web and ensemble in both Annie and The Wizard Of Oz.

In 2017 Sammi attended the Junior Theatre Celebration in Newcastle as part of the Adelaide Youth Theatre Team. In 2016/17 Sammi was part of the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team. They travelled to the USA to perform at Disneyworld in Florida and Universal Studios as part of the Macy’s Day Parade. She also attended various music theatre workshops with leading Broadway stars in New York.

Earlier this year as part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sammi performed in Promise Adelaide's The Diva Series and Musical Moments, as well as Adelaide Voice Crew's Michael Jackson: The Mirror, which all received great reviews. In 2018 Sammi debuted in Shane Davidson Presents' Beauty And The Beast as Mrs Potts.

During 2017 and 2018 Sammi has been a student at The Studio And Star Factory. During this time she has been involved in the Balaklava Eisteddfod placing in the top 3 in all of her entries. She has also finished writing 7 original songs and has recorded 2 of them. She is currently working on producing her own music. In July 2018 Sammi was selected by Jemma Rix herself, and was awarded the Studio And Star Factory, Jemma Rix Scholarship. Sammi is looking forward to being a part of Broadway Sessions.

Simon Barnett

Simon is a relative newcomer to the Adelaide Theatre Scene. His first appearance was in the ensemble for the Hills Musical Company's 2018 production of Sideshow. Simon got his taste for theatre through Adelaide Gang Show as a cast member, director and sketch writer. Most recently, Simon appeared in the Met's production of Can-Can as Theophile the Painter, and his next role is a play with the Stirling Players, as Ned in Nell Gwynn. Away from theatre, Simon studies Economics and dances West Coast Swing.

Warren Logan

Warren Logan is a Music Theatre graduate of the University of Ballarat Arts Academy. Highlights from drama school include Oklahoma! (Jud Fry), Rhinoceros (Jean), and his self-devised cabaret Fat Boys Don't Cry performed at Melbourne's renowned cabaret venue, The Butterfly Club. Since graduating, Warren has acted in music videos for Australian artists Something for Kate, Simon Imrei and Michael Waugh. Other stage highlights include A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley Kowalski), When the Rain Stops Falling (Gabriel Law/Andrew Price), The Glass Menagerie (The Gentleman Caller), The Plow and the Stars (The Covey), The Shape of Things (Adam Sorenson), The Producers (Franz Liebkind) and Footloose (Willard Hewitt) - the latter two performances earning him Music Theatre Guild of Victoria and Lyrebird award nominations.

As a newcomer to Adelaide, Warren recently made his South Australian theatre debut performing in Oklahoma! on a Farm (Jud Fry). He looks forward to performing the role of Nicky in HMC's upcoming production of Avenue Q.

Warren is the Artistic Director of Not The Worst Productions.

Zak Vasiliou

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.