About this Session
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.
Your Session Host
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!
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 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 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 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 worked with HMC on the two productions and three State Opera of South Australia and Elder Conservatorium collaborations being Die Fledermaus, Don Pasquale and Dido and Aeneas. In 2020 Blake took part of Shane Warne the Musical, presented by Segue Productions at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. this was his last credit before this COVID-19 business went and ruined everything
Casmira loves stories, diverse and supportive communities, wigs, glitter, and belting as a way of dealing with too many emotions. Luckily, she found theatre!
Highlights have included performing the role of ‘Violet’ in Davine Productions’ Violet (for which she won the TASA award for Best Female Performance 2017) and 'Fantine' in the G&S Society's production of Les Misérables (for which she was nominated for a Curtain Call: Best Female Performance 2018).
In 2018 she performed in Edges with Irregular Productions for the Adelaide Fringe, ‘Shelby’ in Steel Magnolias with IpSkip,'The Lady of the Lake' in Spamalot with Marie Clark (winner of Best Ensemble Curtain Call 2018), and the ‘Sour Kangaroo’ in Seussical with Northern Light. In 2019 Casmira played nine characters in Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court with Davine Productions (which won Best Ensemble and Best Musical at the 2019 Curtain Call Awards) and Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme in Assassins for Hills Musical Company.
Casmira’s professional credits include performing in The Teddy Bears Picnic for The Garden of Unearthly Delights, directing and performing in several children’s theatre productions for the Something On Saturday Program with Adelaide Festival Centre, and providing the voice for ‘Poppy Platypus’ in Lupa Entertainment’s popular app for children: Hip Hop Kangaroo and Friends.
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. Last year Danielle was lucky enough to play Scaramouche in Matt Byrne Media's We Will Rock You. Recently you may have seen Danielle in NLTC's Dusty as a Nevada, and in G&S Society's Kinky Boots where she sang the words "What a Man" over and over again like an annoying broken record.
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 is known in the Adelaide musical theatre community by a number of names including 'Eloise QV', and the more enigmatic 'Boise Q'. Eloise has performed in musicals, plays, in choirs and at events around Adelaide with companies such as Davine Productions, Adelaide Conservatorium Chorale, University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, Independent Theatre, Therry Dramatic Society and Young Adelaide Voices. She also took up the opportunity to perform the role of Betty in The Crucible while on exchange at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2017.
Recent highlights include playing Vivie Warren in Mrs Warren's Profession (Independent Theatre), Phaedra in Jerusalem (University of Adelaide Theatre Guild), Sister Sophia in an immersive production of The Sound of Music (Emma Knights Productions), Young Violet in Violet: A Musical (Davine Productions), and in Its Only Life (Davine Productions, ft. John Bucchino), and Betty/Carole cover in Davine Productions' sold-out season of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical.
As well as loving to tell stories on stage, Eloise recently completed her Honours in English Literature at Flinders University.
Emma is 10 years old and has been performing since the age of 7. She is very excited to be performing as Aladdin in Pelican Production's 'Spotlight' in January and to play Michael in Adelaide Theatre Academy's Fringe production of Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure.
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 is a Second year university student studying Health and Medical Sciences 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 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.
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 (ew) in Bye Bye Birdie, whinged in Blithe Spirit, fake tapped in Big Fish, been awkward in Smokey Joe's Cafe, spun plates in Chicago, been angsty in Spring Awakening, been both 7 and 11 y.o. in Ivy + Bean, and belted and riffed in Godspell. She just finished the sell out season of Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Uni of Adelaide, where she will be reprising the role of Ilse in Spring Awakening Nov 22nd and 24th. Tickets are available through BASS. Hint hint.
Originally from the US, Jeri Williams immigrated to Adelaide in 2011. She’s a born performer, growing up singing in choirs, glee club, a pop/R&B girl group, and musical theatre. She got her start in theatre performing in the ensemble of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at age 16. After school, Jeri got a job singing in an acapella group at a theme park in Florida, which led to being cast as Wendy Darling by Disney Cruise Line. Jeri spent her early 20s working and performing on various cruise ships with her husband.
Since making Adelaide her home, Jeri has delved into the local theatre scene on a few occasions, being cast in leading roles in 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.
When life gets too busy for a full show schedule, Jeri enjoys singing with the Civic Park Carols Choir and joining in for a sing at Broadway Sessions as often as possible.
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 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 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 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), Cathy in The Last Five Years (Segue Productions 2017), Elizabeth/Liz/Beth in If/Then in September (Segue Productions 2018), and Simone in Shane Warne The Musical (Segue Productions 2020). Eventually, she will hopefully have the chance to perform with the Met as Vivienne in Legally Blonde the Musical!
Kristin music directed Heathers the Musical for Segue Productions in September 2019. She 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 voice and piano, and often dances around the house with her awesome preschooler (usually to the Frozen soundtrack...).
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 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 is a performer who’s love for the stage started at a very young age, starting with SAPPS Choir in primary school, and being part of the mass ensemble in the Grease Arena Spectacular.
In 2018 Nikki completed her training at Australian Company of Performing Arts with a Certificate IV in Dance where she trained in dance, singing and acting. She performed in two shows as part of the course, including playing Rapunzel in the pantomime Once Upon a Time, where she also discovered a love of performing for children. Nikki is continuing her studies at The University of Adelaide doing the Bachelor of Music Theatre.
Nikki made her Adelaide theatre debut as Heather Chandler in Segue Productions’ Heathers in 2019.
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 both his performances as The Engineer in Miss Saigon (The Met 2019, 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 Jake in the South Australian Premiere of Sideshow (HMC 2018).
Patrick is an amateur theatre hybrid with credits in both musical and straight play theatre, 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 critically acclaimed Our Boys (2017) and more recently, Independent Theatre's The Maltese Falcon. In May 2019, Patrick packed his belongings and moved across to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Applied Business (Entertainment Management). In his spare time, Patrick is an avid and somewhat pretentious film connoisseur - enjoying the vast offerings of foreign language, old-Hollywood and trashy rom-com cinema.
Ruby’s passion for musical theatre began at a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. Most recently, Ruby performed as the ‘Turn Back, O Man’ soloist in Godspell, produced by Irregular Productions and Lydian Productions. She played Hodel in the Therry Dramatic Society's production of Fiddler on the Roof, and understudied the title role and performed in the ensemble for Davine Productions’ Violet. Her performing credits also include Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Misérables produced by The Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Ruby's most recent role was Nicola in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society's 2019 production of Kinky Boots.
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 first developed a taste for performing through high school drama and Scout theatre, but left that passion dormant for many years before rediscovering it in the ensemble of HMC's Sideshow (2018). Since that, he appeared in the Met's Can-Can (2018) as Theophile, as well as The Pirates of Penzance (Therry 2019), Assassins (HMC 2019), Nell Gwynn (Stirling Players 2019) and as Kurt Kelly in Heathers (Segue 2019). Most recently, he played the chronically bashful Charlie Marlow in Blue Sky Theatre's Production of She Stoops to Conquer (2020). When he's not performing, Simon studies and teaches economics.
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 made his South Australian theatre debut in 2018 performing the role of Jud Fry in Oklahoma! On a Farm for Emma Knights Productions. He also recently performed the role of Nicky in Hills Musical Company's award winning production of Avenue Q.
Warren is the Artistic Director of Not The Worst Productions.
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.