December Session: New Year’s Eve Eve

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

About this Session

New Year’s Eve Eve was one of our favourite nights last year, so join us this December as we do it all again.

Celebrate the end of 2018 (ok, it’s a day early but who cares when you’re with your friends!?) with us as we keep the music going and the drinks* flowing – at least until we run out of material. Party hats are optional but encouraged.

Performers can sing anything they like, as long as it fits the Broadway Sessions criteria – a song from a musical or by an established music theatre composer.

*Broadway Sessions regrets to inform you we are unable to cover the bar tab for the night. However, feel free to buy a drink for any of the Broadway Sessions team!

Session Setlist

Act 1
As We Stumble Along (The Drowsy Chaperone) – Jessica Wolfendale
Anybody Have A Map? (Dear Evan Hansen) – Kristin Stefanoff, Sarah Jane Whiteley
Almost There (The Princess And The Frog) – Anjana Prabu
Dancing Through Life (Wicked) – Noah McKay
The I Love You Song (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) – Alisa James, Carly Meakin, Mark Oates
When He Sees Me (Waitress) – Gemma Lyons
I Can Hear The Bells (Hairspray) – Diana Divine
Be Our Guest (Beauty And The Beast) – Simon Barnett
You’ll Be Back (Hamilton) – Cooper James
Fly Fly Away (Catch Me If You Can) – Emilene Whitehead, Sarah Jane Whiteley
One Second And A Million Miles (The Bridges Of Madison County) – Jared Frost, Serena Martino-Williams
The Spark Of Creation (Children Of Eden) – Rebecca Raymond
Something Good (The Sound Of Music)* – Andrew Turner, Megan Doherty
Act 2
Bui Doi (Miss Saigon) – Mark Oates
Somewhere That's Green (Little Shop Of Horrors) – Inkie Elliott-Potter
Out Here On My Own (Michael & Lesley Gore) – Michelle Simper
I Will Survive (Priscilla Queen Of The Desert) – Jen Bais
Be My Baby (Leader Of The Pack) – Kerrie Klinsic
Electricity (Billy Elliot) – Oliver Lawes
On The Right Track (Pippin) – Eloise Quinn-Valentine, Jordan Coulter
Wall In My Head (Everybody's Talking About Jamie) – Ron Abelita
Never Neverland (Flying Away) (Scott Alan) – Sarah Jane Whiteley
Words Fail (Dear Evan Hansen) – Tom Russell
I'm Not Afraid Of Anything (Songs For A New World) – Amy Neumann
Just Say (Matthew Lee Robinson) – Lindsay Prodea
Who Will Love Me As I Am? (Side Show) – Fiona DeLaine, Rebecca Raymond
* promoting an upcoming show

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.

Mark Oates (he/him)

Mark is an award winning South Australian performer whose credits include the Adelaide and Brisbane Festivals, State Opera South Australia, SINGular Productions, Co Opera, Various People, Aerial Artists Australia, and MOatesArt Productions.

In 2022 Mark was nominated for an Adelaide Critic's Circle Award for his body of work. He premiered the dual roles of Ian Duncan and Don Dunstan in Neil Armfield's Ruby Award-winning Watershed: The Death Of Dr Duncan for the Adelaide Festival – while for State Opera South Australia he performed Lt Tom in Voss and Gastone in La Traviata, as well as embarking on a national tour of Love Burns, completing the first orchestration workshop of When The Rain Stops Falling and appearing in Bright Lights, Big Dreams.

Previous Adelaide Festival appearances are Mozart Requiem (2020), Bernstein Mass – featured Street Singer (2012) and Le Grande Macabre - Ruffiak (2010).

In State Opera of South Australia's 2023 season Mark will be appearing as the Defendant in Trial by Jury and in Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore, as well as hosting the Tra La La Bar for the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, with further exciting projects to be announced. In 2021, Mark appeared as Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd and Jack in Love Burns, and opened the year in Carousel. Further highlights with the company include Njegus in The Merry Widow, Arjuna in Satyagraha, John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld, The Cantor in Maria de Buenos Aires (co production with Leigh Warren Dancers – Adelaide Festival Centre Playhouse and Brisbane Festival). Mark is a proud and long-standing State Opera South Australia artist, both as a chorister and a principal performer.

Well known and regarded on the concert stage, Mark also mentors Class of Cabaret for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, works extensively with Primary Schools Music Festival and regularly tours with Aerial Artists Australia in Le Aerial, including Perth Fringeworld, Adelaide Fringe, Auckland Fringe, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre and Port Douglas. Mark is Associate Producer and regular host of Broadway Sessions, Adelaide's long running monthly music theatre focussed, curated open mic night.

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.

Amy Neumann

Amy Neumann returns for her Broadway Sessions swan song before returning to her home in America in August. She recently closed a successful run as Olive in The Odd Couple – Female Version for Blackwood Players. Before moving to Australia, Amy worked across the US as a performer and director. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Ford's Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Round House Theatre, and the American Century Theatre, as well touring the US and Canada in both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Becky Thatcher) and Annie (July). Favorite roles include Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, and Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest.

Amy spent 17 years as a company member of Now This, Washinton DC's only totally improvised musical comedy troupe. She currently teaches for ArtStream, Inc., where she specializes in teaching actors with disabilities. Ms. Neumann holds a BFA in acting from Syracuse University and a Masters of Social Work from the Catholic University of America. Her favorite role is being wife to Jonathan and mum to Micah, 7, and Becca, 5.

Andrew Turner

Andrew recently played Baron Mirko Zeta the State Opera of SA’s production of The Merry Widow. Other roles with that company include Ulrich Eisslinger (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Frank/Dr. Blind (Die Fledermaus), Ping (Turandot), Dancairo (Carmen), Silvio (Pagliacci), First Soldier (Salome), Horemhab (Akhnaten) and Kallenbach (Satyagraha). He has toured Australia with Co-Opera, singing Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Escamillo (Carmen), Falke and Dr. Blind (Die Fledermaus), Silvio and Tonio (Pagliacci), Guglielmo (Cosi fan Tutte), Giuseppe (The Gondoliers) and The Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance). Andrew also performed the role of Don Jose in Carmen for Elephant in the Room and Opera New England.

In the last five Adelaide Fringes, Andrew directed sold-out seasons of The Pirates of Penzance on the Popeye, also playing the role of the Pirate King. He played Ali Hakim in Oklahoma on a Farm. Andrew is a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium and undertook post-graduate studies at the Luxembourg Conservatoire de Musique. In January he will play Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music for Emma Knights Productions and in February 2019 he will sing Cavaradossi in Tosca in the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Anjana Prabu

Anjana is a recent Year 12 graduate with a love for everything music. Anjana has performed in numerous showcases from 5 years of age, performing Les Miserablés' Castle on a Cloud and Aladdin's A Whole New World at her first concerts. Having sparked her passion for musical theatre in 2014, Anjana starred as the Narrator in her school's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. In the next year, Anjana not only viewed The Lion King in Melbourne, but she was Rafiki in The Lion King, for which Buyi Zama (role of Rafiki in Australian cast) provided priceless advice to Anjana after her dogged persistence to meet her at the backstage door!

In addition, Anjana is the lead singer in her school's first student-led Funk Band, who perform arrangements and choreography of artists for example, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire. Anjana's major solo performance of I Was Here from The Colour Purple at her school’s Cabaret night was one to remember. She hopes to pursue more music theatre and songwriting in the upcoming year.

Inkie Elliott-Potter (she/them, she/her)

Inkie has worked in musical theatre for many years as a hobby, starting in Stagecoach in England and performed in many Adelaide Hills-based productions through Inkpot Arts Inc. In more recent years, they performed as part of the chorus in Adelaide Youth Theatre's production of Les Miserables, played the singing role of Ceres in University of Adelaide Theatre Guild's The Tempest, and performed in the 2024 Adelaide Fringe with improv show Chronically-Ill Prepared.

Carly Meakin

Carly started choral singing at a young age in the Adelaide Girls Choir. She performed with "Voiceworks Adelaide" during her tertiary studies and more recently has sung in the Adelaide Symphony Chorale. Her love of singing initially stemmed from performing with choirs, whilst her passion for performing in musicals started in 2005, when she was part of the MS Society's production of Les Misérables.

Since then, Carly has performed in Gilbert and Sullivan's productions of Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver. She has also performed in Davine Productions' Violet, It's Only Life, Beautiful The Carole King Musical, Summer of 69 and A New Brain.

Carly is a High School Music Teacher by trade and is currently the arts coordinator of Gleeson College. Her favourite part of her job is allowing her students to have the experience of performing in musicals. Some of her students from Gleeson are still heavily involved in the Adelaide music theatre scene and some have sung in Broadway Sessions here. She loves the thought that her past students are continuing on with their love of music and musicals.

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.

Diana Divine

Diana Divine is a woman of wit, wonder and otherworldly charm. Bursting onto the Adelaide cabaret and burlesque scene after a life-long love affair with the stage, Diana enthrals all with her powerful stage presence and knack for comedy. Diana is the producer, creator, and official Fearless Leader of The Justass League, an Adelaide burlesque group nominated for "Best Troupe" at the 2018 Busties (Aus burlesque awards), and the self-appointed “human equivalent to finger guns”. As a delightful dame with chronic pain, Diana was thrilled to have her disability and chronic illness cabaret, Singin in the Pain receive a weekly “Best Cabaret” award at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival in its debut season.

Having started her performance journey in school musicals and choirs, she has gone on to test her silky vocals in burlesque and cabaret productions across South Australia, Queensland, and Victoria. Returning to her roots with her new knowledge in tow, Diana is ready to show Broadway sessions what she's made of.

Eloise Quinn-Valentine

Eloise Quinn-Valentine loves to tell stories on stage, and has performed in a variety of musicals, plays, cabarets, and choirs from a young age. Recent highlights include Othello and Seagull (Independent Theatre, 2022), The Hello Girls (Therry Theatre, 2021), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Davine Productions, 2020), Jerusalem (University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, 2019), It’s Only Life (Davine Productions, 2018), Violet: a musical (Davine Productions, 2017), and The Crucible (Royal Holloway University of London Drama Society, 2017). Eloise works and volunteers as an educator across a variety of disciplines and contexts, and particularly loves teaching others about faith, storytelling, compassion, and justice.

Emilene Whitehead

Emilene has always loved singing from an early age. She found her love for music theatre when at the age of 11 she was cast as Ida in her primary school musical Honk! Jr. Since then Emilene began vocal tuition with Rosanne Hosking who has helped her further develop a wide range of vocal skills. Emilene was part of the G&S Society of South Australia’s 2013 and 2014 productions of Oliver! as a member of Fagin’s Gang. As a student at Concordia College she had lead roles in their productions of The Sound of Music (2014), Godspell (2015) and most notably played Tracy in their production of Hairspray (2016). Emilene played the role of Anne Egerman in the G&S Society of South Australia’s production of A Little Night Music (2018) and most recently she played the role of Bridget in Pelican Productions' production of Bring It On (2018). Emilene also enjoyed doing Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camps between the years of 2015-2018.

Emilene has taken a short break from performing due to university commitments but is excited to begin performing again when possible. She is grateful for opportunities like Broadway sessions where she gets a chance to perform!

Fiona DeLaine

Fiona has an Honours degree in performance from Flinders University Drama Centre. She has appeared on television and on stage both professionally, here and interstate and as part of the Adelaide Amateur Theatre community. She has worked in several aspects of theatre from performer to choreographer to director. Maureen from RENT is a dream role in a show she has loved since she was 14 and received the original Broadway album and was privileged enough to see the original Australian production.

Gemma Lyons

Gemma has been performing in musicals since she was very young. Despite being busy with university, she tries to keep up this passion as much as she can. Some of her recent shows have been If/Then (Segue Productions), Little Shop of Horrors (Adelaide Theatre Academy) and Singin' In The Rain Jr (Adelaide Theatre Academy).

Jared Frost

Jared is currently rehearsing the role of The Baker in G&S’s production of Into The Woods. Prior to that his he performed the role of Che in G&S’s Evita (2021), which won him an award nomination for Best Male in a Musical in the Theatre Association of SA’s 2020-21 Theatri-CAL Awards. Also in 2021, Jared played the role of Lt Wessen in Therry’s The Hello Girls (nominated as Best Musical in the same honours). His list of on-stage appearances since 2009 is extensive with roles with G&S, Therry Theatre, The Hills Musical Company, The Met and Davine Productions. Notable roles include Gilbert Chilvers in Betty Blue Eyes, Raoul in Phantom of the Opera, Chris Scott in Miss Saigon, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, Munkonstrap in CATS, Freddy in My Fair Lady, and Man One in John Bucchino’s It’s Only Life. Professionally, Jared has performed as part of the chorus in State Opera of South Australia’s productions of Madame Butterfly, The Merry Widow, and Carmen. 

Jen Bais

Jen has been in a few theatre shows, her last gig in the ensemble of Dusty the Musical. Her fave music is soul, funk and jazz. Jen is usually an active audience appreciation member at Broadway Sessions but occasionally gets up in front of the mic!

Jessica Wolfendale (she/they)

Jess has been involved in Adelaide's theatre scene since 2015, from Guys and Dolls to The Addams Family, to (most recently) A New Brain with Davine Productions. Working as a Stage Manager and general backstage all-rounder, for companies such as Adelaide Festival Centre, State Opera, and Slingsby; they still love to perform – though it's mostly in the car on the way to and from work!

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.

Kerrie Klinsic

In a previous life, Kerrie fronted a pub rock band and also performed in a Roy Orbison tribute show. She treaded the floorboards in Catchy Title's production of RENT, as an ensemble member and Mark's mother, and was a Ronette in Northern Light's Leader of the Pack. As much as she enjoys her day job and family, Kerrie doesn't get much chance to perform these days. She is thrilled to take to the Broadway Sessions stage.

Kristin Stefanoff (she/her)

Kristin is a music teacher, musician, and performer based in the Adelaide Hills. Favourite musical theatre roles include: Muriel (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - Hills Musical Company 2022); Laura (High Fidelity - Hills Musical Company 2021); Vivienne (Legally Blonde - The MET 2021); Simone (Shane Warne The Musical - Segue Productions 2020); Elizabeth (If/Then - Segue Productions 2018); Cathy (The Last Five Years - Segue Productions 2017); Clara (The Light In The Piazza - Davine Productions 2016); Inga (Young Frankenstein - Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2014); Smitty (How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying - Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2013); and Ensemble/Lady of The Lake Understudy (Spamalot - Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2018). Kristin will be playing Ms Gardner/Female Authority Voice in Carrie The Musical with Hills Musical Company in November 2023.

Kristin holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the Elder Conservatorium, majoring in Classical Piano, and has extensive accompanying and pit experience. Music Direction credits include: Heathers: The Musical (Segue Productions 2019); Calamity Jane (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2014); Poor Expectations (Investigator College 2014); Mulan Jr (Investigator College 2013); and Honk! (Investigator College 2011).

Kristin teaches piano, voice, violin and music theory, and loves seeing students grow in confidence as they develop their skills in music.

Megan Doherty

Megan is a graduate of the Music Theatre program at the University of Ballarat and has been performing in theatre and cabaret in Adelaide and beyond for over fifteen years, including a two-year stint in the U.K., where she performed her show The Girl Who Won't Grow Up and premiered a new, as yet untitled piece, at the Pheasantry in London.

She has written and produced several cabarets and concerts, and produced the South Australian and amateur premiere of Matthew Robinson's Sing on Through Tomorrow in 2014. Favourite roles in amateur theatre have included Laurey in Oklahoma!, Phoebe in The Yeomen of the Guard, and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

In 2018 Megan premiered a new cabaret at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, climbed Rocky Mountains once more as a part of The Pirates of Penzance (on the Popeye!), directed the Australian Premiere of Buffy Kills Edward, a Musical Parody, and is playing Petra in A Little Night Music for the G&S Society and Carrie in Rules for Living with the Adelaide Repertory. And that's only the stuff that's confirmed!

Michelle Simper

Michelle Simper is living, working, running, yoga-ing and only just recently, singing in Sydney. She took some time since moving there and her sister's death to want to sing a note. However, small steps is sometimes enough. She is now backing up a lovely lady at the Castle Hill RSL and song writing again. Michelle has surveyed the Sydney theatre scene, which is extensive and extremely talented. The Adelaide amateur theatre regulars know her from coming back to theatre at 30 having been a dancer and acting in Sydney back then. She worked with Shane Davidson and G&S Society of SA for many years, enjoying the participation elements of performing – so ensemble roles where ever possible. Michelle updated her dance and acting training in the 90's by doing Vocal jazz in 2002 and ballroom/latin dancing levels. She has resumed piano lessons which he pianist & composer father is delighted about.

Noah McKay

Noah was with Ink Pot Circus for 2 years and was their stilt walker, and since he has played a variety of roles from a Who in Whoville in Dr Seuss's Seussical in the recent production with Northern Light Theatre Company, to Mr Bennet in Pride and Prejudice with Hills Youth Theatre. Noah also regularly performs with Young Adelaide Voices and has been a member of their choir since 2016.

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.

Rebecca Raymond

Rebecca comes from a rich musical heritage and has been performing for most of her life. Versatile in her style she enjoys performing in all musical genres which has led to her performing as a soloist with many different groups and for varying audiences. She has been a leading soloist with Adelaide’s Soul Factor Gospel Choir for the past 16 years, performs regularly with her Sisters, The Raymond Sisters and for five years was the vocal soloist with the Melbourne Staff Band with whom she toured Australia, Korea and the UK where she had the privilege of singing in the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Rebecca performs corporately as a Singer and Actor. Appearing as a soloist at varying events in Adelaide and Nationally and in Theatre. Memorable roles include the role of Violet Hilton in SideShow (2018) and Aida in Aida (2017) with Hills Musical Company, Sandra Bloom in Big Fish with Therry Dramatic Society (2016), Laurey in Oklahoma! The immersive farm experience with Emma Knights Productions (2016 & 2017), and Cosette in Les Misérables with the G&S Society (2008 & 2009).

When not performing Rebecca teaches singing, has her own Mary Kay Cosmetic business and is a makeup artist. She also teaches Skincare & Self Esteem classes in schools and groups in the community.

Ron Abelita

Music has always been part of Ron’s life. As part of Novo Concertante Manila, an international award-winning chamber choir in the Philippines, Ron travelled to Europe and Asia performing a wide range of A Cappella music of various genres in competitions and concerts. Since moving to Adelaide in 2010, he found his passion for music theatre in both amateur and professional productions. Ron has done shows including Miss Saigon (MCMT 2011 & MMTC 2019), Bernstein Mass & Ennio Morriconne Live (ASO 2012), Forbidden Broadway (MCMT 2012), The Cross (ACTS 2013 & 2014), Chorus for Andrea Bocelli (ASO 2014), Rent (MCMT 2016), Godspell (IP & LP 2018).

Ron had a fabulous time with G&S' Kinky Boots in his first lead role as Lola in September 2019. Weeks after KB, Ron is covered up from head to toe as Sr Mary Amnesia in MBM’s production of Nunsense A-Men! Ron secretly wishes that like Hamilton, more shows and production outfits will now start to be inclusive and recognise talent over race and culture, to play roles not usually given to people of colour. In February 2016, Ron first took part in Broadway Sessions and is again thrilled to take part in this month's session.

Sarah Jane Whiteley

Sarah is a highly trained professional vocalist and musician. She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Masters in Teaching. She is both a practitioner and a fan of the Estill Voice Model and Kodaly pedagogical approach. She founded the Sarah Jane Voice Studio in 2015 and coaches voice users of all ages and abilities.

Sarah performs in both private and corporate settings around Adelaide as well as musical theatre. Theatre and cabaret credits include Rent (MCMT), Evita (The Met), Sugar (The Met), Smokey Joes Café (Hills), The Channel 9 Easter Special, The Blues Brothers (Ad Fringe), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Music Director; MCMT), Sex and the Musical (Ad. Fringe, EK Pro), Heathers the Musical (Segue Pro), Shane Warne the Musical (Segue Pro) and her own show depicting the life of the irreplaceable Bette Midler; From A Distance, the Glory of Bette (Ad Fringe). 

She is also a lover of scrapbooking and is obsessed with curious minds magazines!

Serena Martino-Williams

Serena began performing with the Adelaide Youth Theatre in 2011 and since, has played many roles for the youth theatre such as Tracy in Hairspray, Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Dragon in Shrek the Musical and most recently as Elphaba in their production of Wicked. Serena has also performed in many shows for Emma Knights Productions, including as Ado Annie in Oklahoma: On a Farm!, Buffy in Buffy Kills Edward and as New York Woman in I Love You Because.

Recently, Serena performed the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera for the G&S Society of SA, and has played Elphaba in Wicked and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Serena has also performed many roles professionally for companies such as The Entertainment Store and Heaps Good Productions, most recently in the successful season of Snowmageddon at the South Australian Maritime Museum. In addition to musical theatre, Serena performs regularly with The Three Little Sisters, an Andrews Sisters tribute show, and performs in and directs The Honey-Bees, a 60s-tribute show.

Simon Barnett (he/him)

Simon has been a regular on Adelaide amateur stages since appearing in the ensemble of HMC's Sideshow (2018), appearing in both plays and musicals. Highlights include Kurt in Heathers (Segue Productions, 2019), Charlie Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer (Blue Sky Theatre, 2020), Warner in Legally Blonde (The Met, 2021) and Boland in Dogfight (St Judes Players, 2022). Simon will next be appearing as Tommy in Carrie with HMC. Simon tries to balance theatre with his other hobbies of cycling and running, usually without success.

Tom Russell

Tom’s professional acting career began in 2008 when cast in Glendyn Ivin's feature film, Last Ride opposite Hugo Weaving. In 2009 Tom was honoured with an AFI nomination for Best Young Actor for his performance in the film. Tom went on to play the pivotal role of Young Fish in Screentime’s adaptation of Tim Winton’s best selling novel Cloudstreet.

Tom’s other feature film credits to date are Matching Jack, The Tree, Daniel, Deadline Gallipoli and Boys in the Trees.

Tom has performed in multiple shows across Adelaide, both professional and amateur. In 2008 and 2009 He played Gavroche in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society production, Les Misérables. He has also been apart of many of Scotch College's musicals, including Pirates of Penzance, West Side Story, Les Misérables and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Tom is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts – Acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts.

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.