The end of January means the end of holidays for many. What better way to jump start your real year than by being part of the first Broadway Sessions for 2019?
This month is performer’s choice, which means you can submit any song from a musical, or by a recognised musical theatre writer (as long as it’s written in the musical theatre style!) in your registration. Register today to be part of the fun!
This month’s Session includes a performance by the cast of Davine Productions’ Adelaide Fringe Musical, Judge Jackie.
Your Session Host
David trained operatically at Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music, shortly after which he abandoned Opera for the Piano Bar and Cabaret singing in pubs and clubs – which he has done throughout Australia for nearly thirty years. In the world of musical theatre his stage credits include; ensemble member & understudy for the role of Edna Turnblad; Australian touring production of Hairspray, Edna Turnblad for Matt Byrne Media's Hairspray; Nicely Nicely Johnson in the South Australian Theatre Company production of Guys & Dolls; Richard ‘The Nice Nurse’ in the Australian premiere production of William Finn’s, A New Brain.
David has performed on multiple occasions with the Adelaide Cabaret Festival & also toured in Cabaret Festivals throughout Australia. His performance and writing credits include; Wireless – Chapel off Chapel and Black Box Theatre, Melbourne and Cole’s Girls - Adelaide, Sydney & Melbourne Cabaret, Comedy & Fringe Festivals. David now resides in Adelaide and has been working with Ding Productions in both a performance & wiriting capacity. He hosted the 2012 Adelaide Theatre Guide awards and is a private singing teacher. David launched Davine Interventionz in 2013 with his directorial debut in the Adelaide Fringe 2013 with a production of Altar Boyz. Since then he has produced and directed productions of Flower Children: The Mamas and the Papas Story and Xanadu amongst others. Most recently David produced and directed the Australian Premiere of The Story Of My Life and produced Adam Guttel's The Light In The Piazza in the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Aimee is an avid music lover and an aunty. She currently attends Tutti Arts and participates in their music program 3 days a week. Aimee loves performing and will take each opportunity to do so, participating in the performing arts group No Strings Attached, sings with the Tutti Choir and Poco Choir, and is also a member of the worlds first all girl disability music group The Sisters of Invention. The Sisters of Invention, have seen Aimee perform at numerous events such as The Special Olympics Closing Ceremony, Womad and The Fringe Festival. Aimee and her music group The Sisters of Invention are recording their new album which should be released later this year. Aimee and her music group recently appeared on ABC iView Get Crackin.
Alex is fairly new to the musical theatre scene, realising her passion a few years ago when she played grass in her high school's production of The Lion King. Ever since then she has started auditioning for out of school shows, most recently being cast in the internationally acclaimed #Nofilter show that will be performing a season during the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019. She hopes to continue her passion for music by studying classical voice at the Conservatorium of Music. Her dream role would be playing a pie on the shelf in the musical Waitress. That, or a pigeon in Mary Poppins.
Anastasia has been singing and dancing from a young age and was thrilled to discover at the end of primary school that the two could be combined! She has taken part in various school musicals and been involved in Pelican Productions since 2010. Anastasia is now studying Education at Flinders University, where she helped set up Flinders Uni Performing Arts Society to meet more theatre-minded people; FUPAS also recently produced their first play to great success. In her free time, Anastasia enjoys singing with Young Adelaide Voices and jamming out with her friends.
Brianna is a 15-year-old musical theatre student. She has been studying music for 4 years and has a passion for the theatre. Her mentor is her singing teacher, Cindy McDonald and her inspiration is Elaine Paige and Michael Crawford. Her favourite musicals consist of the Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, CATS and My Fair Lady. Brianna would love to pursue her passion in the musical theatre world.
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 (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 played 'Woman 2' in Edges with Irregular Productions, 'Shelby' in Steel Magnolias with IpSkip, 'The Lady of the Lake' in Spamalot with Marie Clark, and the ‘Sour Kangaroo’ in Seussical with Northern Light. Most recently Casmira played nine characters in Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court with Davine Productions at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Cordelia first started singing at the young age of six as part of Young Adelaide Voices in 2004 and has yet to stop. Her first introduction to musical theatre was at Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp in 2010, where she fell in love with musicals and the theatre. Since then she has auditioned for as many roles as possible, landing her first role, and dream role, of Nancy in Now Productions Oliver! in 2016.
Cordelia's roles also include Brigitta in The Sound of Music, Aunt Em/Glinda in The Wizard of Oz and the Narrator in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has performed in the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Smells Like Teen Spirit in 2018, her first non-musical show since high school, and Jenny Lind in Barnum with Now Productions in 2019. She is currently studying Film and TV at MAPS film school.
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.
Such mystery. Such wonder.
22-year-old Dylan Rufus has been in the South Australian theatre community since 2011; assuming many roles: including audio-visual design and technician, stagehand and stage manager, musician and musical director, actor, writer and composer—with his recent contribution in the University of South Australia’s self-written production of Behind Closed Doors in 2018. Dylan’s onstage work has seen him in musicals such as Grease, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd, and Spring Awakening, amongst other plays and pantomimes.
The previous year (2018) saw Dylan as Orin Scrivello D.D.S. in Little Shop of Horrors (Adelaide Theatre Academy), Giles/Angel/Dr Cullen in Emma Wiley’s Buffy Kills Edward and Slim/Cord Elam in Oklahoma! on a Farm (Emma Knights Productions), and the Newcomer in Avenue Q (Hills Musical Company). Later in 2019, Dylan will be featured as Paul Kelly/Principal Gowan/Leonard Sawyer in Segue Production’s Heathers: the Musical in September.
Outside of the theatre, Dylan is completing his MMET Master of Teaching in Secondary Education through the University of South Australia, and Associate Performers Diploma in Piano through Australia and New Zealand Cultural Arts (ANZCA).
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.
At 22, Georgia is still exploring Adelaide's theatre community with wide eyes. With a later start than some, Georgia began performing with Pelican Productions at 14, and continued to do so for six years. Her most recent feat with the company was in 2017 in Bring it On: The Musical, where she played the part of Bridget. In high school, Georgia was an avid performer, participating in every musical and vocal group she could be a part of.
In 2014, she was rewarded for her efforts when she received the C E Wattchow Music shield and the Adelaide Festival Award at her graduation. Since graduating, Georgia has spread her love of the performing arts overseas, by working as a drama instructor in a summer camp in Arizona. She is now currently studying a Bachelor of International Tourism at Flinders University and most recently starred in the MET's production of High Society as the precocious Dinah Lord.
Gil is a member of the Elder Conservatorium Chorale and the Adelaide Symphony Chorus.
He has performed in various community theatres in Adelaide such as Miss Saigon (Marie Clark), Kiss of the Spider Woman (The Sterling Community Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Matt Byrne Media) as part of the ensemble. He played the back-to-back role of Pontius Pilate in the Way of the Cross Musical (Angelico Christian Theatrical Society Inc.) in 2013 and 2014 productions.
Gil has sung as part of the chorus in numerous concerts with the Adelaide Symphony Chorus and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring and Andrea Bocelli Concert both at the Entertainment Centre Arena and in Ennio Morricone Live at the Elder Park. He also sang in the chorus in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Britten's War Requiem and Last Night of the Proms with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Chorus, all at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.
Gil is a member of Four Seasonings, a quartet which performs in various venues and performed in various fund-raising concerts and private functions.
Hayley is 19 and has been passionate about theatre since joining Adelaide Theatre Academy (formerly Theatre Bugs) in 2007. In 2017 she was in their elite Showstoppers class after six years of their previous top class, Performance Troupe. She performed with Peter Combe for 6 years, joining him on his Australian Tour, soloing, and assisting in choreography. She was in the Festival of Music’s Performance Troupe, soloing in 2011 and 2012. She was in Fagin’s Gang in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Oliver productions in both 2013 and 2014, and sung in the Australian Youth Ballet’s production of Nutcracker in 2015.
Hayley was in Adelaide Youth Theatre’s Hairspray in 2014 and was a Boylan Sister in Annie in 2015. In 2017 she was a featured soloist for Shane Davidson’s Wicked. Her highlights for Adelaide Theatre Academy include soloing in annual Cabarets, the Mirror in Snow White, Tweedle Dum in Alice in Wonderland, Mrs Mayor in Seussical, and Corey Senior in Back to the ’80s. In high school, she danced in the Special Interest Dance Program for 3 years and gained top marks in her drama class in The Black Raven Inn. She has taken vocal lessons for 10 years, the last six being with Randall Boscoe.
As well as performing, Hayley has also stage managed three productions and designed the lighting, visuals, and sound for many other school and charity productions. After a year hiatus to focus on studying Cognitive Neuroscience at UniSA, Hayley is eager to return to the stage at Broadway Sessions.
Hilary Bruer is an Adelaide violinist, singer, teacher, and disco tragic. She loves Broadway Sessions, ABBA, and cares for two beautiful, although batty, elderly cats.
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, did a full-time dance course last year (which is hilarious if you know Jemma, who is a mover at best), and has survived the first term of her Bachelor of Music Theatre at the University of Adelaide (whaaaaaat?!)...
Her biggest accomplishments to date have been falling down stairs on stage and peeing in a bush at an audition
Josh is a 20 year old performer and has been singing for as long as he can remember. He started singing in church from a very young age and performed in his first musical as Doody in Grease (2013) by Pelican Productions. Since then, Josh fell in love with musical theatre performance and has been involved in many musicals playing roles such as Tyrone Jackson in Fame 2015 (Marie Clark Music Theatre) and most recently as Marius Pontmercy in Les Misérables 2017 (G&S).
Outside of theatre, Josh sings in a Filipino church choir ‘Fructus Augustini’, is a songwriter, and plays guitar, ukulele and the Cajon. He is currently in his final year in a Bachelor (with Honours) of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering degree at the University of Adelaide in 2018 and hopes to study/pursue musical theatre after he completes engineering this year. Josh will be performing in Davine Interventionz's It's Only Life for the 2018 Fringe season and will also be performing as Judas in Irregular/Lydian Productions' Godspell in May.
Music has always been a big part of Kat's life. After joined Young Adelaide Voices at the age 7, she found a love for performance and has since been an active member of YAV. Through the organisation, Kat has performed with the ASO, in the Adelaide Festival and has toured Europe.
Upon discovering a passion for musical theatre she has performed in high school musicals, in the ensemble in Lion King Jr and as Nibs in Peter Pan Jr. While she hopes to study cuisine, Kat aspires to continue musical theatre performance and take any opportunity she can.
Kurt debuted in the Adelaide musical theatre scene in 2017, where he played in the ensemble and Cesar Rodriguez in Saturday Night Fever with MBM, Hugo Peabody in Bye Bye Birdie with the Met, as well as ensemble and the Pied Piper in Shrek the Musical with AYT in January of 2018. Taking a small hiatus after Shrek to work on his newly developing singing and acting skills, as well as continuing work on his dance training of many years, Kurt has made a return to the theatre scene – playing the role of Scott Hastings in MBM's Strictly Ballroom in 2019.
Mim has been singing for as long as she can remember. She began drama lessons at Theatre Bugs at the age of 5, and was a student there for almost a decade. She began voice lessons with Kim Spargo in 2008 and musical theatre training with Patrick Lim in 2009, giving her the opportunity to perform in a number of youth productions, including playing Belle in Beauty and the Beast Jr. and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical! Jr. (both with Swell Productions). She continued her theatre education at Pembroke School, playing the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2010 and studying High Level Theatre in the International Baccalaureate program from 2011-12 under the tutelage of Julianne English.
She is now heavily involved in the Adelaide amateur theatre scene, having worked companies such as the Hills Musical Company, Therry Dramatic Society, Emma Knights Productions and Davine Interventionz, amongst others. Her favourite roles include Wendla Bergman in Spring Awakening (HMC, 2017), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (HMC, 2015), Margot in Legally Blonde: The Musical (HMC, 2014) and Beth March in Little Women (Therry, 2013). She is a regular performer and occasional host of the popular event Broadway Sessions.
From 2013 to 2014 she studied at Graceland University, USA, on a vocal scholarship, where she was involved in a number of stage shows, most notably playing Audrey in the homecoming musical Little Shop of Horrors.
Mim is a singing teacher at Theatre Bugs and is looking forward to Musically Directing their production of Little Shop of Horrors in the Adelaide Fringe, March 2017. She is also an avid songwriter and lyricist and is planning to develop this aspect of her artistry in the near future.
Nikki is a passionate performer. She has just finished studying full-time dance at ACPA to become the strongest mover she can possibly be.
Rachel Bruerville is a composer, cellist, singer, and writer, who is proud to call Adelaide her home. She has a cat named Larry, and when she’s not in a rehearsal, you might find her hanging out in the Hufflepuff common room. Rachel’s main performing activity is in her role as a core member of the Adelaide Chamber Singers, as well as playing the cello in various theatre pits, and with her band, Minority Tradition. Significant achievements include working on the South Australian and national tours (2016-17) of Patch Theatre Company’s Emily Loves to Bounce, and composing and performing her original solo cello/vocal score in the award-winning 2017 Adelaide Fringe theatre production Stories in the Dark.
Riki De Jesus
Riki started singing in the choir back in the Philippines and London. When he moved to Adelaide in 2012, with the encouragement of his friends (The Four Seasonings), he was able to perform in different musical productions including, The Phantom of the Opera, The Cross, The Addams Family, Mary Poppins and in June and July at the Arts and Shedley theatres, Strictly Ballroom under the direction of Matt Byrne.
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 acapella music of various genres. He has also participated in competitions and concerts to international audiences. Ron continues to explore music as a chorus member of The Elder Conservatorium Chorale. He has found a new passion for musical theatre in both amateur and professional productions. Since moving to Australia in 2010, Ron has done Miss Saigon (MCMT 2011), Bernstein Mass (ASO 2012), Ennio Morriconne Live (ASO 2012), Kiss of the Spider Woman (HMC 2012), Forbidden Broadway (MCMT 2012), Phantom of the Opera (MBM 2013), The Cross (ACTS 2013 & 2014), part of the chorus for Andrea Bocelli (ASO 2014), Rent (MCMT 2016), Godspell (IP & LP 2018). Ron recently played a part in Miss Saigon (MMTC 2019) and will play Sr Mary Amnesia in an upcoming November production of Nunsense A-Men! (MBM 2019). Ron secretly wishes that like Hamilton, more and more shows and production outfits will now allow everyone 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.
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.
Sarah Jane Whiteley
After training under some of the most sought-after music and performance coaches in Australia Sarah has gained a wide range of technical knowledge and skills. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance and attended many different courses in the prestigious Estill Voice Model. Teachers including Adelaide’s darling ‘Charmaine Jones’, jazz mistress ‘Anita Wardell’, clinical voice consultant Helen Tiller, Certified Estill Master Teacher and Course Instructor Naomi Eyers. Sarah is currently perusing producing and musical directing goals as well as studying a Masters in Teaching.
A professional vocalist, Sarah performs in both private and corporate settings around Adelaide as well as musical theatre. Credits include Rent (MCMT), Evita (The Met), Sugar (The Met), Smokey Joes Café (Hills), The Blues Brothers (Adelaide Fringe), the ever-growing event; Civic Park Carols and her own show From A Distance, the Glory of Bette. Sarah will also be appearing in Emma Knights production of Sex and the Musical in the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Sarah is excited to produce her ‘Bette Midler’ show From a Distance, the Glory of Bette in the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019 for the 2nd year running.
Suan’s theatre credits in Adelaide include: The King And I as Kralahome for the Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company (2017), The Phantom of the Opera in the Ensemble for Matt Byrne Media (2013), The Cross (2014), Kiss of the Spider Woman as Marcos for the Hills Musical Theatre Company (2012), Miss Saigon in the Ensemble for Marie Clark Musical Theatre (2011).
In Perth, he has performed at the His Majesty Theatre, in principal roles: A Date with Spring 我與春天有個約會in Cantonese (2011), and Butterfly Lovers 梁山伯與祝英台 in Mandarin (2008).
In Malaysia/Singapore/China, the recent shows include: XuanZang: Journey to the West at the Istana Budaya (2012), and A Tribute to YaoMin with Han Production (2014). Earlier performances in principal roles, as soloist or chorus were with the Selangor Philharmonic Choir, the Music Theatre, the Dama Orchestra, Five Arts, and the Kuala Lumpur Chinese Opera Club (1970 – 2010). The shows include: A Slice of Saturday Night, The Fantasticks, Reunion, Refuge Images, Yap Ah Loy, The Splendour of Tai Hei, The Sound of Music, Porgy And Bess, Lady White, Spring Kisses Lover’s Tears, Flower Drum Song, The King And I, South Pacific, and Macbeth.
Since his debut in 2012, Steven has been involved in a number of Adelaide amateur musical theatre shows both on and offstage. These include ensemble roles in If/Then (Segue Productions, 2018), Spamalot (Marie Clark Musical Theatre, 2018), Bye Bye Birdie (The Met, 2017), Fiddler on the Roof (Therry, 2017), Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S, 2016), Mary Poppins (MBM, 2015), Legally Blonde (Hills Musical Company, 2014), Xanadu (Davine Interventions, 2014), Eurobeat (NLTC, 2013) and Copacabana (The Met, 2012), the role of Ralph Malph in Happy Days (NLTC, 2015), as well as crewing for MBM in Phantom of the Opera (2013) and Hairspray (2012). In 2016, he performed in the ensemble of MBM's SA amateur premiere of Wicked, and was thankful to understudy the role of Fiyero. Steven also attended the first Australian Musical Theatre Workshop in January 2013, overseen by Harvest Rain in Brisbane, and has regularly performed in the community choir for the Tea Tree Gully Council's Carols in the Park for the past 5 years.
Steven also has singing and dancing experience dating back 20 years, which include singing in the Adelaide Festival Choir (1996), boys competitive gymnastics (1994-1996), various dancing and singing lessons, and being a Zumba instructor (2011-2014). Steven really feels that musical theatre is where he feels most himself, and looks forward to many more years of performing and sharing lasting memories with other performers in the field.
Tielah is a full-time History student at the University of Adelaide who is working towards a Post-Grad degree and also pursues her passion for performing in whatever time she can scrape together. Her deep-rooted passion for musical theatre has lead to roles through many youth theatre productions, and a few South Coast Choral and Arts Society shows. She was head of the ensemble in SCCAS's production of Sweeney Todd and also played the role of Madame Fogg: the keeper of the asylum. Her most recent role was in SCCAS's production of Cinderella and the Pirates playing Captain Blackbeard (written by director Jonathan Ogilvie).
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.