About this Session
Back by popular demand, Adelaide’s monthly music theatre performance and curated open-mic night explores the songs from Disney musicals and movies.
This Fringe we invite you to Be Our Guest as some of Adelaide’s favourite music theatre performers help make Disney Part of Your World. Now, I Won’t Say (I’m In Love), but we think this one will really Go The Distance.
There are plenty of both well-known and unknown Disney songs that will take you from Zero to Hero. But don’t just sit in the audience thinking I Wan’na Be Like You — YOU could perform on-stage with the Broadway Sessions band. Register your song suggestions today and help turn those Poor Unfortunate Souls in the audience into true Disney addicts. Trust us… Mother Knows Best.
Your Session Host
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.
AJ Patel is ecstatic to be performing at Broadway Sessions once again! AJ was born and raised in Maryland, USA, where he performed in several musicals since the age of 8. When he's not in class studying musical theatre at The University of Adelaide, he likes to spend his time eating. AJ would like to thank his friends and family back home who helped have him throughout his journey in the theatre.
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 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.
Amy has always had a passion for performing and, having spent most of her teenage years on the stage, is not one to shy away from the spotlight. She has played 'Sandy' in Grease, 'The Narrator' in Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat and 'Fantine' in Les Misérables, to name a few. She was incredibly lucky to be given the opportunity to perform at Her Majesty's Theatre in London's West End at just 14 years of age. Late last year she achieved a very special role as ‘Squisher’ in the regional tour of Squisher and Squasher: The Great Bug Hunt. This professional tour travelled throughout WA and allowed Amy to do what she loves; perform to children.
Her company Glass Slipper Entertainment was setup 3 years ago and has seen Amy perform at over 400 parties/events; the reaction that she gets as the children open the door to see that character in front of them will always remain her favourite part of being a ‘real princess’.
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.
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 Glibert and Sullivan's productions of Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver. She has also performed in Davine Productions' Violet, It's Only Life and is currently performing with Davine Productions once more in the South Australian premier of Beautiful, The Carole King Musical.
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 past Broadway Sessions here. She loves the thought that her past students are continuing on with their love of music and musicals.
Claudia is a 20-year-old performer who has just graduated from a Diploma in Music: Musical Theatre in Sydney. She is currently finishing off her Bachelor of Business at UniSA and hopes to one day combine the two qualifications and take over Disney - eventually leading to world domination.
Cooper, 14, loves every aspect of performing, but above all musical theatre and dance. He was lucky enough to make his professional debut playing Kurt in The Sound of Music in 2016. Cooper is studying Drama at Brighton High School in the Company Bright program and is learning the Oboe. He is passionate about dance and attends Generation Dance learning ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre.
Cooper receives his vocal coaching from Carolyn Ferrie and in 2018 was a soloist for the Festival of Music. In 2016 he joined Pelican Productions and played the cheeky Rooster Hannigan in Annie Jr. Cooper was one of a select group of performers from around Australia to participate to the Junior Theatre Celebrations in the Disney Newsies Jr Pilot (2017) playing Crutchie and in Sister Act (2018) playing Joey. He has enjoyed playing a variety of characters at Pelican Productions MTC including Barnum in The Greatest Showman, Mr Mistoffelees from Cats, Danny from Grease, Marlin from Finding Nemo and hamming it up singing ‘I Eat More’ from Willy Wonka. Cooper has also performed a number of shows with Promise Adelaide.
When he isn’t singing or dancing you will find Cooper listening to music, teaching himself guitar, piano or with his head in a book.
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.
Duncan has been working semi- professionally in theatre and performance since graduating high school in 2014. Soon after, he began his tertiary studies at the University of New England studying a Bachelor of Theatre and Performance. In 2018 he received a Diploma in Arts and in 2019 Duncan was accepted into the Bachelor of Music Theatre program through the Elder Conservatorium at The University of Adelaide, where he played the role of Moritz in the inaugural production of Spring Awakening in the same year.
In addition, he has performed for Little Fish Entertainment in Spring Awakening (2020), and Chicago (2018).
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 recently 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, Oklahoma, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd, and Spring Awakening, amongst other plays and pantomimes.
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 (Emma Knights Productions), and the Newcomer in Avenue Q (Hills Musical Company). Dylan’s recently portrayed Principal Gowan/Veronica’s Dad/Kurt’s Dad in Segue Productions’ Heathers: The Musical and will be playing John Hinkley, Jr. in Hills Musical Company’s Assassins in November.
Outside of the theatre, Dylan is completing his MMET Master of Teaching in Secondary Education through the University of South Australia, and the Associate Performers Diploma in Pianoforte through Australia and New Zealand Cultural Arts (ANZCA).
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.
Jaxon is 15 years old and is currently receiving vocal coaching from David Gauci along with being a member of the Showstoppers class with Adelaide Theatre Academy. Jaxon recently performed the role of Captain Hook in Adelaide Theatre Academy's 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival production of Peter Pan. In 2019 he was also involved in the production of 13:The Musical playing the lead role of Evan Goldman along with the Adelaide Fringe performance of Oliver playing the role of Fagin. Jaxon found his love of music when he was 4 years old when he began lessons with Theatre Bugs, after a small break he joined Deborah Kaye Dance Studio's where he took part in theatre, hip hop and singing classes. This sparked his love for musical theatre which led him to audition for Singing in the Rain Jr. in 2017 where he was part of the ensemble. His love for theatre and singing grew and he became a singing student with Theatre Bugs and in 2018 successfully auditioned for the part of Mr Bernstein in Little Shop of Horrors.
As well as his love for theatre he has a love of scouting and took part in Adelaide Gang Show 2019 which is part of Scouts SA Performing Arts Section. Jaxon is currently a year 10 student at Gleeson College, after moving from St. Pauls. He has been a member of the cast for the St Pauls and Kildare musicals since 2016 playing a leading role in the 2018 production of Sheerluck Holmes and recently featured in Gleeson College's production of Footloose. Jaxon's favourite musician is Elton John, however, he enjoys most genres of music. His favourite Broadway musicals are The Book of Mormon, Hamilton, Falsettos and Beetlejuice.
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.
Since the tender age of 7, Justine has known the stage has been for her. Justine has had several years of singing tuition from Katrina Caton of Action Voice and from Jennifer McDonald from the Jennifer McDonald School of Singing. She has also had the pleasure of performing with groups such as the Mighty Good Talent School and Theatrebugs, Pelican Productions, The Southern Youth Theatre Ensemble and most currently SA Light Opera. Her favorite (and only roles to date) have been Azuri in The Desert Song, Lady Saphir in Patience as well as an emergency understudy in SA Light Opera's 2019 season of Princess Ida as Sacharissa.
Justine has always welcomed new experiences and performing in Broadway Sessions is something that she has always aspired to do. Justine would like to thank all the people that have helped her make her dream a reality and she looks forward to performing both through 2019 and for many years in the future yet to come.
Karen has been involved with a number of theatre companies in Adelaide over the last 15 years. Some of her stage highlights include Oliver, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Avenue Q and Spamalot. She hasn't been on stage in a show since 2014 because the role of "Mother of Two" keeps her busy these days. Therefore, Karen loves being able to perform at Broadway Sessions as often as possible.
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...).
Maya’s love of musical theatre began at an early age, with her journey in performance beginning with Pelican Productions. Since then, Maya’s theatre credits include The Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016) and Les Misérables (2017), Lydian Productions and Irregular Productions’ Godspell (2018) as the ‘By My Side’ soloist, Marie Clark Musical Theatre’s Anything Goes (2019) as Hope Harcourt, Segue Productions’ Heathers (2019) as Heather McNamara, and most recently Davine Productions' Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as Cynthia Weil (2020). Maya is a primary school Dance/Drama teacher, and she finds so much joy in being able to share her love of musical theatre with her students.
Since diving into his passion for drama and musical theatre in high school, Nick hasn't stopped! He's performed in a number of plays and through he enjoys traditional theatre, his heart rests with singing. He will never forget his first musical Legally Blonde and has since performed twice at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. He never lets his studies get in the way of strengthening his skills and he enjoys pushing his limits. His 2019 highlights include a radio play of It's a Wonderful Life with Wings2Fly Theatre where he performed several roles, and Heathers The Musical with Segue Productions in the ensemble role of Preppy Stud.
Paige is 19 years old. She has performed in many musical theatre productions with Adelaide Youth Theatre over many years, most recently performing in the role of Audrey with Adelaide Theatre Academy's production of Little Shop of Horrors. Paige has also travelled overseas with the Australian Youth Performing Arts team, performing in Hong Kong, USA, London and Paris. She has been undertaking vocal tuition with Kirsty Roberts and Amelie Peters over the past 6 years. Recently graduating Year 12 in 2017 Paige travelled to the USA in 2018 to work at Summer Camp and is now back returning to pursue her love of singing and performing.
Robyn has been performing and teaching for over 20 years in various guises. After completing her Bachelor of Music, the stage wooed her and she has since performed with the Hills Musical Company, Northern Light Theatre and Matt Byrne Media. Her favourite performances have included; Rita in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Matt Byrne Media; Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers and Vera in Stepping Out, for the Hills Musical Company; Sukie in The Witches of Eastwick and Kathy in Singing in the Rain with Northern Light theatre company.
Over the past three years, she has been the lead vocalist for the 60’s band, The Highlights, performed in the 60s Down Under matinee series, and worked as a backing vocalist for the 2017 Adelaide Fringe show, A Tribute to George Harrison. With a background in jazz music, she was also given the opportunity to sing with the Lindy Hip Big Band for two years, and features on their CD.
Robyn has just completed Northern Light Theatre's season of Dusty the Musical, playing the lead role of Dusty Springfield.
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.
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.
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.
As a child, you could always find William screaming into his SingStar microphone and dancing to High School Musical. These habits evolved into Williams love for singing and dancing. William was very slow to get into the musical theatre world, only finding his love for musicals when he was 16.
In Williams short musical career he has performed in Jekyll and Hyde, In which he portrayed several important characters including "Angry Man 1", "Rich Man" and "Scared Man #2", Anything Goes where he was Reverand Henry T Dobson, and Once Upon a Matress where he performed his first leading role as Prince Dauntless the Drab.