This month, we’re trying something new on for size. Performers often ask if they can come to Broadway Sessions in full costume, and, normally, the answer is an unfortunate “no”.
While we love to channel our inner Fantine as much as we can, Broadway Sessions is normally about the performance and not about the set, props and costumes that go with a fully-staged musical. For one night only though, we’re willing to lift the ban and invite performers to go costume-mad. As this forms part of our theme, performers are required to either wear a costume that represents their character, or at least have something on or with them that is representative of their character. Think cos-play, but for musical theatre – a CosTUNE Party!
We are also encouraging our audience to join in on the fun, and while certainly not required for entry, we will be celebrating the best-dressed audience members and performers with recognition, praise, and a prize. Broadway Sessions will revert to being a non-costumed event after March, so take it in, become one with your favourite character, and dress to impress!
Your Session Host
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.
AJ Patel is ecstatic to be performing at Broadway Sessions for his second time. 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.
Aled has been performing in community theatre productions since 2013, predominantly musical productions but with ever increasing dips into less musical waters. He has been working himself overtime this performance season as he was just recently in the cast of Vintage Hitchcock with Tea Tree Players and is currently playing the Minstrel in Once Upon a Mattress with Marie Clark. Some of his production highlights include playing Inspector Kemp in Marie Clark's 2014 production of Young Frankenstein, Joe Vegas in Marie Clark's 2015 production of Fame, Sir Bors/Dancing Nun/Ensemble in Marie Clark's 2018 production of Spamalot, and William Featherstone in Galleon Theatre's 2018 production of How the Other Half Loves.
Outside of theatrical endeavours, Aled has completed Certificates II, III and IV in Music at TAFE SA and a BA in Music at Tabor College, is the current president of The Little Para Singers community choir which he has been in since 2011, and has just reached his 13 month moustache anniversary.
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 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.
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.
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.
Emily Smith lives in rural South Australia and loves to perform. When not on stage she is a mum to three boys, university student, and instrumental music teacher.
Emma is 9 years old. She currently takes singing lessons at Pelican Productions and attends Theatre Bugs' Broadway class. She will be performing with Peter Combe at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival and in Pelican's upcoming production of Disney's The Little Mermaid.
A Tasmanian ex-pat, Grace has been treading the boards of the theatre since the tender age of two. Originally trained in classical ballet at the Tasmanian Academy of Dance, Grace naturally fell into musical theatre through the vocal tutelage of Patrice Sargison. A triple threat, Grace has performed as a member of the ensemble for CATS and Fiddler on the Roof, also taking on the roles of “Kate” in Annie (which she revisited as an adult as a Boylan Sister/Featured Vocalist & Dancer) for Encore Theatre, “Ronette” in Little Shop of Horrors, “Natalie Haller” in All Shook Up, “Tiffany” in Back to the 80s and Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest for Scotch Oakburn College. Whilst studying, she performed annually in the Little Theatre for the Uni of Adelaide’s infamous Law Revue. Now a graduate lawyer, Grace is looking forward to utilising her love of theatre (read: ability to curb crippling nerves in front of an audience) in the courtroom!
Jaxon is 14 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 has recently been involved in Adelaide Theatre Academy's 2019 October production of 13:The Musical playing the lead role of Evan Goldman and was also involved in the Adelaide Fringe Festival production of Oliver playing the lead 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 will soon be taking part in Adelaide Gang Show which is part of Scouts SA Performing Arts Section. Jaxon is currently a year 9 student at Gleeson College, after recently 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 is no stranger to the stage in Adelaide. She has worked with various theatre companies over the last 10 years. Some of the highlights including, Oliver!, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Avenue Q and Spamalot. Although Karen hasn’t been on stage in a show since 2014 (because she has been living the Mum life), she really enjoys being able to still perform at Broadway Sessions as often as possible.
Louisa is a singer and actor from Singapore. Having performed as a concubine, peasant, and various unnamed chorus girls in musicals and operas, she is now continuing her musical theatre training in the University of Adelaide in hopes that she could play lovable Asian sidekick roles on the big stage one day.
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!
Mark has trained throughout Australia and New York studying Musical Theatre at Schools including The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA Bachelor of Musical Theatre), APO Arts Academy (Advanced Diploma Musical Theatre), and Broadway Dance Centre (Scholarship Program). Mark is most well known from his appearances on The Voice, most recently in this years series making his way on to Team Ricky!
Credits include Angel-Rent, Edgar/BatBoy- BatBoy, Chip Tolentino- Spelling Bee, Schlomo- Fame, Mungojerrie-Cats, The Boy From Oz, HONK!, Children of Eden, Hello Dolly (Revival Cast), and Godspell (Revival Cast). Mark has worked for the International Touring Show; The Illusionist's as Gingers Assistant. Alongside Theatre, Mark has had the privilege to work with artists including Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian, Silvie Paladino, Rhonda Burchmore, Rachael Beck, and Natalie Weiss. 2017 is looking to be an exciting year for Mark as he ventures away from Adelaide with Harvest Rain's touring production of Hairspray.
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!
Merridi is a teacher of English Literature with a passion for singing; she is also a violinist. For ten years Merridi sang with the AIMMS School of Rock, under the mentorship of Tom Leech. Some of her performances included; live gigs at the Semaphore Palais, and The Gov. She has also performed at weddings, funerals, and work functions.
Merridi was also a member of The Young People's Orchestra, as their Principal violinist, for a period of ten years, performing in a variety of venues across the state. She was recently a member of the orchestra for the Elder Park Carols by Candlelight. As a youngster, Merridi performed in school plays and would love the opportunity to pursue some roles in the singing/acting capacity with some local theatre companies.
Millicent Sarre is a singer-songwriter, musical theatre performer, cabaret artist, singing teacher, and all-round vocal nerd. Having studied music and theatre at Graceland University in the United States, she can now be found on the Adelaide musical theatre scene, having worked with Irregular Productions, Hills Musical Company, The Gemini Collective, Segue Productions and many more. Her favourite roles to date include Veronica Sawyer in Heathers (Segue 2019), Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening (Hills Musical Company 2017 – ATG Award for Best Musical), Ivy in Ivy + Bean: The Musical (The Gemini Collective 2018 – Australian Premiere), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (HMC 2015) and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Graceland University 2013).
In June 2019 she debuted her self-devised and self-produced cabaret show Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered in a sell-out season in the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival. She is currently Artist in Residence at Slingsby Theatre Company where she is writing her next show.
Mim is a singing and performing arts teacher at Theatre Bugs and Adelaide Theatre Academy, and has musically directed their productions of Little Shop of Horrors (2018), Xanadu Jr (2018) and Porridge (for ‘Something on Saturday’ at the Dunstan Playhouse, 2019), and co-musically directed 13 The Musical (2019).
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.
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 will play Sr Mary Amnesia in MBM’s November 2019 production of Nunsense A-Men! Ron is also very excited to be part of G&S Kinky Boots in his first lead role as Lola in September 2019. 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.
Zachary is 19 years old and he is aiming to become an entertainer in the performing arts (mainly acting and singing). He has been performing since the age of seven with his earliest memory being in Di Mason’s youth theatre troupe called Stars on Stage.
He regularly had performances with various performing arts schools such as Theatrebugs, Mighty Good Productions and on-going training with Actors Ink. (to which he was referred to go and train with by Australian television and radio personality Anne "Willsy" Wills).
Through Actors Ink., Zachary performed in his first musical theatre show with The Parks Youth Theatre in their first Broadway Bootcamp showcase in January 2017 and continued to perform in their later productions of Grease (April 2017) as ensemble, Footloose the Musical (October 2017) as Garvin, Seussical (April 2018) as The Grinch, Legally Blonde The Musical JR (April 2019) as Professor Callahan and most recently, Alice in Wonderland (October 2019) as The Mock Turtle (which he says is the best role he’s ever done so far in his musical theatre journey).
After performing in The Parks Youth Theatre’s production of Seussical, Zachary got cast as The Grinch in the Northern Light Theatre Company’s October 2018 production of Seussical. Whilst rehearsing for that production, Zachary starred in his first film created by students of Flinders University in a short film called Plastic Aeroplane. This year, he appeared in two other short films still in the making called To Arnold’s Daughter (by Joshua Tse) and Rock, Paper, Scissors (by Melanie Čubelić and team).
Most recently, Zachary has been offered his first paid job in a production as the only male role in a comedy musical about a theatre troupe trying to put on their production of A Christmas Carol but failing miserably by Anthony Kennard of Valley Productions.