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 the occasional dip into less musical waters. Some of his production highlights include playing Inspector Kemp in Marie Clark's 2014 production of Young Frankenstein, Alonzo/The Great Rumpus Cat in The Met's 2015 production of Cats, 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 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 and is the current president of The Little Para Singers community choir, which he has been in since 2011.
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.
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 loves performing above all other things, especially housework. Emily teaches singing, and thinks the best part of her job is seeing people grow and develop their skills and confidence. She has sung for many years, but only recently began taking dancing lessons, so being given the singing and tap dancing role of Reno in Southern Flinders Players recent performance of Anything Goes was a challenge, but one she relished! Other recent shows Emily has participated in have been with the Magpie Warblers as the Witch in Into the Woods (playing a villain was an interesting experience!) and Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors, for which Emily also acted as vocal coach.
Emily is a very busy person, being the mother of three boys aged ten and under, working as a singing teacher, and studying a Masters. She still finds time to perform though because theatre is life!
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 performance troupe with Adelaide Theatre Academy. Jaxon has recently been involved in Adelaide Theatre Academy's 2019 Fringe 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 St Pauls College and is the lead singer of the year 9 rock band and the senior rock band. 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. Jaxon's favourite musician is Elton John, however, he loves all genres of music. His favourite Broadway musicals are The Book of Mormon and Hamilton.
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
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 to The Southern Youth Theatre Ensemble and most currently The South Australian Light Opera Society. Justine is certainly no stranger to the stage.
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. More recently Karen has taken time out from theatre to look after her ever growing family, but she is always very pleased to be able to take the stage at Broadway Sessions.
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.
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.
At 20 years old, Nick dove into his passion for drama and musical theatre in his final year in high school and hasn't stopped since. His most recent drama highlight was a successful production with the Flinders Uni Performing Arts Society, and though he enjoys traditional theatre, his heart rests with singing. He will never forget his first musical Legally Blonde and has since performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, his most recent show was at Fringe 2019 – Connected: The Rock Musical. He never lets his studies get in the way of strengthening his skills and enjoys pushing his limits.
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.
Zachary is 19 years old and is aiming to become an entertainer in the arts of acting and singing (mainly musical theatre). He has been performing in shows since the age of eight with his earliest memory of performing being with Di Mason’s theatre troupe, Stars on Stage as Humpty Dumpty in Surprising Old King Cole in 2008.
Zachary didn’t perform for a while until January 2017, when he joined the Parks Youth Theatre in their first Broadway Bootcamp showcase performance and went on to perform in their other productions of Grease (April 2017) as Ensemble, Footloose the Musical (October 2017) as Garvin/Ensemble, Seussical the Musical (April 2018) as The Grinch/Ensemble. Zachary reprised the role of the Grinch later in October 2018 in Northern Light Theatre Company’s production of Seussical.
Other than musical theatre, Zachary has been trained by several acting schools (e.g., Theatrebugs, Mighty Good Productions) and his ongoing training with Actors Ink. (the company that helped him get into the Parks Youth Theatre). He also appeared in a short film called The Last Straw created by students at Flinders University in 2018.
He is currently studying Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance) at Adelaide College of the Arts and is aiming to audition for the Bachelor of Music Theatre degree in 2020.
Most recently, Zachary has finished performing as Professor Callahan in the Parks Youth Theatre’s Legally Blonde the Musical JR and will later be performing in the 2019 Adelaide Arena Spectacular of the Wizard of Oz as part of the mass ensemble with entertainment legend Simon Gallaher as the Wizard.