About this Session
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!
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 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.
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 worked himself overtime this performance season, currently in A Man For All Seasons with IpSkip Productions which will be on stage mid January 2020, and he was just recently in the cast of Vintage Hitchcock with Tea Tree Players and was 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 16 month moustache anniversary.
Brianna is a 16-year-old musical theatre student. She has been studying music for 5 years and has a passion for the Disneyland 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 Frozen. Brianna would love to pursue her passion by being a Disney princess in Tokyo, Disneyland.
Casmira is an experienced performer and teacher with a great passion for storytelling. 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, as well as the TASA for Best Musical) and Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme in Assassins for Hills Musical Company.
Professionally, Casmira has acted and provided voices for several short films and children’s productions. She also spent many years directing and music directing musicals for Adelaide Theatre Academy, including Snow White and Alice in Wonderland for the Festival Centre’s ‘Something on Saturday’ program. Her fondest memories are working with Peter Combe in directing and choreographing his Adelaide Fringe shows from 2013-2015.
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 lives in rural South Australia and loves to perform. Roles she has played have been Glinda (The Wizard of Oz), Vi (Footloose), Witch (Into the Woods), Reno (Anything Goes), Crystal (Little Shop of Horrors). Emily has also served as co-director (Into the Woods), Music Director (Little Shop of Horrors, Mamma Mia) and Costume Designer (Footloose, Shrek). Emily has had a brief break from the stage while she studies to become a teacher, but is looking forward to getting back into something hopefully soon.
Emma Good has just celebrated her 11th birthday. She had a busy start to the year performing in Pelican Productions' Spotlight in January and in Musical Moments for Promise Adelaide and as Michael Darling in Adelaide Theatre Academy's production of Peter Pan, a Musical Adventure during the Adelaide Fringe Festival. She's been keeping busy during isolation doing musical theatre classes via Zoom and learning how to play the drums and ukelele.
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 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. The next show Jaxon will be featuring in is Adelaide Youth Theatre's production of Les Misérables.
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 reprised the role of Ilse in Spring Awakening.
It's been a hot second since Jemma has been on stage and she is NERVOUS, so if anyone wants to buy her a G&T or a snack to help calm her down she would be very appreciative.
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.
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, cabaret artist, music theatre performer and vocal coach.
Mim studied Music and Theatre at Graceland University, USA, before returning to her hometown of Adelaide, South Australia, where she has been actively involved in the music theatre scene. Her notable roles to date include Veronica Sawyer in Heathers the Musical (Segue Productions, 2019), Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening (Hills Musical Company 2017), Ivy in Ivy + Bean the Musical (The Gemini Collective, 2018 – Australian Premiere), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Hills Musical Company, 2015) and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Graceland University, 2013).
In June 2019, she premiered her original cabaret show, Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered, in the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe, and revived the show for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020, where it played a sold-out extended season and was a 3-time award winner in the Adelaide Fringe Awards.
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 had a fabulous time with G&S' Kinky Boots in his first lead role as Lola in September 2019. Weeks after KB, Ron is covered up from head to toe as Sr Mary Amnesia in MBM’s production of Nunsense A-Men! Ron secretly wishes that like Hamilton, more shows and production outfits will now start to be inclusive and recognise talent over race and culture, to play roles not usually given to people of colour. In February 2016, Ron first took part in Broadway Sessions and is again thrilled to take part in this month's session.
Zachary is 20 years old and he has been proud to have been performing in various arts of the theatre for over 13 years. His earliest memory of performing was in various pantomimes with Stars on Stage.
He regularly had performances with various performing arts schools such as Theatrebugs, Mighty Good Productions and he recently finished his training with Actors Ink. (to which he was referred to go and train with by Australian television and radio personality, Anne "Willsy" Wills).
Some of Zachary’s theatre highlights over the past few years have been: The Grinch in Seussical (NLTC, 2018), Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde JR (The Parks Youth Theatre, 2019), The Mock Turtle in Alice in Wonderland (The Parks Youth Theatre, 2019) and most recently, Lefou in Beauty and the Beast (NOW Productions, 2020).
Other than theatre, Zachary has also appeared in two short films to date created by students of Flinders University: Plastic Aeroplane (2018) and Rock, Paper, Scissors (2019).
During isolation from COVID-19, Zachary found his own way of doing theatre from the safety of his home with newfound friends from various countries and joining them in online read throughs of plays, musicals etc. and now that theatre is slowly resuming back to normality in South Australia, Zachary is looking forward to performing soon in Shane Davidson Presents’ September production of Seussical JR as Horton the Elephant and resuming rehearsals as Javert in NOW Productions’ postponed production of Les Misérables.
Peter Johns (Piano/Musical Director)
Peter is a music director, accompanist, repertoire coach, and the founder of Irregular Productions - one half of the brains behind Broadway Sessions.
He has been a theatre music director since 2005, with a number of his shows winning local awards. Theatre Credits include: (as Music Director) Beautiful, Mamma Mia, Les Misérables, Next to Normal, Violet, The Story Of My Life, Songs For A New World, The Light In The Piazza, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Into the Woods, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, [title of show], Edges, Avenue Q, Bring It On, Singing In The Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, Urinetown the Musical, Scrooge, The Witches of Eastwick, Little Shop of Horrors, Seussical the Musical, Grease, Once Upon a Mattress; (as Associate Music Director) Kinky Boots; (as Conductor) City of Angels, The Addams Family; (as Associate Conductor) Rent; (as Assistant Music Director) Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, South Pacific, Copacabana; as well as playing keyboard in over 25 other productions.
Besides co-producing Broadway Sessions, Irregular Productions has also staged the South Australian premieres of Songs for a New World, [title of show] and Edges, as well as a new production of Godspell (with Lydian Productions).
Peter is also the music director for Civic Park Carols, Australia's second-largest candlelight carols event, working with some of Adelaide’s finest musician’s and performers, as well as artists such as Justine Clarke, Guy Sebastian, Rachel Beck, and Jimmy Giggle.
Max Ziliotto (Drums/Percussion)
Max has been playing percussion for 15 years, and has been involved in numerous music performance groups throughout that time. Attending Marryatville High School 2006-2010, and being a part of the Raiders Drum Corps since 2007, he learned performance etiquette pretty quickly, and grew comfortable performing in front of people. Max participated in the Big Band program at high school, and as such was able to attend Generations in Jazz multiple times. His drumkit playing further improved after high school where, during his studies for his Bachelor of Music (Percussion), he was a part of the Jazz SA Youth Superbands. While studying his Bachelors, Max competed in and won First Place in the 2011 MSO Snare Competition.
Musical theatre has been part of his life since 2009, and as luck would have it, Max has been working with Peter Johns since his very first show! Productions Max has been involved in include: Sweeney Todd, Fame, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, Annie, The Full Monty, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Violet, Wicked, Bring It On!, Edges, Beautiful, Mamma Mia, and Les Miserables.
Outside of music, Max has developed a passion for gridiron, and plays for the Port Adelaide Spartans. He is also a personal trainer, and his love for craft beers is pretty strong!
Louis Cann (Bass)
Louis has been playing both double bass and bass guitar as long as he can remember. Beginning with lessons at the age of 7, he quickly developed his skills and decided that music was the career for him. Louis began playing for Musical Theatre shows in 2011, with the Northern Lights Theatre Company’s production of Beauty and the Beast, which coincidentally, was the beginning of a long-standing working relationship with Musical Director, Peter Johns! Since, Louis has played for many theatre companies around Adelaide, including Adelaide Youth Theatre, Lydian Productions, Pelican Productions, Davine Productions, Irregular Productions, Marie Clarke Musical Theatre, The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of South Australia, and Hills Musical Company. Some of his favourite shows to play for have been In the Heights, for Pelican Productions in 2019, and Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, for Davine Productions in 2020. In 2018, Louis had the privilege of playing in the pit for the Gordon Frost Organisation’s touring production of The Wizard of Oz. Louis graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2016, with a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance.) That same year, he began performing as a casual member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - some of his favourite performances include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, and Last Night of the Proms at the Adelaide Festival Centre.