April Session: Performer’s Choice

28 Sunday April 2019
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $15-20

About this Session

After two big months, and with more themes coming up, April has officially been declared a theme-free month. We love these nights as we often get to discover new songs and new performers. Come and spend an evening with us, filled with new songs and old favourites.

This month’s Session includes a performance by the cast of Marie Clark Musical Theatre’s upcoming production of Anything Goes.

Session Setlist

Act 1
The Life Of The Party (The Wild Party) – Robyn Brookes
The Negative (Waitress) – EJ Downing, Emma Wilczek, Tori Clarkson
The Wizard And I (Wicked) – Madeline Grey
A Quiet Night At Home (Bare) – Ebony Edwards
Finishing The Hat (Sunday In The Park With George) – Jordan Coulter
Something's Coming (West Side Story) – John Mondelo
I Can Do Better Than That (The Last Five Years) – Nha-Uyen Tran
Disneyland (Smile) – Georgia Cosercas
Here Alone (Little Women) – Wendy Rayner
When You’re Good To Mama (Chicago) – Kirsty Burch
Take Me Away (Scott Alan) – Amelie Peters
You're The Top (Anything Goes)* – Alana Shepherdson, Will Richards
Act 2
Random Black Girl (Michael Kooman And Christopher Dimond) – Dharini Rajaramanan
It Must Be Believed To Be Seen (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory) – Simon Barnett
Home (Wonderland) – Lucy Rice
Found/Tonight (Lin Manuel Miranda) – Finnegan Green, Scott Green
Kindergarten Boyfriend (Heathers) – Danielle Greaves
Bad Idea (Waitress) – Casmira Lorien, Scott Lorien
In My Dreams (Anastasia) – Ruby Pinkerton
I’m Not Waiting (It's Only Life) – Maya Miller
Sailing (A New Brain) – Mark Oates
What About Love? (The Colour Purple) – Mim Sarre, Sienna Bertram
The Distance You Have Come (Scott Alan) – Chloe Bremner
Take Me Or Leave Me (Rent) – Jemma Allen, Nikki Long
* promoting an upcoming show

Session Host

Mark Oates

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!

Session Performers

Alana Shepherdson

Alana is a periodontal nurse, a teacher and former student at TIDC Performing Arts Studio and a New York Film Academy Musical Theatre graduate and scholarship recipient. International shows include; Here Lies Love (‘Public Theatre’ Dir Alex Timbers), A Cabaret Tribute NYC (Dir Stafford Arrima) and Precious Moments Singapore Tour. During her time in New York, Alana was dance assistant to Deidre Goodwin Chicago (Broadway and Feature Film) for two years for the Broadway Dreams Foundation in NYC.

Local productions include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie, G&S Society) Oklahoma! (Ado Annie, Emma Knights Productions), Chicago (Emma Knights Productions), Catch Me If You Can (Marie Clark), Flower Children (Davine Interventionz), and Leader of the Pack (Crystals,U/S Ellie, NLTC) amongst others. Her dance and television work includes being a backup dancer for MC Hammer and appearing in Australian TV series McLeod's DaughtersNeighbours and Totally Wild.

Amelie Peters

Amelie Peters is an award-winning, classically trained vocalist, international performer and vocal coach. After successful performances in Perth, Adelaide, and Melbourne, Amelie was invited to perform at the Soho Playhouse in New York City as a soul/jazz singer in the burlesque Fringe show Fafi D’Alour & the Delinquents in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the Elder Conservatorium of Adelaide.

Her knowledge of the voice has been largely extended with her most recently completed BAST training. With this education, Amelie feels she can give the appropriate guidance and nurturing tailored to each individual’s voice. While she specialises in classical voice, Amelie has a strong background in musical theatre, jazz, and contemporary music.

Extensively trained by Kirsty Roberts, Amelie has also studied with renowned opera singers and Broadway stars from around the world. She has vocal directed the entire casts of High School Musical 2 (2016) and Hairspray the Musical (2018) for Shane Davidson Presents. Amelie's students consistently achieve outstanding results in competitions & exams, along with her junior vocal ensembles, vocal trio and adult vocal ensemble.

Casmira Lorien

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.

Chloe Bremner

One of Chloe's earliest memories is twirling and singing in an Adelaide Crows football guernsey. Following this passion, she landed her first professional role in the touring production of Turandot in 2008, as well as starring as Ariel in the 2013 Australian premiere of The Little Mermaid. Chloe loved being part of Big Dreams – a 2019 Book Week show.

Throughout her time at WAAPA, Chloe has had the opportunity to play Cora in Atlantis (Matthew Robinson. Workshop) and Diane Lorimer in 42nd Street (dir. Jason Langley) as well as being a featured soloist in both Rent (dir. Adam Mitchell) and Chicago (dir. Crispin Taylor). Chloe filmed Vivid ‘magination, a music video with WASA where she played female lead Drew which was released in 2018.

Most recently Chloe returned from performing in Disney’s PJ Masks live show in Singapore with Marilla productions.

Danielle Greaves

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.

Dharini Rajaramanan

Dharini's greatest passion is singing and she has been doing this since she was little. Dharini loves to participate in musicals, one of her favourites being Rent, where she was in the ensemble and Mimi Understudy. She has recently returned from a six-month study exchange at The University of Birmingham where she took part in a showcase where she was a featured soloist. Dharini also loves to gig at events and is a very passionate songwriter. Dharini is hoping to be involved in more Musical Theatre opportunities in the future.

Ebony Edwards

Ebony has done Broadway Sessions a few times and has found that it is much more daunting than singing alone in the car, but it's also much more rewarding. Having not done any theatre work in about 5 years now, Broadway sessions and car-aoke (car karaoke) are some of the few performance opportunities she has. Of course, this doesn't stop her from performing every role during a song in her head.

EJ Downing

EJ made her first journey to a theatre to photograph a show with her parents when she was only 8 months old. It seems that she was destined to be on the stage. She has appeared in a number of Adelaide Youth Theatre productions including as a Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast (2015), and as Attina in The Little Mermaid (2016). In 2017 she performed in Fiddler on the Roof with Therry Dramatic Society. Most recently she performed Tightrope from The Greatest Showman as part of Pelican Productions - Music Theatre Camp (2019), winning the Spirit of Performance award for her involvement. Her favourite role to date has been playing Thea in Spring Awakening with the Hills Musical Company (2017).

Emma Wilczek

Since the time she was just 4 years old, Emma has loved performing. She first realised her passion for musical theatre when she participated in her high school’s production of Grease as an eager year 8 student. As a now just as eager 21-year-old, she has since proudly been a part of many great shows. Some of her favourites include the roles of Tracy and Elle Woods in her school's productions of Hairspray and Legally Blonde, Lily St. Regis in Adelaide Youth Theatre’s Annie, Ruth in G & S society’s Thoroughly Modern Millie, Melita in Spring Awakening by HMC and most recently Girl Bad Idea Bear in HMC's Avenue Q. Emma is also very excited to be a member of the Elder Conservatorium's brand new musical theatre course and cannot wait to see where it leads her.

Finnegan Green

Finnegan is 16 years old and has loved performing from a young age. He has developed his passion for music and theatre as a company member of Pelican Productions and since he was 7 years old has played 13 lead roles in their musicals and shows.

Finnegan also loves to dance and trains in jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary dance with Accent on Dance and is currently completing Stage 2 dance at MQDE. In 2013 Finnegan made his professional debut in the role of 'Jeremy' in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (TML Enterprises) at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. In the same year he enjoyed his first film role in the short film Young Hearts directed by Tim Hodgson and played the title role of Amahl in the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Adelaide Festival Centre. He also participated in a developmental workshop for SINGular Productions/State Opera's Innocence Lost.

In 2014 Finnegan was lucky enough to be one of the top 100 and one of only 3 South Australian's in The Voice Kids (Nine Network). In 2017 he played the fun role of ‘Rooster’ in Annie and this year played the role of ‘Emmett’ in Legally Blonde both for his school, Concordia College. Last year he was also chosen to participate in the pilot program of Newsies JR with Itheatrics as well as playing the title role of 'Horton' for Pelican Productions' Seussical JR. Earlier in 2018 Finnegan travelled to the USA where he participated in a week long Itheatrics pilot program in New York and performed several lead roles with Pelican Productions on the Carnival ship in the Caribbean. He performed the same show in Disney and also played the role of Burt in the Mary Poppins workshop with Disney Performing Arts.

Last year Finnegan played the role of Twig in Pelican Productions’ Bring it On and he can’t wait to play the role again for the return season in August 2018.

Georgia Cosercas

At 23, Georgia is still exploring Adelaide's theatre community with wide eyes. With a later start than some, Georgia began performing with Pelican Productions at 14, and continued to do so for six years. Her most recent feat with the company was in 2017 in Bring it On: The Musical, where she played the part of Bridget, earning her a nomination for best youth perfomer.

Georgia has spread her love of the performing arts overseas, by working as a drama instructor in a summer camp in Arizona. She has just completed her Bachelor of International Tourism at Flinders University and most recently starred in the MET's production of High Society as the precocious Dinah Lord. Up next, Georgia will be performing in Davine Productions Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in the 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Jemma Allen

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.

John Mondelo

John is a performer from Perth who has moved to Adelaide to study at the new Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium. Previously he completed a Bachelor of Classical Voice at the University of Western Australia, a Certificate in Musical Theatre at WAAPA, and was accepted to the prestigious Stella Adler Studio in NYC for their Musical Theatre Intensive.

Jordan Coulter

Having been singing since the age of 5, Jordan has been involved in music for almost his entire life. He has been involved in many choirs, musicals and other music events throughout his time at school, such as the Generations in Jazz festival, playing Kurt in The Sound of Music, and Jesus in Godspell. Now at University, Jordan seeks to involve himself further in the music scene in Adelaide.

Kirsty Burch

Kirsty Burch grew up in Mt Gambier, South Australia where she was taught under the influence of Jodi Swiggs at Phoenix Music Studios. During this time she was involved in many productions through school and the Ovation Centre of Performing Arts; including playing characters such as Rizzo in Grease and Chiffon from Little Shop of Horrors. She now lives in Adelaide where she is currently studying a Bachelor of Performing Arts at UniSA and sings with High Spirits Harmony, a nationally award-winning womens' A Capella choir.

Lucy Rice

Lucy is 14 years old and her heart beats to the tune of Musical Theatre. Nothing makes her happier than being up on stage and she has been performing since 3 years of age - most recently with Pelican Productions starring as Mary Poppins in the 2020 Music Theatre Camp (MTC).

She has been blessed to work with numerous performing arts companies including March Productions (Barnum), Promise Adelaide (Musical Moments), Shane Davidson Productions (Into the Woods Jr - Florida) (Beauty & the Beast Jr - Silly Girl) and Pelican Productions (Annie Jr – Drake and Seussical Jr), as well as part of their MTC since 2015, which she has held many feature solos.

Lucy is a member of the Walford Middle School Choir as well as their performing choir, Chica Voce. She trains in vocal technique and music theatre with Linda Ellis and Kylie Green and has trained in dance since she was 3 years old: studying Broadway jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop with Norwood Ballet.

Madeline Grey

Madeline is so passionate about Musical Theatre that she gave up a teaching degree to pursue it as a career. Madeline is going into the Bachelor of Music Theatre at Adelaide University beginning 2020. Madeline has been lead roles in many musicals including Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz and High School Musical.

Maya Miller

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.

Mim Sarre

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.

Nha-Uyen Tran

Having started piano lessons at the age of 5, Nha-Uyen has been a musician and a performer since a young age. Upon discovering musical theatre, she joined her school's Musical Theatre Club, which she stayed in throughout her high school years. During this time, Nha-Uyen played Kate from Legally Blonde in her school's musical revue and had the opportunity to direct The Lion King Jr in her senior year. She also featured as an ensemble member in the Grease Arena Spectacular (Harvest Rain, 2017) and Miss Saigon (The MET, 2019).

Although she is now studying optometry at Flinders University, Nha-Uyen aspires to one day fulfil her dreams of being a musical theatre performer and continues to work on her craft as much as she can!

Nikki Long

Nikki is a performer who’s love for the stage started at a very young age, starting with SAPPS Choir in primary school, and being part of the mass ensemble in the Grease Arena Spectacular.

In 2018 Nikki completed her training at Australian Company of Performing Arts with a Certificate IV in Dance where she trained in dance, singing and acting. She performed in two shows as part of the course, including playing Rapunzel in the pantomime Once Upon a Time, where she also discovered a love of performing for children. Nikki is continuing her studies at The University of Adelaide doing the Bachelor of Music Theatre.

Nikki made her Adelaide theatre debut as Heather Chandler in Segue Productions’ Heathers in 2019.

Robyn Brookes

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 Pinkerton

Ruby’s passion for musical theatre began at a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. 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.

Scott Green

Scott’s theatre debut was the role of Grainterre, in the Mayfair Theatre Companys production of Les Misérables in 2001. He went on to play the roles of Levi in Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat (MS Society, Odean Theatre 2001) and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (MS Society, Her Majesty's Theatre 2002). In 2012, Scott was fortunate to perform the role of Jean Val Jean, in Les Misérables 2012 (Shane Davidson Presents) and regards this as the most challenging and rewarding Music Theatre experience.

Scott has sung with popular Adelaide vocal group, Limited Edition, for coming up to twenty years. He works as a firefighter in Adelaide and is married with three kids who are all passionate theatre performers.

Scott Lorien

Scott has always had a love of the theatre, but his real obsession began in high school, with performances as the Foreman, Pimp and a Student in Les Misérables, Priam in Paris and Action in West Side Story. Since completing high school he performed non-stop for a number of years, starting with Gerald Bolingbroke in Me and My Girl, an Apostle in Jesus Christ Superstar and Ugly in Honk! (Marie Clark Musical Theatre). After playing Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! and Asher and the Butler in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company of SA), Scott joined Northern Light Theatre Company’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as Monsieur D’Arque to round out 2011. The following year started with an incredible experience: Scott won the role of Henry in Six Foot Something’s pro-am Production of Next to Normal. After a mild performance hiatus in more recent times, Scott starred as Hunter in Irregular Productions sell out 2015 Adelaide Fringe season of [title of show].

If there’s one thing he regrets, it’s not starting singing and performing (publicly of course) at an earlier age. Off-stage (but in the theatre) Scott enjoys both sound and lighting design, and the challenges each of these areas brings to his knowledge of design in the digital world. Broadway Sessions is certainly the start of a new chapter, bringing together many ongoing stories and plot lines, but allowing the love of theatre (musical theatre in particular) to continue in new and exciting ways.

When not strutting his stuff on stage, or manically helping out backstage or in the roof of a theatre, Scott is a web designer & developer, creating sites like this one! You can see more of his work at www.scottreynolds.com.au.

Sienna Bertram

Sienna has been performing since a young age and is currently undertaking voice lessons with Millicent Sarre. She's performed as Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast Jr (Adelaide Theatre Academy) and Ronnett in Adelaide Theatre Academy's ATG nominated Little Shop of Horrors. Sienna was nominated for TASA's Best Female Youth Performer for her portrayal of Kira in Xanadu Jr and performed as Amy Beecher in March Productions'sold-outt season of Barnum.

Simon Barnett

Simon first developed a taste for performing through high school drama and Scout theatre, but left that passion dormant for many years before rediscovering it in the ensemble of HMC's Sideshow (2018). Since that, he appeared in the Met's Can-Can (2018) as Theophile, as well as The Pirates of Penzance (Therry 2019), Assassins (HMC 2019), Nell Gwynn (Stirling Players 2019) and as Kurt Kelly in Heathers (Segue 2019). Most recently, he played the chronically bashful Charlie Marlow in Blue Sky Theatre's Production of She Stoops to Conquer (2020). When he's not performing, Simon studies and teaches economics.

Tori Clarkson

Tori’s passion for the creative arts can be found through her love for singing and a full-time career in Architecture. Through her studies, Tori found a clear lineage between music and architecture and has enjoyed pursuing her passion for singing more closely now having completed her studies in 2016. Recent highlights include performing as part of the Jones Commentary Choir for the 2019 Adelaide Fringe ‘People’s Choice’ Award-winning Jackson vs. Jackson directed by Charmaine Jones and singing as part of the Music Theatre Trio at the Studio and Star Factory directed by Amelie Peters & Kirsty Roberts.

Wendy Rayner

Following training in classical voice at Elder Conservatorium, and many years as a soloist at weddings, parties and (almost) anything, Wendy’s involvement in theatre has seen her embrace a wide variety of character roles over the past 20 years. These have ranged from haughty Sister Berthe (The Sound of Music), fragile Old Sally (Oliver!) and the delightfully dithery Mrs Tottendale (The Drowsy Chaperone) ... to memorable characters created for the busy ensembles of The Goodbye Girl and Big Fish. She has appeared as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance several times, and can't seem to stop performing in Les Misérables.

Wendy has appeared with Emma Knights Productions as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance (Adelaide Fringe Festival), Aunt Eller (Oklahoma! On A Farm), Mrs Rachel Lynde (Anne of Green Gables) and Sister Berthe/Frau Schmidt (The Sound of Music).

Will Richards

Will has performed in Emma Knights Productions’ 2018 production of Oklahoma!, as well as Pirates of Penzance and Buffy Kills Edward in the Adelaide Fringe Festival. He was part of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s 2017 production of Les Misérables and went on to play Henrik in G&S’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music in 2018. Will would like to say a special thank you to his tap dance teacher Bec Schembri, for without her tireless and too often thankless guidance over the last two years, he would not be tapping in Marie Clark's upcoming production of Anything Goes.

Session Band

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.

Martin Cheney (Piano)

Martin is an accompanist, repertoire coach and music director for the Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium and a secondary school music teacher, accompanist and repetiteur at Concordia College. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Composition and is a co-founder of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra.
As the founder and director of Lydian Productions, Martin has produced and music-directed critically-acclaimed seasons of john & jen and Godspell (with Irregular Productions) since its debut in 2016, as well as curating a new music theatre song cycle, Bitter. Sweet., in 2019. Professionally, Martin has performed with Il Divo, Marina Prior and John Foreman, as well as being keyboard deputy for the touring Australian productions of The Wizard of Oz, Mamma Mia! and Aladdin. He has had the good fortune to work with the best of Australia’s theatre music directors, including Laura Tipoki, Michael Azzopardi, Chris King and Kohan van Sambeeck.
Martin has also worked as a rehearsal pianist for the State Opera Company of South Australia and is regularly engaged as an audition pianist for many of Adelaide’s theatre companies (when there is not an ongoing global pandemic).