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.
Your Session Host
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!
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 Daughters, Neighbours and Totally Wild.
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 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.
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.
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).
Most recently Chloe filmed “Vivid ‘magination," a music video with WASA where she played female lead Drew, with a release date expected in early 2018.
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.
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 has been singing in choirs since she was 7, but only started doing vocal lessons and having to sing independently when she hit high school. She was cast in the ensemble for school productions of Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music, and Godspell, as well as being a part of Pelican Productions' Music Theatre Camp for three years. Now that she is in her second degree at Uni, she does most of her singing in the shower and in the car, and is always finding new soundtracks to belt (but will always return to Wicked and Heathers).
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).
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 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.
At 22, 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. In high school, Georgia was an avid performer, participating in every musical and vocal group she could be a part of.
In 2014, she was rewarded for her efforts when she received the C E Wattchow Music shield and the Adelaide Festival Award at her graduation. Since graduating, Georgia has spread her love of the performing arts overseas, by working as a drama instructor in a summer camp in Arizona. She is now currently studying a Bachelor of International Tourism at Flinders University and most recently starred in the MET's production of High Society as the precocious Dinah Lord.
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
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.
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 has only recently moved to Adelaide and is finding her way through the Adelaide theatre scene, but before the move she was involved in local Theatre productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Grease and School of Rock. Kirsty is currently singing with High Spirits Harmony, a womens a capella group, before this whilst still in Mount Gambier, she spent years involved in community choirs and competed in Generations in Jazz.
Lucy is 12 years old and absolutely loves singing, dancing and acting. She has been performing on stage in Musical Theatre productions since she was 9 years of age, most recently with Shane Davidson's Production of Into the Woods Jr (Florinda - Step-Sister), March Productions' Barnum, Promise Adelaide's Musical Moments and as a soloist in Pelican Production's 2019 Music Theatre Camp.
She has performed in Shane Davidson Productions as a Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast Junior and also joined Pelican in their 2018 production Annie Junior (as Drake the butler), in the 2017 production of Seussical Junior, and in annual Music Theatre Camps, notably in the roles of Soloist (Fame), Jellicle Cat (Cats) Gramma Tala (Moana) and Jan (Grease). Lucy also performed with the cast of Seussical Jr as part of the Junior Theatre Celebration Australia in Newcastle and with Harvest Rain as part of the Hairspray Arena Spectacular.
Lucy is a member of the Walford School Concert Choir as well as their performing choir, Chica Voce. She trains in vocal technique and music theatre with Linda Ellis and Kylie Green, acting with Trinity College of London, and has trained in dance since she was 3 years: studying Broadway jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop with Norwood Ballet.
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’s love of all things musical theatre began at an early age. Her journey in performance began with Pelican Productions, where she participated in numerous Music Theatre Camps, as well as productions of Grease and The Little Mermaid Jr. Maya has continued her involvement with Pelican Productions as an assistant tutor at Music Theatre Camp since 2015. After taking a short break to complete her university studies, Maya has since appeared in the Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2016, and their 2017 sell-out production of Les Misérables as Cosette understudy. Maya most recently performed in Lydian Productions and Irregular Production's Godspell in May 2018 as the "By My Side" soloist, and she is excited to play Hope Harcourt in Marie Clark's Anything Goes in May 2019. Maya is a primary school Dance/Drama teacher, which she immensely enjoys – especially when she is able to share her love of performing arts with her students.
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.
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 in the mass ensemble of Harvest Rain's Grease Arena Spectacular in 2017.
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! You can catch Nha-Uyen on stage this May in the MET’s production of Miss Saigon!
Nikki is a passionate performer. She has just finished studying full-time dance at ACPA to become the strongest mover she can possibly be.
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 has been performing from a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. She was in the ensemble of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Misérables presented by The Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Ruby also understudied the title role in Davine Interventionz Fringe production of Violet and performed in the ensemble. Ruby played Hodel in the Therry Dramatic Society's production of Fiddler on the Roof in 2017. Ruby's most challenging and rewarding production to date is Godspell, produced by Irregular Productions and Lydian Productions, where she was the soloist for "Turn Back, O Man". She is in her final year of a Bachelor of Education at Flinders University, specialising in Drama and Psychology, and teaches singing at Creative Academy of Performing Arts.
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 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 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 was a bit of a latecomer to the amateur theatre scene, but since beginning with Hills Musical Company's 2018 production Sideshow, Simon has been in four shows, with at least two more ahead in 2019. Simon's most recent performance was in a straight play (Nell Gwynn, Stirling Players), but it was a play with some singing. Simon is currently rehearsing for The Pirates of Penzance with Therry, and later this year will be appearing in Segue Productions' Heathers as Kurt.
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.
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 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.