May Session – Rock Night v3.0

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

This month the Broadway Sessions band welcomes back Max Garcia-Underwood (on guitar) and Martin Cheney (on keys) to help us rock out, Broadway-style. Choose your favourite rock musical (or rock-style song, from any musical) and let’s amp up the volume! As we don’t normally have a guitarist, this is the perfect month for any song that features a guitar (both electric and acoustic), so consider this when making your song choices.

Rock Night at Broadway Sessions is always a fan favourite, so get in quick to secure your spot and ensure you don’t miss out!

Session Setlist

Act 1
I'd Rather Be Me (Mean Girls) – Cailene Kilcoyne
Superboy And The Invisible Girl (Next To Normal) – Mim Sarre
I'm Alive (Next To Normal) – Nick Mitchell
Growing Up Unstable (Next To Normal (2008 Off-Broadway)) – Cordelia Ferguson
Dentist! (Little Shop Of Horrors) – Dylan Rufus
There Are Worse Things I Could Do (Grease) – Carmine Clarke
Out Tonight (RENT) – Grace Denney
What You Own (Rent) – Christopher Searle, Joseph Giblin
Take What You Got (Kinky Boots) – Ron Abelita, Shane Huang
Lost In The Wilderness (Children Of Eden) – Oliver John
This Is Not Love (Lizzie) – Kristin Stefanoff
Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Rock Of Ages) – Warren Logan
Act 2
Time After Time* (Strictly Ballroom) – Kate Harrison, Kurt Benton
Heaven On Their Minds (Jesus Christ Superstar) – Robyn Brookes
Holiday (American Idiot) – Blake Ascione, Simon Barnett
Mustang Sally (The Committments) – Jen Bais
Time Warp (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) – Aimee Crathern
Pretty Lies (Boy George's Taboo) – Karen Muller
Seven Seas Of Rhye (We Will Rock You) – Gus Smith
No One But You (We Will Rock You) – Danielle Greaves
Good For You (Dear Evan Hansen) – Nikki Long
Goodbye (Catch Me If You Can) – Lindsay Prodea
* promoting an upcoming show

Your Session Host

Lindsay Prodea

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.

Session Performers

Aimee Crathern

Aimee is an avid music lover and an aunty. She currently attends Tutti Arts and participates in their music program 3 days a week. Aimee loves performing and will take each opportunity to do so, participating in the performing arts group No Strings Attached, sings with the Tutti Choir and Poco Choir, and is also a member of the worlds first all girl disability music group The Sisters of Invention. The Sisters of Invention, have seen Aimee perform at numerous events such as The Special Olympics Closing Ceremony, Womad and The Fringe Festival. Aimee and her music group The Sisters of Invention are recording their new album which should be released later this year. Aimee and her music group recently appeared on ABC iView Get Crackin.

Blake Ascione

Blake has been performing in the South Australian musical theatre scene since his debut in Therry society's production of Big Fish in 2016. Since then he has work worked with HMC on the two productions and three State Opera of South Australia and Elder Conservatorium collaborations being Die Fledermaus, Don Pasquale and Dido and Aeneas.

Cailene Kilcoyne

Cailene Kilcoyne came to Adelaide from San Diego, California. She has performed regionally around the States as well as internationally on a cruise ship. She is super excited to announce that she will be playing the role of "Marcy" in Emma Knights upcoming production of I Love You Because, which will be her Australian debut!

Carmine Clarke

Carmine is a work in progress, as is her bio. Maintaining the mystery.

Christopher Searle

Christopher's inclination toward the performing arts became apparent during his high school career, appearing in an abundance of school shows, such as The Wizard of Oz, Pippin, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Upon graduation, Christopher ventured further into the amateur theatre scene, with notable appearances in The Producers, Hairspray, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and most recently the South Coast Choral and Arts Society's 2018 production of Les Misérables.

Cordelia Ferguson

Cordelia first started singing at the young age of six as part of Young Adelaide Voices in 2004 and has yet to stop. Her first introduction to musical theatre was at Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp in 2010, where she fell in love with musicals and the theatre. Since then she has auditioned for as many roles as possible, landing her first role, and dream role, of Nancy in Now Productions Oliver! in 2016.

Cordelia's roles also include Brigitta in The Sound of Music, Aunt Em/Glinda in The Wizard of Oz and the Narrator in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has performed in the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Smells Like Teen Spirit in 2018, her first non-musical show since high school, and Jenny Lind in Barnum with Now Productions in 2019. She is currently studying Film and TV at MAPS film school.

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.

Dylan Rufus

22-year-old Dylan Rufus has been in the South Australian theatre community since 2011; assuming many roles: including audio-visual design and technician, stagehand and stage manager, musician and musical director, actor, writer and composer—with his recent contribution in the University of South Australia’s self-written production of Behind Closed Doors in 2018. Dylan’s onstage work has seen him in musicals such as Grease, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd, and Spring Awakening, amongst other plays and pantomimes.

The previous year (2018) saw Dylan as Orin Scrivello D.D.S. in Little Shop of Horrors (Adelaide Theatre Academy), Giles/Angel/Dr Cullen in Emma Wiley’s Buffy Kills Edward and Slim/Cord Elam in Oklahoma! on a Farm (Emma Knights Productions), and the Newcomer in Avenue Q (Hills Musical Company). Later in 2019, Dylan will be featured as Paul Kelly/Principal Gowan/Leonard Sawyer in Segue Production’s Heathers: the Musical in September.

Outside of the theatre, Dylan is completing his MMET Master of Teaching in Secondary Education through the University of South Australia, and Associate Performers Diploma in Piano through Australia and New Zealand Cultural Arts (ANZCA).

Grace Denney

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!

Gus Smith

Gus has been performing theatre in Adelaide with several companies continually since 2003, but did his first show in 2001. That one took him two years to recover from! The talent level in Adelaide theatre has always been good, but currently every show seems to be bursting at the seams with talent on & off stage. A great position for our community to be in. Whilst he loves performing onstage, cabaret performance is not as common for him so his first time mic in hand at Broadway Sessions will be an experience...for everyone ;)

Jen Bais

Jen has only recently been in amateur theatre and is enjoying the whole experience. She has sung in bands and loves to sing soul and jazz but dances to disco. Audience participation is a fun part of performing so expect some opportunities to sing with her!

Joseph Giblin

Joseph has been doing theatre since childhood, though not properly hitting the Adelaide scene until Marie Clark's Jekyll and Hyde in 2017 as a member of the ensemble. Since then, he has played roles such as Mitch Mahoney in Spelling Bee, Marius in Les Misérables, Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid, and is currently in Marie Clark's Anything Goes. When not singing, dancing, or delivering a dramatic monologue, he's usually pouring something alcoholic (whether for a customer or himself remains to be seen).

Karen Muller

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 WoodsBeauty and the BeastAvenue 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.

Kate Harrison

Kate is known by her friends and family as a jack-of-all-trades. She is a qualified Science teacher, who also teaches English, Drama, Music, Visual Arts and Physical Education and is currently the Director of Basketball and Head Coach at Mercedes College. In her ‘spare time’ she indulges in the arts by performing or painting, and is currently building a profile as a singer/songwriter and working on an EP. Stage credits include Gigi in Miss Saigon with MCMT in 2011, Les Misérables with Shane Davidson in 2012 and MCMT’s RENT in 2016. She is excited to return to the stage with Matt Byrne’s Strictly Ballroom playing the ingenious, Fran.

Kristin Stefanoff

Kristin has always lived and breathed music, but it wasn't until 2009 that she discovered musical theatre. After accompanying her first show she thought, "Hey, this looks like fun!" and auditioned for the next show that came around. The rest, as they say, is history. She has accompanied and music directed, but she truly feels alive on the stage. Favourite roles include Smitty in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2013), Inga in Young Frankenstein (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2014), Clara in The Light In The Piazza (Davine Interventionz 2016), and Cathy in The Last Five Years (Segue Productions 2017). She was recently in the ensemble of Spamalot (MCMT) and played Elizabeth/Liz/Beth in If/Then in September (Segue Productions).

Kristin is excited to be music directing again, with Heathers for Segue Productions in September 2019. Kristin is also a founding member of the new Adelaide based theatre company Segue Productions. When she's not at rehearsals or the theatre, she teaches voice and piano, and often dances around the house with her awesome preschooler (usually to the Frozen soundtrack...).

Kurt Benton

Kurt debuted in the Adelaide musical theatre scene in 2017, where he played in the ensemble and Cesar Rodriguez in Saturday Night Fever with MBM, Hugo Peabody in Bye Bye Birdie with the Met, as well as ensemble and the Pied Piper in Shrek the Musical with AYT in January of 2018. Taking a small hiatus after Shrek to work on his newly developing singing and acting skills, as well as continuing work on his dance training of many years, Kurt has made a return to the theatre scene – playing the role of Scott Hastings in MBM's Strictly Ballroom in 2019.

Mim Sarre

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.

Nick Mitchell

Since diving into his passion for drama and musical theatre in his final year 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 at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. He never lets his studies get in the way of strengthening his skills and enjoys pushing his limits. In July he will be performing in a radio play of It's a Wonderful Life with Wings2Fly Theatre, and in September he will be part of the ensemble in Heathers The Musical with Segue Productions.

Nikki Long

Nikki’s love for performing at a young age, ensuring she was on stage in every school performance, multiple times. After a break in high school she discovered her love for musical theatre. She has graduated a full time course at Australian Company of Performing Arts with a Certificate 4 in Dance, to become the best mover she could possibly be. She is thrilled to be playing her first role as Heather Chandler in Segue Productions' Heathers later in 2019.

Oliver John

Oliver is 17 years old and has been performing in musical theatre since 2008. He takes singing lessons with Millicent Sarre and participates in musical performances regularly. He has performed as Buddy in Elf Jr. (Theatre Bugs), The Official/Ensemble in Wicked (Shane Davidson Presents), Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose (The Parks Theatre), and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Theatre Bugs). Oliver had the opportunity to portray one of his dream roles; the character of Seymour Krelborn in Adelaide Theatre Academy's ATG nominated Little Shop of Horrors as part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Oliver then starred as Sonny Malone in Xanadu Jr. with Adelaide Theatre Academy in September 2018, and as Boq in Adelaide Youth Theatre’s production of Wicked last December. Most recently, Oliver played the role of James A. Bailey in Barnum with March Productions as part of the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival. With Adelaide Youth Theatre, Oliver travelled to the United States in January with a select group of performers to compete in the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. They performed a version of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr in which Oliver starred as Marty the Zebra, and worked with Broadway professionals in New York.

Professionally, Oliver performed in the kids' production Snowmageddon: Penguins of Antarctica in July 2018 with Heaps Good Productions.

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.

Ron Abelita

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.

Shane Huang

Shane has been doing amateur theatre for the last few years. Being in the ensemble all the time, he has always been searching for opportunities to sing and perform. Recently just got his very first chance to sing in The Met's production Miss Saigon, playing the role of Thuy. He now is more confident to sing and looking forward to sharing more stories with the audience.

Simon Barnett

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.

Warren Logan

Warren Logan is a Music Theatre graduate of the University of Ballarat Arts Academy. Highlights from drama school include Oklahoma! (Jud Fry), Rhinoceros (Jean), and his self-devised cabaret Fat Boys Don't Cry performed at Melbourne's renowned cabaret venue, The Butterfly Club. Since graduating, Warren has acted in music videos for Australian artists Something for Kate, Simon Imrei and Michael Waugh. Other stage highlights include A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley Kowalski), When the Rain Stops Falling (Gabriel Law/Andrew Price), The Glass Menagerie (The Gentleman Caller), The Plow and the Stars (The Covey), The Shape of Things (Adam Sorenson), The Producers (Franz Liebkind) and Footloose (Willard Hewitt) - the latter two performances earning him Music Theatre Guild of Victoria and Lyrebird award nominations.

As a newcomer to Adelaide, Warren made his South Australian theatre debut in 2018 performing the role of Jud Fry in Oklahoma! On a Farm for Emma Knights Productions. He also recently performed the role of Nicky in Hills Musical Company's award winning production of Avenue Q.

Warren is the Artistic Director of Not The Worst Productions.