July Session: Composer Night

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

About this Session

Each year we dedicate a Session to a music theatre writer. Over the last three years we’ve celebrated the music of Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

We thought it was high time we showcased a female writer. Problem is (and what a good problem to have) there are so many amazing female composers and lyricists to choose from (many whose names aren’t in the mainstream). Think Jeanine Tesori, Lynn Ahrens, Lucy Simon, Amanda Green, Georgia Stitt, Brenda Russell, Kait Kerrigan, Marcy Heisler, Zina Goldrich, Nell Benjamin, Allee Willis, Mindi Dickstein.

With all these amazing names, how do you pick just one? We couldn’t. So, we are asking YOU to pick two songs by a female writer and head to our registration page to express your interest. Registrations are open Sunday 30 June until Sunday 14 July.

Session Setlist

Act 1
Let It Go (Frozen) – Danielle Greaves
Sing Your Own Song (Dear Edwina) – Hannah Pollard
Who Needs Love? (Ever After) – Hayley Caldwell
Reality (36 Questions) – Simon Barnett
How Could I Ever Know? (The Secret Garden) – Eilish Webb
Chip On My Shoulder (Legally Blonde) – Nick Mitchell
The Last Song (Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich) – Claire Birbeck
Waiting For Life (Once On This Island) – Georgia Cosercas
The Military (Seussical) – Zachary Baseby
Don’t Let Me Go (Shrek) – Em Carter
When Words Fail (Shrek) – Jaxon Joy
Why Can’t That Be Me? (Muriel’s Wedding) – Emily Smith
Lilly’s Eyes (The Secret Garden) – Andrew James Crispe, David MacGillivray
Act 2
Minerva (Princess Ida)* – Kiera Turner
Me and the Sky (Come From Away) – Nicky Tsz Tung Li
Sing Me a Happy Song (Georgia Stitt) – Aimee Crathern
Your Daddy’s Son (Ragtime) – Oriana Binetti
She Used To Be Mine (Waitress) – Meg Anderson
What Baking Can Do (Waitress) – Alicia Hammond
One Last Prayer (Republic) – John Mondelo
Stupid With Love (Mean Girls) – Sarah Tchantcho
Where? (The Rabbits) – Emma Haddy
Journey to the Past (Anastasia) – Sophie Stokes
Amazing (Muriel’s Wedding) – Casmira Lorien, Mim Sarre
* promoting an upcoming show

Session Hosts

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.

Mim Sarre

Millicent Sarre is a singer-songwriter, musical theatre performer, cabaret artist, singing teacher, and all-round vocal nerd. Having studied music and theatre at Graceland University in the United States, she can now be found on the Adelaide musical theatre scene, having worked with Irregular Productions, Hills Musical Company, The Gemini Collective, Segue Productions and many more. Her favourite roles to date include Veronica Sawyer in Heathers (Segue 2019), Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening (Hills Musical Company 2017 – ATG Award for Best Musical), Ivy in Ivy + Bean: The Musical (The Gemini Collective 2018 – Australian Premiere), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (HMC 2015) and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Graceland University 2013).

In June 2019 she debuted her self-devised and self-produced cabaret show Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered in a sell-out season in the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival. She is currently Artist in Residence at Slingsby Theatre Company where she is writing her next show.

Mim is a singing and performing arts teacher at Theatre Bugs and Adelaide Theatre Academy, and has musically directed their productions of Little Shop of Horrors (2018), Xanadu Jr (2018) and Porridge (for ‘Something on Saturday’ at the Dunstan Playhouse, 2019), and co-musically directed 13 The Musical (2019).

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.

In addition, she is in a new group called TGIF (Thank God It's Friday), and will be performing at the Highway Hotel on the 3rd of November. She is also performing in the Adelaide Christmas Pageant with TGIF, and performing in a show with No Strings Attached on 7th & 8th of November.

Alicia Hammond

Alicia is 13 years old and made her stage debut with the G&S Society playing the role of Marta in The Sound of Music in 2014. It was here that Alicia discovered her love for Musical Theatre and she has been actively involved since. Alicia made her professional debut in 2016 playing the role of Brigitta von Trapp in the Adelaide season of The Sound of Music with the Gordon Frost Organisation. Alicia has performed in several musicals with Pelican Productions, Adelaide Youth Theatre, Shane Davidson Presents, TB Arts and Emma Knights Productions. Alicia has also performed with the Adelaide Rep Theatre, Promise Adelaide, Spark of Inspiration and Peter Combe.

Apart from Brigitta, her favourite roles have been Mayzie in Seussical Jr, and Little Cosette in Les Misérables, and Elle Woods (her dream role) in Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp. Alicia is a dance student at RSDS and a voice student of Kirsty Roberts and Amelie Peters, and previously Katrina Ryan. Alicia loves performing and is grateful for all of the friendships she has made through Music Theatre.

In her spare time, Alicia enjoys spending time at home with her family and two dogs, Benji & Tilly. She enjoys watching Musical Theatre, Movies, playing Netball, Cooking and spending time with her friends.

Andrew James Crispe

Andrew is an established freelance performer and vocal coach who has performed professionally in and around Adelaide. He has been a member of the State Opera of SA’s Chorus since 2009. Andrew‘s first foray into the world of Music Theatre was in 2000, when he was encouraged to audition for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s back-to-back production of HMS Pinafore and Trial By Jury, and since then he has not looked back!

Andrew won his first leading role in 2006, and has gone on to play a large number of leading and supporting roles throughout Adelaide’s community theatre. Andrew has been nominated for Best Male Performance by the Critics Circle Awards for his role as Don Lockwood in Singin’ In The Rain, and by the Adelaide Theatre Guide for the same role, as well as his portrayal of The Beast in Disney's Beauty And The Beast. For one of his most recent productions Andrew won the TASA Best Male Performance Award for his portrayal of Edward Bloom in BIG FISH – a show which also won the TASA MusiCal Award. Andrew co-wrote and performed in the sold-out season of Villain-Ville: A Musical Exploration of Villainy and Evil in the 2015 Fringe Festival. His most recent appearances this year include a return to the role of Curly McLain (for the third time) in an outdoor production of Oklahoma (On A Farm) with Emma Knights Productions, The Preacher in Davine Interventionz production of Violet, a return to the role of the Major General in Emma Knights Productions’ fourth season of Pirates On The Popeye, and lastly as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar.

Andrew played the role of Marius in both seasons of Les Misérables with the Gilbert & Sullivan’s Society in 2008 and 2009, and he is overjoyed to be coming back for yet another season with them only this time as the infamous Javert – a role he has coveted since he was little!

Claire Birbeck

Claire is a child sized adult who likes hats, op shops and short walks along the beach. You might remember her for her classic work as the face of KFC Zinger Burgers back in 1993.

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.

David MacGillivray

Growing up performing in the Scouts’ Gang Show: Comedy Capers, David developed a love for musical theatre from a young age. Trained at the Centre for the Performing Arts; David has enjoyed performing Shakespeare with the State Theatre, Lightning Strike and Chopt Logic Theatre Companies and has toured in the past with Splash Theatre Company. Turning from professional acting to focus his energy on his family and work for the Anglican Church as a priest, David chooses to do shows that he loves.

It was in Marie Clark's production of Paris in the titular role that David hit the Adelaide scene in musical theatre. David has since performed with Marie Clark Musical Theatre in Miss Saigon (John) and as Carl Hanratty in the 2016 production of Catch Me if You Can. He has worked with Northern Light Theatre Company as Frederick in Pirates of Penzance and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. David also performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2015 with Lazy Saturday Productions' Australian premiere of Darkle. 2017 was a big year of theatre for David starting with Pale Ale Tales, a new work by local writer, Jason Hendy in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe, Jekyll and Hyde with Marie Clark and finishing with Les Misérables as Enjolras with G&S Society. Most recently David performed with the Hills Musical Company in Assassins as John Wilkes Booth.

David is thankful to his wife for her love and support, and for letting him play.

Eilish Webb

Eilish Webb is 19 years of age and is a legit Soprano learning to belt badly. She is also a character actress. She has been singing for about 8 years and has played leading roles with Hannah Catherine Productions in Murray Bridge, Adelaide Theatre Academy and school productions. Her roles include Wendy in Peter Pan, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods, Mr Bumble in Oliver! and Miss Hannigan in Annie JR. She has also been a regular performer at Centrestage in Victor Harbor. Last year she directed a full community amateur production of the musical The Pajama Game with her company SAM (South Australian Musicals).

Em Carter

Em is a 24-year old teacher back down under on a break from Ye Olde Englande. She began performing at age five but didn't enter the magical land of musical theatre until the age of 12. She enjoys reading, history, piña coladas, getting caught in the rain, and obviously, musicals.

She has performed and crewed for many shows. The highlights of her time treading the boards include playing Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun (UHS), Bet in Oliver! (G&S), and possibly her favourite role at the tender age of 12 - the Pirate King (Pelican Productions). Other credits include Les Misérables (G&S), Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S), Cinderfella the Pantomime (Royal Holloway), Young Frankenstein (MCMT), Calamity Jane (MCMT), Music Theatre Camp 2008 - 2013 (Pelican Productions).

Emily Smith

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 Haddy

Born into a family with a background in the performing arts, Emma has been immersed in the world of theatre ever since she can remember. Her introduction to Adelaide amateur theatre came when she joined the ensemble of G&S’s Oliver! in both 2013 and 2014, and was involved in the society’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2016. In 2017, Emma fulfilled her lifelong dream to perform the role of Cosette in Les Misérables, also with G&S, and in 2019 joined the cast of Therry's The Pirates of Penzance as Edith. Emma graduated from her Bachelor of Arts at Adelaide University in 2019.

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.

Hannah Pollard

Hannah has been performing in musicals, cabarets and concerts since a young age and she is constantly looking for more experience and loves learning new styles. She has had singing and piano tuition for four years and is currently in Adelaide Youth Theatre's Glee Club where they perform items at a monthly concert.

Hayley Caldwell

Hayley is 19 and has been passionate about theatre since joining Adelaide Theatre Academy (formerly Theatre Bugs) in 2007. In 2017 she was in their elite Showstoppers class after six years of their previous top class, Performance Troupe. She performed with Peter Combe for 6 years, joining him on his Australian Tour, soloing, and assisting in choreography. She was in the Festival of Music’s Performance Troupe, soloing in 2011 and 2012. She was in Fagin’s Gang in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Oliver productions in both 2013 and 2014, and sung in the Australian Youth Ballet’s production of Nutcracker in 2015.

Hayley was in Adelaide Youth Theatre’s Hairspray in 2014 and was a Boylan Sister in Annie in 2015. In 2017 she was a featured soloist for Shane Davidson’s Wicked. Her highlights for Adelaide Theatre Academy include soloing in annual Cabarets, the Mirror in Snow White, Tweedle Dum in Alice in Wonderland, Mrs Mayor in Seussical, and Corey Senior in Back to the ’80s. In high school, she danced in the Special Interest Dance Program for 3 years and gained top marks in her drama class in The Black Raven Inn. She has taken vocal lessons for 10 years, the last six being with Randall Boscoe.

As well as performing, Hayley has also stage managed three productions and designed the lighting, visuals, and sound for many other school and charity productions. After a year hiatus to focus on studying Cognitive Neuroscience at UniSA, Hayley is eager to return to the stage at Broadway Sessions.

Jaxon Joy

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.

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.

Kiera Turner

Kiera Turner has been a part of the musical theatre scene since 2015 after graduating with meritorious achievement from Brighton Secondary School's Special Interest Music program. Since then she has participated in Forbidden Broadway (Blackwood Players, 2015), The Little Mermaid (AYT, 2016), Into the Woods (AYT, 2016).

She played her first supporting role as Johanna in Sweeney Todd (SCCAS, 2017) and then as Cosette in Les Misérables (SCCAS, 2018). She has since done Phantom of the Opera (G&S Society, 2018), Miss Saigon (The Met, 2019), as well as playing violin in the orchestra for a number of other shows. Kiera is extremely excited to be playing Princess Ida as her first lead role as she particularly connected to the character. Ida is a kickass young lady who truly believes in the power and intelligence of women and Kiera hopes to bring this to the stage.

Meg Anderson

Meg has loved performing since she was 4 years old. She has been a committed member of the Australian Girls Choir for 13 years, singing solos in front of 60,000 spectators at sporting events and performing with celebrities such as Hugh Jackman. Meg has also been a part of the Pelican Productions Musical Theatre Camp for 6 summers, playing roles such as Sylvia in Finding Neverland and Peggy in Hamilton.

Nick Mitchell

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.

Nicky Tsz Tung Li

Nicky is originally from Hong Kong. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Performing Arts and Screen Studies) at UniSA. Nicky has had a passion for stage performance from a very young age. She participated in productions at the Hong Kong School Drama Festival from 2008 to 2014. In 2017, she was cast as an ensemble member in the Norwood Morialta High School’s production of Chicago The Musical.

Early in 2019, Nicky was cast as an ensemble member in Miss Saigon, produced by The Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company of SA inc. In June 2019, she performed her original songs at both the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and the Cabaret Fringe Festival with her University fellows. Recently, Nicky portrayed Miss Lark in Shane Davidson Presents' Mary Poppins.

2020 has been harsh on the arts industry, however, performing arts students at UniSA has decided to go forward with their final year production. Nicky is currently working as the Assistant Creative Director of the production Mosaic.

Oriana Binetti

Pilates Instructor by day, Performer by night! A passion for Music Theatre, Oriana is no stranger to stage literally having grown up on it since the age of 8 Singing, and partaking in Jazz, Ballet and Tap and Acting with The Johnny Young Talent School and under tuition of Adelaide's renowned mentors Malcolm Harslett, Sue Scott, Rachel Symons, Tina Pollard (nee Casper), Bec Schembri, Debra Krizak, Kim Spargo and Gwen Mackay (OAM).

Her first professional performance was at age 10 with Mighty Good Productions Pty Ltd in Humphrey B. Bear and his Magic Lamp with many other pantomimes to follow. Theatre Credits include the role of July in The Metropolitan Theatre Company's production of Annie when she was 12; followed by the role of Brigitta in The Sound of Music also by The Met; and the role of Helene in Sweet Charity by Mayfair Theatre Company. Performing as a young teen at various shopping malls for holiday entertainment and as numerous Suit Character roles for Conrad & Co Pty Ltd.

Oriana has competed in numerous Adelaide Eisteddfods and completed Classical Ballet, Tap and Student Teachers' Examinations under the Commonwealth Society of Dancing. Oriana is a part of a Cabaret group called The Three Chillies having performed for numerous corporate functions and events and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2010, 2011 and 2012 where they received a 5 Star review for Hot Chillie Box in the famous Spiegeltent accompanied by one of Adelaide's renowned pianists Matthew Carey. The Three Chillies have also performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009 and Out of the Square along with a fortnightly residency at Tongue Thai'd Restaurant from 2006-2010. Other Adelaide Fringe Festival credits include the lead Female vocalist alongside Darren Mullen in But I Won't Do That for Swamp Fairy under the direction of Jo Casson (DING Productions) and Sharon Angove.

Other Swamp Fairy appearances include, A Night on Broadway, Destination Broadway and Encore featuring special guest Doug Parkinson. Excerpts for Swamp Fairy include; Hunyak - Chicago, Carmen - Fame, Rumpleteazer - Cats. For the past 3 years Oriana has been on board with Australia's Elvis Tribute Artist Mark Anthony as a backing vocalist for his National Tours for the past 4 years and has also supported International feature Elvis Tribute Artists for the Parkes Elvis Festival in 2018 and 2019 and American Trilogy 2018 for Abstract Entertainment.

Sarah Tchantcho

Sarah is a devoted theatre wife to her touring husband, who is currently performing in The Book of Mormon, and she is loving the chance to see Australia with her family. She has been singing since the age of 7 and has performed in several community theatres in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, as well as a career performing in Kuwait, where she met her husband at an audition. She has performed as a professional vocalist at royal galas in the Middle East and is delighted to be back in Australia where she has worked as a high school English and German teacher before going on maternity leave recently.

Her most notable roles include Aladdin in the pantomime Aladdin, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Fantine in Les Misérables, Dynamite in Hairspray, and Aquata alongside her husband who was King Triton in The Little Mermaid. Her musical inspiration is Eva Cassidy and she adores Motown and one day hopes to watch a broadway production live in New York. She is delighted to once again have the opportunity to perform onstage and leave her two adorable children Daphne and Lucas in good hands for the evening.

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.

Sophie Stokes

Sophie graduated from WAAPA in 2014 where she had the great opportunity and honour to work with such names as Tayna Mitford, Jason Langley, Lisa O'Dea and the head of Performing Arts at WAAPA Andrew Lewis. Throughout her time there she was featured in roles such as Sheila in Hair, Mae Colman in Reefer Madness and Consuela in West Side Story. After moving to Melbourne she took a contract as the lead vocalist on one of Royal Caribbeans newest ships – The Quantum of the Seas. She returns to Australia excited to continue pursuing her dreams of working in musical theatre.

Zachary Baseby

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.

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).