About this Session
Picture this – the curtain has just gone down on another performance. One of the cast has invited everyone back to their house to kick off their shoes, pour a drink and relax. There happens to be a piano in the room, and you can be sure someone will be playing it before you can say Sunday In The Park With George.
This month we’re excited to welcome you back to the Broadway Sessions living room. Grab a chair as we gather around the piano (and stage) to join in a good ol’ fashion piano party. What ’bout drums and bass you ask? Who needs them when we have guest pianist Martin Cheney keeping the tunes flowing. (He’s got all the bass anyone could need! Oh… sorry… Sass. He has sass. Our bad.)
While registrations have closed, be sure to get your tickets to still be a part of the fun!
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.
Amanda enjoys dabbling in amateur theatre, her specialty is minor character parts.
Amy has been a performer since she was 3 years old. Having danced and sung her way through her teenage years and early 20’s, she gained lead roles in musicals, dance productions and even a couple of TV commercials. More recently Amy has showcased her talents hosting Karaoke Nights on the Eyre Peninsula and performing at various events including the main stage at Tunarama in Port Lincoln!
Although theatre has always been her passion and strength it hasn’t stopped her from branching into the acoustic gig scene music tutoring (voice and piano). Now, working part-time, working towards a psychology degree and wrangling a family of 6 she escapes occasionally to sing something more interesting than The Wiggles!
Ann Glover’s fondest memory from childhood is singing Que Sera Sera with her Mum at age four, and she hasn’t stopped singing since. Her first musical was Jesus Christ Superstar in ’96 with Mayfair Theatre Company, which got her hooked on Musical Theatre and Cabaret over the next 10 years as a performer and producer.
Back in 2005, Ann was asked to be PA to Ms Toni Lamond for her season in Shout, where they formed a friendship that has spanned the last fifteen years and seen Ms Lamond and Ann collaborate on a variety of projects over the years.
Ashleigh started dancing at 3 years of age, and her love of the stage only grew from there. Her very first musical was La Cage Aux Folles (OPUS), followed by playing Mayzie La Bird in Seussical (Tatachilla Lutheran College). She has been blessed to be able to be in the ensemble for many bucket list shows, including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (OPUS), Legally Blonde (Hills Musical Company), Jekyll & Hyde (MCMT), Les Misérables (G&S) and Spamalot (MCMT).
She has also been lucky enough to choreograph Annie Jnr (Investigator College) and High School Musical (Stayg25). She is also very excited for her next choreography adventure with Segue Productions’ next show, Heathers the Musical. It has been a challenge and a privilege to play Elena in the upcoming 2018 production of If/Then (Segue Productions).
Ava-Rose Askew has been studying musical theatre for the past 6 months at APO Arts Academy in Melbourne, she is now back in Adelaide and starting her studies in sound production for the next 6 months before moving to back to Melbourne next year to complete her studies in Musical Theatre.
She has been performing for the past four years, achieving roles including Gabriella and Sharpay from High School Musical, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Kathy from Disco Inferno, Adella from The Little Mermaid and other amazing roles. If Ava-Rose isn't performing on stage she can be found recording and writing her own music which she has been doing from the age of 8. She's also been a part of many choirs starting from primary school with the Festival of Music where she achieved two solos in grade 5 and grade 7 first singing 'I Can Make the Difference' and then 'In this Ancient House', she went back last year to perform 'Part of Your World' as one of the assisting artists.
Ava-Rose has also been involved with The Australian Youth Choir, Vocal Jazz and her school choirs.
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 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. In 2020 Blake took part of Shane Warne the Musical, presented by Segue Productions at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. This was his last credit before this COVID-19 business went and ruined everything.
He very excited to be returning to peforming in Elephant In the Room's production of Into The Woods as Cinderella's Prince, and The Wolf.
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.
Charlotte is a passionate writer, musician, and Broadway enthusiast. She studies with Adelaide Theatre Academy, and is currently learning under the guidance of multiple teachers in multiple specialties. Prior to ATA, she studied dance at Centre Stage Academy and then taught ballet alongside Cheryl Bradley to children aged 3-8. Charlotte is a gifted musician who has been involved in music on a myriad of instruments for 11 years. She only began vocal lessons recently, however she has been involved in choirs since she was young. She is part of her school’s Senior String Quartet as well as leading the Senior String Orchestra. She currently leads the Senior Clarinet Ensemble, and leads the Rock Band (Band Section) on the electric violin. In 2019, she returned from Europe having competed and performed on voice and clarinet through a number of countries, with her choir and chamber ensemble winning gold.
Charlotte is part of the Les Misérables ensemble for NOW Productions as well as being in the Annie ensemble. She is playing Brevet Sergeant Jess 'Jessie' Harris in NOW Productions' upcoming film, 10-4.
In addition to performing on-stage, Charlotte worked as part of the lighting/tech team for Beauty and the Beast in 2018 and is currently involved in her school's tech/production team. She helped behind-the-scenes for their Year 12 rendition of Steel Magnolias, and is doing set design and tech assist for the Year 6 Musical, The Jungle Book. She is also an avid songwriter.
Chloe hasn't got a huge amount of experience on stage apart from your typical school theatre. She has been getting back into singing over the past few months and is excited to be back at Broadway Sessions!
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.
Dione Baker, Adelaide’s pocket power house, is known among the Adelaide theatre circle as the "diva"... but in a good way! Since the age of 16 Dione has performed for many amateur and professional companies including Co Opera and State Opera of South Australia. Dione was also a member of team Ricky Martin on 2015's season of The Voice Australia. Some of her most cherished roles have been Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera for Matt Byrne Media (2013), Suor Angelica and Cio Cio San (Madame Butterfly) for Co Opera (2012 and 2015).
Most recently Dione has been selected to be a member of the State Opera (SA) Chorus for 2019 and looks forward to working with them again soon. Dione is a versatile singer and performer as she has done many styles from pop to opera, and was also a part of the amateur premiere of We Will Rock You with Matt Byrne Media in July 2018 where she played the jumping Suzi Quattro
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.
Emily-Jo has loved doing theatre from a very young age. She has performed in a variety of musicals such as Pippin, The Producers, Jekyll and Hyde, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and more. Including this she has currently finished the season for Heathers the musical with Segue Productions. Emily-Jo is currently studying primary education/arts at Flinders University, along with already progressing her skills by coaching drama at Flinders university and acting/modelling agency, Mostly Kids. She loves to make people laugh, enjoy life and spread the joy of musical theatre.
Mistress of Ceremonies and Cabaret Performer, Helga Handfull entertains with a cheeky and wry look at her life. Credits include The Pheasantry and Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London; The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh; Tokyo Fringe; Seoul VIA Fringe; Brisbane Studio Theatre; The Butterfly Club in Melbourne, and the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Ian is a teacher, performer, composer, pianist, musical director and lecturer often found at performing arts schools around Melbourne scowling at people for singing too quietly. He completed a Ph.D in Music Studies (Composition) at the Elder Conservatorium before moving to Melbourne and studying musical theatre at APO Arts Academy. Recent appearances include Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Babirra Music Theatre) Combeferre in Les Misérables and Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (CLOC Musical Theatre.) Sometimes he forgets to stop studying so also holds an Advanced Diploma of Languages (majoring in French,) is a qualified pilot and moonlights as a software and app developer while he works toward a Masters in IT.
Jen has been in a few theatre shows, her last gig in the ensemble of Dusty the Musical. Her fave music is soul, funk and jazz. Jen is usually an active audience appreciation member at Broadway Sessions but occasionally gets up in front of the mic!
Originally from the US, Jeri Williams immigrated to Adelaide in 2011. She’s a born performer, growing up singing in choirs, glee club, a pop/R&B girl group, and musical theatre. She got her start in theatre performing in the ensemble of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at age 16. After school, Jeri got a job singing in an acapella group at a theme park in Florida, which led to being cast as Wendy Darling by Disney Cruise Line. Jeri spent her early 20s working and performing on various cruise ships with her husband.
Since making Adelaide her home, Jeri has delved into the local theatre scene on a few occasions, being cast in leading roles in NLTC’s Into The Woods (2012) as the Baker’s Wife; G&SSA’s Guys & Dolls (2015) as Adelaide and NLTC's Mack and Mabel (2016) as Mabel.
When life gets too busy for a full show schedule, Jeri enjoys singing with the Civic Park Carols Choir and joining in for a sing at Broadway Sessions as often as possible.
Since the tender age of 7, Justine has known the stage has been for her. Justine has had several years of singing tuition from Katrina Caton of Action Voice and from Jennifer McDonald from the Jennifer McDonald School of Singing. She has also had the pleasure of performing with groups such as the Mighty Good Talent School and Theatrebugs, Pelican Productions, The Southern Youth Theatre Ensemble and most currently SA Light Opera. Her favorite (and only roles to date) have been Azuri in The Desert Song, Lady Saphir in Patience as well as an emergency understudy in SA Light Opera's 2019 season of Princess Ida as Sacharissa.
Justine has always welcomed new experiences and performing in Broadway Sessions is something that she has always aspired to do. Justine would like to thank all the people that have helped her make her dream a reality and she looks forward to performing both through 2019 and for many years in the future yet to come.
Louisa is a singer and actor from Singapore. Having performed as a concubine, peasant, and various unnamed chorus girls in musicals and operas, she is now continuing her musical theatre training in the University of Adelaide in hopes that she could play lovable Asian sidekick roles on the big stage one day.
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.
Mikala has performed in both Adelaide and interstate in shows such as; Heathers the Musical (Segue Productions 2019), Songs For A New World (Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre 2017), and Fame - The Musical (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2015). Mikala has also written and performed her own short Cabaret called Mi Goreng and Me. Mikala is a graduate of the Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre; however, she was born and raised in Adelaide and moved back after completing her Certificate IV in Musical Theatre. Mikala regularly performs in local venues with her duo Acoustic Amigos.
Nava Revalk is an 18-year-old singer, actress, dancer and pianist, who has been performing since the age of 3. Nava has played lead roles in musicals with South Australian youth theatre groups and has received many accolades and awards for her performances.
At the beginning of 2019, she relocated to Brisbane to follow her passion, gaining a place in the highly competitive Bachelor of Musical Theatre course at the Queensland Conservatorium.
Nava has performed around the world. She has toured Japan as a lead vocalist with her high school, Concordia College in 2016. Additionally, she toured the US in 2017 and 2019 with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team, singing solos in Disneyworld and Universal Studios, Orlando and Disneyland and Universal Studios, LA.
Nava’s goal is to make a splash in the musical theatre scene, following her degree, and to bring people together through performing professionally, internationally.
Saphron is 20 years old and loves to put on a show! She has performed on the Royal Caribbean cruise line as featured singer and an ensemble dancer. Her favourite roles she has played include Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Widow Corney and Rose Seller in Oliver! and Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, both with Now Productions. She has also done many plays in her high school days, and was a featured ensemble member in Seussical (NLTC). In her spare time, she loves to perform with her friends, write scripts and attempt a baking recipe. Saphron studies education and majors in history in her everyday life.
Since first performing on stage at age 12 as Oliver in a school production of Oliver, Sean has performed in many theatre productions. The majority of shows Sean has performed in have been with the SA Light Opera Society (SALOS). Roles he has played with SALOS include Bunthorne in Patience, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, Stephen Foster in The Minstrel Man and Luiz in The Gondoliers.
Sean has also performed with Marie Clark, Therry, Galleon Theatre Group and The Henley Drama Group.
Sean has learnt singing with Norma Knight and Mary Branagan.
Stephanie’s most recent performances in 2018 include NINE (StageArt, Michael Ralph) where she played Stephanie Necrophorous and A New Brain (Popular Mechanicals/CGTC) where she played Rhoda. Other recent performances include The Pied Piper with the Victorian Opera, where she played the Piper’s sweet-talking Cat. She won the 2017 Guild Award and Lyrebird Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Graduating from APO Arts Academy under the tutelage of Derek Taylor, Stephanie is a member of the award-winning comedy group ‘Ginger and Tonic’ who tour Australia-wide. Stephanie also won a Lyrebird Award for her role as Mary Poppins in the Disney classic Mary Poppins. Other theatrical roles include Violet Karl in Violet (Guild and Lyrebird Nomination) and Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along (Guild and Lyrebird Nomination) directed by Pip Mushin.
Stephen has been involved in Adelaide amateur theatre for the past 12 years. In that time he has appeared in Wicked and Avenue Q for MBM; in Mack and Mabel, Little Shop of Horrors, Leader of the Pack, Spamalot, Witches of Eastwick, Grease and A Fractured G&S Trilogy for Northern Light Theatre Company, and Jesus Christ Superstar for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of SA. Most recently, Stephen was in Influencers Church's production of Jesus Christ Superstar as a featured apostle. Later in 2017, Stephen will be appearing in G&S' production of Les Misérables.
Beyond theatre, Stephen is currently completing his Masters of Chemistry and Masters of Teaching.
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), Lefou in Beauty and the Beast (NOW Productions, 2020) and most recently, Horton the Elephant in Seussical JR (Shane Davidson Presents, 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). He has recently also finished filming of NOW Productions' third film project, Ten Four, set to premiere in November.
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.
Zachary is looking forward to his next upcoming experiences in theatre as he is currently resuming rehearsals as Javert in NOW Productions’ postponed production of Les Misérables (that will take the stage in March 2021) and he also recently got cast as Rooster Hannigan in their February 2021 production of Annie.
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.