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 Prodea (he/him)
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 (she/they)
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 in Shane Warne the Musical, presented by Segue Productions at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Recently Blake performed as Cinderella's Prince and the Wolf in Into the Woods.
Blake has just completed his debut cabaret season in the 2021 Adelaide Fringe Festival with great success.
Casmira Lorien (she/her)
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.
Cais Nitschke (they/them)
Cais is a musician, Scout Leader, swimming teacher and audio-visual technician who has been involved in the creative arts for many years. In 2023, Cais was the Musical Director for Big Fish by Tatachilla Lutheran College at the start of May 2023, which has been their absolute favourite show to have done to date. Cais was studying a Bachelor of Music, however has recently swapped into a Cert IV in Live Production and Technical Services (Tech/Stage Management) at TAFE SA, and will pursue theatre fulltime. They are the Stage Manager for Trail's End for Adelaide Fringe 2024, and And Then There Were None for Phoenix Music and Variety Group in 2024. In 2023, they were also the Lighting Operator for Finding Nemo Jr for Adelaide Youth Theatre, as well as the Graduation Dance Show for TAFE SA's third year Bachelor of Creative Arts - Dance Students.
Some of Cais' other theatre credits include playing violin for Marie Clark's seasons of The Producers, and violin/clarinet for SALO's The Gondoliers. They also worked backstage/mic tech for Now Productions Oliver Jr (2021) and The Addams Family (2023), played in the pit for Comedy Capers Gang Show, clarinet in My Fair Lady and violin in the Australian Premiere of Betty Blue Eyes. Cais was also the Musical Director for Scouts Shouts Youth Theatre 2021-2022 and worked backstage with Comedy Capers Gang Show in 2023, alongside other festivals and events and shows. Cais' favourite festival to have worked for was the Illuminate Adelaide Festival in 2023.
Overall, Cais loves working and studying as an audio-visual technician, with Lighting being their favourite department. Cais is also a volunteer crew member for the South Australian State Emergency Service (The ones in orange!).
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 was 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 covers 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. Dione performed again with the State Opera chorus in Boheme on the Beach, returned to her SALOS roots to sing the roles of Julie (The New Moon 2021) and Casilda (Gondoliers 2021), understudied the role of Donna Elvira for The Elephant in the Room Productions of Don Giovani, and will join her fist Met show this year as a nurse nun in the comedy musical Nunsense.
Emily Smith (She/her)
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.
While being a parent and university student in a rural town, Emily continues to persue her love of performing. She has performed in a number of shows and has also served as a production team member. Her favourite roles have been Vi in Footloose and Reno in Anything Goes.
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!
Jeri Williams (she/her)
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.
Justine Lewis (she/her)
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. However most recently Justine has had fun stretching herself by making her directing debut with a show she also wrote called The Menagerie Of Madness with new company Phoenix Variety and Music Group as well as playing the mysterious cave-woman Chorn in aforementioned PVMG's 80% sold out season of StarKid's Firebringer. And last year in 2023 Justine completed one of her lifelong musical dreams by directing Little Shop of Horrors for Marie Clark Musical Theatre.
Justine has always welcomed new experiences and performing in Broadway Sessions is something that she has always enjoys doing; she would also like to thank all the people that have helped her make her dream a reality and she looks forward to performing for many more years yet to come.
Justine would finally like to add she is thrilled that she will be directing again for Phoenix Variety and Music Group 1st show of 2024 in August this being Agatha Christie's famed murder mystery And Then There Were None. She hopes you'll come and check it out!
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 Rice (She/Her)
At 17 years old, Lucy is an accomplished performer who has been singing, dancing and treading the boards for as long as she can remember. Lucy is currently in year 11 at Walford Anglican School for Girls where she is Choir Leader and a key member of their principal performing choir, Chanterelle. This year, she has completed year 12 Drama and a Certificate 3 in Dance (Music Theatre) and has most recently played the roles of Annas/Queen Herod/Soul Girl in the Walford Anglican School for Girls x St Peters College production of Jesus Christ Superstar, the lead role of Laura Black in Angela Betzien's Girl Who Cried Wolf, and as Tangled's Rapunzel in Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp.
Her previous performing highlights include Ariel in The Little Mermaid Jr (Shane Davidson Presents), Margot in Legally Blonde Jr (Shane Davidson Presents), Cinderella in Into the Woods Jr (Shane Davidson Presents), Rafiki in Lion King Jr (Shane Davidson Presents), Mary Poppins (Pelican Productions' MTC), as well as being a part of OzTheatrics Junior Theatre Festival Australia showcase of Guys and Dolls Jr and the pilot of Mean Girls Jr.
Lucy receives vocal coaching from the glorious Millicent Sarre and dances at GWB Studios.
Mikala Wood (she/her)
Mikala Lane Wood is a singer/actor who has performed in both Adelaide and interstate in shows such as; Aida (Tabor College 2022), Jersey Boys (NLTC 2022), Heathers the Musical (Segue Productions 2019), and Songs For A New World (Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre 2017). In 2023 she presented her first sold-out Adelaide Fringe show My Little Voice: A Sara Bareilles Tribute and this year will present Boombox Bootscoot: 80s Hits Country Style. Mikala is currently studying a Bachelor of Music, and regularly performs in local venues and events with her duo Acoustic Amigos.
Nava is a dedicated, versatile and passionate performer. With Persian and Dutch-Australian heritage, she is truly a multicultural artist. Nava’s most recent credits include performing as a headline artist at Adelaide Oval and on Channel 9 as part of the Adelaide Christmas Pageant, Ali/Sophie cover in Mamma Mia! with The Show Co., Teen Angel and Sandy/Rizzo cover in Grease at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC and touring Queensland as Marley/Team leader in Story Quest with Perform! Education. Nava hopes to work for greater unity in diversity through her career, transforming culture through the power of the arts.
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 Baseby (he/him)
Zachary Baseby is 23 years old and has had a burning passion for all things musical theatre related from a very young age, starting from his first performance in 2008 as Humpty Dumpty in Surprising Old King Cole (Stars on Stage). From there on, he has trained with various acting schools such as Actors Ink., Theatrebugs, Mighty Good Productions, and Heesom Casting before performing in his first musical theatre show in 2017 with The Parks Youth Theatre as an ensemble member in Grease.
Some of Zachary’s theatre highlights over the past few years have been: The Grinch in Seussical (NLTC, 2018), Horton the Elephant in Seussical Jr (Shane Davidson Presents, 2020), Javert in Les Misérables (NOW Productions, 2021), The Wolf in Into the Woods (Adelaide Youth Theatre, 2022), Uncle Fester in The Addams Family (Alternative Theatre Company, 2022), Wadsworth in Clue (Phoenix Variety & Music Group, 2023), Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid (Balaklava Community Arts, 2023) and most recently, the titular role in Peter Pan: A Christmas Pantomime (Blackwood Players, 2023).
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 also appeared in two full length film projects with NOW Productions as the role of Bobby Packer in TEN FOUR, Agent Percash: REWIND, and Detective Jamieson in their spin-off adaptation: RED DAWN.
Recently, Zachary has landed his most recent roles as Cretin in Agatha Twisty: A Murder in Pantoland for the Adelaide Fringe 2024 and venturing into his first show with the G&S Society of South Australia in their May 2024 production of Oklahoma!