September Session – Piano Party

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

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!

Session Setlist

Act 1
Fight The Dragons (Big Fish) – Lindsay Prodea
Falling Slowly (Once) – Ashleigh Robson, Blake Ascione
I Can Cook Too (On The Town) – Ann Glover
I Enjoy Being a Girl (Flower Drum Song) – Helga Handfull
Stars and the Moon (Songs For A New World) – Mikala Wood
Heart of Stone (Six: The Musical) – Jeri Williams
Mack The Knife (Kurt Weil & Bertolt Brecht) – Sean Nugent
Somewhere That’s Green (Little Shop of Horrors) – Justine Claire
The Girl In 14G (Jeanine Tesori) – Emily Smith
Wait For It (Hamilton: An American Musical) – Charlotte Nitschke
What More Do I Need (Saturday Night) – David MacGillivray
Happily Ever After (Once Upon A Mattress)* – Emily-Jo Davidson
Act 2
Madrigal (Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day) (The Mikado)* – Amanda Sharp, Benjamin Fleming, Dione Baker, Stephen Tulip
Disneyland (Smile) – Lucy Rice
No One Else (Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812) – Ava-Rose Askew
Almost Like Being In Love (Brigadoon) – Jen Bais
King Herod’s Song (Jesus Christ Superstar) – Zachary Baseby
Moments In The Woods (Into The Woods) – Saphron Giannos
Spotlight (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) – Chloe Grey
Cabaret (Cabaret) – Amy Hammond
My Man (Funny Girl) – Louisa Vilinne
Gimme Gimme (Thoroughly Modern Millie) – Stephanie John
No One Will Bruise (Atlantis) – Nava Revalk
Suddenly Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors) – Casmira Hambledon, Ian Andrew
* 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

Amanda Sharp

Amanda enjoys dabbling in amateur theatre, her specialty is minor character parts.

Amy Hammond

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. Over the last 6 years, she showcased her talents hosting a popular Karaoke Night 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 and most recently vocal coaching.

Now, 5 months on from the birth of her second child she is here to get back in touch with her inner diva!

Ann Glover

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. She has sung in choirs, musicals, cabarets, bands and the occasional shower session!

Her first musical outside of school life and after a hiatus for motherhood 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.

After a Sea-change to Semaphore in 2014, Ann became busy performing in her Acoustic Combo Lil’Diva at local venues, corporate functions, weddings, community events and Commemorative Services. Her highlight so far has been performing at the 100th Anniversary Anzac Day service with the Royal Navy Band in front of 10,000 people, where she sang the Australian & New Zealand (in Maori) National Anthems which included a Hercules flyover between songs.

Ann is looking forward to returning to the Musical Theatre & Cabaret Scene Soon.

Ashleigh Robson

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

Ava-Rose Askew 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 apart 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, and recently performed in the Regeneration concert.

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. In 2019 Blake will be playing the role of Ram Sweeney in Segue Production's run of Heathers: The Musical.

Casmira Hambledon

Casmira Hambledon loves stories, diverse and supportive communities, wigs, glitter, and belting as a way to deal with having too many emotions. Luckily she found theatre. Highlights have included directing and choreographing for Peter Combe’s Adelaide Fringe Shows 2013-2015, performing the role of ‘Violet’ in Davine Productions’ Violet (for which she won the TASA award for ‘Best Female Performance 2017’) and 'Fantine' in the G&S Society's production of Les Misérables (for which she was nominated for a Curtain Call: ‘Best Female Performance 2018’). In 2018 she played 'Woman 2' in Edges with Irregular Productions, 'Shelby' in Steel Magnolias with IpSkip, 'The Lady of the Lake' in Spamalot with Marie Clark, and the ‘Sour Kangaroo’ in Seussical with Northern Light. Most recently Casmira played nine characters in Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court with Davine Productions at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Charlotte Nitschke

Charlotte is an extremely shy young lady but a very passionate writer, musician and broadway enthusiast. She loves musicals and any broadway production, and her current obsessions are Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen and Heathers. She's found music, broadway and poetry to be her way of expressing herself through her struggles. She has always been shy and never connected with her peer group, so has been isolated a lot. She is willing to expand her comfort zone and progress into performer life. She was a dancer in her earlier years, but up until now has never had the confidence to go any further with performing but as she's aged near adulthood, she is keen to get out there and express herself through the songs she loves. She has been in the music department for 11 years, and has experience in dance. She sings soprano in her school's main choir, one of three vocal groups, and recently returned from Europe having competed and performed on voice and clarinet through a number of countries, with her choir winning their category with gold.

Chloe Grey

This is Chloe's first time performing here at Broadway Sessions. She is just starting to get back into the singing game after stopping at the end of school to move interstate for study. Chloe has recently moved back to SA and is currently studying her second degree - Nursing and decided to get back to her old theatre roots.

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 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 2015 with Lazy Saturday Productions' Australian premiere of Darkle. 2017 is a big year of theatre for David starting with Pale Ale Tales, a new work by local writer, Jason Hendy in the 2017 Fringe, Jekyll and Hyde with Marie Clark and finishing with Les Misérables as Enjolras with G&S Society.

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

Dione Baker

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 Smith

Emily Smith lives in rural South Australia and loves to perform. When not on stage she is a mum to three boys, university student, and instrumental music teacher.

Emily-Jo Davidson

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.

Helga Handfull

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 Andrew

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 Bais

Jen is a recent amateur theatre actor, her last gig in the ensemble of Dusty the Musical. She loves to sing soul and jazz but prefers to dance to disco! Audience participation is a fun part of performing so expect some opportunities to sing with her!

Jeri Williams

Jeri Williams is originally from the United States, and has been a performer all her life - singing in choirs, churches, glee club and even a pop/R&B girl group. Her first performance in a musical was as a secretary in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at age 16, and she never stopped. Jeri’s first paid gig was a singer in an acapella group at Busch Gardens theme park in Florida. A year or two later she was hired by Disney Cruise Lines, as a performer and “Friends with Wendy Darling”. She met her Aussie husband on board that ship and spent the next six years performing in Dance Parties, Parades & Specialty Performances with Holland America and Royal Caribbean.

Jeri settled here in Adelaide in 2011 and has been privileged to have performed in a few shows - 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.

Jeri is a full time working mum, so finding time for shows is impossiblethese days. But she’s so thankful for Broadway Sessions to give a busy mum like her a chance to return to the stage, at least for one night every now and then.

Justine Claire

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 Vilinne

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

Lucy is 13 years old and absolutely loves singing, dancing and acting. She has been performing on stage in Musical Theatre productions since she was 9 years of age, most recently with Shane Davidson's Production of Into the Woods Jr (Florinda), March Productions' Barnum, Promise Adelaide's Musical Moments and as a soloist in Pelican Production's 2019 Music Theatre Camp.

She has performed in Shane Davidson Productions as a Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast Junior and also joined Pelican in their 2018 production Annie Junior (as Drake the butler), in the 2017 production of Seussical Junior, and in annual Music Theatre Camps, notably in the roles of Soloist (Fame), Jellicle Cat (Cats), Gramma Tala (Moana) and Jan (Grease). Lucy also performed with the cast of Seussical Jr as part of the Junior Theatre Celebration Australia in Newcastle and with Harvest Rain as part of the Hairspray Arena Spectacular.

Lucy is a member of the Walford School Concert Choir as well as their performing choir, Chica Voce. She trains in vocal technique and music theatre with Linda Ellis and Kylie Green, acting with Trinity College of London, and has trained in dance since she was 3 years: studying Broadway jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop with Norwood Ballet.

Mikala Wood

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

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 Giannos

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 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 first year education and second year history and english - she hopes to use her skills on stage to teach and to direct in the not-so-distant future.

Sean Nugent

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 (2018), Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore (2017), Stephen Foster in The Minstrel Man (1997) and Luiz in The Gondoliers (1993).

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.

Stephen Tulip

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

Zachary is 19 years old and is aiming to become an entertainer in the performing arts (mainly acting and singing). He has been performing since the age of eight with his earliest memory being with Di Mason’s youth theatre troupe, Stars On Stage.

He regularly had performances with various performing arts schools such as Theatrebugs, Mighty Good Productions and on-going training with Actors Ink.

In January 2017, Zachary started his musical theatre performance career with The Parks Youth Theatre in their first Broadway Bootcamp showcase and continued to perform in their later productions of Grease (April 2017) as ensemble, Footloose the Musical (October 2017) as Garvin, Seussical (April 2018) as The Grinch and most recently, Legally Blonde the Musical JR (April 2019) as Professor Callahan.

After performing in The Parks Youth Theatre’s production of Seussical, Zachary got cast as The Grinch in Northern Light Theatre Company’s October 2018 production of Seussical. Whilst rehearsing for Northern Light Theatre Company’s production of Seussical, Zachary starred in his first film created by students of Flinders University in a short film called Plastic Aeroplane. He later appeared in two other short films still in the making this year called To Arnold’s Daughter (by Joshua Tse of Flinders University) and Rock, Paper, Scissors (by Melanie Čubelić and team).

Most recently, Zachary has been cast as The Mock Turtle (his second lead role in a musical after Legally Blonde Jr) in The Parks Youth Theatre’s October 2019 production of Alice In Wonderland.