September Session – Piano Party

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

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!

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 Lorien, 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. 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 and over the last 3 years music tutoring (voice and piano). Now, on maternity leave, with a family of 6 at home to maintain she escapes occasionally to sing something more interesting than The Wiggles!

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. 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 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 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 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 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

Casmira Lorien

Casmira loves stories, diverse and supportive communities, wigs, glitter, and belting as a way of dealing with too many emotions. Luckily, she found theatre!
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) and Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme in Assassins for Hills Musical Company.

Casmira’s professional credits include performing in The Teddy Bears Picnic for The Garden of Unearthly Delights, directing and performing in several children’s theatre productions for the Something On Saturday Program with Adelaide Festival Centre, and providing the voice for ‘Poppy Platypus’ in Lupa Entertainment’s popular app for children: Hip Hop Kangaroo and Friends.

Charlotte Nitschke

Charlotte is an extremely shy young lady but a very passionate writer, musician, and Broadway enthusiast. She loves musicals, and her current obsessions are Les Misérables, Dear Evan Hansen, and Come from Away. She is part of the Adelaide Theatre Academy, is currently learning under the guidance of Cass for theatre, and Jemma for dance and Claire for vocals. She was involved with Theatre Bugs when she was younger too. She’s found music, Broadway, art 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 she has been isolated a lot. But, she finds herself connecting to fictional characters and having them as her escape

She has struggled with social anxiety around public speaking and performing but she is willing to expand her comfort zone and progress into performer life. She has experience as a dancer, gymnast and figure skater. Up until now, Charlotte has never had the confidence to go further with performing arts but as she’s grown more comfortable in herself, she is keen to get out there and express herself through the songs she loves. She is a gifted musician who has been part of the music department at school for 11 years. She started on the violin at age 6 and is currently learning from her fifth teacher. She began clarinet at age 8 and has been learning under the guidance of Mary Waterhouse for the past eight years.

Charlotte only began vocal lessons recently, with Ros Lock in 2018, Jo Tropeano in 2019 and Claire in 2020. However, she has been involved in choirs since she was young. She also travelled to Generations in Jazz in 2019 and her choir got 2nd place. She was part of the Adelaide Youth Sinfonia for 2019 and is part of her school’s Senior String Orchestra and Senior String Quartet. She is also the lead Clarinettist in her school's Symphonic Concert Band and Senior Clarinet Ensemble, as well as being involved in Rock Band on an electric violin. She studied dance at Centre Stage Academy and then taught ballet alongside Cheryl Bradley to children aged 3-8. She sings soprano in her school’s main choir but didn't have the time to be involved in an auditioned one this time. She is also involved in her school's Music Theatre Club. 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.

When not playing her instruments, she enjoys writing songs as well using apps such as Sibelius and Logic Pro X.

In July 2020, Charlotte is part of the Les Misérables ensemble for NOW Productions.

Charlotte will look at arts programs in Boston as well as a performing arts tour in the US. Charlotte finds theatre the way to connect with people her age, which is something she struggles with. Charlotte intends to study music at the Adelaide Music Conservatory paired with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English (minoring in creative writing or poetry), and then returning for a double degree of Education as well as the new Music Theatre degree offered at Adelaide University. Overall, Charlotte is a passionate performer and a gifted musician and writer.

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. Recently finding out she has a condition called Aphantasia, she realises that her musical ability compensates for her lack of visual imagery. First thinking this was a bad thing, she has grown to realize that having this condition has actually allowed her to grow and thrive in the creative arts

Chloe Grey

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!

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.

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

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 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 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, and most recently with Pelican Productions starring as Mary Poppins as part of their 2020 Music Theatre Camp (MTC) and in their upcoming production of Lion King Jr.

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: 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 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.

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.

Stephanie John

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 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 he is aiming to become a professional entertainer in the performing arts (mainly acting and singing) in the near future. He has been performing in theatre since a very young age 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 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 three short films created by students of Flinders University: Plastic Aeroplane (2018), To Arnold’s Daughter (2019) and Rock, Paper, Scissors (2019). In 2020, Zachary got cast as Joshua in a mystery drama web series still in the making called The Five Stones of Legends.

Just recently, Zachary was offered the role of performing as one of his ultimate musical theatre dream roles as Javert in NOW Productions’ production of Les Misérables. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the show had to be postponed like many other amateur theatre shows in Adelaide but Zachary isn’t worried, all he knows is that this gives him more time to practice and be amazing once he can get onstage as Javert.