October Session – Performer’s Choice

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

We’ve had a lot of theme nights lately! From Rock Night, Broadway Sessions Goes to the Tony’s, Female Composer Night, an Ol’ Fashioned Piano Party and Our 4th Birthday, we thought it was high time we held a theme-free month and allow those crazy performer types to let their imaginations run wild.

Come and spend an evening with us where anything can happen! New songs, old songs, borrowed songs, blue songs, they’re all going for the low low price of a ticket to Broadway Sessions.

This month’s Session includes a performance by the cast of Hills Musical Company’s upcoming production of Assassins!

Doors open at 5:45pm. Food and beverages are available from the bar.

Pre-purchase single tickets and tables today to secure your spot. Tickets remain available online until 15 minutes before doors. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

Registrations are now open. For the opportunity to perform, visit our registration page and submit two song options (from a musical or by an established music theatre writer) to be part of the fun. Registrations are open until Sunday 13 October.

Session Setlist

Act 1
Dreamgirls (Dreamgirls) – Alisa James, Fiona DeLaine, Rebecca Raymond
Good Morning Baltimore (Hairspray) – Madeleine Schroeter
A Part of That (The Last Five Years) – Kirsty Burch
Stars (Les Misérables) – Jay Mancuso
My House (Matilda) – Chloe Seabrook
I Know It’s Today (Shrek) – Caitlin Tyler, Mim Sarre, Samantha Keough
Hold On (The Secret Garden) – Wendy Rayner
Larger Than Life (My Favourite Year) – Cooper James
I’d Give It All For You (Songs For A New World) – Jared Frost, Jemma McCulloch
Your Daddy’s Son (Ragtime) – Mark Oates
Coloured Woman (Memphis) – Vaishnavi Rajaramanan
Barry Is Going To Prom (The Prom) – Mark DeLaine
Act 2
Ex-Wives (Six: The Musical) – Casmira Hambledon, Danielle Greaves, Jemma Allen, Mim Sarre, Ruby Pinkerton, Serena Martino-Williams
I’d Rather Be Me (Mean Girls) – Lily-Mae Van Rhoda
You’ll Be Back (Hamilton: An American Musical) – Sarah Laing
I’d Order Love (First Date) – Aled Proeve
Live Out Loud (A Little Princess) – Sophie Brown
Never Neverland (Fly Away) (Scott Alan) – Alicia Hammond
The Ballad of Guiteau (Assassins)* – Robbie Mitchell, Robin Smacka Schmelzkopf
Hold Me In Your Heart (Kinky Boots) – Oscar Bridges
Run (Shane Warne: The Musical) – Brenton Edgecombe
So Big/So Small (Dear Evan Hansen) – Kristin Stefanoff
Anything Worth Holding On To (Scott Alan) – Scarlett Anthony
Dead Mom (Beetlejuice) – Mikari Zollo Semmler
* promoting an upcoming show

Your Session Host

Mark Oates

Mark is a respected opera, cabaret and concert singer, with a passion for music theatre. He has toured South Australia with State Opera, SINGular productions and the Adelaide Art Orchestra. Mark produced and performed in his own sell out swing show – Mark Oates and the Daniel Brunner Pretty Big Band – for the 2009 and 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festivals. For the Adelaide Festival, Mark sung the roles of Ruffiak in Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre and Street Singer in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.

For State Opera SA, Mark premiered the role of “the Cantor” in Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires, a co-production with Leigh Warren and Dancers which was reprised for the 2011 Brisbane Festival. He also performed Joe in The Station (Howard Blake), and John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach). Last year Mark performed in the world premiere of the full Philip Glass trilogy for State Opera SA, including the role of Arjuna in Satyagraha. In the two weeks prior to the opening night of Broadway Sessions, Mark will be part of the State Opera SA chorus in Faust and the Verdi Requiem before travelling to Canberra for two concerts with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Mark has also worked with many Adelaide based musical theatre companies. He was an Oscart and Curtain Call winner and Critic’s Circle nominee for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in The G&S Society’s Les Misérables. For The G&S Society Mark has also played the Baker in Into the Woods and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. He premiered Horton the Elephant in the award winning Seussical the Musical and portrayed Utterson in Jekyll and Hyde for The Hills Musical Company. Other roles include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for Northern Light Theatre Company, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden for both The Therry Dramatic Society and The G&S Society, Enoch Snow in Carousel for Swell Productions/MS Society and was part of the original cast of It’s A Dad thing for SINGular productions. Mark has also played “man” in several productions, including Songs for a New World and I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change!

Session Performers

Aled Proeve

Aled has been performing in community theatre productions since 2013, predominantly musical productions but with ever increasing dips into less musical waters. He has been working himself overtime this performance season as he was just recently in the cast of Vintage Hitchcock with Tea Tree Players and is currently playing the Minstrel in Once Upon a Mattress with Marie Clark. Some of his production highlights include playing Inspector Kemp in Marie Clark's 2014 production of Young Frankenstein, Joe Vegas in Marie Clark's 2015 production of Fame, Sir Bors/Dancing Nun/Ensemble in Marie Clark's 2018 production of Spamalot, and William Featherstone in Galleon Theatre's 2018 production of How the Other Half Loves.

Outside of theatrical endeavours, Aled has completed Certificates II, III and IV in Music at TAFE SA and a BA in Music at Tabor College, is the current president of The Little Para Singers community choir which he has been in since 2011, and has just reached his 13 month moustache anniversary.

Alicia Hammond

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

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

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

Alisa James

Alisa has been performing in musicals in Adelaide for over 10 years. Alisa's favourite roles include Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (MBM, 2011), Reno in Dusty (The Met, 2011) and Enid in Legally Blonde the Musical (Hills, 2014). Most recently Alisa performed in Violet (Davine Interventionz) for the Adelaide Fringe. Currently Alisa is rehearsing for Aida with the Hills Musical Company. Alisa has trained in jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop dance and has vocal tuition with Kirsty Roberts.

Brenton Edgecombe

Brenton Edgecombe has been a professional entertainer since 1997, working in theatres, clubs, function venues and onboard cruise ships as one half of a unique music and comedy double-act called String Fever. String Fever is the winner of five Australian entertainment industry MO Awards, including Variety Entertainers of the Year.

Brenton also pretends to be Elton John in a tribute show called Crocodile Rocket and records string lines for various projects in his home studio. Before embarking on the path of entertainment Brenton played violin with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and many other groups in Adelaide and Sydney.

Career highlights include performing onboard the historic QEII, shaking hands with Ita Buttrose and appearing as an earnest coffee drinker on Neighbours. Brenton is currently in rehearsal for his Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020 comedy-cabaret show DON'T SHOOT! I'm a vegan.

Caitlin Tyler

This is Caitlin’s first time performing at Broadway sessions. She studies singing, dancing and acting with Theatre Bugs/Adelaide Theatre Academy and is in her 9th year. Her passion is hands down singing and she is taking singing lessons since 2015 with Mim Sarre.

From a young age, Caitlin has shown her acting talent in many school productions. Through Theatre Bugs and ATA she had the opportunity to perform in shows like Little Shop of Horrors, Xanadu, Oliver, Porridge, 13 the Musical, and soon in the upcoming show of Peter Pan.

Casmira Hambledon

Casmira Hambledon 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.

Chloe Seabrook

Chloe is 13 years of age and resides and attends school in the Barossa. She has been taking voice lessons for seven years, dancing for eight and recently started piano. Chloe’s love for singing developed into a love for musical theatre after being taken to her first professional show Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! when she was just 6. Following this, Chloe performed in her first musical The Little Mermaid with Adelaide Youth Theatre (AYT) and was instantly hooked!

Another 9 musicals have since followed! Her most recent shows include Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle) with AYT; Wicked with AYT, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Truly Scrumptious) and The Sound of Music (Liesl von Trapp) with NOW Productions.

Cooper James

Cooper, 14, loves every aspect of performing, but above all musical theatre and dance. He was lucky enough to make his professional debut playing Kurt in The Sound of Music in 2016. Cooper is studying Drama at Brighton High School in the Company Bright program and is learning the Oboe. He is passionate about dance and attends Generation Dance learning ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre.

Cooper receives his vocal coaching from Carolyn Ferrie and in 2018 was a soloist for the Festival of Music. In 2016 he joined Pelican Productions and played the cheeky Rooster Hannigan in Annie Jr. Cooper was one of a select group of performers from around Australia to participate to the Junior Theatre Celebrations in the Disney Newsies Jr Pilot (2017) playing Crutchie and in Sister Act (2018) playing Joey. He has enjoyed playing a variety of characters at Pelican Productions MTC including Barnum in The Greatest Showman, Mr Mistoffelees from Cats, Danny from Grease, Marlin from Finding Nemo and hamming it up singing ‘I Eat More’ from Willy Wonka. Cooper has also performed a number of shows with Promise Adelaide.

When he isn’t singing or dancing you will find Cooper listening to music, teaching himself guitar, piano or with his head in a book.

Danielle Greaves

Danielle started performing at age 5 within her school and also in the Australian Girls Choir. She landed her first lead role in a musical at age 6 starring as Henny Penny in the year 1 & 2 production of The Sky is Falling, where she was seen pulling actors into their correct spots and mouthing everyone's lines. In High School (Norwood Morialta High School) Danielle played leads across multiple musicals, 2008 - Rizzo in Grease, 2010 - Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and 2011 - Anna in The King and I. Additionally, in 2010 Danielle was part of the High School Cabaret Show, directed by David Campbell during the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Since high school, Danielle pursued a basketball career playing Premier League basketball for 8 years, which prevented her from performing. Since retiring in late 2017, she has been trying to crack back into musical theatre, auditioning for musicals. Last year Danielle was lucky enough to play Scaramouche in Matt Byrne Media's We Will Rock You.

Fiona DeLaine

Fiona has an Honours degree in performance from Flinders University Drama Centre. She has appeared on television and on stage both professionally, here and interstate and as part of the Adelaide Amateur Theatre community. She has worked in several aspects of theatre from performer to choreographer to director. Maureen from RENT is a dream role in a show she has loved since she was 14 and received the original Broadway album and was privileged enough to see the original Australian production.

Jared Frost

In 2019, Jared has performed as Chris Scott in the METS production of Miss Saigon, Frederic in Therry's Pirates of Penzance, and in the Chorus for State Opera of South Australia's Carmen. In 2018, Jared performed as Raoul in the Gilbert & Sullivan Society's Phantom of the Opera; Buddy in the Hills Musical Company's Sideshow; and with John Bucchino in Davine Interventionz's It's Only Life. Jared became a member of the State Opera Chorus in 2018, which saw him perform in The Merry Widow and Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg.

Jared began performing in Adelaide musicals in 2008 in the Met's Shout and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society's HMS Pinafore. Since then he has performed in multiple musicals including Therry's Fiddler on the Roof; G&S' Les Misérables, Pirates of Penzance, Mikado, Orpheus in the Underworld, Yeoman of the Guard, and The Gondoliers; Met's My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, CATS, The King & I; and Little Miss World Media's Ordinary Days. He trained at the Elder Conservatorium under Robert Dawe and Patrick Power.

Jay Mancuso

Jay has been performing since childhood, on stage in musical theatre and as a solo artist. He has been in Grease, played the lead in Marie Clark’s The Music Man, and most recently ‘The club owner’ in The Met's production of Miss Saigon. Jay released is debut album in 2017 titled ‘Great Expectations’. Jay works as a paramedic by day and loves to sing and perform by night.

Jemma Allen

In reception, Jemma was spotted lip-syncing the year 7s' lines in their school musical, and she has been working to steal the spotlight ever since. She is very versatile, and over the years has 'played drums' in Fame, kissed her ex boyfriend (ew) in Bye Bye Birdie, whinged in Blithe Spirit, fake tapped in Big Fish, been awkward in Smokey Joe's Cafe, spun plates in Chicago, been angsty in Spring Awakening, been both 7 and 11 y.o. in Ivy + Bean, and belted and riffed in Godspell. She just finished the sell out season of Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Uni of Adelaide, where she will be reprising the role of Ilse in Spring Awakening Nov 22nd and 24th. Tickets are available through BASS. Hint hint.

Jemma McCulloch

Jemma is originally from the UK where she trained professionally in Musical Theatre at The Brit School, The Betty Wivell Academy and Bird College in London. Jemma has Higher Diploma’s in both Musical Theatre and Music and was also selected by the BBC (in London) for a young performers bursary for outstanding achievement in Musical Theatre whilst she was studying. Jemma has been fortunate enough to have performed in various Musical Theatre concerts and workshops in London’s West End and even one in Broadway! Jemma is relatively new to Adelaide - only having moved here last year. She is currently rehearsing for Kinky Boots with The G&S Society in which she will play the role of Lauren - she is extremely excited to be playing such a brilliant and fun role and is having a blast with the awesome cast and creative team! Jemma’s favourite roles to date have been Ellen in Miss Saigon (The Met), Charity in Sweet Charity, Nancy in Oliver, Mary in Mary Poppins and Ariel in Footloose.

Jemma has also just received some very exciting news, that she has been given the privilege of taking on the role of Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical with Davine Productions for the 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival!

Kirsty Burch

Kirsty Burch grew up in Mt Gambier, South Australia where she was taught under the influence of Jodi Swiggs at Phoenix Music Studios. During this time she was involved in many productions through school and the Ovation Centre of Performing Arts; including playing characters such as Rizzo in Grease and Chiffon from Little Shop of Horrors. She now lives in Adelaide where she is currently studying a Bachelor of Performing Arts at UniSA and sings with High Spirits Harmony, a nationally award-winning womens' A Capella choir.

Kristin Stefanoff

Kristin has always lived and breathed music, but it wasn't until 2009 that she discovered musical theatre. After accompanying her first show she thought, "Hey, this looks like fun!" and auditioned for the next show that came around. The rest, as they say, is history. She has accompanied and music directed, but she truly feels alive on the stage. Favourite roles include Smitty in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2013), Inga in Young Frankenstein (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2014), Clara in The Light In The Piazza (Davine Interventionz 2016), and Cathy in The Last Five Years (Segue Productions 2017). She was recently in the ensemble of Spamalot (MCMT) and played Elizabeth/Liz/Beth in If/Then in September (Segue Productions).

Kristin is excited to be music directing again, with Heathers for Segue Productions in September 2019. Kristin is also a founding member of the new Adelaide based theatre company Segue Productions. When she's not at rehearsals or the theatre, she teaches voice and piano, and often dances around the house with her awesome preschooler (usually to the Frozen soundtrack...).

Lily-Mae Van Rhoda

Lily-Mae Van Rhoda has been performing since age 6, achieving roles in several amateur productions such as Annie, Wicked, High School Musical, Beauty and the Beast and The Wizard of Oz. Her favourite role thus far has been portraying the bubbly and charming Galinda in Wicked back in 2018, which awarded her a nomination for ‘Emerging Artist of the Year Award’ from the Adelaide Critics Circle.

Lily is excited to be portraying Veronica in Zest Theatre Group's 2020 production of Heathers. As well as being involved in several musical productions, she has appeared as a guest artist on ABC Radio, undertaken formal classical vocal training and taken part in several NIDA workshops – having received a place in their 2018 Open Scholarship Program and placement in their Work Experience Program. In future Lily hopes to study either musical theatre or acting at NIDA.

Madeleine Schroeter

Madeleine Schroeter is 8 years old. Maddy has been singing since before she could talk, just like the ABBA song! She has been attending Theatre Bugs since she was two and has participated in numerous school holiday programs as well as Cabaret and end of year productions. Maddy has had singing lessons with Mim Sarre since the start of 2019. She performed at Sing for Dignity in 2019 and loved the experience. Maddy's first musical was Dear Edwina Jr (Theatre Bugs 2018 -ensemble) and earlier in 2019, she was in The Little Mermaid Jr (Pelican Productions- ensemble). When Maddy isn't singing, she loves to dance and is part of her school aerobics team. Her favourite musical is Wicked and she hopes to have the opportunity to perform in it one day.

Mark DeLaine

Mark’s passion for Education has lead him to the role of Head of the Arts at St. Peter’s Woodlands Grammar School. His favourite onstage role was playing Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors where he met his wife Fiona. Mark also had the opportunity play his favourite character role Amos in Chicago for Emma Knights Productions. He is a well known Musical Director working with many musical companies across Adelaide. Favourites include Curtains, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sweeney Todd, Crazy For You, The Drowsy Chaperone and Company.

Mark produced the sold-out Adelaide premiere of The Musical of Musicals - the Musical! for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Adelaide Fringe Festivals (also playing Bill). Mark made his debut as guest conductor of the Norwood Symphony Orchestra presenting the Australasian premiere of The Trumpet of the Swan in the 2014 and 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festivals. Recently Mark musically directed the award-winning Big Fish for Therry, Spring Awakening and Side Show for Hills Musical Company. He was also the musical director for Oklahoma, performed outdoors on Four Oaks Farm for Emma Knights Productions. Mark performed the role of Brian in Avenue Q fulfilling all his muppet dreams.

Mark’s greatest production to date is his son Bryce who keeps his parents extremely busy.

Mikari Zollo Semmler

Mikari Zollo Semmler started vocal training at the age of 10 and commenced acting and dancing classes shortly after; training in Jazz, Tap and Ballet.

Mikari has participated in many shows and productions; including musicals, solo performances, and cabarets, where she has played leading roles such as Mrs Darling in Peter Pan and ensemble and dancer roles in shows such as; 13 The Musical, Seussical the Musical, Pipi Long Stockings, Madagascar, Wicked and many more. She has also been to NSW twice to compete in the Junior Theatre Celebration.

Mikari really came to love music in the Marryatville Special Music Interest Program, where she auditioned on voice as her primary instrument. Being in the music program at Marryatville has given Mikari the opportunity to learn several instruments and be involved in a number of choirs and ensembles.

Mikari is currently involved in choirs such as; Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Subtones and Pops Vocals. Performing in these ensembles she has obtained many awards and memorable experiences such as; wining Generations in Jazz with Pops Vocals, placing first in the Adelaide Choral Eisteddfods with Pops Vocals, being awarded the Boyd Dawkins Memorial Shield twice with Concert Choir, as well as placing first twice with Concert Choir in the Adelaide Choral Eisteddfods.

Soon Mikari will be travelling to USA on a Jazz tour, where she’ll participate in Broadway and Jazz workshops, as well as performing in New York and Los Angeles.

Mim Sarre

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

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

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

Oscar Bridges

Fresh from New York, filming with ITheatrics, 13-year-old Oscar continues his musical theatre journey. Oscar has performed over 16 musical theatre shows, including the London Palladium’s National tour of The Sound of Music, as Kurt at the age of 10. Oscar is thrilled to be performing again at Broadway Sessions.

Rebecca Raymond

Rebecca comes from a rich musical heritage and has been performing for most of her life. Versatile in her style she enjoys performing in all musical genres which has led to her performing as a soloist with many different groups and for varying audiences. She has been a leading soloist with Adelaide’s Soul Factor Gospel Choir for the past 16 years, performs regularly with her Sisters, The Raymond Sisters and for five years was the vocal soloist with the Melbourne Staff Band with whom she toured Australia, Korea and the UK where she had the privilege of singing in the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Rebecca performs corporately as a Singer and Actor. Appearing as a soloist at varying events in Adelaide and Nationally and in Theatre. Memorable roles include the role of Violet Hilton in SideShow (2018) and Aida in Aida (2017) with Hills Musical Company, Sandra Bloom in Big Fish with Therry Dramatic Society (2016), Laurey in Oklahoma! The immersive farm experience with Emma Knights Productions (2016 & 2017), and Cosette in Les Misérables with the G&S Society (2008 & 2009).

When not performing Rebecca teaches singing, has her own Mary Kay Cosmetic business and is a makeup artist. She also teaches Skincare & Self Esteem classes in schools and groups in the community.

Robbie Mitchell

Originally hailing from Brisbane, Robbie has been involved in Musical Theatre since the age of 10. From roles in the chorus to leading roles at centre stage, Robbie’s passion for the theatre developed through his youth and inspired him to study for 2 years in Harvest Rain’s full time Industry Course (2014-2015), where he had the chance to perform next to some of Australia's most prized theatre veterans as well as up and coming stars. 2017 saw Robbie in his South Australian Musical Theatre debut performing in Spring Awakening for HMC.

Some of Robbie’s favourite productions that he has been involved in include: Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast, Legally Blonde, Godspell and, of course, Spring Awakening.

Robin Smacka Schmelzkopf

Robin (also known as Smacka) has been performing and singing for over 50 years and been involved in more than 50 Productions. Robin also performed at the Hotel Enfield theatre restaurant for 3 years and for a short time was even Mr Flim Flam the singing telegram man! His favourite musicals are Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum, Hello Dolly, Stop the world I want to get off, Chicago, A Little Night Music and Company. Away from theatre Smacka is an avid football follower (U Dogs) and loves the music of Sinatra, Elvis & Dean Martin... but if you ask him for a request he'll sing anyway!

Ruby Pinkerton

Ruby’s passion for musical theatre began at a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. Most recently, Ruby performed as the ‘Turn Back, O Man’ soloist in Godspell, produced by Irregular Productions and Lydian Productions. She played Hodel in the Therry Dramatic Society's production of Fiddler on the Roof, and understudied the title role and performed in the ensemble for Davine Productions’ Violet. Her performing credits also include Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Misérables produced by The Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Ruby currently rehearsing for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society's 2019 production of Kinky Boots, as Nicola.

Samantha Keough

Samantha Keough is a young, passionate performer who currently works with Adelaide Theatre Academy. She has recently performed in shows Oliver as Nancy and 13 the Musical as Patrice. She has been taking singing lessons from Millicent Sarre for two years. Samantha has dabbled in song-writing and is hoping to write small musicals or plays in the future.

Sarah Laing

Sarah has been exposed to Broadway tunes since she was in utero. Her earliest memories are attending her mum's rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar and New York Attending to Leonard Bernstein. Since then, she has performed in numerous amateur musical theatre productions in South Australia, as well as numerous school productions, open mic nights, and even with the State Opera of South Australia.

Sarah has returned to Adelaide for a three-month stint whilst she finishes off her university studies. She hopes that when she graduates in December, she can swap her medical books for piano books and bring her musical passion to the community in Ballarat.

Scarlett Anthony

At 20, Scarlett has been passionate about performing since she was young. She began dancing at Barbara Jayne Dance Centre when she was 3 years old where she developed her singing and dancing skills for 13 years and has now begun focusing on her passion for musical theatre. Scarlett graduated Concordia College in 2017 where she was and will continue to be taught by her singing teacher Rosie Hosking.

With 16 years of combined performing experience, Scarlett's love for the stage has never ceased, with her most recent roles being Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, and Campbell Davis in Pelican Production's production of Bring It On the Musical for which she received a TASA nomination for 'Best Youth Female Actor'. Her most recent musical accreditation included a performance season of Godspell with Lydian Productions and Irregular Productions. In addition to this, she was also selected to perform at the nationally televised 2018 Elder Park Carols By Candlelight, before beginning 8 months as a lead vocalist for Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines spanning between January and August of 2019.

Serena Martino-Williams

Serena began performing with the Adelaide Youth Theatre in 2011 and since, has played many roles for the youth theatre such as Tracy in Hairspray, Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Dragon in Shrek the Musical and most recently as Elphaba in their production of Wicked. Serena has also performed in many shows for Emma Knights Productions, including as Ado Annie in Oklahoma: On a Farm!, Buffy in Buffy Kills Edward and as New York Woman in I Love You Because.

Recently, Serena performed the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera for the G&S Society of SA, and has played Elphaba in Wicked and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Serena has also performed many roles professionally for companies such as The Entertainment Store and Heaps Good Productions, most recently in the successful season of Snowmageddon at the South Australian Maritime Museum. In addition to musical theatre, Serena performs regularly with The Three Little Sisters, an Andrews Sisters tribute show, and performs in and directs The Honey-Bees, a 60s-tribute show.

Sophie Brown

Sophie is 16 years old and started taking singing lessons at the age of seven. She performed in her first musical at age eight, was bitten by the bug, and another 14 musicals followed in quick succession! Most recently she has played the roles of Nancy in Oliver!, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Maria in The Sound of Music with Now Productions, Annie Golden in Balaklava Community Arts' production of Leader of the Pack, and a Who in Northern Light Theatre Company’s production of Seussical.

As well as an obvious obsession with Musical Theatre, Sophie enjoys playing piano, and classical singing. Any excess energy is spent training with the Charles Sturt Fencing Club.

Vaishnavi Rajaramanan

Vaishnavi is a lawyer with a passion for music theatre. This is now her fifth time being a part of the Broadway Sessions line-up, and her first time since coming back from a long hiatus! She was in the Met's production of Bye Bye Birdie and hopes to be part of another show soon!

Wendy Rayner

Following training in classical voice at Elder Conservatorium, and many years as a soloist at weddings, parties and (almost) anything, Wendy’s involvement in theatre has seen her embrace a wide variety of character roles over the past 20 years. These have ranged from haughty Sister Berthe (The Sound of Music), fragile Old Sally (Oliver!) and the delightfully dithery Mrs Tottendale (The Drowsy Chaperone) ... to memorable characters created for the busy ensembles of The Goodbye Girl and Big Fish. She has appeared as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance several times, and can't seem to stop performing in Les Misérables.

Wendy has appeared with Emma Knights Productions as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance (Adelaide Fringe Festival), Aunt Eller (Oklahoma! On A Farm), Mrs Rachel Lynde (Anne of Green Gables) and Sister Berthe/Frau Schmidt (The Sound of Music).