About this Session
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.
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!
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 worked himself overtime this performance season, currently in A Man For All Seasons with IpSkip Productions which will be on stage mid January 2020, and he was just recently in the cast of Vintage Hitchcock with Tea Tree Players and was 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 16 month moustache anniversary.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 also studies piano. Chloe’s love for singing developed into a love for musical theatre after performing in her first musical The Little Mermaid with Adelaide Youth Theatre (AYT) in 2016 and was instantly hooked!
Another 10 musicals have since followed in quick succession! Her most recent shows include Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle) and; Seussical the Musical (Bird Girl) with AYT, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Truly Scrumptious) and The Sound of Music (Liesl von Trapp) with NOW Productions.
She is looking forward to playing the role of Sebastian in The Little Mermaid with The Parks Theatre in April 2020
Cooper, 15, 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 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. Recently you may have seen Danielle in NLTC's Dusty as a Nevada, and in G&S Society's Kinky Boots where she sang the words "What a Man" over and over again like an annoying broken record.
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.
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 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.
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 reprised the role of Ilse in Spring Awakening.
It's been a hot second since Jemma has been on stage and she is NERVOUS, so if anyone wants to buy her a G&T or a snack to help calm her down she would be very appreciative.
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 Advanced Diploma’s in both Musical Theatre and Music and was also selected by the BBC (in London) for a young performer's 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 has just finished playing the role of Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical with Davine Productions for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020. This was the best experience she has ever had on stage - she loved every minute of it!! Jemma also performed in Kinky Boots with The G&S Society in which she played the role of Lauren. Jemma’s other roles in Theatre have included Ellen in Miss Saigon (The Met), Charity in Sweet Charity, Nancy in Oliver!, Mary in Mary Poppins and Ariel in Footloose.
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 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), Cathy in The Last Five Years (Segue Productions 2017), Elizabeth/Liz/Beth in If/Then (Segue Productions 2018), and Simone in Shane Warne The Musical (Segue Productions 2020). In 2021, she will hopefully have the chance to perform with the Met as Vivienne in Legally Blonde the Musical!
Kristin music directed Heathers the Musical for Segue Productions in September 2019. She 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 singing showtunes with her awesome 5 year old.
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 is 9 years old. Maddy loves to sing and has had lessons with Mim Sarre since the start of 2019. Maddy's 2020 got off to a busy start where she played the part of Cosette in Pelican Productions MTC. She participated in Musical Moments with Promise Adelaide and also performed with Peter Combe, both in the Adelaide Fringe Festival. When Maddy isn't singing, she loves to dance and is part of her school aerobics team. Maddy is excited to be performing again at Broadway Sessions.
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. She has played leading roles such as Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan and ensemble roles in shows; 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 Marryatville Music Program has provided Mikari with many opportunities such as learning several instruments and being involved with many co-curricular ensembles, which have consistently placed first in the Eisteddfods (Concert Choir) and Generations in Jazz (Pops Vocals). She also went on a jazz tour to America last year where she performed around New York and Los Angeles, as well as attending broadway and jazz workshops with well-renowned musicians.
Currently, Mikari is in the Class of Cabaret program working on her set which would've been featured in the 2020 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Millicent Sarre is a singer & songwriter, cabaret artist, music theatre performer and vocal coach.
Mim studied Music and Theatre at Graceland University, USA, before returning to her hometown of Adelaide, South Australia, where she has been actively involved in the music theatre scene. Her notable roles to date include Veronica Sawyer in Heathers the Musical (Segue Productions, 2019), Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening (Hills Musical Company 2017), Ivy in Ivy + Bean the Musical (The Gemini Collective, 2018 – Australian Premiere), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Hills Musical Company, 2015) and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Graceland University, 2013).
In June 2019, she premiered her original cabaret show, Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered, in the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe, and revived the show for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020, where it played a sold-out extended season and was a 3-time award winner in the Adelaide Fringe Awards.
Oscar, 14 years old, has been performing since he was 7. He's performed in over 17 musical theatre productions, including the London Palladium's National tour of The Sound of Music, as Kurt at 10. He's also performed at many sporting events and, most recently, the SuperLoop. Oscar is excited to be performing again at Broadway sessions.
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.
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. Since then he has been involved in Assassins also for HMC, and will be appearing in Therry's Titanic in June 2020.
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’s passion for musical theatre began at a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. 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's most recent role was Nicola in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society's 2019 production of Kinky Boots.
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 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.
At 21, 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 previous roles including Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, and Campbell Davis in Pelican Production's production of Bring It On the Musical's first season and its 2018 return season - 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. Her professional accolades in Adelaide have also included working with Ding Productions and Shane International each year for varying statewide productions. She has also been contracted with Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines as a featured lead vocalist since January 2019.
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 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 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!
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).
Peter Johns (Piano/Musical Director)
Peter is a music director, accompanist, repertoire coach, and the founder of Irregular Productions - one half of the brains behind Broadway Sessions.
He has been a theatre music director since 2005, with a number of his shows winning local awards. Theatre Credits include: (as Music Director) Beautiful, Mamma Mia, Les Misérables, Next to Normal, Violet, The Story Of My Life, Songs For A New World, The Light In The Piazza, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Into the Woods, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, [title of show], Edges, Avenue Q, Bring It On, Singing In The Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, Urinetown the Musical, Scrooge, The Witches of Eastwick, Little Shop of Horrors, Seussical the Musical, Grease, Once Upon a Mattress; (as Associate Music Director) Kinky Boots; (as Conductor) City of Angels, The Addams Family; (as Associate Conductor) Rent; (as Assistant Music Director) Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, South Pacific, Copacabana; as well as playing keyboard in over 25 other productions.
Besides co-producing Broadway Sessions, Irregular Productions has also staged the South Australian premieres of Songs for a New World, [title of show] and Edges, as well as a new production of Godspell (with Lydian Productions).
Peter is also the music director for Civic Park Carols, Australia's second-largest candlelight carols event, working with some of Adelaide’s finest musician’s and performers, as well as artists such as Justine Clarke, Guy Sebastian, Rachel Beck, and Jimmy Giggle.
Max Ziliotto (Drums/Percussion)
Max has been playing percussion for 15 years, and has been involved in numerous music performance groups throughout that time. Attending Marryatville High School 2006-2010, and being a part of the Raiders Drum Corps since 2007, he learned performance etiquette pretty quickly, and grew comfortable performing in front of people. Max participated in the Big Band program at high school, and as such was able to attend Generations in Jazz multiple times. His drumkit playing further improved after high school where, during his studies for his Bachelor of Music (Percussion), he was a part of the Jazz SA Youth Superbands. While studying his Bachelors, Max competed in and won First Place in the 2011 MSO Snare Competition.
Musical theatre has been part of his life since 2009, and as luck would have it, Max has been working with Peter Johns since his very first show! Productions Max has been involved in include: Sweeney Todd, Fame, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, Annie, The Full Monty, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Violet, Wicked, Bring It On!, Edges, Beautiful, Mamma Mia, and Les Miserables.
Outside of music, Max has developed a passion for gridiron, and plays for the Port Adelaide Spartans. He is also a personal trainer, and his love for craft beers is pretty strong!
Louis Cann (Bass)
Louis has been playing both double bass and bass guitar as long as he can remember. Beginning with lessons at the age of 7, he quickly developed his skills and decided that music was the career for him. Louis began playing for Musical Theatre shows in 2011, with the Northern Lights Theatre Company’s production of Beauty and the Beast, which coincidentally, was the beginning of a long-standing working relationship with Musical Director, Peter Johns! Since, Louis has played for many theatre companies around Adelaide, including Adelaide Youth Theatre, Lydian Productions, Pelican Productions, Davine Productions, Irregular Productions, Marie Clarke Musical Theatre, The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of South Australia, and Hills Musical Company. Some of his favourite shows to play for have been In the Heights, for Pelican Productions in 2019, and Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, for Davine Productions in 2020. In 2018, Louis had the privilege of playing in the pit for the Gordon Frost Organisation’s touring production of The Wizard of Oz. Louis graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2016, with a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance.) That same year, he began performing as a casual member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - some of his favourite performances include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, and Last Night of the Proms at the Adelaide Festival Centre.