January Session – Welcome to the 20s

26 Sunday January 2020
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $15-20

About this Session

It’s a Roaring 20s Broadway Sessions.

It’s a brand new decade, and what better way to Charleston into the 20s than with a roaring 20s theme for Broadway Sessions in January! The 1920s was all about jazz, bootleg gin, excess and celebrating being alive in a period between two world wars and one Great Depression. While many of us are finding it difficult to celebrate this new year at the moment, perhaps being together and sharing the joy of music is just what we need! And by golly, what a sockdollager!

Want to register? We’re looking for songs from 1920s musicals or musicals written in the style of the 20s. Think Chicago, The Wild Party, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Boyfriend, The Grand Hotel, Nice Work If You Can Get It (or anything else by Gershwin), or Thoroughly Modern Millie, just to name a few. Broadway is lousy with options! Head to www.broadwaysessions.com.au/register now!  Registrations close at midday on Thursday 16 January.

Want to come along as an audience member and be part of the fun? We’d still love you to embrace the theme! Rock up to your local speakeasy (Norwood Live) slip us a 20 to gain access, grab a giggle water and channel your best flapper/gangster/flagpole dancer/Art Deco building. Want to ensure you have exclusive access to the hotsiest-totsiest party in town? Book a table or tickets on the website instead: www.broadwaysessions.com.au/tickets.

Don’t be a bluenose – we’re all one year closer to the big sleep; so let’s blouse! It’ll be the bees knees!

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.

Session Setlist

Act 1
As We Stumble Along (The Drowsy Chaperone) – Mark Oates
Fascinating Rhythm (Lady, Be Good!) – Eloise Quinn-Valentine
Someone To Watch Over Me (Oh Kay!) – John Mondelo
Nice Work If You Can Get It (Nice Work If You Can Get It) – Adam Schultz
Adelaide’s Lament (Guys and Dolls) – Caroline Stanley-Smith
Where Do I Go From Here (Fiorello!) – Cordelia Ferguson
All That Jazz (Chicago) – Charlotte Nitschke
When You’re Good to Mama (Chicago) – Aimee Crathern
Razzle Dazzle (Chicago) – Zachary Baseby
Mister Cellophane (Chicago) – David MacGillivray
What About That Shane? (Shane Warne: The Musical)* – Kristin Stefanoff
Act 2
He’s Sure The Boy I Love (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical)* – Josh Kerr, Maya Miller
Ol’ Man River (Showboat) – Blake Ascione
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (Showboat) – Karen Muller
Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) (Paris) – Amy Hammond
I Wanna Be Loved By You (Good Boy) – Nicole Rammesh
You Took Advantage Of Me (Present Arms) – Jemma Allen
Almost There (The Princess and the Frog) – Georgia Cosercas
Maybe I Like It This Way (The Wild Party) – Amelie Peters
I Want To Go To Hollywood (Grand Hotel) – Jemma McCulloch
Gimme Gimme (Thoroughly Modern Millie) – Mim Sarre
* 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

Adam Schultz

Adam began performing in musical theatre in 2017, debuting with the Met in 9 to 5: The Musical. Despite not really knowing what he was doing, Adam enjoyed the process so much that he's hardly stopped performing since, appearing in plays and musicals with a number of Adelaide's great selection of theatre companies including Blackwood Players, Therry and St Judes.

Aimee Crathern

Aimee is an avid music lover and an aunty. She currently attends Tutti Arts and participates in their music program 3 days a week. Aimee loves performing and will take each opportunity to do so, participating in the performing arts group No Strings Attached, sings with the Tutti Choir and Poco Choir, and is also a member of the worlds first all girl disability music group The Sisters of Invention. The Sisters of Invention, have seen Aimee perform at numerous events such as The Special Olympics Closing Ceremony, Womad and The Fringe Festival. Aimee and her music group The Sisters of Invention are recording their new album which should be released later this year. Aimee and her music group recently appeared on ABC iView Get Crackin.

In addition, she is in a new group called TGIF (Thank God It's Friday), and will be performing at the Highway Hotel on the 3rd of November. She is also performing in the Adelaide Christmas Pageant with TGIF, and performing in a show with No Strings Attached on 7th & 8th of November.

Amelie Peters

Amelie Peters is an award-winning, classically trained vocalist, international performer and vocal coach. After successful performances in Perth, Adelaide, and Melbourne, Amelie was invited to perform at the Soho Playhouse in New York City as a soul/jazz singer in the burlesque Fringe show Fafi D’Alour & the Delinquents in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the Elder Conservatorium of Adelaide.

Her knowledge of the voice has been largely extended with her most recently completed BAST training. With this education, Amelie feels she can give the appropriate guidance and nurturing tailored to each individual’s voice. While she specialises in classical voice, Amelie has a strong background in musical theatre, jazz, and contemporary music.

Extensively trained by Kirsty Roberts, Amelie has also studied with renowned opera singers and Broadway stars from around the world. She has vocal directed the entire casts of High School Musical 2 (2016) and Hairspray the Musical (2018) for Shane Davidson Presents. Amelie's students consistently achieve outstanding results in competitions & exams, along with her junior vocal ensembles, vocal trio and adult vocal ensemble.

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!

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

Caroline Stanley-Smith

Caroline has been involved in Musical theatre since school days, she was a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of SA and other amateur companies in Adelaide. For the past nine years, Caroline has been living in the UK, where she studied musical theatre at KSA Academy of Performing arts. Since graduating, she has been performing with Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association, which have included roles in Pirates of Penzance, Into The Woods, and The Producers.

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

Cordelia Ferguson

Cordelia first started singing at the young age of six as part of Young Adelaide Voices in 2004 and has yet to stop. Her first introduction to musical theatre was at Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camp in 2010, where she fell in love with musicals and the theatre. Since then she has auditioned for as many roles as possible, landing her first role, and dream role, of Nancy in Now Productions Oliver! in 2016.

Cordelia's roles also include Brigitta in The Sound of Music, Aunt Em/Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jenny Lind in Barnum. She also enjoys working as a crew member on shows and feels that every person who does theatre should work backstage at least once! Cordelia has just completed a diploma in Film and TV at MAPS Film School.

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.

Eloise Quinn-Valentine

Eloise Quinn-Valentine is known in the Adelaide musical theatre community by a number of names including 'Eloise QV', and the more enigmatic 'Boise Q'. Eloise has performed in musicals, plays, in choirs and at events around Adelaide with companies such as Davine Productions, Adelaide Conservatorium Chorale, University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, Independent Theatre, Therry Dramatic Society and Young Adelaide Voices. She also took up the opportunity to perform the role of Betty in The Crucible while on exchange at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2017.

Recent highlights include playing Vivie Warren in Mrs Warren's Profession (Independent Theatre), Phaedra in Jerusalem (University of Adelaide Theatre Guild), Sister Sophia in an immersive production of The Sound of Music (Emma Knights Productions), Young Violet in Violet: A Musical (Davine Productions), and in Its Only Life (Davine Productions, ft. John Bucchino), and Betty/Carole cover in Davine Productions' sold-out season of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical.

As well as loving to tell stories on stage, Eloise recently completed her Honours in English Literature at Flinders University.

Georgia Cosercas

At 23, Georgia is still exploring Adelaide's theatre community with wide eyes. With a later start than some, Georgia began performing with Pelican Productions at 14, and continued to do so for six years. Her most recent feat with the company was in 2017 in Bring it On: The Musical, where she played the part of Bridget, earning her a nomination for best youth perfomer.

Georgia has spread her love of the performing arts overseas, by working as a drama instructor in a summer camp in Arizona. She has just completed her Bachelor of International Tourism at Flinders University and most recently starred in the MET's production of High Society as the precocious Dinah Lord. Up next, Georgia will be performing in Davine Productions Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in the 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

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 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.

John Mondelo

John is a performer from Perth who has moved to Adelaide to study at the new Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium. Previously he completed a Bachelor of Classical Voice at the University of Western Australia, a Certificate in Musical Theatre at WAAPA, and was accepted to the prestigious Stella Adler Studio in NYC for their Musical Theatre Intensive.

Josh Kerr

Born in Melbourne, Joshua has been performing since a young age, and followed that passion to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre from the University of Ballarat. He appeared in the Australian premiere performance of When Midnight Strikes in the role of Alex, with other roles including Clifford Bradshaw in Cabaret, as well as writing his own performance for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Doomed. From there, he took his performance career abroad, appearing in premiere performances of Elegy for an Echo at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, as well as working with the Edinburgh International Science Festival, performing across Scotland, before two tours of the United Arab Emirates. Since living in Adelaide, he teamed up with Blackwood Players in The Odd Couple, before touring Emma Knight’s Production of Buffy vs Edward and Sex and the Musical to Melbourne.

Karen Muller

Karen has been involved with a number of theatre companies in Adelaide over the last 15 years. Some of her stage highlights include Oliver, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Avenue Q and Spamalot. She hasn't been on stage in a show since 2014 because the role of "Mother of Two" keeps her busy these days. Therefore, Karen loves being able to perform at Broadway Sessions as often as possible.

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), Cathy in The Last Five Years (Segue Productions 2017), Elizabeth/Liz/Beth in If/Then in September (Segue Productions 2018), and Simone in Shane Warne The Musical (Segue Productions 2020). Eventually, 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 with her awesome preschooler (usually to the Frozen soundtrack...).

Maya Miller

Maya’s love of musical theatre began at an early age, with her journey in performance beginning with Pelican Productions. Since then, Maya’s theatre credits include The Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016) and Les Misérables (2017), Lydian Productions and Irregular Productions’ Godspell (2018) as the ‘By My Side’ soloist, Marie Clark Musical Theatre’s Anything Goes (2019) as Hope Harcourt, Segue Productions’ Heathers (2019) as Heather McNamara, and most recently Davine Productions' Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as Cynthia Weil (2020). Maya is a primary school Dance/Drama teacher, and she finds so much joy in being able to share her love of musical theatre with her students.

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).

Nicole Rammesh

Nicole is no stranger to the stage. Her passion began in Singapore; as President and Production Manager in the Drama Club, lead roles in her school's productions and involvement in the Literature Festival and Singapore Youth Festival. Moving to Australia, her love for musical theatre and dancing grew with ensemble roles, lead roles and as Choreographer for Seussical and The Lion King Jr. She then joined Harvest Rain's Adelaide arena tours for Hairspray and Grease as well. Currently, Nicole studies with the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium, studying Music Theatre. Nicole is thrilled to perform at Broadway Sessions!

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.