May Session – Rock Night v4.0

31 Sunday May 2020
When: 6:30pm Where: Online – Ghost Light Bunker Tickets: From $18

About this Session

It’s the night we add guitar to the band, tell Max to smack the drums harder, and ask Louis to keep doing whatever he does cause it’s lovely. ROCK NIGHT, YEAH. This month we welcome Dylan Rufus to the stage for some serious shredding.

We will again be LIVE streaming this Session from the Ghost Light Bunker. The band will be live, the hosts will be live, the performers will be live too – but the audience gets to do it all from the comfort of their own home.

Tickets to view the live stream are now available. We have chosen to keep these Sessions ticketed (but have reduced single viewer tickets to our normal concession price) so we can cover the costs involved in putting these Sessions on (including supporting the artists on our team who have lost their income stream). Therefore, spread the word and invite your friends and family to watch and support your local artists!

For the opportunity to perform, visit our registration page and submit two song options from a rock musical (or rock-style songs from any musical) and let’s amp up the volume! As we don’t normally have a guitarist, this is the perfect month for any song that features a guitar (electric or acoustic) – so consider this when making your song choices.

Performer registrations are open until Friday 15 May.

Please note: performers will still be required to attend the Ghost Light Bunker on the night of the Session. Only audience members get to watch from home!

A note on safety:
Every possible step is being taken to ensure the health of all performers and team members, and to comply with SA social distancing rules.
*All surfaces are disinfected with hospital grade products before and after use – this includes all cables, stands, microphones and all other equipment that is used.
*Plus, no microphones are shared – each performer will have their own microphone.
*Performer’s arrival times will be staggered and we will be working within the current social distancing and mass gathering guidelines for South Australia.

Session Setlist

Act 1
Stick It To The Man (School of Rock) – Ellis Dolan
What You Own (Rent) – AJ Patel, John Mondelo
Pinball Wizard (The Who’s Tommy) – Grace Carter
Can’t Fight This Feeling (Rock of Ages) – Anthony Vawser
Nobody’s Side (Chess) – Jessica Mills
Dead Mom (Beetlejuice) – Emilene Whitehead
Mary Jane (Jagged Little Pill) – Mark DeLaine
I Want To Break Free (We Will Rock You) – Ben Francis
Apex Predator (Mean Girls) – Cordelia Ferguson, Eloise Quinn-Valentine
World Burn (Mean Girls) – Scarlett Anthony
Act 2
The Ladies Who Lunch (Company) – Mark Oates
On Monday (35mm: A Musical Exhibition) – Jessica Wolfendale
I’ve Been (Next To Normal) – Matthew Prime
I’m Alive (Next To Normal) – Oliver John
Apology to a Cow (Bat Boy: The Musical) – Mark Stefanoff
Home (Beetlejuice) – Mikari Zollo Semmler
The Music Of My Soul (Memphis) – Ron Abelita
Heaven On Their Minds (Jesus Christ Superstar) – Josh Ridge
Someone Gets Hurt (Mean Girls) – Casmira Lorien
Sugar Daddy (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) – Mark Oates

Your Session Hosts

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!

Ellis Dolan

Ellis Dolan is currently touring with the company of 'School of Rock' as an Understudy for Dewey Finn and as a Swing – recently returning from a four-month tour of China. He spent 2017 studying Musical Theatre at NIDA; appearing in the Sydney Theatre Company production of Chimerica as part of the NIDA Ensemble.

He has appeared in several productions around Adelaide, including Evita (The Met) in which he portrayed Che; The Producers (HMC) as the Stormtrooper; Oliver! (Shane Davidson Presents) as Bill Sykes; as well as ensemble roles in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (HMC) and Jesus Christ Superstar (G&S Society). Off-stage, he acted as Assistant Director for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Smokey Joe's Cafe (HMC).

He also toured across Australia, portraying the role of Peter Dutton, as part of Abbott: The Musical (George Glass Productions), performing as part of the Canberra Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as a sell-out run in the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Outside of performing, Ellis is a writer – having completed his Honours in Creative Arts: Creative Writing at Flinders University. He’s currently struggling through the first draft of a novel and is constantly side-tracked by wanting to write reviews and film analysis; because of this, nothing seems to get done, but he has a lot of fun doing it.

He made his directorial debut with Edges as part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival and loved every second of working with such fine people.

Session Performers

AJ Patel

AJ Patel is ecstatic to be performing at Broadway Sessions once again! AJ was born and raised in Maryland, USA, where he performed in several musicals since the age of 8. When he's not in class studying musical theatre at The University of Adelaide, he likes to spend his time eating. AJ would like to thank his friends and family back home who helped have him throughout his journey in the theatre.

Anthony Vawser

There would be few things in life that mean more to Anthony than music (but his amazing family will always keep the number one spot in his heart!) Whether listening or participating, dancing or reflecting, building up or winding down, on piano at a party or on stage in a show, music is his lifeblood.

However, he does also greatly enjoy being a writer for the Adelaide Theatre Guide, Stage Whispers Magazine, and Glam Adelaide, as well as an adjudicator for Debating SA, and weekend duty-manager for Second Chances Furniture Warehouse on Richmond Road.

His on-stage musical experience has included Mack and Mabel, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus of Disapproval, Company, If/Then, and the recent Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Ben Francis

Ben has many years of musical experience. His training has taken him around Australia, to Hong Kong, Paris and to London where has performed in the West End and The Royal Albert Hall. He has a number of musical theatre credits including The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Pirates of Penzance (Frederic), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus) and Barnum (P.T Barnum). Opera credits with the State Opera of South Australia include Cloudstreet! (Lon Lamb), Carmen and La Bohemé. Drama credits with Independent Theatre include Peter and Alice (Peter Pan), Amadeus (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Brideshead Revisited (Sebastien Flyte) and Old Wicked Songs (Stephan Hoffman).

In 2017 and 2018, Ben produced and starred in Private Peaceful, which won the Theatre Association of South Australia’s ‘DramatiCAL’ award for Best Drama. Ben was also awarded Best Youth Actor for his performance. Off stage, Ben’s accolades include director, musical director, orchestral conductor, producer and writer. Ben has musically directed and conducted several local productions, including Bugsy Malone and 13! with Adelaide Youth Theatre, and Beauty and the Beast with Shane Davidson Presents.

As co-founder of the highly successful youth performing arts company, Promise Adelaide, Ben has provided opportunities for over 100 young performers while raising over $20,000 for charity organisations. Ben is also the lead vocalist and musical arranger of The 60 Four, where he scales the vocal heights of Frankie Valli in venues around Australia in Adelaide’s first-class ‘60s tribute act.

Casmira Lorien

Casmira loves stories, diverse and supportive communities, wigs, glitter, and belting as a way of dealing with too many emotions. Luckily, she found theatre!
Highlights have included performing the role of ‘Violet’ in Davine Productions’ Violet (for which she won the TASA award for Best Female Performance 2017) and 'Fantine' in the G&S Society's production of Les Misérables (for which she was nominated for a Curtain Call: Best Female Performance 2018).

In 2018 she performed in Edges with Irregular Productions for the Adelaide Fringe, ‘Shelby’ in Steel Magnolias with IpSkip,'The Lady of the Lake' in Spamalot with Marie Clark (winner of Best Ensemble Curtain Call 2018), and the ‘Sour Kangaroo’ in Seussical with Northern Light. In 2019 Casmira played nine characters in Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court with Davine Productions (which won Best Ensemble and Best Musical at the 2019 Curtain Call Awards) and Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme in Assassins for Hills Musical Company.

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

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.

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.

Emilene Whitehead

Emilene has always loved singing from an early age. She found her love for music theatre when at the age of 11 she was cast as Ida in her primary school musical Honk! Jr. Since then Emilene began vocal tuition with Rosanne Hosking who has helped her further develop a wide range of vocal skills. Emilene was part of the G&S Society of South Australia’s 2013 and 2014 productions of Oliver! as a member of Fagin’s Gang. As a student at Concordia College she had lead roles in their productions of The Sound of Music (2014), Godspell (2015) and most notably played Tracy in their production of Hairspray (2016). Emilene played the role of Anne Egerman in the G&S Society of South Australia’s production of A Little Night Music (2018) and most recently she played the role of Bridget in Pelican Productions' production of Bring It On (2018). Emilene also enjoyed doing Pelican Productions Music Theatre Camps between the years of 2015-2018.

Emilene has taken a short break from performing due to university commitments but is excited to begin performing again when possible. She is grateful for opportunities like Broadway sessions where she gets a chance to perform!

Grace Carter

Grace Carter is an upcoming musical theatre performer based in Adelaide. She is a recent high school graduate from the class of 2019, and throughout her time at school she studied both music and drama. This allowed her to be cast as Nessarose, Elphaba’s “tragically beautiful” sister in her school’s production of Wicked. She recently found herself under the tutelage of two highly regarded performers: Mark Stefanoff and Katie Elle Jackson, and now considers both of them great inspirations and mentors. Grace looks forward to studying musical theatre at university next year, either in Adelaide or interstate. Furthermore, In this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival, she was fortunate to perform as part of Gospo’s Commentary choir in their very warmly received show Jukebox Chorus. Grace is currently composing an original cabaret show called Stir Crazy, a humorous chronicle of her experience during the Covid-19 lockdown. She is hoping to stage this show later this year.

Jessica Mills

Originally from Adelaide, Jessica graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2016 with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre. She made her professional debut early 2017 with The 7 Sopranos: Songs from Stage and Screen, with whom she has since toured internationally. Most recently, Jessica enjoyed working for Opera Australia in Don Giovanni and the Australian premiere of Il Viaggio a Reims (2020 Green Room Award for Best Production - Opera). Other stage credits include Ensemble/cover Mary - The Beautiful Game (Manilla Street Productions, 2019), Treasure Hunt! (Perform Education, 2018), and Aurora - Sleeping Beauty (Tivoli, 2017). Jessica would like to thank her family and Active Artists Management for their support.

Jessica Wolfendale

Jess has been involved in Adelaide musical theatre since 2015, having met her best friend and now husband through the school musical and wanting to make many more new friends! Some of her onstage highlights include Guys & Dolls with G&SSA (2015), Cinderella with NLTC (2016) Fiddler on the Roof with Therry (2017), and Phantom of the Opera with G&SSA (2018).

She has now started working backstage, primarily in Stage Management, and will be directing her first musical at Balaklava Community Arts with The Drowsy Chaperone in 2020! She still loves to sing and always looks forward to Broadway Sessions.

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 Ridge

Josh, 22, first unearthed his passion for Musical Theatre in 2008. He is currently a student at the Elder Conservatorium of music in Adelaide studying a bachelor of Music Theatre. Just last year, Josh was one of ten selected in New South Wales by Queenie van de Zandt to attend her Professional Music Theatre Intensive Masterclass course in Sydney. In 2016 he Graduated from the Talent Development Program working with talents such as Shaun Rennie, Peter Cousins, Avigail Herman and Robert McDougall. From 2013-216, Josh was a Featured Artist in the New South Wales Schools Spectacular and was fortunate enough to workshop Bohemian Rhapsody with Adam Lambert.

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.

Mark Stefanoff

Mark has trained throughout Australia and New York studying Musical Theatre at Schools including The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA Bachelor of Musical Theatre), APO Arts Academy (Advanced Diploma Musical Theatre), and Broadway Dance Centre (Scholarship Program). Mark is most well known from his appearances on The Voice, most recently in this years series making his way on to Team Ricky!

Credits include Angel-Rent, Edgar/BatBoy- BatBoy, Chip Tolentino- Spelling Bee, Schlomo- Fame, Mungojerrie-Cats, The Boy From Oz, HONK!, Children of Eden, Hello Dolly (Revival Cast), and Godspell (Revival Cast). Mark has worked for the International Touring Show; The Illusionist's as Gingers Assistant. Alongside Theatre, Mark has had the privilege to work with artists including Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian, Silvie Paladino, Rhonda Burchmore, Rachael Beck, and Natalie Weiss. 2017 is looking to be an exciting year for Mark as he ventures away from Adelaide with Harvest Rain's touring production of Hairspray.

Matthew Prime

Originally from Adelaide, Matthew moved interstate to Melbourne to study Music Theatre at the VCA. After completing his BFA, Matthew made his professional debut in the Australian tour of Jersey Boys (New Theatricals). Since returning to Melbourne, he has performed in The Production Company's Thoroughly Modern Millie, Manilla Productions The Beautiful Game and most recently played the role of Jimmy in the production of Bright Star (Pursued by Bear).

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.

Oliver John

Oliver is 18 years old and has been performing in musical theatre since 2008. He worked at Adelaide Theatre Academy as a performing arts/singing teacher, and participates in many musical productions. He has performed as Buddy in Elf Jr. (Theatre Bugs), Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose (The Parks Theatre), and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Theatre Bugs). In 2018, Oliver got to play one of his dream roles; Seymour Krelborn in Adelaide Theatre Academy's production of Little Shop of Horrors in the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Oliver then starred as Sonny Malone in Xanadu Jr. with ATA in September 2018, Boq in Adelaide Youth Theatre’s December production of Wicked in 2018, and James Bailey in Barnum with March Productions in the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Most recently, Oliver was featured in the ensemble of Segue Productions' Heathers the Musical in September 2019.

Oliver travelled to the United States in January 2019 with a select group of Adelaide Youth Theatre performers to compete in the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. They performed a version of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr in which Oliver starred as Marty the Zebra, and worked with Broadway professionals in New York. Oliver was also lucky enough to be a part of the 2019 Class of Cabaret programme. After months of mentorship from industry professionals Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan, Oliver performed a cabaret set in June as a part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Professionally, Oliver performed in the kids' production Snowmageddon: Penguins of Antarctica in July 2018 with Heaps Good Productions.

Ron Abelita

Music has always been part of Ron’s life. As part of Novo Concertante Manila, an international award-winning chamber choir in the Philippines, Ron travelled to Europe and Asia performing a wide range of A Cappella music of various genres in competitions and concerts. Since moving to Adelaide in 2010, he found his passion for music theatre in both amateur and professional productions. Ron has done shows including Miss Saigon (MCMT 2011 & MMTC 2019), Bernstein Mass & Ennio Morriconne Live (ASO 2012), Forbidden Broadway (MCMT 2012), The Cross (ACTS 2013 & 2014), Chorus for Andrea Bocelli (ASO 2014), Rent (MCMT 2016), Godspell (IP & LP 2018).

Ron had a fabulous time with G&S' Kinky Boots in his first lead role as Lola in September 2019. Weeks after KB, Ron is covered up from head to toe as Sr Mary Amnesia in MBM’s production of Nunsense A-Men! Ron secretly wishes that like Hamilton, more shows and production outfits will now start to be inclusive and recognise talent over race and culture, to play roles not usually given to people of colour. In February 2016, Ron first took part in Broadway Sessions and is again thrilled to take part in this month's session.

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 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 recently been contracted for 8 months as a lead vocalist for Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines beginning January until August 2019 and is currently employed with Royal Caribbean again during their 2020 season beginning in January until November.