About this Session
After two huge theme months we are putting the song choice back in the hands of the performers. We love these nights as we often get to discover new songs and new performers. Come and spend an evening with us, filled with new songs and old favourites.
AND, after coming to you online for the last 3 months, we are very excited to be back at Norwood Live THIS MONTH!!
As there are limited seats available due to COVID restrictions, you will be able to join us in person, OR stream it from the comfort of your home!
Doors are open at 5:45pm. Food and beverages are available from the bar.
Tickets are now available to purchase. Unfortunately, you are unable to book a whole table – however the Broadway Sessions team will be allocating seats so you can sit with your family and friends. Tickets bought under the same name will automatically be seated together. If you have any other seating requests, please email them to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 24 July. We may not be able to accommodate any requests after this time.
*** Please note: venue tickets are SOLD OUT. This Session will also be livestreamed due to the limitations on live audience size. These livestream tickets are now available! ***
For the opportunity to perform, visit our registration page and submit two song options (from a musical or by an established music theatre writer). Performer registrations will close on Sunday 12 July.
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.
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).
Amelia has been singing her whole life, starting with Adelaide Girls Choir when she was just 5 years old. She was a clarinettist while at school and after graduating in 2010, Amelia began her tertiary studies on classical clarinet. However, after seeing her first opera, La Sonnambula, she fell in love, switched to classical voice and has never looked back. She now has a keen interest in European languages and loves singing Lieder and French Art Song. Amelia recently completed her Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice with honours in 2019.
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
Cassidy Rae Gaiter
Cassidy is an accomplished singer/songwriter, having split her time between Australia and the USA for the past 4 years. She released her debut EP in 2017 that shot to Number 1 on the iTunes country chart! Cassidy has also trained professionally at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Music Theatre). While in Sydney she was fortunate enough to perform in many theatre productions, some of her favourites include Mary Lane/ Reefer Madness, Elle Woods/ Legally Blonde, Gabriella Montez/ High School Musical and Hermia/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most recently Cassidy appeared in her dream role of Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia! with the Met!
Charlotte is a passionate writer, musician, and Broadway enthusiast. She studies with Adelaide Theatre Academy, and is currently learning under the guidance of multiple teachers in multiple specialties. Prior to ATA, she studied dance at Centre Stage Academy and then taught ballet alongside Cheryl Bradley to children aged 3-8. Charlotte is a gifted musician who has been involved in music on a myriad of instruments for 11 years. She only began vocal lessons recently, however she has been involved in choirs since she was young. She is part of her school’s Senior String Quartet as well as leading the Senior String Orchestra. 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 as well as vocals. 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.
Charlotte is part of the Les Misérables ensemble for NOW Productions as well as being in NOW Productions' upcoming film, 10-4.
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. She is also an avid songwriter.
One of Chloe's earliest memories is twirling and singing in an Adelaide Crows football guernsey. Following this passion, she landed her first professional role in the touring production of Turandot in 2008, as well as starring as Ariel in the 2013 Australian premiere of The Little Mermaid. Chloe loved being part of Big Dreams – a 2019 Book Week show.
Throughout her time at WAAPA, Chloe has had the opportunity to play Cora in Atlantis (Matthew Robinson. Workshop) and Diane Lorimer in 42nd Street (dir. Jason Langley) as well as being a featured soloist in both Rent (dir. Adam Mitchell) and Chicago (dir. Crispin Taylor). Chloe filmed Vivid ‘magination, a music video with WASA where she played female lead Drew which was released in 2018.
Most recently Chloe returned from performing in Disney’s PJ Masks live show in Singapore with Marilla productions.
23-year-old Dylan Rufus has been in the South Australian theatre community since 2011; assuming many roles: including audio-visual design and technician, stagehand and stage manager, musician and musical director, actor, writer and composer—with his recent contribution in the University of South Australia’s self-written production of Behind Closed Doors in 2018. Dylan’s onstage work has seen him in musicals such as Grease, West Side Story, Oklahoma, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd, and Spring Awakening, amongst other plays and pantomimes.
2019 saw Dylan portray Principal Gowan/Veronica’s Dad/Kurt’s Dad in Segue Productions’ Heathers: The Musical and John Hinkley, Jr. in Hills Musical Company’s Assassins in November. More recently, Dylan played lead guitar for Davine Productions’ Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Outside of the theatre, Dylan has completed his MMET Master of Teaching in Secondary Education through the University of South Australia and is finishing the Associate Performers Diploma in Pianoforte through Australia and New Zealand Cultural Arts (ANZCA).
Eilish Webb is 19 years of age and is a legit Soprano learning to belt badly. She is also a character actress. She has been singing for about 8 years and has played leading roles with Hannah Catherine Productions in Murray Bridge, Adelaide Theatre Academy and school productions. Her roles include Wendy in Peter Pan, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods, Mr Bumble in Oliver! and Miss Hannigan in Annie JR. She has also been a regular performer at Centrestage in Victor Harbor. Last year she directed a full community amateur production of the musical The Pajama Game with her company SAM (South Australian Musicals).
Born into a family with a background in the performing arts, Emma has been immersed in the world of theatre ever since she can remember. Her introduction to Adelaide amateur theatre came when she joined the ensemble of G&S’s Oliver! in both 2013 and 2014, and was involved in the society’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2016. In 2017, Emma fulfilled her lifelong dream to perform the role of Cosette in Les Misérables, also with G&S, and in 2019 joined the cast of Therry's The Pirates of Penzance as Edith. Emma graduated from her Bachelor of Arts at Adelaide University in 2019.
Harley Dasey is an up-and-coming musical theatre performer originally from Perth. With a year of training at WAAPA in 2019, he moved to Adelaide this year to begin a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Harley began performing musical theatre when he was 13 in his school's production of Seussical and was immediately hooked. He has been in a variety of shows and plays in and out school since, with his latest performance being The Killdeer at the 2020 Perth Fringe. Harley is excited to have ventured to a new state where he can meet new and like-minded performers and complete his study.
Originally from central-west Auckland, NZ. Not wanting to be ‘Prospected’ into the local Gang scene, Heim got involved with the local arts, music and theatre scene as a teenager. There he learned how to play musical instruments, sing RnB, scratch vinyl, and do a bit of acting. Some of his favourite artists include Prince, Bob Marley, and RATM. His favourite actor is Shemar Moore. His favourite musical is West Side Story and is curious to see Steven Spielberg's adaption (scheduled for 2020 release). Like all boys growing up in NZ, Heim was taught how to do the Māori Haka at high school. He then went on to study Commerce and French at the University of Auckland before heading overseas to work, perform and travel, finally ending up in Adelaide. Other interests include Surfing, Rugby, the Gym, and the Financial Market.
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.
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.
Hi! I am Kira Yang, a student from the Adelaide uni's Music Theatre course.
Lily Coats is an Adelaide-born musician and music teacher who completed her studies last year at the Elder Conservatorium, holding a Bachelor of Music (Composition) and a Bachelor of Arts (French and History). Originally a pianist and formerly a cellist, Lily has been heavily involved with Adelaide choral music for many years as both a singer and a conductor. She sings in weekly services at Christ Church North Adelaide, has made occasional appearances with the Adelaide Chamber Singers and has been a member of the National Youth Choir of Australia for the past three years.
She was recently part of the Adelaide Festival Chorus for Romeo Castellucci’s production of Mozart’s Requiem. Lily also enjoys singing in pop, jazz and Broadway styles and is passionate about music education. She privately teaches piano and singing whilst also tutoring for music theory and aural development.
Michele de Courcy
Michele started singing in choirs aged eight, and she still enjoys ensemble singing. After graduating in Music and French from the University of Queensland, Michele left to work overseas for a few years. She did her first Fringe show in Edinburgh in 1981. Then, life got in the way and her next solo Fringe show was not until 2014 in Adelaide. Since then, she has been in a show every year with one of the ensembles she belongs to.
Since moving to Adelaide in 2010 she has performed with auditioned local choirs, as a chorus member with the G and S Society (HMS Pinafore and Princess Ida), Co*Opera (Il Trovatore and La Bohème) and Elephant in the Room Productions (Carmen, Midnight Sun and Once and Future).
Michele spent a large part of 2016 and 17 living in London, where she had the excitement of being a backing singer in such venues as the Royal Albert Hall, The Palladium, and Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios.
In November 2020, Michele will be performing the role of Cinderella's Stepmother in an Adelaide production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
Nikki is a performer who’s love for the stage started at a very young age, starting with SAPPS Choir in primary school, and being part of the mass ensemble in the Grease Arena Spectacular.
In 2018 Nikki completed her training at Australian Company of Performing Arts with a Certificate IV in Dance where she trained in dance, singing and acting. She performed in two shows as part of the course, including playing Rapunzel in the pantomime Once Upon a Time, where she also discovered a love of performing for children. Nikki is continuing her studies at The University of Adelaide doing the Bachelor of Music Theatre.
Nikki made her Adelaide theatre debut as Heather Chandler in Segue Productions’ Heathers in 2019.
Phoebe began performing at the age of 9, when she completed her first Music Theatre Camp with Pelican Productions. Since then, she has been involved 7 Music Theatre Camps, along with other shows such as: The Little Mermaid, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Seussical, Annie, Bring it On Return Season, and In the Heights. The roles Phoebe has enjoyed most are: Moana, Miss Hannigan and most recently, Catherine Parr in Six. Phoebe also enjoyed being involved in the pilot production of Newsies Jr with iTheatrics in Newcastle. In 2018, Phoebe travelled to the USA with Pelican Productions, and performed at Disney World and on the Carnival Magic cruise ship, as well as participating in workshops in New York.
After several years with the Studio and Star Factory, Phoebe now sings with Rosie Hosking. She has competed in many Balaklava Vocal Eisteddfod's over the years, receiving multiple awards. Phoebe has completed Trinity Drama exams up to Grade Six with a High Distinction, and placing as the state runner up in 2017. She learns dance with Carla Papa, and also enjoys playing piano in her spare time. Phoebe is very excited to be performing again at Broadway Sessions this month.
Sasha has recently come back from spending the last five years abroad working in Japan, Miami, Abu Dhabi and the Bahamas as an entertainer, he is currently studying a Bachelors of Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide.
In her second year at Adelaide a University, Shanee has moved across from Perth to undertake a Bachelor degree in Music Theatre. Cast to play Ilse in the university’s 2019 production of Spring Awakening, and she was also involved in the Adelaide Fringe Festival with Beautiful: the Carole King Musical.
Sophie is fortunate enough to be studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at the Victorian College of the Arts. Before moving to Melbourne, Sophie was heavily involved in the Adelaide theatre scene. She began dancing at the age of 6 which naturally progressed to discovering the allure of music theatre. She has been involved in a variety of cabarets, competitions and musicals including Rent (MCMT), The Little Mermaid as Ariel (AYT), Beauty and the Beast as Belle/Babette (AYT) and The Wizard of Oz as Dorothy (AYT and Gleeson College).
Tielah is a full-time History student at the University of Adelaide who is working towards a Post-Grad degree and also pursues her passion for performing in whatever time she can scrape together. Her deep-rooted passion for musical theatre has led to roles through many youth theatre productions, and a few South Coast Choral and Arts Society shows. She was head of the ensemble in SCCAS's production of Sweeney Todd and also played the role of Madame Fogg: the keeper of the asylum and was in SCCAS's production of Cinderella and the Pirates playing Captain Blackbeard (written by director Jonathan Ogilvie). Tielah's most recent role was multiple characters of the ensemble in the Hills Musical Company's production of Assassins.
Zachary is 20 years old and he has been proud to have been performing in various arts of the theatre for over 13 years. His earliest memory of performing was in various pantomimes with 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 two short films to date created by students of Flinders University: Plastic Aeroplane (2018) and Rock, Paper, Scissors (2019).
During isolation from COVID-19, Zachary found his own way of doing theatre from the safety of his home with newfound friends from various countries and joining them in online read throughs of plays, musicals etc. and now that theatre is slowly resuming back to normality in South Australia, Zachary is looking forward to performing soon in Shane Davidson Presents’ September production of Seussical JR as Horton the Elephant and resuming rehearsals as Javert in NOW Productions’ postponed production of Les Misérables.
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.