September Session: Performer’s Choice

27 Sunday September 2020
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $20

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About this Session

It’s time to put our Session back in the performers hands. This month performers can choose to sing any song from any musical, or written by an established music theatre writer. Come and hear familiar favourites, and discover some new songs for your Spotify play list!

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

Tickets to be in the live audience will go on sale on Saturday 19 September. 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 would like to sit with someone else who is attending, please email your requests to [email protected] at the time of booking, and by no later than 5pm on Tuesday 22 September. We may not be able to accommodate any requests after this time.

Performer registrations are now closed.

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Venue Details

Norwood Live, at the Norwood Hotel
Corner The Parade and Osmond Terrace, Norwood
(Access via Osmond Terrace external entrance)

On-street parking is available around Osmond Terrace and surrounding streets, or in the Norwood Hotel carpark directly behind the venue. Some areas may require a ticket, but generally on Sunday parking is available in this area at little or no cost. Please check the signs appropriate to the area in which you are parking.

Enter Norwood Live from Osmond Terrace, where there is an external door providing direct access. You should not have to access the venue through the Norwood Hotel itself. The performance space is at ground level, and our front of house staff will be available to meet you at the entrance of the venue. Wheelchair access is provided at Norwood Live.

Session Host

Casmira Lorien

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.

Session Performers

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

Carly Meakin

Carly started choral singing at a young age in the Adelaide Girls Choir. She performed with "Voiceworks Adelaide" during her tertiary studies and more recently has sung in the Adelaide Symphony Chorale. Her love of singing initially stemmed from performing with choirs, whilst her passion for performing in musicals started in 2005, when she was part of the MS Society's production of Les Misérables.

Since then, Carly has performed in Glibert and Sullivan's productions of Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver. She has also performed in Davine Productions' Violet, It's Only Life and Beautiful, The Carole King Musical.

Carly is a High School Music Teacher by trade and is currently the arts coordinator of Gleeson College. Her favourite part of her job is allowing her students to have the experience of performing in musicals. Some of her students from Gleeson are still heavily involved in the Adelaide Music theatre scene and some have sung in past Broadway Sessions here. She loves the thought that her past students are continuing on with their love of music and musicals.

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!

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. Furthermore, this year has included some exciting performance opportunities for Grace such as the May Broadway Session: Rock Night, the recording of a brand-new educational musical, and 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 looks forward to studying musical theatre at university next year, either in Adelaide or interstate. She is also looking forward to her upcoming involvement as Rapunzel in Elephant in the Room’s production of the Sondheim classic, Into the Woods.

Isla Favretto

Isla has had a passion for the world of music theatre since she started singing and dancing at the age of six. She has performed in a number of productions with Pelican Productions, including Seussical the Musical Jr, Annie Jr, and The Little Mermaid Jr. Isla has also loved performing for four years in Pelican Productions’ Spotlight and Music Theatre Camp shows. She loved the opportunity to play Mrs Darling in her school production of Peter Pan Jr. Isla enjoys learning tap at Theatrebugs and has performed in many of their Cabaret shows. Isla is also studying Music Theatre with Accent on Dance. She has always loved doing vocal lessons with Broadway Sessions regulars, including Jemma Allen, Zak Vasiliou and Mim Sarre.

Jaxon Joy

Jaxon is 15 years old and is currently receiving vocal coaching from David Gauci along with being a member of the Showstoppers class with Adelaide Theatre Academy. Jaxon recently performed the role of Captain Hook in Adelaide Theatre Academy's 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival production of Peter Pan. In 2019 he was also involved in the production of 13: The Musical playing the lead role of Evan Goldman along with the Adelaide Fringe performance of Oliver playing the role of Fagin. Jaxon found his love of music when he was 4 years old when he began lessons with Theatre Bugs, after a small break he joined Deborah Kaye Dance Studio's where he took part in theatre, hip hop and singing classes. This sparked his love for musical theatre which led him to audition for Singing in the Rain Jr. in 2017 where he was part of the ensemble. His love for theatre and singing grew and he became a singing student with Theatre Bugs and in 2018 successfully auditioned for the part of Mr Bernstein in Little Shop of Horrors.

As well as his love for theatre he has a love of scouting and took part in Adelaide Gang Show 2019 which is part of Scouts SA Performing Arts Section. Jaxon is currently a year 10 student at Gleeson College, after moving from St. Pauls. He has been a member of the cast for the St Pauls and Kildare musicals since 2016 playing a leading role in the 2018 production of Sheerluck Holmes and recently featured in Gleeson College's production of Footloose. Jaxon's favourite musician is Elton John, however, he enjoys most genres of music. His favourite Broadway musicals are The Book of Mormon, Hamilton, Falsettos and Beetlejuice. The next show Jaxon will be featuring in is Adelaide Youth Theatre's production of Les Misérables.

Jayden Prelc

Originally from country South Australia, Jayden has been studying the performing arts since the age of six. He completed his full time training at the Australian Company of Performing Arts in 2019 before venturing overseas to work for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines on board the Rhapsody of the Seas.

Previous to this, Jayden’s professional credits include: ‘Toby’ in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (TML Enterprise’s, 2013), Stateless (ABC/Matchbox Productions), Gen Z – Teen Pop Group (Shane Dawson International, 2017), Performer for the Pacific School Games Opening Ceremony (Future Casting, 2017). He has also worked with the Australian Ballet in child cast roles in ballets such as The Silver Rose and Swan Lake.

In the past, Jayden has been extensively involved in youth theatre productions around Adelaide, featuring as ‘Barnum’ in Barnum (March Productions, 2019), ‘Fiyero’ in Wicked (AYT, 2018), ‘Shrek’ in Shrek the Musical Jr (AYT, 2018) and ‘Archie’ in 13 the Musical (2017), to name a few.

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 was named a semi-finalist for the 2020 Rob Guest Endowment Award. Jessica's other stage credits include Don Giovanni (Opera Australia, 2020), Il Viaggio a Reims (Opera Australia, 2019; Australian Premiere; 2020 Green Room Award for Best Production - Opera), Ensemble/cover Mary - The Beautiful Game (Manilla Street Productions, 2019), Treasure Hunt! (Perform Education, 2018), Cinderella - Cinderella (Pantomime Productions, 2018), and Aurora - Sleeping Beauty (Tivoli, 2017). Jessica would like to thank her family and Active Artists Management for their support.

Lachie Mark

Lachie has been performing since the age of 6 when he began participating in Theatre Bugs, and has performed alongside Peter Combe in the Adelaide Fringe Festival. In 2013, he made his first Adelaide theatre debut in Gilbert and Sullivan Society's production of Oliver! and its return season. Lachie has also worked with Davine Productions for their 2020 production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

He is currently studying the Bachelor of Music Theatre at the University of Adelaide, where he took part in their 2019 production of Spring Awakening.

Lorenzo Ravida

Lorenzo Ravida has a strong background in choral singing, performing in high school ensembles, weekly church services as part of the Filiharmonics. Lorenzo has a history in musical theatre performing in productions such as Grease- The Arena Experience (Adelaide 2017 , Sydney 2018). He has also received cabaret mentorship, from Amelia Ryan and Michael Griffiths, performing in the 2018 Class of Cabaret as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Lucy Rice

Lucy is 14 years old and her heart beats to the tune of Musical Theatre. Nothing makes her happier than being up on stage and she has been performing since 3 years of age - most recently with Pelican Productions starring as Mary Poppins in the 2020 Music Theatre Camp (MTC).

She has been blessed to work with numerous performing arts companies including March Productions (Barnum), Promise Adelaide (Musical Moments), Shane Davidson Productions (Into the Woods Jr - Florida) (Beauty & the Beast Jr - Silly Girl) and Pelican Productions (Annie Jr – Drake and Seussical Jr), as well as part of their MTC since 2015, which she has held many feature solos.

Lucy is a member of the Walford Middle School Choir as well as their performing choir, Chica Voce. She trains in vocal technique and music theatre with Linda Ellis and Kylie Green and has trained in dance since she was 3 years old: studying Broadway jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop with Norwood Ballet.

Madeleine Schroeter

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 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).

Maybelline SJ

Maybelline has performed in various high school productions and is excited to perform in her first amateur musical Mamma Mia (Northern Light Theatre Company, 2020). She has been mentored by industry professionals Amelia Ryan and Michael Griffiths to perform her self-written comedy and song sets at the Adelaide Festival Centre in the Class of Cabaret (2018) and the GreenRoom Speakeasy (2019).

Melissa Agnello

Melissa is a hairdresser at Sj Establishment who is wanting to undertake vocal coaching in the future. She works alongside her vocal coach at Voicehouse and performs at each gig. She spent her schooling in choir and vocal jazz - always known as the loud soprano. Melissa’s influences are the big vocalists such as Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera.

She would like to dedicate this song to the Italian parents...

Nick Munday

Nick has enjoyed a long history of performances across a variety of media, ranging from areas as diverse as opera to improvised comedy. He has been an active member of the Adelaide theatre community since 2009, appearing in over 20 productions to date, most recently as ‘Algernon’ in The Importance of Being Earnest (Court Theatre Company, 2019), ‘Nick’ in Godspell (Lydian / Irregular Productions, 2018) and as ‘Monsieur Reyer’ in The Phantom of the Opera (Gilbert & Sullivan Society, 2018). In November he is set to appear as ‘Jack’ in a socially-distanced production of Into the Woods (Elephant in the Room Productions).

He has also enjoyed recent success in the Adelaide Fringe Festival as the writer and co-director for Tough Boys (2020) and Choir Boys (2019), with the latter receiving a Weekly Award.

Nick trained as an actor through SA Casting from 2010-2013, and he also studied classical voice at the Elder Conservatorium of Music from 2015-2016. In his time at the Conservatorium he was the recipient of the Clement Q Williams Prize (2016). He also holds a double degree in Law and Science (Environmental Biology) from the University of Adelaide, and by day works in Environment and Planning Law.

Oscar Bridges

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.

Ruby Pinkerton

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.

Scarlett Anthony

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.

Sean Nugent

Since first performing on stage at age 12 as Oliver in a school production of Oliver, Sean has performed in many theatre productions. The majority of shows Sean has performed in have been with the SA Light Opera Society (SALOS). Roles he has played with SALOS include Bunthorne in Patience, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, Stephen Foster in The Minstrel Man and Luiz in The Gondoliers.

Sean has also performed with Marie Clark, Therry, Galleon Theatre Group and The Henley Drama Group.

Sean has learnt singing with Norma Knight and Mary Branagan.

Serena Martino-Williams

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

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

Simon Barnett

Simon first developed a taste for performing through high school drama and Scout theatre, but left that passion dormant for many years before rediscovering it in the ensemble of HMC's Sideshow (2018). Since that, he appeared in the Met's Can-Can (2018) as Theophile, as well as The Pirates of Penzance (Therry 2019), Assassins (HMC 2019), Nell Gwynn (Stirling Players 2019) and as Kurt Kelly in Heathers (Segue 2019). Most recently, he played the chronically bashful Charlie Marlow in Blue Sky Theatre's Production of She Stoops to Conquer (2020). When he's not performing, Simon studies and teaches economics.

Sophie Guidolin

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).

Wendy Rayner

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

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

Session Band

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!

Martin Cheney (Piano)

Martin is an accompanist, repertoire coach and music director for the Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium and a secondary school music teacher, accompanist and repetiteur at Concordia College. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Composition and is a co-founder of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra.
As the founder and director of Lydian Productions, Martin has produced and music-directed critically-acclaimed seasons of john & jen and Godspell (with Irregular Productions) since its debut in 2016, as well as curating a new music theatre song cycle, Bitter. Sweet., in 2019. Professionally, Martin has performed with Il Divo, Marina Prior and John Foreman, as well as being keyboard deputy for the touring Australian productions of The Wizard of Oz, Mamma Mia! and Aladdin. He has had the good fortune to work with the best of Australia’s theatre music directors, including Laura Tipoki, Michael Azzopardi, Chris King and Kohan van Sambeeck.
Martin has also worked as a rehearsal pianist for the State Opera Company of South Australia and is regularly engaged as an audition pianist for many of Adelaide’s theatre companies (when there is not an ongoing global pandemic).

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.