February Session: You’re Menken Me Crazy

28 Sunday February 2021
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $22

About this Session

Adelaide’s only monthly musical theatre open-mic event brings you a ONE-NIGHT-ONLY Fringe spectacular… two hours of music by Alan Menken – best known for his extensive contribution to the Disney theatrical and animated movie catalogues.
While regular Sessions allow performers to sing anything from the musical theatre universe, tonight we focus on the man who made many early-90s childhoods sing.

Who can forget songs like Arabian Nights, A Whole New World, Be Our Guest, and Part of Your World, to name just a few… AND his Broadway hits such as Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors and Sister Act.

The run of the night is up to YOU, our performers. Get yourself involved in this Menken extravaganza by registering here to join us on stage and sing your favourite Menken hit. Performer registrations close on Sunday 14 February.

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

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! Tickets go on sale Friday 18 December.

If you are booking to be in the audience, unfortunately, you are unable to purchase 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].

Session Setlist

Act 1
Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) – David MacGillivray, Trevor Anderson
Home (Beauty and the Beast) – Ava Hughes
Colours of the Wind (Pocahontas) – Justine Lewis
Mother Knows Best (Tangled) – Karen Muller
I See The Light (Tangled) – Grace Carter, Nick Munday
Hellfire (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) – Ava-Rose Askew
Out There (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) – Bronwyn Palmer
Santa Fe (Newsies) – Mim Sarre
Watch What Happens (Newsies) – Casmira Lorien
Act 2
Go The Distance (Hercules) – Mark Oates
Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid) – Madeleine Schroeter
Her Voice (The Little Mermaid) – John Mondelo
Somewhere That’s Green (Little Shop of Horrors) – Scarlett Anthony
Dentist (Little Shop of Horrors) – Victoria Knight
Suddenly Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors) – Aiden Wang, Liliana Franco
Happy Working Song (Enchanted) – Ruby Pinkerton
A Whole New World (Aladdin) – Amber Fibrosi, Cassidy Rae Gaiter
The Life I Never Led (Sister Act) – Kristin Stefanoff
Fabulous, Baby! (Sister Act) – Lisa Simonetti

Session Hosts

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.

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

Aiden Wang

Aiden never considered getting into musical theatre, until two years ago when he performed Someone in a Tree, with his peers, and Giants In The Sky for a course assessment. His curiosity about this medium lead to one of his tutors suggesting he audition for a new course opening up at the University of Adelaide.

In 2019, he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing at UniSA. And in 2020, he was accepted into the Bachelor of Music Theatre program through the Elder Conservatorium at the University of Adelaide. Aiden was lucky enough to be a part of the ensemble during the program's production of Spring Awakening in the same year.

Amber Fibrosi

Amber Fibrosi recently played Radio Voice, a Greasette and understudied Sandy in AYT's production of Grease. She also played the role of ‘Wendy’ in Adelaide Theatre Academy’s Fringe show of Peter Pan in 2020, along with being a soloist in another fringe show Musical Moments. Amber has also been a featured ‘Defying Gravity’ soloist in the Catholic Schools Music Festival in 2019 and since graduating from school has been gaining further experience in the musical theatre and overall music industry, looking to begin her study in a Bachelor of Music Theatre this year.

Ava Hughes

Ava is 14 years old and currently in Year 9. She has been singing and acting since the age of 7. Ava has performed in over a dozen musicals with various Adelaide Theatre companies and she is currently in rehearsals with Shane Davidson Presents for the Lion King Jr, playing the role of Scar. Ava is currently a vocal student of Norma Knight for AMEB Musical Theatre and The Studio and Star Factory. Ava also takes acting and dance classes and plays the piano and drums. She is literally an all rounder. She hopes to pursue a career in the musical theatre world.

Ava-Rose Askew

Ava-Rose Askew has been studying musical theatre for the past 6 months at APO Arts Academy in Melbourne, she is now back in Adelaide and starting her studies in sound production for the next 6 months before moving to back to Melbourne next year to complete her studies in Musical Theatre.

She has been performing for the past four years, achieving roles including Gabriella and Sharpay from High School Musical, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Kathy from Disco Inferno, Adella from The Little Mermaid and other amazing roles. If Ava-Rose isn't performing on stage she can be found recording and writing her own music which she has been doing from the age of 8. She's also been a part of many choirs starting from primary school with the Festival of Music where she achieved two solos in grade 5 and grade 7 first singing 'I Can Make the Difference' and then 'In this Ancient House', she went back last year to perform 'Part of Your World' as one of the assisting artists.

Ava-Rose has also been involved with The Australian Youth Choir, Vocal Jazz and her school choirs.

Bronwyn Palmer

Bronwyn recently returned from Paris training for two years at the Physical Theatre School of Jacques Lecoq. She recently performed in Chameleon (Frank Theatre), Madame Butterfly (State Opera of South Australia) and directed the world premier of Daphne (Co-Opera).

She devised and performed her Cabaret My Breasts and Me which was well received in the 2014-15 Adelaide Fringe. Other roles she has performed included Baroness Schrader in The Sound of Music (G&S Society), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Cassie in The Effect (both for Adelaide University Theatre Guild). She is also a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium majoring in Jazz Voice.

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!

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.

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.

Her most recent role was as Rapunzel in Elephant in the Room Productions' highly reviewed production Into the Woods. She looks forward to continuing her performing adventures throughout 2021 and beyond.

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.

Justine Lewis

Since the tender age of 7, Justine has known the stage has been for her. Justine has had several years of singing tuition from Katrina Caton of Action Voice and from Jennifer McDonald from the Jennifer McDonald School of Singing. She has also had the pleasure of performing with groups such as the Mighty Good Talent School and Theatrebugs, Pelican Productions, The Southern Youth Theatre Ensemble and most currently SA Light Opera. Her favorite (and only roles to date) have been Azuri in The Desert Song, Lady Saphir in Patience as well as an emergency understudy in SA Light Opera's 2019 season of Princess Ida as Sacharissa.

Justine has always welcomed new experiences and performing in Broadway Sessions is something that she has always aspired to do. Justine would like to thank all the people that have helped her make her dream a reality and she looks forward to performing both through 2019 and for many years in the future yet to come.

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 (Segue Productions 2018), and Simone in Shane Warne The Musical (Segue Productions 2020). In 2021, she will hopefully have the chance to perform with the Met as Vivienne in Legally Blonde the Musical!

Kristin music directed Heathers the Musical for Segue Productions in September 2019. She is also a founding member of the new Adelaide based theatre company Segue Productions. When she's not at rehearsals or the theatre, she teaches voice and piano, and often dances around the house singing showtunes with her awesome 5 year old.

Liliana Franco

Liliana Franco is currently completing her third year at the Elder Conservatorium studying a Bachelor of Music Theatre. She has been passionate about the performing arts from a young age and is excited to return to the stage this year after the craziness of 2020.

Lisa Simonetti

Lisa has been involved with Adelaide theatre for a long time – over 10 years, having recently taken a break to grow a tiny human who is due in April this year. Whilst her day job involves delivering babies as a midwife, Lisa loves being part of the Adelaide theatre community in her "spare" time.

Madeleine Schroeter

Madeleine is ten years old and has a passion for musical theatre. She has been involved in several productions over the last three years including Dear Edwina Jr (Theatre Bugs), The Little Mermaid and The Lion King (Pelican Productions). Maddy has performed in the last two Musical Theatre Camps with Pelican Productions where she played the role of Cosette and Young Anna. Most recently, she has performed with Peter Combe in his Adelaide Fringe Festival season.

Maddy trains in ballet and jazz at Xcel Dance Studios, has voice lessons with Mim Sarre and is part of the inaugural group of students at the Pelican Theatre Academy. She is excited to be back performing again at Broadway Sessions.

Mim Sarre

Millicent Sarre is a singer & songwriter, cabaret artist, music theatre performer and vocal coach.

Mim studied Music and Theatre at Graceland University, USA, before returning to her hometown of Adelaide, South Australia, where she has been actively involved in the music theatre scene. Her notable roles to date include Veronica Sawyer in Heathers the Musical (Segue Productions, 2019), Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening (Hills Musical Company 2017), Ivy in Ivy + Bean the Musical (The Gemini Collective, 2018 – Australian Premiere), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Hills Musical Company, 2015) and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Graceland University, 2013).

In June 2019, she premiered her original cabaret show, Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered, in the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe, and revived the show for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020, where it played a sold-out extended season and was a 3-time award winner in the Adelaide Fringe Awards.

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'Jack' in Into the Woods (Elephant in the Room Productions / Botanic Gardens of South Australia, 2020), ‘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).

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.

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.

Trevor Anderson

Trevor hasn't been particularly active in the theatre community of late, having only performed in Pretty Boys in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival since returning from interstate a few years ago. In the meantime, he has been busying himself with the Festival Statesmen Chorus, performing a variety of a cappella music. Highlights have included singing back-up for Adele, performing with Rob Mills and headlining the National Choral Festival in the past 12 months.

Trevor's theatre credits include Avenue Q (Matt Byrne Media), Curtains and Anything Goes (Therry), Orpheus in the Underworld and HMS Pinnafore (G&S SA), and Gypsy and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (MS Society). Trevor's most recent theatre engagement was working on Promise Adelaide's 2017 production of All Is Calm which will be his musical directing debut; where he is excited to be combining his love of musical theatre and acapella together.

Victoria Knight

Victoria is a musical theatre tragic whose experience in musical theatre largely extend to one fateful middle school musical where she sang Miley Cyrus’ late noughties hit, ‘Breakout’. With that being her peak, she is hoping to surpass it now over a decade later. Early experiences with school choir and singing opportunities fostered a love for the ol’ razzle dazzle, a love which was supplemented by a penchant for being the centre of attention and an adoration for the heavy exposition only musical theatre can provide. Being an alto in a soprano world (by SA’s Festival of Music standards, anyway) found her developing a niche playing male roles – or, at the very least, taking the male parts in duets in her best friend’s car.

By day, Victoria is a PhD student at the University of South Australia, but by night, she aspires to moonlight as an almost-in-tune, maybe-a-little-funny performer.

Session Band

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.

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!

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.