April Session: Performer’s Choice

25 Sunday April 2021
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $20

About this Session

April’s Session is a performer’s choice month – so any song from a musical or a musical theatre writer is fair game!

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 to be in the audience go on sale on Sunday 18th April (midday). 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 Monday 19 April. We may not be able to accommodate any requests after this time. Please note, if you are purchasing single or double tickets and don’t email us, you may be placed on a larger table with people you don’t know.

Tickets to watch the live stream from home will also be available from Sunday 18th April and can be purchased from the tickets page.

Session Setlist

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Session Host

Mark Oates

Mark is a respected opera, cabaret and concert singer, with a passion for music theatre. He has toured South Australia with State Opera, SINGular productions and the Adelaide Art Orchestra. Mark produced and performed in his own sell out swing show – Mark Oates and the Daniel Brunner Pretty Big Band – for the 2009 and 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festivals. For the Adelaide Festival, Mark sung the roles of Ruffiak in Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre and Street Singer in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.

For State Opera SA, Mark premiered the role of “the Cantor” in Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires, a co-production with Leigh Warren and Dancers which was reprised for the 2011 Brisbane Festival. He also performed Joe in The Station (Howard Blake), and John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach). Last year Mark performed in the world premiere of the full Philip Glass trilogy for State Opera SA, including the role of Arjuna in Satyagraha. In the two weeks prior to the opening night of Broadway Sessions, Mark will be part of the State Opera SA chorus in Faust and the Verdi Requiem before travelling to Canberra for two concerts with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Mark has also worked with many Adelaide based musical theatre companies. He was an Oscart and Curtain Call winner and Critic’s Circle nominee for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in The G&S Society’s Les Misérables. For The G&S Society Mark has also played the Baker in Into the Woods and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. He premiered Horton the Elephant in the award winning Seussical the Musical and portrayed Utterson in Jekyll and Hyde for The Hills Musical Company. Other roles include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for Northern Light Theatre Company, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden for both The Therry Dramatic Society and The G&S Society, Enoch Snow in Carousel for Swell Productions/MS Society and was part of the original cast of It’s A Dad thing for SINGular productions. Mark has also played “man” in several productions, including Songs for a New World and I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change!

Session Performers

Amber Fibrosi

Amber Fibrosi is an Adelaide performer and musician who performs regularly in gigs. Over the years she has been involved in several performances, most recently performing as a pianist and back-up vocalist for Jennifer Trijo’s Adelaide Fringe Festival Cabaret show Someday. Amber has performed as a soloist for Trevor Jones Piano Bar in the Cabaret Festival. Amber also played Radio Voice, a Greasette and understudied Sandy in AYT's production of Grease. She played the role of ‘Wendy’ in Adelaide Theatre Academy’s Fringe show of Peter Pan , 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 music industry. She enjoys writing her own music as an outlet of self expression. Amber is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Theatre at Adelaide University.

Amelie Peters

Amelie Peters is an award winning, classically trained vocalist, international performer, songwriter and BAST accredited vocal coach.

Amelie holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice (Performance and Pedagogy) from the Elder Conservatorium of Adelaide. Her professional performance work includes Carmen (2019) and Carmina Burana (2020) with the State Opera of South Australia as well as successful tours in Australia and the US, where Amelie was invited to sing at the Soho Playhouse in New York City. Her credits as a vocal director for youth theatre include High School Musical 2 (2016), Hairspray the Musical (2018) and Mary Poppins the Musical (2019.) Amelie has also produced and performed original music in Cabernet the Cabaret (2019) and Cabernet Refined (2020) at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

While she specialises in classical voice, Amelie also has a strong background in musical theatre, jazz and contemporary music. She has worked with renowned opera singers, musical theatre composers and Broadway stars from around the world.

Amelie’s ability to inspire, guide and nurture talent has led to consistently outstanding results for her private students and vocal ensembles, making Amelie one of the most sought after young vocal coaches in Adelaide.

Ava Hughes

Ava is 14 years old and currently in Year 9. Ava has been singing and acting since the age of 7. Ava has performed in over15 musicals with various Adelaide Theatre companies and she has just finished Into The Woods Jr with Shane Davidson Presents where she played the Witch. Ava's favourite character to date that she has portrayed has been Scar from The Lion King. Ava takes vocal lessons, acting and dance classes and also plays the piano and drums. She is literally an all rounder. She hopes to pursue a career in the musical theatre world.

Caitlin Hogg

Caitlin has been a part of the performing arts most of her life. She has been dancing since she was 7 and got into musicals at 17. She has been in 3 South Coast Choral and Arts productions, the latest being The Addams Family. She is very excited to be performing today.

Cooper James

Cooper, 17, loves all aspects of performing. He made his professional debut in 2016 in The Sound of Music. Cooper joined Pelican Productions in 2016 - his highlights include playing Orpheus (Hadestown), Moonface Martin (Anything Goes) and going full drag in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Cooper is a Drama and Music student at Brighton Secondary School and is part of the 2022 Class of Caberet program.

Cooper receives his vocal coaching from the fabulous Carolyn Ferrie and dances at Barbara Jayne Dance Centre.

When he isn’t singing or dancing you might find Cooper busking at Glenelg.

Elena Amano

Making her Broadway Sessions debut, Elena is a singer most often seen with an acoustic band performing throughout the Adelaide pub circuit. She played as Kim in the most recent Miss Saigon production in Adelaide with the Metropolitan Musical Theatre SA. She is a Registered Nurse and a new mum. She is grateful to her friends and family for their love and support and would like to thank each and everyone for making this experience amazing.

Gil Costes

Gil is a former member of the Elder Conservatorium Chorale and the Adelaide Symphony Chorus.

Gil has sung as part of the chorus in numerous concerts with the Adelaide Symphony Chorus and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring and Andrea Bocelli Concert both at the Entertainment Centre Arena and in Ennio Morricone Live at the Elder Park. He also sang in the chorus in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Britten's War Requiem and Last Night of the Proms with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Chorus, all at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.

He has performed in various community theatres in Adelaide such as Miss Saigon (Marie Clark), Kiss of the Spider Woman (The Sterling Community Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Matt Byrne Media) as part of the ensemble. He played the back-to-back role of Pontius Pilate in The Way of the Cross Musical (Angelico Christian Theatrical Society Inc.) in 2013 and 2014 productions. He had a fabulous time being one of the Angels with the recent production of G&S' Kinky Boots in 2019.

Gil is a member of Four Seasonings, a quartet which performs in various venues and performed in various fund-raising concerts and private functions.

Isabella Walters

Isabella is a young singer who is very passionate about musical theatre and performing arts. Some of her favourite roles have included: Wendy in Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure, Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins, Dragon in Shrek Jr and Terpsichore in Xanadu Jr.

Jaxon Joy (He/Him)

Jaxon is 17 years old and is currently receiving vocal coaching from David Gauci and studying year 12 at Gleeson College.  He has starred as Captain Hook in Adelaide Theatre Academy's 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival production of Peter Pan, a 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.

Jaxon has most recently performed the role of Courfreyac in Northern Light Theatre Compny's 2022 production of Les Misérables as well as the 2021 Class of Cabaret and as Amos in Pelican Productions 2021 production of Chicago at the Thebarton Theatre. 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. Jaxon has recently completed his first musical production position in Scouts SA's 2021 Adelaide Gang Show season, with his Music Directorial debut coming up in September/October with Adelaide Gang Show in their 2022 Season, aptly named Seasons. Keep an eye out for Jaxon's premiere cabaret in October, Sondheim and Me, at the Star Theatre's Back-2-Back Festival!

Lucy Carey

Lucy has loved performing ever since she can remember and is very excited to be back for her second time tonight at Broadway Sessions. She is currently rehearsing with The Met as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical and after having to postpone the show in 2021, is very excited to finally perform with such a talented and supportive cast and production team in May!

Madeleine Schroeter

Madeleine is eleven years old and has a passion for musical theatre. She has performed with Pelican Productions in their annual musical theatre camps for the past three years and in 2021 played the role of Summer in School of Rock alongside her wonderful vocal coach and mentor, Mim Sarre. Maddy has more recently played the role of Matilda in Roald Dahl Rules as well as the loveable seagull Scuttle in the The Little Mermaid Junior (Shane Davidson Presents). She was part of Adelaide Youth Theatre and Yellow Flower Productions All Together Now in 2021 and is excited to be performing a solo in the Public Primary Schools Festival of Music in September.

When she isn’t singing or dancing, Maddy enjoys being part of her schools aerobics team and playing netball.

Mim Sarre (She/Her)

Millicent Sarre (she/her) 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.

Nha-Uyen Tran

Having started piano lessons at the age of 5, Nha-Uyen has been a musician and a performer since a young age. Upon discovering musical theatre, she joined her school's Musical Theatre Club, which she stayed in throughout her high school years. During this time, Nha-Uyen played Kate from Legally Blonde in her school's musical revue and had the opportunity to direct The Lion King Jr in her senior year. She also featured as an ensemble member in the Grease Arena Spectacular (Harvest Rain, 2017) and Miss Saigon (The MET, 2019).

Nha-Uyen is currently studying her Masters of Optometry at Flinders Uni, but is looking forward to graduating to become the optometrist-ing artist she's always aspired to be!

Phoebe Rodger (she/her)

Phoebe, aged 17, began performing at the age of 9. Over the years, she has performed in many shows with Pelican Productions, including 8 Music Theatre Camps, The Little Mermaid, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Seussical, Annie Jr, Bring it On (Return Season), and In the Heights. In 2017, Phoebe was involved in the pilot production of Newsies Jr with iTheatrics in Newcastle. She was part of the Pelican Productions USA performing arts tour in 2018, performing at Disney World and on the Carnival Magic cruise ship. During the 2021 fringe season Phoebe performed in Adelaide Youth Theatre’s 13! the musical, as Kendra. More recently, Phoebe enjoyed playing the role of Donna in her final school musical, Mamma Mia. Phoebe is very keen to be back performing at Broadway Sessions.

Rachel Morant

Rachel is a passionate singer and performer who has been involved in the arts for over 15 years. Rachel works closely with her singing teacher Millicent Sarre and is always looking for a new performance opportunity. Her dream roles are Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical and Sally Bowles in Cabaret.

Roh K Whittaker (they/them)

Having performed in a variety of musicals ranging from Next To Normal to The Boy From Oz, South East Queensland performer Roh Whittaker is no stranger to the stage. Beginning their training of music theory and performance from age 8, with soon to follow theatre and dance training at secondary school and private academies, they have developed a keen eye for all things Musical Theatre; both on stage and off. They recently began their studies at the Elder Conservatorium studying a Bachelor in Music Theatre under the careful guidance of George Torbay and many others.

Some of their more recent credits include, Billy Flynn in Chicago (ADMT), Angel in Kinky Boots (Phoenix Ensemble), Featured Dancer in The Boy From Oz (Savoyards) and Gabe in Next To Normal (Brisbane Arts Theatre).

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.

Sasha Paris

Sasha fell in love with musical theatre when she saw her first production of The Lion King in London as a child. Whilst growing up in the UK Sasha received singing and acting training from Industry Professionals, growing as a performer at Stage Coach and going on to perform in many musicals such as Grease, The Boyfriend, Peter Pan, Les Miserables and We Will Rock You, along with being a noted soloist in multiple variety shows and performing in an acoustic duo in bars and festivals.

Unfortunately, Sasha’s day job in the UK meant she couldn’t perform as much as she would have liked, however after recently settling in Adelaide, Sasha is hoping to find her place within the buzzing Musical Theatre community and get back to doing what she loves best!

Scarlett Anthony

At 22, 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 as the Dux of Solo Vocal Performance where she was and will continue to be taught by her singing teacher Rosie Hosking.

With 18 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 as a featured soloist 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 (Miami) as a featured lead vocalist since January 2019 and will be heading to LA in 2021 to resume working for them.

Tegan Gully

Tegan has appeared in many amateur and professional shows since the age of nine, her favourite roles include Annie in Annie (Northern Light Theatre Co. – 1997), Lois/Bianca in Kiss Me Kate (MCMT- 2006 and Co Opera SA- 2007), and Ariel in Footloose (Matt Byrne Media – 2006), Holly in The Wedding Singer (Matt Byrne Media – 2008), Lucy T Slut in Avenue Q (Matt Byrne Media – 2011). More recently, Rizzo in Grease (The Met – 2013), Calamity Jane in Calamity Jane (MCMT- 2014), Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (Hills Musical Company – 2014) and Julia in The Wedding Singer (MCMT- 2015). She also co-wrote, choreographed and performed in the sold out season of Villain-Ville: A Musical Exploration of Villainy and Evil in the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Tegan has worked around Adelaide as a show girl, promotional model, dancer, children’s show host and suit character performer for Essential Talent and had the opportunity to perform in Singapore with Ricarp in 2007. For five years Tegan worked at the Night Train as a lead performer in their Adult, Kids and touring show, The Rockaholics, and has been the lead singer for Adelaide corporate and Party Band Jungle Jooce for the past 13 years. After completing a Drama degree and a B Ed at Flinders University she is currently a Performing Arts and Special Education teacher.

More recently Tegan played Amneris in the Hills Musical Company's 2017 production of Aida, Princess Fiona in AYT's Shrek, Tracy Samantha Lord in the METs High Society and Mayzie La Bird in NLTC’s Seussical in 2018.

Zachary Baseby (he/him)

Zachary Baseby is 22 years old and he has been performing in every theatre based for most of his life, starting from his first performance in 2008 as Humpty Dumpty in Surprising Old King Cole (Stars on Stage). From there on, he has trained with various acting schools such as Actors Ink., Theatrebugs, Mighty Good Productions and Heesom Casting before performing in his first musical theatre show in 2017 with The Parks Youth Theatre as an ensemble member in Grease.

Some of Zachary’s theatre highlights over the past few years have been: The Grinch in Seussical (NLTC, 2018), The Mock Turtle in Alice in Wonderland (The Parks Youth Theatre, 2019), Lefou in Beauty and the Beast (NOW Productions, 2020), Horton the Elephant in Seussical JR (Shane Davidson Presents, 2020), Rooster in Annie (NOW Productions, 2021), Javert in Les Misérables (NOW Productions, 2021), The Baker in Into the Woods JR (Shane Davidson Presents, 2021) and most recently, Roger in Grease (NOW Productions, 2022) and The Wolf in Into the Woods (Adelaide Youth Theatre, 2022).

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). He has also appeared in two full length film projects with NOW Productions as the role of Bobby Packer in TEN FOUR, Agent Percash: REWIND and he will appear as a new character in the most recent adaptation: RED DAWN.

If you're looking to see Zachary onstage in the closer future, he recently landed the role as Papa Ogre and the Big Bad Wolf in Balaklava Community Arts' Shrek The Musical in August plus he will be playing everybody's favourite sad old donkey Eeyore in Shane Davidson Presents' Winnie the Pooh a couple weeks later.

Session Band

Martin Cheney (Piano/Musical Director)

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.

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!