September Session: Performer’s Choice

26 Sunday September 2021
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $15-20

About this Session

Last month was huge! In case you missed it, the Broadway Sessions team chose a song for each performer to learn - an exhausting, but fun process! If you were there you would hopefully agree with us that each performer did an awesome job.

Since the last couple Sessions have been themed, and to give the team a slightly less hectic month, we've decided to put the song choice back in the hands of the performers.

Will we hear new songs from new shows? New songs from older shows? Songs we've heard before? Maybe something from the golden age of music theatre? You'll have to join us to find out!

Session Setlist

Act 1
Positive (Legally Blonde) – Jemma Allen, Mim Sarre, Nikki Long, Scarlett Anthony
Heaven On Their Minds (Jesus Christ Superstar) – Aimee Crathern
What I Did For Love (A Chorus Line) – Hope Meffle
Maybe This Time (Cabaret) – Teresa Van Der Hoek
Crossing A Bridge (Anastasia) – Amelia Holds
The Mad Hatter (Wonderland) – Lottie Mumford
Quiet (Matilda) – Marli Cannell
Dentist (Little Shop of Horrors) – Zachary Baseby
If Only You Would Listen (School of Rock) – Annabelle Fleming, William Fleming
You’ll Be Back (Hamilton: An American Musical) – Karen Muller
And I Am Telling You (Dreamgirls) – Sarah Jane Whiteley
Medley (The Little Mermaid)* – Deon Martino-Williams, Melanie Cowmeadow
Act 2
Alto’s Lament (Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich) – Ruby Pinkerton
What Can You Lose? (Stephen Sondheim) – Lindsay Prodea
Some People (Gypsy) – Zali Sedgman
The History of Wrong Guys (Kinky Boots) – Bennett Blaine
Far Too Late (Cinderella) – Lucy Rice
All That Matters (Finding Neverland) – Gianna Guttilla
Just You Wait (My Fair Lady) – Emma Kavanagh
Almost There (The Princess and the Frog) – Joe Meldrum
Stars and the Moon (Songs For A New World) – Sophie Guidolin
It All Fades Away (The Bridges of Madison County) – Finnegan Green
One Second and a Million Miles (The Bridges of Madison County) – Jessica Mills, Matthew Prime
Get Out And Stay Out (9 to 5: The Musical) – Scarlett Anthony
* promoting an upcoming show

Session Host

Lindsay Prodea

Lindsay has performed over the past decade in both musical theatre and cabaret, having enjoyed success in various genres: classical roles such as John Brooke in Little Women (The Musical) (Therry Dramatic Society 2013) and Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods (Northern Light Theatre Company 2012); to contemporary roles such as Abraham in the Adelaide premiere of Altar Boyz (Davine Interventionz 2013), Sonny Malone in Xanadu (The Musical) (Davine Interventionz 2014), George in The Drowsy Chaperone (Hills Musical Company 2013), Kyle the UPS Delivery guy in Legally Blonde (HMC 2014) and most recently Elliott Garfield in The Goodbye Girl (Therry 2015). Lindsay has also appeared in countless other shows, favourites including Urinetown, 42nd Street, Crazy for You & Les Misérables. Most recently he premiered in Adelaide the role of Fabrizio for Davine Interventionz's 2016 Adelaide Fringe Show, The Light In The Piazza.

Aside from musical theatre, Lindsay has a keen passion for cabaret, having written, co-produced and performed at numerous cabaret events over the years. Stepping out side his usual genre, Lindsay played the role of Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (old sport), produced by Independent Theatre.

Session Performers

Aimee Crathern

Aimee is an avid music lover and an aunty. She currently attends Tutti Arts and participates in their music program 3 days a week. Aimee loves performing and will take each opportunity to do so, participating in the performing arts group No Strings Attached, sings with the Tutti Choir and Poco Choir, and is also a member of the worlds first all girl disability music group The Sisters of Invention. The Sisters of Invention, have seen Aimee perform at numerous events such as The Special Olympics Closing Ceremony, Womad and The Fringe Festival. Aimee and her music group The Sisters of Invention are recording their new album which should be released later this year. Aimee and her music group recently appeared on ABC iView Get Crackin.

In addition, she is in a new group called TGIF (Thank God It's Friday), and will be performing at the Highway Hotel on the 3rd of November. She is also performing in the Adelaide Christmas Pageant with TGIF, and performing in a show with No Strings Attached on 7th & 8th of November.

Amelia Holds

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.

Annabelle Fleming

Annabelle is 13 and has been a member of the Australian Girls Choir for 8 years and has performed key roles in many musical theatre shows, most recently as Tomika in School of Rock and Frenchie (Grease). She has also had the roles Dianna Barry (Anne of Green Gables), Edwina (Dear Edwina), Nala (Disney's The Lion King), and Jane Banks (Mary Poppins). Annabelle is in key member of her school's specialist choir and she plays French Horn and Trombone. At 10 years old she competed in her first vocal Eisteddfod at Balaklava and won her Division and was awarded Grand Champion in the entire Solo Vocal Division. Singing with her brother William, they competed in the Balaklava Eisteddfod in 2019 and were awarded Grand Champion of the entire Vocal Ensemble Division (2-4) voices singing True Colours.

Bennett Blaine (they/them)

Bennett is a passionate performer who has had a love for singing since as long as they can remember, they started taking singing lessons at age eight and their love only grew from there. They started acting/singing/dancing lessons at Theatre Bugs at age ten and began to fall in love with musical theatre from there. With an extensive resume, Bennett has performed in many shows such as The Little Mermaid Jr (Pelican Productions), Peter Pan (Adelaide Theatre Academy), Moana Jr (Adelaide Theatre Academy), Beauty And The Beast Jr (Adelaide Youth Theatre), Mary Poppins (Adelaide Theatre Academy), 13: The Musical (Adelaide Youth Theatre), Chicago: High School Edition (Pelican Productions) and earned their first title role in the recent production of Dr Dolittle Jr (Adelaide Theatre Academy) to name a few.

Bennett has also performed in many cabarets, the 2020 Junior Theatre Festival and was chosen from there to be part of OzTheatrics’ pilot program for Finding Nemo Kids and also recently got selected to travel with OzTheatrics to America for their 2023 Aussie All-Stars group. Bennett one day hopes to perform professionally all over the world and to inspire other young performers to work hard and follow their dreams.

Deon Martino-Williams

Deon began performing at the age of 13 when he performed in Disney’s The Little Mermaid with the Adelaide Youth Theatre (AYT). He has since played many roles for AYT including Fiyero in Wicked, Roger in Grease, and Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical. Deon has also performed for other companies around Adelaide including as J. Pierrepont Finch in March Production’s How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Ensemble in The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of SA’s Kinky Boots, and as a Private Dempsey in Therry’s Hello Girls earlier in 2021. Deon is happy to have come full circle and be performing The Little Mermaid once again, as one of his dream roles, Prince Eric.

Emma Kavanagh (She/Her)

Adelaide born and bred, Emma Kavanagh toured internationally with the Australian Girls Choir, and completed a year of Classical Voice at Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium, before graduating with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Performance highlights include playing Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Beth in Little Women (while also understudying Marmee, Aunt March, Clarissa and Mrs Kirk). Emma was honoured to perform as Guest Vocalist on renowned soprano Mirusia Louwerse’s 2018 From the Heart Australian tour, to sing with remarkable operatic bass Eddie Muliaumaseali’i at the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s 2018 New Year’s Eve Gala Variety Concert at QPAC, and to star in the 2019 debut season of Twisted the Cabaret. Emma was selected as a Semi-finalist for the 2020 Rob Guest Endowment Award. She recently appeared with the Queensland Pops Orchestra for their 2021 Christmas in July Concerts alongside Nathan Kneen, Gregory Moore, and Adam Lopez, and was invited to perform in The Underground Opera Company's 2021 West End to Broadway – My Musical Playlist in the stunning heritage listed Spring Hill Water Reservoir.

Finnegan Green

Finnegan has been performing from a young age and has developed his passion for musical theatre as a company member for Pelican Productions. His stage credits include: (TML Enterprises) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as 'Jeremy Potts', (Emma Knights productions) The Sound of Music as 'Rolf' and he was part of The 60 Four for the 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival Season. Finnegan is currently studying at Patrick School of The Arts in Melbourne under the direction of Andrew Hallsworth.

Gianna Guttilla

Gianna Guttilla is an Adelaide-based soprano and recent Bachelor of Music graduate (Classical Voice) from the Elder Conservatorium, under the vocal tutelage of Cheryl Pickering. Gianna was delighted to have received the Robert Whinham Prize for the best interpretation of an operatic aria (2018), as well as the Adelaide Choral Society Prize (2019-2020). She was also a member of the chorus and understudy for the role of the Sorceress in SOSA’S Dido and Aeneas (2018).

Gianna has also recently performed as a featured soloist with Recitals Australia as part of their 2021 Autumn Lunch Hour Series. As well as being classically-trained, Gianna has also been fortunate enough to perform an array of musical styles including jazz, pop, gospel and music theatre, having previously performed with Patti LuPone and for Alan Cumming at the 2018 and 2021 Adelaide Cabaret Festivals. Gianna is also an educator who is passionate about music and vocal development, working as a singing teacher and vocal educator at various schools and institutions around Adelaide.

Hope Meffle (She/Her)

Hope has always enjoyed singing as a hobby, and has been undertaking voice lessons through the Sarah Jane Voice Studio for the past 18 months. Prior to this, Hope enjoyed singing and acting back in her school days, and after a lengthy hiatus from the stage to pursue a Social Work career she has decided to return in 2021. Earlier in the year, Hope completed several acting courses at Type Talent, focusing on; improvisation, Shakespeare and stage performance. In July of this year Hope was both a cast member and co-producer of M&M events Club Black Widow, and she is now rehearsing for South Coast Choral and Art Society's production of Chicago set to take the stage in October. This is Hope's debut to Broadway Sessions, and she is very excited to gain further performance experience and learn from the many talented performers.

Jemma Allen (She/her)

Jemma is chuffed that Broadway Sessions is finally back!! She is here for a good time and can't wait to jam with the band and see all of her lovely theatre friends again!! Yay!!!

Jessica Mills (She/Her)

Originally from Adelaide, Jessica graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2016 with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre. She made her adult professional debut early 2017 with The 7 Sopranos: Songs from Stage and Screen, with whom she has since toured internationally.

Jessica is currently a 2021 Gertrude Johnson Studio Young Artist with Australian Contemporary Opera Co. Whilst working with ACOCo, she was cast in the roles of Mab/Day, Dance Captain in Jonathon Dove’s The Enchanted Pig (postponed in July 2021 due to COVID-19) and has several other roles coming up later in the year (COVID restrictions permitting). She is also currently on the Chorus List for Victorian Opera.

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), U/S Mary (lead)/Ensemble – The Beautiful Game (Manilla Street Productions, 2019), Treasure Hunt! (Perform Education, 2018), Cinderella – Cinderella (Pantomime Productions, 2018), and Aurora – Sleeping Beauty (Tivoli, 2017). In 2020, Jessica was named a Semi-Finalist for the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Award.

Joe Meldrum

Joe Meldrum’s professional career was launched by following the famous footsteps of Fred Astaire as leading man in A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire (JTM Productions). Since then, he has worked extensively throughout Australia with notable performances in Chicago for the Gordon Frost Organisation, and as ‘Snowboy’ in Opera Australia’s West Side Story on Sydney Harbour.

Additional theatre credits include ‘Trick’ in the 20th Anniversary production of The Boy From Oz (The Production Company), Pippin (GFO), The Who’s TOMMY (Victorian Opera), leading man in the premiere season of Just A Couple of Song and Dance Men (JTM), Oklahoma! and Curtains (TPC). On screen, he features in Dream Deep for Museums Victoria and feature film Beautiful for KOJO Pictures. Joe is a 2015 WAAPA graduate, a proud member of Actor’s Equity and is represented by Ian White Management.

You can find out more about Joe over here: www.joemeldrum.com

Karen Muller (She/Her)

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. Although she had a seven year run off stage in the role of "Mother of two", she recently made the return to the theatre by playing Ursula in Disney's The Little Mermaid, and in the ensemble of Les Misérables with Northern Light Theatre Company.

Lottie Mumford (she/her)

Lottie Mumford is 15 years old and attends Concordia College. She has been a member of Hills Youth Theatre for 6 years, and has acted in many of their productions. In 2018 she featured as the lead role in Pollyanna for Hills Youth Theatre. She has also been involved in musicals for other theatre companies, including Harvest Rain. Lottie has always been passionate about singing, and commenced formal singing lessons with Teresa LaRocca in 2019. Lottie also plays piano and flute.

Lucy Rice (She/Her)

At 16 years old, Lucy is already an accomplished performer who has been singing, dancing and treading the boards for as long as she can remember. Most recently, she has played Ariel in Shane Davidson Presents, The Little Mermaid Jr.  2021 was an especially busy year for Lucy, who featured as Margot in Legally Blonde Jr (Shane Davidson Presents), Cinderella Into the Woods Jr (Shane Davidson Presents), Rafiki in Lion King Jr (Shane Davidson Presents), Patty Simcox in Grease (Walford x St Peters College collab) and The Sound of Music's Sister Bertha in Pelican Production's Music Theatre Camp. Lucy also participated in the 2021 Junior Theatre Festival and was selected to take part in OzTheatrics pilot for Mean Girls Jr.

Lucy has had the good fortune to work with numerous performing arts companies including March Productions (Barnum), Promise Adelaide (Musical Moments), Shane Davidson Presents (The Little Mermaid Jr, Legally Blonde Jr, Into the Woods Jr x 3Lion King Jr, and Beauty & the Beast Jr), iTheatrics/JTI Australia (Guys and Dolls Jr and Mean Girls Jr), Harvest Rain (Hairspray) and Pelican Productions (Annie Jr and Seussical Jr), as well as part of their Music Theatre Camp since 2015, which she has held many principal solos including her absolute favourite lead role as Mary Poppins.

Lucy is a devoted member of the Walford Girls Middle School Choir as well as their principal performing choir, ChanterElle. She trains in vocal technique and music theatre with Millicent Sarre and has trained in dance since she was 3 years old: studying Broadway jazz, ballet and hip hop with Norwood Ballet and tap with Pelican Academy.

Marli Cannell

Marli started their performing arts journey at age 5, beginning with ballet, then progressing into contemporary while continuing on with ballet. By the age of 8, singing lessons commenced. Participation in many school holiday performing arts camps resulted in mini musical performances, singing and dancing at many annual Willunga Almond Blossom Festival, singing at school fetes, and participation in the many performances held with Jamae Raw and Performing Arts Australia at Hopgood Theatre and other venues. Marli has continued her singing tuition with Sarah Jane Whiteley for the past 2 years.

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).

Melanie Cowmeadow (She/her)

Melanie Cowmeadow made her musical theatre debut as ‘Mrs Teavee’ in AYT’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 2021. Since then she has played her first leading role as ‘Ariel’ in Northern Light Theatre Company’s The Little Mermaid and most recently appeared on the 11th Season of The Voice Australia where she made it to the top 24.

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.

Nikki Long

Nikki is an Adelaide raised performer. She is currently in her 3rd year of the Bachelor of Music Theatre at The Elder Conservatorium of Music at Adelaide University. Before ECMT she completed her Certificate IV in Dance at Australian Company of Performing Arts. In 2019 she played Heather Chandler in Segue Productions Heathers. In 2021 she made her Adelaide Fringe Festival debut in Friendly Feminism for The Mild Mannered and was also part of the choir in Chess: The Musical (dir. Tyran Parke). Nikki appeared in the second year production of Urinetown (dir. George Torbay) as Mrs Millennium. She was also the Josephine “Old Ma” Strong and Soupy Sue cover, and performed as Josephine “Old Ma” Strong for two performances. While at ECMT she performed in the third year production of In Pieces (dir. George Torbay).

Ruby Pinkerton

Ruby’s passion for musical theatre began at a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. Ruby is heavily involved in Adelaide theatre, performing as Nicola in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society's 2019 production of Kinky Boots and most recently in Davine Productions’ revival of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. She also performed as the ‘Turn Back, O Man’ soloist in Godspell, produced by Irregular Productions and Lydian Productions. Ruby 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 is thrilled to be performing a bucket list role as Rose in Dogfight presented by St Jude’s Players in 2022.

Sarah Jane Whiteley

Sarah is a highly trained professional vocalist and musician. She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Masters in Teaching. She is both a practitioner and a fan of the Estill Voice Model and Kodaly pedagogical approach. She founded the Sarah Jane Voice Studio in 2015 and coaches voice users of all ages and abilities.

Sarah performs in both private and corporate settings around Adelaide as well as musical theatre. Theatre and cabaret credits include Rent (MCMT), Evita (The Met), Sugar (The Met), Smokey Joes Café (Hills), The Channel 9 Easter Special, The Blues Brothers (Ad Fringe), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Music Director; MCMT), Sex and the Musical (Ad. Fringe, EK Pro), Heathers the Musical (Segue Pro), Shane Warne the Musical (Segue Pro) and her own show depicting the life of the irreplaceable Bette Midler; From A Distance, the Glory of Bette (Ad Fringe). 

She is also a lover of scrapbooking and is obsessed with curious minds magazines!

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.

Sophie Guidolin (she/her)

Sophie is a recent graduate of 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).

Teresa Van Der Hoek (she/they)

Teresa is a fifteen year old performer from Adelaide. She grew up with her mother who has a background in the Australian Opera and that is where her passion for the theatre sparked. Although from a young age she was surrounded by the performing arts, it wasn't until she discovered Adelaide Theatre Academy in late 2019 she started becoming active in the industry. Since officially joining classes, she has starred in Mary Poppins (Adelaide Theatre Academy), Smithy (Torrens Valley Christian School) and various cabarets and end of year showcases with Adelaide Theatre Academy. She was also selected to sing a solo for The Festival of Music at The Adelaide Festival Theatre. Teresa one day hopes to go to University for Musical Theatre and open a theatre company of her own one day.

William Fleming

William is 11 and his music theatre career started at 8 years old when he won the role Tick's son, Benji in the South Australian season of Priscilla Queen of the Dessert and performed on opening night at Festival Theatre - a very memorable experience. He has gone on to perform key roles in a range of music theatre productions in Adelaide - Michael Banks (Mary Poppins), Kurt Von Trapp (Sound of Music), Young Simba (Disney's The Lion King), Jack (Into the Woods), Chip (Beauty and the Beast) as most recently as Freddie (drummer) in School of Rock.

Will is in all vocal ensembles at school, plays French Horn, trumpet and percussion and studies jazz, tap, hip hop and classical dance. Singing with his sister, Annabelle they competed in the Balaklava Eisteddfod in 2019 and were awarded Grand Champion of the entire Vocal Ensemble Division (2-4) voices singing True Colours.

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.

Zali Sedgman

Zali Sedgman is currently studying musical theatre in Melbourne at Patrick Studios Australia. Zali has been previously been involved in the community theatre world in adelaide as a performer and director. She also realised the other day that she was a part of the very first Broadway Sessions when she was 10.

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!