About this Session
This month's Session falls on Halloween, for the first time EVER. Halloween (a contraction of "All Hallows' evening") is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
Trick-or-treating is a traditional Halloween custom. Children in costumes travel from house to house, asking for treats with the phrase "trick or treat". The "treat" is usually some form of candy. The "trick" refers to a threat, usually idle, to perform mischief on the homeowner or their property if no treat is given.
Tonight, we're welcoming performers to sing songs from musicals that are spooky, scary, murderous, villainous (or potentially, full of tricksters!). We encourage you, as audience members, to get into the spirit of the evening and come dressed in a Halloween outfit of some kind, and prizes will be awarded for best dressed in a number of categories (for both performers and audience alike).
This is sure to be a month to remember, so join us... but is it trick, or treat?
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.
Abi Sharp (She/her)
Abi has been dancing since she was two but her first taste of musical theatre was in 2017 with NLTC in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In 2021 Abi was fortunate enough to perform in AYT's 13 as Cassie, Ariel in The Parks theatres' The Little Mermaid Jnr, Natalie in The Parks theatres' 24 hr show All Shook Up Jnr and Fiona in Xavier College Gawler's production of Shrek.
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.
Bethany Eloise completed musical theatre training at Associated Studios London in 2020. Her previous study includes Gertrude Opera (now Australian Contemporary Opera Co.) and a Bachelor of Music in classical voice performance. Bethany is a guest artist for Cunard Cruise Line. She most recently performed the role of La Ciesca in GIANNI SCHICCHI with Co-Opera and performed her comedy cabaret, BROADWAY BABY at both the Adelaide Fringe and the Cabaret Fringe.
Dakota Jackson (she/her)
Kodi has been on stage since the moment she knew what performing was – first on a makeshift couch/cushion stage at home, then as a member of her church choir, followed by training with the Australian Girls’ Choir for 12 years and Adelaide Theatre Academy for 10. Kodi has also worked as a performing arts and private singing teacher at Theatre Bugs/Adelaide Theatre Academy and Harvest Rain.
Her passion for performing has taken her around Australia, Europe, the USA and Singapore on tours with the Australian Girls’ Choir, and as part of the Qantas Choir. Kodi has also shared the stage with several well-known names, singing and dancing alongside the likes of Hugh Jackman, Jessica Mauboy, Andre Rieu, David Campbell and Leo Sayer, as well as South Australian favourite, Peter Combe.
Locally, musical theatre has always been Kodi's preferred genre, and her performance credits include Margot (Legally Blonde), Brigitta (The Sound of Music), Jovie (Elf Jr), Violet Moore (Footloose), Mrs Potts (Beauty and the Beast Jr), and The Cat in the Hat (Seussical Jr), as well as performing in numerous shows in the Adelaide Fringe.
In November, Kodi is performing as Anna in High Fidelity with the Hills Musical Company.
Dylan Rufus (He/him)
24-year-old Dylan Rufus has been part of the South Australian theatre community since 2011, assuming various roles onstage, offstage, and within production teams. Dylan’s onstage work has seen him in productions of Grease, West Side Story, Oklahoma, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd, and Spring Awakening, amongst other plays and pantomimes. Previous personal standout roles include Orin Scrivello D.D.S. in Little Shop of Horrors (2018, Adelaide Theatre Academy), Principal Gowan/Veronica’s Dad/Kurt’s Dad in Heathers (2019, Segue Productions), and John Hinkley, Jr. in Assassins (2019, Hills Musical Company). Lately, Dylan has been contributing to the musician side of musical theatre, playing guitar for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (2020/2021, Davine Productions) and Mamma Mia! (2021, Northern Light Theatre Company).
Outside of theatre, Dylan has recently completed his Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in English (University of Adelaide), as well as a Masters in Teaching (Secondary) (University of South Australia).
Ellis Dolan (he/him)
Ellis Dolan toured with the company of School of Rock as an Understudy for Dewey Finn and as a Swing – travelling all over Australia, China, and New Zealand.
He spent 2017 studying Musical Theatre at NIDA; appearing in the Sydney Theatre Company production of Chimerica as part of the NIDA Ensemble.
He has appeared in several productions around Adelaide, including Evita (The Met) in which he portrayed Che; The Producers (HMC) as the Stormtrooper; Oliver! (Shane Davidson Presents) as Bill Sykes; as well as ensemble roles in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (HMC) and Jesus Christ Superstar (G&S Society). Off-stage, he acted as Assistant Director for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Smokey Joe's Cafe (HMC).
He also toured across Australia, portraying the role of Peter Dutton, as part of Abbott: The Musical (George Glass Productions), performing as part of the Canberra Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as a sell-out run in the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Outside of performing, Ellis is a writer – having completed his Honours in Creative Arts: Creative Writing at Flinders University. He’s currently struggling through the third draft of a novel and is constantly side-tracked by wanting to write reviews and film analysis; because of this, nothing seems to get done, but he has a lot of fun doing it.
He made his directorial debut with Edges as part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival and loved every second of working with such fine people.
Ethan Joy (He/Him)
Ethan is 15 years old and is currently receiving vocal coaching from Ben Francis as well as being a member of the Showstoppers class with Adelaide Theatre Academy. Ethan most recently performed the role of Dr Doolittle in Adelaide Theatre Academy’s October production of Dr Doolittle jr. He has also played the roles of Fred Casely in Chicago, George banks in Mary Poppins, Smee in Peter Pan, Eddie in the production of 13: The Musical, and Noah Claypole in Oliver! in 2018. This is where his love for theatre began and has continued to grow.
Ethan is currently a year 9 student at Gleeson College, after moving from St. Pauls where he performed in two St Pauls and Kildare musicals. Ethan be featured in next year’s Adelaide theatre academy’s Fringe production of the Musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as the Lead caracticus Potts. Ethan's favourite musician is Ben Platt however, he enjoys most genres of music. His favourite Broadway musicals are Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, and Shrek. His dream roles would be to play Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton, Shrek in Shrek and Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen.
Grace Carter (She/Her)
Grace Carter is an upcoming musical theatre performer based in Adelaide. She is a high school graduate from the class of 2019, and throughout her time at school, she studied both music and drama. Her love of musical theatre began in year 12 while playing Nessarose in her school's production of Wicked. Her other experiences include playing the Rose Seller in Oliver! (St Aloysius College, 2017) and Rapunzel in Into the Woods (Elephant in the Room Productions, 2020).
Grace has, so far, had a busy 2021. She performed at the February session of Broadway Sessions: You're Menken me Crazy. Her most recent musical theatre role was as Peron's Mistress in the G&S Society of SA's highly reviewed production of Evita. Grace has just come off the success of her debut (and, regretfully, self produced) cabaret show NeverAfter - A Cautionary Tale of Marriage (as told by a child of divorce). She hopes to bring this show to the 2022 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Harrison is 10 years old and is a passionate actor, singer, filmmaker and musician. In 2021, Harrison starred as Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Gavroche in Les Misérables, both with Adelaide Youth Theatre. He will star as Young Simba in Lion King Jr and feature in All Together Now! in the coming months. At Prince Alfred College, Harrison is the lead singer in the Junior Rock Band, sings in the Junior Vocal Ensemble and Junior Voices, and won Most Promising Voice and Best Solo Performer in the Prep School (2020 and 2021). Harrison won back to back State Titles in the IPSHA State Poetry Recital as a year 4 and 5 and earned High Distinction in the Trinity College London drama exams. He won Best Sound and Best Editing in the 2019 and 2020 Princes Film Fests for his original short films and won two of five major prizes (Best Film-Prep and Best Cinematography) in this year’s Princes Film Fest 2021. Harrison is a chorister with the St Peter's Cathedral Choir and studies piano. When he isn't rehearsing, Harrison enjoys mixed martial arts, Garageband, creating in Roblox and playing with his little brother, Weston.
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!!!
Joshua Stokes (He/Him)
Even though he has no credentials or experience, Joshua moved to London in 2016 to pursue a career in watching musical theatre. Sadly, this was a costly move so he resorted back to youth and social work in south London. One time a lady came up to him and asked if he would be in a Sainsbury’s Christmas television commercial. He was flattered. Joshua hopes to ride on the coattails of his sister Sophie’s success in the hopes of bagging a reality television series for himself and getting famous for all the wrong reasons.
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.
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.
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.
Michael is thrilled to be performing with Marie Clark for the first time. A Melbourne native Michael’s first Adelaide show was last year’s production of Les Misérables (G&S Society).
Michael hopes to see you at Spamalot.
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.
Nick Munday (He/Him)
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 when he first played 'Kurt' in The Sound of Music (Northern Light Theatre Company). He has since appeared in over 20 productions, with notable recent roles including '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), and ‘Nick’ in Godspell (Lydian / Irregular Productions, 2018).
In other capacities, Nick has enjoyed 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 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 as a solicitor specialising in Environment and Planning Law.
Oliver John (He/him)
Oliver is 20 years old and has been performing in musical theatre since 2008. He has worked as a performing arts and private singing teacher, and more recently as a musical director. In youth theatre, Oliver has played Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors (Adelaide Theatre Academy), Rev. Shaw Moore in Footloose (The Parks Theatre), Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast Jr. (ATA), Sonny Malone in Xanadu Jr. (ATA), James Bailey in Barnum (March Productions), and Boq in Wicked (Adelaide Youth Theatre). More recently, Oliver has been in the ensemble of Segue Productions' Heathers the Musical, and in the ensemble of Legally Blonde with the Met. In August 2021, Oliver played his most demanding role yet; Dewey Finn in School of Rock with Pelican Productions.
Oliver travelled to the United States in January of 2019 with a select group of Adelaide Youth Theatre performers to compete in the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. They performed a version of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure in which Oliver starred as Marty the Zebra, and worked with Broadway professionals in New York. Oliver was also lucky enough to be a part of the 2019 Class of Cabaret programme. After months of mentorship from industry professionals Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan, he performed a cabaret set as a part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Professionally, Oliver performed in the kids' production Snowmageddon: Penguins of Antarctica in July 2018 with Heaps Good Productions, and made his music directorial debut in December 2020 with Adelaide Youth Theatre’s Aladdin Kids.
Omkar Nagesh has always been passionate about singing and performing on stage. He has enjoyed working with various amateur theatre companies in Adelaide over the past 10 years. Omkar is performing as Barry in the upcoming production of High Fidelity with The Hills Musical Company in opening in November. Omkar was nominated for Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards for Best Male Performance in both his performances as The Engineer in Miss Saigon (The Met 2019, MCMT 2011). Other favourite roles include Leo Bloom in The Producers (HMC 2015), Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast (Northern Light 2011), Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest (AUFC 2011), Historian/Prince Herbert/Minstrel/et al. in Spamalot (Northern Light 2010), Growltiger in Cats (The Met 2009), and Jake in the South Australian Premiere of Sideshow (HMC 2018).
Romy is excited to be performing in Urinetown: The Musical, her first production with ECMT. She recently performed alongside Trevor Jones at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Whilst studying in Adelaide Romy has featured in the choir of Chess: The Musical (Storey- Board Entertainment, dir.Tyran Parke) and as a featured soloist in Songs for a New World (ECMT, dir. Mitre Khammash). She’s an avid supporter of mental health awareness and an ambassador/motivational speaker for Beautiful Minds, an organisation educating youth on the tough topics that come with adolescence.
Sally started performing as a gorgeous little angelic looking, curly topped red head - she's not so much the angel these days but the fabulous red hair is still a feature. Sally has been involved in South Australian amateur theatre both on and off the stage - the stage is truly her happy place. This is her first foray into the Broadway Sessions world so be prepared.
Sophie graduated from WAAPA in 2014 where she had the great opportunity and honour to work with such names as Tayna Mitford, Jason Langley, Lisa O'Dea and the head of Performing Arts at WAAPA Andrew Lewis. Throughout her time there she was featured in roles such as Sheila in Hair, Mae Colman in Reefer Madness and Consuela in West Side Story and had the privilege to perform with Hugh Jackman. After moving to Melbourne she took a contract as the lead vocalist on one of Royal Caribbeans newest ships – The Quantum of the Seas. She returns to Australia excited to continue pursuing her dreams of working in musical theatre.
Tielah-Jade Cannon (She/her)
Tielah is a full-time History Honours student at the University of Adelaide who is working towards a Post-Grad degree and also pursues her passion for performing to keep her sane. Her deep-rooted passion for musical theatre has led to roles through many youth theatre productions, and several shows in more recent years. Tielah has featured as an ensemble member for shows such as Sweeney Todd, Cinderella and the Pirates (both 2017, South Coast Coral and Arts Society) and most recently, Assassins (2019, Hills Musical Company). She is currently in rehearsals for High Fidelity with Hills Musical company. Tielah is also involved in many different areas of Hills Musical Company, serving on the committee since 2019 and acting as Front of House Manager on multiple occasions.
Zazie has pizazz and charisma when performing and her love of musical theatre comes through when she gets on stage. Recently performing with Pelican Productions in School of Rock, Zazie is constantly looking to improve her on stage skills and always attempts to 'sell it with her face!'
Zazie has been performing for nursing home folk for 5 years as part of a school program and plays the ukulele, guitar and harp.
Zoe has been doing music theatre since she was 8 years old and absolutely LOVES it. She has been performing with Pelican Productions since she was 8, and after 12 consecutive years, this year Zoe had her last MTC at 19 years of age. It's a huge outlet for her, and she feels more like herself when she is on stage performing than anywhere else.
Max Ziliotto (Drums/Percussion/Musical Director)
Max has been playing percussion for 15 years, and has been involved in numerous music performance groups throughout that time. Attending Marryatville High School 2006-2010, and being a part of the Raiders Drum Corps since 2007, he learned performance etiquette pretty quickly, and grew comfortable performing in front of people. Max participated in the Big Band program at high school, and as such was able to attend Generations in Jazz multiple times. His drumkit playing further improved after high school where, during his studies for his Bachelor of Music (Percussion), he was a part of the Jazz SA Youth Superbands. While studying his Bachelors, Max competed in and won First Place in the 2011 MSO Snare Competition.
Musical theatre has been part of his life since 2009, and as luck would have it, Max has been working with Peter Johns since his very first show! Productions Max has been involved in include: Sweeney Todd, Fame, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, Annie, The Full Monty, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Violet, Wicked, Bring It On!, Edges, Beautiful, Mamma Mia, and Les Miserables.
Outside of music, Max has developed a passion for gridiron, and plays for the Port Adelaide Spartans. He is also a personal trainer, and his love for craft beers is pretty strong!
Louis Cann (Bass)
Louis has been playing both double bass and bass guitar as long as he can remember. Beginning with lessons at the age of 7, he quickly developed his skills and decided that music was the career for him. Louis began playing for Musical Theatre shows in 2011, with the Northern Lights Theatre Company’s production of Beauty and the Beast, which coincidentally, was the beginning of a long-standing working relationship with Musical Director, Peter Johns! Since, Louis has played for many theatre companies around Adelaide, including Adelaide Youth Theatre, Lydian Productions, Pelican Productions, Davine Productions, Irregular Productions, Marie Clarke Musical Theatre, The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of South Australia, and Hills Musical Company. Some of his favourite shows to play for have been In the Heights, for Pelican Productions in 2019, and Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, for Davine Productions in 2020. In 2018, Louis had the privilege of playing in the pit for the Gordon Frost Organisation’s touring production of The Wizard of Oz. Louis graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2016, with a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance.) That same year, he began performing as a casual member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - some of his favourite performances include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, and Last Night of the Proms at the Adelaide Festival Centre.
Paul Sinkinson (Piano)
Paul specialises as a repertoire coach, accompanist and music director. He has worked as a pit musician, accompanist, choir leader and music director in musical theatre and cabaret shows throughout South Australia. He is currently a resident Music Director and Repertoire Coach for the Elder Conservatorium Bachelor of Music Theatre at the University of Adelaide. Paul is also the Choir Director for the ACH Group Sing for Joy Choirs, a social program for older people in the community.
Previous show credits include Music Director for ‘This Girl’ Cabaret - SA Regional Tour (Rachael Beck), Songs for a New World and Spring Awakening (ECMT), Kinky Boots (The G&S Society of SA), Avenue Q (Hills Musical Company), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Northern Light Theatre Company), Bye Bye Birdie (The MET), Wicked (Matt Byrne Media) and Mary Poppins (Whyalla Players). Paul has worked as eyboard Deputy on touring productions of The Sound of Music, Singin’ In The Rain and Mamma Mia and played in numerous Adelaide based productions.