April Session: Performer’s Choice

24 Sunday April 2022
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $20

About this Session

Did you miss us? We certainly missed you and can't wait to see you all again. And it's not long now! After five months off we are back, and we couldn't be more excited.

We've missed our performers so much we are putting the night in their hands. As with all Performer's Choice Sessions, storytellers from all over Adelaide will be presenting some of their favourite music theatre songs – new songs, old songs, reinterpreted songs – the choice is theirs.

Come along and help us start Broadway Sessions 2022 off with a bang!

Session Setlist

Act 1
Lost in the Brass (Band Geeks) – Tayla Alexander
I’ve Gotta Run (Edges) – Kirsty Burch
Reflection (Mulan) – Rosie Allen
Alone In The Universe (Seussical) – Enzo Rugai, Erin Merritt
When She Loved Me (Randy Newman) – Maggie Bridges
I’m Alive (Next To Normal) – Ron Abelita
Tell Me On A Sunday (Tell Me On A Sunday) – Amelia Holds
Waiting On A Miracle (Lin-Manuel Miranda) – Madeleine Schroeter
If I Can’t Love Her (Beauty and the Beast) – David Gauci
He’s My Boy (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) – Casmira Lorien
It Takes Two (Into The Woods)* – Deon Martino-Williams
Act 2
Can’t Hang (Muriel’s Wedding) – Amber Fibrosi, Angelique Diko, Mim Sarre
Getting There (Fugitive Songs) – Callum Worthington
Only Us (Dear Evan Hansen) – Lucas Tennant, Simone Brock
Come To Your Senses (Tick, Tick… Boom!) – Bennett Blaine
I Am Aldolpho (The Drowsy Chaperone) – Chad Crittle
I’ll Be Here (Ordinary Days) – Cassidy Rae Gaiter
I’m Here (The Colour Purple) – Shalee Madelaine Vicencio
Just Say (Sing On Through Tomorrow) – Lindsay Prodea
Words Fail (Dear Evan Hansen) – Georgie Raft
The Wizard and I (Wicked) – Oscar Bridges
* promoting an upcoming show

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.

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

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.

Amelia Holds (She/Her)

Amelia is currently in her 2nd studying Acting at AC Arts, despite already completing a bachelor of Classical Voice at the Elder Conservatorium. She just can’t get enough! She has been a soprano scholar at Christ Church North Adelaide for the last 10 years and recently performed in the 2022 Adelaide Festival as a chorus member in Watershed.

Angelique Diko (she/her)

Angelique Diko is currently completing a Bachelors degree for Music Theatre at the Adelaide Elder Conservatorium. She has been performing from a very young age and has been heavily involved in the Adelaide music theatre scene. Angelique has performed with Pelican Productions every year since 2011, cast in lead roles such as Jane Seymour in Six the Musical, Elsa in Frozen the Musical, Tanya in Mama Mia!, Brenda Strong in Catch Me If You Can, along with many more. She made her professional debut with State Opera South Australia in their 2012 production of La Boheme. Since then she has been cast in Slingsby Theatre Company’s Ode to Nonsense in 2013, and Amahl and the Night Visitors produced by Emma Knights and Karen Lettice.

She will be in the Graduating Class of 2023 at ECMT and then hopes to continue her career in Music Theatre.

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.

Callum Worthington (He/Him)

Callum is a performer born and raised in Sydney. In 2019, Callum studied a Diploma of Musical Theatre at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). While studying in Adelaide Callum has performed in the choir for Chess: The Musical (StoreyBoard Entertainment, dir. Tyran Parke) and as Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown: The Musical (ECMT, dir. George Torbay). Other ECMT projects include In Pieces (ECMT, dir. George Torbay), Prison Blues (ECMT, dir. George Torbay) and Songs for a New World (ECMT, dir. Mitre Khammash).

Cassidy Rae Gaiter (She/Her)

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!

Chad Crittle

Chad has been on the boards since 2000 when he appeared in the choir for a production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. From there it has never stopped with such highlights as Lord Farquadd in Shrek the musical, Grantaire in Northern Light's acclaimed 2022 production of Les Misérables and three productions as Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls.

David Gauci

I have two arms and feet. But my feet are not at the end of my arms. That would just be plain silly. I like to sing, especially in other people's showers. But not while showering - that would just be weird. I have been singing since before fire, but not long after the wheel. I trained under a number of singing teachers but as a result of claustrophobia I found it better to stand next them instead. As a child I would spontaneously sing in class, as an accountant I would spontaneously sing in the office. I was soon sent back to class. I love chocolate.

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.

Enzo Rugai (He/Him)

Enzo's love of singing started at age 13 after taking voice lessons to prepare for an unexpected role as Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical Jr. He has since performed as Mufasa in The Lion King Jr, and Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid Jr.

Erin Merritt

Erin is currently in her final year of her university studies after graduating from Glenunga International High School in 2017. Throughout her school years, she was involved in numerous Musical Theatre productions - from The Wizard of Oz to The Little Mermaid. She has played the roles of Evillene (The Wicked Witch of the West) (The Wiz), Elphaba (Wicked), The Sour Kangaroo (Seussical The Musical), Rafiki (The Lion King), and Ursula (The Little Mermaid). She was also involved in the Young Adelaide Voices choir, and was a member of the Rising Star Academy whilst growing up in South Africa. Erin has been doing weekly singing lessons for the past couple of years, and is excited to see how her vocal and performance skills will continue to develop going forward. She has performed at a number of open mic nights in recent years and is looking forward to performing more often.

Georgie Raft (She/Her)

Georgie Raft is an accomplished singer/songwriter, having recently been accepted on scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music to study a Bachelor of Music (Songwriting). While Georgie predominately focusses on her songwriting now, she has had experience in the musical theatre world throughout middle/high school. Her roles include: Rosemary in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (March Productions), Fantine in Les Misérables (Scotch College), Vivian in Legally Blonde (Scotch College) and Jenny Lind in Barnum (March Productions).

Kirsty Burch

Kirsty Burch grew up in Mt Gambier, South Australia where she was taught under the influence of Jodi Swiggs at Phoenix Music Studios. During this time she was involved in many productions through school and the Ovation Centre of Performing Arts; including playing characters such as Rizzo in Grease and Chiffon from Little Shop of Horrors. She now lives in Adelaide where she is currently studying a Bachelor of Performing Arts at UniSA and sings with High Spirits Harmony, a nationally award-winning womens' A Capella choir.

Lucas Tennant (He/Him)

Lucas discovered his love for theatre and the performing arts at the ripe old age of 21, when he began taking singing lessons and auditioned for several roles in plays with the Flinders University Performing Arts Club. Since then he has continued to hone his skills and undertake new performing challenges including joining an acapella club at Flinders University.

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.

Maggie Bridges (She/Her)

Maggie, 12, attends Pulteney grammar school in year 7. She is a singer-songwriter with Cate Dyer at the studio and star factory. She has been in numerous theatrical productions with Adelaide youth theatre and more recently with Shane Davidson. Maggie is excited about her first Broadway Sessions and hopes you all enjoy her performance.

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.

Oscar Bridges (He/Him)

Oscar, 16 years old, has been performing since he was 7. He's performed in over 20 musical theatre productions, including the London Palladium's National tour of The Sound of Music, as Kurt at 10. Oscar's most recent musicals included Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Wonka, Matilda as Miss Trunchbull and Mamma Mia as Sam. Oscar is excited to be back with the Broadway Sessions family.

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.

Rosie Allen (She/her)

Rosie’s passion for musical theatre grew from an early age. Her journey in performance began at the age of 10 when she placed in her school’s talent show singing This is Me (2017), thus inspiring a love of performing. This was strengthened further with several solo parts in school choir performances and she was invited to sing with her school’s Concert Band in the 2017 Arts Showcase. Today Rosie is a valued contributor to Vocal Ensemble and Concert Band groups with a singing range from Alto 2 to Soprano 2. She continues to be actively involved in performing.

Rosie landed her first lead role in a musical during her primary years, starring as one of the wise men in the Year 5 nativity production (2017). In Middle School Rosie has played a range of roles across multiple school musicals, including Tommy from Matilda (2021), Wicked (2020) and We Will Rock You (2019). She will also be appearing in this year’s musical Mama Mia. Rosie continues to be a valued ensemble member singing Soprano to Soprano 2.

Additionally, Rosie has appeared in Brand New Day - Spotlight (Pelican Productions, 2020), performing songs from The Wizard of Oz/The Wiz, Disney's Zombies and The Adam’s Family, to name a few. She is currently rehearsing for We Will Rock You – The Arena Experience (Harvest Rain, 2023).

Shalee Madelaine Vicencio

Shalee started performing at a young age and starred in numerous school plays. This ignited her love for theatre which eventually led to a professional career in the Philippines. She joined Repertory Philippines in 2010 for which she was cast in a number of productions such as Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and Camp Rock the Musical, among others. She was also a resident actor of 9 Works Theatrical. Her most recent performances were in Menken & Ahren's A Christmas Carol and American Idiot. She recently moved to Adelaide and hopes to continue sharing her passion for musical theatre.

Simone Brock

Music has always been a large part of Simone Brock's life, singing from an early age and learning piano from the age of six, which she now teaches. Simone was a part of the Special Interest Music Program at Brighton Secondary School, where she had the experience of singing at Generations in Jazz with the school’s Concert Choir, and also had the wonderful opportunity to perform a duet with Kate Ceberano in year twelve. Simone is also involved with the Flinders University Performing Arts Society and the Flinders Acapella group. Simone has just completed her Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) degree at Flinders University.

Tayla Alexander

Tayla Alexander is a passionate 19 year old South African performer who is commencing her Music theatre dreams at the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide in 2022.

While at Redhill High School in Johannesburg, Tayla landed the lead roles of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, as well as the supporting role of Rusty in Footloose.

She also took part in professional Cabaret productions, such as Love Stage, and was awarded with Trinity College of London’s Exhibition award for her Grade 8 Musical Theatre examination, as she achieved the highest mark in the country of 97% in 2019. She was awarded her South African Colours and was selected to represent South Africa at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in 2018.

Her dream is to pursue a career in Music theatre and she is excited to explore her new home of Adelaide and the opportunities it may hold.

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!