About this Session
This month we celebrate those characters in music theatre who aren’t the leading roles. We are shining a spotlight on the secondary characters to bring them out of the shadows**.
“But, what’s a secondary character?” we hear you ask. Simply put, it’s someone who plays a significant role in the story, who you would miss if they weren’t there, but the plot doesn’t revolve around them. Think Antony and Joanna from Sweeney Todd, Hodel from Fiddler On The Roof, Bea from Something Rotten, or Boc from Wicked.
**We aren’t saying these secondary characters are literally in the shadows of the leads, or any less or more important than the lead characters - we just feel it’s their time for the limelight!
David trained operatically at Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music, shortly after which he abandoned Opera for the Piano Bar and Cabaret singing in pubs and clubs – which he has done throughout Australia for nearly thirty years. In the world of musical theatre his stage credits include; ensemble member & understudy for the role of Edna Turnblad; Australian touring production of Hairspray, Edna Turnblad for Matt Byrne Media's Hairspray; Nicely Nicely Johnson in the South Australian Theatre Company production of Guys & Dolls; Richard ‘The Nice Nurse’ in the Australian premiere production of William Finn’s, A New Brain.
David has performed on multiple occasions with the Adelaide Cabaret Festival & also toured in Cabaret Festivals throughout Australia. His performance and writing credits include; Wireless – Chapel off Chapel and Black Box Theatre, Melbourne and Cole’s Girls - Adelaide, Sydney & Melbourne Cabaret, Comedy & Fringe Festivals. David now resides in Adelaide and has been working with Ding Productions in both a performance & wiriting capacity. He hosted the 2012 Adelaide Theatre Guide awards and is a private singing teacher. David launched Davine Interventionz in 2013 with his directorial debut in the Adelaide Fringe 2013 with a production of Altar Boyz. Since then he has produced and directed productions of Flower Children: The Mamas and the Papas Story and Xanadu amongst others. Most recently David produced and directed the Australian Premiere of The Story Of My Life and produced Adam Guttel's The Light In The Piazza in the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Alison Kimber (She/her)
Alison has adored musical theatre ever since her gran took her to see Julie Andrews twirl on a Swiss mountain in The Sound of Music as a very young girl.
She has performed in musicals such as Salad Days and The Boyfriend with companies including the Northern Light Theatre Company.
More recently Alison renewed her love of performing through cabaret. She wrote and performed several solo cabaret shows Musical Skeletons in My Closet, Loveaholic a light-hearted look at her love life and most recently a show called Sixty Sassy and Celebrating. Her shows were self-penned and autobiographical and were accompanied by popular music and gems from musical theatre.
Alison is thrilled to be able to perform for you along with other lovers of musical theatre at Broadway Sessions.
Amy’s love of theatre began when she joined the Hills Youth Theatre aged 7. Since then she has worked with many companies around Adelaide.
Favourite roles include Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz (Hills Musical Company, 2001, The Advertiser Oscart Award- Best Actress), Sandra, Breezeblock Park (St Jude’s Players, 2006), Deidre, I Hate Hamlet (Adelaide Repertory Theatre, 2006) Louise/Linda/Claire, Road (REDChilli Theatre, 2007), Celia, As You Like It (This Rough Magic Theatre & Film, 2008) Olive, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (MBM, 2009), Kate Monster, Avenue Q (MBM, 2011, ATG Curtain Call Award- Best Female Performance), Tessie Tura, Gypsy (Gin & Vodka Productions, 2011), Audrey, Little Shop of Horrors (Northern Light Theatre Company, 2013), Susan, [title of show] (Irregular Productions, 2015) and Lucy, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Hills Musical Company, 2015).
Andrew Smith (He/Him)
Volleyball player turned actor Andrew Smith was a member of the inaugural graduating cohort of the Elder Conservatorium’s Music Theatre Program. During the course he played the Male Adults in Spring Awakening (dir. George Torbay 2019), Herr Schultz in Cabaret (dir. Erin James 2021), and Father Alexandrios in Mamma Mia! (dir. Zoe Komazec 2021). After graduating he, alongside 3 other graduates, co-founded EXEUNT (Pursued By A Bear) Productions and performed in their inaugural show: Rodgers and Hammerstein's A Grand Night For Singing (dir. Erin James 2022) in the Adelaide Fringe earlier this year. Other credits include Peach Cobbler (dir. Laura Desmond 2020) and Shakespeare in the Bar (dir. Tony Knight 2021). He has also appeared on the game show Challenge Accepted (dir. Brayden Green 2019/20) on Channel 44.
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.
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).
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.
Claire is a child sized adult who likes hats, op shops and short walks along the beach. You might remember her for her classic work as the face of KFC Zinger Burgers back in 1993.
Claire is proud (and feeling old) to have been a part of Adelaide's musical theatre and cabaret scene for over 10 years now. She's had the chance to play some fantastic roles in shows such as The Sound of Music, [title of show], The Wedding Singer, and Homemade Fusion. Claire has been a part of a number of Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Fringe festival shows, and has also tapped into the local theatre scene in London and Rotterdam during her time living overseas. Having recently returned to Australian shores, Claire is excited to chortle, tear-up and beam her way through this festival season, drinking in the delights of Adelaide's talent.
Claudia Finn (She/her)
Claudia is a Music and Business graduate. She currently works in marketing and teaches music part time. She aims to one day combine her two qualifications and take over Disney - eventually leading to world domination.
Danielle started performing at age 5 within her school and also in the Australian Girls Choir. She landed her first lead role in a musical at age 6 starring as Henny Penny in the year 1 & 2 production of The Sky is Falling, where she was seen pulling actors into their correct spots and mouthing everyone's lines. In High School (Norwood Morialta High School) Danielle played leads across multiple musicals, 2008 - Rizzo in Grease, 2010 - Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and 2011 - Anna in The King and I. Additionally, in 2010 Danielle was part of the High School Cabaret Show, directed by David Campbell during the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Since high school, Danielle pursued a basketball career playing Premier League basketball for 8 years, which prevented her from performing. Since retiring in late 2017, she has been trying to crack back into musical theatre, auditioning for musicals. Last year Danielle was lucky enough to play Scaramouche in Matt Byrne Media's We Will Rock You. Recently you may have seen Danielle in NLTC's Dusty as a Nevada, and in G&S Society's Kinky Boots where she sang the words "What a Man" over and over again like an annoying broken record.
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.
Gab Sharra (he/him)
Gab is in his final year of training at the Elder Conservatorium of Music studying Music Theatre. He is originally from Perth, WA. Gab started performing at the age of 13 and has been involved in many productions in Perth, the latest being Heathers for the Perth Fringe Festival. Since moving to Adelaide to study, he has been involved in various ECMT productions, the latest being the Australian premiere of the new Joey Contreras song cycle, In Pieces.
Harley Dasey (He/Him)
Harley Dasey is an up-and-coming musical theatre performer originally from Perth. After completing a Diploma of Musical Theatre in 2019, he moved to Adelaide in 2020 begin a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Harley's love for Musicals came at the age of 13 when he performed the role of Mr Mayor in everyone's favourite musical, Seussical. He is currently rehearsing for ECMT's production of Les Misérables.
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!
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!!!
Josie Stanger-Jones (She/her)
Josie grew up in Dubbo in regional New South Wales. After completing her Diploma of Music Theatre at WAAPA in 2020, she moved to Adelaide to study a Bachelor of Music Theatre at Elder Conservatorium, where she is a current second year student. Josie grew up dancing at the Dubbo Ballet Studio, as well as performing in many of Dubbo Theatre Company’s shows. During her time at WAAPA, she performed in the mid year musical, cabaret and showcase performances, as well as being selected as a cast member in the classical departments opera, Orpheus in the Underworld. This is Josie’s first Broadway sessions performance and is excited to sing with this lineup of seasoned Adelaide performers.
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.
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.
19-year-old, Liliana Carletti, has been singing, acting, and dancing since she was 5. Most recently, she had the honour of playing Eponine in Les Misérables with Northern Light Theatre Company (2022). She has previously performed various theatre roles with Adelaide Youth Theatre, Northern Light and Pedare Christian College, including Mersister Andrina (Flounder understudy) – The Little Mermaid (2021), Frenchy – Grease (2020), Kendra – 13 (2019), Prudy Pingleton – Hairspray Jr (2019), Scuttle – The Little Mermaid Jr (2017), Debbie Fox – Back To The 80s (2015), and Snow White – The Rocking Tale of Snow White (2013). She has also participated in numerous vocal ensembles as a soprano vocalist, competing in the Generations in Jazz festival and Balaklava Eisteddfod (2015-2019).
Madeleine Riggs is 17 years old and currently learning Chechetti Ballet at Motivate Dance Studio, she learns Voice with Natasha Woods and had the opportunity to do a summer camp with the State Theatre Company late last year, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
Her most recent performance was Sandy in Grease with Now Productions in 2022, her theatre highlights also include; Miss Hannigan (Annie), Babette (Beauty and the Beast), Amy (Voices- an adaption of Little Women), Beatrice (Much ado about nothing). Madeleine is currently year 12 at Tyndale Christian School and is involved in the drama program there as well as Cabaret, where she is loving developing her drama and performing arts skills.
Madeleine is learning that performance creates a moment and excited to be sharing her love for singing with you.
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).
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).
Taylah is a Brisbane born performer who moved to Adelaide straight after school to start studying a Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. She is a keen performer and has been performing with the Brisbane based, Fame Theatre company from a young age. This is Taylah’s debut Broadway Sessions performance and is grateful to be welcomed to the Adelaide stage.
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.
Peter Johns (Piano/Musical Director)
Peter is a music director, accompanist, repertoire coach, and the founder of Irregular Productions - one half of the brains behind Broadway Sessions.
He has been a theatre music director since 2005, with a number of his shows winning local awards. Theatre Credits include: (as Music Director) Beautiful, Mamma Mia, Les Misérables, Next to Normal, Violet, The Story Of My Life, Songs For A New World, The Light In The Piazza, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Into the Woods, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, [title of show], Edges, Avenue Q, Bring It On, Singing In The Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, Urinetown the Musical, Scrooge, The Witches of Eastwick, Little Shop of Horrors, Seussical the Musical, Grease, Once Upon a Mattress; (as Associate Music Director) Kinky Boots; (as Conductor) City of Angels, The Addams Family; (as Associate Conductor) Rent; (as Assistant Music Director) Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, South Pacific, Copacabana; as well as playing keyboard in over 25 other productions.
Besides co-producing Broadway Sessions, Irregular Productions has also staged the South Australian premieres of Songs for a New World, [title of show] and Edges, as well as a new production of Godspell (with Lydian Productions).
Peter is also the music director for Civic Park Carols, Australia's second-largest candlelight carols event, working with some of Adelaide’s finest musician’s and performers, as well as artists such as Justine Clarke, Guy Sebastian, Rachel Beck, and Jimmy Giggle.
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!