About this Session
This month we are joined by the incredible pianist Daniel Brunner, who will be taking over the stage in solo-piano style. The band is on temporary hiatus and Dan will be running the show from the keys, so we encourage performers to select songs that are more appropriate for just a piano (rather than the full band). Dan is a fabulous jazz pianist (amongst other things, of course) and we're SO excited to have him grace our stage after an extended period living overseas and interstate.
Join us for this underground cabaret lounge feel of a Session, which is sure to impress. In case the waiter asks, more KEYS, please!
Mark is a respected opera, cabaret and concert singer, with a passion for music theatre. He has toured South Australia with State Opera, SINGular productions and the Adelaide Art Orchestra. Mark produced and performed in his own sell out swing show – Mark Oates and the Daniel Brunner Pretty Big Band – for the 2009 and 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festivals. For the Adelaide Festival, Mark sung the roles of Ruffiak in Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre and Street Singer in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
For State Opera SA, Mark premiered the role of “the Cantor” in Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires, a co-production with Leigh Warren and Dancers which was reprised for the 2011 Brisbane Festival. He also performed Joe in The Station (Howard Blake), and John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach). Last year Mark performed in the world premiere of the full Philip Glass trilogy for State Opera SA, including the role of Arjuna in Satyagraha. In the two weeks prior to the opening night of Broadway Sessions, Mark will be part of the State Opera SA chorus in Faust and the Verdi Requiem before travelling to Canberra for two concerts with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
Mark has also worked with many Adelaide based musical theatre companies. He was an Oscart and Curtain Call winner and Critic’s Circle nominee for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in The G&S Society’s Les Misérables. For The G&S Society Mark has also played the Baker in Into the Woods and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. He premiered Horton the Elephant in the award winning Seussical the Musical and portrayed Utterson in Jekyll and Hyde for The Hills Musical Company. Other roles include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for Northern Light Theatre Company, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden for both The Therry Dramatic Society and The G&S Society, Enoch Snow in Carousel for Swell Productions/MS Society and was part of the original cast of It’s A Dad thing for SINGular productions. Mark has also played “man” in several productions, including Songs for a New World and I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change!
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.
Amelie Peters is an award winning, classically trained vocalist, international performer, songwriter and BAST accredited vocal coach.
Amelie holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice (Performance and Pedagogy) from the Elder Conservatorium of Adelaide. Her professional performance work includes Carmen (2019) and Carmina Burana (2020) with the State Opera of South Australia as well as successful tours in Australia and the US, where Amelie was invited to sing at the Soho Playhouse in New York City. Her credits as a vocal director for youth theatre include High School Musical 2 (2016), Hairspray the Musical (2018) and Mary Poppins the Musical (2019.) Amelie has also produced and performed original music in Cabernet the Cabaret (2019) and Cabernet Refined (2020) at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
While she specialises in classical voice, Amelie also has a strong background in musical theatre, jazz and contemporary music. She has worked with renowned opera singers, musical theatre composers and Broadway stars from around the world.
Amelie’s ability to inspire, guide and nurture talent has led to consistently outstanding results for her private students and vocal ensembles, making Amelie one of the most sought after young vocal coaches in Adelaide.
Arianne Rich (She/Her)
Arianne studied a Bachelor of Music (Music Theatre) at the Australian Institute of Music in Melbourne. Recently she performed her original show Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady at the Adelaide Fringe and Madness, Mayhem and Mischief at Club Voltaire. Arianne has performed twice at Chapel Off Chapel with the Cabaret Showcases and was part of Be You Inc.'s inaugural Maybe This Time. She has performed at various events including the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the Twenty20 Big Bash and was part of the State Opera of South Australia's Winter School and their production of Boojum. When Arianne isn't singing or tap dancing, she can be found annoying her cats or learning another new instrument.
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.
Billy St John
Billy is new(ish) to Adelaide, having recently returned to Australia from over a decade in Zimbabwe where he worked as a music teacher. Through his music teaching career, Billy has found great pleasure and satisfaction in music directing and playing keyboard for several high school musical productions. To challenge himself, Billy bravely took to the musical theatre stage and auditioned for his first show last year. Earlier this year, he played Enjolras in the Northern Light production of Les Misérables, having previously been in the ensembles Legally Blonde (The Met 2021) and Evita (G&S 2021). Being on stage is a new and thrilling experience he relishes, but as an enthusiastic pianist and conductor, he is also keen to spread his wings as musical director and looks forward to the opportunity to be assistant MD in the upcoming G&S production of Into The Woods.
Charlotte Nitschke (They/Them)
Charlotte is a musician, Scout Leader, swimming teacher and theatre performer/tech/crew member who has been involved in the creative arts for many years. In 2019, they travelled to Europe, competing and performing on voice and clarinet through a number of countries, with their choir and chamber ensemble winning gold. They currently work in multiple shows each year and studied a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance - Violin) up until recently when they had to defer due to shoulder injury and surgery upcoming.
Charlotte’s favourite stage credits include Les Misérables (ensemble) and Annie (ensemble) with NOW Productions, 10-4: the movie (Brevet Sergeant Jess Harris), and Wakakirri (2014 and 2015). Charlotte also did some set design for (and performed in the ensemble of) Grease with NOW Productions in February of 2022.
Charlotte currently teaches Clarinet in the Immersion Program and private voice at Saint Paul's College, and is a swimming instructor for the City of Adelaide. Furthermore, Charlotte privately teaches a range of music topics, where lessons are open to all ages and levels of experience. Charlotte was the violinist in the pit for Marie Clark's season of The Producers, and they played violin and the clarinet for SA Light Opera's The Gondoliers. They also worked backstage and as a mic tech for Now Productions' Oliver Jr in 2021.
Charlotte's most recent shows were violin & clarinet for Comedy Capers Gang Show, last-minute clarinet in My Fair Lady and violin in the Australian Premiere of Betty Blue Eyes. Coming up, they're working behind the scenes for Aladdin Jr, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Trail of Oregon as well as clarinet in Adelaide Gang Show. In addition, Charlotte is now the recurring conductor/MD for Scouts Shouts Youth Theatre, with their first season being in 2021. Charlotte is also working in crews and orchestras in a range of shows in SA, and was to be the head of Audio for Scouts SA's JamX in January which got cancelled.
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.
Cooper, 17, loves all aspects of performing. He made his professional debut in 2016 in The Sound of Music. Cooper joined Pelican Productions in 2016 - his highlights include playing Orpheus (Hadestown), Moonface Martin (Anything Goes) and going full drag in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Cooper is a Drama and Music student at Brighton Secondary School and is part of the 2022 Class of Caberet program.
Cooper receives his vocal coaching from the fabulous Carolyn Ferrie and dances at Barbara Jayne Dance Centre.
When he isn’t singing or dancing you might find Cooper busking at Glenelg.
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.
Growing up performing in the Scouts’ Gang Show: Comedy Capers, David developed a love for musical theatre from a young age. Trained at the Centre for the Performing Arts; David has enjoyed performing Shakespeare with the State Theatre, Lightning Strike and Chopt Logic Theatre Companies and has toured in the past with Splash Theatre Company. Turning from professional acting to focus his energy on his family and work for the Anglican Church as a priest, David chooses to do shows that he loves.
It was in Marie Clark's production of Paris in the titular role that David hit the Adelaide scene in musical theatre. David has since performed with Marie Clark Musical Theatre in Miss Saigon (John) and as Carl Hanratty in the 2016 production of Catch Me if You Can. He has worked with Northern Light Theatre Company as Frederick in Pirates of Penzance and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. David also performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2015 with Lazy Saturday Productions' Australian premiere of Darkle. 2017 was a big year of theatre for David starting with Pale Ale Tales, a new work by local writer, Jason Hendy in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe, Jekyll and Hyde with Marie Clark and finishing with Les Misérables as Enjolras with G&S Society. Most recently David performed with the Hills Musical Company in Assassins as John Wilkes Booth.
David is thankful to his wife for her love and support, and for letting him play.
Eilish Webb (They/She)
Eilish Webb is an emerging Australian classical soprano and actress who is currently studying for a Diploma of Music (Classical Voice) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Eilish has a passion for classical musical theatre and operetta and has performed in a diverse range of roles. Eilish has performed in lead roles such as: Sarah Brown- Guys and Dolls, Wendy Darling- Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood- Into the Woods, and Miss Hannigan- Annie, to name a few.
They made their directorial debut in 2019 when they directed and stage-managed their own production of The Pajama Game.
Alongside her theatrical performing, they maintains their experience for their other passion makeup artistry. Eilish completed her Diploma in Screen and Media Makeup in 2020.
Upon completion of her Diploma, Eilish would like to study for a Bachelor of Music (Classical) Voice. In the future, they would love to build their career as a performer. She would love to perform in classical or Golden Age musicals and opera in London and New York.
Gus has been performing theatre in Adelaide with several companies continually since 2003, but did his first show in 2001. That one took him two years to recover !!! During these crazy current Covid times we have been so fortunate to have Broadway Sessions for both performers & audience alike. Whilst he loves performing onstage, cabaret performance is not as common for him so performing at Broadway Sessions will be an enjoyable experience...hopefully for everyone 😉
Jen has been in a few theatre shows, her last gig in the ensemble of Dusty the Musical. Her fave music is soul, funk and jazz. Jen is usually an active audience appreciation member at Broadway Sessions but occasionally gets up in front of the mic!
Justine Lewis (She/Her)
Since the tender age of 7, Justine has known the stage has been for her. Justine has had several years of singing tuition from Katrina Caton of Action Voice and from Jennifer McDonald from the Jennifer McDonald School of Singing. She has also had the pleasure of performing with groups such as the Mighty Good Talent School and Theatrebugs, Pelican Productions, The Southern Youth Theatre Ensemble and most currently SA Light Opera. Her favorite (and only roles to date) have been Azuri in The Desert Song, Lady Saphir in Patience as well as an emergency understudy in SA Light Opera's 2019 season of Princess Ida as Sacharissa. However most recently Justine has had fun stretching herself by making her directing debut with a show she also wrote called The Menagerie Of Madness with new company Phoenix Variety and Music Group as well as playing the mysterious cave-woman Chorn in aforementioned PVMG's 80% sold out season of StarKid's Firebringer. For which there are strong indications of Justine reprising the role for the Adelaide Fringe 2023. So keep your eyes peeled!
Justine has always welcomed new experiences and performing in Broadway Sessions is something that she has always enjoys doing. Justine would like to thank all the people that have helped her make her dream a reality and she looks forward to performing for many years yet to come.
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.
Kristin Stefanoff (she/her)
Kristin has over ten years experience as a musical theatre performer in Adelaide. Favourite roles include: Muriel (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - Hills Musical Company 2022); Laura (High Fidelity - Hills Musical Company 2021); Vivienne (Legally Blonde - The MET 2021); Simone (Shane Warne The Musical - Segue Productions 2020); Elizabeth (If/Then - Segue Productions 2018); Cathy (The Last Five Years - Segue Productions 2017); Clara (The Light In The Piazza - Davine Productions 2016); Inga (Young Frankenstein - Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2014); Smitty (How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying - Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2013); and Ensemble/Lady of The Lake Understudy (Spamalot - Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2018).
Kristin holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the Elder Conservatorium, majoring in Classical Piano, and has extensive accompanying and pit experience. Music Direction credits include: Heathers: The Musical (Segue Productions 2019); Calamity Jane (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2014); Poor Expectations (Investigator College 2014); Mulan Jr (Investigator College 2013); and Honk! (Investigator College 2011).
Kristin studies voice with Sarah Jane Whiteley Voice Studio, and teaches piano, voice and violin.
Maya’s love of musical theatre began at an early age, with her journey in performance beginning with Pelican Productions. Since then, Maya’s theatre credits include The Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016) and Les Misérables (2017), Lydian Productions and Irregular Productions’ Godspell (2018) as the ‘By My Side’ soloist, Marie Clark Musical Theatre’s Anything Goes (2019) as Hope Harcourt, Segue Productions’ Heathers (2019) as Heather McNamara, and most recently Davine Productions' Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as Cynthia Weil (2020). Maya is a primary school Dance/Drama teacher, and she finds so much joy in being able to share her love of musical theatre with her students.
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.
Tasmin McGill grew up in Townsville QLD, where she developed her love of musical theatre at a young age thanks to her Grandma. Over the past 10 years she has performed in The Sound of Music (2013), Pirates of Penzance (2014), Mary Poppins (2015), Annie (2016), Grease (2017) and Wicked (2017) with the Townsville Choral Society. Oliver (2015) and backstage for Rock of Ages (2016) with North Queensland Opera and Musical Theatre company. The Barber of Seville (2016) with Queensland Opera and Widow Grumble in Cinderella (2015) in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
In 2018, Tasmin moved to Adelaide for work and has found her Adelaide Musical Theatre family after recently playing Cosette in Les Misérables (2022) with Northern Light Theatre Company.
Trevor hasn't been particularly active in the theatre community of late, having only performed in Pretty Boys in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival since returning from interstate a few years ago. In the meantime, he has been busying himself with the Festival Statesmen Chorus, performing a variety of a cappella music. Highlights have included singing back-up for Adele, performing with Rob Mills and headlining the National Choral Festival in the past 12 months.
Trevor's theatre credits include Avenue Q (Matt Byrne Media), Curtains and Anything Goes (Therry), Orpheus in the Underworld and HMS Pinnafore (G&S SA), and Gypsy and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (MS Society). Trevor's most recent theatre engagement was working on Promise Adelaide's 2017 production of All Is Calm which will be his musical directing debut; where he is excited to be combining his love of musical theatre and acapella together.
Daniel Brunner (Piano/Musical Director)
In a past life, Daniel Brunner worked with Northern Light Theatre Company and the G&S Society as an accompanist, pit musician, and one-time musical director. He also accompanied cabarets, arranged and performed a suite of big (well, pretty big) band tunes with Mark Oates, and played keys in a band called Frogdog And The Mushroom Detectives - go figure ¯_(ツ)_/¯
Nowadays he's a tech lead and software engineer at PlayHQ, an all-in-one sports administration platform for community level sport. He does not know how to kick a footy, but nobody has found out so far so shhh.
Recently while working on an arcane piece of code at midnight on Friday 13th, he accidentally summoned his former musical self, and now he's back, baby!
Bigger and better than ever! Hopefully no worse than ever!