About this Session
Unfortunately due to a number of circumstances outside of our control, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Broadway Sessions this month.
If you have purchased a ticket, please check your email for refund details.
We hope to see you all next month when we celebrate our 7th Birthday!
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.
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.
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!
Holly Abbott is 16 years old. Holly has been dancing and singing at TIDC Performing Arts Studio for the past 12 years under the direction of Kerreane Sarti, and is a voice student of Emma Riggs, and The Studio and Star Factory, where she is also part of a vocal ensemble group ‘Spirit’
Holly has been in over 30 Musicals with various companies ... with some of her favourite roles being Patrice in 13 The Musical, Jemima Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with NLTC, Kelsi in High School Musical, Young Fiona in Shrek Jr, Tracey Turnblad in Hairspray Jr all with Adelaide Youth Theatre. She was also cast in Matt Byrne Media’s 2019 production of Strictly Ballroom where she played Kylie Hastings - Holly has also played the title role in NLTC's 2017 production of Annie - where she was also honoured to receive the Theatre Association of South Australia award for Best Youth Female Actor for this role.
The next few months are going to be busy with Holly about to direct her first show Madagascar Jr for AYT, along with performing in Newsies with AYT and Seussical as Mayzie La Bird for her school.
Holly has also performed as a soloist in the USA with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team – where she was lucky enough to perform at Disney World and Universal Studios, before participating in various workshops with Broadway performers in New York City – where she hopes to one day perform herself!
Holly hopes to continue to study musical theatre once she has graduated and aspires to study overseas!
Issy Darwent (She/Her)
Issy has been training in drama, dance and voice from the age of 5, beginning in theatre classes at Theatre Bugs and continuing on to study the AMEB Speech and Drama course with acting coach Peta Shannon (2015-2017). She is trained in a wide range of dance styles and has had vocal tuition from Kristen Porter (2015-2019) as well as Amelie Peters at Studio and Star Factory (2018-present).
Issy has previously had the opportunity to perform with Emma Knights Productions as ‘Anne’ in their December 2018 production of Anne of Green Gables at Collingrove Homestead, Angaston. Other theatre and drama roles include performing in the ensemble of The Producers (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2021), ‘Minnie Faye’ in Hello Dolly (The Met 2022), ‘Mary Poppins’ in Mary Poppins (ATA 2021), ‘Cosette’ in Les Misérables (Scotch College, 2019 and AYT, 2021), ‘Alcyone’ in Metamorphosis (Scotch College 2019), ‘Serena’ in Legally Blonde (Scotch College, 2018),‘Crystal’ in Little Shop of Horrors (ATA) for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival, ‘Bielke’ in Fiddler on the Roof (Therry Dramatic Society 2017), ‘Belle’ in Beauty and the Beast (ATA 2016), ‘Melanie’ in The Goodbye Girl (Therry Dramatic Society 2017), ‘Cinderella’ in Into the Woods (AYT 2016),’Phyllis’ in 42nd Street (Scotch College 2016) and ‘Primrose’ in The Darling Buds of May (Therry Dramatic Society 2014). She has also had the opportunity to perform professionally in the child ensemble of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (TML Enterprises) at the Adelaide Festival Theatre (2013).
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!
Lorren Cianci (She/her)
Lorren has always loved performing and has recently re-joined the amateur theatre scene, performing in NLTC's Les Misérables earlier this year, and currently rehearsing for their production of Jersey Boys due to go on later in 2022. She has previously performed in NLTC's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Annie, and The Pajama Game, and her favourite role to date was playing Doody in her high school's production of Grease.
Lucas Sly is a young musician, songwriter and educator from Adelaide. Primarily a guitarist, Lucas took the plunge in to musical theatre by performing in the 2018 production of If/Then by Segue Productions as an ensemble cast member. Since the production Lucas has started his own band Diamond Skies and has performed in other local Adelaide bands Lost Woods and Hey Harriett. Lucas is a seasoned performer on many Adelaide stages, but the thought of the microphone without a guitar around his shoulders is a daunting one. Please be kind as Lucas introduces himself to the Broadway Sessions stage.
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.
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.
Mia has had a passion for performing from a young age. She has enjoyed playing Wendy in Peter Pan Jr. and has enjoyed being apart of Adelaide Theatre Academy's Fringe performances of Oliver! in 2019, Peter Pan in 2020 and Mary Poppins in 2021. Mia currently sings with Sharyn Iadanza and is involved with music at Pembroke.
Nektaria is new to the musical theatre scene having participated in her first musical theatre this year with her schools production of Mamma Mia. She is not new to music however, as Nektaria has a passion for singing and has been with the Australian Girls Choir for 5 years now, as well as private singing tuition and acoustic guitar. Having had so much fun in the school musical theatre this year, she'll definitely be seen in musicals in the years to come.
Nia is very excited to be involved in Broadway Sessions. She loves being part of a production team and has always loved to sing and perform.
Currently a student at TIDC Performing Arts Studio, Nia trains three days a week in several styles of dance, including Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary, as well as Singing and Musical Theatre. She has performed in many concerts and regularly competes in singing and dance competitions around Adelaide, where she values the camaraderie of her dance friends and enjoys successes at solo and troupe level.
Nia has enjoyed being part of numerous productions with Adelaide Youth Theatre and Shane Davidson Presents, including; Peter Pan Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Cinderella Kids, Moana Jr, 13 and Shrek Jr. She has performed cabaret with Promise Adelaide and Adelaide Youth Theatre, as well as a very special performance with the talented Michael Griffiths in a Facebook Premier event. Nia has also starred as Annie in the musical by the same name.
Nia has been fortunate to be involved in various film projects, including Romeo and Juliet and Otanical (Felicity Arts Productions). The latter, which was part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and presented in the beautiful Botanic Gardens, provided her opportunity to work with 360 film technology.
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.
Patrick has a love of the performing arts. His interests extend from the trombone and double bass through to dance, voice and the stage.
He has experience with the AYA theatre production of Shrek Jr and recently played Sky in Pulteney Grammar Schools production of Mamma Mia. Patrick has been involved in State music camp over the last 3 years. He is in many music ensembles exposing him to multiple genres of music including wind ensembles, stage bands, concert choirs and string ensembles.
Phoebe Rodger (she/her)
Phoebe, aged 17, began performing at the age of 9. Over the years, she has performed in many shows with Pelican Productions, including 8 Music Theatre Camps, The Little Mermaid, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Seussical, Annie Jr, Bring it On (Return Season), and In the Heights. In 2017, Phoebe was involved in the pilot production of Newsies Jr with iTheatrics in Newcastle. She was part of the Pelican Productions USA performing arts tour in 2018, performing at Disney World and on the Carnival Magic cruise ship. During the 2021 fringe season Phoebe performed in Adelaide Youth Theatre’s 13! the musical, as Kendra. More recently, Phoebe enjoyed playing the role of Donna in her final school musical, Mamma Mia. Phoebe is very keen to be back performing at Broadway Sessions.
Polly performed as backing vocal in Peter Coombe’s 2022 Adelaide Fringe program. She was 'Jane Banks' in the Adelaide Theatre Academy 2021 Fringe Festival production of Mary Poppins. In 2020, she played 'Tigerlilly' in the Academy's Peter Pan. She won Excel Dance Studio's Musical Theatre Performance Award in 2018 and is currently a member of the Elite Program at Star Academy. She trains in solo vocals and guitar, and sings in her school's concert choir.
Sean Weatherly (he/him)
Sean Weatherly graduated from the Flinders University Drama Centre in 2002 with Honours. He has performed at several Adelaide Cabaret Festival's in Sing Your Own Musical with Michael Morley. In Melbourne he performed alongside Eddie Perfect and Matthew Robinson in Magnormos' first ever production of Stephen Sondheim's Saturday Night. Sean produced Tomfoolery for the Adelaide Fringe in 2008 performing with Catherine Campbell and Hew Parham to sell out shows. In 2018 he produced a return season of Tomfoolery dedicated to the late Michael Fuller. He also composed and co-wrote the musical Price Check - The Supermarket Musical which had a 2 week season at the Bakehouse Theatre in 2016. Price Check was recently published and is currently available for hire by David Spicer Productions. Sean also performs regularly as Noodles The Clown entertaining kids with magic shows and crazy balloon designs.
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.
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.
Zarek Wentzell (He/Him)
Originally from the US, Zarek finds himself in Australia via his New Zealand citizenship. He is currently in his final year of his Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, where he was recently in Les Misérables (dir. Erin James). Other ECMT projects include the Australian debut of In Pieces: A New Musical (dir. George Torbay), Urinetown (dir. George Torbay), Songs for a New World (dir. Mitre Khammash) and Prison Blues (dir. George Torbay). Zarek was also a member of the onstage choir for Chess: The Musical (StoreyBoard Entertainment, dir. Tyran Parke) for the Adelaide leg of its 2021 Australian tour, Antithesis at Adelaide Fringe (ECMTA) and Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Young Shakespeare Company 2017, dir. Timothy Walker) at Shakespeare’s Globe, London.
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!