About this Session
It’s with much anticipation that we announce the antidote to your theatrical blues… ANTAGONISTS!
These characters directly oppose the protagonist and cause conflict throughout the story. Often they are the villain of the story; however, not all antagonists are villains! Javert’s opposition to Jean Valjean was from a place of stubborn righteousness, not evil motives (unlike the evil decision to cast Russell Crowe…). With characters such as Beetlejuice, Macavity, Trunchbull, J.D., Scar, Regina George, the Mad Hatter and all the rest, there’s nothing anticlimactic about the repertoire on offer!
Join us while we sing out the anthems of theatre’s antithetical foes and celebrate their antics. From the antiquated tunes of old to the anthologies of contemporary musicals, join us to celebrate the antics of our favourite antagonists.
This month's Session also includes promos from Marie Clark's upcoming production of "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change", and ECMT's production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee".
Ruby Pinkerton (she/her)
Ruby’s passion for musical theatre began at a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. Recently, Ruby played Rose in Dogfight with St Jude’s Players, Nicola in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society's 2019 production of Kinky Boots and was the ‘Turn Back, O Man’ soloist in Godspell, produced by Irregular Productions and Lydian Productions. She also performed as Hodel in the Therry Dramatic Society's production of Fiddler on the Roof, and understudied the title role and performed in the ensemble for Davine Productions’ Violet. Her performing credits also include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical witih Davine Productions, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Misérables produced by The Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and in 2023 Kiss Me Kate with Hills Musical Company.
Angelique Diko (she/her)
Born and raised in Adelaide, Angélique made her professional debut in La Bohème (State Opera South Australia, dir. Gale Edwards) at the age of 10. Continuing in the world of opera, she also featured in Ode To Nonsense (Slingsby Productions, dir. Andy Packer). She is currently rehearsing to play Johanna in ECMT’s upcoming production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with direction by James Millar. Most recently, she played the role of Claire De Loone in On The Town: in Concert with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra (ECMT, dir. Erin James), Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (ECMT, dir. Joseph Simons), was a Featured Artist in Death, Divorce, and other Happy Endings (ECMT, dir. George Torbay) and a Chorister in Chess: The Musical (StoreyBoard Entertainment, dir. Tyran Parke).
She will be in the Graduating Class of 2023 at ECMT and then hopes to continue her career in Music Theatre.
Bethany trained in musical theatre at Associated Studios London in 2020, Gertrude Opera (now Australian Contemporary Opera Co.) and the Elder Conservatorium of Music in classical voice performance. She was a guest artist for Cunard Cruise Line on the Queen Elizabeth World Voyage. Her opera credits include Suor Angelica (Cordelia's Potted Opera), La Voix Humaine (BK Opera) and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi (Co-Opera). In 2022, Bethany performed her comedy cabaret, Broadway Baby, at both the Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Cabaret Fringe. She has now debuted her cabaret, JUDY & LIZA, and featured her favourite Liza Minnelli numbers at CabLive and with Dr. Trevor Jones at the Piano Bar for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
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.
BJ Peake (He/Them)
As a child, you could always find BJ screaming into his SingStar microphone and dancing to High School Musical. These habits evolved into BJ's love for singing and dancing.
BJ Has been floating around the Adelaide Theatre scene for a short while now, but in his short career he has had the opportunity to participate in several shows and portray a variety of characters such as Angry Man #1, Rich Man, And Scared Man #2 in Jekyll and Hyde, Male Ensemble Member in Hello Dolly!, Reverend Henry T Dobson in Anything Goes, and Prince Dauntless the Drab in Once Upon A Mattress.
In 2021 BJ completed his Bachelors of Music Education and Pedagogy at the Adelaide Conservatorium, and is currently putting his skills to use as Assistant Music Director for Marie Clarke Music Theatres upcoming show I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.
Carolyn Crisp (she/her)
Carolyn is in her second year of her Bachelor of Music Theatre at ECMT. In 2021, Carolyn appeared in the student ensemble of Chess: the Musical (Storey Board Entertainment) as well as Elder Conservatorium, Music Theatre’s (ECMT) Songs and Scenes: Death Divorce and Other Happy Endings (dir. George Torbay). In 2020, Carolyn performed with the WAAPA Classical Voice Department in Orpheus in the Underworld (dir. Nicole Stinton) as a featured dancer as well as with her Musical Theatre Diploma Cohort in their own self-devised cabaret’s. In 2018, Carolyn performed in Manhattan Concert Productions’ Broadway Classics at Carnegie Hall as part of a student ensemble choir.
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!
Danielle Greaves (she/her)
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. Nothing much has changed... You may have seen Danielle recently, since returning to theatre after havinga child, in Northern Lights Les Misérables playing a crazy lady of the night who quite partial to a porcelan doll, asleep throughout G&S's Into the Woods as Sleeping Beauty, or in Northern Lights Catch Me If You Can in the Ensemble. You will next be able to see her belting out some pop bangers as a Diva in G&S's Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in September 2023.
Deborah Joy Proeve (she/her)
Deborah Joy Proeve is a passionate and versatile performer with experience and training in musical theatre, singing, acting, and dancing. Deborah only began training in her late teens and has worked hard to develop her skills in just a few years. She holds a Bachelor of Media Arts (UniSA, 2016), a Certificate IV in dance from the Australian Company of Performing Arts (2017) and is currently studying Bachelor of Music at Tabor College, having performed her final solo vocal recital in June this year. Deborah’s recent performance highlights include Strictly Ballroom (Matt Byrne Media, 2019), Crimes of the Heart (Chick Boyle, The Rep, 2021), Nice Work If You Can Get It (The Met, 2021), The Producers (Marie Clark Musical Theatre, 2021 & 2022) and My Fair Lady (SALOS, 2022). Deborah has two upcoming shows, both in the second half of November! Firstly, Aida with Tabor, and then the return season of My Fair Lady with SALOS alongside her husband, Aled.
Dennis Broadby (He/Him)
Dennis has always loved singing whether it's Disney, musicals and general pop in various acapella clubs. While also now gaining an interest in song writing, after uploading his first song love me too, he has uploaded a few more singles and covers under the same album, on Spotify and itunes with more to come. Along with singing Dennis has a passion for acting and is playing in a musical in 2023 called First Date playing the lead, Aaron.
Greg has performed on Adelaide’s music theatre stages since 1990, in fact his first show was with the Marie Clark Singers in the role of Lt Joe Cable in South Pacific, then as Will Parker in Oklahoma and Frank Shultz in Showboat also with the MCS. Performances with the Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company followed, playing such roles as Curly in Oklahoma, Emile in South Pacific (Best Actor Oscart Award), Billy Bigalow in Carousel (Best Actor Oscart), Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Joe/Josephine in Sugar (Critics award winner), Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (where our director Adam Goodburn played a brother), The King in The King and I, Johnny O’Keefe in Shout, and Horace Vandegelder in Hello Dolly. Numerous performances with Henley Drama Group, Therry Dramatic Society, co-directing The Sound of Music with G&S Society and director of South Pacific with The Met.
Greg also performs in a number of Tribute shows playing tribute to artists such as Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, John Lennon. Greg has done jingle work and made a number of TV appearances. He is a cofounder and teacher, teaching singing and guitar at Leader Street School of Music.
Jamie Moffatt (they/them)
Jamie studied at the Elder Conservatorium of Music from 2007-2009 under Robert Dawe & Ros Martin. In late 2009 they joined Co-Opera in a touring production of Carmen, & for the next 8 years were consistently involved in Co-Opera’s major touring ventures including national tours of La Boheme, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute, & Eugene Onegin with international tours of The Marriage of Figaro, Acis and Galatea, & Die Fledermaus, including an appearance at the Maifestpeile in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Since 2010 Jamie has been a member of the chorus of State Opera South Australia. Their principal roles with the company include 'The Mad Hatter' in Boojum! and Il Commissionario in La Traviata.
In 2013 Jamie joined The Australian Voices ensemble, performing in the premières of Gordon Hamilton’s Choral Symphonies Ghosts in the Orchestra and The Trillion Souls; as one of six guests of invitation in the La Voix Du Sud festival in Noumea, New Caledonia; the New York Off Broadway Première of the Choral Theatre work Boombox; and the national tour of the Choral opera MOON.
In 2017 Jamie founded Elephant in the Room productions. Their premiere work, Midnight Sun a concert of Icelandic music featured Jamie’s original writing and compositions, was featured in the Festival of Voices in Hobart & has performed multiple sell out shows Australia-wide.
Throughout all this time Jamie has also worked as a freelance singing and elocution instructor, a conductor for choirs, a composer and arranger, and as a freelance singer for corporate and private entertainment, as well as having performed yearly in self-produced shows for the Adelaide Fringe Festival since 2009. Jamie has been cast in the chorus of the Adelaide Festival’s major operas in 2019, 2022, and 2023.
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 where she danced at Dubbo Ballet Studio. 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 has just graduated. She most recently played the role of Judy in her graduating show A Chorus Line directed by Matthew Hyde. This is Josie’s final Broadway Sessions as she is moving to Sydney in less than a month!
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 and Granny/Cinderella's Mother/Giant in Into the Woods with the G&S Society of South Australia. You will also be able to see Karen in the upcoming production of Urinetown at the Hills Musical Company in the role of Old Ma Strong.
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. He has performed once at Broadway Sessions in a duet, and is excited for his solo debut!
Mat Monti (they/them)
Mat Monti is a proudly pansexual, non-binary artist with a passion for theatre and activism. With training in musical theatre, cabaret, comedy and jazz, Monti is a performer with a diverse skill set; having performed in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Fringe Festival, and was part of the Australian Premiere of Considering Matthew Shepard as part of Feast Festival in 2019. Monti took every opportunity thrown their way at the Elder Conservatorium, having played Chip Tolentino and U/S Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Judge Pitkin in On The Town: In Concert and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd.
Robyn has been performing and teaching for over 20 years in various guises. After completing her Bachelor of Music, the stage wooed her and she has since performed with the Hills Musical Company, Northern Light Theatre and Matt Byrne Media. Her favourite performances have included; Rita in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Matt Byrne Media; Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers and Vera in Stepping Out, for the Hills Musical Company; Sukie in The Witches of Eastwick and Kathy in Singing in the Rain with Northern Light theatre company. Robyn also won the Best Female Performance for her role as Dusty in Northern Light Theatre's Dusty: The Original Pop Diva.
Over the past three years, she has been the lead vocalist for the 60’s band, The Highlights, performed in the 60s Down Under matinee series, and worked as a backing vocalist for the 2017 Adelaide Fringe show, A Tribute to George Harrison. With a background in jazz music, she was also given the opportunity to sing with the Lindy Hip Big Band for two years, and features on their CD.
Robyn has just performed in Northern Light Theatre's season of Mamma Mia, playing the lead role of Donna.
Stephanie Andrejewskis (She/Her)
Steph's love for musical theatre started in 2017 when she was part of Adelaide Theatre Academy's performance of Singin' In The Rain. She has worked with theatre companies such as Adelaide Theatre Academy and Pelican Productions, performing in many shows such as The Lion King Jr, Moana Jr, and Pelican Production's Music Theatre Camp. Steph is also heavily involved in drama and the arts at Pembroke School, recently understudying Donna in their production of Mamma Mia. She has been taking singing lessons since 2015 and dance and acting classes since 2018. Steph hopes to continue in theatre and performing onstage in the future.
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.
Tegan Gully-Crispe (She/Her)
Tegan has appeared in amateur and professional shows since the age of nine, her favourite roles include Lois/Bianca in Kiss Me Kate (MCMT- 2006 and Co Opera SA - 2007), Ariel in Footloose (Matt Byrne Media – 2006), Lucy T Slut in Avenue Q (Matt Byrne Media – 2011), Rizzo in Grease (The Met – 2013), Calamity Jane in Calamity Jane (MCMT- 2014), Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (Hills Musical Company – 2014) and Julia in The Wedding Singer (MCMT- 2015).
For five years Tegan worked at the Night Train as a lead performer in their Adult, Kids and touring show, The Rockaholics, and has been the lead singer for Adelaide corporate and Party Band Jungle Jooce for the past 16 years. She also co-wrote, choreographed and performed in the sold out season of Villain-Ville: A Musical Exploration of Villainy and Evil in the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
More recently Tegan played Princess Fiona in AYT's Shrek, Tracy Samantha Lord in the METs High Society, Mayzie La Bird in NLTC’s Seussical in 2018 and Eva Peron in G&S' production of Evita in 2021. In April this year, Tegan will be playing Holly in Northern Light Theatre CO’s production of The Wedding Singer.
Tim has been a lecturer and vocal coach for 11 years, spending 9 years at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the past 2 here at Elder Conservatorium. Career highlights have included running the Certificate IV course in Music Theatre at WAAPA for 3 years, working at WA Ballet as repetiteur for 4 years and as put musician on Australian tours of Wicked, The Lion King, Aladdin and A Chorus Line. Favourite stage roles include: Lonny in Rock of Ages, Balladeer in Assassins, Tobias in Sweeney Todd and the Baker in Into the Woods.
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.
Trish comes from a musical family. Dad, Ted Spence, was a well-known pianist around town often playing in the Wonderland Ballroom in its heyday and with the Penny Rockets. Mum, Faye, is a life member of the Adelaide Harmony Choir and her sisters Joanne and Margot also have talents of their own with Margot still even now playing the piano beautifully and Joanne singing in the shower! Trish reckons Joanne could have had quite the career in music theatre if she wanted to!
Trish has been lucky enough to play a wide range of roles in many musicals for lots of different companies. Music teacher by day and performer by night, Trish can be found regularly performing in cabaret performances, rocking out with the Jus-Fa-Fun band and in local music theatre....and she’s looking forward to things returning to normal soon!
She is also an accomplished director and musical director. Favourite stage roles have included Maria (The Sound of Music), The Witch (Into the Woods), Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Marmee (Little Women), Annie Oakley (Annie Get Your Gun), Dolly Levi (Hello Dolly) and Donna Sheridan (Mamma Mia) to name a few. Even though Trish loves the stage, it’s the friends she has made on stage, in the pit, backstage and in the audience that mean the most.
Zachary Baseby (he/him)
Zachary Baseby is 23 years old and has had a burning passion for all things musical theatre related from a very young age, 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), Horton the Elephant in Seussical Jr (Shane Davidson Presents, 2020), Javert in Les Misérables (NOW Productions, 2021), The Wolf in Into the Woods (Adelaide Youth Theatre, 2022), Uncle Fester in The Addams Family (Alternative Theatre Company, 2022), Wadsworth in Clue (Phoenix Variety & Music Group, 2023), Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid (Balaklava Community Arts, 2023) and most recently, the titular role in Peter Pan: A Christmas Pantomime (Blackwood Players, 2023).
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 Detective Jamieson in their spin-off adaptation: RED DAWN.
Recently, Zachary has landed his most recent roles as Cretin in Agatha Twisty: A Murder in Pantoland for the Adelaide Fringe 2024 and venturing into his first show with the G&S Society of South Australia in their May 2024 production of Oklahoma!
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.
Max Ziliotto (Drums/Percussion)
Max Ziliotto has been performing since 2004, from concert bands, drumline and big band, to orchestral works and musical theatre. Prior to his acceptance as a Casual Percussionist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, he completed his Bachelor of Music in 2013 at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Amanda Grigg.
Born in Adelaide, Max began his musical journey under the guidance of Peter Matzick. Attending Marryatville High School, Max gained a wealth of performance opportunities including the Generations in Jazz festival in Mount Gambier. During his Undergraduate studies, Max won first place in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Award in 2011.
Max has been performing with the Elder Conservatorium's Music Theatre students' productions since 2021, most notably playing the drum score for Legally Blonde, directed by Broadway's Nikki Snelson in 2022.
Max was also an active member of the Raiders Drum Corps from 2006-2019, performing numerous times in the city's Christmas Pageant, and on stage with them at Australian Ultimate Drummers Weekend in Melbourne 2015. He has tutored at South Australian Music Camp multiple times, and has been in the house band of Broadway Sessions since its inception in 2015.