February Session: Performer’s Choice

26 Sunday February 2023
When: 6:30pm Where: Arts Centre – St Peter’s Girls’ School Tickets: $10-20

About this Session

February = Fringe Time and so we're doing something slightly different. Different venue, different food options, different bar, but the same quality night of story telling you've grown accustomed to over the last seven years.

Once again we have put the Session content in the hands of our performers. Come and hear old favourites and new songs.

This Session includes a performance by the cast of Northern Light Theatre Company's production of Catch Me If You Can, plus a guest appearance by a couple of overseas friends who are here for the fringe.

Session Setlist

Act 1
Let It Sing (Violet) – Mark Oates
Get Out And Stay Out (9 to 5: The Musical) – Sarah Hamilton
Still Holding My Hand (Tim Minchin) – Maddy Schroeter, Phoebe Rodger
Somewhere That’s Green (Little Shop of Horrors) – Justine Lewis
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables (Les Misérables) – Charlie Powell
The Other Side (The Greatest Showman) – Alex Jackson, Cassidy Jackson
I’ll Save The Girl (Superhero) – Jeremy Thomas
Suddenly (Barry Anderson & Mark Petty) – Marley Banham
Me and the Sky (Come From Away) – Chloe Bremner
Hushabye Mountain (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)* – Ethan Joy
A Soft Place to Land (Waitress)* – Amelia Rooney, Dharini Rajaramanan, Jordan Bender
Act 2
Butter Outta Cream (Catch Me If You Can)* – Deon Martino-Williams, Gavin Cianci
I Can’t Stand Still (Footloose) – Zachary Baseby
Barrett’s Song (Titanic) – Cooper James
For Forever (Dear Evan Hansen) – Jaxon Joy
(When It) All Falls Down (Chaplin) – Alieysha Nicholls
It All Fades Away (The Bridges of Madison County) – Oscar Bridges
I Know It’s Today (Shrek) – Danielle Greaves, Liliana Carletti, Tasmin McGill
Who I’d Be (Shrek) – Joshua Lloyd
Out Of My Head (Michael Kooman & Christopher Dimond) – Ruby Pinkerton
Moving Too Fast (The Last Five Years) – James Hudson
Use What You Got (The Life) – Joe Meldrum
* promoting an upcoming show

Session Host

Ruby Pinkerton (she/her)

Ruby’s passion for musical theatre began at a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. Ruby is currently directing Urinetown with Hills Musical Company. Recently, Ruby played Sue in Carrie the Musical with Hills Musical Company, and Rose in Dogfight with St Jude’s Players. She also played Nicola in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society's production of Kinky Boots and was the ‘Turn Back, O Man’ soloist in Godspell, produced by Irregular Productions and Lydian Productions. She  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.

Session Performers

Alex Jackson

Alex is a 17-year-old performer who's latest performances include Dr. Dolittle with Adelaide Theatre Academy in 2021, and Moana with Adelaide Theatre Academy in 2020.

It's been a little while since she's sung on stage, but she's really looking forward to doing more performing in the coming years.

Alieysha Nicholls (she/her)

Alieysha is a Musician from Adelaide. She has an Associate Diploma from the AMEB in Musical Theatre. This is Alieysha's debut at Broadway Sessions and had her stage debut as Snow White in the Gilbert and Sullivan production of Into The Woods.

Amelia Rooney (She/They)

Amelia is an experienced actor/composer who thrives in performing environments, showing their skills in roles such as Sandy in Grease, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, and Fantine in Les Misérables. They have also starred in the Australian premiere of original musical I’m Fine playing the lead role. Amelia thoroughly enjoys writing their own music and commissioned pieces, hoping to keep pursuing their musical career further.

Cassidy Jackson (she/her)

Cassidy is a 19-year old psychology student, who has been an avid lover of musical theatre throughout her life. She has been employed at TheatreBugs as a teacher for the past 2 years and had previously been a student there throughout her childhood and teen years. She absolutely loves TheatreBugs and the work they do in making theatre more accessible and inclusive to young people.

Her most recent performances include ensemble in Dogfight with St Jude's Players in 2022, ensemble in AYT's Les Misérables in 2020, and her role as "Maui" in Adelaide Theatre Academy's production of Moana in 2019. Each of these productions have improved her skills as a performer, and she is most grateful for each opportunity to be on stage.

Charlie Powell

Charlie is a first time performer with a passion for singing and has grown up surrounded by musical influence his whole life. Charlie did multiple performances throughout high school but hasn’t reached the professional field as of yet.

Chloe Bremner

One of Chloe's earliest memories is twirling and singing in an Adelaide Crows football guernsey. Following this passion, she landed her first professional role in the touring production of Turandot in 2008, as well as starring as Ariel in the 2013 Australian premiere of The Little Mermaid. Chloe loved being part of Big Dreams – a 2019 Book Week show.

Throughout her time at WAAPA, Chloe has had the opportunity to play Cora in Atlantis (Matthew Robinson. Workshop) and Diane Lorimer in 42nd Street (dir. Jason Langley) as well as being a featured soloist in both Rent (dir. Adam Mitchell) and Chicago (dir. Crispin Taylor). Chloe filmed Vivid ‘magination, a music video with WASA where she played female lead Drew which was released in 2018.

Most recently Chloe returned from performing in Disney’s PJ Masks live show in Singapore with Marilla productions.

Cooper James (he/him)

Cooper is a singer, dancer, actor, musical theatre nerd, studying music theatre at VCA in 2024. Cooper receives his vocal coaching from Heather Fletcher and is loving his time in Melbourne. If he’s not at the piano playing and writing music, you will find him working at the MCG.

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.

Deon Martino-Williams

Deon began performing at the age of 13 when he performed in Disney’s The Little Mermaid with the Adelaide Youth Theatre (AYT). He has since played many roles for AYT including Fiyero in Wicked, Roger in Grease, and Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical. Deon has also performed for other companies around Adelaide including as J. Pierrepont Finch in March Production’s How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Ensemble in The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of SA’s Kinky Boots, and as a Private Dempsey in Therry’s Hello Girls earlier in 2021. Deon is happy to have come full circle and be performing The Little Mermaid once again, as one of his dream roles, Prince Eric.

Dharini Rajaramanan (she/her)

Dharini Rajaramanan developed her passion for performing and musical theatre at a young age which grew stronger after showcasing in a number of school productions and performing in various vocal ensemble groups. Since completing school Dharini worked as a studio assistant at the Studio and Star Factory, a world class vocal coaching and artist development studio and has appeared in a few community theatre productions. In 2016, she performed in Marie Clark Musical Theatre’s production of Rent, where she understudied the role of Mimi and performed in the ensemble. Dharini also appeared in a musical theatre showcase at the University of Birmingham as a lead soloist. Dharini played the character Pat in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s production of Kinky Boots in 2019 and most recently appeared as Lucinda in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s production of Into the Woods in 2022. After spending the last few years focusing on her career in Clinical Psychology, Dharini is very excited to be back on stage. Dharini is excited to perform in the 2023 Adelaide Fringe production of Bimbo and is honoured to be a part of a show that challenges harmful stereotypes.

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 HansenHamilton, and Shrek.  His dream roles would be to play Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton, Shrek in Shrek and Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen.

Gavin Cianci

Gavin "fell" into Musical Theatre back in 2008 when he was asked by good friend Paula Cooney to audition for The Witches of Eastwick. He was fortunate enough to get in and hasn't looked back. Since then he has played various roles. He was a nasty Nazi in The Sound of Music, a prison guard in Hairspray, Cinderella's Father in Into The Woods and was even the Beast double in Beauty & the Beast and the Phantom double in The Phantom of the Opera. Gavin's favourite role is a toss up between 3... Chad in All Shook Up, The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance and Glen Guglia in The Wedding Singer.

Gavin also gets involved backstage and has stage managed Altar Boyz, Xanadu and The Flower Children all for Davine Interventionz. Set construction is another part of theatre that Gavin enjoys being a part of. The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, Avenue Q and coming up in July, Wicked, are all shows he has put his stamp on. Gavin is now looking forward to taking on the role of Frank Sr. in Marie Clark's production of Catch Me if You Can in May.

Jaxon Joy (he/him)

Jaxon is an avid 19 year old musical theatre performer and fan in Adelaide. Since he began performing regularly in 2017, Jaxon has explored various outlets of Adelaide theatre, performing in major shows, original musicals, and even his own cabaret. Jaxon’s love of Music Theatre has only grown since finding his niche, a challenge for him as a performer on the spectrum. Some notable roles include Captain Hook in Adelaide Theatre Academy’s Peter Pan (2020), Grantaire and Courfreyac in two productions of Les Misérables; the first with Adelaide Youth Theatre (2021), the latter with Northern Light Theatre Company (2022), and Joe Pesci in Northern Light Theatre Company’s Jersey Boys (2022). Jaxon is also keen within the background of theatre as the youngest MD in the history of Scouts SA's Performing Arts Branch for Adelaide Gang Show, where he initiated the return of a full youth band. Jaxon is also a keen Theatre Technician, working casually in a northern adelaide theatre. Jaxon is currently studying the Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium, with an aim to finish at the end of 2025. Most recently, Jaxon performed in the Fringe-award winning Show Fountain Lakes: A Very Foxy Parody Musical, where he played the role of Kel Knight. Currently Jaxon is preparing for the state premiere production of Alice by Heart, as part of his Bachelor of Music Theatre.

Jeremy Thomas (he/him)

Jeremy Thomas is a fresh graduate from the Elder Conservatorium’s Bachelor of Music Theatre. He thoroughly enjoyed his time there, especially with the roles of Marius in Les Misérables and Aaron Schultz in Legally Blonde. He is excited to join the wider community and establish a name for himself.

Joe Meldrum

Originally from a small seaside town in the South of Australia, Joe is a true triple threat who consistently works on broadening his craft and, accordingly, his horizons. He most recently covered Billy Flynn in both the US National and International tours of CHICAGO. Prior to this, he understudied and performed the lead role of Henri Baurel in Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris (GWB & The Australian Ballet). After making history as one of the youngest graduates from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts' Music Theatre BA, his professional career was launched by following the famous footsteps of Fred Astaire as the leading man in A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire (Australian Tour, JTM Productions).

Additional theatre credits include Snowboy in Opera Australia’s West Side Story on Sydney Harbour, Trick in the 20th Anniversary production of The Boy From Oz (The Production Company), Cagelle Clo-Clo in La Cage Aux Folles (Showtune Productions), Player/Understudy Lewis in PIPPIN (GFO), leading man in the premiere season of Just A Couple of Song and Dance Men (JTM Productions), Lad in THE WHO’s Tommy (Victorian Opera), CHICAGO (GFO), Singin’ In The Rain (Prospero Arts), Oklahoma! (The Production Company), Rhonda Burchmore and Rachel Beck’s The Long and Short Of It (Ding Productions) and Curtains (The Production Company). On screen, he features in Dream Deep for Museums Victoria, feature film Beautiful for KOJO Pictures, and in the Superfine music video for band Boys Boys Boys

Jordan Bender (she/her)

Jordan's passion for performing arts began at a young age, and has continued to strengthen throughout years of involvement in the Arts.

Some of Jordan's performance highlights include; Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Nessarose in Wicked, Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family and the role of Baby in BIMBO Fringe 2023. Currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Acting), Jordan hopes to pursue a career on stage.

Jordan also enjoys training young performers in Musical Theatre (vocal/acting) at INLIGHT.

Joshua Lloyd

Josh is thrilled to be back in Adelaide for the Fringe after being here in 2019. Josh has been part of The Choir of Man family for the past 5 years as our Barman and has just finished at the EdiNburgh Fringe Festival. Josh’s interest in acting started at the age of 16 and from then couldn’t get enough of the feeling of being on stage. He then went to the prestigious Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts to study musical theatre where he achieved his BA Hons Degree in Musical Theatre. Some of Josh’s career highlights include performing at Shakespeare’s Globe, The Royal Albert Hall supporting Elaine Paige and performing at the Sydney Opera House, Josh has also worked for cruise lines across the world as a lead vocalist. Josh would like to thank his family and friends for all their continued love and support without which he wouldn’t be where he is today.

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.  And last year in 2023 Justine completed one of her lifelong musical dreams by directing Little Shop of Horrors for Marie Clark Musical Theatre.
Justine has always welcomed new experiences and performing in Broadway Sessions is something that she has always enjoys doing; she would also like to thank all the people that have helped her make her dream a reality and she looks forward to performing for many more years yet to come.

Justine would finally like to add she is thrilled that she will be directing again for Phoenix Variety and Music Group 1st show of 2024 in August this being Agatha Christie's famed murder mystery And Then There Were None. She hopes you'll come and check it out!

Liliana Carletti

21-year-old, Liliana Carletti, has been singing, acting, and dancing since she was five. Audiences last saw her as a multitude of characters in NLTC's Catch Me If You Can (2023), most notable being a "sexy singing nurse"... Eponine in Les Misérables with Northern Light Theatre Company (2022), and Little Red Ridinghood in Gilbert & Sullivan Society of SA's production of Into The Woods (2022).

Liliana has performed theatre roles with G&S, Adelaide Youth Theatre, Northern Light Theatre Company, and Pedare Christian College. Other recent credits include: Mersister ‘Andrina’ and Flounder understudy in The Little Mermaid (2021), Frenchy in Grease (2020) and Kendra in 13: The Musical (2019).

Off-stage, Liliana studies a Bachelor of Creative Industries at UniSA, majoring in Digital Media and Communications. She runs her own freelance business, ‘Lily Rose Media’, offering services of photography, videography, and graphic design in Adelaide.

Maddy Schroeter

After a busy 2023, Maddy is excited to be back on stage performing at Broadway Sessions. She has performed with Pelican Productions in their annual musical theatre camps for the past five years where she has had some wonderful roles including Mal from Descendants. In 2021 she played the role of Summer in School of Rock (Pelican Productions) alongside her wonderful vocal coach and mentor, Mim Sarre. Maddy has more recently played the role of Matilda in her schools production of Matilda, the loveable seagull Scuttle in the The Little Mermaid Jr (Shane Davidson Presents) and was fortunate to be selected as a soloist in the Public Primary Schools Festival of Music in September, 2022.

Mark Oates (he/him)

Mark is an award winning South Australian performer whose credits include the Adelaide and Brisbane Festivals, State Opera South Australia, SINGular Productions, Co Opera, Various People, Aerial Artists Australia, and MOatesArt Productions.

In 2022 Mark was nominated for an Adelaide Critic's Circle Award for his body of work. He premiered the dual roles of Ian Duncan and Don Dunstan in Neil Armfield's Ruby Award-winning Watershed: The Death Of Dr Duncan for the Adelaide Festival – while for State Opera South Australia he performed Lt Tom in Voss and Gastone in La Traviata, as well as embarking on a national tour of Love Burns, completing the first orchestration workshop of When The Rain Stops Falling and appearing in Bright Lights, Big Dreams.

Previous Adelaide Festival appearances are Mozart Requiem (2020), Bernstein Mass – featured Street Singer (2012) and Le Grande Macabre - Ruffiak (2010).

In State Opera of South Australia's 2023 season Mark will be appearing as the Defendant in Trial by Jury and in Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore, as well as hosting the Tra La La Bar for the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, with further exciting projects to be announced. In 2021, Mark appeared as Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd and Jack in Love Burns, and opened the year in Carousel. Further highlights with the company include Njegus in The Merry Widow, Arjuna in Satyagraha, John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld, The Cantor in Maria de Buenos Aires (co production with Leigh Warren Dancers – Adelaide Festival Centre Playhouse and Brisbane Festival). Mark is a proud and long-standing State Opera South Australia artist, both as a chorister and a principal performer.

Well known and regarded on the concert stage, Mark also mentors Class of Cabaret for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, works extensively with Primary Schools Music Festival and regularly tours with Aerial Artists Australia in Le Aerial, including Perth Fringeworld, Adelaide Fringe, Auckland Fringe, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre and Port Douglas. Mark is Associate Producer and regular host of Broadway Sessions, Adelaide's long running monthly music theatre focussed, curated open mic night.

Marley Banham (she/her)

Marley Banham has recently completed a Bachelor of Music: Education and Pedagogy at the Elder Conservatorium. With over four years of vocal training in a broad range of genres, her voice has developed into one of her assets. She has had the privilege of working within the University of Adelaide choir Chorale, which has performed with the likes of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Marley has acting experience through SACE Stage 1 and Stage 2 Drama, in which she partook in numerous productions. Most recently she was in a production of Firebringer the Musical in which she had one of the leading roles as Zazzalill.

Oscar Bridges (he/him)

Oscar, 17 years old, has been performing since he was 7. He's performed in over 25 musical theatre productions, including the London Palladium's national tour of The Sound of Music, as Kurt at 10. Oscar's most recent musicals include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Wonka, Matilda as Miss Trunchbull and Mamma Mia as Sam. He also just performed as 'Jesus' in Jesus Christ Superstar with Pulteney Grammar School. Oscar sings at the Studio and Star Factory with Kirsty Roberts. Oscar has just been cast in the Australian national tour of Grease the Musical in the Ensemble and cover Roger, starting later this year. Oscar is looking forward to performing once more at Broadway Sessions.

Phoebe Rodger (she/her)

Phoebe, aged 18, is currently in her first year of a Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide. Over the past ten years she has performed in many shows with Pelican Productions, including nine Music Theatre Camps, The Little Mermaid, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Seussical, Annie Jr, Pelican’s USA performing arts tour, Bring it On (Return Season), and In the Heights. Phoebe has also enjoyed playing the roles of Kendra in 13! the musical, and Medda in Newsies Jr with Adelaide Youth Theatre. Last year, Phoebe enjoyed playing the role of Donna in her final school musical, Mamma Mia!

Sarah Hamilton (she/her)

Sarah graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre. Whilst studying at QCGU, Sarah performed as Maureen in RENT, Doatsy Mae in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Martha in The Secret Garden. In her final year, Sarah had the opportunity to perform in the ensemble of Opera Queensland’s Kiss Me, Kate!. Since graduating Sarah has played Bebe Benzenheimer in the QLD Coastal Tour of A Chorus Line, Nadia in Understudy Production's Bare, Tweedle Dee in the national tour of Alice in Wonderland LIVE, and performed to numerous schools across the nation with Meerkat Productions. Since moving to Adelaide, Sarah has appeared as Marcy in Dogfight (St Jude’s PlayersPrincess Fiona in Shrek (HMC), Ensemble in Kiss me, Kate! (HMC) and most recently appeared as Chris Hargensen in Carrie (HMC).

Tasmin McGill

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.

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!

Session Band

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 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.