About this Session
March yourself down to Broadway Sessions this month because it’s March and it’s Performer’s Choice. Whether you’re a Broadway sessions newbie or have graced our stage before, we’d love to hear you sing a song you love. We’ve got our cracker band ready to crank out the tunes so all you have to do is jump online to register to perform. We are brimming with talent in Adelaide so make sure you get to be part of the fun this month!
This month's Session includes promos for ECMT's upcoming production of On The Town, and HMC's Kiss Me Kate.
Casmira Lorien (she/her)
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.
Antony Hubmayer (he/him)
Dr Antony Hubmayer is a celebrated Australian music educator and contemporary music performer. His interests in music are varied with piano lounge and light classical performance gigs in Asia and Australia contrasted by rock band composing, recording and performing as well as a producer and musical director for musicals. He currently performs in piano bars as ‘Dr. H.’ and with his originals rock band ‘Legends of Myth’. As a music educator, he has taught and lectured across Australia, receiving an Australian Government Award for Excellence in School Music Education in 2010 and completing his Doctorate in 2013. He is currently Head of Music at Seymour College and previously, Head of Performing Arts and Music at Scotch College.
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.
Brendon Maczkowiack (he/him)
A young and musically inclined Adelaidian with a passion for music. Through performing since he was five, the passion for musical theatre grew over time, leading him to perform some of the finest hits off Broadway.
Chelsea McGuinness (she/her)
At just 24 years old, Chelsea is already making waves in the professional music industry, working as a songwriter, specialist vocal coach and speech pathologist. Chelsea graduated from the Elder Conservatorium Jazz degree in 2019 with some the highest marks in her cohort, having been selected by James Morrison as a Vocal Jazz Scholarship finalist in 2018 & 2019. Chelsea has since completed a Master of Speech Pathology, recently travelling to Sydney to present her research on perfectionism in the professional performer at the Australian Voice Association National Conference. In 2022, she also travelled to Los Angeles to attend an Artist Development Program, meeting some of the music industry's leading songwriters and industry experts, including those that work with the likes of Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Tori Kelly and more. Chelsea is passionate about empowering performers through holistic and evidence-based voice science and hopes continue travelling around the world engaging in leading research and working with professional performers. With a strong background in Music Theatre and after a long hiatus from Broadway sessions, Chelsea is grateful to be sharing the stage with some of the best!
Claire McEvoy (she/her)
Claire is proud to have been a part of Adelaide's musical theatre and cabaret scene for almost 20 years. She's had the chance to play some fantastic roles in shows such as Kiss Me, Kate, The Sound of Music, [title of show], The Wedding Singer, and Homemade Fusion. Over the years 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.
Claudia Finn (she/her)
Performing and choreographing for the upcoming Adelaide Fringe show ‘An Evening on Broadway,’ Claudia is currently Head of Performing Arts and Director of Choreography at VIVA Perfoming Arts.
Cory Ferguson (she/they)
Cory has always been passionate about the arts, dancing and singing from the age of 5. Some of their stage highlights include Jenny Lind in Barnum (2019, March Productions), Cosette in Les Miserables (2020, Now Productions) and Teen Fiona in Shrek The Musical (2022, Hills Musical Company). After falling in love with theatre, they branched out into working backstage and behind the scenes with companies such as Pelican Productions, Northern Lights Theatre Company, Broadway Sessions, and most recently Davine Productions sell out seasons of Beautiful. These backstage experiences led Cory to study sound production, and then a degree in Film and TV at MAPS film school in 2019. Cory currently works as a barista, and is moving to Melbourne in April.
Daniel's recent roles include: Fred Graham/Petruchio (Kiss Me Kate - HMC), Tony (West Side Story - AYT), Jasper (Parlour Games - Green Guys Co.) Whilst studying he played Professor Bhaer (Little Women), Thomas Aquinas/John the Baptist U/s (Godspell), Snowboy (West Side Story), and was also a Featured Performer with the Queensland Pops Orchestra, understudying Teddy Tahu Rhodes and as a soloist. He participated in a creative development of Yve Blake's Fangirls, and developments of works by playwright Will Hinz. Daniel is a huge proponent of new works and lesser known theatre getting its time in the sun, and is a proud union member.
Eloise Quinn-Valentine loves to tell stories on stage, and has performed in a variety of musicals, plays, cabarets, and choirs from a young age. Recent highlights include Othello and Seagull (Independent Theatre, 2022), The Hello Girls (Therry Theatre, 2021), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Davine Productions, 2020), Jerusalem (University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, 2019), It’s Only Life (Davine Productions, 2018), Violet: a musical (Davine Productions, 2017), and The Crucible (Royal Holloway University of London Drama Society, 2017). Eloise works and volunteers as an educator across a variety of disciplines and contexts, and particularly loves teaching others about faith, storytelling, compassion, and justice.
Belle is very excited to be returning to Broadway Session to perform, six years after her first appearance. She has been very lucky to have been cast in a number of lead and supporting roles over the years with various companies. Some of her favorites include; Marty in Grease, Ursula in The Little Mermaid Jr, and Princess Fiona in the Shrek set of We’re All Made Of Stars. She is looking forward to playing the role of Margot in Pelican Productions Legally Blonde in August.
Jeri Williams (she/her)
Originally from the US, Jeri Williams immigrated to Adelaide in 2011. She’s a born performer, growing up singing in choirs, glee club, a pop/R&B girl group, and musical theatre. She got her start in theatre performing in the ensemble of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at age 16. After school, Jeri got a job singing in an acapella group at a theme park in Florida, which led to being cast as Wendy Darling by Disney Cruise Line. Jeri spent her early 20s working and performing on various cruise ships with her husband.
Since making Adelaide her home, Jeri has delved into the local theatre scene on a few occasions, being cast in leading roles in NLTC’s Into The Woods (2012) as the Baker’s Wife; G&SSA’s Guys & Dolls (2015) as Adelaide and NLTC's Mack and Mabel (2016) as Mabel.
When life gets too busy for a full show schedule, Jeri enjoys singing with the Civic Park Carols Choir and joining in for a sing at Broadway Sessions as often as possible.
Jessica Mills (she/her)
Originally from Adelaide, Jessica graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2016 with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre. She made her adult professional debut early 2017 with The 7 Sopranos in their tour of Songs from Stage and Screen, and has since toured with them internationally.
With State Opera of South Australia, Jessica understudied and performed the lead role of Angela, and covered all of the female roles in their tour of Love Burns. She has performed as a soloist in Bright Lights and Big Dreams, and Emerging Artists In Concert. Currently, she is looking forward to stepping into the role of Isabel in Pirates of Penzance. Jessica has also performed in the chorus of La Bohème, Voss, and La Traviata.
Other stage credits include: Nella – Gianni Schicchi (CoOpera), Messa da Requiem (Adelaide Festival), Study Cover La Strega Buona del Nord – Il Mago di Oz (Victorian Opera), Choreographer, TweedleDee – Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (Australian Contemporary Opera Co.), Mab/Day, Dance Captain – The Enchanted Pig (postponed, ACOCo.), actor/dancer - Don Giovanni (Opera Australia), actor - Il Viaggio a Reims (Opera Australia), U/S Mary Maguire, Ensemble - The Beautiful Game (Manilla Street Productions), Cinderella - Cinderella (Pantomime Productions), and Aurora - Sleeping Beauty (Tivoli).
Kristin Stefanoff (she/her)
Kristin is a music teacher, musician, and performer based in the Adelaide Hills. Favourite musical theatre 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 will be playing Ms Gardner/Female Authority Voice in Carrie The Musical with Hills Musical Company in November 2023.
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 teaches piano, voice, violin and music theory, and loves seeing students grow in confidence as they develop their skills in music.
Maisy Jo (she/her)
Maisy Jo is 16 years old and attends classes in dance, music and drama at SA Performing Arts. She also attends Inspire School of Arts, where her training is extended throughout a full time high school program. Her previous performing highlights include: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), The Addams Family (Wednesday), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Veruca), The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Grease (Sandy), Oliver! (Nancy), Les Misérables (Eponine), Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham), Annie (Duffy), Matilda (Matilda), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Jemima) and The Sound of Music (Brigitta). Maisy recently won a TASA Award for Best Female Youth Performer for her role of Nancy in Oliver! with NOW Productions. She is also a keen dancer and choreographer, she has also completed her Certificate III in Dance.
Mark Stefanoff (he/they)
Mark has trained throughout Australia and New York studying Musical Theatre at Schools including The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA Bachelor of Musical Theatre), APO Arts Academy (Advanced Diploma Musical Theatre), and Broadway Dance Centre (Scholarship Program). Mark is most well known from his appearances on The Voice, most recently in this years series making his way on to Team Ricky!
This ignited that theatre bug which led Mark to tour Australia, Asia, America and Europe with multiple musicals/productions including Kinky Boots (Australian Tour), Godspell (Australian Revival), Hello, Dolly! (Australian Revival), Hairspray Arena Spectacular (Tour), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (NCL European Tour), and Magic to do – Stephen Schwartz (USA/Euro Princess tour 3.0). Mark is proudly represented by Emma Raciti Management, and is excited by the opportunities that are popping up within South Australia in the Arts!
Most recently Mark has been working with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as the vocal captain for Disco Wonderland for the Brisbane Festival. Mark is about to head out on tour for the Japanese and Australian tour of Burn The Floor as their lead vocalist.
Mim Sarre (she/her)
Millicent Sarre (Mim) is a cabaret artist, singer-songwriter, vocal coach, and musical theatre performer, brought up and working on Kaurna Land. She has toured her original cabaret works Australia-wide; her most recent show Millicent Sarre is Opinionated won ‘Best Cabaret’ of the Adelaide Fringe 2023, and the album of the original songs from the show was released in February 2023. Previous musical theatre roles include Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd (ECMT, dir. James Millar), Hildy in On the Town (ECMT, dir. Erin James), Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (ECMT, dir. Joseph Simons), and Ivy in the Australian premiere of Ivy + Bean: The Musical (The Gemini Collective, dir. Sarah Williams). Mim will graduate with a Bachelor of Music Theatre from the Elder Conservatorium in 2023.
Neveah is musical theatre performer, having opportunity to be part of Adelaide Youth Theatres 2023 Frozen Jr, and will be taking part in Pelican Productions Legally Blonde in mid 2023. Neveah hopes to gain more experience in the community, and enjoys singing and performing with people who also have a passion for theatre.
Nikki Long (she/her)
Nikki is an Adelaide raised performer. Last year she graduated from the Bachelor of Music Theatre degree at Elder Conservatorium Music Theatre. Before ECMT she completed her Certificate IV in Dance at Australian Company of Performing Arts. In 2019 she played Heather Chandler in Segue Productions Heathers. In 2021 she made her Adelaide Fringe Festival debut in Friendly Feminism for The Mild Mannered and was also part of the choir in Chess: The Musical (dir. Tyran Parke). Nikki appeared in the second year production of Urinetown (dir. George Torbay) as Mrs Millennium. She was also the Josephine “Old Ma” Strong and Soupy Sue cover, and performed as Josephine “Old Ma” Strong for two performances. While at ECMT she performed in the third year production of In Pieces (dir. George Torbay). Nikki performed in the ensemble of ECMT’s third year production of Les Miserables (dir. Erin James) and she performed as Kate/Ensemble in the graduation production of Legally Blonde (dir. Nikki Snelson) Nikki has just finished a tour with Echelon Productions performing Way Too Cool for children’s book week in schools and will be moving to Sydney in January.
Romy Glass (she/her)
Having just completed a Bachelor of Music Theatre at Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, Romy is thrilled to soon begin her professional career at Universal Studios in Singapore! Toward the end of her study, Romy covered the role of Paulette Buonufonte and Enid Hoopes in ECMT’s production of Legally Blonde directed by Broadway’s Nikki Snelson. Prior to this, she covered the role of Fantine in Les Misérables (ECMT, dir. Erin James) and appeared as a featured soloist in the Australian premiere production of In Pieces: A New Musical by Joey Contreras (ECMT, dir. George Torbay). Romy was also fortunate enough to play Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown: The Musical (ECMT, dir. George Torbay). Whilst studying in Adelaide Romy has featured alongside Trevor Jones at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, in the choir of Chess: The Musical (StoreyBoard Entertainment, dir. Tyran Parke) and as a featured soloist in Songs for a New World (ECMT, dir. Mitre Khammash).
Ryan Tillman (he/him)
Ryan is a 14-year-old vocalist receiving training in performing arts for six years. Most recently he appeared in Frozen Jr with Pelican Productions. He is a member of the special interest music program at Marryatville High School where he sings in Swing Tones and plays clarinet in a range of ensembles. During his primary years, he was a member of the SAPPS choir, performing for different events around Adelaide including the Public Education awards of 2019 and the Festival of Music as guest artists. His most favourite role has been playing Charlie Bucket in Adelaide Youth Theatre's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and also enjoyed recording the Festival of Music songs for 2021 as a part of an auditioned group from SAPPS choir in 2020. Ryan hopes to pursue a career related to performing arts and hopes to one day make it to Broadway.
Sarah Whalen (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, performed to numerous schools with Meerkat Productions and been a part of the national tour with Alice in Wonderland LIVE. Since moving to Adelaide, Sarah has appeared as Marcy in St Jude’s Players production of Dogfight, Princess Fiona in Hills Musical Company production of Shrek and most recently ensemble in Kiss me, Kate! with Hills Musical Company.
Sophie Guidolin (she/her)
Sophie is a recent graduate of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) at the Victorian College of the Arts. Before moving to Melbourne, Sophie was heavily involved in the Adelaide theatre scene. She began dancing at the age of 6 which naturally progressed to discovering the allure of music theatre. She has been involved in a variety of cabarets, competitions and musicals including Rent (MCMT), The Little Mermaid as Ariel (AYT), Beauty and the Beast as Belle/Babette (AYT) and The Wizard of Oz as Dorothy (AYT and Gleeson College).
Teagan Garvey (he/him)
Teagan, aged 18, has been performing since the age of 7 and has had a strong passion for it ever since. He has been a part of over 30 theatre productions since then. His highlights include playing Mark Anthony (A Chorus Line) for the G&S Society, Emmett Forrest (Legally Blonde) for Pelican Productions, and Jack Kelly (Newsies Jr) for Adelaide Youth Theatre. After his gap year this year, he hopes to study Music Theatre at university and pursue it as a career. Teagan is very excited to be back at Broadway Sessions.
Zara recently performed with Windmill Theatre Company in Hans + Gret for the 2023 Adelaide Festival after making her professional stage debut aged seven in Girl Asleep (2014). She has appeared in lead and supporting lead roles in many local theatre productions, most recently as Young Elizabeth in The Audience (Therry Theatre), Mrs Bucket in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory with Adelaide Youth Theatre, and Rachel in One Man, Two Guvnors for Princes Players. Onscreen Zara can be seen in the music videos for Stronger by German DJ producer duo, Claptone, Scars To Your Beautiful x This Girl is on Fire with girl group, Glo and as lead vocalist in I Can Only Imagine, with her award winning senior school jazz choir, Enchante. She was also a featured extra on ABC TVs First Day (Season 2).
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.