About this Session
Divorced? No. Beheaded? Sure. Died? Absolutely! This month, we celebrate The Whole “Being Dead” Thing with songs sung by characters who face their untimely demise during the show. To avoid major spoilers, we won’t name characters; however, the following shows include at least one character who dies: Bonnie & Clyde, Hamilton, Beetlejuice, Heathers, Urinetown, Miss Saigon, Spring Awakening, and Les Misérables (you can choose practically any song from this one!).
We would love to hear you take our (last) breath away, and there’s bonus points for the best death on stage. Please note: no performers were harmed in the making of this Session.
Lindsay Prodea (he/him)
Lindsay has performed over the past decade in both musical theatre and cabaret, having enjoyed success in various genres: classical roles such as John Brooke in Little Women (The Musical) (Therry Dramatic Society 2013) and Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods (Northern Light Theatre Company 2012); to contemporary roles such as Abraham in the Adelaide premiere of Altar Boyz (Davine Interventionz 2013), Sonny Malone in Xanadu (The Musical) (Davine Interventionz 2014), George in The Drowsy Chaperone (Hills Musical Company 2013), Kyle the UPS Delivery guy in Legally Blonde (HMC 2014) and most recently Elliott Garfield in The Goodbye Girl (Therry 2015). Lindsay has also appeared in countless other shows, favourites including Urinetown, 42nd Street, Crazy for You & Les Misérables. Most recently he premiered in Adelaide the role of Fabrizio for Davine Interventionz's 2016 Adelaide Fringe Show, The Light In The Piazza.
Aside from musical theatre, Lindsay has a keen passion for cabaret, having written, co-produced and performed at numerous cabaret events over the years. Stepping out side his usual genre, Lindsay played the role of Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (old sport), produced by Independent Theatre.
Abi Sharp (she/her)
Abi has been dancing since she was two but her first taste of musical theatre was in 2017 with NLTC in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Abi has been a regular in Adelaide's youth theatre scene with various roles including Fiona in Xavier Secondary College's Shrek, Ariel in The Parks Youth Theatre production of Little Mermaid Jr and most recently Anna in Pelican Youth Theatre's production of Frozen Jr She is currently studying at a part-time dance program while completing secondary school and hopes to pursue a career in performing arts.
Ariel Higgs (she/her)
Ariel is fifteen years old. She has enjoyed performing since the age of three, initially with Theatre Bugs and the Australian Girls Choir, before joining Pelican Productions in 2016 and attending their music theatre camps ever since. She made her professional debut in 2016, playing the role of Brigitta in The Sound of Music (Gordon Frost Organisation) and then performed the role of Young Cosette in Les Misérables with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of SA and was nominated for Best Youth Female Actor in the 2017 TASA awards. She has since performed lead roles in The Little Mermaid and School of Rock (Pelican Productions) and most recently as Donna in Mamma Mia in her school production. Ariel attends dance lessons at Barbara Jayne Dance Centre and voice tuition with Kirsty Roberts, and when not performing can be found enjoying netball, volleyball, crocheting, reading and hanging with her friends.
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.
Catherine established a passion for performing arts in Adelaide, appearing in multiple amateur productions including Jo March in Little Women (Therry Dramatic Society 2013), Eponine in Les Misérables (Shane Davidson Presents 2012), Tammy in Hairspray (Matt Byrne Media 2012) and Pegeen in The Playboy of the Western World (Independent Theatre Inc 2013). Catherine then moved to Melbourne in 2014 to pursue musical theatre full time at APO Arts Academy.
During her 2 year training, she landed her first professional gig in Spiegelicious and in 2015 was a semi-finalist in the Rob Guest Endowment. Since graduating Catherine appeared in numerous TVCs and local musical theatre productions in Melbourne. In 2017 she performed the role of Maureen in WMTC’s production of RENT and in October 2018 she performed the role of Emma Carew in CLOC’s production of Jekyll and Hyde.
Catherine joined the corporate trio The Cover Girls in 2017 and regularly performed with them on various cruise ships around Australia. Since moving back to Adelaide in 2020 Catherine has become a mother to her daughter Charlotte and returned to local theatre. She played the role of the Baker’s Wife in G&S’s Into the Woods (2022), Sarah in Therry Theatre’s Company (2023) and will be performing the role of Julia in NLTC’s upcoming 2024 production of The Wedding Singer.
Chloe Dowd (she/her)
Chloe found her love for performing when she joined Pelican Productions at just nine years old. Her favourite camp roles have included Jasmine in Aladdin, Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, and Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls, along with participating in their mid-year musicals including Seussical Jr, The Little Mermaid Jr, School of Rock and most recently Legally Blonde as Serena. Chloe recently made her professional debut in the 2023 Adelaide Festival with Windmill Theatre in their production of Hans and Gret as the role of Clone Girl. Other roles have included Louisa in The Sound of Music by Emma Knights Productions and her most recent (and favourite) role has been Dawn in Waitress for Pelican Production's 2024 Music Theatre Camp.
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.
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.
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.
Darcy Wain (he/him)
Darcy is currently in his third year of studying Music Theatre at Elder Conservatorium. He just recently finished a season at the Sydney Opera House performing in the Australian Ballets production of Swan Lake. He is currently in rehearsals for ECMT’s production of Little Women where he’s playing the role of Theodore ‘Laurie’ Lawrence. His first production at ECMT was the first-year showcase Magic, Myths and Monsters (dir. Joesph Simons). At the end of last year Darcy played Lord Farquaad in ECMT’s Shrek The Musical, and earlier in the year he understudied the roles of Anthony Hope and Adolfo Perelli in the ECMT’s third year production of Sweeney Todd. Other performances include, Adelaide Festival Centre’s Piano Bar performing with Trevor Jones (Adelaide Cabaret Festival), and Don Quixote in Oh What a Knight! (Track Youth Theatre, dir. Sophie Jevons). Darcy recently starred in a short film, directed by Christopher Jordan, that was nominated for the 2022 VCAA Top Arts Awards and subsequently featured in the NGV Top Arts Exhibit.
Ella Wood (she/her)
Ella's love for performing started after attending dance lessons at the Barbara Jayne Dance Centre studios. She is in her twelfth year of training at the studio in all facets of dance. Ella has been involved with Pelican Productions since 2015 and most recently played Elsa in their production of Frozen Jr. Prior to this she has played the role of Marilyn, Calliope and Dance Captain in their Music Theatre Camp productions. She has played lead roles in Pulteney Grammar School productions including Mary Magdelene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Donna in Mamma Mia! and Miss Honey in Matilda. Ella looks forward to pursuing a career in Music Theatre.
Immi Beattie (she/her)
Immi has grown up with a passion for music and performance, starting out singing and picking up a variety of instruments along the way, and over her teen years this has developed into a love for musical theatre. Although she made a later start than most, Immi has been fortunate enough to perform in a wide range of musicals and theatre productions, her favourite credits including Cinderella in Into the Woods, Rosalie Mullins in School of Rock, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and, currently, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (August 2023). Immi is thrilled to be making her Broadway Sessions debut and looks forward to continuing her love of story telling and entertaining others.
Inara began dancing at age 4 studying classical; jazz; tap and hip hop at TK Studios. She began her musical theatre journey at Pelican Productions’ Spotlight and MTC theatre camps where she has been a soloist in musical sets for Anastasia, Aladdin, Fame, and Mean Girls. Inara has performed in Annie Jr (Tessie), The Little Mermaid Jr (Mersister Andrina) and Shrek Jr (Teen Fiona). Inara was a cast member for the pilot presentations of Mean Girls Jr and Beetlejuice Jr and she recently travelled to Newcastle to participate in an original cast recording of the new musical Dot and the Kangaroo. Inara’s performing highlight to date is Pelican Productions’ School of Rock where she released her inner rock chick as bass guitarist, Katie. Inara is thrilled to be playing the role of Princess Anna in Pelican Productions’ upcoming Frozen Jr.
Isabella Eddowes (she/her)
Isabella Eddowes, who plays Pilar in the Rufus cast of Pelican Productions upcoming stage production of Legally Blonde, is incredibly excited to perform with her talented cast mates. Favourite stage roles include Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, Chad Danforth in High School Musical, and The Witch in Adelaide Youth Theatre’s 2022 performance of Into the Woods. Isabella is a practiced performer having also presented in Footloose, The Addams Family Musical and countless dance concerts across over 18 years with Barossa Dance Company. She loves performing and will definitely be pursuing other stage productions in the future.
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.
James is a 19-year-old singer and musician with a passion for acting. Some of his highlights include Oliver Warbucks in Annie, Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Gomez Addams in The Addams Family, and ensemble member/Orin swing in Little Shop of Horrors. He is currently in his first year studying for a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Music at the Elder Conservatorium.
Jessica Wolfendale (she/they)
Jess has been involved in Adelaide's theatre scene since 2015, from Guys and Dolls to The Addams Family, to (most recently) A New Brain with Davine Productions. Working as a Stage Manager and general backstage all-rounder, for companies such as Adelaide Festival Centre, State Opera, and Slingsby; they still love to perform – though it's mostly in the car on the way to and from work!
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.
Kirsty Burch (they/them)
Kirsty grew up in Mount Gambier where they were involved in multiple community choirs and theatre productions, including Little Shop of Horrors as Chiffon and Rizzo in Grease. After moving to Adelaide they played Martha in Segue Productions Heathers in 2019 as well as being involved in choral groups. They took a few years off before returning to the stage again in 2022 with HMC’s Shrek, playing the all so loveable ‘Egg’.
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.
Lily Walker (she/her)
Lily has moved to the great Festival State from Melbourne, to study the Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. In April this year, she will be performing as Jo March in ECMT's production of Little Women (dir. Erin James). Previous ECMT credits include Fairy Godmother/Ensemble in Shrek the Musical (dir. Erin James) and Songs and Scenes: Magic, Myths and Monsters (dir. Joseph Simons). Prior to her move, Lily completed a Diploma of Musical Theatre at APO Arts Academy in Melbourne, graduating with the 2019 Achievement Award and the 2018 Showmanship Award. Lily is very excited to be joining this month's Broadway Sessions line-up!
Lluka is 17 years old and has loved performing on stage from a young age. She has been a company member of Pelican Productions since she was seven years old. She has played Gurtrude Mcfuzz in Seussical, Annie in Annie Jr, Tracy in MTC 2018, Jasmin in MTC 2020 and Muriel in MTC 2023. She looks forward to playing Elsa in Frozen Jr this August 2023. Lluka recently performed in Class of Cabaret at the Festival theatre as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. She also enjoys playing the piano, guitar and ukulele.
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.
Teresa Van Der Hoek (she/her)
Teresa is a seventeen-year-old performer based in Adelaide, South Australia. Although she was surrounded by the arts from a young age due to her mother being involved in State Opera of South Australia and her father being a classical pianist, it wasn't until she discovered Adelaide Theatre Academy in early 2021 she became active in the local theatre scene. Since beginning classes, she has been in various musicals. Some of her highlights include Cinderellas Mother in Into the Woods (2022), Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2022), and most recently, Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (2023). She has also taken on leadership roles in her schools music scene; music directing and vocal coach for Lion King Jr and co-choreographing Oliver! She was also selected to sing for The Festival of Music at The Adelaide Festival Theatre.
Following training in classical voice at Elder Conservatorium, and many years as a soloist at weddings, parties and (almost) anything, Wendy’s involvement in theatre has seen her embrace a wide variety of character roles over the past 25 years. These have ranged from haughty Sister Berthe in The Sound of Music, fragile Old Sally in Oliver! and the delightfully dithery Mrs Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone ... to memorable characters created for the busy ensembles of The Goodbye Girl and Big Fish. She has appeared as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance several times, and can't seem to stop performing in Les Misérables.
Wendy has appeared with Emma Knights Productions as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance (Adelaide Fringe Festival), Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! On A Farm, Mrs Rachel Lynde in Anne of Green Gables and Sister Berthe/Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music.
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.