August Session: Our 8th Birthday

27 Sunday August 2023
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $20

About this Session

Hip hip hooray! Broadway Sessions is celebrating its eighth birthday this year in our traditional fashion: cakes, games, great company, and amazing performances. Your presence is our present!

P.S. You’ll get a confirmation email with a ‘Happy Birthday’ rehearsal track, so no excuses for singing in the wrong key!

Session Setlist

Act 1
The New World (Opening) (Songs For A New World) – Casmira Lorien, Lindsay Prodea, Mark Oates, Ruby Pinkerton
Something’s Coming (West Side Story) – Joe Meldrum
Life of the Party (The Wild Party) – Angela Therese
Sayonara (How To Eat Like A Child) – Ivy Tunnah
I See Stars (Mean Girls) – Eva Dimmell
Breathe (In The Heights) – Chloe Dowd
What Do I Need With Love? (Thoroughly Modern Millie) – Jaxon Joy
Kindergarten Boyfriend (Heathers) – Liliana Carletti
It Feels Like Home (It’s Only Life) – Lindsay Prodea
Fly, Fly Away (Catch Me If You Can) – Maisie Aitken
King of the World (Songs For A New World) – Ava-Rose Askew
Luck Be A Lady (Guys and Dolls) – Luke Alleva
Act 2
Do A Little Good (Benj Pasek & Justin Paul) – Ben Gray, Eloise Neumann, Jules D’Onofrio, Thomas McCarthy
I Don’t Know How to Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar) – Aimee Crathern
Lost in the Brass (Band Geeks) – Ruby Pinkerton
Stars (Les Misérables) – Ali Corbett
She Used To Be Mine (Waitress) – Danielle Greaves
Mrs Remington (The Story of My Life) – Eloise Quinn-Valentine
I Need To Know (Jekyll & Hyde) – Mark Oates
I’m Your Man (Meet John Doe) – Phoebe Rodger
Stranger (Big Fish) – Darcy Wain
That's What You Call A Dream (Bonnie & Clyde) – Ellie McMahon
I Love Betsy (Honeymoon in Vegas) – Cooper James

Session Hosts

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.

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.

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.

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.

Session Performers

Aimee Crathern

Aimee is an avid music lover . She currently attends Tutti Arts and participates in their music program three days a week. Aimee loves performing and will take each opportunity to do so, participating in the performing arts group, singing with the Tutti Choir and Poco Choir, and is also a member of the worlds first all girl disability music group The Sisters of Invention. The Sisters of Invention, have seen Aimee perform at numerous events such as The Special Olympics Closing Ceremony, Womad and The Fringe Festival. Aimee and her music group The Sisters of Invention just released their second album.

Ali Corbett (he/him)

Ali is a proud Scot continuing his Aussie adventure working as Box Office Manager for Adelaide Fringe. He is an experienced amateur performer being a member of various musical theatre groups, having also worked as a Singing Waiter at weddings, functions and events. His previous musical roles include Tick in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Eddie in Sister Act, Link in Hairspray, Cortina in Made in Dagenham and ‘Star to Be’ in Annie. He has been immersed in the world of local pantomime in the UK, both on and offstage, as a performer, writer and director for the last 17 years.

Angela Therese (she/her)

Back in the saddle and ready to phonate Angela is returning for another Broadway Sessions extravaganza! Singing from the tender age of five, Angela has gone on to complete a BMus majoring in Musical Theatre at AIM. She loves a sad slow ballad and is a sucker for any song with a high G5 to boast. She is trilled to be gracing the stage once more and sharing stories with such a supportive bunch!

Ava-Rose Askew (she/they)

Ava-Rose Askew developed an early interest in performing with her local theatre group, achieving solos with the Festival of Music in 2010 and 2012, joining the Australian Youth Choir, lead vocalist in her high school jazz band and co-directing a cabaret for her year 11 research project, raising over $1000 for Silent Ripples. She has appeared in a number of shows over the years, including Gabriella and Sharpay in High School Musical with Parks Theatre and Now Productions, Adella in The Little Mermaid with Adelaide Youth Theatre, Alice in Alice in Wonderland with Seaview High School, Martha in Heathers with Zest Theatre, Jan in Grease with Adelaide Youth Theatre and more. Ava-Rose completed her certificate 4 in audio technology in 2020 before beginning her Bachelor of Music Theatre in 2022 with the Elder Conservatorium of Music at Adelaide University. She has worked as a horror actor for The Living Dead Experience (2016-2018), performed with Trevor Jones for his Piano Bar show in the Cabaret Festival (2022), BIMBO (2021-23) and performances with the University.

Ben Gray

Ben is an ever growing caucasian male with a voice that he thinks is kinda eh, though everyone else seems to think is angelic. He spends most of his time performing, playing video games or thinking about performing. Ben has a fabulous singing teacher (Millicent Sarre) and he spends every Wednesday night attending a theatre group known as Adelaide Theatre Academy with his best friend Jaxon Joy. Jaxon brings Ben a lot of joy.

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.

Cooper James (he/him)

Cooper is a singer, dancer, actor, musical theatre nerd, studying music theatre at VCA in 2024. He was part of the 2022 Class of Cabaret program. Cooper receives his vocal coaching from the fabulous Carolyn Ferrie and dances at Barbara Jayne Dance Centre. If he’s not at the piano playing and writing music, you will find him busking on Jetty Road Glenelg or playing vinyl.

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.

Ellie McMahon (she/her)

Ellie Esdene McMahon is a Queensland-based performer who is currently studying a Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide. She recently completed her Diploma of Musical theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Whilst training at WAAPA she played the role of the Drowsy Chaperone in their production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Ellie also achieved her Certificate III in dance in 2021 whilst studying at Launch Performing Arts Centre where she trained in Tap, Commercial Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Broadway Jazz, and Ballet, and was lucky enough to be trained by Mr Mark Wilson in various styles of ballroom throughout 2019.

In 2020, Ellie landed a lead Voice-Acting role in the upcoming game Project Haven produced by Code 351 Games and has since landed many more roles in games and audio dramas. Her other credits include Half-time Dancer for the AFL Grand Final (Nathan Mark Wright), Ensemble in Matt Ward Entertainment’s production of Fame, Sarah in Hellion: A Horror Anthology produced by Drive By Night productions, an extra in the Inbetweeners 2 produced by Film4 Productions and Bwark Productions, and an extra in Ticket to Paradise. Her amateur credits include Polly in Crazy For You (Michelle Hopper-Doyle),  Mrs Lyons in Blood Brothers, Pam Short in Strictly Ballroom, Astrid Pollard in Spontaneous Human Combustion and Jane Banks in Mary Poppins. For her role in Spontaneous Human Combustion she won the Outstanding Actress Award presented by the Gold Coast Drama Festival.

Eloise Neumann (She/Her)

Eloise fell in love with singing at age ten while participating in the Primary Schools' Music Festival, Festival of Music. Eloise grew her passion by performing in Scouts SA and Girl Guides SA performing arts programs where she now holds creative leadership roles in multiple Production and Technical teams. Eloise undertook professional vocal coaching from both Tania Savelli and Jennifer Trijo at the Vocal Hub Creative and now passes on that training to others as a singing teacher at Mighty Good Talent School teaching private and small group lessons for children aged 5-17 years. She has, in recent years, performed in Fringe and variety shows with Such Cliché and is now excited to start sharing the stage with her daughter who has recently joined one of the Scouts SA performing arts programs, Adelaide Gang Show. 

Eloise Quinn-Valentine

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.

Eva Dimmell (she/her)

Eva is a 15-year-old passionate performer who has been performing since she was two. Eva started dance lessons when she was 2, and performed in many concerts and recitals through them, Eva started singing when she was six and has been undertaking AMEB Exams since 2019 in Rockshool and Musical Theatre. Eva started taking acting/musical theatre lessons when she was ten and has taken classes with both ATA and TDIC and is currently taking classes with Pelican Productions. Eva's most recent show is Frozen Jr with Pelican Productions where she played Oaken's Family member and other ensemble roles throughout the show. Some other notable roles of hers are Little Pig in MTC with Pelican Productions (2023), and Valentine/Admiral Boom in Mary Poppins with ATA (2021). She has also performed in many other shows with her school, ATA and Pelican Productions. She wants to participate in Broadway Sessions to increase her confidence, and her performance abilities as well as meet other young people who are interested in musical theatre.

Ivy Tunnah (she/her)

Ivy is a 10 year old performer who trains in all aspects of performing arts. She dances with Luminous Dance Studio in Strathalbyn, and loves to compete her solos, duos and with her team at comps around Adelaide. She has recently started private singing tuition; along with piano and is loving the journey. She loves to sing ALL types of music and just loves to be on the stage. She is a fabulous performer and thrives with strong, bold, loud characters.

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.

Next year, Jaxon will be performing in the Fringe Show Fountain Lakes: A Very Foxy Parody, a Kath and Kim Musical, where he will be playing the role of Kel Knight.

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

Jules D’Onofrio (they/them)

Jules is a 23 year old theatre enthusiast with a passion for anything creative both on and off the stage. Jules has always taken interest to stage explored various parts including performing in cabarets and physical theatre while also working behind the scenes with directing, lighting and prop design. For the last two years, Jules has expanded their horizons by performing and directing cabarets in the Adelaide Fringe hosted by Such Cliché. Jules has been apart of Adelaide Gangshow through Scouts Australia for eight years taking many singing, dancing, and acting roles in their original productions, particularly this year as they've taken a leading role of Evil Sidekick. As a queer and neurodivergent person, Jules has taken an executive role in Adelaide Gangshow as the head of the Inclusivity Support Team, allowing all youth to experience theatre in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Jules plans to continue performing with the Adelaide Fringe as well as pursue more professional productions with a focus on singing and acting.

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.

Luke Alleva

Luke began his musical theatre career in Man of La Mancha as Juan, Brains in Get Happy, Cliff for We Will Rock You Aus Tour. Luke’s West End credits include We Will Rock You at The Dominion Theatre, Saturday Night Fever at Apollo Victoria u/s Joey, Chester and Cesar and West End Rocks UK Tour. On return to Australia Luke performed in The Rocky Horror Show u/s Brad and Eddie/Dr Scott, Scranton Slim & u/s Benny in Guys and Dolls, Mamma Mia u/s Pepper and Eddie, Young Danny in Xanadu, Moonshadow the Musical as Dance Captain, A Chorus Line u/s Mike/Al/Don/Larry, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hot Shoe Shuffle u/s four brothers including Spring and also playing the role of Spring in Birdie productions Hot Shoe Shuffle in Sydney, Dirty Dancing Immersive Cinema playing Luigi, role of Gene Kelly in the regional tour of Gene & Judy. The Production Company musicals Al Saxon in Dusty, Eddie Ryan in Funny Girl, Boy From Oz, 42nd Street, Little Me, Guys and Dolls, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jimmy The Boy Friend, Eddie/Dr Scott in John X Presents Rocky Horror.

Luke is the Creative Director and Founder of Luca Entertainment Productions. He co-produced the international acclaimed Gene Kelly the Legacy for the Australian tour at Sydney State Theatre, Melbourne Recital Centre and Brisbane QPAC. Luke created shows including starring in One Man show The Dancin Man in theatres throughout Australia including The Arts Centre Hamer Hall and International Cruises lines amongst other productions including Dance Fitness on Broadway.

Luke is also a sort after Choreographer and Director for Saturday Night Fever at Chapel Off Chapel, Cabaret the musical Spiegel Tent, Gene & Judy, 50’s Shake, Pippin, A Chorus
Line, Close To You short film, Give My Regards to Broadway, Tis The Season, Fr Bob’s We need A Little Christmas Fed Square, Tap & Musical Theatre Ambassador for VDF/ATF/DDA, Carols by Candle Light Channel 9 & Ballarat Carols Daryl Somers, Music Videos, Corporate Shows, Musical Theatre Workshops, Adjudicator/Judge.

Film credits are Montmartre Team lead dancers in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, Dein Perry’s Bootmen, Tom Usher in Gallipoli From Above, and The Divorce for the ABC.
TV credits include Always Greener, Australia's Got Talent, Paul O’Grady Show UK, Kerrie Anne, Countdown, Sunrise, Sydney Olympics Opening & Closing Ceremonies & various Tvc commercials, Corporate Gigs & Photoshoots.

www.lucaentertainmentproductions.com

Maisie Aitken

Maisie Aitken is currently in her first year at the Elder Conservatorium studying a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. She has always loved performing and has been involved in music theatre since she was ten years old. Some of her favourite roles include Peter Pan in Peter Pan Junior (Adelaide Youth Theatre), Lydia in Beetlejuice (Music Theatre Camp 2020, Pelican Productions), and Muriel in Muriel's Wedding (Music Theatre Camp 2023, Pelican Productions). Maisie also played the role of Hermey the Elf  in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer during the 2018 Pelican Productions trip to New York and was so grateful to be part of such an incredible experience. Maisie has loved every production she has been involved in over the years and looks forward many more in the future.

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!

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.

Thomas McCarthy (he/him)

Thomas found his way into the theatre scape in 2010 in his first year of Comedy Caper Gang Show, and since then has taken part in Scout Theatre shows including Scout Shouts Youth Theatre, and Adelaide Gang Show for 14 years so far. He has participated in both cast and crew for a number of years, and looks forward to entertaining you all!

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.

Joe Mueller (Bass)

Joe Mueller is a band leader, music producer/arranger, award-winning composer, and multi-instrumentalist originally from Adelaide.

Since studying Jazz performance at the Elder Conservatorium and performing with a variety of bands and ensembles since 2016, he has become a well-versed musician comfortable playing a smorgasbord of musicals-styles. This experience includes directing several original bands like Burjon, the Hawksley-Mueller Big Band, or Salvation Jane; countless side-man gigs performing original artists’ songs; and playing in the orchestra for thirty-plus community theatre musical productions.

Joe is a specialist on the bass guitar, and regularly performs on double bass and guitar, and has recently added piano and vocals to his repertoire. He also moonlights as a composer, having received an honoree for his song ‘The Truman’ in Downbeat Magazine’s 43rd Annual Student Music Awards.

Joe has recently returned to Adelaide after living on the east coast since 2022 and is looking forward to returning to SA’s music community.

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.