February Session: Performer’s Choice

25 Sunday February 2024
When: 6:30pm Where: Norwood Live, Norwood Hotel Tickets: $20

About this Session

Can you believe it's Fringe time in Adelaide already? It feels like we only just had Christmas. Once again this month we put the Session content in the hands of our performers. Come and join us for a drink at Norwood Live and be entertained with old favourites and new songs.

This month also features a performance by cast members of NLTC's upcoming production of The Wedding Singer.

Session Setlist

Act 1
Sing Happy (Flora the Red Menace) – Bethany Eloise
Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid) – Jessie Rouse
World Burn (Mean Girls) – Jenna Denholm
I’d Rather Be Me (Mean Girls) – Monique Monti
When the World Was Mine (The Count of Monte Cristo) – Inkie Elliott-Potter
Popular (Wicked) – Matilda Binetti
Why Can’t That Be Me? (Muriel’s Wedding) – Holly Abbott
Astonishing (Little Women) – Chloe Dowd
Where Do You Start?/I’d Rather Leave (Alan and Marilyn Bergman/The Boy From Oz) – David Gauci
Grow Old With You (The Wedding Singer)* – Catherine Breugelmans, Sam Mannix
Act 2
On Broadway (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) – Lindsay Prodea
Make You Feel My Love (Girl from the North Country) – Michelle Davy
With You (Ghost) – Zoe Tsoleridis
Our Word (36 Questions) – Tahlia Hope
The Party Goes with You (35mm: A Musical Exhibition) – Jessica Wolfendale
Crossing A Bridge (Anastasia) – Jelena Nicdao
I’m Breaking Down (Falsettos) – Tegan Gully-Crispe
Something To Hold Onto (Between The Lines) – Ben Jones
Burn (Hamilton: An American Musical) – Oriana Binetti
Highway Miles (The Flood) – Darcy Wain
* promoting an upcoming show

Session Hosts

David Gauci (he/him)

David Gauci, proudly from Adelaide’s western suburbs, wouldn’t stop singing from an early age – so much so that the Sisters of St Joseph at primary school wished he’d just shut up and do maths.

At Woodville High, teachers and parents suggested – after David showed interest in acting or journalism – a career in accounting. He did study accountancy but also theology and music (Elder Conservatorium). David was introduced to opera and classical singing but went down the dark path of corporate functions, cabaret and music theatre. He worked in piano bars for 20 years in Adelaide, Darwin, Melbourne, Sydney and Townsville.

David wrote cabaret shows New York According to Bernstein, The Sinatra Show and The Broadway Show, performed with co-writer and accompanist Matthew Carey in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville and Darwin.

He performed at the inaugural Adelaide Cabaret Festival and again in 2016 when he returned with the award-winning It was Worth the Weight. David also wrote and performed in The Big Book of Broadway, Cole’s Girls, Leading Men I’ll Never Play and Wireless.

He was equal winner in the 2015 Australian Cabaret Competition Adelaide final and most recently performed in the Australian Touring production of Hairspray as understudy to the role of Edna Turnblad – adding to professional stage roles in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney

David’s also appeared in TV commercials and films, e.g. The Brush Off, directed by Sam Neill.

This led to forming his own Davine Interventionz Productions in 2013 with a string of shows he’s produced, directed and/or designed to glowing reviews and a welter of awards. And David’s still singing!

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.

Session Performers

Ben Jones (he/him/they/them)

Ben is currently studying music theatre at the Elder Conservatorium of Music and  previously completed his Diploma of Music Theatre at Queensland College of Dance under the direction of Jacqui Devereux. Some of Ben’s previous credits include Pig (Sticks), Shrek (U/S) and Donkey (U/S) in the ECMT production of Shrek the Musical (dir. Erin James) and a featured soloist and ensemble member in the music theatre showcase Treading the Boards (QCD, dir. Tim Hill).

Bethany Eloise

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 Breugelmans

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. Chloe recently made her professional debut in the 2023 Adelaide Festival with Windmill Theatre in their production of Hans and Gret as a Clone Girl. She is currently playing Penny Pennywise in Prince Alfred College's production of Urinetown and Elle Woods in Mercedes College's production of Legally Blonde Jr. Other roles have included Louisa in The Sound of Music by Emma Knights Productions, Serena in Legally Blonde by Pelican Productions, and Dawn in Waitress for Pelican Production's 2024 Music Theatre Camp. Chloe has recently returned from Launceston, Tasmania where she attended the Australian Musical Theatre Festival directed by Tyran Parke and was lucky enough to be chosen as an emerging performer in their When I Get My Name in Lights opening concert directed by Erin James and hosted by Queenie van de Zandt where she performed a solo number amongst artists such as Patrice Tipoki, Kerrie Anne Greenland and Des Flanagan.

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.

Holly Abbott

Holly Abbott is 18 years old. Holly has been dancing and singing at TIDC Performing Arts Studio for the past 13 years under the direction of Kerreane Sarti, and is a voice student of Emma Riggs, and The Studio and Star Factory.

Holly has been in over 40 Musicals with various companies ... with some of her favourite roles being Patrice in 13 The Musical, Jemima Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with NLTC, Olaf in Frozen Jr, Young Fiona in Shrek Jr, Tracey Turnblad in Hairspray Jr all with Adelaide Youth Theatre. She was also cast in Matt Byrne Media’s 2019 production of Strictly Ballroom where she played Kylie Hastings. Holly has also played the title role in NLTC's 2017 production of Annie - where she was also honoured to receive the Theatre Association of South Australia award for Best Youth Female Actor for this role.

Holly has recently come back from a month overseas performing with the Australian Youth Performing Arts Team - She was lucky enough to have the opportunity to perform in Disneyworld and Universal Studios as a featured singer and dancer - She also had the opportunity to participate in the Junior Theatre Festival In Atlanta and Take Workshops and Masterclasses from Broadway professionals such as Natalie Weiss, Dan Micchice, and Derek Klena whilst in New York.

Holly is taking a gap year this year as she prepares to enter the audition circuit for Musical Theatre courses around the country and world - She is excited to go back to America in July to participate in Musical Theatre summer college courses and immerse herself in the life of a New York performer.

Inkie Elliott-Potter (she/them, she/her)

Inkie has worked in musical theatre for many years as a hobby, starting in Stagecoach in England and performed in many Adelaide Hills-based productions through Inkpot Arts Inc. In more recent years, they performed as part of the chorus in Adelaide Youth Theatre's production of Les Miserables, played the singing role of Ceres in University of Adelaide Theatre Guild's The Tempest, and performed in the 2024 Adelaide Fringe with improv show Chronically-Ill Prepared.

Jelena Nicdao (she/her)

Jelena is a current third year of the Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium and will be playing the role of Beth March in ECMT's upcoming production of Little Women (dir. Erin James). Other previous credits include ensemble/Dragon cover in Shrek (dir. Erin James) and as a booth singer in Sweeney Todd (dir. James Millar). Additional performances include Musical Mania with Adelaide Fringe Festival, Piano Man alongside Trevor Jones as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and she workshopped Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for iTheatrics in New York (dir. Marty Johnson).

Jenna Denholm (she/her)

Jenna has loved musical theatre ever since she first listened to Spamalot at 5 years old (an interesting choice for a first favourite musical). She made her theatre debut in the Adelaide Fringe 2023 as a soloist in Viva Performing Arts' An Evening on Broadway. She performed again in An Evening on Broadway in the 2024 Fringe, most notably playing the parts of Fantine (Les Misérables), Elsa (Frozen), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Cady (Mean Girls), and Katherine Howard (Six). She is always looking for opportunities to perform and can’t wait for her first Broadway Sessions.

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!

Jessie Rouse (she/her)

Jessie is a 19-year-old performer who has enjoyed singing her whole life. Ever since her first musical in 2019 she has had a love for performing and has since achieved some minor and major roles such as Pepper in the musical Annie and her personal favourite, Jasmine in Aladdin Jr. Most recently she played Kelsi in Now Productions' High School Musical in February, and is looking forward to performing so much more!

Matilda Binetti

Matilda sang her first musical solo in Grade 2 when she was selected as the youngest and only Primary School Student in the State to perform as a support act for the Catholic Schools Festival Choir's online performance during Covid.  She went on to perform as a Support Act in addition with her school choir where she debuted her first live solo performance on the iconic Festival Theatre Stage.  For the past 2 years Matilda has performed with Pelican Productions, in their Music Theatre Camp "Spotlight" where she has sung the role of Matilda (Matilda) and Evie (Descendants) as well as ensemble and minor solo roles in Frozen Jr, 2023 and as part of the ensemble for the Junior Theatre Music Festival in Newcastle representing Pelican Productions, 2023. Matilda looks forward to sharing her love of musical theatre.

Michelle Davy

Michelle has been involved with the performing arts since the age of eight. Some of her favourite shows and roles include Rosie in Mamma Mia!, a Laker Girl in Spamalot, Ellie Greenwich in Leader of the Pack and Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain with NLTC, a rebel in Urinetown, Kate/Chutney in Legally Blonde with the Hills Musical Company, Little Red in Into the Woods, Urleen in Footloose, Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray with Matt Byrne Media, and an Alabama Lamb in Big Fish, and Helen in The Hello Girls with Therry. Michelle has taught Musical Theatre for years and directs youth musicals for companies across Adelaide. Currently she is rehearsal with the Hills Musical Company for their production of Urinetown and feels very lucky to be a part of such an amazing cast and team!

Monique Monti (they/them)

Monique Monti is a local music theatre lover and performer. She is currently working in retail and enjoys singing and writing songs in her spare time. Monique previously studied music and drama in high school, she performed in the Wedding Singer and was given the lead role in Mary Poppins throughout her highschool career. Monique is hoping to write and release music in the near future.

Oriana Binetti

Pilates Instructor by day, Performer by night! A passion for Music Theatre, Oriana has been performing from age 8, undertaking Singing, Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Acting with The Johnny Young Talent School under the tuition of renowned mentors Malcolm Harslett, Bec Schembri, Gwen Mackey (OAM), Sue Scott, Rachel Symons, Tina Pollard (nee Casper), Debra Krizak and Kim Spargo. Oriana has completed her Ballet, Tap and Student Teachers' Examinations under the Commonwealth Society of Dancing.

At age 10, saw her first professional performance with Mighty Good Productions Pty Ltd in Humphrey B. Bear and his Magic Lamp with many other pantomimes following. Theatre credits include the roles of July (Annie, The Met), Brigitta (The Sound of Music, The Met). Helene (Sweet Charity, Mayfair Theatre Company) along with holiday entertainment as numerous Warner Bros. Suit Character roles for Conrad & Co Pty Ltd.

Part of The Three Chillies Cabaret group, this act has performed for numerous events around SA, including the Adelaide Fringe Festival, 2010, 2011 & 2012 receiving a 5 Star review for Hot Chillie Box accompanied by renowned pianist, Matthew Carey.  They performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2009) & Out of the Square as well as a fortnightly residency at Tongue Thai'd Restaurant from 2006-2010. Other Adelaide Fringe credits include lead Female Vocalist alongside Darren Mullen (founder of Hindley Street Country Club) in But I Won't Do That, Swamp Fairy under the direction of Jo Casson (DING Productions) and Sharon Angove.

Swamp Fairy performances include A Night on Broadway, Destination Broadway and Encore. Roles include Hunyak (Chicago), Carmen (Fame), Rumpleteazer (Cats). Oriana is currently a Backing Vocalist with Australia's Elvis Tribute Artist, Mark Anthony as well as International Elvis Tribute Artists at the Parkes Elvis Festival 2018/2019, American Trilogy 2018, Cooly Rocks On Festival, 2023 and Royal Carribean, Blue Suede Cruise 2023.

Sam Mannix

Sam Mannix begun his theatre journey in 2022 playing the Wolf and Cinderella's Prince in the G&S production of Into the Woods. In 2023 he played Harry in Therry Theatre's production of Company.
Sam is eager to tackle his first leading role playing Robbie Hart in the NLTC production of Wedding Singer and is excited to incorporate his background in bands with his passion for musical theatre.

Tahlia Hope (she/her)

Tahlia Hope is a well-rounded performer with a diverse skill set. an accomplished musician, actor, playwright, Tahlia continues to expand her creative horizons, with two plays already under her belt, Tahlia is currently in the creation process for her debut album Dream-Like State, showcasing her talents from another medium

Tegan Gully-Crispe (She/Her)

Tegan has appeared in amateur and professional shows since the age of nine, her favourite roles include Lois/Bianca in Kiss Me Kate (MCMT- 2006 and Co Opera SA - 2007), Ariel in Footloose (Matt Byrne Media – 2006), Lucy T Slut in Avenue Q (Matt Byrne Media – 2011), Rizzo in Grease (The Met – 2013), Calamity Jane in Calamity Jane (MCMT- 2014), Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (Hills Musical Company – 2014) and Julia in The Wedding Singer (MCMT- 2015).

For five years Tegan worked at the Night Train as a lead performer in their Adult, Kids and touring show, The Rockaholics, and has been the lead singer for Adelaide corporate and Party Band Jungle Jooce for the past 16 years. She also co-wrote, choreographed and performed in the sold out season of Villain-Ville: A Musical Exploration of Villainy and Evil in the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

More recently Tegan played Princess Fiona in AYT's Shrek, Tracy Samantha Lord in the METs High Society, Mayzie La Bird in NLTC’s Seussical in 2018 and Eva Peron in G&S' production of Evita in 2021. In April this year, Tegan will be playing Holly in Northern Light Theatre CO’s production of The Wedding Singer.

Zoe Tsoleridis

This is Zoe’s fourth time performing at a Broadway Sessions over the years, and she loves gaining the experience of performing in front of a live audience, having missed the stage since appearing in the ensemble of Strictly Ballroom in 2019. Zoe now works as a Speech Pathologist but is always keen get back on the stage and immerse herself into the world of performing arts and musical theatre whenever possible.

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.