Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret


The Lord Mayor's Seniors Cabaret is a free development program that provides Brisbane seniors the opportunity to learn from the best in the biz and develop their creative and artistic talents in a non-competitive, supportive environment. Create, rehearse, succeed - if you can dream it, you can do it!

Whether you’re an experienced performer or you’ve never performed on the stage before, register to work alongside top industry professionals in a series of masterclasses. Some participants will also be given the opportunity to perform at the showcase concerts in September and at the Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret Gala at Brisbane City Hall in October. No auditions required. 

Registrations for the Lord Mayor's Seniors Cabaret 2024 are now open.

How to register

If you would like to be involved, complete the online registration form.

Register now

Registrations close 5pm Tuesday 23 July. You will be contacted by Epiphany Productions to finalise your registration.

The Lord Mayor's Seniors Cabaret program is made up of three parts.


Throughout July and August participants will take part in free masterclasses across Brisbane, working one-on-one with some of Australia's top professional mentors to develop their skills and talents.

Previously, the focus of the masterclass sessions has included:

  • overcoming stage fright
  • stage craft
  • vocal technique
  • group singing
  • song and dance
  • a healthy voice
  • how to hit those high notes
  • ukulele and voice.
Masterclass dates

Morning sessions run from 10am to 1pm and afternoon sessions run from 1.30-3.30pm.

Wednesday 24 July (morning session)
Hamilton Town Hall, Ascot
Simon Gallaher
Thursday 25 July (morning and afternoon sessions)
Sandgate Town Hall, Sandgate
Renae Suttie
Wednesday 31 July (morning and afternoon sessions)
SunPAC, Sunnybank
Joanna Nash
Thursday 1 August (morning session)
Old Museum Building, Bowen Hills
Timothy Sherlock
Tuesday 6 August (morning session)
Seven Hills Hub, Seven Hills
Queenie van de Zandt
Wednesday 7 August (morning session)
Seven Hills Hub, Seven Hills
Daniel Robinson
Friday 9 August (morning session)
Moorooka Community Centre, Moorooka
Vic Kena
Tuesday 13 August (morning session)
Northgate Hall, Northgate
Asabi Goodman
Wednesday 14 August (morning and afternoon sessions)
Burnie Brae Community Centre, Chermside
Angela Toohey
Thursday 15 August (morning session)
Toombul Shire Hall, Nundah
Gregory Moore

2024 mentors

Angela Toohey

Angela is a Brisbane based singer songwriter with a renowned 20 plus year career in musical theatre.

Following a serious illness and with profound wisdom, Angela has shifted from performing what she calls ‘other people's stories’ in big theatre shows, to telling ‘real stories’ of the everyday for her ever-growing audiences.

Her music ranges from exquisitely emotive ballads to soaring anthems, rich with imagery and stories of love, loss, growth, and occasional howling at the moon.

Angela has been associated with the Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret since its inception.

Asabi Goodman

Asabi is an American born, Australian entertainer (actor and singer) with almost 40 years of experience in vocal and stage performance.

Asabi is also trained in intimacy choreography for stage and screen and has worked as an intimacy coordinator for the Australian Performing Arts Conservatory, Griffith University, and various independent theatre and film companies.

She starred in the recent Australian national touring production of Hairspray! After the show's closing, Asabi was invited to join the US Broadway touring production of Hairspray and performed during the final six weeks of the tour in the United States.

Currently, Asabi is performing the role of Matron "Mama" Morton in the Australian touring production of CHICAGO alongside Anthony Warlow, Zoe Ventoura, Lucy Maunder, and Peter Rowsthorn.

Daniel Robinson

Daniel is an award-winning freelance artist and educator, predominantly teaching in his private studio (Djarts) and performing Australia wide.

Daniel regularly presents for conferences as a Singing Voice Specialist, providing workshops and practical learning activities to contemporary vocalists across Australia and abroad.

Dr Dan, as he is affectionately known by many of his students, is nationally recognized as one of Australia’s leading Contemporary Singing Voice Specialists with over 20 years of teaching experience and 25 years of performance on the stage.

His 3.5-octave tenor voice is stunning and his ten-year dedication to developing sound technique through training, has honed his natural talent to a refined and mature voice that is capable of approaching a range of contemporary styles. 

Gregory Moore

Gregory Moore is a classically influenced, popular singer with a voice rich and expressive who has been singing and entertaining since he made his debut at ‘carols by candlelight’ aged just 5 years old.

He grew up surrounded by music in a family with a passion for singing and performing and graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in his home city Brisbane, Australia in 1998.

Since then, his career has blossomed with impressive live shows appealing to a wide audience who respond to his warmth and diversity.

Joanna Nash

Joanna is a performer, choreographer and educator with a passion for Musical Theatre.

She spent two years singing and dancing as Bride of Frankenstein in the MONSTER ROCK SHOW (Universal Studios Singapore), then returned home and portrayed Marilyn Monroe and various other characters (Movie World.)

Jo is a qualified teacher with a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education (Drama/Dance). She currently teaches performing arts at various schools for all ages and is passionate about assisting those with special needs to access the arts.

She is the choreographer for a performance group for children called Sport Starz, where she loves sharing the joy of sport, song, dance and fitness with kids and their families. 

Queenie van de Zandt

Queenie van de Zandt moves through the world entertaining, educating and serenading the people she meets.

As the driving force behind her boutique production house, Amazon Woman Enterprises, Queenie has been creating multiple award-nominated projects for over 20 years.

Alongside her performance work, Queenie has been a leading arts educator in Australia since 2000 and founded The Australian Musical Theatre Academy (AMTA) in 2015.

As a true champion of the arts, having joined Actors Equity, MEAA in her very first professional show in 1989, Queenie’s unwavering passion for her craft and commitment to the union has made her a powerful advocate for artists Australia wide. 

Renae Suttie

Renae Suttie is happiest when she is on stage. Following her music studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and University of Queensland, Renae has been performing professionally for the past 30 years.

She has worked the international 5-star hotel circuit extensively in countries such as Japan, China, Hong Kong, Maldives, Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

​With the gift of perfect pitch, Renae can be heard on many Australian television and radio advertisements.

Simon Gallaher

Simon Gallaher has developed a highly successful private performing arts company based in Queensland for the past 25 years (Essgee Entertainment).

Mr Gallaher studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music before becoming a regular on The Mike Walsh Show and hosting his own night-time television variety show on ABC-TV.

He has been awarded three Mo-Variety Awards, a Logie Award, ARIA Award, Queenslander of the Year Commendation, Advance Australia Award for his contributions to the arts and was twice voted Queensland's Entertainer of the Year.

Recently, Mr Gallaher returned to the stage at QPAC in the Harvest Rain productions of Hairspray and Spamalot and starred in the Australian production of WICKED as The Wizard.

Timothy Sherlock

Timothy is an Australian choral and handbell conductor and composer.

Having enjoyed a successful career in music education, Timothy now focuses his creative energies conducting a number of ensembles, composing choral and handbell music.

He also presents choral and music education workshops and adjudicates at eisteddfods and music competitions around Australia.

In addition to being the Choirmaster at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex (QPAC), Timothy is the conductor of the Children’s Health Queensland Community Choir and the conductor/musical director of Cappella Chorale. 

Vic Kena

Vic is a consummate musician with over 35 years of industry experience.

Able to play anything with strings, Vic started his musical career playing lead guitar in a variety of ensembles, cabaret styled shows and solo performances.

In recent years, Vic has established himself as an exceptional performer, teacher, and inspiration to many on his preferred instrument the ukulele.

Always in demand, Vic manages his performance and teaching schedule around his long term residency’s throughout The Gold Coast, Sunshine coast and Brisbane venue’s.

Vic also finds time to support and coordinate local community events, host ukulele therapy to homeless, perform for elderly and respite centres and provide motivational talks and workshops to youth.


After completing the masterclasses, some participants have the opportunity to perform in a showcase concert in September and set the stage alight with their singing, dancing and instrumental skills in various venues across Brisbane.

Showcase dates

Showcases run from 11am to 12.15pm (unless otherwise stated):

  • Tuesday 3 September, Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown
  • Wednesday 4 September, Burnie Brae Community Centre
  • Tuesday 10 September, Kedron-Wavell Services Club
  • Wednesday 11 September, Seven Hills Hub, Ron Hurley Theatre
  • Tuesday 17 September, Wynnum-Manly Leagues Club
  • Wednesday 18 September, Arana Leagues Club
  • Tuesday 24 September, Brisbane City Hall (noon to 1pm)
  • Wednesday 25 September, Sandgate Town Hall
  • Sunday 6 October, Queen Street Mall Stage.

Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret Gala

The Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret Gala Create, Rehearse, Succeed! will be held on Sunday 20 October at 3pm at Brisbane City Hall.

This special event will include spectacular performances by the experts, as well as some of the participants from this year’s program.

Tickets will go on sale in late September. Further details will be provided.

More information

For more things to see and do for seniors, visit Seniors in Brisbane.

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