Strictly Ballroom’s SA Premiere in July

Matt Byrne will produce the South Australian Premiere of Strictly Ballroom the Musical which opens on Thursday 4 July. The first season will commence at the Arts Theatre, Adelaide between 4 to 13 July followed by a season at the Shedley Theatre, Elizabeth between 18 to 27 July. Visit or to book.

Since casting began in November 2018, I have had the pleasure of working alongside a dedicated production team and a fantastic cast. In a week’s time the show will open and I hope that Adelaide audiences love the show as much as we have loved working on it.

Strictly Ballroom is Baz Luhrmanns’ appeal for self-expression and not living a life in fear, but putting your best foot forward to chase your dreams.”

– Matt Byrne

On Tuesday 25 June the cast and orchestra had their first combined rehearsal. The sitzprobe took place at AVV Millenium Calisthenics and Dance Academy. Here are some highlights from the sitzprobe.

Production Team

Director/Producer – Matt Byrne
Co-choreographers – Tara Johnston and Thomas Coghlan
Musical Director – Jesse Budel
Assistant Musical Director/Rehearsal Pianist – Jennifer Trijo
Costume Design – Anne Williams
Wardrobe Supervisor – Sue Winston


Fran – Kate Harrison
Scott Hastings – Kurt Benton
Barry Fife – Matt Byrne
Shirley Hastings – Carolyn Adams
Doug Hastings – Gus Smith
Les Kendall – Max Rayner
Rico – Gavin Gianci
Abuela – Niki Martin
Kylie Hastings – Arwen Diamond/Holly Abbott
Luke – Calin Diamond
Liz Holt – Lauren Weber
Ken Railings – Joel Amos
Tina Sparkle – Jess Wolfendale
JJ – Wade Cook
Vanessa – Shivawn Young
Wayne – Jake Mellings
Pam Short – Valeria Alonso

Ensemble: Tania Abela, Deborah Ralph, Zoe Tsoleridis, Ricardo De Jesus, Jake Kempster Male, Tom Adams, and Benjamin Greco.

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