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Returning for another amazing season in July
Following a smashing sell-out season when it premiered in Australia, Bring it On The Musical is coming back to Melbourne in July.

The hilarious, high energy Tony Award-nominated spectacle is based on the 2000 film of the same name. Full of acrobatics and plenty of sass, the show enjoyed a sellout season when it premiered earlier in the year.

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Bring It On The Musical is returning to Melbourne this July.

"We thought Bring It On The Musical would be popular, particularly with those who grew up with the 2000 hit movie. But the response has been incredible, more than we could have ever predicted. The buzz it's creating is really exciting," said producer David Ven.

Returning to Melbourne's Athenaeum theatre from 11– 27 July 2019.

The story follows two squads with one mission: to claim the title at the National Cheerleading Championships. Through this, the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through extreme competition are explored. Campbell, is cheer-royalty at Truman High School and captain of the squad. But, an unexpected redistricting forces her to spend her final year at the neighbouring Jackson High School. Campbell befriends Jackson's dance crew girls and their headstrong and hardworking leader Danielle. Together, they form a powerhouse squad for the ultimate competition, going head to head with her old squad at the National Championships.

In the lead role of Campbell, squad captain and cheer-royalty at Truman High School, true triple threat performer Kirby Burgess has been cast. Kirby recently wowed audiences as the Ringmaster in Barnum opposite Todd McKenney, and most notably starred as the Australian Baby in the 10-year anniversary global tour of Dirty Dancing - the Classic Story on Stage. Kirby has also appeared on screen opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby, in Ten's Wonderland and Nine's Here Come the Habibs!

Set to star alongside Kirby is newcomer Jasmine Smith, in the role of headstrong and hardworking Danielle, the dance crew leader at neighbouring Jackson High School. A final year musical theatre student at VCA, Jasmine's past credits include The Production Company's The King and I and Arts Centre Melbourne's Morning Melodies.

Explosive choreography and electrifying aerial stunts will be performed by world-class cheerleading champions Ossie Mclean who originally hails from Perth, Daniel Buyeske, Katherine Abela and Caitlyn Hammond.

Under the guidance of Cheerleading Coach Natalie Commons, who has represented Australia at the International Cheer Union and IASF/USASF Cheer and Dance World Championships, Bring It On: The Musical boasts a standout cast selected from over 500 professional dancers, singers and cheerleaders and promises to be an exhilarating display of physical strength and agility. "I'm delighted with the sensational cast we've been able to assemble, which includes some of Australia's most dynamic musical theatre performers and amazing, multi-talented cheerleading champions," says Alister.

In 2016, cheerleading beat 14 other sports to be awarded provisional recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and is described as one of the fastest growing sports in Australia.

Bring It On: The Musical had a critically acclaimed, long-running Broadway season and has toured the United States before it's Australian premiere.

The production runs for 2 hours 20 minutes including a 20-minute interval.

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