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Critics and audiences are raving about this Aussie musical!

Matt Byrne Media's SA Premiere production of Strictly Ballroom is a red-hot hit and it's headed for Elizabeth's Shedley Theatre, from July 18 to 27.

Producer/director Byrne said he was "thrilled with the critical and audience acclaim for the opening week at the Arts Theatre in the City."

"It's been a fantastic season in Adelaide but we always look forward to taking our shows to the Shedley Theatre," Byrne said.

"People are loving Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom because it is an Australian musical, adapted from the 1992 movie everyone loves.

"We have a terrific cast featuring many local performers from the North, to deliver the SA stage premiere of this wonderful Australian musical to the people of Playford."

The scintillating show will play Elizabeth's Shedley Theatre from July 18 to 20 and 25 to 27. At 8 p.m. and July 20 and 27 at 2 p.m.


CRITICS RAVE:

"Glitz and Glamour: Byrne Foxtrots Out Another Winner! "– The Advertiser

"We are dazzled by the dancing … and the sheer joy of performing!" – Stage Whispers

"Matt Byrne tackles the iconic Australia fairytale and nails it!" – TASA Encore.

"A spectacular spectacle that delights and dazzles all of the senses!" - Weekend Notes.


Strictly Ballroom tells the story of maverick dancer Scott Hastings whose wish to find new steps, earns him the disdain of his more conventionally-minded colleagues and the all powerful Federation.

When he pairs with a shy, left-footed local girl called Fran they confound the critics and the rules to challenge for the National Championship.

The 1992 film was a massive hit, making stars of Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice. Creator Baz Luhrmann finally brought the much-loved story he had created at NIDA, back to the stage in 2014.

It also has the classic songs from the film, including Time After Time, Perhaps Perhaps, and of course Love Is In The Air, which will have the crowd on their feet for the finale!

Byrne sais the crowd is up and dancing for the fabulous finale.

"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," Byrne said.

"And have two tremendous young performers, Kurt Benton and Kate Harrison as Scott and Fran and they are really burning up the floor.

"The other major dance roles feature Joel Amos as Ken Railings, Lauren Weber as Liz Holt, Jessica Wolfendale as Tina Sparkle and Jake Mellings as Wayne Burns.

"Carolyn Adams plays Scott's Mum Shirley Hastings, Angus Smith plays his father Doug Hastings, Max Rayner is Kendall Dance Studio boss Les Kendall, Wade Cook will plays the announcer JJ Silvers, and I play the Federation President Barry Fife.

"Then we have Gavin Cianci as Fran's father Rico and Niki Martin as her grandmother Abuela, and some outstanding young performers with Calin Diamond playing Luke, and the role of Scott's kid sister Kylie is shared by Arwen Diamond and Holly Abbott.

Byrne is director/designer, with Jesse Budel as Musical Director and Jennifer Trijo as Assistant MD, with Arthur Murray's Tara Johnston and Thomas Coghlan as Co-Choreographers. Arthur Murray Dance Studios is also a major sponsor of the production.

"We are thrilled to be part of this amazing production and hope it will lead a new ballroom revolution, like the film did all those years ago," Coghlan said.

Costume Designer Anne Williams has received rave reviews for her stunning outfits, with Sue Winston as Wardrobe Supervisor.

Strictly Ballroom will play the Elizabeth's Shedley Theatre from July 18-20 and 25-27 at 8 p.m. and July 20 and 27 at 2 p.m.

The $30 Cheap Night will be Thursday, July 18.

Admission is $45 Adults and $38 for Concessions, with Group Discount prices of $42 /$35 for 10 or more.

Bookings are available on mattbyrnemedia.com.au, 8262 4906, Ticketek or dramatix.com.au (agency booking fees apply.)

STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL IS PRESENTED BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF GLOBAL CREATURES HOLDINGS PTY LTD

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When: July 4-6 & 9-13 at 8 p.m. & July 6 & 13 at 2 p.m. and July 18-20 & 25-27 at 8 p.m. & July 20 & 27 at 2 p.m.
Where: Arts Theatre & Shedley Theatre
Cost: $45 Adults/ $38 Concession (plus booking fee.)
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