Strictly Ballroom searches for a new Fran

Currently in the casting process, the producers of the new Australian Musical Strictly Ballroom are searching for the perfect Fran to lead the production. Despite having searched through many rounds of auditions, the process has been opened up to the public over this weekend as open call auditions are held in Melbourne and Sydney.


For those of you who are unfamiliar, ‘open call’ auditions mean that anyone can turn up and audition for the lead role. Of course they have to get through a rather difficult dance audition and then are invited to sing the Cyndi Lauper classic Time After Time – so it is not a walk in the park – but the pay-off could be the lead female role in a new Australian production. So, it is worth a go!

Held (ironically) in the Ballroom of the Revolt Artspace in Kensington, roughly eighty hopefuls turned up today at the Melbourne auditions to compete for the lead role of Fran in front of an all-star panel consisting of:

  • Casting Director – Lynne Ruthven
  • Choreographer – John ‘Cha Cha’ O’Connell
  • Creative Director – David Crooks
  • Musical Supervisor – Max Lambert; and
  • Executive Producer – Patrick Murphy

Unfortunately not everyone who auditioned can play the part of Fran, but there was such a wide array of talent on show and a large number of gifted performers which made the panel’s job very difficult when it came to selecting people for call-backs.

Surprisingly, I didn’t quite fulfill all the criteria for the role so I wasn’t allowed to audition. But I did get to take a few photos.

For more information on this new production and to get tickets for the 2014 Sydney season, visit