Strictly fun when she's on stage

A star is born: Strictly Ballroom the Musical star Regina Fosse is related to legendary choreographer Bob Fosse. Picture: Geoff Jones

A star is born: Strictly Ballroom the Musical star Regina Fosse is related to legendary choreographer Bob Fosse. Picture: Geoff Jones

REMEMBER the name Regina Fosse.

The Colyton schoolgirl has stolen the spotlight with a role in Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom the Musical, 22 years after it became a movie.

Regina, 12, plays Kylie Hastings, the little sister of lead role Scott.

After three auditions and a callback, she was successful in the first role she'd ever auditioned for.

"I auditioned just to get some experience so to get the role was an amazing feeling," the Nepean Performing Arts High School student told the Star.

"The rehearsals were a lot of fun. I hope to learn from the experience so I can do lots more musicals and shows."

Regina shares the role with three other girls but was chosen to perform on opening night.

She has done 39 shows and recently performed in front of her great-grandmother, 93.

"I used to get very nervous before the show but I'm fine now," Regina said.

"It goes for three hours and I'm on for a lot of the first half of the show. My friends are very happy for me and are coming to see the show soon."

And Baz?

"He's very nice as a boss and a good director. He makes you feel very comfortable."

Dad Craig said: "I met him on opening night and he had lots of nice things to say about Regina."

Regina has been dancing with Carol Murray Productions in Mount Druitt since she was three.

Originally keen on gymnastics, her favourite genres now are jazz and tap.

"I love performing in front of people," she said. "Once I'm on stage, I can't stop. It's my life."

She hopes she can be a role model for other aspiring performers from the west.

"Give it a go because you never know what will happen," she said.

Regina recommends everyone to see Strictly Ballroom the Musical, which is on until August 3.

"It's a really audience involved, amusing show with lots of colour," she said.

"There is so much going on."

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