Baz Luhrmann’s hit musical Strictly Ballroom has wowed audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Leeds, London and Toronto.
But a rendition by school students in Ayr, in the Burdekin region and an hour south of Townsville, might be the most memorable after being graced by a music legend.
Before a sold out Burdekin Theatre, seen in the video above, John Paul Young joined the young cast of Burdekin Christian College students on stage.
The veteran Australian singer belted out a rendition of his worldwide hit Love Is In the Air, which is near-synonymous with the show and 1992 Luhrmann-directed movie.
None of the cast or audience knew this was going to happen, after it was covertly organised by teachers months in advance.
Audience member Brooke Tudehope said Young’s appearance during the final scene “brought the house down”.
“Oh my gosh, so filled with joy from last night’s musical by Burdekin Christian College,” she said.
“Well done students – you nailed it. Well done of course to teachers, parents and friends who helped bring it all together.
“It’s the talk of the town this morning.”
Paul Mercurio, who played the male lead in the movie Strictly Ballroom, also sent the students an encouraging video message played before the show.
Young had to get up at 3am on Wednesday to ensure he had enough time to travel from his home in Newcastle to Sydney airport due to flood-related delays, the ABC reports.