The Peter Pan Creative Team

Adelaide Theatre Academy & Theatre Bugs are very pleased to introduce

the key Creative Team for our

2020 Fringe production of PETER PAN.


DIRECTOR – Ben Francis

Ben has many years of musical experience. His training has taken him around Australia, to Hong Kong, Paris and to London where has performed in the West End and The Royal Albert Hall. He has a number of musical theatre credits including The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Pirates of Penzance (Frederic,  Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus) and Barnum (P.T Barnum). Opera credits with the State Opera of South Australia include Cloudstreet! (Lon Lamb), Carmen and La Bohemé. Drama credits with Independent Theatre include Peter and Alice (Peter Pan), Amadeus (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Brideshead Revisited (Sebastien Flyte) and Old Wicked Songs (Stephan Hoffman).

In 2017 and 2018, Ben produced and starred in Private Peaceful, which won the Theatre Association of South Australia’s ‘DramatiCAL’ award for Best Drama. Ben was also awarded Best Youth Actor for his performance. Off stage, Ben’s accolades include director, musical director, orchestral conductor, producer and writer. Ben has musically directed and conducted several local productions, including Bugsy Malone and 13! with Adelaide Youth Theatre, and Beauty and the Beast with Shane Davidson Presents. 

As co-founder of the highly successful youth performing arts company, Promise Adelaide, Ben has provided opportunities for over 100 young performers while raising over $20,000 for charity organisations. Ben is also the lead vocalist and musical arranger of The 60 Four, where he scales the vocal heights of Frankie Valli in venues around Australia in Adelaide’s first-class ‘60s tribute act. Later this year, Ben will play the title roles in Don Carlos and Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime with Independent Theatre.
Ben is currently directing our Theatre Bugs production of Porridge which is part of the Adelaide festival Centre’s Something on Saturday program.



CHOREOGRAPHER – Jacinta Vistoli

Jacinta has studied a wide variety of dance styles and has taught Jazz, Tap and Classical for North Eastern Academy of Dance. As a member of the Performing Arts Faculty at Loreto College, Jacinta taught Dance & Drama and was key Choreographer for Wakakirri (Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools), and  both Junior and Senior musicals at Loreto College.

As a performer, Jacinta has appeared in several shows for the Botanical Gardens Summer Program and as a Specialty Dancer in Greg Hart’s tribute show to Johnny O’Keefe, The Wild OneFavourite roles include Louise in Carousel, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Gertie in The Sentimental Bloke, Rosalia in West Side Story, Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun, Electra in CATS, Anne Riley in 42nd Street, Lola in Copacabana and Meg Brockie in Brigadoon for the Met. Musical ensemble appearances include Hairspray for Matt Byrne Media, and Oklahoma!, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shout!, White Christmas and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for the MET.

When not performing on stage, Jacinta can’t be kept away from the theatre and can be found working behind the scenes. She has recently been Stage Manager for productions of Boy From Oz, Evita! and Sugar.

Jacinta was choreographer for our outstanding 2019 Fringe production of OLIVER! and is currently teaching Dance at Sacred Heart Middle School.

Jacinta holds a Bachelor of Education (JP/P) and Graduate Certificate in Education (Catholic Education) from the University of South Australia.



Ben is a Music Director, Director, and Producer with over 12 years theatrical experience.

As a Musical Director, Ben’s many highlights include: Calamity Jane (The MET 2009), The Wiz (Hills Musical Company 2010), Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (The MET 2011 – ATG Award for Best Ensemble), A Chorus Line (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2012), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Adelaide Youth Theatre – Fringe 2014), Young Frankenstein (MCMT 2014 – ATG Awards for Best Ensemble and Best Musical),The Wedding Singer (MCMT 2015), Fame (MCMT 2015 – TASA nomination for Best Musical), Catch Me If You Can (MCMT 2016), Rent (MCMT 2016), Jekyll & Hyde (MCMT 2017 – ATG award for Best Male), The Last Five Years (Segue Productions 2017) and Spamalot (MCMT 2018).

Ben’s directing credits include: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (MCMT 2013), Calamity Jane(MCMT 2014), and The Last Five Years (Segue Productions 2017). He has been involved in multiple high school productions as Accompanist, Arranger, Assistant Musical Director and/or Vocal Coach.

Ben is a co-producer of Segue Productions, with his wife Kristin, and is excited to be musically directing the Australian premiere of If/Then in September this year. Ben is Vice-President and Promotions Officer on the Marie Clark Musical Theatre committee.

Ben was musical director for our outstanding 2019 Fringe production of OLIVER!

Ben holds a Bachelor of Music Education (piano major) including a course in conducting, and a Certificate IV in Classical Music (performance).


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