BWW Interviews: Liam Mower in Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY
SLEEPING BEAUTY, a lavish spectacular production by New Adventures, directed and choreographed by British artist and Tony Award winner, Matthew Bourne, is coming to Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, November 5-20, 2013. Tickets at Blumenthal Box Office: 704-372-1000 and CarlolinaTix.org.
I caught up with SLEEPING BEAUTY dancer, Liam Mower, as he was in New York on tour with the production. Mower, a Brittish native and an incredible talent, was comfortably lounging in his hotel room with room service paying a visit, as we spoke.
LAW: How have the performances in New York been going?
LM: It's been fantastic and amazing. The audiences are wonderful. This is the third time I've been to NYC. I feel very comfortable.
LAW: Tell me about your childhood. Where were you born?
LM: Hull. It's a small town in East Yorkshire, England.
LAW: When did you start dancing?
LM: I started dancing at the age-of-nine. At first, it was a hobby.
LAW: How did you get the role of Billy Eliot?
LM: I was in a dance school in Hull and my dance teacher told me there was a national search for BILLY ELIOT. I had seen the movie, so I knew what it was about. The casting director came to Hull and I auditioned. I had 8 auditions in London over the next year. Every time I went to a callback, the group of boys [auditioning] kept getting smaller and smaller.
LAW: How did you feel going to 8 callbacks? Was that nerve-racking?
LM: I took it all in stride, but I really wanted the role. BILLY ELIOT played at Victoria Palace in London for 18 months.
LAW: Where did you go to school?
LM: I attended the equivalent of [US] high school at Archbishop Thurstan and I also attendEd Royal Ballet in London when I was 12-years-old, while performing in BILLY ELIOT.
LAW: What was your most memorable experience dancing?