UK-Wide Auditions For BILLY ELLIOT in 2014

UK-Wide Auditions For BILLY ELLIOT in 2014
Beginning January 2014, auditions for the children's cast of Billy Elliot the Musical will take place countrywide to find young boys and girls to join the internationally acclaimed show which is now in its ninth year at the Victoria Palace Theatre in the West End. 2014 auditions take place on 11 January in Leeds, 1 February in Newcastle, 15 March in London, 26 April in Bristol and 17 May in Manchester.

Boys should be a maximum of 5 feet with no broken voices. Tap and ballet experience is a bonus but not essential. Girls will only be seen in Newcastle as they must be from the North East and should be a maximum of 4 feet 8 inches with some ballet experience.

For further information or to arrange an audition, please email Children's Casting Director, Jessica Ronane at billy@jessicaronane.com stating your city and date in the subject box or go to billyelliotthemusical.com/auditions.

Earlier this month 13 year old Mitchell Tobin from Florida, USA became the thirty-sixth boy to play Billy Elliot in the West End, having previously played the title role in the North American touring production. He currently shares the role with Elliott Hanna (10 years old from Liverpool), Bradley Perret (11 years old from Juan les Pins, France), Redmand Rance (13 years old from Fareham, Hampshire) and Ali Rasul (13 years old from Hartlepool). Zach Atkinson (12 years old from Manchester) Zak Baker (12 years old from St Albans) and Freddie Butterfield (11 years old from West Yorkshire) currently play the role of Billy's best friend Michael and Dayna Dixon (11 years old from Newcastle upon Tyne), Demi Lee (10 years old from Middlesbrough) and Millie Thornton (11 years old from Sunderland) play Debbie. Billy Elliot the Musical , which has now been seen by nearly 9.5 million people worldwide and is the recipient of over 80 major international awards, also features a cast of young ballet girls and a tall boy and small boy.

Based on the Oscar nominated film, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story of one boy's dream to realise his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England against the background of the historic 1984/85 miners' strike, Billy pursues his passion for dance in secret to avoid disapproval of his struggling family.

Billy Elliot the Musical features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, is directed by Stephen Daldry with choreography by Peter Darling. The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, the associate director is Julian Webber, costume design is by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.

Productions have been staged on Broadway, as well as in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul, South Korea. The North American touring production, which began in 2010, recently finished its spectacular run with a three week August engagement in São Paulo, Brazil, the first time Billy Elliot has played in South America. Further international productions are planned including Holland and Germany.


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