Music by Elton John
Lyrics and Book by Lee Hall
Director: Amanda Giglio
Music Director: Justin Knowlton
Choreographer: Fontaine Dubus and Jen Steeves
August 9-25, 2019
This is a Non-Equity production. Small stipend available. Actors of all ages, ethnicity, sizes, and types are encouraged to audition.
Auditions will be held by appointment only on Saturday, April 27 from 5pm-9pm at the Firehouse Rehearsal Space, 18 Graf Road, Newburyport, MA.
Children's Dance Call will be held from 11am-12pm on Sunday, April 28.
Invited callbacks will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 12pm-4pm at the Firehouse Rehearsal Space, 18 Graf Road, Newburyport, MA.
Actors should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your audition time and come prepared with a resume and current head shot, if available. NOTE: Head shots will not be returned. Please prepare up to 32 bars of music in the style of the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Any child wishing to audition (ages 8-18) may prepare 32 bars of one song in the style of the show. All children are required to attend the dance call on Sunday April 28th from 11am-12pm.
Prior sign up for audition time slot required. Complete this audition form and use this link to provide your information (please double check your audition form is saved with your information). You will be contacted by the Firehouse Center for the Arts with your audition time within 2 business days of your submission. The deadline for submissions is April 26. If you have any questions or wish to audition but are unable to on that date please contact Alyssa Olsen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Synopsis of Play:
Set in a northern English mining town against the background of the 1984 miners' strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy's journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community... and changes his life forever.
SEEKING TO CAST:
- Billy (Treble/Boy Soprano C5-E3, Age 10-13): A boy who stumbles upon a ballet class and develops a passion for dance. To him, dance is a way to feel whole and free himself from the problems of life. He finds himself stuck between appeasing family and chasing his newfound love.
- Mrs. Wilkinson (Alto Bb5-Gb3, Age 40-50): The local ballet teacher who eventually becomes Billy's mentor. Hardened and mouthy, she actually has capacity for caring when she sees promise in Billy. Believes in the power of personal expression through dance.
- Dad (Baritone Eb4-A2, Age 35-45): Billy's stoic father. A widowed miner struggling with maintaining a household in lieu of a work strike, he is still deeply scarred by the death of his wife. Billy's dancing initially sends him into a rage but he learns to support his son.
- Tony (Baritone F4-D3, Age 18-25): Billy's brother. A lazy but passionate miner. Hotheaded and scrappy with seemingly no regard of respect for his father, although he shares his disapproval of dance.
- Grandma (Alto F#4- F#3, Age 60-75): Billy's eccentric grandmother. She is forgetful and a little aloof. Despite her inattention, she harbors a bitter resentment towards her dead abusive husband but has found solace through dance.
- Michael (Treble/Boy Soprano B4-A#3, Age 10-13): Billy's careless and fun-loving best friend. He lives in the realm of expressing oneself, going so far as to commonly dress in women's clothing.
- Debbie (Soprano, Age 9-12): The ballet teacher's daughter. A bit stand-offish and argumentative, her childhood crush on Billy leads her to constantly discourage him.
- Ensemble: Miners (Big Davey, George, Lesley); Ballet Girls (Angela Robson, Tracey Atkinson, Keeley Gibson, Tina Harmer); Police Officers; Royal Ballet School Members (Clipboard Woman, Posh Boy, Posh Son, Dancer)
Prior sign up for audition time slot is required!