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MTC on the Hunt for Next ‘Billy Elliot’

July 31, 2014 8:19 AM | Entertainment

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

The search is on for the next performer to play the lead role in the upcoming hit musical “Billy Elliot.”

The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre will begin the search for the performer in October, based on the story of a young boy’s struggle to overcome adversity and make his dream of becoming a professional dancer come true, despite conflicting views from his family and community.

“We’re thrilled to be giving Royal MTC audiences the opportunity to experience this phenomenal musical, which hasn’t been seen on a Winnipeg stage before,” said Royal MTC artistic director Steven Schipper. “Billy Elliot is an inspiration to anyone who has ever had a dream, and we look forward to playing a part in making a young dancer’s dream come true through this audition process.”

The musical will open in January 2016 and be directed by Schipper with choreography by Tracey Flye.

Winnipeg auditions for the production will begin at the RWB School on October 9 with a special “Billy Audition Day,” and a national “Audition by DVD” campaign will run until December 1, 2014.

The ideal candidate to play Billy Elliot is an athletic, musical, energetic young man between 10-12 years old with a background in ballet and tap. Acrobatics and singing are considered definite assets.