Book and Lyrics by Lee HallMusic by Elton JohnOriginally Directed by Stephen DaldryDirector and Choreographer Donna Feore
A SHOW TO MAKE YOUR SPIRIT SHINE
Dreams don’t come easy in the hardscrabble mining town, riven by a bitter national strike, where eleven-year-old Billy lives with his bereaved family. But Billy’s discovery of his talent for dance awakens in him a passion that will transform his life and win the hearts of his whole community.
its inspirational story, moving dance numbers and music by pop legend Elton
John, this gritty new take on the smash-hit show – reimagined for Stratford –
really packs a punch.
House Program: Billy Elliot the Musical
This production uses herbal cigarettes and includes strong and at times profane adult language and staged violence. It may not be suitable for young children or audiences sensitive to mature themes. Strobe lights are used.
dancewear supplier for Billy Elliot the Musical
Production support is generously provided by the Harkins & Manning families in memory of Jim & Susan Harkins and by Riki Turofsky & Charles Petersen.
Support for the 2019 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Daniel Bernstein and Claire Foerster.
2019 publicity photography by David Cooper.
2019: George in Billy Elliot the Musical and Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors. 16th season. Stratford: Music Man, Rocky Horror, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, The Alchemist, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Grapes of Wrath, The Misanthrope, Kiss Me, Kate, Cyrano de Bergerac, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus. Elsewhere: Fleeto, Oh, the Humanity, 4th Graders (Tiny Room); London Road (Dora Award), Indian Ink, Into the Woods, Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); Assassins (TIFT/Birdland); Orson's Shadow (Pilot Group); A New Brain (Musical Stage Company); Shrek, A Christmas Story, Christmas Carol (Grand); The Producers (Mirvish, Neptune); Seussical, Sylvia (Aquarius); The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Citadel); The Foursome, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (New Stages); Three Sisters (ATF).
2019: Ensemble in Billy Elliot the Musical and a member of the Lab Ensemble. Fourth season. Stratford: The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius); Funny Girl - META-nominated (Segal Centre); Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival); Cats - Dora-nominated (Mirvish - Panasonic). Film/TV: Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival, 2017), Full Out (2015), Big Fun Weeknights (YTV), Get Up 'N Move (Revolver Films). Awards: Maureen Forrester Award, Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival); Amy Wallis Scholarship (Charlottetown Festival); gold and silver medals (International Tap Dance Championships). Online: Instagram/Twitter: @EricMackAbel. Et cetera: All my love to Mom, Devon, Ian and the TH gang. Performing, with everything I have, for my grandma and my dad - xo.
2019: Ensemble in Billy Elliot the Musical and understudy in Little Shop of Horrors. Sixth season. Stratford: Ed Gammidge in The Music Man, Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show, Al in A Chorus Line, Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music, Pinball Lad in Tommy, and appeared in Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Fiddler on the Roof and Carousel.Elsewhere: Johnny alternate in Green Day's American Idiot (first U.S. tour); Hank Majewski in Jersey Boys (Dancap); Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown). Film/TV: Captain von Trapp in the Disney movie The Pacifier starring Vin Diesel. Training: Etobicoke School of the Arts. Online: Twitter/Instagram: @GabrielNacci. Et cetera: Huge thanks to his family, Colin McMurray and Donna Feore. He could not be here without the incredible support of his wife, Robin Calvert. This season is dedicated to his dad, Greg Antonacci.
2019: Older Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical and a member of the Lab Ensemble. Fourth season. Stratford: The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, The Hypochondriac, Mark in A Chorus Line. Elsewhere: Sweet Charity, Light Up the Sky, Peter and the Starcatcher, Pygmalion (Shaw); Mona in Fortune and Men's Eyes (KOVAL Studio); On the Town (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival); Excalibur Trilogy (Florence Ballet Company, Italy); Les Feux Follets (Charlottetown Festival). Training: Honours Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance, Sheridan College; Shaw Mandate intensive; Florence Ballet Company internship; TNB Theatre School. Awards: Maureen Forrester Award (Stratford Festival), David Bloom Memorial Award (Charlottetown Festival), Brian Linehan Triple Threat Award (2014, 2013, 2012). Online: coltoncurtis.com. Instagram: @coltonccurtis. Et cetera: Love to my family and Aaron. This is for the kids who might be afraid to dance, and the teachers who push them to achieve their potential.
2019: Swing in Billy Elliot the Musical and a member of the Lab Ensemble. Sixth season. Stratford: Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show, Mrs. Dunlop in The Music Man, Carmen in Guys and Dolls, Judy in A Chorus Line, Malla in A Little Night Music, Betsy in Crazy for You, HMS Pinafore, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: Dancer in Siegfried (Canadian Opera Company); Chorus in Cabaret (French version, Tandem Productions); Chorus in Chantons sous la pluie (Singin' in the Rain, French version, Just for Laughs); Rockette in Radio City Christmas Spectacular; singer in the revue '80s Flashback (Tropicana Hotel Casino, Atlantic City). Film/TV: 42nd Street chorus girl in Warehouse 13, dancer on game show Fidèles au Poste. Et cetera: Bonnie wants to thank her family and friends for always supporting and believing in her.
2019: Ensemble in Billy Elliot the Musical and a member of the Lab Ensemble. Fourth season. Stratford: Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Shakespeare in Love.Elsewhere: The Wizard of Oz, Shrek: The Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Grand Theatre); Billy Elliot (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival/Citadel); Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins (Rainbow Stage); The Sound of Music, 9 to 5: The Musical (Drayton Entertainment); Robin Hood, High School Musical (Theatre Aquarius); The Last Christmas Turkey (Theatre Orangeville); Made in Canada (Smile Theatre); Broadway: Andrew Lloyd Webber (Port Hope); An Evening with Jason Robert Brown (Glenn Gould Studio); Come From Away (CMTP/Sheridan). Training: Proud graduate of Sheridan's Music Theatre Performance Program and George Brown's Dance Program. Et cetera: Love and thanks to the Talent House, Jade, and my family for their constant support.
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