Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Auditions for Billy Elliot production

Young dancers had better get their dancing shoes on if they’re appealing in being the next Billy Elliot.

The story of an aspiring youthful dancer trying to follow his passions in the macho and bitter world of miners’ strikes is being recreated at The Orchard theatre, Dartford.

Liz Burville is producing a Kentish version of the hit Musical Billy Elliot and will clutch auditions at The Orchard on January 23.

Burville, from Southfleet, will be using her production company In The Wings Productions to place on the performance – A Kent-based company set up in 1998 with credits counting Annie at The Stag, Sevenoaks, and Oliver! at Dartford’s Mick Jagger Centre. The show is due to be directed by Phil Snowden, from Wilmington, who has been performing in the West End Production of Billy Elliot ever since it opened in 2005.

A classic tale of passion winning over the odds, the alongside the odds, Billy Elliot is set in the North East of England next to the background of the 1984/85 miners’ strike.

Being performed in Kent, it will stir the county’s individual memories of the bitter struggle – Kent miners’ smack lasted for a year, often making front-page news.

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