As announced earlier, I will direct a new production of Elton John & Lee Hall’s famous musical BILLY ELLIOT in 2018. The production opens in Tampere, Finland, October 18th. This is the biggest production of this musical in Finland to date, and we have a cast of 55 performers, including 30 children aged 5 to 12. It is a big honour to direct this important story to one of the biggest stages in Finland - Tampereen Työväen Teatteri.
In the beginning of 2017, we held open auditions for the parts of Billy Elliot and Michael Caffrey. More than 100 young boys attended the casting session, and Billy Elliot School kicked off with 16 promising boys. Since February 2017, these 16 boys have been rehearsing 6 hours every week, including tap dance, ballet, jazz, singing, acting, and performance skills. The final casting was announced in December 2017, introducing our young stars - Osku Perkiö / Jiri Rajala / Simo Riihelä as Billy Elliots & Nuutti Kerppilä / Ilmari Kujansuu / Juho Mönkkönen as Michael Caffreys. You can see their 1st performance, and watch the live broadcast of the cast announcement here:
The main rehearsals began January 29th, 2018. The main rehearsal period will not obviously last for 9 months, there will be a major break between April - August, and rehearsals continue in September. This provides possibilities for our young cast members to develop, grow, and gain experience before the challenging performance period.
It has been a true pleasure to dive into the world of young children, their passions and ways of seeing this life - and I’m looking forward to learn a lot from them during this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Every day makes me more proud, and I must try to control my emotions when seeing these children learn, develop, and grow into their characters little by little. By the time we open the show, I’ve been involved in their education for almost 2 years. I’m humble, and in constant awe.
More information can be found here:
Tickets can be purchased from here: