Tickets on sale for Billy Elliot
La Crosse Community Theatre will be the first community theatre in the country to present Billy Elliot, as its spring musical, opening Friday, May 13, and running through Sunday, May 29, 2016. Performances will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., in the Lyche Theatre of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.
“It is an honor and thrill to be making the national debut!” said LCT‘s artistic director, Greg Parmeter, who is the show’s director. “It is a powerfully and beautifully written work, and we are grateful to be among the first to stage it.”
Billy Elliot is about a coal miner’s son in northern England. With his father out on strike, the Elliot family is falling apart. Billy’s life is forever changed when he stumbles out of a boxing ring and into a ballet class. He trades in his gloves for slippers and discovers a passion for dance that inspires and unites the entire town. It is the triumphant story of a young boy’s fight to heal his family and chase his dreams.
“Billy Elliot is for the dreamer in all of us,” said Parmeter. “It’s for all those who have ever felt awkward, for anybody who’s ever been afraid. It’s for all those who have ever had a dream and the courage to follow it. Everyone should BE their own Billy Elliot, and that is what this play is about.”
The show includes music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, and is based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal Film. The play is rated Theatre PG-13 for adult language.
Because of the production’s great physical demands, Parmeter has double-cast the key younger roles of Billy, Michael, and Debbie, portrayed by Larsen Birdsong and Brandon Haring as Billy, Joshua Kaiser and Reilly Sullivan as Michael, Darcy Reimler and Stephanie Skemp as Debbie Wilkinson/Sharon Percy
The cast also includes Daniel Schneider as Dad, MacKinley Bruemmer as Tony, Taylor Haggerty as Mrs. Wilkinson, Lynn Marie West as Grandma, Ken E. Brown as George, Eric Severson as Big Davey, Ellen Dodge Severson as Lesley, Kelley M. Manson as Billy’s Mum, Ryan Brown as Mr. Braithwaite, Matt Wudi as Scab/Posh Dad, Phil Addis as Pit Supervisor/Ensemble, John Divney as Older Billy, Bailey Olsen as Tall Boy, and Payton Rodeberg as Small Boy.
Dancing class girls include Olivia Belland as Tracy Atkinson, Juliana Bruemmer as Allison Summers, Molly Frey as Margaret Gormley, Greta Griffith as Tina Harmer, Gracie Kromke as Karen Davidson, Jen Platt as Susan Parks, Katie Sauer as Keeley Gibson, Amber Lyn Taggart as Julie Hope, and Gloria Tofstad as Angela Robson.
The ensemble includes Laikyn Boettcher, Cody Flick, Brianna Frost, William Hicks, Allan Johnson, Allie Marshall, Grace Riness, Alexander Saucedo, Brittany Schilla, Devin Simko, Dale Stafslien, Michala Taggart, and Jim Warsinske.
The production team includes music direction by Diane Foust, choreography by Nikki Balsamo, conducting by Jeff Copp, set and lighting design by Dillon McArdle, costume design by Mandy Parmeter, and stage management by Sara L. Adams.