Youth Groups to Perform Abbreviated Version of Billy Elliot at U.K Regional Theatres

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A new initiative called Billy Youth Theatre has been launched in the U.K, providing schools and youth groups around the country the opportunity to perform their own, specially shorted versions of Billy Elliot the Musical at seven leading regional theatres throughout Britain in May and June.
Billy Elliot star Corey Snide
Billy Elliot star Corey Snide Photo by David Scheinmann

The regional showcases will be held Salford's Lowry Theatre on May 9, Durham's Gala Theatre on May 16, High Wycombe's Swan Theatre on May 22, Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre on June 8, Birmingham's Repertory Theatre on June 12, Brighton's Dome on June 19 and Leicester's Curve, also on June 19. A number of participating groups will be invited to perform excerpts from their productions at the showcases. A smaller selection of groups will be offered the opportunity to follow in the steps of Billy and perform at the Billy Youth Theatre West End Gala at the West End's Victoria Palace Theatre, in July 2010. Billy Elliot's writer Lee Hall, together with musical supervisor and orchestrator Martin Koch, adapted their original script and orchestrations to produce a shortened version of the show exclusively for groups staging local productions as part of Billy Youth Theatre; 115 groups and over 5,000 young people from Stirling to Southampton are now part of the Billy Youth Theatre, which was open to schools and established youth groups in England, Scotland and Wales, and to performers aged 10-19.

In December 2009, the directors of the Billy Youth Theatre participating groups were invited to take part in a specially created all-day workshop led by the award-winning team that brings Billy Elliot to life each day on the London stage. Participating on the day, alongside writer Lee Hall, were resident choreographers Lee Proud and Damian Jackson, musical director Chris Hatt and resident director Nick Evans as well as some former and current cast members.

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