Cardinal Newman students performed Billy Elliot The Musical at the Newman College Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 1st, Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd February.
Starring George McGuigan as Billy, Ptolemy Crook as his dad and Floss Tingley as Mrs Wilkinson, Billy Elliot The Musical is based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot. The plot revolves around motherless Billy, who trades boxing gloves for ballet shoes. The story of his personal struggle and fulfilment are balanced against a counter-story of family and community strife caused by the UK miners’ strike (1984-1985) in County Durham in North Eastern England.
The production will be performed by a talented cast of Years 7-13 students and the show promises to be spectacular. Artistic direction is by Charlotte Grosvenor and musical direction from Cat Lane.
Charlotte Grosvenor, Subject Leader for Drama, said: “When Billy Elliot was first mooted, we were all excited but full of trepidation as to whether we could find boys who could sing, dance AND act. As it was, we had an abundance of talent at the callbacks. The students have been fantastic and have had to learn the County Durham accent. I couldn’t be more proud of them!”
I play the main role in Billy Elliot (Billy Elliot). This is the first show that I’ve been in and I would love to be in more shows in the future.
I play Michael, Billy’s best friend. My first show was in the Brighton Centre where I played Isaac, a sledge boy in Scrooge, starring Tommy Steele. I then went on to be in Bugsy Malone, Oliver Twist (I played Artful Dodger) and I have sung in the Royal Albert Hall in London. I also played the main character in Treasure Island at the Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT). I have also been in an ITV series called The Level in 2016, playing the son of a murder victim.
I am a competitive Ballroom & Latin Dancer who has recently found my passion for musical theatre. I was delighted to be cast as the leading lady since Billy Elliot is my favourite West End show. Mrs Wilkinson is the ideal character for me as I can blend my acting, singing, dancing (and bossiness!) all in one role.
In Billy Elliot I play Debbie Wilkinson, Mrs Wilkinson’s irritating daughter. Since I’ve been at Newman I’ve been in all the productions and really enjoy them – especially the dancing part. Billy Elliot has been so much fun and I hope it’s just as good next year.
I am Jackie Elliot, the father to Billy and Tony. In the school I started early in Year 7 with a whopping two lines playing Michael in The Caucasian Chalk Circle. I had a break for the next two plays before coming back in Year 10 for Little Shop of Horrors and I played Doody in Year 11 in Grease. Outside of school I am also in Shana Goldman’s Stage School and I have done a few Showcases with them. I have loved musical theatre for a while now so this part of the year is always great for me.
My character Tony is the brother of Billy and the son of Jackie Elliot. Last year I played a chorus member in Grease. That was my first show so it was a big step up being cast as such a big character this year. I have loved every minute of it and will definitely be coming back next year.
I play George (Boxing coach) in the play. Funnily enough this is my first EVER appearance in a production. It’s been a great experience and it is interesting to see how much work people put into the school productions. I decided to audition for Billy Elliot to help with my Drama GCSE and by no means do I regret it!
I am Grandma, a comical and forgetful member of the Elliot family who is constantly searching for her misplaced pasty. I have been in all of the school musicals since I was in Year 7 (Including Oliver, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease and now Billy Elliot) however this is my first year as a principal character. I have been overjoyed to take on this hilarious role and have loved every second of this year’s production.
I am Mr Braithwaite who is the official piano player for the ballet girls. He is obviously the best dancer though! I’ve been in multiple school productions such as Little Shop of Horrors and Grease, with the highlight being a telephone holder, and I also played Caliban in The Tempest. It has been a wonderful experience working with the cast.
I play the character of Big Davey. He’s a comical big man who makes a joke out of everything. Last year I was a lead in Grease and it taught me many ways to act. Billy Elliot has added to my experience of acting and made it a lot easier to express my emotions. It is a very valuable life lesson.
I’m nearing the end of my time at Newman so this year I wanted to get more involved with the production. When I saw Billy Elliot in the West End the emotion and tragedy really stuck with me and I’m glad I have had the chance to play such a heart-warming part. I hope that the final performance reflects the hard work and dedication of both the cast and staff.
I play the Clipboard Woman who is very snobbish and judgmental. I’ve been in the school productions since Year 7 when I was just a spoon in Beauty and The Beast. I’ve been in every production since such as Oliver, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease and now Billy Elliot. Last summer I was cast as Prospero in The Tempest. I really enjoy performing with the school and I hope to take part again next year.