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 Post subject: Chat About Simi Valley Cultural Arts Ctr, CA 07/22-08/27/17
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:02 pm 
Billy

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MTI has issued a license for this venue:

Billy Elliot The Musical at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
3050 Los Angeles Avenue
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Actors Repertory Theatre Of Simi
http://www.simi-arts.org/
07/22/2017 to 08/27/2017


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 Post subject: Re: Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, CA
PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:32 pm 
Billy

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It is always encouraging when auditions are announced:

http://www.wherevent.com/detail/Actors- ... -Auditions


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 Post subject: Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, CA
PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 7:30 pm 
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So the Simi Valley Billy Elliot is selling seats .... but with this odd little twist on the website selling the story ...

Presented by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi Billy Elliot tells the story of a young boy from a coal mining village in northeast England who transcends class and circumstance to become a ballet star. The musical is set against the backdrop of the 1984-5 miners strike, which tragically affects the whole village. Billy is looked after by his father, brother, and grandfather, after his mother's death a few years earlier. They are not well off and have no experience with, or tolerance for, the arts. His dad and brother are totally against the idea of him learning to dance but Billy finds himself drawn towards the ballet world. As a result, Billy is forced to take his boxing lesson money and use it secretly for dance lessons from local dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson. She quickly notices that Billy is a prodigy and takes him under her wing. Soon, despite his family's resistance, Mrs. Wilkinson manages to get Billy an audition with The Royal Ballet School in London. The village learns to overcome their ill-founded prejudices and, along with Billy's father, come around to support Billy's dream to become a dancer as Billy defies the odds and is finally accepted into The Royal Ballet School. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Seniors 60 & above and Students, and $18 Children 12 & Under.

Billy has a Grandfather?????

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 Post subject: Re: Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, CA
PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 10:28 pm 
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tzwicky wrote:
Billy has a Grandfather?????

That would give a whole new twist to "We'd Go Dancing." :o


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 Post subject: Re: Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, CA
PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 5:14 am 
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CJ-Rochester wrote:
tzwicky wrote:
Billy has a Grandfather?????



Hey, I thought grandpa was dead. I guess this means he got better. : :o


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 Post subject: Re: Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, CA
PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 3:39 pm 
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If there is a singing Dead Mum why can't there be a dancing Dead Grandpa?


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 Post subject: Re: Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, CA
PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 5:59 pm 
Billy

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muck912 wrote:
If there is a singing Dead Mum why can't there be a dancing Dead Grandpa?


There was - at Wheelock.


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 Post subject: Re: Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, CA
PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 7:25 pm 
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There is a dancing Dead Grandpa in all the versions of "We'd go Dancing" that I have seen: London, Broadway, Chicago, Toronto, the US tour, the UK tour, and the one regional production I have seen, in Raleigh, NC. He isn't specifically identified in the program, but it's clear which of the men in the number represents him.

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 Post subject: Re: Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, CA
PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 9:33 pm 
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In several of the regional productions, the actor who playing Older Billy also plays Granddad. Instead of the usual group of rowdy male dancers, he dances solo with Grandma. In some of these productions it was a very moving scene.


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 Post subject: Re: Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, CA
PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:46 am 
Billy
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Here is the cast list, posted on June 5th by Jan Glasband, the show's producer:

https://www.facebook.com/jglasband/post ... 0506351395
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ARTS takes great pride in announcing the cast of Billy Elliot, directed by David Ralphe and performing July 22-August 27 at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.

Billy - Marcelo Silva
Jackie - Andy Mattick
Mrs. Wilkinson - MarLee Candell
Michael - Noah Godard
Tony - Dave Hatfield
Grandma - Kathleen Silverman
Billy's Mum - Kayla Bailey
Mr. Braithwaite - Adam Womack
George - Mike Matessino
Debbie - Mia Vavasseur, Mikayla Lynch
Dream Billy - Joshua Ponce, Jared Cardiel
Ballet Girls: Ashley Maimes, Autumn Jessel, Audrey Fischer, Emilie Schwarz, Emma Yarian, Maddie Mattick, Julia Kempf
With James Darling, Corey Yarian, Niki Mohr, Vinny Mougeot, Jackson Mattick

Note: We are still looking for a few more character men (singer/actors) and women to fill out the ensemble and smaller roles.


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