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Sir Elton John wears a tutu as he joins the cast of the musical Billy Elliot for the curtain call following the show's premiere in Toronto in 2011. He wrote the music for the show, which will make its Winnipeg debut in 2016.

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Sir Elton John wears a tutu as he joins the cast of the musical Billy Elliot for the curtain call following the show's premiere in Toronto in 2011. He wrote the music for the show, which will make its Winnipeg debut in 2016.

So you think you can play Billy Elliot?

In October, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, in partnership with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, will begin the search for a talented young performer to play the titular role in the January 2016 production of the hit musical Billy Elliot.

Directed by Royal MTC artistic director Steven Schipper, with choreography by Tracey Flye, the production will be the musical’s Winnipeg première.

"Billy Elliot is an inspiration to anyone who has ever had a dream, and we look forward to playing a part in making a young dancer’s dream come true through the audition process," Schipper says in a press release.

RWB and Royal MTC will identify and train the boys who will share the lead role — as well as candidates for other children’s parts — at the RWB School over 18 months. Winnipeg auditions begin at the RWB school on Oct. 9, and an audition-by-DVD campaign will run until Dec. 1. The companies are looking for an athletic, musical, energetic male between the ages of 10 and 12 with a background in ballet and tap.

For more information, visit www.royalmtc.ca/billyauditions.

 

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Updated on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 12:43 PM CDT: Corrects URL, adds link

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