Billy Elliot the Musical

oct 5 - oct 28, 2018
Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall
Music by Elton John
Originally Directed by Stephen Daldry
Run Time:
2 hours 45 minutes including 15-minute intermission
Theatre:
Mainstage

All you really have to do is shine!

Set in a northern English mining town, against the background of the 1984 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot the Musical follows young Billy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class.

Based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot, while his widowed father and older brother strike with the miners, Billy secretly finds a passion for dance with the brassy local dance teacher and ballerinas. As Billy’s world becomes overwhelmingly violent, Billy hopes to escape, dreaming of becoming a professional dancer at the Royal Ballet School. While Billy’s loving grandmother encourages his dancing, Billy’s overprotective father and the world’s insensitivity to a situation where a poor boy can make it into a prestigious dance school may stop Billy from achieving his dream.

Mainstage Content Advisory: The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515-277-6261.

 


The performance at 2:00 PM on Sunday, Oct. 14 will have live audio description, provided by IRIS. Please contact our ticket office at 515-277-6261 if you would like to use this free service.

 

 


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Billy
Asher Ekhardt (performing Oct. 5, 7, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 26, 28)
Billy
Uzay Hasanusta (performing Oct. 6, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 27)
Mrs. Wilkinson
Rachel Meyer
Dad
Micheal Davenport
Grandma
Mary Bricker
Tony
Nic Lovan
George
Darren J. Grote
Michael
Ryan Henzi
Debbie
Tatum Lowell
Small Boy
Sean Nelsen
Big Davey
Michael Garrison
Lesley
Hallie Henely
Posh Dad
Jenner Lathrop
Mum
Heidi Bibler
Mr. Braithwaite
Mark Morrison
Older Billy/Dancer
Will Donaghy
Professional Dancer
Mitchell Nieland
Posh Boy
Brady Meyers
Clipboard Woman
Katie Dorrell
Ensemble
Katie Dorrell
Michael Garrison
Darren Grote
Hallie Henely
Will Johnson
Brady Myers
Mitchell Nieland
Sean Nelsen
Ethan Saltz
Nick Wharff
Ballet Girls
Grace Aerisolphal
Kelsie Anderson
Isabelle Baker
Madeline Davis
Abigail Galloway
Hannah Hayes
Tatum Lowell
Greta Paulsen
Caroline Penick
Addie Van Dyke
Billy Understudy
Brady Meyers
Director/Playhouse Artistic Director
John W. Viars
Music Director
Brenton Brown
Choreographer
Megan Helmers
Scenic Designer
Nicholas Amundson
Costume Designer
Angela Lampe
Lighting Designer
Dillon McArdle
Sound Designer
Josh Jepson
Puppets Designer
Susanna Douthit
Stage Manager
Kyle Bochart
Assistant Stage Manager
Madyson Podojil
Technical Director
Nate Lawrence-Richards

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kill Date: October 28, 2018
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse Presents Billy Elliot The Musical
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse opens its 100th season with the Tony Award winner Billy Elliot The Musical, Oct. 5-28, 2018. Tickets may be purchased online at dmplayhouse.com, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St. Billy Elliot The Musical is sponsored by MidAmerican Energy Company.

Set in a northern English mining town, against the background of the 1984 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot The Musical is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot, while his widowed father (Micheal Davenport) and older brother (Nic Lovan) strike with the miners, Billy (shared role played by Asher Ekhardt and Uzay Hasanusta) secretly finds a passion for dance with the brassy local dance teacher (Rachel Meyer) and ballerinas. As Billy’s world becomes overwhelmingly violent, Billy hopes to escape, dreaming of becoming a professional dancer at the Royal Ballet School. While Billy’s loving grandmother (Mary Bricker) encourages his dancing, Billy’s overprotective father and the world’s insensitivity to a situation where a poor boy can make it into a prestigious dance school may stop Billy from achieving his dream.

The Playhouse cast includes Grace Aerisolphal, Kelsie Anderson, Isabelle Baker, Heidi Bibler Mary Bricker, Micheal Davenport, Madeline Davis, Will Donaghy, Katie Dorrell, Asher Ekhardt, Abigail Galloway, Michael Garrison, Darren J. Grote, Uzay Hasanusta, Hanna Hayes, Hallie Henely, Ryan Henzi, Will C. Johnson, Jenner Lathrop, Nic Lovan, Tatum Lowell, Rachel Meyer, Brady Meyers, Mark Morrison, Sean Nelsen, Mitchell Nieland, Greta Paulsen, Caroline Penick, Ethan Saltz, Addie Van Dyke, and Nicholas Wharff. Billy Elliot The Musical is directed by John W. Viars with music direction by Brenton Brown and choreography by Megan Helmers.

Thirty minutes prior to each performance in the west lobby, a member of the artistic team will share insights into the musical and the Playhouse production. This behind-the-scenes preshow talk, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines, is free and open to the public.

The Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information about the Playhouse and Billy Elliot The Musical, contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

Billy Elliot The Musical Performances: Oct. 5-28, 2018
7:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday
2:00 PM Sunday

Billy Elliot The Musical Tickets
Ticket prices start at $29
To purchase tickets:
dmplayhouse.com
515-277-6261
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312

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Uzay Hasanusta (center) is Billy in select performances of the Des Moines Community Playhouse’s production of Billy Elliot The Musical, Oct. 5-28, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Rachel Meyer as Mrs. Wilkinson and Asher Ekhardt as Billy (select performances)in the Des Moines Community Playhouse’s production of Billy Elliot The Musical, Oct. 5-28, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

(left to right) Tatum Lowell as Debbie, Rachel Meyer as Mrs. Wilkinson, and Asher Ekhardt as Billy (select performances) in the Des Moines Community Playhouse’s production of Billy Elliot The Musical, Oct. 5-28, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Asher Ekhardt is Billy in select performances of the Des Moines Community Playhouse’s production of Billy Elliot The Musical, Oct. 5-28, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Uzay Hasanusta is Billy in select performances of the Des Moines Community Playhouse’s production of Billy Elliot The Musical, Oct. 5-28, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Uzay Hasanusta (left) and Asher Ekhardt share the title role in the Des Moines Community Playhouse’s production of Billy Elliot The Musical, Oct. 5-28, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Asher Ekhardt is Billy in select performances of the Des Moines Community Playhouse’s production of Billy Elliot The Musical, Oct. 5-28, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Tatum Lowell as Debbie and Uzay Hasanusta as Billy (select performances)in the Des Moines Community Playhouse’s production of Billy Elliot The Musical, Oct. 5-28, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

(left to right) Tatum Lowell as Debbie, Rachel Meyer as Mrs. Wilkinson, and Uzay Hasanusta as Billy (select performances) in the Des Moines Community Playhouse’s production of Billy Elliot The Musical, Oct. 5-28, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.