YEAR 7 pupil Elliot Goodhill is jumping for joy after landing the title role in High Storrs’ production of Billy Elliot the Musical.
His school will be performing their own version of the show in the newly refurbished hall from July 6 to 8 as part of Billy Youth Theatre 2011.
Under the nationwide scheme, Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall and Martin Koch (musical supervision and orchestrations) have adapted their original script and orchestrations to produce a shortened version of the show for selected groups staging local productions around the country.
High Storrs, with a reputation for high quality school productions, will be flying the flag for Sheffield.
Between May and June the groups will perform excerpts from their productions around the country and a selected few will be offered the opportunity to perform at the Billy Youth Theatre West End Gala at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Billy’s London home, in July.
More than 150 High Storrs pupils auditioned for parts in the final cast and Elliot blew the panel away with his talent and enthusiasm.
For his part, Elliot said: “I feel really excited about getting the chance to do this performance. I am so lucky to have been chosen from all the other people who went for the role. I just hope I can do well at it. I will certainly do my best.”
It turns out Elliot’s father actually trained as a ballet dancer before deciding to join the police and is now the school’s community police officer.
Assistant headteacher Claire Pender said: “This will be another team effort from High Storrs and we are extremely excited about performing this production in our fantastic new facilities”.
Lee Hall, who originally conceived the idea behind Billy Youth Theatre, said: “I am fascinated to see what different interpretations emerge.
“Unlike the show at the Victoria Palace, most people will be doing it without money and resources – and I am looking forward to seeing how creative and imaginative people will be doing it with nothing.”