Budding young stars ‘just want to dance’

The cast ready for Billy Elliot.
The cast ready for Billy Elliot.

BUDDING young actors from a Sheffield secondary school will get a taste of life under the spotlights when they stage a performance of Billy Elliot The Musical at The Crucible.

The pupils from High Storrs School were chosen to take part in nationwide scheme Billy Youth Theatre.

The scheme offers schools and youth groups the chance to stage their own productions of the award-winning show.

Instead of performing in their school hall the students will put on three performances at The Crucible theatre as part of the Sheffield Children’s Festival.

Assistant headteacher Claire Pender praised the pupils.

She said: “We were initially very excited and privileged to be able to perform Billy Elliot The Musical at all, but to find out now that we will be at The Crucible is just the icing on the cake!

“The cast are absolutely thrilled and will gain a lot from the experience.”

More than 150 pupils auditioned for parts and the lead role of Billy Elliot went to the aptly-named Year 7 pupil Elliot Goodhill.

Claire said: “He blew the panel away at auditions with his talent and enthusiasm.”

Last week members of the cast performed excerpts from the production at York Theatre Royal.

The successful groups from this stage will follow in the steps of the real life Billy and perform at the Billy Youth Theatre West End Gala at the Victoria Palace Theatre, in July.

The Crucible shows are on Friday, July 8, at 7pm and Saturday, July 9, at 2pm and 7pm.

Tickets for the shows went on sale on Saturday. To book call Sheffield Theatres on 0114 2496000.