“I don't want a childhood! I want to be a ballet dancer!”

Lee Hall, Librettist

Billy Elliot

"Crowd-pleasing, can't-help-but-love-it... a big juicy musical"
Lori Montgomery
The YY Scene
"Blown away by the electricity... it is a must-see"
Vicki Trask
"Arima is to be applauded... scenes of hilarity to those of powerful sentiment"
Louis B. Hobson
Calgary Herald

Director's Note

From the start of work on this musical at Theatre Calgary, I was committed to casting the entire production with performers from the city, which we accomplished. The people of the city came out in droves to support the cast of fellow Calgarians. 

We auditioned only a handful of local talents for the role of Billy, including two superb performers who shared the role. Seeing their individual opening nights and hearing the crowd roar for them made my heart skip a beat.

A black and white photo of Stafford Arima standing with his arms crossed in dramatic lighting



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Production Credits

Book & Lyrics: Lee Hall

Music: Sir Elton John

Choreographer: Yukichi Hattori

Musical Director: Donald L. Horsburgh

Set & Projections: Scott Reid

Lighting: Alan Brodie

Costumes: Cory Sincennes

Sound: Joshua D. Reid

Producer: Theatre Calgary

Theatre: Max Bell