Billy Elliot the Musical


Date: August 2, 2017 — August 27, 2017
Days & Times:

Tues.-Thurs. at 7 pm
Fri. & Sat. at 8 pm
Sun. Aug. 13, 20 & 27 at 2 pm

Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Price: $35 - $40

Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall
Music by Elton John
Originally Directed in London by Stephen Daldry
Orchestrations by Martin Koch
Executive Producers (Original London Production) Angela Morrison David Furnish
Producers (Original London Production) Tim Bevan Eric Fellner Jon Finn Sally Greene
Originally presented in London by Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions in association with Tiger Productions
Based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal Film
Directed by Maura Hanlon
Musical Direction by Peter Hodgson
Choreography by Derek Roland

**PG-13 please be advised this show contains strong language parents may find unsuitable for young children**


Presented with generous support from:

Summary

Based on the international smash-hit film, and featuring a score by music legend Elton John, Billy Elliot is an astonishing story of one boy’s struggle to realize his dream. Set in a northern English mining town against the background of the 1984 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot the Musical was the winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical!

*Cape Rep Theatre is adding a special benefit performance of BILLY ELLIOT, THE MUSICAL on Sunday, August 20. Enjoy sweet treats and a champagne toast before the 8 pm curtain for Cape Rep’s acclaimed production of the 10-time Tony-winning musical with book and lyrics by Lee Hall and music by Elton John. Proceeds from this special added performance will go to support Cape Rep’s mission to provide creative professional opportunities for the artists of this community. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $75. Call the box office for details 508.896.1888 or Click Here *

Cast

Billy Elliot
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Matthew Dean is a 13 year old California native. Matthew began dancing at age 2 at his mother’s dance studio. He made his musical theater debut as Billy Elliot at Children’s Musical Theater San Jose’s Marquee Production of Billy Elliot in April of 2016.  Since that time, he has performed the role of Billy at Ocean State Theatre in Rhode Island, Phoenix Theatre in Arizona and Berkeley Playhouse in California.  Matthew is excited to visit the East Coast again and have the opportunity to reprise the role of Billy with Cape Rep Theatre.

Mrs. Wilkinson
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Alison Weller recently had the pleasure of playing Hilde Latymer in A Song at Twilight at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, with Laila Robins and Ed Genest.  She is Project Director of The Cape Cod Fishing Project (aka Boundless), an interview based theatre piece commissioned by Cape Rep.  Broadway: Coram Boy.  Off Broadway: This Beautiful City (Vineyard Theatre), Gone Missing (Barrow St. Theatre), and Aphrodisiac (PS 122).  As an Associate Artist with the Obie Award-winning Civilians: original collaborator on the long-running Gone Missing and critically-acclaimed This Beautiful City, also The Ladies (Chashama), and The Modern World Project with Anne Kauffman.  Other NY:The Female  Terrorist Project (The Committee), Out from Under It, and Blue Lila Rising (New Georges).  Regional: Portland Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, WHAT, and seven seasons at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ.  With Cape Rep: Outside Mullingar, Frankie and Johnnie in the Claire de Lune, Lady in the Dark, My Fair Lady, Ruby Tuesday, and many others.  Alison is proud to have been in the company of American Records’ ReEntry, performing at naval bases in VA, CA and MS for sailors returning from deployment.  She is a graduate of the London Film School’s Fast Forward Program for feature film producers and is developing several projects, including a screen adaptation of Thomas H. Cook’s The Last Talk with Lola Faye.  BA, Harvard; MFA, UCSD.  Member Actors’ Equity.

Jackie Elliot
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Tom Andrew (Jackie Elliot) is ecstatic to be making his debut at Cape Rep in Billy Elliot. National Tours include Titanic (Murdoch) and Music Man (Olin Britt) and his regional credits include Baby (Allan) Coachella Valley Rep, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (George Bailey) Cygnet Theatre and Sierra Repertory, Guys and Dolls (Sky), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Brian Doyle) Ocean State Theatre Co., 9 to 5 (Dick) Theatre by the Sea, Into the Woods (Baker), Fiddler on the Roof (Motel) Starlight Music Theatre, Chicago (Billy Flynn) Ion Theatre, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy) Mira Costa Theatre, Everything I Needed to Know I Learned From Brian Mackey (Tom), Night Sky (Daniel) Mo’Olelo, Sleeping Beauty Wakes (King/Vocalist) La Jolla Playhouse and Forever Plaid (Sparky) to many theaters to mention! Thanks to Cape Rep, Janine, Maura, Dylan and Linda Murray and especially Scott Storr and without a doubt Michael Anthony Lundy.

Tony Elliot
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Nick Nudler (Tony Elliot) Nick is a Senior Acting Major at UConn and is so excited to return to Cape Rep! Previous Cape Rep credits are: Link Larkin (Hairspray) and Adam Adam (Rough Crossing). Other credits: Duke (Big River), Sir Robin (Spamalot), and Strygal (Anonymous).

Grandma
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McNeely Myers (Grandma) loves the play of theatre. . .the resilience of life. . .the beauty of nature. . . the warmth of this community. . . Last seen here in this season’s Regular Singing; she also played for Cape Rep in Hairspray and Winter Wheat. McNeely has appeared locally in her one-woman show Sunny & the Swami; with WHAT: Body Awareness, Bug, Driving on the Sidewalk, Indecent Exposure; Counter Productions: Wit,  Anton in Show Business,  Provincetown Theatre:A  Perfect Ganesh and most notably with Provincetown Rep as Maria Callas in Master Class for which Terrence McNally tagged her “Cape Cod’s answer to Meryl Streep”. Prior to her days on the Cape; McNeely was a 10 year member of Whetstone Theatre in southern Vermont. This summer look for her making music or teaching at a beach, porch, studio or stand up paddle board near you!

Michael
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Burke Brickner (Michael) is very excited to be making his debut theatrical role of Michael at the Cape Rep Theater!  Burke is coming from NYC where he trains at American Ballet Theater and Broadway Dance Center for jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, hip hop & Dance With Me for ballroom. He is a member of Thommie Retter’s Tap Company – “Tap Crew”.  He is also a member of Broadway Dreams performing in their Omaha, NE productions in 2015 & 2016 and then selected to be a “Stand-Out Performer” in their NYC Production this past year.  Burke originally had eight years of “award winning” competitive dance training in Omaha, NE at Nebraska Dance performing all over the country prior to moving to NYC in 2016.  He has enjoyed every second of his new adventure of chasing his dreams being casted in multiple television shows, short films, music videos, commercials & modeling where he has been featured in multiple trade magazines.

Billy's Mum
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Caitlin Mills is super happy to be back on stage with her friends here at Cape Rep!
Caitlin has been involved with past Cape Rep performances including La cage aux Folles, Funny Girl, Bottom of the Sky and most recently in this year’s Footlight Fantasy alongside her dog Hank. She would like to thank Mo for thinking of her and remind you that in everything you do-always be yourself.

Mr. Braithwaite
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Stephen is delighted to be making his Cape Rep debut in this inspiring and beloved story. A former high school drama teacher, actor, set and lighting designer, and independent video producer, he recently returned to the stage, appearing in Guys and Dolls and Carousel at Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston, where he also served as dramaturge for Carousel, and for this season’s Show Boat.  Favorite stage roles include John Adams in 1776, Pat Denning in 42nd Street, and the Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof.  He will direct Unnecessary Farce at Arlington Friends of the Drama in 2018. He thanks his leading lady, Donna Marie, for supporting and encouraging his endless pursuits.

Debbie Wilkinson
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Nell Hamilton is ecstatic to be a part of this production! A Cape Cod native, she has been in many productions in the area; Macbeth (Banquo), Evita (Child of Argentina) at Cape Rep, Shrek the Musical (Ensemble), To Kill a Mockingbird (Scout), Ramona Quimby (Ramona), The Hobbit (Fili), Seussical the Musical (Who) at CCTC. Nell thanks her family, friends, and Mo for believing in her.

George
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Charles Bennison (George) Charles is a Cape resident who was most recently seen in CCTCHJT’s production of To Kill A Mockingbird and appeared on the Cape Rep stage in The Real Inspector Hound, The Foreigner and Sylvia. He interned at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and received his MFA from F.S.U’s Asolo Conservatory.

Big Davey
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Garrett Almeida is happy to be back here at Cape Rep for another summer. You may have seen him in past shows such as The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Evita, and Peter and the Starcatcher. He would like to give thanks to his family, friends, and everyone involved in the production for making this show such a great experience! Enjoy the show!

Older Billy
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Christopher Phillips (Older Billy) Originally from the sandy shores of Cape Cod, Christopher John Phillips is filled with joy to return to the Cape Rep Theater after the 2006 production of The Full Monty. Since then, Christopher has graduated from SUNY: Purchase with a BFA in Performance and Choreography and fortunately trained with some of the best teachers in the world, which includes Jacqueline Akhmedova, Ilya Kuznetsov, Misha Tchoupakov, and Sueann Townsend. Chris’s dancing over the last six years as a free lancer has led him to perform for companies such as Vacanti Ballets, North Atlantic Dance Theatre, International Ballet Company, Pioneer Valley Ballet, Amherst Ballet, and the Cape Cod Dance Festival.

Ensemble
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Lindsey Erin Agnes  is thrilled to be a part of this production of Billy Elliot. Some of her most recent credits include Bradley in Men on Boats, the Woman in The Woman in Black, Tammy/Amber u/s in Hairspray, Anne in La Cage Aux Folles, Ensemble/Mistress u/s in Evita (Cape Rep), Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Amy in Little Women the Musical, Zaneeta/Marian u/s in The Music Man (CCTC), and Margot in Yours, Anne (ETC).  Lindsey thanks her family for supporting her passion, PHD for his unconditional love, and the passionate and talented cast and crew that have put so much love into this amazing show!

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Andrew is very happy to be part of Team Elliot. Some of his most enjoyable theater experiences have taken place at Cape Rep, including roles in Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone and My Fair Lady. Elsewhere, he has played Daddy Warbucks in Annie (Weston MA Friendly Society), Marvin in Falsettos (Theatre III, Acton, MA), and the King in The King and I (Open Door Theater, Acton). Boundless love and thanks to Bonnie for her endless encouragement.

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Morgan Dexter (Ensemble) Morgan is a Nauset Regional High School graduate and very excited to be performing her first show at Cape Rep. Some of her favorite roles have been Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (APA), Little Red in Into The Woods, and Jan in Grease (NRHS). In the fall, she is moving to NYC to pursue her dream in musical theatre. She is so thankful for her supportive friends and family along her journey. Thank you for coming and enjoy the show!

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Justin West (Ensemble) Justin is a senior at Nauset Regional High School where he has done multiple shows including RENT as Angle, High School Musical as Ryan, and Into the Woods as Jack. This is his first show at the Cape Rep Theatre and is very excited for this performance.

Ballet Girls
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Larkin Fox (Ballet Girl) is a local 10 year old from Brewster, is delighted to be making her Cape Rep Theatre debut this summer. Larkin began dancing ballet at the age of 4 years old at The Academy of Performing Arts located in Orleans, MA.  Larkin was a featured dancer with her ballroom teacher, Adam Spencer, at The Cotuit Center for the Arts Cape Cod Dance Expo in 2016.  Larkin has been in a number of dance shows for the Academy of Performing Arts and after training for about a year at Studio 878 in Chatham, Larkin now competes competitively in the American Rythym ballroom styles of Cha-Cha, Rumba, Swing and Mambo. Larkin has also trained and continues to train in the dance styles of tap, modern and jazz.  She currently studies dance at The Academy of Performing Arts, Cape Cod Ballet Theatre for Children and with Adam in Chatham at Studio 878.  Larkin would like to thank her family for all of their support and encouragement. Larkin would also like to thank ALL of her fantastic teachers and supporters here on Cape Cod for all of their hard work and tremendous support which has led her to become a part of such a wonderful show, Billy Elliot the Musical.

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Alyssa has had a passion for performing since a young age. She began studying dance at the age of two and by five had already done background work in Paul Blart Mall Cop and other film and television.  Alyssa can be seen in Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups 2 as a dancer. In the second grade she discovered theater, starting with her school play. Since then she has performed in local theaters including performing as Eliza in The King and I. Her most recent role was with Cape Rep’s Young Company as Malcolm in Macbeth. In her personal life Alyssa is a high honor roll student who has taken active roles in her local community, including organizing a fundraiser for a local charity that helps young children. Alyssa feels most at home when performing and is excited to be a part of Billy Elliot. She would like to thank everyone involved in making this wonderful show!

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Madison is thrilled to be back on the Cape Rep stage! She has been performing locally for ten years and attends Nauset Regional High School. Her previous roles include Duncan/ Macduff in Macbeth and Brenda in Hairspray (Cape Rep), Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables and Sara Crewe in A Little Princess (Cape Cod Theatre Company), and Virginia in Nevermore (W.H.A.T).

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Eden Milczanowski (Susan Parks) Eden is a seventh grade student at SFXP in Hyannis. She has performed with CCKB in a few productions, such as LeFou in Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods, Gingie in Shrek and others. She also has trained in voice with Gwen Bainier and takes classical ballet, jazz and tap  at Atlantic Coast Academy of Dance, most recently performing as Wendy in Peter Pan. She likes to play ukulele in her spare time.

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Grace is 9 years old and is delighted to be making her Cape Rep theater debut. Grace has appeared recently in The Music Man at North Shore Musical Theater.  Additionally she has appeared as Gretl in Sound of Music at the Mansfield Arts and Education Center. She has also appeared in Billy Elliot at Ocean State Theater (ballet girl).  She has appeared in many performances at the Franklin Performing Arts Company including ‘Tis the Season (featured soloist), and The Nutcracker.  She has trained for 5 years at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts and has studied with Broadway Artists Alliance in New York City.  Many thanks to her teachers, her family, and for Cape Rep theater for this wonderful opportunity!

Tall Boy/Posh Boy
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Macklin Devine  most recently appeared as Witch 1 in the inaugural production of Macbeth with Cape Rep’s Young Company. He also appeared at Cape Rep in Jerusalem and Footlight Fantasies. He played Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird at the Harwich Junior Theatre. He hopes to become a filmmaker when he grows up. He is delighted to be a part of this ensemble. Thank you to my parents and my brothers for all of their support.

Small Boy
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Julien is 11 and is excited to be a part of Billy Elliot at Cape Rep. Previous credits include the elephant bird in Seussical, an orphan in Oliver, and the elf in Shrek (CCTC), youth ensemble in Music Man (Cape Playhouse), and Randy in A Christmas Story (APA). Other passions include playing soccer, dancing, and sailing next door at the Cape Cod Sea Camps. This fall he will be entering the 6th grade at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School.  Thank you, Mo and co!

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.


Creative

Director
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Maura Hanlon is the Associate Artistic Director at Cape Rep Theatre where she has directed many, many plays including this season’s Macbeth (the debut of the Young Company), and  2016’s My Name is Asher Lev and Peter and the Starcatcher.  In addition to directing Men On Boats, she will also be at the helm of Billy Elliot, the Musical.  Favorite directing credits include Failure: A Love Story, Jerusalem, Eurydice, Wintertime, The Rose Tattoo (Cape Rep), and Peter Pan and Wendy (HJT).  Mo is a sometime actor (including Cape Rep’s The Drowsy Chaperone, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and most recently, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play), a frequent sound designer (including for last season’s production of My Name is Asher Lev) and a playwright (Good Bye, Mary Rose, Dinosaur Pirates from Outerspace! and Alice in Wonderland).  Mo is a Holy Cross grad who studied acting and directing  at Trinity Rep Conservatory, and received her MFA in directing from UCSD.  Twice nominated for the prestigious Richard E. Sherwood Award at the Mark Taper Forum, many of her productions have been named among the favorites in the Cape Cod Times annual “Favorite Shows of….”  She is a well-respected acting teacher and coach and teaches acting and directing through Cape Rep’s Theatrelab and YoCo, and for the Harwich Junior Theatre.  Special thanks to her incredibly supportive family, Art, Paddo, Seamus, and Macklin. maurahanlon.com

Musical Director
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Peter Hodgson (Musical Director) Peter is very excited to be a part of Cape Rep for the first time.  He hails from Sacramento, California, but now lives in New York City working as a freelance pianist and music director.  He attended NYU, where he received both his BA in Music Theory and Composition and MFA in Musical Theatre Writing.  While there, he began music directing for multiple NYU student groups, and other groups in the NYC area.  Since graduating, he has been working on projects ranging from workshops of new musicals to broadway shows.  Favorite credits: Superhero (O’Neill Musical Theater Conference), Pippin (Broadway revival), Carrie: The Musical (Peregrine Theater Company),  West Side Story (Tisch New Theater).

Choreographer
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Derek is delighted to return to Cape Rep, having previously choreographed their production of Spamalot! Derek is a NYC based writer, choreographer, director and teacher, originally hailing from Rochester, N.Y. He is a long-standing company member with 3-time Drama Desk nominated Parallel Exit Theater Company, and his direction and choreography have been featured in NYC at venues such as Lincoln Center Institute, the New Victory Theater, City Center, the Laurie Beechman Theater, 59E59 Theaters, Emerging Artists Theatre, NYMF, Dixon Place, The Duke Theater, the Joyce Soho and New World Stages. Performance credits include National Tours of Kiss Me Kate (Bill Calhoun), Showboat, Cinderella and Funny Girl, and the Italian Tour of West Side Story. NY credits include performances at Town Hall, City Center, and Lincoln Center. As an educator, Derek has served on faculty at Steps on Broadway, Mark Morris Dance Group, CAP21 Conservatory, Marymount Manhattan College and Broadway Dance Center. His 1st play Peace and Quiet recently premiered in the NY Theater Festival, and his original rock musical Pie Eater is in development along with many other upcoming projects you can find out about here: www.derekroland.com  This Fall Derek will head to Scotland to pursue his Masters degree in Playwriting from University of Edinburgh, where he has been awarded the William Hunter Sharpe Memorial Scholarship for playwriting.

Scenic Design
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Bowser is a production designer based in Brooklyn. He is a member of Pipeline Theatre Company (The Gray Man and upcoming Folk Wandering), lighting designer for Cesar Alvarez’s Noise and Elementary Spacetime Show, and the production designer for Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet which will next be seen in Seattle in Jan 2018. Scenic and lighting designs seen at Abrons Arts, HERE, The Bushwick Starr, The McKittrick Hotel, Ars Nova, Classic Stage Company, JACK, ART Oberon, The Curran Theater in SF, and festivals in Warsaw, Edinburgh, and Nottingham UK..  BFA: NYU Tisch at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. www.christopherjbowser.com 

Lighting Design
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Susan Nicholson (Lighting Design) Susan has been illuminating productions professionally since 2004. Favorite shows include Ragtime and Xanadu at Cape Rep, Chicago at CCSU, and Death for Five Voices at Prospect Theatre Company. Regionally she has designed at the Forestburgh Playhouse, Enchanted Dance, AADA, Harbor Lights Theatre, The Resident Theatre Company, and Provincetown Theater.  In the last year she has had the honor of lighting The Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Mary J Blige, Amy Schumer, Kevin James, and Laura Benanti.  She is also a part of HG Lighting Design and freelances for WorldStage. Honors include Barbizon Region 3 winner, at the National level Runner-Up, Nominated for an Ostrander in Lighting in Memphis.  She holds a BA from Purdue University and a MFA from the University of Memphis.  Member local 829. www.susanmnicholsondesign.com

Costume Design
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Robin McLaughlin was resident costume designer at Cape Rep for many years. She is very happy to have been welcomed back for the summer season. She continues to be a nationally known designer of handmade journey bags and has added custom wedding accessories to her collection. @robinelizabethcreations

Stage Manager
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Kate Gulden is delighted to be back at Cape Rep for the 2017 season, having previously stage managed eight shows from 9-Ball (2013) to this season’s Trish and Jared’s 21st Century Songbook, and assistant stage managed four. Recently, she returned home to North Carolina and Bartlett Theatre as stage manager for Crumbs from the Table of Joy, having stage managed their inaugural production of The Glass Menagerie (2015). Kate is a graduate of Gettysburg College where she earned a BA in English and Theatre Arts. She also serves as head of public relations and managing editor for Sunset Liminal Press and their flagship literary magazine, Sunset Liminal. She loves themed baking challenges and hates describing herself.

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