Chance to be a Billy star

BUDDING actors and actresses are being given a chance to star in a West End production.

Auditions for Billy Elliot The Musical will be taking place in Newcastle this Saturday – and young stars from Hartlepool and East Durham are being given the chance to be a part of the show’s success at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre.

Young people could follow in the footsteps of Hartlepool girl Fleur Houdijk, 15, who landed the role of Debbie in the production in 2009. And there is also a chance for boys to audition for the parts of Billy and Michael.

Young Fleur went on to appear in another stage play, Matilda, and is now appearing in a street dance film called All Stars, due in cinemas nationwide this spring, as reported by the Mail earlier this week.

Boys going for the roles of Billy and Michael need to be aged nine to 13, be of a maximum height of 5ft, have an unbroken voice, while tap and ballet experience would be a bonus.

Girls auditioning for the role of Debbie must be nine to 12-years-old, have some ballet experience and be a maximum height of 4ft 8in.

Auditionees are asked to go along ready to dance first and possibly sing afterwards, wearing comfortable clothes.

They are asked not to wear lycra, leotards or dance pants and to take along dance shoes and trainers.

To audition, email children’s casting director Jessica Ronane at with NEWCASTLE in the subject title.

Further information and details of the location of the auditions will be forwarded on.