Year 8 Jamie Kirkland takes the lead role in Billy
Academy are showcasing the West End Musical Billy Elliot this summer. The
musical is about a boy who aspires, against his families wishes, to become a
professional ballet dancer, an unusual choice of career for someone from a
mining community in the north-east of England.
sessions started before Christmas and all students interested in performing in
Billy Elliot were encouraged to take part.
held in February and took place in Tuxford’s new state of the art drama studios. Originally nine students applied for the leading
role of Billy, but three dropped out. Nerves
were high when the auditions started, as students had to perform Billy’s main
song ‘Electricity’, which included a dance routine half way through. Year 8 student Jamie was thrilled when a week
later, he found out he had got the part!
enjoys music and drama and performed in the chorus of Romeo and Juliet, which
was Tuxford Academy’s musical production last year. When asked about his ballet experience, Jamie
said he had one ballet lesson when he was five and absolutely hated it, but he
is really enjoying it now.
to play the piano three years ago and is currently working towards his Grade 3
exam. In 2014 Jamie won the Rotary
Club’s Young Musician of the Year for playing the piano. Jamie has a 45 minute music lesson once a
week, which consists of 30 minutes of piano and 15 minutes singing.
are taking place most evenings after school and also some lunch times. “Jamie is showing real dedication, by
attending as many of these sessions as possible” said Nick Cox, Head of Drama
at Tuxford Academy.
is being performed at the academy on the 13th, 14th, 15th
and 16th July with two performances taking place on the
Saturday. Tickets are available at Main