“Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come out. The trick is finding it.”

 

Opening this weekend at Phoenix Performing Arts Center in Duryea is the premier local theatrical production of Billy Elliot the Musical.

Expressive themes such as having courage to face your fears, taking risks, and standing up for your beliefs are evident throughout the story.

This production features beautiful music, remarkable tap and ballet dancing, and some of the area’s most talented adults and children on stage performing together.

The emotional story will leave theater audiences with the goal of “following your dreams and doing what you love, even if everyone tells you it is impossible.”

Billy Elliot the Musical is based on the 2000 film also titled, Billy Elliot.

Elton John’s captivating lyrics and music are present throughout the show.

The story is set in Northeastern England and revolves around a motherless child, Billy, who trades boxing gloves for ballet shoes.

Billy faces the challenge of standing up for his beliefs and following his dreams of being a ballet dancer regardless of the expectations of society.

Billy struggles with his family and his community who believe that ballet dancing is only for girls.

A conflicting father-son relationship is expressed throughout the show as Billy’s father desires for him to be a boxer and a coal miner.

Billy takes a risk by continuing dancing and finally, after witnessing Billy’s ballet talents, his father overcomes his prejudices and supports Billy at all costs.

Tylor Berrini, an amazingly talented tap and ballet dancer from Kingston, PA, portrays Billy Elliot in the production.

Tylor’s picture and biography will be featured on the world-wide internet site for around the world Billy Elliot shows.

I am honored to take the stage with Tylor as Michael, Billy’s best friend, the tap-dancing boy who supports Billy and instills in him “there’s nothing wrong with expressing yourself.”

Local readers might recognize a few other familiar faces on the stage.

This production features other talented Moscow residents, too.

My dad, James Bianchi, portrays the boxing coach and a miner in the town.

Patrick Kwiatkowski and his daughter, Molly , also from Moscow, perform as Billy’s tough dad and a young ballet dancer, respectively.

Billy Elliot the Musical runs May 12th through May 27th.

Friday and Saturday show times are 8:00pm.

There is one Sunday matinee, May 21st, at 2:00pm.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door or reservations can be made by calling Phoenix Performing Arts Center at (570) 457-3589.

Please come out to support the arts and enjoy a powerful and emotional story along with an impressive night of theater.

— Jacob Bianchi is a 7th grade student at North Pocono Middle School.

He has been involved in over twenty theatrical performances with Phoenix PAC.