Meet Billy Elliot: Adam Picariello-Heighes

    Note: Adam Picariello-Heighes’ final show as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) in Boca Raton, FL, presented by the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, was on October 26, 2019.

    Debut: September 28, 2019 (Boca Raton, FL)

    Total Performances as Billy:  3 (No partial shows) 

    Adam Picariello-Heighes was 12 years old (d.o.b. = 17-Apr-2007) when he made his debut as Billy Elliot on 28-Sep-2019 at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida.

    Adam is a native of Billerica, MA but moved to Delray Beach, FL in the summer of 2019. He studies at the Omni Middle School in Boca Raton.

    Adam Wins Scholarship at Radix Convention/Photo by Sally Gould School of Dance

    Adam’s dance performance training has mostly come via the Sally Gould Dance Center (2010-2018) in Billerica, where he took classes in jazz, tap, ballet, lyric and hip hop dance styles over the years. While studying there, Adam was named a “Core Performer” at the Radix dance convention and was awarded a scholarship to attend its national convention in Las Vegas.

    Other performance training includes:


    • Five years of Drama classes with Cindi Haggerty while living in Massachusetts.
    • A year of participation in the Drama Club at Marshall Middle School in Billerica, MA.
    • Five years of Piano/Voice training at the Jennifer Truesdale Singing Studio in Arlington, MA.

    A favorite prior role in a stage production was been as Jo Jo in Seussical The Musical. At the Marshall Middle School, Adam also appeared in Elf The Musical, Jr.

    Marshall Middle School students rehearse the Christmas musical, Elf Jr. Front, left to right, Autumn Halas, Mikayla Cadden and Adam Picariello-Heighes. (SUN/Julia Malakie)

    This video clip, from his recent appearance in a Showstoppers Dance Convention, features Adam dancing with a group from his dance school.


    Billy Elliot The Musical

    Upon moving to Florida in the summer of 2019, Adam visited various drama programs in the area with his family. Through their visit with Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, they learned of the upcoming auditions for BETM.

    Adam auditioned and learned, a week after the auditions, that he had gotten the role of Billy, with performances in the title role to be alternated with another young actor, William Moss.

    Rehearsals for the show ran from 23-Aug-2019 to 20-Sep-2019. They were held 3-4 days per week and averaged 3-5 hours per session.

    Upon his debut as Billy, Adam becomes the 282nd actor in the world to bring the title role to life in a professional, regional or community theatre production of BETM.

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