Meet Billy Elliot: Arcangelo Ciulla

    Note: Arcangelo’s final show as Billy in the Italian Tour of Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) was on April 30, 2017.

    Debut: January 26, 2017 (Ancona, Italy)

    Total Performances as Billy:  53 (No partial shows) 

    Arcangelo Ciulla, from Syracuse in Sicily, was 14 years old (D.O.B. = 18-Oct-2002) when he debuted as Billy in the second Italian Tour of BETM.  He previously played the role of Tall Boy and was the understudy Michael in the first Italian Tour (2015-16).  

    Arcangelo first started dancing when he was six-years-old at Silva Arte Danza di Siracusa. He quickly discovered a passion for street dance, and so started studying hip hop, break dance, locking, popping and house with the dance master Simone Moncada.  He then went on to study these dance styles further, all with internationally renowned teachers – Kapelà (house), Salah (popping), Robbie Richie (hip hop), Neguin (break dance).  Here’s a video from 2014 of Arcangelo performing a street dance routine at a dance competition:

    Credit: Video by B-BOY Ice

    In 2013 Arcangelo expanded his dance repertoire even further by starting to learn ballet, tap and jazz.  He also began lessons in acting and singing.  Throughout his years as a dancer Arcangelo has entered numerous competitions and has won many awards.  His long list of dance accolades include:

    • 1st place at the Italian Dance Federation (FID) Italian Championship
    • 1st place in the “King of the Floor” competition in Syracuse
    • 1st place in the “Sicilian Dance Award” competition

    The following video shows Arcangelo displaying his singing and tap dancing skills:

    Credit: Video by B-BOY Ice

    Arcangelo as Peter Pan

    In the summer of 2016, Arcangelo attended the summer school at Laine Theatre Arts School, which is a performing arts school in Epsom, England.

    Arcangelo’s previous theatrical experience includes:

    • ‘Abu’ in Aladdin
    • ‘Timothy’ in Annie
    • Pinocchio
    • Corps de ballet in Nessuno nasce per niente (No one is born at all)
    • The lead role of ‘Peter Pan’ in Compagnia Silva Arte Danza’s production of Verso l’sola che non (To Neverland)
    • Evita (2016)
    Arcangelo as Tall Boy

    Arcangelo’s first involvement with BETM came in October 2015 when he played Tall Boy in the first Italian Tour.  He was also the understudy for Michael and played this role for the first time on 7-Nov-2015.  He continued to play Michael occasionally until the end of the tour in February 2016. 

    For the second Italian Tour Arcangelo finally got the chance to play the lead role.  His debut as Billy Elliot on 26-Jan-2017 made him the 179th actor worldwide to play the role.



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