Meet Billy Elliot: Arnon Herring

    Note: Arnon’s final show as Billy in the Israeli Tour of Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) was on August 31, 2017.

    Debut: June 1, 2016 (Tel Aviv, Israel)

    Total Performances as Billy:  61 (No partial shows) 

    Arnon ThumbArnon Herring was 13 years old (D.O.B = 5-Nov-2002) when he made his debut as Billy Elliot in the Tel Aviv production of BETM.  He is from the town of Shoham, which is to the east of Tel Aviv.

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    Arnon performing in a dance show (Credit: Photo by Nevo Photography)

    Arnon has always loved acting and dancing, but feeling that he had to conform to social norms and afraid that his friends might laugh at him if he danced, he participated in other sports until the age of 12.  It was only after seeing the musical CATS, when it came to Israel, that Arnon dared to follow his dreams and he enrolled in a ballet class in his hometown. Arnon has danced ever since and in the summer of 2015 he even attended a prestigious ballet course in New York.

    The two people who have inspired Arnon the most are the legendary Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Steven McRae, an Australian dancer who is currently a principal dancer in the Royal Ballet Company.  Arnon is most impressed by their perfect technique, their amazing personalities and their charisma on stage.

    Arnon Herring as Billy Elliot

    Arnon says that the cast of BETM have become like a family, and that they laugh and have a lot of fun in rehearsals.  Some of the adult cast are famous Israeli actors and Arnon was worried that they might act like celebrities, but he reports this this is not the case at all.

    When asked about his relationship with Shon, the other Tel Aviv Billy, Arnon said that there was a bit of competition between them at first, but when he was told that they would never be on stage at the same time he realised that he had no reason to be competitive.

    Arnon’s ultimate goal in life is to join the Royal Ballet Company, and to be a soloist there.

    Arnon was chosen to perform for the opening night show, and thus became Billy #144 in the world.

    In the time leading up to the opening of the show, the Tel Aviv company released this promotional video, featuring Arnon as Billy:

     Credit: Video by Billy Elliot the Musical IL

    Arnon’s performed as Billy in the last show in Tel Aviv, on April 7, 2017.  In August 2017 the production returns and will tour to 16 venues around the country, and Arnon will reprise his role as Billy.

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