Note: Aslak Kipinä is currently appearing as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) in Oulu, Finland, presented by Oulu Theatre, from March 3 to Dec 17, 2022.
Debut: March 3, 2022 (Oulu, Finland)
Total Performances as Billy to Date: 11 (As of 31-May-2022)
Aslak Kipinä was 13 years old when he made his debut as Billy in the Oulu Theatre production of BETM.
Aslak has been singing with the Ynnin Boys’ Choir for the past five years. He has performed in the Tiernapojat for the past four years — this is a traditional Christmas singing procession in Oulu featuring young boy choristers and it is broadcast on television and radio in Finland every year.
Aslak first auditioned for BETM in early 2021 and was then chosen alongside seven other boys to attend the Billy School to start training for the role. Training began in April, and five months later Aslak was chosen as one of two young actors to star as Billy.
Speaking about how he felt when he heard the news, Aslak said, “I felt really cool when there were many guys out there who could have been Billy and we were chosen.”
With his debut performance as Billy on 3-Mar-2022, Aslak becomes the 320th young actor worldwide to play the role in a professional, regional or community theatre production of the musical.
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