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    Meet Billy Elliot: Drake Aasen

    Note:  Drake’s final show as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) in Fargo, North Dakota, presented by Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT), was on May 14, 2017.

    Debut: May 5, 2017 (Fargo, ND)

    Total Performances As Billy:  7 (No partial shows) 

    Drake Aasen was 13 years old (d.o.b. = 11-Aug-2003) and a student at the Cheney Middle School in West Fargo, North Dakota at the time of his debut as Billy.

    In addition to his interest in drama, Drake has an outlet for his love of music as a member of the Cheney Middle School orchestra.  Other interests include drawing, reading, playing video games and football.

    One can get an idea regarding Drake’s creativity and personality from viewing the videos he’s created on his Youtube channel.  Here’s an introduction to the channel:

    Credit: Video by Drake Aasen

    Unlike many of the boys who have played Billy around the world, Drake had never taken classes in tap dance or ballet before he was cast as Billy.  But with intense rehearsals since November led by director/co-choreographer Anna Carol and co-choreographer Matthew Gasper, Drake has been a quick study.

    Drake’s previous stage experience includes his initial work with FMCT dating back to his  first two productions: playing a  Munchkin and Nikko the Flying Monkey in The Wizard of Oz and then the role of Benjamin in the FMCT production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  A more recent role was that of JoJo in FMCT’s production of Seussical The Musical in December of 2015.

    Cast members Joseph Brauer (the Cat), Drake Aasen (JoJo), Cody Gerszewski (Horton) and Abbey Immer (Gertrude) rehearse a scene from Seussical Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at The Stage at Island Park in Fargo.

    Dave Wallis / The Forum

    Drake’s debut as Billy makes his the 193rd boy to bring Billy to life on stage in a professional, regional or community theatre production of the musical.

    Mrs. Wilkinson (Kellie Pifer) gives Billy (Drake Aasen) some pointers as a striking miner looks on.

    For more information about Drake visit:

    Billy Elliot the Forum, FMCT Website, FMCT Facebook

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