Sunday, November 29, 2020

    Meet Billy Elliot: Ethan Ribeiro

    Note: Ethan’s last show as Billy was at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on February 6, 2016.

    Debut: February 12, 2016 (John Hirsch Theatre Mainstage – Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN)  

    Total Performances as Billy:  15  (As of 29-Feb-2016) (No partial shows)

    Ethan Ribeiro Thumb1At the time of his debut as Billy, Ethan Ribeiro was 14-years-old  (D.O.B. = 2-Sep-2001). He is originally from Kitchener, Ontario. He has studied various dance mediums, acting and voice at the Dimensions in Dance studio in Kitchener.

    Ethan has previously appeared on CHCH/Channel Zero’s Tiny Talent Time, and has competed in the Starpower World Pageant, the Starpower International Competition and the CanDance National Competition.

    Here are a couple of video clips that show off Ethan’s dance skills:

    Credit: Video by Ethan Ribeiro

    In the second clip, in September of 2014, Ethan dances with partner Ashley Logan to Try A Little Tenderness:

    Credit: Video by vchick9999

    The casting announcement for the actors who would play Billy, Michael, Debbie, Tall Boy, Posh Boy and Small Boy was made via a press release in July, 2015.

    In early September, Ethan left his home in Kitchener to spend the next five months in Winnipeg.  Once there, from September to December he’d be living, training and doing four credits of academic school work at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. 

    Rehearsals with the entire cast began in December and continued right up to the opening of the show on 12-Jan-2016.

    Ethan shares the strenuous role of Billy with fellow Ontarian Eamon Stocks. The boys have become good friends. Eamon, when asked what he’s learned from Ethan over their months of preparing for the role together said, “Because he (Ethan) comes from a family of only one other dancer and other than that it’s a hockey family, and I feel like Ethan went the same path as Billy… it’s really inspiring.”

    The Winnipeg Billys: Eamon Stocks and Ethan Ribeiro
    The Winnipeg Billys: Eamon Stocks and Ethan Ribeiro          Photo by: Braeden Jones

    Ethan also has “picked Eamon’s brain” with regard to the latter’s experience in musical theatre.  “I haven’t done any musical theatre before, I’ve only ever done dance… Any chance I get to learn from (Eamon), because he has a lot more experience in musical theatre, I always go for it… He knows what he’s doing, I’ve learned a lot from him.”

    Ethan Ribeiro (Billy) and the Ballet Girls              Photo by Robert Tinker
    Ethan Ribeiro (Billy) and the Ballet Girls

    Credit: Photo by Robert Tinker

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