Note: Hyun-seo Sim’s final show as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) in Seoul, South Korea, at the D-Cube Arts Center, was on May 7, 2018.
Debut: December 1, 2017 (Seoul, South Korea)
Total Performances as Billy: 39 (No partial shows)
Hyun-seo Sim was 10 years old (D.O.B = 23-Feb-2007) when he debuted as Billy Elliot in the second South Korean production of BETM at the D-Cube Arts Center in Seoul.
He is an experienced dancer, having started ballet when he was only six years old. Just like the character he will play, Hyun-seo has experienced people telling him that ballet is not for boys. However, unlike Billy, his father has always been very supportive of his dancing.
Talking about the audition process and the training to play Billy, Hyun-Seo said, “It was my first-ever audition for a musical and I was excited and nervous at the same time. As I became familiar with the other boys, the training got more interesting. We practiced about six hours a day, learning jazz dance, acrobatics, tap dance, vocal, street dance and many more.”
Here’s Hyun-seo performing Solidarity with the BETM Seoul company at an open rehearsal. This video shows off Hyun-seo’s excellent ballet skills:
Credit: Video by PlayDB
Hyun-seo’s debut as Billy Elliot on 1-Dec-2017 makes him the 232nd actor worldwide to play the role in a professional, regional or community theatre production of the musical.
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