Meet Billy Elliot: Jacob Kaiser

    Note:  Jacob Kaiser’s final show as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) in Chicago, IL presented by Porchlight Music Theatre, was on December 31, 2017.

    Debut: October 6, 2017 (Chicago, IL)

    Total Performances as Billy:  32 (No partial shows) 

    Jacob Kaiser was 11 years old (d.o.b. = 25-Jul-2006) at the time of his debut as Billy in the Porchlight Music Theatre production of BETM.  His hometown is Chicago.

    Like his fellow Billy at Porchlight, Lincoln Seymour, Jacob is a member of the All About Dance Company, where he began dancing at the age of three.  During the roughly eight years he’s studied at All About Dance, Jacob has taken classes in tap, ballet, jazz, modern and tumbling.

    Other than dance, Jacob has no previous theatrical experience.

    Jacob Kaiser Rehearsing as Billy

    When Porchlight Music Theatre announced audtions for BETM, his instructors at All About Dance forwarded the information to Jacob and his family and he tried out, earning the shared role of the title character in the show.

    Rehearsals began on August 28, 2017 and took about 30 hours per week of Jacob’s time. 

    Jackie Elliot – Dad (Sean Fortunato) and Mrs. Wilkinson (Shanésia Davis) argue over Billy’s (Jacob Kaiser) future

    With his debut in the Porchlight Music Theatre production, Jacob becomes the 224th actor to portray Billy in a professional, regional or community theatre production of the musical.

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