Meet Billy Elliot: Josva Bereket George Kiserud

    Note: Josva Bereket George Kiserud’s final show as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) in Bergen, Norway in a production presented by The National Theatre in collaboration with Fyllingsdalen Teater, was on March 19, 2024.

    Debut: January 30, 2024 (Bergen, Norway)

    Total Performances as Billy:  14 (No partial shos) 

    Josva Bereket George Kiserud was 13 years old when he made his debut in the title role in Billy Elliot The Musical at The National Theatre in Bergen.

    Josva auditioned for the role of Billy in Bergen without having taken ballet classes before.  “You have to be strong, have good balance, know a lot of different things”, says Josva, when talking about learning ballet.

    Ballet may be unfamiliar to Josva, but he does have experience in acting and singing, and has appeared on stage before.  He played a featured role in a show called Children of the Moon at Fana Kulturhus in Bergen in August 2022.

    Josva Bereket George Kiserud (right) in ‘Children of the Moon’

    The training/rehearsal period for BETM has been intense, with the boys often having to rehearse from 11-4 each day.

    “It’s a bit awkward to miss out on social activities at school, but it’s so much fun here that it makes up for it”, says Josva.

    With his debut performance on 30-Jan-2024, Josva becomes the 349th young actor worldwide to play the role of Billy in a professional, regional or community theatre production of the musical.

    Josva Bereket George Kiserud is Billy Elliot

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