Note: Kevin’s final show as Billy was on 22-Feb-2015 in Oslo, Norway
Debut: September 18, 2014 (Oslo)
Total performances as Billy: 56 (No partial shows)
Twelve-year-old (D.O.B. = 17-Jan-2002) Kevin Haugan was Norway’s leading man in the production of Billy Elliot The Musical (BETM) when it opened in Oslo on 18-Sep-2014.
The Norwegian production at the Folketeatret (People’s Theatre) played there for 56 performances. Upon his debut, Kevin became the 76th Billy to grace a stage in a professional production of BETM. He is a student at the Bekkelaget school.
As Musical Theatre in Norway involving child cast members in principal roles hasn’t traditionally been a strong genre on the stages there, and also since boys in Norwegian dance programs are not as common as in other European countries, massive auditions for boys to play Billy like have been held for productions of the show in other countries where BETM has been staged were not possible. Kevin was handpicked by the BETM Norway creative people because of his prior experience on stage. The production company producing the show, Scenekvelder (Stage Evenings), already knew Kevin from his previous work in their shows in which Kevin had appeared: Hakkebakkeskogen and Pippi Longstocking. They also were reportedly familiar with Kevin’s work in Oliver at Oslo’s Nye Theatre and in Putti Plutti Pott.
It also probably didn’t hurt that he has the built in support mechanism of having a father and mother who own and teach at a dance studio in town called Bårdar, a place where Kevin began training for the show before the holidays last year and continues to work right up until the opening of previews.
When Kevin first began dancing, it was break dancing that attracted him. Here’s a video of a younger Kevin (Age 9) performing in the first dance genre he learned.
Credit: Video by Bergljot Baardar
At Bårdar he took jazz and modern and gradually moved into tap dancing. Once he knew he had the role of Billy, he began training specifically on the dance styles and skills he had to know to do the BETM choreography — hip hop, break, modern jazz, ballet, tap. And oh yes…don’t forget the acrobatics and stamina training he would need to get through an almost three hour show during which he would be constantly on stage.
In the days leading up to the opening of the show, as in previous productions of BETM elsewhere, much has been done to publicize the show. Of course, Kevin has done his share as the show’s title character. In July of 2014, Kevin as Billy and Thomas Kvamme Urnes as Michael performed Expressing Yourself on the Norwegian summer talk show Sommeråpent
Credit: Video by TheMusicals
In the largest pre-opening exposure the show was to get, Kevin and other members of the child cast appeared in the Norwegian TV show Melodi Grand Prix Junior (MGPJr) in a specially choreographed piece. To watch a video of that appearance, go here.
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