Meet Billy Elliot: Ondřej Tolar

    Note: Ondřej Tolar’s final show as Billy in the Czech production of Billy Elliot the Musical in Pilsen, Czech Republic, was on January 22, 2023.

    Debut: June 2, 2021 (Pilsen, Czech Republic)

    Total Performances as Billy:  22 (No partial shows

    Ondřej Tolar debuted as Billy in the Czech production of BETM at the New Stage DJKT in Pilsen.

    Ondřej studies solo singing, trumpet and piano at ZUŠ Stříbro and has been performing regularly since the age of six.  He competes in many children’s singing competitions, including Pro Bohemia, Karlovarský Skřivánek, Folk Song in Rokycany, and Czechia Sings, and is often placed highly.

    Outside of performing, Ondřej also enjoys playing football.  He is a member of the Czech national youth football team.

    Prior to his involvement in BETM, Ondřej’s first stage experience was in 2018 when he sang and danced in the role of young Chaplin in the Chaplin ballet.  As a member of the DJKT Musical Studio, he performed in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2018), where he sang the final boy’s solo.

    Ondřej Tolar (right) with the other new Billy (Ondřej Kapusta, second from left) and the new Michaels (Matěj Hejduk, left, Adam Seidl, second from right)

    In June 2020, it was announced that Ondřej would be one of two boys to take over in the lead role of Billy in the Czech production of BETM.  The Covid-19 pandemic unfortunately meant that there was quite a long delay between this announcement and the new Billys being able to debut. 

    At the end of May 2021, the restrictions were relaxed in the Czech Republic, allowing theatres to reopen and performances of BETM restarted in June.  Ondřej made his debut as Billy on 2-Jun-2021, making him the 299th young actor worldwide to play the role in a professional, regional or community theatre production of the musical.

    Ondřej Tolar (left) rehearses Expressing Yourself with Matěj Hejduk (right) as Michael

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