Note:  Ray Del Castillo’s final performance as Billy in the Peruvian production of Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) in Lima was on Aug 26, 2018.

Debut: May 27, 2018 (Lima, Peru)

Total Performances as Billy:  23.4 (Includes the final show where all 3 Billys performed – credited at 0.4)

Ray Del Castillo was 12 years old when he made his debut as Billy in the Peruvian production of BETM at the Teatro Peruano Japonés in Lima.

Ray’s dance training has taken place at Raul Romero’s dance school and also at Escuela D1 in Lima.

Ray has some previous experience on stage including acting in Edipo Rey (Oedipus Rex) and in the musical Déjame que te cuente.  He also has some film experience, having appeared in the family comedy Una Navidad en Verano in 2017.

Ray Del Castillo (front right) in “Una Navidad en Verano”

Since being cast as Billy, and for almost a year now, Ray has been training and rehearsing in preparation for his debut — including taking ballet, tap, acrobatics, flying, singing and acting lessons.  Ray says that it is important to follow your dreams, a feeling that he shares with the character he plays. “It does not matter if it’s ballet, swimming or whatever. How many really follow them despite what other people say?” he says.

The following video shows Ray talking about playing Billy in Lima and also shows him rehearsing with the rest of the cast:

Credit: Video by Los Productores

Ray’s debut performance as Billy Elliot was on 27-May-2018 and this makes him the 245th actor worldwide to play the role of Billy in a professional, regional or community theatre production of the musical.

Ray Del Castillo (Billy) dances Dream Ballet with Pedro Ibañez (Older Billy)

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