Note: Ryan McCann will be appearing as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical (BETM) in Newburyport, MA, presented by Firehouse Center for the Arts, from August 9-25, 2019.
Debut: August 9, 2019 (Newburyport, MA)
Total Performances as Billy to Date: 0 (As of 31-Jul-2019)
Ryan McCann was 14 years old when he debuted as Billy Elliot in the Firehouse Center for the Arts production of BETM. He hails from Reading, MA and will be entering his freshman year this fall at Reading Memorial High School.
Ryan has been dancing for eight years and is grateful to be able to dance in a more accepting time than when Billy was growing up. “It was harder for him (Billy) than it was for me as a dancer and person,” Ryan said. “He was surrounded by people who are aggressive, and he has to keep his feelings in and can’t express them.”
Ryan first auditioned for the show in the spring and rehearsals began in mid-June.
Director Amanda Giglio said about Ryan, “He is such a good dancer. He has two solo dances and the Dream Ballet (danced with Older Billy). It gives us a lot of insight about how Billy feels about each of the characters and how it goes on from there. The importance of music and dance in musical theatre is to move the plot along”.
Adds Will Lombard who plays Billy’s older brother, Tony, “A lot of time, dancers Ryan’s age, they move beautifully, but we do not see the acting and emotion in it.” He says Ryan portrays Billy with a depth that belies his 14 years.
When Ryan steps on the stage of the Firehouse Center for the Arts on 9-Aug-2019, he will become the 276th young actor to debut worldwide in the role of Billy Elliot in a professional, regional or community theatre production of the musical.
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