A Dancing Inspired Night At The Theater | @SegerstromArts #BillyElliotOC

@segerstromarts #BillyElliotOC
Last night I had a girls night out with my mother-in-law.  We had the opportunity to see Billy Elliot at Segerstrom Center For The Arts.When you arrive at the theater, there is lots of fun to be had.  Attendees have the option to get dressed up, practice their leaps or ballet positions while snapping a photo in front of the billboard and ballet bar.

You will also get the opportunity to wet your appetite for the dance with a pre-performance on the second floor.  When the music begins, you be in a trance by the performers.

Then we were off to the show.  Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true.  Set in a small town in the 80’s, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever.  Let me tell you, I was in awe.  The 12 year old Mitchell Tobin who played Billy Elliot – he was amazing.  I really think my 4 year old daughter would have been inspired by his dancing since she has found the love for ballet.
You can see a snippet from the play here:

Billy Elliot The Musical will be at 
Segerstrom Center For The Arts 
April 16 – 28, 2013
Based on the international smash-hit film and featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical has earned critical acclaim around the world and was the winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
* The show contains some strong language and may be unsuitable for children under 8 years old.
Fun Facts:
  • Since it’s world premier, 27 boys have played Billy in London, 10 in Australia, 13 on Broadway
  • Actors from age 6-80 have performed in the show since it’s world premier
  • The average Billy stays in the role for 1.5 years
  • During an average week, the Billy’s spend 6-8 hours in rehearsal and up to six hours in private dance classes.  On top of that, they spend 15 hours a week in educational tutoring.
  • Every costume, prop and accessory used in the show has a duplicate for use in the rehearsal studio
  • Because of the length of time in the role, each boy grows out of their shoes at least once, often twice.
  • More than 2,500 boys have auditioned for the role of Billy in the US
  • Billy Elliot The Musical is the winner of 81 awards worldwide
Single tickets start at $20 and are available online at SCFTA.org,
at the Box Office at 600 Town Center
Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787.
For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more,
call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.
The TTY number is (714) 556-2746.
The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, April 27 will include audio description, open captioning 
and sign-language interpretation.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is unique as both an acclaimed arts institution and as a multidisciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages, offering unsurpassed experiences, and engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring programs. 


Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center traces its roots back to the late 1960s when a dedicated group of community leaders decided Orange County should have its own world-class performing arts venue.

Thank you to Segerstrom Center For The Arts for offering us such great seats to the show, however, this in no way altered my opinions of Segerstrom Center or Billy Elliot The Musical.

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