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Aaron Smyth plays older Billy Elliot at Sydney Lyric!


Published: 13/11/2019 8:30am

Everyone knows the story of Billy Elliot, a musical which tells the tale of a boy who transcends class and stereotypical conventions to become a professional ballet star.  
Boys and ballet have long been a topic that Sydney Eisteddfod has supported and been passionate about since our establishment in 1933. It is on that note that we are so proud to say that Sydney Eisteddfod alumni, Aaron Smyth, is currently taking to the stage at Sydney Lyric performing in one of the leading roles as the older Billy in Billy Elliot The Musical! 

Aaron shares with Sydney Eisteddfod how he felt when he found out he had been selected for this role. 

I was rather ecstatic! It had been a dream role of mine to play for a long time and it was just perfect timing in my life”. 

It is incredible to play a leading role in any well-known musical, but Billy Elliot holds an extra special place in the hearts of many passionate performers today, as it is filled with many valuable lessons about finding one's inner strength and rising above what others think to succeed.  

"[Billy Elliot] really reminds us that we are all children at heart and we continually have to bring that inner child out of us and just be happy. The storyline is more relevant than ever. Following your passion or dream with no hesitation and being brave enough to be yourself in this world Aaron says. 

Aaron mentions that rehearsing and now performing in his role has been an enjoyable task as he feels that the character he plays is extremely relatable. Like Billy, Aaron has grown to have a wonderful ballet career to date, dancing with three highly prestigious ballet companies across the globe. 

I feel like I embody right now the older Billy role... It’s nice and effortless to fit right into it".

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[Header image photo credit to James Morgan. Above image photo credit to The Daily Telegraph]

On top of the incredible experience Aaron is receiving in Billy Elliot, he has already had a few ‘pinch me moments’ to be proud of, such as getting into the Royal Ballet and then playing the snow cavalier in Disney's Nutcracker and the Four Realms feature film. 

Aaron performed in the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship about 10 years ago and he has told us that the highlight for him was getting the chance to perform on the Sydney Opera House stage which he would encourage anyone to experience.  

“Absolutely go for it, it’s a fantastic way to gain as much knowledge as you can and to learn and grow. 
To anyone who dreams of being offered one-of-a-kind opportunities like Billy Elliot, Aaron has some wise advice. 

I’d say stop looking at what everyone else is doing. Do what feels right for you and focus on yourself. It’s very simple be your amazing authentic selfWe seem to ignore our own power and dim our light. Just keep shining on!”  

It sounds like Aaron’s character Billy, is rubbing off on him, as this is the real message and meaning behind the story; chase your dreams and don’t let any person or any social conventions define your future. 

Billy Elliot is truly a beautiful musical which is empowering, heartbreaking and joyful all at once and underlined with a serious political message of acceptance that we can all learn from. 

Billy Elliot The Musical is currently playing at Sydney Lyric Theatre until Decembe15, 2019! It will then be followed by seasons at the Adelaide Festival Centrethe Regent Theatre in Melbourne from February 2020, Crown Theatre Perth from June 2020, and QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane from July 2020. 

Don’t miss out on getting your tickets to see this unique production!

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