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Experience the first COCA Summer Musical in the Catherine B. Berges Theatre with Billy Elliot!  Our summer musical features some of the best talent in St. Louis with COCA’s leading performers, local apprentice actors, and regional professional performers all coming together under the direction of Nancy Bell for an uplifting and energetic theatre experience you don’t want to miss.

Join us before each performance to participate in the pre-show activity: Billy Elliot Newsstand and Protest Sign Decorating Station, and to explore our Action Wall! View Action Cards here.

IN PERSON | JUL 30–AUG 1

FRI, JUL 30 | 7:00PM
SAT, JUL 31 | 2:00PM – Audio Description provided by Mindseye Radio
SAT, JUL 31 | 7:00PM – ASL Interpretation provided by Deaf Inc.*
SUN, AUG 1 | 3:00PM

*Please note the interpreting team includes a student interpreter.

Billy Elliot is recommended for Ages 11 and up.

For the production’s content transparency, click here. If you’d like more information on the content in the show before planning your visit, contact Delaney Piggins, Associate Producer, at dpiggins@cocastl.org.

COCA has updated our Health & Safety Procedures for Theatre Performances. We remain committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our patrons.

COCA’s revised procedures for Billy Elliot include:

  • COCA has increased its seating capacity for the Catherine B. Berges Theatre.
  • Performance is choreographed to maintain appropriate distance between performers and the audience.
  • Patrons must wear masks at all times on the COCA campus.
  • For this production, performers may be unmasked if they are vaccinated and undergo weekly testing. An unmasked performer will briefly walk through the audience during the play.

Billy Elliot is Presented By:

Mary Strauss

THE STORY

Set in a village in northeast England during the miners’ strike of 1984/5, Billy Elliot tells the story of a young boy who transcends class and circumstance to become a ballet star.

The show follows Billy’s journey from boxing ring to ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life. The powerful melodies of Elton John’s score take us on the journey of a child’s emotional struggle. Based on the acclaimed film and garnering Tony, Drama Desk and Oliver Awards—Billy Elliot is a heartwarming and triumphant tale.

CREATIVE TEAM

Nancy Bell, Director
Jennifer Wintzer, Artistic Director of Theatre
Christopher Page-Sanders, Choreographer
Colin Healy, Music Director
Delaney Piggins, Associate Producer
Jimmy Bernatowicz, Production Stage Manager

Nancy Bell
Christopher Page-Sanders
Colin Healy

PROFESSIONAL CAST

Will Bonfiglio, Mr. Braithwaite/Miner
Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Dream Soloist
Kevin Corpuz, Mr. Wilkinson/Police
Duane Foster, Dad
Carmen Garcia, Grandma
Alicia Reve Like, Dead Mum/Miner/Young Grandma
Carl Overly Jr., Miner 3/Big Davey/Police
Sara Rae Womack, Mrs. Wilkinson

APPRENTICE CAST

John Katz, Tony/Dancer at The Royal Ballet School
JR Pruski, Miner 4/Lesley/Pit Supervisor/Posh Dad/Young Grandad
Bianca Sanborn, Miner 5/George/Police

STUDENT CAST

Norah Brozio, Karen
Parker Collier, Michael Caffrey
Jiali Deck, Debbie Wilkinson
Dekylah Epps, Susan Parks/Miner 6/Scab
Marie Garlich, Miner 1/Scab/Woman/Clipboard Woman/Police/Alison Summers
Jerran Higgins, Miner 7/Scab/Police
Louis Mallon, Small Boy
Lucy Myerscough, Angela Robson
Trey Perlut, Miner 2/Tall Boy/Posh Boy/Police
Jaida Smith, Keeley Gibson
Declan Ryan, Billy
Lena Williams, Tracey Atkinson