Dancing to stage success

tis  Pictured from left are actors Robert Everard, Grant McIntyre and George Mulryan.  110606M4.
tis Pictured from left are actors Robert Everard, Grant McIntyre and George Mulryan. 110606M4.

A TRIO of young actors have danced their way to musical success.

Rob Everard, George Mulryan and Grant McIntyre from St Aidan’s and St John Fisher Associated Sixth Form will be performing in the hit show Billy Elliot at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, this month.

Rob, who lives in Pateley Bridge, said it was a dream come true for him.

“Ever since I was young I wanted to get the chance to perform Billy Elliot, and also to act upon the spectacular Alhambra stage. Having both come along in one opportunity is amazing, and the show will be nothing less than that,” he said.

George, who lives in Scriven Road, Knaresborough, managed to land the demanding role of Mr Elliot, Billy’s dad.

He said: “It’s been great fun working on Billy Elliot. I’m especially nervous because the Bradford Alhambra is the theatre where I saw my first musical, Beauty and the Beast. I can’t wait to perform there, it’s enormous.”

George has recently gained a place to study at Guildford School of Acting to pursue his ambitions of a professional career on the stage.

Grant, who lives in Appleby Grove, Knaresborough, has been chosen to play Billy’s brother, Tony, a fiery character and activist in the miners’ strike.

Rob is in the ensemble and will play a number of characters.

He said: “Rehearsals have proven to be demanding and tiring but the outcome of what we have produced is amazing.’’

The trio are part of Upstagers Theatre Group and have been chosen by the London production team of Billy Elliot to bring the multi-award winning show to Yorkshire.

The musical has won 76 awards internationally, including four Olivier awards in London and 10 Tony Awards on Broadway, and has a score by Elton John.

Set in County Durham during the miner’s strike the early 1980s, the show tells the story of a young boy’s fight to achieve his ambitions.

For tickets to see the boys on stage, contact the Alhambra box office on 01274 432 000. Performances are from June 15 to 18 at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.