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  Kids audition for Billy Elliot
Updated 18 April 2004, 15.43
Hopefuls in the queue
Nearly 100 lads braved the pouring rain to queue up for the chance to play Billy Elliot or his best friend Michael in a new West End stage show.

The boys were put through their paces at an open audition in central London, where they showed off their acting, singing and dancing skills.

The Billy Elliot film - about a lad who makes it as a ballet star against the odds - was a massive success.

Kids' casting director Jessica Ronane said she had seen a range of talent.

Jamie Bell played Billy Elliot in the film
Jamie Bell played Billy Elliot in the film

"It was varied. There are kids who can't dance so well, but who may have that special quality that we're looking for. They have all coped really well with the audition."

The musical will open for preview showings in Newcastle later this year, with the West End production kicking off in early 2005.

Intense

Several Billys and Michaels are needed because kids can only work a limited number of hours.

The hopefuls who make it through the audition will go on an intense training course before the show rehearsals start in September.

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