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Billy Elliot at the La Mirada Theatre

We attended as a guest of the La Mirada Theatre

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My love of theatre is all due to my mom.  My first play was Peter Pan when I was 4. When I saw Peter flying across the stage, I was hooked. I have been to hundreds of productions, mostly in London.  I do love going to LA or even Segerstrom but it’s not something that I can do often.  It’s a bit pricey to see a show here in SoCal which puts a damper on catching a show.  A few weeks back, my friend Katie told me about her brother being in Billy Elliot at the La Mirada Theatre and I knew I had to go and see him.

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 She had been telling me about him for years and this was my chance to see him.  So opening night my mom and I went to Billy Elliot The Musical.  The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in tucked away in a residential neighborhood.  The theater itself is quite impressive and definitely a place that I will be visiting often. Great seating, I really don’t think there is a bad seat in the house.  The professionalism of the people who work at the theater is amazing; polite and accommodating.  Just before the show began we had learned that Noah Parets, Billy, had broken his arm a week before opening and that Mitchell Tobin would be covering the role.

Billy Elliot

Mitchell Tobin stars as BILLY ELLIOT in the LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS/McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT production of “BILLY ELLIOT,” choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Brian Kite and now playing at LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Lamont

Parets executed an acrobatic sequence during rehearsal and unfortunately it didn’t go as planned but luckily for the production Mitchell’s run as Billy in an international tour had ended in July and he was able to fly in from Florida to be part of the show.  With only 4 days of rehearsal, Mitchell captivated the audience with his ability to sing, dance and act.  Seriously I was blown away and kept on telling my mom can you believe he’s doing all this with only 4 days of rehearsals!

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Jake Kitchen and Mitchell Tobin (front) star with the company of “BILLY ELLIOT” in the LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS/McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT production of “BILLY ELLIOT,” choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Brian Kite and now playing at LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Lamont

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot the Musical is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community, and changes his life forever.

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The Company of “BILLY ELLIOT” perform in the LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS/McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT production of “BILLY ELLIOT,” choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Brian Kite and now playing at LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Lamont

The show was phenomenal, the actors spoke in such articulate Irish accents that at time I forgot that we were in the states and not London.  I had no idea what the play would be about.  I had heard of the movie but never saw it.  So I was on the edge of my sit to see how it would end up.  Be warned this show contains a lot of mature language so I wouldn’t recommend taking younger kids to see it.  Billy Elliot will be playing at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts January 16 – February 8, 2015.  I highly recommend you see this extraordinary musical as well as the other productions at the LA Mirada Theatre (Mary Poppins will be landing in May).  For more information about the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts please visit their website at www.lamiradatheatre.com .

I’m an OC mom of two and photographer. I love living in Southern California and want to expose my children to all that it offers. I love taking my kids on adventures and capturing their every moment so much so that my kids find it odd if I don’t take their pictures. You can see my work on facebook.com/photosbynaz.
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One Comment

  1. A very nice review of a great show. Just a few things to set the record straight though. Mitchell’s last performances as Billy (and he now has over 130 shows in the role under his belt) was in London — not the Tour, the latter having ended in August of 2013. Mitchell performed at the Victoria Palace Theatre – the original home of BETM over 68 times there before his “retirement” as Billy. Secondly, the accents used by the actors in the show are meant to be “Geordie” not Irish. Geordie is a northern England dialect as that is where the play is set.
    But these are minor things. Your overall description of the show and its stars is spot on. So glad you enjoyed the show!

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