Audition - Billy Elliot

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Audition for Billy Elliot

The big investment in the Oulu Theater’s program for season 2021-22 together with collaborators is the Billy Elliot musical, which has gained an undeniable world reputation. The musical, composed by Elton John and written by Lee Hall, premiered in London in 2005. The background is Billy Elliot (2000), a film of the same name directed by Stephen Daldry and written for Hall. The story is about the motherless Billy of a fictional mining town in the North East of England who secretly exchanges boxing practice for ballet lessons without her father’s knowledge.

The director of the musical in Oulu is Heta Haanperä, Petri Kauppinen is the choreographer and Eeva Kontu and Joonas Mikkilä are the conductors in charge.


JoJo – Oulu Dance Center hires three male dancers with strong singing skills for production, who have either a dancer education (or equivalent) or a musical artist training with a strong emphasis on dancer work. In addition to the dance tasks, the stage work has the following emphases:

  1. Ensemble work in the roles of, for example, a miner, a police officer and a striker. At the base of these roles is grounded movement, strong rhythmic and musical interpretation, and the ability for organic and flowing movement. Two people are being applied for the position.
  2. The role of the adult Billy is based on strong knowledge of ballet technique. The dancer must understand the laws of interpretation of the classical formal language and, on the other hand, he must be able to be part of the mining community. One dancer is applied for the position.

Upon registration, applicants are asked to indicate their job preferences, ie which of the above categories is preferred.

First stage

The first stage of the audition includes a singing task. Please sing the song found behind this link using the included piano accompaniment and make a video recording of this. A cell phone camera is a great recording device.

Deadline for the first stage is on Wednesday 28.4. Send the materials; CV, an open application (1 A4) and song to

Second stage

Those invited to the second application stage, the audition, will be selected on the basis of applications. Those selected for the audition will be notified in person on 30.4. The audition will be held in Oulu on Friday 7.5. from 1 p.m.

General Information

The actual stage rehearsals of the musical will start at the end of October and the premiere will be on the big stage of the Oulu Theater in January 2022. Currently, about 50 performances are planned for 2022.

The salary is in accordance with the collective agreement in the Finnish theater sector. For more information on salaries, employment contracts, etc., contact JoJo’s Managing Director Helena Lindqvist: or call +358-50-4644 880.

The musical of the Oulu Theater is produced in collaboration with JoJo – Oulu Dance Center, Sinikello Ballet School and Oulu University of Applied Sciences. Music production in collaboration with MD Company.

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