One of my favorite lines from a solo in Billy Elliot The Musical is the line in the song "Electricity".
I can't really explain it, I haven't got the words It's a feeling that you can't control I suppose it's like forgetting, losing who you are And at the same time something makes you whole It's like that there's a music playing in your ear
This is what I want my life to be about... finding that place in my life where I am so passionate that I lose myself in it, if only for a moment. The plot of Billy Elliot The Musical is about following your passion even amidst turmoil and strife. It is about finding who you ARE instead of who you (and others) might think you should be.
Beyond that it is a musical jam packed with awesome dance, moving music, and great moments of insight.
I LOVE this musical!
I was lucky enough to be able to interview the mother of one of the boys who plays Billy Elliot in this year's show! Billy Elliot The Musical is coming the Walton Arts Center, so naturally I had to get in on the action. I called Robyn Parets on a Saturday afternoon to pick her brain about living on the road, letting her son (Noah) follow his dreams, and if she was a fan of reality TV stage moms.
Robyn's refrain was, "You just figure it out!"
"... Noah saw Billy Elliot on stage in New York and wanted to try out and so he did. He got a callback and then another, and before we knew it we were in New York training for the role." The role of Bill is played by several boys that take turns doing two performances at a time. Noah, who is 13, personifies the story of Billy Elliot with his passion for dancing. While Billy the character struggled against expectations and stereotypes, Noah has a rockin' mom and family system that seem to support his dream wholeheartedly. It is SO obvious in talking to his mom Robyn. "I hired someone to run my yoga studio so I could be with Noah as he did this... it has taken a lot of rearranging life and hard work, but we are enjoying it."
And when I asked Robyn to dish on what she thinks about those crazy stage mom shows she laughed, "The moms [of the Billy dancers] don't have that kind of drama! If one of us or our kids are sick we'll run and get tissues, if we don't want to run to pick up a kid we all help each other out, we are supportive. We are all traveling and living together and we just don't have space for all that. Maybe some people would think we are strange or dramatic, I guess. I think they cast those women because they are like that already."
They are like that, Robyn... those stage moms are total hot messes and YOU and the other Billy moms exemplify parents who work hard and stay balanced for their kids. ::fist bump::
Getting to know Robyn only made me love this show even MORE.
I can't wait to see Noah Parets dance and I can't wait to hug Robyn Parets. (This is what we do in the South, we hug!) Robyn was a joy to talk with and I am in awe of her dedication to her talented son. Follow Robyn and Noah's story at AwayFromOm or keep up with her on Twitter and make sure to go see this show at the Walton Art Center