"It's a fun, energetic show with plenty of colour and a whole lot of heart."
Oakdale's Danielle Everett couldn't be happier to be a part of the new Australian Billy Elliot production.
The actress is playing the titular young dancer's mother and she loves the role.
"I play Billy's dead mum, and she appears to him a few times throughout the show when he needs a little be of advice or encouragement," Everett said.
"They had a beautiful relationship and in fact she writes him a letter which was meant for when he turned 18, but he opens it up a little early.
"It's a really beautiful scene and I'm honoured to be involved in it."
Everett said she had been a big fan of Billy Elliot since she first saw the 2000 movie starring Jamie Bell.
The former Camden High School student then saw the Australian stage production and jumped at the chance to play her part in the latest national tour.
Everett said Billy Elliot was a classic story, that could be enjoyed by everyone.
"It's set during the coal miner's strike in Nothern England in 1984/85," she said.
"Those types of things are still going on in the world today, so it doesn't feel dated at all - it's still really pertinent.
"The characters are so special and there's so much to love about Billy and his dad and his grandmother."
Everett said she was blown away by the talent of the young boys sharing the lead role in this production - Omar Abiad, River Mardesic, Wade Neilsen and Jamie Rogers.
She said the entire cast and crew were amazing to be around.
"It really makes a difference on stage when everyone gets along," Everett said.
"This is a really wonderful group of people.
"The producer, who is one of my closest friends, believes that it doesn't matter who talented you are, if you're not a good person she doesn't want you in the production."
Everett, who cut her teeth with the Campbelltown Theatre Group, encouraged any young locals interested in joining the industry to persevere and give it their all.
"Find mentors and people you respect and admire to help you along the way," she said.
"Believe in yourself and go for it."
Billy Elliot the Musical premieres at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from October 10.
Tickets, information: billyelliotthemusical.com.au.
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