Hello ASU Gammage!
My name is Katie Micha. I'm 16 years old, and I have never been on tour, so being a part of Billy Elliot The Musical and being able to see the United States is pretty amazing! I have never been to Tempe, Arizona before. I must say, I'm really excited to get there and scope out the place. Although I spend most of my time in tutoring or on stage, I would love to sight see and maybe check out some tourist attractions. Being able to travel the U.S. at the age of 16 is such a privilege, and I try to take advantage of that. I would absolutely love to see the Grand Canyon, or maybe even go to the zoo. Although this is a job, it's important to explore your surroundings and try to take in all of the wonderful things around you.
Being a part of Billy Elliot The Musical is a dream come true. It's such an inspiring show, and to be able to say that I have a part in that inspiration is an incredible feeling. I play Tina Harmer, who is one of the Ballet Girls, in the show. She is the best dancer in the class and pretty much thinks everyone else is terrible. Although she's not the nicest in the bunch, she is tons of fun to play.
I have been on Broadway before, and it is SO different than being on tour. It's basically impossible to get bored while traveling because it's a constant change in scenery. I have to say my favorite part of being on tour is being able to perform in so many different states and cities. The audiences are always different and the feedback changes too. It’s interesting to see how people all have different perspectives and different outlooks on Billy Elliot. As a performer, it's an honor to know that our show has moved at least one person in that audience.
My absolute favorite part of the show would have to be "The Angry Dance." It is so passionate and gives me chills every time I watch it. Every Billy is different and gives a different portrayal, but that’s what makes it so special.
Being in the cast is like having a second family. Although we fight and get on each others nerves, we are all like brothers and sisters. We always have each others’ backs and have grown super close in past 5 months. We basically live together considering we usually stay in the same hotels, so you can imagine we see a lot of each other. Anyway to get back to my point, I can honestly say that this show has changed me for the better. Billy Elliot is a part of my life. It is my life. And I am loving every minute of it!