Not only was the show phenomenal, but Tommy was at his very best giving it his all, very much realizing that this was his last performance on that stage.
It was not only a pleasure to watch his performance but even a greater pleasure to personally meet him backstage at the meet and greet, presenting him with a very special tribute gift that was presented by this site and The Skykid.com. (See picture)
I have been doing my best to catch up with Tommy because I was very interested in knowing just how a young performer like himself who was seemingly at a pinnacle in his young career could possibly follow up this kind of highpoint and showcase performance. What could possibly match the momentum of this kind of celebrity status?
I soon found out that talented youngsters like Tommy don’t stop dancing their way through life. Instead, it’s one adventure just leading to another. Below is his personal letter exactly as he related it to me.
“This is Tommy Batchelor.
My last show with Billy Elliot Chicago was October 10, 2010; a day of weeping and long goodbyes.
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I immediately came home to rehearsals for Miami City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, performing as Prince/ The Nutcracker in December.
Today, I am overjoyed to bring you one of England’s most talented young stage performers and future singing sensation Rhys Yeomans!
Thirteen year old Rhys Yeomans started with Stage Coach at the age of 9 and then went on to train at Center Pointe, (both in England). There he learned all aspects of jazz, tap, modern and contemporary dance, but, in particular, focused on ballet and he soon started to win many local dance competitions.
In September 2009, after two years of training, Rhys was offered the part of “Billy” in Billy Elliot the Musical in September 2009 and then moved to London from Manchester to rehearse for the show. Rhys played the part of “Billy” at the Victoria Palace in London’s West End until April 2011 and loved every minute of it. He logged in over 100 performances.
Immediately following his run with Billy Elliot, Rhys began recording tracks with multi-Grammy award winning British record producer Kipper. Kipper is best known for producing iconic recording artist Sting.
Rhys now has theatrical representation in both the UK and the United States. He plans to continue with his acting, hoping to start working in film and television.
Not only is Rhys an outstanding stage performer, but also a delightful young man with personality personified! I asked Rhys to introduce himself to all of you through this video and the written interview that follows. I know that you will be charmed by this special exclusive introduction, and encourage you to find out more about him by visiting his YouTube Site.
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