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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Star Opens Up to

November 1, 2013

Only a few days left until Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty opens in the Belk Theater, officially kicking off the 2013-14 Duke Energy Broadway Lights Series. What better way than with a show

Liam Mower

Liam Mower

coming to us from a record-breaking season in London’s West End!’s Linda Ann Watt spoke exclusively to Liam Mower, one of its stars, about touring, past roles and why Sleeping Beauty is a show no one should miss!

Check out portions of the Q-and-A that gives an inside look at some of the show’s biggest talent.

Watt: Tell me about your childhood. Where were you born?

Mower: Hull. It’s a small town in East Yorkshire, England.

Watt: When did you start dancing?

Mower: I started dancing at the age of 9. At first, it was a hobby.

Watt: How did you get the role of Billy Elliot?

Mower: I was in a dance school in Hull and my dance teacher told me there was a national search for Billy Elliot. I had seen the movie, so I knew what it was about. The casting director came to Hull and I auditioned. I had eight auditions in London over the next year. Every time I went to a callback, the group of boys (auditioning) kept getting smaller and smaller.

Watt: How did you get cast in Sleeping Beauty?
Mower: I was training, taking ballet and contemporary dance. I attended the annual auditions for New Adventures, Matthew Bourne’s company. He was casting for the Nutcracker. There were so many people auditioning, I thought, I don’t have a good feeling about this. Matt (Bourne) called a few days later with a contract, and I was absolutely thrilled to be cast.

Watt: What is the name of your character in Sleeping Beauty?

Mower: I play the Tantrum Fairy and Count Lilac.

Watt: What do you think of your characters?

Mower: The fairy has different personalities, sometimes cheeky. And Count Lilac is fun to do. He’s a gothic, dark, mysterious character. He’s a leader and he guides Leo to Sleeping Beauty. Count Lilac gives Leo eternal life.

Watt: How long have you been on tour?

Mower: We performed eight months in the U.K. We also went to Ireland, Scotland, Italy and Moscow. We arrived in the U.S. Sept. 22.

Watt: What do you think the audience will take away from this theater experience?

Mower: This is a different version of Sleeping Beauty. Different than what has been seen before. Matt, Matthew Bourne, is a storyteller. It’s relatable to people. He takes you through the story, and its cast fantastic. It appeals to a wide range, (from) children to elderly. Everyone will love it! (Laughs.) I’m lucky, I love what I do.

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