David Alvarez and company in Billy Elliot
(© David Scheinmann)
David Alvarez and company in Billy Elliot
(© David Scheinmann)
The producers of the Broadway musical Billy Elliot have partnered with Fidelity FutureStage to hold a playwriting contest for area high school students.

Interested students are invited to write a 10-minute, one-act play reflecting one of the themes from the story of Billy Elliot: fulfilling a dream, discovering a special talent, or overcoming adversity. One grand prize winner will have the opportunity to work directly with the Billy Elliot creative team to develop and produce their play, which will be performed live at the Fidelity FutureStage finale gala event on June 15, at the Imperial Theater, where Billy Elliot is currently playing an open-ended run.

The contest is open to full-time students in grades 9-12 attending school in New York City and the following New York and New Jersey counties: (New York) Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester; (New Jersey) Bergen, Essex and Hudson. All plays must be submitted by 11:50pm ET on April 30.

Complete contest rules and directions for submission can be found at www.FutureStage.com/playwriting.