Seth Raffee, a sixth grader at Ocean Air Elementary School, and Alexis Maltzman, a ninth grader at Canyon Crest Academy, both residents of 92130, appeared in the California Youth Conservatory’s production of Billy Elliot the Musical, which ran from May to June. The musical production was scored by Elton John and has garnered 10 Tony Awards.

Seth played the role of Michael, Billy’s insightful best friend. “Every song is fantastic, it is hard to choose my favorite,” he said. Alexis’ favorite scene was where all of the dancers and miners performed onstage together. “The perspective of both groups keeps changing. I think it is a terrific scene and a very interesting part of the show,” she shared. CYC’s training and production quality are widely considered among the best youth productions in the nation. For more information visit