How did you feel when you heard that you had been selected to do the leading role in the musical Billy Elliot?
"I felt overwhelmed, could not believe it!"
You are doing several different things in the show like singing, dancing, tap dancing, acrobatics, gymnastics – and acting. How long was the rehearsal period, and how did you prepare for everything?
"We started very early, but at the audition there were some 13 boys, singing and performing."
What did you sing, and did you sing in English or in Finnish? (Performances are in Finnish).
"I sang Electricity (a number from Billy Elliot)."
The discussion on dancing continues.
Who selected you and all the other boys?
"I had the feeling that somebody already knew where to find suitable boys to do the role. Somebody came to 'Step Up' which is the dance school where I've been dancing for seven years now."
Lassi's dance teacher Pasi Mäkelä told him and another boy to apply for the role.
"All this was in the autumn of 2014. I cannot remember exactly when, because the rehearsing period has taken a long time."
Lassi names classical ballet. Ballet is 'the Thing' in this musical as we know – it means a great possibility for a boy from the working class to achieve something else in his life than to be a miner and unemployed as the men in the village where they live.
"I very much would like to continue with dance."
When asked further he answers that he could even think of the performing arts as a profession.