Youngsters are ready to play it for laughs

16/11/2011 pic lisa ferguson'Steven MacGillivray, Kirstie Connel, Chris Jackson all from Falkirk are performing in the Christmas panto and the macrobert centre in stirling
16/11/2011 pic lisa ferguson'Steven MacGillivray, Kirstie Connel, Chris Jackson all from Falkirk are performing in the Christmas panto and the macrobert centre in stirling

Three teenagers from the district are enjoying festive fun in the footlights as they all have parts in this year’s macrobert pantomime.

The Stirling arts centre show, ‘Jackie and the Beanstalk’, which opened yesterday (Wednesday) and runs until January 7, promises to be a madcap rollercoaster of a show.

Taking centre stage once again is Johnny McKnight, who has attracted rave reviews for his previous pantomimes, not only for playing the Dame but also writing and directing the show.

But on stage alongside the professionals is a group of

young performers, including

local youngsters Steven MacGillivray, Chris Jackson and Kirstie Connell.

They are all members of a National Youth Theatre drama group at macrobert whose auditions impressed to win a place in the show.

Kirstie (14), from Banknock, who was in macrobert’s ‘Mother Goose’ in 2008, is back for more.

This year, playing a rag doll, the Denny High School pupil is thoroughly enjoying her role which involves a lot of dancing.

“It’s really good choreography,” she says. “It’s a great experience and you learn a lot about how a stage works. But it’s also just great fun.”

To keep up with the professionals, the young cast have intensive rehearsals but it’s something they all enjoy and when they spoke to the Herald, they were all excited about opening night.

Steven (16), from Larbert, who is playing a toy soldier, said: “I just wish I’d done it a few years ago, because this is the only year I can take part.”

Larbert High pupil Chris Jackson, who is in the panto for the second year running, this time playing a teddy bear, says the fact that there’s a lot of comedy in the show helps.

He said: “You get a lot of laughs and you make a lot of friends through it.”

Tickets for ‘Jackie and the Beanstalk’ priced £7 to £16.50 are available from the box office on (01786) 466666 or book online at www.macrobert.org/christmas.htm.