Carron’s Aidan has prayers answered as he lands role in Godspell

Aidan Harkins (16) from Carron will play the lead role in 'Godspell' at Stirling's macrobert centre

Aidan Harkins (16) from Carron will play the lead role in 'Godspell' at Stirling's macrobert centre

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Talented teen Aidan Harkins has had his prayers answered by being cast as Jesus in a new production of ‘Godspell’ in Stirling’s Macrobert Centre.

The St Mungo’s High pupil has just been accepted by Glasgow’s Knightswood Musical Theatre and dreams of eventually performing in London’s West End.

Aidan’s already made a name for himself locally at Falkirk Children’s Theatre and in St Mungo’s school shows.

Now, he’ll take the lead role in the Stirling show by Monument Performing Arts School.

The 16-year-old said: “I’m delighted.

“I’ve wanted to attend Knightswood for years, so I’m definitely really happy.

“To get the lead in ‘Godspell’ is great.

“Jesus is very much a showman in this production, and a lot of the script is parables, so there’s a lot to learn.

“It’s a huge challenge for me, but I’m loving every minute of it.”

Aidan, from Carron, has starred in ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Billy Elliot’ and as Tweedledee in ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and will play Ren in ‘Footloose’ with St Mungo’s later this month.

He is now part of a 40-strong cast which is getting geared up to perform ‘Godspell’.

The musical, made famous over the years by performers like Jeremy Irons and David Essex, features much-loved songs such as ‘Day by Day’ and ‘Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord’.

Monument director Craig Murray said: “Aidan’s doing a great job. It’s a wonderful part to play and watching him develop the character takes me back 30 years to when I played the same part in the Falkirk Youth Theatre’s Scottish amateur premiere.”

Aidan added: “Monument is a brilliant experience, it’s really professional.

“It’s like a family - everyone is so friendly and supportive and we all get on so well.”

‘Godspell’ will run from June 9 to 11, and tickets are available from the Macrobert box office on (01786) 466666 or online at macrobert.org,uk.