A teenage stage sensation set to portray the son of God for the second time has revealed it was The Singing Kettle that inspired his dream of performing musical theatre.
Sixteen-year-old Aidan Harkins, from Carron, was initially inspired to tread the boards after witnessing a live performance from the popular team of children’s entertainers when he was but a wee lad.
“I just want to make a career for myself in musical theatre, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do,” he said.
Now the St Mungo’s High School pupil has won the lead role of Jesus Christ in Monument Performing Arts School’s new production of the musical ‘Godspell’ which opens at Stirling’s macrobert on Sunday, June 9, and runs to Tuesday, June 11.
The talented youngster played the son of God in his school’s production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, so he was a natural to take on the role of the all singing, all dancing former carpenter in ‘Godspell’.
He said: “I was doing Jesus Christ Superstar at St Mungo’s and Craig Murray, who’s directing the Stirling show, came to see it. He told me what he was planning and encouraged me to audition.
“So I’ve gone from playing one Jesus to another, but they’re totally different characters – ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ is a little dark and deals with his last days whereas ‘Godspell’ is based on the parables and is much more fun.”
Aidan’s in good company – ‘Godspell’, first performed in the early ’70s, featured everyone’s favourite travelling person David Essex playing the lead role before going on to conquer the pop charts.
Aidan’s talent means there’s no danger of him being typecast as mankind’s saviour for the rest of his career. The Falkirk Children’s Theatre veteran has portrayed Fat Sam in ‘Bugsy Malone’, the title roles in ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Billy Elliot’ and is set to sizzle as Kevin Bacon’s famous boogie boy character Ren in St Mungo’s next production ‘Footloose’.
He has also applied for a place at Glasgow’s Knightswood musical theatre school as another stepping stone to his ultimate goal of starring on London’s West End stage.
Aidan is now busy rehearsing with the 40-strong cast of ‘Godspell’ in Stirling and enjoying every minute of it.
“‘Godspell’ is wonderful entertainment for all ages,” he said. “From kids to grandparents. It’s so lively and the message is incredibly positive and uplifting.
“Monument is really professional. It’s like a family – everyone is so friendly and supportive and we all get along so well.”
Tickets for ‘Godspell’ are on sale at the Macrobert box office on 01786 466666 or visit www.macrobert.org.uk for more.