Falkirk pupils dazzle on the Edinburgh stage

MGA pupils performed in Edinburgh
MGA pupils performed in Edinburgh

A talented group of local actors hope their starring roles in a performance of ‘Spring Awakening’ at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre will set them on the path to stage success.

Stenhousemuir’s Ailsa Biggerstaff, Falkirk’s Aleisha McColl and Sandie Murchison and Grangemouth’s Ross Evans and Claire Randall impressed hundreds of people with their portrayals in The MGA Academy of Performing Arts’ production of the Tony-Award-winning Broadway show.

Former Grangemouth High School pupil Claire, 22 said: “I’ve wanted to pursue a career in the industry since I was seven-years-old.

“I was initially quite nervous about performing in ‘Spring Awakening’ as I didn’t know how the audience would react to it but we had great reviews and amazing feedback on 
the show.”

Aleisha (18), a former pupil of Falkirk High School, added: “Telling the story to the audience was a very rewarding experience for us all.

“Whilst training at The MGA Academy, we have been given so many opportunities to learn about the industry and perform in big shows. I’d love to be cast in a film or television show and feel like my training has really prepared me for that.”

‘Spring Awakening’, which opened on Broadway in 2006, is a risqué rock musical set in Germany and explores themes of youthful revolt, sexuality and morality. The MGA Academy’s production of the show was directed by Andrew Gowland and aimed to introduce the future stars of the stage to Scottish audiences.

Marcella Macdonald, principal of The MGA Academy, said: “We are very proud of Ailsa, Alesha, Sandie, 
Ross and Claire for their outstanding contribution to our production of ‘Spring Awakening’. The whole cast were a credit to themselves and the wealth of learning they have undertaken at The MGA Academy.

“We give students extra tools to add to their CV that will allow them to succeed in a range of disciplines when they graduate, and, in this show, they all strongly reflected their growth and improvement as performers.”

The MGA Academy was founded ten years ago and provides a platform for Scottish talent in performing arts to remain in Scotland to obtain accredited SQA training at an equivalent level offered by established London 
colleges.

Former Larbert High School pupil Ailsa said: “I was really nervous on opening night but it felt amazing when I heard the audience cheer for us at the end. My ultimate dream is to do this every day and get a job working on Broadway or in London’s West End.”