Aiden will show his artful side on stage in new show

Aiden Lyons, 12-year-old Graeme High School pupil will be the Artful Dodger in a play in Edinburgh in April
Aiden Lyons, 12-year-old Graeme High School pupil will be the Artful Dodger in a play in Edinburgh in April

A Graeme High School pupil will be rubbing shoulders with famous faces as he takes to the stage in Edinburgh as the Artful Dodger.

Aiden Lyons of Falkirk saw an advert on Facebook looking for local talent to be in the newest musical production making its way to the capital.

So the 12-year-old sent in a video application showcasing his singing talents and the first year student was chosen to play Fagan’s most loyal pickpocket.

Aiden will consider himself at home on the stage having spent the Christmas period as one of the Lost Boys in the Peter Pan production in the SECC in Glasgow.

During his three weeks in the production, Aiden shared the stage with the Krankies and David Hasselhoff. So the young performer will not be fazed by being on the same stage as Loose Women’s Zoe Tyler, X Factor finalist Ray Quinn and Jai McDowall.

His mum, Katie Lyons said: “Aiden is really looking forward to this show. He really enjoys performing and cannot wait to get stuck in at rehearsals. He has a small solo during the Oliver section, nothing he can’t handle.”

The show, Tonight From The West End, is a song and dance extravaganza which will feature classic show tunes from Broadway and the West End.

Musical lovers can expect a medley of hits from shows such as The Lion King, Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Wicked, Mamma Mia and of course Oliver.

Aiden has had his vocals fine tuned by Grangemouth singing coach Chris Judge who is over the moon one of his pupils is being given a great opportunity.

Chris said: “Aiden is a really popular student and a fantastic singer. He works so hard and I am delighted to see him get more experience on the big stage.”

Tonight From The West End will be in the Usher Hall on April 23, tickets can be bought from www.usherhall.co.uk.