Cat’s got the cream

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Dancer Adam Lake has no time to ‘paws’ for thought as his hectic touring schedule continues.

The 21-year-old from Sten-housemuir is currently on tour for nine months with the German production of the successful musical ‘Cats’ and has just begun a five week run in Munich.

His first job since leaving the acclaimed Mountview Academy of dramatic arts in London, Adam has the role of the ‘swing’ – someone who understudies the majority of the roles. He has already played Tumblebrutus over 45 times and Rum Tum Tugger for 15 performances – despite having to learn all the numbers from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical in German.

His proud parents, Roy and Lisa, spent New Year with him in Nuremberg catching several performances.

Lisa said: “He’s having the time of his life and making the most of this great opportunity.

“It’s not easy because as the swing he has to be ready to take on a role at the drop of a hat.

“Sometime he only gets half an hour’s notice that he will be doing a part.

“But he’s loving it and it’s amazing how quickly he has picked up German. We couldn’t believe it when we heard him chattering away.”

His interest in dancing began even before he could walk. Mum Lisa is a teacher and associate at Stenhouse School of Dance in Falkirk and he took his first steps in its studio.

The talented youngster had the opportunity to study at Scotland’s dance academy at Knightswood in Glasgow or go to the Royal Ballet School at White Lodge, London, but together with his parents, decided it was best to spend four years at Larbert High.

He then went to Knightswood for two years before going to Mountview and studied for three years before graduating last summer with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre.

Adam was astounded when he was selected from the hundreds who attended auditions at Pineapple Studios, London, for the tour.

When he heard the news, he said: “It still seems like a dream. I can’t believe that I will be performing all these roles.”