FOUR Hawick teenagers are preparing to the tread the boards at the Edinburgh Playhouse this weekend, as part of a special production of Grease.
Emilly Arnot, Catherine Hounam, Amy Hope-Wilson and Louise Davies are amongst 118 young cast members to have been chosen to take part in this year’s Stage Experience production at the famous venue.
Now in its eighth year, the Stage Experience programme gives talented young performers the thrill of appearing on a professional stage. And this weekend when the four Teries appear at the capital’s prestigious theatre for two nights, it will be the culmination of formal auditons, and two weeks’ solid rehearsals.
Louise Davies, 14, said: “We’ve been rehearsing from 9am-6pm everyday. This is my third year now, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s such a good experience for young people who enjoy performing, so I love it.”
Fifteen-year old fellow Hawick High School pupil, Amy Hope-Wilson, is also having the time of her life, commenting: “Its amazing and I absolutely love it. I did Glee in 2011, Footloose last year and now Grease. Its such a great experience.”
Stage Experience productions are directed and produced by industry specialists who design and build the set, rig and operate state-of-the-art theatre lighting and effects, and support the actors with live music.
Jo Beale, Edinburgh Playhouse Deputy Manager and Stage Experience Executive Producer, told the Hawick News: “All of the cast are doing really well. We are always amazed at how quickly they pick up the dance routines and learn the songs. When they get up on stage it really is quite special. As well as the performance side, the participants also develop their skills in musical theatre and make new friends in the process. Stage Experience is hard work, but also a huge amount of fun for everyone involved.”
She added: “We have heard about participants who have gone into professional training and subsequently had a career in musical theatre, films and West End shows. We are always told by cast members that it is the best two weeks of their year.”