‘Fame’ beckons for Kirrie’s Tasmin

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A budding young Kirriemuir performer is back for another taste of the big time after sampling life on stage in front of thousands of people at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre.

Seventeen-year-old Tasmin Glass was cast in July’s Scottish premiere of ‘Bring it On: The Musical’ after auditions with The Beyond Broadway Experience, and she is aiming to sample the limelight once more with a role in ‘Fame: The Musical’, for which auditions begin later this month.

The former Webster’s High School pupil auditioned alongside several hundred fellow aspiring performers as she bid ‒successfully ‒to be cast in ‘Bring It On’ and is expecting a similarly competitive race to be on stage for the opening night of ‘Fame’ on July 20, 2017 at The King’s Theatre in the capital.

As The Beyond Broadway Experience invites young stage hopefuls from across Scotland to audition for the show, Tasmin, who also attended Northmuir Primary School, has called on any local aspiring performers to join her in try-outs.

Tasmin said: “Everyone in ‘Bring It On’ decided before we knew what next year’s show was that we wanted to do it.

“Beyond Broadway Experience was great fun and we made friends forever. Because the teachers and fellow students help you, it helps your confidence so much.

“If you haven’t been in a big production before, you are inspired. Anyone who hasn’t been on stage should do it so they can feel the emotions of being involved in such a production.

“The audiences were large and The King’s was the biggest theatre I’d been in. I have performed in The Reid Hall in Forfar, The Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath, and Kirrie Town Hall, but it was such an experience to be on that big stage.

“I’ve always wanted to be on the stage but I don’t want to be famous. I just want to get up in the morning and love going to work, and it wasn’t a chore to get out of bed for ‘Bring It On’ rehearsals. I can’t wait to audition for ‘Fame’.”

The Beyond Broadway Experience offers young performers access to training by top-level professionals who work in the performing arts industry.

In rehearsals for ‘Bring It On’, Tasmin and fellow members of the young cast worked under American actress Taylor Louderman, who played head cheerleader Campbell in the Broadway production of the musical and was recruited by The Beyond Broadway Experience as a creative consultant.

Tasmin said: “Taylor Louderman was awesome. She was a professional so the cast was naturally nervous about what she would think of us initially, but she was the best fun and gave us such good feedback, tips, and advice.

“‘Bring It On’ was absolutely amazing. It was so professional and you were taught by pros who put so much effort in with us. It made me think “this is definitely what I want to do in life” because they taught it so well. It was an amazing experience, and the audiences loved the show.”

Tasmin made her stage debut aged four as The Wicked Witch in ‘Wizard of Oz’ at Angus College in Arbroath and she plans to continue her training in classical singing and eventually work on cruise ships.

Being cast in ‘Fame’ would cap a busy few months for the former member of local group Rising Young Stars, as she is preparing to perform for the fourth consecutive year at the Kirrie Panto in the town hall next month and in Kirriemuir Amateur Opera Society’s production of ‘Betty Blue Eyes’ in March.

Auditions for ‘Fame’ are set to take place in central Edinburgh on Sunday, November 27. To register, or for more information, please visit www.beyond-broadway.com/experience