‘Bring it on!’ is the call being made by two local teenagers as they prepare to tread the boards on the Edinburgh stage.
Lauren Hutcheon from Kingsmuir and her friend, Tasmin Glass from Kirriemuir, have appeared in numerous local productions over the years.
They are now deep in rehearsals for the musical which highlights the cut-throat world of competitive cheerleading and the fierce rivalries of American high school politics.
They began rehearsing on Saturday and only have 12 days to perfect their roles.
Lauren (19) explained: “The musical runs at the Kings Theatre on July 22 and 23 July. To take part in this show, Tasmin and I had to go to an open audition at the end of January at the Dance Base in Edinburgh. We were both then called back in March for principal roles. Tasmin is in the chorus and also an understudy for a principal, and I am in the chorus.”
The pair auditioned with the Beyond Broadway Experience, which offers young people aged between 12 and 25 a unique opportunity to work on a professional-style musical theatre production alongside a team of industry experts and artists.
They are drawing on the experiences gained in past productions and are following their dream of careers in the industry.
Lauren attended Forfar Academy and had a year out working. She has just finished a Modern Apprenticeship with Angus Council and is going on to study Musical Theatre at New College Lanarkshire, Motherwell.
She has performed with Forfar Dramatic Society and Letham Dramatic Society and was a member of her school choir and chamber choir. Her most recent production was with Forfar Musical Society as Margaret in ‘Sunshine on Leith’.
Tasmin attended Webster’s High School and is going to Perth College UHI to study music.
Tasmin is a member of Kirriemuir Amateur Operatic Society and Brechin’s OPUS Theatre Club. She has regularly appeared in Kirrie’s panto and most recently, ‘The Addams Family’.
Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical and inspired by the hit film, Bring it On is filled with romance, friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness, and some amazing musical numbers.
Taking a break from rehearsals on Monday, Lauren told us: “We are both finding the rehearsals good and exciting. They’re long and intense days, but we always have fun and can’t wait to do the show.”
l Tickets for the July 22 and 23 show from the King’s Theatre or Festival Theatre box office on 0131 529 6000 or online at edtheatres.com