Eilidh’s Broadway inspiration for show

Bonnyrigg star of the stage Eillidh Murray
Bonnyrigg star of the stage Eillidh Murray

A teenage Bonnyrigg star of the stage will take the leading role in the Scottish debut of a musical at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre this week.

In rehearsals for Bring It On: The Musical, Eilidh Murray (17), has worked under American actress Taylor Louderman, who played head cheerleader Campbell in the Broadway production of the musical.

The show is based on the 2000 American comedy movie centred on cheerleaders and starring Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku.

Eilidh has spent a fortnight rehearsing for the role of Campbell after impressing at auditions that attracted applications from more than 350 aspiring actors, singers, and dancers from across Scotland.

“It was fantastic to learn from Taylor Louderman, who played my character on Broadway,” said Eilidh, who last month assumed the role of Rusty in Lasswade High School’s production of Footloose.

“Shows like these are a lot of fun, a lot of work, and you meet amazing people to teach you new skills and techniques.

“I’ve not done cheerleading before, and I’m really looking forward to learning and performing it on stage.

“I loved the film Bring It On and I like the story in this musical. All the talent – we have people who are strong cheerleaders, great dancers, and amazing singers – means there’s something for everyone.”

The musical runs this Friday and Saturday at The King’s Theatre. Tickets are available from edtheatres.com or by calling 0131 529 6000.