Midlothian headteacher on the yellow brick road to musical

Anna Chidgey as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, with Rory MacLean as Scarecrow, Laurence Aitken as Tin Man and Gary Gray as the Cowardly Lion

Anna Chidgey as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, with Rory MacLean as Scarecrow, Laurence Aitken as Tin Man and Gary Gray as the Cowardly Lion

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A Midlothian primary school headteacher is about to swap the classroom for the stage in the lead role of the latest musical at the King’s Theatre.

Acting headteacher at St Matthew’s Primary School in Rosewell, Anna Chidgey (28) will live up to her job title when she plays Dorothy in the upcoming run of The Wizard of Oz at the Edinburgh venue.

She said: “It’s great to perform on the King’s stage. It’s exciting, if a bit daunting.

“Originally I was just going for the role of a tree. Which was my hope. But anyone that wants to be in the production has to go for a principal role.

“So I went there not thinking for a minute that I would get that role. I was shocked when I found out in October.

“We have been in rehearsals since. It’s kind of stepping up now, since Christmas, three rehearsals a week.”

Despite landing this role, Miss Chidgey still believes teaching comes first: “I really enjoy acting. It’s good fun. You get to meet lots of new people.

“At the moment it’s definitely just a hobby. It would be great if that was a career. However I would miss teaching too much. Acting is great because it takes you away from thinking about work and therefore makes you more refreshed when you are at work.”