Actors from Midlothian hope their starring performances at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre will set them on the path to onstage success.
Former Lasswade High pupils Christopher Armstrong, Findlay Spratt and Megan Jarvie impressed audiences with portrayals in The MGA Academy of Performing Arts’ production of the Tony-Award-winning Broadway show Spring Awakening.
Christopher (19), who is currently studying acting at the Edinburgh-based performing arts academy, said: “My character, Hanschen, is a cocky, arrogant boy set on corrupting his naïve love interest, Ernst. I aimed to bring an intelligent humour to the part.”
“The audience has been amazing for every show, which was very encouraging,” added Megan.
Spring Awakening, which opened on Broadway in 2006, is a risqué rock musical set in Germany that explores themes of youthful revolt, sexuality and morality. The MGA Academy’s production of the musical, which was directed by Andrew Gowland, aimed to introduce the future stars of the stage to Scottish audiences.
Marcella Macdonald, Principal of The MGA Academy, said: “We are very proud of Christopher, Findlay, and Megan for their outstanding contribution to our production of Spring Awakening. The whole cast were a credit to themselves and the wealth of learning they have undertaken at The MGA Academy.
“We give students extra tools to add to their CV that will allow them to succeed in a range of disciplines when they graduate, and, in this show, they all strongly reflected their growth and improvement as performers.”
The MGA Academy was founded ten years ago by Murray Grant and Andrew Gowland, providing a platform for Scottish talent in performing arts to remain in Scotland to obtain accredited SQA training at an equivalent level offered by established London colleges. Its success stories include West End star Fergal McGoff and Elle Woods.
Megan, who played Archie’s niece in the children’s tv series Balamory, now hopes to pursue a career in performing arts. She said: “I’ve always wanted to make people happy through performing. There has never really been an option for me other than to be on stage.”