So first off, how did you get into musical theatre?
A. When I was younger, I picked a new hobby every other week and around the age of 15 I moved on to musical theatre. My mum, being the trooper that she is, happily obliged and I joined a theatre school in Glasgow. I started with a two/three hour class once a week which grew over a few years and, as I became more interested, got involved in the school’s performance. I called it quits when I was about 17/18 due to work and uni commitments and didn’t really think about it again until 2016 when I saw TSP were putting on a production of “Hairspray”. Auditioned at the ripe age of 24 and have stuck at it since.
You’ve choreographed the last two cabaret shows. What attracted you to the challenge?
A. I took up the offer initially to see if I was actually capable of doing it. I had been a part of two TSP productions – “Hairspray” and “9 to 5” – and also the 2017 Cabaret. What I enjoyed the most, and the thing I was most comfortable with, was learning the choreography and being involved in dancing. When the opportunity to choreograph the 2018 Cabaret came up I just thought I’d give it a go – didn’t have anything to lose. It was difficult, but incredibly rewarding and a great experience. When I was asked again this year, I was immediately keen to get involved and to challenge myself even more, took on the additional role of Director. At times, it has been really challenging balancing the show and my other commitments, but so far it has proved to be a great learning experience and an enjoyable one at that.
What are your top dance tips for budding auditionees?
Don’t overthink and just go for it. Being able to do the choreography is half the battle. The other half is enjoying yourself and actually performing.
I’m a big fan of some of the more recent musicals like “Kinky Boots” and “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie”, but my top two, and probably two of the greatest musicals of all time, are “A Chorus Line” and “Chicago”. Both really different, but two great stories which have infinite longevity, classic musical theatre songs and quality choreography. I’ve been fortunate to see “Chicago” four times now, but still to see “A Chorus Line” live.
What character would you love to play?
Dream role, without a doubt, is Danny Zuko in “Grease”. Predominantly for the hand jive scene.
What’s an interesting fact about you?
When I was a teenager, I did athletics for about three or four years. With time I started taking it more seriously and began to specialise in field events, ranking 7th in Scotland before I packed it in.