Katie savours her leading role

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A talented Borders student is hoping to spread some festive cheer while raising money for charity when she stars in a Christmas stage production this month.

Former Jedburgh Grammar School pupil Katie Lynch has been cast as one of the leads in The MGA Academy of Performing Arts’ production of A Christmas Wish and will perform in front of more than 2,000 people when she takes to the stage at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Friday, December 18.

The 19-year-old, who is currently in her first year of studying HND musical theatre at The MGA Academy in Edinburgh and has wanted to work in the entertainment industry since she was a child, said: “I am so excited to be getting the opportunity to perform at the Usher Hall. This will actually be my third time in A Christmas Wish, but it’s the first year I’ve had a leading role.

“I’ve been cast as part of a comedy quartet called the Winter Wonderettes and I’m really looking forward to seeing the audience’s reaction.”

A Christmas Wish is a family-friendly stage spectacular featuring a dazzling array of uplifting festive songs, spectacular costumes and stunning dance routines. Directed by Andrew Gowland, the annual show brings together more than 200 young performers from The MGA Academy.

The show has become a staple of Edinburgh’s pre-Christmas calendar and, in true festive spirit, proceeds from ticket sales are used to make a considerable donation to Barnardo’s Scotland.

Andrew Gowland, managing director of The MGA Academy, has encouraged people to support Katie and the cast by securing tickets before they sell out.

He said: “A Christmas Wish has, in the last four years, earned a reputation as one of the best festive shows in town – and it has always been performed in aid of charity. It will get people into the festive mood. This is like the Christmas market if the Christmas market was performing a kickline!”

z To purchase tickets for The MGA Academy’s performance of A Christmas Wish on Friday, December 18, at 7.30pm, call the Usher Hall box office on 0131 228 1155.