Ross loves to rock his home­town au­di­ences.

Star en­joys see­ing fa­mil­iar faces in HMT au­di­ence

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - LET’S PARTY - By Lau­rna Robert­son

STAR­RING in one of the big­gest shows of all time is a nerve-rack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as it is ... But imag­ine tak­ing the stage for the phe­nom­e­nally pop­u­lar Queen mu­si­cal We Will Rock You in front of a home crowd that in­cludes fam­ily and friends. And just to crank up the ten­sion a wee bit more there is a pos­si­bil­ity that as an un­der­study in this West End ex­trav­a­ganza you could be called on to play the lead role. Wel­come to Ross Wil­liam Wild’s world ... not that this Aberdeen loon has been fazed by the ex­pe­ri­ence at all. In fact Ross has loved ev­ery minute of the record­break­ing four-week run of We Will Rock You at His Majesty’s Theatre. “Per­form­ing in Aberdeen has def­i­nitely been my high­light so far,” said Ross, a for­mer pupil of Mile End Pri­mary and Aberdeen Gram­mar School. “The cast are com­ing to my place to have a bar­be­cue at the end of the Aberdeen run to cel­e­brate.” Ross said there has hardly been a night at HMT when he hasn’t seen a for­mer teacher, pals from his days at Aberdeen Youth Mu­si­cal Theatre (AYMT) or peo­ple he’s worked with gaz­ing up at him from the au­di­ence. He is part of the hugely tal­ented en­sem­ble cast, but is also one of the un­der­stud­ies to lead­ing man Noel Sullivan, who stars as Galileo – a role Ross has taken on once dur­ing the Aberdeen run. His nerves were on edge be­fore fill­ing in for Noel, but tak­ing the lead in front of his home crowd was a thrill. “I’ve played him five or six times be­fore on the tour but it’s a dif­fer­ent thing play­ing the lead in front of your friends and fam­ily,” said the 23-year-old ac­tor, singer and model who is from Rose­mount. “There is a lot more to think about and my adrenalin was sky high. Galileo is one of the hard­est parts in mu­si­cal theatre and that kind of thrill is what I love about be­ing a per­former.” While the ma­jor­ity of his time has been spent per­form­ing, Ross has also made sure to show the cast the sights of the Gran­ite City – es­pe­cially the night time at­trac­tions. “I’ve been like Van Wilder in Aberdeen – if any of the cast have ques­tions about where to party they come to me and I’ve been get­ting them on the guest lists. “I’ve also been show­ing them points of in­ter­est and get­ting them to speak in Doric too.” He has also made catch­ing up with his fam­ily a pri­or­ity – es­pe­cially gran Ethel. “She’s been ill re­cently so I’ve been spend­ing a lot of time there. I’ve got Leon Lopez, who plays Brit­ney, staying there too. “She’s an amaz­ing cook and has been look­ing af­ter him well. There are a cou­ple of the other cast mem­bers staying at my mum’s too.” While Ross was in­volved with AYMT from the age of 11, he has al­ways had other projects on the go. “I stud­ied mu­sic at col­lege in Aberdeen and had a mu­sic stu­dio in the West End where I’d teach stu­dents mu­sic. I had 30 stu­dents at one time.” At the age of 19, Ross de­cided to move to Glas­gow to con­cen­trate on mu­si­cal theatre. “I went to study at Glas­gow Academy of Mu­si­cal Theatre Arts and I had to learn how to dance for theatre.” The Aberdeen leg of the tour is al­most up, and af­ter the year-long run is fin­ished Ross plans to move to Lon­don to see what it has to of­fer him. But for now he’s buzzing af­ter such a suc­cess­ful time in his home town. The Gran­ite City star is not the only per­son to have hailed the Aberdeen run as a suc­cess. Aberdeen Per­form­ing Arts chief ex­ec­u­tive Dun­can Hendry said: “We Will Rock You has been one of the big­gest shows to come to His Majesty’s and we are thrilled with the re­ac­tion it has had from Aberdeen au­di­ences. “By the time it closes on Satur­day, around 40,000 peo­ple will have seen the show and it will have grossed more than £1.2 mil­lion – mak­ing it the high­est gross­ing show in the his­tory of the theatre. “It has been a de­light to work with the whole of the We Will Rock You com­pany. “It has been par­tic­u­larly spe­cial be­cause we have a lo­cal star per­form­ing on stage each evening and of course, we also had the visit of Brian May at the start of the run. “We wish them well for the rest of their tour,” said Dun­can.

BIG PART: Lead­ing man Noel Sullivan, cen­tre, with We Will Rock You cast mem­bers. SU­PER­STAR: Queen’s Brian May play­ing at HMT.

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