Talented Kennedy gets ready to crack Edinburgh
AN aspiring musical theatre performer has taken a big step towards his dream career by gaining a place at one of the UK’s leading performing arts academies.
Kennedy Thomson, 17, won a place to study musical theatre at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Edinburgh, and will move to the capital in September.
The St Paul’s RC Academy student and Dundee Schools Music Theatre (DSMT) member said: “I’ve been doing musical theatre for five years now and have performed with DSMT in Guys and Dolls, Starlight Express and Phantom of The Opera.
“I got post-show blues and wanted to do more. I l ove musicals.
“It was my first drama audition so I was scared but everyone at the MGA Academy was so nice.
“A week later, I got my acceptance letter. I was at school so my mum phoned me and we were screaming at each other down the phone.
“I can’t wait to start training every day and I’m excited to be in Edinburgh.
“When I graduate, I’d love to work in the West End or in a touring production.”
Dundee Schools Music Theatre was founded by Lina Waghorn in 1998, bringing together S4-S6 pupils from all of Dundee’s primary schools with a passion for musical theatre.
Drew Gowland, managing director of the MGA Academy, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Kennedy on to our inaugural BA (Hons) musical theatre degree course.”