Tal­ented Kennedy gets ready to crack Ed­in­burgh

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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 love 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.”

Kennedy Thom­son

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