Rutherglen’s stage star
A young Rutherglen actor has considered himself delighted after he was chosen to rub shoulders with the stars in a new stage show.
Alex McGinty (9), has been cast as the Artful Dodger from ‘Oliver’ in the Tonight From The West End production and will perform at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on April 21.
The St Columbkilles primary five pupil will share the stage with TV stars Ray Quinn, Jai McDowall and Zoe Tyler as well as US singing sensation, Christina Bianco.
Alex will perform the song, ‘Consider Yourself’ from the famous film and stage show ‘Oliver’ along with Cameron Murray, 10, and boys from Glasgow’s Starstruck Stage School who will act as members of Fagin’s gang.
His grandpa Joe told the Reformer that Alex is really looking forward to the show.
He said: “Alex is very talented and a very clever boy.
“It all started when he attended a glee club in Blantyre and we realised he had the gift of singing and he could act too.
“He is a member of McCallum’s School of music and has starred as Oliver in a production at East Kilbride Theatre.
“He enjoys it very much and told us he couldn’t wait to perform.
“It’s a big show for him with stars like Ray Quinn and Zoe Tyler so he’s really looking forward to it.
“Alex’s school friends are excited about him being on stage too.
“He’s hoping at some point that he will be in the West End in the future.”
Alex recently won a concert in Paisley, the Open Mics UK and Quest 4 Talent competitions and is also the current Junior Musical Solo winner of the Talent Fest UK event where he met former X Factor judge Louis Walsh.
The glitzy song and dance extravaganza in Glasgow later this month will feature classic show tunes from Broadway and the West End and is sure to have audiences on their feet.
Music lovers can expect a medley of hits from shows such as The Lion King, Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia and Oliver.
Tickets are available from the Royal Concert Hall venue or from www. tonightproductions.co.uk.
Original Jack Wild was the actor who found fame as the Artful Dodger
Stage star Alex McGinty