Ruther­glen’s stage star

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

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. tonight­pro­duc­

Orig­i­nal Jack Wild was the ac­tor who found fame as the Art­ful Dodger

Stage star Alex McGinty

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