Local lads to share HMT stage with top dance group

His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen.
His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen.

More than 80 young hopefuls auditioned in Aberdeen for the chance to perform onstage with the acclaimed Matthew Bourne dance company New Adventures at His Majesty’s Theatre next month.

The 24 successful young lads will perform in Matthew Bourne’s extraordinary adapation of William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies at the city centre theatre from Wednesday to Saturday, August 27 to 30.

The production is choreographed by Olivier-nominated Scott Amber and adapted and directed by Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler.

Auditions were held over two days at The Lemon Tree before a panel consisting of tour director Alan Vincent, project co-ordinator for Scotland Natali Mccleary and executive director James Mackenzie-Blackman.

The 24 chosen are Leon Zarzosa (11) Aberdeen, Josh Milne (11) Aberdeen, Michael Fernyhough (12) Aberdeen, Saul Farrell (11) Inverurie, Thomas Tribe (10) Inverurie, Callum Adams (12) Aberdeen, Ewan Skinner (12) Huntly, Alfie McPherson (13) Dyce, Fraser Raeburn (14) and Andrew Raeburn (14) Huntly, Thomas Kerek (13) Cupar, Michael Skene (14) Aberdeen, Lachlan Macleod (16) Cupar, Stuart Tweedie (17) Aberdeen, Arran Proctor (12) Dyce, Callum Anderson (15) Peterhead, Calum Moore (19), Euan Lownie (15) Stonehaven, Cameron Macdonald (15) Glasgow, Murray Williams (15) Bridge of Don, Samuel Tyson (19), Ross Provan (16) Aberdeen, Harold Oyovwevotu (16) Dyce and Gregor Robertson (17) Aberdeen.

Not just an opportunity to perform on the HMT stage, the project is designed to allow the youngsters the chance to really become involved in the process of being a performer.

It brings together professional dancers and perform alongside the youngsters, giving them a unique opportunity to work with extraordinary dancers, choreographers and designers.

With the auditions behind them, they now face a rehearsal period and will finally to take the responsibility of performing alongside some of the best dancers in the UK today, in a work co-directed by Britain’s most internationally acclaimed choreographer.