‘Gleeful’ pupil on stage at Playhouse

Mary MacDougall in Glee.
Mary MacDougall in Glee.

A talented St Andrews schoolgirl has gleefully added another top stage production to her performance CV.

Sixteen-year-old Mary McDougall followed up playing a part in the hit show ‘Fame The Musical’ last summer by taking on a major role in ‘The Glee Club Experience’ at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

Mary, a pupil of St Leonards School, sang the anthemic numbers “Like a Prayer” and “Don’t Stop Believing” after successfully auditioning for Stage Experience - an intensive two-week theatrical workshop which ended with three performances of the show, the last of which was to around 2000 people.

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Mary, from Drumoig, said: “I took part in a dance workshop and singing audition. After that, some of us were “called back” for auditions for the main parts.

“Luckily, I got a call back and this year I experienced the feeling of standing on stage and being a solo performer.”

Mary also sang in several of the backing groups where she was joined by fellow St Leonards pupils Elllie MacCallum and Jordan Kirchacz.

As the performances grew nearer, the rehearsal process became gruelling with sessions running from 9am until as late as 10pm.

However, the hard work hasn’t deterred Mary, who is a big fan of the TV series on which the show is based.

“I enjoyed every minute of it,” she said.

“The performances were the best part of the experience and nothing compares to how that feels.”

Mary added, “After this experience, I’m confident that music is the career path that I want to take in the future.”