Cardenden dancer returns north with hit stage show

Former Cardenden dancer Paige Morrison
Former Cardenden dancer Paige Morrison

A former Cardenden dancer is treading the boards close to home again, performing in a production of ‘42nd Street’ in Dundee this week.

Paige Morrison (20) has been cast in the role of Lorraine in the musical which comes to Dundee’s Gardyne Theatre from today (Thursday) and runs until Saturday.

The former St Ninian’s and Denend Primary pupil is now in her graduating year of a Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre at the internationally renowned Bird College in London.

And it’s through the college’s theatre company that she comes back to Scotland for this latest performance.

Paige explained: “We did some performances in London last week and now the company is coming to Dundee to do it.

“I love it because for the past few years I’ve always danced in London and a lot of my family haven’t been able to come to see me.

“It’s lovely to come back and for my family and friends in Cardenden and Dundee to be able to see me dance again.

“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The young dancer takes on the role of Lorraine, one of the main chorus girls, in the musical.

Paige continued: “She is really bubbly, energetic and she’s quite feisty as well, which is nice to play.”

‘42nd Street’ is not Paige’s first experience of performing in musicals, as she played the leading role of Nanette in the college’s production of ‘No, No, Nanette’ last February.

And a career in musical theatre is something Paige is keen to pursue once she graduates in the summer.

She added: “I always thought of myself as a dancer, but since going to Bird I’ve realised it’s musical theatre that I want to do. I graduate in July and I’m busy auditioning for different shows at the moment to try to get a job, hopefully in the West End.”

Career to date

Paige started learning to dance at the age of five, when she learned ballet with The Caroline Kelly Dance Academy in Kirkcaldy. She then attended Zodiac Dance in Lochgelly, trying out different styles of dance, including jazz and hiphop. At the age of 11 Paige went to The Dance School of Scotland at Knightswood in Glasgow before winning a scholarship to Bird College in London when she was 17.