Youngsters get into the mix!

Callum Stott (17) and Jordon Kirchacz (13) from Leven who are taking part in Megamix at the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Callum Stott (17) and Jordon Kirchacz (13) from Leven who are taking part in Megamix at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

A number of local children and teens will be taking to the iconic Edinburgh Playhouse stage this weekend to celebrate 85 years of the theatre.

Although the milestone isn’t reached until mid-August, celebrations kick off on Saturday when the Edinburgh Playhouse Stage Experience presents its annual show.

Now in its ninth year, this year’s show ‘Megamix’ will celebrate the best of the best that has appeared on the Edinburgh Playhouse stage during its 85 year history.

And several children from Levenmouth and the East Neuk will be taking part, including 13-year-old Jordon Kirchacz and 17-year-old Callum Stott, both from Leven.

Already deep into rehearsals, both are excited to be joining dozens of other youngsters from all over Scotland for the performance which will feature music from iconic shows such as Les Miserables and The Lion King.

Jordon, a pupil at St Leonards in St Andrews auditioned after her mum heard about it on the radio. She has already performed at the Playhouse once before as part of its Glee show, and has appeared in productions at her school as well.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “My family and friends have been really supportive.”

Alongside Jordon, Callum Stott, who has taken part in shows with LAMA and GAMA, will also be taking to the stage, and has the added task of solo performances in front of the huge crowds.

The former Waid student said: “I couldn’t take part in the stage experience show last year, so just had to get involved this year. It’s a dream come true to be on the Playhouse stage.

“I’ve got various solo performances in Megamix, including ‘The Point of No Return’ from Phantom of the Opera and also Les Miserables too.

“It’s totally daunting and nervewracking but we have a really strong company so hopefully it will go well.”

Three East Neuk youngsters are joining the on-stage team at the Playhouse.

Amanda Bowman (20), from Pittenweem, and Katie Fry (16), from Crail, are old hands - this is Amanda’s fourth appearance, and Katie has been part of the show since 2012 but it’s a big debut for 12-year-old Orla Jones from Elie.

And all three became involved in the show because it’s Waid Academy Rector Iain Hughes who choreographs the show.

Amanda is now at Edinburgh University where she’s studying primary teaching, while Katie and Orla continue at Waid.

Katie said it had been one of her ambitions to be in the show, while Orla commented that rehearsals were great but: “really hard work.”