Local lad to star in theatre production

Callum Anderson from Peterhead will take to the stage at His Majesty's Theatre later this month
Callum Anderson from Peterhead will take to the stage at His Majesty's Theatre later this month

A Peterhead teen has danced his way to success after being chosen to take part in the production of Lord of the Flies when it comes to His Majesty’s Theatre later this month.

Callum Anderson (15) auditioned in Aberdeen alongside over 80 others for the chance to dance onstage with the illustrious Matthew Bourne dance company, New Adventures.

The chosen 24, including Callum, are currently rehearsing their parts in preparation for the shows that are to take place from Wednesday to Saturday, August 27 to 30.

Speaking to the Buchanie, Callum said: “I wanted to be in Lord of the Flies as it is such an incredible opportunity to be in a Matthew Bourne Production.

“I also saw this as an opportunity to develop skills in performing arts where I can learn from industry professionals and gain the experience of working in a professional production.”

Callum has plenty of performing experience as he has been involved with the Peterhead Pantomime Group since he was 8 and had his first lead role in last year’s production of “Cinderella” as Sir Clark Hill.

He is also a member of Peterhead Academy’s Rock Challenge Team and has taken part in two school productions, playing Bugsy in “Bugsy Malone” and Ewan Tavendale in “Sunset Song”.

On the rehearsals, Callum said: “They are going very well. It is very long days in Aberdeen but it’s fun and exciting to see the performance come together and to learn new choreography and skills.

“It is also a great experience getting to work with the professional dancers, choreographers and also work with the other boys who were successful in the auditions.”

Callum’s parents, Karen and Kevin, have bought tickets for every show and said: “We are very proud of his hard work and delighted that he has been given this opportunity to perform at HMT in a professional production.

“Callum has loved being involved with Rock Challenge and the school productions, and it is great to see things go to another level.”

They added: “I think most of the dress circle will be Callum’s friends and family on the last night!”