Christmas wish come true

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A Peterhead teenager is set to take to the Edinburgh stage this Christmas to perform in front of more than 2000 people.

Erin Murray, 17, will play a lead role in the MGA Academy of Performing Art’s production of A Christmas Wish at Usher Hall on December 18.

Erin said: “This is great experience for me and I feel so lucky to be getting the opportunity to perform in such an iconic venue.

“One day, I’d love to get a job working in London’s West End, and my dream is to be cast as Éponine in Les Misérables.”

The 17-year-old was previously a member of Peterhead Pantomine Group from the age of nine before moving to the Edinburgh-based performing arts academy.

A Christmas Wish is an annual show bringing together over 200 young performers, becoming a staple of Edinburgh’s Christmas calender.

Erin said: “I’ve performed in A Christmas Wish before but I’ve been selected to sing a solo line in Christmas in New York this year, which is amazing.

“I can’t wait to see what the audience think of the production – it’s a wonderful show that I hope will really get them in the Christmas spirit. My family are going to be in the audience , it’ll be great to have them there supporting me.”

Proceeds from the ticket sales of A Christmas Wish go to Barnardo’s Scotland.

Andrew Gowland, Managing Director of MGA Academy, said: “A Christmas Wish has, in the last four years, earned a reputation as one of the best festive shows in town – and it has always been performed in aid of charity.”