London’s West End beckons for choreographer Rachel

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A new comedy musical is heading for London’s West End with a talented dancer making her choreographic debut.

Rachel Kelly (22) was originally part of the chorus for ‘The Daily Fail: the Musical’, but she impressed the team so much that she was asked to choreograph the production.

The show is a new, original comedy musical which takes a satirical look at the Leveson Inquiry, which was launched to look at the culture, practice and ethics of the press following the phone hacking scandal two years ago.

Rachel is a former pupil of Chryston High School and studied musical theatre at Stow College before winning a place at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London. The musical is Rachel’s first big show since graduating last year.

She said: “I saw the audition through Twitter and sent them my CV.

“They took me on as part of the chorus and saw how I worked in rehearsal and asked me to choreograph. I was nervous at first as I had done a little bit of teaching, but this is my first professional choreographer role. It’s a great opportunity.”

The show will premiere at ACT theatre, Kingston Upon Thames from July 26-28 and it’s then hoped it will run at London’s West End.

Rachel, who is from Gartcosh, said: “It’s not 100 per cent that it will be at the West End, but we’re really hopeful.”

As well as dancing, Rachel also acts and sings in the show.

She credits Chryston High with helping her decide to pursue a career in the industry.

She added: “I performed in Annie at school and thought ‘this is what I want to do’.”

Rachel is pictured (centre) with some of the cast.

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