Young star takes on monster role

Shrek star
Shrek star

A gifted young up-and-coming actress is taking centre stage in a major musical production currently running at Edinburgh’s Playhouse.

Lucie McCutcheon (10), from Strathblane, sailed through her auditions for ‘Shrek the Musical’, organised by the Stagecoach Agency, to secure the part of the young ogre.

She’ll be treading the boards at the famous theatre from now until November 8.

The production is touring the UK and Ireland and it is directed by former Eastender Nigel Harman who won a best supporting role Laurence Olivier Award for a previous production.

Lucie, who is a student at Stagecoach Glasgow theatre school, said: “Finding out I’d got a part was one of the happiest days of my life. Rehearsals were so much fun and performing on such a big stage for the first time is amazing.

“I’m really lucky to have this opportunity and would like to thank my parents, teachers and Stagecoach for all their support.”

Gary Hamilton from the agency, said: “Lucie is delighted to be performing in the show.

“She’s a big fan of the film and she was absolutely ecstatic to find out she’d landed the role in the musical. She has trained very hard over the past year and this is a great reward for her efforts.”

Shrek is the story of an unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairy tale misfits, plus a biscuit with attitude.

Alongside Lucie, Shrek the Musical stars Dean Chisnall as beloved swamp-dwelling ogre ‘Shrek’, the role he previously played in the West End, Faye Brookes as damsel in distress ‘Princess Fiona’, Idriss Kargbo as Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick ‘Donkey’ and Gerard Carey as pint-sized villain ‘Lord Farquaad’.

Tickets for the shows are on sale now and available online at: shrekthemusical.co.uk/tour-dates/