Katie and Holly prepare for opening night

Prom of the Living Dead: Katie Barnett in her role as 'Morgan' . Picture: submitted
Prom of the Living Dead: Katie Barnett in her role as 'Morgan' . Picture: submitted

Fraserburgh teenagers Katie Barnett (17), and Holly Bruce (17), travelled to Glasgow recently to take part in Scottish Youth Theatre’s Summer Festival, Summer of Horror.

Both Katie and Holly will star in Prom Night Of The Living Dead, a European premiere with a rock-musical score to accompany it.

Zombie Prom: Holly Bruce getting in the swing of it at Prom of the Living Dead. picture: submitted

Zombie Prom: Holly Bruce getting in the swing of it at Prom of the Living Dead. picture: submitted

The performance and production course, in which both girls are taking part, is a five-week programme of intensive rehearsals culminating in a large scale production open to the public.

This week, Katie and Holly are performing on the stage at one of Glasgow’s most respected arts venues, the Tron Theatre.

Speaking to the Herald, Katie said: “I’ve loved every minute of rehearsing.

“My character Morgan is a lot of fun to play as one minute she’s charming everyone at her new high school, the next, she’s plotting ways to conduct her evil magic on the rest of the pupils”

The production is a cross between ‘Night Of The Living Dead’ meets ‘Grease’, and is full of high-energy sing-a-long numbers, toe-tapping choreography and laugh out loud lines.

Musical director Ross Brown has written and composed an original score for the production, giving it a rock musical feel.

Holly, added: “The thought of performing on stage at the Tron is a bit scary but I’m mostly just really excited by the opportuni

ty. I’m in the quartet so my role involves quite a bit of solo singing. The show has it all though, catchy songs, lots of dancing and a great plotline!”

The three main house productions, taking place in Glasgow from August 1 - 6, are Prom Night of the Living Dead, a rock musical; Born Bad? a darker piece commissioned by Scottish Youth Theatre in 2002 and a completely new devised show Zombiism (n.), inspired by all things ‘zombie’.

Both Katie and Holly will take part in ‘Prom Night of the Living Dead’, which started in Glasgow Tron Theatre on Tuesday. Both productions run each night until Saturday, with a matinee performance on Saturday afternoon.

Katie continued: “Prom Night is about a group of American high school pupils who are preparing for their senior prom when a wicked witch (that’s me!) and her evil monsters try to put a stop to everything. I know I’m biased but our show has something for everyone”.

Since Katie and Holly began their courses, they have been involved in specialist performance workshops, and attended a civic reception at Glasgow’s City Chambers as well as ‘Zombie Prom’ festival launch party.

Tickets for Born Bad?, Prom Night of the Living Dead and Zombiism are priced £10, £6 (concessions) and £26 for a family ticket available  from The Tron Theatre Box Office Online – via www.tron.co.uk and by phone on 0141 552 4267.