Broch’s Elly stars on Edinburgh stage

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A talented Fraserburgh actress hopes her starring role in a performance of Spring Awakening at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre will set her on the path to success on the stage.

Elly Jay, a former pupil of Fraserburgh Academy, impressed hundreds of people with her portrayal of leading female Wendla Bergman in The MGA Academy of Performing Arts’ production of the Tony-Award-winning Broadway show.

The 19-year-old, who is currently studying acting at the Edinburgh-based performing arts academy, used to be a member of K Dance, 6.1.0 Dance Academy, and Angels church choir.

She went on to make her stage debut as Tallulah in a production of Bugsy Malone by Fraserburgh Junior Arts Society.

Speaking after he performance, Elly said: “The opening night was breathtaking, as it was my first leading role as a professional and I had my best friend Katrina sitting front and centre supporting me.

“My character in Spring Awakening is a very naïve 14-year-old girl who has a crush on a boy in a different school. It is set in 1891 – a very different era – and it was a challenge taking that into consideration.”

Spring Awakening, which opened on Broadway in 2006, is a risqué rock musical set in Germany and explores themes of youthful revolt, sexuality and morality.

The MGA Academy’s production of the musical, which was directed by Andrew Gowland, aimed to introduce the future stars of the stage to Scottish audiences.

Marcella Macdonald, Principal of MGA Academy, said: “We are very proud of Elly and her outstanding contribution to our production of Spring Awakening.”