Girls bring it on national stage

Creative Stage girls (Selkirk). They have been selected from girls all over Scotland to perform as Part of the cast of "Bring it On the Musical" at the Kings Theatre Edinburgh.
They are back row left to right Catriona Lamb (Lauder) and Liljana Stamernkovic (Lauder) front row left to right Erin Christie ( Galashiels), Erin Russell (Ancrum), Emily Balderston (Nisbet)
Creative Stage girls (Selkirk). They have been selected from girls all over Scotland to perform as Part of the cast of "Bring it On the Musical" at the Kings Theatre Edinburgh. They are back row left to right Catriona Lamb (Lauder) and Liljana Stamernkovic (Lauder) front row left to right Erin Christie ( Galashiels), Erin Russell (Ancrum), Emily Balderston (Nisbet)

Five young actresses from the Borders are celebrating being selected to perform in Edinburgh at the end of the month.

They have been selected from hundreds of applicants across Scotland to star in a production of the hit cheerleader musical Bring it On.

All five are members of Creative Stage, run by Katie Robinson and Marie McCulloch. They also have impressive credits already, with appearances in musicals, hit shows and adverts.

They attended an audition for this at Dance Base in Edinburgh and were all asked back for call back auditions.

Catriona Lamb (14) who attends Earlston High School, for instance, has appeared in Into The Woods at Edinburgh Playhouse and Perfomer’s Show in London. A member of the Scottish Youth Choir, Catriona was also reserve for the character Susan in White Christmas at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre in 2013.

That role was taken by her fellow Creative Stager Emily Balderston (13), from Nisbet.

Lilijana Stamenkovic, aged 13, of Earlston High School, also appeared in Into the Woods and Performers Show.

Lilijana and Emily also performed with the Scottish Youth Theatre at the opening of the Borders Railway.

Also appearing will be Erin Russell (13), who was also a reserve in White Christmas, and Erin Christie (14) who attends Galashiels Academy, and has previously been seen in the Scottish Government’s advert, Seen Something, Say Something.

All the girls have also played principal roles in Creative Stage’s productions at Volunteer Hall Galashiels, and what is more striking, were among the first intake to the performing arts school.

Katie Robinson set up Creative Stage with Marie McCullough in 2012, with the aim of helping youngsters into the industry.

“We set up as a school four years ago,” said Katie, “with the idea that we would develop into an agency that would help kids if they want to try and break into entertainment industry.

“It’s great that the girls are appearing in a production like this, and hopefully myself and Marie will get to go and see them.”

In Bring it On, the girls are all part of the Trueman High School cheerleading squad, and will be singing and dancing throughout.

“That will let them show off things that they have learnt with us here at Creative Stage,” said Katie, “we like to offer them lessons in things like tap dancing that they may want to follow.”

The girls will appear at the Kings Theatre, Edinburgh, on Friday July 22 at 7.30pm and Saturday July 23, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are available from www.edtheatres.com.