Making the grade

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AN 18-year-old from Giffnock has been handed the opportunity of a lifetime.

Connor Going — a former Hutchesons’ Grammar School pupil — has been handed the lead in High School musical this weekend at the Clyde Auditorium.

The youngster will play Troy in the production by Glasgow theatre group Pantheon.

The actor told The Extra: “I was absolutely elated when I found out, it really was a dream come true and I didn’t expect to be given such a huge part.

“It’s my first lead role and it has been a huge endeavour but it will all be worth it when I’m on stage.

“It’s the biggest audience I will ever have performed in front of but I can’t wait to get started”.

He’s set for a busy weekend as Pantheon are putting on six shows in the space of three days. . It all kicks off on Friday at 7pm, followed by productions at 11am, 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday.

On Sunday shows are on at 1pm and 5pm.

The stage production is based on the Disney channel original movie, “High school musical” which has become a sensation , first in the USA and then around the globe.

Connor’s role of Troy is as the super-popular captain of the basketball team who surfs the tricky tides of peer pressure and canteen cliques to follow his dreams and score the lead in the big school show — and a place in classmate Gabriella’s heart.

Disney’s High School Musical follows the much-loved story of the movie, featuring all your favourite characters and songs.

Also, for the first time, two brand new numbers, all performed by a talented young cast and an electrifying live band will be on show.

Members of the cast appeared at Hamleys Toy Store in the St. Enoch Centre this Sunday performing some of the big chorus numbers to help prepare for their shows this weekend.

Tickets (priced between £12-£22) are available from Ticketsoup.com or via the box office on: 0844 395 4000