Mearns Castle leaver dreams big

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IT’S curtains up on a glittering career as Mearns Castle high school leaver Chris Brown sets out to make his mark in the world of theatre.

Chris (17) has just left the Newton Mearns school to pursue his dream job — by adapting and staging his own production as the first step to making it big.

Big the Musical will run at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Athenaeum Theatre next June.

The teenager may not have been around when the original — a 1988 Tom Hanks film, about a boy who makes a wish that he was a grown-up and wakes up in the body of a man — was released.

However, he’s hoping it’s the first step towards a successful career in the glitzy world of musical 
theatre.

Chris’s ambition is to make it all the way to the west end, following in the footsteps of the likes of Sir Cameron Mackintosh, the man behind smash hit Les Miserables.

The budding producer commented: “I thought I’d start big, if you’ll pardon the pun.”

The musical is just one new venture for the school leaver, who starts an HND in technical theatre at Stow College in September.

He added: “I then hope to go on to do a BA at the Royal Conservatoire.”

Chris is also off to San Francisco for the summer, staging children’s shows at a holiday camp for the third year 
running.

But he will be remembered at Mearns Castle for his contributions to music and drama classes, and for taking charge backstage at school 
shows.

Depute head teacher Alan Dick said: “Chris has been such an influential figure throughout the school and in the expressive arts faculty, supporting our shows, concerts and drama 
productions.

“He has been so supportive of the school and given up so much of his own time.

“I’m certain he’ll have an extremely bright future ahead of him in the theatrical 
world.”

Big the Musical runs June 16-21, 2014, with auditions taking place early in the new 
year.