Stage is set for musical matrics at Stirling High

Two talented Stirling High matrics will combine their talents to perform Broadway musical numbers at the school’s auditorium.
Daniel Anderson, 18, who made a name for himself in East London by impersonating Elvis when he was just eight years old and has appeared in several musicals since, joined up with classmate Daniel Brodie, 18, a classical pianist who already has the equivalent of a four- year degree in piano performance.
The two will perform in The Wizards of Broadway on Friday evening in a show written, produced and directed by Anderson, who has been a fan of musicals since he was four years old and fell in love with The Sound of Music.
“I couldn’t get my peers to watch it because it was so long, but I absolutely loved it. And then when I was seven I got a gold for singing The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book at my first Eisteddfod.”Once he had appeared in director Amanda Bothma’s Peter Pan as John Darling when he was 10, there was no stopping his passion for the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter and Andrew Lloyd Webber. “There used to be a video shop up the road from me and I would take them out. I love them because they are the perfect combination of technique, performance and spectacle which is very attractive to me,” said Anderson, who this year received a distinction for his associates diploma exam in musical theatre through Trinity College of London.
He said Friday’s show was not only a tribute to composers of famous musicals, but also a way of thanking Stirling for giving scholars the opportunity to perform in the auditorium which opened four years ago.
“This is the first time I’m [doing] a solo show, although I am joined by Hannah Moerdyk in a few numbers.”
l The Wizards of Broadway will be performed at Stirling on Friday at 6pm. Entrance is free...

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