Preview: A Christmas Wish, Usher Hall

Talented students from The MGA Academy of Performing Arts are set to spread some festive cheer while raising money for charity when they star in a Christmas stage production at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall tomorrow. 

A Christmas Wish is a family-friendly stage spectacular featuring a dazzling array of uplifting festive songs, spectacular costumes and stunning dance routines. Directed by Andrew Gowland, the annual show brings together more than 200 young performers from The MGA Academy, ranging from eight-year-old members of their junior school through to more experienced students soon to embark on careers in acting, dance and musical theatre.

The show has become a staple of Edinburgh’s pre-Christmas calendar and, in true festive spirit, proceeds from ticket sales are used to make a considerable donation to Barnardo’s Scotland.

Andrew Gowland, Managing Director of The MGA Academy, said:  “A Christmas Wish has, in the last four years, earned a reputation as one of the best festive shows in town – and it has always been performed in aid of charity. You can see panto at this time of year, but it is not necessarily Christmassy. This is entirely different and will get people into the festive mood. This is like the Christmas market if the Christmas market was performing a kickline!

“The Usher Hall is a stunning venue – it’s in the centre of Edinburgh and surrounded by all the festivities. There’s no better place to be the week before Christmas!”

Among those to be cast as one of the leads in A Christmas Wish is Scott Coltman. The 20-year-old said: A Christmas Wish is definitely a show for all the family – it’s a nice alternative to a pantomime and has something in it for everyone, from Christmas carols to bright lights. I think everyone will enjoy it and I’m really excited to be part of it again.”

A Christmas Wish, Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, Friday 18 December, 7:30pm, £12.50 – £17.50, 0131 228 1155.