Newburgh actor set for stage stardom

Rachael Crone on stage during the production at Edinburgh's King's Theatre.
Rachael Crone on stage during the production at Edinburgh's King's Theatre.
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A talented actor from Newburgh hopes her starring role at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre will set her on the path to stage success.

Rachael Crone, a former Ellon Academy pupil, impressed hundreds of people with her performance in The MGA Academy of Performing Arts’ production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show Spring Awakening.

Rachael, 27, currently studying acting at the Edinburgh-based performing arts academy, was a member of Aberdeen Youth Music Theatre, Triple Threat Theatre, Wayward Theatre, Aberdeen Student Show, Deeside Musical Society, and Harlequin Theatre in the Granite City.

She went on to make her stage debut in a production of the Full Monty.

She said: “Once I decided I wanted to study musical theatre, my friend told me I had to audition for MGA so I could study with her – and I’m glad I listened to her. Whenever we work on a show, the atmosphere is amazing and it’s so nice seeing everyone work hard together to create something like this.

“In Spring Awakening, I loved getting to play a range of characters, all with their own distinctive situation and relationships. “We had an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the audience. The show is quite complex and has some adult themes, but all people can talk about is the incredible talent of the cast.”

Marcella Macdonald, MGA Academy principal, said: “We are very proud of Rachael and her outstanding contribution to our production of Spring Awakening. The whole cast were a credit to themselves and the wealth of learning they have undertaken at MGA.”

Rachael is now preparing to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.