Stranraer student hits the stage

Michael McClorey
Michael McClorey

A Stranraer teaching student has stepped straight into the bright lights after landing a top role in a hit Glasgow musical.

Michael McClorey, who has relatives in both Stranraer and Newton Stewart, will beef up his already impressive acting CV when he plays Eugene in world-popular musical Grease at the King’s Theatre next month.

Michael in Calamity Jane last year

Michael in Calamity Jane last year

Michael, who is studying to become a primary teacher in Glasgow, joined a theatre company in the city shortly after arriving and has already managed to land roles in musicals and even on TV.

Michael said: “I’ve been acting since I was about five years old and have been in loads of shows since. Drama has always played quite a prominent role in my life and when I began university, after a wee while I joined the theatre company with a view to carrying on my passion alongside my studies, and managed to do a few backstage jobs before progressing onto the stage.

“It’s been such an incredible learning experience and I’ve seen a few big names, but everyone is so focused on doing their own thing that you can’t be distracted by that.”

Former Stranraer Academy head boy Michael has notched up roles on-stage in Calamity Jane and on TV in Waterloo Road, among others, and has been invited for rehearsals for TV adverts.

He said: “I hope there will be scope to use what I learn on the stage in my role as a teacher, maybe in the drama or music side of things.”

On his part as Eugene, a high school nerd at Grease’s ficticious Rydell High School, Michael said: “It’s a great part to play, really fun and comical. I get thrown about a bit by the T-Birds but it’s all part of the story and I can’t wait to get up there and play him.”

Michael’s mum Amanda said she was thrilled her son’s dreams were coming true. She told The Gazette: “He’s just such a lovely boy and he’s worked so hard for this, so to see him land roles like this is just the best. We’re so proud of him and know he’ll do a great job.”

Grease runs the first week of April at the King’s Theatre, Bath Street, Glasgow.