Former Motherwell College student Melissa Davie says there is nothing like being thrown in at the deep end with her first job.
Following auditions earlier in the year Melissa won the role of Dorothy in this year’s pantomime The Wizard of Oz at Motherwell Theatre.
Melissa said: “I auditioned in February and they said it went really well, then I received an e-mail telling me I had got the role .
“I couldn’t believe it as people from other prestigious schools were up for it so you just assume it isn’t going to be you they choose.
“It feels a bit like being in at the deep end going straight into a lead role, but I’m just fortunate I have a lovely cast who look after me and make sure I’m on the right track so it’s been really good.
“The rest of the cast have been in the industry for a number of years, so they’ve been directing me and being able to tap into their knowledge has been really helpful.
“The rehearsals went so fast it was a bit stressful, but now we are getting into just running the show it’s a lot easier.
“It’s a learning curve of getting into the routine, but I am delighted to have been afforded the opportunity and aim to make the most of it.”
While Melissa is just starting out in her career Iain Wotherspoon brings years of experience to the part of The Wiz.
Iain returns to Motherwell for the first time in 25 years having appeared in Babes in the Wood back in 1988.
He said: “It’s nice to be back in Motherwell and I’m delighted to be playing the wizard as it’s a great part in a lovely show.
“In 1988 I was Esfor, that’s S for Stupid, so as you get older you leave behind the silly roles and get to do something a bit more dignified.
“Wizard of Oz isn’t traditionally done as a panto, but I’m enjoying doing something a bit different.
“A couple of years ago in Dunfermline we did a totally new show, Sergeant Cracker’s Christmas Quest, and you are never quite sure how deviating from the classic panto tales will be received.
“However, tickets are selling really well so people are obviously keen to come to the show and at the end of the run we’ll see if I’m likely to be asked back before another 25 years.”
Tickets for this year’s pantomime the Wizard of Oz at Motherwell Theatre are at a record high with over 30,000 already sold.
This year the show is once again is produced by Spillers Pantomimes and runs until Sunday, January 5.
Tickets costing £11-£14 are available by calling the box office on 01698 403120 or visiting NLC entertainment