Rather than merely dream of a career on the West End, a 20-year-old Donadea man, Andrew Linnie has come up with an interesting and innovative way of paying for his education.
Just after Christmas, Andrew was offered a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London, and will begin his training there this September.
While it was an honour to receive a place at the institution, which has many stars of the West End amongst its graduates, it’s an expensive year for participants.
The cost will be in excess of €30,000.
So, Andrew, who has been starring in musical theatre since he was five all over Kildare, Dublin and even further afield, opened his contacts book and asked all of his friends to put on a show in Dublin’s National Concert Hall on June 21.
A 21-piece orchestra will join the top stars of the stage for “Good Thing Going” which will feature some favourites from both classic and new musicals, such as Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Sweet Charity, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific and many more.
The cast includes numerous AIMS award winners and nominees, Sharon Sexton of the recent “Girls’ Night – The Musical”, Seán Carey of RTÉ’s “Fame”, and Lucy O’Byrne, from RTÉ’s “The Voice” and star of Fiddler on the Roof last year at the Gaiety.
The concert also features Grace Kinirons, who starred in countless West End shows including Les Misérables and Cats.
From Celbridge originally, Andrew now lives in Donadea. He first appeared on stage with his aunt Catherine Keable in Leixlip.
Since then he has appeared with Clane Musical Society and other groups throughout Kildare and Dublin.
Speaking to the Leinster Leader he said he was delighted with the response from all the musicians and singers.
“It’s phenomenal. I’’ve worked with all of them before, and I’m delighted.
“Twenty one of them are in the orchestra. They’re all professional, and giving up their time.”
The course in London is a one year course, although according to Andrew it’s actually a three year course squeezed into one.
“It’s 60 hours a week with evenings and weekends, and a lot of productions,” he explained.
“It’s directly aimed at the West End. It’s very industry orientated and the lecturers are all quite well connected within the industry.”
With three weeks to go to the show, he’s quite calm.
“There’s a lot to be done but we’re on schedule. Everybody is very professional.”
Tickets are now on sale from the National Concert Hall, on 01 417 0000, or at www.nch.ie. Alternatively, call 087 6398153 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your seat.