Loads of fun and Games as ceremony hopefuls get big chance

DOZENS of amateur performers danced their way to the start of the Commonwealth Games auditions.

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    Dozens of performers auditioned for the Commonwealth Games
  • Dozens of performers auditioned for the Commonwealth Games
  • Dozens of performers auditioned for the Commonwealth Games
  • Dozens of performers auditioned for the Commonwealth Games
  • Dozens of performers auditioned for the Commonwealth Games

Three sessions of try-outs yesterday saw more than 50 budding cast members sing, shout, and jive at the former town hall in Govan.

They will find out in April if they have made the cut to be one of 3000 cast members for the Games' Opening and Closing ceremonies in July.

Maria Stewart, 52, from Glasgow said: "I just wanted to be part of the whole affair.

"Although I can't move very well, I can still sing and I've got a theatre background.

"I'm so glad I came, it's been fabulous. Everybody was frightened beforehand as we hadn't been given any audition pieces, but they organised it and everybody has been smiling and happy.

"I'll go to sleep smiling tonight."

James Skinner, 67, a retired delivery driver from Sandyhills in the East End remembers the 1968 Edinburgh Commonwealth games, and said "Now it's Glasgow time."

"The Games are giving the city a boost, which is really needed.

"I wanted to come for my own enjoyment, so hopefully I'll get picked to be part of the ceremony,"

Volunteers of all ages and nationalities stood side by side as they practiced their moves.

People from New Zealand, Singapore and Canada danced to Daft Punk alongside others from Glasgow, and the rest of the UK.

Some had been involved with previous ceremonies, such as the London Olympics in 2012 or The 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, but most had no formal training at all.

Lauren Sheridan, 25, a professional dancer from Erskine said: "I thought it would be a great thing to be part of and it was nice that we did a bit of acting and singing too."

Mona Yeganegi, 25, a paediatric psychiatrist from Toronto, has taken part in the past three Olympic ceremonies and flew in to Glasgow just for the audition.

She said: "It's inspiring, it's active and alive, and I'm very excited to be in Scotland. The audition was shorter than the London Olympics but it was fun, friendly and I loved it."

Steve Boyd, who has helped organise ceremonies at the past 12 Summer and Winter Olympics, took the warm-up, followed by Scots performer Andy Cannon who led an acting class with the group.

Finally choreographers Roxanne Smith and Natasha Khamjani put the group through their paces with an intense half-hour dance routine.

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