Laurencekirk actress looking to West End

Nadia Kramer
Nadia Kramer

A Laurencekirk actress who performed in a number of Montrose drama groups hopes her starring will set her on the path to London’s West End.

Nadia Kramer, impressed hundreds of people with her portrayal of female lead Wendla Bergman in The MGA Academy of Performing Arts’ production of ‘Spring Awakening’, the Tony-Award-winning Broadway show at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre.

The 20-year-old, who is currently studying acting at the Edinburgh-based performing arts academy, used to be a member of Montrose groups The Song Shop, The Esk Academy of Dance, and Apollo Players. As a young ballerina, she made her stage debut as a parrot performing for The Esk Academy of Dance.

Nadia, a former pupil of Mearns Academy, said: “Nothing else makes me as happy as when I’m on stage.

“In ‘Spring Awakening’, my character is naive and innocent but very curious, brace, and feisty. I feel that I brought a gutsy side to Wendla and a sensitivity to such a tragic character.

“My highlight at The MGA Academy has been working on this production. My plan when I left school was to study Psychology in Glasgow and I was accepted onto the course, but I went to MGA for a workshop and loved the environment and loved the people.

“Applying for one of MGA’s full-time courses is the best decision I have ever made.”

‘Spring Awakening’, which opened on Broadway in 2006, is a risqué rock musical set in Germany and explores themes of youthful revolt, sexuality and morality. The MGA Academy’s production of the musical, which was directed by Andrew Gowland, aimed to introduce the future stars of the stage to Scottish audiences.

Marcella Macdonald, Principal of The MGA Academy, said: “We are very proud of Nadia and her outstanding contribution to our production of ‘Spring Awakening’.”