Our girls take castle by storm

SVEN HERSELMAN
Last updated 05:00 14/08/2014
HIGHLAND FIVE: Marlborough dancers, from left, Rebecca Healy, Georgia Marshall, Kelsey Smith, Morgan Vile and Grace Owen at Edinburgh Castle where they are taking part in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland.
HIGHLAND FIVE: Marlborough dancers, from left, Rebecca Healy, Georgia Marshall, Kelsey Smith, Morgan Vile and Grace Owen at Edinburgh Castle where they are taking part in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland.

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Five young Marlborough dancers performed in front of nearly 9000 people on opening night of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Marlborough Girls' College students Rebecca Healy, Georgia Marshall, Kelsey Smith, Morgan Vile and Grace Owen were chosen to be part of the New Zealand contingent to take part in the huge three-week highland extravaganza at Edinburgh Castle. They left New Zealand on July 25 and had just a few days to rehearse with the other dancers from around the world before a dress rehearsal on July 31.

Opening night was the next day and brought a packed house to the massive esplanade at Edinburgh Castle, where the huge stage was set up with seating on all four sides.

The girls said in an email to the Express the opening night performance was truly mind-blowing.

"The stands seat 8800 people and that performance was sold out, meaning there was an incredible atmosphere on the esplanade and the applause was just overwhelming," they said.

Part of the New Zealand contribution to the show was a fusion of traditional Highland and Maori dance, which went down very well with the audience, the girls said.

The tattoo runs until August 23, with a show each night of the week, two on Saturdays, and Sunday being the only night the dancers have off. In between there are more rehearsals, and for the Marlborough girls there is school work to keep up with as well.

They have also been doing plenty of sight-seeing and some shopping, travelling from their accommodation at the University of Edinburgh to the venue at Edinburgh Castle each night.

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- The Marlborough Express

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