Sophie Mitchell is 16 and currently studying at Hawick High School.
She has a busy life with a weekend job in Hawick and, over the past few weeks, she has been rehearsing with the cast of Copshaw Cabaret for their first show on April 26 and 27.
For Sophie it’s a real personal challenge as well as a lot of fun.
MY SATURDAY job is with TWS in Hawick which builds and delivers motorbikes.
I remove the cages from bikes delivered from China with an air gun and help my boss assemble them ready for the show room.
I check tyre pressure and set up the training course at Burnfoot. I absolutely love motorbikes and I hope to get one for my 17th birthday in June.
I got involved in Copshaw Cabaret through word of mouth.
I had heard it was going to be a big musical containing many songs I had heard of and what other people from Newcastleton were saying about it really made me want to get involved, although it’s not something I’ve ever done before.
I’m in seven songs so far, including my solo of Dorothy for Somewhere over the rainbow from the Wizard of Oz.
I decided to put myself out there for a solo because I’ve never really had much confidence in performing in front of people.
Getting up in front of a large group of people and doing a solo will be tough but I feel it will boost my confidence for future performances.
When I was seven, I entered a music competition in the village called Holm’s Got Talent and was all set to sing Don’t stop believing by Journey.
However, when I got myself up on stage, I took stage fright and backed out so I hope this year I’ll be able to get up in front of the audience and sing my song without any fear whatsoever and be able to prove to myself that I can do it.
The others involved in the musical are such a lovely group of people. They’re really friendly and they all support each other when rehearsing.
I get along really well with the rest of the performers and I feel that having such strong, confident people from the community taking part will really benefit Newcastleton because it will give others the confidence to take part in future shows.