Splurge Guns, Turf Wars, Cream Pies and a Spoof on 1920s Gangsterism…
It’s New York City during the Prohibition of the late 1920s. With their cream pies at the ready, two rival gangs rule the streets and the action. Fat Sam and his gang run their operation out of an illegal speakeasy while Dandy Dan runs his empire from his Upper East Side mansion.
But when Dandy Dan invents a new weapon, the splurge gun, Fat Sam enlists the help of smooth talking, ex-boxer with a glass jaw, Bugsy Malone. And the fun begins …
Originally a film and then adapted into a stage musical, Bugsy Malone is noteworthy because of its treatment of children in adult roles. A clever spoof on Hollywood’s gangster films, the main characters are loosely based on two real life gangsters Al Capone and Bugs Moran. With a cast consisting entirely of youngsters who fire toy guns and whipped cream instead of machine guns with bullets, Bugsy Malone Jr is a fun-filled romp for the whole family.
Bugsy Malone Jnr’s dynamic production team, executive producer Geoff Hayhow; producer Gabrielle Mullins; director Katrina Fleming; musical director Belinda Rasen and choreographer Zoe Taylor have been most ably supported by a very hard working and dedicated band of volunteers who have made costumes, built and painted sets and sourced props.
Integral to the school’s vision and mission, our performing arts program provides a wealth of opportunities for students of all ages to participate in music, drama and dance. At the same time, they learn that the performing arts is a collaborative endeavour where individuals – those who are on stage as well as backstage – must be able to function effectively as a team.
As educators, we know how important it is for our programs to build the confidence, skills and self-esteem we want to see in our students. This year’s musical with its large cast of very enthusiastic performers from Years 5 and 6 is a fine example of all that we aspire to achieve in terms of seeing our values in action.
Don’t miss this great production of Bugsy Malone Jr.