Ormiston Sudbury Academy’s recent production of Bugsy Malone proved to be a big hit with audiences - so much so an extra performance was put on to cope with demand for tickets.
When rising star Christopher Starkey finished his opening monologue, the audience knew they were in for another night of excellent entertainment, said school spokeswoman Pip Mackay.
She said: “Transported back to 1930s New York, the production featured a world filled with gangsters, show girls and splurge guns.
“Thrust into this prohibition maelstrom was the innocent Blousey Brown played wonderfully by another new talent, Georgia Hobson, an aspiring singer, looking for her big break.
“Fat Sam - played by Cory Willings of ‘Oliver!’ fame - was mocked by Tallulah (Evie Smith), hounded by Fizzy (Harri Eiffert), driven mad by Knuckles (Ethan Leggett), and outsmarted by the debonair Dandy Dan (Emma Couldridge). Would Bugsy have enough time to give Blousey her audition?”
Leo Cox, head of performance at Ormiston, said: “Staging two full-scale productions this year has been extremely hard work, but seeing the cast of Bugsy Malone on stage made it all worthwhile.
“The cast of 80, made up of students in years seven to 10, were exceptional and there were some fantastic performances from the main cast.
“We were extremely proud of what they all achieved and look forward to seeing their talent grow as they move through the academy, with plenty more shows in the future.”
Director Billy Herring, explained that the oldest member of the cast was only 14, with the four lead characters - Bugsy, Blousey, Fat Sam and Tallulah - showing maturity beyond their years.
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