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Bugsy Malone

Date

November 30th - December 3rd 2011

Director

Fiona Humphrey and Micki Darbyshire

Previous Show

Pull the Other One

Following Show

Cat's Cradle

InfoEdit

Stage-Door's 40th show is the famous kid's musical "Bugsy Malone." Bucking tradition with a mixed cast of adults and kids combined.


Bugsy Malone is a 1976 Britishmusical film, very loosely based on events in New York City in theProhibition era, specifically the exploits of gangsters like Al Caponeand Bugs Moran, as dramatized in cinema. Featuring only child actors(with singing voices provided by adults), director Alan Parker lightened the subject matter considerably for the children's market; the film received a G rating.

The film was Parker's feature-length directorial debut, introduced actorScott Baio, and featured veteran actress (at age 13) Jodie Foster.

PlotEdit

The film opens with a brief action sequence in which a mobster is "splurged" by members of Dandy Dan's gang, using rapid-fire custard-shooting "splurge guns". Once splurged, a kid is "all washed up" and his career in crime is over—the splurged gangsters are never shown as dead or even unconscious, merely "finished".

At Fat Sam's (John Cassisi)speakeasy, there is much dancing and singing, but Fat Sam himself is worried about his rival Dandy Dan. Blousey Brown (Florrie Dugger), an aspiring singer, has come for an audition, but Sam is too distracted. Bugsy Malone (Scott Baio), a boxing promoter with no money, meets Blousey when he trips over her luggage. He is smitten, and flirts with her. Suddenly, Fat Sam's is raided by Dandy Dan's men, who shoot the place up. Dandy Dan's men continue to attack Fat Sam's empire, eventually taking away rackets and splurging most of Fat Sam's gang. Fat Sam learns about the splurge guns when one is dropped and left at the scene of an attack. Fat Sam sends all his available men to see if they can track down the guns; they are trapped at a laundry and all splurged by Dandy Dan's gang. Bugsy returns to Fat Sam's to try to arrange a new audition for Blousey. He only finds Fat Sam's girlfriend, Tallulah (Jodie Foster), who tells him that she likes him. Although Bugsy rejects her flirtation, when Blousey enters, Tallulah plants a big kiss on Bugsy's forehead, making Blousey jealous.

Fat Sam hires Bugsy to come along to a meeting with Dandy Dan. This meeting turns out to be a trap, but Bugsy helps Fat Sam escape. Gratefully, Fat Sam pays him $200. Bugsy and Blousey reconcile, and have a lunch and a romantic outing on a lake. Back in the city, Bugsy promises to buy tickets for them to leave for Hollywood. However, when he returns Sam's car to the garage, he is attacked, and his money stolen. Bugsy is saved by Leroy, who punches the attackers; seeing this, Bugsy realizes he has found a potentially great boxer and helps him begin training. Fat Sam once again enlists Bugsy's aid after his assistant Knuckles get accidentally splurged by a splurge gun which Fat Sam invented. Bugsy and Leroy follow Dandy Dan's men to a warehouse, where they discover the guns are being stashed. The two of them can't take the place alone, so Bugsy enlists the aid of a large group of down-and-out workers at a soup kitchen.

They steal the crates of guns and return with them to Fat Sam's just as Dandy Dan's gang arrives. Chaos breaks out and everyone is covered in a melee of custard. A pie hits the piano player Razmataz, who falls forward, striking a single bass note with his head. Silence instantly breaks out, and then the cast, now covered in white cream (with the sole exceptions of Bugsy and Blousey), engages in a final musical number. The characters realise they can all be friends, and Bugsy and Blousey leave for Hollywood.

A message from the directorEdit

When it was decided that we would produce Bugsy Malone, the kids were delighted, but the big kids (AKA grownups!) were not too pleased. "What are we going to do?" they asked. After thinking hard for a good ten seconds, we said "Why not have everyone in the show, we are all kids inside aren't we?" Mixing all the ages has worked really well and led to loads of laughter as little ones were able to splurge adults! We would like to thank everyone who has helped put this show together and esspecially the cast of all ages, who have given the show a whole new look. Enjoy

Micki and Fiona - Directors

CastEdit

Bugsy Malone - Ben Sunderland

Bronx Charlie/Opera Singer/Guard - Val Daly

Laughing Boy/Paper Boy/ Boxer - Ethan Wase

Benny Lee/Babyface - Ruby Hargreaves

Yonkers/Guard - Emily Block

Undertaker/Captain Smolsky - Simon Bain

Undertaker/Marbini/Detective O'Dreary - Barry Tinkler

Violinist - Laura Nairn

Barber/Priest/Foriegn Reporter - Mike Gearing

Flash Frankie/Guard - Gary Boniface

Fizzy - Gemma Cooper

Pop Becker/Butler - Alan Moss

Blousey Brown - Josephine Sunderland

Doodle/Boxer - Harrison Burdfield

Fat Sam - George Hargreaves

Radio Announcer/English Reporter - Karen Perry

Ritzy/Roxy Robinson/Leroy - Callum Block

Angelo/Boxer - Louis Twine

Snake Eyes/Looney Bergonzi/Guard/Boxer - David Griffin

Knuckles - Jamie Griffiths

Louis - Sara Spencer

Waitress/Ventriloquist/Seymour Scoop - Maureen Ayres

Foriegn Reporter/Soundman/Shady - Martha Baylis

Dandy Dan - Harry Perry

Louella - Chloe Retter

Cellist - Bethia Johnson

Tillie/Lena Marelli/Cook - Siobhana Healy

Loretta/Cook - Elana Healy

Dotty/Cook - Maddie Denby

Bangles - Laura Thornett

Tallulah - Lauren Wase

Oscar De Velt/ Cagey Joe - Craig Dacey

Pickett/Policeman/Boxer - Tia Grove

Jo the Barman - Roz Halsey

Velma/Cook - Caroline Baylis

Shoulders - Ned Dadson

Down and Outs - Maureen Ayres , Martha Baylis , Harrison Burfield , Jo Burdfield , Jamie Griffiths , Roz Halsey , Alan Moss , Laura Nairn , Karen Perry , Chloe Retter , Sara Spencer , Louis Twine , Ned Dadson ,

Boxing Ring Holders - Martha Baylis , Bethia Johnson , Nancy Perry , Kirsty Ferris ,

Chrous - Louise Cable , Macie Cable

Chinese Workers - Jo Burdfield , Roz Halsey , Nancy Perry

Dancers - Isabel Black , Catherine Brewer , Livvy Evans , Amy Goacher , Alexi Hawkey , Katie Hind , Zoe-Beth Lelliott , Bethany Lockyear , Louise Moulton , Abigail Ramsey , Ella Digby ,

CrewEdit

Director - Fiona Humphrey and Micki Darbyshire

Keyboards - Michael Wooldridge

Drums - Dean Morris

Piano - John McSweeney

Stage Manager - Gary Boniface

Backstage Crew - Tom Silverson , Louise Moss , Amanda Speers , Paul Stokes and Company Members

Lighting - Dave Humphrey and inspire Leisure

Sound - Tony Makey and John Pentecost

Props Manager - Christine Moss

Wardrobe - Sandra Booker and Mike Gearing

Rehersal Pianist - John McSweeney

Musical Director - Fiona Humphrey and Daniel Paine

Choreographer - Kim Mirceta-Nash

Chaperons - Lynn Jones and Catherine Short

Set Design/Construction - Gary Boniface , Mike Gearing , Alan Moss , Tony Makey and Company Members

Publicity - Micki Darbyshire

Posters/Programme Design - Joy Covey

Posters/Programme printing - Mission Labels Ltd.

AwardsEdit

The Stage-door Best Performance Award was won by George Hargreaves for his role as Fat Sam.

ReviewsEdit

"IN his review of Stage Door Theatre Company’s production of Bugsy Malone (Gazette, December 8), Brian Shewry correctly pointed out that Alan Parker’s gangland comedy was originally produced for children.



How often, however, do we get the opportunity to see it performed exclusively by children these days? It seemed to me to be an inspired choice of show for this highly-respected local company, where more seasoned performers could support and combine with super-talented youngsters, all working together in harmony, to produce a show full of laughter and fun!

I loved it, for example, when the rather diminutive gang leader Fat Sam (12-year-old George Hargreaves) bossed his elders about. There were many other hilarious moments, such as the Down and Outs scene, where young and not-so-young proved that age is no barrier in debauchery!

Congratulations to all the cast, whatever their age, for a uniquely splendid show enjoyed by record audiences throughout the week."

Marilyn Dennis [Littlehampton Gazette December 20th 2011]

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