Rye College students presented a spectacular production of Alan Parker’s ‘Bugsy Malone’, set in the prohibition era of New York to enthusiastic audiences last Thursday and Friday.
This was the first production with ‘live musical accompaniment’ at the College for many years; combining the drama, dance and vocal performances of over 100 students.
It demonstrated the collaborative talents of students across all age ranges. Key stage three students took command of the stage, whilst Year 10 Performing Arts students managed the production; from stage management, wardrobe, hair and makeup to front of house. The amount of responsibility placed upon them was immense and they stepped up to the challenge with an air of professionalism.
Notable performances came from Holly Eldridge as Tallulah, in creating a suitably enticing chanteuse for Fat Sam’s Speakeasy, Holly Holt as the more vulnerable, but ambitious Blousey Brown and Oliver Steer as the charming and enigmatic Bugsy Malone.
Perfect comic timing and hilarious slapstick moments were delivered by Edward Bantock as Fat Sam and exceptional vocal and tap dancing skills were presented by Oliver Hopkins as Fizzy.
The gangster scenes were both exciting and funny; as one by one, the members were obliterated with splurge guns and custard pies! The company of showgirl dancers, speakeasy customers, down and outs, boxers and bad guys supported the flow of the action with well-choreographed dances to support the ‘big numbers’ and created a fitting atmosphere for this gangster musical. American accents were outstanding throughout; as were the amazing costumes, props and sets, many of which had been created in-house.
Congratulations and thanks must be given to Sarah Wall as director, Liz Daines as choreographer and Anneliese Dale and Michael Wooldrige as musical directors.
Such hard work and determination to pull off a production so near to the end of the summer term is no mean feat.