Pupils and students at Hardenhuish School recently dazzled audiences with three sell-out performances of the musical, Bugsy Malone.
The cast and band, made up of pupils from Year 8 through to Year 12, brought a gangster swagger to Hardenhuish Hall, with their playful and energetic interpretations of classic numbers, such as ‘Fat Sam’s Grand Slam’ and ‘Bad Guys’. They had been rehearsing for the production since September and their hard work and talent was obvious for all to see.
Set in New York City in 1929, Bugsy Malone is a classic gangster spoof, substituting ’splurge’ guns and foam for machine guns and bullets. It tells the story of the rise of Bugsy Malone and the battle for power between Fat Sam and Dandy Dan.
The show saw a seamless coming together of all of the artistic disciplines at Hardenhuish, transforming the space and invoking the bright lights, sounds and mood of 1920s’ New York city. This combination of superb acting, dancing, music, staging, costumes and props brought a nigh-on professional feel to the performance which delighted all who came to see the show!
The Drama department, Mr Kirkman and Ms Wilcox expertly directed and produced the show whilst the Curriculum Leader for Music, Miss Debbie Workman was Musical Director. Mr Kirkman said: “It was an absolute joy to bring this classic to the stage; we’re very proud of what our excellent cast has achieved.”
Afterwards, one of the School’s Governors, Dr Lisa Titcomb, said ““Yet again, Hardenhuish School has delivered another outstanding musical! The acting and singing by all performers was first class as was the wonderful orchestra that accompanied them. They played to a packed house on all three nights – a testament to the quality that the audience has come to expect from the pupils who are trained so well by the school’s drama and music departments. Well done to all on a highly enjoyable production.”