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Bugsy Opens to Standing Ovation

12 June 2014

A spontaneous standing ovation, huge smiles and even tears of joy and pride; those were the reactions of parents and families as the cast took their final bows at opening night of Bugsy last night.

After months of preparation and dedication from all Junior School students and teachers, along with support and assistance from parents, there was no sign of first-night jitters for this stellar cast. As Sara Jones, mother of Isabelle in Year 4B, commented, “It’s fantastic! For such a young age, they’re all very confident and no one’s missed their lines.”

Led by a stellar cast of Year 5 students, including Warren Gichana as the lovable drifter Bugsy, Emma Handoko as a very sassy Blousey Brown, and Johnathan Dodd and Elliot Tison as tough talking gang leaders Fat Sam and Dandy Dan, the show went off without a hitch.

To say that this production of Bugsy was ambitious is an understatement. With a cast of over 300 students, some as young as seven years old, and the logistics of including all of them in the performance as well as coordinating classes for rehearsals, made it a huge challenge. Junior School Head and Bugsy Director, Mr Steven King last night paid tribute to the students’ dedication as well as the hard work of all of the teachers who fully embrace this first ever Junior School production.

He also paid special tribute to An di Wei from Year 5F and Joung Jin Kim from Year 5A who astounded the audience as they accompanied the singing and dancing on piano. During one number, they even played together, with four hands flying across the keys.

William Peeters, whose two children Anna from Year 4D and Joos from Year 5A were part of the cast, summed the evening up perfectly saying, “I think the most incredible thing for me is there are (more than) 250 children in one production, all doing what they’re supposed to do and all shining. They’re all stars!”

Other comments:

“It is awesome! The students are very enthusiast and it’s very well organized as well. We’re thoroughly enjoying it.” Parent of Shloko in Year 3D

“It’s wonderful to see the whole Junior School putting their hearts and souls into it.” Cidone Richards, mum of Araya in Year 4B