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Bugsy Unites and Inspires Junior School

When the curtain rises on the Junior School production of Bugsy tomorrow evening, it will mark a new milestone for the school; the very first time all 300-plus students will perform together.

Bugsy is set in Prohibition America. It’s an action-packed story of gang rivalry, with a side order of romance. The main character is Bugsy Malone, a drifter who moves from job to job and who becomes entangled in the gang’s turf war which might just jeopardize his chances with Blousy Brown, an up-and-coming singer.

Months in preparation and rehearsal, Bugsy will showcase the talent of not only the student actors and singers, but also out teachers who have taken on the task of devising the individual songs which will feature in the show. Head of Junior School, Mr Stephen King says, “Literally everyone in the Junior School has contributed to this production.”

The sheer size of the cast has necessitated some ingenuity. Year classes will perform individual songs in pairs, while the whole school will return to the stage for the big finale. Mr King says performing together has already given the students an invaluable experience. He explains, “They get acting skills, organizational skills… A sense of being in a collective… A sense of being something bigger. It’s brought the school together. You’ll see that in the finale.”

While the production gives all students the chance to perform, the main roles are played by Year 5 students who auditioned for the parts. Warren Gichana landed the lead role of Bugsy Malone. Students have also been introduced to other elements of stage production, such as operating sound equipment and preparing props, adding to their overall experience.

With opening night almost upon us, all Junior School students have been busy with final rehearsals this week, and Mr King is expecting big things on Wednesday and Thursday evening with a show will give students a real sense of achievement after putting in so much effort. He says, “I think the students will get a big kick out of it, and I’m expecting the children to be on a high as the curtain falls on Thursday night.”