Talented young cast brings Bugsy Malone to the stage
Bugsy Malone is a great choice for young actors because there are so many larger-than-life characters and cameos.
It means everyone gets a chance in the spotlight and that’s just as well, because the Maltings Junior Youth Theatre has a large, talented cast.
The group’s good reputation also ensured all three performances at The Maltings last week were well supported.
For those who don’t already know, the show tells the story of Bugsy Malone, a one-time boxer, who is thrust into the limelight when he becomes the last chance Fat Sam’s gang has of surviving the deadly splurge gun held by Deadly Dan’s gang – even though all he really wants to do is spend time with his new love, Blousey.
The title role was capably performed by Ryan Garden, who steered the audience through the slightly complicated plot in a convincing American drawl. Amy Kelly, playing love interest Blousy, was also highly professional.
As you would expect, the principal roles were played by the more senior members of the youth theatre who clearly feel at ease on the stage.
But the younger ones, entrusted with the smaller parts such as dancing girls, bag guys and dodgy audition candidates, showed great promise and left the audience with no doubt that the future of the group is in safe hands.
There were some lovely solos from supporting cast members too, in particular Corey Learmonth as Fizzy and Kian Graham as Cagey Joe.
Of course, the whole production comprises a lot of silliness and the cast revelled in the custard pie throwing and splurge guns which sprayed gunge around the stage at regular intervals.
There were plenty of comedy moments too including some enthusiastic dance moves from the Bad Guys and daft detective work from O’Dreary (Bob Jeffrey) and Captain Smolsky (Eliza Master).
Clever casting by director Wendy Payn was evident throughout, especially during the boxing scene when extremely tall Reece Wetherburn (Leroy) was pitted against a gaggle of opponents half his size.