Bugsy Malone

Four sell out audiences were wowed last week by the 100+ students who took part in Chew Valley School’s production of Bugsy Malone.

Set in 1920’s New York, the musical follows the fortunes of Fat Sam’s gang of hopeless hoods, as they try to outwit rival gang boss Dandy Dan. Poor Bugsy finds himself entangled in all kinds of trouble (often literally, with Dandy Dan’s gang’s new splurge guns creating havoc) as he tries to protect himself and Sam.

For the first time in many years, this was a whole school production, with students from Year 7 to Year 13 taking part both on stage and off. After five months of hard work, it was an absolute delight to watch this incredible group perform each evening. The quality of both the band (How many schools can boast a band made up entirely of students?) and the soloists was nothing short of astounding, with standout-performance after standout performance making it impossible to identify a favourite. What was so stunning about the four performances, however, was that whilst individuals certainly shone, it was the energy of the ensemble created by the whole company which made this production such a success.

Congratulations to everyone involved with the Bugsy Malone. Thank you also to all of those who came to see it and, if anyone still  needs convincing that the Chew Valley deserves a proper showcase (in the form of The Valley Arts Centre), then surely this was it?