Wow! What more can I say than fab-u-lous! With our all student cast and wonderfully talented band, Bugsy Malone was everything that it promised to be – and more. I had the pleasure of being backstage with the cast for the first performance on Tuesday evening and I was so impressed by the high level of professionalism that the students showed; they knew their cues, which props they needed and were word-perfect. Even faced with the unknown high volumes of splurge plastered across dresses and jackets, everyone took it in their stride – and Debs was very well prepped with several reams of kitchen-towel! A sneaky peek, front of stage, at the final scene was a moment I will remember for years to come. Seeing the pride and elation on the students’ faces, singing ‘You Give a Little Love’ whilst slipping and sliding through splurge was utterly hilarious and a joy to witness – the jubilation backstage afterwards was infectious.
As a member of the audience, Thursday night was just as fun and with a nearly packed theatre, the cast did their job like master professionals – no-one would have known that some of these young people had never before acted or sung in public. The night finished off with a lovely presentation for Debs and Sally whose commitment to this production was unfaltering from day one when they came up with this crazy idea of putting on the College’s first ever musical production – at the Brooke Theatre!
What a truly joyous and emotional event, I feel so proud of everyone who took part – your energy, professionalism, teamwork and dedication was an honour to be a part of. Well done RIC Theatre Company – I cannot wait for next year!
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