Travel back to the ’20s with ‘Bugsy Malone’

Commentary by Olivia Bennett
Special to the Times-News
 
Do you love the rowdiness and action of the 1920s? Then you will enjoy Burlington Day School’s production of the musical “Bugsy Malone Jr.”
 
Originally a movie with now-famous actors such as Jodi Foster and Scott Baio, “Bugsy Malone” made its film debut in 1976 and used only child actors portraying adults.

In the Burlington Day School (BDS) production, the curtain opens on a gang war between Fat Sam Stacetto and Dandy Dan. Their only weapons, though, are pies and so-called “splurgers.” The protagonist, Bugsy Malone, tries to make peace between the two rivals while simultaneously attempting to woo the love of his life, a singer named Blousey Brown. Blousey, meanwhile, has dreams of making the big-time in Hollywood.

Lane McDonald, left, stars as Bugsy Malone and McKenzie Love, right, is Tallulah in Burlington Day School’s “Bugsy Malone.” / Photo submitted

“Bugsy Malone Jr.” is different from other recent BDS productions, because some of our third-graders are involved this year. In the past few years, only fourth-graders and up have been permitted to participate, but this year, the third-graders have joined in the fun.

Many of our students and graduates have found that being on stage helps them in school, from being able to memorize information quickly to being comfortable speaking in front of large audiences.

Not only that, being in a play is fun. Half of the cast of 35 students have appeared in previous BDS productions. The younger actors definitely add another touch of silliness to the already hilarious show.

A great show cannot run without a solid technical crew. Several BDS alumni have returned for another year of helping the production by running the sound, lights and other backstage support jobs.

So, can Bugsy stop this gang war before everyone is splurged? Will Blousey ever love him back? Is Fat Sam really all that fat? What is splurging anyway?

You’ll have to come to Burlington Day School’s production of “Bugsy Malone Jr.” to find out. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington.

Tickets are $8 and credit card reservations can be made by calling (336) 222-TIXS or visit the box office between noon and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and one hour prior to each performance.

Olivia Bennett is a seventh grader at Burlington Day School.

 

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