Gangsters; splurge guns; whipped cream galore and slapstick comedy meant only one thing at Gordon’s School this week – Bugsy Malone!
Performing to capacity audiences, some 100 students from the school in West End, Woking brought 1920’s New York to Camberley Theatre over three nights with their adaptation of the popular comic, musical drama spoof.
Rehearsals began in September with students and staff giving up weekends; lunchbreaks and evenings to create the spectacle.
For veteran performer Ryan Knight, playing Bugsy, it was his fourth show at the school. The love-struck Bugsy said it was “an honour” to have been picked for the role. “The community that the teachers create with these shows are amazing to be part of and the quality of drama we do is great.”
The subject of his affections, Blousey Brown, played by Livvy Adcock declared: “I was over the moon when I was given the part. I knew it meant weeks of practicing, polishing and hard work; however knowing it would all pay off meant I could just enjoy each rehearsal with my mates doing something I love.”
Making his debut as Director of a school production was Robbie Olden, who knew exactly the tensions and hard work involved in performing in a show such as Bugsy as he is a former Gordon’s Drama student.
He said: “The students have been working tirelessly in rehearsals over the last five months, giving up plenty of their free time and weekends in the process. Their commitment and enthusiasm throughout has been exemplary and I hoped that they were as proud of the show as I am of them.”
He added: “At Gordon’s, we always strive to put on a professional production and as always, I cannot thank my production team enough for their ongoing support. We had ten students involved in our production team and they have been fantastic throughout and an essential part of the show.
“The students – all of them – really are the best at being the ‘good guys’!”