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Yougsters set to stage slapstick gangster musical Bugsy Malone

PUBLISHED: 16:34 18 April 2016

Youngsters performing in last year's production of Oliver

Youngsters performing in last year's production of Oliver

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The musical is being shown at The Orchard Theatre

Youngsters from the region are to stage a slapstick tale of gangland violence when the musical Bugsy Malone comes to The Orchard Theatre.

It is this year’s Summer Youth Project, which gives young people between nine and 19 years old the opportunity to tread the boards where some of the biggest stars in show business have performed.

The production is set in New York in 1929, when Dandy Dan’s hoodlums are terrorising the district, exterminating undesirables with their new weapon, splurge guns.

His rival is Fat Sam Stacetto, who runs the Grand Slam Speakeasy, but Fat Sam’s gang still use old-fashioned pies. Fat Sam enlists the help of Bugsy Malone, a smooth city slicker who has his heart set on sweet-talking Blousey Brown, a would-be girl singer. With Bugsy’s help, can Fat Sam restore order and will Bugsy get his girl?

Featuring slapstick fun and toe-tapping tunes such as Bugsy Malone, Fat Sam’s Grand Slam and Bad Guys, and memorable dance routines, the production has a cast of over 100 young people drawn from the community.

The youngsters work together with a highly skilled professional creative team to learn, rehearse and perform a musical in the space of just two weeks.

Previous performances by the Summer Youth Project include Oliver, The Wiz, Footloose and High School Musical.

Bugsy Malone will be at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, from Thursday August 11 – Saturday, August 13.

Tickets are available for £16 to £19 for adults, £10 for children under 18 and Premiere card members, and £50 for a family of four.

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