Shenfield Operatic Society to perform splurge-tastic Bugsy Malone at Queen's Theatre
PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 June 2019
Shenfield Operatic Society
An amateur dramatics group is in full swing for the rehearsals of its summer show, a production of the classic musical Bugsy Malone.
The Shenfield Operatic Society (SOS) will be at the Queen's Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, taking centre stage at the end of the month to entertain audiences with the show famously known for children living the lives of gangsters.
Set in 1920s prohibition-era New York, where two rival gangs are fighting for turf, the story follows smooth city slicker Bugsy Malone. Bugsy falls for a would-be singer Blousey Brown, who ultimately dreams of making it big in Hollywood.
The musical showcases a world of speakeasies, glamorous club singers, as well as the revolutionary new weapon the splurge gun which both gangs are keen to get their hands on.
Although originally acted out by children, the society now has an opportunity to bring the fan-favourite musical to life themselves, putting their own spin on a classic while keeping all the fun and humour of the original.
The Shenfield Operatic Society started in 1961 and now produces two musicals a year, with one taking place at the Queen's Theatre and the second smaller show or concert at a venue in Brentwood.
The group is always on the lookout for new members both on stage and behind the scene.
Director David Pridige said: "It will be an exciting and fun challenge to portray these characters with their more adult traits.
"From the brash Fat Sam, who owns the Grand Slam Speakeasy and is constantly surrounded by his gang of mobsters and the sultry and sexy Tallulah, who is the Grand Slam's main draw, to the elegant and sophisticated Dandy Dan (who this time around will be Dandy Danielle), there's a character for everyone to root for."
The show will be performed from Wednesday, June 26 - Saturday, June 29, at the Queen's Theatre.
To purchase tickets, call the theatre on 01708 443333 or visit here
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