The Melbourne and Music (M&M) Club at Melbourne Community Primary School staged a superb production of Bugsy Malone.
To a full audience the young people showed a standard more appropriate to an adult or professional company.
They were slick, well, but not over rehearsed, and the costumes augmented a wonderful performance by the whole cast. The production, directed by Caroline Brown, saw these future stars of stage and screen, singing in tune and in time and entrancing their audience with a wonderful performance.
Joe Wallis was a splendid Bugsy and Georgie Taylor played a entrancing Tallulah. Then Aimee Cameron was a convincing Blousey Brown and James Woodward was an outstandingly good Fat Sam. Dandy Dan was excellently played by Leon Mainpirze. The music was excellent and the whole performance ran smoothly and even the lighting was superbly done by one of the pupils, Henry Atkinson.
To have a village school produce a show of this quality has to be a great credit to those who worked so hard to bring it about. The audience were entranced and the whole evening was a delight. Everyone played their part well but a special mention should be made of Hettie Smith as Babyface and Captain Smolsky, played by Pollyanna Busfield-Currie, with Ben Kirkham as Sergeant O’Dreary. Luke Williams, as Leroy the Boxer showed great timing and comic talent.
The whole evening was a great credit to all involved. Even the local cat, Ginge, was in attendance outside to greet the audience. There is something very special about a school that can shine as this one does. The recording of the performance will be available soon.