Newton Abbot College’s summer production of ‘Bugsy Malone’ was a sell-out success! Students from Years 7 – 11 did two performances on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 June in the Daphne Collman Hall in front of a full house. The cast of over 90 students had been busy for months in rehearsals, learning their lines, learning the modern Jazz dance routines and mastering the art of speaking in an American accent. The 1920s costumes, make up and the New York skyline set was designed by Julia Payne, Team Leader of Art, whilst Leza Eldin, Teacher of Art, set the scene. In keeping with the era there was also a traditional live Jazz band made up of staff and students and led by Lydia Tanner, Team Leader of Music. Throughout the students’ professionalism and commitment was outstanding and their energy and enthusiasm during the performances captivated the audience. Everyone wholeheartedly embraced the slapstick nature of this classic musical production and the students thoroughly enjoyed using the ‘splurge guns’ and custard pies! Despite all the ‘splurge warfare’, the final message of the production was one of hope and friendship. [caption id="attachment_6613" align="aligncenter" width="670"] The Bugsy Malone cast[/caption] Emily Watts, Teacher of Performing Arts, said “I’m so proud to have led such a fantastic bunch of students through this show and we’re all sad now that it’s over. Everyone was outstanding and I can see some future theatre stars in the making … watch this space!” Newton Abbot College would also like to thank St Austell Brewery, 3663 and Tolchards for donating the soft drinks which were on sale during the performance intervals. All monies raised will go towards the College’s charity of the year, Rowcroft Hospice.