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Clare students showcase their stage talents

Stour Valley Community School's performance of Bugsy Malone ANL-150216-095029001
Stour Valley Community School's performance of Bugsy Malone ANL-150216-095029001

More than 75 students played their part in making Bugsy Malone come alive at Stour Valley Community School in Clare.

Three sell-out nights saw students from years seven to ten acting, singing and dancing to enthralled audiences who have been astounded at the talents of such young performers.

The role of Bugsy was performed by Lewis Ruddock, balancing the ability to act and sing with perfect comic timing, keeping all ages entertained throughout.

Many of the young people had never even seen the original film when they auditioned last September. Following the auditions parts were allocated to everyone who wanted to be involved, ensuring that the experience of a large production could be enjoyed by as many people as possible.

Months of rehearsals came together on the night. Staff illness and even a trip to casualty on the day of the first performance for one actor didn’t stop the cast and crew producing amazing performances.

Main cast members included a significant number of Year 7 students, who had only just joined the school when auditions took place.

It is credit to their determination and growing confidence that their performances were excellent.

Stand out performances by Alban Smith Adams, as Fat Sam, and George Maddams, as Fizzy, were particular highlights as they made their remarkable debuts.

Lewis Ruddock, playing Bugsy Malone, said: “As a year ten drama student it was my final opportunity to be the lead in a Stour Valley musical so I had to go for it.

“It was hard work but it came together and I loved working as part of such a supportive team.”

Miss Duffy, head of drama, said: “From day one students were absolutely fantastic to work with.

“From learning lines to hitting the high notes to learning their dance steps they put 100 per cent effort into everything.

“Now that the final splurge has been fired the only question is what comes next!”

Miss Garrett, head of music, said: “I was so proud of the whole team and the guest appearance of Miss Duffy as splurge-in-chief on the last night was the highlight for everyone.”

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