Haverhill school’s show is a big hit with the kids

From left: Charlotte Allin, Kane Robson and Abbie Brown
From left: Charlotte Allin, Kane Robson and Abbie Brown

Castle Manor Academy is pulling out the stops for a sell-out production after pupils chose the popular kids’ show Bugsy Malone.

Based on the successful Alan Parker film, students are busy rehearsing for the show which features children in the roles of adults.

Castle Partnership Academy Trust communications manager Jason André said Bugsy Malone follows hot on the heels of the school’s successful past shows of Oliver! and Our House: The Madness Musical.

He said: “We look for productions that pupils will engage with, and Bugsy Malone is one of those productions that is a lot of fun for the children. The same went for the production of Oliver!

”We don’t have a production every year, generally they are held every couple of years, but we look for high energy and high quality shows and performances where the students get involved and have a lot of fun.”

Fifteen-year-old Kane Robson takes on the lead role of Bugsy Malone with Abbie Brown, 18, playing the role of the wannabe star Blousey Brown, and Charlotte Allin, also 18, taking on the role of Tallulah, the feisty diva and star of Fat Sam’s speakeasy.

Students Charlie Moody and Will Bailey, both 16, complete the line-up as Fat Sam and Dandy Dan, respectively, along with a cast of showgirls, gangs, hoodlums and down-and-outs, formed from students from Castle Manor Academy and Place Farm Primary Academy.

Musical direction is provided by Karen Sanderson, choreography by Liz Nyberg and direction by Paul Gardiner.

Performances take place on Wednesday, July 16, and Thursday, July 17, at 7.30pm at Castle Manor Academy. Tickets are available by calling the school on 01440 705501.

The show will also run at Haverhill Arts Centre on Monday and Tuesday July 22 and 23, with tickets from the arts centre on 01440 714140.