St. Ignatius once again produced a first-class show to add to its previous musical successes. This year’s performance of Bugsy Malone by Paul Williams was unlike any show they have done in the past.
A slapstick comedy complete with villains, heroes and beautiful heroines Bugsy Malone is the story of two rival gangs in New York set around 1920, who, instead of firing bullets, fire custard pies to defeat their foes.
David Verhoeven took the lead as Bugsy and the role of Blousey was shared by two outstanding young actors, Stephanie Durksen, and Brianna Bergstrom.
Altogether more than 50 students took part in the show as performers and as support back stage.
This year saw the St. Ignatius debut of director Eric Stachelski, who along with musical director Simon Donoghue, directing his eighth show, led a production team which included Lache Franke (Costume), Kelly Williams (choreography), Corrina Pilgrim (publicity), and Tony Chisholm (stage manger).
The whole team worked closely for five months to make the show a great success.
When asked why he chose Bugsy Malone Mr. Stachelski responded, ‘It’s a really funny play to watch, and both the cast and audience love to see the splurge guns make a mess during the dramatic shoot out at the end!’
Mr. Stachelski and the school would like to thank all parents and members of the community for their support of the show, which ran for three consecutive nights.
The school is already planning for and looking forward to next year’s production.