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Fedoras and flappers galore in hit gangster show

Published on 04/04/19

Hethersett Academy was transformed into Fat Sam’s Grand Slam Speakeasy for a glitzy production of the hit gangster musical Bugsy Malone.

Written for child actors and first released as a film in 1976, the musical follows the adventures of boxing promoter Bugsy and wannabe singer Blousey Brown in Prohibition-era New York City.

Hethersett’s production on March 28 and 29 starred a cast of 40 talented young actors supported by 20 more students in the band and in backstage roles.

Cast and crew also shared their time with pupils from nearby primary schools, including Norwich Primary Academy, who took part in a daytime drama workshop.

Head of creative arts Thomas Hilton said: “We are incredibly proud of the cast, crew, band and tech team who worked so hard to put on an amazing show.

“Students gave up many hours of their time to learn lines and rehearse over many months, and this resulted in an exhilarating performance which wowed our large audiences.

“Plans are already in place for an even bigger and better show next year!”