Every year, Doha College students perform a musical for the local community to enjoy and this year is no different. Alan Parker’s original screenplay of Bugsy Malone will grace the Doha College stage with students cast from Key stages 3 and 4 on 20, 21 and 22 January 2015.
Bugsy Malone is an all child cast musical gangster film set in New York. Directed by Alan Parker as his feature-length directorial debut, the 1976 film is loosely based around New York’s gang culture of the 1920s and 1930s. Despite the theme of the story, it is an uplifting, comedic production that appeals to both children and adults.
The story follows rival gangsters Fat Sam and Dandy Dan, set in the prohibition era in New York. The enemies create havoc by generating conflict using weaponry such as custard pies and the newly developed splurge guns which squirt cream. Struggling ex-boxer Bugsy Malone unwillingly joins forces with Fat Sam to defend his business and defeat Dandy Dan.
The school musical will be directed by Drama teacher, Jane Milne, choreographed by Head of Drama, Nicola Marks, and musically directed by Head of Music, Katrina Elliman. The play is cast with students from Key Stages 3 and 4 (Years 7-11) with a few cameo roles from Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13). In total, approximately 80 students are involved with this production which includes cast members, a full orchestra and back stage volunteers. Marks, said:
The production falls in line brilliantly with Doha College’s core values. Fun and Enjoyment is experienced by all, Commitment and Responsibility is shown through the student’s dedication to the production and Excellent and Achievement and Challenge and Reward are showcased through the ever improving performances of our students and the success I know this show will accumulate. Furthermore, the drama production is a brilliant way for children from different year groups to interact with one another, an initiative we try to encourage within the school. The older students act as mentors to our youngest cast members, which falls in line with our core value Respect and Integrity. It is extremely rewarding witnessing this interaction and it makes my job all the more worthwhile. Last year’s production of The Threepenny Opera was a relatively dark production so this year we wanted to do something different. Bugsy Malone is a fun, popular story which is appealing to spectators and should encourage a large audience. Rehearsals are well under way and all the students and staff involved are working exceptionally hard to make this production a success. This year, we decided to focus the production on Key Stages 3 and 4 allowing Key Stage 5 to be involved in other ways and having the occasional cameo role.’
Doha College are also performing Bugsy Malone to other schools within the community such as Dukhan English School and Doha British School. This is an ongoing community outreach programme from Doha College which allows students to view other school productions and encourage inter school partnerships for students and staff.
All three shows are open to the public and tickets are available from the accounts offices of Doha College at Al Waab and West Bay Campuses. Tickets cost between QR30-QR50.