This year Doha College’s Secondary school musical production was the much loved, highly amusing adapted screenplay of Bugsy Malone.
The school musical was directed by Drama teacher Jane Milne and choreographed by Head of Drama Nicola Marks. He said:
It has been an absolute pleasure for us all to work with such a talented, enthusiastic and friendly group of students. It was a very demanding production as there are so many different elements to it, lots of music, set changes, lighting changes and sound effects, but the actors, technical crew and band rose to the challenge to produce an outstanding production. We are very sad that it is over, but it won’t be long until we are starting our next one!’
Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone is commonly featured in school productions as it is a light, humorous story surrounding opposing gangs in 1920s New York. Key Stages 3 and 4 (Years 7-11) graced the Doha College auditorium with sensational singing, dancing and acting to crowd of 350 parents, students and members of the general public each night. A few cameo roles were brought to light by older Key Stage 5 students (Year 12 and 13) as well as a full orchestra and back stage helpers. Around 80 students in total participated in this production, a fantastic showcase of commitment from Doha College students. Harb Al Harbi, who played Fat Sam, said:
This is the first play I’ve ever had a main role in. I really enjoyed the experience, drama is a great passion of mine and being a part of the production was a fantastic opportunity. Being in Secondary school now, the performance allowed me to express myself far more than in Primary and there was room to be experimental. You have to be in character constantly, even if something goes wrong, but no one on stage ever slipped out of character. Drama is definitely something I will go on to study in higher education as it is a family tradition, my dad has a degree in performing arts. I am also interested in music, I can play the piano and guitar.’
Bugsy Malone is a struggling boxing promoter who finds himself in the hands of Fat Sam, an owner of a Speakeasy called Fat Sam’s Grand Slam. Fat Sam is worried his arch nemesis Dandy Dan will try and take over his establishment and recruits Bugsy to help him protect his business. Meanwhile Bugsy falls for dancer Blousey Brown which in turn has its complications.