Bugsy Malone, Jr.

by Alan Parker

Directed by Rhonda Jasper

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In 1976, the Alan Parker film "Bugsy Malone" captivated audiences with the novel idea of children dressing up and talking like Roaring '20s gangsters.

In that film, the children included Jodie Foster and Scott Baio.

Beginning August 4, audiences will have a chance to be charmed once again -- this time by the area's younger actors when the popular pint-sized, pin-striped classic leaps off the silver screen and onto the stage with Seneca Community Players' new production of "Bugsy Malone Jr.," a swinging, dancing, musical extravaganza at Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls.

Performed by 40 children, ages 10-18, the musical spoof is every kid's dream: a shoot-'em-up gangster show where no one gets hurt and everyone gets to play tough. When two rival gangs shoot it out to see who will be boss of the town, instead of killing each other off, they "splurge" their rivals with the thin ropes of Silly String. That way, everyone ends up okay and singing "Give a Little Love."

"Bugsy Malone Jr."
is set in an East Coast speakeasy called Fat Sam's Grand Slam, owned by Fat Sam (Loren Schmidtgall), a smooth-talking operator. Fat Sam constantly laments the lack of brains in his gang and complains about the incessant knuckle-cracking of his sidekick, appropriately nicknamed Knuckles (Brianna Wickard).

Fat Sam's empire is threatened by his main rival, Dandy Dan (Vito Sinicropi), whose gang, with the help of yards of Silly String, manages to thin the ranks of Fat Sam's followers down to one.

It looks like the end for Fat Sam until the sweet-faced Bugsy Malone (Patrick Abbott) steps in to smooth things over - and to work out the tangled romances that involve aspiring singer-dancer Blousey Brown (Ciera Thompson) and the star at Fat Sam's club, Tallulah (Danyelle Lovier).

An exuberant gangster musical for guys and dolls of all ages, this is a charming, irreverent and clean (though delightfully messy) showcase for the whole family directed by Rhonda Jasper, with the book by Alan Parker and a catchy honky-tonk score by Paul Williams ("The Muppet Movie"). Margaret Little is the musical director and Erin Winston is the choreographer.

Additional cast members include: Sydney Butler, Marissa Castle, Hayley Cleere, Rachel Cleere, Rebecca Cleere,  Kathryn Dygert, Rebecca Dygert, Katie Ettman, Melissa Ettman, Laura Hadley, Emily James, Jillian Kubasik, Stephanie Lathey, Vinnie Loucks, Casey Malloy, Erin Malloy, Kady Neal, Sarah Oleksa, Shea Oleksa, Kaitlyn Spike, Michaella Steinruck, Nicole Steinruck, Maureen Whitcomb, Brianna Wickard, and Britanny Wylie.

Produced locally by Jennifer Mitchell, Carol Millis is the stage manager, and Jeff Winston is the technical director.  The costumes are designed by Kris Marble, and publicity is the responsibility of Kevin Schoonover. Chris Warriner is in charge of sound, while props are handled by Yavonne Butler.  Kim Brown is the house manager.

Performance dates are August 4, 5, and 6. Show times are 8:00; 2:00 on Sunday.

Tickets to "Bugsy Malone Jr." are $7 general admission. They are $2 more at the door. They may be purchased at Area Records and Music in Geneva and WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls, by calling 315-568-9364, or on-line at www.SenecaCommunityPlayers.org.

Mynderse Academy is located at 105 Troy Street in Seneca Falls.



105 Troy St., Seneca Falls

August 4, 5, 6

Friday and Saturday shows at 8PM

Sunday matinee at 2 pm!


Presale tickets available:

  WomanMade Products * 91 Fall Street * Seneca  Falls, NY

Area Records and Music * 74 Seneca Street * Geneva, NY


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