Talented kids line up to bring Bugsy Malone to life

The wealth of young talent in South Taranaki drew Hawera Repertory Society to plan a new kind of production.

This year the society will stage Bugsy Malone – and it will be completely built using a cast and crew of students in years 7 to 13.

Each department head will mentor a youth, says show director Samantha Turner.

The lucky youth chosen for a directorial internship is Hawera’s Noah Hunt. Choreographer Michelle Glover will be assisted by Jamie Sayers and vocal coach Shane Burgess is still looking for his mentee.

The students chosen will shadow their mentor from production beginning to end, getting the unique opportunity to explore different aspects of theatre while adding to their resumes and experience.

The pre-audition night for Bugsy Malone was packed

“Not everyone wants to be on stage all the time. There are a lot of children around who are interested in all aspects of theatre at the moment,” Turner says.

“It’s most likely that there are more out there who don’t get involved because they think they’ll have to be on stage, we want to give them the opportunity to be involved too.”

Those wanting to be on stage have the perfect opportunity with Bugsy Malone. It’s a play with music, set in a 1920s speakeasy.

“It’s so much fun, every role is played by a child pretending to be an adult,” Turner says.

“They wear suits, use splurge guns and have an absolute blast on stage. There are some songs but it’s not a musical so not all of the characters sing.”

Auditions will be held on Sunday February 16, with callbacks on Thursday February 20. The society is also taking applications for a vocal assistant, stage manager’s assistant, properties assistant and lighting and sound assistants.

The performance season will run from June 30 to July 4 at the Hawera Memorial Theatre.  Anyone interested in being involved or auditioning should email bugsymalone@hawerarep.org.

Words by Petra Finer