Come along to Bugsy Auditions – Who knows where you might end up?
Phoenix Theatre Arts are producing Bugsy Malone, the most famous kids usical of all time, and are looking for performers aged from 7 to 17 to take part – particularly boys. Producer and director Phil Dale hopes many locally based youngsters will overcome their fear of open auditions and be brave enough to get down to the Rhodes Ars Complex on Sunday 13th May.
“I last produced Bugsy Malone back in 2007 and so many of the young people involved have gone on to do really well in the business” said Phil. “Getting involved in a production of this scale and type really can help lay the foundations for a successful career in the performing arts.”
So, who was in the production back in 2007 and where are they now? Well here’s a breakdown of just some of the young performers who featured in that production.
Danny Walters was 14 and played Leroy, Bugsy’s hard-hitting but soft-hearted companion. Many of you will have seen Danny in both Benidorm and Eastenders and he recently won the best newcomer at the National Television Awards 2018.
Jack Brown was 16 and played Johnny Blue-eyes as well boxing gym owner Cagey Joe. After completing training at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Jack has had a really successful career, appearing alongside Emma Thompson in Sweeney Todd for the English National Opera. He is currently appearing in Pinnochio at the National Theatre.
Will Edden was just 9 when he played baseball bat wielding Baby Face. Will went on to play Gavroche in Les Miserables in the West End as well as playing Dodger in the Cameron Macintosh national tour. He is currently training at East 15 acting school.
Abigail Carter-Simpson was 15 and played Bangles. She is now an accomplished musician and comedian and recently appeared on the BBC singing competition All Together Now and will soon be appearing in the semi-final of the Amused Moose National Comic of the Year Competition.
Amy Moulder was a 13-year-old Tallulah and currently tours nationally with the Phoenix production of Pop Divas Live, as does Kali Dronsfield who was just 9 when she took to the stage as one of Fat Sam’s dancing girls.
“I’m sure if I’d managed to keep in touch with all of the cast from back then we’d have even more stories of success” added Phil. “It would be great to think that in 10 years’ time we’ll be looking back at the cast of this years Bugsy Malone and seeing even more success stories for those involved”
Bugsy Malone is at the Rhodes Arts Complex in September and Open Auditions take place Sunday 13th May at 10am.
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