A Short History of Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone is a musical gangster comedy film, released in 1976, and written and directed by Alan Parker. It’s unusual in that it features only child actors in essentially adult roles, with early appearances from Jodie Foster (who’d been acting since she was 3) and Scott Baio. The film tells the story of the rise of “Bugsy Malone” and the battle for power between “Fat Sam” and “Dandy Dan”.

Parker said, of his movie idea: “I had four young children and we used to go to a cottage in Derbyshire at weekends. On the long, boring car journey up there, I started telling them the story of a gangster called Bugsy Malone. They’d ask me questions and I’d make up answers, based on my memories of watching old movie reruns as a kid.” His eldest son suggested children should be cast as the “heroes”.

Set in New York City, it is a gangster movie spoof, substituting “Splurge” guns and whipped cream for machine guns and bullets. The story is loosely based on events in New York and Chicago during Prohibition era, specifically the exploits of real-life gangsters such as Al Capone and Bugs Moran. Parker lightened the subject matter considerably for the children’s market and the film received a G rating in the U.S. It went on to be exulted by critics and nominated for multiple BAFTAs and Golden Globes.

It’s always interesting to see what happened to the cast, especially when it’s made up of younger actors. Jodie Foster, of course, went on to great things and is still acting and directing today. Here’s an article about the others.


Don’t miss our own production of Bugsy Malone.

VENUE:  The Turner Centre

DATES:  24th – 28th October

Click here for more information and ticket sales.

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Rollin’ out for Bugsy

It’s glitzy. It’s glamorous. It’s downtown 1920’s New York. Well, somewhere in Kerikeri really!

Bringing some authenticity to the time and feel of the upcoming musical Bugsy Malone at the Turner Centre next month, a young-at-heart Brian Atchison lent his Model T Ford to some of the cast for a photo shoot to help promote the show.

Genevieve is a classic ‘Tin Lizzie’ Model T Ford of the era, sporting two front seats and a ‘mother-in-law’s’ rear seat. Built in 1913 but with a 1918 motor, her previous owner was Peter O’Dell of the now closed Kerikeri Museum.

“I never thought I’d own one,” says Brian. “Dad was building one years ago and I thought I would get it, but with three brothers, it didn’t happen.”

Catch up a few decades and a visit to the car museum with his grandson Chris, who, on arriving home, promptly told ‘Nana’ that “Poppa’s got to have the old car we saw!”

Brian says he bought Genevieve before the Museum closing auction started.

“She did the Parliamentary Run in 2007 – and I believe she was the last car to cross the Stone Store bridge before it was closed for ever,” he says.

The fun-filled Bugsy Malone musical, with its big cast of 55 talented youngsters, is presented by the Kerikeri Theatre Company Youth Theatre at the Turner Centre next month.

Show dates are October 24, 25, 27, 28

Tickets: $28 adults and $15 students available from the Turner Centre Kerikeri.

Media contact: Barbara Kirkman 021 870296

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The Big ‘Bugsy Malone’ Build-up

Replace the machine guns and bullets with toy guns, custard pies and whipped cream, add a great script and a brilliant score, and hordes of talented youngsters, and you’ve got the rollicking musical gangster comedy Bugsy Malone

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Tickets ON SALE NOW at The Turner Centre, Kerikeri

DATES:

WEDNESDAY 24th OCT at 7 p.m.

THURSDAY 25th OCT at 7 p.m.

SATURDAY 27th OCT at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m

SUNDAY 28th OCT at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

TICKETS priced from $15 for Students to $28 for Adults

 

 

Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2019

KTC are proud to present an Al-Fresco Summer Shakespeare production of the bard’s magical comedy, ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Performances are planned for March 7th to March 10th at Kainui Vineyard, Kerikeri.

AUDITIONS will be taking place at The Turner Centre, Kerikeri on NOVEMBER 4th.

More details to follow….

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Bugsy Malone

KTC proudly presents our first Youth Theatre show, a dynamic production of Bugsy Malone, the Paul Williams musical with a cast of 55, aged between 7 and 16. A showcase of our local talent, featuring great singing, dancing and acting. Experience first-hand the amazing team we work with, up-and-coming future stars. Not-to-be-missed, so mark the dates in your calendar!

OCTOBER 24th to the 28th

THE TURNER CENTRE  |  KERIKERI

A slapstick musical comedy, Bugsy Malone follows the rivalry between two half-witted street gangs and the washed up, well-intentioned, one-time boxer who steps in to take control of Fat Sam’s gang and give Dandy Dan and his boys what they’ve got coming. In this film noir spoof, the message is one of good, clean fun; the characters are wonderful ; and the weapons of choice are “splurge” guns.

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

BILLY GOES TO WAR by KERIKERI THEATRE COMPANY

As a commemoration of the last year of the 1914-18 War, the Kerikeri Theatre Company is staging the acclaimed WW1 drama ‘Billy Goes to War’, on the eve of Anzac Day, next April.

The production follows the wartime journey of young Kiwi soldier Billy Smith from the disaster of Gallipoli to the muddy, bloody trenches of the Western Front.  It tells of the nurses who braved the casualty stations, the life of the families back home, and the progress of the war through the nations involved.

All this, accompanied by famous wartime songs.


Dates:

Friday 20th April at 7.30 p.m.

Saturday 21st April at 2.00pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 22nd April at 7.30 p.m.

Venue:  

John Dalton Theatre at The Turner Centre, Kerikeri

Tickets: 

$28.00 Adults

$15.00 Student (18 & under)/Child

Duration: 

Approx. 80 mins

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM The Turner Centre website. NOW

About ‘Billy Goes To War’

Rehearsals are underway, and going extremely well, for our next production – the acclaimed drama of a Kiwi soldier and his family throughout the 1914-1918 war.

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Showing at The Turner Centre, Kerikeri, over Anzac weekend:

  • Friday 20th April
  • Saturday 21st April
  • Sunday 22nd April.

Click on the image to find out more!

(Video by Harley Alexander at Creative Cavalry)

Oh, What a Lovely Hell-Hole!

RUSSELL STREET THEATRE A LOCAL SUCCESS

This year’s Hell Hole of the Pacific street theatre event in Russell has proved to be the most successful since it began during the Rugby World Cup in 2011. It has now become an established annual part of the Bay of Islands’ calendar.

On Anniversary Weekend, actors from Russell and Kerikeri Theatre Company brought back the unruly days of Kororāreka during the 1800s in a theatrical parody of the town’s most infamous years.

There were three performances daily and crowds were substantially up on previous years. Visitors joined locals, those from Northland who made the journey especially and others from around New Zealand who were holidaying in the region.

Crowds for Sunday’s performances were boosted by cruise ship passengers from the Viking Sun. In an unusual move, passengers were ferried by ship’s tender to Russell wharf. Their destination was signalled on board as a visit to Pompallier House and travellers took the opportunity to view Hell Hole of the Pacific street theatre performances while on the foreshore.

Koha collected on the day (which included American dollars from cruise ship visitors) will be donated to Russell School and the local St John’s charity shop. Local business owners and staff from Russell craft and Saturday market, Delish Coffee House, MacKiwi and Russell Swordfish Club dressed in appropriate garb for the weekend.

Director, Cris Aronson, said the cast of 31 for this year’s performances was also the biggest yet. Discussions are already under way regarding improvements for next year.

 

Images by Paul Rayner

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Duel: New Zealand’s first duel between Joel Polack and Ben Turner is re-enacted on Russell’s foreshore.

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Temperance: Temperance Women make their views known.

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Constable Michael has a hell of a job to do!

Billy Goes to War: We Want You!

The streets of Kerikeri were the scene of a World War I recruitment drive last weekend for our next production. If you didn’t catch us, we’ll be out again this Saturday, seeking cast members, male and female of all ages over 14 years. Come and find us if you want to know more about claiming a part this acclaimed play. No experience necessary, enthusiasm and dedication essential :

AUDITION RECRUITMENT:

Packhouse Market, Kerikeri – Saturday JAN 27  – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

AUDITIONS:

Turner Centre, Kerikeri – Sunday FEB 4 – starting at 2.30pm.

As a commemoration of the last year of the 1914-18 War, the Kerikeri Theatre Company is staging the acclaimed WW1 drama Billy Goes to War, on the eve of Anzac Day, next April

The production follows the wartime journey of young Kiwi soldier Billy Smith from the disaster of Gallipoli to the muddy, bloody trenches of the Western Front. It tells of the nurses who braved the casualty stations, the life of the families back home, and the progress of the war through the nations involved.

All this, accompanied by famous wartime songs.

Kerikeri Theatre Company already has a strong ensemble of actors for this show, but because of its special nature we’re looking for new people to join the cast, as young soldiers, nurses, civilians, and family members.

Performances will be at the end of April next year. Please be aware that, if you are given a part, you will need to be available to attend ALL your rehearsals.

If you want to find out more you can contact David Crewe, the writer/director, on my email endeavour.crewe@gmail.com or phone 022 0322 898.

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