Bugsy stars shoot to success

OUTSTANDING: The children of Reach Performing Arts strike a pose as they prepare for Bugsy Malone.
OUTSTANDING: The children of Reach Performing Arts strike a pose as they prepare for Bugsy Malone.

A Local performing arts organisation made its mark in the New Year when musical Bugsy Malone came to town.

The all-singing and all-dancing talented children went back in time for their most recent performance of an iconic musical.

On Monday 16 January, local children delivered a show-stopping performance of the unforgettable musical, Bugsy Malone, staying true to the original 1970s musical by having a cast made up entirely of children.

The show took place at Moldgreen Reformed Methodist Church after funds were raised by Reach Performing Arts through donations made by audience members.

The children worked on rehearsals for months before setting foot in front of proud parents, teachers and loved ones, and they didn’t disappoint.

They all proved themselves to be worthy of being on-stage after delivering an “outstanding” performance despite facing some technical issues throughout.

The teachers at Reach volunteer to help children gain the valuable skills and life lessons they need in order to thrive in various areas of their lives.

Parents and loved ones who attended the musical showcase had nothing but kind words to say, with one mother saying her daughter “really came out of her shell” despite being “as shy as they come”.

Singer and songwriter Sophie Elizabeth Henderson, who helped the children rehearse during their weekly sessions, said they were “all great” and if they’d “had one more week it would have been even better”.

There have been a number of success stories as a result of Reach opening its doors to local children, including children who have appeared in The Inel and Johnny Show on CBBC and the Northern Soul film released in 2014.

Not only was the show a success, there’s a lot of positivity about the organisation with parents themselves saying Reach is “a good opportunity” for the children and their families because it’s “good to have somewhere to go on a Friday”.

Reach, based upstairs at HD1 Dance, provides workshops for singing, dancing and performing, runs every Friday between 5pm and 7.15pm.