Monday, 18 July 2016

Me on Monday - What a weekend

The only thing better than live theatre is Live Youth Theatre and on Friday evening Mr M and I experienced the full, unadulterated, enthusiasm of a talented buch of teens and pre-teens as they performed that most difficult of musicals Bugsey Malone.

They have rehearsed on a Sunday afternoon for the last 12 weeks and Miss Boo did do extra evenings with Haydn (a marvellous Bugsey) to ensure that the word-heavy part didn't defeat him.

If you have seen the movie then try to hum or whistle any one of the tunes and you can see how unforgiving this musical can be. The players of the main parts, and I am sorry to say I lost my copy of the programme somewhere in the 100 yards between the theatre and my front door, so I don't know their names were all confident of the words and as soon as they started to sing they lost the shakiness in their voices and sang their hearts out.
The chorus players were also darned good and word perfect. Miss Boo began as an undertaker, picking up the bodies of the splurged gang members then she was a flapper dancer ( not a slapper dancer as her mother kept saying) after that she did a quick change into an English Reporter, then to a down and out and then back to the undertaker - or was it the flapper dancer? by that time I was so caught up in the events of the show I was no longer trying to see her but carried along by Fat Sam and Dandy Dan and the splurge guns.

The finale when we all got splurged was amazing and as it was the last night they got to use up all the silly string cans - that was a lot of splurge.

We came home marvelling that in this increasingly electronic age we could still have a fantastic evening out, see young people really enjoying themselves and be made aware of just how much talent there is in these kids today.

Did I learn anything today? yes. Never give up hope about the youngest generation, they are still human and still have talents even though they accept this modern electronic technology as part of day to day living.

My Thanks to Sian at FromHighInTheSky for inventing this meme and keeping me writing


alexa said...

Congratulations to Miss Boo on all her performances - and good to hear that there is lively, vibrant youth theatre still around. Wishing you a good week ahead.

Susanne said...

Yay for the talented Miss Boo - she makes a charming flapper for sure!

Ruth said...

Fabulous! Year 6 at The Boy Child's school also did Bugsy this summer, and he and I are going to see Alan Parker's production in Hammersmith next month. :)

Sian said...

Well done to her! She looks fabulous. I do love Bugsy Malone..the film was one of the very first I saw at the cinema and for that alone it has a special place in my heart