Easter Holidays 2005 and Petersfield Youth Theatre was to be found once again at Bedales School, this time with professional performers acting as leaders, taking individual groups of young people for workshops, with the aim of putting on a production of Bugsy Malone in just 4 days.
Director Nik Ashton worked with Musical Director Jonathan Gill and workshop leaders Caroline Sheen, Michael Jibson, Edwin Ray and Charlotte Alldridge.
The part of Bugsy was taken by Jordan Murphy who said that he had the most fun since joining the youth theatre. 130 young people took part in this project which was open to both members and non members of PYT.
Both the set and costumes were made on site by willing supporters within the four days, to provide a colourful and spectacular performance with plenty of glitz from Fat Sam’s Grand Slam and splurge from Dandy Dan’s Gang.
Bugsy Malone was the seventh Easter Holiday project which each year provides many young people with their first theatrical experience, often sewing the seeds for long lasting enthusiasm for musical theatre.