Shops date for school actors

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Supermarket shoppers will be treated to a musical trip into the Prohibition era when students from a local school perform a taster to their latest production.

Members of the cast of Bugsy Malone, which is being staged at Trinity Academy in Thorne from February 9 until February 11, will be giving a glimpse of the show at Sainsbury’s supermarket today.

Mark Furniss, head of business, IT and enterprise at the academy, said: “We are developing growing links with Sainsbury’s and we’re grateful to the manager of the store in Thorne Road, Doncaster, for letting our students perform.

“From 10am until 2pm they will sing and act out short scenes from the show to entertain shoppers and promote our production.

“We understand staff at the shop might dress up as guys and dolls to support the students, which will be fantastic. The students will also be selling tickets for the three nightly performances.”

The original Bugsy Malone was a 1976 musical film cast only with child actors starring Scott Baio and Jodie Foster, and the infamous splurge guns. The plot is loosely based on the exploits of American gangsters like Al Capone and Bugs Moran during the Prohibition era.

More than 40 students form the cast of the Trinity production, with the main parts taken by Dale Smith, who plays Bugsy Malone, Emily Liddle, as Blousey Brown, Peter Bird, as Fat Sam, Aiden Harbottle as Dandy Dan and Emily Clamp as Tallulah.

A band made up of staff members will play the music.