GALLERY: Midhurst Rother College students give an Oscar winning performance

MIDHURST Rother College (MRC) pupils put on an Oscar-worthy performance of the time honoured classic Bugsy Malone.

They captivated their audience with laugh-out-loud comedic moments and pitch-perfect song and dance routines.

Tallulah with Bangles, Dotty and Tillie

Tallulah with Bangles, Dotty and Tillie

Kalvin Burse, in the eponymous role as Bugsy, commanded the stage with confidence. Making the role his own, he portrayed a fantastic on-stage relationship with speakeasy singer Blousey Brown, played by Courteny Haywood.

The talented cast consisted of drama and music students from years 7 to 10, with the performance sponsored by Midhurst solicitors MacDonald Oates and the Midhurst and Petworth Rotary Club.

Chris Wigley, president of the rotary club, said: “We really enjoyed the excellent performance.

“The great set was very cleverly used, taking us from crowded bars to picnics in the park with the blink of an eye. The pace of the show never faltered.

“There was real emerging talent on show in so many areas - we thought the whole cast were terrific and the direction and choreography brilliant. Most of all the enthusiasm and fun with which the cast carried us all along made this a great show.

“It was a privilege to be associated in a small way as sponsors. Anyone who didn’t see “ Bugsy” at MRC has missed an absolute treat.

“Everyone involved with this show (front and back of house) deserves huge applause.”

The play, adapted from the popular Alan Parker film, is set in 1930s gang land America and follows the rivalry between gang leaders, Fat Sam, played by Jane Chandler, and Dandy Dan, played by Alfie Coulson.

School staff also joined in the fun, directing the action and helping backstage.

Exams Co-ordinator, Jess West said: ”Well done to all involved, the orchestra was wonderful, actors amazing, costumes were incredible and seeing teacher Iwan Williams get splurged at the end was so funny!”