Hickory – The pint sized, pinstriped classic, BUGSY MALONE is coming up for a three-weekend run at the Hickory Community Theatre. As the musical opens, Bugsy Malone, a one-time boxer who’s neither completely honest nor completely crooked, ushers us through his neighborhood. Bugsy winds up at the local speakeasy owned by gangster boss, Fat Sam, which launches the show’s first big song and dance number, “Fat Sam’s Grand Slam”. In the HCT production, Fat Sam’s gang is made up of six very talented young actors.
Besides Fat Sam, played by Braiden Bell, there are his five bumbling, funny, not very threatening hoodlums. They are Ritzy (Mikayla Lenahan), Angelo (Watts Rogers), Louis (Mollie Johns), Babyface (Mallory Rhoney), and Knuckles (Aubrey Curnutte). These characters sing with gusto provide a great deal of physical comedy.
Performances of BUGSY MALONE will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, December 3-18 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 12 at 2:30 pm and Thursday, December 15 at 7:30 pm.
Opening night, December 3, features reduced-price tickets: $12 for adults and $10 for youth & students. Regular price tickets, December 4-18, are $16 for adults and $10 for youth & students.
Due to the continued rate of Covid-19 cases in Catawba County, and in accordance with the latest guidance from the CDC, the Hickory Community strongly recommends that patrons wear a mask or other face covering while inside the building.
The Hickory Community’s 73rd season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and Sunbelt Xpress. BUGSY MALONE is produced by Alex Lee, Inc. HCT is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.
PHOTO: Back row (l. to r.): Mikayla Lenahan, Watts Rogers, Mollie Johns; Front row (l. to r.): Mallory Rhoney, Braiden Bell, and Aubrey Curnutte are the members of Fat Sam’s Gang in BUGSY MALONE. Performances begin Friday, Dec 3 and continue through Dec 18 in the Jeffers Theatre at the Hickory Community Theatre. For tickets and information visit hickorytheatre.org or call 828-328-2283. Photo by Paul Sapp.