Local theatre troupe opens speakeasy run by youth in children’s classic ‘Bugsy Malone’

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WINCHESTER — A pint-sized, pinstriped, tongue-in-cheek tribute to the gangster films of the 1920s, Bugsy Malone features two rival gangs composed entirely of children squaring off under the backdrop of the Capone-esque prohibition era. When Dandy Dan’s gang gets the upper hand with their “splurge” guns (a weapon that shoots whipped cream), Fat Sam and his bumbling buffoons turn to Bugsy Malone, a one-time boxer, to save their operation. All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love, Blousey, but that just isn’t in the cards for our hero.

The Dundas Country Players are set to stage this children’s classic musical for one weekend only, next month, at Winchester’s Old Town Hall. Based on the hit 1976 film starring a preteen Scott Baio and Jodi Foster, the show features a catchy, swinging score by the composer of The Muppet Movie.

Good, clean, comedic fun, Bugsy Malone runs August 15, 16, 17 and 18 at the Old Town Hall at 478 Main Street in Winchester. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. except for the Sunday matinee, which begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults ($10 for youths 18 and under). They’re available in advance on-line at www.dcplayers.ca, via phone at the DCP Ticket Line (613-297-0097), and at The Planted Arrow Flowers and Gifts in Winchester (501 St-Lawrence St.). Or buy them at the door at time of show.

The Dundas County Players Theatre Society is a community volunteer organization that promotes theatre arts in Dundas County. For over 20 years, the local theatre troupe has been providing quality entertainment including plays, cabarets and children’s summer workshops.

Below, a clip from the local show after its successful run.

Below, a YouTube clip of splurge guns in action during the 1976 film, Bugsy Malone.
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