Gangsters aren’t amongst Annie Innes’ usual clientele.
But, the Legacy Funeral director got to hang with some recently as Aquinas College students prepared for an upcoming show - the gangster musical, Bugsy Malone.
The Bugsy Malone cast of 63 will take to the Baycourt stage this month, with support from Legacy Trust. Legacy Trust has a history of supporting Western Bay of Plenty secondary school productions, and has gifted $8,000 towards the Aquinas production.
Aquinas College assistant principal and stage manager Fraser Graham says Legacy Trust’s ongoing support is pivotal.
“Legacy’s generous assistance helps to make the schooling experience so much brighter for our entire community,” he says.
Bugsy Malone has a reputation for delivering a triple treat, with singing, acting and dancing combining to equal a great family show.
The students involved range from Years 8 to 13, with those on stage supported by at least another 25 backstage. Lead roles are being tackled by Michael Graham, as Bugsy, and Millie Elliot, as Blousey.
Mr Graham says students have been rehearsing for three months and are ready to bring Bugsy to life. They will deliver five shows from May 11 to 13.
“Introducing our young people to the excitement and energy of the theatre is one goal of school-based performances. Aquinas College is thrilled to have been able to involve such a large number in this show,” he says.
Ms Innes explained that all profits from Legacy Funerals are distributed by Legacy Trust to the community.