Arts & Entertainment

Middle schoolers take on N.Y. mob scene musical

Put gangsters together with music and you've got a love story to rival a turf war. That's pretty much what Bugsy Malone Jr. is about. The playfully done musical is a story about young love that takes place during the 1920s within the New York mob scene.

Enterprise Middle School's drama department will present the show starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 6 in the school's auditorium in West Richland. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are available at the door.

There are about 50 members in the cast and crew of Bugsy Malone Jr., which is directed by Deb Donahoe and Peggy Painter.

Lead characters include Sam Haigh as Bugsy, Doug McKinley as Fat Sam Stacetto, Samantha Fenten as Blousey Brown, Emily Doughty as Tallulah and Jake Taylor as Dandy Dan.

The story involves an unknown singer named Blousey who dreams of making the big time amid an escalating turf war between Fat Sam and Dandy Dan gangs.

Surprisingly, Bugsy is the only good guy in all this as he straightens out the mess, calms the warlords and wins the heart of the girl.

Ain't love grand!

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;