Sophie wows in stage experience

Sunderland Empire Stage Experience production of Bugsy Malone!  Left to right; Jennifer Bullock as Tallulah, Jake O'Halloran as Fat Sam, Adam Hunter as Bugsy Malone, Sophie Jobson as Blousy Brown, Stuart Thompson as Dandy Dan and Hollie Coldwells the Gangsters Moll.
Sunderland Empire Stage Experience production of Bugsy Malone! Left to right; Jennifer Bullock as Tallulah, Jake O'Halloran as Fat Sam, Adam Hunter as Bugsy Malone, Sophie Jobson as Blousy Brown, Stuart Thompson as Dandy Dan and Hollie Coldwells the Gangsters Moll.
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A TALENTED teenager from Cramlington has just finished wowing the crowds in a stint on stage in the Sunderland Empire’s summer school spectacular.

Each year the theatre gives stars of the future the chance to star and produce a professional production.

Bugsy Malone was chosen as this year’s show and after tough rounds of auditions the cast was announced – including 16-year-old Sophie Jobson from Cramlington, as Blousey Brown.

Sophie starred alongside Adam Hunter, 14, from Seaburn in the lead role of Bugsy Malone, Jake O’Halloran, 16, from Sunderland, as Fat Sam, Jennifer Bullock, 16, from Billingham as Tallulah, and 13-year-old Stuart Thompson, from Durham, as Dandy Dan.

Having taken part in auditions back in May, the youngsters worked alongside a professional director, musical director and choreographer to train in singing, dancing and acting, before taking to the main stage for four performances of the 1920s musical at the Sunderland Empire.

Now in its sixth successful year, Sunderland Empire Stage Experience is a two week theatre summer school, for nine to 25-year-olds which aims to give approximately 150 young people in the north east the opportunity to perform or be part of the technical team in a professionally produced musical.

Set in New York in 1929, Bugsy Malone sees a war raging between two rival gangsters, Fat Sam and Dandy Dan.

Dan has the new and dreaded “splurge gun” and as custard pies fly Bugsy Malone, an all-round nice guy, falls for Blousey Brown, a new singer at Fat Sam’s speakeasy.