The young theater campers of Northport Music Theater will present two performances of “Bugsy Malone Jr” Saturday, Aug. 13 at NMT, Route 1. Performances will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“Bugsy Malone Jr,” with book by Alan Parker and lyrics and music by Paul Williams, is a popular pint-sized, pin-striped classic that leapt off the silver screen and onto the stage. Twenty-three children age 10–13, directed by Bucksport Middle School musical director Mary Cuskelly, will present this wild and wacky musical that is a tongue–in–cheek tribute to the 1920s gangster flick and includes a child’s dream come true: a classic pie fight fought with “splurge blasters” that spew forth “silly string” instead of pies. The catchy, swinging score is by the composer of “The Muppet Movie.”

It seems Fat Sam, who runs one of the most popular clubs in town, is in danger of being closed down by his “business rival” Dandy Dan. Enter baby–faced Bugsy Malone, a killer with the ladies and a definite asset to Fat Sam. Unfortunately, Bugsy has also caught the eye of Sam’s girlfriend Tallulah — although he has set his designs on showgirl Blousey Brown. Originally written for children, “Bugsy Malone Junior” is a wonderful showcase for talented young performers and an entertaining way to explore and to learn about Prohibition and the Roaring Twenties.

The show is stage managed by Tara Woods with costumes and sets by Emily Widdoes. Pianist Ruth Gelsinger accompanies and Marti Stone provides photography.

The air-conditioned theater seats 128 people, has general admission seating (cash or check only at the door) and is handicapped accessible. Reservations are strongly encouraged by calling 338-8383. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children younger than 11. To order with a credit card, visit northportmusictheater.com.

Northport Music theater, founded by John and Ruth Gelsinger in 2007, is a small, intimate summer musical theater that produces contemporary American musical theater. NMT is applying for Maine charitable organization status in 2011 and will produce a benefit show each year to support its musicals and summer camps programming.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.