Gang Show 2011 has something for everyone

Joseph Bulmer

Music, song, dance and comedy all await at the annual show put on by North Devon’s Scouts and Guides

THE fun-packed, fast moving family variety performance that is the annual Gang Show returns to the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple this month.

From Thursday 24 to Saturday, February 26 there will be a feast of song, music, comedy, dance and plenty of laughter for all ages as a 68-strong cast of children and adults take to the stage for three evening shows plus a Saturday matinee.

The performers are all members of the Scouting and Guiding movement in North Devon and their ages range from eight to 18 and beyond, with Cubs, Brownies, Guides, Scouts, Rangers, Explorers and Leaders all taking part.

For some this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform on a professional theatre stage and for the past six months they have been busy rehearsing a variety items based on musicals, comedy sketches and popular music.

There are charting topping hits from the likes of Lady Gaga, Madonna, Mika and Queen plus top songs from the West End, film and television as well as popular hits from the 60s, 70s & 80s.

Plus laughter with typical Gang Show humour as the cast head to the top of the world, play hide-and-seek in France and a solve a mystery closer to home.

In fact there is something for everyone and for all ages, with plenty of enthusiasm, fun and excitement that soon generates a fantastic atmosphere in the auditorium which quickly proves infectious.

“When they’re on stage they’re having great fun which they share with the audience, to give them an enjoyable, entertaining and memorable evening,” said Gina Rogers, one of the event organisers.

“By February, each cast member will have learnt words and movement for 25-30 of the 45 songs in the show – all this on top of their other Scouting or Guiding plus education and work commitments.

It is the 32nd year of the Gang Show and as ever up to 40 people have volunteered their time to help provide musical support, build scenery, make costume sand promote the event. When show week arrives this will rise to up to 100.

It has been produced by Martin Bray and Nichola Ford, who is also a choreographer along with Tom Challacombe. Musical Principal is Sally Harrison and musical accompanist Richard Jones.

Costumes are designed by Kay Ford and Kate Gammons is wardrobe co-ordinator.

The Gang Show is playing at the Queen’s Theatre from Thursday 24 to Saturday, February 26, with shows at 7.15pm each evening plus a Saturday matinee at 2.15. Tickets are available from the box office on (01271) 324242 or find out more at www.ndgangshow.org.uk.

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