Canberra Gang Show started in 1966 and is still a popular annual event. Scouts and Guides write, produce and choreograph this variety revue showcasing youth theatre at its best. The 100-stong cast acts, sings, and dances their way through this entertaining and uniquely-Gang Show production, now it its 40th year. The Scouting Performing Arts Program is in its 75th year worldwide and this show includes some items from previous shows around the world as well as fresh compositions written by the Gang.
The Scouts and Guides Youth Performing Arts Program is into final rehearsals for its 40th variety show in Canberra. Like Music Hall, a series of skits, dances and songs are interwoven by the youth production team into an entertaining show for all.
Gang Show has thrilled and entertained audiences world-wide since its initial London production in 1932. In 1937, the London Gang Show achieved the distinction of being the first amateur production to have a Royal Command Performance, (an honour that was repeated in 1957 and 1964).
Gang Show came to Australia in the 40’s springing up in capital cities and country centres, assisting each other with scripts and skits. In the months of July and August, the program produces local shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Albury, Hobart, Auckland, Mildura and Newcastle.
In the 90s, the Canberra Gang moved to an all youth production team and cast made up of Scouts, Guides, Venturers and Rovers. These 11-26 year olds write, design, choreograph, and produce the largest on-stage youth theatre in Canberra.
The Gang will be on stage for seven performances at the Erindale Theatre between the 14 and 21st July with this year’s show titled “Get a Life”. Tickets from www.philo.org.au or 6247 4566.
NEED TO KNOW
What: Scout’s and Guide’s Gang Show Get a Life
Where: Erindale Theatre
When: Saturday, July 14 to Saturday, July 21 at 7:30pm. Matinees on Tuesday 2:30pm and Saturday 21st 1:30pm.
Tickets: $12.50 – $25
Bookings: 6247 4566 (www.philo.org.au)