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Greenock Gang Show 2018

bdsc_0143Following the huge success of previous Shows, Greenock Gang Show 2018 takes place 13th – 17th November in the  Beacon Arts Centre, rehearsals are now underway




The intention is to allow all who register to participate in the Gang Show irrespective of any level of skill. All District members are encouraged to participate.

Fully completed Permission & Gift Aid Forms should have been brought, it would be very helpful if these could be printed duplex.

Main cast rehearsals are held Sunday’s from 2pm until 5 pm in the Lyle Kirk Union Street building.

Fruit will be provided free of charge at rehearsals in addition to the purchase of tuck shop items.

Beaver Rehearsals start  on Sunday 7th October from 1 – 2 pm. We are looking for one Beaver per colony to join this years’ Cub item in the show. If not all colonies have a Beaver wanting to take part then more spaces will be available.

Please get in touch ASAP if you have a Beaver wanting to be in the show.

Cub Rehearsals are on a Sunday afternoon 1 – 2 pm. We still have spaces in the Cub chorus. If you have any Cubs interested please get in touch ASAP. Next Sunday 7th October is the last week they can join to have time to learn the 3 songs & dances involved

Tickets are now on sale from the Beacon Arts Centre

Click on the link below to view Booking Form

Greenock Scouts Gang Show 2018 booking form



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Gang Show History:

Gang Show had its beginning in 1932 when a young Rover Scout, Ralph Reader, was making a name for himself in theatrical circles. In fact, Ralph was already a famous and sought after choreographer on Broadway – but his life took a remarkable twist after he wrote and produced the first Gang Show to raise money for a local swimming pool. Recognising the worth of this form of training, Baden-Powell encouraged Reader to continue.

He did – and went on to establish the world famous London Gang Show tradition, as well as writing the words and music to hundreds of songs and sketches, including the world famous song “We’re Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave” (1934).

From that small beginning, the Gang Show has become one of the traditions of Scouting and has given Royal Command performances – the only amateur act to ever receive this honour.

Greenock Boy Scouts Gang Show had its first outing, of a three night run, on Thursday 26th March 1942 in Lady Alice School playing to an audience of about 400 in that first night. The Greenock Telegraph reported at the time ‘nothing but praise can be lavished on their efforts ………. there are songs and sketches galore, the boys are to the fore all the time ……… nothing has been neglected to make the show a success ……. lighting and stage effects are all in keeping with the atmosphere’

Much has changed in our environment and to our expectations since 1942. In the Gang Show the team has expanded to incorporate all of Greenock & District from Wemyss Bay to Quarriers Village and the Scout movement now includes females as opposed to just the ‘boys who were at the fore’ in 1942. However, the same spirit and professionalism is evident in the Greenock & District Gang Shows 76 years later. The show is now held bi-annually regularly selling out all 6 performances, playing to an audience of around 500 at each show. The 2018 show is also expected to sell out with, as well as the local audience, visitors from the major cities in Scotland as a result of the Greenock team’s contribution in the National Scout Gang Show which was held in Aberdeen to celebrate the centenary of Scouting in 2007. The boys (and girls) were fantastic and earned lots of praise, they were a credit to Inverclyde and demonstrated the wealth of young local talent still at the fore in the area.

Greenock & District Gang Show gives Beavers, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Network members aged from 6 – 25, plus Adult Leaders, the opportunity to explore their creative side. To experience the thrill of performance, make new friends and to have a good laugh at themselves and with others and importantly it helps them develop confidence and teamwork skills that stay with them for life.

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