I was very lucky to be involved in the recent Tynemouth Gang Show. This was my first Gang show (Never got the chance to be involved as a Youth Member) and I am still in awe of the work that goes into putting on the show and the commitment from the cast and crew. It's been a great way to meet people from all across the District. I can't help but laugh when I think of the cast running from portacabins to the stage door in the snow dressed in nothing but their ballet costumes.
Anyway, our show was a really good mix of traditional Ralph Reader numbers, Show tunes and more up to date songs and sketches. All the cast seemed to feature in roughly the same number of sketches or songs with parts geared towards the different sections and even the leaders. A highlight for many from the feedback I received was the Explorers performing songs from 'Our House' - the musical based on songs of Madness.
If you want more information on our recent show here's a link to the website:
There's a few photos that give an idea of the different material we covered in the Show.
I don't think I've had so much fun in a long time and the week of performances was hard work but very rewarding. I'm waiting delivery of the DVD and along with my Explorers, I can't wait for the next Gang Show in 2012!
Putting on a show like this seems to be the kind of tonic that our District Needs. Another wise leader pointed out to me that normally when we meet as a District, we're competing group against group for trophies but with Gang Show a large proportion of the District from all ages are pulling together in the same direction and it helps to remind us that we share the same goals and one of our biggest strengths is people!
I've really had my eyes opened as to what a fantastic Experience a Gang Show is when you're on the stage rather than watching from the Audience...
I wish you the best of luck!