Youngsters will take centre stage for gang show

MOVES  The Gosport and Fareham Scout and Guide Associations in rehearal. Picture: Sarah Standing (13952-7536)
MOVES The Gosport and Fareham Scout and Guide Associations in rehearal. Picture: Sarah Standing (13952-7536)

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THEY’RE pitch-perfect and ready to entertain!

More than 100 Scouts and Guides from Gosport and Fareham took part in what they call their dressing rehearsal on Saturday, in preparation for the 2013 Gosport Gang Show to open.

This year is the 35th anniversary of the show, which brings together members of both movements, from Cubs and Brownies up to adult leaders, and the 13th since Fareham’s Guides and Scouts joined in the fun.

The Gang Show’s real dress rehearsal will be held at Fareham’s Ferneham Hall, ahead of it opening to parents and friends on Tuesday evening.

The first public performance at the venue will be on Wednesday.

Deputy producer Carol Reed said: ‘There are about 120 in the cast and 100 others working behind the scenes backstage as dressers, stage crew, technicians and in other jobs.’

The aim, Carol says, is for everyone to have fun – both those who perform and those who are watching the show.

But there’s also a serious benefit the young people get out of it. ‘Some of the younger ones will come to us all shy, staring at their feet, but then after a little while they’ll be up there on stage singing their hearts out in front of everyone.

‘Some of our cast have been coming back for years and years.

‘They’ve grown up with the friends they’ve made here and they want to carry on.

‘All of them are proud of what they’re doing – and we see them come out of their shells.’

The Gosport Gang Show has proved popular with the public every year it has been running, expanding hugely after it moved out of Brune Park School and into Ferneham Hall.

And the organisers are hoping for another successful year, announcing to the cast and crew at Saturday’s rehearsal that they were only £100 off their first target of raising £10,000.

‘But we still need people to buy tickets,’ said show producer Bill Reed, in between masterminding the rehearsals.

The show runs from Wednesday 10 until Saturday 13 April.

To book tickets, call 0845 2245 108 or see gosportgangshow.co.uk