Jack has just finished his 4th Gang Show and Sam his first. Pic on the flyer is Jack last year in the middle – being thoughtful 🙂
For those who have never seen a Gang Show it’s a scout and guide run show of singing, dancing and drama sketches. Over the course of the week they probably perform to several thousand. 7 shows in 5 days in a local theatre (no high school hall for this lot 😉 ). Rehearsals start back in October and from January have a full day most weekends too, some weekends both days if they have a promotional event.
It’s a long haul and a lot of commitment – J has missed one rehearsal in those 4 years. A lot of commitment required from those who provide (or organise) transport and are expected to drop everything at a moments notice to fit around plans (lucky to know timings of week end events the day before). We grumble a lot ;).
That aside what the boys get from it is huge and priceless.
The camaraderie and friendships they build are far stronger than those they form anywhere else. Lots of time, killing time waiting for curtain call I suspect.
Sense of responsibility, commitment and teamwork.
Mostly though it is the confidence they gain. Watching Sam in particular on stage, can see he is a different child to the one he was a year ago, really blossomed.
Already talking of next year’s 🙂
They both managed to sneak in here somewhere. Congratulations to all who took part, you were all brilliant!
Oh and mid Gang Show week I became Mother to a Teenager!!! Had 2 shows that day so party was fish and chips beforehand.