Join the Gang!
Cumberland Gang Show is a fun and rewarding training ground for theatre and performing arts in the Scout and Guide movements. Cast members gain confidence, pride, teamwork, and performance skills over the four months of rehearsals and through performing to over 4,000 people in the 8 July school holiday performances.
Some of the major benefits of being a Gang Show cast member include
- learning how to sing, act and/or dance
- develop teamwork and leadership skills
- make friends with other Scouts and Guides from all across Western Sydney
- improve self-confidence and self-discipline
- develop character
- form lifetime friendships
- learn how to strive for success and to help others while having fun
The Cast is open to all active members of Scouting or Guiding who are 7 years or older as at July 1st (next year).
The Comet Cast is a modified program which gives 7 & 8 year olds an exciting taste of theatre and performance - they are only required to perform in the first act of the show.
What about my other Scouting / Guiding activities?
Cumberland Gang Show understands that there are many active and keen youth members who do not want to miss out on their regular section activities. Our welfare team make allowances for our cast members to participate in those. We also fully encourage our cast members to participate in their section award scheme and 'reach for the stars'.
While we encourage cast members to attend every rehearsal, we do allow them to participate in their regular Scouting and Guiding activities, without any penalty to their attendance record or Gang Show patrol points.
How do I join?
To join the cast, you first need to attend an audition! The Production Team usually audition cast members on the first Saturday of December every year, for the following year's cast. Auditions are held at Baden-Powell Scout Activity Centre, Pomona Street, Pennant Hills between 9am and 5pm.
The Audition Process
Auditioning, or ‘trying out’ for Gang Show is heaps of fun. Auditions help the Production Team to select the applicants who will join the cast. They also help to work out what parts you will play in the show. So, no need to worry, you don’t have to be a star to audition for Gang Show – but you will be by the time you’re finished! There’s only one thing you must have above everything else – and that’s enthusiasm! The most important thing you can do is to be enthusiastic in everything you’re asked to do in Gang Show, and never is that more so than at the Auditions!
Main Cast auditions (for 9 year olds +) consist of acting, singing, dancing and movement bases and take approx 2 hours. Comet auditions (for 7 & 8 year olds) take approx 1 hour.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early to secure their preferred time.
Afterwards, stay positive! Whether you think you did great, or not so great – don't worry, as long as you tried your best, you’ll be fine. Around 2 weeks after audition day, you will receive a letter letting you know whether you made it into the cast or not. Your letter will tell you what to do after that.
Rehearsals & Performances
Rehearsals are a lot of fun - cast members play games, sing songs, learn production routines and spend time getting to know the other cast members.
Cast members attend...
- Saturday night rehearsals (March to July)
- 2 weekend rehearsal camps (April & May) at Baden Powell Scout Activity Centre, Pennant Hills
- Costume try-on rehearsals at warehouse (June)
- CD recording (June)
- Dress rehearsals (June/July)
- Performances (8 for Seniors, 4 for Juniors/Comets) at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta (July school holidays)