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 5,000 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.
The Comet Cast is a modified program which gives 7-9 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 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
Main Cast auditions (for 9 year olds +) consist of acting, singing, dancing and movement bases and take 1 hour and 40 minutes. Applicants are invited to demonstrate a special talent if they would like to and are encouraged to apply early to secure their preferred timeslot.
Comet auditions (for 7-9 year olds) take 40 minutes.
Arrangements can be made for youth members to audition with friends – please let us know early so we can make this happen.