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Welling Scouts and Guides take to the stage in Gang Show

PUBLISHED: 10:40 12 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:59 12 February 2014

The cast of the St Mary's Youth Gang Show

The cast of the St Mary's Youth Gang Show

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Young performers will be taking to the stage in Welling next month as St Mary’s Youth host a Gang Show.

Members of 2nd East Wickham Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers will be joining forces with 3rd East Wickham Rainbows and Brownies for the four variety shows.

Entitled ‘When I Grow Up,’ it is inspired by lyrics from West End musical Matilda and stars more than 100 children and leaders performing songs, dances and comic sketches.

Kelly Hudson, co-producer of St Mary’s Gang Show, said: “It is an exciting challenge, mixing modern themes whilst incorporating the traditional aspects of the Gang Show.

“This show has something for all ages; it’s going to be a cracker!”

St Mary’s has been hosting Gang Shows since 1955, with no audition process allowing all children who attend the uniformed groups to have the opportunity to perform.

Some of the sketches are sponsored by local businesses and St Mary’s Church has offered plenty of support.

Two of the performers, brothers William and Alfie Bird, will also be selling refreshments during the interval to raise money for their trip to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan next year.

Co-producer Dan Hudson said: “We are all very excited.

“Along with everyone’s support and hard work, we hope to go from strength to strength.

“So much good comes from all the effort and it is made twice as special as it is all voluntary.”

The show received national recognition last year, marking out the performance as being of high quality.

Gang Shows have been around since 1931 when Ralph Reader wrote an amateur variety show to help raise money for a swimming pool at Downe Scout Camp.

Most feature the signature tune ‘On the Crest of a Wave’ and retain traditional aspects of Scouting and Guiding as well as connecting with a modern audience.

The St Mary’s Gang Show will be performed at St Mary’s Church Hall, Sandringham Drive, on 7.30pm on March 12, 14 and 15, with an additional matinee performance at 2.30pm on March 15.

Tickets can be bought by visiting www.stmarysgangshow.ticketsource.co.uk with discounts for members of uniformed organisations.

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