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Issue No. 79

February 2013

Top Ticket Tips As you have been told many times and you will continue to hear about at rehearsals is the importance of selling tickets. Some people may find this difficult but using these tips you may sell an extra couple of tickets. The gazette’s top ticket tips are:FAMILY- You should make sure all members of your family purchase tickets. If they have not then just keep nipping their heads until they do. These members include mum, dad, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grans, grandads, cousins etc. SCOUT GROUPS- You will hear Ged mention that you should make sure your Scout group should be coming or giving other members of the group the opportunity to come and see the show. This is very important that each group comes to see the show because the Gang Show is the biggest advert for public Scouting so they should be supporting this event. To make sure that your group is going is simple just go to your Cub, Scout, Explorer leaders or your GSL and ask if they are taking your group to see the show if they say no ask why. Friends- You should try and sell some tickets to your Friends. The term friends can include schoolmates, work colleges, neighbours, people you hang around with, parent’s friends people from another organisation you may be a part of e.g. dancing, a sports team such as football etc. Internet- The internet can be used as a good tool to publicise the show if used wisely. Ways in which this can be done is by putting the details about the show in your msn name, making the show an event on facebook and inviting all your facebook friends to the show, email the details of the show to everyone’s emails you have, every now and then mention the show on your status on facebook, using a countdown to the show on bebo, putting the details of the show on your bebo homepage, you could twitter the show details. Posters- The more posters a person sees the better chance they have of remembering the Gang Show. Therefore posters must be placed where the public can see them. Such places include... your local corner shops, barbers, chippies, bakers, chemists, your mum and dad’s local, take-aways, workplace, schools, your window if you live on a busy road and other public places. I hope this article has given you some ideas on how to sell tickets and hope you use these ideas. Let us hope that the theatre is full each night to make all our nights more enjoyable. There is nothing worse than performing to a half empty theatre so good luck and get selling!

Inside this issue:  Production Director’s spot  Cast Profiles  Birthdays  Notices  The Real Deal

If you have any suggestions or material for the gazette please let me know at rehearsals or email it to gazette@dundeegangshow.com


Production Director’s Spot Hi Gang, We are now only 5 weeks away from dress rehearsal on Monday 1st April - it’s amazing how time flies and doesn’t seem all that long ago that we started rehearsals for Gang Show 2013. February and March are the months when all the finishing touches of the show are being put together, whether it is finishing off musical numbers and sketches, organising the scenery or the huge task of making sure all the costumes are ready. All in all it is a very hectic time, but ultimately what we have been working towards since way back in May last year when the preparations for this year’s show started. We should all be involved in Gang Show because it is FUN, and something different that being involved in Scouting gives you the opportunity to do. So over the remaining weeks let’s come along to rehearsal with a smile on our faces and start putting on a “performance” like I know you will come opening night on Tuesday 2nd April when we will hopefully be opening to a packed Whitehall Theatre. Finally, keep learning those words, and SELLING TICKETS!!! Cheers, Ged

Ticket Talk Tickets for this year’s show have been on sale for 5 weeks and unfortunately only 15% has been sold. We need you to Sell! Sell! Sell! to everyone you know. Parents, grandparents, aunt & uncles, cousins, friends, teachers, neighbours, in fact anyone and everyone. We have kept the prices down this year with Tuesday night being cheaper than it was last year. As Ged mentions every week, if we don’t sell tickets we can’t put on the show! Please when you go to your next beaver, Cub, Scout or Explorer meeting try and persuade them to buy a ticket for the show. All the scout groups in Dundee have been given a special cheaper ticket price. For the Wednesday performance so please try to encourage them to buy at this special price. Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: At rehearsals on Sunday – just bring along your booking form and money or credit/debit card. By mail – post your booking form and cheque to the address on the form. By phone – leave a message on the ticket hotline 08719749969 and Kath will get back to you. On the Gang Show website .This year tickets can be paid by cash, cheque, credit card, debit card and paypal.


Cast Profiles This edition of Cast Profiles takes a selection of cast members who are seniors for the 1st time. I let the people type out their own answers so the answers should be interesting! Name: Ellie McDonald Group: Downfield Explorer Unit Age: 15 Number of Shows: 3 Why do you keep coming back to GS: to socialize with my mates What do you enjoy most about GS and why: dancing with cammy lammy What is your favourite number in this year show and why: the Brits cause I get to boogie Why did you want to become a senior: to be the star of the show Did you find the senior auditions difficult: piece of cake What is the best thing so far about being a senior: the attention If you got to choose your partner who in the cast would you choose and why: soph cause shes hot What number would you put in the show and why: DIRTY DANCING (dibs on baby) What is your favourite thing about Scouting: knots and catapults Do you fancy Cameron: No Name: Cameron Lamb Group: Broughty Ferry ESU Age: 16 Number of Shows: 7 Why do you keep coming back to GS: because I enjoy singing. What do you enjoy most about GS and why: singing and dancing with smelly Ellie because it is fun. What is your favourite number in this year’s show and why: The Brits because I like the songs and I get to drop Ellie. Why did you want to become a senior: Because the dancing was harder and more challenging. Did you find the senior auditions difficult: Not really but it was harder than normal. What is the best thing so far about being a senior: You get more responsibility If you got to choose your partner who in the cast would you choose and why: Anybody but Ellie she keeps on buzzing me. What number would you put in the show and why: Les Miserable What is your favourite thing about Scouting: Getting to go camping. Do you fancy Ellie: Absolutely not! Name: Sophie Todd Group: Downfield Explorer Unit Age: 16 Number of Shows: 2 Why do you keep coming back to GS: for the bant What do you enjoy most about GS and why: to see my friends, especially Ellie What is your favourite number in this year show and why: the Brits Why did you want to become a senior: to dance with kiez Did you find the senior auditions difficult: the dancing was hard but the singing was easy What is the best thing so far about being a senior: the development number If you got to choose your partner who in the cast would you choose and why: Owen because he’s the best at the game or Ellie because, LETS be honest she is a babe What number would you put in the show and why: DIRTY DANCING What is your favourite thing about Scouting: camping and cosy with nicoll Name: Daniel Stephen Group: Downfield Explorer Unit Age: 15 Number of Shows: 6 Why do you keep coming back to GS: it’s fun What do you enjoy most about GS and why: it’s an enjoyable experience What is your favourite number in this year show and why: the 80s number because there’s a lot of dancing Why did you want to become a senior: to have more of an important role in the gang show Did you find the senior auditions difficult: yes What is the best thing so far about being a senior: the attention If you got to choose your partner who in the cast would you choose and why: Stacey cause she know what to do most of the time and I don’t What number would you put in the show and why: a kind of futuristic number What is your favourite thing about Scouting: camping


Look-a-likes

Tim Rice

Musical Director Paul Clancy

Miranda

Wardrobe lady Brenda McPherson

Andy Murray Assistant Musical

Director Richard Waghorn

If you have any look -a-like suggestions please let me know and I’ll put them in.

TimmyMallet

Stuart Sellars as “Prince Charming” in the 2003 show


FEBRUARY Birthdays 4th Stacey McPherson 6th Gayle Strachan 11TH Susan Grubb 13TH Kieran Haxton 22ND Curtis Anderson 23RD Conrad Downie 24TH William McDonald A happy birthday from the gazette and gang. Wardrobe Writes As you are all aware the 2013 Gang Show will be here before we know it. So as usual my wardrobe ladies have been working away week after week collating material and costumes for this years show. Costume sheets will be given out to all the gang shortly, so please have a look at them now and start getting the essentials you will need for the show. Here is a web site which I found to be very useful www.dunbarcostumes.co.uk and I am sure you all will too, especially for the eighties number, but as in the past if you have any problems or queries then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. The dates for the fittings will be out soon too so please keep and eye on the web site for any updates but a letter will follow. Well gang my team would like to wish you all the best for Gang Show 2013 and we hope you enjoy taking part as we will watching you during your performance the week of the show. Smile and enjoy yourselves Kathleen Simpson Editor Expresses 1.

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Hi gang in the next gazette I would like to do the article “Dear Jim and George” in order for me to do this I need questions for Jim and George. If you would like advice from the agony aunts give me your question for them. Questions need to be given to me by Monday 11th March (the theatre rehearsal). Unfortunately I could not make this years camp so I am asking if any member of the cast would be willing to a one or two page article on the camp for the next gazette. I will give a prize to the cast member who is willing to do this!

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There will be a theatre rehearsal on Monday 11th March at the Whitehall Theatre. Cubs are to be there from 6.30– 8.30. Scouts are to be there from 6.30-9.30. The stage door will open at 6pm. On Sunday 3rd March the photographs for the programme will be taken during rehearsal. This year the photos will be different. All cast members are required to bring a long sleeved white shirt and their gang show necker if they have one. The under 18’s girls costume fitting will be done next week at the 5th Downfiled hall from 5pm7pm. If any person can not make a rehearsal (Sunday, Thursday or theatre) they must phone the Gang Show hotline. Facebook messages will not be accepted. The hotline number is 07010054412.


The Real Deal- A Modern Twist This number is based on the musical Oliver. Oliver is based on the novel Oliver Twist written by Charles Dickens. The music and lyrics are written by Lionel Bart. It premiered in the West End in 1960, enjoying a long run, a successful Broadway production in 1963 and further tours and revivals. It was made into a musical film in 1968. Oliver was the first musical adaptation of a famous Charles Dickens work to become a stage hit. There had been two previous Dickens musicals in the 1950s, both of them television adaptations of A Christmas Carol. The plot of Dickens' original novel is considerably simplified for the purposes of the musical, with Fagin being represented more as a comic character than as a villain, and large portions of the latter part of the story being completely left out. The musical opens in the workhouse, as the half-starved orphan boys are entering the enormous dining room for dinner ("Food Glorious Food"). Oliver asks for more food so is sold from the workhouse. He is sold from the workhouse to an undertaker and is sent to sleep in the basement with the coffins ("Where is Love?"). After getting into a fight Oliver escapes After a week on the run, he meets the Artful Dodger, who beckons Oliver to join him ("Consider Yourself"). Dodger is, unknown to Oliver, a boy pickpocket, and he invites Oliver to come and live in Fagin's lair. Fagin is a criminal, and he is in the business of teaching young boys to pick pockets. Oliver is completely unaware of any criminality, and believes that the boys make handkerchiefs rather than steal them. Oliver is introduced to Fagin and his boys, and is taught their ways ("You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two"). He meets a woman called Nancy. Oliver is sent out with the other boys on his first pick pocketing job ("Be Back Soon"). Dodger, another boy named Charley Bates, and Oliver decide to stick together, and when Dodger and Charley rob Mr. Brownlow, a wealthy old man, they run off, leaving Oliver to be arrested for the crime. In a pub, Nancy sings an old tavern song ("Oom Pah Pah"). Bill Sikes makes his first appearance, and disperses the crowd. Dodger runs in and tells Fagin about Oliver's capture and removal to the Brownlow household. Fagin and Bill decide to kidnap Oliver to protect them. They kidnap Oliver but later Mr Brownlow rescues him. The police murder Bill Sikes and hunt for Fagin. Fagin decides that the time has never looked better for him to straighten out his life. The musical was a huge hit worldwide. It started off in London’s west end and has had four revivals. The most recent was in 2009 where Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) played Fagin and the leading roles of Nancy and Oliver were cast via the BBC reality television show series I'd Do Anything. Oliver has also had Broadway success. The musical has had many tours such as a UK tour, a North American tour and an Australian tour. It has also been translated into many languages. The show has won many awards throughout its runs. One of them being a Laurence Olivier Award for “Best Actor in a Musical” which won by Robert Lindsay (dad in My Family).

Thanks to: Ged Brown, Peter Docherty Kath Forbes, Chris Jenkins, Kirsty Lawrence and Kathleen Simpson.

From today, 24th February, there are only 36 days until the 2013 dress rehearsal!


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