Issue No. 82
April 2013 A New Record!!!
This edition of the gazette is a new record as it is my 21st edition I have edited. The gazette was originally penned by the late Bill Fleming in November 1986. Bill decided to create a gazette to publicise the show. Bill edited 12 editions of the gazette before stepping down. Bill contributed in some way to help the gazette editors after him before sadly passing away in November 2010. After Bill gave up editing the gazette the pen was picked up by George Walker, a current cast member, in 1988. George wrote a record 20 editions of the gazette then stood down in April 1992 . George still contributes to the gazette by doing the Gang Show Crits and Dear Jim and George for me. The gazette was then laid to rest for 6 years before the pen was picked up by Tony Mochan, an ex Gang member and Admin person. Tony edited 9 issues of the gazette and stood down in 1999. Tony is no longer involved in Scouting. The gazette was laid to rest for another 6 years until Chris Jenkins, current cast member and part of the Gang Show committee, picked up the pen in 2005. Chris, between 2005-2009, edited 20 gazettes a joint record with George. Chris still contributes to the gazette if I need help. In November 2009 the pen was picked up by current editor Lee Corr. This edition is my 21st gazette as editor which means a new record. I’ll continue to be editor until I am told I am not allowed to or until I think it needs new blood to take it forward or if I am no longer involved with Gang Show. This marks the last edition of the gazette for the 2013 show. During the Gang Show year I have edited 6 editions of the gazette which included a Gang Show camp Gazette. 6 issues in one year is a personal record for me as I usually only manage to do five. The thing I would like most this week or after the Gang Show is feedback on the gazette. You could either email me on gazette@dundeeGangShow.com or speak to me this week I am very approachable. I would like to thank Stacey McPherson for doing numerous articles for me for this gazette and Kirsty Lawrence for doing the Real Deal in this gazette. I would also like to thank Ged (even though he never met my deadlines), George Walker for doing all the GS Crits and Dear Jim and George, Jim Jenkins for also doing Dear Jim and George, Peter (Pedro) Docherty and Kath Forbes for their help with the gazette and any person who has contributed to the gazette and finally you the readers for Showing an interest in the gazette. Enjoy reading your last edition of the gazette of the 2013 Show. Have a brilliant week of fun and laughter and hopefully some sold out nights. This week will probably be one of the best week of your year so have fun! Break a leg (not literally). Lee
Inside this issue: Production Director’s spot Cast Profiles Birthdays Stacey Says The Real Deal
If you have any suggestions or material for the gazette please let me know at rehearsals or email it to email@example.com
Production Director’s Spot Hi Gang! Well here we are, after 5 months of rehearsal and nearly the same amount of time planning the show we are finally in the theatre for dress rehearsal of Gang Show 2013! All of the hard work is nearly over and you should now be looking forward to appearing on the stage and most importantly enjoying ourselves! So as the excitement grows, please spare a thought for all the helpers who have given up their time to come along and help us this week. I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of them. To the cast please keep the noise down and LISTEN to what is being said and, hopefully today will run smoothly. The backstage teams have been hard at work making sure that everything is ready for today and without them there would be no Show, so please be polite and considerate towards them. They are here to enjoy themselves also! So let’s all make the effort to ensure this week is a happy week and another highly successful show. And to the Gang on stage, sing out, SMILE! But most importantly….. have a great week! Ged SMILE AWARDS Each evening after the Show a member of the audience picks out a member of the cast who they thought put in that EXTRA EFFORT during the show by their moves, singing and most of all their SMILE. The person picked out will win a smile award necker presented by one of the comedy team at the end of the finale of every show. The winner will be able to wear his necker for the rest of the week backstage to brag that they are a smiler. In the words of the song known all over the world: “WHEN YOUR’E SMILING, WHEN YOUR’E SMILING, THE WHOLE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU” Have a great show and enjoy yourselves that is your reward.
Ticket Talk Last Sunday was the final night of selling the tickets for this year’s show at a reduced rate and unfortunately we only managed to sell 44% of the tickets. Please, please, please ask anyone you know who hasn’t bought a ticket yet to buy one. They will be on sale at the theatre box office every night of the show. Once your guests have been to see the show, please try to persuade them to come along and support you again another night or two or three. We have one member of the present cast who, before they joined, came to see the show three times before joining the cast the following year. You have all put in a tremendous amount of rehearsing for the show and it would be a shame if you were performing to a half empty auditorium so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE try and sell more tickets. They can still be purchased through the website and via the dedicated ticket hotline which is 08719749969.
Cast Profiles This edition of Cast Profiles was picked at random. I noticed Mr McKeown has answered a question that must of been put in by either Cameron or Ellie! Name: Rowan Downie Age: 13 Group: 22nd Number of shows: 5 Favourite thing about scouting: Camps Why did you come back to GS: I just enjoy it Favourite thing about GS: Doing the shows Favourite number in last year’s show: Around the World Favourite number in this year’s show: Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice What would you like to see in the Gazette: Not really sure If you were producer what number would you put in the show and why: Evita because it is a good musical Name: Jordan McKeown Age: 17 Group: 49th/Broughty Ferry Explorers Number of shows: 7 Favourite thing about scouting: Camping and learning new skills Why did you come back to GS: I wanted to enjoy the experiences all over again after having a 2 year break Favourite thing about GS: The week of the show Favourite number in last year’s show: At the Hop Favourite number in this year’s show: Webber and Rice because the songs remind me of a similar number in the 2006 show, when I was a Cub What would you like to see in the Gazette: I think it could not be improved If you were producer what number would you put in the show and why: Les Miserable Do you like the way Cameron Lamb treats his partner: Yes I find it hilarious when he bullies her Name: Stacey McPherson Age: 23 Group: Downfield Explorers Number of shows: 11 Favourite thing about scouting:
Giving opportunities to young people that I have had in the past. Having fun, friendship and adventure. Why did you join GS: I saw my brother and cousins in the show and said at the age of 6 that I would be up there one day. Favourite thing about GS: Being part of a gang with children and adults alike. Dundee Gang Show has a strong cast and we need to remember we are in it together. Favourite number in last year’s show: DIVA FEVER!! Favourite number in this year’s show: The turkey one.. gobble gobble. What would you like to see in the Gazette: My face. If you were producer what number would you put in the show and why: HORROR! Name: Jim Jenkins Age: over 50 Group: 22nd Mains of Fintry Number of shows: 11 Favourite thing about scouting: Why did you come back to GS: Favourite thing about GS:
Getting awa fae the wife lol I love it You get to meet other scouts from other groups
Favourite number in last year’s show: 5 lol Favourite number in this year’s show: A Modern Twist What would you like to see in the Gazette: Fish and chips If you were producer what number would you put in the show and why:
Cliff Richard because songs are excellent
Look a likes Here are the look a likes suggested by Stacey McPherson
Ace Ventura Pet detective
Senior boy Daniel Stephen
Rapunzel from Scout Elspeth Murray the film Tangled
Geppetto from pinocchio
Comedy Team member Jim Jenkins
Senior girl Laura Bain The Little Mermaid Ariel with her new hair style
Stacey sAYS I am always asking for volunteers to help with the Gazette and Stacey volunteered that she would do a page for me called Stacey Says. Enjoy Funny Stories from Past Shows 1. 2.
As a Cub in Gang Show 2000 we were dancing in the dressing rooms, to the spice girls most likely, and just as I pointed my finger in front of me for 'two become one' a girl walked towards me. That poor girl is Megan Scott's big sister and she had to be taken home. In Gang Show 2003 I was really pleased to be asked to highland dance as part of the Scottish themed number along with my wee ginger pal, now wardrobe team, Genna Simpson. We had been asked to do a sword dance which normally we did very well. On the second night however I caught one of the swords with my foot and it moved so I had to try and work out how to dance around it. But I caught it again and the sword flew into the band put and was inches away from the guitarist. He came dressed appropriately in a plastic suit of armour the next night. Last year I caught up with him and we were talking about it. It is apparently still very fixed in his memory. He still plays guitar for the show so just don't mention sword dances around him! In Gang Show 2008 the seniors did a little dance in one of the numbers and while at the front of the stage one night I was being spun around on the floor by my partner. But I was obviously too close to the front of the stage as I kicked over one of the mics. It can be seen clearly on the video. So if u are ever watching them back make sure to keep an eye out for it! Stacey’s Fun Facts
The word bed actually looks like a bed. The length of your fore-arm from elbow to wrist is the same length of your foot from heel to toe. The trickiest tongue twister in the English language is apparently "Sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick". Give it a try and see for yourself. Stacey’s Senior Names Kophie taxton (Kieran Haxton and Sophie Todd) Slee Mcphorr (Lee Corr and Stacey McPherson) Haura benkins (Chris Jenkins (Hyper) and Laura Bain) Korden mclawrence (Jordan McKeown and Kirsty Lawrence ) Cruisin mcrub (Chris McPherson and Susan Grubb) Ganiel stackin (Daniel Stephen and Gayle Strachan) Mamie Scoven (Jamie Stephen and Megan Scott) Ellamron McDamb (Cameron Lamb and Ellie McDonald) Stacey’s Thoughts of the Day
Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things. Would a fly without wings be called a walk? Whose cruel idea was it for the word "Lisp" to have "S" in it? Why is there a light in the fridge but not in the freezer? If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests? If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
Our Survey Says..... On the run through I went around as much of the cast as possible and asked- What is your favourite number in this year’s show and why?
Cameron Bell: Back to the 80’s Alec Duncan : Who won the cup because you get to play a character in it Kieran Foster: Who won the cup Jacob Munro: Who won the cup because I have a part in the sketch Sean Hegarty: Back to the 80’s because I like all the songs in it Stacey Grubb: Welcome to Our House of Fun because it is mad Sian Myles: Back to the 80’s because it is fun Chloe Foy: Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice because it has my favourite musicals Milliy Lockhart: Finale because it has got one of my favourite songs in it that was sang last year Liam Macaskill: Forbidden Planet because I like all the songs Brendan Todd: A Modern Twist because I like the songs and moves in it John Hayton: A Modern Twist because I like the songs in it Owen Smith: Welcome to Our House of Fun because it is a fun number Gayle Strachan: Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice because it has the Lion King in it Ellie McDonald: Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice because I like the songs Kieran Haxton: Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice because Skimbleshanks is fun when you do not kick people Sophie Todd: Back to the 80’s because the songs and dances are fun Megan Scott: Back to the 80’s because I like the songs in it Daniel Stephen: A Modern Twist because I like the songs Rory Martin: Back to the 80’s because it has upbeat songs in it William McDonald: Welcome to Our House of Fun because it is different Chiefy: A Modern Twist because I know most of the songs and it is really good Fraser Watson: Welcome to Our House of Fun because I like all the songs Matthew Carson: : Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice because it is a very good number to sing Jamie Stephen: Welcome to Our House of Fun because its madness Chris Jenkins: Brits because it is upbeat and modern Ryan Culbert: Welcome to Our House of Fun because I like Madness especially Suggs Amy Taylor: Too many good numbers to pick from Abbey Hosie: Back to the 80’s because it is a fun number and I know most of the songs Susan Grubb: Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice because it has the song Light at the End of the Tunnel and you get to dance like a train Kirsty Lawrence: Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice because the songs are all from musicals Lewis Gardyne: Opening because the songs are good Karla Geekie: A Modern Twist because I like the songs in it and it is fun Amy Melville: Brits because I like the songs in it Kayley Isted: Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice because I like Skimbleshanks and Light at the End of the Tunnel Aimee McKelvie Back to the 80’s because the songs are catchy Shelaine Donnan: Welcome to Our House of Fun because me and Ruth are good at the twirls Daisy Johnson: Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice because I like it Leanne Riddel: Back to the 80’s Chloeb Hastie: A Modern Twist because it is fun Caitlin Watson: Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice because it is fun Erin Docherty: Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice because Oh what a Circus is in it Kyle Ferguson: Back to the 80’s because all the songs are good in it especially Video Killed the Radio Star Amanda Leitch: Back to the 80’s because I like all the songs in it they are all good Kathryn Leitch: Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice because I like the songs Ruth McKelvie: Back to the 80’s and Welcome to the house of fun because they are fun and the songs are good! Calum Stephen: Welcome to Our House of Fun because everyone knows the words and it’s very energetic. Stuart Sellars: Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice because of the music and the songs Lee Corr: Welcome to Our House of Fun because I have been wanting a Madness number in the Gang Show for years and now we finally have it. The songs are great it is energetic and it’s Madness, madness, they call it madness!
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Peter Docherty Ryan culbert Scott McDonald Daisy Johnson Owen Smith Max Whisson Kayley Isted Brodie Mulholland Kyle Ferguson Amanda Leitch Kathryn Leitch Brendan Todd
A happy birthday from the gazette and gang. Competition Corner This is your chance to win a top notch Dundee Gang Show leather woggle all you have to do is answer the questions below correctly. Write your answers on a piece of paper and hand them into dressing room to Lee by Friday 5th April. If there are numerous of correct entrants then the winner will be chosen out of a hat. Some of the answers may be found in this Gazette 1. What was the full name of the founder of Scouts? 2. What is Lee Corr’s favourite number in this years show? 3. What can each cast member win each night whilst on stage? 4. What was the core of Madness originally formed as? 5. How many Gazettes did Chris Jenkins edit? 6. Who started the Gang Show Gazette? 7.Complete the lyrics:(a) These are the times we shall dream about... (b) There’s a little ditty... (c) There’s a whisper down the line... (d) Oh what a feeling... (e) As soon as I wake up every night, every day...
Gazette’s Top Tips For the Week of the Show Here are some very useful tips to help you get through the week of the show:
Arrive at the theatre as early as you can it will give you as much time as possible to do stuff Make sure you are wearing white underwear Go and put your makeup on as early as possible it will mean you will miss the queues later on Bring your gang show book as you may have time each night just to make sure you are singing the correct words Listen– there are always announcements Prepare your clothes it means when getting dressed for the opening you are one step ahead The show starts at 7.15 start getting dressed around 6.50. This will make sure you will not be late! Make sure you have your I.D. Pass with you when you enter and leave the theatre Look at the walls there are many sheets of paper with useful information on it Respect your dressers and the backstage crew– always say please and thank you Try and make as many friends as possible– that is one of the main parts of Scouting Smile backstage and onstage Take your whites home every night this will ensure they are clean and smell fresh When you are in the wings be quiet and make sure you are behind the white line Finally HAVE FUN
BY KIRSTY LAWRENCE Madness is an English band from Camden town, London. They formed in 1976 and were one of the most prominent bands of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. They cover many genres such as Ska, pop, 2 tone, new wave and reggae to mention a few. The core of the band formed as The North London Invaders in 1976, and included Mike Barson (Monsieur Barso) on keyboards and vocals, Chris Foreman (Chrissy Boy) on guitar and Lee Thompson (Kix) on saxophone and vocals. They later recruited John Hasler on drums and Cathal Smyth (better known as Chas Smash) on bass guitar. Later in the year, they were joined by lead vocalist Dikron Tulane. This six-piece line-up lasted until part way through 1977, when Graham McPherson (better known as Suggs) took over the lead vocals after seeing the band perform in a friend's garden. The band's first notable musical award came in 1983 when Chris Foreman and Cathal Smyth won an "Ivor Novello Award" for Best Song for the international hit "Our House". Madness received another "Ivor Novello Award" 17 years later for an "Outstanding Song Collection". In 2005, they were awarded the MOJO "Hall of Fame" Award, notably for being 'an artist's artist'. As of 2007, a campaign is taking place by fans of Madness for the band to be awarded a Brit award. Many fans and critics feel they have been overlooked over their past 30 years in the music industry. In July 2009, Madness were awarded the 'Silver Clef' Icon Award. In September 2010, Madness were awarded the 'Idol Award' at the 2010 Q Awards in London. A few Madness songs featured in this years show are, "Baggy Trousers", which peaked at number 3 in the UK singles chart. "Embarrassment" reached number 4 in the charts. “My Girl” spent 10 weeks on the UK Singles Chart peaking at number 3. "It Must Be Love". It reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart. "Wings of a Dove" spent 10 weeks in British charts peaking at number 2. “Welcome to our house of fun” is one of the favourites among cast members this year and we look forward to performing the number in just 1 days time.
Thanks to: Ged Brown, Peter Docherty, Kath Forbes, Kirsty Lawrence and Stacey McPherson
From today, 1st April, there are only 365 days until the 2014 dress rehearsal! (unless the week of the show changes)