Scouts and Guides star in Gang Show

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SCOUTS and Guides from Hucknall were among a cast of more than 100 who took centre stage for the spectacular North Notts Gang Show.

Singing, dancing, comedy sketches and the Scout Gang Show anthem, ‘Riding Along On The Crest Of A Wave’, all featured during a five-show run at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield.

The Gang Show is a vibrant revue, and the performers clocked up more than 100 hours of rehearsal time before stepping into the limelight.

The show opened in style with a homage to the Olympic Games and featured hits ranging from Queen’s ‘I Want To Break Free’ and Elton John’s ‘Circle Of Life’ from ‘The Lion King’ and well-known numbers from ‘Oliver!’, ‘Wicked’, Disney films and hit TV show ‘Glee’. Nottinghamshire legend Robin Hood and his Merry Men also made a guest appearance.

The show, which completed its second run at the Palace Theatre, is a spin-off from the Nottingham Gang Show, which has been running for more than 60 years at the Nottingham Theatre Royal.

The north Nottinghamshire version was created to enable more young people from Hucknall, Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark, Retford and Worksop to take part.

Emma Tunstall (11), a Scout from 2nd Hucknall, played Belle in a piece from ‘Beauty And The Beast’. She said: “It was really good fun.

“Being in the show was just brilliant and I can’t quite believe I performed on stage in front of so many people.”

Matt Biggs, one of the show’s producers, said: “I’m very proud of the cast. They all worked really hard to put on a fantastic showcase of their talents and they enjoyed it so much. It was infectious.”

Matt Rooney, head of Nottinghamshire Scouts, said the show provided a “launchpad for talented youngsters”.