Sell out for St Albans Gang Show

SO successful is the St Albans Gang Show that tickets for all five performances sold out on the day they went on sale.

With the knowledge that there is already a significant waiting list for returns, final rehearsals have started taking place at the Alban Arena with more than 30 songs and sketches involving 124 youngsters from St Albans Scout and Guides units.

The performers range from 11 to 25 and have spent more than 150 hours rehearsing for the award-winning show which includes song and dance routines, lightning-quick costume changes and a number of comedy sketches – not to mention a 14-piece band, cutting-edge technology and bags of enthusiasm.

Cast member Luke Collins, 12, is treading the boards for the first time and carrying on a family tradition. Both his parents were cast members when they were children and his sister Jodi is also in the show.

He said: “I’m so excited at performing in my first Gang Show, We have been rehearsing since last October and I’ve made so many new friends.”

It’s the sixth show for Laura Paul, 17, who commented: “There is nothing quite like the buzz you get from being a cast member in the St Albans Gang Show. The feeling you get when the curtain goes up is truly fantastic and I can’t wait until our opening night.”

David Barker, producer for the past 10 years, added: “We have a tremendous amount still to do before our opening night but our team of more than 100 adult volunteers are working night and day to ensure that we have a show to wow our audiences with.”

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