Hornsby Gang Show From early days as a concert to a spectacular show with 90 cast.
Gang Show is based on the original concept by Ralph Reader who started the London Gang Show in 1932. In his own time, Ralph become a legend of the theatre producer of 19 shows on New York's Broadway, 34 in London's West End, and over 50 shows in London's famous Royal Albert Hall. Ralph also wrote 15 books and plays, played in 5 films and composed over 400 songs. Gang Shows and Scout Shows are staged around Australia and in many parts of the world and are an inspirational source for Hornsby Gang Show. (with thanks to Adelaide Gang Show) Gang show
A scouting tradition around the world
1973 - Hornsby Troop Concert The Hornsby Gang Show was born as humble first Hornsby Troop Concert in 1973 and was due to run only one night. The proceeds were to be used to send the troop to the 10th Australian Jamboree in Adelaide. The response was so good that another night had to be added and packed houses were recorded on both nights.
1974 - Showtime 74 After the first show, everyone was talking about the hidden talent and it was agreed that this type of training activity should become a regular part of Scouting in Hornsby. The responsibility for the organisation and control was given to the Hornsby District. In 1974 we performed (again to packed houses) at Loreto Covent Hall at Normanhurst as "Showtime 74? with a larger cast which included Girl Guides. The early shows were financially guaranteed by members of Scouting in Hornsby" Jack Goyen, Arthur Ball & Bob MacDonald whose confidence in this training medium has been realised.
1975 and 1976 - North Side Gang Show In 1975 and 1976 as North Side Gang Show we performed at the Greenhalgh Theatre in the then College of Advanced Education at Lindfield. After a two year break, performances from 1979 to 1981 were held at the Pennant Hills Community Centre.
1983 - Hornsby Gang Show In 1983 we moved to Asquith Boys High School and in 1987 we became Hornsby Gang Show. A Hornsby Gang Show has been performed every year since with the exception of breaks in 1977, 1982 and 1987. 2008 marks it?s 33rd Season.
Taken from an article prepared by Keith Knight.