WHO IS THE GANG?
Production Director - Rebecca Canty
Assistant Production Director - Singing – Lauren Webb
Assistant Production Director – Choreography - Julia Ralton
Assistant Production Director – Acting - Taylor Herbertson
Show Designers - Erin Whyley & Kathleen Walker
Creating a Show
Every year the Creative Team meet to develop a completely new Hornsby Gang Show. Hornsby Gang Show not only offers an opportunity for young people to perform, but through its creative team involves them in all aspects of the writing, design and production of the show. They provide the youthful energy and vision that keeps Hornsby Gang Show so innovative and fun. The team meets every fortnight from October to January. During brainstorming sessions the team comes up with new concepts, workshop different ideas, and listen to lots of music. By watching musicals and dance concerts, and looking at recordings of old shows to provide ideas for items to re-visit and re-vamp, they are inspired to create new material and original approaches. Once the team has a collection of music and sketches they explore different staging designs for costumes, settings and movement. Then they can assemble a program that balances casting and mood across the whole show to create a lively entertaining script.
The Production Team
The Production team are responsible for everything you see on stage. From running the creative process and writing the show through to auditions, casting, rehearsing, costume design, set and lighting design the production team help bring the show to life.
They bring all the wonderful creative ideas together and then put the life and soul into them by improving the casts singing, dancing and acting skills. They work every week with the cast to train and inspire them to push themselves to achieve more than they ever thought they could.
is renowned for its energy and movement. The production team believes every child in the show is able to dance and we set our youth challenges which they always rise to. The talented choreography team brings dance and movement to every musical item. Our choreography team spend lots of time with those youth members who have never learnt dance and movement before going over the steps. Our choreography team consists of 7 members ranging in age from 15 - 25. All of our team are trained dancers and are very passionate about movement.
Over the past few years Hornsby Gang Show has been working on further improving the casts singing skills.
The singing team teach the cast new vocal skills and encourage more talented singers to take on solo and lead roles.
the Acting Team work on improving our production with improved characterisation and diction.
MUSIC - The Orchestra
Music Director - Yvonne M Barton-Leach BMus MMus Composer|Conductor|Orchestrator|Arranger|Singing Teacher
Yvonne is a former Hornsby Gang Show cast and production team member. She was involved with HGS for over ten years in the 1980s and 1990s. She was a Guide, Venturer, Rover, Guide Leader and Joey Scout Leader, gaining her Queen Scout, BP Award and Wood Badge during her years of service.
Yvonne has both a Bachelor and Masters degree in music with majors in Composition, Music Production and Conducting. She is currently completing another Masters degree. She works as a freelance conductor/music director and composer/arranger across the Sydney area. She has worked with numerous choral groups, concert bands and chamber orchestras.
Yvonne has performed in a variety of setting including as a cabaret artist, a cappella vocalist and soloist. She runs a private singing studio. Former students have placed in the top three in eisteddfods.
Yvonne studied conducting under Simon Kenway (Opera Australia), Dr Sarah Penika-Smith (Opera Prometheus, Macquarie University Singers), Hans-Deiter Michatz (German Baroque Artist and tertiary educator), and Sarah-Grace Williams (Metropolitan Orchestra).
Yvonne’s composition are published by Wirripang. She has arranged music for many groups including the South Sydney based performance group Kore Productions and has mixed music for a number of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade floats.
Hornsby Gang Show has a reputation for its out standing Orchestra. It is a excellent musical experience and be part of the bigger Gang show experience. A minimum performance level of Grade 5 AMEB is required. You don't need to be a guide or scout. All age groups over the age of 15 years are welcome
Assistant Musical Director - Ellen Hopkins
When you join the Gang Show it is organised like all typical Scout/Guide activities, as a Scout Troop with the participants being grouped into patrols and attending special Gang Show camps and activities. All patrols have P.L's and the Troop has Scout Leaders for support.
Do you want to join the Gang?
Want to join in the fun of Gang Show and be a cast member? Hornsby Gang Show cast is open to all registered, active Scout and Guide members located in the Sydney North Region aged 11-26 years. Contact Us to register your interest and we will send you an application form at the end of this year.