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GANG SHOW: St Albans stage show goes virtual to celebrate over 40 years performing for the community

 Published on: 11th February 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A popular St Albans stage show which has provided entertainment to the community for over 40 years has gone virtual this year.

The St Albans Gang Show which started in 1980 should have been in its 42nd year this year and sees young performers from the St Albans District Scout Association and St Albans Division Guide Association take to the stage.

This year the team are putting on three virtual events due to the current restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sam Keates, production manager, said that the show which is normally performed in the week before February half term is an opportunity for the community to come together.

He said: “We have got the gang show blues, which is what we call it when we want to be together and we want to be performing, it’s been tough.

“The beauty of the online shows is that we have a lot of followers worldwide from different gang shows around the world and relatives of the cast around the world who normally can’t get to the Alban Area to see the show.”

Sam added that the group have been staying touch virtually to check in on one another.

He said: “We have done some fun evenings with the young people on Zoom calls which have worked with varying successes.

“The young people have been really good with getting involved. It’s more to try and keep them busy and to keep the momentum of the show rolling so we don’t lose touch with those young people over the year.”

The St Albans Gang Show hosted a re-run of last year’s show on February 10 and asked people to donate to their two chosen charities; Youth Talk and ChickenShed Theatre.

Tune in this Saturday (February 13) where highlights from the shows over the years will be streamed on their Facebook page.

Picture credit Roger Morton

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