Scouts continuing 88-year tradition with Gang Show
DERBY - The more than 100 members of Cub Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33 will present their 88th Annual Scout Gang Show at 7:30 p.m. May 11-12, at the Derby United Methodist Church.
The church is across from the Derby Green at the corner of Fifth and Elizabeth Streets. Part old time minstrel, vaudeville, and variety show, the longest-running show of its kind has been performed by the Derby scouts since 1922 (shows weren’t performed for 2 years during World War II). Although the Derby show is the only one performed in the United States, Scout Gang Shows are performed by Scout groups throughout the United Kingdom and former British colonies.
Award winning stage and screen performer Brian Dennehy and local Center Stage director Gary Scarpa are among the scouting alumni who performed in the show as youths under the direction of the late Scouting pioneer Edmund D. Strang.
The director and interlocutor for the show is Troop 3 Scoutmaster Randy Ritter and piano accompaniment is provided by Jeremey Lombard. Lighting and sound is under the direction of Assistant Scoutmaster John Spinetti.
The Stooges are under the direction of Mr. Rodman Kneen, Sr. who has been involved with the show for 80 years, having first performed as a Cub in the 1932 show.
The above information was contributed by Troop 3 Scoutmaster Randy Ritter.