More than 100 members of Housatonic Council Cub Scout Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33 will present their 89th annual Scout Gang Show on May 10 and 11, at the Derby United Methodist Church.
Part old time minstrel, vaudeville, and variety show, the longest running show of its kind has been performed by the Derby Scouts annually 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.
Highlights of this year’s “That’s Entertainment” themed show include “Willkommen” by Troop 3 Senior Patrol Leader and chorus director Matthew Moran; “Make Em Laugh,” by Cub Jackson Kellogg and “Born to Be Wild” by Scout James Chopak. 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 “Endmen” or joke tellers for the show include Troop 3 and Crew 33 members Neeraj Madivala, Steven Tracz, Andrew Devine, Billy Kowarik, Michael McMahon, Dominic Livoti, Aron Zamfino and Colby McLiverty. “Stooges” performing run on skits for the show are David Ahearn, Mike Neuendorf, John Murray, Matt Edwards and Justin Patton. The Stooges are under the direction of Rodman Kneen, Sr. who has been involved with the show for 81 years, having first performed as a Cub in the 1932 show.
The church is located near the Derby Green at the corner of 5th & Elizabeth Streets.The show is slated for 7:30 p.m. Special guests include Sarah Widomski, Sara Poppa, and Troop 3 Committeeman and former Mayor of Derby, Marc Garofalo.
Tickets are available for $7 from Pack 3, Troop 3 and Crew 33 scouts, or by calling 732-0343. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds from the show assist scouts in attending Housatonic Cub Scout Day Camp, Boy Scout Summer Camp at the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen and Housatonic Council Scouts attending the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.