Todmorden Gang Show

banner2if you can’t wait to see the gang show, then here’s a sneak peek at part of a new sketch called Poor Little Girl Guide:

solo – I fancied a boy in explorers, singers – ooh-ooh

solo – he liked my friend Lizzie, not I, singers – it’s a shame

solo – they’ve been going out since June, singers – the rat, solo – and they’re marrying soon, singers – poor boy,

solo – and a present i’ve now gotta’ buy.

CHORUS –

singers – She’s only a poor little girl guide,

profiency badges she’s none, solo – not one

singers – She once went to camp, but the weather was damp,

and the cess pits they smelt very high.

The solo is Maddie Oliver and the singers are (in alphabetical order): Samantha Cawkwell, Molly Hirst, Penny Lockett, Charlotte Mickleburgh and Hannah Mickleburgh. maybe i should have put it in anti-alphabetical order.

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Strolling and smiling through Gang’s 50 years

 

A wall of memories...part of Todmorden Gang Show’s display at Todmorden Tourist Information Centre
A wall of memories…part of Todmorden Gang Show’s display at Todmorden Tourist Information Centre
A wall of memories...part of Todmorden Gang Show’s display at Todmorden Tourist Information Centre
Members of last year’s Gang rehearse in the run up to the 2007 show. This year marks the 50th Gang Show held in the town
Published Date: 06 March 2008

FIFTY years of fun is celebrated by Todmorden Gang Show this year – and ahead of the golden anniversary you can take a stroll down memory lane with a special display.
The show began in 1959 when stalwart Philip Suthers, having been to see other shows, declared “we can do that” and set what has become an institution up and running.

Originally featuring just Cornholme and Walsden and then Todmorden scouts and cubs, guides and brownies had joined the cast by the early 1970s. They were joined in later years by other sections of the movement and by cast members from the Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Sowerby Bridge areas too.

It must now be one of the longest running Gang Shows in the country and Philip Suthers rightly one of its best known names, his late wife Dot working on and appearing in many of the shows too.

Through the years the show has developed through the hands of producers who have included Philip himself, Hilda Ford, Richard Parkes and Rowena Goldthorpe.

The full article contains 178 words and appears in Todmorden News newspaper.
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  • Last Updated: 06 March 2008 12:36 PM
  • Source: Todmorden News
  • Location: Todmorden

It’s always changed with the times while able to pick and rework older material and these days you can usually expect some stunning special effects to top off the show.

Throughout March a display featuring memorabilia from the show’s history – and mainly a bumper selection of photographs from the show in the 1970s and 1980s – is on show at Todmorden Tourist Information Centre, Burnley Road, Todmorden.

They are well worth a look and are bound to trigger off some memories for all who have taken part in the shows over the years, as it moved from church halls to the Hippodrome Theatre in Halifax Road, Todmorden, where the show has played each May ever since.

The black and white show pictures, featuring knock-‘em-dead musical routines from mid 70s and early 80s, will immediately take former cast members back to those winter Friday night rehearsals at Calder College or Ferney Lee School where Philip and his choreography lieutenants would drill the casts relentlessly until word, movement and dance were perfect by the time showtime approached.

There are also a number of backstage pics, including a classic of Philip in his bloomers prior to dressing as a pantomime dame, which also remind everyone of the huge amount of work put in by the backstage teams over the years.

Without them huge quantities of costumes would go unmade, props uncollected, programmes unsold and the stage itself unlit and sound unheard.

Colour rehearsal shots from more recent times feature the Gang preparing for the anniversary show alongside some modern day uniforms and the coveted red Gang Show neckerchiefs.

There are also several scrapbooks of photographs and clippings to add to posters and programme covers.

By the time each show comes together, every member of the cast from Jack McGoldrick – who began as a cub and has been in them all to date – to the youngest Gang members appearing in their first show, knows where and when they should be on stage, always giving it their best shot.

As one of the show closing songs goes “these are the times we shall dream about” so why not call in at Todmorden TIC, relive a wall full of memories and whet your appetite to go and see this special anniversary show?

l In the run up to the 2008 show, the Gang are hosting a birthday celebration ceilidh at Todmorden High School on April 26. For ticket details contact Rowena on 01706 810821.

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  • Last Updated: 06 March 2008 12:36 PM
  • Source: Todmorden News
  • Location: Todmorden
Event: Todmorden Gang Show
Date: Wednesday 13th May – Saturday 16th May 2009
Time: Doors open 7 pm Performance begins 7.30pm
Venue: Hippodrome Theatre
Price: £7 adults £5 concs.

Todmorden Gang Show presents the 51st Gang Show! Featuring well known and well loved songs and dances from a variety of sources, from Mamma Mia to Crest of a Wave.

Tickets are available from Todmorden Tourist Information Centre on 01706 818181.

Click here for more information.

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Posted on: May 9, 2009

Recent rehearsal update

Sunday 3rd May 2009, Hippodrome Theatre  Halifax Road  Todmorden, 2.00pm – 9.00pm (tea needed)

Tuesday 5th May 2009, Ferney Lee Primary School  Ferney Lee Road  Todmorden 6.00pm – 8.00pm.

Technical rehearsal – Friday 8th May 2009, Hippodrome Theatre  Halifax Road  Todmorden, 6.45pm – 10.00 pm. Wicked, defying gravity dancers to be there at 5.45pm.

Dress Rehearsal – Sunday 10th May 2009, Hippodrome Theatre  Halifax Road  Todmorden, 2.00pm – 9.00pm.

TBC Tuesday 12th May 2009, Hippodrome Theatre  Halifax Road  Todmorden, 6.00pm – 8.00pm.

Opening Night – Wednesday 13th May 2009, Hippodrome Theatre  Halifax Road  Todmorden, c. 6.45pm – 10.30pm.

Performance – Thursday 14th May 2009, Hippodrome Theatre  Halifax Road  Todmorden, c. 6.45pm – 10.30pm.

Performance – Friday 15th May 2009, Hippodrome Theatre  Halifax Road  Todmorden, c. 6.45pm – 10.30pm.

Performance – Saturday 16th May 2009, Hippodrome Theatre  Halifax Road  Todmorden, c. 6.45pm – 10.30pm.

Gang Show Gang & Cast Party,

Tickets go on sale as the Gang get ready

Published Date: 23 April 2009

TICKETS are now on sale for this year’s Todmorden Gang Show, which is presented by members of the scout and guide movements in the upper Calder Valley.
Having celebrated the show’s 50th anniversary last year, Gang members begin their second half century with routines which draw on some of the most popular modern musicals of the moment.
More details about the show will be available over the comingweeks leading up to the string of performances from Wednesday, May 13, to Saturday, May 16, at the Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road, Todmorden.

The Gang’s keen eye marked out the musical Mamma Mia – or rather the music created for it by Swedish pop group Abba in the 1970s and early 1980s – as quality material and have shaped it into act one’s closer Dancing Queen.

The first half of the show also featured Tribute To Buddy, as the Gang go back 50 years to the day the music died by remembering one of the greatest first generation rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, who died in a fateful plane crash in February 1959.

Act two will open with Welcome To The 60s – which includes snippets of the West End hit musical Hairspray, Wonka Time, which draws on the original musical version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory rather than the more sinister remake and a showcase for the show;s new musical director, Chris Sawer.

Producer Rowena Goldthorpe said Chris has joined the team after moving north from Worthing, where he had been a member of their Gang Show.

Worthing’s loss is Todmorden’s gain as Chris has brought bags of enthusiasm and idea with him. He has arranged the act two showstopper Dreamcoat Mega-mix, inspired by the classic musical.

Tickets are priced at £7 (concessionary rate £5) each night of the show’s run and they are now available from Todmorden Tourist Information Centre.

The full article contains 322 words and appears in Todmorden News newspaper.
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  • Last Updated: 23 April 2009 10:54 AM
  • Source: Todmorden News
  • Location: Todmorden

I didn’t write this either, it’s an article from the Todmorden News.

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Gang Show 2009 gets new logo thanks to Lucy’s winning design

 

Lucy, left, and producer Rowena Goldthorpe, with the winning design
Lucy, left, and producer Rowena Goldthorpe, with the winning design
Published Date: 30 April 2009

 

THE winner of Todmorden Gang Show’s competition for this year’s logo is Lucy Williams, of the 7th Todmorden Guides.
Lucy is pictured left receiving her prize, a voucher donated by Cryers Newscentre, Todmorden, from the show’s producer Rowena Goldthorpe.

The design competition is now well-established and Lucy’s design will be featured on promotional material for this year’s show, which features members of the scout and guide movements in the upper Calder Valley and is staged at the Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road, Todmorden, from May 13 to 16 (7.30pm start, doors open at 7pm each evening).

Additionally everyone who entered the competition received a box of chocolates.

Now in its 51st year, the Gang have been working on this year’s show since January. It will mix some traditional set-pieces, such as the opening and closing segments of the show, sketches, dance and some colourful musical set-pieces which take in material from top shows such as Mamma Mia (based around the Abba songbook), Tribute To Buddy (on the 50th anniversary of the great rock and roller Buddy Holly’s tragic death) and Dreamcoat Mega-Mix, which has been specially arranged for the Gang by its new musical director Chris Sawer.

Tickets for the enjoyable night out for all the family are £7 (£5 concessionary rate) and they are now available from Todmorden Tourist Information Centre on 818181 or out of hours on 810821.

 

The full article contains 245 words and appears in Todmorden News newspaper.
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  • Last Updated: 30 April 2009 12:52 PM
  • Source: Todmorden News
  • Location: Todmorden

This is an article from the Hebden Bridge Times, a sister paper to the Todmorden news.

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I used to be in 7th Todmorden Guides, and Lucy’s one of my friends (and was before she won).

 

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Posted on: May 9, 2009

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This is the tod gang show logo, with a guide in the forground in blue and a scout in green, both are wearing the red gang show necker which had a make-over for it’s 50th anniversary in 2008 when a gold strip was added around the edge, therefore when it was rolled correctly, like all guiding/scouting neckers it was golden and red striped with a new woggle too.

I DID NOT copy this. And i’m 12.

by the way, there is the tod gang show website at

www.todgangshow.org.uk/  .

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