Scouting for Entertainment in Derby? Check out May 13
DERBY-Its part minstrel with a touch of vaudeville and a pinch of variety.
That could only mean the recipe for the annual Housatonic Council Cub Scout Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33 93rd annual Scout Gang Show. The evening of entertainment will take place May 13 at 7 o’clock in the Derby United Methodist Church at the corner of Fifth and Elizabeth Street near the green.
The scouts will present their 93rd Annual Scout Gang Show on May 13, 7:30PM at the Derby United Methodist Church, located near the Derby Green at the corner of 5th & Elizabeth Streets, Derby.
This is the only Gang Show still 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, Shelton Aldermanic President John Anglace 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 and Derby Hall of Fame member Edmund D. Strang. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan sent Strang a congratulatory letter commending the annual show as “Connecticut’s finest example of organized chaos”.
Highlights of this year’s “Make America Proud of You in All You Say and Do” themed show include “Yankee Doodle Dandy” by Cub Scout Robert Discepola, “Give My Regards to Broadway” by Cub Lam Phan and “This Land is Your Land” by Scouts Jeremiah Charles, Noah Darrow and Alex Robertson. “The Troop 3 March” an original song composed by the late Walter Petz, will be performed by the Troop 3 Woodchucking Woodchucks Patrol. The director and interlocutor for the show is Troop 3 Scoutmaster Randy Ritter and piano accompaniment is provided by Christian Tracz. Lighting and sound is under the direction of Troop 3 Committeeman Dominic Livoti.
The “Endmen” or joke tellers for the show include Troop 3 and Crew 33 members Michael McMahon, Michael Shea, Jason Edwards, Ben Grasso, Naveen Madivala and James Chopak. “Stooges” performing run on skits for the show are Julian Gilloren, Ryan Kish, Brian Welch, Charles Stankye IV and Matthew Kish. The Stooges are under the direction of Assistant Scoutmaster William McDonnell, Jr.
Tickets are $10 from Pack 3, Troop 3 and Crew 33 scouts, or by calling 203-732-0343. 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 2017 National Scout Jamboree.