Cast Sign On 2023

Join our 2023 Cast performing at The Grand Theatre

We are calling on all those members of Blackpool Scouts and Guides to be part of Blackpool Gang Show to sign on and take part.

What is Blackpool Gang Show? It is a variety show put on by the Scouts & Guides from Blackpool from 5 years upwards. It is held at the iconic Grand Theatre in the town centre. It is a chance for the cast to perform on a professional stage singing, dancing and acting. 

This year the production team have worked hard to put a show together ready for the show week at the Grand Theatre on 25th to 28th October 2023.

What do I do? We hear you call… well it is dead easy,  click on the sign on button below,  complete all the questions including the consent authorisations. Then a few days later we’ll get in touch with more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you’re completely new to Gang Show or have been with us since you were 5 years old, joining is a great way to meet new people, build confidence and perform on a professional stage. We all have questions sometimes, so here’s our FAQs.

If your question hasn’t been answered then please contact us.

When is the show?

This year, Blackpool Gang Show will be at The Grand Theatre from 25th until 28th October 2023. We will have a technical get in rehearsal on Sunday 22nd October and a dress rehearsal on Tuesday 24th October. You must be available for all of these dates.

How old do I need to be to join the cast?

Junior Gang (5 to 11): You must be 5 by 1st June 2023
Senor Gang (11 plus): You must be 11 by 1st September 2023

Will there be an information session?

Yes, we will be holding two information sessions to give you all you need to know about the show. These will be at Unity Academy, Blackpool FY2 0TZ. You don’t need to attend both, only one and can drop in when suits you. They will include a director’s talk at 7pm, wardrobe measuring, cast handbook collection and a chance to meet other cast members.

  • Tuesday 18th April, 6:30pm until 8pm (director’s chat at 7pm)
  • Tuesday 25th April, 6:30pm until 8pm (director’s chat at 7pm)

When will rehearsals start?

The first rehearsal will take place on Tuesday 2nd May.

Rehearsals will be every Tuesday until 18th July then there will be a summer break with rehearsals restarting on Sunday 3rd September and then on Sundays and Tuesdays until the show.

Tuesday Rehearsal times usually are: 

  • Junior Gang (6:15pm-7:30pm)
  • Senior Gang (7:00pm – 9:00pm)

Sunday Rehearsal times usually are:

  • Junior Gang (1:00pm-3:00pm)
  • Senior Gang (12:00pm – 4:00pm

A full breakdown of rehearsal dates you must attend can be seen here.

Where will the rehearsals be held?

All rehearsals will take place at Unity Academy, Blackpool FY2 0TZ, access via Milford Avenue.

There will be no access to Unity via Warbreck Hill Road, you need to approach the school off Devonshire Road (red arrows) down Dudley Ave left onto Milford Ave (FY2 0TZ) following it round to the right to the ‘L’ shaped parking area (bounded by yellow line) then enter the school via the door denoted by the green arrow. Please don’t park anywhere else to allow free access to pedestrians and delivery of piano and drums.

Will there be a schedule for rehearsals?

Yes, there is. Please see the full rehearsal dates here. We plan to produce a schedule of what we will be rehearsing, please check Online Scout Manager (OSM), our website, Facebook Group and your emails for full details.

Tuesday Rehearsal times usually are: 

  • Junior Gang (6:15pm-7:30pm)
  • Senior Gang (7:00pm – 9:00pm)

Sunday Rehearsal times usually are:

  • Junior Gang (1:00pm-3:00pm)
  • Senior Gang (12:00pm – 4:00pm

Please Note: Access to OSM will be emailed to you.

Do I have to pay to be in Gang Show?

Yes, there is a £20.00 registration fee to be paid to join the cast. This includes, rehearsals, performing at The Grand Theatre (including technical costs, lighting etc), costumes with a few exceptions, a Gang Show badge, programme and cast handbook.

As you can understand due to the rise in costs, we do not want anyone to be excluded due to financial reasons so if you would like further information about ways you can be supported please contact us.

You may have to supply a few costume items yourself (e.g white pumps) details will be given when finalised.

The registration fee should be paid by bank transfer direct to Blackpool Gang Show. Details below:

  • Account Name: Blackpool District Scout Council Gang Show
  • Account number: 00013167
  • Sort Code: 40-52-40
  • Reference: initial. surname (e.g. R. Smith)

How do we practice songs and routines?

In addition to the scheduled rehearsals, songs and routine videos will be added to the Cast Area on the website for you to watch, listen and practice to.

How will the show be costumed?

The show will be costumed via our extensive wardrobe department. We may ask, as in previous years, for you to provide some aspects of your costumes. For example, plain white pumps, black trousers etc. Please do not buy anything unless instructed by our Wardrobe Team.

Shall I send you measurements for costumes?

No, we don’t require you to send us any measurements for costumes. We don’t want any discrepancies between measurements so Lesley and the wardrobe team will be conducting measurements at wardrobe appointments during the first few rehearsals.

Do I wear my uniform in the show?

Yes you do, you will need the full uniform appropriate to the section you are in, including uniform trousers and a belt. Uniform will be worn in the finale of the show with a Gang Show Red Necker. Any questions please ask.

Do we need to send a headshot?

Yes. Once you have signed on, please send a head and shoulders photograph of yourself (no filters, no stickers etc.) to our Director, Darrell via email director@blackpoolgangshow.org.uk.

Will there be auditions for sketches, solos and parts?

Yes, we will be auditioning for all appropriate parts in the show. These will be done through observations at rehearsals as well as specific auditions. We aim to share the parts to give everyone an opportunity within the show, sometimes this can be difficult due to the show running order and other factors. Please do put yourself forward for everything, nothing is a barrier to stop you pushing yourself and getting stuck in.

Will we have recordings of the songs?

Yes, we have the music recorded by Steve (Musical Director) and will become available on the Cast Area.

Will we get a printed copy of the Cast Handbook?

Yes, you will at the first rehearsal. You will also be able to download it from the Cast Area on the website.

Sign On (Closed)

Click on the button button below to sign on for the show. Complete all the information and we’ll be in touch within a few days with more information.

Join the Group

If you are a cast member or parent for the 2023 show, please make sure you join the Facebook group called ‘Blackpool Gang Show Cast 2023‘ for latest news and updates regarding rehearsals, the show and much more. Our main communication will be through email.