Following the nationwide restrictions that have been put in place due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, the difficult decision has been made to postpone Castle Capers 2020.
We are currently exploring options for the show to take place later in the year and details, with regard to this, will follow in due course. Any individuals who had purchased tickets for this year’s show will receive a full refund in due course.
We would like to thank everyone who has been involved with the in Capers 2020 so far, they have been incredible.
“Side by side, heart to heart, we can finish anything we start”.
Castle Capers is back, and this year Newcastle’s very own Scout Gang Show is celebrating a very special anniversary. It’s forty years since the variety performance, which brings together young people and leaders from across the district, was awarded “red necker status”.
Newcastle District Commissioner Vera Bloor says “not every Scout show, can call itself a Gang Show. A production needs to be regularly assessed by the Scout Association, to ensure that it meets the required standard, and only then does the cast earn the right to wear the prestigious red neckerchief during the performance. The fact that Castle Capers has been able to call itself a Gang Show for forty years is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the show over the last four decades”
Castle Capers was first assessed in 1980 by Ralph Reader, who staged the UK’s very first Gang Show in 1932. To mark the occasion the team behind this year’s show is trying to track down members of the original cast.
Producer Heather Locker says “I’m so excited about this year’s show, rehearsals are going really well, and it would be amazing if we could get members of the original gang back together, to share their memories with us along with any photos they might have. We’re hoping they’ll come along to one of the performances too, as we’ve got some really talented young people in the cast, I can’t wait for everyone to see what they can do”.
This year’s performance takes places at the Mitchell Arts Centre in Hanley from 15th-18th April. Amongst those returning to the cast this year is Cub Scout Leader Barbara Davies affectionately known as “Aunty Barb”. She’s been part of the show since the very beginning and remembers being awarded the red necker for the first time.
Barbara says “the content of the show hasn’t really changed, you still have the singing, the dancing, and the sketches. It’s a lot more contemporary now, but for me there’s nothing like a group of volunteers coming together and putting on a show. It’s not all about what you put in, it’s also about what you get back, and I’ve made some fantastic friends over the last forty years.”
Rehearsals for 2020’s show commence as follows (up until Friday 10th April):
Sunday 5th January @ St Wulstans Community Centre, Church Lane, ST5 0EF:
Beavers – 13.30 – 14.30
Cubs – 13.30 – 15.30
Main Cast – 14.30 – 17.30 (Scouts, Explorers, Network, Leaders, ASU)
Friday 10th January @ St Andrews Church Hall, 40 Pilkington Avenue, ST5 3RE:
Main Cast – 19.00 – 21.00 (Scouts, Explorers, Network, Leaders, ASU)
Castle Capers Show Week:
15-18th April 2020 @ 19.15 (Saturday Matinee show 14.15).
The District Executive has ratified the appointment of Jay Auckland as Director of Castle Capers 2020, of Steve Broadhurst as the show’s Chairman and of Gavin Eardley as the show’s Treasurer and Business Manager. We are now tasked with the job of putting the various show teams, necessary for a successful activity, together.
While it is essential that the show builds on the expertise of the past, it is equally essential it gives EVERYBODY in the District the opportunity to volunteer their services. It is impossible to know what amazing skills, past experiences or what willingness to learn is “out there” that would benefit Castle Capers – So, all we can do is ask!! The show needs to fill all manner of roles – from producers to ushers; on stage, front of house and back stage.
If you would like to be a part of Castle Capers 2020 – part of the production, management, business teams especially – LET US KNOW.
If you have a specific skill, experience or contact that you think might be useful to the show – LET US KNOW.
If you would like to “just help” and don’t quite know how you could be of use – LET US KNOW.
Even if you’ve been a part of the team for ages – let us know you still want to be part of the 2020 team.
After a really successful show in 2018 (in terms of being a successful Scout activity, a thoroughly entertaining evening, being financially sound and excellent public relations for Newcastle Scouting) we all look forward to an even more successful show in 2020 ……. and the planning has already started.