Housatonic BSA Cub Scout Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33 scouts are preparing for their 90th annual Scout Gang Show, which will be held on May 9 and 10, 7:30 p.m., at the Derby Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
The show is part old-time minstrel, part variety show and part Gang Show, in the English Scouting tradition. First performed in 1922, the Derby Scout Gang Show has the distinction of being the longest running show of its kind in the world.
When honoring the late Edmund D. Strang, and the longevity of the show in 1985, President Ronald Reagan referred to the Gang Show as “Connecticut’s finest example of controlled chaos.”
Strang was the Gang Show director, interlocutor and driving force for 70 years. Troop 3 Scoutmaster Randy Ritter has been directing the show for the past 20 years
More than 100 scouts, leaders and parents will be performing. Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School Senior Jeremey Lombard will be accompanying the scout soloists and chorus as the pianist and Troop 3 Scout Matthew Moran will serve as chorus director. The “endmen” or fun men, who will be telling jokes for the show are Michael McMahon, Steven Tracz, Dominic Livoti, Billy Kowarik, Andrew Devine, Colby McLiverty, Anthony Bartholomew, Justin Patten and Joseph Szewczyk.
The theme for the show is “Ain’t We Got Fun,” and will feature hit songs from the show through the years. In addition, the scouts will be performing traditional Scout Gang Show classics such as “Bye Bye Blackbird,” “Hey Good Lookin’” and “When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobin’ Along.”
Special guests include former Derby mayor and current City Clerk Marc Garofalo and Sarah Beth Widomski.
In addition to Garofalo, Center Stage director Gary Scarpa, former Ansonia Mayor Bill Menna and Shelton Aldermanic President John Anglace all performed in the show as youths.
Tickets for the show are $8 and are available from any Pack 3, Troop 3 or Crew 33 Scout or by calling 203-732-0343.
A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds from the show help send scouts to summer camp at Ed Strang Scout Reservation, Cub Scout Day camp and the scout’s upcoming 3-week cross-country camping trek.