ANYONE who has ever seen a North Devon Gang Show knows what tremendously energetic fun it is, both for those taking part and those watching. However, this year, the colourful show which is performed by enthusiastic young people and adults from the scouting and guiding world, has had more formal and prestigious recognition.
Not only has the mayor of Barnstaple, Lesley Brown, awarded it the Kernow Cup – an award made by the mayor to recognise work with youngsters – but NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) have nominated last year's show for the Councillor's Cup for Best Youth Production in the South West.
"To be nominated by NODA is such a fantastic honour," said chairman of the gang show, Kay Ford. "It makes us all feel very proud. We are about to tread the boards with our 2014 production, so you can imagine the buzz this has given the team and the cast. Fingers crossed."
This year's show features the music of Elvis, Robbie Williams, the Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
"The 35th annual Gang Show is a fast-moving variety show, containing song, dance, music and laughter for all the family," said Kay. "So no matter how young or old, the audience is sure to be clapping and foot tapping along to their favourite from over the years."
The evening also includes comedy sketches and a few surprises.
"The aim of the show is to give the young people the opportunity to develop theatre skills and perform on a professional stage," said Kay.
The young performers have been working hard after months of rehearsal and relish the chance to perform on a professional theatre stage.
"As the curtain goes back the energy and enthusiasm is at fever pitch as the gang burst on to the stage, a chance for the North Devon audience to share in the great enjoyment," added Kay.
Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple from Wednesday, February 19 to Saturday, February 22, 7.15pm. Tickets: £9.50 or £8.50. Box office: 01271 324242.