Spotlight on the Show 1958Return to 1958 Front Page
More than 500 changes of costume (and wigs ) are being used in the show.
Rehearsals have been going on for five months at various places in the town. On one occasion a Scoutmaster brought two members of his troop back from camp near Middleton-in-Teesdale for a rehearsal—then drove them back again!
The cast of 127 includes—for the first time in any of our shows— three women "guests," who lend a hand with speaking parts in the play.
Just over 100 boys have some part in a scene other than the mass singing items.
People from as far north as Newcastle and as far south as Manchester will be visiting us during the week.
Providing the music for the show is an orchestra composed of local amateur musicians, fed by Miss Bessy Lupton.
This is Middlesbrough Scouts' fourth district show. They began with a "Gang Show" in St. John's Hall in 1950 and moved on to the Empire Theatre for their next two productions, in 1951 and 1953. "We'll Live For Ever," which is described as "a story of Scouting today," is their first musical play— and, like all their previous shows, it has proved a "sell-out."
Mr. W. Palmer, the Little Theatre stage manager, is no stranger to large-scale Scout shows; he formerly assisted South Shields Scouts with their "Gang Show."
Our "tame adders" estimate that 1,431 welcome cups of tea will be consumed by the cast during this week.
And in case this digest of "vital statistics" has quickened YOUR thirst, may we remind you that there is a licensed bar in this theatre !