Hobart Gang Show


Founded in 1956, Hobart Gang Show aims to give young people in Scouting and Guiding the opportunity to develop performance skills and perform in a close to professional theatrical environment.

Reaching its 46th season in 2023, Hobart Gang Show is written and performed by Scouts and Guides from around Hobart. They even get opportunities to direct!

(Casting preference is however for members aged 11 - 26 years of age at the time of the show.)  



What is Hobart Gang Show?  

For over forty years Hobart Gang Show has been providing young people with opportunities to develop confidence, resilience and teamwork through the performing arts.  Along the way, they also have lots of fun!  

Hobart Gang Show is an annual theatrical production which is a training activity providing young people of Scouts and Girl Guides Tasmania with practical experience of performance and stagecraft. Involvement may be in singing, dancing/movement and speaking roles on stage and/or even help write the script or music the following year.  There are also other opportunities for those aged from sixteen years to be involved in band, choreography, sound, lighting, audio or being a member of the backstage crew. Many of the Gang have developed life-long passions in areas related to the performing arts with some, as a direct result of their involvement with the Show, going on to notable professional careers either on stage or in a particular backstage field of work.  

Each year we are looking for young people to be involved, to open doors they may not have explored, or get further experience in an interest area.  There is so much to be gained through involvement in Hobart Gang Show.  It goes further than a talent or technical skill, but builds character through rehearsals, discipline, being physically active and gaining confidence to the end result of showcasing their work to an audience.  

Take the next step

The next step to gaining so much through your experience with Hobart Gang Show and the performing arts is to book an audition.  It is your chance to be involved, but if you don't come along, you will miss the opportunity HGS has to offer.  Casting preference is given to youth members aged 11 - 26, however any current member of Scouting or Guiding may audition. Gang Show offers a unique and easy to enter environment to learn the skills required to perform on stage and in front of an audience. 

All involved with the Show are volunteers. 
Note - Everyone involved with Hobart Gang Show aged 16+ must have a current Working With Vulnerable People card. 

About the audition

Hobart Gang Show is an inclusive production.  Auditions are designed to help us find the best place for you in the show, ideally on stage.  Everyone who auditions will be made welcome, regardless of their ability and the audition is usually as a small group.  We endeavour to have everyone involved, but the final number of actual cast does need to be limited due to stage size, dressing rooms, logistics and theatre regulations.

There are three components of the audition - acting, singing and movement.  If you wish to be involved, you need to book an audition.  Family members please note each individual person must complete a separate booking.  Once you have booked your audition you will receive a confirmation E-mail along with further information.  

To start the process, you will need to choose the time that suits you best, book your audition and answer some simple questions to confirm your audition.

If this is your first audition it would be appreciated if you could forward a recent photo of yourself and brief resumé. The resumé needs only to be a dot point list of what you have done/are doing in Scouting or Guiding and any experience with theatre, acting, singing or dancing.  If you are interested in auditioning for a solo/main singing or acting role please indicate on the audition form. Remember auditions are just part of the process for any stage production, there is no need to be worried about anything, but if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact and discuss your concerns.  


A few weeks after auditions there is a one hour information session (casting & scripts given).  Rehearsals start on 19th May and are held most weeks on a Sunday (1.00 - 5.00 p.m.), no rehearsals on long weekends.  The first weekend of the July school holidays has a rehearsal on both Saturday and Sunday.  There is also a Gang Show camp at the Orana Girl Guide Camp (Roches Beach), which is a very important full weekend.  Everyone must ensure their availability for the entire camp (3rd & 4th August) and all rehearsals following. 
Traditionally Hobart Gang Show has performed in August, however due theatre availability changes, HGS will now be performing in September - performance dates are 12th, 13th & 14th September.  


If you wish to audition, but feel more comfortable wearing a face mask, please be assured this is allowed.  If it is deemed necessary for you to remove your mask to enable your facial expression/s to be seen or to hear you more clearly, you may be asked to move to a separate area of the hall or outside (physically distanced from others), but we will ensure you are comfortable with this.  

Any questions, contact Denice on 6224 1105 (after 6.00 p.m.)

Or E-mail  pc.gang@tas.scouts.com.au