Some HVGS Show Memories

Courtesy of the late Ian Smith (1979 - 2004 Shows) and Tony Dale (2006 Show and thereafter)

HVGS 1979: International Year of the Child

A cast of over 85 went on stage for the first Hutt Valley Gang Show in 1979, many of them Sea Scouts. Because of this the programme included a number of naval/sea type items, including the song ‘Sailing” which was a current hit by Rod Stewart. I remember the background to one major item was a ship illuminated with hundreds of little lights and the cast wore a special blue Gang Show scarf with the traditional whites. One of the songs we sang was Rule Britannia. Very stirring.

As this was International Year of the Child their national logo was incorporated into the Gang Show scarf and as Gang Show was a recognised activity the IY of C Badge could be worn on the Scout uniform.
It’s interesting to note that for all the early Shows the participants had to purchase their own set of whites and white sand-shoes and pay for all camps etc. No such thing as a free lunch then. For this Show the cast were asked to return all costumes the week after the Show “washed and pressed”.

The Gang Show camp was held at Brookfield a couple of weeks before the Show went on stage and coincided with a weekend that a rather large contingent of “bikies’ converged on Wellington for a convention. They attracted a lot of national press and Eric Heath saw the funny side and had the following cartoon in the Dominion Post.

Brian Boyd, the Gang Show Organiser was quick to capitalise on the situation and got permission from Eric Heath to use the cartoon in the Programme. The original of the cartoon was presented to Brian on the final night of the Show and he still has it in his possession.
I remember the Camp well. It was the year the Old Rover Lodge at Brookfield was built and just prior to the camp they had laid the concrete floor. A number of us Leaders slept (or tried to) on the floor but it was the coldest night I can remember and in the morning there was a white out on the grass where the Venturers were sleeping in tents.
All performances for the 1979 Show sold out 10 days before the Show. Guests of honour included the Deputy Chief Scout Major General Holloway, Air Vice Marshall Morrison, Rear Admiral Ross and a handful of Members of Parliament, Ron Bailey, Fraser Coleman, John Terris, Bill Young and Trevor Young.

One item “Bambazoolian Way” had a bit of everything in it including Len Cogger as Queen Victoria. I’ll swear he looked more like Queen Victoria than she did herself! He and I and a few other colonials ended up in a big cooking pot and disappeared each night through a trapdoor in the stage floor. We then had to feel our way through the darkness and the cobwebs back to the dressing rooms.
Another item was “The Spanish Inquisition”. I played King Philip of Spain and Jeff Driver was Jim Knox (a Union Leader of the time). At one point each night we did a whole lot of Ad-libbing depending on which Scout Group was in the audience. Thinking about it since I can’t understand how we got away with it.

HVGS 1986: Cinderella

In 1986 Len Cogger, Lance & Pam Hurly and myself were still Leaders with the Pinehaven Group. We had so enjoyed the first Show in 1979 we went back for more. Out of a cast of 60 we provided 25% from the Pinehaven Group which confirms my belief that the support for any Scouting activity is driven by the enthusiasm of the Leaders.

There were four of the Hurly family on stage, Kevin Swanson and two of his daughters and another as prompt (not forgetting Kevin’s Sister in law was the Producer), myself and son, and a number of brother/sister combinations. It was a real family Show.

I remember this Show best for the pantomime Cinderella. At the Camp just prior to the Show going on stage we were given instructions to find a costume and whatever fitted best you played that character in the pantomime. By the time I got in there all that was left was a big yellow dress and a shepherds crook. Little Bo Peep was born, complete with beard.

Len, Lance and myself also did a little number called Cupids. It involved wearing nothing but a Nappy and a pair of wings and singing, dancing and prancing between some large hearts. It went down a treat and some months later we were asked to do a repeat performance at a MASHI weekend up at Otaki. As far as I know it’s the only time the Hutt Valley Show went on tour.

It must have been in this Show that Liam Clinton met his future wife Rayna Jones. Liam is now Stage Manager Show and Rayna and two of their daughters are in the cast. I suppose it’s one way of ensuring the future of Gang Shows. Rayna must have been entranced by Liam’s silver tongue – he was the narrator for Cinderella!

Richard Smolnicki took on the job of Treasurer and ticket sales for the 1986 Show and held the position for many Shows to come. He was never a cast member although he’s made a few cameo appearances on stage as the Seventh Dwarf, an impressive Roman Soldier and a very sprightly Morris Dancer.

To get this Show off the ground the Area Committee advanced $2000, which was repaid at the end of the Show along with a contribution to Brookfield.

HVGS 1988: Melodrama

Although there was a cast of only 58 for this Show it was notable for an intake of 7 or 8 Leaders who then remained with the Show for quite a while – some of them are still there.

It was also my first Show as Organiser and I had many a headache that year. In February when I agreed to take on the task the Theatre was booked for July but there was no Production brief or anyone appointed to positions. My first job was to change the bookings to November and then frantically to look around for a producer and key personnel. We made it, but only just and only because a number of people like Lesley Buckley the Producer, got through a whole lot of work in a very short time.

The melodrama was called “Unhand me Squire” and most of the action took place around a village maypole. This was the last Show before the arrival of girl Scouts so naturally the village maidens were played by boys. How well they did it too. The narrator had a line which was repeated after every major event “… and the villagers rejoiced”. This was the cue for the scouts dressed as girls to strut their stuff. I wonder where they are now? I know two of them were sons of a school inspector and another, the son of a scientist at the Soil Bureau.

As for the 1986 Show, we again sought a $2,000 advance from Area to get the Show off the ground. It was pleasing to not only be able to pay that back but to also donate $2,500 to Brookfield as well as keep sufficient in funds to be able to start the next Show. We also purchased a number of clothes racks for the dressing rooms and a Container that has been strategically placed at Brookfield ever since and is the permanent storage place for the rostrums etc.

HVGS 1990: Brutal Caesar

It’s interesting to note that no call was made on Area for a loan for this Show. However, as rehearsals began and the first bills were due for payment the Upper Hutt District Jamboree Committee made a loan of $1,000 to tide the Show over until some of the seats were sold.
The Show went on to be a financial success and with some of the profits we invested in the electric piano which has been worth its weight in gold ever since. A further $5000 was invested as a term deposit.

This was the first Show that we had the benefit of girls in Scouts and the cast number shot up to 78. For the first time we also obtained grants and donations to help alleviate some of the costs of producing Shows of this magnitude. Rank Xerox Ltd. was our first major sponsor.
At the rehearsal camp at Brookfield two weeks before the Show went on stage Lesley Buckley, the Director, sent the eleven Roman Guards outside to practice their marching which was abysmal. It wasn’t helped by the fact Ron Dewsnap had three left feet. You can imagine the raucous behavior of grown men marching up and down jostling and tripping over each other. The march was to end with the guards in a line facing the audience and looking very serious. When we finally got it right someone started singing ‘Galloop went the little green frog” and, of course, everyone joined in. We were very pleased with ourselves so we decided that when we went back inside to demonstrate our skills to the Director we would also very seriously burst into “Galloop”. We were expecting a real rollicking but instead Lesley burst into laughter and said the song had to stay.

The whole of the Roman sequence in this Show was a laugh. I can never remember the name of the Leader who played Mr Whippy, He’s not in scouts anymore but I’ve often seen him since and he’s quite happy that I still call him Mr Whippy.

Bob Law, of course, played Julius Caesar. Or should I say he laughed his way through Julius Caesar. He could never anticipate what the backstage boys had lined up for him each night and always burst into infectious giggles. The first time they placed some polystyrene cups under his cushion on the throne. When he sat down they held for a few minutes so he was totally oblivious, but then they suddenly collapsed and he sank about three inches.

The following night he was very suspicious and looked at everything carefully before he did anything, but nothing happened. Then having lulled him into a false sense of security they next placed a whoopee cushion under the real cushion on his thrown. He completely lost the plot!

This is an extract from one of the 1990 Newsletters:
St. Peter was on duty at the Pearly Gates admitting people to heaven. Most of them were being turned away and advised “to try next door”. These included lawyers, used car salesmen, insurance agents, Rovers and a smattering of Sea Scout Leaders. Finally a bald headed, bearded old gent presented himself at the gates and when asked by St. Peter what he did on earth he replied “Gang Show Organiser”.
To which St. Peter replied “Come in, come in, Sir – you’ve already had your hell on earth.”

HVGS 1992: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Energy Direct was the major sponsor for this Show and we attracted a cast of 83.

It was during this Show that we took over the Loft at Brookfield for storage of some of the costumes and props. We are still moving the last of them out of there before the rats finally take control. Some things take time.

One unusual item I had to locate for this Show was a tandem for the second day of Christmas, but I managed it and Alan Jolliffe and Sue Irvine got quite adept at riding it round the stage. There were some quite impressive days in the Christmas sequence such as the eleven maids a milking and the awesome male ballet. Who could forget the Morris dancers, though, on their tippy, tippy toes with bells jangling and white kerchiefs flashing?

This letter appeared in the Evening Post on 20 July 1992:

Gang Show Superb

Sir, We should like through your column to thank and congratulate the Hutt Valley Scout and Guide movement for a superb night’s entertainment offered in their 1992 Gang Show. For those who did not attend because they thought it may have been a bit “old Hat” or fusty – you don’t know what you missed.
The Show bubbled along all night: well choreographed, bright, breezy, serious, sad, amusing, hilarious, and it looked as if all the performers were enjoying themselves as much as we were.
Having had experience as both Cub and Scout Leaders and being involved in musical production, we realise what patience and frustration is encountered or required when trying to regiment a large group of people such as this cast.
Did it lack anything? Yes, we confess it did – there was a distinct lack of violence, the royal family was not ridiculed, coarse language was noticeably absent and there was no political lampooning or sacrilegious comment.
What a breath of fresh air in this day and age.
G N and J Carpenter, Silverstream.

HVGS 1994: An Evening with Gilbert & Sullivan

By this time we had outgrown Belmont Scout Hall for rehearsals and overflowed next door into the Hardwick-Smith Lounge. This meant that two items, or even more, could be rehearsed at the same time and helped make better use of rehearsal time.

We also introduced an extra weekend camp at Brookfield that was held a couple of weeks into rehearsals and was mainly used to audition for individual parts. This worked well and has been part of the rehearsal schedule ever since.

This was also the first Show where we used the national adjudication system for assessing the Show. Since then all Shows have been adjudicated by an independent professional theatre person and although it’s often hard to accept criticism the adjudications have been useful in determining any weak spots of a Show and working on these for the next Show.

Gang Show whites were purchased for this Show with a donation from Synergy International and were then retained in Wardrobe. This was a saving for cast members who had previously been required to buy their own.

For the first time we tried individual photographs in the Programme but this proved to be a nightmare trying to get the right name with the right photograph. On the first night Kevin and Margaret Swanson spent a few hours with scissors and gum trying to make corrections.
I’ve always enjoyed Gilbert & Sullivan so was quite pleased to be able to take part in the farce based around some of their musicals. The costumes for the item were magnificent. I think they were borrowed from Melbourne.

The item that got the most audience attention, though, was the song Simple Melody. It was sung in harmony by a number of small groups placed strategically around the stage. Each group had a solo verse set to movement and then all the groups sang and moved together. Ross Jordan’s group was centre stage and they had a simple little knees bend jig they did whilst they sang. Ross was in a spot where most of the stage-lights seemed to cross and focus and they played merry havoc with his white shorts. From the audience it looked like he was superhuman and his shorts had a mind of their own. As eyes focused on him, first there were titters and then outright laughter.

Unfortunately those on stage had no idea what the laughter was for on the first couple of nights as this was supposed to be a serious item. But then word got to the dressers and they started inspecting Ross’s shorts on a nightly basis but the mystery was never solved and the laughter got louder and louder each night.

At the Theatre rehearsal a week before the Show it was found that there was insufficient time for scene changing between a couple of items and David Walker, the Director, threw a short front of tabs sketch at Lance Hurly and myself and said “learn that before next week”. It was a very simple sketch called “Spot of Quiet” and one I really enjoyed. I don’t think we ever got the script exactly right but Lance and myself were able to help each other and adlib if the other made a mistake. We were able to carry the audience along with us, which is quite an experience. I think I even got the punch line wrong one night but it didn’t really matter, the audience never knew.

HVGS 1996: Country Fare Bakeries Scout & Guide Gang Show

There were a number of innovations for this Show

Firstly at the request of the then Area Commissioner, Gerry Purcell, we opened up the auditions to the greater Wellington Area being as there were by this time no other Shows still operating.

Secondly we gave our major sponsor the naming rights for the Show. As well as receiving $2500 in cash the Country Fare Bakeries also provided all the bread and rolls we needed for the camps and catering. With a cast of 81 plus the support teams that’s a lot of rolls! During Show week they also had fresh daily displays of all their products and the cast were able to take samples home each night.
And lastly, we negotiated with Upper Hutt District to use the 1st Upper Scout Hall as the storage for the Wardrobe. This was a temporary arrangement but was so successful it has carried on through to today.

Beth Hamilton and Frances Carmody hopped over to Australia for a few days and saw the Melbourne Gang Show and brought back with them a number of costumes we borrowed for our Show. I remember I wrote a letter to Frances’s employers saying she had been selected to go to the Melbourne Show to represent the Hutt Valley Show and would need time off work. They agreed and she was able to go on full pay.
In the lead up to this Show we held a Casino Evening, run by the Silverstream Lions, and raised $750 to meet some of the Gang Show expenses. Then just after the Show we used a production of the Company of Musical Players as a fundraiser and raised $1900 which was used as a base for the 1998 Show.

Michelle Carter and Kelly Strachan, cast members and Venturers with St. Joseph’s in Upper Hutt wrote this little recipe during the Show:
The Recipe for a Great, Fun, Professional Looking Gang Show is:

Ingredients:
…a handful of Cubs
…a few Brownies
…a group of Scouts
…a small batch of Guides
…a cluster of Rangers
…an angry tribe of Leaders from different backgrounds
…a clan of Rovers
…and a whole heap of awesomely, adventurous, talented Venturers

Method:
Mix together in Belmont Scout hall for three months of hard, fun and time consuming rehearsals led by a grumpy yet funny and ambitious production team and including two hellishly fun but tiring camps.
After three months remove from Belmont Scout hall and replace in Lower Hutt’s Little Theatre.
Add a backstage crew, orchestra and colourful, kinky costumes that you would definitely not choose to wear in public.
Add a couple of full weekend rehearsals.
After that, mix with front-of-house, audience and smiles and the final result is “The Country Fare Bakeries Scout & Guide Gang Show”.

A couple of weeks before this Show went on stage one of the Rovers, James Spencer, got a job in Arthur’s Pass. He left me his address when he left, saying, “You never know, someone might write to me”. That week with the newsletter I issued everyone with a complementary postcard and asked them to write to James. By the end of the following week everyone in Arthur’s Pass was wondering whom this important guy James Spencer was.

In this Show I found one item “The Ostrich Kick” really exhausting. I was the lead ostrich and led the rest on to the stage, where we did a few laps, struts and kicks and ended up along the front facing the audience where I went into the first solo verse. After all the strutting up and down I was always short of breath so sang the verse at my pace and totally ignored Peter Latimer, the conductor, who tried unsuccessfully to quicken it up. It’s quite amusing watching the video and noting how the tempo increases after the first verse.

HVGS 1998: The Lion King

After the previous Show it was decided that it would be good for continuity of cast members if we were to hold a theatre style camp in the year between Shows. The first of these was held in 1997 and proved very useful. Not only was it a vehicle for existing cast members to meet up again but also offered the opportunity for other Scouts and Guides to find out about Gang Show. These mid Show “performing arts camps” are now a fixture on the calendar.

It was for the 1998 Show that we decided we should make more of our sponsors and guests. With the help of Stuart Macaskill, the Patron for Scouting Wellington who was at that time the Chair of the Regional Council, we arranged for the Mayor of Lower Hutt, John Terris to hold a pre-Show reception in the mayoral chambers. This was held just before the Show on Thursday night and was a very pleasant way to thank the sponsors and to acknowledge the key people in the Production and Management teams. Although Stuart is no longer with the Regional Council, the Mayor has very kindly continued to hold these receptions.

There was a bracket in this Show especially for the junior cast based around the Lion King including Whim o Whey and Hakuna Matata. The cast really enjoyed it and their enjoyment showed and was appreciated by the audience.

HVGS 2000: The History of Scouting & Guiding

By now the Gang Show was on a firm financial standing and the format for rehearsals, the number of camps, the rehearsal venues, the sponsors evenings, the wardroom storage, scenery construction, advertising etc were well established and there was little need for new innovations.

This Show contained a good mix of traditional and modern items. The Show bracket featured some magnificent exerts from some of the current popular Shows and the item Reflections was an amusing little ballet for two people and a mirror based on an idea from the Television programme ‘Vicar of Dibley”.

A traditional item “the History of Scouting & Guiding” had nothing going for it on paper but the junior cast really took to it and portrayed our history in a serious but yet very amusing fashion. It was very popular with the audience.

The final song parade included “Run With the Dream” which was written and composed by Heather Nelson who was the Musical Director for the 1990 and 1992 Shows. It’s a very catchy tune and the cast really associated with it and decided to also sing it in the next Show.

HVGS 2002: Murder on a Lonely Farm

The 2002 Show as the first of two directed by Ross Jordon, who had had a long association with HVGS. There was a spectacular number in this Show called New York Tap Dogs. Very loud, very modern and it lent itself to some creative lighting sequences. It got the feet tapping and the fingers clicking and the young adult cast just loved it.

The sketch I really enjoyed was a traditional Ralph Reader; “Murder on a Lonely Farm” performed by two of the younger cast. One was the Narrator and the other provided the sound effects. It relied heavily on perfect timing and facial expressions and the two young actors were superb.

Due to the efforts of Adrienne Beech this Show did extremely well from Grants and Sponsorship and resulted in a very healthy financial profit.

HVGS 2004: 25th Anniversary Show

The Show content for the 2004 Show was made up of items from the previous Shows.

It’s pleasing and very satisfying to note that all the key personnel involved in that Show were themselves ex cast members and have received most of their training within the Gang Show concept. Lots of them had been with the Show since the 1988 and 1990 Shows and have progressed through various roles to fill the positions they now hold. It demonstrates that the Scout/Guide system of training works.
Prior to the final Saturday night performance about 70 ex gang members got together for pre Show drinks in the foyer of the Theatre and reminisced about their experiences. This included 14 people who were involved in the 1979 Show.

After the final Show the Chairman announced that from the profits of the 2002 Show, two Cast members and two Production team members would visit Australia in 2005 during the Gang Show season to view as many Shows as possible. Also a Gang Show Scholarship was announced for support of study towards "theatre" related courses with the view to future involvement in Hutt Valley Gang Shows.

HVGS 2006: Dance Spectacular

The 2006 Show was the first of two directed by Jo Oliver, and the first to be directed by someone who had come up through the Guiding side of the HVGS. The Show started with an adaptation of the opening from the Muppet Show including a rap, entrances through the arches and the two cranky old men. The opening finished with the song "Lime and a Coconut" and a long conga line - it was one of those songs that the cast talk about for years to come, but not necessarily because they liked it!

However, the stand-out item from this Show was the item at the beginning of the second act called "Moulin Rouge". It was a 30 minute dance item that was particularly spectacular and very well performed. It involved multiple "high-value" dance sequences and left audience and cast alike buzzing.

Another feature of this Show was the use of a lot more "modern" material - perhaps reflective of the younger production team - which went down well with the audience and was enjoyed by the cast. One of the final songs was "Reach for the Stars" by pop group S Club 7.

HVGS 2008: Celebrating 100 Years of Scouting and Guiding in New Zealand

As we all know Scouting started on Brownsea Island in 1907 and a year later in New Zealand. As 2008 was the centenary of Scouting and Guiding in New Zealand HVGS 2008 was dedicated to celebrating that event. The Show was the first of the themed Shows and started with a re-enactment of the seige of Makefing which included a very effective silhouette of the African veldt. Subsequent items focused on key aspects of Scouting and Guiding history including the first camp at Brownsea Island, the establishment of Cubs (a reprise of the Bare Necessities item), the formation of Guides at Crystal Palace (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun), the formation of Venturers, Rangers and Rovers, World Jamborees, and the establishment of Gang Show. The continuity items for this Show were a series of sketches called "Generations" where grandparents and parents reflected on scouting and guiding in their era. The Show culminated with a celebration item featuring music from the musical Hairspray (You Can't Stop the Beat).

The Show had many memorable moments - not the least of them a deck chair routine by the Venturers, and a group of Keas and Pippins that performed a cameo role each night to recognise their sections. It was also very well supported by the Movements who came out in force to celebrate the centenary - every performance except one a full house!

The 2008 Show was memorable for two other things too - it was the first time that AV was used ,with projection of images onto screens at the side of the stage used to help tell the centenary story. The first New Zealand-Australia Gang Show Conference was also held in conjunction with the Show with Directors and Producers from throughout Australasia present on final night! No pressure.

HVGS 2010: Myths, Tales and Legends

The 2010 Show was the first of the Hutt Valley Shows to be directed by Tony Dale. The Show had the theme "Myths, Tales and Legends" and the opening was a very effective modern dance version of the Maori creation story. That was followed by a group of witches (singing No Good Deed from Wicked) that brought a whole bunch of characters to life - characters from various items of the Show. Other items included a Monsters Ball, a spectacular under the sea item using UV (for which it took the wardrobe team six very busy weeks to make the costumes), a space/robot item, a toy shop where the toys came alive (and which included Venturers dancing in too-toos!), a Camelot item which culminated in a serious tribute to the values of Scouting, and of course a finale in whites!

A feature of this Show was the use of a Narrator who appeared at the beginning of the Show on a lift that rose up from the orchestra pit. The narrator - a strange Gandalf type figure who was every changing - told the story of the Show as it progressed. A key part of that story were the "white spirits", a group of mysterious creatures created by the witches at the beginning of the Show and that popped up at various times singing various Ralph Reader songs. The White Spirits provided guidance and counsel to unhappy or mischievous characters in each item who caused problems. The advice was always based on the Scout and Guide Laws and culminated in an item called "Point of Light" where the mischievous characters saw the light.

As you can probably tell, the Show had a deep and meaningful plot line (perhaps too deep for some!) and it had some really good music direction by Eric Sidoti. There were many highlights including "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" that finished the first Act. It was also aa Show that reached some new heights in terms of slickness and professionalism. The undoubted lasting talking point, however, was the amazing costuming, particularly for Under the Sea - even though it nearly killed the wardrobe team!

The 2010 Show will also be forever remembered for the passing of Ian Smith. He died in the week leading up to the Show and his funeral was held on the afternoon of opening night. Ian was the passion and driving force behind HVGS for 30 years and his death was deeply felt by many in the 2010 cast and crew. But he would have been proud of the response - opening night was a very special, emotionally charged performance in the very best tradition of Hutt Valley Gang Show.

HVGS 2012: No Man is an Island

The 2012 Show had the theme "No Man is an Island" and told the story of Scout and Guide Patrols that are sent off on a series of Patrol Challenges. The adventures in the various challenges included Scouts visiting a Guide meeting (yep scary thought though it is), girls worry about boys dressed up as girls (a number for the female cast), an old Gang Show movie that comes to life (this was a special number for those that enjoy the spirit of Gang Show), a hallucinating Scout dreaming about Candy (a fun item for the younger cast), an urgent queue for a portaloo which turned into an Irish dancing item for the Venturers, and item about the Movies, a sketch about some old folks who are not as old as they might appear (look out older cast!), and a dance studio that comes alive. It was all topped off by a mega-mix finale followed by a couple of HVGS favourites.

However, while the Show appeared to be about the Patrols and their Challenges, the “real” story of the Show was actually about how there is a place in Scouts and Guides for everyone but that everyone needs to do their bit to be involved and get along with the others in their Patrol/Troop/Unit. In other words the theme of the Show was really about a “Scout is A Friend to All” and a “Guide is a Good Team Member”. So the Show also followed the trials and tribulations of some “outsiders” – Scouts and Guides that don’t quite fit in for one reason or another. This culminated in a particularly emotional number near the end of the Show called “No Man is an Island”, based on the poem by John Donne.

As with all Shows there were lots of special memories including the way No Man is an Island "bookended" the Show, the Hallelujah Chorus performed by a group of Monks, and a dose of Blues Brothers to finish the first Act - complete with sun glasses for everyone! But for most the highlight was culmination of the plot line through the emotional singing of No Man is an Island at the climax of the second Act - many a tear was shed both on and off stage. For the Gang Show fanatics another highlight was the item where the 1937 movie "The Gang Show" (starring Ralph Reader) came to life on stage and then merged back to the movie. As one person said, it is not often that you get to perform with Ralph Reader!

The 2012 Show also saw the retirement of Marie Smolnicki - the longest serving Wardrobe Director in HVGS history - and four long serving stage crew members: Gary Farrow, Keith Heyburn, Terry Driskel and Phil Brooke. All had had a long association with the Show on and off stage. Gary was the last remaining person to have been involved in every Hutt Valley Gang Show ever!

HVGS 2014: The Game