History 1981 – 1989

1981

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Fired by those achievements, the team went to work on Auckland Central Gang Show 1981 which marked a few more advances for us including greater technical achievements and more vocal harmonic work than we had ever attempted before. The end result was a show that we were proud of and one that was well accepted by our audiences.

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1983

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In 1983, our tenth anniversary, we set to and produced a show full of brand new material written specifically for this show including a visit to hell in the “Lucifer Rock” sequences. It’s worth mentioning here, that throughout our early development we were roundly criticized by all in the New Zealand Gang Show scene for writing and producing our own material instead of assembling the show entirely from pre-written material by Ralph Reader. Comments such as “It’s not a real Gang Show” abounded but our production team of the time were resolute in their commitment to developing our own material….and the result…judge for yourself.

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1985

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“Broadway” and “Great Scott” marked our 1985 show with some fantastic costumes and great effects but the real star of the show was the finale with the I.Y.Y and Scout and Guide symbols on cards, like the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games Opening, each member of the cast had their own piece of the final picture.

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1987

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1987, who could forget the Pirate Chief’s entry via a flying fox from the balcony of the theatre or the smashing steins, collapsing swords and “Mac Words”. Choreography, too, faced some challenges in this production. The orchestra had to be on their best behavior this year as they were also on stage.

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1989

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The show in 1989 included some great items including a new look at one of our own earlier efforts, the Greek sequence, but with a different ending. Also a little item written to cover a major scene change, went on to became a hit of its own – The Ninety-Nine Second Fairy Tale – a quick look at the story of Snow White. Foot stomping audience participation during a Country and Western Hoedown was rudely interrupted with a visit from a spectacularly made-up Heavy Metal group from “below”.

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