History 1991 – 1999

1991

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1991 once again was a great show, remember those sports-minded hockey-playing assassins in “Up Girls and At ‘Em”, the demented owner of a frog in a box (which people were still talking about two years later), the blue hair of the Boompas and an inspirational rendering of “Kiamo Te Aroha”, the theme from the Auckland Commonwealth Games.

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1993

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We took a little tour of the past with our show in 1993 as our Time Lord took a young boy on a journey of discovering himself and meeting a variety of off-beat characters and situations along the way including “Super Scout”, some Undertakers, St George and a rather cowardly dragon. As with all good stories our young lad finally realized that “You Can Be Your Own Hero”.

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1995

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The 1995 production again tried a few innovations, both with the orchestra and vocal harmonies. We saw what Little Red Riding Hood was really like in an all-American 50’s rock-‘n’-roll diner. Alice fell down a rabbit hole and met a variety of characters in her travels, pink cats in top hats, two mad tea party picnickers with a blue cookie monster in the teapot and finally the fearsome Queen of Hearts. And Cyril, the fastest Cub Scout in the West, finally overcame the evil Bulangalang Gang with the help of a few musical “notes” from the orchestra. As this year marked the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War Two, we paid tribute to those who fought and died in one of the worst atrocities of the twentieth century.

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1997

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Due to a change of management philosophy (and significantly increased costs) at the Maidment Theatre, 1997 marked our return to the Centennial Theatre, twenty-one years after our last show there. Ethel Bulangalang returned to avenge her father’s untimely end, and to attempt to destroy the Scout Association. We went on a little foray “Under De Reef” with some ultraviolet fishy friends, had an encounter with the Muppets and made a quick visit to “Well-Soul”, our version of the life beyond now that our very own New Zealand government official is in charge. This show also marked an advancement for us in self-sustainability, a number of our senior cast from previous years took on production roles, namely in choreography, design and music.

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1999

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And to the next show in this little trip through history, 1999: again this show was mostly written by our own team and involved a number of smaller shows packaged as one. The good folk from Squiggleton Wood went looking for their supposedly extinct Squiggle with the help of Faithmistress; the Gypsies came out to play; and Long John Silver with the help of his singing parrot helped us locate the missing treasure. The second half produced some very interesting results with the cast having to learn to sing in Latin amongst swirling fog, a retro seventies number with the Rhythm of Life and a finale again using the Scout and Guide symbols cut into pieces and reassembled on stage by the cast like a huge jigsaw puzzle.

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