An exclusive blog running throughout this year’s St Albans Gang and Scout Show

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DURING the course of the 35th St Albans Gang and Scout Show, which runs until Saturday, February 15, at the Alban Arena, we will be publishing daily updates from some of the youngsters involved in the event

“It’s my sixth year appearing in the St Albans Gang Show, but I still feel nervous and excited about opening night.

“We had our final dress rehearsal last night (Tuesday) and it went really well – luckily I was able to have another go at a solo part I am singing that didn’t go so well on Monday’s rehearsal!

“I think the young and new members of the cast are in for a bit of a shock tonight when the curtain goes up. That feeling when you look out into the Alban Arena for the first time and see all the audience – your friends, your family – out there watching you is unbelievable. It’s such a weird experience – and there’s so much energy coming from the audience which you need to use to your own benefit.

“I remember my first year and I had to do a solo. I was wearing a white tuxedo (which I was very pleased about) and had to step through the curtains onto the stage. I was sweating and shaking and wondered if I would be able to carry it off. When I stepped out I was in a bright spotlight so all I could see was white, I couldn’t see the audience at all – and all my nerves disappeared and I was able to carry on.

“Ahead of the opening night I am nervous and excited as always. It’s a real mixture of those two emotions. We all want it to go so well, and with the enjoyment of performance you always have some nerves that never go away.

“The attraction of Gang Show for me is this week when the show is on – we call it Show Week. It’s one of the most insane communal experiences of my calendar year and it’s what keeps me coming back to be in the show year after year. There’s so much bonding that goes on between the cast and the crew – it really is a special thing that I’m very proud to be part of.

“The whole week is totally knackering though. On Sunday I will spend the whole day in my pyjamas sleeping and eating to recover from the week. But I will have memories of an incredible experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

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