Camberwell Showtime is an annual amateur production put on by the Scouts and Guides of Boroondara (and friends!). We perform, write, direct, and organise the whole show as a team!
We all do Camberwell Showtime for different reasons. Some of us do it for the friends, some of us do it for the musical, and all of us do it for the fun!
A lot of us do Camberwell Showtime as well as our school musicals. Showtime offers a lot of skills and experiences we can't get at a school show.
Camberwell Showtime isn't just for kids! Heaps of us are parents or even young adults. We still have a great time with a great group of people, and feel great about helping out!
The cast journey starts in May :-D (Interested in joining our creative team? We're underway now!)
Camberwell Showtime rehearsals mostly happen on Sundays from June to early August (when the show performs :-D )
Most rehearsals are from 1pm to 8pm.
We also have two weekend rehearsals (Saturday and Sunday) and then have dress rehearsals in the week leading up to the show.
Camberwell Showtime rehearsals aren't your typical musical rehearsal.
Not only do we work together rehearsing the show, but we have a heap of fun doing it.
In addition to item rehearsals, we play games, do challenges, learn new skills and do team bonding activities.
Whilst our rehearsals may seem strange for a musical, it's all for good reason. We've learnt a lot over the last 51 Camberwell Showtimes and make sure we're not just putting on a great show, but also make sure everyone has a great time and learns a lot doing it.
About Camberwell Showtime
Camberwell Showtime is an annual theatrical production, written, produced and performed by the Scouts and Guides of Boroondara. Camberwell Showtime began in 1965, and in 2014 we celebrated our 50th birthday. It is the largest youth and performing arts activity in the City of Boroondara.
Camberwell Showtime is fully written and directed by young people. Most script writers and composers are cast members, aged 11-26. All the songs and scripts are written by up to 80 show members. Through music and comedy, the scripts have tackled family-oriented themes including peer pressure, conformity, consumerism, substance abuse and developing sexuality.
The show is open to young people who are active members of Scouting or Guiding and aged 11 plus by the beginning of Dress Rehearsals. Unlike other theatre groups, Camberwell Showtime accepts everyone who applies and does not audition on talent. Everyone gets a chance to perform on stage or work in one of the Technical Departments. Members of our Technical team must be aged 15 plus.
Camberwell Showtime - like Scouting and Guiding - is primarily an educational activity. The young people may focus on the fun, friendship and excitement, but the real goal is learning. Internally, and with outside assistance, both professional and volunteer, we continually strive to improve the skills of everybody involved.
The main goal of Camberwell Showtime isn't to develop young people for careers in the entertainment and media industries, but many former show members have gone on to enjoy success in these fields. Andy Lee, Steve Vizard, John Safran and Tom Gleisner have all been cast members of Camberwell Showtime, as has Tom Taylor who now writes Star Wars comics as well as his own graphic novels.