LIKE The Mad Hatter, Tristan Hornstra has become adept at conquering time.
"I have 11 costume changes in The Cumberland Gang Show," the actor-singer said of the revue-style show that is coming to Riverside Theatres these school holidays.
If nothing at the Mad Hatter Tea Party makes any sense, it's not much different with this show, which is as fast-paced as you can get.
"Because it is fast-paced, the audience won't get bored," Hornstra, of Greystanes, said.
Audiences will see him play a German in Slap and Tickle Polka, The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland and Archie in The Line Up.
He also plays Con the Fruiterer in All about Zeus (a sketch about commercialising the Greek gods) and a rapper (he sings Boom Shake, Shake, Shake the Room by The Fresh Prince of Belair), among other characters. He is also part of the production team.
He found playing a Nanna the most challenging of these roles, however.
"I have to get stockings, make-up and a wig on quickly," Hornstra said laughingly.
For those of you who don't know, the annual Cumberland Gang Show is performed each year by a cast of kids and adults from The Scout or Guide Association.
This is their 43rd production and Hornstra's 14th.
"The whole point [of the show] is socialising with as many of the Gang as possible in the two hours," said Hornstra, who belongs to the 1st/2nd Merrylands Scouts.
He is a Venturer leader, responsible for Scouts aged 15 and 18, and a Crew leader, responsible for Scouts aged 18 to 26.
"Scouting, in general, is a really fantastic program," he said.
"It teaches you to do the basic things like tie knots, read navigational maps, as well as a lot about leadership."