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The magic of radio

Last week we completed a successful run of It’s a Wonderful Life.  The radio-on-stage play format was something new for us, including many roles per actor, lots of accents (and hats), and sound effects created live on stage, among other things.  You can see some photos from the show here, although it must be said that, being radio, they do all look a bit similar.

Here we take you behind the scenes to show you some things the listeners didn’t get to see, if you know what I mean.

Our radio impresario Peter can finally relax now that the broadcasts are finished and we’re off the air.

Peter

However, production week was not without its moments of tension.

Sorry

“I don’t know what I did wrong, Nick, but I’m very sorry and I won’t do it again”.

“Nick?  Is he still here?” said almost everyone at some point during the week.  His and Jackie’s move has been delayed, something to do with planning permission for the 17th shed with warehouse and industrial unit attached.  Our intrepid undercover reporter recently exposed how Nick has been peddling hand rails of dubious quality.  So desperate was he to try to clear his name that he attempted an act of blatant sabotage.

Sabotage

His efforts were thwarted by a higher power, for this is the Holy Hand Rail protected by the Divine Dolphin wind-chime.

Holy Handrail

The BaCStage Radio Theater and Bluntisham Broadcasting Corporation hanging out together, despite being on opposite sides of the pond.

UBGK USA

“Welcome to the United Britain of Great Kingdom, old boy”.

There was an awkward moment when Ross demanded to know who had creased a corner of his script.

Ross Script

If you thought the curtains looked a bit creased, it’s because our expert team of ironists were occupied full-time elsewhere…

That’s not how you get your wings, Clarence.

Clarence

Is it just me, or…

Kevin does Banksy

Maybe it’s just me.

Some pictures lend themselves to caption competitions.

Becky

Nope, can’t think of anything for this one.

George and Mary, married in 1932, celebrate their 86th wedding anniversary.

George and Mary

Aww, youth is wasted on the wrong people!

Let’s play a quick game of “who’s Jess?”  It’s like “where’s Wally?”, but different.

Jess

Looks like we have a winner.

Speaking of Jess, what’s got 8 legs and terrified Jess on Thursday?  No it’s not Becky’s family (they were in on Saturday), it’s this little fella.

Spider

He went to a good home.  We hid him in one of the raffle prizes.  Maybe he was in yours?  Go and check, I would.

With that we conclude another successful BaCStage show.  If you have been paying attention you’ll know what we’re planning to do next…

Last few tickets for Saturday!

Saturday night has SOLD OUT at Bluntisham Service Station and online.  We have a very small number of tickets left for on-the-door sales only.  It’s going to be a wonderful one!

It’s a Wonderful Life

Adapted for radio-on-stage from the 1946 Frank Capra film by

Tony Palermo

performed by kind permission of Tony Palermo

Director: Peter Dodds

Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October 2018
7.30 pm
Bluntisham Village Hall

It's a Wonderful Life

 

Simply wonderful!

We enjoyed a simply wonderful opening night last night.  Here’s what one happy audience member had to say:

“I for one was completely held by your performances.  It was utterly refreshing to see something so different from BaCStage … Assimilating the adverts into the performance was inspired. Sound effects on stage compelling.” 

There are still some tickets left for Friday and Saturday but hurry – they’re almost all gone!

Tickets are on sale now priced at £8 for online sales and £8.50 on the door.

Book now

also available from Bluntisham Service Station SOLD OUT – online or on-the-door only!

~oOo~

It’s a Wonderful Life

Adapted for radio-on-stage from the 1946 Frank Capra film by

Tony Palermo

performed by kind permission of Tony Palermo

Director: Peter Dodds

Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October 2018
7.30 pm
Bluntisham Village Hall

It's a Wonderful Life

The most wonderful week of the year

It’s just two days until the BaCStage Radio Theater goes live on air with It’s a Wonderful Life.  Tickets are selling like hot cakes for the Saturday performance, with more available for Thursday and Friday.

“It’s the chance of a lifetime, George.  The chance of a lifetime!”

The chance of a lifetime!

Tickets are on sale now priced at  £8 for advance sales and £8.50 on the door.

Book now

also available from Bluntisham Service Station

~oOo~

It’s a Wonderful Life

Adapted for radio-on-stage from the 1946 Frank Capra film by

Tony Palermo

performed by kind permission of Tony Palermo

Director: Peter Dodds

Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October 2018
7.30 pm
Bluntisham Village Hall

It's a Wonderful Life

A parting gift from Nick

Our regular reader will already know that after many years Nick and Jackie have retired from BaCStage service to go and collect sheds by the seaside.  However, Nick did leave us one of his famous handrails as a parting gift.

Handrail

With the safety of the actors assured, the show can go on!

Tickets for It’s a Wonderful Life are on sale now priced at  £8 for advance sales and £8.50 on the door.


Book now

It’s a Wonderful Life

Adapted for radio-on-stage from the 1946 Frank Capra film by

Tony Palermo

performed by kind permission of Tony Palermo

Director: Peter Dodds

Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October 2018
7.30 pm
Bluntisham Village Hall

It's a Wonderful Life

 

It’s a Wonderful Set-up

Production week is here again!  It’s a Wonderful Life takes to the stage this week.  Tickets are on sale now from Bluntisham Service Station and TicketSource.


Book now

Set-up day had barely got started when the wet and windy weather threatened to make it take-down day, as the TV aerial on the ODS threatened to fall down.  This prompted numerous questions including “why has the ODS got a TV aerial?”, “has the ODS got a TV aerial?”, “have we got a video?” and “did Nick put that aerial up?”

ODS TV Aerial

BoltsThankfully, by the end of the day the aerial was safely removed thanks to Ray Edwards, long term village resident, firework maestro and builder.  These recovered artifacts offer a clue to its demise.

Nick was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

DerekElsewhere, set-up day continued apace.  It fell to chairman Ron to inform Derek that he was not to be involved in this production.  Having broken the news, Ron evaded any further peril by climbing some stairs.

Peter

We transported our bits and bobs to the village hall in a van very kindly supplied by Warboys Van Hire, to whom we are grateful as ever.  We transport everything by van, and I mean everything.

Once everything was transported we set about constructing the studio of the BaCStage Radio Theatre.

The Studio

Gordon

There’s the studio, taking shape nicely.

The traditional fish & chip lunch also featured cake, thanks to Gordon whose birthday it was.  Having said that, the way he’s brandishing that knife (on a pre-cut cake, as well) I’m not sure if he’s really sharing.

As our regular reader will know, we take health and safety very seriously at BaCStage.  Thomas did his level best to protect his fellow actors from trip hazards, but unfortunately, despite his best efforts, one careless cast member still managed to come a cropper.

Health and Safety

This photo was in no way staged, oh no.

By the end of the day we were ready to go…

On Air

Join us at the BaCStage Radio Theatre for our presentation of It’s a Wonderful Life.  Tickets are on sale now priced at  £8 for advance sales and £8.50 on the door.


Book now

It’s a Wonderful Life

Adapted for radio-on-stage from the 1946 Frank Capra film by

Tony Palermo

performed by kind permission of Tony Palermo

Director: Peter Dodds

Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October 2018
7.30 pm
Bluntisham Village Hall

It's a Wonderful Life

 

It’s a Wonderful Life – tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for our next show, It’s a Wonderful Life.  They are available from Bluntisham Service Station, or online via TicketSource.

Following the success of our “free” raffle ticket offer for our last production (buy two tickets in advance and save £1, which you can spend on raffle tickets) we are again pricing our tickets at £8 for advance sales and £8.50 on the door.


Book now

It’s a Wonderful Life

Adapted for radio-on-stage from the 1946 Frank Capra film by

Tony Palermo

performed by kind permission of Tony Palermo

Director: Peter Dodds

Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October 2018
7.30 pm
Bluntisham Village Hall

It’s a Wonderful Life is the story of idealist George Bailey, whose dreams look set to be dashed by small-town scandal and big business.  Alone on a bridge, he decides that everyone would be better off without him . . .  or would they?  It falls to hapless guardian angel, Clarence, to try to save him.

In a tribute to the golden era of wireless, the magical story of Frank Capra’s film is retold here as a vintage radio play, complete with sound effects created live on stage.

Meet the cast of the show here.

It's a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Cast

There’s just a month to go until our next production, It’s a Wonderful Life!

As previously mentioned on this very blog, the “radio on stage play” format will be something rather different.  We won’t be having a fully detailed set, preferring instead a simple backdrop.  All of the cast will be on stage for the entire time, most of them playing several characters distinguished only by voice and the cunning use of hats.  Alongside the actors, two sound effects artists will be creating sound effects live on stage.  It promises to be a show like none we have ever done before!

It will also be something different for those of us taking part.  As Nicola, one of the stars of the show, put it,

“This radio stage play appealed as it was challenging in a different way: the script was near (in case of emergency memory lapse) but there is nowhere to hide, either in character costumes or set and scenery! Also the challenge of trying to produce 3 different American accents….”

And now, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to introduce to you the cast for our Autumn 2018 production, It’s a Wonderful Life!


RossRoss

George Bailey

Ross most recently starred as chef Larry Tuthill in Secondary Cause of Death (2018), where he was also assistant director.  He has featured in several BaCStage pantos, and has also played Nobby in In Need of Care (2015), the Wicked Gravedigger in Virtue Triumphant (2016) and took several roles in 7 Ages of Man (2016) and Take Your Seats (2017).


KevinKevin

Clarence (Angel, 2nd class) / Mr Davis (Shareholder)

Kevin is best known to BaCStage audiences for his panto roles and as long-suffering Constable Thomkins in Murdered to Death (2014).  He is a prolific performer with several local groups ranging from panto to passion plays, has appeared in Shakespeare at The George, in radio plays for Radio Cambridgeshire and had a major role in a radio soap airing three times a week.


JessJess

Mary Hatch

Jess is also well known for her panto roles, most recently as Colette in Beauty and The Beast (2017).  She played Shirley in In Need of Care (2015) and Rose Maybud in Virtue Triumphant (2016).  Her latest role was as nurse Ann Parsley in Secondary Cause of Death (2018).


NicolaNicola

Superintendent of Angels / Ellie (Taxi driver) / Dr Campbell (Shareholder chair) / Carter (Bank Examiner)

Nicola has played a diverse range of roles for BaCStage including amateur sleuth Joan Maple (Murdered to Death, 2014), Joan’s sinister sister Cynthia Maple (Secondary Cause of Death, 2018), vampish spy Lola (Night at the Brick Museum, 2015) and domineering match-maker Deborah (Deborah’s Party, 2013).  She also co-directed 7 Ages of Man (2016).


RonRon

Uncle Billy (George’s uncle) / Martini (Bar/café owner) / Town Sheriff

Ron is chairman of BaCStage and regularly directs or acts in our productions as well as undertaking a wealth of behind-the-scenes activities.  His many directing credits include both Murdered to Death (2014) and Secondary Cause of Death (2018).  His most recent acting role was in Beauty and the Beast (2017), which he also directed.


LukeLuke

Mr Potter (warped, old financier) / Officer Bert (Local cop) / Toll taker / Radio announcer

Luke has played a variety of roles, most notably Inspector Pratt in Murdered to Death (2014) and Secondary Cause of Death (2018).  He has also tried his hand at directing with Night at the Brick Museum (2015).


JaneJane

Ma Bailey (George’s mother) / Mrs Hatch (Mary’s mother) / Zuzu (George’s 5 yr old daughter) / Clara (Bank teller)

Jane has been involved in the group since its inception as “The Millennium Players” (1997), appeared in the debut production of sketches and a short play (February 1998), and then directed a short play Captain Blackboot’s Island (summer 1998).  Since then she has been involved in most productions including sourcing costumes and prompting as well as acting and directing.


BeckyBecky

Violet Bick (Easy girl) / Janie (George’s 8 yr old daughter) / Bank teller / Impatient Neighbour / Mrs Thompson (Shareholder)

Another long-standing member, Becky has played countless roles in BaCStage plays and pantomimes.  She is unique in the group as being the only actor to be murdered in both Murdered to Death (2014) and Secondary Cause of Death (2018).


TomThomas

Nick (Bartender / bar owner) / Sam Wainwright (George’s successful businessman friend) / Harry Bailey (George’s brother) / Charlie (Shareholder) / Young George (10 yr old)

Thomas is another best known for his panto roles, including the Beast in Beauty and The Beast (2017) and Dick in Dick Whittington (2015).  He also featured in Virtue Triumphant (2016), In Need of Care (2015) and 7 Ages of Man (2016).


AlanAlan

Pop Bailey (George’s father) / Gower (Pharmacist / drunk) / Mr Welch (Angry husband) / Randy (Shareholder)

New to the Bluntisham area, Alan is determined to make his mark on the local stage and has chosen BaCStage to be his launch-pad to the stars.  Good luck with that, Alan.


CarolCarol

Cousin Tilly (Loan office clerk) / Petey (George’s 9 yr old son) / Eddy (Shareholder)

Carol has been BaCStage secretary for many years.   Her on-stage roles have included panto choruses, Trigger the Horse, and the rear end of Daisy the Cow.  She most recently trod the boards during our 7 Ages of Man World Tour in 2016.


Jason

Jason

Sound Effects Artist

Jason designs the lighting and sound for all of our shows, operating them as well when he isn’t up on stage.  His most recent acting role was as Colonel Charles Craddock in Secondary Cause of Death (2018).  It’s a Wonderful Life offers Jason a rare opportunity to combine his on-stage and behind-the-scenes personas into one.


Gordon

Gordon

Sound Effects Artist / Jimmy the birdJimmy

Gordon is a key member of BaCStage’s ‘back stage’ team, in set construction and stage management.  He claims to “not do acting” but is very happy to stand in for missing actors at rehearsals.  Along with Jason he will be creating the sound effects for It’s a Wonderful Life live during the show, his most prominent on-stage role to date.


JoJo

Musical accompaniment – Vocalist

Jo has musically directed and appeared in several BaCStage Pantomimes as “Principal Boy”.  She has also worked behind the scenes as Make-up Artist.  Jo and Roger have performed in concerts together for 18 years and have raised money for charities including Breast Cancer Care and EACH at Milton.


RogerRoger

Musical accompaniment – Pianist

Roger has accompanied singers in Cambridgeshire for over 25 years as well as working with local instrumentalists.  He sings with and conducts the choir of St John the Evangelist, Hills Road, Cambridge.  This is Roger’s first ever performance with BaCStage and we are very pleased to have him on board.


PeterPeter

Director

Peter has been a member of BaCStage since its inception and before that its predecessor the Millennium Players, joining in 1998. During his time Peter has progressed from a few lines, to leading roles and directing a number of plays for BaCStage. This production of It’s a Wonderful Life was initially suggested by Peter and he is delighted to bring it to fruition.


It’s a Wonderful Life
~ October 18th – 20th 2018 ~
Bluntisham Village Hall

~ o O o ~

Tickets on sale soon

Sound Men

These two are two sound men.

Sound Men

You might be looking at that picture and thinking that they look decidedly unsound.  You may also be wondering why they are manning a bric-a-brac stall at a church fete (other denominations, including the absence thereof, are available).

A load of old toot

This though, is the sound effects table for our next production, It’s a Wonderful Life.  While the actors are doing their thing on one half of the stage these two gentlemen will be creating most of the sound effects live on the other half of the stage, using a varied assortment of items, and that is what makes them “sound men”.

They won’t be creating all of the sound effects.  We are not, for example, allowed to park an actual 1940’s taxi in the village hall, nor are we allowed to break a couple of actual windows per performance.  It is also not possible to authentically recreate the sound of a man hurling himself off a bridge into the raging torrent below, in the midst of a howling gale, without contravening more Health and Safety regulations than you could shake a stick at, the shaking of said stick adding an extra H & S violation.  Tricky.

Among the sounds they will be creating, live and without a safety net, are: family dinner time, shop door bell, a variety of doors opening, closing, locked and being bolted, an old-fashioned type-writer, a mynah bird shaking its feathers, ice cracking, walking through snow and a naked woman in a hydrangea bush (these are sound effects only, remember).

Sound effects with menacesWe are told that the baseball bat is also needed purely for the creation of sound effects, but one can’t help wondering whether it is a desperate ploy on the part of the director to corral the acting talent into learning their lines and not larking about during rehearsals.  Only time will tell.

Back to our “sound men”; how will they be creating all of these sound effects live on stage?  We don’t have to wait long to find out.  They will be performing these audible marvels in less than two months, when It’s a Wonderful Life takes to the stage.  There will also be some acting, and some singing too – fear not though, our “sound men” will not be attempting to harmonize at any point during the show!

Sound.

It’s a Wonderful Life
~ October 18th – 20th 2018 ~
Bluntisham Village Hall