It’s been a bit quiet round BaCStage Towers lately. We have mostly been melting in the heat. You know the heat wave has gone on too long when even the trashy papers can’t be bothered with headlines about it being hotter than Rio / Madrid / Mallorca / Mordor / the centre of the sun / the fires of hell / my pants (delete as appropriate).
However, lack of outward signs of activity does not mean we haven’t been busy. Besides wilting, and avidly following / avoiding / ignoring the recent World Cup (remember that?) we have been busily working on our next two – yes, two! – productions.
A timeless classic, with a twist
Firstly, after successful auditions in June we have cast It’s a Wonderful Life for our Autumn 2018 production. Rehearsals started last week, and we’re delighted to welcome another newcomer, Alan. The full cast will be published here soon.
It’s a Wonderful Life, based on the timeless classic Frank Capra film, has been adapted as a “radio on stage” play by Tony Palermo. The performance focuses on the voice characterisations of over 30 characters by just eleven actors, so most of us will be doubling, tripling or even quadrupling up on the number of parts we play. Will we be able to pull it off? Come along in October to find out!
An English farce with a European story line
Looking further ahead, in April 2019 we are planning a production of ‘Allo, ‘Allo. Written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, the same authors as the hit TV show, the stage version of ‘Allo ‘Allo plays like a feature-length, “greatest hits” version of the sitcom featuring favourite characters – and jokes – that made it such a big success. It is also very timely – what could be more appropriate as our first post-Br*x*t production than an English farce with a European story line?
We will be holding open auditions for ‘Allo ‘Allo in November (once we’ve completed It’s a Wonderful Life) with a view to casting it before Christmas* and starting rehearsals early in the new year.
Social media in “positive outcome” shock
In more good news, we’d like to thank Manda for coming forward and volunteering to help us with our treasurer vacancy after seeing our advert on that there internet. Thank you Manda!
Stay tuned for more details on all things BaCStage…
* apologies for using the C-word in early August, and for using the B-word at all, in any context, ever.