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Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once (more)

We have just one more audition for ‘Allo ‘Allo, on Tuesday evening.  All are welcome to come along any time between 7:30pm and 9:30pm.  It’s been great to see new faces at both of the auditions we’ve held so far, and we’re well on the way to casting the show, but it’s not too late to get involved!

Extra audition – Tuesday November 27th, 7:30pm

Download the ‘Allo ‘Allo Audition Pack for more details, including a description of each of the characters.

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Tempted to audition? Just turn up!

We had some new faces at our first audition for ‘Allo ‘Allo last night.  We have two more auditions, on Saturday morning and Tuesday evening.  If you fancy giving acting a go, just turn up – you don’t need any previous acting experience, you don’t need to bring anything – you don’t even need to tell us you’re coming.  We like surprises at BaCStage!

Open auditions for our next production Allo ‘Allo are taking place next week at the Old Day School in Bluntisham.

Saturday November 24th, 10:30am
Extra audition – Tuesday November 27th, 7:30pm

Download the ‘Allo ‘Allo Audition Pack for more details, including a description of each of the characters.

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There is obviously no piss for the wicked

Open auditions for our next production Allo ‘Allo are taking place next week at the Old Day School in Bluntisham.

Thursday November 22nd, 7:30pm
Saturday November 24th, 10:30am
Extra audition – Tuesday November 27th, 7:30pm

All are welcome, no previous experience is needed.

Download the ‘Allo ‘Allo Audition Pack for more details, including a description of each of the characters.

'Allo 'Allo Audition Poster

If you fail to attend we will be notifying Berlin.

‘Allo ‘Allo auditions in November

We will be holding open auditions for our spring 2019 production ‘Allo ‘Allo on November 22nd and 24th.

Those of you who have been paying attention will know that our production for the spring of 2019 is ‘Allo ‘Allo, the classic TV sitcom transferred to the stage by the original authors Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft.  Cafe Rene will be opening its doors in early April, and as soon as it does it will be full of Germans, the French resistance, that Italian captain and even that English twit who thinks he can speak French.  How is a decent, honest cafe owner supposed to conceal from the Germans the two British airman he his hiding, not to mention conceal from his wife the two affairs with the waitresses that he is having?

If you would like to be part of ‘Allo ‘Allo come along to one of our open auditions on

Thursday November 22nd at 7:30pm
Saturday November 24th at 10:30am
at the Old Day School, Bluntisham

No previous acting experience is required. You don’t need to prepare anything for the audition, just turn up.

Rehearsals will start early in the new year.  Production week runs from Saturday March 30th to Sunday April 7th 2019.  You will need to be available for that week, and for a minimum of 80% of the rehearsals.

As well as all the much-loved characters from the TV series, the stage play also features a number of parts for non-speaking extras (customers at the cafe) which give you a chance to get a taste for being on stage without the need to learn lines!

Download the Audition Pack for more details.

Allo Allo auditions

 

Auditions this week!

We’re holding auditions for our next production, It’s a Wonderful Life, this Thursday evening at 7:30pm at the ODS.

What?!  Don’t you people know there’s a World Cup on?  It’s England v Belgium on Thursday night!  What were you thinking of, having your auditions then? – Sports Ed.

Fear not sports fans, for we have a second audition on Saturday morning at 10, also at the ODS.

Both are open auditions – anyone is welcome to come along.  Don’t worry if you don’t know the story or what part you might play – Peter the director will tell you all about it and suggest roles you might be interested in.

We hope to see you there!

It's a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life, being an actor

Our autumn production for 2018 is to be It’s a Wonderful Life, a “radio on stage play” adaptation of the classic movie.

Our regular reader will know that we planned to put this on last year but were unable to do so due to a lack of available acting talent at the time.  It’s such a good show though that we’re determined to make it happen this time round.

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Peter in Virtue Triumphant (2016)

We will be holding open auditions on June 28th and 30th at the Old Day School in Bluntisham. All are welcome to come along and read for a part.  No prior acting experience is necessary and you don’t need to prepare anything beforehand – just come along to the ODS, have a chat with Peter the director and meet some of us in a relaxed and friendly setting.  We’ll be reading excerpts from the script, chosen by Peter to showcase each of the characters in the play.  There may even be tea and biscuits!

All welcome – no experience necessary

You can mix the drinks for you and Sandra
Zoë and me in Breezeblock Park (2011)

Now, you might be thinking that this acting lark looks like fun but you’re not sure if it’s really for you.  I know I thought that before I joined BaCStage.  I saw several shows and was tempted to get involved but never quite got around to it until Zoë persuaded me to give it a try.  I made my stage debut in Breezeblock Park (having never done any acting before) and the rest, as they say, is history.  The only regret I have is that I didn’t get involved sooner.

Don’t just take my word for it though – here is what one of our newest members Gary had to say about his BaCStage debut as Count Puchlik in our most recent production:

Secondary Cause of Death was the first play or any form of acting that I’d done since 1986. Having never acted as an adult or worked closely with a group like BaCStage that regularly put on performances I didn’t really know what to expect when Luke invited me along to the ODS back in August.

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Gary as Count Puchlik, Secondary Cause of Death (2018)

You have all been so welcoming, patient, supportive and amazing to work and be with. There was never any criticism from anyone only suggestions or alternative ways of performing, delivering a line, moving on stage or interacting with another character. It was always done with positivity and encouragement. I couldn’t have asked for anything more or anything better.

It’s now been 3 days since we departed Bagshot House and I find myself on a Tuesday with an huge empty hole where it once stood. This has been a fantastic experience and I feel completely deflated now that we’re no longer meeting for rehearsals or performances. I walked into Cambridge at lunchtime today and went through my lines, not out loud as I’d probably be arrested, but I really miss Puchlik and the rest of the cast of characters in this play.

So, really all I wanted to say to each of you was THANK YOU for welcoming me into your family and for delivering what we and the audience agreed was a great show.

If you’d like a piece of that for yourself, come along and meet us in June!

It's a Wonderful Life

About It’s a Wonderful Life:

Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed and directed by Frank Capra, It’s a Wonderful Life first appeared in cinemas in 1946. Today it is considered a timeless classic, one of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of all time. Although not originally intended as a Christmas movie it has become synonymous with the festive season. It tells the story of George Bailey, a selfless man who dedicates his life to helping others in his home town of Bedford Falls. Events conspire against him until he concludes he’d be worth more dead than alive, and contemplates suicide. At this point his guardian angel Clarence intervenes to show him just how much he means to his family and friends and that his is truly a wonderful life.

It’s a Wonderful Life Character List

Ahead of this week’s auditions, here are the available parts. The play consists of 36 characters split between 11 actors.

1 M George Bailey Dreamer / Loan Officer
2 M Clarence Angel, Second Grade
3 F Mary / Librarian George’s wife / Librarian
4 F Superintendent of Angels Boss of the Angels
Carter Bank Auditor
Tilley George’s cousin and loan officer
5 M Announcer Radio Announcer
Uncle Billy Absent-minded Clerk
Toll Taker Toll booth worker
6 M Mr Potter Warped, old financier
Officer Bert Local cop
7 M Ernie Cab driver
Gower Pharmacist
Dr Campbell Bank board chairman
Martini Italian cafe owner
Charlie Difficult shareholder
8 M George, age 10 George as a boy
Eustace Loan office clerk
Pop Bailey George’s Dad
Mr Welch Irate husband
Randy Shareholder
Petey Bailey, age 9 George’s Son
9 M Sam Wainwright Succesful businessman
Harry Bailey George’s Brother
Nick Irate shareholder / Bartender
Sheriff Town police sheriff
10 F Violet Bick “Easy” girl
Mrs Hatch Mary’s Mother
Mrs Davis Shareholder
Zuzu Bailey, age 5 George’s Daughter
11 F Ma Bailey George’s Mother
Janie Bailey, age 8 George’s Daughter
Mrs Thompson Shareholder
Bank Teller Bank Teller
Impatient Neighbour Impatient Neighbour

It’s a Wonderful Life auditions this week

Auditions for our next production It’s a Wonderful Life are taking place this week.  The auditions are open to anyone interested in taking part, either on-stage or behind the scenes.  No prior experience is needed.  If you’d like to get involved come along to the Old Day School in Bluntisham on Thursday evening, June 8th, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm or Saturday morning, June 10th, between 10.00am and 12.30pm.  We hope to see you there.

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It’s a Wonderful Life, and you can be a part of it

Hee-haw!  We’ve chosen our next production, and it promises to be something special – a “radio on stage play” adaptation of the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life.

Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed and directed by Frank Capra, It’s a Wonderful Life first appeared in cinemas in 1946.  Today it is considered a timeless classic, one of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of all time.  Although not originally intended as a Christmas movie it has become synonymous with the festive season.  It tells the story of George Bailey, a selfless man who dedicates his life to helping others in his home town of Bedford Falls.  Events conspire against him until he concludes he’d be worth more dead than alive, and contemplates suicide.  At this point his guardian angel Clarence intervenes to show him just how much he means to his family and friends and that his is truly a wonderful life.

Bit of a plot-spoiler there, but the chances are you knew the story already.

What you may not know is that the film set of Bedford Falls covered four acres, included a 300-yard main street, 75 buildings, a residential neighbourhood and twenty fully-grown oak trees.  The trusty BaCStage Handrail Team under Nick’s expert guidance felt confident that they could re-create this on the BaCStage stage (and they say actors are mad), but we’re not convinced that the Parish Council would allow us to cut the Village Hall floor in half and install a swimming pool beneath it.  Fortunately our director Peter, a veteran of past Handrail Team missions (he has the scars to prove it) has something different in mind – a radio play adaptation of the film by Tony Palermo.  We won’t be attempting to re-create the sights of Bedford Falls; instead we will focus on the sounds, through the actors’ voice characterisations and also with the use of “live” sound-effects created as part of the performance.

We are holding two open auditions in June, on Thursday 8th and Saturday 10th – full details below.  These are for both existing group members and newcomers alike.  In addition to the usual acting and helping out behind the scenes opportunities this production offers something different; firstly there are the live sound effects and secondly the emphasis on voices means that a young actor could play an old character, and vice versa.  So if you’re a budding Foley artist or an aspiring actor of any age do please come along, meet the director and some of the group.  You don’t need to prepare anything for one of our auditions as the director will select parts of the script for people to read.  All you need to bring is yourself (and a parent or guardian if you’re under 18).
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Editor’s note: We chose our audition dates a while ago.  Since then, as you may have heard, a general election has been called for the same date.  You may be wondering, is this a sinister government plot aimed at undermining our next production?  Or a sinister BaCStage plot aimed at undermining the government?  Or maybe we’ve been hacked by the Russians?  I would like to assure you, dear reader, that it is none of these things; it is merely a coincidence.  We are not embroiled in any politics (other than the internal variety one might expect of an Am Dram group), and we definitely haven’t been hacked by the Russians.  Не кормить актеров.  Thank you.