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Earith panto: Goldilocks & the three bears

Once upon a time a family of bears went to Earith Village Hall to watch a panto.  “Someone’s been sitting in my seat”, said Daddy bear.  “Someone’s been sitting in my seat”, said Mummy bear.  “Someone’s been sitting in my seat”, said Baby bear, “and they’re still sitting in it!”  Don’t be like a bear – be sure to reserve your seat.

The Players of Earith present
Goldilocks & the three bears
at Earith Village Hall
Thursday 14th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th December @ 7:30pm
Saturday matinee @ 2:30pm

Tickets available from
Bridge End Stores, Earith
Bluntisham Garage



You Beauty!

Just over a week ago we finished the run of our latest production,  Beauty and The Beast.  I’m pleased to say it was another successful show for us at BaCStage – oh yes it was!  Now that it’s done and dusted I can reveal that it was a bit of a beast to put on; some aspects of it were a bit “last minute” even by BaCStage standards.  In the best of theatre traditions it was alright on the night though.  More than alright, in fact – it was a beauty!

There will be photos of the show itself appearing on this very website soon, but here we have a few behind-the-scenes pics.

“When you’re ready we’ll make a start on your make-up…”


There’s a rumour that our next production will be The Flintstones


… and we’ve cast Pebbles already.

“Umm… about that make-up and costume, when you’re ready…”


The after-show party featured the usual costume-swap…


… and it looks like we’ve found our next dame!


Oh yes we have!

More photos coming soon…

Production Week is here again!

Beauty and The Beast production week has finally arrived.  There are still some tickets available; more on that later.  As our regular reader will know, though, production week always starts with Setup Day.

There were flakes of snow in the air as we gathered at the ODS on Saturday morning.


We had arranged and sorted our equipment the night before…


…ready to transport it to the Village Hall.


Once inside the hall, our crack team (I said “crack”) of experts were quickly hard at work.


“Put your back into it love, and lift that lighting rig while the rest of us stand around watching”


Setup day is a day for work clothes, not costumes.  Here we see Director Ron in his favourite overalls.


Mmm, sparkly.

Meanwhile, a couple of the Stage Crew consult the hi-tech virtual reality stage plan.


They had no idea there was a camera close by.  None at all.

Despite this detailed planning, the odd mistake was made.  “Make sure the yellow lines are at the front of the stage” he said.



More high technology here in the shape of one of our animatronic props…


… and also a fish.

On the subject of fish, one of the highlights of set-up day is the fish & chip lunch from Bluntisham Fryer.  Almost as soon as we’ve started, people interrupt their tea breaks to ask “is the lunch here yet?”  It’s worth the wait.


There is a suspicion that someone may have eaten more than their fair share of fish.


After lunch, work continued on the Fairytale Castle.


By the end of the day it was looking pretty good.


A big thankyou to everyone who helped out.

If you’d like to see the results of their labours first hand (and also a bit of acting, singing and dancing too) then you’re in luck – there are still some tickets available from Bluntisham Services.  Tickets are £8 for adults, £5 for children.  We’d love to see you there – oh yes we would!

Beauty and The Beast

Beauty and The Beast cast

There’s less than a month until curtain-up on our next production, Beauty and The Beast (apologies to any actors I’ve just startled).  It’s about time we introduced said actors who will be performing for your entertainment and edification:



Bad Fairy


Christine played the villainous Queen Rat in our last panto, ‘Dick Whittington’. More recently she has appeared in ‘7 Ages of Man’, directed ‘Virtue Triumphant’ and played Miss Harriet in ‘Night at the (Brick) Museum’.


Good Fairy


Katie is making her BaCStage debut in ‘Beauty and The Beast’.




Lucy has recently appeared in ‘7 Ages of Man’, played Rita in ‘In Need of Care’ and Alice Fitzwarren in ‘Dick Whittington’.


Delphonse, Belle’s father


Kevin has recently appeared in ‘7 Ages of Man’, played Old Harry in ‘Night at the (Brick) Museum’, Sarah the Cook in ‘Dick Whittington’ and Constable Thompkins in ‘Murdered to Death’.


Trigger, Belle’s father’s horse


Carol has recently appeared in ‘7 Ages of Man’ but is usually to be found lurking behind the scenes.


Annalise, Belle’s sister


Ella is making her BaCStage debut in ‘Beauty and The Beast’.


Colette, Belle’s sister


Jess has recently appeared in ‘7 Ages of Man’, played Rose Maybud in ‘Virtue Triumphant’, Shirley in ‘In Need of Care’ and Bosun in ‘Dick Whittington’.


M. Jasson, Police Commissioner


Richard has recently appeared in ‘7 Ages of Man’, played Luke Tumbleweed in ‘Virtue Triumphant’, John in ‘Night at the (Brick) Museum’ and Ernie Bond Rat and Sultan Pepper in ‘Dick Whittington’.


Villager, a villager


Jackie has recently appeared in ‘7 Ages of Man’, played Emmeline in ‘Virtue Triumphant’ and directed ‘A Talk in the Park’.


Villager, another villager


Mandy is making her BaCStage debut in ‘Beauty and The Beast’.


Brexit, a bounty hunter


Ross has recently appeared in ‘7 Ages of Man’, played the Wicked Gravedigger in ‘Virtue Triumphant’, Nobby in ‘In Need of Care’ and Idle Jack in ‘Dick Whittington’.


Cliché, a bounty hunter


Daniel has recently played Octavius in ‘Virtue Triumphant’ and Rat-a-onesie in ‘Dick Whittington’.


Mrs Potts, a dame


Ron is keeping himself busy directing and starring in ‘Beauty’. He directed our last panto, ‘Dick Whittington’. More recently he has appeared in ‘7 Ages of Man’, played the Good Gravedigger and the Bow Street Runner in ‘Virtue Triumphant’ and directed ‘Murdered to Death’.
Anita Bath

Anita Bath



Anita (who sometimes answers to Ben) is making his or her BaCStage debut in ‘Beauty and The Beast’.




Jasmine is making her BaCStage debut in ‘Beauty and The Beast’.




Becky has recently appeared in ‘7 Ages of Man’, played Mrs Maybud in ‘Virtue Triumphant’, Susan in ‘Night at the (Brick) Museum’ and Beryl in ‘A Talk in the Park’.




Ben is making his BaCStage debut in ‘Beauty and The Beast’.


Beast / Prince


Tom has recently appeared in ‘7 Ages of Man’, played Richard Carruthers in ‘Virtue Triumphant’, Jeff in ‘In Need of Care’ and Dick in ‘Dick Whittington’.


Beech, a tree


Tessa has recently played Doreen in ‘A Talk in the Park’ and Mrs Mildred Bagshot in ‘Murdered to Death’.


Willow, a tree


Zara has recently played Rat-a-trio in ‘Dick Whittington’.


Elm, a tree


Cynthia has recently appeared in and co-directed ‘7 Ages of Man’, played Bessie in ‘Virtue Triumphant’ and Tommy the Cat in ‘Dick Whittington’.




Musical Director


Artistic Director


Beauty and The Beast ~ February 16th-18th 2017 ~ Bluntisham Village Hall

Tickets on sale soon

Coming soon – Beauty and The Beast

Christmas is coming, the panto’s getting near
Songs, jokes and dancing, and heroes to cheer
When you see the villain, be sure to hiss and boo
And if you win the raffle – well done you!

It is December, which means you can now put your Christmas decorations up (what do you mean they’re already up?), start eating mince pies (what do you mean you’ve already started?) and start getting excited about the panto!  BaCStage will be performing Beauty and The Beast in the new year.

“Be our guest!”

“You look… like a girl!”

“I don’t like the look of this, Trigger.  I’m sure those trees are alive!”

“Run, Trigger, run!  Let’s get out of here!”

“…for the last time, will you stop playing with my pendulum!”

“Do you want a pie in your face?”

“How odd.  A talking teapot”

Beauty and The Beast

“We’re not scared of you!”

“…was it green?  With horrible teeth?”

“Kill the Beast!
Kill the Beast!
Kill the Beast!”

“I eat people for breakfast – and for lunch.  And for dinner I eat their children!”

“I may have to look at your wotsit”

“It was big and hairy and I was rather scared!”

“I would love a single red rose, Papa”

“And roses, lots of roses…
I love roses…
They’re my favourite flower…
Mine too…”

Backwards and Forwards

Time, like a broken pencil, waits for no man.  The nights are drawing in, the toddies are being hotted (where local laws allow) and BaCStage are as busy as ever.  Here’s a quick update from BaCStage Towers.

Looking backwards, we finally have some photos to share from our most recent production, 7 Ages of Man.  Even if we had any laurels we would not be resting on them though, as we’re already moving forwards toward our next production.  Rehearsals for Beauty and the Beast have already started.  The cast features many familiar faces and we’re also delighted to welcome several new young actors to our ranks.  Expect more updates – and some mugshots – to be posted in the next three months.  “Three months”, you say?  Yup, for it’s only three months until curtain up!  Better get on with it then, hadn’t we?  Oh yes we had!

And so it begins…