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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

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It’s been a busy old Autumn

Two shows in as many months?  Crivens!  We asked Must We Go To Bluntisham? in September before inviting you to Take Your Seats for our 20th Anniversary in October.

During the Dorothy L Sayers Festival we hit upon a new way of enticing in the punters:

01 DLS Cakes

Preparing for our 20th Anniversary sketches, Lucy applies make-up to Ross…

02 Ross

…before applying beard to Jason:

03 Beard

Ash was on hand to check the straightness of the beard:

04 Ash

Jason has grand plans for a handlebar moustache:

05 Tache

Jess loves playing with her “Girl’s World”:

06 Girls World

Is this seat taken?  Yes, it is.

07 Seat

Hey mate… got a squidgy?

08 Squidgy

BaCStage actors – driving directors to drink for twenty years and counting…

09 Drink

A couple of swells:

10 Swells

A couple of (role) players:

11 Ladies

…and a couple who absolutely, positively, don’t do acting:

12 No acting please

Right, that’s that lot finished.  Time to start on the next one!

Happy birthday to us

We enjoyed another good turn-out for part two of our birthday celebrations at Bluntisham Village Hall on Saturday.  We say it every time, but we really do mean it – thank you to everyone who comes along to see our shows and support us, we really do appreciate it.

It must be said that Saturday night didn’t entirely pass off without any hitches.  There was a noticeable delay before the start of the raffle.  Rumours of raffle fraud were starting to circulate, but then a suspicious-looking character was found lurking in the bar with the tombola.  Having a bar on-site is always risky when there are actors involved.  The gentleman in question cannot be identified for legal reasons, but I can reveal that his name sounds like “Snick”.  As in, “who’s that?”  “Snick”.

On a more serious note, we know that there were problems with restricted visibility for those people sat at the back and this is something we will try to address if we do another “no stage” show in Blunty.  For our next production we’ll be back to our usual arrangement, up on stage and with cabaret-style seating.

On an even more serious note, now that the show is in the bag it’s fair to say we nearly didn’t have a show at all.  We had originally wanted to put on a production of It’s a Wonderful Life but were unable to cast it (it is something we want to return to in future though).  We looked at a couple of other plays, needing progressively fewer actors, but were unable to cast them either.  For a while it looked like we wouldn’t have a show at all this Autumn.  Then three things happened in relatively quick succession – someone (I’m not sure whom) realised that this year was our 20th anniversary, Ron suggested Is This Seat Taken? and offered to direct it, and Jackie volunteered to put together a selection of sketches and music.  At the 11th hour we got ourselves a show, and like Cinderella we could go to the ball after all (alright!).  Both Jackie and Ron deserve a lot of credit for putting Take Your Seat together, and doing so in record time after the delays and set-backs we suffered earlier in the year.  Credit too should go to the actors who learned their respective parts on a much reduced rehearsal schedule.  Parts of the show were still coming together in production week, when normally we’re swanning around in our costumes and planning the after-show party.

Chairman Ron is keen to avoid such problems for our next production and so we’ll be making a start on that almost immediately.  Those of you who Took Your Seats will have heard his announcement of what that show will be.  For the rest of you, I can reveal that we will be… giving more details on our website soon.  Always leave them wanting more!

Now, as it’s our birthday, you haven’t got any more of that delicious cake, have you…?

One down, one to go!

Our 20th anniversary celebrations got off to a flyer last night as the good people of Colne (and beyond) joined us at Colne Village Hall for the first of our two nights of Take Your Seat.  So many of them took their seats that we almost ran out of seats!  It was more or less a full house.  An enormous thank you to everyone who came along.

Right, time to get back on the tour bus and head off to Bluntisham for tonight’s show!

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The actors are there to feed the dog

The dog is there to bite the actors if they don’t perform.

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Take Your Seats – you’d be barking mad to miss it!

Tickets are on sale now.
Book now Also available from Bluntisham Service Station, or on the door.

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No dogs or actors were harmed in the making of this post.

How will you be taking your seat?

It’s only a few days until we invite you to Take Your Seats and join us in celebrating our 20th anniversary.

How will you be choosing to take your seat?

You could buy your tickets online…
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…or buy them in person from Bluntisham Service Station (supporting one of our sponsors at the same time)…

…or be spontaneous and buy your tickets on the door.

Whichever way you choose, we do hope you’ll come and join us!

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‘Take Your Seats’ and you will be watching…

As you may have gathered from recent posts like this one or this one, we have a show “Take Your Seats” coming up to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

“Really?  When’s that then?”

Friday October 13th at Colne Village Hall

Saturday October 14th at Bluntisham Village Hall

Both shows start at 7:30pm ~ Raffle and bar at each venue ~ Tickets on sale now

“But what’s in this show?” I hear you ask, “and who’s in this show?”  I’m glad you asked.

We have something old – some of our favourite sketches and songs from our first twenty years…

… something new‘Is This Seat Taken’, an award-winning one act comedy by Sean Baker about using role play as a means to rekindle a failing marriage – how to do it and how not to!

… something borrowed – set, costumes and props including a good selection of beer, wine and spirit bottles (emptied before the actors are allowed anywhere near them)…

… and some things a little blue, such as…
Shag

“Thought so.  I knew you loved me”

“No I don’t.  I just think you’re a great…

 

Is This Seat Taken by Sean Baker

Featuring

Luke

Luke
Mandy

Mandy
Richard

Richard
Cynthia

Cynthia
Directed by
Ron

Ron

~ ~ ~ o O o ~ ~ ~

Comedy sketches and songs

Featuring

Gill

Gill
Jess

Jess
Ben

Ben
Jason

Jason
Ross

Ross
Becky

Becky
Luke

Luke
Lucy

Lucy
Ash

Ash
Jane

Jane
Richard

Richard
Nick

Nick
Directed by
Ron

Jackie

~ ~ ~ o O o ~ ~ ~

The (Stage) Management Sound and Lighting
Denise

Denise
Gordon

Gordon
Jason

Jason
Dan

Dan

Take Your Seats: BaCStage’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Friday October 13th at Colne Village Hall
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Saturday October 14th at Bluntisham Village Hall
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Tickets for both nights are also available from Bluntisham Service Station

Both shows start at 7:30pm ~ Raffle and bar at each venue

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It was 20 years ago today

Actually it was 20 years ago a week last Tuesday, give or take a month or two either way, but who’s counting?

Back in 1997 Christine had the idea to start an Am Dram group.

Christine

And so it came to pass that the Millennium Players (as we were known back then) were born. Those who were at the very first meeting still talk of it in hushed tones. One, who shall remain nameless, speaks of going along to “volunteer to help with publicity” only to be told in no uncertain terms by Christine that “you look like an actor to me”. Maybe that ignited some latent theatrical spark, or maybe he was too afraid to say no, but either way he went on to star in many productions (as well as helping out with publicity).

The millennium itself came and went and we became BaCStage.  To date we have put on forty shows, ranging through comedy, farce, drama, melodrama and, of course, pantomime (oh yes we have).

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Panto audience participation in the last millennium

We have performed at several local venues including the Green Man and Village Hall in Colne, St Helen’s Primary School, the Baptist Chapel and St Mary’s Church Hall in Bluntisham and, as part of our 2016 World Tour we ventured as far as Pidley.

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“We’re BaCStage from Blunty, you must be Pidley!”

Our main venue for more than a decade though has been Bluntisham Village Hall, ever since it was built to our exact specifications.  OK, so, I’m exaggerating slightly there, but if you’ve been to Blunty Village Hall have you ever wondered why the doors are so tall? It is not to accommodate actors and their big heads and enormous egos but instead to allow ingress and egress for our stage sets and assorted other bits and pieces, and to allow actors to make their entrances and exits on a raised platform without need to stoop or risk of banging their heads (the “raised platform” is called a “stage” – Theatrical Ed).

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Bluntisham crowds can get rowdy, especially when the twins are in

Although some of those early pioneers have retired from acting service many have stayed in touch and remain part of the wider BaCStage family. We have also welcomed many new faces to the group, and are truly blessed with some very talented individuals both on-stage and behind the scenes. We have had a lot of fun along the way, many friendships have been forged and, we like to think, we’ve entertained a few people too. We also have plenty of exciting ideas for future productions. Here’s to the next 20 years!

But how to mark such a momentous occasion as our 20th birthday? With a show, of course!

As soon as we decided to put on a show to celebrate our 20th, Nick got to work building us a set. This led to an awkward exchange at the first production meeting.  “We want a travelling set with minimal carrying, not a ten-tonne set with a mediaeval abbey in”

TheSet

At least he hadn’t started on the drawbridge.

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Oh well, I’m sure someone will find a use for it.

Yes, after the fun we had “travelling light” on our 2016 World Tour we decided to once again opt for a stripped-down approach for our 20th Anniversary show “Take Your Seats”. After all, it’s only right and proper that we perform it in both Bluntisham and in Colne, and getting our full stage and set constructed usually takes the best part of a weekend on its own. Those gallons of tea don’t drink themselves you know.

We do hope you can join us at one (or both!) of our anniversary shows. Tickets are onsale now through TicketSource and from Bluntisham Service Station.

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Oh, and if you’re wondering what those forty previous shows are then pay a visit to our back catalogue page.

Ladies and gentlemen please take your seats…

…for BaCStage’s 20th anniversary celebration!

This autumn BaCStage turns 20 and we are celebrating this milestone with a production we are calling “Take Your Seats“.

We will be performing Is This Seat Taken?, a festival-winning one act comedy play by Sean Baker (author of our last two pantos).

We are also performing some of our favourite sketches, and are welcoming back some old friends alongside our current crop of talent.

What’s more, in an exciting new innovation (for us, at least) you can buy tickets online – read on for more details!

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We are inviting you to take your seats at

Colne Village Hall on Friday 13th October 2017

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and at

Bluntisham Village Hall on Saturday 14th October

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Both shows start at 7.30pm and there will be a bar and raffle at both venues. 

Tickets cost £6.50 and are available via the buttons above, or from Bluntisham Service Station.

We hope you can join us for our celebration!

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.

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We had arranged and sorted our equipment the night before…

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…ready to transport it to the Village Hall.

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

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

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

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Mmm, sparkly.

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

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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.

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Whoops.

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

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… 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.

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

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After lunch, work continued on the Fairytale Castle.

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

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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!

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