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What?: Auditions - BACCES 2014
When?: Sunday, 29th June, 2014.
Where?: Cranebank
Time?: (To be announced)

This might be your time to shine! Can you sing, act, and/or dance? Then please read on!

If you are current or former British Airways cabin crew and would like to audition for this year's BACCES show, "Jack and the Beanstalk", then please join us at Cranebank on Sunday, 29th June 2014.

The auditions are open to all British Airways fleets at Heathrow and Gatwick airports. If you are auditioning for a principle role you will be required to sing* and read a prescribed audition piece for the panel, which will be made available to you on our BACCES web site in early June. All participants are required to dance, so please bring sensible shoes with you - no platforms, flip flops, or very high heals!
If you can't make the audition but would still like to be considered, then please e-mail
bacces@hotmail.co.uk leaving your contact details.

Rehearsals will start on Monday, 1st September, and will be held twice weekly thereafter (on Mondays and Thursdays) in the evening. In addition, there will be compulsory "All day" rehearsals on 11th and 12th October, 14th November, 28th and 29th November, and 1st December 2014. The show will run from 2nd to 7th December 2014.

FYI, the following are the bid periods for those of you wishing to bid for 29th June:
WorldWide: Currently open. Closes 27th April
EuroFleet: Opens 23rd April. Closes 6th May
Mixed Fleet: Opens 22nd April. Closes 5th May
Single Fleet Gatwick: Opens 23rd April. Closes 6th May
For photos and extracts from previous shows please go to our "Media Gallery" section on our web site.

If you are not current or former British Airways cabin crew but would still like to be involved off stage, we are always looking for people to help with the making of costumes, props, and working "Front of House" selling programmes and raffle tickets, etc. Please do get in touch with us at bacces@hotmail.co.uk leaving your contact details.

If you have ever thought about getting involved in a stage production, then this is the perfect opportunity. We'd love to hear from you.

*Please feel free to bring your own sheet music or backing CD with you. Our lovely Musical Director, Bobbie, will be happy to accompany you on the keyboard. If you are not auditioning for a principal role there is NO requirement for you to sing on your own.


On 23rd October, 2013, BACCES presented a cheque for £400 from monies raised from their 2012 pantomime production, "Aladdin", to Mr. Tom Walker (Honorary SpR in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery) of P.A.G.E.S. (Philippines America Group of Educators and Surgeons) within Operation H.O.P.E. (Help Other People Excel) at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.

Operation H.O.P.E. was founded in 1988 by DR. J.P. Clawson, and has treated more than 3,000 children with congenital birth defects and other facial deformities such as cleft lips and palates for free. It provides life-changing surgical care, healthcare, and medical training programs in under-developed areas of the world. A collaboration of medical and non-medical volunteers was established through private and corporate sponsorship.

P.A.G.E.S. anaesthesiologist, Dr. Mark Catolico (Senior Registrar in Anaesthesia & Neonatal & Paediatric Care), who has been involved since 2007, explained," Each corrective procedure takes between 35 and 45 minutes to complete, depending on its complexity. We average in the region of 200 hundred corrective surgeries per mission."

As Operation H.O.P.E. grew, so other sub-groups within the foundation were formed to target specific countries around the world. P.A.G.E.S. was subsequently established in the Philippines specifically to identify a permanent warehouse to store donated supplies and equipment; to conduct medical and surgical missions, and to expand them throughout the year; to serve as the first point of contact in case of a nationwide catastrophic emergency or natural disasters; for the immediate delivery of needed emergency supplies; and to assist other humanitarian efforts and assignments.

Dr.Tom Walker became involved with Operation H.O.P.E. in 2005 following the example set by his peer, Mr. Peter Ayliffe (Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon), who joined the charity in 1997 and has been involved in similar projects in India, Nigeria, and Ethiopia. Mr. Walker added,"We are very grateful to BACCES for this donation. It is through the generosity and continued support of groups such as yours that Operation H.O.P.E. and P.A.G.E.S. can continue their global work and missions."

BACCES is currently preparing for its 2013 pantomime production of "Dick Whittington", which will run from 3rd to 8th December, 2013, at The Beck Theatre, Hayes. Tickets are on sale now.

(from left to right): Steve Adderley, Mr. Tom Walker, Mr. Peter Ayliffe, Dr. Mark Catolico, Victor Texeira, David Bowditch, Mike Smith.
BACCES is a non-profit charitable organisation which was originally set up in 1970 by two British European Airways (BEA) stewards who wrote a comedy review and staged it at York House in March 1971, Twickenham, UK for two nights. It was so popular that it ran for a further three sell out nights at Chiswick Town Hall. The national press heard of this venture and prompted "Jak" of the Evening Standard to publish a cartoon lampooning the efforts of BA cabin crew. Since that time the company have been producing reviews and, more recently, and to great acclaim, pantomimes in aid of national and local charities. The company writes, directs and produces the whole show with very little help from outside sources.

In 2008 BACCES won the Flame Award for Inspirational Excellence in Theatre from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association for their 2007 production of Cinderella.

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