¬ "SLEEPING BEAUTY" IS COMING TO TOWN AS CABIN CREW NOD OFF FOR A HUNDRED YEARS! 15.11.2015
Tickets for the award winning British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society's 45th production, "Sleeping Beauty", are on sale NOW. The British Airways affiliated entertainment society will perform its annual pantomime from Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th January 2016 at the Watford Palace Theatre, Hertfordshire. Oh yes it will! Proceeds from the production will be donated to charity
More than thirty cabin crew, both past and present, from all British Airways fleets at Heathrow and Gatwick, will tread the boards to make this year's inaugural Watford production one to remember. You'll never look at your cabin crew the same again!
Will Princess Harmony, Prince Handsome, Dame Nanny McNophee, and the three fairies be able to overthrow the nasty Maleficent. Will good overcome evil? With your help, it will. Once you've taken your seats, you will be transported to the magical Land of Nod where your two hour extravaganza of laughter, singing, booing, spectacular dancing, glitz and glamour, and good old panto' fun for all ages is guaranteed. Oh yes it is!
Only a 30 minute drive from Heathrow and just off junction 19/20 of the M25, or junction 5 of the M1, this will be BACCES' first time performing at the magnificent Edwardian Watford Palace Theatre, having previously performed at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, since 1988. The theatre is well served by transport links, including the London Underground (Metropolitan Line), London Overground, and excellent bus (nos. 142 &258) and road links. In addition, there is a great number of restaurants, cafés, pubs, and other amenities within easy walking distance of the theatre.
Tickets for this year's production cost between £16 and £19 and can be purchased on line via the Watford Palace Theatre web site. Follow the link: http://watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/local-company/sleeping-beauty Alternatively, tickets can be purchased directly from the Watford Palace Theatre Box Office on 01923 225671. If you are a current British Airways employee, BACCES members will be able to answer your questions and help with bookings in CRC adjacent to the coffee shop throughout December. They will also be in Waterside on select dates. Debit and credit cards will be accepted.
This year, BACCES will be supporting eight charities - six of which are based in, or near to, Watford - to benefit from the proceeds of "Sleeping Beauty":
Watford Mencap; The Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy (WTCC); ASCEND; Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers; Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association South Herts branch; and Nicki's Smile. In addition, BACCES will be supporting Mind, and Batten Disease Family Association (BDFA).
Representatives from each of these charities, along with other local charities, care groups, schools, and other worthy causes, have been invited to a private preview of the show on 13th January in the afternoon.
So, book your tickets now to avoid disappointment. See you in Watford!
More details can be found at our Box Office or on the BACCES Info-Line on 020 85130507.
¬ BACCES ANNOUNCES ITS 2016 CHARITIES 07.10.2015
BACCES is delighted to announce that it will be supporting eight charities to benefit from its forthcoming production, "Sleeping Beauty". Proceeds from the show will be donated to each. In addition, each has been offered complimentary tickets to a private preview of the show. The eight were chosen by BACCES members following a shortlisting of potential beneficiaries and considerable deliberation. Six of the charities are based in the Watford area and were selected following an article in The Watford Observer in April requesting applications from local charities and worthy causes.
The six are Watford Mencap, The Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy (WTCC), ASCEND, Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers, Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association South Herts branch, and Nicki's Smile.In addition, BACCES will be supporting Mind and Batten Disease Family Association (BDFA).
For more information on the each of these, please follow the link by the listed charities on the right hand side.
¬ the world famous London Symphony Orchestra recordS tracks for BACCES' next production, "Sleeping Beauty" 21.09.2015 Members of BACCES gathered at Angel Studios on London's Gaskin Street on Thursday 17th September to listen to the world famous London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) record five tracks for BACCES' next production, "Sleeping Beauty".
The LSO has been generously volunteering an afternoon of its time to BACCES to record some of each production's bigger musical numbers every year since 1983.
Many BACCES members would admit that being allowed to sit in the studio among the musicians while tracks are being recorded is a real privilege. BACCES member, Lucinda Starling, said, "I get goose bumps every time I am in the recording studio listening to these amazingly talented people who are among the best musicians in the world. This really is very special."
The music for any given BACCES production is arranged by the society's musical director Bobbie Field, who also held the baton at Angel Studios on Thursday. BACCES would like to thank all those LSO members who continue to support the society and for the incredible work they do.
¬ BACCES HELPS HOUSE A SMILE FOR CHARITY 13.05.2015 Members of BACCES gathered at Step by Step's Aldershot
premises on Crimea Road on 24th April to donate a cheque for
£500. The donation was made from money the society raised during
their last production, "Jack and the Beanstalk".
Jenny Jackson, Step by Step's Corporate and Community Fundraiser
was there to welcome the BACCES members and to explain all about
the homeless charity, its origins, the work it does, and the
challenges it faces. She started by explaining the charity's
mission statement, which is "To empower homeless people and
those facing adversity to achieve their full potential." The
charity focuses very much on positives, referring to the shelter
as an "aspiration station". They are aiming to help 1,500 people
Jenny works with 5 colleagues who need to raise around £500,000
this year alone to maintain the charity's work. The funds raised
will cover existing service delivery across the charity’s areas
of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.
The charity was formed in 1989 after a local parishioner met
someone who simply had nowhere to call home and who had little
access to information and support. The initial ambition for the
charity was to set up a night shelter for homeless people in the
local community. A house was soon purchased from money raised.
This, however, barely scratched the surface. A further five
houses were subsequently purchased in the Aldershot area to
cater for the needs of the homeless and to provide office space
In 2011, a new purpose-built shelter was opened to serve as a
"foyer" offering training facilities, accommodation, and a
drop-in centre where staff could work closely with social
services, the police, local councils, housing associations, and
schools, all of whom are able to give referrals for those who
are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The charity works
with eleven to twenty-five year olds, offering accommodation to
sixteen to twenty-one year olds. More recently, the charity has
also been offering and promoting their LGBT group.
Step by Step works with young people to get them into work,
education or training. It operates a "dry house", meaning that
those being accommodated are not permitted alcohol, drugs, or
energy drinks. As it stands, Step by Step is only able to
accommodate 1 in 5 of those who need shelter, such is the
The charity currently has foyers in Basingstoke, Havant, and
Gosport, in addition to that of Aldershot. The charity also
works with supported lodgings, where host families accommodate
the young people in their homes. This is a more suitable
environment for some of the young people Step by Step work with.
They can collectively accommodate up to 202 people each night.
Needless to say, there are a wide variety of reasons as to why
someone ends up requiring the facilities Step by Step offers.
The Aldershot foyer is very much about integration while
offering a strong support network. Currently, they have five
women and ten men in their Step 1 accommodation. This phase
offers 15 bedrooms. Each room comprises of a bed, desk, drawers,
and en-suite shower room, and all residents are encouraged to
interact with each other. Regardless of their circumstances,
individuals are encouraged and supported in developing their
life skills, compiling CVs, and filling in job applications. All
are required to abide by curfew rules and to assist with the
cooking of meals. They are also asked for £12 per week to cover
the cost of their subsidised food.
In the foyer's Stage 2 accommodation, which is available for up
to twelve months, fifteen individuals are offered
apartment-style living. Each apartment has three or four
bedrooms. The Aldershot branch currently has nine women and six
men in this phase. Residents must be in training, education, or
employment. They are required to pay their own bills, cook their
meals, clean, and sign a tenancy agreement. This is seen as the
final stage in what will hopefully lead to an individual's full
integration and independent living.
The charity relies heavily on donations and BACCES are delighted
to have donated £500 to enable them to continue their good work
with young people in need.
Any time or help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Dates for the diary:
21st & 22nd November 2015 - All Day Rehearsals #2 & #3 -
9:30am - 5:30pm (College Town Junior School, Branksome Hill Road, Sandhurst, Berks. GU47 0QE)
3rd January 2016 - All Day Rehearsal #4 - 9:30am - 5:30pm
8th & 9th January 2016 - All Day Rehearsals #5  - 9:30am
- 5:30pm (Venue TBA)
10th January 2016 - "Get In" - Watford Palace Theatre
11th & 12th January 2016 - All Day Rehearsals, inc.
Dress/Tec. Rehearsal (Times TBA)
13th - 17th January 2016 - BACCES stages "Sleeping Beauty"
at the Watford Palace Theatre
¬ WHAT IS BACCES?
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
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.
In 2012 and 2013, BACCES not only won The S. Leslie Cowham
Trophy for Programme Design (Souvenir Class) in the London
Region, it also won the National Award. Congratulations
Carole Jarratt and Lucinda Bowditch (Programme designers)!
In 2014, the nominations kept on coming:
The S. Leslie Cowham Trophy - Programme Design (Souvenir
The Shelly Lemesh Award - The Unsung Hero
The Louise English Trophy - Contributions Made by a Young
The Sheila Rawlings Lifetime Achievement Award
The 'It's Behind You' award - Best Pantomime
The Kathleen Oyler Trophy - Chorus Work
Of the six nominations, BACCES walked away with three
trophies for: Best Programme Design (Souvenir Class)(Lucinda
Bowditch); the Unsung Hero (Brian Stubbington); and, perhaps
most excitingly of all, Best Pantomime.
WELL DONE, BACCES!
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