¬ "JACK AND THE
News flash! Attention! Attention! Stop press!
What?: Auditions - BACCES 2014
When?: Sunday, 29th June, 2014.
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
If you can't make the audition but would still like to be
considered, then please e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
email@example.com 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
¬ BACCES GIVES HOPE AT GREAT ORMOND STREET
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
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
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.
¬ 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.