AN entertainment society made up of British Airways cabin crew is preparing for takeoff with its annual pantomime at the Beck Theatre in Hayes.
Not only has the talented bunch been entertaining audiences for years, it has also raised a great deal of money for charity.
This year is no exception: proceeds from each performance will be split between the Beck Youth Theatre, Macmillan Cancer Care, Sebastian’s Trust, as well as charities in the borough.
British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society (BACCES) started out as a small production at the York House, Twickenham, but has grown year on year to produce sell-out, award-winning pantomimes.
Made up of a cabin crew who spend much of their time abroad and only have a handful of rehearsals as a complete cast, BACCES is bringing Aladdin to the Beck from December 4-9.
In the 41 years the society has been performing, it has managed to raise £1m for charity.
David Bowditch, president of BACCES, said rehearsals – at the BA flight training centre in Cranford – were going brilliantly.
“The cast are really looking forward to performing Aladdin,” he said.
“Last year, we were thrilled to receive three NODA [National Operatic and Dramatic Association] awards for our show, but we think we could even go one better this year.
“One of the three main charities we have chosen to support this year is The Beck Youth Theatre. The group comprises talented, local youngsters, from eight to 19, and their shows are a must see.”
In addition to the seven regular performances the company will give, BACCES is performing two mid-week matinees, tickets for which are donated free of charge to some of the borough’s elderly people and disadvantaged children.
David said he wanted everyone to have the opportunity to see the panto.
“For some local people, the BACCES panto is often the only outing they will have in a year, so charitable performances are put on for disadvantaged and elderly residents.
“We would love everyone to come and see us, and set us on the road to raise another £1m,” he said. “It’s going to be fantastic fun.”
BACCES will give nine performances of Aladdin at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, from December 4-9. Tickets from £14-£18. For more information and to book, visit www.bacces.com or call the Beck Theatre box office on 020 8561 8371 or visit www.becktheatre.org.uk.