Oliver! - Dates and information for pre-audition rehearsals and auditions

If you wish to audition for an adult role or your child wishes to audition for Oliver!, here is the information about the pre-audition rehearsals and auditions.

If you are aged 16 and over read about the audition process to join BATS.

Pre-audition rehearsals

You do not need to attend every pre-audition rehearsal. Note that the movement audition for adults will be taught on 7 Jan session.

  • Wed 2 January 2019: 7pm - 8pm - Olivers and Dodgers

  • Wed 2 January 2019: 8pm - 9.30pm - Adults

  • Mon 7 January 2019: 7.30pm - 10pm - Adults (movement audition will be taught)

  • Wed 9 January 2019: 7pm - 8pm - Olivers and Dodgers

  • Wed 9 January 2019: 8pm - 9.30pm - Adults

Venue: Christ Church, Reading Road, Chineham, RG4 8LT


Date: Sunday 13 January
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Market Chambers, 6 Wote Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7NW (Note - access to the main entrance is via the Lesser Market alleyway. The door is directly opposite Camouflage Corner)
Cost: £5 (payable on the day). This covers attendance at the day-long workshop/audition and membership, if cast in the show

Ages to audition

  • Boys auditioning for Oliver should be aged between 9-13 years old. They should not be too tall.

  • Boys auditioning for Dodger should have a playing age of 10 – 15 years. They should not be too tall, but if they are older and short that will be fine.

  • Children auditioning for the Workhouse/Fagin’s gang need to be aged between 9-12 years old to audition. In addition, we are seeking to cast a couple of children aged 8.

Adult auditions

Date: Monday 14 January
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue: Christ Church, Reading Road, Chineham, RG4 8LT

Rehearsal dates for the 60th anniversary concert

To celebrate our 60th anniversary year, we will be performing a one night concert at the Anvil on Saturday 23 June.  You will need to audition to perform and it is open to past, current and prospective members.

The full list of dates are as follows:

Venue: Christ Church, Reading Road, Chineham, RG4 8LT, 19:30 - 22:00 hours
Tuesday 27th, Thursday 29th March
Tuesday 3rd April and Wednesday 4th April

Venue: Market Chambers, Wote Street, Basingstoke, 10:00 onwards

Sunday 8th April

Venue: Christ Church, Reading Road, Chineham, RG4 8LT, 19:30 - 22:00 hours

Tuesday 10th April (Shaftesbury Room)
Thursday 12th April (Shaftesbury Room)
Thursday 26th April (Shaftesbury Room)
Monday 14th May (Shaftesbury Room)
Monday 21 May (Wesley Hall)
Wednesday 23rd May (Shaftesbury Room)
Wednesday 30th May (Shaftesbury Room)
Monday 4th June (Shaftesbury Room)
Wednesday 6th June (Shaftesbury Room)
Monday 11th June (Shaftesbury Room)
Wednesday 13th June (Shaftesbury Room)
Monday 18th June - Orchestra call (venue TBC)
Wednesday 20th June (Shaftesbury Room)

Singin' in the Rain - Audition and Director Setting Dates

If you are thinking of auditioning for Singin' in the Rain, here are the key dates for which you will need to be available.

Pre-auditions and auditions
The action doesn't start until January.  See the Singin' in the Rain future show page for full details.

Director's setting dates
Sunday 4 February, 10am - 5pm
Monday 5 February, 7pm - 10.30pm
Sunday 4 March, 10am - 5pm
Monday 5 March, 7pm - 10.30pm
Sunday 25 March, 10am - 5pm
Monday 26 March, 7pm - 10.30pm
Sunday 15 April, 10am - 5pm
Monday 16 April, 7pm - 10.30pm
Tuesday 24 April, 7pm - 10.30pm
Wednesday 25 April, 7pm - 10.30pm

Costume call
Thursday 3 May, 7pm onwards

Run of show in costume
Friday 4 May 7-10.30

Get-in and orchestra call
Sunday 6 May

Technical rehearsal
Monday 7 May, 7pm - 10:30pm

Dress rehearsal
Tuesday 8 May, 7pm - 10:30pm

Wednesday 9 - Saturday 12 May
Wednesday 16 - Saturday 19 May

Come and Join Us for Footloose!

BATS' next show will be Footloose. Come and join us for this exciting Rock 'n' Roll musical, filled with great songs and lots of dancing.

Based on the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose features classic hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Let's Hear It For The Boy, Almost Paradise and the unforgettable title track, Footloose.

BATS are staging Footloose in November

BATS are staging Footloose in November

The pre-audition workshops start this week and these are your chance to come along and meet us, find out about the show, the music, the roles available and other important information such as rehearsal dates.

A link to the audition materials, including male and female audition pieces, can be found here on our Google Drive.

You will to be a member of BATS in order to audition. See our Join BATS page for more information.

Pre-audition workshops will be held on 31st May, 5th, 7th and 12th June at 19.30 at Christ Church, Reading Road, Chineham, RG24 8LT.

Auditions are on 13th and 14th June from 19.00 at Market Chambers Performers Together, Church Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7QE.

We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday. Come along and bring your dancing shoes!

Pre-audition Workshops for Spamalot have begun!

BATS' next show is the award-winning musical, Spamalot, taking place in May 2017... and with auditions taking place in January, our pre-audition workshops are now underway.

Inspired by the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a musical which hilariously sends up everything we love (or perhaps don't love?!) about the theatre, while telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Spamalot audition poster

Spamalot audition poster

There are some fantastic roles to be filled (male and female) and this is where you come in. Are you interested in auditioning?  To find out more, do come along to one of our preview workshops to meet our members and to get the opportunity to learn the audition pieces, where our Director, Musical Director and Choreographers will be there to guide you through.

We are also looking for strong male dancers, so please spread the word to help us to cast another great show!

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