Join Us

Startime Variety are always happy to welcome new people.

If you would like to join to be on stage, the best time to to come along is

when we hold auditions for the next show.

This happens twice each year – in February for the summer show, and September for the pantomime.  If you don’t want to wait until the next show, you are welcome to get in touch at any time using our contact form so that we can arrange for you to come along to a rehearsal to meet us and see what we do.

 The minimum age limits for membership are as follows:

  • 10 years and over for on-stage (acting) members and 16 years and over for off-stage (non-acting) members who wish to help behind the scenes.

New Members are provided with essential information sheets, and are requested to complete a contact information form – you can see copies of theses here:

To become an acting member you will need to perform an audition.

This will involve singing a song of your choice (make sure to bring the piano sheet music with you) and learning a short dance routine. Try not to worry too much about the audition – we aim to keep the process as easy and friendly as possible.

A condition of being accepted as an acting member is that you commit to attending all of the rehearsals for the show.  

Rehearsals currently take place from 7:30pm to 10:00pm on Friday evenings at a venue within the Dudley Borough (Halesowen or Netherton area’s) and Wednesdays at Haden Cross Fire Station Community rooms at Barrs Road, Cradley Heath B64 7HX .

Startime Variety’s success is dependent on the commitment of it’s membership.

We understand that people have other responsibilities from time to time, but we expect everyone to attend 95% of all rehearsals as a minimum and, of course, it is essential that you can make ALL of the show dates!

It is a condition of membership that, if not taking part in a production on stage, you are willing to help carry out other support tasks during the week of a show – for example, assisting with Front of House duties such as selling programmes, sweets, and raffle tickets, or stewarding.

Current Membership Subscription Fees, as of 2019, are:

  • £60 for a senior acting member (age 18+);
  • £40 for a full-time student acting member (age 16-18);
  • £30 for a junior acting member (age 12-16);
  • £20 for an associate (non-acting) member.

If you have any other questions, or would like to arrange a time to come and see us at rehearsal, please contact us.