THE ADLIB - ofﬁcial newsletter of Pinelands Players!
Rehearsals for the Candlelight Supper show ‘# Horror’ are well under way and it is looking fabulous! Booking is now open, get in fast and secure your booking. Remember the earlier you book the more likely you are to get a great table. Tables seat 10 and getting a group of friends together to enjoy a super dinner and entertainment is such fun.
PINELANDS COMMUNITY HALL
2 7 & 28 JUNE + 1, 2, 3, & 4 JULY @ 7:30pm
R120pp inc DINNER
Devised & Directed by Tina Gough
Bookings: Call 082 771 9644 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ghosties, ghoulies and things that go bump in the night! Spine chilling tales, dancing skeletons, Monsters and haunting songs
You really mustn’t miss this year’s Candlelight Supper Theatre show at the Town Hall.
The meal is a delicious Bolognese with a surprise dessert to follow and of course there will be a fully stocked bar as well.
Tina Gough, Alison Hofer, the Cast and Crew are pulling out all the stops. Lighting and Sound of top quality from Chris Laurie and Glyn Fogell will be superb, using our new equipment purchased to enhance our shows at the Town Hall.
‘BONNY WHITE PRESENTS’ WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. WHAT TALENT THESE TWO YOUNGSTERS HAVE, THEY’LL GO FAR. THANKS BONNY, FOR A TERRIFIC SHOW.
If you haven’t paid yet, please do.
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AUDITION FOR ‘BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO’!
ALL THE DETAILS YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR
AUDITION 21st JUNE 2014 2 p.m. at PINELANDS PLAYERS’ CLUBHOUSE! Breaking up is Hard to Do, featuring the songs on Neil Sedaka; book by Erik Jackson & Ben H Winters; music by Neil Sedaka, lyrics by Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenﬁeld & Philip Cody!
ABOUT BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO: Set in the Catskills at Esther’s Paradise Resort during the Labour Day weekend in 1960. This
is the golden era of the Catskills, a popular resort destination in upstate New York where, in its heyday, up and coming performers made or broke their careers, and producers such as Dick Clark might have been found scoping for talent. Marge and her stage-struck best friend, Lois arrive at Esther’s on a vacation that was supposed to be Marge’s honeymoon. But Marge’s groom left her at the alter and she is very heartsore and vulnerable. Lois tries to set Marge up with the ﬂamboyant and self-obsessed singer, Del Delmonica, but the plan backﬁres. Looking on from the wings is Gabe, the geeky cabana boy and stage hand. The show revolves around actions on the resort’s stage; Harvey, the house comic and M.C. secretly carries a torch for the widowed owner, Esther. Esther is preoccupied with trying to keep the resort ﬁnancially sound. It’s a fun show which revolves around two unlikely love stories and how they are ﬁnally, and of course, satisfactorily resolved.
Director, June Wells. Musical Directors: Alan van der Merwe and Ted Faulkner
SHOW RUN – MAGNET THEATRE, OBSERVATORY 2ND – 18TH OCTOBER
CAST OF CHARACTERS
THE BAND: the band is the ‘house band’ for Esther’s Paradise Resort and they participate in the show. This has already been cast:
Ted Faulkner, Alan van der Merwe and Schalk Wasserman.
MARGE GELMAN (early to mid 20’s); mezzo soprano. Abandoned at the altar, Marge is an aspiring dentist from Brooklyn who finds herself in the Catskills on what would have been her honeymoon weekend. Her self-esteem has taken a knock (think Jennifer Grey in ‘Dirty Dancing’). She’s bookish and intelligent, sweet and gullible.
LOIS WARNER (early to mid 20’s); alto with some mezzo soprano ability. Lois lives her life as if she were starring in her own movie. With a Marilyn Monroe simplicity, Lois has more red blood cells than brain cells; more heart than nous. Basically a ditzy blonde bombshell.
DEL DELMONACO (20’s to 30’s); tenor, comfortable to an A – the higher the better. He is a flamboyant self serving egoist and will do anything to become the next teen heart-throb. He gets by on charm, slinky hip moves and a great voice; but has probably never even read a magazine article to the end, let alone a book. (Think Joey in ‘Friends’)
GABE GREEN (mid to late 20’s); tenor, Bb-C range). He’s clumsy, nerdy and very shy. He is Esther’s ‘Man Friday’, doing everything from serving drinks & cleaning the pool to being the stage hand for the shows. His father wants him to join his orthodontic practice, but Gabe’s passion is music. In fact he secretly writes all of the material that Del takes credit for (he lacks the confidence to perform them himself). As with Marge, we see a great change take place in Gabe on this Labour Day weekend.
ESTHER (Mature, anywhere between 45 and 60); Alto, nice and rich in her low to mid register. Esther is a widow and has been single-handedly keeping the resort afloat since the death of her husband. She is fiercely independent, has boundless energy and is always ready with a quip or smart remark.
HARVEY (slightly older than Esther); baritone. He is the social director/MC/comedian at Esther’s Paradise. Harvey is all about the set-up and the punch line and spends most of his life cracking wise and avoiding any show of genuine emotion or vulnerability – he is also a confirmed bachelor. Esther is the one person who truly understands the man behind the jokes.
CHORUS – 2 MALES, 2 FEMALES (20’s to 30’s) all with singing ability and must be able to move with conﬁdence. The chorus will be very involved in the show with the Band and also with the characters.
TIME: we’ll start sharply at 2 p.m. so be there by 1.30 for signing up. Please wear comfortable clothes and leave your inhibitions at home, this will be fun not torture!
ACCENTS: New York – examples: Tony Danza, Barbra Streisand, Fran Drescher, Marisa Tomei, John Travolta, Walter Matthau, Robert De Niro, Vin diesel, Joan Rivers, Rosie O’Donnel, Joe Pesci, Whoopi Goldberg, Woody Allen. Matt LeBlanc.
SINGING: You’ll be tested for range and then be asked to sing a number from the show. A list of the show songs is on the next page. Go to Youtube, punch in ‘Neil Sedaka’ and you’ll find all the songs. Sheet music will be available at the audition.
MOVEMENT: everyone will be taught a short piece of choreography, remember to wear flat shoes, no heels, no trainers that stick to the floor.
READING: if you are auditioning for the chorus, you need not take part in this. Others please prepare a monologue, no longer than 1 or 2 minutes. At this stage we don’t expect a full on accent. Try and find something appropriate to the character (dumb blonde, sleazy club singer, etc). If you can’t find anything, email me, but finding your own is much more fun – there are millions on the internet.
BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO SHOW SONGS:
Breaking up is Hard to Do
Where the Boys Are
Happy Birthday Sweet 16
King of Clowns
Next Door to an Angel
Breaking Up is Hard to Do (reprise)
Laughter in the Rain
Stairway to Heaven
Love Will Keep us Together
‘Breaking up is Hard to Do’ is to Neil Sedaka what ‘Mama Mia’ is to ABBA. Like ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Jersey Boys’ it is a nostalgic trip into a very different time. Computers and cell phones were in futuristic movies and a terrorist was a badly behaved 2-year-old throwing a tantrum. Bop and jive, polka dots, coke ﬂoats, hairspray and Brylcream. We’ll recreate the ﬂavour and style of that special era.
If you are thinking of auditioning for this show, please leave your inhibitions and self-consciousness outside. Take a deep breath, let
yourself go and enjoy it!
WHAT’S HAPPENING ELSEWHERE:
OKLAHOMA! From G&S, directed by Teddy Davies. Rehearsals are well under way. Production dates, in the Artscape Opera House, are 19 July to 3 August 2014 and tickets are already on sale from cast members or from Computicket. Ticket prices through Computicket range from R110 to R235 for evening performances and R100 to R220 for matinees. Preferential tickets are available from cast members at a saving of between R10 and R30 each.
DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. From Milnerton Players. Opening 30th May. A husband a wife a mistress a lover and a cook – sounds hilarious. This info taken from website. For more, telephone 082 267 1061.
CLAREMONT D.S. will be offering acting workshops from late June. These workshops will aim to help newcomers and old. The workshops will entail basic voice and body work, text analysis, character development and at the end of workshops you will be adjudicated and will receive a certiﬁcate of attendance at a ﬁnal performance/exam. Please conﬁrm attendance by the 1st of June 2014. The cost is R50 a workshop and you must to attend all 4 workshops to receive the certiﬁcate. If you are interested or require more information feel free to contact me: email@example.com or 072 596 8369.
HOTTENTOTS HOLLANDS D.S. presents ‘Annie The Musical’ at the Playhouse in Somerset West. 17th to 28th June. I don’t have details from HHDS, but SHAUN BROWNE is repeating his role in this production as Daddy Warbucks and bookings are through Computicket. Please note: there is an early bird R10 discount if you book before 3 June.
THE ROSEBANK THEATRE – great things are happening at this little theatre in Alma Road Rosebank. Take a look at http://www.rosebanktheatre.com.
The latest addition to the Earp-Jones family, Connor Austin, has just arrived!!!! Congratulations to Brendon and Jade and of course, to the two very happy Grandparents, Heather and Rogan.
Alan van der Merwe and Ted Faulkner have been meeting and working on the music for ‘Breaking up is Hard to Do’. They love the songs and I’m sure you will too. Please come along to the audition on the 21st June (call backs the next day).
Hard to believe that Jack Matthee will have passed away exactly one year ago on the 16th June. Karin is coping well, but I know that day will be especially sad and that you’ll all be thinking of her.
So much to do and so little time. Mandy and Scott arrive next Tuesday – not having seen them in the flesh for over three years, I’m very excited. Lots to do between now and then, so I’ll be off!
Until next time, break a leg, June.