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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont, 7708

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

July 2014 – Number 135

Hi all,

It is a new season for CDS and with some exciting events in store. We are now done with post-production on The Hollow as we start rehearsals and preparation for Quartet. There is plenty to look forward to, especially our upcoming members’ evening – we hope to see you all there.

 

From Wendy…

Wendy and Bob are settling down nicely in Mthatha, and making the most of a whole new lifestyle. Wendy has been helping out at the local primary school, and is working on their upcoming talent show (mid-August). She is also involved with the Round Table Variety Show, which is happening at the end of July. For those of you not on Facebook, you may like to follow their progress on Wendy’s blog: www.hakunamthatha.blogspot.com

 

Members’ evening

Just a reminder about our upcoming members’ evening on Friday 18 July, 19h30 for 20h00. It will be an exciting monologue programme performed by those who attended the acting workshop. This will be the final step in their workshop process and we have eleven actors to entertain you. We also have two wonderful adjudicators to help give feedback, our very own Michelle Belknap and Yvonne Finch.

We look forward to seeing you all; it has been too long.

 

The Hollow: Another triumph for Claremont Dramatic Society!

Who says Agatha Christie cannot be done well? You? Well, if so, you clearly did not see CDS’s recent production of The Hollow at the Masque.

Director Liz Roodt’s debut was an excellent production with polished performances from all concerned. Despite the press criticism of the French detective and much semi-informed discussion re Poirot the entire cast gave convincing performances in front of an excellently conceived and executed set. The action was well sustained and characterisation appropriate. Special mention, for me, must be made of the acting of Faeron Wheeler and Sheldon Cross. Jenny Brandt handled the transition from “mouse” to vicious killer chillingly well. The tour-de-force in acting terms, though, was from Su Cunningham. She was at the same time delightfully dotty and wickedly scheming.

And, to top it all, we made a handy profit.

Well done to all concerned, both on the tapis and behind, on a really good production.

A.J. Storr Lister

Co-Vice-Chairman/Treasurer

 

The Hollow raffle winners

As you know, we raffled off two Hollow set pieces in aid of the Masque roof fund.

Here are the winners!

“Ainswick” by Libby Harrison was won by Christine Doyle.

“The Worshipper” by Earnest Peake was won by Nigel Stevenson.

Enjoy!

 

Auditions: The Great Gatsby by Simon Levy

Directed by Alastair Duff for Constantiaberg Theatre Players

American accents are required for all characters except for Meyer Wolfsheim

Auditions will be held Sunday 27 July 2014, 13h00–15h00, in the Masque Theatre foyer, Muizenberg.

 

Front of House training workshop

Anthony Storr Lister will be presenting a non-threatening workshop for all those interested in volunteering as FOH Managers and Box Office volunteers at the Masque on Sunday 27 July 2014, 16h00–18h00.

All are welcome, whether you have already volunteered, wish to volunteer or are simply curious as to the more arcane functioning of our theatre. Please RSVP to Jane de Sousa at jane@dramaticsolutions.co.za or on 072 446 5420 to facilitate catering. (Yes, it will be a bit of a social event as well.) Please mention to her that you saw this ad in the CDS Claremont Chat.

 

Directors’ workshop

I will be facilitating a directors’ workshop next month; this will be a once-off, half-day intensive workshop. This workshop is not only for those who wish to be a director; it is also a very valuable workshop for stage managers and production secretaries.

The workshop will be hosted at the Hok on 9 August 2014, 09h00–14h00.

Cost: R200

The workshop will cover:

  • Decision-making
  • The director’s book
  • Exercises for actors
  • Time management
  • Setting, place and time

Those wanting to receive their director’s tickets will be given an opportunity to showcase a short scene they have directed at the October members’ evening.

For more info contact me (Sheldon): sheldon_cross@yahoo.com or 072 596 8369.

 

Calendar

18 July                        Members’ evening

Monologue showcase with soup and rolls … promises to be good old catch up too!

19 July – 3 August   OKLAHOMA!

From G&S, directed by Teddy Davies, in the Artscape Opera House.

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.

25 July – 2 August   Benefactors

Michael Frayn’s award-winning play presented by MADS at the Masque Theatre and directed by Coleen van Staden.

27 July                        Great Gatsby audition

13h00–15h00, in the Masque Theatre foyer.

27 July                        FOH training workshop

16h00–18h00, in the Masque Theatre foyer.

15 – 23 August          California Suite

Fish Hoek Dramatic Society presents Neil Simon’s California Suite, directed by Jane Philbrick.

 

That’s all folks!

Love,

Sheldon

 

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2014:

Simon Dutton (Vice-Chair/Hok Manager) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350

Anthony Storr Lister (Treasurer) anthonylister@mailbox.co.za Home: 021 671 1443 Cell: 082 357 7677

Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell:082 492 5984

Sheldon Cross (Chat) sheldon_cross@yahoo.com Home: 021 801 5610 Cell: 072 596 8369

Liz Roodt (Members’ Evenings): lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk Cell: 081 259 3607

Kim Randleff-Rasmussen (Publicity): tzar42@gmail.com Cell: 083 619 2441

TV COMMERCIAL CASTING FOR SA FINANCIAL INSTITUTION:

We looking for 3 people aged 30-45 with a special kind of character that we could mould into sitcom type characters (this will be work-shopped over a week end with the director) – the rehearsals will be 4-7 July and the shoot 9 -11 July in JHB. All costs of the job will be paid by the client.

Shoot day fees of R2700.00 per day (Actual fee R4000.00 less 10% handling fee and 25% tax). A usage fee for 2 years rights to the footage of R13 500.00 will be paid- total R21 600.00. A small fee will be paid to cast for the rehearsal week end.  

  1. FEMALE CAST- age 35yrs-45yrs, coloured, black & or Indian
  2. MALE CAST 1 – age 40-48yrs, White male
  3. MALE CAST 2 – age 30-38yrs, white,black, & or coloured  

Cast must have a good sense of humour, maturity, & great confidence, must have worked in the corporate world. Client wants unknowns, not signed with an agency, & have not done any commercials in the last few years.   Once you have applied you will be asked to attend a quick casting at our studios within this week.  

Please send decent photos of yourself plus age to Mark: mousesmob@streetwize.co.za /mark@streetwize.co.za

Feel free to contact us on 021 510 2577

Rgds, Mark  

STREETWIZE CASTING DIRECTORS

Studio Casting, Streetcasting & Talent Scout Division

1st Floor Section Street Business Centre

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Cape Town, 7441  

Tel: 27-21- 510 2577

Fax: 27-21- 511 9109

Mobile: 082 334 1190

Email: mark@streetwize.co.za

http://www.streetwize.co.za/

REMINDERS
 
 
 
 
AUDITION
JUST A REMINDER EVERYONE THAT THE AUDITION FOR ‘BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO’ IS THIS SATURDAY AT 2 P.M. AT THE PINELANDS PLAYERS’ CLUBHOUSE INTHE CROSSING.
PLEASE BE THERE AHEAD OF TIME. ENQUIRIES: JUNE 0724467532 or 021 5318682 or cjwells@mweb.co.za
 
#HORROR OPENS NEXT WEEK
IF YOU HAVEN’T BOOKED YOUR TICKETS YET, STOP HESITATING. COME AND ENJOY SOME HUMOROUS, YET SPINE-CHILLING, FUN WITH US. TICKETS ARE R120, WHICH INCLUDES DINNER AND DESSERT. THERE IS ALSO A FULL CASH BAR.
TO BOOK: 082 771 9644 or pinelandshorror@gmail.com

Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont, 7708

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com 

June 2014 – Number 134

 

Greetings all

CDS is doing us proud again on the boards with Liz Roodt’s version of Agatha Christie’s The Hollow. We are also looking forward to Brenda Gray’s next endeavour with a deep-rooted excitement. June is all about warm beds, chocolate cake (blocked arteries) and good theatre. Here is this month’s chat …

 

Masque Theatre – YOUR THEATRE NEEDS YOU!

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY AT THE MASQUE THEATRE: MAINTENANCE COORDINATOR NEEDED

Our theatre needs an experienced Maintenance Coordinator to join the dynamic Operations Team that keeps the theatre functioning together with Nico Dreyer, the theatre manager.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: To ensure the good maintenance, health and safety standards of the Masque Theatre

MAIN FOCUS AREAS:

  • Assessment of maintenance requirements
  • Drawing up of a maintenance plan to meet these requirements
  • Overseeing general maintenance
  • Managing major maintenance projects
  • Ensuring health and safety assessment is conducted
  • Overseeing theatre becoming health and safety compliant
  • Putting system in place to ensure theatre remains health and safety compliant
  • Overseeing this health and safety system 

If you have the skills our theatre needs or know of anyone who does, please contact Jane de Sousa on jane@dramaticsolutions.co.za. Jane is the board member responsible for HR issues.

 

Auditions

Pinelands Players is holding auditions at 14h00 on 21 and 22 June at their clubhouse for Breaking Up is Hard to Do, which is set in the 1960s with the music of Neil Sedaka. More info from Tina on 082 771 9644 or bgough@telkomsa.net.

Milnerton Players has Don’t Dress For Dinner opening on 30 May. A husband, a wife, a mistress, a lover and a cook – sounds hilarious. For more info telephone 082 267 1061.

 

The Hollow

Firstly we would like to thank each and every person who has helped and supported this production. It has been a very exciting undertaking with the inclusion of many members, new and old. Liz promised us at the beginning of the rehearsal process that her ultimate goal, other than producing a high quality Agatha, was that it would be a fun process and I can honestly say it has been precisely that. It has been an absolute joy to work with such wonderfully dedicated and talented folk, the very nature of community theatre brought to fruition. I hope everyone who hasn’t yet come to watch, will come and let us entertain you with our whole hearts.

The Hollow runs until 21 June at the Masque.

 

Acting workshops

There are still a few spaces left. If you are interested please feel free to join us on 21 of June, from 09h30 to 12h00 at the Hok.

  • Saturday 21 June – basics: voice and body, emotional connectivity, improvisation
  • Saturday 28 June – improvisation and scene work, acting techniques
  • Saturday 5 July – monologue, text into performance
  • Saturday 12 July – monologue rehearsal and final workshop
  • Friday 18 July – members’ evening performance and adjudication

For more info please email sheldon_cross@yahoo.com

 

Calendar:

6–21 June: Agatha Christie’s The Hollow – presented by CDS and directed by Liz Roodt

18 July: Members’ evening – A showcase of performances (audition pieces) and soup and rolls

19 July–3 August: OKLAHOMA! – presented by G&S, directed by Teddy Davies, at the Artscape Opera House. Tickets are already on sale from cast members or through 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 form R10 to R30 per ticket.

17–28 June: Annie the musical – presented by Hottentots Holland DS at the Playhouse in Somerset West. 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.

 

The Rosebank Theatre

Great things are happening at this little theatre in Alma Road, Rosebank. Take a look at http://www.rosebanktheatre.com.

 

“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.” ― Agatha Christie

 

That’s all folks,

Sheldon

GASLIGHT
NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY
VOLUME 21, ISSUE 3 – JUNE 2014

Greetings!

This is my fifth year as editor of your G&S Newsletter, and this will be my last edition. It’s been a fun
journey for me, and I hope has provided you with a diverting read every couple of months. Roché Buckle
takes over from me, and I wish her well. No doubt GASLIGHT could do with a bit of freshening up and I’m
sure Roché will provide just that.

Oklahoma!

As usual, a lot of hard work is going into this show. Rehearsals have been going well, and ticket sales are
looking reasonably promising. A reminder that 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. Please give
us your support. It promises to be a spectacular (and energetic!) show.

Box Social

OKLAHOMA! features a “Box Social” – an event where the women prepare a box, or picnic basket for two people. These are then auctioned and the men bid on these boxes/baskets, supposedly not knowing whose they are, anticipating that they will share the picnic with the person who prepared that particular box/basket. Well, on Sunday 1 June, we had our own Box Social – without the boxes, but with plenty to eat and a very lively auction. Items auctioned off by our two “Aunt Ellers” included canvas posters of previous shows and bottles of wine, but the items that caused most hilarity were things like an “Oklahoma hello” from Will Parker, being “dipped” by the ‘ballet Curly’, being serenaded by Curly, and a dance with the ‘Bobsey twins’ – two of the leading dancers from the cast. We look forward to seeing the winning bidders receiving their ‘prizes’ at a rehearsal very soon! Proceedings closed off with Mandy taking us through some dancing routines. All in all a lot of fun for everyone. Thanks to Roche, Philippa, Melissa and Waldo for organising the event.

The International Gilbert and Sullivan Day
In the evening of 3rd May, a number of us assembled at the home of Graham and Anne Ellis in Constantia for a link-up with other G&S Societies around the globe to celebrate the musical legacy these two men have left behind. We sang through the Act 1 finale of ‘Pirates of Penzance’ (photo right) after which, with the aid of modern technology, we established a video and audio link with other societies, in particular the host society in the UK. I have been prevailed upon to include a copy of the greeting I delivered to the rest of the Gilbert and Sullivan world (well those in the UK, Australia, Belgium and New York, anyway). See how many quotes from and references to the various G&S operas you can spot.

Hello from Cape Town! Here indeed is a first rate opportunity to extend warm greetings from the southern tip of Africa to our fellow Savoyards across the world!

If you want to know who we are, well, we are the members of the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society and tonight we have about 50 members of our Society gathered here in beautiful Cape Town in the shadow of Table Mountain. You can, I hope, see some of them behind me, which will, of course, add some artistic verisimilitude to what may otherwise be a bald and unconvincing narrative.
I have to confess that we’ve been a bit short on the pirate sherry, and for that matter the sausage rolls, but we have been able to tuck in to a passable imitation of a rollicking bun or two, and to help us get into the spirit of things, we’ve also sung through the Act I finale of Pirates.

Well … hereupon we’re all agreed – all of us in Cape Town, that is – that from over the bright blue sea, and in friendship’s name, we’ll raise a glass to all you fellow Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiasts around the globe. This toast with three times three we’ll give: Long life to you; long life to you all – and long life to the ties that bind us together! And let there be no possible doubt whatever about that! So, to the rest of you gathered around the world … Cheers!

The answer? A total of 11 quotes or references.

A One-Minute Pirates! by Marc Shepherd (from ‘Gilbert and Sullivan News’, first posted on Savoynet)

A bit of fun for those of you who know the opera.

Act 1:

Samuel: Happy birthday, Frederic! You’re out of your indentures!

Fred: I love you all, but I’m going to destroy you. Good bye!

Ruth: Take me with you.

Fred: Yes. (voices heard) No!

Girls: What a nice day!

Fred: Hello.

Girls: Eeek!

Fred: Will you marry me?

Girls: No!

Mabel: Yes!

Pirates: Hello!

Girls: Eeek!

Major-General: Hello.

Pirate King: We propose to marry your daughters.

Major General: I’m an orphan.

King (sadly): Good bye!

Act 2:

Major-General: I’m not an orphan.

Mabel: We forgive you.

Fred and Police: Hail and farewell!

King and Ruth (to Fred): You’re five years old, and still a pirate!

Fred: Eeek! By the way, the Major-General is not an orphan.

King and Ruth: Let’s kill ‘im!

Fred (to Mabel): Good bye.

Mabel: My hero!

King: Seize that General!

Police: You’re under arrest.

Pirates: No we’re not.

Police: Yield in Queen Victoria’s name.

Pirates: We yield!

Police: You’re under arrest.

Ruth: No they’re not. They’re all noblemen who have gone wrong!

Major-General: Take my daughters!

All: Hurray!

 

FROM SISTER SOCIETIES

AUDITION 21st JUNE 2014 2 p.m. at Pinelands Players Clubhouse for BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO, featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka – a fun show which revolves around two unlikely love stories and how they are finally resolved. Director, June Wells.

SHOW RUN – MAGNET THEATRE, OBSERVATORY, 2 – 18 OCTOBER. More info from June Wells: cjwells@mweb.co.za
Also from Pinelands Players: Candlelight Supper Theatre at the Pinelands Town Hall. #HORROR (or ‘Hashtag Horror’) Ghosties, ghoulies and things that go bump in the night! The meal is a delicious Bolognese with a surprise dessert to follow and of course there will be a fully stocked bar as well! 27 June to 4 July. Tickets R120. Bookings: 082 7719644

From MADS at the Masque: “Benefactors” by Michael Frayn, directed by Coleen van Staden, in July. Bookings: 021 7881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

Hottentots Holland presents ‘Annie The Musical’ at the Playhouse in Somerset West. 17-28 June. Bookings through Computicket.
Admin affairs The new Board of Directors has met twice so far and is beginning to find a way forward, seeking to clarify a strategy and vision for the Society as we move into the future. A Management Committee has been appointed to oversee the day to day affairs of the Society. That Committee is: Chairperson: Waldo Buckle; Productions: Kyla Thorburn; Members and internal comms: Roché Buckle; Social media and website: James Maritz; Secretary and socials: Philippa van Ryneveld; Fund-raising: Linda Gawronsky; Heritage: Anthony Storr Lister. The Development and Education portfolio is still to be confirmed, and two portfolios, Marketing and Finance, will for now be serviced by the people who hold those portfolios on the Board.

And finally …

Let my last act as the scribe for this fine Newsletter be a self-indulgent explanation of why I love Gilbert and Sullivan. I was about 13 when my parents were due to host a party. They asked me to dig through their records (remember those?) and find some suitable background music to be played while guests mingled. I found copies of The Mikado and The Gondoliers. I previewed them to see if they might be suitable – and I was hooked! I immediately thought them eminently suitable for the party, but my parents, for some reason, weren’t convinced. However, that was the beginning of my love affair with the G&S operas. Even as a teenager I appreciated the clever wit of Gilbert’s lyrics. The tongue-twisting “patter songs” were a particular favourite. And Sullivan’s melodies were just so tuneful, so sing-able, so memorable, that even in my teenage years they were serious competition for the Beatles. But it was only 20 years ago when I moved to Cape Town that I was able to join the Society and actually sing the music properly with all the wonderful harmonies. For me the singing has always been what has given me the most joy, rather than the movement and dance (which will come as no surprise to Kyla and some of the unfortunates who have been my partners over the years!) I’ve always enjoyed Gilbert’s sense of humour and his sense of the ridiculous. I’ve marvelled at the way the words and music complement each other. And I’ve found great satisfaction in mastering the harmonies which, while not too difficult, are challenging enough to keep things interesting. So there are some of my reasons for hoping that our Society will be able to keep the operas of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan alive for years to come. And I hope that many others will come to experience something of the joy I’ve found in partaking in these operas over the last 20 years.

And let that be my last word! See you at the theatre!

Ken

Hey everyone

Don’t forget that CDS’s second show for the year, Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow” directed by Liz Roodt, is currently on at the Masque Theatre. Tickets are selling fast so book yours today (call 021 788 1898 or email bookings@masquetheatre.co.za)!

Here is what reviewers are saying about the show:

Danie Botha (translated by Willie Blignaut):

It’s a fine institution to be able to enjoy an Agatha Christie in the Masque every year.
Besides the gripping detective work, clashes between characters and convincing psychological problems, this year’s production also provided a lot of comic relief. In spite of a few loud ones in the audience on opening night, one could still enjoy the subtleties in the performances.
During recess we could all discuss who we thought committed the murder and why, but we were also wondering about something else: Were there ever any gun shots? Or was the grim reality for the stage crew that – at that critical moment – a certain sound effect or prop just didn’t work? Well, the poor victim still bravely stumbled forward and fell on stage, amidst the laughter of some of the audience members. Experienced theatre-goers around us were convinced that there was something wrong with the gun shots.
Before and after the shooting, there is a lot of drama in the Angkatell home, the Hollow. Ralph Kelly plays the engaging Sir Henry, an avid gun collector, and the patriarch who only wants the best for every member of the family. He wants to save young Midge (Christie Bellairs) from her horrid job in a dress shop, and is very protective of his beloved wife, Lucy. Kelly could do with some stronger voice projection, especially in the opening scene.
Su Cunningham delivers an outstanding, award-worthy performance as Lady Lucy. She’s an absent-minded lover of life, but also says and thinks some very rude things about some of the other characters. And of course she tends to forget certain important things. In this way, she reinforces the intrigue in a very interesting way. Cunningham’s spot-on comic timing awards her the most laughter from the audience, but without ever over-acting or making a farce of the scene.
Simon Dutton plays Gudgeon, the butler with the strong voice. He’s imposing, and very well disciplined. He always walks in exactly the same way and even stands at military attention. His attention to tidiness even results in his discovery of a very important clue in the form of a note.
The women who are involved in the love intrigue along with Midge, all deliver very well defined character portrayals. Faeron Wheeler plays Henrietta, the effectual, protective, independent spirited, artist. Opposite her is Jenny Brandt, as the pathetic, submissive Gerda, who always suppresses her feelings. Their appearances and voice intonation work well together. Jana Botha, as the film actress Veronica, deserves a prize for the most dramatic entrance. She is equally strong in her erotic seduction as she is in her enraged outbursts.
David Sharpe plays the upright, uptight and serious Edward, who is still desperately in search of love. Opposite him Sheldon Cross plays the dynamic Doctor Cristow – sexually irresistible to many of the women, but he’s also manipulative and looks down upon strugglers like Edward. Cross’s performance is impressive in his moments of rage in his clash with Veronica, while Sharpe’s character becomes quieter when his soul is troubled.
This is an ideal play for a dramatic society, due to the rather large cast, who each play an important part in the intrigue at one point or another. Roseanne as Doris the maid, definitely ensures that the two detectives want to here what she has to say. These are the two with their French accents: the calm Willie Blignaut as inspector Louis Gilbert, and Dimitri Selibas as Sergeant Penny. Unfortunately my Afrikaans ear could not always interpret Doris’s high pitched, quirky speech. Blignaut was in control of events, but may have been just a little too controlled at times. Selibas’s character certainly has an appreciation for female beauty. For certain members of the audience, his every move was bitterly funny. Something in his attitude, the swing of his pelvis? There is a story to Agatha Christie’s decision not to add her master detective Hercule Poirot to this play. Maybe that has something to do with why director Roodt decided on these specific accents.
The curtain call often tells one a great deal about the director’s amount of attention to order, precision, and aesthetics. Here they surprise us by doing something a little different. The lead roles enter first, allowing them to bask in the attention of the audience, while the supporting players enter according to their status.
This is a colourful production with red as the dominant colour in the beautiful, stylish costumes and set design.
There are still many more performances on the schedule. Book! Book!

Lieske Bester (False Bay Echo):

This play proved to be the final production of 1997 at the ‘Old’ Masque.

The theatre burnt down when the next play was in rehearsal. 

 A “new” much improved Masque Theatre rose from its ashes and has served the community theatre and audiences with a rich variety of entertainment since 1999.  Incidentally, there is another wave of fundraising to pay for a new roof, air conditioner and other necessary maintenance.  Enquire in the foyer how you can assist. 

The Hollow is one of the more amusing A C plays but the plot is as complicated as always.  Seeing it for the third time, I had not a clue until all was revealed and everything became amazingly clear….

An elegant shaped room, glowing décor and dramatic costume coordination (all Sheldon Cross) combine with an exquisite garden backdrop (Barrie Howard ).

This is a director’s debut and Liz Roodt has done well with a cast of twelve, including a number of newcomers.   On opening night pace was slow especially in the early scenes, exacerbated by insufficient projection by Ralph Kelly and David Sharpe.  This will no doubt have been remedied for the remaining performances. 

Faeron Wheeler is commanding as the feisty artist in the family.  Christie Bellairs’ good looks and presence and the suave police pair Willie Blignaut and Dimitri Selibas will hopefully be seen on our stage again.  Simon Dutton’s impressive butler and Roseanna McBain’s perky maid (such efficient housekeeping) add authenticity.

Sue Cunningham’s Lady Lucy Angkatell is real and recognizable and provides most of the humour and Sheldon Cross impresses as Dr John Christow, all rakish charm and casual philandering..  Jenny Brandt as his marginalized wife displays a talent I had not noted till now.   My accolade goes to Jana Botha whose Veronica Crane adds yet another trophy to her selection of roles.  Her explosive entrance was all Hollywood – her fame and fortune more fantasy than fact. She spiced up the action and dominated the stage.

Fans of the genre need no urging, but if you’re not or worse, haven’t seen an Agatha Christie – get thee to the show a.s.a.p and enjoy your sleuthing!

See you at the theatre!

THE ADLIB – official newsletter of Pinelands Players!

Hi Everyone!

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 pinelandshorror@gmail.com

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.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

If you haven’t paid yet, please do.
Banking details:
FNB – CHEQUE ACCOUNT ‘PINELANDS PLAYERS’
NUMBER: 50141180659
BRANCH: 200810
PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME AS OUR REFERENCE.

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
Lonely Night
Where the Boys Are
Happy Birthday Sweet 16
The Diary
Stupid Cupid
Betty Garble
King of Clowns
Oh, Carol
Calendar Girl
Next Door to an Angel
Breaking Up is Hard to Do (reprise)
Solitaire
Laughter in the Rain
My Friend
Stairway to Heaven
Little Angel
Love Will Keep us Together

NOTES:
‘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: sheldon_cross@yahoo.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.

TAILPIECE
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.

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