I am starting to put this together on the 5th of November which is of course ….. Guy Fawkes Day! And to my absolute amazement it appears that I have not delved into that in the last four years so that’s gonna be my “theme” this month, even tho’ you will only get it “after the fact”!! I’m not going to tell the whole story as you all KNOW that so I’m just finding some interesting bits ‘n pieces. To start us off … The only place in the UK that does not celebrate Guy Fawkes Night is St. Peter’s School in York. Guy Fawkes went there as a boy and they refuse to burn his image in respect for their former pupil.
John Hitchcock had a knee replacement recently – hope you are on the mend, John! President Celia Musikanth directed The Wisdom of Eve for Fish Hoek Dramatic Society recently and shared a couple of interesting facts about previous Octobers with me: The new Masque opened on Sunday 13 October 14 years ago! Thursday 17 October was
exactly 16 years since the fire which burned it down! Celia directed her first show for MADS (The More the Merrier) in October 1988 – so this is her 25th year as a director!
Thanks to Raymond Rudolph who raised over R10,000 for the Masque with his show My Dog’s Got No Nose”.
Condolences to Michelle Knights on the death of her grandmother recently.
A very warm to new member Adala Prevost.
The rented cellar below the Houses of Parliament was filled with 36 barrels of gunpowder which would have completely destroyed the building and caused damage to buildings within a one mile radius of it. However, it is claimed that the gunpowder had actually ”decayed” and, if it had been lit, would not have exploded!
A Festive Birthday Bash!!!!!
That’s what our next members’ evening on 11 December 2013 is gonna be! It will kick-off at 19h30 and will cost you a miserly R10 which will include delectable food and great entertainment!! It’s a double celebration so dress accordingly and come armed with an appropriate song/poem/reading/whatever.
Please bring a small gift (max R20) for distribution – just mark it male/female/neutral so MISTER Am-dram doesn’t end up with the lace stockings and MS Am-dram with the aftershave (although with THIS crowd ……. who knows?!?!) Seriously though, this should be a fun evening and we would love a great turnout – yes, I KNOW December is the silly season and you’re busy!! Please let Wendy Morling know if you can make it by Friday, 6 December – you can phone her on 0834628242; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note days, times and prices for Masque Theatre productions (unless otherwise stated) are Thurs & Fri performances at 20:00, Saturday matinee at 14:30, Saturday evening at 18:30. Thurs eve and Sat Matinees R60 (Theatre Club members R50), Other Nights R70 (Theatre Club members R60). Bookings on 021 7881898 or email@example.com or at the theatre Mon-Fri, 09:30 to 16:00. (During run of shows also 9:30 to 12:00
Sun 1 Nov: Natalie Meager in Song, a Twilight Soirée presented by Pieter Marais in the Masque Foyer. This operatic soprano will present a variety of songs from classics to modern by Bach, Puccini, Grieg, Reger as well as Folk songs and songs from popular Musicals. Supporting items will also be presented by twelve year old Caitlin Hallauer with children’s songs that will tug at your heartstrings and popular guitar and vocal music by members of the Bergvliet Music Centre. Show at 19:45 costs R70 (R60) and includes snacks. Other refreshments will be for sale.
18 – 22 Nov: The Parrot Woman, by award-winning playwright and director Charles J. Fourie, is presented by the Masque Theatre in association with Cape Theatre Ensemble in the Masque Foyer. The production features Leonard Moss and Adri van der Hoven in the roles of a British soldier and a Boer-woman who is held captive for the shocking murders of her husband and children. Set against the backdrop of the Anglo-Boer War of the previous century the bitter sweet love story has seen over fifteen different productions with various actors over the years and was last
staged in London and in Oxford. All performances are at 19h00 and tickets cost R75 with a 20% discount offered to pensioners and groups of 10 or more. Also stand a chance to win free tickets by visiting https://www.facebook.com/kaapteaterensemble.
22 Nov – 7 Dec: It Runs in the Family by Ray Cooney, directed by Johan van der Merwe for Milnerton Players at their Playhouse. An hilarious farce set in the doctors’ common room of a London hospital three days before Christmas. Deception, mistaken identities, double-entendres, puns and flapping doors fuel this high octane comedy! Shows 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 Nov at 20h00 and 14h00 on 30 Nov. Tickets from R70. Phone 0822671061 or see http://www.milnertonplayers.com.
29 Nov – 7 Dec: Rope, presented by Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque. This was Alfred Hitchcock’s first colour film (1948), based on the play Rope’s End by Patrick Hamilton and Arthur Laurents’s crisp, suspenseful script
is ideal for adaptation for the stage. Loosely based on the Leopold-Loeb case, where two young, privileged men murdered another young man just for the thrill of it, this riveting play is filled with typical Hitchcockian moments. Has a murder been committed? If so, where is the body? What was the motive? Don’t miss this thriller which will have
you on the edge of your seat! Usual times and prices.
Sun 8 Dec: Memories and Melodies for the Festive Season presented by Wendy Fine in the Masque Foyer. This world-renowned international soprano will be presenting her singers to enchant the audience with Christmas Carols, popular songs from the movies and light opera arias. These singers have sung at many theatres across Cape Town and beyond – getting standing ovations every time. Performance at 17h00 with tickets at R120 including light refreshments. Proceeds will go to The Arc foundation to help them make Christmas a joyous occasion.
The Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society will be holding auditions for a new lavish production of Oklahoma!, which production will run in the Artscape Opera House from 19 July to 3 August 2014 and will be accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. The show will be directed by Teddy Davies with musical direction by Alastair Cockburn and
choreography by Kyla Thorburn. Auditions will take place at Artscape on Saturday, 23 November for Chorus (recall 8 December); Saturday, 30 November for Principal Characters and Sunday, 8 December for specialist dancers. For more info and instructions see http://www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za/news/10/general/audition-notice-oklahoma#.Und05VNi0Zk or contact Issy Silbowitz on 021 4330923 (3pm onwards on weekdays, and anytime on
During his involvement in the Gunpowder Plot, Fawkes called himself John Johnson and when he was arrested and asked to give his name, this is the name he gave.
OTHER “THEATRICAL” HAPPENINGS
An exciting and innovative project by Pinelands Players….FLASHMOB THEATRE!!
On Saturday, 30 November 2013, at the First Pinelands Scout Hall, Lieske Bester and Debbie Gildenhuys will be directing a production in just one day! Between 08h00 and 17h00, with a break for lunch, they will cast, script, rehearse, costume, set-up, perform and strike a theatre performance. As well as lunch, participants will receive snacks and drinks during the day. A huge challenge for the amazing directors and great fun for the participants. Prizes will be
awarded at the end of the performance. More info at http://pinelandsplayers.wordpress.com/
Shirley St Clair-Long (a photographer) and her partner (a writer) are working on a text book for the education department and are looking for a few black actors: a boy of + 13, a girl of + 15 and a couple in their 40′s Contact her on 0834269191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are invited to Tea with the Masque Theatre Manager in the Theatre Foyer on 22 December 2013 at 15h00!! Nico Dreyer will be reporting on the Creative Economy Conference attended in October answering general questions relating to the Theatre. Please telephone the theatre (or email email@example.com) by 15 December to let Nico or Hayley know if you can make it.
Despite being involved in what is basically a terrorist plot, Guy Fawkes was named the 30th Greatest Briton in a poll conducted by the BBC in 2002.
Not sure who noticed (except for Joan Hitchcock!) but there was no newsletter in October (bad, BAD, Eve!) so we’re gonna have to do two lots of greetings this month!! I do hope the October-ers had a wonderful day. And there were HEAPS!!
03 Angela Lee Wright 04 Eve Carr 06 Belinda Batt
08 Daniel Enticott 10 Brenda Commins 11 Hein Kotze
13 Peter Sharp 14 Gillian Charman 15 John Hitchcock
22 Richard Higgs 23 Karen Riley 25 Jana Botha
A much smaller crop in November, however!! I found them some interesting S A facts!! The 8th is Richard Van Der Poll’s birthday on which day in 1887 the Johannesburg Stock Exchange was established to facilitate the explosion of trade sparked by the discovery of gold in the Witwatersrand. Anthony Storr-Lister turns a year older on the 15th. A little bit before his time (1899) on that date Winston Churchill was captured and imprisoned during the Anglo-Boer War. Angela Pratten’s birthday is on the 17th. Did you know that South Africa’s fourth State President
(from 1975 to 1978) was Nicolaas Johannes Diederichs who was born on this day in 1903? Rick Magnin rounds our November birthdays off on the 19th. On that date in 2003 South Africa announced its plans to spend R1,9 billion on antiretroviral drugs for AIDS patients.
Shortly after being discovered, Fawkes was taken to the King’s bedchamber to explain why he wanted to kill him and blow up Parliament. Fawkes calmly answered that he regarded the King as a disease since he had been excommunicated by the Pope. He also explained that he needed such a huge quantity of gunpowder “To blow you Scotch beggars back to your own native mountains!”
FUNDRAISING FOR OUR THEATRE!!!
Starting at 20h00 on Saturday, 23 November, there will be a Karaoke & Dance presented by Hayley and Gary Fargher in the theatre foyer. This will be an evening not to be missed! Come sing and dance the night away while helping the Masque Theatre raise funds for its new roof and aircon system. Come dressed as your favourite artist, and enjoy an evening filled with good music and many laughs. Gary Fargher will be churning out the hits and there will be a cash bar and snacks available. Hayley Fargher will be the hostess for this great evening of fun, music and dance! Tickets cost a mere R50.
And on Sunday, 8 December 2013 in the Masque Foyer ……….
A Christmas Craft Market
from 10am to 2pm
Many thanks to Mike Moss for designing the delightful logo!
There are MYRIADS of ways you can become involved!!
First, if you are the “crafty” type – take up your chosen materials and craft and hire space for a stand at the cost R50 (proceeds of hire to go to the Masque Theatre). The stands (to be provided by the crafter) of 2.5 meters will be erected in the Foyer and on the veranda. There will be car watch provided so parking will not be an issue. Please
contact Margi Blewett, cell 083 628 6295, for more info on this. Secondly, for those who do not have nimble fingers or brains, FHDS will be having a White Elephant Stall, so please dust off your “White Elephants” and contact Jane Philbrick on f.h.d.society@gmail .com or 021 7823608 to arrange for delivery/collection.
Thirdly, MADS will be manning a Book Stall and we need donations for that so please rationalise your book shelves and contact me, Eve, on 021 7977286 (a/h) or 0827892281 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to make arrangements.
LASTLY, spread the word that this event will be taking place and make sure you arrive with family and friends galore on the day – with gazillions in your pockets! A good place to buy Xmas presents! There will be plenty of parking and Nicky Enticott is organising babysitting (storytelling, face painting, games, etc) at R10 an hour.
Nowadays many people tend to refer to a man as a “guy”. Originally, guy was a term for an “ugly, repulsive person” in reference to Guy Fawkes. Straw effigies made of Guy Fawkes and thrown onto bonfires to remember the Gunpowder Plot were also known as ”guys”. Over time “guy” began to be used as a term for a man (possibly as a half-meant
insult), and is a word in common use today.
Thanks to Constantiaberg Theatre Players for a well-organised and entertaining quiz night on 13 October!! The Gilbert & Sullivan Society walked away with the Golden Duck Trophy for coming in first. MADS entered two teams which came a respectable 4th and 5th. Well done guys!!
How many Apple employees does it take to flame Guy Fawkes?
One to light the match and four to design the t-shirt!
OUR NEXT PRODUCTION!!
The members of your committee are all very excited about our next production, Rope, which moves into the Masque on Sunday, 17 November!! No less than FIVE committee members are directly involved in this production – Alastair directing, Barbara, myself and John acting, Wendy prompting!! And, of course, the other committee members are making sure the wheels run smoothly. Full details are in the calendar elsewhere in this newsletter but there are lots of ways you can be involved – if you have not yet been approached to assist PLEASE volunteer your services – there are lots of slots to be filled!! For bar, contact Nico Dreyer at the theatre; for teas/sweets contact Dawn Scholtz on email@example.com or 021 794 1119; for Foyer Manager contact Raymond and for Box Office contact
John (their details are at the end of this newsletter). And you can pop along after 10 on move-in Sunday and share in the fun of set-building!
A policeman arrested two kids:
One for drinking battery acid, the other for eating fireworks.
He charged one and let the other off!
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Yup, can you believe it, another AGM is just around the corner! You will receive “official” notification shortly but please diarise Wednesday 29 January 2014. And we PROMISE the “business” won’t take as long as this year’s!! If you won an award last year and still have the trophy ………. please can we have it back!?!?
And to end a little more seriously with this month’s theme …
Even today, before the State Opening of Parliament, the Yeomen of the Guard search the cellars of the Palace of Westminster – where Fawkes was discovered and arrested – to ensure that there is no repeat of the Gunpowder Conspiracy.
Bye for now, Eve
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