MAY / JUNE 2014
Boy, but you are hearing a lot from me these days aren’t you??? Things keep coming up that you need to be informed about!! And, ooooh, my friend the World Wide Web has come up with some V E R Y interesting theatre superstitions which I will slot in here and there!! First bit of biz:
MASQUE THEATRE MAINTENANCE DAY
This will be happening on Monday, 26 May, starting at 10h00. As you are all aware the theatre does not have the money to pay people to fix simple things so we have to do it ourselves and this is your opportunity to assist in generally smartening the place up! You don’t have to have great skills – just two hands – and if you can only manage an hour or two that’s fine. AND you get to see the new roof being installed!!
Ok, EVERYONE knows it’s bad luck to whistle on or off stage! But WHY? Well, they say SOMEONE (not always the whistler) will be fired!! The reason for this superstition was that before the invention of walkie-talkies or comms, the cues for the theatre technicians were coded whistles given by the stage manager. If one was whistling backstage it could call a cue before its due, which could have disastrous outcomes resulting in someone losing their job whether it be the whistler, the stage manager or the technician.
MASQUE THEATRE AGM
Second bit of biz is the very next day!! I sent you the official notice a little while ago – Tuesday 27 May 2014 at 19h30 at the Theatre. If you haven’t already there’s still time to RSVP to Aubrey Hindle on firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 7881898.
MADS’ MEMBERS’ EVENING
And the NEXT one is Thursday the same week!! That’s the 29th of May at the Rendezvous at 19h30. We’ll be playing a team version of the game “30 Seconds” which promises to be great fun! And if everyone’s up for it we might fit in some Charades as well. Bring your friends to be in your team or just come along and we’ll make up teams on the night. We’ll be serving Hot Dogs on what may be a Chilly evening. The bar will of course be open and we hope to see lots of our newer members there. For catering purposes please RSVP to Wendy Morling on 021 715 0694 or email@example.com by Monday, 26 May (that’s like, now, guys!).
This one I DIDN’T know: It is bad luck to wear the colour blue onstage, unless it is countered with something silver. Origin? In the early days of theatre costuming it was extremely difficult to make blue dye and thus expensive to purchase. Companies which were failing would wear blue garments to try and fool their audience as to their success, and they would likely go bankrupt due to the cost of the costumes! Wearing silver was proof of a successful company as it proved to the audience that they could afford real silver or they had a wealthy backer.
A HUGE crop of birthdays in June! Hope you all have magical days!
02 Hayley Fargher
05 Brian De Kock, Pilar Pringiers
09 Philippe Pringiers
13 Miranda Lewis
17 Rosemarie Lewis
18 Wendy Morling, Wayne Ronne
19 Adala Prevost
20 June Edwards
21 Abigail Knott
24 Jane Philbrick, Liz Roodt
26 Rowan Studti
People born in June seem to have a choice of birthstones AND birthflowers. In my June 2010 newsletter I delved into alexandrite and the honeysuckle. So this time we will look at the moonstone and the rose.
There is some FASCINATING stuff on the Moonstone!! But since I do need to get to work at some point today I will just give you a smattering: The Moonstone has been a popular gemstone from antiquity. The Romans frequently used the gem in their jewelry, and it continued to be valued through the medieval period in Europe. The one pictured here is a Burmese Blue-Glow Moonstone with Bamboo-shape Inclusions. Traditionally, Moonstones are white, translucent to opaque stones which display a wispy sheen when light moves across the surface. This effect is called adularescence which can range from a lighter shade of the base color, to silvery, to light blue. This luster is caused by alternating layers of different feldspar minerals interfering with the light hitting them and reflecting only certain wavelengths back to the viewer. The thinner these layers, the more the sheen tends towards blue.
And I could of course witter on for PAGES about the rose as it has a long history of symbolism and meaning. But I will just give you a coupla interesting ones: In Rome a wild rose would be placed on the doorstep of a room where confidential matters were being discussed, telling others not to enter. The rose is the national flower of both England and the United States, and the state flower of several U.S. states including Iowa, North Dakota, Georgia, New York and Texas. Portland, Oregon holds an annual rose festival to celebrate the rose, and in Southern California there is an annual Rose Parade consisting of floats designed with hundreds of thousands of roses for decorations.
It’s considered good luck traditionally to give the director and/or the leading lady, after closing night, a bouquet of flowers stolen from a graveyard (never give flowers before a performance – they are yet to earn them so it’s bad luck!). They are given on closing night to symbolize the death of the show, and that it can now be put to rest. However, the rational origin is that theatre was, as most people who have worked in the industry will tell you, never a greatly profitable profession and, despite being macabre, graves were a great source of free flowers!
The Masque Theatre needs a part time administrative assistant to start on 1 June 2014. At least two years administrative experience and full computer literacy required. Send CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary Fargher and Barrie Howard have joined the Operations Team as Technical Coordinator (responsible for management of the technical assets and capabilities of the theatre) and Wardrobe Coordinator (responsible for management of the extensive wardrobe) respectively. Thanks, guys!!
Apparently there is a superstition that Peacock Feathers should never be brought on stage, either as a costume element, prop or part of a set as chaos will ensue. Many veteran thespians tell stories of sets collapsing, curtains catching alight and other disastrous events during performances with peacock feathers. The feather is said to represent a malevolent ‘evil eye’, that bestows a curse on the show.
Alastair Duff was not really in the market for a new home but fell over his “dream house” for sale in GlenCairn recently and is now trying to see if he can make it his own!! Hope negotiations are going well with that, Al!
A little birdie told me that Andrew Blake’s dad in the UK is not well and he has flown over. Our thoughts are with him.
Celia Musikanth is currently in Oz, returning 5 June – hope you managed to fit in that visit with Karen Riley, C!
No calendar as such this time round but …
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 0827719644 or email@example.com.
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 0822671061.
A number of MADS members, including Fiona Carling, Ronnie Carr, Lee De Andrade and Patrick Jordi, are involved in Oklahoma! which will be presented by G&S in July/August at Artscape. Preferential tickets are available from cast members – details are attached.
And a happy Father’s Day to all dads on 15 June!!
Well, I have tons more superstition stuff but I’ve got my four pages so it will have to wait for next time.
See you at one thing or another next week!
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Secretary: Eve Carr 021 7977286/0827892281; Acting Treasurer: Raymond Rudolph 0217945229/0823122737;
Members: Su Cunningham 021 7623875/0829022938; Alastair Duff 021 7884984;
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President: Celia Musikanth 021 7887911/0833588415 Vice-President: John McConnell 021 7822743
Masque Trustee: Nick Lee
Our Website: www.mvds.co.za
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OKLAHOMA! at the Opera House at Artscape
Ronnie Carr can be contacted on 0727847236 or firstname.lastname@example.org to order tickets.
19 July 2014 Saturday Matinee & Evening 20 July 2014 Sunday Matinee
22 July 2014 Tuesday Evening 23 July 2014 Wednesday Evening
24 July 2014 Thursday Evening 25 July 2014 Friday Evening
26 July 2014 Saturday Matinee & Evening 27 July 2014 Sunday Matinee
29 July 2014 Tuesday Evening 30 July 2014 Wednesday Evening
31 July 2014 Thursday Evening 01 August 2014 Friday Evening
02 August 2014 Saturday Matinee & Evening 03 August 2014 Sunday Matinee
Categories of seat prices:
D The least expensive are last two rows in the Auditorium (Y & Z) and the last row on the Balcony (HH).
C The lower priced seats are row B, C & D as well as rows T to X in the Auditorium as well as rows FF and GG on the Balcony.
B The average priced seats are rows O to S in the Auditorium and rows DD & EE on the Balcony.
A The most expensive seats are rows E to N in the Auditorium and rows AA to CC on the Balcony.
Preferential Ticket Prices (Savings between R10 and R30):
A B C D
Evening R205 R175 R145 R100
Matinee R190 R160 R130 R100