Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
February 2014 – Number 129
Ah me, the month of love… time to shake off the cynical cobwebs and indulge in some old fashioned romance I say… or at least remove your cold frozen heart from the freezer and show general merriment. Failing that, indulge in some summer theatre and spread the love by supporting your fellow thespians. We have a jam packed couple of months planned so hold onto your wrecking ball…here is the news.
AGM and Awards Evening – Tuesday 25 February 2014
Our Annual General Meeting is happening this month and here is your official notice…
Notice is hereby given of the 62nd Annual General Meeting of the Claremont Dramatic Society to be held at Barristers Grill, Cardiff Castle Building, Corner Kildare Road and Main Street, Newlands, on Tuesday 25 February 2014 at 19h00 for 19h30. The Agenda is at the end of the newsletter.
The following committee positions are up for re-election this year:
- Vice-Chairman. Currently Simon Dutton, who is available for re-election
- Secretary. Currently Leigh Mather, who is not available for re-election
- Hok Manager. Currently Simon Dutton, who is available for re-election
- Claremont Chat. Currently Sheldon Cross, who is available for re-election
- Publicity. Currently Genevieve Cross, who is not available for re-election
This means that there are two vital positions on the committee which need to be filled – Secretary and Publicity. We ask you to please consider serving your Society by making yourself available, or approaching someone who you think would be suitable, and nominating him or her to the position (with their permission of course!)
Once the formalities have been completed and dinner has been served, we’ll move on to the exciting part of the evening. . . AWARDS!
Congratulations to this year’s nominees, who are (in alphabetical order): Jana Botha, Grant Bottcher, Grace Brain, Hannah Claassens, Sheldon Cross, Gary Fargher, Jo Frater, Wendy Goddard, Bob Goode, Brenda Gray, Sheila Inglis, Patrick Jordi, Ryan Mitchley, Kim Randleff-Rasmussen, Anton Schafer, David Sharpe, Gavin Werner
Please join us for the most prestigious event on the CDS calendar, and RSVP To Pamela before Wednesday 19 February on 021 657 5793 (o/h) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets, which include a two-course meal, are R100 for members, R110 for guests and R70 for pensioners.
Subscriptions are now due – your may pay at the AGM, or by EFT:
R40 for members, R30 for students and pensioners
R60 for couples, R45 for student and pensioner couples.
Private Lives opens this month! This promises to be an elegant and witty affair. Follow the team on Facebook – this one is not to be missed. (https://www.facebook.com/NC.Private.Lives)
This hilarious and risqué comedy of manners tells the sophisticated tale of a recently divorced couple who find themselves in adjoining hotel rooms while on honeymoon with their new and wholly unsuitable spouses. In typical Coward fashion, the play is liberally sprinkled with fast and hilarious repartee and the hint of farce. Witten from Coward’s sickbed in Shanghai in 1930, Private Lives is considered as his finest comedy and a “pure statement of Coward’s genius”.
- The Hollow – Agatha Christie
This is going to be a really fun production with high production value and a role for almost every age and disposition.
Sunday 2 March at 4pm and Tuesday 4 March at 7pm at the Hok, Claremont.
Please see below for the full audition notice.
- The Nerd – by Larry Shue
Direction by Wayne Hendricks for Milnerton Players
Production dates: 23 – 30 May 2014
The audition was held on 25 January, but Wayne is still looking for the following characters:
Axel Hammond (mid 30’s to early 40’s): Art Critic, pretentious, often-inebriated, always ready with a sarcastic comment. (Large part)
Rick Steadman (mid 30’s to early 40’s): The titular “nerd”, oblivious to insults, lacks manners and sensitivity. (Large part)
Warnock Waldgrave (mid 40’s to early 50’s): Boisterous, slightly dim businessman, no creativity and no tact. He never smiles. (Medium part)
An aspiring young architect in Terre Haute, Indiana, Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you”—so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless “nerd”—a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. And Rick stays on and on. His continued presence among Willum and his friends leading to one uproarious incident after another, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence—a dire development which, happily, is staved off by the surprising “twist” ending of the play.
Interested? Please contact the director, Wayne Hendricks – 082 443 5853, or email him at Hendricks.email@example.com
· “ANNIE” THE MUSICAL
The Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society is proud to present the off-Broadway classic Musical in association with SHIRAZ. Director DARRYL SPIJKERS. Music SHIRAZ BAND. Choreography SUMÉ LÖTTER. Show dates: 13 – 28 JUNE 2014 at Playhouse Somerset West
Be part of this amazing musical production.
AUDITIONS: SUNDAY 09 FEB
Rehearsals will be scheduled per scene and group so that no time is wasted. Music rehearsals take place from late FEB until mid April after which dance and acting rehearsals commence. All rehearsals will take place in Somerset West.
Full details here: http://www.theplayhouse.org.za/audition-notice-annie-the-musical/
5 – 8 Feb Les Sylphide and The Best of Belles & Beaux at the Ballet at the Masque presented by Cape Town City Ballet who deliver unique, world-class dance entertainment through integrity, creativity and excellence. Performances Wed, Thurs, Fri at 20h00; Sat 14h30 and 18h30. Tickets R75 Evenings (R70); R65 Matinée (R60).
15 February Volunteer Co-ordination Saturday afternoon 13h30. Those of you who were `unable to attend the initial volunteer co-ordination even on the 18th of January, should definitely come along for a meet, greet, and something sweet taking place at the Masque Theatre, on Saturday the 15th of February. To confirm your spot, please contact Jane Cohen at j
21 Feb to 1 Mar Private Lives by Noël Coward. Directed by John Carne for Claremont Dramatic Society at the Masque.
25 Feb ruary AGM and Awards Evening 19h00 for 19h30
14 – 22 March Flat Spin by Derek S. Royle. Directed by Wendy Goddard for Muizenberg Dramatic Society. If you combine an incompetent electrician, a mouse, an aspiring model, an Italian film director who can’t speak English, and throw in a walk-in cupboard, you’ve got the recipe for a hysterical audience pleaser. This classic British farce includes mistaken identities and cover-ups.
16 Mar ch Fundraising summer Market at the Masque
17 March CATA Awards Evening 19h00 for 19h30
Full details about all Masque Theatre events here: http://www.masquetheatre.co.za/ and here: http://www.masquetheatre.co.za/files/quarterly.pdf
All my love, no really,
Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2013:
Wendy Goddard (Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org Home: 021 671 2888 Cell: 083 414 7003
Simon Dutton (Vice-Chair/Hok Manager) email@example.com Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350
Anthony Storr Lister (Treasurer) firstname.lastname@example.org Home: 021 671 1443 Cell: 082 357 7677
Alex Lategan (Members evenings) email@example.com Cell: 076 280 9200
Leigh Mather, (Minutes Secretary) firstname.lastname@example.org Home: 021 702 4999 Cell: 072 614 1328
Sheldon Cross (Chat) email@example.com Home: 021 801 5610 Cell: 072 596 8369
Liz Roodt (Members Evenings): firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 081 259 3607
Jenny Brandt (Member Relations Officer): email@example.com Cell:082 492 5984
Genevieve Cross (Publicity):firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 0829257750
The Hollow – Agatha Christie
Directed by Liz Roodt
This season, I am lucky enough to be directing a real ‘bums on seats’ murder mystery -The Hollow. With your help, this is going to be a fabulous trip!
The Angkatell family is joined by their friends for a weekend at The Hollow. There is a history which all these people share. A murder in the house brings up the question up of whose history is more painful and resentful. In true Christie style, the murder mystery keeps us guessing right to the end.
The play is set in ‘The Hollow’, the stately country manor of Sir and Lady Angkatell.
Sir Henry Angkatell (60)
Henry is the patriarch of the family, a distinguished-looking elderly gentleman of the country. He keeps his flock together and is often exasperated with his wayward thinking wife. He provides stability to the household. I am looking for someone who is a pillar – a sensible man!
Lady Lucy Angkatell (60)
Lucy is – quite frankly – rather dilly. Her comedic role adds bubbles to the performance. Although she isn’t playing with a full deck of cards, she is rather calculating insofar as her family’s future is concerned. I am anxious to get just the right amount of madness in this character.
Henrietta Angkatell (30-40)
Henrietta is Sir Henry and Lucy’s niece and lives at The Hollow. She is an artist. She seems to be the voice of reason in the household. She does have some history with Edward and John, but is ever practical. I would like an actress who is both strong and confident.
Midge Harvey (20-30)
Midge is another relative. She earns her own living in the city, not having inherited the Angkatell riches. Midge seems very mature and practical for her age. A strong willed and determined/confident actress would suit her character.
Edward Angkatell (35-45)
Bookish and nerdy, Edward is Sir and Lady Angkatell’s nephew. I would like my Edward to be a little sheepish – a bit of a pushover.
John Cristow (30)
Friend of the Angkatells. John is an arrogant man. He is a doctor and a bit of a womaniser. He has sown his seeds in the past and had some history with Henrietta. He married Gerda for stability. I would prefer to hate John by the end of the play – he is so arrogant that he must deserve what is coming to him!
Gerda Cristow (30)
Married to John, Gerda is a mousey, nervous wife. Gerda submits to her husband and appears to have little intelligence or calcium in her spine. But, she is a dark horse and a woman scorned is a very dangerous one indeed. I see my dear Gerda exhibiting chameleon-like qualities – the ability to transform from mouse to tigress.
Veronica Craye (30)
Veronica had an affair with John. The only reason she is around is that she is actually stalking him. She is deeply shallow, but being a movie star, has all the men’s jaws hanging low. When my Veronica walks into the audition, I will know her because she will make everyone pay attention to her!
A fabulous role. Gudgeon is almost Lucy’s secret husband. Not in any lewd way, mind you. Gudgeon takes much of Lucy’s madness and manages it. He is extremely loyal. His role is comedic – a great cameo. Gudgeon is such a wonderful character – I would like him to have a special kind of humour.
A poorly educated Cockney lass. Gudgeon tries terribly hard to teach her how to do things correctly. Doris has a very small part but it is deliciously played – another great cameo. Doris needs to be a little bit stupid – I want my Doris to be quick at being stupid.
Inspector Colquhoun (30-50)
Christie describes the inspector as “a thoughtful, quiet man with charm and a sense of humour. A sympathetic personality but not to be played as a comedic part.” Think of Poirot – that smugness which works out who dunnit in the end. What can I say about what I need in this role?
Detective Sergeant Penny (30-50)
The DS is a support to the Inspector – together they must try to make sense of the whole nasty business. My detective sergeant needs to add some mathematical logic and have a quick wit.
This is a large cast and I would also love to have assistance with the following:
- Stage Manager and backstage crew
- Costume Manager Assistant (colour briefing and sourcing from various organisations and someone who can sew!)
- Electronic design (poster, programmess)
- Marketing (Facebook and other social networking, advertising)
There are some special props that I need, so might as well put it out there with this notice.
- Derringer (a type of hand gun)
- 2 x revolvers
- Plastic lobster at least 30cm long
- Mole trap
- 1950’s style telephone and desk radio
I have decided to offer two auditions to be held at The Hok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont*.
- Sunday 2 March at 4pm.
- Tuesday 4 March at 7pm
Please be advised that parts will only be given to those who have attended an audition. If these dates are completely impossible and you would dearly like to audition, please do not hesitate to contact me. Ages specified are only approximate.
The Hollow plays at Masque Theatre from 6 – 21 June 2014
I think this production is going to be really fun and invite you to join us at the Hok in March. Hope to see you there!
081 259 3607
*Directions to the Hok: From Main Road, Claremont, turn into Claremont Boulevard (between SAB and the Southern Sun Hotel, opposite Newlands Swimming Pool). Take the first right into Hemlock Road. Drive to the end and go straight into the car park. The Hok is the second door on the left, under the bridge.
Claremont Dramatic Society
Notice is hereby given of the 62nd Annual General Meeting of the Claremont Dramatic Society to be held at Barristers Grill, Cardiff Castle Building, Corner Kildare Road and Main Street, Newlands, on Tuesday 25 February 2014 at 19h00 for 19h30.
A G E N D A
1 Notice Convening the Meeting
3 To consider the 62nd Annual General Meeting
a) To accept the 62nd AGM minutes
b) Matters Arising from the 61st AGM
4 To consider the Chairman’s Report for the Year ended 31 December 2013
5 To consider the Treasurer’s Report for the Year ended 31 December 2012
6 Adoption of Audited Financial Statement for the Year ended 31 December 2012
7 To consider the Treasurer’s Report for the Year ended 31 December 2013
8 Adoption of Audited Financial Statement for the Year ended 31 December 2013
9 To consider any notice of motion from any Member who has lodged such notice with the Secretary at least 14 (fourteen) days prior to this Meeting.
10 To Elect the Committee for the Year ended 31 December 2014
11 To fix the Annual Subscriptions for the ensuing year.
12 To Elect an Honorary Auditor for the Year ended 31 December 2014
13 To Elect the Stern Masque Theatre Trustee to represent the Society for the Year ending 31 December 2014
14 Any Other Business
Audited accounts and copies of the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting will be distributed before the start of the meeting.
All persons attending the meeting are requested to be present and registered by 19h15 to enable a prompt start at 19h30