Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
The Hok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont, 7708
July 2014 – Number 135
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.
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
The workshop will cover:
- 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): firstname.lastname@example.org or 072 596 8369.
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!
Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2014:
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
Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): email@example.com Cell:082 492 5984
Sheldon Cross (Chat) firstname.lastname@example.org Home: 021 801 5610 Cell: 072 596 8369
Liz Roodt (Members’ Evenings): email@example.com Cell: 081 259 3607
Kim Randleff-Rasmussen (Publicity): firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 083 619 2441