Archive for October, 2008

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

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No 75 OCTOBER 2008


Hi Folks

Bumper edition this month, so here goes…


The members’ evening on 9th October was very well patronised. It was to have had a slight ‘night club’ theme (my idea, very loosely (feverishly?) suggested, more in jest than in earnest), ladies in fishnet stockings, serving the necessary refreshments. With the utmost regret, the idea was scuppered by a Knysna Oyster which almost put paid to Kim Harris-Dalla who, mercifully, survived and is looking fine!

Our thanks to Roy Oldfield for manning the bar, and for ‘eats’ supplied by Sue Hallinan which revived the inner man and woman.

The members were entertained by Simon Dutton’s expert quiz. The topics were varied and the questions quite tough but intriguing. The marvels of modern technology continue to amaze me – whatever happened to the old magic lantern? Nowadays the dreaded laptop linked to a cunning gizmo throws a picture onto a screen and we all accept it as normal! I dunno.


Speaking of quizzes, please note that the annual intersociety quiz takes place at The Playhouse, Milnerton on Sunday 16th November at 18h00 for 18h30. The organising Society, G&S, is hoping that last year’s cost per head will be maintained at R40. The menu will include a vegetarian option. Teams will be sponsored by participating societies but other members, and guests, will need to pay at the door. A welcoming sherry should set the tone. To assist with numbers, guests and visitors should phone me at 021 532 3271 or email adriankettle@telkomsa.net, without delay.



Rehearsals for Old Wicked Songs are in full swing, and by the looks of it, Brenda and her cast will be delivering another superb production. Brenda has found her post-war gramophone player, and is now looking for a Rococo wall clock. Any ideas where she could find one? On the technical front, we are still looking for someone to operate sound and lights. If you would like to be part of this wonderful show, please let Simon Sutton know as soon as possible, on 021 794 1923.

Old Wicked Songs moves into the Masque on Sunday 26 November, and some of our usual setbuilders are not available. We would be most grateful if you could come along and lend a hand. And a drill. Even if the only thing you can do is hold a flat in place, while someone else goes to look for a bracket/screw/drill/ladder you are still Very Useful, and would be most welcome. Please let Simon Sutton know if you’ll be joining us.


Sue Bolton will be directing David Hare’s The Breath of Life for Claremont in our first slot next year. The Breath of Life first opened at the Theatre Royal in London, on 4 October 2002, with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Our production will open at the Masque Theatre on 9 January 2009 and stars Yvonne Copley and Su Cunningham. If you would like to be involved with the show backstage, please give Sue Bolton a ring on 021 786 2565. She will be delighted to hear from you.


The Hok doors are undergoing a make-over, thanks to Simon Sutton’s efforts and should give our Hok a look of real class. The interior is much improved and is beginning to look quite bookish, with the bookends from “My Fair Lady” covering the parking lot wall. Thanks again to Simon Sutton for his indefatigable efforts. Our trophies will soon be housed in a cabinet, and wonder of wonders, there is a light inside!

Final reminder: Sunday 9th November at 10am. Even though Simon has had an admirable headstart on us, there is still plenty of work to be done. Please bring old clothes. We’ll supply grub, and grog will be available at the bar.

Talking of the bar, we have come in for some good-natured flack over the quality of our wine (we are not alone, The Masque Bar is on the back foot too!) and steps are being taken to upgrade to better products, probably with an increase in our modest prices.

Dig out that festive headgear and dust it off, it’s time for our


All are reminded of the CDS Christmas Party on the 30 November at Simon Sutton’s House, 2 Russell Close, Constantia, at 5pm.

Please bring a long a plate of eats. There will be braai facilities for the carnivores and don’t forget your favourite tipple (beverage).

Those who wish to do a little entertaining, be it a song, story, rhyme, dance need to book their slot. Kim will co-ordinate them so there is a variety of variety. Please contact Kim Harris-Dalla on 083 355 7050


Yes, already! Our AGM and Awards Evening will be at Kelvin Grove, on Tuesday 17 February 2009. You will be given more information closer to the time, but please put the date in your diary now. There were a few mutters about the menu this year. If you have any suggestions, please let your committee know, and we’ll see what we can do without bankrupting the society!


ALI’S ART AUCTION: Alison King is auctioning a selection of her artworks. They include pastels, oils and sketches. She would love you to attend.

Date: Sunday, 23 November 2008

Place: 2 Russell Close, Constantia

Time: 3pm preview, 4pm auction

Cheese and wine will be served

RSVP: 083 355 7050 (Kim)


Hi There C.D.S. Friends,

Firstly – thanks for all the news via Claremont Chat. It is great to feel in touch with the current happenings.

Here in Kloof, K.Z.N., Peter and I are settling in well. We have had the best winter weather ever – three months of dry, windfree, warm days and cool nights. This has given us the opportunity to sort out the house and patio – get to know the neighbours, join the Amblers walking group, Bird Club and W.I. (The latter is very reminiscent of ‘Calendar Girls’).

Theatre is struggling here – venues are too expensive for amateur groups, the members keep transferring abroad or to other provinces and audiences are reluctant to venture out in the evenings. Our daughter, Clare, a committee member of Highway Intimate theatre for many years, says they are reduced to taking shows round to homes for the elderly. I notice that Ralph Lawson’s latest production is only mentioning Jo’burg and Cape Town in its advertising – what of Durban? We are desperate for plays, not stand up comedians and musical revues. Our local ‘Heritage Theatre’ in Hillcrest, does supper theatre at R180 p.p. and has not produced a single play since we arrived in February. Needless to say, we have not attended.

We have been to see David Davidson’s wonderful Chelsea Flower Show exhibit at the Pietermaritzburg Show. It was fantastic. Enough from me – do come and visit us if you can. Our email address is now pjbrun@telkomsa.net and telephone is 031 764 2809. Love to all…Frances


17- 25 October – Masque Theatre: Hotel Paradiso written by Georges Feydeau & Maurice Desvallieres and directed by Alastair Duff for MVDS. Normal times & prices.

7-15 November – Masque: Old Wicked Songs, directed by Brenda Gray.

9 November: 10am – Hok: Spring-clean

9 November: 7pm – Masque: A Twilight Soiree of Song. A repeat performance by the amazing young teenage singer Kate Olmesdahl

16 November: 6pm – Milnerton Playhouse. Inter-Society Quiz. If you haven’t phoned Adrian yet, do so now! 021 532 3271.

23 November: 3pm – 2 Russell Close: Auction of Alison King’s artworks

30 November: 5pm – 2 Russell Close, Constantia. CDS Christmas Party. Phone Kim on 083 355 7050 with details of your party piece.

TAILPIECE – Why Some Men Have Dogs and not Wives:

* The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.
* Dogs don’t notice if you call them by another dog’s name.
* Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.
* A dog’s parents never visit.
* Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.
* Dogs find you amusing when you’re drunk.
* Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.
* A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, “If I died, would you get another dog?”
* If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away.
* A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.
* If a dog smells another dog on you, they don’t get mad. They just think it’s interesting.*
* Dogs like to ride in the back of a pickup truck.
* If a dog leaves, it won’t take half of your stuff.



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Muizenberg Dramatic Society



Well hi-dee-hi to you all!!  As Val is knee-deep in “Hotel Paradiso” rehearsals she has charged me with bringing you all up to date on what’s “hot and happening” as they say.  And that will be my only reference to temperature!! 


It’s that time of year again, and The Quiz, which is the traditional end-of-year get-together of all our societies, has been fixed for Sunday 16 November 2008, at 18h00 for 18h30, at the Milnerton Playhouse, hosted by the Gilbert & Sullivan Society.  As you know, this is a really fun evening, which includes a welcome sherry and supper (there’s a vegetarian option), and the chance to see all our friends.  In addition, the organizers have apparently dreamt up some new and interesting categories of questions!!  Teams must consist of up to 4 people and your entry fee will be paid by the Society.  Spectators are welcome at a cost of approximately R40 per person and should also advise if they are coming, for catering purposes.   However, Ron and I did attend one year as “spectators’ and ended up forming a team with others as it’s such fun!  RSVP to birga Thomas by no later than 19 October, either by email birgatom@iafrica.com or phone her on 021 7885272.  Remember to advise her if you require the vegetarian meal.

“WITNESS …” DVD & GET-TOGETHER: Wednesday 19 November 2008 

At our last members’ evening there was a lot of interest expressed in a showing of the DVD of Brenda Gray’s production of “Witness for the Prosecution”, staged earlier this year.  The venue can only be decided once we establish the number of people coming but will probably be held at a private home.  If you ARE interested in attending please RSVP to Eve Carr by no later than 10 November, either by email everon@absamail.com or phone her on 021 7977286. 

MEMBERS’ EVENING: Monday 1st December 2008 

A very, very special evening, this one!!  MVDS turns 30 on 29 November 2008 and we will be celebrating in style.  There will be a dinner dance at Fogey’s Restaurant in Muizenberg (on the station) and to whet your appetite here’s the menu:

Starters:         Chicken Kebabs (and side salad) or Garden Salad

Mains: Beef Schnitzel (with chips, side salad and choice of Sauce) or Hake in Batter (with herbed potato and side salad) or Penne Pasta (Tomato, Broccoli, olives, pesto and pecorino cheese)

Dessert:         Chocolate Fondant with Ice Cream

Now doesn’t that make your mouth water?

AND it gets better …….. the cost to members is a mere R40!! Yep, you read right – four O South African Rand.  Your guests get nearly as good a deal at R80.  All drinks are for your own account – bottles of wine start at R58, glasses range between R18 and R26 and corkage is R20 a bottle.

Plan to arrive at 19:00 for 19:30 and put on your dancing shoes!

Obviously, it is IMPERATIVE that we know exact numbers well in advance and you are requested to RSVP to birga Thomas by no later than 15 November, either by email birgatom@iafrica.com or phone her on 021 7885272.

We will be requesting payment in advance and arrangements can be made with birga when booking or the money can be paid into Standard Bank Account Number 270044949 in the name of Muizenberg Dramatic Society.  Please use the reference B/day Your Name Number of People, eg “B/dayCarr2”.  At all costs (pardon the pun!) we must avoid a repeat of the Masque volunteers’ party where 25 people who had replied positively did not turn up – and had been paid for at R35 a head.

And no, I’m not finished yet ………..

We are looking to YOU to provide the entertainment in the form of anecdotes from the Society’s 30 years in existence.  These should be kept short ‘n sweet – please advise birga if you would like to add to the fun. 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Tuesday 20 January 2009 

For those of you who like to plan ahead ……… details to follow in the next newsletter!! BUT … we need the cups back! 


For those of you who attended the members’ evening on 3 September :  a little explanation follows:

Sue Hallinan, who has been very ably catering for our members’ evenings for some time now, is a little sad that her food was not served in the manner intended due to the fact that the agenda for the evening was changed without her being notified meaning that there was no time to toast the bread for the pate.  Naughty committee!  Keep up the good food, Sue! 


 “Hotel Paradiso” – directed by Alastair Duff 

This production moved into the theatre on Sunday, 5th October and opens on the 17th.  Break a leg, cast and crew!!  Oh, maybe I shouldn’t use that particular phrase as Ronnie did manage to fall off a six-foot ladder while bracing the set! (But did not in fact break anything). 


“All you need is Love” directed by Celia Musikanth and Coleen van Staden

Back by popular demand, the show will hit the boards at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg, in April 2009.  80% of the cast is able to re-commit to the show, but it will be losing some of its original Beatlemaniacs.  An Audition will be held on Wednesday 29 October at 19:30 at the Rendevous looking for 3 Male and 2 Female performers between the ages of 18 and 30.  Please call Coleen Van Staden on 0721205645 for further details and to confirm your attendance.

This show requires the use of microphones and will need someone to organize this back-stage in conjunction with the sound team.  Another production needing microphones is Fish Hoek’s “Beautiful Noise”, to be staged at the Masque from 27 November to 6 December 2008, which would need a commitment from 18 November.  These two shows are an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in this field to acquire experience and be part of the productions without committing to months of rehearsals.  I know a number of our more recent members expressed interest in this and I would appreciate it if interested people could give me (Eve Carr) a call on 021 7977286 or 0827892281 before 30 October 2008 to make the necessary arrangements.  A female is definitely preferable as sometimes this involves a bit of peering under skirts, etc, to check batteries!!


A word from Celia Musikanth on what’s been happening at our theatre …

“The atmosphere at the last two shows was fabulous!

Firstly, The Whale Show – in one corner of the foyer the art competition drawings were handed in and Jungle Theatre T shirts in lovely bright colours were on sale.  In the other corner a laptop was playing with Save our Sharks, educational material was displayed and on sale were books, colouring-in books and beautifully painted kelp horns.  On the back wall was a beautiful seascape, nature and dolphins exhibition by Audrey Davy – this will still be on show during “Hotel Paradiso”.

Then, “For Generations”, which I invited from the Grahamstown Festival and which enjoyed standing ovations and was outstanding.  On the boards were huge true-life black and white pictures of Kurt Egelhof’s ancestory.  What a show! Hugely appreciated by small audiences.  We may bring him back – this time do not miss him.  It is a lesson in characterisation, simplicity, sincerity, engaging audiences and stunning acting and lighting – well done Gary!!” 


17th – 25 October – Masque Theatre 

“Hotel Paradiso” written by Georges Feydeau & Maurice Desvallieres and directed by Alastair Duff for MVDS. This hilarious farce is set in Paris in 1910 when women were faithful (mostly) and marital bliss was everything.  Take a rather flea-ridden Paris hotel, add a delicious ensemble of characters, stir it all up and watch what happens!!

Thurs evening and matinees R45 (R35), other nights R55 (R45).

Sat matinees at 14:15; Sat evenings at 18:15; weeknights at 20:15 

7th – 15th November – Masque Theatre 

“Old Wicked Songs” written by Jon Marans and directed by Brenda Gray for Claremont Dramtic Society.  The story, set in 1986, is about a young concert pianist who travels to Vienna.

Thurs evening and matinees R45 (R35), other nights R55 (R45).

Sat matinees at 14:15; Sat evenings at 18:15; weeknights at 20:15 

Sunday 19:00 9th November – Masque Theatre 

A Twilight Soiree of Song” by teenage singer Kate Olmesdahl

Book with Pieter Marais on 021-7121564 or 0833845813

R55 or R50 for Theatre Club members, learners and students


We seem to have a lot of “recovering” going on … Barbara Basset, John Blewett, Queenie (Celia’s mom), Wendy Goddard and NUMEROUS others who have been mentioned in previous newsletters but who are of course still in our thoughts. 

Our congratulations go to Laureenand Chris Hochfelden on the engagement of their daughter, Lynsey (no stranger to the Masque stage!) to Travis Milewski.


A very Happy Birthday to all our members who celebrate this month. Hope your day is filled with love and happiness and that the year ahead will be filled with the same!!!!!!!! 

4        EveCarr

10      Brenda Commins

13      Peter Sharp

14      Gill Charman

15      John Hitchcock 


17/10 to 24/10   “Hotel Paradiso”                                   Masque Theatre

19/10                Replied for Quiz?                                  Phone birga

29/10                “All you need is love” Audition   Rendezvous

30/10                Replied for Microphone Assistance?       Phone Eve

07/11 to 15/11   “Old Wicked Songs”                              Masque Theatre

09/11                “A Twilight Soiree of Song”                   Masque Theatre

10/11                Replied for “Witness” Evening? Phone Eve

15/11                Replied for Members’ Evening??           Phone birga

16/11                Quiz                                                     Milnerton Playhouse

19/11                “Witness” DVD evening                        To be Advised



A couple from Johannesburg decided to go to Durban to thaw out during one  particularly cold winter. They planned to stay at the very same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of their hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their flights. So, the    husband left Jo’burg and flew to Durban on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day.  The husband checked into the hotel, there was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an e-mail to is wife. However, he accidentally made a minor error in her e-mail address.

Meanwhile somewhere in Cape Town, a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral.  He was a minister of many years who was called home to glory following a sudden heart attack.  The widow decided to check her e-mail, expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she fainted. The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I’ve Arrived
Date   1st May 2004

I know you’re surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send e-mails to your loved ones.  I’ve just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then!  Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was. P.S. It sure is hot down here! 


Well, I certainly had a lot to cram into this one, didn’t I?


Thanks for listening!


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