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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

P O BOX 50, Eppindust, 7475
Tel 021 683 8630 (h) 083 327 7350 (c)
Fax 021 431 3410 Email simon.d@mweb.co.za

http://www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

No 80 APRIL 2009

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NEW CDS LOGO

Claremont Dramatic Society now has its own logo, thanks to Mike Moss. We thank him for the efforts in producing a selection of ‘Brand’ models for selection all put together with sound reasoning for each. After careful and prolonged debate the committee decided on this one. We feel quite sure that this can but only enhance our profile.

Once again, many thanks to Mike Moss.


MEMBERS EVENING

Roving correspondent Adrian Kettle reports

Our last members evening was held on Friday 17th April 2009 The play reading originally scheduled had to be shelved at short notice, but thankfully Roy Oldfield generously came to our rescue with a quiz which went off very well. The Karaoke, also scheduled as the second attraction, ran into some technical difficulties! But Am dram folk are not easily put off so we spent time eating (thanks to Pam Burger for organising the food), drinking and talking.

At one stage I was standing on the rough-caste patio (compliments of Group Five) looking into the enlarged Hok and commented to Mike Tompson that no one had made use of the newly available space. He laughed loudly, remarking that we are conservatives by nature


UPCOMING CDS PRODUCTIONS

‘Old Wicked Songs’

Brenda Gray’s production of ‘Old Wicked Songs’ has been invited to the Artscape Arena from 8 to 16 May. Diarise these dates now – don’t miss this chance to see this superb show if you didn’t catch it first time round.

Booking Opens 8th April 2009

Ticket prices R65 – 10% disc for groups of 10 or more

R45 – Pensioners and Students

R35 – Scholars

The get-in to the Theatre for the society for set construction, lights, decoration etc is Monday 4th May 2009 anyone interested in helping out should contact either Brenda 021 686 3554 or Simon Sutton 021 794 1923

ISN’T IT ROMANTIC By: Wendy Wasserstein

Which will performed at The Masque from the 17 – 25 July 2009 and directed by Graham Boxall

Wendy Wasserstein’s work brought her recognition when she won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony award for drama.

This play takes place in the late 1980’s in New York City with action set in various locations in Manhattan. The title is somewhat tongue-in-cheek as Wasserstein was herself part of the feminist movement in America. However in this play, she looks at the bittersweet side of relationships creating some wonderfully textured characters against the background of New York life. Essentially a comedy with some brilliant one-liners, there is room for a tear or two.

Auditions for this play were held on Sunday 19th April. What a fantastic turn out it was. Old and new faces braved the rainy day to participate. (As well as fighting off car park attendants) Our committee made sure that everything was organized to make a really smooth running audition and as the readings progressed and the auditionees got used to the script the laughs began.

Thanks to all those who participated in the audition. Thanks must also go to Celia Musikanth for her input, especially on the pronunciation of the Jewish expressions, ‘naches’ was the one word that took some getting used to.

The director Graham felt the need for a call back audition and this was held on the following Sunday.

Graham has selected the following to portray the play’s characters.

CHARACTERS:

· Lesley Gill to play Janie Blumberg– A doted upon daughter of a typical New York family in her late 20’s to mid 30’s. Janie is attractive, in a slightly off-the-wall way, has recently moved back to New York from Brooklyn to take up a freelance job as a graphic artist. (Lead)

· Fae Wheeler to play Harriet Cornwall – Janie’s closest, very attractive and well put together friend from school days and Harvard University. She is the daughter of a highly successful business woman and thinks of Janie as her family. Also late 20’s to mid 30’s (Lead)

· Gary Hartley to play Marty Sterling – A son of a well known New York restaurateur, now specialist doctor in his 30-40’s. A past college friend of Janie and Harriet who is uncertain of life and personal identity – Janie’s eventual lover. (Support)

· Barbara Mayers to play Tasha Blumberg – In opposition to her daughter Janie’s character – Tasha is the flamboyant, ultra-hyped, fitness-obsessed mother who holds down the ‘perfect ‘ relationship with her husband – Janie’s father. (Support)

· Clifford Graham to play Simon Blumberg – Doting, well meaning father. (Support)

· Michele Belknap to play Lillian Cornwall – Carbon copy older version of her daughter Harriet. Lillian is a highly successful marketing executive with mundane outlets.(Support)

· Darren Telford to play Paul Stuart – Smooth, HR executive who works for the same company as Harriet and with whom she has an affair. The typical non-committed, older lover who lives with another woman. (Support)

· Gary Greene to play Vladimir – Russian New York inexperienced, taxi driver with “no English” skills.(Cameo)

Congratulations to those chosen but well done to all who participated, the standards were very high which made the choice very difficult.

Lights & Sound will be by Gary Fargher

Stage Manager will be Cheryl Mischevsky (I do hope I’ve spelt this correctly!)

Set Model – Wendy Goddard

The director has appealed for a production secretary anyone interested can contact Graham directly on 083 7073055.

THEATRE DIARY

All You Need is Love at the Masque from 24 April to 2 May. Devised by Coleen Van Staden and co-directed by Celia Musikanth for MVDS. This musical journey is back by popular demand with some additions, supported by a four-piece band.

Just a few days left of this production, it should also be noted that there are 7 CDS members in the cast.

Time Of My Life at the Masque from 15 to 23 May. Probably one of Alan Ayckbourn’s funniest and wittiest black comedies. Directed by Barrie Howard for Constantiaberg Theatre Players.

Please note days, times and prices for Masque Theatre productions

(Unless otherwise stated) are Thurs & Fri performances at 20:15,

Saturday matinee at 14:15, Saturday evening at 18:15

Thurs eve and Sat Matinees R45 (Theatre Club members R35)

Other Nights R55 (Theatre Club members R45)

Bookings on 021-7881898

Private Lives by Noel Coward is on at Milnerton Playhouse from 15 to 23 May. Visit http://www.milnertonplayers.com or call Sheila on 021 557 3206 for further information.

AUDITIONS

Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie An audition will be held at False Bay Rendezvous (Old Lakeside Bowling Club), Promenade Road, Lakeside by the Muizenberg Dramatic Society on Saturday 9 May at 14:00 for their end Aug early Sep production at the Masque. The play is to be directed by Alastair Duff who can be contacted on 021 788 4984 for more details.


Trap for a Lonely Man
An audition will be held at Milnerton Playhouse on Saturday 9 May at 13.30 for 14.00 for their August production to be directed by Mike Tompson who can be contacted on 021 976 3840 or 082 743 7569 or monmike@mweb.co.za for further information.

A Christmas Carol An audition for a pantomime by Pinelands Players will be held on 10 May at their playhouse from 13:30. Further info contact Tina Gough on 0827719644.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

A big thank-you to those persons up to date with their CDS subscriptions, to those who it may have slipped their minds can make amends by paying theirs directly either at a Standard Bank branch or by EFT. Once you have done so just let our esteemed treasurer Wendy know.

The fees currently are:

R40 for members

R30 for students and pensioners

R60 for couples

R45 for student and pensioner couples.

Should you have any queries with regards to the above please contact Wendy Goddard


CLAREMONT DRAMATIC SOCIETY COMMITTEE 2009

Simon Sutton (Chair)
simons@gem.co.za
021 794 1923

Elza-lynne Kruger (Vice-Chair)
elmkruger@telkomsa.net
021 855 2677

Wendy Goddard (Treasurer)
wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za
021 671 2888

Simon Dutton (Secretary)
simon.d@mweb.co.za
021 683 8630

Adrian Kettle (Hok Manager)
adriankettle@telkomsa.net
021 532 3271

Kim Harris-Dalla (Production Coordination & Archives)
kbjhharris@yahoo.co.uk
021 713 2026

Pamela Burger (Members Evenings)
pamb@masterparts.com
021 696 5959

Andre Thomas
andre.thomas@privatesafaris.com
021 528 2200

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A “new” government??  Well, not quite, but certainly some interesting results.  Do hope you are all sporting your purple thumb/nail!  We had a bumper edition of this newsletter last month so not too much this time but here goes:

AN APOLOGY

First and foremost, Wendy Morling, who was the very capable back-stage assistant for Hello & Goodbye was mistakenly referred to as Heather Morley in the last newsletter!!  Sorry, Wendy.  Which leads very nicely to …..

GRAHAMSTOWN FESTIVAL

As mentioned a while ago our own Magdalena Zukowski’s first film Paper Hearts is going to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown!!  Well done and good luck, Mags!  Equally exciting is that our most recent production (Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye, directed by birga Thomas), is also heading for the festival.  birga, Wesley Figaji, Suzi Gehr and director’s assistant Raymond Rudolph, are heading for “10 days of amazing happenings”.  The play has to be shortened by about 20 to 25 minutes, and we obtained special permission for a 90-minute slot (instead of the usual 50 to 60). It is certainly not easy to “trim” a Fugard play. The dramatist is very sparse with his words, and even when it looks/sounds like repetition there is a special reason. Also, many seemingly “throw-away” remarks tie up with passages later (or earlier) in the play. So birga (and later the actors) are sweating over this now …

This is the first time in 19 years that a Mvds’ production is going to the festival fringe.  We are extremely fortunate in obtaining funding to the tune of some R10 000 from the National Arts Festival.  In exchange for this birga will hold post-production discussions with the audience.  The reason for this support?  2009 marks the 50th year since Athol Fugard’s first play Nongongo was staged and birga was the only producer who had the vision to present a Fugard play!  Excellent work, b!!  AND she found some extra sponsorship!

So, if you are going to be one of the Festinos this year from 2 to 11 July, don’t miss these two productions!  We will keep you up to date about the times, venues, etc.

FUTURE PRODUCTIONS

All You Need is Love opened on Friday, 24 April, at the Masque.  Anyone who saw this production last year will agree that it is a definite “must-see”.  BOOK NOW as bookings are already heavy!!  New talent and new songs have been incorporated into this year’s show and it promises to be a huge hit.  An interesting snippet: on 24 April 1969 Paul McCartney stated that there was no truth to rumors that he is dead!!

The audition notice for our third production, Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death, to be directed by Alastair Duff, is again attached.  The audition takes place at 14:00 on Saturday, 9 May 2009.

WIN WITH MVDS!

This month we are running a competition-come-lucky draw:  a wonderful prize of breakfast for two to the value of R100 has been very kindly sponsored by Knead Bakery in Muizenberg.  Please support them in return!!  I can testify that they produce really yummy goodies!  To enter, you will “knead” to know the answer to the following question:  The Beatles toured Australia in 1964.  What was drummer Ringo Starr suffering from which prevented him from going at the beginning of the tour?  And what was the name of the drummer who replaced him?  Bring the answer to our next member’s evening.

MEMBERS’ EVENINGS

The members’ evening on 20 May will see Miranda Lewis directing a one-act play for our entertainment.  Miranda has taken sections from the hugely successful production of Shakers presented by Milnerton Players in the early 1990s and created a one act challenge for four young actresses.  The four, including two newcomers, play cocktail waitresses (and all of their customers!) in an amusing and sometimes poignant account of their day.

The evening will commence at 19:00 for 19:30 and the usual form of light supper will be provided.  FREE for members and a measly R10 for your guests!  Please RSVP to Luke Luies on  021 797 0243  or 0825567371 or luke.luies@gmail.com by 13 May.  You will have the opportunity to answer the competition question – all correct answers will go into a lucky draw which will be drawn during the evening.

A previous newsletter stated that our next members’ evening would be on 20 August – this has now been changed to either the 27th or 28th of August to coincide with the opening of Appointment with Death. Details in a future newsletter.

BIRTHDAYS

May birthday greetings go to Alastair Duff on the 5th, Robyn Hosking on the 10th, Gary Fargher on the 12th, Dave D’alton and Brenda Gray on the 23rd, Bronwyn Ferraz and Helen Mathers on the 24th and Julie Summers on the 25th.  Hope you guys have a great year!

EVENTS TO DIARISE

All You Need is Love at the Masque from 24 April to 2 May.  Devised by Coleen Van Staden and co-directed by Celia Musikanth for MVDS.  This musical journey is back by popular demand with some additions, supported by a four-piece band.

Appointment with Death Audition to be held on 9 May – full details attached.

Trap for a Lonely Man An audition will be held at Milnerton Playhouse on Saturday 9 May at 13.30 for 14.00 for their August production to be directed by Mike Tompson who can be contacted on  021 976 3840  or  082 743 7569  or monmike@mweb.co.za for further information.

A Christmas Carol An audition for a pantomime by Pinelands Playes will be held on 10 May at their playhouse from 13:30.  Further info contact Tina Gough on 0827719644.

Old Wicked Songs, recently seen at the Masque, directed by Brenda Gray with musical direction by Victor Tichart, has been invited to the Artscape Arena from 8 to 16 May.  Book at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on  021 4217695

Private Lives by Noel Coward is on at Milnerton Playhouse from 15 to 23 May.  Visit www.milnertonplayers.com or call Sheila on  021 557 3206  for further information.

Time Of My Life at the Masque from 15 to 23 May.  Probably one of Alan Ayckbourn’s funniest and wittiest black comedies.  Directed by Barrie Howard for Constantiaberg Theatre Players.

Please note days, times and prices for Masque Theatre productions

(unless otherwise stated) are Thurs & Fri performances at 20:15,

Saturday matinee at 14:15, Saturday evening at 18:15

Thurs eve and Sat Matinees R45 (Theatre Club members R35)

Other Nights R55 (Theatre Club members R45)

Bookings on  021-7881898

REMINDER

A teeny, tiny reminder:  If you do not receive this missive next month (always providing you would notice its absence!) could it possibly be that you haven’t paid your subs????

Well, I have managed four pages so no room for trivia this month!!!

Cheers

Eve

Our Committee:

Chair: Andrew Blake 021 7810114/0824933330  Vice-Chair: Alastair Duff 021 7884984/0845312457

Secretary: birga Thomas  021 7885272   Treasurer: Raymond Rudolph 0217945229/0823122737

President & Masque Trustee: Celia Musikanth 021 7887911/0833588415  Vice-President: John McConnell  021 7822743

Other Members: Tom Byrne 021 6741470/0839627233 (Backstage co-ordintation)  Eve Carr 021 7977286/0827892281 (Newsletter)

Ron Carr 021 7977286/0727847236 (Bar) Luke Luies 021 7970243/0825567371 (Members’ Evenings)

Coleen Van Staden 021 7879140/0721205645

MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY

AUDITION NOTICE

‘APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH’

BY AGATHA CHRISTIE

Directed by: Alastair Duff

AUDITION DATE:    SATURDAY 9TH MAY 2009.

TIME:                         14:00

PLACE:                      FALSE BAY RENDEZVOUS (OLD LAKESIDE BOWLING CLUB), PROMENADE ROAD, LAKESIDE

ENQUIRIES:              ALASTAIR DUFF –  021…

DATES OF RUN:       28 AUGUST to 5 SEPTEMBER 2009

SYNOPSIS:  Sometime in the early fifties a group of characters, the majority of whom are one large family of Americans, meet accidentally at the King Solomon Hotel in Jerusalem.  It is obvious from the start that something is deeply wrong with the Boynton family, all of whom seem to be under the hypnotic “spell” of Mrs Boynton, a large, malevolent woman.  The party of tourists move to Petra, to explore the “Rose Red City, half as old as time”.  Soon someone dies and after a number of twists and red herrings, a very different ending provides us with a most unusual denouement.

The Cast:

Dr Sarah King          25+        Attractive, strong-minded.  A large,

important part

Dr Gerard                +50-60   Dapper, clever man.  Must have french

accent.  Large part

Lady Westholme      +50        Large, important-looking woman.  Snobbish

and domineering.  Medium Part

Miss Pryce               40-50     Spinsterish, very much under Lady

Westholme’s thumb.  Medium Part

Jefferson Cope        40-50     Pleasant, friendly.  American accent.

Medium role
Mrs Boynton           50+        A vast woman, sadistic and cruel, hiding
her vicious nature with smiles.American accent.  Large challenging part.
(we can fatten you up with padding!)

Ginevra Boynton     +19        Pretty, lost, bordering on psychotic.

An important, medium part

Jadine Boynton        25-35     Mrs Boyton’s daughter-in-law.  Quiet,

serious, intense.  Medium role.  American accent

Lennox Boynton      30-40     Jadine’s husband.  Distracted, serious,

unhappy.  Medium role.  American Accent

Raymond Boynton   +24        Good-looking, slightly distracted, not

yet destroyed by Mrs Boynton.  Medium role.  American accent

Alderman Higgs      45-55     Must have pronounced Lancashire accent.

Portly, slightly comical.  Medium role

Colonel Carbury      40-50     British officer, shrewd beneath a superficial

mask.  Medium to small part

Hotel Clerk             any age  Nice Cameo.  Arabic or French accent

A Dragoman             30-50     Smallish comic part.  Must have pronounced

Eastern accent

A Girl                       20-30     Hotel guest.  Non-speaking.  Must be prepared

to wear a bikini

An Arab Boy                          Non-speaking.  Appears quite a lot

NB!! Accents (except for Higgs) are not that crucial and, of course, can be learnt!

Apart from a clever plot and exotic locations, the play offers the opportunity for excellent characterization and acting.

Props, set, stage, lighting, sound, costume people are also needed.

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PINELANDS PLAYERS

Est. 1949 Inc. The Cape Town Repertory Theatre Society

P.O. Box 131, HOWARD PLACE, 7450

 

AUDITION NOTICE

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A PANTOMIME

 

From the book “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

Loosely adapted by Alistair Clinton

Production dates: – 4th to 19th December, 2009

Little Theatre – Cape Town

As you can see by the multitude of characters and cameo’s below, that there is something for everyone. Pantomimes are always extremely fun to be in and a wonderful way to end the year by involving your whole family.

WHO – WHAT –  WHERE – WHEN- ?

 WHO: –     THE CHARACTERS

Ebenezer Scrooge:-     Male Principal – Acting role with comic flare. 

Grumpy, stingy and nasty. Would be nice if he

could sing but not a necessity.

Charles Dickens:-     Male Supporting – Acting role. Pompous Panto  

Narrator – who loves telling bad jokes.

Marley’s Ghost:-     Male Supporting – Acting, comic character and 

not scary at all. Not too bright and an apprentice

ghost.  May double up as Ghost of Xmas Yet to

Come (see notes below).

Ghost of Christmas Past:-     Male Supporting – Acting comic character role.  

1960’s 70’s “Austin Powers” rip off.

Mrs. Slapan:-     Male Supporting – Acting Dame. From the Black 

Sash who have completed many courses incl.

First Aid and Karate. Fund raising for Christmas.

Should be able to sing.

Mrs. Tickle:-     Male Supporting – Acting Dame. From the Black 

Sash who have completed many courses incl.  

First Aid and Karate. Fund raising for Christmas.

Should be able to sing.

Fezziweg:-     Male Supporting – Acting, dancing, comic, mix 

between hippy, disco fevered afro’ed dancer

singer. The party animal that gets the audience

moving. Dance / sing / be funny

Ghost of Christmas Present:-     Male Supporting – Big, jolly, roly polycharacter –  

Full of the joys of Christmas

(Father Christmas in look and character)

– Can double as Mr Doughty – the butcher

(see notes below)r.

Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come:-     Male or Female Supporting – Non speaking part.  

Rather spooky, totally shrouded figure

(face is never seen) who just points. Double up

as Ghost of Christmas Past or can be in Chorus.

Funeral Pall Bearers:-     Male and Female Cameo’s – Four  Cheeky ‘  

Victorian Cockney’ type characters that

carry Scrooge’s coffin to the cemetery. Sing and

move. Would be great if 2 could tap dance (on

the coffin of course)! 3 Double up as Ghostbusters.

Ghostbusters:-     3 x Male Cameo – Doubled up as Pall Bearers  

(refer to notes above) 

Fred:-     Male Supporting – Actor – Scrooge’s likable nephew 

– doubles as chorus member (in character)

 

Sandra:     Female Supporting – Actress – Fred’s wife – well-  

meaning dumb blond / Paris Hilton type

character – doubles as chorus member (in

character)

Young Scrooge:-     Male Cameo – Actor – Very serious – obsessed with  

money. Would be nice if could sing (add in a 

song).  Age 20’s to early 30’s – doubles as chorus

member (in character) 

Belle:-     Female Cameo – Actress / Singer – Young woman  

who loves Young Scrooge. Sing love song. Age

20’s  – doubles as chorus member (in character)

Mrs. Cratchet:-     Female Cameo – Hardworking housewife who  

hates Scrooge – doubles as chorus member (in

character). Mother of squabbling teenagers.

Emma Cratchet:-     Teenage Female Cameo – Squabbling teenager –  

Age 14 to 19 – doubles as chorus member (in

character). (Need double cast of this character)

Gemma Cratchet:-     Teenage Female Cameo – Squabbling teenager –  

Age 14 to 19 – doubles as chorus member

(in character). (Need double cast of this

character)

Tiny Tim:-     Boy Cameo – Nice if could sing. Act as cripple  

with only one line repeated -doubles as chorus

member (in character). (Need double cast of

this character)

Mr. Smithers:-     Male Cameo – Actor – Pompous upper class  

Victorian snob – Christmas guest of Fred &

Sandra’s – doubles as chorus member (in

character).

Mrs. Smithers:-     Female Cameo – Actress – Pompous upper class  

Victorian snob – Christmas guest of Fred &

Sandra’s – doubles as chorus member (in

character).

Boy in Street:-     Teenage Male Cameo –  Victorian street urchin  

who sounds remarkably like a modern teenager –

Dood! Bro! Doubles as chorus member (in

character) . (Need double cast of this character)

Mr. Doughty:-     Male Cameo – Butcher with prize turkey. Double  

up  as Ghost of Christmas Present and doubles

as chorus member (in character).

Victorian Mom with small girl:-     Female and child chorus member – Only in first  

street scene. Ideal for a mother and a young girl

(5 / 6 years of age). Would like to double (even

treble) these 2 parts to accommodate only

performing every 2nd / 3rd night)

 

 

WHAT: –     TO PREPARE

Principal and Supporting Roles

Please to choose either a short soliloquy or poem (or both if you like) that emulates the character/s that you are auditioning for. You may audition for more than one.

If you are auditioning for any of the characters below – please could you prepare a song that will show off your voice.  Please bring sheet music for the pianist to accompany you or you may bring a cd / tape as your accompaniment.

Mrs Slapan /  Mrs Tickle /  Fezziweg

The Chorus and Kid Roles

Please to choose either a short nursery rhyme or poem that emulates the character/s that you are auditioning for. You may audition for more than one.

Please sing a Christmas Carol of your choice.  Piano accompaniment will be supplied.

If you are auditioning for any of the characters below – please could you prepare a song that will show off your voice.  Please bring sheet music for the pianist to accompany you or you may bring a cd / tape as your accompaniment.

Funeral Pall Bearers (Male and Female)  / Young Scrooge / Belle / Tiny Tim

Everyone will be taught a little disco, boogie dance at the audition, so please wear suitable shoes.

WHERE: –     TO GO

Pinelands Players clubhouse -The Crossing Road: Pinelands

From Forest Drive with mountain behind you, take first left after the Vincent Palotti hospital, left at the t junction into Sunny Road, right into The Crossing, brick building on left next to railway line.

 WHEN: –     DATE & TIME

Chorus & Kids.

Sunday, 10th May:- 1:30 to 3:00 (13h30 to 15h00)

Principals and Supporting Roles

           The same Sunday, 10th May:- 2:00 to 5:00 (14h00 to 17h00)

Yes, yes  – overlapping times (remember the dancing  bit????)

 

Call Backs

Sunday, 24th May:- 2:00 to 5:00 (14h00 to 17h00)

You will be advised within 3 (three) days after the audition whether you are needed at the call back. If you are not called back, this  does not mean that you have not been successful.

 

     WHO YA GONNA CALL?-

Please be kind enough to phone Tina Gough on 0827719644 to let her know if you are going to attend the audition.

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NEWS OF CONSTANTIABERG THEATRE PLAYERS

APRIL 2009

_______________________________________

 

Greetings all.

What beautiful days we are having! The dreadful wind has gone and the heat has toned done a little. And what a joy it has been driving to work this week now that the schools are on leave – wish it could always be like that (sigh)

We have been advised that Cynthia Titren had a bad fall on 01 March and has had to undergo a hip replacement operation. I am sure that you will all join with me in sending Cynthia all our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery and we hope that you are back and entertaining us again soon Cynthia!

 

NEW MEMBERS

We welcome the following new members and look forward to seeing them at future functions;

Val Stephens

Florence Reddy

 

NEXT MEMBERS EVENING

This will be on Wednesday 29th April at 7.45p.m in the Guide Hall Bergvliet. We will be having a short talk by Barrie Howard on our next production “The Time of My Life” followed by Wesley Figaji who will give us some background on the play he will be directing for us in October “Abigail’s Party” He will also chat about the characters and upcoming audition. THEN – we would like everyone to bring along a short piece of literature which has a lot of action, it can be anything – even a fairytale. We will get into pairs and one person will be the narrator and the other person must act out the piece. As this is unrehearsed it can prove to be huge fun! Don’t forget to bring along a plate of snacks and the usual cash bar will be available.

 

OUR NEXT PRODUCTION

“The Time of My Life by Alan Ayckbourn and directed by Barrie Howard. Opening at the Masque of Friday 15th May and running until 23rd May. This play is probably one of Alan Ayckbourn’s funniest and wittiest black comedies. Set in the past, present and future, it charts the decline and fall of a successful family business. Please remember that we like to make opening night special – in fact we have become famous for it! So please reserve your seats as soon booking is open. Barrie has assembled a mega stellar cast consisting of Dennis Benneyworth, Jane Cohen, Toby Beele, Trish Sutton, Denise Dubber, Leon Kowalski, John McConnell and Rudy Gibbons (correct spellings this time!!!) What a combination of talent – how can it not be a winner! 

 

AGM 2009

Advance notice that this will be held on Wednesday 27th May 2009 – please diarise this date as we would like as many members there as possible. We will be having our annual awards with Lieske Bester as our guest adjudicator.

 

NEXT AT THE MASQUE

Have to plug this one featuring your truly and Lee de Andrade!  “All You Need is Love” Masque Theatre 24 April to 2 May 

Bookings Monday to Friday 9.00 – 16.00 Saturdays 9.00 12.00 021 7881898

 

OTHER SOCIETIES NEWS

‘Old Wicked Songs’

Brenda Gray’s production of ‘Old Wicked Songs’ has been invited to the Artscape Arena from 8 to 16 May.  Diarise these dates now – don’t miss this chance to see this superb show if you didn’t catch it first time round. 

Booking Opens 8th April 2009

Ticket prices R65 – 10% disc for groups of 10 or more

R45 – Pensioners and Students

R35 – Scholars

 

Audition Notice – Claremont Dramatic Society. ISN’T IT ROMANTIC By: Wendy Wasserstein

This will be performed at The Masque from the 17 – 25 July 2009 and directed by Graham Boxall. Wendy Wasserstein’s work brought her recognition when she won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony award for drama.

This play takes place in the late 1980’s in New York City with action set in various locations in Manhattan. The title is somewhat tongue-in-cheek as Wasserstein was herself part of the feminist movement in America. However in this play, she looks at the bittersweet side of relationships creating some wonderfully textured characters against the background of New York life. Essentially a comedy with some brilliant one-liners, there is room for a tear or two.

Auditions for the play will be held on Sunday 19 April at 14h30 in The Hok, American accents (not Southern) required throughout. For further information contact Graham on 083 7073055.

 

MANY HAPPY RETURNS TO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WHO CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH

 

Krysten Vlok        9th April

Jane Cohen         30th April

Jenny Seabrook    18th Jan (whom this ditz left off of the list last month – Sorry Jen)

 

Till next time

Lotsa Luv

Fiona x

 

DETAILS OF YOUR COMMITTEE

Chair                               Di Thom                          7947455    dianathom@mweb.co.za

Vice Chair                       Lee de Andrade                7972728    lee.deandrade@ogilvy.co.za

Treasurer                        Scott Gill                       

7124200      gillfam@telkomsa.net

Newsletter                      Fiona Carling                            

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Secretary                       Debbie Bentley-Buckle    

7945689     dmbb@mweb.co.za

 

Walter Hodges                6973166     

 Jane Cohen                     6894866     srcohen@iafrica.com

 Wesley Figaji                            Wesley.figaji@libertyproperties.co.za

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