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SEPTEMBER 2009 

Semenya’s story – we have all heard/read/seen the conjecture regarding athlete Caster Semenya’s gender verification but did you know that the first sporting disqualification based on a sex test was of the Polish sprinter Ewa Klobukowska in 1967?  She was found to have an extra chromosome which made her ineligible for female athletic events.  This did not however prevent her from becoming pregnant a few years later and giving birth to a healthy baby!  So … this newest story may not be over yet.

 

PAST PRODUCTION AND MEMBERS’ EVENING

 

Thought I would do these two items together as our last members’ evening was held on the opening night of Appointment with Death, 28 August.  We had a full house for the show and a great turn-out afterwards.  Unfortunately, the director, Alastair Duff, had to leave at interval with a blinding headache so he missed all the accolades due to him!  The production ran to mostly full houses and a good bit of money was generated for the theatre.  Ya gotta love Agatha.

 

NEXT MEMBERS’ EVENING

 

Our next members’ evening, which will also celebrate our birthday, will be a light, social and humorous evening on Wednesday, 25 November at 19:30.  Would you like to contribute a 3 to 5 minute “bit” to the evening’s entertainment?  If so, please let a member of the committee know (details below).  More about this next month.

 

FUN STUFF!!

 

The 2009 Inter-Society quiz is to be hosted by Claremont Dramatic Society and is scheduled for Sunday 22 November.  Andre Thomas is asking for submissions of questions from all those involved in AmDram as he knows there is a lot of knowledge and information out there.  So please send him your questions (and answers!) in the categories mentioned below, by 30 September to andrethomas@vodmail.co.za.  If you have another category that you find interesting and intriguing, please feel free to send that as well.  The categories are:

Shakespeare    

James Bond      

TV           

Children’s Literature  

Technical

Musicals            

SA Theatre        

Logos     

Politics                        

World History

 


EVENTS TO DIARISE

 

HMS Pinafore – ‘The Musical’ presented by the Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan society at Artscape Theatre from 18 Sept to 3 Oct.  Bookings through Computicket.

 

The Haunting of Hill House based on the novel by Shirley Jackson, directed by Angela Lee-Wright for Fish Hoek at the Masque from 18 to 26 Sept.  A group of people spend a summer at Hill House to gain solid evidence of haunting … but the house is gathering its powers …

 

Theatresports Course presented by Improvision, which will take place over two weekends – the 26th-27th of September and the 3rd-4th of October between 10am and 4pm. Venue to be confirmed but will be somewhere in or near town. You will need to attend all four days.. It is open to anyone over the age of 18 and costs R700.  An exhilarating, fun and highly creative crash course in improvisation. You’ll learn a ton of the Theatresports games we play in our shows as well as a whole lot of fun exercises.  It will be is valuable whether you’re a trained actor wanting to enhance your craft or whether you’re a total newbie who just wants to feel more comfortable standing up in front of an audience.  If you want to take part then email, sms or call Megan now with your contact details on 0834403961 or megan@improvision.co.za.

 

Fringe People written by Ralph Kelly, directed by Sue Bolton and staged by the “Off Road Players”.  10 October 2009, 14:30 and 18:30 at Paul Greyling School, Sunray Road, Fish Hoek.  False Bay Hospital would like to follow the successful example set by Groote Schuur Hospital whereby HIV people can be employed to do beadwork which will be sold on the overseas market.  This positive beadwork project needs funds to buy equipment to get it up and running, which can be done by buying a ticket to see a delightful South African play, set in the new South Africa.  The cast comes mainly from Claremont membership and includes Brian Notcutt, Phyllis Early, Gary Green, Ralph Kelly, Pam Burger and Bernie Jacobs.  The author also wrote Murder in the Common Room, which was staged at the Masque Theatre last year to full houses.  By seeing this play you will not only be helping to alleviate unemployment , but you are guaranteed a delightful romp with South African characters you will all identify with as well as having a good few belly laughs as well!  Tickets available at A.P. Jones Dept Store and the Methodist Church, First Ave, Fish Hoek.  Ticket price R35.

 

Please note days, times and prices for Masque Theatre productions

(unless otherwise stated) are Thurs & Fri performances at 20:00,

Saturday matinee at 14:30, Saturday evening at 18:30

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

Other Nights R55 (Theatre Club members R45)

Bookings on 021-7881898

PLEASE NOTE THAT WITH EFFECT FROM 1 OCTOBER 2009

TICKET PRICES WILL INCREASE BY R5

(Still making us one of the cheapest theatres around!)

 

WELCOME

  

Appointment with Death has gained us at least THREE new members!  So welcome to Jonathan Duguid, who joined the show to help backstage and was dragooned into an acting part as well!!  AND to Andrea Boettger, our most able prompt, who also pitched in with moving things.  AND to Janice Budd, the glamorous Italian hotel guest (and very able “set-mover”!), who is no stranger to MVDS but has now re-joined our society.

 

FUTURE PRODUCTIONS

 

Writer and director of Mothers of the Criminal Element, Tom Byrne, has this to say about the production:

The cast consists of Norman Murray, Max Tichauer, Heather Gibbons, Felicity Purdon, Janine Scher, John Dickerson, Thomas Bowman and Emilia Peaseporidge.   Rehearsals are going very well indeed. While the cast may seem an odd assembly, they have connected quickly. This group of old hands and newcomers work wonderfully together. It is early days, but they already look set to deliver some very, very funny performances when the curtain opens.  American accents, gender confusion, lively dead bodies and imaginary chest freezers have made rehearsals more than a little interesting. The props list includes everything from Smoors to artificial frozen lamb chops plus lots and lots of ice. The atmosphere gets pretty zany from time to time. Fortunately we have our great prod sec Sue Hallinan to keep us from going off the rails altogether. However, we do have a surprise or two for unsuspecting theatre-goers.

Thanks, Tom!  We look forward to it.  And we are already looking towards 2010! Coleen Van Staden is directing Improbable Fiction by Alan Ayckbourn in our first (February) slot and details of the audition, which is in October, are attached.

 

BIRTHDAYS

 

October’s most common gemstone is the opal also known as the “Gem of the Gods,” and their meaning has changed many times over the course of history.  In medieval Europe, many people associated opals with the Evil Eye, and some believed that looking at opals caused bad luck. Opal’s meaning has transitioned into something much less ominous, though not completely without negativity. Opals are a symbol of love and emotion, but opals are also said to bring bad luck to lovers who are unfaithful so beware our October birthday-ers who are Angela Lee-Wright and Wesley Figaji on the 3rd, Eve Carr the day after, Brenda Commins on the 10th, Peter Sharp, Gillian Charman and John Hitchcock on the 13th, 14th and 15th respectively with Karen Riley on the 23rd, Natasha Parish on the 28th and Joline Blignaut last but not least on the 30th.

 

So, adios, farewell and GOODBYE till next time!!

Eve

 

MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY

AUDITION NOTICE
‘IMPROBABLE FICTION’
BY ALAN AYCKBOURN
Directed By: Coleen Van Staden

 

AUDITION DATE:   Sunday 18TH October 2009 at 14:00

PLACE:                    Rendezvous (Old Zandvlei Bowling Club), 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg

CALLBACKS:          Sunday 25TH October 14:00

ENQUIRIES:           June Edwards (Production Secretary) on sunshinedesign@intekom.co.za /

         0825577873 or Coleen Van Staden on coleenvs@vodamail.co.za / 072 1205645

DATES OF RUN:    5 to 13 February 2010 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

REHEARSALS:       Every Monday and Wednesday (19:30 – 21:30) and Saturday (14:00 – 17:00) commencing Mon 2 November 2009.  A Christmas break  from Thurs 17 December 2009 to 5 January 2010.  Recommencing Wed 6 January 2010. The Rehearsal period is longer than normal to allow for the technical challenges of the costume/scene/character changes and the Christmas break.  Auditionees must be able to commit to these dates.

PLEASE NOTE:      Auditionees must prepare for the audition with prescribed readings which may be obtained from June or Coleen (as above).  Full scripts are also available.  Auditionees are welcome to read for more than one character.

SYNOPSIS:  6 aspiring authors meet at their last monthly “Writers Circle” Meeting of the year in the home of their host, Arnold.  It is Ayckbourn’s usual bunch of misfits!  Each is pursuing their own particular “style” of writing, but few are succeeding in even putting pen to paper! In an attempt to encourage and motivate them, Arnold suggests that they collaborate and write something together.  The suggestion is not at all popular as they cannot agree on subject matter or style! The meeting breaks up and it is at this point that the play takes a weird and wonderful turn!  The second act is Arnold’s suggestion played out with the actors taking on parts in a number of storylines in a number of genres, resulting in a comedy that is zany and very funny.  The play is set in a house in the English countryside.

THE CAST:

ARNOLD   40+   Mild Mannered, gentle man who lives with his dementia-suffering mother (unseen but heard!)   He writes Instruction Manuals.  He stays in the “real world” throughout the play. 

ILSA           18+   Uncomplicated, happy girl from the local village who comes in to look after Arnold’s mother while the meetings are held.  English regional accent.  Also plays a Victorian ward, a 1930’s housemaid and Doblin the Goblin. (All will be revealed!)

GRACE      35+   Insecure, “put upon” wife and mother who wants to write children’s books. Also plays a Victorian cook (regional accent)  a villain in the 1930’s Detective story, an Alien hunter in the Sci Fi story (American accent)

CLEM        25 +  Nerdy, city council worker writing science fiction. Also plays a Victorian fop, a poetry quoting Detective in the 1930’s Detective Story and an Alien hunter in the Sci Fi story (American accent)

VIVVI          25+   Outgoing, vivacious – a man pleaser.  Has a nervous laugh.  Is the most prolific writer in the group but has nothing published.  Writes 1930’s Detective Novels.  Also plays a Victorian Housekeeper, Detective in the 1930’s Detective Story,  an Alien hunter in the Sci Fi story (American accent)

JESS          40+   Butch lady farmer – straight talking, pragmatic and is pursuing the Victorian Romance genre.  Also plays a Victorian tutor and narrator, a mother in the 1930’s Detective story (regional accent) and Sid the Squirrel!

BREVIS     60+   Retired schoolteacher. Cranky and overbearing. Writing a musical based on the Pilgrim’s Progress.  Also plays a Victorian Doctor,  the leading Alien hunter in the Sci Fi story (American accent)  a father in 1930’s Detective story (regional accent).  This Actor should be able to play the piano, but could be taught!

 

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“CONSTANTIABERG CUE”

 NEWS OF CONSTANTIABERG THEATRE PLAYERS

SEPTEMBER 2009

_______________________________________

 Greetings all.

Well……………. I turned off all my heaters and brought the one home from work and what do you know…….winter is back! It was an act of pure foolishness on my part, to tempt the laws of fate in this reckless manner, and I apologise to one and all for the resulting chaos!!!

 

NEW MEMBERS

We warmly welcome the following new members and look forward to seeing them at future functions; Peter & Mary Moxley

LAST MEMBERS EVENING

On 29th July a stalwart few braved the elements for Wesley’s talk on the Grahamstown Festival. Well – I can only say that those who were unable to attend missed a real treat! What a most fabulous evening. Wesley spoke so enthusiastically about being a performer as well as being a visitor at the festival that by the end of the evening we were all gagging to go there next year! Wesley also treated us to another chance to experience his opening piece from the production of Hello & Goodbye by Athol Fugard. Thank you, Wesley for entertaining and inspiring us. And I must say the Gluhwein wasn’t half bad either. The pot was drunk dry and had several sets of mournful eyes staring longingly into said empty vessel. This was complimented by the lovely cheese and bikkies, mmmmmmmm!

 

NEXT MEMBERS EVENING – URGENT URGENT URGENT

This month we have decided to go on an excursion to the Kalk Bay Theatre to see “Educating Rita” starring Anthea Thompson and David Dennis. This will be on Wednesday 23rd September at 8.00p.m. The tickets are R100 each and paid up members of the society will be subsidised to the tune of R50 so you will get to see an excellent production for R50.00. Non-members will pay full price. I have made a provisional block booking but it is imperative that you reply to me as soon as possible so that I can give them the final numbers. If you request a ticket, I ask that you please make sure that you do attend as I will be giving them my credit card details and I will hunt you down if you don’t pitch! You can email me or SMS/phone on 0833499697. It will be lovely to share an evening of theatre together so come and join in the fun! The theatre also has an al la carte restaurant, so if you would like to eat before the show you can book by phoning 0732205430. As the show starts at 8.00p.m they suggest you place your order no later than 7.00p.m PLEASE CONTACT ME ASAP TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE – DO IT NOW!

 

OUR NEXT PRODUCTION

Well, Wesley’s production, which will be opening on 30th October “Abigail’s Party” by Mike Leigh, has begun rehearsals and according to Wesley they are going very well and he says he has a very talented cast. For new folk getting the newsletter it is described as a dark comedy. This very funny social satire is set in London in the 1970’s. The cast includes Wendy Goddard, Jane De Sousa, James Skilton and Jo Darby. Due to the extreme shortage of men in Cape Town Wesley is still trying to find his “Tony” If you know of anyone that would like to be a part of this wonderful cast please contact Wesley urgently (details below) Wesley is also looking for a lot of props that are very 70s kitsch. I will email a list of what we are looking for under separate cover once it is to hand. Talk about skeletons in the cupboard – one of the things he needed was a 45rpm (7 single) of Donna Summer’s “Love to Love you Baby” – can you believe I had it – how scary is that?

 

OCTOBER MEMBERS EVENING – ADVANCE NOTICE

This will be the eagerly awaited opening night of Abigail’s Party on 30th October. All members, partners, friends and family are please asked to make this a special night for us all to get together for a jaw after the show (and we all know how theatre people can jaw!) Snacks will be served and there will be a cash bar available – or you can bring your own refreshments. Please diarise now.

 

  

NEXT AT THE MASQUE

The Haunting of Hill House based on the novel by Shirley Jackson, directed by Angela Lee-Wright for Fish Hoek at the Masque from 18 to 26 Sept.  A group of people spend a summer at Hill House to gain solid evidence of haunting … but the house is gathering its powers (I can’t wait!)

 

  

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

PLEASE NOTE NEW MASQUE STARTING TIMES WITH EFFECT FROM 01 JULY 2009 

Weekday now start at 8.00p.m

Matinees now start at 2.30p.m

Saturday evenings now start at 6.30p.m

 

 

OTHER SOCIETIES NEWS

The Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents HMS Pinafore – ‘The Musical’ 

Artscape Theatre 18 September to 3 October

Direction: Teddy Davies

Musical Direction: Alistair Cockburn

Choreography: Kyla Thorburn

Bookings: Computicket

or Dial-a Seat: 021 421 7695

This promises to be a real fresh and fun look at the work of Gilbert & Sullivan – don’t miss it.

 

FRINGE PEOPLE

False Bay Hospital would like to follow the successful example set by Groote Schuur Hospital whereby HIV people can be employed to do beadwork which will be sold on the overseas market. This positive beadwork project, needs funds to buy equipment to get it up and running, which can be done by buying a ticket to see a delightful South African play, set in the new South Africa, called  “Fringe People”. The play is staged by a talented cast from the “Off Road Players” and  directed by Sue Bolton. The Author is Ralph Kelly who also wrote “Murder in the Common Room”, which was staged at the Masque Theatre last year to full houses. By seeing this play you will not only be helping to alleviate unemployment , but you are guaranteed a delightful romp with South African characters you will all identify with as well as having a good few belly laughs as well! Hope to see you there!

Fringe People by Ralph Kelly on 10 October 2009 at 14:30 (matinee) and 18:30

at Paul Greyling School, Sunray Road, Fish Hoek. Tickets  available  at A. P. Jones Dept Store and the Methodist Church, First Ave, Fish Hoek. Ticket price R 35.

 

Theatresports course 2009

We’re running the next Theatresports course at the end of September. It is open to anyone over the age of 18 and costs R700. It will take place over two weekends – the 26th-27th of September and the 3rd-4th of October between 10am and 4pm. Venue to be confirmed but will be somewhere in or near town. You will need to attend all four days.

The Theatresports course is an exhilarating, fun and highly creative crash course in improvisation. You’ll learn a ton of the Theatresports games we play in our shows as well as a whole lot of fun exercises.

The Theatresports course is valuable whether you’re a trained actor wanting to enhance your craft or whether you’re a total newbie who just wants to feel more comfortable standing up in front of an audience.

 If you want to take part then email, sms or call Megan now with your contact details on 083.440.3961 / megan@improvision.co.za

Thank you

Improvision – performers of Theatresports in Cape Town

 

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

 

Pat Lochhead              5th September

Scott Gill           12th September

Maureen Dubber    29th September

Denise Dubber      14th October

 

Till next time

Lotsa Luv

Fiona x

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GASLIGHT

NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY

VOLUME 16 – ISSUE 4 – AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2009

Ahoy!

Very appropriate as HMS Pinafore gets ready to sail! Alexander Graham Bell favoured that as the word to answer the telephone; it was not too well received and ‘Hello” became the English language introduction – telephonistes were known as “Hello Girls!”

HMS PINAFORE – THE MUSICAL

18 SEPTEMBER – 3 OCTOBER

The Artscape Theatre, Cape Town

With the theme of the show being set in the 1950’s our young and energetic cast will be taking you back to an era characterised by icons like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.  “The story takes place aboard the British ship H.M.S. Pinafore.  The captain’s daughter, Josephine [Sian Attebury], is in love with a lower-class sailor, Ralph Rackstraw [Ferdi Oosthuizen], although her father intends her to marry Sir Joseph Porter [David Bolton], the First Lord of the Admiralty. She abides by her father’s wishes at first, but Sir Joseph’s advocacy of the equality of humankind encourages Ralph and Josephine to overturn conventional social order. They declare their love for each other and eventually plan to elope. Her father, the captain [Riaan Hunter], discovers this plan, but, as in many of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, a surprise disclosure changes things dramatically near the end of the story.”

(Summary courtesy of Wikipedia)

Get R10 off the normal ticket price by purchasing your ticket through our preferential cast ticket sales!

 

Feel free to contact Lance Kotze should you wish to purchase preferential tickets or have any other queries regarding this show. lance.kotze@gmail.com / 082 770 7782 /

http://www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za/vbo.html

Alternatively, you can book your tickets though Computicket (083 915 8000) or log onto

http://www.computicket.com/web/event/h_m_s_pinafore/18909635 / 083 915 8000

WHAT IS HAPPENING BEHIND THE SCENES?

Raymond Rudolph lets us in on a few secrets… (Thanks, Raymond!

Reflections on ‘HMS Pinafore’ Rehearsals

 

) – From ‘Unseemly Sound Malaise’ to ‘Dreamy Sound Amaze’ –

Since mid-May 2009, the boards of the Congregational Church in Pinelands have been resounding with the muscular sounds of stamping feet, curling lips & flashing eyes, and the dainty sounds of gaily-tripping feet & lightly-skipping legs, oftentimes simultaneously.

Under Alastair’s patient musical direction, the initial ‘Unseemly Sound Malaise” has been transformed into something almost slightly harmonious. Helen has provided the necessary musical accompaniment, always so obligingly and with impressive technical consistency.

Kyla has managed, despite obstacles like fifteen sets of two left feet, to instill some sort of artistically logical pattern to the movements. Heather and Gary, have managed, totally

obtrusively, to pull the performers off the floor at various critical times, for measurement & fittings… (a necessary evil, I guess?) All the while, Teddy’s eagle eye has carefully observed the whole process, interjecting where necessary, amending the tempo or lyrics or dialogue (or ALL THREE) while surprisingly always (… well, except for once) maintaining a remarkably calm & controlled outward demeanour.

It seems only right that each of these folk be accorded the honour of his/her own Pinafore song:

MUSICAL DIRECTOR:

(Alastair Cockburn)

When Alastair was a lad he took on the job

Of harmonising this naughtycal mob.

His energetic wrist ..

is not so easy to resist.

And he himself has not said it ….

… and it’s greatly to his credit,

That he IS a Gentle-man.

YES, he is a Ge-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-entle-man !

CHOREOGRAPHER:

(Kyla Thorburn)

When Kyla was a lass she took a chance

at teaching this bunch to try to dance.

With a step .. cross .. heel-toe .. here,

A cross .. step .. heel-toe .. there.

Here a step – click; there a step – click;

Every-where a step – click ….

Old Macdonald’s farm had NOTHING on this ..

Ee-eye .. ee-eye … oh-ver the Bright Blue

Sea-ea !

COSTUMIER:

(Heather Earp-Jones)

When Heather was a lass she served a spell

as Pinafore’s costumier from hell.

The sailors’ measurements were written in a book,

.. at which the tailor CLEARLY took no look.

We KNOW the trousers are supposed to be slinky,

But the zips won’t close on even the TINIEST

winky!

ACCOMPANIST:

(Helen Broekmann)

When Helen was a lass she wanted something

more,

So she became accompanist for Pinafore.

She’s an over-achiever & a consummate Diva,

And when she’s finished playing, we don’t WANT

to leave-er.

The OTHER night she was a REAL hit …

Played a wrong note and cried out “Oh SH%T!!”

DIRECTOR (“TD”):

(Teddy Davies)

TD: My gallant cast, Good Morning

Chorus: Teddy, good morning.

TD: I hope you’re all quite well.

Chorus: Quite well. And you, Ted?

TD: I’m in reasonable health, and happy to direct you once again.

Chorus: You do us proud, Ted.

TD: (singing) I am the Director of the Pinafore ..

Chorus: (singing) … and a right good Director too.

.. he’s very, very, good and be it understood .. he directs us very good too !

For in spite of much consternation, He shows no sign of irritation

And he’s only had ONE tantrum. YES, he too is a Ge-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-entle-man !

 

2010 G&S PRODUCTION

The Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society is proud to announce that its 2010 production will be the popular Meehan/Strouse/Charnin musical, “Annie”, to be staged in the Artscape Theatre during September and October. Direction is by Kyla Thorburn, with musical direction by Alastair Cockburn and General Management by Adrian van Stolk.

“Annie”, which is based on the famous US comic strip,”Little Orphan Annie” was one of the biggest Broadway hit musicals of the 1970’s.

The story, set in 1933, concerns the 11-year old Annie, who is in an orphanage presided over by Miss Hannigan, who keeps the little girl orphans in line by bullying and threatening (“It’s the Hard-Knock Life”). Annie decides to escape to find her parents, running into a friendly dog, Sandy (“Tomorrow”) and the people made homeless because of the Great Depression (“We’d Like To Thank You, Herbert Hoover”). However, she is returned to the orphanage. Her luck changes when Grace Farrell, assistant to Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks” picks her to live in the millionaire’s palatial home over Christmas (“I Think I’m Gonna Like it Here”). Warbucks wants to adopt her, but Annie insists that her parents will come for her. Assisted by President and Mrs Roosevelt, Warbucks offers a reward for the parents (“You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile”). Miss Hannigan, her brother, Rooster, and his ditzy girlfriend, Lily, pretend to be Annie’s parents so that they can collect the reward (“Easy Street”). When they are found out and arrested, and it transpires that Annie’s parents have died, Warbucks and Annie become a family (“I Don’t Need Anything But You”).

This musical gives plenty of opportunity for the members of the large chorus to sing in the well-known choruses, and also to play the different cameo roles of all ages, for example Mr Bundles the laundry man, a policeman, Bert Healy the radio announcer, members of Roosevelt’s cabinet, the “doo-wah” Boylan sisters and many more.

Auditions will be held in early 2010.

SOMETHING THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU…

THE CAPE TOWN SCHOOL OF SONGWRITING (

http://www.songwriters.co.za)

…is the brainchild of Clive Ridgway, Program Director for Kfm 94.5 from 1999 to 2007, leader of legendary country-rock band Rocking Horse and author of the book “Crack the Songwriting Code.”

The next 8 week / 8 module Songwriting Course starts on

The course culminates with a Demo Recording, Certificate Presentation & End-of-Course Party.

Course Fee – R1 950 (terms available) includes a copy of Clive’s book “Crack the Songwriter Code”, a Workbook, Refreshments as well as a Demo Recording.

Chenara Fenton recently attended this course and had the following to say about her experience: “I had a wonderful time over the 8 weeks, and found the song-writing process challenging, but so worth it! At the end of the course, we recorded a song which we had written in collaboration with another student from the course.

My song is a bit corny, but it has a catchy tune and being in studio was wonderful. I made some great new friends would highly recommend the course for any aspiring song-writer!

Monday, 12 October @ 7 pm.

Bookings: Clive – 082 3194500 / Elaine – 082 777 3133 / clive@songwriters.co.za

DANCE SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS with SAIM

The South African Improvisation Meeting (SAIM) invites you to join them from

The SAIM, an initiative by Jori Snell (Baba Yaga Theatre), in collaboration with UCT – School of Dance, Stellenbosch Drama Department and Illinois University, provides a unique opportunity to learn from artists: Kirstie Simson (Chicago) and Bo Madvig (Denmark).

Both of them are directly associated with Contact provisation- and Improvisation pioneers like Steve Paxton and Julyen Hamilton.

“This series of workshops, master classes, discussions and jamming during SAIM will be a reconnecting, evolving experience for all who join” says joint partner, Gerard Samuel of UCT, School of Dance.

The classes will be open to all level participants and be built on very simple physical principles allowing students to explore their experience of moving and to understand their own

bodies more profoundly. Contact Improvisation and Improvisation are ways for dancers to rediscover the authentic joy of movement. It develops a “readiness” in the body for the unexpected and therefore has both technical and choreographic uses. For a performer the study of improvisation is the most exquisite way of becoming present and learning to adapt creatively to any situation.

For more information on the programme or should you wish to attend this event, contact Jori Snell on 076 0205772 or email her at

 

22 September – 02 October to be part of a meeting between some of the leading international exponents of Contact Improvisation as a dance practice, and Cape Town dancers, movers, teachers & performers.babayagatheatre@gmail.com

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations go to Gwen Sharland who has become grandmother to Benjamin Richard Sharland!

GOODBYE

Dr Rowena McKenzie is going to live in London. Our good wishes go with her. One hopes that email will keep her informed, and that we will have news from her, from time to time.

GONDOLIERA

Venice has been rocked to its watery foundations by the news that the first female ‘gondoliera’ has joined an almost feudally run fraternity (frasority/sorfranity?) The testosterone-laden gondoliers grumble that she is too big for her britches and she has been warned to reign in her new-found celebrity or risk being expelled! Her father feels she needs a bit more muscle as the boats weigh more than half a ton and seat more than a dozen passengers. She agrees it’s physically taxing, ‘but try childbirth.’ (LA Times / Cape Argus,18 August 2009)

It’s time for us to raise the anchor, say “Bon Voyage” and we’ll see you at HMS Pinafore –

The Musical!!

Cheers

Adrian

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Hello again all,

 Now that I can type again after being rapped over the knuckles for leaving it out of the newsletter, I want to remind you about the Claremont Dramatic Society’s next Members Evening.

 

I could say I left it out on purpose so that a separate e-mail about this event would be more noticeable, but that would be lying.

 

This time around we have a movie evening planned and we’ll be showing two short films, one of which most of you will know, and another that may be new to some of you.

 

One if the timeless classic “Dinner for One” (or “Der 90. Geburtstag”) – which doesn’t need any introduction. I’m already smiling at the thought of seeing this one again, it’s certainly an all-time favourite of mine.

 

The other movie is called “The Plank” –

 

The Plank is a popular 1967 British slapstick comedy short film. It follows the misadventures of two builders who require a floorboard. It was written and directed by Eric Sykes, and produced by Jon Pennington. The story was based on a comedy sketch called “Sykes and a Plank”, which was written by Eric Sykes for his comedy television series Sykes.

Although not technically a silent film it is unusual in having little spoken dialogue; instead the film is punctuated by grunts, other vocal noises and sound effects.

Two builders buy a floorboard for a house they are building. They return to the house with the plank on top of a battered car, but the journey is fraught with unexpected difficulties.

The film is a series of “plank jokes” elaborating on the “man with a plank” slapstick routine seen in vaudeville and silent films, and adding new ones. For instance, at one point the plank is tied to the top of the car and projects backward into the open back of a large van. A man enters the back of the van and sits down. The van drives away, leaving him suspended in mid-air sitting on the end of the plank.

It stars Eric Sykes & Tommy Cooper

 

This evening should be in your diary already – but please check again – on Friday 23 October 2009, from 19h30.

 

Have a great week everyone,

André

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Hi everyone
First off I apologise for the lateness of this issue. I know Angela, our secretary, has kept everyone updated with the notices of the current production in my absence in India.
I write on a date etched in the collective memory of the modern world – September 11, 2009. On this day the World Trade Centre and its occupants were victim to terrorist action which claimed thousands of lives. The
horror of that day will surely live forever in the minds of those of us who were party to the media reports. So many lives cut short, so many heroes who gave their lives in service of others – we saw how indomitable the
human spirit can be in times of extremity. Let’s give a thought and a prayer to the victims and their families and for a sustainable path to world peace.

But onto lighter matters now!

Several members of the Committee saw Angela Lee Wright’s play “The Haunting of Hill House” in rehearsal last night and we’d like to give you all a taste of what is to come. To say we were riveted to our seats by superb
performances, is no exaggeration. Angela has drawn fine performances from the cast and must be
congratulated. It has been wonderful to see the enthusiasm with which she tackled this, her directorial debut at the Masque. The only snippet of cast information that I’m going to give away is that finally Jane Philbrick makes it back to the stage! So for most of us, that already makes it a must see! However, I noticed last night, old habits die hard. Neatly parked in the Stage Manager’s bay was Jane’s car! So hopefully the lure of the lights will not be too strong! Cecil Jakins has even exceeded the complexity and ingenuity of his last set. You will be amazed at what can be achieved on the Masque stage. And, as to the plot – come and see for yourself, you will be sucked right in to the atmosphere created by the principle character of the play!

Good news is that Zack Hartley, whom most of you will remember for his wonderful singing in “Beautiful Noise”, has joined the committee to fill the place vacated by Cecil Jakins, who has moved up the line. Zack and Angela Burgess will be championing the music side of FHDS and we will keep you posted in that regard. We are
intending to put on a show to go to Old Age Homes and Hospitals. This will be in the next news letter with dates of auditions, description of genres of music, etc

EXCITING PRODUCTION—FRINGE PEOPLE.

False Bay Hospital would like to follow the successful example set by Groot Schuur Hospitl whereby H.I.V.
people can be employed to do beadwork which will be sold on the overseas market. This POSITIVE
BEADWORK project, needs funds to buy equipment to get it up and running, which can be done by buying a ticket to see a delightful South African play – set in the NEW South Africa -calledFRINGE PEOPLE. The play is staged by a talented cast from the OFF ROAD PLAYERS and directed by Sue Bolton . The Author is Ralph Kelly who also wrote MURDER IN THE COMMON ROOM , which was staged at the Masque Theatre last year to full houses. By seeing this play you will not only be helping to alleviate unemployment , but you are guaranteed a delightful romp with South African characters you will all identify with, as well as having a good few belly laughs as well.! Hope to see you there !

PRODUCTION DATE 10 OCTOBER 2009
VENUE Paul Greyling School Sunray Rd. Fish Hoek
Mattinee 2.30 PM Evening 6.30 PM

Tickets available at A P Jones Dept. Store and Fish Hoek Methodist church .First ave, Fish Hoek . Price R 35.00 per ticket.

Please turn out to support Sue Bolton who has been a member of FHDS for many years and contributed greatly to our Society. It is time to repay the kindness by all booking to raise funds for this excellent cause in the heart of Fish Hoek, our “homeland”.

That’s the news for now, but the next newsletter will be hot on this one’s heels as we are entering a period of
excitement and growth!

Best wishes

Margi on behalf of FHDS Committee

YOUR COMMITTEE ;

Margi Blewett – Chair – 021-7884664 / 083 628 6295 / MargiB@zoomadvertising.co.za
Helen Mathers – Vice Chair
Aubrey Hindle – Treasurer
Angela Burgess – Secretary
Jane Philbrick
Alistair Duff
Heather Gibbons
John Blewett
Zack Hartley

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 Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
Box 50, Eppindust, 7475

Tel: 021 671 2242               Cell: 082 821 4353             Fax: 021 528 2299

E-mail: andrethomas@vodamail.co.za

 

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September 2009 – Number 82


 

Welcome to the latest edition of the Claremont Chat. I hope you’re all getting ready for spring, if it is indeed ready to spring on us sometime soon!

 

I have taken over the editorship of the monthly newsletter – and want to give Simon Dutton a big Thank You for taking care of it the last few months.

 

It is of course a newsletter for and of the members of the Claremont Dramatic Society, and as such I would like to encourage you to comment on anything you like or dislike, and to submit content or interesting information for inclusion in future editions. So that, like a true chat, it can be a two-way experience.

 

Blowing our own trumpet

 

First off, a little brag: During the Masque cleanup, we realised that the backstage vacuum cleaner for the Masque is hopelessly inadequate. Simon suggested that CDS should donate a replacement, which we have subsequently done. We’ve already had feedback that it has been much appreciated!

 

 

The Big News of the Month

 

Claremont Dramatic Society and Pinelands Players have joined forces and will be collaborating on a joint production at the Masque Theatre in December of 2010.

This idea goes back to discussions held between their respective chairpersons, Simon Sutton (CDS) and Clifford Graham (Pinelands), last year, when Pinelands had had to rethink their planning for 2010, due to the proposed refurbishment of The Little Theatre on UCT’s Hiddingh Campus in the Gardens.  Pinelands have long been resident at this historic venue and have come to regard it as their home. “It’s hard to think that we won’t be staging a production at The Little Theatre next year” says Clifford Graham. “However that does give us an opportunity to spread our wings during 2010 and this collaboration will not only cement an already good relationship with CDS, but also give us an opportunity to explore another creative space”

Pinelands brings a wealth of musical know-how to the table; CDS a solid track record for straight plays so, while this is sure to provide a challenge to both societies, their combined expertise is bound to produce spectacular results.

 

To this end, the joint steering committee is calling for prospective directors, confident of delivering a production of a high standard in a challenging space, to put forward innovative proposals. Submissions should be in by 30th September, 2009 and interested persons are invited to contact Clifford Graham at clifford@mondaymissile.co.za or 083 948 9115 for more details.

 

 

Member Missives

Jane Baard has left SA for nine months travelling in Africa in a 4×4 and she can be tracked on www.dizzydoesafrica.com

 

We are proud to introduce Alexander Kazuhiro Wurzinger Edwards – a son born to Kaz and Adriana on 01 September 2009 @ 14h32 (and the stats, because I know you’re all interested: 3.144kg, 49.5cm)

 

 

Film opportunity

 

Student film – “Making Lemonade”

We’ve received an e-mail from Pholile Hlope looking for “Older Actors” for their film production student production.

 

My name is Pholile Hlope and I am a third year film production student. For our research project, we have to shoot a ten minute film scripted by the Screen Writing students. Our film is called “Making Lemonade”.

We are looking for older actors to play the mother and father figures within the film. They should be in their forties onwards. Those in their late thirties can also try out if they think they can pull it off. The actors should also be first language English speakers. A knack for comedy is a bonus.

The shoots in which the parents will be in are scheduled for the evening so it shouldn’t be a problem for those who work full time jobs.

Thank you so much for your help. I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,
Pholile Hlope

Please contact Pholile directly on HLPPHO001@uct.ac.za. And let us know if any of you get a part!

 

 

Get to the theatre – “Fringe People” (2 shows only, for a worthy cause!)

 

False Bay Hospital would like to follow the successful example set by Groote Schuur Hospital whereby HIV  people can be employed to do beadwork which will be sold on the overseas market. This positive beadwork project, needs funds to buy equipment to get it up and running, which can be done by buying a ticket to see a delightful South African play, set in the new South Africa, called  “Fringe People”.

 

The play is staged by a talented cast from the “Off Road Players” and directed by Sue Bolton. The Author is Ralph Kelly who also wrote “Murder in the Common Room”, which was staged at the Masque Theatre last year to full houses.

 

The cast comes mainly from Claremont membership and includes Brian Notcutt, Phyllis Early, Gary Green, Ralph Kelly, Pam Burger and Bernie Jacobs.

 

By seeing this play you will not only be helping to alleviate unemployment, but you are guaranteed a delightful romp with South African characters you will all identify with as well as having a good few belly laugh as well! Hope to see you there!

 

Fringe People by Ralph Kelly – for 2 shows only!

on 10 October 2009 at 14:30 (matinée) and 18:30

at Paul Greyling School, Sunray Road, Fish Hoek

                                                                                      

Tickets available at A. P. Jones Department Store and the Methodist Church, First Ave, Fish Hoek at R 35.

 

 

Get to the theatre – “The Haunting of Hill House”

 

Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson, directed by Angela Lee-Wright for Fish Hoek at the Masque from 18 to 26 Sept.  A group of people spend a summer at Hill House to gain solid evidence of haunting…but the house is gathering its powers…

 

Please note days, times and prices for Masque Theatre productions (unless otherwise stated) are

Thursday & Friday performances at 20h00, Saturday matinee at 14h30, Saturday evening at 18h30

Thursday evening and Saturday matinees R45 (Theatre Club members R35)

Other nights R55 (Theatre Club members R45)

Masque Theatre Bookings on 021-788 1898

 

 

Get to the theatre – “HMS Pinafore” – The Musical

An old favourite is back, courtesy of The Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society, showing at Artscape from 18 September to 03 October 2009. Book at Computicket.

 

 

The Hok

Our Hok Manager Adrian has sent me this update on our home:

 

The Hok is beginning to look world-class, new mirrors, tiling and countertops.  Thanks largely to Simon Sutton for all the hard work, to Alison for her beautifully sewn curtains; to Chris King for setting up the HiFi, donated by Simon Dutton. Kim Harris-Dalla has had a hand in re-organising the record-keeping, among many other tasks. The fluffy carpet looks good enough to sleep on.  The general tenor is one of excellence. Our grateful thanks to all.

 

 

Inter-Society Quiz 2009

As many of you will know, the 2009 Inter-Society quiz is to be hosted by Claremont Dramatic Society, and scheduled for Sunday 22 November.

 

I’d like to out a new spin on the event this year, and ask for submissions of questions from you – our members and supporters. I know that there is a lot of knowledge and information out there… so please send me your questions (and answers!) in the categories mentioned below. If you have another category that you find interesting and intriguing, please feel free to send that as well.

 

This is not limited to CDS members – so please invite all societies’ members to send me their submissions. If I could have them by 30 September, that would be great. The categories are:

 

Shakespeare                                         James Bond

TV                                                        Children’s Literature

Musicals                                               SA Theatre

Logos                                                   Politics

World History                                        Technical

 

 

And that is it for this month – have a great September – see you at the theatre!

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