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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
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November 2009 – Number 84


Hello my fellow thespians!

Here’s a bit of a countdown clock wake up call for us all – where has 2009 gone? I do hope it’s been a good year for you as well!

9 weeks…                     till the end of the year

8 week…                     till Christmas

4 weeks…                    till the end of November

3 weeks…                     till we’re back from Oz

Yes, the big news this month (and this is a bumper edition) is Claremont’s big end-of-year production – Return from Oz written by and directed for Claremont by Yvonne Copley. Musical direction is by Roland Perold, and Choreography by Barrie Howard.

Ever wondered what happened to Dorothy when she clicked her red shoe heels together?  This light-hearted story tracks Dorothy’s journey with her three friends as they travel back to Kansas.  Full of those familiar songs from The Wizard of Oz that dovetail with popular songs, and great family entertainment. 

Rehearsals have been filled with lots of laughter and the bringing together people from all walks of life. We have been lucky to have a group of 6 teenagers from the Generation For Change organisation in Vrygrond to join us as the Red Perils; they dance with such enthusiasm and keep our choreographer, venerable Barrie Howard on his toes.

You should hear the warm ups led by our dishy Musical Director, Roland Perold, last seen in Brenda Gray’s Old Wicked Songs at ArtsCape. He has their voices all warmed up and ready for director, Yvonne Copley, to get the dramatic dynamics going.

The whole show is blocked; the music is all covered and books are down. Now its drill, drill, drill, polish, polish, polish. Simon Sutton is desperately trying to get extra space for us from the ‘deaf’ neighbours, because the Hok is too small for our 30-odd cast.

Frances Sholto-Douglas plays Dorothy, supported by ex-pinafore startlets, Matthew Browne, Giselle Willows and Victoria Harris. Anthony James, who debuted in MADS Beatles together with Alison Blair and her son Matthew, and from the Atlantic seaboard, we have veteran character actor Gordon Malloy. They are supported by an eager chorus consisting of members David Campey, Chris King and newcomers from all over the peninsula.

And… our Stage Manager, Morag Tisson, who is taking time off from shadowing at Artscape to run this show. A very big welcome!!

We do hope you will join Dorothy and her friends, Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion on the yellow brick road as they “Return from Oz”.

It opens on Friday 20 November at the Masque and runs until 28 November. Please note that there is an extra show at 15h00 on Sunday 22 November.

Bookings through Masque Theatre as always: 021 788 1898

Member’s Evening

We had so many laughs on Friday evening J While Eric Sykes and his movies are new to me, The Plank was marvellous. And no matter how many times you see Dinner for One – you always end up near teary-eyed with laughter.

And when it was spotted that there was another film lurking on laptop, the audience cried out for more – and they got more – more laughs by Eric Sykes. So – 3 movies and a good evening had by all.

Thanks to everyone that joined us, including not only our longest standing members, but also our very newest member.

Member Missives

So without further ado then, a hearty welcome to our newest member – Saras Chinsamy. We look forward to seeing you at the auditions and the theatre and the set-building… and and and J

Friends & Fans

Lieske Bester and Terry Best are both in our thoughts this month – they’ve both had operations in the last few days, which have gone well we hear. So, in keeping with their names, we wish them all the very… Best!

2010 News

Please see an update on our exciting collaboration with Pinelands for 2010 attached at the end of the newsletter!

The Hok

A big Thank You to Alison King for repairing our Piano – merci beaucoup!

CDS Christmas Bash 2009

Our Christmas party is going to be held at the Hok on Sunday, 6th December. It will be a bring & braai, not forgetting your party pieces. Please plan to arrive between 17h00 and 17h30.

And in the spirit of our association and the season, we are also making a block booking for the matinee performance of Pinelands Players Production of A Christmas Carol at 14h30 that day.  Kyla Thorburn is directing this with choreography by Kim Harris-Dalla. It also includes both our present and past chairmen, Simon Sutton and Dennis Benneyworth. Tickets are R80.

So – A Christmas Carol at 14h30 and Bring & Braai at 17h00 / 17h30

Please RSVP Pam Burger, our Social Convenor, at pamb@masterparts.com or on

082 488 0442 (cell)        
021 657 5757(work)                  
021 696 5959 (after 6pm)

Please RSVP by:

09 November if you want to see A Christmas Carol with us

30 November if you are only coming to the braai at the Hok.

Get Thee to The Theatre!

There’s lots to talk about in this section this month – but then that’s what we’re all about! Watching each other on stage – and who doesn’t want lots of people to see their work? So only fair to support from the seats when you can J

 

“Abigail’s Party”

Wesley Figaji’s production “Abigail’s Party” by Mike Leigh runs at the Masque from 30 October to 07 November 2009.

It is described as a dark comedy: This very funny social satire is set in London in the 1970’s. The cast includes a few of our own CDS members: Wendy Goddard, Jane De Sousa, James Skilton and Jo Darby.

“Love’s old sweet Songs”

One show only, 15:00 Sunday 1 November, at the Masque Theatre featuring Leon Dreyer, Veronica Miller, Paul Stevens and Desiré Walker accompanied on piano.

Included in the enjoyable programme are “Love is a many-splendoured Thing”, “You are my Heart’s Delight”, “As Time goes by”, “Merry Widow Waltz”. Tickets: R50 (R40 Theatre Club members).

“Return from Oz”

Our own end-of-year production! Written and directed by Yvonne Copley for Claremont Dramatic Society at the Masque Theatre from 20 to 28 November.

Please note extra show at 15:00 on Sunday 20 November.

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 evenings and Saturday matinees R50 (Theatre Club members R40)

Other nights R60 (Theatre Club members R50)

Masque Theatre Bookings on 021-7881898

Get Thee to The Theatre in Milnerton
Milnerton Players presents” RODGERS & HART – ‘A Celebration’
A revue with music & lyrics by the renowned song writing team
Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Concept Richard Lewine and John Fearnley
Direction: Sheila McCormick            
Musical direction: Keith Benjamin

A rousing pastiche of almost 60 songs by the prolific song-writing team of Rodgers & Hart.

The first act sets the stage for romance while the second act is comprised of their more satiric gems with a brief narration highlighting the Rodgers & Hart story.

Featuring such standards as ‘Manhattan’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘The Lady is a Tramp’ and ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’, this fast paced revue is a guaranteed evening of enjoyable musical entertainment.

The cast of seven singers includes: Phoebe Snayer, Evan Witten, Nicole Nefdt, Carl de Lange, Lisa Stiliano, Simon Speck and Julie du Plessis.

Bookings: 021 557 3206 or 082 267 1061 E-mail: macdram@absamail.co.za
At the Milnerton Playhouse from 27 November to 12 December 2009
Ticket prices: R60 evenings and R50 Saturday matinees

Get Thee to The Theatre in Somerset West

Hottentots-Holland’s next production, Robin Hood, a co-production between the HHDS and KADS, is in rehearsal and opens on 13 November. It was written by and will feature 48 young students from the KADS Drama School. This production will delight younger Patrons, both in age and spirit.

It is directed by Kelly Prior.

Bookings open 02 November on 021 852 5182

Audition Notices

So that we can all take part in the fun!

Auditions for all-male “Nunsense”

Award-winning director Teddy Davies will stage the South African premiere of “Nunsense A-Men” for Festival Productions at the Artscape Arena in May 2010. Now with an all-male cast, the world’s funniest international hit musical “Nunsense”, has just got funnier. The New York Times has described the show as “A hail of fun and frolic!  Wacky and outrageous with a hysterical anything-goes sense of fun!”

See attached audition notice

Educating Rita

The Milnerton Players are having auditions for their March production, Educating Rita, will take place at the Playhouse on Sunday 29 November at 14.00. See attached audition notice for details. This wonderful two-hander, to be directed by Yvonne Copley, offers two challenging roles portraying the light-hearted verbal battle between the University English tutor, who needs cash to support his drinking problem, and his first Open University student, a hairdresser with little formal education but a whole lot of ‘life’ wisdom.

‘Allo ‘Allo

The HHDS is looking for 13 parts both male and female actors & actresses for the hit British

comedy ‘ALLO ‘ALLO. The show is set in occupied France during World War II. Backstage

crew are required who will also double up and appear on stage to play small roles. (See attached)

Roles at the theatre

Most of us will be aware that there many many roles to play in a stage production – which all work hand in hand to make it a success. And by these “roles” I don’t only refer to the acting roles – but all the under-sung heroes without whom it would not be possible to stage a production.

These are some of the crucial players:

Actors – to learn lines and portray that which the director and writer hope to show

Director – to bring it all together

Stage Manager – to hold it all together back stage

Lighting – to throw the right light on it all

Sound – to make sure we are audibly entertained without squeeks

Props – to make realistic looking non-alcoholic whiskey for stage, and to make sure that items are in the right place at the right time

Make-up – to ensure we all look our best on stage

Costumes – to make sure we have something appropriate to wear

Set design – to create that realistic setting on the empty stage

Set construction – to bring that design to life

Backstage – to make sure everything is moved as and when it should be. And you get to wear black!

Front of House – to make sure that our patrons have tickets, open doors and a friendly smile when they arrive and depart

We’re always looking for members to take part in all of the above. There are often opportunities to learn from our cumulative experience – and enough members willing to teach it. So when you want to try something new, or when you don’t get that acting role – it’s just as much fun behind the scene – and just as important!

If anyone would like to submit a story of their own about their experience in one of more of the above roles – to show what it’s like – please feel free to send it to me for inclusion in a future issue of the Chat.

Masque Theatre Club update

Many of us are Masque Theatre Club members as well, and we have been asked to let you know of this update:

Terms and conditions of membership in the
Masque Theatre Club have changed.

Membership now runs concurrent with a calendar year, i.e. from 01 January (or whenever during a year one joins) to 31 December.
Membership fees for the year (or part thereof) are R50/person.
Members receive quarterly programmes,
notice of shows by post or e-mail and also discounted tickets.

Application forms available in the foyer,

from the Theatre Club secretary birga Thomas (birgatom@iafrica.com)

or from the Masque Theatre marketing office, tel. 021–788 7911

And so we enter the month of November – may it be smooth and as stress-free as possible for you all J 

2009 INTER-SOCIETY THEATRE QUIZ

2009 Event – Hosted by Claremont Dramatic Society

Fellow Thespians,

The much anticipated Annual Inter-Society Theatre Quiz, hotly contested by erudite members of our various Dramatic Societies, is fast approaching.

Below are some essential details that we’d like you to pass onto your members:

Date: 22nd November 2009
Place: Masque Theatre, Muizenberg
Time: 6:30pm for 7:00pm
Snacks: Light Finger Snacks
Cost Per Person: R20.00

Please confirm your Society’s participation in this year’s event as well as anticipated number of members attending to assist us with catering estimates.

RSVP directly to Theatre Quiz team convener – Adrian Kettle on adriankettle@telkomsa.net with your team names and numbers.

 

(André will not be in the country from 05 November until 22 November, so will not be able to assist with queries – please direct these to the committee)

Big news for next year!!!

 

We are excited to announce the 2010 year-end production. As mentioned in our September Chat, the collaboration with Pinelands has been confirmed and the joint steering committee has selected Gigi to be directed by Clifford Graham.

 

This stage play version will be blended with the musical libretto to create a suitable presentation at the Masque.

 

Open auditions are expected to be held in May next year to fill the 8 main roles and a dozen dancers and chorus. A stunning set design has been proposed based on the recent Regent’s Park production starring Topol.

 

Uniquely, this show runs the first three weeks of December and should attract bumper crowds. 

Auditions for all-male “Nunsense”

Award-winning director Teddy Davies will stage the South African premiere of “Nunsense A-Men” for Festival Productions at the Artscape Arena in May 2010. Now with an all-male cast, the world’s funniest international hit musical “Nunsense”, has just got funnier. The New York Times has described the show as “A hail of fun and frolic!  Wacky and outrageous with a hysterical anything-goes sense of fun!”

An all-male cast play the now famous roles of the five deliciously Wacky nuns:

Sister Mary Regina, Mother Superior  – a feisty Sophie Tucker-type who can’t resist the spotlight;

Sister Mary Hubert, Mistress of Novices – the second in command, she is always competing with the Mother Superior;

Sister Robert Anne – A streetwise tough character from Brooklyn. A constant source of aggravation for the Mother Superior;

Sister Mary Amnesia – a very sweet nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head and

Sister Mary Leo – the novice, who entered the convent with a firm desire to become the first nun ballerina.

All the men must have good singing voices and sense of comedy.

Musical direction is by Victor Tichart with choreography by Kyla Thorburn.

The set design is by David Davidson (of Chelsea Flower Show fame) and costume and lighting designs by Heather Earp-Jones and Gary Fargher respectively who complete the award-winning artistic team.

Auditions will be held on Wednesday 4 November at 7.30pm with recalls on Sunday 15 November at 2.00pm and will be held in Rehearsal Room 308

Artscape Theatre Centre (entrance via Stage Door) Men who wish to audition are requested to phone Pat McDonald 021 531 8261 to book a time slot. For further information phone Teddy 083 396 3132.


AUDITION NOTICE

 

for

EDUCATING RITA

by Willy Russell

DIRECTION: YVONNE COPLEY

PRODUCTION DATES: 19TH TO 27TH March 2010

AUDITION DATE: 29th NOVEMBER 2009

PLACE:  MILNERTON PLAYHOUSE

TIME: 14H00

CHARACTERS:

FRANK – a cranky university English tutor.

Disillusioned and a drunk, who seeks refuge in the bottles of whisky he hides behind his books.

RITA – a young hairdresser from the north of England with little formal education. Forthright and sassy.

As there is a considerable age difference between the two, Yvonne will therefore be casting the right “match” between the two characters, but at this stage is not prescriptive.

Further information – Yvonne 083 441 9937

*************************************************

Hottentots-Holland

AUDITIONS for hit British comedy ‘ALLO ‘ALLO

 

The HHDS is looking for 13 parts both male and female actors & actresses for the hit British comedy ‘ALLO ‘ALLO. The show is set in occupied France during World War II. Backstage crew are required who will also double up and appear on stage to play small roles.

Audition date: Sunday 1 November 2009

Time: 7 for 7.30pm

Where: The Playhouse Theatre, Lourensford Road, Somerset West

This production will go into rehearsal immediately and will be presented to the public in February 2010.

For more information call Lindsay on 076 3148 968 or Ann 082 678 9077 or email info@hhds.org

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MILNERTON PLAYHOUSE

27 November to 12 December 2009

Milnerton Players presents

RODGERS & HART – ‘A Celebration’

A revue with music & lyrics by the renowned song writing team

Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart

Concept Richard Lewine and John Fearnley

Direction: Sheila McCormick Musical direction: Keith Benjamin

A rousing pastiche of almost 60 songs by the prolific song-writing team of Rodgers & Hart.

The first act sets the stage for romance while the second act is comprised of their more satiric gems with a brief narration highlighting the Rodgers & Hart story.

Featuring such standards as ‘Manhattan’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘The Lady is a Tramp’ and ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’, this fast paced revue is a guaranteed evening of enjoyable musical entertainment.

The cast of seven singers includes: Phoebe Snayer, Evan Witten, Nicole Nefdt, Carl de Lange, Lisa Stiliano, Simon Speck and Julie du Plessis.

Bookings: 021 557 3206 or 082 267 1061

E-mail: macdram@absamail.co.za

Ticket prices: R60 evenings

R50 Saturday matinees

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES

Friday 27 November 20.15

Saturday 28 November – Matinee 14.15

Evening 20.15

Tuesday 01 December – Sold performance

Wednesday 02 December 20.15

Thursday 03 December – Sold performance

Friday 04 December 20.15

Saturday 05 December – Matinee 14.15

Evening 20.15

Tuesday 08 December – Sold performance

Wednesday 09 December 20.15

Thursday 10 December 20.15

Friday 11 December 20.15

Saturday 12 December Matinee 14.15

Evening 20.15

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GASLIGHT

NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY
VOLUME 16 – ISSUE 5 – OCTOBER /NOVEMBER 2009

Hi Folks!

HMS PINAFORE

HMS Pinafore has been dismantled; the brave Man O’ War now lies
forlornly on the dockside, Captain and crew having signed off, with
the ships’ cat having beaten a hasty retreat ashore.

The postshow party was a glittering affair with speeches by Anthony
Storr-Lister awarding the Vincent Costello Award to Raymond
Rudolph – by popular choice. The Coarse Actor’s Award went to
Shaun Bosch whose escapade sowed confusion among the cast by
taking the wrong pair of shoes (all the men wore white but of different
sizes – ‘no one size fits all!’) Fortunately the dilemma was sorted out
and the show went on. ChairPerson Audrey Robinson, in a very gracious speech, congratulated all on a magnificent job well done. ‘Hear, hear’, Scribe.

But let’s go a bit further back into the past…

Shortly after moving into the theatre, the backstage listened with heightened interest to an account of a garment malfunction, brought on by vigorous choreography. A young lady recounted, in titillating detail, how the garment failed, leaving her, as it were, exposed;
mercifully, a stouter outer garment spared her blushes! We were assured that there would not be a repeat!
From my perch in the backstage, I had a clear view of the magnificent set, with the ship’s cat reposing, with seeming indifference, in a ventilator while furious action ebbs and flows. I had hoped to see the cat fall but it is too canny a creature and seems sure-footed despite the ‘fury of the gale.’

Hebe now joins the Annie Oakley Seagull league. Ralph is about to end it all when Josephine rushes in to profess her love for him. Buttercup snatches the mean-looking pistol from his hand and gives him a look -alike toy derringer. In all the excitement that follows, Hebe is
handed Ralphs’ pistol, but in her enthusiasm that ‘ove conquered all, she points the pistol skyward and fires off a shot (more like a rocket than the sound of a simple pistol!) and a seagull hits the deck. (Some members of the cast were thinking of saying ’duck’ and others ‘Albatross’)

GET WELL SOON!

Staying with the “HMS Pinfore” production for the moment: Kim Harris- Dalla hurt an ankle while on stage. Our resident paramedic, Richard “Doc” Whittaker, roared into action, flashing red light clearing the way (scribe’s imagination getting carried away). The necessary remedial remedies were put in place but Kim is now on a few weeks’ recovery treatment for an injury more serious than at first thought. Kim did come to visit the show and was her usual cheerful self.
Fiona Weir recently underwent an operation. We wish both of you a speedy recovery!!

“OPSKOP” AT THE THEATRE!!!

This year we are going to have the annual “Opskop” at the THEATRE!! Yes, you read quite right.
And we would like as many of you to join us on the public holiday, 16 December, for the evening performance of With no less than 23(!) current and past Gilbert and Sullivan members involved in this
production, joining them on this traditional “Getting Together & Having A Great Time With G&S Friends” – Day just seems like a very good idea!!
Apart from the names mentioned above, other friends include Benita Faires (Stage Manager), David Bolton (Marketing), Clifford Graham & Shaun Holley (Technical Co-ordinators), Richard Whittaker (Set Designer & Construction). And that’s just the guys in the background!! The great cast includes some of the aforementioned people, as well as Shaun Brown (Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, Annie Get Your Gun, The King & I) as Scrooge, Mike Harris (My Fair Lady) portraying the dual roles of Ghost of Xmas Present & Mr Daughty, Laura
Bosman (The Sound of Music) as Sandra, Simon Sutton (G&S Life Member) as Mr Smithers.
Other friends include: Rudolph Mare, Martin Heinrich, Ronnie & Eve Car, Greg Tinney, Jennifer Moss, Alex & Douglas Middlebrook, Lyle Wilson, Graham Stabler and Andrea Faires.

Sounds like a plan?!
Well, let us know as soon as possible (and by no later than 01 December!) if you would like to join the G&S Group for the 7:30pm show on Wednesday, 16 December. Ticket Prices: R80 per adult / R40 for children under the age of 12.
Instead of bringing your tjops and wors, just bring your wallet along  The G&S Society will provide snacks from 6pm and a cash bar will be available.
Contact Yolanda or Guilma if you have any questions or if you would like to join the group!
They will be able to provide you with banking details to deposit your ticket money and give out additional info you might require closer to the time. Yolanda’s contact details: 082 877 8766 /
021 555 1957 (w) / yolanda@gilbertandsullivan.co.za. Guilma’s contact details: 084 589 1812
/ 021 555 1957 (w) / guilma@gilbertandsullivan.co.za.

REMINDER: 2010 G&S PRODUCTION

The Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society will stage the popular
Meehan/Strouse/Charnin musical, “Annie”, in the Artscape Theatre during September / October 2010. “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.
Director: Kyla Thorburn
Musical Director: Alastair Cockburn
General Management: Adrian van Stolk.
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.

JUST FOR FUN!
Although the story that actress / vocalist Julie Andrews commemorated her 69th birthday in fine style in 2004 by making a special appearance at the Manhattan ‘s Radio City Music Hall
turned out to be nothing but an eRumor (electronic rumour), it still makes for good reading:

The rumour would have us believe that one of the musical numbers she performed was “My Favourite Things” from the legendary movie “The Sound Of Music.” Here are the lyrics:

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favourite things.
Cadillac’s and cataracts, and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favourite things.
When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favourite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad.
Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favourite things.
Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin’,
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin’,
And we won’t mention our short, shrunken frames,
When we remember our favourite things.
When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I’ve had,
And then I don’t feel so bad.

‘The Sound of Music’ won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1965 and continues to be one of the most popular musicals ever produced.
SOMETHING THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU…

AUDITION NOTICES

“NUNSENSE A-MEN” (Festival Productions)

Nunsense A-Men is basically the original “Nunsense” show with all of the characters being portrayed by male musical comedy performers.
Director: Teddy Davies
Musical Director: Victor Tichardt
Choreography: Kyla Thorburn
Set Design: David Davidson
Costumes: Heather Earp-Jones
Lighting Design: Gary Fargher

May 2010

Venue: Artscape Arena, Cape Town

AUDITION DATES

Wednesday, 04 November 2009 @ 19.30

Rehearsal Room 308, Artscape Theatre (entrance via Stage Door)
Call backs: Sunday, 15 November 2009 @ 14h00 (as above)

Sister Mary Regina
– Mother Superior-
A feisty Sophie Tucker-type who can’t resist the spotlight

Sister Mary Hubert
– Mistress of Novices-
The second in command, she is always competing with the Mother Superior

Sister Robert Anne
A streetwise tough character from Brooklyn. A constant source of aggravation for the Mother Superior

Sister Mary Amnesia
A very sweet nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.

Sister Mary Leo
The novice, who entered the convent with a firm desire to become the first nun ballerina.

All men auditioning for the now famous roles of the five deliciously wacky nuns, must have good singing voices and sense of comedy. Contact Pat McDonald 021 531 8261 to book a
time slot. For further information phone Teddy 083 396 3132.

GRIM’S DYKE HOTEL
Did you know that Sir William Gilbert’s former home is now a hotel and popular tourist attraction in Old Redding, Middlesex in the UK?
Here’s a bit more info that we found on http://www.grimsdyke.com:
Grim’s Dyke is most famous for its association with the librettist, Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, the writing half of the Gilbert & Sullivan
partnership, who lived in the house from 1890 to his death in 1911.
The name Grim’s Dyke comes from an ancient defensive earthwork which runs from Pinner Hill to Bentley Priory. The House was built there in 1870 for the Victorian Painter Frederick Goodall, who had bought 100 acres of land at Harrow Weald in 1856 but was unable to build
for 12 years until the expiry of a lease. During that time he landscaped the area and planted trees, setting aside 30 acres parallel to the ancient earthwork for the house and gardens.
Work started on the house in 1870 and was completed in 1872.
The Gilberts bought the property in 1890. During his 21 years there, Gilbert planted trees and rhododendrons, developed the farm which was part of the estate, and built a number of greenhouses beyond the moat and over the dyke. There was a kitchen garden, orchard and
vinery and, for Lady Gilbert who was a keen gardener, a sunken rose garden was constructed on the terrace above the moat.
Gilbert’s greatest joy was the large lake he had excavated to the south of the house. It had an island in the middle and a changing hut and boathouse on the shore. Every day in the summer he would bathe there – a habit which eventually cost him his life. On 29 May 1911
Gilbert invited two local girls to swim in the lake. He died attempting to help one of them when she got into difficulties…
Gilbert seems to have lived very happily at Grim’s Dyke surrounded by animals and pets, of which there were a great number, many wandering freely about the house. He worked every day in the library where he could look out through the French windows onto the croquet lawn.
Lady Gilbert remained in the house until her death in 1936.
From 1963 and 1968 the house was used as a film and television location. In 1970, when it was converted into a hotel, Grim’s Dyke was designated a building of special architectural and historical interest. The present owners took over the property in 1996 when the Grade II listed building was extensively restored and refurbished in the country house style.
This international hotel is now a shrine for Gilbert & Sullivan enthusiasts from all over the world as many of the G&S works are performed, in costume, at various times of the year. Murder mysteries are also popular, as are teas, lunches and tours. Their dinners are
world class!

Cheers

Adrian

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OCTOBER 2009 

Ooooh – can you believe the shops have had CHRISTMAS decorations out for nearly a month already???!!!  Talk about rushing the year away!  I, however, have already bought TWO Christmas presents – good hey?  Well, I suppose MVDS’ dramatic year IS coming to a close what with our last production opening on 15 October and our last members’ evening being held next month ….

PRESENT PRODUCTION

Mothers of the Criminal Element will now only open on Thursday, 15 October, instead of the previous week.  This decision was bravely taken by the committee, Tom Byrne and his cast when Janine Scher was recommended on medical advice not to continue.  Niki Hodson stepped in at literally the 11th hour and it was felt that the production would benefit greatly from one more week of rehearsals.  We wish them the best of luck and trust that Janine will make a speedy recovery.

 

MEMBERS’ EVENING

Last month I promised you more details about our next members’ evening in this newsletter.  Well, since there was no October committee meeting, my information is still a bit sketchy:  Wednesday, 25 November, will celebrate MVDS’ birthday, and will be a light, social and humorous evening.  Still looking for people to contribute a 3 to 5 minute “bit” to the evening’s entertainment!  Come on guys – this is YOUR society – be a part of it!  Contact a member of the committee (details below) for more information.  So, put this in your diary NOW and I promise full details early in November. 

 

INTER-SOCIETY QUIZ

The 2009 Inter-Society quiz is to be hosted by Claremont Dramatic Society and is scheduled for Sunday 22 November at the Masque Theatre.  We need to put together a couple of teams – their entrance fee (which usually includes a yummy meal) is sponsored by MVDS – so, please, if you are interested email birgatom@iafrica.com.  More details to follow.  BUT Andre Thomas is still asking for submissions of questions in the categories of TV, Politics, Musicals, Technical, Logos and World History.  If you have any bright ideas email him at andrethomas@vodamail.co.za.

 

 

EVENTS TO DIARISE

Mothers of the Criminal Element written and directed by Tom Byrne for MVDS opens at the Masque Theatre on Thursday, 15th October and runs until Saturday 17th October.  This zany comedy promises to be huge fun.

 

Abigail’s Party written by Mike Leigh and directed by Wesley Figaji for Constantiaberg Theatre Players opens at the Masque Theatre on Friday 30th October and runs until Saturday 7th November.  Described as a dark comedy, this very funny social satire is set firmly in the 1970’s.  Not to be missed!!!!

 

Love’s old sweet Songs, one show only, 15:00 Sunday 1 November, at the Masque Theatre featuring Leon Dreyer, Veronica Miller, Paul Stevens and Desiré Walker accompanied on piano.  Included in the enjoyable programme are “Love is a many-splendoured Thing”, “You are my Heart’s Delight”, “As Time goes by”,“Merry Widow Waltz”. Tickets: R50 (R40 Theatre Club members).

 

Return from Oz written and directed by Yvonne Copley for Claremont Dramatic Society at the Masque Theatre from 20 to 28 November.  Ever wondered what happened to Dorothy when she clicked her red shoe heels together?  This light-hearted story tracks Dorothy’s journey with her three friends as they travel back to Kansas.  Full of familiar songs from The Wizard of Oz that dovetail with popular songs.  Great family entertainment.  Please note extra show at 15:00 on Sunday 20 November.

 

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 R50 (Theatre Club members R40)

Other Nights R60 (Theatre Club members R50)

Bookings on 021-7881898

 

  

WELL WISHES

 

 

Mav Magnin, who so ably handles the Masque reservations, has had a bad time with her leg since her return from England some time ago – hope the hospital stays are now a thing of the past, Mav!  Terry Best also had an unexpected hospital stay – an emergency hip replacement!  Make sure you take that recovery very slowly Terry!

 

A PLEA

 

Wesley Figaji is urgently looking for the following 70’s style props for Constantiaberg’s Abigail’s Party:

Coffee table, 4 matching dining chairs, framed picture of “The Wings of Love” (a naked man standing on a swan’s wing and a naked woman sitting on the ground), an empty Estee Lauder Youth Dew bottle (the one with the gold bow) and the amplifier/radio part for a record player plus two speakers.

If you can help with any of the above, please email Wesley on wes@mseed.co.za or call him on 073 286 9871

 

FUTURE PRODUCTIONS

 

 

The audition for Improbable Fiction, to be directed by Coleen Van Staden, is on Sunday, 18 October – full details attached.

 

BIRTHDAYS

The most common birthstone for November is the Topaz.  But the alternate is Citrine, which I had never even heard of!  The name is derived from the Latin “Citrus” meaning lemon and describes a transparent quartz stone in shades ranging from orange to yellow.  Symbolising generosity, this delicately coloured stone was thought to safeguard secrets and was regarded as a stone of mystery and subtly.
Our birthdays for November are Simon Sutton on the 7th, Sandy Alexander on the 9th, Ryan Cyster 13th, Rick Magnin and Christin Sterly share the 19th with Suzi Gehr and Luke Luies on the 22nd and 26th respectively.
November’s flower is the Chrysanthemum, which is closely related to the daisy and is often referred to by cultivators and gardeners as “mums”.  In some countries in Europe Chrysanthemums are the symbol of death and are only used in funeral arrangements, while the opposite is true in America where it is seen more as positive and cheerful.

THE NOTHING TO DO WITH DRAMA BIT

 
While I was wondering how to entertain you this month I asked myself the question “Why is October called October when Oct means 8 and October is the 10th month?” (And ditto for September, November and December).  Well, here is ONE answer:
Because the ancient Roman calendar (instituted by Romulus, supposedly) originally was determined by the cycles of the moon and the seasons of the agricultural year, it began in March, in the spring, and ended in December with the autumn harvest (the Med has a longer growing season than Temperate zones AND the world was actually warmer in 700 BC than it is now).  The Roman year was ten months long (304 days) and had six months with thirty days and four with thirty-one.  The two winter months, when there was no work in the fields, were not counted.  October was the eighth month on this calendar.  We then changed to the Georgian calendar, which was designed to coordinate Christmas with the winter solstice, and October (and the other months) retained their names.

Use it, don’t use it.

 

Okey Dokey Smokey – 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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October 2009 – Number 83
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Hello all fellow dramatists!

I’m writing this afternoon from Malmesbury where I’m on the set of a film being made by some very talented young students who have written and are directing, producting and editing this local fliek.

From time to time we get requests for actors on these films – and it is well worth taking the opportunity if you have the time. It’s so different to working on stage – really fascinating process.

Member’s Evening reminder

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 is the timeless classic “Dinner for One” (or “Der 90. Geburtstag”).

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 at The Hok.

Member Missives
I’d like to welcome a new member to the Claremont Dramatic Society – Leigh Douglas. It’s great to have you on board, and look forward to meeting you at the next member’s evening.

We’ve also had the following message from our member Nava Bastani:

Hope you are doing well. Robbie and I have been in Alaska for the last 3 months and are probably extending for a year. Good opportunity to save money. I have gotten involved in theatre here and the play “The Big One, Chronicles of the Exxon Oil Spill” opens tonight. I play an environmentalist Rikki Ott who will actually be coming to see the show. I miss Claremont dramatic society a lot and have been thinking of the great time I had in Barefoot in the Park. Please send my love to all I know and take care.
Nava

” Be united in counsel, be one in thought. Let each morn be better than its eve and each morrow richer than its yesterday. Man’s merit lieth in service and virtue and not in the pagentry of wealth and riches….” Baha’u’llah

Get to the theatre – “Abigail’s Party”

Wesley Figaji’s production “Abigail’s Party” by Mike Leigh is opening at the Masque on 30 October 2009.
It is described as a dark comedy: This very funny social satire is set in London in the 1970’s. The cast includes a few of our own CDS members: Wendy Goddard, Jane De Sousa, James Skilton and Jo Darby.

So even more of an incentive to go an support this Constantiaberg production!

Masque Theatre Bookings on 021-788 1898

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

The Hok has been upgraded and now looks like a gentlemen’s club – there are pictures of Her Majesty-and of Edward VII, rescued from the Mayor’s Office (i.e the props’s room) The gentlemen’s ‘retire’ now boasts a sign noting that the “hangings gardens of Bablyon have nothing on the hangings in our toilet.”
Inspections and tours will, on request, and at an appropriate fee, form part of a ‘tour de force’.’ One has to thank Kim for liberating the artifacts hitherto buried in the Mayor’s Office. Thanks to Simon Sutton for his indefatigable efforts in adding to the ongoing improvements. The Hok Manager is most grateful.

Inter-Society Quiz 2009
Don’t forget to diarise Sunday 22 November 2009 for the annual Inter-Society Quiz. More details to follow in due course.

Thanks to those of you that sent me questions for the quiz – I’m still taking suggestions if anyone has any. This is not limited to CDS members – so please invite all societies’ members to send me their submissions.

The categories I’m still working on are:

TV Politics
Musicals Technical
Logos World History

And that is it for October – I look forward to hearing from any or all of you with any news you may have!

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NEWS OF CONSTANTIABERG THEATRE PLAYERS

OCTOBER 2009

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Greetings all.

I hope that this finds you all in good health and enjoying the snippets of summer that are gradually making themselves evident! Well this is just a quick newsletter before I head off into the wilds of Namibia until November, where hopefully the sun will be more consistent than Cape Town in October!!! If I don’t come back………DON’T send out a search party

 

LAST MEMBERS EVENING

We went on our excursion to the Kalk Bay Theatre to see “Educating Rita” starring Anthea Thompson and David Dennis on Wednesday 23rd September. What a fabulous performance by both actors! We ended up with a party of 10.

 

NEXT MEMBERS EVENING – PLEASE DIARISE – OUR NEXT PRODUCTION

Constantiaberg Theatre Players production of Abigail’s Party will be opening on Friday 30th October. Written by Mike Leigh, and directed by Wesley Figaji with a positively stellar cast, I think it is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the Masque year. Once again, opening night will be our members evening. PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR SOCIETY by coming along on that evening with your sisters and your cousins and your aunts (yes – I went to see Pinafore!) the bar will remain open after the performance and we kindly ask that you bring along a plate of snacks to swell the nibble selection! It is lovely to get together after opening night so please make every effort to attend

 

GET WELL SOON

Terry Best has recently undergone a hip replacement operation and is still a bit under the weather. I am sure you will all join me in sending Terry our very best positive get well wishes and we hope to see him up and about again very soon.

CATA AWARDS 2009

This will held in March 2010 and Constantiaberg will be organising the entertainment for this event. Once we have put together a programme we will let you know and be “casting” our nets for volunteers. We have some good ideas up our sleeves (not that we are “fishing” for compliments!) They are big ideas but hopefully we won’t have to “scale” down too much. Once revealed we will have you “hook, line and sinker” By the way – our theme has nothing at all to do with fish – it is just a “red herring” ha ha ha! (Ok I will stop at once)

 

NEXT AT THE MASQUE

MOTHERS OF THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT Written and directed by Tom Byrne for MADS. Opens on Friday 9th October until Saturday 17th October. This zany comedy promises to be huge fun.

 

ABIGAIL’S PARTY written by Mike Leigh and directed by Wesley Figaji for Constantiaberg Theatre Players. Opens on Friday 30th October until Saturday 7th November. This cult play was first performed in 1977, when it was directed by Mike Leigh himself.  Described as a dark comedy, this very funny social satire is set firmly in the 1970’s when José Feliciano and Donna Summer competed with The Sex Pistols.  Smock dresses, three-piece suits, bell-bottoms, big hair and kitsch were in fashion. Not to be missed!!!!

Bookings: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16:00, Saturdays 08:00 to 12:00 on 021–788 1898

 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

Thought you might like to know that one of our members, Jane Baard, is currently driving through Africa to London on a journey that she estimates will take 9 months, If you would like to follow her on the Web you will find the journal of her journey is very insightful and entertaining. The web address is www.dizzydoesafrica.com

OTHER SOCIETIES NEWS

Date for your diary! The 2009 Inter-Society quiz is to be hosted by Claremont Dramatic Society on Sunday 22 November 2009.

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.

 

MADS AUDITION NOTICE (SEE BELOW)

 

(Email received by Di)

Dear Di,

I am the talent scout for The Collective, a casting agency in Cape Town and I was wondering if you could assist me in finding a few characters that I am short of?

I am looking for the following characters:

 

2

SEX AGE RACE ROLE FOR NOTES QUANTITY
Female 35 – 40 Caucasian Mother International TV Commercial Actress must have acting experience and not be camera shy 1
Male Late 30s – early 40s Caucasian Businessman Photo Shoot   2
Female Late 20s – early 30s Caucasian Woman Photo Shoot   1
Male 25 – 35 Caucasian Man Photo Shoot   2
Female 26 – 36 Caucasian Woman Photo Shoot   1
Male 50 – 60 Caucasian Elderly Man Photo Shoot   1
             

 

I will be most grateful for any assistance that you can give me.

 

Please feel free to contact me at any time, my cell phone number is listed below or you can reach me on this email address or the one listed below.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

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

 

Ralph Thornley     22nd September (only discovered after last newsletter)

Wesley Figaji       3rd October (thanks to facebook – ha ha!)

Eve Carr            4th October

Denise Dubber      14th October

Pam Ross           5th November (what a cracker!)

Till next time

Lotsa Luv

Fiona x

 

 

 

 

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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