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NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY

VOLUME 17 – ISSUE 1 – JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2010 EDITION

Hi Folks!

On behalf of the Chair and Committee a happy new year!

I have been enjoying “The Palace Peeper”, the journal of the New York G&S Society. Among the plenitude of articles, a production of “HMS Pinafore: Her Majesty’s Starship”, with “We sail the Milky Way and our saucer ship ’s a beauty!” It is set in the future, as imagined in films and TV from 30 or 40 years ago. The cast were without pointy ears or space suits – mercifully! Sir Joseph Porter KCB (I prefer Riaan Hunter’s KFC!) is described as the Ruler of The Galaxee. Dick Deadeye is portrayed as a three-cornered alien mutant –oo, er!

Another item is the NYGASP’s foray into Wikipedia wherein may be found a fount of knowledge and information, thanks to Sam Silvers. Be sure to check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:G&S.

We had a wonderful time on 16 December at the 2009 Opskop!! Thank you to everybody who joined us for the social prior to Pinelands Players’ evening performance of “A Christmas Carol – A Pantomime”. We had such positive feedback on this ‘new’ way of spending 16 December together, that it makes one wonder what the 2010 EXCO will have up their sleeves for this year’s gathering… 😉

ANNIE. . . OUR 2010 G&S PRODUCTION!

!! AUDITION NOTICE !!

You are invited to audition for the G&S 2010 musical production of “Annie

Director:- Kyla Thorburn

Musical Director:- Alastair Cockburn

Choreographer:- Roxy Levy

Set Design:- Dicky Longhurst

Production dates: – 12th November to 5th December 2010

At the Artscape Opera House

The company will include +/- 80 performers, including 2 casts of children (11 girls in each cast – including Annie), 6 Principals & Supporting roles, 2 Cameo roles, 14 Dancers and a Chorus of +/- 24. This includes a supporting (performing) cast for all the Principal & Supporting roles.

Auditions are to be held on:-

Sunday 21st February:- Chorus (Male & Female) from the ages of 18 to 60

Saturday 27th February:- Children (Girls only) from the ages of 8 to 15.

Sunday 28th February:- Principals / Supporting roles / Cameo’s.

Saturday 6th March:- Call-Backs

Sunday 7th March:- Dancers (Male & Female) from the ages of 18 to 30.

All auditions will be held at Springfield Convent School, Wynberg, in the Centenary Hall.

To book an audition slot, please contact:-

CHILDREN (Girls ages 8 to 15 years)

Benita Faiers on benitaf@vodamail.co.za or benitaf@genelouw.co.za, or 0791568384

ADULTS

Jennifer Moss on anniemail2010@gmail.com, or 0745589283

Please ask Benita or Jennifer to send you the list with regard to the specifications of roles available and what to prepare.  All song are from the musical “Annie”.   A pianist will be available for accompaniment. If you wish to bring your own pianist, you are most welcome. You may use a backing track as long as there is no vocal accompaniment in the backing track.   A CD/tape deck will be available or you may bring your own.

Auditionees will either be told at their first auditions or via e-mail/telephone if they will be required to attend call-back auditions and what to specifically prepare for these auditions.

You are free to audition for more than one role. If we consider you have the potential to fill another role we may ask you to prepare an additional song from the show as part of the call-back audition. This does not mean you are eliminated from the prime role you are auditioning for.

Please note that this is an amateur production and there will therefore be no remuneration.

There are a lot of opportunities for acting roles, superb singing roles both in principal and supporting roles and a lot of lovely little acting cameo roles plus a large chorus of many characters. You will certainly be busy and will never be bored. Hope to see you at auditions!”

Kyla & The Auditioning Panel

BUT WHERE DID IT ALL START?

As we will be in the company of this famous little girl for quite some time, I thought it might be interesting to find out a little more about her… Isn’t the internet just a wonderful resource?!

In 1924, Harold Gray created Little Orphan Annie for the Chicago Tribune. Gray’s original concept starred a boy named, Otto. (That’s right, Little Orphan Otto!) Thankfully, there were many strips featuring boys and none about a girl, so Gray changed the protagonist’s gender and name.

Comic strips in the 20’s were very different from today’s strips.  Dailies were printed in a much larger format and often only one Sunday strip appeared on a newspaper page.

Adventure strips ran stories for many months and sometimes for more than a year!

Little Orphan Annie was different; she met do-gooders, crooked politicians, gangsters, and fought the Nazis. The strip had elements of the supernatural. There were ghosts, leprechauns, and Mr. Am, who has lived for “millions of years.” After months of fending for herself, travelling through the small towns of America, “Daddy” showed up for an adventure before disappearing again to allow Annie some adventures on her own.

Harold Gray died in 1968 and never saw his little orphan girl’s big moment when “Annie,” had its world premiere on August 10, 1976 at the Goodspeed Opera the Musical House in East Haddam, Connecticut. The original Broadway production opened at the Alvin Theatre on April 21, 1977.

This success story was followed by, you guessed it… the film.

This Columbia Pictures’ movie was released in 1982 and starred amongst others Aileen Quinn as Annie, Carol Burnett as Ms Hannigan and Albert Finney as Mr. Warbucks.

CATA Awards Evening – 22 March 2010

Congratulations to all our G&S Members who are nominated for the 2010 CATA’s! We are very, very proud of you. The Awards Evening will take place on Monday, 22 March at 7:30 for 8:00pm. Dress is smart, but not formal. Champagne will be served upon arrival and a finger supper will follow the proceedings. The prizes will be presented by Paul Griffiths, well known professional actor and director.

Bookings are open and we therefore encourage all nominees and members to book early to ensure your seat. There is no cost to attend, but due to limited space you must book in advance. Remember to mention whether you are a nominee or not!

Please contact Hayley Fargher to make your bookings on 021-788 6999. She is available for booking on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.00am till 1.00pm.

Here is a list of the Categories and respective Nominees:

BEST PLAY, BEST MUSICAL, MOST ADVENTUROUS PRODUCTION, BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL:

Teddy Davies – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Other nominees: Birga Thomas – Hello, Goodbye (MADS) ; Marlisa Doubell – Private Lives

(Milnerton) ; Barrie Howard – Time of my life (Constantia) ; Sue Bolton – Breath of Life

(CDS) ; Graham Boxall – Isn’t it romantic (CDS) ; Kyla Thorburn – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER OF A MUSICAL:

Kyla Thorburn – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

The other nominee: Kim Harris-Dalla – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL:

Riaan Hunter – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Other nominees: Wesley Figaji – Hello, Goodbye (MADS) ; Trevor Joubert – Private Lives (Milnerton) ; Dennis Benneyworth – Time of my life (Constantia) ; Shaun Browne – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL:

Julie Harris – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Sian Atterbury-le Roux – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Other nominees: Yvonne Copley – Breath of Life (CDS) ; Suzy Gehr – Hello, Goodbye (MADS) ; Tamryn Spiers – Private Lives (Milnerton) ; Jane Cohen – Time of my life (Constantia) ; Carey Wallace – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS) ; Jo Darby – Abigail’s party (Constantia)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL:

David Bolton – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

John Carne – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Other nominees: Theo Swartz – A lesson from aloes (HHDS) ; Alastair Duff – No sex please, we’re British (FHDS) ; Gordon Molloy – Trap for a lonely man (Milnerton) ; Scott Cooper – Appointment with death (MADS) ; Michael Harris – A Christmas carol (Pinelands)

ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION:

Gary Kok – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Heather Earp-Jones – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Riaan Hunter – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Sian Atterbury-le Roux & Ferdi Oosthuizen – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Kim Harris-Dalla, Victoria Harris, Jennifer Moss, Christine Thonissen – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Other nominees: Margaret Mortelmans – Private lives (Milnerton) ; Phoebe Snayer – Rodgers and Hart, a celebration (Milnerton) ; Glenda Carmichael – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands) ;

Jennifer Moss – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands) ; Laura Bosman and Graham Stabler – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

BEST CAMEO PERFORMANCE:

Lynn Moss – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

The other nominee: Jane Philbrick – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL:Denise Dubber – Time of my life (Constantia) ; Trish Sutton – Time of my life (Constantia) ; Michele Belknap – Isn’t it romantic (CDS) ; Victoria Harris – Return from Oz (CDS) ; Laura Bosman – A Christmas carol (Pinelands) ; Jennifer Moss – A Christmas carol (Pinelands)

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER:Kevin Smith – Play Misty for me (HHDS) ; Angela Lee-Wright – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS) ; Thomas Agates – Spring and port wine (HHDS) ; Curtis Dunn – Abigail’s party (Constantia)

BEST SET:Jane Philbrick and Margi Blewett – No sex please, we’re British (FHDS) ; Anne Coetzee – Play Misty for me (HHDS) ; Debbie Bentley-Buckle and Barrie Howard – Time of my life (Constantia) ; Finn McCormick – Trap for a lonely man (Milnerton) ; Debbie Bentley-Buckle and Barrie Howard – Abigail’s party (Constantia) ; Richard Whittaker – A Christmas carol (Pinelands)

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE:Roland Sweet – Special occasions (Milnerton) ; John Blewett – Time of my life (Constantia) ; Gary Fargher – Isn’t it romantic (CDS) ; Andrew Ward-Cox – Trap for a lonely man (Milnerton) ; Gary Fargher – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS) ; Dylan Ford – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS) ; Grant Faiers – A Christmas carol (Pinelands) ; Kyla Thorburn – A Christmas carol (Pinelands)

A FUN THING TO DO ON VALENTINES DAY!!

Attend the G&S Concert at the Masque Theatre

Ten years ago, Lorna Hansen was asked to give a lecture on the work of Gilbert and Sullivan to the Fine and Decorative Arts Society. She thought that an unillustrated lecture on the works of our boys would be deadly dull, so she opted to round up a group of people from the Society, who illustrated the talk with different numbers from each of the operas in the canon. This group has, with some additions and alterations, been performing around Cape Town and surrounds since then.

Lorna says:” At the end of last year, we were asked if we would give
a Valentine’s Day Concert at the Masque on Sunday 14 February, at 15h00. So we have chosen a whole lot of songs which have something to do with LOVE. We’ll be singing them (with Mike Nixon, who usually plays the trombone in our orchestra, conducting, and Helen Broekmann at the piano).”

If you are interested in having a fun afternoon, and supporting your Society at the same time, contact the booking office at the Masque on 021 7881898, and book.

R50-00 per seat for members of the Masque, R60-00 for non-members.

You can also get G&S Society prefs at R50-00 per ticket by sending the money, with your name and contact details to Lance, our Treasurer (lance@gilbertandsullivan.co.za), and he will ensure that your ticket(s) are either delivered to you, or left in an envelope with your name on at the box office on the day. Hope to see you there!

2010 AGM – 02 March

An official notice with more detail will be distributed to our members in due course, but be sure to pencil the date in your diaries so long!

2010 G&S MEMBERSHIP FEES

A reminder from our Membership Secretary, Michele Belknap:

Membership fees and categories are as follows:

Single: R80

Couple: R110

Student/Pensioner: R50

Patron: R600

If you prefer not to pay your subs at the AGM, you can send The Treasurer a cheque, or do an electronic transfer or do a direct deposit.


Cheques can be posted to:

The Treasurer

Gilbert and Sullivan Society

P O Box 23941,

Claremont

7735

Please put your name as reference!

If you are unsure whether you have paid or not, or if you have any queries, you are welcome to contact Lance Kotze, our Treasurer at lance@gilbertandsullivan.co.za or on 082 770 7782.

AN UDOUBTABLE FACT!

I’m off to the Masque Theatre to go and support our Membership Secretary, Michele, who will be in the Muizenberg Dramatic Society’s “Improbable Fiction” from Friday, 05 February until Saturday, 13 February!! This comedy is directed by Coleen van Staden.

To quote Michele: “It is quite zany and a good laugh!” To book, contact the Masque Theatre during office hours on 021 7881898.

Cheers

Adrian

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JANUARY 2010

Welcome to the start of a new decade!!  Let’s have a little look at what happened on the first of January in years gone by:  2002 saw most of Europe adopt the Euro as currency, and of course in the year 2000, after years of preparation for Y2K, only minor computer-related problems were reported (a problem with Hotmail, with a nuclear power plant in Japan and with apartment heating in Korea).  In 1995 “Glass Menagerie” closed at the Criterion Theatre in New York City after 57 performances.  1994 saw Microsoft CEO Bill Gates (38) marry Melinda French (29) and in 1968 Evel Knievel failed in his attempt to jump Caesar’s Palace Fountain!!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Hello and Goodbye received THREE nominations for CATA awards – well done all concerned!!  And to Scott Cooper who received a nomination for best actor for his role in Appointment with Death.  We will be holding thumbs, guys!  And well done to all the MVDS’ members who received nominations for other societies’ productions.  A full list of the nominees is attached.

SHOWS TO DIARISE

A Night at the Theatre presented by the Wynberg Girs High School at the Masque Theatre from 21 to 23 January 2010. A variety show directed by Shelley Robertson and Sarah Thackwray, including popular numbers from Broadway shows such as “All that Jazz”,“Chicago”, “Mama Mia” and “Porgy and Bess”. The cast of over 20 will also be showing their skills in a variety of dance mediums.  A show for the whole family. Thu. 21, Fri. 22, Sat. 23 weeknights 19:30, Sat. 14:30 and 18:30 All eves R60 (R50); Mat R50 (R40).

Improbable Fiction by Alan Ayckbourn directed by Coleen Van Staden for MVDS at the Masque Theatre from 5 to 13 February 2010.  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 in rather desultory fashion and it is at this point that Ayckbourn “throws down the gauntlet” and the challenge is met with a great deal of hilarity and fun!  Fri. 05, Sat. 06, Thu. 11, Fri. 12, Sat. 13 February.

 

Valentine’s Day: A Gilbert & Sullivan Celebration: at the Masque Theatre on Sunday 14 Feb at 15:00.  The programme includes several well-known songs from the G&S canon, as well as some longer extracts from the operas, all appropriately related to some aspect of love.  It will be conducted by Mike Nixon, who has been associated with the Society for many years. The accompanist is Helen Broekmann, and narration is by Lorna Hansen. Cost R60 (R50).

The Firebird and Les Sylphides presented by the Cape Town City Ballet at the Masque Theatre from 18 to 20 February 2010.  The former tells the story of the exotic Firebird who is captured by Prince Ivan but wins her freedom by giving him one of her magic feathers. The ballet includes the evil Kostchei and ends with the spectacular crowning and wedding scene of Prince Ivan and the Tsarevna. Choreographed by David Poole with music by Igor Stravinsky. The second is the romantic ballet Les Sylphides which takes place in a moonlit glade.  This is one of the most poetical ballets, performed purely as a romantic evocation of the music of Chopin. – The programme is directed by Elizabeth Triegaardt and the season features all the stars of the Cape Town City Ballet.  Thu. 18, Fri. 19, Sat. 20 February.  Matinées: R50 (R40 Theatre Club members), all evenings: R60 (R50 Theatre Club members)

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

OTHER EVENTS TO DIARISE

Already it looks like we are going to have a year packed full of AmDram activity!!

24 Jan            Claremont Dramatic Society will hold an audition for Neil Simon’s “Rumours” at 14:30 at The Hok clubhouse.  Further details, contact Wendy Goddard at ph. 021 6712888, cell 0834147003 or e-mail wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za.

27 Jan            MVDS AGM – full details elsewhere in this newsletter.

08 Feb            Masque Volunteers Party to be held in the Masque Foyer at 19:00.  This is not only to thank all the people who have assisted during the past year but is also to reach out to  those members who might be interested in helping with Front of House, backstage, refreshments, bar, box office, etc, in the future.  And since there seems to be a bit of confusion about the role and duties of the foyer managers (or hosts), the evening will include a short orientation about this.  RSVP to birga (by Sunday, 31 January 2010) at birgatom@iafrica.com or leave a message at 021–788 5272.  REMEMBER, if you assist with a show you get to see that particular show, Free, Gratis and For Nix!

20 Feb            MVDS Audition for Pride and Prejudice (details to follow).

21 Feb            Constantiaberg Theatre Players will hold an audition for Romantic Comedy by Bernard Slade at 14:30 at the Guide Hall, Off Children’s Way, Bergvliet.  Further details, contact the director, Wendy Goddard at ph. 021 6712888, cell 0834147003 or e-mail wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za 

17 Mar            Our first members’ evening of the year!!  Diarise NOW – details to follow next month.

22 Mar            CATA Awards Evening at the Masque Theatre.  Bookings through Hayley Fargher on 021 788699 Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 13:00. There is no cost but space is limited.  Please advise if you are a nominee when booking.  Start is 19:30 for 20:00, dress is smart not formal, champagne will be served upon arrival, finger supper will follow proceedings, prizes will be presented by Paul Griffiths, well known professional actor and director.

27 Mar            MVDS’ Directors’ Forum for 2011 productions.  14:00 at the Madhouse, 57 Promenade Road, Lakeside.  If you would like to apply for one of our 2011 slots, please prepare a short presentation of the production you have in mind (it would be ideal if the committee could get a copy of the script in advance in order to have read it by the time of the forum), including pros and cons, estimated costs (as best you can!) and any information you might think useful for the committee.  Non-members and members of other societies are also welcome to make a presentation.  Newcomers (i.e. people who have not yet directed) will be very much appreciated. Why not make a presentation for a one-act play to be presented at one of the 2011 (or even 2010) members’ evenings?  Please contact birga Thomas (by Monday 1 March) at birgatom@iafrica.com or leave a message at 021–788 5272  You can also discuss delivery or collection of a script with her.

25 Apr                        Masque AGM at the Theatre.  Details to follow in a further newsletter.

PRESENT PRODUCTION

Ron and I had the privilege of attending a rehearsal for Improbable Fiction last week – well, it had me in stitches!  Considering they had just returned from their Christmas break I was sincerely impressed by how well the cast are doing with lines.  Keep it up, guys!

FUTURE PRODUCTIONS

Our next production will be Pride and Prejudice, to be directed by our Vice-Chair, Alastair Duff.  Auditions for this will be held on 20 February 2009 and a separate notice will follow shortly.  However, we do already know that a “Pianoforte” is required for this production – either a real one if you are lucky enough to own one (!) or a mock-up made by some talented person out there.  For details contact Alastair at aliduf@phs.co.za or 021 7884984.

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The exciting news hinted at in the November edition of this newsletter is that our third slot for 2010 will be directed by Professor Ralph Yarrow, who currently resides in England and who has acted in and directed numerous productions both in the UK and in India.  We are delighted that this busy Professor of Drama has agreed to take time out to guest-direct for our society.  He has provided the committee with a number of choices of plays which are currently being read by them.  Hopefully a decision will be reached in the next month or so.

WELCOME

We welcome Anthony James into the MVDS fold!  And Marc Jaquest, who Lee De Andrade has finally persuaded to join although he has been as asset to the society for quite a while already!


BIRTHDAYS

We have an enormous crop of birthdays for February!!  What happened nine months before??  Hmmmmmmm!!  We start with James Skilton on the 1st, then Lynda Jennings on the 5th, Andrea Boettger the day after and Bronwyn Garlick on the 17th.  The 18th is shared by David Muller and Anthony James with birga Thomas on the 20th.  Roland Perold is on the 22nd as is Erika Mitchell who will be 96 this year – congratulations, Erika! – surely our oldest member?  Sue Hallinan follows on the 23rd, with Saadiqah Hartnick on the 25th and Joanne Darby on the 28th.

AGM

As you are by now very much aware, our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 27 January 2010, 19:30 for 20:00, at the Rendezvous (Old Zandvlei Bowling Club), 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg.  Snacks and the usual small cash bar will be provided.  Please RSVP to birga Thomas on 021 7885272  (just be patient and you will get a message tone) or email birgatom@iafrica.com before 20 January.  Please refer to the Agenda sent to you recently which contains the names of the folk eligible for the members’ choice awards.  One of the most important functions of the AGM is to elect a committee for this year – some of the current committee are prepared to stand again but it would be wonderful to have a broader representation of our membership so those who haven’t been on the committee for a “while” and those who think they would like to try it – volunteer on the night!!  Or contact any of the committee members to find out what is involved (really, it is not as onerous as you think!)

SUBS

Ideally these should be paid at the AGM or you may pay any member of the committee at any time.  Payment may also be made by cheque or by electronic transfer/deposit to Muizenberg Dramatic Society, Standard Bank, Blue Route Tokai (code 025 609), Current account 270 044 949 (using your surname as reference) or leave your payment in the Masque office, clearly marked “birga Thomas, MVDS subs”.  Our subs remain the same as last year (and the year before, and the year before, and …), namely Single R40; Couple R60; Pensioner/Student R25.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 2009 committee for their support and input for this newsletter over the past year.  And my sincere thanks to all the members who took the time to comment on it: including Brenda Commins, Lynda Jennings, Janice Budd and Sandy Alexander.   Let’s make 2010 the year of members’ contributions to the newsletter – anytime you see a production, AmDram or not, why not tell our members what you thought?  Got a funny theatrical moment? – share it!!! 

Yours-in-AmDram

Eve

Cata Nominations 2009

Best Play/Musical, Most Adventurous Production, Best Director of a Play/ Musical

birga Thomas – Hello and Goodbye (Mvds)

Marlisa Doubell – Private Lives (Milnerton)

Barrie Howard – Time of my Life (Constantiaberg)

Sue Bolton – Breath of Life (Claremont)

Graham Boxall – Isn’t it romantic (Claremont)

Teddy Davies – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Kyla Thorburn – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

Best Choreographer of a Musical

Kyla Thorburn – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Kim Harris-Dalla – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

Best Actor in a Play or Musical

Wesley Figaji – Hello and Goodbye (Mvds)

Trevor Joubert – Private Lives (Milnerton)

Dennis Benneyworth – Time of my Life (Constantia)

Riaan Hunter – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Shaun Browne – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

Best Actress in a Play or Musical

Yvonne Copley – Breath of Life (Claremont)

Suzi Gehr – Hello and Goodbye (Mvds)

Tamryn Spiers – Private Lives (Milnerton)

Jane Cohen – Time of my Life (Constantiaberg)

Carey Wallace – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS)

Jo Darby – Abigail’s Party (Constantiaberg)

Sian Atterbury-le Roux – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Julie Harris – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Best Supporting Actor in a Play or Musical

Theo Swartz – A lesson from Aloes (HHDS)

Alastair Duff – No Sex please, we’re British (FHDS)

Gordon Molloy – Trap for a lonely Man (Milnerton)

Scott Cooper – Appointment with Death (Mvds)

David Bolton – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

John Carne – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Michael Harris – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)


Best Supporting Actress in a Play or Musical

Denise Dubber – Time of my Life (Constantiaberg)

Trish Sutton – Time of my Life (Constantiaberg)

Michelle Belknap – Isn’t it romantic (CDS)

Victoria Harris – Return from Oz (CDS)

Laura Bosman – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

Jennifer Moss – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

Best Cameo Performance

Lynn Moss – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Jane Philbrick – Haunting of Hill House (Fish Hoek)

Most Promising Newcomer

Kevin Smith – Play Misty for Me (HHDS)

Angela Lee-Wright – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS)

Thomas Agates – Spring and Port Wine (HHDS)

Curtis Dunn – Abigail’s Party (Constantiaberg)

Best Set

Jane Philbrick and Margi Blewett – No Sex please, we’re British (Fish Hoek)

Anne Coetzee – Play Misty for Me (HHDS)

Debbie Bentley-Buckle and Barrie Howard – Time of my Life (Constantiaberg)

Finn McCormick – Trap for a lonely Man (Milnerton)

Debbie Bentley-Buckle and Barrie Howard – Abigail’s Party (Constantiaberg)

Richard Whittaker – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

Technical Excellence

Roland Sweet – Special Occasions (Milnerton)

John Blewett – Time of my Life (Constantiaberg)

Gary Fargher – Isn’t it romantic (Claremont)

Andrew Ward-Cox – Trap for a lonely Man (Milnerton)

Gary Fargher – Haunting of Hill House (Fish Hoek)

Dylan Ford – Haunting of Hill House (Fish Hoek)

Grant Faiers – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

Kyla Thorburn – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

Artistic Contribution

Margaret Mortelmans – Private Lives (Milnerton)

Heather Earp-Jones – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Gary Kok – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Riaan Hunter – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Sian Atterbury-le Roux and Fredi Oosterhuizen – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Kim Harris-Dalla, Victoria Harris, Jennifer Moss, Christine Thonissen – HMS Pinafore(G&S)

Phoebe Snayer – Rodgers and Hart: A celebration (Milnerton)

Glenda Carmichael – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

Jennifer Moss – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

Laura Bosman and Graham Stabler – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

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January 2010 – Number 86 


  

Happy New Year to you all! 

Now that 2009 and the Naughties are over, it’s a great time to reflect on the highs and the lows of the last 12 months and the last decade. It’s quite interesting to see how we’ve all grown.  

So here’s wishing each and every one of you that 2010 brings you lots of memories, growth and experiences! 

 Member news 

We do however start with sad news. One of our Life Members, Sally Stonehouse, passed away on 6 January. 

Sally joined CDS in 1976 and was involved in all aspects of the theatre.  Her last stage appearance was as Mavis Partridge in ‘Day of Reckoning’ in 2005.  We will miss her wicked sense of humour and willingness to help. 

Those of us who were at her memorial service were touched by the depth and the breadth of her life, and she shall be sorely missed on our commitment. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. 

On a more positive note, we are happy to welcome several new members to the Claremont Dramatic Society –  

Ufabia Abrahams 

Leslie Hendricks 

Samantha Jeftha 

Joshua Knott 

Mathley Meintjies 

Ashwin Scott 

Angela Scholto-Douglas 

Morag Tison 

A hearty welcome to you all – we hope to see you at many functions, shows and, and, and…! 

CDS Christmas Bash 2009 

Our get-together on 6th December was a happy affair:  Brenda Gray directed “Dinner For One” with Pam Ross as Miss Sophie and Robin Rattle as James. The table setting was opulently grand; Jack Matthee’s Tiger looked menacingly lethal as James continued to navigate around, over, and occasionally, passed it by, despite an almost palpable feeling of increasing distress as the multiple toasts made serious inroads on his ability to function at all. All the while Miss Sophie sat in regal splendour, while James grew more and more desperate.  His “Same as last year, Miss Sophie?” as he  escorted her upstairs , had the cry of genuine desperation!  Thank you director and cast for a refreshing take on a classic. 

We also had a very entertaining contribution from Brian de Kock with his hilarious “Riddle me this, Riddle me that” having us all in stitches. Thanks Brian! 

And as an added bonus we had a very enthusiastic dance contribution from our own Red Perils – thanks a million! 

We had a grand spread; André’s barrel braai worked beautifully.  Good food and great company made the day memorable. Thanks to all who worked behind the scenes. 

Membership perks  

One of the perks of being a member of our esteemed society, is that you have the opportunity to help out in many different ways with the productions we put on each year. 

One of these, if you are not on stage or part of the extensive behind-the-scenes crew for that production, is to be the face of the production for our patrons when they come and see the shows. 

We are always happy to train members on how to run the box office, how to run the bar or how Front of House works – all essential parts of running a show. So, if you would like to give one of these a try and have the opportunity to interact with our audiences, give us a shout, and sign up for a session nce or twice per show – of which we have 3 in a year. These really are a lot more fun than you might think! 

Just to whet your appetite even more, we have also received this invitation from the Masque Theatre: 

Dear friend of the Masque Theatre, 

You are invited to a Thank-You Party for all our volunteers on Monday, 08 February 2010, at 19:00 in the foyer of the Masque Theatre  

You have contributed so much to the running of our theatre during the last year. We feel you deserve a very special “thank you”. 

If you usually come with a friend who helps too (e.g. for the refreshment counter or bar), please bring her/him along too. 

Please note that as yet “uninvolved” members of our societies, who would like to become volunteers in the near future, are also very welcome. – And since there seems to be a bit of confusion about the role and duties of the foyer managers (or hosts), the evening will include a short orientation about this. No, we are not going to spoil the fun! I’m sure you will feel much more comfortable afterwards … it’s just easier if one knows who is in control of what

Please RSVP to birga by Sunday 31 January 2010 on: 

 birgatom@iafrica.com or leave a message on 021–788 5272 

[the answering machine kicks in after seven rings]. 

With kind regards 

birga Thomas 

(Hon. Secr.: Stern Masque Theatre Association Management Committee) 

Claremont AGM 

Our AGM takes place on Tuesday 09 February 2010 at Kelvin Grove in the Palmyra Room at 19h00 for 19h30. Tickets cost R85 which includes a dinner at one of the most exclusive venues in Cape Town. Please note that nominees do not receive complimentary tickets, as the evening is already being partly subsidized by the Society. Please bring the R85 with you on the evening, preferably in the correct change 

Please see the attached Agenda for more details. It is vital that as many members as possible attend. RSVP to Wendy by 01 February 2010 to confirm your attendance (021—6712888 or e-mail wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za) not only for catering purposes but also to ensure that we have a quorum. If you are unable to join us, please send us your apologies. 

After the business end of the meeting has been dealt with, we switch to award mode and our honoured CDS Awards Panel will present the Claremont Dramatic Society Awards for 2009. 

Exciting stuff!  

CDS Member’s Award 

The annual Members’ Choice Awards is, of course, going to be decided upon again at the AGM. Upon arrival at the AGM, paid up members will be given a ballot paper, and will be asked to vote for their favourite actor, actress and production of the year.  Non-members are also eligible for an award. Completed forms will be handed in, and the results will be announced after the main awards have been presented. YOU, the member, decide on the criteria.  Which has been the most memorable, funny, noteworthy, etc. performance or play of the year?  It’s YOUR choice. 

And just to jog your memory, here is a list of the 2007 plays and performers, so that you can start thinking about it now… 

Play:                 Breath of Life 

Su Cunningham and Yvonne Copley  

Play:                 Isn’t it Romantic 

Lesley Gill, Faeron Wheeler, Philip Gordon, Barbara Mayers, Clifford Graham, Michele Belknap, Darren Telford, Gary Green   

Play                  Return from Oz 

Su Cunningham, Frances Sholto-Douglas, Gizelle Willows, Matthew Browne, Anthony James, Bruce Sanderson, Victoria Harris, Allison Blair, Joshua Knott, Christopher King, Bronwen Harris, Faeron Wheeler, Ufabia Abrahams, Ashwin Scott, Daylene Damons, Liesle Hendricks, Mathley Meintjies, Samantha Jefta, Angela Burgess, Cailynn Burgess, Faeron Wheeler, Janice Budd, David Campey, Benjamin Goble, Shane Budd, Joshua Knott, Christopher King 

Remember – only paid-up members may vote.  The treasurer will be present to confirm your status, and will relieve you of your subs on the night, should it be necessary.  

 

CATA Awards Evening 

It is almost time again for the CATA Awards! This evening of awards will take place on Monday 22 March 2010. 

Bookings will open on Monday 18 January 2010. There is no cost to attend, but due to limited space you must book in advance. 

Please contact Hayley Fargher to make your bookings on 021-788 6999.   

She is available for booking on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.00am till 1.00pm.  

We encourage all nominees and members to book early to ensure you don’t miss out! When you call to make booking, please tell Hayley if you are a nominee or not.  

Some notes :- 

We will assemble at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start 

Dress is Smart not formal 

Champagne will be served upon arrival 

Finger supper will follow proceedings 

Prizes will be presented by Paul Griffiths, well known professional actor and director. 

 Our heartiest congratulations to this year’s nominees: 

BEST PLAY, BEST MUSICAL, MOST ADVENTUROUS PRODUCTION, BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL:

Birga Thomas – Hello, Goodbye (MADS) 

Marlisa Doubell – Private Lives (Milnerton) 

Barrie Howard – Time of my life (Constantia) 

Sue Bolton – Breath of Life (CDS) 

Graham Boxall – Isn’t it romantic (CDS) 

Teddy Davies – HMS Pinafore (G & S) 

Kyla Thorburn – A Christmas carol (Pinelands) 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER OF A MUSICAL:

Kyla Thorburn – HMS Pinafore (G & S) 

Kim Harris-Dalla – A Christmas carol (Pinelands) 

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL:

Wesley Figaji – Hello, Goodbye (MADS) 

Trevor Joubert – Private Lives (Milnerton) 

Dennis Benneyworth – Time of my life (Constantia) 

Riaan Hunter – HMS Pinafore (G & S) 

Shaun Browne – A Christmas carol (Pinelands)   

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL:

Yvonne Copley – Breath of Life (CDS) 

Suzy Gehr – Hello, Goodbye (MADS) 

Tamryn Spiers – Private Lives (Milnerton) 

Jane Cohen – Time of my life (Constantia) 

Carey Wallace – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS) 

Jo Darby – Abigail’s party (Constantia) 

Sian Atterbury-le Roux – HMS Pinafore (G & S) 

Julie Harris – HMS Pinafore (G & S) 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL:

Theo Swartz – A lesson from aloes (HHDS) 

Alastair Duff – No sex please, we’re British (FHDS) 

Gordon Molloy – Trap for a lonely man (Milnerton) 

Scott Cooper – Appointment with death (MADS) 

David Bolton – HMS Pinafore (G & S) 

John Carne – HMS Pinafore (G & S) 

Michael Harris – A Christmas carol (Pinelands) 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL:

Denise Dubber – Time of my life (Constantia) 

Trish Sutton – Time of my life (Constantia) 

Michelle Belknap – Isn’t it romantic (CDS) 

Victoria Harris – Return from Oz (CDS) 

Laura Bosman – A Christmas carol (Pinelands) 

Jennifer Moss – A Christmas carol (Pinelands) 

BEST CAMEO PERFORMANCE:

Lynn Moss – HMS Pinafore (G & S) 

Jane Philbrick – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS) 

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER: 

Kevin Smith – Play Misty for me (HHDS) 

Angela Lee-Wright – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS) 

Thomas Agates – Spring and port wine (HHDS) 

Curtis Dunn – Abigail’s party (Constantia) 

BEST SET:

Jane Philbrick and Margi Blewett – No sex please, we’re British (FHDS) 

Anne Coetzee – Play Misty for me (HHDS) 

Debbie Bentley-Buckle and Barrie Howard – Time of my life (Constantia) 

Finn McCormick – Trap for a lonely man (Milnerton) 

Debbie Bentley-Buckle and Barrie Howard – Abigail’s party (Constantia) 

Richard Whittaker – A Christmas carol (Pinelands) 

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE:

Roland Sweet – Special occasions (Milnerton) 

John Blewett – Time of my life (Constantia) 

Gary Fargher – Isn’t it romantic (CDS) 

Andrew Ward-Cox – Trap for a lonely man (Milnerton) 

Gary Fargher – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS) 

Dylan Ford – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS) 

Grant Faiers – A Christmas carol (Pinelands) 

Kyla Thorburn – A Christmas carol (Pinelands) 

ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION:

Margaret Mortelmans – Private lives (Milnerton) 

Heather Earp-Jones – HMS Pinafore (G & S) 

Gary Kok – HMS Pinafore (G & S) 

Riaan Hunter – HMS Pinafore (G & S) 

Sian Atterbury-le Roux and Fredi Oosterhuizen – HMS Pinafore (G & S) 

Kim Harris-Dalla, Victoria Harris, Jennifer Moss, Christine Thonissen – HMS Pinafore Phoebe Snayer – Rodgers and Hart, a celebration (Milnerton) 

Glenda Carmichael – A Christmas carol (Pinelands) 

Jennifer Moss – A Christmas carol (Pinelands) 

Laura Bosman and Graham Stabler – A Christmas carol (Pinelands)  

  

Audition Notices 

 We have 2 productions that you can audition for in the next little while – see notices below: 

“Rumours”, directed by Sue Bolton, is Claremont’s first production for 2010. 

“Romantic Comedy”, directed by Wendy Goddard for Constantiaberg Theatre Players. 

 MVDS invitation 

Directors’ Forum 

for Mvds’ 2011 productions will take place on Saturday, 27 March 2010, 14:00 at the Madhouse, 57 a Promenade Road, Lakeside 

If you would like to apply for one of their 2011 slots, please prepare a short presentation of the production you have in mind (it would be ideal if the committee could get a copy of the script in advance in order to have read it by the time of the forum), including pros and cons as well as a preliminary budget and any information you might think useful for the committee. 

Non-members and members of other societies are also welcome to make a presentation. 

Newcomers (i.e. people who have not yet directed for the Masque Theatre) will be very much appreciated. Why not make a presentation for a one-act play to be presented at one of the 2011 (or even 2010) members’ evenings? 

Please let birga know by Monday, 01 March, if you will participate. You can also discuss delivery or collection of a script with birga: 

birgatom@iafrica.com or leave a message on 021–788 5272 

Get Thee to The Masque! 

 A Night at the Theatre presented by the Wynberg Girls High School at the Masque Theatre from 21 to 23 January 2010. A variety show directed by Shelley Robertson and Sarah Thackwray, including popular numbers from Broadway shows such as “All that Jazz”, “Chicago”, “Mama Mia” and “Porgy and Bess”. The cast of over 20 will also be showing their skills in a variety of dance mediums.  A show for the whole family. Thurs & Fri shows at 19:30.  All evening shows R60 (R50) 

Fish Hoek is doing an Agatha Christie this year, directed by Jane Philbrick. It is the unusual “Towards Zero”. 

Val Mulligan, Ralph Thornley and Aubrey Hindle appearing after an absence of some time. There is also an extremely strong group of young people, some of whom will be familiar from “Appointment with Death” and some who are new to both the Masque and FHDS. 

The show runs from the 5th-13th March 2010.  

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 

See you in a few weeks time at Kelvin Grove! 

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Claremont Dramatic Society 

Notice is hereby given of the 57th Annual General Meeting of the Claremont Dramatic Society to be held at Kelvin Grove, Campground Road, Newlands on Tuesday 09  February 2010 at 19h00 for 19h30. 

A G E N D A 

1                 Notice Convening the Meeting 

2                 Apologies 

3                 a)      Minutes of the 56th Annual General Meeting 

                  b)           Matters Arising 

4                 Chairman’s Report for the Year ended 31 December 2009 

5                 Treasurer’s Report for the Year ended 31 December 2009 

6                 Adoption of Audited Financial Statement for the year ended 31 December 2009 

7                 To consider any Motion from any Member of which due Notice has been lodged with the Secretary at least 7 (seven) days prior to this Meeting. 

8                 To Elect the Committee for the Year ended 31 December 2010 

9                 To Elect an Honorary Auditor for the Year ended 31 December 2010 

10             Any Other Business 

Simon Dutton 

Secretary 

January 2010 

AUDITED ACCOUNTS AND COPIES OF THE MINUTES OF THE LAST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BEFORE THE START OF THE MEETING. 

ALL PERSONS ATTENDING THE MEETING ARE REQUESTED TO BE PRESENT AND REGISTERED BY 19h15 TO ENABLE A PROMPT START AT 19h30 

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Claremont Dramatic Society invites you to audition for 

 

Production dates:  23 April to 1 May 2010   

Venue: ‘The Hok’ club house 

Date: Sunday 24 January 2010 

Time:    2.30 p.m. 

  

This riotously funny farce centres around the efforts of 8 party guests to spare their unfortunate host and themselves, from scandal. It opens with Ken and Chris who have found their host, Charley, a prominent Government official, in his bedroom, too dazed to speak, with a bullet wound in his ear lobe! His wife, Vivian, and domestic help are nowhere to be seen. Len and Claire arrive, themselves injured in a car crash, and are soon joined by Ernest and Cookie, Glenn and Cassie, each with their own problems. Following a second, accidental, gun shot that leaves Ken temporarily deaf, the police arrive and Len, drawing the short straw, pretends he is Charley. He concocts a touching and fantastic explanation, that in the end proves more credible than anyone dared hope. 

Cast Descriptions  

Chris Bevans – mid 30’s to early 40’s.Attractive, elegant, nervous lady striving to be the ‘Perfect wife’ to a well placed husband. 

Ken Bevans – her husband – 40 + Dominant man with a mission. He is excitable, bossy, and controlling. Has to be ‘deaf’ for a short section of the play. 

Claire Cummings – 30 to 40 years old; Very chic socialite gossip. Tends to be superficial and is not the brightest pebble on the beach. 

Leonard Cummings – 30 to 40; Tax consultant, and has known Charley, the host, since their school days. Demanding to the point of rudeness, competitive, upwardly mobile. He has the crowning monologue of the play. Married to Claire. 

Cookie Cusack – late 40’s. She is a famous chef with her own T.V. Show. She is a self assured bohemian oddity, who is very reliant on her husband’s support. They adore each other. 

Ernest Cusack –  50+  He is a popular psychiatrist to the rich and famous. He is sharp and observant, and is his wife’s biggest admirer. 

Cassie Cooper – Very attractive, edgy, jealous young wife who is very unhappy and insecure and relies on the properties of her ‘crystal’ to give her strength. 

Glenn Cooper 40+  Very ambitious politician, arrogant, self assured, a ladies man, and very conscious of his public image. 

PC Conklin – appears in the last scene only – a lovely cameo role. 

PC Casey – is a woman or can be a young man. Has very few words – is just Conklin’s junior back up. 

Please direct all enquiries to Wendy Goddard at ph. 021—6712888 cell 0834147003 or e-mail wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za 

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AUDITION NOTICE 

 ROMANTIC COMEDY 

 BY BERNARD SLADE 

 Directed for Constantiaberg Theatre Players by Wendy Goddard 

 Performance Dates:  14-22 May 2010, Masque Theatre, Muizenberg 

 Audition Date:  Sunday 21 February  

Time:  14h30 

 Venue:  Guide Hall, Off Children’s Way, Bergvliet  

Romantic Comedy is a light-hearted confection about love, friendship and theatrical trauma between a man and a woman who become writing partners. They try, unsuccessfully, not to fall in love while growing up along the way.  

Cast of Characters:

Jason Carmichael:               Arrogant, charming, sophisticated. 
(Mid 30’s-mid 40’s)
Lead – large part.

Blanche Dailey:                   Thrice married literary agent.  Ex-showgirl. 
(Mid-50’s)                             Nobody’s fool. 
Medium part.

Phoebe Craddock:                Pretty but hides it.  Covers shyness with forthright
(Mid-20’s-mid 30’s)              manner.  Fitness freak. 
Lead – large part.

Allison St.James:                 Jason’s wife.  Beautiful, friendly, open, direct
(Mid 20’s-mid-30’s)                manner. 
Medium part.

Leo Janowitz:                       Rumpled appearance.  Serious, reserved
(Mid  30’s-mid 40’s)               demeanour which almost masks a
Medium part.                             very dry sense of humour

Kate Mallory:                      Pretty with a deceptively gentle, feminine manner (Mid 30’s)                             and sweet smile.  No sense of humour. 
Tiny part.         

For a copy of the script, please contact Wendy on 021 671 2888 or 083 414 7003.

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