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Newsletter – March 2010


Hello everyone!

Soccer has its fair share of actors.  Who can forget Diego Maradona’s ‘hand of god’ goal in the 1986 World Cup?  It was a quarter final match between England and Argentina in Mexico City on the 22nd of June.  Six minutes into the second half, Maradona and England’s goalkeeper, Peter Shilton, both defied gravity to reach a high ball.  Shilton was 1.85m tall and Maradona only 1.65m, and Shilton was allowed to use his hands.  No contest.  But miracle of miracles, Maradona reached the ball first with the outside of his left fist and scored for Argentina.  The goal was an illegal handball, but the referee ‘did not see’ the infringement.  Maradona’s subsequent performance of absolute innocence would have earned him an Oscar for his role.  Argentina went on to win the World Cup.

Anyway, for those hoping to see similar good quality acting at Green Point Stadium had better pull up their football socks, because there are no more Soccer World Cup tickets available for Green Point Stadium to be had during the current ticket sales phase.  The next ticketing phase opens on April the 15th, but you’ll have to be quick off the mark.

Sad news

Celia Musikanth’s mother, Queenie, passed away peacefully during the early hours of Sunday, the 7th of March.  Many of us in the drama community will remember Queenie with great fondness and affection.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Celia and her family during this sad time.

Next production

As you should know by now, Wendy Goddard is directing Romantic Comedy for our society.  The play has been fully cast and the last I heard is that Wendy still needed a stage manager and a property master.  Rehearsals start on the 11th of March and the show opens on the 14th of May.

Members’ evening

Oh, what a night it’s going to be – a Roy Oldfield quiz!  Give yourself a well-deserved break, escape the humdrum and join us for some head-scratching ‘It’s-on-the-tip-of-my-tongue’ competition, back-slapping laughs, delicious eats and fortifying drinks on Wednesday, the 24th of March at the Bergvliet Guide Hall.  We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

AGM reminder

Our AGM will take place at the Bergvliet Guide Hall on Monday, the 24th of May, 7.30pm for 8pm. The agenda and formal notice will be sent out in April, but please diarise this date as it is very important that ALL members attend this meeting.  Lieske Bester and Terry Best will adjudicate for us this year – last year’s productions were Time Of My Life and Abigail’s Party.


To our members who celebrated / will celebrate their birthdays in March and April – HIP, HIP HOORAY AND MANY HAPPY RETURNS!


25th Debbie Bentley-Buckle


9th Krysten Vlok

30th Jane Cohen

For your diary

24 March          Constantiaberg Members’ Evening!

All members are invited to join us at the Bergvliet Guide Hall on Wednesday, the 24th of March, at 7:45pm for a fun-filled and entertaining Roy Oldfield quiz, lots of drinks and eats, good company and cheerful conversation.

18 – 27 March  Hilarious musical revue at the Masque Theatre

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a hilarious and long running Off-Broadway musical revue that pays tribute to those who have loved and lost.  It is a celebration of the mating game.  Four actors play over forty roles in a collection of scenes and songs scaling the dizzying spectrum of the male/female relationships that reveal the difficulties and joys of connecting with another person, no matter what age.

19 – 27 March  A psychological thriller at the Milnerton Playhouse

Our very own Jane De Sousa and James Skilton are appearing in The Collector, a psychological thriller by Mark Healy, based on the book by John Fowles and directed by Yvonne Copley.  The Playhouse is in Pienaar Road, Milnerton (behind the library).  A production not to be missed!

Bookings: 021 557 3206 or 082 267 1061.

29 March –        School holiday entertainment at the Masque Theatre

1 April              The Storyteller 2 is the sequel to 2009’s The Storyteller.  Children will be enthralled by The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Frog Prince.  Shows are at 11am and 2:30pm – call 021 781 0446 or 084 367 1046 for information and bookings.

10 April            Audition! Audition! Audition!

Gigi is to be staged at the Masque Theatre in December.  It will be a Pinelands/Claremont collaboration.  Call Kim (083 355 7050) or Clifford (083 948 9115) for more information.
23 April –          Neil Simon at the Masque Theatre

1 May               Sue Bolton directs Neil Simon’s Rumours. A farcical comedy in which several couples are invited to a posh suburban residence to celebrate their host’s 10th anniversary.

25 April            Romantic music at the Masque Theatre

Albert Combrink presents Sweeter than Roses.  English and Italian songs about the joys of love featuring Shirley Sutherland, Louise Howlett and John Hardie.

Masque Theatre bookings

Times:                          Thursday & Friday evenings at 8pm, Saturday matinee at 2:30pm, Saturday evening at 6:30pm.

Prices:              Thursday evening and Saturday matinee R50 (Theatre Club members R40),

other nights R60 (Theatre Club members R50).

Bookings:          Call 021 788 1898 – 9am to 4pm weekdays and 8:30am to 11am Saturdays.

See you at the members’ evening!



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Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
Box 50, Eppindust, 7475

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

E-mail: andrethomas@vodamail.co.za

March 2010 – Number 87

It seems that either our memories are short, or this is a remarkably warm March… either way, I hope you’re surviving it well.

I’ve just had the fortune of spending a week in Zimbabwe, touring the country from Harare in a clock-wise direction via Mutare in the Eastern Highlands, then Masvingo and the fascinating Great Zimbabwe Ruins, followed by the beautiful Bulawayo and the Matopos where CJR is buried, through Hwange and on to Victoria Falls.

My impression? A wonderfully friendly people (just like the Malawians) struggling their way through political and financial change. The roads are the good, there’s fuel and food available – and the scenery is just as incredible as it was 20 years ago. And if you’re at all interested in retro interior design, now is the time to visit the hotels before they get budgets to renovate!

Member news

Richard Farmer, well known on both the local amateur and professional stage and an adjudicator on both our Milly’s and the CATA panel, is going through a really rough time undergoing a course of radical cancer treatment. We add our sincere wishes for his recovery to the many others he will be receiving at this difficult time.

Welcome: We are happy to welcome several new members to the Claremont Dramatic Society:

Naveen Moss

Robyn Hobson

Denise Dubber

Faeron Wheeler

Sven Yaffe

David Muller

James Maritz

Melanie Jessop

James Pape

Reinette Steyn

Clifford Graham

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

Thank you: We would like to extend out heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Wendy Goddard for the donation of Jill Cooke’s Set Building Equipment and Hardware (including tool box – sundry tools and hardware) – we are honoured to have these.

Member’s Evening

It is almost time for our next member’s evening – so please diarise Friday 16 April, and join us at The Hok for another fun get-together. It is always so good to see everyone’s faces and share a laugh and a catch-up. From 19h30 at The Hok.

Claremont AGM – feedback

We held a successful AGM on Tuesday 09 February 2010 at Kelvin Grove – it was a wonderful get-together, and we thank all our members that joined us on the evening and making it all special.

We had a couple of committee members stepping down – and the committee thanks them for their time and effort over the last years – Wendy Goddard, Adrian Kettle and André Thomas.

Your new committee is listed at the end of the newsletter – welcome to all – and enjoy the ride! The committee appreciates all and any comments and feedback.

After the business end of the meeting (Simon’s report and Wendy’s final financial feedback) was concluded, we presented the Claremont Dramatic Society Awards for 2009! The winners were as follows

Best Actress – Lesley Gill in “Isn’t It Romantic”

Best Actor – Phillip Gordon in “Isn’t It Romantic”

Best Supporting Actress – Michele Belknap in “Isn’t It Romantic”

Best Supporting Actor – Clifford Graham in “Isn’t It Romantic”

Best Production – Graham Boxall for “Isn’t It Romantic”

Shield for Outstanding Contribution to a production – awarded jointly to Alison King and Vivienne Grey,  with a special mention to Roland Perold.

Shield for Outstanding Contribution to the Society – Kim Harris-Dalla

And the CDS Members Choice Awards went to:

Best Actor – Clifford Graham in the production “Isn’t it Romantic”

Best Actress – Michele Belknap in the production “Isn’t it Romantic”

Best Production – “Isn’t It Romantic” directed by Graham Boxall

** Thanks a million also to Bob Goode for taking photographs of our winners. **

Production updates


What a fabulous strong cast Sue Bolton has put together for the wildly funny Neil Simon farce “Rumours”. The auditions were held on 24 January 2010, and we had a terrific turnout, thanks mostly to our promoting it on Facebook. There were lots of new faces amongst our good stalwarts.The most difficult thing was to get the correct pairing of the couples.

The cast consists of Lynn Moss and Graham Boxall as Chris and Ken Bevans; Gary Green and Lesley Gill as Leonard and Claire Cummings; Bernie Jacobs and David Muller as Cookie and Ernest Cusack; Faeron Wheeler and new member James Pape as Cassie and Glen Cooper. They are supported by James Maritz and Melanie Jessop (also new members) as the police officers – PC’s Conkin and Casey. Sheila Inglis is doing a fine job as Production Secretary and we are so lucky to have Jane Cohen as our Stage Manager.

The cast are having a fun time running up and down the Hok stairs. The set has a double storey and the stairs are quite pivotal, as only a farce can have them. Sue previously directed the play for Anchor Players in the 90’s. The show opens at the Masque on 23 April and runs till 1 May 2010. You will be in stitches every 3 minutes – guaranteed!

Lady Windermere’s Fan

Brenda Gray’s production of this Oscar Wilde play held its auditions on 13 February. Once again, due to Facebook, we had a great turnout of new people to complement our faithful members. There was much laughter from everyone at the audition as they listened to the various excerpts during the audition, confirming that Oscar Wilde’s words are as good now as they were then! Brenda still has to finalise some of her casting, so watch this space for details.

We are looking for a Production Secretary for the production which comes off in August at the Masque Theatre. If anyone is interested in being prod sec please contact Kim Harris-Dalla on 083 355 7050 or on kbjhharris@yahoo.co.uk.


Gigi is the slightly distasteful story by French writer Colette of a young teen-aged Parisienne girl trained by a wealthy aunt at the turn of the century to become a courtesan (in the tradition of her family) to a wealthy suitor or “protector.” She double-crosses her family by enchanting her proposed suitor and marrying him instead.

The film won nine Oscars in 1958 in almost every category including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Song (“Gigi”), Best Musical Score and Best Costume Design. Gigi held this record-breaking number of Oscars for only one year – until Benhur took the title the following year.

An interesting fact: Shot on location in Paris, Gigi was a worldwide hit….everywhere but France.

The two committees, Claremont Dramatic Society and Pinelands Players, met on Monday the 8 March to organise a Production Team. And we have a great team!

Clifford Graham is our Director, Justin Wardle is our Musical Director, Kim Harris-Dalla is the Choreographer as well as Production Manager for the show. Newly elected Pinelands Player Chairperson, Tina Gough, is the Business Manager, assisted by David Campey, our new Treasurer. Chenara Fenton will be the Marketing Manager, Props will be co-ordinated by Clara Machado and Carynn Underhill will be managing Set Decor.

It is a very exciting team that are enthusiastic to put on a show like nothing has  been seen before at the Masque. If any of our members are keen to assist in any aspects of this production please contact Kim Harris-Dalla on 083 355 7050 or kbjhharris@yahoo.co.uk.


Pinelands Players Club invites CDS members to join them for their evening get-together on 26th March at Pinelands Town Hall 19h30. A great chance to get to know our fellow Gigi-thespians!

Audition Notice

See the audition notice for Gigi at the end of the newsletter.

CATA Awards Evening

Please see the attachment at the end for more information on this event and the nominees – including some from CDS!

Other societies and The Masque

Queenie Shapiro (Celia Musikanth’s mother) died peacefully on Sunday 07 March 2010 at the age of 91 at Nerina in Fish Hoek. Masque Theatre matters were always close to her heart and she was well known by many members of our societies. Our condolences go out to Celia and her family.

Masque Theatre AGM

The Stern Masque Theatre Association’s AGM will take place on Sunday, 25 April 2010, at 19h00 for 19h30 at the theatre. I have attached an initial copy of the agenda for you.

Get Thee to The Masque!

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

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change presented by Bigleaf Productions at the Masque Theatre from 18 to 27 March 2010.

A collection of hilarious scenarios depicting the age-old ritual of the suburban mating game.

Two extra Wednesday shows at 20:00 (R50/R40), Matinees R50/R40, other nights R60/R50.

Rumours presented by CDS at The Masque from 23 April to 01 May 2010.

Bookings open on 06 April!

Sweeter than Roses presented by Albert Combrink for one show only at 15h00 on Sunday 25 April 2010. English and Italian songs of the joy of love.

Get Thee to the Playhouse in Milnerton!

The script has arrived and rehearsals for THE COLLECTOR are progressing well. Starring our own James Skilton and Jane de Sousa, with Yvonne Copley’s direction and Nigel Sweet’s set, which is currently under construction, it promises to be a riveting production.

She is an art student and he works in a job centre and collects butterflies. He sees her but she doesn’t know he is there and then he wins the lottery. Miranda then finds herself in a trap she neither understands nor expects and Frederick slides along the slippery slope towards his own compellingly, warped destiny.

Based on the book by John Fowles, this clever psychological thriller is described as  “A chilling portrayal of one man’s darkest fantasy made real”.

19, 20, 25, 26, 27 March @ 20.15

Matinee 27 March @ 14.15

Tickets: R60 evenings – R50 matinee

Members discount R5

Bookings: 021 557 3206 or 082 267 1061 e-mail: macdram@absamail.co.za

See you at the theatre!

Gigi:          Character Descriptions

Honore Lachailles: (m) 50 to 60 yrs Tenor /baritone

Suave “man about town” Uncle to Gaston Lachailles – French accent strongly


As narrator and participant, it is important that he portrays an objective,

understanding outlook on life.

Tenor /baritone

Gaston Lachailles (Tonton): (m) (20 to 30 yrs). Low tenor /baritone

Young, debonaire, good looking. French accent preferred. Must portray a slightly

disillusioned impatient boyish character.

Liane D’ Exelamns: (f) .(20 to 25 yrs.)

Gaston’s cheating girlfriend. Loud, vivacious go getter who will stop at nothing to

get what she wants.

Also part of ensemble. No solo’s

Gigi (Gilberte):(f) (15 to 20 yrs.) Low soprano (mezzo) to alto.

Granddaughter to Inez Alvares and niece to Aunt Alicia. We watch this character grow from a fiery, naïve adolescent to a beautiful, poised and gracious young woman.

Inez Alvarez (Mamita): (f) (45 to 57 yrs) Low soprano (mezzo)

Caring and motherly but never naïve, as Gigi’s grandmother, she is never far

from developments.

Aunt Alicia: (f) (50 to 60 yrs) Soprano

Gigi’s Aunt, ever aware of the positives of being a “kept woman” takes Gigi under her wing to prepare her for life as a courtesan. Caring but very society “aware”.

Charlotta (f):

Aunt Alicias maidservant and companion. (changed from original script)

No solos

Maitre Du Frensne: (m) 40 yrs plus – Low tenor / baritone

Lawyer and legal counsel to Honore and Gaston Lachailles. Song “the contract”

Maitre Duclos: (m) 40 yrs plus – Low tenor

Lawyer and legal counsel to Aunt Alicia. Song “the contract”

The following characters all form part of the ensemble and are called to sing very little. However movement and dance are important facets of their performance.

They are also called to move set and props.

A head waiter: (m) Any age

A receptionist: (f or m) Any Age

A Telephone Installer: (m) 25 to 30 tenor

A Maitre d’ Hotel: (m) Any age

Two Waiters / Waitresses: Any age

Liane’s Dance Partner: (m) (20 to 25 yrs.)

An Artist: (m) Any age

A Count: (m) Any age

Sandomir: (m) Any age

Manuel: (m) Manservant to Honore Lachailles. Any age

Dancing Teacher: (m) (20 to 25 yrs.)

Dancers & ensemble.

CATA Awards evening

Booking for the awards evening to be held on Monday 22nd March, has been open since January.

Hayley Fargher is taking your bookings on 021-7886999; Hayley is only available for bookings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10h00 till 13h00.

We’d like to see as many of our nominees and members there to support. When booking, please tell Hayley if you are a nominee or not.

Some notes :-

– We will assemble at 19h30 for a 20h00 start

– Dress is Smart, but not formal

– There is no booking fee

– Champagne will be served upon arrival

– Finger supper will follow proceedings

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



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)


Kyla Thorburn – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Kim Harris-Dalla – A Christmas carol (Pinelands)


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)


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)


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)


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)


Lynn Moss – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Jane Philbrick – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS)


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)


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)


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)


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)

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