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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

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June 2010 – Number 88


So it’s 2 weeks and 1 day into the long-awaited Soccer World Cup – and hasn’t it just been amazing? I must confess that I was less and less interested in it’s arrival in the last few months, and couldn’t wait for it to be over and done with.

I never had any doubt that we would run the thing well – but this has blown me away! I’ve never been into soccer much either – but now I’m keeping tabs on the teams and how they fare, and making sure I get to see some games – even as far away as Jozi!

Do yourself a favour – seriously – even if you don’t have tickets to a game, go and take a walk down the fan mile in Green Point towards the stadium on a game day – the vibe is electric. The fans are excited and full of smiles. The camaraderie is beautiful. It is just phenomenal – do yourself that favour!

Member news

In April we lost our dear friend and long standing fellow CDS member and CATA panelist Richard Farmer. He is remembered fondly – and our thoughts are with Sue and her family.

Here an obituary from Fiona Chisholm:

The versatile and self-effacing actor Richard Farmer, who was well known on both the professional and amateur stages in Cape Town, died at his Pinelands home on Tuesday April 20 of pancreatic cancer. He was 74.

Born in Redding in the UK and educated as a boarder in Leighton Park, he later joined his parents in Zambia where he worked as an accountant in his father’s firm in Kitwe. In 1962 he married Sue King and both were active in amateur theatre till they moved to the Cape in 1978.

He then made an agreement with his wife. She would work, and he would try to become a full-time actor. Their bargain succeeded. She was a costumier for Capab for five years later opening Sue Farmer Costumes which lent out fancy dress outfits. (She no longer has that business )

Farmer, in spite of the fact that theatrical work was drying up,  kept going as an actor. He appeared in numerous productions for Capab at Artscape, the Baxter, Maynardville and with local amateur theatre societies. He was also in demand for TV appearances, feature films, voice-overs and advertising.

Comedy was his forte and he excelled in cameo roles, sometimes in multiple comic roles in the same play.

His personal favourites were Don and Barbara Maguire’s production of  One for the Pot in which he played four different roles  and Sylvia for the Claremont  Dramatic Society . Here he was a dog owner, a wonderfully funny society hostess and a psychiatrist, winning a Best Actor award in the Cape Amateur Theatre Awards in 2004 for these performances.

Plays for which he be remembered include  The Madness of George III, Glen Garry Glen Ross,  Blue Remembered Hills, the Man Most Likely To…, Loot,  The Winter’s Tale, Othello (at Maynardville).  Equus, Shadowlands, The Girl in My Soup and most recently Barefoot in the Park.

His TV credits include Arende, Just Nuisance, Stolen Lives, Sinbad, The Syndicate and Madam and Eve. He featured in films such as 12 Days of Terror and The Ring.

Brenda Gray who directed him in Sylvia,  Shadowlands and Inherit the Wind for the Claremont Dramatic Society described him as a self-effacing man with a lovely sense of humour.

“The parody about Richard was that he never wanted the limelight although he was an excellent actor. His powers of observation were most acute and this was reflected in his acting.

“I loved working with. He was a team player, undemanding yet always produced the goods.”

Richard Farmer is survived by his wife, son Simon and daughter Nicola.

Production updates

Rumours

Director Sue Bolton’s production of Neil Simon’s “Rumours” had a fabulous run at the Masque Theatre in April. We were never lacking a full audience during the run which was testimony to the cast and director. Our new Front of House Manager, Allison Blair, was able to learn all the ropes involved in organising Box Office and Front of House. A huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who helped us. The cast have since had a reunion where they all sat and watched the DVD of their production and they had a grand time laughing at themselves in their on stage antics.

Lady Windermere’s Fan

This exquisitely written play by Oscar Wilde is being directed by the amazing talent and vision of Brenda Grey. Rehearsals have been underway for the past two months and are currently running very smoothly with the actors getting the “knack” of their characters. Some wonderful chemistry between the characters has begun to surface and the talent of the actors prove that yet again Brenda has got herself a breath taking cast. The blocking of the principal characters has now been set and rehearsals of the full acts are now in play, including Act 2’s Ballroom scene. This production is definitely going to be a must see with rich wit and comedy.

Gigi

Our final production of 2010 is going to be a collaboration between Pinelands Players and CDS. The run is set for 03 to 18 December. “Gigi” is a musical set in the early 1900s in Paris. We have now cast our players and assembled our production team. A very successful get-to-know-you party was held at the Production Co-ordinator’s home, and director Clifford Graham was able to bring them all up to speed on his vision of the production. Rehearsals are due to start at the end of August.

Audition Notices

There are 2 audition notices this month:

See one for MVDS attached at the end of the newsletter.

Constantiaberg Theatre Players will be holding auditions for Neil Simon’s “God’s Favorite” and Susan Sandler’s “Crossing Delancey” (both plays are comedies) on Saturday 10 July 2010 at 2.30pm at the False Bay Rendezvous, 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg.

Phone Director Celia Musikanth on 021 7887911 (w) or  083 358 8415 for further information.

The cast comprises men aged 20-ish to 50-ish and women 20-ish to 75-ish. (Slightly younger auditionees need not be put off by these ages). Experienced actors are needed but there are two roles where beginners are welcome. The ability to perform with American accents is imperative. There are also roles requiring proficiency with either Deep South or Cockney accents. For full details go to www.muizenberg.info click on Masque Theatre, then Auditions and then 10 July.

Member opportunity

I have also attached information on a Voice Power workshop near the end of the newsletter – limited space is available, so please respond swiftly!

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

The Collector by Mark Healy and directed by Yvonne Copley for Milnerton Players is back and on at

the Masque in July.

This psychological thriller stars MVDS’ members Jane de Sousa (Miranda) and James Skilton

(Frederick) and is described as “a chilling portrayal of one man’s darkest fantasy made real”.

Matinees and Thursdays R50/R60, other evenings R60/R50.  An evening to remember!

Information on your theatre –  The Masque!

See the end of the newsletter for a copy of the minutes of the Masque Theatre AGM held in April.

See you at the theatre – or the Stadium!

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2010

Simon Sutton (Chair)       simons@gem.co.za 021 794 1923
Elza-lynne Kruger (Vice-Chair) elmkruger@telkomsa.net 021 855 2677
David Campey (Treasurer)
Simon Dutton (Secretary)        simon.d@mweb.co.za 021 683 8630
Kim Harris-Dalla (Production Coordination, Publicity & Archives)     kbjhharris@yahoo.co.uk 021 713 2026
Pamela Burger (Members Evenings) pamb@masterparts.com 021 696 5959
Allison Blair

(Masque F.O.H. Co-ordinator)

Sven Yaffe

(Play Reading Portfolio Coordinator)


MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY

AUDITION NOTICE

‘WHAT THE BUTLER SAW’

BY JOE ORTON

To be directed by Professor Ralph Yarrow

MVDS’ is delighted to announce that this busy Professor of Drama, who currently resides in England and who has acted in and directed numerous productions both in the UK and in

India, has agreed to take time out to guest-direct for our society

DATE                  :    SATURDAY 7 AUGUST 2010

TIME                   :    14:00

PLACE                : RENDEZVOUS (OLD ZANDVLEI BOWLING CLUB), 57 PROMENADE ROAD, MUIZENBERG

ENQUIRIES        :    ANDREW BLAKE TEL 021 7810114/0824933330 EMAIL ablake@mweb.co.za

RUN                    :    1 TO 9 OCTOBER 2010, MASQUE THEATRE, MUIZENBERG

CALLBACKS      ;    MONDAY 9 AUGUST 2010

REHEARSALS   :    START WED 11 AUGUST.  MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS

SYNOPSIS: The play consists of two acts, and revolves around a Dr. Prentice, a psychiatrist attempting to seduce his attractive prospective secretary, Geraldine Barclay. The play opens with the doctor examining Geraldine Barclay in a job interview. As part of the interview, he convinces her to undress. The situation becomes more intense during Dr. Prentice’s supposed “interview” with Geraldine Barclay when Mrs Prentice enters. When his wife enters, he attempts to cover up his activity by hiding the girl behind a curtain. His wife, however, is also being seduced and blackmailed by a Nicholas Beckett. She therefore promises Nicholas the post as secretary, which adds further confusion, including Nicholas and Geraldine dressing as the opposite sex. Dr. Prentice’s clinic is then faced by a government inspection. The inspection, led by Dr. Rance, reveals the chaos in the clinic.

Characters

Dr Prentice

Geraldine Barclay

Mrs Prentice

Nicholas Beckett

Dr Rance

Sergeant Match

Nick and Geraldine are early 20s; the others anywhere between 40 and late 50s.

The play involves much fast and furious ‘business’ typical of classic farce.  Dialogue is also fast, furious and bizarre.  For examples of both stage directions and dialogue, and a more detailed account of the play, contact the production secretary via email above.  So you need to have physical and verbal agility if you intend to audition!  Please note also that, although there is no actual nudity (the play was written in1967, the year before censorship was ended on the British stage), Geraldine, Mrs Prentice, Nick and Sgt. Match are at various times (and, in the case of Geraldine, for considerable periods) forced to remove large amounts of clothing.

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


Freeing the Voice Power workshop

Compiled by Lynsey Milewski

About the facilitator:

Lynsey Milewski has a Licentiate Trinity college of London Diploma (1999). She has worked for ‘The Voice Clinic’ for 8 Years where she taught individuals and groups to use their voice, body and energy to bring uniqueness to their way of communicating.

While working for the Voice clinic part time she ran her own Drama Company for three years working at 8 schools and working with a diverse group of both children and adults.

She has worked for the past three years for Ackermans Retail Group co-ordinating and training the Head Office and Distribution Centre Staff in all manners of soft skills training.

She is now embarking on her next adventure and going back to her passion of being involved in the Theatrical World.

She has done a number of amateur plays including ‘Twelfth Night’ (Nominated Best actress for the part of Viola in the Cape Times awards) ‘Rosherman’ (Best Actress of the year for Anchor players) and ‘Butterflies are free’ (Best actress of the year for Fish Hoek players)

Current Amateur Dramatic Societies need:

Due to new talent being brought into the different amateur productions it has come to the attention of a number of influential people that there is a need to enhance the skill of projecting one’s voice when on stage.

In order to do this I would like to put forward the following proposal.

  • 1 x workshop – “Freeing the Voice Power” which will be open to all and presented at the Masque theatre on Sunday the 18th of July 2010 from 15.00 – 18.00
  • The workshop will cover:
    • Sensithizing exercise – looks at where the person is at currently with how they project their voice.
    • Background to projection and resonance
    • Breathing processes – Intercostal Diaphragmatic Breathing
    • Relaxation techniques
    • Shoulder, jaw and neck exercises
    • Body language – Power Piece
    • Warm up exercises for the stage
    • Tongue twisters
    • Projecting in script simulations
    • Final greeting and reflection.

There will be a special price of R25.00 per person for this opening workshop for the Amateur Dramatic Society members (This will include tea or coffee).

What is recommended thereafter?

A de-briefing of workshop and re-look at any additional needs.

Each play that is presented under an Amateur Dramatic Society Banner will go through a projection workshop before moving into the theatre. This will ensure that all cast members old and new will understand the theory behind projection and be able to actively use it when on stage with a full auditorium.

If need be the option will be available for a second session when in the theatre to deal with any projection problems when actors / actresses are on the stage doing their final rehearsals. Individual attention can also be given.

Benefits:

  • The less experienced actors and actresses can be exposed and gain knowledge in how to project. This will raise their level of acting therefore strengthening a possible weaker area of a show.
  • Audiences will always be able to hear exactly what is being said even if they are not sitting in the front row.
  • Actors will be able to project over the rain on the tin roof in the Masque Theatre.
  • Actors / Actresses will always be heard, putting them in a better position to win awards.
  • Each cast will be equipped with exercises to warm up their voice before actually going on stage.

Fee structure

  • For a full cast workshop (less than 12 People) R 300.00 – standard rate for the first workshop before going into the Theatre.
  • For a cast of more than 12 People a R25.00 per person fee will apply for the first intervention for the cast.
  • Follow up session with the cast in the theatre, R150 per hour.
  • Open workshop (min 12 max 20 people) R 50.00 per person.
  • Per society intervention (min 12, Max 20 People) R 25.00 per person.

Regards

Lynsey Milewski (LTCL)

Please make bookings with Celia Musikanth on

masquetheatre@mweb.co.za

Stern Masque Theatre Association

Annual General Meeting: 25 April 2010, 19:30 – 20:37

Minutes

Present:

Allsopp, Ruth

Bent, Tony

Bester, Lieske

Blair, Allison

Blake, Andrew

Blewett, Margi

Charman, Gill

de Jager, Brian

Duff, Alastair

Fargher, Gary

& guest Lindsay Small(HHDS)

Fargher, Hayley

Gill, Scott

Gray, Brenda

Harris-Dalla, Kim

Inglis, Sheila

Kettle, Adrian

King, Alison

Lewis, Miranda

Magnin, Rick (chair)

Mathers, Helen

McConnell, John

Moss, Lynn

Moss, Mike

Musikanth, Celia

Philbrick, Jane

Rudolph, Raymond

Sutton, Simon

Thom, Di

Thomas, birga (minutes)

Thomas, Wolfgang

Apologies: John Blewett, Janice Budd, Eve Carr, Ron Carr, Jane Cohen, Brenda Commins, Brian Commins, Lee de Andrade, Aubrey Hindle, Mav Magnin, Wendy Morling, David Muller, Val Mulligan, Dawn Scholtz

1 Rick Magnin, the chairperson, thanked everybody for coming, took apologies and declared the meeting constitutional (there being a quorum). He thanked members and their families for all the support during the year.

2 Minutes of the last AGM (17.05.2009) were taken as read and accepted.

3 Reports by the chairperson and other office bearers, also including a report by the marketing manager, were tabled. The chairperson also read out his report.
The treasurer read out his report, which was followed by a short discussion about certain items handled via the trust and others via the association accounts, the difference between salaries and wages, etc. Also mentioned were ways of saving costs and fund-raising by the theatre as well as the individual societies. In the end it was suggested to arrange a brain-storming meeting with all societies attending. This meeting to be open to any member and not restricted to (say) committees. The new Man.Com. to attend to this at their next meeting.

4 Election of office bearers

Jane Philbrick acted as election officer. The following members were nominated and accepted to the individual portfolios and accepted their nominations.

Portfolio Name Nominated by Seconded by Elected
Chairperson Rick Magnin birga Thomas Lieske Bester Unanimously
Vice-chairperson Simon Sutton Lieske Bester Andrew Blake Unanimously
Secretary Kim Harris-Dalla Kim Harris-Dalla birga Thomas Unanimously
Publicity officer Ruth Allsopp birga Thomas Rick Magnin Unanimously
Backstage manager Scott Gill Kim Harris-Dalla Simon Sutton Unanimously
Wardrobe, props Lieske Bester Andrew Blake Rick Magnin Unanimously
Theatre Club secretary birga Thomas Rick Magnin Sheila Inglis Unanimously

5        Acceptance and approval of the annual financial statements
as presented by the treasurer.
Proposed by Simon Sutton, seconded by Andrew Blake; unanimously accepted

6        Appointment of external auditor for the new financial year
Chris Hochfelden had accepted to be auditor in the new year too.

7 Any other business

7.1     No motions were received by due date.

7.2     Simon Sutton introduced the 1 : 20 model of our stage (with all flats etc.) to the members presented. A thank-you to Bruce Edwards who did this wonderful job.

7.3     The chairperson thanked the outgoing secretary for her work and presented her with an envelope from all societies. Contents to be spend at the forthcoming Teddy Bear Fair. (The ex-secretary thanked all, but forgot to remark that her husband is at least as “obsessed” with teddy bears as she herself.)

7.5     Guest Lindsay Small informed us in some detail about the new mentoring system for new (and old!) directors for the Hottentots-Holland D. S. Agreed that such a system is very valuable and necessary. To be discussed further in societies.

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JUNE 2010

OK, I am going to succumb to soccer (sorry, my English husband and friends keep telling me to say FOOTBALL) madness this month and see what interesting tidbits I can find.  I work in the city centre and I must say the atmosphere from Wednesday 9th has been marvellous.  Friday 10th was just a blaze of yellow Bafana Bafana and South African shirts, scarves, hats, etc.  But those vuvuzelas are driving me wild!!  Thankfully we are on the 5th floor so the noise is at least muted.

(JUST) PAST PRODUCTION

Pride and Prejudice finished its run on Saturday, 12 June, having played to consistently full houses (except for World Cup Friday opening!) and it was wonderful to see all those young, new faces gracing our stage.  It was not without its ups and downs however, what with all the “furniture moving” on stage and a number of cast members suffering from colds and flu.  Allison Blair, who played the aunt, Mrs Gardiner, was hit by a really dreadful headachy-SOMETHING on Thursday and was told in no uncertain terms by doctor and husband that she was NOT performing that night!  So yours truly, on two hours notice, squeezed her way into the dress, popped on the bonnet, and read in the part!  Many thanks to Alastair, cast and crew for helping me through it!  Fortunately Allison was able to do the last three shows.

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As mentioned in a previous newsletter Cape Town City Ballet urgently requires financial assistance and YOUR society stepped in to help by giving them the chance to raise funds with a gala performance of Pride and Prejudice.  Celia received an email from Elizabeth Triegaardt of CTCB after the event, excerpts of which read::

“Many, many thanks for allowing us the opportunity to use Pride and Prejudice as a fundraiser – we raised over R6 000 in that evening.  Please would you also convey our thanks to MADS (whom I forgot to thank from the stage) for their co-operation.  Our dancers were so enthusiastic about the evening that they wanted to do it all over again!  I hope your challenge is taken up, as we would love to be seen in as many venues as possible.”

OTHER “THEATRE-Y” NEWS

The “challenge” mentioned above took the form of the following Media Release recently:
“On Wednesday 09 June 2010 the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg and MADS (Muizenberg Dramatic Society) donated a gala performance of Alastair Duff’s production of Jon Jory’s “Pride and Prejudice” to the Cape Town City Ballet for fundraising. For the past 10 years Cape Town City Ballet has brought their excellent repertoire to the Masque Theatre for a short season and a wonderful relationship has developed between the Masque and the CTCB “families”.  As a gesture of support and gratitude to CTCB this gala enabled much needed funds to be raised to help CTCB in their plight for finance. After 75 years of superb ballet in Cape Town no-one wants to see this wonderful Ballet Company closing.  The Masque Theatre would like to challenge other theatres, thespians, community theatres and places of entertainment to lend a helping hand to Cape Town City Ballet. For further information please contact Megan on 021 650 2400”.

Melanie Horn, a past MVDS’ member who is still very much in touch is running ACT-ART workshops, for children in Grades 4 to 7, in Somerset West and Observatory during the school holidays.  The daily programme is built around a drama workshop and a visual-art workshop with plenty of loud and quiet games in-between.  The multi-disciplinary workshops promote visual art and performance skills. Activities also develop confidence in communication and encourage social interaction.  For more details contact her on blesbokartsco@gmail.com or 0846294904.

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Celia Musikanth, directing for Constantiaberg Theatre Players, will be holding an audition on Saturday, 10 July at 14:30 at the False Bay Rendezvous, 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg.  Two plays will be auditioned viz. “God’s Favorite” by Neil Simon and “Crossing Delancey” by Susan Sandler.  Both are comedies and need strong actors.  Ages range from 20ish to 75ish. New York accents imperative (Cockney or Deep South accents for two smaller roles).  Enquiries Celia on 021 7887911 (w) or 0833588415.

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Last month I advised that a Presentation & Discussion session of the budget and finances of the Masque Theatre would be held on 14 June 2010 at The Rendezvous.  Hopefully you all received the “correction” email stating that it will now be held on Monday, 21 June 2010, 19:30 in the foyer of the Masque Theatre.  All our members are WELCOME and ENCOURAGED to attend.

FUTURE PRODUCTION

The audition notice for our third and last production of the year, What the Butler Saw, a comedy/farce by Joe Orton, is again attached.

CALENDAR

15 -19     Cape Dance Company showcases a progamme of new works by well known South African and

June        international choreographers, whose eclectic style is accessible to all audiences.  Incorporates the dances “AllesVerloren … Alles Niet Verloren”,  “Gladius” (Sword), “Like Water…” and Kitty Phetla’s quirky “Soukora” (At Night).  Masque Theatre, Tues 15th at 19:30 Tickets R60 (R45 Masque Theatre Club Members), Wed 16th & Thurs 17th at 19.30, Fri 18:00 and Sat 15:00 (all R70/R50).

18 & 19   Crazy little Thing (Cape Academy of Performing Arts), directed by Anton Luitingh and Duane

June        Alexander at the Masque.  This piece explores the joys, hardships, exhilaration and rejection of teen romance.  Shows 20:15 both days.  Tickets R80/R60.  Age restriction 12 years

28 June-  Hansel and Gretel (presented by Children’s Theatre).  A special production at the Masque for

3 July       chidren and those young at heart.  Tickets R30 throughout.  Shows at 14:30 on Mon; 11:30 & 14:30 on Tues to Sat.

2 & 3       Rock ‘n Rouge presented by Rock ‘n Rouge Entertainment at the Masque Theatre, Fri at 20:00,

July          Sat at 18:30.  Both R70/R60.  Cape Town’s hottest new comedy cabaret group invites you to an evening of music, laughter and entertainment, covering a variety of famous and not so famous hits from musicals.  A show filled with comedy, glamour, song, dance and a little bit of naughty!

16 -24     The Collector by Mark Healy directed by Yvonne Copley for Milnerton Players at the Masque.

July          This psychological thriller stars MVDS’ members Jane de Sousa (Miranda) and James Skilton (Frederick) and is described as “a chilling portrayal of one man’s darkest fantasy made real”.  Matinees and Thursdays R50/R60, other evenings R60/R50.  An evening to remember!


THEATRE ABROAD

As I said last month, Ron and I saw two wonderfully different shows while in the UK.  The first was at a Playhouse in Perth, Scotland, and was called Mum’s the Word. To give you an idea of its content I quote a snippet from the programme:

“It was the Spring of 1993 in Vancouver, Canada.  Six women who had once been exciting, glamorous and professional actors were now exhausted, bedraggled amateur mothers with ten children under six between them.  They decided to get together to write a show about motherhood.”  These six then acted in the original production but since then there have been many companies of Mums:  Canadian, Australian, American and European.  What they have in common is that they are all mums in real life.  The show we saw (on opening night) was meant to star Bernie Nolan but she was unable to perform due to breast cancer.  This did not however detract from the show at all – poignant, hilarious, and distinctly naughty in places, it played to a full house (with only about 6 men in the audience!).  The theatre was very elegant with two public balconies, incorporating smaller private booths.  Lovely gold filigree abounded.

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Our second theatre experience was at the Prince Edward Theatre in London and is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – who can forget such hits as Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man and Rag Doll, to name but a few?  We were extremely fortunate to get tickets very last minute – they cost us £20 each (normal price £60!!) and were literally right at the very, very top and side of the theatre!  We also had to contend with looking through stair balustrades but it was well worth it as the show was superb.  The programme featured an interview with Frankie Valli himself, who still performs regularly in concert around the world, and he had this to say “All of the kids who are playing these parts are spectacular!  It is quite difficult for them – they have to be a triple threat, who not only know how to dance and act but also have to sing.”

THE “NOT-SO-MUCH-TO-DO-WITH-DRAMA” BIT

Right, I consulted my wonderful Encyclopedia of Useless Information which has the following interesting things to say under “Soccer” (no football as it is American!):

There are only two mentions of soccer in Shakespeare, both rather derogatory.  In The Comedy of Errors, Dromio accuses Adriana: “Am I so round with you, as you with me, that like a soccer you do spurn me thus?”  While in King Lear, Kent calls Oswald a “base soccer player” before tripping him up.

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John Rutherford Gordon (1890 – 1974), newspaper editor, was the first reporter to take carrier pigeons to soccer matches to ensure that his paper received the results quickly

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In 1994 a Colombian soccer player, Andres Escobar, was shot dead by fans for scoring the “own goal” that led to their elimination from the World Cup.  (A side-bar from me: hopefully that doesn’t happen here!)

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I then googled “Vuvuzela and, from among the zillions of listings, picked out the following snippets:

There’s uncertainty on the origin of the word “vuvuzela”. Some say it comes from the isiZulu for – wait for it – “making noise”. Others say it’s from township slang related to the word “shower”, because it “showers people with music” – or, more prosaically, looks a little like a shower head.

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The world’s largest vuvuzela is 114 feet long, perched atop that unfinished flyover near the Victoria & Albert Waterfront.

BIRTHDAYS

Once again Bruce Edwards has stepped in and provided me with some “matching” birthdays – he has elaborated on the ones which he knows are acting related.  Bear in mind these are July birthdays, guys!  I would appreciate some input here – should I continue to do the month ahead or rather the current month – bearing in mind that the newsletter usually goes out after the middle of the month?

MVDS’ member James Pape born on the 9th shares with Barbara Cartland (1901), Lee Hazelwood (1929), Mark Almond (1957), Jim Kerr (1959) and Fred Savage (1976).  Also Anjelica Huston, born 1951, American Actress who won an Academy Award for Prizzi’s Honor, and appeared in The Dead, Crimes and Misdemeanours and The Addams Family. She won the National Critics Association Awards for The Drifters and The Witches.  On that day in 1956 Tom Hanks, American movie actor was born.  He starred in Splash, Big, Sleepless in Seattle, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Apollo and many others and won Best Actor Oscar for Forrest Gump. He made his directorial debut for That Thing You Do.

MVDS’ members Di Thom & Nick Lee were both born on the 11th as were John Quincy Adams (1767), E.B. White (1899), Richie Sambora (1959) and Suzanne Vega (1959).

Tom Byrne’s birthday on the 18th is quite crowded!  Our very own Nelson Mandela was born on that day in 1918.  John Glenn (1921), Astronaut Hunter Thompson & Brian Anger (1939), Martha Reeves (1941) and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1929).  Red Skelton, who had a cameo role in Around the World in 80 days in 1956 with David Niven and Shirley McClaine, was born in 1913.  Jean Yanne, French actor, was born in 1933 and Elizabeth McGovern, American actress who starred in Ordinary People and Ragtime, both in 1981, entered the world twenty years earlier.

Fiona Carling was born on the 21st, as were Ernest Hemingway (1899), Janet Reno (1938), Cat Stevens (1947) and Robin Williams (1952), the latter having starred in Popeye, Good Morning Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), The Fisher King (1991), Mrs Doubtfire (1993)  and many others.  He was the genie’s voice in Disney’s Aladdin in1992.
Our last birthday of the month is Lee de Andrade on the 29th.  She twins with Peter Jennings, born in 1938 and American actor William Horatio Powel (1892) who studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  His stage career, however, was interrupted by World War I.  His early film roles were as heavies in Westerns.  His break came when he was cast in Sherlock Holmes (1922) as Holmes, opposite John Barrymore. When talking movies came along, Powell’s stage-trained voice made him a valuable commodity. One of his other major roles was Nick Charles in The Thin Man (1934).

Let’s hope that the World Cup continues smoothly,

brings in LOTS of bucks,

and unites our wonderful country!

Eve

Our Committee:

Chair: Andrew Blake 021 7810114/0824933330  Vice-Chair: Alastair Duff 021 7884984/0787801994

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

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

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MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY

AUDITION NOTICE

‘WHAT THE BUTLER SAW’

BY JOE ORTON

To be directed by Professor Ralph Yarrow

MVDS’ is delighted to announce that this busy Professor of Drama, who currently resides in England and who has acted in and directed numerous productions both in the UK and in

India, has agreed to take time out to guest-direct for our society

DATE                 :   SATURDAY 7 AUGUST 2010

TIME                   :   14:00

PLACE               : RENDEZVOUS (OLD ZANDVLEI BOWLING CLUB), 57 PROMENADE ROAD, MUIZENBERG

ENQUIRIES      :   ANDREW BLAKE TEL 021 7810114/0824933330 EMAIL ablake@mweb.co.za

RUN                   :   1 TO 9 OCTOBER 2010, MASQUE THEATRE, MUIZENBERG

CALLBACKS   ;   MONDAY 9 AUGUST 2010

REHEARSALS     :  START WED 11 AUGUST.  MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS

SYNOPSIS: The play consists of two acts, and revolves around a Dr. Prentice, a psychiatrist attempting to seduce his attractive prospective secretary, Geraldine Barclay. The play opens with the doctor examining Geraldine Barclay in a job interview. As part of the interview, he convinces her to undress. The situation becomes more intense during Dr. Prentice’s supposed “interview” with Geraldine Barclay when Mrs Prentice enters. When his wife enters, he attempts to cover up his activity by hiding the girl behind a curtain. His wife, however, is also being seduced and blackmailed by a Nicholas Beckett. She therefore promises Nicholas the post as secretary, which adds further confusion, including Nicholas and Geraldine dressing as the opposite sex. Dr. Prentice’s clinic is then faced by a government inspection. The inspection, led by Dr. Rance, reveals the chaos in the clinic.

Characters

Dr Prentice

Geraldine Barclay

Mrs Prentice

Nicholas Beckett

Dr Rance

Sergeant Match

Nick and Geraldine are early 20s; the others anywhere between 40 and late 50s.

The play involves much fast and furious ‘business’ typical of classic farce.  Dialogue is also fast, furious and bizarre.  For examples of both stage directions and dialogue, and a more detailed account of the play, contact the production secretary via email above.  So you need to have physical and verbal agility if you intend to audition!  Please note also that, although there is no actual nudity (the play was written in1967, the year before censorship was ended on the British stage), Geraldine, Mrs Prentice, Nick and Sgt. Match are at various times (and, in the case of Geraldine, for considerable periods) forced to remove large amounts of clothing.

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

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