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CONSTANTIABERG THEATRE PLAYERS

Newsletter – July 2010

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Hello, Bonjour, Guten tag, Zdorovo, Shalom, Olá, Dumela, Buenos dias and Molo everyone!

My World Cup experience was truly unforgettable and I’m pleased to be able to say that I was there.  But now that it’s all over, I’ve noticed a distinct lack of quality content on TV (I’m disappointed that FlashForward will not be renewed for a second season, I downright refuse to watch Idols and I’m still waiting for something interesting to happen in Caprica).

And so I’ve turned my attention to the big screen instead.  I loved Sharlto Copley’s performance as Wikus van de (sic) Merwe in District 9 (rumour has it that the sequel is in pre-production) and I’m looking forward to seeing him play “Howlin’ Mad” Murdock in The A-Team.  This 36-year-old South African producer, actor and director is one to keep an eye on – which shouldn’t be too difficult since he lives here in Cape Town.  Sharlto was very involved in amateur theatre and film during his school years in Grahamstown and Johannesburg.  You see?  I’ve always said you can’t go wrong if you get involved with amateur dramatics.

The Masque Theatre

Talking about Copley, I recently saw Yvonne Copley’s production of The Collector with James Skilton and Jane de Sousa for Milnerton Players.  A two-hander is always a huge challenge and this particular piece takes the actors into rather dark places – so well done to Jane and James for their admirable performances and to Yvonne for a gripping production.

I was disappointed that there were so few audience members at the Masque on that Saturday evening.  Folks, we need to support The Masque Theatre by putting bums on seats and attending as many productions as we can.  Audiences are dwindling and funding is becoming more difficult.

Getting involved with amateur theatre is a great way to socialise, meet new people, have fun, let your hair down and be part of creating something that unfolds before an audience.  It’s fulfilling and exciting.  You don’t have to act if you don’t want to – there’s lots to do backstage and in front of house.  You can unleash your creativity or put your administration skills to good use; if you’re a total beginner, you can start from scratch and learn as you go; we accept kids, teenagers and adults of any gender.  Get involved.  Spread the word and bring your friends.

Your CTP committee

Barrie Howard, Denise Dubber and Tamara Richards have joined the Constantiaberg Theatre Players committee.  We welcome their enthusiastic commitment and look forward to their valuable input.

Upcoming production

Talking about Barrie Howard – it just so happens that he’s been cast in our next production, God’s Favorite by Neil Simon.  This funny, poignant, family-centred comedy is typical Neil Simon fare and will be directed by Celia Musikanth and staged at the Masque from 23 October.  Rehearsals have begun and the other cast members include Gavin Werner, Pam Burger, John McConnell, Wayne Ronné, Cheri-Lee Blackie and Wesley Figaji (who was successfully bribed with a huge sum of money to break his short-lived sabbatical).  June Edwards is Production Secretary with Shelley Lombard and Anna Dennis managing props and prompting.

Sad news

Debbie Bentley-Buckle’s father passed away towards the end of May and Alison King’s dad passed away earlier this month.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Debbie, Alison and their families.

Keith Galloway, founder of the Waterfront Theatre School and Company, also passed away this month.  The Waterfront Theatre Company often performs at the Masque and I hear that their current production, Dance me a song, which they dedicated to Keith, sold out before the first performance.

Next members’ evening

Our next member’s evening will be held on Thursday, 26 August, at the Bergvliet Guide Hall, 7:45pm for 8pm.  It promises to be a fun and entertaining evening with good-tasting food and good-looking company.  All CTP members are invited.

Audition notice

The Muizenberg Dramatic Society will present What the butler saw by Joe Orton at the Masque Theatre.  The production will be directed by a professor of drama from England, Professor Ralph Yarrow (trying saying that after one too many).  The play is described as a classical farce with fast, furious and bizarre dialogue and stage directions.  The cast requires one male and one female in their early 20’s and three males and one female somewhere between 40 and 60.  A production crew is also needed.  The audition will be held at 2pm on Saturday, 7 August, at The Rendezvous in Lakeside and the production runs from 1 to 9 October.  Please contact Andrew Blake on 021 781 0114 or 082 493 3330, or email ablake@mweb.co.za.

Barndance fundraiser

The CTP committee is looking into the possibility of organising a Barndance for our end-of-year function in November.  It was suggested that we get the other societies involved and use it as an opportunity to raise funds for the Masque Theatre.  Sounds exciting, so dust off your 10-gallon hat and watch this space!

Birthdays

To our members who celebrated their birthdays in July – HIP, HIP, HOORAY AND MANY HAPPY RETURNS!

11th Di Thom

23rd Wendy Goddard

If we’ve missed your birthday, it probably means that we don’t have your date of birth.  We’re pretty certain that you have one, so please contact your committee to rectify.  You may leave out the year if you so wish.

For your diary

29 – 31 July      Song and dance dedicated to the late Keith Galloway

The Waterfront Theatre Company’s Dance me a song is dedicated to the memory of its founder, Keith Galloway, who passed away recently.  Directed by Delia Sainsbury, the show is an eclectic mix of song and dance comprising Broadway, classical ballet, contemporary dance, Disney, cabaret and more.  With 300 costumes and 30 dancers and singers, this show promises to deliver entertainment for everyone.

7 August           Audition

What the butler saw by Joe Orton, directed by Professor Ralph Yarrow for Muizenberg Dramatic Society.  I hear that various characters are forced to remove large quantities of clothing in the play … which could make for an interesting audition.  Cast and crew required.

13 – 21             An Oscar Wilde fan

August              Oscar Wilde’s famous play, Lady Windermere’s fan, opens on Friday the 13th – which means it will be a superb opening night regardless of what some silly superstitious people may think!  Brenda Grey directs this brilliantly witty comedy for Claremont Dramatic Society.

26 August         Constantiaberg Theatre Players member’s evening

Be there … or we’ll bring in Nassif and Agliotti.  You see – we’re such a connected society that we’ve even got ugly friends in low places.  Oh wait a minute, I forgot, they’re “court” up at the moment.

Masque Theatre bookings

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

Now please log onto Facebook and get your friends involved in amdram  – and go see more shows at the Masque!

Regards,

Wesley.

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GASLIGHT
NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY
VOLUME 17, ISSUE 3 – JULY 2010
Greetings all!
Let’s begin this time with a warm welcome to all the new members of the Society who have joinedus though their involvement with ANNIE. We hope you will have a very happy and rewarding association with us and that it will continue way beyond ANNIE. You are part of a Society that has been in existence since 1947 and over the years has earned a reputation for excellence. We know you will work hard to further enhance that reputation. For your information, GASLIGHT is a periodicnewsletter that will keep you informed of the goings-on in the Society both on and off the stage.
At the drop of a Hat! (As seen by our Hon. Chair Audrey)
The Social event on Friday 18th June was much enjoyed by all who attended. Quite by chance the event coincided with the 2010 World Cup which was taking place at that time, much to our advantage, as many of the entertainers had taken leave from their engagements in the West End to visit the fairest Cape, so we had entertainment of the highest calibre! ( in some cases truly from the sublime to the ridiculous! – ed.) The participants gave it their best shot in order to impress the audience, who were most vociferous in their appreciation!
The hat quiz confirmed how little most of us know about who wore which hat in which Show.  The hats worn by all those present were indeed varied and spoke volumes about the wearers!
The food was good, the entertainment splendid, the company most enjoyable, the only disappointment being the relatively poor attendance. So where were you?
With Annie rehearsals under way my best wishes to all of you involved in the Show in any way.  Enjoy the hard work ahead because it will pay off as soon as “Annie” opens and the accolades start pouring in!
And speaking of Annie …
UPDATE
Feel it… it is here! No, not the World Cup… been there, done that. In case you’ve been on another planet we’re talking ‘ANNIE’ folks!
The ‘ANNIE’ vibe kicked off on 16th May in true Yankee style, complete with American flags, food, costumes, jumping castle and barbecue (that’s a braai to you). The cast and crew, along with their nearest and dearest got together in true G & S style. The day was superbly planned and executed by Jennifer Moss, with special thanks to Laura Bosman for supplying a super venue (Milnerton High School) for the event. We were treated to a preview of the set and plotting of the scenes on the big screen, which succeeded in getting everyone excited for the spectacular show that we are mounting. The food and drinks flowed as we all got to know each other, and prizes were awarded for the best costumes. If you haven’t already done so, then check out the photos of the event on the ‘ANNIE’ FaceBook Page. If you are not already on FaceBook then I suggest you sign up now, otherwise you will miss out on the
latest ‘ANNIE’ news and photos.
Well, the get-together succeeded in getting us all revved up and raring to go … but due to a small global event that was playing out, we had to wait for rehearsals to start on the 12th July!
The day finally arrived, and the Pinelands church was alive and buzzing with an excited cast and crew of around 86 performers all eager to get started. On entering the hall we were once again amazed at the work and organisation that had already been done ready for us… chairs labelled in cast order, librettos and music copied and bound, teas at the ready! The main role players introduced themselves to us, along with their words of advice and caution, but the person that drew the most awe and respect from the cast seemed to be, not the director, but the animal trainer! I’m sure it must take more to train seventy adults and children than one dog!!! By the end of the first evening we had read through the story and shared some laughs and friendship, only to return the next night to start on the real work.
Tuesday night saw the chorus come together under the excellent tutelage of Alastair Cockburn, ably supported by the long-suffering Helen Broekmann (suffering us, not Alastair!) on piano. Voices were sorted into groups, harmonies put together, and by the end of the night we all went home happy. It is such a privilege for us to have the opportunity to learn from the best in the business, at no charge, and if the start that we have made is anything to go by … it’s going to be a stunning show.
Written by “Mrs. Pugh” – Warbucks’s cook! (Alias Lynn Moss / Alias Hebe / Alias – the Queen!)
FROM OUR SISTER SOCIETIES

Preeoudly Seeouff Effriken directed by David Bolton for Pinelands Players at the Pinelands Community Hall from 22-31 July. 19:00 for 19:30. Tickets R90, which includes a Potjie supper and Dessert. Bookings on bgough@telkomsa.net or phone Tina on 0729231035. Some nights are already sold out, so move quickly.
Dance me a Song 29 -31 July.
Presented by the Waterfront Theatre Company at the Masque. An excellent, diverse and eclectic mix of song and dance featuring over 300 costumes and promising to deliver entertainment for everyone with Broadway, Classical
Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Hip Hop, Disney and Cabaret. Tickets all shows R60/R50.
Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde. 13 -21 August.
Directed by Brenda Gray for Claremont Dramatic Society. Lady Windermere, about to celebrate her 21st birthday, hears a piece of gossip that has a ripple effect on her life. Her hasty decisions and actions lead to unexpected twists and turns in the plot. Written by one of the finest exponents of social
comedy in the English language

Lance has been hard at work (thanks Lance) creating a completely new – and functional – website for the Society. Please check it out at http://www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za
SYMPATHY

Long-time member Alison King, involved in many of our shows with sets, props and as a cast member, lost her father recently. Our love and sympathy to you Ali, as well as to the family.
Last word – goes to Lorna …
I know that there are some people in the Society who don’t know too much about G&S, but here is something for those who do know.
Question: How many love-sick maidens does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer: Twenty. One to change the light bulb, and 19 to sing “Turn, oh turn, in this direction”.
(She did have the grace to say ‘Sorry’!)
Till next time …
Ken

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JULY 2010

During the World Cup, Ron ended up doing his “tour guide” thing (which he loves!) for some American visitors and they arrived on 4 July which, as I am sure you are all aware, is American Independence Day.  It got me to thinking what else is celebrated in July and apparently in the United States, July is the official month for a number of national month-long events.  Here are a couple of the more unusual ones: UV Safety Month; Smart Irrigation Month; Women’s Motorcycle Month; Cell Phone Courtesy Month; Sandwich Generation Month and International Zine Month (huh? wot’s dat?).  Ja, leave it to the Yanks!

MEMBERS’ EVENING

Our next members’ evening will be on Wednesday, 11 August, at the Rendezvous, at 19:30.  MVDS’ member Barbara Basel will be directing a short “piece” (probably a melodrama) and is looking for volunteers as it will need a few (very) rehearsals before the night.  Please contact her on 021 7890070, 0792118929 or barbas@telkomsa.net or contact Wendy Morling on 021 7150694, 0834628242 or home@morling.co.za if you are interested in taking part.  Please also RSVP to Wendy by no later than 6 August if you wish to attend, for catering purposes.  We will be having yummy soups and breads as this always goes down well on a cold winter’s night!  Remember, entrance is FREE, GRATIS, and FOR NIKS, for members and, should you wish to bring a guest, they pay a measly 10 bucks.  So, don’t leave it to the last minute – contact Wendy now!

AUDITION

Remember our audition for ‘What The Butler Saw’ by Joe Orton to be directed by guest director and professor of drama from England, Professor Ralph Yarrow.  14:00, Saturday 7TH August 2010 at The Rendezvous (Old Lakeside Bowling Club), Promenade Road, Lakeside.  Callbacks on Monday 9 August 2010.  There are no prescribed readings but enquiries can be directed to Andrew Blake on 021 7810114 or 0824933330 or ablake@mweb.co.za.  Dates of run: 1 to 9 October 2010 at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg.  Rehearsals start 11 August 2010 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.  The play is classic farce with fast, furious and bizarre dialogue and stage directions.  Many of the characters are at various times forced to remove large amounts of clothing!

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.

The Cast:  Comprises one male and female in their early twenties and three males and one female aged between 40 and 60.  Props, set, stage, lighting, sound, costume people are also needed.


SAD NEWS

Keith Galloway, much loved director of the Waterfront Theatre School and Company, passed away on Monday, 5 July 2010.  The Waterfront Theatre Company has become almost synonymous with the Masque Theatre as they have often produced two shows in any given year.  Our thoughts are with his wife, Delia, his daughters and all at the School.

CALENDAR

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”.

18 July     Freeing the Voice Power workshop.  Compiled by Lynsey Milewski, who has a Licentiate Trinity College of London Diploma, worked for ‘The Voice Clinic’ for 8 Years and ran her own Drama Company for three years.  She has done a number of amateur plays including ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Butterflies are free’ (Best actress of the year for Fish Hoek players).  It has been identified that there is a need to enhance the skill of projecting one’s voice when on stage.  Lynsey is therefore presenting a workshop at the Masque theatre from 15.00 to 18.00. The workshop will cover: Background to projection and resonance; Breathing processes; Relaxation techniques; Shoulder, jaw and neck exercises; Body language; Warm up exercises for the stage; Tongue twisters; and much more.  There will be a special price of R25.00 for Amateur Dramatic Society members, which includes tea or coffee.  Book with Celia Musikanth on masquetheatre@mweb.co.zaI have just been advised that Lynsey Milewski was Lynsey Hochfelden who has of course appeared in many MVDS productions!!!

22-31      Preeoudly Seeouff Affriken directed by David Bolton for Pinelands Players at the Pinelands

July          Community Hall.  19:00 for 19:30.  Tickets R90, which includes Hot Beef Potjie and Dessert.  Bookings on bgough@telkomsa.net or phone Tina on 0729231035.

29 -31     Dance me a Song presented by the Waterfront Theatre Company at the Masque.  An excellent,

July          diverse and eclectic mix of song an dance featuring over 300 costumes and promising to deliver entertainment for everyone with Broadway, Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Hip Hop, Disney and Cabaret.  Tickets all shows R60/R50.

13 -21     Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde.  Directed by Brenda Gray for Claremont Dramatic Soc-

August     iety.  Lady Windemere, about to celebrate her 21st birthday, hears a piece of gossip that has a ripple effect on her life.  Her hasty decisions and actions lead to unexpected twists and turns in the plot.  Written by one of the finest exponents of social comedy in the English language.

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

MEMBERS’ VIEWS

Both Val Stephens and Alastair Duff took advantage of the long school holidays (both work at

Plumstead High) and escaped “football fever” to visit Canada and Madagascar respectively.

Hopefully they will share highpoints of their holidays with us next month.

A member who SUCCUMBED to “football fever” was June Edwards who shares her experience

with us (she stresses that any reference to black and white is merely to reflect

how the “gees” does not see in colour for a change):

On Saturday 3 July we did what goes against the very core of my  being. But what an experience!  We had been avoiding the soccer congestion and everything that goes with it up to then. Just enthusiastically following the games on TV. But decided that we have to at least do the fan  walk once. Everybody who’s done it raves about it.  Dense shuffling  crowds has never been my scene. So I prepared myself for the worst.   Normally and of sound mind I would never consider taking a packed train  and then walk from Cape Town station to the stadium just for fun. Walking, to  fetch my illegally parked, towed away car from the pound across town once was  more than enough for me!
According to Cape Talk Radio, 150,000 plus  people walked the fan walk that day. Of which approx 35,000 actually entered  the stadium. So we were part of the ticketless rest.  We took a train  from Plumstead station to Cape Town station. Jam packed train carriages. We  were about 200 people in a carriage made for 60. Across the colour spectrum, from tiny tots to elderly. The “gees” was  something to behold. Painted faces, wigs, fan gear, flags, you name it. The  banter was delightful. Not to mention the vuvuzelas. They were mostly  considerately blown poking out the open windows of the train. No need to find  a hand rail to hang on to. We were packed so tightly that when the train  swerved it was like mexican wave of bodies. We were like one, never mind where  your loyalty lay. A young black man got up and offered his seat to a little  old white lady, upon which a loud cheer went up and comments about chivalry  not being dead, well done, etc. poured from all around, with many people  patting him on the back. He made his way towards the doors and said, “I’m  getting off at the next station”.  A moan and many boos went up and a  small voice from the corner said, “Alas she is dead.”  At every station,  when the train doors opened a particular Argentinean fan, a young coloured  man, shouted, “all the Germans get off now!” He was wearing a soccer shirt  with “Messi” printed on the back. As we were pulling in to Cape Town station,  a German fan, an elderly white man, said loudly, “This train is getting messy  you must get off now!  “Mr Messi” just laughed over his shoulder.  Apparently it was like that for hours, a sandwiched train pulling into Cape  Town station every 15 minutes.
The walk was unbelievable.  Every  street block had different musicians, from tenors, rock and roll to our very  own minstrels. And of course music of all sorts pumping out of every other  building. Many fun parades, young agile men in costumes of all kinds, not just  walking, dancing on tall stilts. Also on Waterkant Street, a giant vuvuzela  gas canon blowing flames up into the air every few minutes. It was more of a  fan shuffle than a walk. Wall to wall people. Even the old and disabled being  pushed in wheelchairs, part of the whole thing. Many babies and toddlers  carried on shoulders and baby carriers. We  even saw police on horseback, just like in London. Yes, even MOI proudly  displayed a painted German flag on my face!  A young black man on the  street, with brushes and all the colours in paint pots, was painting flags on  faces for R30! Speak of entrepreneurial. When paying our R30 Bruce needed  change and for lack of two hands the guy pulled a fist full of notes out of  his pocket, held it out to Bruce and said ,”Take what you need”. Carpe Diem!   There was a group of people advertising free hugs and in the spirit of  it I hugged a total stranger. The whole experience was too big to even begin  describing it to any one who wasn’t there.   At least we can say WE DID IT!  And I will certainly always remember it as my 2010 highlight.
June (and Bruce)

Thanks, June, we actually did it as well that day and, yes, it was spectacular!

BIRTHDAYS

Well, it appears you like having the birthdays “in advance” so here goes for August.  Thanks again to Bruce who provided me with lots more than the ones listed (including those I mentioned LAST year) so, being mindful of space, I just picked and chose the ones I fancied!  Please contact Bruce or myself if you are dying to see the whole list.  We actually have three “0” birthdays this month:  John McConnell turns 70 and Jonathan Duguid and Jabu Hallinan both turn 20!

Starting with John on the 10th:
Norma Shearer (1900-Scottish ballet dancer and actress); Leo Fender (1909-inventor of the Fender guitar); Jimmy Dean (1928-singer, one hit wonder “Big Bad John”), James Dean (1931-American actor died in a car accident 1955), Ian Anderson (1947-flautist and band leader of “Jethro Tull”).

Then Tobie Beele on the 15th:
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769); T. E. Lawrence (1888-“Lawrence of Arabia”); Julia Child (1912).

Sandy Gee & Ralph Lawson share the 20th with:
Benjamin Harrison (1833-23rd president of the US); Jim Reeves (1924-American crooner).
The 24th sees Jonathan Duguid and:
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-Argentinian poet, short story writer); Jean Desailly (1920-French actress).
Joan Hitchcock’s 25th also belongs to:
Clara Bow (1905-American actress, one of the most popular stars and sex symbols of the 1920s);
Ruby Keeler (1910-Actress of the 1930s); Van Johnson (1916-Actor “Brigadoon” 1954); Monty Hall (1923).

Jabu on the 20th:
Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-36th president of the US); Mother Theresa (1910); Martha Raye (1916-film actress); B. J. Thomas (1942-American vocalist, well-known for “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”).
Last but not least Lynwen Roman on the 29th:
Ingrid Bergman (1915-Actress); Charlie Parker (1920-jazz saxophonist); Richard Gere (1949).

Hope you all have a wonderful day and an equally wonderful year!

FEEDBACK

The Presentation & Discussion session of the budget and finances of the Masque Theatre was held on 21 June 2010 and was attended by some 25 people, a number of which belong to our society.  A chance to share views on the future of our theatre resulted in some lively discussion and the eventual appointment of a “task team”, to be facilitated by Yvonne Finch (Copley).  This will comprise of members of each of the four Masque Societies who will “brainstorm” ideas and present them to Mancom.

Go on – have a hotdog!

‘Cos July is also National Hotdog month in America!!

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

Other Members: Eve Carr 0217977286/0827892281 (Newsletter)  Ron Carr 0217977286/0727847236 (Bar, Backstage)

Wendy Morling 021 7150694/0834628242 (Members’Evenings)

yes’>�9 �sa����ns 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

Other Members: Eve Carr 0217977286/0827892281 (Newsletter)  Ron Carr 0217977286/0727847236 (Bar, Backstage)

Wendy Morling 021 7150694/0834628242 (Members’Evenings)

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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July 2010 – Number 89


Can you believe that in only 4 days it’s all over? Only 2 games remaining out of 64? I’m sure that we can find another 32 countries to come and play… I‘m not ready for this to end!

Member news

We welcome 2 new members to CDS – Clifford Graham and Natalia Pearson – a warm welcome to you both!

The committee is in the process of updating payments. If you are unsure about having paid your membership fee send an e-mail to claremontdramatics@gmail.com to find out if you have paid or not.

Member’s evenings

CDS will have a Movie Viewing evening on 16 July 2010. Time is 19h30 for 20h00 as usual.

‘Genevieve’

“One of the best things to have happened to British films” – Gavin Lambert

The spectacle of the London to Brighton Commemorative Run provides the background for this delightful comedy in which friendly rivalry (both automotive and sexual) between two couples develops into a no-holds-barred race! Four charming lead performances, a sharp and amusing script, Larry Alder’s Oscar nominated harmonica theme and the vintage cars themselves fortuitously combined to turn ‘Genevieve’ into an unexpected smash hit. It won the BAFTA for Best British Film in 1953 and remains to this day one of Britain’s most affectionately remembered films.

The next Members evening on the 10th September 2010 will be a play reading evening.

Production updates

Lady Windermere’s Fan

Kim tells us:

Our Hok has not bustled with as many people in one rehearsal venue for some time. The rehearsals are beautifully underway with what I am sure is over 600 years of acting experience. Everyone is having a fine time with Oscar Wilde’s timeless piece and chuckles abound every few minutes.

There are a couple of things that our esteemed Director Brenda Gray needs for her set.

  1. A pair or two of very, very long curtains in a plain dark jewel colour.
  2. A tantalus: which is a term for a type of drinks decanter stand in which the bottles are firmly clamped down by a metal bar, as a means of preventing servants from stealing the “master’s” liquor.

The get-in date at the Masque is on the 1st August at 12 noon.

Please would all those who are keen to help set build please let Kim Harris know on 083 355 7050. Similarly, there is a lot of Set Decor/Scenic painting to be done and all help would be appreciated. Those keen, please to contact Kim.

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 this month.

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

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