Archive for October, 2010


I’m sure many of you have received the following as either an Email or SMS:
“This October has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, all in 1 month.
It happens once in 823 years. These are considered money bags months.
Pass them to 8 good people and money will appear.
Based on Chinese fengshui, whoever stops this will experience none.”
Well, sorry, I didn’t pass it on and now I’m glad I didn’t cos ………
See further in this newsletter for reason!!

MEMBERS’ (and close AmDram Friends) NEWS

Our condolences to John Blewett (and wife, Margie) on the death of his sister, Jean.

Lieske Bester has had to undergo a medical procedure and we wish her a speedy recovery.

And the same speedy recovery to Pam Ross after fracturing her thoracic spine.

On a much NICER note: Wendy Morling is recovering well from her hip replacement op – don’t think she will quite be up to barn-dancing tho’!

And nicer still: This just in! Popular past MVDS members Frances and Peter Brunwen
will be in town in November and will attend the Barn Dance!


This month we welcome Carin Bester, Gavin Gomes and Ralph Yarrow (see “Past Production”), Chelsea Van Coller and Kim Leih to our society which brings us nicely to ……

Kim is our ONE HUNDRETH member!!! Yay – MVDS has reached its CENTURY!!
This comes right before our 32nd birthday on 29 November 2010 – we will not be having a members evening on that night but will definitely raise our glasses to this occasion at the BARN DANCE – see “MUST DO’S” further on in this newsletter.


“What the Butler Saw” ran at the Masque from 1 to 9 October and received great reviews. We have gained three new members from this production and hope to see a great deal of them, although Ralph will unfortunately not be in SA for too much longer. This show certainly made Masque eyes boggle with its total irreverence and scantily-clad gals! Thanks to Professor Ralph Yarrow for guest-directing this entertaining piece ……… and then stepping into one of the lead roles at VERY short notice! Well done to all the cast for handling this super-fast farce with total aplomb but especially to James Skilton who had a shorter rehearsal period than most. Congrats, too, to stage manager (and prod sec and set designer and set builder and, and, and!!) Andrew Blake who held it all together.


No usual “Calendar” this month but this section covers the “stuff” you need to diarise!
Our very own Celia Musikanth is directing God’s Favorite by ever-popular Neil Simon for Constantiaberg Theatre Players at the Masque from 22 to 30 October. This modern tale is loosely based on the Biblical book of Job. Joe Benjamin is a wealthy and respected businessman living with his family in suburban Long Island. God and Satan make a bet and God puts his trust in Joe to keep his faith. God’s messenger, sent to test Joe’s faith, is a wise cracking guy from Queens. MVDS’ members Lynda Jennings and John McConnell are both in the cast. Normal prices and days but please note extra Matinee on Sun, 24/10, at 15:00! Can’t wait to see this set in which Ron had a hand!

A short Workshop to bring everyone up to date on Standard Operating Procedures at the Masque Theatre will be held in the theatre foyer at 11:00 on Sunday, 24 October. All Foyer Managers, Box Office Personnel and Stage Managers are invited to attend. Please advise either Shelley Lombard on shellbee@iafrica.com or birga Thomas on 021 7885272 if you will be attending. This is a good time to thank Shelley for stepping into the breach as Secretary for the Masque Management Committee!

As you should all by now be fully aware, a Barn Dance is being held on Saturday, 6 November at 19:30, at the Bergvliet Primary School, Children’s Way, Bergvliet, as a fundraiser for the Masque Theatre. Tickets will cost R80 per person and include lucky draw prizes! Yummy food will be available for sale and there will be a cash bar. The evening will be run by Caroline Blundell, who has many years’ experience in hosting Barn Dancing events – her father was the renowned entertainer Keith Blundell. For information on Caroline, check out her Internet site on http://www.barndance.co.za. So dust off your Stetsons, pull on your Long Johns, grab all your friends and family, and come dance – let’s make this a celebration and raise as much as we can for the theatre we all love. Tickets can be purchased at the door but please advise a committee member how many will be in your party for a rough idea on catering. Hey! Hey! Hey”: This just in! Popular past MVDS members Frances and Peter Brunwen will be in town in November and will attend the Barn Dance!

MVDS will hold an audition for The Crucible on Saturday, 13 November. The full audition notice is attached.

The annual Inter-Society Quiz will be presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society on Sunday, 14 November in the Masque Theatre Foyer, 18:30 for 19:00. Each society is limited to TWO teams and we already have an eager-beaver first team so …….. contact birga NOW on 021 7885272 or birgatom@iafrica.com to be on the other team!! Unlike most other years, this year the event is FREE with a finger supper being provided and a cash bar available – thanks Fish Hoek! This promises to be lots of fun and EVERYONE will have a chance to participate. So please let either Margi Blewett (margib@zoomadvertising.co.za) or Helen Mathers (021–785 4050) know by 1 November if you can make it so they can finalize catering arrangements.

ANOTHER play directed by a MVDS’ member, Aubrey Hindle, is Deathtrap by Ira Levin for Fish Hoek Dramatic Society at the Masque from 12 to 20 November. More about this next month!


Our November birthdays start on the 5th with Kelly Kowalski. I found a very apt song title for her by a group called Air : “Kelly, Watch the Stars”!
For Simon Sutton on the 7th ……………..”Simple Simon Says” by the 1910 Fruitgum Company – no offence, Si!
The 9th sees Sandy Alexander turning a year older – everyone knows “Sandy” from the movie Grease.
Our two 19th birthdays are Rick Magnin and Christin Sterly and both gave me a bit of trouble!
There is a real rap number called Lodi Dodi by Snoop Dogg which features the name of a musician called Slick Rick!
I couldn’t manage a Christin but I did find one called “Christina Death” by The 69 Eyes – anyone ever heard of THEM before?
The 26th is Luke Luies’ birthday and he was surprisingly easy – “Luke the Drifter” by Hank Williams and “Luke’s Guitar” by Stompin’ Tom Conners.
Wishing you all a wonderful day and a wonderful year ahead!


Went to my good ol’ pal, the Web, and found this:
“It is true that October 2010 has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays . However, there is nothing particularly unusual about this fact. And it is certainly not true that such a combination only happens every 823 years. In fact, such combinations occur every few years. The next year that has a month of October with 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays will be 2021. This is a mere eleven years in the future, not 823 years as suggested in the message. And the same combination occurred as recently as 2004. In fact, any month that has 31 days will have three consecutive days that occur five times in the month. Such combinations are commonplace and occur each and every year. For example, October 2011 will have 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays and 5 Mondays. Since many months with such combinations will come along in the months and years to come, we are perhaps likely to see our inboxes and social networks cluttered with updated versions of these silly- and utterly pointless – messages as time goes by.”
Believe it? Or not?

I’ll see you guys EITHER at God’s Favorite (we’re going opening night)
OR the Barn Dance OR the Quiz
OR all of the above!
Cheers, Eve

Directed By: Barbara Basel
AUDITION DATE: Saturday 13 November 2010 at 14:00
PLACE: Rendezvous (Old Zandvlei Bowling Club), 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg
CALLBACKS: Wednesday 17 November 2010 at 19:30
ENQUIRIES: Production Secretary Gill Charman on 021 788 1642 or gfb@sun.ac.za
Director Barbara Basel on barbara.basel@gmail.com or 082 6511695
DATES OF RUN: 4 to 12 March 2011 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg
REHEARSALS: Every Monday and Wednesday (19:30 – 22:00) and Saturday (14:00 – 17:00) commencing Sat 20 November 2010. Christmas break from Thurs 16 Dec 2010 to 9 Jan 2011. Recommencing Mon 10 Jan 2011. The Rehearsal period is longer than normal to allow for the Christmas break. Auditionees must be able to commit to these dates.
PLEASE NOTE: Auditionees must prepare for the audition with prescribed readings which may be obtained from Gill or Barbara (as above). Full scripts are also available. Auditionees are welcome to read for more than one character.
SYNOPSIS: Early in 1692 in the small Massachusetts village of Salem, a collection of girls fall ill, falling victim to hallucinations and seizures. In extremely religious Puritan New England, frightening or surprising occurrences were often attributed to the devil or his cohorts. The unfathomable sickness spurred fears of witchcraft, and it was not long before the girls, and then many other residents of Salem, began to accuse other villagers of consorting with devils and casting spells. Old grudges and jealousies spilled out into the open, fueling the atmosphere of hysteria. The Massachusetts government and judicial system, heavily influenced by religion, rolled into action. Within a few weeks, dozens of people were in jail on charges of witchcraft. By the time the fever had run its course, in late August 1692, nineteen people had been convicted and hanged for witchcraft.
Abigail Williams +-18 Abigail, Rev Parris’s niece. is smart, wily, a good liar, and vindictive when crossed. Abigail was the servant for the Proctor household, but Elizabeth Proctor fired her after discovering she was having an affair with her husband.
John Proctor 35-40 Husband of Elizabeth Proctor who has a farm just outside Salem. A stern, harsh-tongued man, John hates hypocrisy. He had an affair with Abigail but when the hysteria begins, he hesitates to expose her as a fraud because he worries that his secret will be revealed and his good name ruined.
Elizabeth Proctor 35-40 John Proctor’s wife. She is supremely virtuous, but often cold. She is jealous of Abigail and suspicious of her husband.
Rev Parris +-45 The minister of Salem’s church whose main concern is building his position in the community. He is a paranoid, power-hungry, yet oddly self-pitying figure. he is disliked by many of the townsfolk, especially John Proctor.
Rev John Hale 25-30 A young minister reputed to be an expert on witchcraft who is called in to Salem to examine Parris’s daughter Betty. Hale is a committed Christian and hater of witchcraft. His critical mind and intelligence save him from falling into blind fervor. His arrival sets the hysteria in motion, although he later regrets his actions and attempts to save the lives of those accused.
Judge Danforth 50+ The Deputy Governor of Massachusetts and the presiding judge at the witch trials. Honest and scrupulous, at least in his own mind, Danforth is convinced that he is doing right in rooting out witchcraft.
JudgeHathorne 45-50 A judge who presides, along with Danforth, over the witchcraft trials.
Herrick 40 The marshal of Salem
Francis Nurse 60-65 A wealthy, influential man in Salem. Nurse is well respected by most people in Salem, but is an enemy of Thomas Putnam and his wife.
Rebecca Nurse 60-65 Francis Nurse’s wife. Rebecca is a wise, sensible, and upright woman, held in tremendous regard by most of the Salem community. However, she falls victim to the hysteria when the Putnams accuse her of witchcraft and she refuses to confess.
Giles Corey 60-65 An elderly but feisty farmer in Salem, famous for his tendency to file lawsuits. Giles’s wife, Martha, is accused of witchcraft, and he himself is eventually held in contempt of court and pressed to death with large stones.
Martha Corey 60-65 Giles Corey’s third wife. Martha’s reading habits lead to her arrest and conviction for witchcraft.
Thomas Putnam 50+ A wealthy, influential citizen of Salem, Putnam holds a grudge against Francis Nurse for preventing Putnam’s brother-in-law from being elected to the office of minister. He uses the witch trials to increase his own wealth by accusing people of witchcraft and then buying up their land.
Ann Putnam 40+ Thomas Putnam’s wife. Ann Putnam has given birth to eight children, but only Ruth Putnam survived. The other seven died before they were a day old, and Ann is convinced that they were murdered by supernatural means.
EzekielCheever 30-40 A Salem man who acts as court clerk during the witch trials. He is upright & determined to do his duty for justice.
Tituba 35-40 Rev. Parris’s black slave from Barbados. Tituba agrees to perform voodoo at Abigail’s request.
Ruth Putnam 10+ The Putnam’s only surviving child out of eight. Like Betty Parris, Ruth falls into a strange stupor after Reverend Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the woods at night.
Mary Warren 16 Thomas Putman’s servant and a member of Abigail’s group. She is timid and easily influenced, she tries unsuccessfully to expose the hoax and ultimately recants her confession.
Betty Parris 10+ Rev Parris’s ten-year-old daughter. She falls into a strange stupor after Parris catches her dancing in the forest with the other girls and Tituba. Her illness and that of Ruth Putnam fuel the first rumors of witchcraft.
Mercy Lewis 16 One of the girls in Abigail’s group

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Directed for Milnerton Players by Wendy Goddard

Performance Dates: 25 March – 2 April 2011 Milnerton Playhouse
(rehearsals start mid-January)

Audition Date: Sunday 7 November 2010

Time: 14h00

Venue: Milnerton Playhouse, Pienaar Road, Milnerton (behind library)

Chapter Two is widely perceived to be an autobiographical revelation of Neil Simon’s coming to terms with the death of his first wife, followed by his love affair and subsequent marriage to actress Marsha Mason.

This very funny but poignant play is based around four brilliantly penned characters: George Schneider, a mourning writer; Jenny Malone, a levelheaded actress; Leo, George’s garrulous but loving brother; and Faye, Jenny’s utterly clueless but enchanting friend.

George has not moved on from the untimely demise of his wife, despite Leo’s best efforts to hook him up with other women. Then he meets Jenny, who’s just walked out of a terrible marriage to a football player, and in a very short space of time they’re in love. But George’s memories catch up with him and he soon finds himself trapped between the past and the present, and the new relationship starts to crumble. Can he reconcile his past and move forward with Jenny, a sentimental woman with a strong head on her shoulders? Do they give up or work things out?

Although it seems like a heavy subject to deal with, Simon’s wonderful narrative and witty and humorous dialogue makes Chapter Two an immensely likeable piece. In George and Jenny, he shows us complexity and simplicity. In Leo and Faye, he presents us with two of the most confused yet adorable characters that we connect with right from the word go.

The play was nominated for the 1978 Tony Award for Best Play, and is considered one of Neil Simon’s finest works. In 1979, Chapter Two was released as a film, directed by Robert Moore and starring James Caan and Simon’s then-wife Marsha Mason, on whom the character of Jennie was based.

Cast of Characters:

George Schneider (40-55)
Leo Schneider (30-45)
Jennie Malone (30 – 45)
Faye Medwick (20 – 35)

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


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