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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

http://www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

November 2010 – Number 93________________________________________

It’s a musical time of the year – what with Annie well under way (you have 11 shows left to come and see it if you haven’t yet). And our own Gigi opening in a week – can’t wait to see that one too.

I’ve been very fortunate to be able to work backstage as TSM at Artscape – the sheer size was overwhelming. But as always – the fellow cast & crew and the audiences make it all so worthwhile!

We’re also very excited to see Julie Summers playing Spud’s mom in the long-anticipated movie which is due to open in a week – can’t wait!

Member’s evening – Christmas Party – reminder !

The date for our end of year bash has been set – and we hope to see you all there!
Please do let Pam know if you’ll be joining us.
Date: Sunday, 12 December 2010 at 17h30 for 18h00
Venue: Hok, Claremont
What to bring: Meat for the braai, and a plate of eats for the table.
And don’t forget your “party piece”!!

The Inter-Society Quiz
We all had a great evening at the annual Inter-Society Quiz – thanks to a super organising team for some very interesting questions, good snacks and an all-round wonderful time. The 2 CDS teams tied – and didn’t win, which means that we don’t need to organise next year’s event.
Thanks to our fellow CDSers for flying our flag: Wendy Goddard, Jay Heale, Simon Dutton and myself on one team and Su Farmer, Elza-lynne Kruger, Pam Burger and Colin Wilkinson – thank you all!

Congratulations to the winning team from Constantiaberg 

Production update

Gigi – an update from Clifford Graham – The Director

It’s hard to believe that in the past week the Masque Stage has become Paris. It still feels as though rehearsals have only just begun! I have to say that if that were the case, then we would have been ready for the stage months ago.

June Wells has been hard at work getting the set decorated in the Claremont Hok and I’m sure you are going to be wowed with the result. Costumes are undergoing final adjustments, lighting and sound are been plotted and planning for construction is well underway.
As is usually the case at this time of the year, a horsey Gigi (or two) have been prancing across the rehearsal stage. Douxville will never be the same again!

Our photo shoot last Sunday saw us on Muizenberg Beach as the sun was creeping over Cape Hangklip illuminating the subjects faces with more than just a hint of magic. I’m sure nature provided a benchmark for us to follow. It’s been a wonderful process one way or the other, and the final push to opening night is going to be as challenging as it will be rewarding. I can’t thank everyone enough for their efforts to date, everyone involved has been wonderfully patient, artistic and above all dedicated to making Gigi the production it will be!
Suffice it to say that as the audience experiences the magic of the musical, we will get our thanks by their applause.

Luella Holland as Gigi

Get Thee to the Theatre!

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

Gigi opens at the Masque on 3 December and runs till December 18.
Fri. 03 Dec. 20:00
Sat. 04 14:30 and 18:30
Wed. 08 20:00 [N.B. day of the week]
Thu. 09 20:00
Fri. 10 20:00
Sat. 11 14:30 and 18:30
Sun. 12 15:00 [N.B. day and time]
Tue. 14 20:00 [N.B. day of the week]
Wed. 15 20:00 [N.B. day of the week]
Thu. 16 14:30 and 20:00 [N.B. day of the week and matinée] PUBL. HOL.
Fri. 17 20:00
Sat. 18 14:30 and 18:30

Tickets
Matinées R65 (R75 for non-members) – all other performances R70 (R80 for non-members)

Annie
13 November to 05 December 2010
Gilbert & Sullivan is putting on this all-time favourite. It is on at Artscape, and everything is in full swing, with some wonderful stories coming out of the rehearsals – including a very quick-learning dog Max adopted from TEARS that picked up his moves on day 1!
Bookings at Computicket or on Dial-a-Seat (021-421 7695).

Nobody’s Perfect
26 November to 04 December 2010
Nobody’s Perfect by Simon Williams presented by Milnerton Players and directed by Sheila McCormick at the Playhouse. In this fast-moving, witty comedy shy, staid, statistician Leonard, works from home suffering jibes from his teenage daughter, Dee Dee, and his rascally father, Gus. Anxious to make it as an author, he sends book after book to a feminist publisher but editor Harriet rejects all his masculine efforts until he submits a novel, based on his experiences as a single parent, under a feminine pseudonym. Bookings on 021 557 3206, 082 267 1061 or macdram@afrihost.co.za

Rock ‘n Rouge
31 December 2010

Rock ‘n Rouge. Light up your New Year’s Eve with Cape Town’s hottest comedy cabaret
group back by popular demand at the Masque! A brand new show, covering a variety of
songs from musicals such as Cabaret, La Cage aux Follies, Gypsy, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia
and We Will Rock You, promises a night of comedy, glamour, song, dance, and a little bit of
naughty. Tickets R100 (R90) which include snacks during the intervals, champagne to toast
the new year, and a DJ in the foyer for the party after the show. Contact Luella Holland on
082 484 6629 for more information.

Help Thee the Masque!

I wasn’t there – but I understand that the Barn Dance was a fantastic affair – and that much fun was had by all – well done on the organisation and the gees!!

Great news….the Masque Theatre is alive and well on its website http://www.masquetheatre.co.za.

If ever you work backstage at the Masque and/or help build a set please note that
should you wish to alter or adapt any of the standard flats or book flats for any production, permission must first be obtained from Scott Gill on 021 712 4200 or gillfam@telkomsa.net.

The Masque is in URGENT need of a Maintenance Manager.
There are a number of maintenance issues that arise from time to time at the theatre that need immediate attention so ideally our volunteer should be someone who is either retired or who is free during the day. An alternative would be for the Maintenance Manager to put together a team that could be called on for specific jobs – this could make life a lot easier when specialised tasks come to light. If there is

ANYONE out there who is willing to please let Shelley Lombard know on shellbee@iafrica.com or 021 671 0604 (W) – your help would be very much appreciated.
Please note that this is a volunteer position.

See you all soon!

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NOVEMBER 2010

Definitely “better late than never” this month!!! Let’s start with a brain teaser:
What four animals are a woman’s best friends?
Tell ya later!

NEWS OF AMDRAM FRIENDS

One for the movie buffs: Julie Summers, who is not a MVDS’ member at the moment but has been on-and-off for yeaaaars, plays the role of Spud’s mother in the new Spud movie, which is just out.

Our love, prayers and thoughts are with past Chairperson, Terry Best, who is not well. Terry, we are all thinking of you and sending positive vibes.

I’m sure a lot of you remember Ed Cutten (he of the booming laugh!) and his wife, Sally, who re-located to Humansdorp way a coupla years back. Just to let you know they will be in Cape Town over the Christmas period (and specifically at GiGi on the evening of 18 Dec) if you want to play “catch-up”.
WELCOME (BACK!)

…….. to Su Cunningham and Heather Gibbons, who have officially rejoined us!

MASQUE MATTERS

Great news….the Masque Theatre is alive and well on its website http://www.masquetheatre.co.za.
If ever you work backstage at the Masque and/or help build a set please note that
should you wish to alter or adapt any of the standard flats or book flats for any production,
permission must first be obtained from Scott Gill on 021 712 4200 or gillfam@telkomsa.net.
The Masque is in URGENT need of a Maintenance Manager.
There are a number of maintenance issues that arise from time to time at the theatre that need immediate attention so ideally our volunteer should be someone who is either retired or who
is free during the day. An alternative would be for the Maintenance Manager to put together
a team that could be called on for specific jobs – this could make life a lot easier when
specialised tasks come to light. If there is ANYONE out there who is willing to please
let Shelley Lombard know on shellbee@iafrica.com or 021 6710604 (W)
your help would be very much appreciated.
Please note that this is a volunteer position.

BARN DANCE

What fun it was!! Hadn’t been to one of these for yonks and had forgotten what a good workout it is. Caroline had patience galore and managed to make even the “two-left-feeters” feel that they were doing a good job. “Pukka” barn dances were interspersed with line-dances – Barrie Howard INSISTING that we MUST do the Achy Breaky Heart one! Some 80 people were there – as one of our friends remarked “there was so much swapping of partners we should have been using condoms!” It was lovely to catch up with Frances and Peter Brunwin who were in town and decided to support this fundraiser. Many thanks to Constantiaberg Theatre Players (and the entire barn dance task team) for all the hard work which went into making this a really different evening. Unfortunately the profit was not huge but every cent counts. Everyone agrees that we must DEFINITELY have one of these during the course of next year – those that missed out ……… watch this space!!
CALENDAR

13 Nov – Annie, an all time favourite. will be presented by Gilbert & Sullivan at Artscape Opera
5 Dec House. Tickets range from R130 to R230. Bookings at Computicket or on Dial-a-Seat (021-421 7695) or http://www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za.

26 Nov – Nobody’s Perfect by Simon Williams presented by Milnerton Players and directed
4 Dec by Sheila McCormick at the Playhouse. In this fast-moving, witty comedy shy, staid, statistician Leonard, works from home suffering jibes from his teenage daughter, Dee Dee, and his rascally father, Gus. Anxious to make it as an author, he sends book after book to a feminist publisher but editor Harriet rejects all his masculine efforts until he submits a novel, based on his experiences as a single parent, under a feminine pseudonym. Bookings on 021 557 3206, 082 267 1061 or macdram@afrihost.co.za

3 – 18 Gigi at the Masque. Claremont Dramatic Society and Pinelands Players have teamed up to
Dec produce this Lerner and Loewe masterpiece. Directed by Clifford Graham, musical direction by Justin Wardle and choreography by Kim Harris. Musicals of this stature are rarely seen and everything is being done to ensure the spectacle will not be lacking in visual splendour and pace packed rhythm, in this beautiful and poignant coming of age story. Tickets R80 (R70). Extra performances on Sundays and certain weekdays!

31 Dec Rock ‘n Rouge. Light up your New Year’s Eve with Cape Town’s hottest comedy cabaret group back by popular demand at the Masque! A brand new show, covering a variety of songs from musicals such as Cabaret, La Cage aux Folles, Gypsy, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You, promises a night of comedy, glamour, song, dance, and a little bit of naughty. Tickets R100 (R90) which include snacks during the intervals, champagne to toast the new year, and a DJ in the foyer for the party after the show. Contact Luella Holland on 082 484 6629 for more information.

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

WHAT ELSE IS ON?

Constantiaberg Theatre Players is having an audition on Sunday, 21 November 2010 at 14:00 for Come Back, Little Sheba, a drama in two acts by William Inge. This will be directed by Barrie Howard and the audition will be held at The Rendezvous (Old Zandvlei Bowling Club), 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg with run dates being early April 2011. The play requires 8 males and 3 females. Enquiries may be addressed to Barrie on jingrayh@mweb.co.za, or 021 715 2777 or 082 7424720.

A crowd call BlazHoffski TV-Productions from Amsterdam are producing a program called ‘Flashback’ and are recording in and around Cape Town from 23 November to 7 December 2010. For this period they are looking for people as supporting actors / extras for half a day to a day. They will cater for you and pay for your transport, but otherwise it is non-paying. It sounds a little bit like “The Amazing Race” – for instance, the contestants may be asked: “how many times did you see a man in a pink shirt and what did he say” and YOU could be the guy in the pink shirt! You can contact Nicolle Weenink on T +31 (0)20 – 301 8450, F +31 (0)20 – 301 8455 or E nicolle@blazhoffski.nl for more information. Or check out http://www.blazhoffski.nl

INTER-SOCIETY QUIZ
Birga Thomas, who was on one of the two MVDS’ teams has this to say:
The 2010 Inter-Society Quiz was a wonderful evening. We have to thank Fish Hoek for a well-prepared, well-organised (and free) event with Aubrey Hindle, Alastair Duff and Cecil Jakins presenting, John Blewett (and Margi?) on sound, Helen Mathers counting the marks and Jane Philbrick writing them up. And to the people working at the bar: Thank you! All had great fun! Aside from the delicious snacks during interval, there were very difficult, difficult and easier as well as easy questions; a real good mix. Some rounds saw practically all teams just get 2, 3 or 4 answers correct. But the spirit was great (aside from the one or two really competitive individuals). What is called a “carpenters’ scene”? (See elsewhere in this newsletter for answer). So we all learned something too. So, how did MVDS do? Our teams were A: Angela Lee-Wright, Celia Musikanth, Raymond Rudolph and birga Thomas and B: Bruce & June Edwards, Sandy Gee and Val Stephens.
We managed not to come first [thanks to Raymond who insisted on this, although birga wanted to win]! And we didn’t come last either. We decided that both teams should come close together in the bottom half. And that we managed! So: Get prepared for the Inter-Society Quiz 2011 you lot!
And Constantiaberg came first with the honour of hosting next year!

BIRTHDAYS
December is a sparse month for birthdays but that needn’t stop us wishing them all well for the year ahead: Jane De Sousa on the 2nd, Andre Thomas on the 27th, Gavin Gomes on the 29th and Beverley Webster on the 31st. The narcissus (also known as the daffodil) is the December birthday flower, and it means respect, modesty and faithfulness and comes in yellow, orange and white.
While I’m on flowers I can’t resist sharing this “funny” which came from Wendy Morling:
At a couples conference the speaker mentioned that couples are so disconnected
that 85% of husbands don’t know their wives’ favourite flower.
Koos turned to his wife and whispered: “Dis selfraising nê?”

THE ANSWERS
Q: A carpenter’s scene?
A: One taking place in front of the (closed) curtain for a (major) scene change on the set.
Q: What four animals are a woman’s best friends?
A: A mink in the cupboard, a jaguar in the garage, a tiger in bed ……….
and a jackass to pay for it all!
Sorry, guys, couldn’t resist that one!
Stay well! Eve

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“CONSTANTIABERG CUE”

CONSTANTIABERG THEATRE PLAYERS (CTP)
Newsletter – November 2010
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Well, hello there …

2010 is nearly over.

Eish … enough already, let’s move on.

Past CTP Production … God’s Favorite

If you didn’t get to see this production, then shame on you. The houses were reasonably good throughout the run and the reviews were ALL brilliant. Audience reactions were wonderful, from giggles and unrestrained laughter to tears and even standing ovations.

The crew were amazing – the set itself was a major character in the play and the transformation from a “big house with a small fireplace” to “a small house with a big fireplace” (i.e. the house burned down) drew appreciative applause from the audience. And all the goings-on were magnificently enhanced by very effective lighting and sound.

Well done Constantiaberg for putting on a very enjoyable and successful production! Yes, I know I’m biased but I’m trying very hard to be objective.

Upcoming CTP production …Come Back Little Sheba

Barrie Howard will be directing William Inge’s Come Back Little Sheba for Constantiaberg. This successful Broadway play was made into a movie starring Burt Lancaster, there was a television version starring Laurence Olivier and Carrie Fisher, and it was even adapted for the musical stage. It’s scheduled to open on the 1st of April 2011. Keep an eye out for the audition notice.

Next members’ evening … The Barn Dance, of course

We’ll see you there, won’t we? Read on.

THE BARN DANCE … a GENTLE reminder, not that you need it, I know. Because you can’t wait, can you?

This is our initiative to raise much-needed funds for the Masque Theatre. If you love the Masque then come and show your support. Bring your family and friends – it’s going to be such fun, even if you have two left feet … especially if you have two left feet! It’s not too late, you can buy your tickets at the door.

WHEN: Saturday, 6 November 2010

TIME: 19.30 to 23.00 (or 7.30pm to 11pm)

WHERE: Bergvliet Primary School hall, Children’s Way, Bergvliet

TICKETS: An incredibly cost-effective, affordable R80 per person.

You can buy tickets:
– At the door or
– From Di Thom (021 794 7455 or 082 410 9900) or
– From Debbie Bentley-Buckle (082 921 3940) or
– From Alphen Vet in Constantia Main Road

For your diary

6 Nov Barn Dance fundraiser for the Masque Theatre (and CTP members’ evening)
Bergvliet Primary School Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets R80 per person at the door.

13 Nov Audition notice
The Crucible by Arthur Miller, directed by Barbara Basel. Large cast. Please see the attached audition notice.

14 Nov Annual Inter-Society Quiz presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society
6.30pm for 7pm in the Masque Theatre foyer. Each society is invited to enter up to two teams. Free finger supper! Cash bar! Lots of fun to be had by all!

12 – 20 Nov A gripping thriller at the Masque
Ira Levin’s hit Broadway play, Deathtrap, directed by Aubrey Hindle for Fish Hoek Dramatic Society, opens at the Masque Theatre on 12 November.
13 Nov – Little orphans at the Artscape
5 Dec G & S presents the award-winning musical, Annie, at the Artscape Opera House. Many members of our societies are involved with this production in one way or another. Tickets are available through Computicket or via the cast and crew at a discounted price.

2 – 18 Dec A musical collaboration
Pinelands Players and Claremont Dramatic Society have joined forces to produce the musical Gigi at the Masque Theatre.

Masque Theatre bookings

Bookings: Call 021 788 1898 – 9am to 4pm weekdays and 8.30am to 11am Saturdays.

Birthdays

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

3 October Wesley Figaji
14 October Denise Dubber
5 November Pam Ross
28 November Peter Moxley

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.

You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November.

And I’ll see you there.

Regards,
Wesley.

AUDITION NOTICE
THE CRUCIBLE by ARTHUR MILLER
Directed by Barbara Basel for MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY

AUDITION DATE:
Saturday, 13 November 2010, at 14.00.

PLACE:
The Rendezvous (Old Zandvlei Bowling Club), 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg.

CALLBACKS:
Wednesday, 17 November 2010, at 19.30.

ENQUIRIES:
– Gill Charman (Production Secretary) on 021 788 1642 or gfb@sun.ac.za
– Barbara Basel (Director) on 082 651 1695 or barbara.basel@gmail.com

DATES OF RUN:
4 to 12 March 2011 at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg.

REHEARSALS:
Every Monday and Wednesday (19.30 to 22.00) and Saturday (14.00 to 17.00) commencing Saturday, 20 November 2010. Christmas break from Thursday, 16 December 2010 to 9 January 2011. Recommencing Monday, 10 January 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 the prescribed which may be obtained from Gill or Barbara. 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, fuelling 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.

THE CAST:

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 fervour. 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.

Judge Hathorne (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.

Ezekiel Cheever (30-40)
A Salem man who acts as court clerk during the witch trials. He is upright and 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 rumours of witchcraft.

Mercy Lewis (16)
One of the girls in Abigail’s group.

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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

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com
October 2010 – Number 92


I’ve just taken an opportunity to fulfil another long-standing dream of mine – doing a walking trail in the Kruger National Park. SA National Parks offers 8 of these Wilderness Trails that are run by 2 experienced (and armed) rangers – where you spend a part of each day walking in the wilderness. And we saw some wonderful wildlife up close – lots of zebra and giraffe, but also elephants, rhinos (including a mother and calf) and 2 male lions that ran away when they saw us coming J

Well worth getting into the bush from time to time!!

Join the Quiz – CDS needs you!

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 of 4 – and I’d love to have CDS represented with 2 teams (8 players). Count me in, so 7 of you please let me know if you would like to participate – it’s usually a lot of fun J

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.

Call me on 082 821 4353, or e-mail me pronto (I need to know by Friday the 5th at lunchtime)!

Member news
Claremont Dramatic Society would like to welcome 7 new members – A hearty welcome to y’all:

Amy Trout, Ron and Eve Carr, Reanie De Villiers, Alvina Chadow, Nicola Hetz, Nigel Stevenson

We also have word that our treasurer David Campey got engaged to Miné on a surprise weekend away in in Mozambique, with the engagement ring his late grandfather gave to his (David’s) grandmother 60 years ago – congratulations from us all!

If you receive this newsletter by post, and you have an email address, please let me have it. You’ll save the Society some money – and you’ll get your copy quicker J


Member’s evening

The date for our end of year bash has been set – and we hope to see you all there!

Please do let Pam know if you’ll be joining us.

Date:  Sunday, 12 December 2010 at 17h30 for 18h00

Venue: Hok, Claremont

What to bring: Meat for the braai, and a plate of eats for the table. And don’t forget your “party piece”!!

Auditions

We have 2 audition notices attached at the end of the newsletter:

‘CHAPTER TWO’ BY NEIL SIMON
Directed for Milnerton Players by Wendy Goddard

“The Crucible” by Arthur Miller

Directed for MVDS by Barbara Basel

Help Thee the Masque – Barn Dance Time!


A reminder that

Constantiaberg Theatre Players

are hosting a Barn Dance to raise money for the Masque Theatre.

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.

BARN DANCE TIME!

Bergvliet Primary School, Children’s Way, Bergvliet

on the

6th of November 2010.

To add to the atmosphere hot dogs will be on sale, plus there will be a cash bar!

So dust off your Stetsons, pull on your Long Johns, invite your friends and come dance.

Lets have fun AND raise as much as we can for the Theatre we all love.

Tickets available at R80.00 each from:

Debbie Bentley-Buckle     082 921 3940

Di Thom                        082 410 9900

Eve Carr                       082 789 2281

Shelley Lombard             083 281 9827

Wendy Goddard              083 414 7003

Help Thee at the Masque!

We’ve had a request from the Masque for more volunteers to help once or twice a month with bar duty during the runs of the various shows. We’ve all enjoyed a drink or two before, during and after a performance – and it would be great to get a few more of us to spare a couple of hours to help. Please contact Rick Magnin directly – richard.magnin@engenoil.com


Production update

Gigi – an update from Kim – The Choreographer

The Buzz around Gigi has been wildly exciting, and we have been invited to perform some of the songs at Milnerton in November. This will help to spread the word, and encourage an audience from far afield. The Masque followers have already started making noises about booking for the show at this early stage.

Sadly we had to say goodbye to our Liane D’Exelmans, Robyn Hobson, who has been offered a fantastic work opportunity. Good Luck Robyn. Fortunately we were able to re-cast from our ranks and congratulations to Amy Trout who stepped into the breach without a bat of an eyelid.

Behind the scenes, Carynn Underhill has been cutting and sewing away to ensure the look so cleverly designed by Barrie Howard. However, if you are willing and can use a needle, your help would be appreciated. Give Carynn a call on 076 726 3119 or Kim Harris 083 355 7050.

Regarding the ‘heavier stuff’, Jack Matthee has been hard at work with the construction of the key set pieces. Our monoliths will soon be standing proud to our worship, collective or otherwise, of this fine piece of theatre. Curious? You’ll just have to wait in anticipation!!

Kim Harris has put the cast to the test and many a red and sweaty face was in evidence as the cast swirled around the ‘Maxims’ Dance floor. Paris will never be Paris again.

And so…

Weekends in Trouville, tea at the Reservoirs of Versailles, dinner at Maxims,

Can-can and soufflé accompanied by an excellent Verve Cliquot.

This is the world we invite you to experience when Gigi opens at the Masque in December. Claremont Dramatic Society and Pinelands Players have teamed up to bring this Lerner and Loewe masterpiece to Masque audiences. Clifford Graham directs Luella Holland, Michele Belknap, Trevor Joubert and Shelia Inglis, to name but a few, in this beautiful and poignant coming of age story. Musicals of this stature are rarely seen and everything is been done to ensure the spectacle will not be lacking in visual splendour and pace packed rhythm. Musical Direction by Justin Wardle and Choreography By Kim Harris.

Gigi opens at the Masque on 3 December and runs till December 18.

Get Thee to the Theatre!

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

Annie

13 November to 05 December 2010

Gilbert & Sullivan is putting on this all-time favourite. It is on at Artscape, and everything is in full swing, with some wonderful stories coming out of the rehearsals – including a very quick-learning dog Max adopted from TEARS that picked up his moves on day 1!

Bookings at Computicket or on Dial-a-Seat (021-421 7695).

Deathtrap

12 to 20 November 2010

Directed by a MVDS’ member, Aubrey Hindle, is Deathtrap by Ira Levin for Fish Hoek Dramatic Society at the Masque.

See you all soon!


AUDITION NOTICE: MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY

“THE CRUCIBLE” BY ARTHUR MILLER                                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.

THE CAST:

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. He is well respected by most people in Salem, but an enemy of Thomas Putnam and 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

AUDITION: ‘CHAPTER TWO’ BY NEIL SIMON

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.
(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.

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