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Newsletter – December 2010

Ho ho ho …

In the book Superfreakonomics, prostitution is likened to a department store Santa, in that they both experience an increase in business over the festive season.

Two other similarities are that they both have an audience of some kind and are both rewarded for their performances – and thereby we shall form our first tenuous link to the theatrical.

The authors go on to suggest that altruism is highly overrated and that we’re all really motivated by incentives, i.e. what’s in it for me? There is no financial reward in amateur theatre, so we do it for the love of it, right? Hmmm.

If there was nobody to watch you perform, or admire the set you built or your lighting and sound effects, would you still put in the effort? Hmmm.

Motivation, of course, applies to characters as well (but you already knew that, didn’t you?). For actors, finding a character’s motivation is crucial to giving a performance depth.

The motivation may not be obvious and there may be various motives within a scene – the department store Santa is really there to earn money, but he wants you to think he’s there to make you and your kids happy. In the prostitute’s case … well, the less said the better.

The trick is to tease out why your character is doing or saying something, line by line.

But wait, I’m getting carried away here. My motivation should be to finish this newsletter.

The Barn Dance

If you missed this, then you can eat you Achy Breaky Heart out. I told you, didn’t I? I told you. I told you.

What a wonderful, fun-filled event it was! Everyone dressed up in their finest ten-gallon hats, checked shirts, tight jeans and cowboy boots. There was food. There was drink. There were prizes. Gary Fargher provided superb ambient lighting. Caroline Blundell got us onto our feet en masse and taught us how to honour our partners, do-si-do, promenade, allemande, pass through and swing.

It was great fun and a bit like karaoke – once you got up there, you didn’t want to stop. It was a great physical workout, too. And everyone literally got to dance with everyone else.

There were cries of “More! More! We must do this again!” And indeed we will, my friends, so watch this space.

A huge THANK YOU to all who supported and contributed to the success of this fantastic fund-raiser. As a result, Constantiaberg Theatre Players was able to donate R2 500 to the Masque Theatre.

Society news

• After a long spell in hospital, Terry Best is now with family in Rondebosch and is hoping to move to Frail Care in Fish Hoek soon. We send all our love and best wishes to Terry.

• Congratulations to Tamara Richards for landing the role of Elizabeth in The Crucible.

• I don’t mean to brag, but … we won the society quiz, we won the society quiz, na na ne na na. In fact we came first and last, like alpha and omega, or bookends if you will. Well done boys and girls – you done us proud. A big thanks to Fish Hoek Dramatic Society for hosting a very successful event. I guess it’s our turn next year.

• Scott Gill, our nimble-fingered and numerically competent treasurer, has collated the figures and I believe that a large part of the proceeds from our successful production of God’s Favorite will be going to the Masque. And that’s good news, indeed.

• Come Back, Little Sheba by William Inge will be directed for Constantiaberg by our own versatile and gifted Barrie Howard. The production has been fully cast and rehearsals are underway. The run is scheduled for April 2011.

• Our honourable Chairperson, Di Thom, along with all the Constantiaberg Committee members, wish you and your families a happy, safe and blessed Christmas and a festive and prosperous New Year!!!

Next members’ evening

Our next members evening is scheduled for 26 January 2011. More details to follow, but for now please diarise the date.

For your diary

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

31 Dec Rock in the New Year at the Masque Theatre
9pm Rock ‘n Rouge once again “promises a night of comedy, glamour, song, dance and a little bit of naughty”. Their brand new show covers a variety of musicals, such as Cabaret, La Cages Aux Folles, Gypsy, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You. Bookings open – tickets only R100 each (R90 Theatre Club), inclusive of snacks and champagne.

3 – 8 Jan Fun holiday entertainment for the child in all of us
11am & 2pm Bring your kids to see silly, smelly, shocking adults eating worms, catching frogs and playing devious tricks on each other. Roald Dahl’s The Twits is must-see children’s holiday entertainment at the Masque Theatre.

21 – 22 Jan Opening doors for Andrew
Four years ago Andrew Merryweather was assaulted and was left a paraplegic. This concert is aimed at raising funds towards a “walking suit” which will enable Andrew to actually walk again. Book through Pat McDonald on 021 531 8261 or 084 300 6388.

4 – 12 Feb Record-breaking one-hander at the Masque Theatre
Brenda Gray directs Brian de Kock in Brief Lives, which, according to the Guinness Book of Records, is hailed as the longest running one-man play with 1 782 performances. Presented by Claremont Dramatic Society, this is one not to be missed.

Masque Theatre bookings

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


To our members who celebrated, or will celebrate, their birthdays in December – HIP, HIP, HOORAY AND MANY HAPPY RETURNS!

2 December Jane De Sousa
27 December Florence Reddy

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.

The Power of Positive Drinking

We want to see you at the Masque Theatre in 2011, so please don’t drink and drive this festive season.

And God willing I’ll see you there, too.


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