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JANUARY 2011

In Roman mythology, Janus is known as the god of doors, gates and new beginnings. What better time to honor him than in January, the month named for him? He is depicted as a god with two faces, which allowed him to see into both the past and future. So, looking back …….we have ended the first decade of a new century and, looking forward ………. I wish all MVDS’ members a wonderful 2011.

CALENDAR

21 & 22 Opening Doors for Andrew: A fabulous fundraising concert to raise funds for a
Jan “walking suit” for Andrew Merryweather, who was left a paraplegic four years ago after an assault by a group of Matric students. This show features Harry Curtis with his warm, mellow, relaxed style of singing and the duo of Len (keyboard) and Lainey (vocals) singing the best loved songs of all time. A highlight is Gladys Bullock’s brilliant ballroom dancers. Friday at 20:00 – tickets R80 (R70). Saturday 15:00 – tickets R60 (R50). Bookings through Pat McDonald on 021 5318261 or 0843006388.

4 – 12 Brief Lives directed by Brenda Gray for Claremont Dramatic Society at the
Feb Masque. This adaptation by Patrick Garland from Johan Aubrey’s “Book of Lives” stars Brian De Kock and should not be missed by anyone wanting to experience a thoroughly enjoyable delve into history – and a great piece of character acting.

13 Love is a Many Splendored Thing – A special Valentine’s Concert at 15:00 at the
Feb Masque. An afternoon of songs such as “Just The Way You Are”, “Danny Boy” and ”The Way We Were” to mention but a few. Starring vocalists Gordon Epstein and Jon Aron (who also accompanies on piano). Tickets R60 (R50).

17, 18 & To the Pointe. An exciting and varied programme presented by The
19 Feb Cape Town City Ballet at the Masque. Matinee R55 (R45), Evenings R55 (R45). The first half of the programme will be “Le Corsaire Act 1” which displays classical dancing and is staged in a colourful oriental setting. The second half will be a selection of short ballets and pas de deux which displays the versatility of the artistes.

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

BIRTHDAYS
Our Aquarian babies (1 to 19 February) are James Skilton on the 1st, Linda Jennings on the 5th, Andrea Boettger the day after, Mia Simonow on the 8th and David Muller & Anthony James share the 18th. Aquarians are strong willed and have a desire to seek the truth. They are unpredjudiced and have a great feel for diversity. They possess self assertive-ness and a dry wit when it comes to humor. Also intelligent, clear minded, and concise with good taste in music and fine arts. Some suitable career paths for a person with the true Aquarian personality include journalism, art and photography, social work, humanities, music, and entertainment.
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All our Pisces-born members are female – namely birga Thomas on the 20th, Erika Mitchell on the 22nd, Sue Hallinan the 23rd and on the 25th Isabel Byers – so I had a wee look at what the good ol’ net has to say about Pisces women: This is the most considerate and compassionate sign out of all the signs of the zodiac. In keeping with those qualities, the Pisces woman is the one who is most willing and able to listen to other people’s problems and who will offer endless support and comfort.

MEMBERS’ NEWS
In January of 2010 I thanked members for giving me their input on this newsletter – and one of them was Sandy Alexander. We had a lovely chat as, at nearly ninety, Sandy
still had a sharp mind and a great sense of humour. She did say however that she
was ready to join her beloved husband who had died a good number of years ago.
Well, it has recently come to our attention that Sandy in fact passed away in June
2010 – it is a great pity that none of the MVDS committee was advised as I am
sure some of our older members would have liked to attend the funeral.
So, Sandy, albeit belatedly, may you rest in peace.
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A little birdie told me that Helen Mathers is undergoing an operation and we wish her a speedy recovery!

A G M
A very last reminder that our Annual General Meeting will be held on 26 January at the Rendezvous (Old Zandvlei Bowling Club), Promenade Road, Muizenberg at 19:30. Remember to bring money for 2011 subs! R40 for singles, R60 for couples and R25 for pensioners/students. A cash bar will, as usual, be available.

THANKS!
Thanks from the committee (and I’m sure from the LARGE cast of The Crucible) to Sue Hallinan for donating a spiffing little urn to the MVDhouse – no more filling the kettle umpteen times for tea/coffee/washing up!! Thanks Sue!

CAPE AMATEUR THEATRE AWARDS
The full list of nominees is attached. MVDS’ productions and MVDS’ members are highlighted and we have done MARVELLOUSLY! The committee’s congratulations to all nominated and more details will follow regarding the ceremony to be held on Monday, 07 March 2011.

See you at the AGM folks!
Eve

Cata Nominee List 2010

Junior Nominees
Julia Holzberg – Annie (G & S Society)
Kirsty du Plessis – Annie (G & S Society)
Liam Walsh – Little Mermaid (Hottentots Holland)
Niomi Fokkens – Annie (G & S Society)
Helena Comitis – Annie (G & S Society)
Hobbes – Annie (G & S Society)
Shenzi – Annie (G & S Society)

Artistic Contribution
Lindsay Small – ’Allo ’Allo (Hottentots Holland)
Robyn Wainwright – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Dolores Spijkers – Little Mermaid (Hottentots Holland)
Karin Ashdown – Little Mermaid (Hottentots Holland)
Roxy Levy and Kyla Thorburn – Annie (G & S Society)

Technical Excellence
Bruce and June Edwards – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
June Edwards – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Gary Fargher – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Ramsey Lotter – Fawlty Towers (Hottentots Holland)
Willy Sass/Wayne Hendricks – Nobody’s perfect (Milnerton)

Best Set
Lindsay Small – ’Allo ’Allo (Hottentots Holland)
David Davidson – Nunsense A-Men (Festival Players)
Simon Sutton – Rumours (Claremont)
Fanus Bothma – Road to Mecca (Milnerton)
Vivienne Gray – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Fin and Sheila McCormack – Nobody’s perfect (Milnerton)
Ann Coetzee – Fawlty Towers (Hottentots Holland)

Cameo Performance
Gizelle Willows – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Anthony James – Gigi (Claremont/Pinelands)
Michael Harris – Annie (G & S Society)
Mike Tompson – Annie (G & S Society)

Most Promising Newcomer
Mia Simonow – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Marais Devis – ’Allo ’Allo (Hottentots Holland)
Daneal Lowe – ’Allo ’Allo (Hottentots Holland)
Amy Everleigh – ’Allo ’Allo (Hottentots Holland)
James Pape – Rumours (Claremont)
Kelly Kowalski – Pride and Prejudice (Muizenberg)
Isabel Byers – Pride and Prejudice (Muizenberg)
Marius Botha – Death by fatal Murder (Milnerton)
Clare Simonis – Nobody’s perfect (Milnerton)
Garth Brandon-Podd – Fawlty Towers (Hottentots Holland)
Mark Dentry – Fawlty Towers (Hottentots Holland)

Best Supporting Actress in a Play or Musical
Helen Mathers – Towards Zero (Fish Hoek)
Miranda Lewis – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Angela Lee-Wright – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Tamara Richards – Romantic Comedy (Constantiaberg)
Jane Cohen – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Kelly Kowalski – Pride and Prejudice (Muizenberg)
Christin Sterley – Pride and Prejudice (Muizenberg)
Kelly Kowalski – What the Butler saw (Muizenberg)
Cheri-Lee Blackie – God’s Favorite (Constantiaberg)
Lisa Squire-Harris – Little Mermaid (Hottentots Holland)
Coleen van Staden – Annie (G & S Society)
Laura Bosman – Annie (G & S Society)
Jennifer Moss – Annie (G & S Society)
Victoria Harris – Annie (G & S Society)
Linda Eedes – Annie (G & S Society)
Julie Harris – Annie (G & S Society)

Best Supporting Actor in a Play or Musical
John McConnell – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Jabu Hallinan – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Wesley Figaji – God’s Favorite (Constantiaberg)
Bruce Sanderson – Road to Mecca (Milnerton)
Gordon Molloy – Nobody’s perfect (Milnerton)
Mike Tompson – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Trevor Joubert – Death by fatal Murder (Milnerton)
David Bolton – Annie (G & S Society)
Julian Fernandez – Nunsense A-Men (Festival Players)

Best Actress in a Play or Musical
Ann Coetzee – ’Allo ’Allo (Hottentots Holland)
Gizelle Willows – Romantic Comedy (Constantiaberg)
Lynn Moss – Rumours (Claremont)
Judith Herbig – Road to Mecca (Milnerton)
Luella Holland – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Michele Belknap – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Pam Burger – God’s Favorite (Constantiaberg)

Best Actor in a Play or Musical
Norman McFarlane – ’Allo ’Allo (Hottentots Holland)
Nigel Sweet – Death by fatal Murder (Milnerton)
Gavin Werner – God’s Favorite (Constantiaberg)
Barrie Howard – God’s Favorite (Constantiaberg)
Andrew Weiss – Nobody’s perfect (Milnerton)
Graham Boxall – Annie (G & S Society)
Shaun Browne – Annie (G & S Society)
Trevor Joubert – Gigi (Claremont/Pinelands)

Best Play, Best Musical, Most Adventurous Production,
Best Director of a Play, Best Director of a Musical
Coleen van Staden – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Celia Musikanth – God’s Favorite (Constantiaberg)
Mari Mocke – Road to Mecca (Milnerton)
Brenda Gray – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont/Pinelands)
Kyla Thorburn – Annie (G & S Society)
Darryl Spijkers – Little Mermaid (Hottentots Holland)

Recipients of Certificates of Excellence and winners of special musical awards will be announced on the night.

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Welcome to 2011 and a Very Happy New Year to all our members and friends in theatre.

We have some great news to start off the year but before I get to that, I have to offer my sincere apologies for there being no edition of the Prattle in December. Our computer was out of action for a couple of weeks and by the time we had it up and running again, I’m afraid preparations for Christmas (which as usual I left to the last minute) had to take preference and by then the holidays were upon us and all I wanted to do was relax for a couple of weeks. However, I hope you all enjoyed the season in whatever way you chose to spend it.

We ended the year on a high with wonderful revues and audience reaction for our comedy ‘Nobody’s Perfect’. I can honestly say it was one of the most pleasurable shows I have directed and I must say thanks yet again to my wonderful cast and crew who made the whole experience such a delight.

We also made a little profit which helped to warm the cockles of our treasurer’s heart while he spent Christmas away from wife and home in cold, snowy England.

And now to the good news I mentioned earlier:
Milnerton Players have been awarded no less than 12 nominations for the CATA Awards for our productions in 2010. Isn’t that just the most fabulous achievement for the society?
Our nominees in the various categories are:
Technical Excellence
Willy Sass & Wayne Hendricks (Nobody’s Perfect)
Best Set
Fanus Bothma (Road to Mecca)
Fin & Sheila McCormick (Nobody’s Perfect)
Most Promising Newcomer
Marius Botha (Death by Fatal Murder)
Claire Simonis (Nobody’s Perfect)
Best Supporting Actor in a Play
Bruce Sanderson (Road to Mecca)
Gordon Molloy (Nobody’s Perfect)
Trevor Joubert (Death by Fatal Murder)
Best Actress in a Play
Judith Herbig (Road to Mecca)
Best Actor in a Play
Nigel Sweet (Death by Fatal Murder)
Andrew Weiss (Nobody’s Perfect)
Best Play/ Best Director of a Play
Mari Mocke (Road to Mecca)
What an absolutely wonderful way to begin our theatrical year. Congratulations and well done to all the nominees and also to their fellow cast members and the backstage & technical crews whose teamwork and effort supported them.
The full list of CATA nominations is attached and we send our congratulations to all the other worthy nominees from our fellow societies.
The awards evening will take place at the Masque Theatre on Monday 7 March at 19.00 for 19.30. Booking details to follow.

SOCIAL EVENINGS
There was no social in December due to the run of ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ but the preceding one in November provided us with some excellent and varied entertainment with our friends from Pinelands Players preview of their musical Gigi, prior to it’s successful run at the Masque, and the enthusiastic young people from the Ikamva ‘n Blank Ink group in Dunoon. The latter are keen to return to show us some new material they’ve been working on.

Andy McPherson’s play, National Madness, was really excellent and so well acted one was hardly aware they were using scripts.
I must admit to having been a little nervous beforehand about possible reaction to the amount of strong language in it but it was so much in context with the theme and setting of the play that no one seemed to find it at all offensive.
I think it’s high time you directed another production for us, Andy. What about it?

NEXT SOCIAL EVENING
FRIDAY 11 February
The committee have decided, for a number of practical reasons, that socials will not always be held on the first Friday of every month so make sure you check your Prattle each month for the dates of future evenings this year.
The next one will take place on the second Friday in February. The entertainment has still to be finalised but to date we have some stand-up comedy lined up for part of the evening by our nominee for Best Actress in a Play, Judith Herbig, who gave such a brilliant performance in the role of Helen Martins in ‘The Road to Mecca’. Judith is no stranger to comedy, having spent a year working with The Comedy Collective, so we look forward to seeing the lighter side of her talents on our stage.
We may also include a romantic item as it’s close to Valentine’s Day.
Our Blotto draw has a rollover from November of R448 so you’ll have the chance of winning back some of the cash you spent over the holidays.
Wayne will send out a flyer beforehand to advise you of what the rest of the evening’s content will be, so put the date in your diary and come along and join us for a belated New Year’s get-to-gether

PRODUCTIONS
Rehearsals for Neil Simon’s comedy, Chapter Two, have just begun under the direction of Wendy Goddard.
Wendy has successfully cast the following people to play the four roles in the play.
Bruce Sanderson, one of our nominees for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in ‘The Road to Mecca’, plays George.
Renee Stirling, who performed last year in ‘Death by Fatal Murder’ & ‘The Road to Mecca’ is Faye.
Anton Schafer, after successfully stage-managing ‘Nobody’s Perfect’, now appears on stage for the first time as George’s Brother Leo.
Award-winning actress/director Marlisa Doubell is Jenny.

With this talented foursome and Wendy’s direction this promises to be another blockbuster.

Production dates: 25 March to 02 April
Booking opens 28 February

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OTHER PLAYHOUSE HAPPENINGS
Lots of aspiring young musicians and actors will be using the theatre on a regular basis this year

Fiona Tanner will run another course of drama classes for KTO in the foyer on Saturday mornings from 29 January to 02 April. Last year the course culminated with a little show by the kids on the foyer stage and Fiona is planning the same again this time.
For more details and to enrol visit:
http://www.kto.co.za or phone 083 296 3885

Jill and Eschel Manuel are a young local couple who last year opened a training school for aspiring young musicians called Roving Music Academy. They hired the theatre for an evening in December to show off their student’s progress to family and friends and although they have a long way to go before they become virtuosos, the progress these children and young adults have made in just a few short months is most impressive. They run the academy as a community project on a non-profit basis. The tuition is at subsidized rates with the aim of developing future musicians. Their tutors are all qualified music teachers who teach music theory and a wide range of instruments that include flute, clarinet, violin, guitar, brass and also vocal training. Jill is one the violin tutors and Eschel plays and teaches tuba.
They will be utilising all the various areas in the theatre on Monday and Tuesday Evenings from 18.00 to 20.00 for their classes.

For further info e-mail: info@rmacademy.co.za

MEMBERS’ MURMURS
We warmly welcome the following new members who have recently joined the society:
Derek & Kathryn Wilcock, Maridi Jooste, Mr & Mrs Waddington, Bruce Sanderson, Bronya Hirschman and Judy & Ivor Drewienke.

Irene Withcombe sent me a mail in November in which she and Jeff wished everyone a fabulous Christmas and a Happy New year so I am very belatedly passing on their message. In a more recent mail, Irene said they were on holiday in Sydney the day Oprah Winfrey jetted in with her 300 odd American guests whose holiday she had financed. The Australian media re-named the famous Opera House ‘The Oprah House’. Local shows back home in Palmerston North over the Festive season included ‘Tutus on Tour’ by the New Zealand Ballet, a production of ‘Pinocchio and a locally written play called ‘Party Girls’ with a ‘Chinese New Year Concert’ coming up soon. (I wonder if they will have a chorus of bunny girls for The Year of the Rabbit?)

Our CATA nominee for Best play/Best Director and long time member of our Milly’s Adjudication panel, Mari Mocke, is recovering from some recent, serious surgery. We wish her strength throughout her ongoing treatment and hope she will soon be returned to full health.

We also send belated birthday wishes to all those whose birthdays we missed in December and the earlier part of January and to those who have still to celebrate theirs in January and February. We hope you all have a wonderful year and that includes anyone I may inadvertently have missed from this long list.
December:
Elsie Baxter (2nd), Willy Sass (6th), Ted Faulkner & John Gosling (8th), Gordon Molloy (9th), Selma Burger (15th), Wanda Herring (22nd), Jeff Withycombe (24th)
January:
Carole-Ann Buizedenhout (10th), Jim Hutchison (13th), Betty Norris (14th), Warren Frost (20th), Selwyn Epstein (22nd), Tamryn Spiers (27th)
February:
Margaret Mortelmans (2nd), Val Nijkamp & Peter Pettiquin (5th), Maridi Jooste (9th), Renee Stirling & Veronica Suckling (13th), Chloe Kruger (15th), Clive Oosthuizen (20th), Alan Merritt (23rd), Jeanette Kent (25th)

OTHER THEATRE NEWS
Masque Theatre
4 to 12 February
Claremont Dramatic Society presents
BRIEF LIVES
Adapted by Patrick Garland
from John Aubrey’s ‘Book of Lives’
Starring Brian de Kock as John Aubrey

Direction: Brenda Gray

Bookings: 021 788 1898
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Arena Theatre (UCT Hiddingh Campus)
37 Orange Street
19 to 29 January
RELATIONSHIT! It could happen to you
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
A sexy, adult comedy that follows the story of three couples relationships and their issues….You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll identify
Written and directed by Marlisa Doubell

The cast of six includes Gavin Werner who appeared in our 2009 award winning production of Private Lives, also directed by Marlisa.
Bookings: Computicket
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The Theatre in the District
Sunday 06 February
The Theatre Club’s monthly lunchtime event features
Jonathan Roux from ‘A Handful of Keys’
Further details & booking info attached

Well folks, I think that’s about all the news to date. If you have any other items of interest, please send them to me via e-mail and I’ll include them next time.
Don’t forget the new date for the next social 11th of February and watch your mail for the flyer with details.

Yours in theatre,

Sheila

TAILGATE

(For all those who over-indulged and put on weight over the holidays.)

One of life’s mysteries is how a 1-kilo box of chocolates can make one gain 3 kilos.

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.

Skinny people irritate me. Especially when they say things like…. ‘You know sometimes I forget to eat’…. Now, I’ve forgotten my telephone number, my mother’s maiden name and my keys but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat.

Amazing! You hang your work clothes in the wardrobe over the holidays and they shrink 2 sizes

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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

January 2011 – Number 94________________________________________

They say that the definition of insanity is when you keep doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different outcome. Well, this year I intend to do things differently, so that there is a better outcome – at work, play and personal. What are your goals and mottos for 2011?

May it be a super successful and fun year for each and every one of us!

Member’s evening – End of Year Party

It seems that I missed out on a good end of year members’ braai – especially the ‘party pieces’ and contributions performed by some of our members were very much enjoyed – Thank You to each and every one of you 

Claremont Dramatic Society AGM

Our AGM takes place on Wednesday 23 February 2011 at Kelvin Grove at 19h00 for 19h30. Please diarise this as we need as many people as possible to attend so that we have a quorum and plenty of support for the society. Please see the attached Agenda for more details.

We will be electing a new chair as Simon Sutton has relocated to Oudtshoorn. Please let the committee know of any nominations for this position.

As Kim Harris and Allison Blair will sadly be leaving the committee, will also be electing further committee members – nominations welcome!

Please RSVP to Pam Burger at E-mail: pamb@masterparts.com or on telephone: 082 488 0442

We will try and keep the participation cost at R85 as it was last year, but will confirm this in early February.

After the business end of the meeting has been dealt with, we switch to award mode and our honoured CDS Awards Panel will present the Claremont Dramatic Society Awards for 2010.

CDS Member’s Award

The annual Members’ Choice Awards is, of course, going to be decided upon again at the AGM. Upon arrival at the AGM, paid up members will be given a ballot paper, and will be asked to vote for their favourite actor, actress and production of the year. Non-members are also eligible for an award. Completed forms will be handed in, and the results will be announced after the main awards have been presented. YOU, the member, decide on the criteria. Which has been the most memorable, funny, noteworthy, etc. performance or play of the year? It’s YOUR choice.

And just to jog your memory, here is a list of the 2010 plays, so that you can start thinking about it now… a list of all performers in each play will be available at the AGM.

Rumours
Lady Windermere’s Fan
Gigi (together with Pinelands Players)

Remember – only paid-up members may vote. The treasurer will be present to confirm your status, and will relieve you of your subs on the night, should it be necessary.

CATA Awards Evening

This evening of awards will take place on Monday 07 March 2011 at the Masque.

Please diarise this so that you can make a booking as soon as we get the details for that.

Our heartiest congratulations to this year’s nominees – which you will find at the end of the newsletter. CDS and Pinelands Players are highlighted in yellow.

Auditions for Macbeth!
Auditions will be on 20 February at The Hok from 13h00. Contact the director Clifford Graham on 083 948 9115 or Email clifford@mondaymissile.co.za for a full character brief and details. Audition materials will not be supplied.

Production updates

Gigi
This production was a huge success! We owe a great vote of thanks to director Clifford Graham and his team – Gary Fargher for sound & lighting and Allison Blair for managing FOH. Every one that helped in any way (particularly on box office and front of house from CDS and other societies) is warmly appreciated.

A special Thank You to Pinelands Players for the wonderful way in which this production was co-produced – with a special mention to Tina Gough for being a first class business manager, and remaining enthusiastic and involved throughout!

Brief Lives
Adapted by Patrick Garland from John Aubrey’s Book of lives.
Directed by Brenda Gray. Starring Brian de Kock.
Opening night is Friday 4 February at 20h00 – please spread the word and encourage as many friends to come and see the play

The Theatrical adaptation was written in the latter 17th Century. Originally staged in 1967 with Roy Dotrice as John Aubrey, it reached the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running One-man play, with 1782 performances, both on the West End and on Broadway. It has been revived on several occasions since, most notably by Roy Dotrice again in 2008.

Brief lives attempts to represent a day in the life of John Aubrey when he stayed in lodgings in London in his final years. His room is more like a museum, with the collections of a dedicated antiquary carefully acquired in a lifetime of searching after antiquities and curiosities. At the beginning of the play he wakes from a large four-poster bed – and is sitting before the fire in his nightgown at the end of it. In between he eats, drinks, reads, writes, washes, chatters, dozes, all without any self-conscious awareness of the spectators. He makes up for the absence of friends by bringing to life reminiscences of people, some famous, some obscure, remembering them and telling stories about them. As he himself says, the greatest pleasure of an old man is to renew acquaintance with his old and deceased friends.

Some comments on the earlier productions.

“Join John Aubrey, reclusive antiquarian, as he takes you on a nostalgic journey through history and gives his unique take on days gone by, including all the bits the history books missed out on!”

“Delicious, outrageous and incredible.” ( Evening Standard)

“Should not be missed by anyone wanting to experience a thoroughly enjoyable delve into history- and a great piece of character acting.” (Music OMH.com)

We still need a little help with a few things – please let the relevant people know if you can assist:
• Masque get-in Sunday 23rd
Vivienne Gray (Set Designer / Artist extraordinaire ), Bruce Edwards & Clifford Graham will prepare stage layout markings in the morning – need additional manpower (with muscles) to help erect flaps & place locks from about 1:00 pm onwards (estimate only a couple of hours needed).
• FOH & Box Office
Allison Blair is looking for members to help fill up some duties on her schedule – please give her a call if you’re able to assist (Ph:083 273 0954)
• Allison King is assisting with Props- we still need to source
[1] ornate period chair (17th Century) – high back – straight legs [2] aged files & documents / books [3] aged leather folder sized: 380mm x 260mm (holds loose leaf papers)- any one who can assist with props please call Brenda Gray (021 686 3554)

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

Opening Doors for Andrew
21 & 22 January 2011
A fabulous fundraising concert to raise funds for a “walking suit” for Andrew Merryweather, who was left a paraplegic four years ago after an assault by a group of Matric students.

This show features Harry Curtis with his warm, mellow, relaxed style of singing and the duo of Len (keyboard) and Lainey (vocals) singing the best loved songs of all time. A highlight is Gladys Bullock’s brilliant ballroom dancers.

Tickets R60 (R50). Bookings through Pat McDonald on 021 5318261 or 0843006388.

Brief Lives
04 – 12 February 2011
At the Masque in Muizenberg

See you all soon!

Claremont Dramatic Society

Notice is hereby given
of the 58th Annual General Meeting of the Claremont Dramatic Society
to be held at Kelvin Grove, Campground Road, Newlands
on Wednesday 23 February 2011 at 19h00 for 19h30.

A G E N D A

1 Notice Convening the Meeting
2 Apologies
3 a) Minutes of the 57th Annual General Meeting
b) Matters Arising
4 Chairman’s Report for the Year ended 31 December 2010
5 Treasurer’s Report for the Year ended 31 December 2010
6 Adoption of Audited Financial Statement for the Year ended 31 December 2010
7 To consider any Motion from any Member of which due Notice has been lodged with the Secretary at least 7 (seven) days prior to this Meeting.
8 To Elect the Committee for the Year ended 31 December 2011
9 To Elect an Honorary Auditor for the Year ended 31 December 2011
10 Any Other Business
Elza-lynne Kruger
Vice-Chair
January 2011

AUDITED ACCOUNTS AND COPIES OF THE MINUTES OF THE LAST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BEFORE THE START OF THE MEETING.

ALL PERSONS ATTENDING THE MEETING ARE REQUESTED TO BE PRESENT AND REGISTERED BY 19h15 TO ENABLE A PROMPT START AT 19h30

CATA NOMINEE LIST FOR 2010

JUNIOR NOMINEES
Julia Holzberg – Annie (G&S Society)
Kirsty du Plessis – Annie (G&S Society)
Liam Walsh – The Little Mermaid (Hottentots Holland)
Niomi Fokkens – Annie (G&S Society)
Helena Comitis – Annie (G&S Society)
Hobbes – Annie (G&S Society)
Shenzi – Annie (G&S Society)

ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION
Lindsay Small – Allo Allo (Hottentots Holland)
Robyn Wainwright – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Dolores Spijkers – Little Mermaid (Hottentots Holland)
Karin Ashdown – Little Mermaid (Hottentots Holland)
Roxy Levy and Kyla Thorburn – Annie (G&S Society)

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE
Bruce and June Edwards – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
June Edwards – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Gary Fargher – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Ramsey Lotter – Fawlty Towers (Hottentots Holland)
Willy Sass/Wayne Hendricks – Nobody’s Perfect (Milnerton)

BEST SET
Lindsay Small – Allo Allo (Hottentots Holland)
David Davidson – Nunsense A-Men (Festival Players)
Simon Sutton – Rumours (Claremont)
Fanus Bothma – Road to Mecca (Milnerton)
Vivienne Gray – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Fin and Sheila McCormack – Nobody’s Perfect (Milnerton)
Ann Coetzee – Fawlty Towers (Hottentots Holland)

CAMEO PERFORMANCE
Gizelle Willows – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Anthony James – Gigi (Claremont/Pinelands)
Michael Harris – Annie (G&S Society)
Mike Tompson – Annie (G&S Society)

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Mia Simonow – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Marais Devis – Allo Allo (Hottentots Holland)
Daneal Lowe – Allo Allo (Hottentots Holland)
Amy Everleigh – Allo Allo (Hottentots Holland)
James Pape – Rumours (Claremont)
Kelly Kowalski – Pride and Prejudice (Muizenberg)
Isobel Byers – Pride and Prejudice (Muizenberg)
Marius Botha – Death by Fatal Murder (Milnerton)
Clare Simonis – Nobody’s Perfect (Milnerton)
Garth Brandon-Podd – Fawlty Towers (Hottentots Holland)
Mark Dentry – Fawlty Towers (Hottentots Holland)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL
Helen Mathers – Towards Zero (Fish Hoek)
Miranda Lewis – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Angela Lee-Wright – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Tamara Richards – Romantic Comedy ( Constantiaberg)
Jane Cohen – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Kelly Kowalski – Pride and Prejudice (Muizenberg)
Christin Sterley – Pride and Prejudice (Muizenberg)
Kelly Kowalsky – What the Butler Saw (Muizenberg)
Cheri-Lee Blackie – Gods Favourite (Constantiaberg)
Lisa Squire-Harris – Little Mermaid (Hottentots Holland)
Coleen van Staden – Annie (G&S Society)
Laura Bosman – Annie (G&S Society)
Jennifer Moss – Annie (G&S Society)
Victoria Harris – Annie (G&S Society)
Linda Eedes – Annie (G&S Society)
Julie Harris – Annie (G&S Society)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL
John McConnell – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Jabu Hallinan – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Wesley Figaji – Gods Favourite (Constantiaberg)
Bruce Sanderson – Road to Mecca (Milnerton)
Gordon Molloy – Nobody’s Perfect (Milnerton)
Mike Tompson – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Trevor Joubert – Death by Fatal Murder (Milnerton)
David Bolton – Annie (G&S Society)
Julian Fernandez – Nunsense A-Men (Festival Players)

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL
Ann Coetzee – Allo Allo (Hottentots Holland)
Gizelle Willows – Romantic Comedy (Constantiaberg)
Lynn Moss – Rumours (Claremont)
Judith Herbig – Road to Mecca (Milnerton)
Luella Holland – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Michelle Belknap – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Pam Burger – God’s Favourite (Constantiaberg)

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL
Norman McFarlane – Allo Allo (Hottentots Holland)
Nigel Sweet – Death by Fatal Murder (Milnerton)
Gavin Werner – God’s Favourite (Constantiaberg)
Barrie Howard – God’s Favourite (Constantiaberg)
Andrew Weiss – Nobody’s Perfect (Milnerton)
Graham Boxall – Annie (G&S Society)
Shaun Browne – Annie (G&S Society)
Trevor Joubert – Gigi (Claremont/Pinelands)

BEST PLAY, BEST MUSICAL, MOST ADVENTUROUS PRODUCTION, BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Coleen van Staden – Improbable Fiction (Muizenberg)
Celia Musikanth – God’s Favourite (Constantiaberg)
Mari Mocke – Road to Mecca (Milnerton)
Brenda Gray – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont)
Kyla Thorburn – Annie (G&S Society)
Darryl Spijkers – Little Mermaid (Hottentots Holland)
Recipients of Certificates of Excellence, and winners of special musical awards will be announced on the night

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