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Your 2014 committee is as follows:

(The @ sign in the email addresses has been replaced with ‘AT’, to deter the spammers)

Chair and Vice-Chair

Simon Dutton – simon.d AT mweb.co.za
083 327 7350

Chair and Treasurer
Anthony Storr Lister – anthonylister AT mailbox.co.za
021 671 1443


Jenny Brandt – jennybrandt 74 AT gmail.com

082 492 5984


Sheldon Cross – sheldon_cross AT yahoo.com

076 200 5415


Kim Randleff – Rasmussen

tzar42 AT gmail.com

083 619 2441

Hok Manager
Simon Dutton – simon.d AT mweb.co.za
083 327 7350

Members’ Evenings

Liz Roodt – lizroodt AT yahoo.co.uk


Should you have any general queries or questions, please contact us on claremontdramatic AT gmail.com

See you at the theatre!

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March 2011 – Number 96


How many of YOU did the Argus this year? Our new chair led the way, by getting on her bicycle this year and promptly bettering her time from last year. This was Wendy’s 16th Argus – which is almost as good as Bob’s 22 (and streaks ahead of my 3 ¾ times…)

We’re very excited about the enthusiastic new committee that CDS has – and thanks to everyone that came to the AGM and made that a success. There were plenty of smiles when the awards were presented, which was repeated not longer after when CDS members did well at the CATA Awards as well – more about these later.

IMPORTANT: We are calling a Special General Meeting on Sunday 17 April 2011 at 18h30 – this is immediately prior to the Member’s Evening so that we can ensure a good turnout. The agenda is attached at the end of the newsletter.

CDS – new committee
We’re happy to welcome some new and return faces to our Claremont Dramatic Society committee: Clifford Graham and Anthony Storr Lister join our team for the first time (Welcome!) They are joined by returning members Wendy Goddard and André Thomas (Welcome Back!).

Members evening & Special General Meeting

Here’s your chance to meet the new committee, and our fellow members; our Member’s Evening Bill for 2011 has begun!

Our first member’s evening will be held on Sunday 17 April at 7 for 7:30pm, at the Hok. This is immediately after the Special General Meeting at 18h30.

As an hors d’oeuvre for our next production, Macbeth, we are calling for ten volunteers to perform a Shakespeare monologue in the form of an ‘audition’. Our resident Shakespearophile, Ruth Allsopp, will adjudicate. After each piece, the audience will be asked to guess the character and the play. No prizes, just bragging rights!

If you’d like to take part, please contact Pam Burger by Monday 28 March on 021 657 5700 (o/h) or email: PamB@Masterparts.com .

Please also let Pam know if you’re coming to the member’s evening (whether or not you’re doing a monologue).

If you don’t have a favourite, find your monologue here: http://www.shakespeare-monologues.org/. No monologues from Macbeth, please.

It would be great if you could do a little bit of research into your monologue, so that you understand its context.

As usual, there is no entry fee, and snacks will be provided. To create an authentic atmosphere, a limited quantity of mead* will be on sale. Friends and family are always welcome.

Proceedings will terminate by 9:30pm, so that the scholarly and working classes may depart early enough not to be deprived of too much beauty sleep. For those who wish to tarry, the tavern will stay open for a short while.
*Mead is made by the alcoholic fermentation of honey. In ancient times it was believed to be a good thing to give a young couple sufficient mead that they could drink a considerable amount each night for a month after getting married. This was a term politely referred to as a honeymoon – the primary objective of a honeymoon was for a couple to conceive a child. More mead meanderings here: http://www.iqhilika.co.za/index.htm

CDS Awards 2010
We had a wonderful time presenting these awards – for which a huge Thank You goes to the judges! The complete list of winner’s is attached at the end of this newsletter. Hearty congratulations to you all!

Here some of our winners of the night:
Back row: Michele Belknap, Clifford Graham, Lesley Gill And here’s Elza-lynne receiving her Front: Elza-lynne Kruger, Brenda Gray, Vivienne Gray Outstanding Contribution to the
Society Award from our new Chair, Wendy.

CATA Awards Evening

On Monday 07 March 2011 CATA held another excellent event, presenting their awards to amateur dramatic world at the Masque.

Here too, I have attached a list of the winners at the end – with our own productions highlighted for quick reference – again, congratulations and jubilations to all!

Auditions – I have attached 2 audition notices for you at the end of the newsletter 🙂

Member news

We always love to hear from our members – and this month we’ve heard from Kaz – who must be one of our furthest-away members.
Kaz Wurzinger relocated to Japan a few years ago, and is still a member of CDS. Just after the earthquake on the 11th, he replied to an e-mail from Ralph Thornley:

Hello Ralph

How are you doing? Thank you so much for your email and thoughts.
Yes, the quake did shake us up a bit – and I am not just speaking physically.
We are situated a little lower than the epicenter and only received a
level 5 but it was still the strongest we had ever felt before. Lucky
for us we are also pretty much inland and have not been affected by
the tsunamis – we are however still trying to connect with friends and
their families here who are located in some of the affected areas.

Adriana and I were out shopping at the time and my mom and our son were at
home. Within 10 minutes we tried heading home and found my mom a little
distressed but joking about it.

Now, the house is still shaking every few minutes from various
aftershocks and quakes but we are all fine. We will try in keep everyone in the loop as to any developments – but Internet, cell phone and land-line access is limited at times.

Please send our love to all that remember us.

Love and hugs from all of us here to you and yours!

God Bless,

K, A, A and J

Our Location: Saitama Prefecture – Saitama City, Minuma Ward

Since then, Kaz has put together a website with information about the situation: http://sites.google.com/site/kazmatrix/news.

Member’s dues – have you paid for 2011?

Thank you to all of you who have paid your subs at the AGM. There are still a few members whose subs are outstanding and we eagerly await your remittance – why not kill three birds with one stone…come along to the members evening on 17 April, meet our new members and pay your subs at the same time?

Or you could make a direct deposit into our bank account – with your name as the Beneficiary Reference please:
Standard Bank Claremont (Branch Code: 025109)
Current Account Number: 072 637 676

Production updates

Brief Lives – now going to Artscape!

Brief Lives, which ran at The Masque Theatre from the 04 – 12 February, proved in every way to be a triumph of theatre. Brenda Gray delivered a production that was not only visually outstanding, but gave Brian de Kock the opportunity to show his considerable talents as an actor.

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.

As John Aubrey the 17th century diarist, Brian de Kock commanded the stage and garnered the audience’s attention from the first line to the final curtain. The feat of memory alone would have daunted the most able thespian. There are few actors who are able to dissolve into a role to the extent that Brian de Kock is capable. Audiences were rapt in there collective attention. And surely, those who know Brian de Kock were able to forget this fact and watch John Aubrey bare his soul.

Vivienne Gray’s set design was once again flawless in its concept and visual complexity. Gary Fargher’s sound and lighting created an authentic and fitting atmosphere which made the spectacle all the more alluring and believable. Claremont Dramatic Society has once again proved that we are a society able to produce theatre of the highest calibre. This born of our considerable talent pool, and a serious, hard working attitude to theatre.

Should you have missed the Masque staging, or indeed have the need for a second viewing, the production will be presented at The Arena at Artscape from 07 to 14 May.
Booking at Computicket or Dial a Seat 021 421 7695

Here’s an update from our director Clifford Graham:
It’s rare that a cast is gathered and so much interest and enthusiasm shown at that first gathering. This is very definitely the case with the cast and crew of Macbeth. The cast, currently numbering 27 if the production crew are included, looks to be strong, motivated and willing to undertake this daunting challenge. I know we will learn from each other and from The Bard himself. If belief in the supernatural proves to be true, I know dear Will is amongst us in muse and spirit.
To the best of my knowledge, we may have an unprecedented situation in this production. In the audition process, and despite having looked far and wide I was unable to find the Macbeth I was looking for. So in my usual way I formulated “Plan B” which to those now in the know, means I have cast myself in the role. In order to make this work, Brenda Gray has generously offered to direct the scenes that require my full attention as actor. Kyla Thorburn has also offered her services in this regard and will be keeping an eye on the production once we have moved into theatre.
There is still a bit of cast juggling to be done but suffice it to say I am confident that our Lady Macbeth, Michele Belknap will bring her wonderful skills to the fore. Macduff, to be played by Sheldon Cross is in good hands, along with Jane De Sousa as his good wife. Mike Thompson as Good King Duncan and Dean Howarth as Malcolm will also be bringing considerable skills to the production. I am particularly looking forward to seeing Nigel Sweet as The Porter equivocating his way around the set.
Apropos set and production matters, we have a new and promising Production Secretary in Leigh Mather. Our Props Manager is the very capable Angela Pratten. To these two ladies I say welcome!
Wendy Goddard will be the usual excellent Stage Manager she is, and Vivienne Gray will be designing the set. After Vivienne’s last two triumphs (Lady Windermere’s Fan and Brief Lives) we have something to look forward to!

We are still looking for a costume co-ordinator – so please contact me if you can assist: clifford@mondaymissile.co.za or 083 948 9115, alternatively Leigh Mather on 072 614 1328.

Not letting too much of the cat out of the bag, but watch this space…

Learn Thee at the Theatre!

One of the main reasons that most of you became a member a Dramatic Society was because of your enduring passion for anything to do with the stage. Some of you have been had a love affair with the boards for years. Others of you have only recently started your flirtations, and are still finding your feet and areas of interest.

Working with other members on our various productions (be it on stage, backstage, front of house or box office, sound & lighting, costumes, props, prompting, production team, hair & make-up , the list goes on…) – can be one of the most rewarding experiences. You get to learn so much from each other: either tapping into years of experience to help demystify some of the secrets of the stage. Or being infected by the enthusiasm of the newcomers, and their bright-eyed way of looking and learning, and falling in love with it all over again.

Either way, I encourage each of you to come and be a part of creating magical theatre with all of us – you know it’s rewarding 

Get Thee to the Theatre!

Chapter Two
From 25 March to 02 April at the Milnerton Playhouse
This Neil Simon play is directed by our very own Chair – Wendy Goddard – so we have NO excuse to not support her.

This very funny but poignant play is based around four brilliantly penned characters and 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. 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.

Bookings on 021 557 3206 or 082 267 1061 or E-mail macdram@afrihost.co.za

She has a great cast, the rehearsals have gone well, and knowing her, this is sure to be a winner!

15 – 24 April 2011 – presented by Pinelands Players.

Godspell is a fun, modern day musical, retelling the New Testament parables from The Gospel According to Matthew, presented by a young, dynamic cast.

The show is at times comedic and at times sentimental, and includes the songs, Day by Day, Learn Your Lesson Well, Turn Back O Man, By My Side, On the Willows, and many more.
Director Roche Haupt Buckle and Musical Director Justin Wardle

It will be on at The Arena at Artscape from 15 to 24 April 2011:
Evening 8.15pm R130.00
Saturday Matinee 2.30pm R110.00
Sunday 6.00pm R130.00
Booking at Computicket or Dial a Seat 021 421 7695

Get Thee to the Masque!

01 – 09 April
Come Back Little Sheba by William Inge, directed by Barrie Howard for Constantiaberg Theatre
Players at the Masque Theatre.
A chiropractor who had to quit medical school to marry is driven to occasional binges by the
constant realisation of what he might have been. A story of hope and sobriety.

04 – 08 April
Storybook at the Masque. Classic Fairy Tales (The Troll, Sleeping Beauty and Rumpelstilskin) with
a twist! Hilarious – will captivate audiences from ages 4 to 90!
Mon at 14:30, Tues, Wed, Thurs at 11:00 and 14:30 and Fri at 11:00. All shows R30.
For bookings contact Carol or Carley on 021 782 0875 or 0715697930 or email: dowling@xsinet.co.za

15 & 16 April
The Wonderful World of Operetta presented by Playbill Productions at the Masque.
Directed by Celia Musikanth, musical direction by Lorraine Rothenburg and choreography by Gladys Bullock with her captivating Viennese dancers.
Featuring soprano Liesl Hartje, tenor Matthew Overmeyer, Dermod Gloster, Margaret Hill and Cherith Bain on violin, this production showcases popular music from operettas.
Tickets: Evenings R65 (R55), Matinee R55 (R45).

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

See you there!

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2011


of a Special General Meeting of the CLAREMONT DRAMATIC SOCIETY
to be held at the Hok, 162 Campground Road, Newlands
on Sunday 17 April 2011 at 18h30.


1. Notice Convening the Meeting

2. Apologies

3. Treasurer’s Report for the Year ended 31 December 2010

4. Adoption of Audited Financial Statements for the Year ended 31 December 2010

5. To consider any Motion from any Member of which due Notice has been lodged with the Secretary at least 14 (fourteen) days prior to this Meeting

6. To consider any business or proposed alterations to the constitution which the Committee may consider proper to bring before the meeting

7. To fix the annual subscription for the ensuing year

8. To Elect an Honorary Auditor for the Year ended 31 December 2011

9. To discuss the Society’s policy with respect to productions invited to Artscape

10. Any other business

Wendy Goddard
March 2011





1. Best Actress – Michele Belknap in the production “Lady Windermere’s Fan”
2. Best Actor – Trevor Joubert in the production “Gigi”
3. Best Supporting Actress – Lesley Gill in the production “Rumours”
4. Best Supporting Actor – Clifford Graham in the production “Lady Windermere’s Fan”
5. Best Production – Director: Brenda Gray for the production “Lady Windermere’s Fan”
6. Shield for Outstanding Contribution to Production –Vivienne Gray for the production “Lady Windermere’s Fan”
7. Shield for Outstanding Contribution to Society – Elza-lynne Kruger
Certificates of Merit:
1. Cameo Performances: Ruth Allsopp (Windermere), Anthony James(Gigi)
2. Outstanding Performances: Luella Holland (Windermere and Gigi), Gary Green (Rumours)
3. Set: Lady Windermere’s Fan – Vivienne Gray
4. Costumes: Lady Windermere’s Fan – Kim Harris
5. Set: Rumours – Kim Harris and Simon Sutton

Best Actor: Trevor Joubert in the production “Gigi”
Best Actress: Michele Belknap in the production “Lady Windermere’s Fan”
Best Production: “Lady Windermere’s Fan” directed by Brenda Gray

Cata Awards 2010

Junior Awards
• Julia Holzberg as Annie – Annie (G & S)
• Kirsty du Plessis as Annie – Annie (G & S)

Certificate of Excellence Awards
• Best Male Solo: Graham Boxall –Annie (G&S)
• Orphan’s Chorus – Annie (G & S)
• Adult Chorus – Annie (G & S)
• HELEN MATHERS – Towards Zero (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)

Exceptional Artistic Contribution: Jill Cooke Cup
• Shared award:
Dolores Spijkers and Karin Ashdown – Little Mermaid (HHDS)
Kyla Thorburn and Roxy Levy – Annie (G & S)

Technical Excellence: Estelle Knott-Craig Shield
• JUNE and BRUCE EDWARDS – Improbable Fiction (MVDS)

Best Set: Harry Hargreaves Cup
• VIVIENNE GRAY – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Cameo Performance: Fiona Chisholm Cup
• Best Cameo in a Play: GIZELLE WILLOWS – Lady Windermere’s Fan (CDS)
• Best Cameo in a Musical: ANTHONY JAMES – Gigi (CDS/PP)

Most Promising Newcomer: The Imps Shield
• MIA SIMONOW – Improbable Fiction (MVDS)

Best Supporting Actress in a Play or Musical
• In a play: JANE COHEN – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont Dramatic Society)
• In a musical: Jennifer Moss – Annie (G & S)

Best Supporting Actor in a Play or Musical: Richard Farmer Cup
• In a play: Gordon Molloy – Nobody’s Perfect (Milnerton Players)
• In a musical: David Bolton – Annie (G & S)

Best Actress in a Play or Musical: Doris Tansley Cup
• Play: MICHELE BELKNAP – Lady Windermere’s Fan (Claremont Dramatic Society)
• Musical: not awarded

Best Actor in a Play or Musical : Geoffrey Tansley Cup/Downey Cup
• Play: Barrie Howard – God’s Favorite (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
• Musical: Shared award
Shaun Browne – Annie (G & S) and
Graham Boxall – Annie (G & S)

Outstanding Service to Amateur Theatre: Cods Cup

Most Adventurous Production: Cape Times Cup
• The Little Mermaid (HHDS)

Best Director of a Musical: Joseph Manca Cup
• Kyla Thorburn – Annie (G & S)

Best Director of a Play: Bertie Stern Cup
• COLEEN VAN STADEN – Improbable Fiction (MVDS)

Best Musical: Marcia Lawton Cup
• Annie (G & S)

Best Play: Sol Rodsell Cup
• Road to Mecca (Milnerton Players)

Audition notice
Sunday 03 April 2011 at 15h00 at The Hok in Claremont


A South African Comedy/Drama by Ralph Kelly and directed by Walter Hodges, will be performed at the Milnerton Playhouse on 7,8 & 9 July 2011. The cast of seven includes Pamela Burger, Gary Green, Bernie Jacobs, Heather Gibbons, and Ralph Kelly. Ralph is still looking for two more actors to fill the roles of :-

ERNIE HARRIS:- (40-ish, Big part), is struggling to make ends meet after a hijacking. He is obliged to rent his mother-in-law’s granny flat to a Malawian and his Jewish wife – this in a predominantly AWB suburb. It is 1994 with South Africa trying to adjust to the new dispensation. To add more spice to the mix, the Malawian has psychic powers! Ernie is full of bluster, with a passion for horse-racing, much to his wife’s despair.

DOMINEE MOSTERT:- (Small to Medium part) A clergyman of some years. He tries to resolve an explosive situation in which his professed Christian principles are compromised.

Auditions will be held @ The Hok on Sunday April 3rd @ 15h00. If any one would like to help backstage or Front-of-house they can contact Pamela Burger on 082 488 0442 or 696-5959 after 6pm or e-mail pamb@masterparts.com




Directed By: Miranda Lewis

AUDITION DATE: Saturday 16 April 2011 at 14:00

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

ENQUIRIES: Andrew Blake on (021) 781 0114 or 082 493 3330

Both these hilarious comedies are exercises in coarse acting. Performers in this
genre play the parts absolutely straight and it is their belief in their
characterisation that make the plays funny to the audience.
Final choice of play will be made after audition.

Both productions feature the talents of
“The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society”.

In the case of “Haunted Through Lounge” these are:
Thelma: (playing June) quick-tempered, prima donna, age 30+
Lottie (playing Marty) homely, down-to-earth, with strong accent, age 50+
Mrs Reece (playing Lady Madge Graves, Mrs Slaughter)
elegant, bossy, enterprising, age 45+
Felicity (playing Crematia) nervous, well-meaning but incompetent actress,
age 25-35
Jasmine (playing Old Yokel, Arnold Death, Dr Blood, Rev Tombs)
attractive, versatile, fraught, age 30s
Producer harassed, age under 35

In the case of “S S Farndale” these are:
Mrs Reece (playing Mr St Clair, Lillian, Steward, Mavis Smith, Captain Brown, Jolly Tar)
Elegant, bossy, enterprising, age over 45
Thelma (playing Constance Lombard, A Jolly Tar)
quick-tempered, prima donna, age over 30
Felicity (playing Daisy, Cicely, Captain Jones, Porter, A Jolly Tar)
nervous, well-meaning but incompetent actress, 25-35
Gordon (playing Noël Nightingale, Gwendolyn, A Jolly Tar)
long-suffering stage manager, frozen faced and
monotonous when acting, age immaterial
Disc Jockey slick and extrovert performer, age under 30

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HHDS Newsletter March 2011

Your new committee for 2011:

Chairman: Lindsay Small
Secretary: Eppie McFarlane
Treasurer: Penny West
Marketing: Ann Coetzee
Membership: Philippe Pringiers
Artistic director: Molly Mohr
Technical Director: Clifford Ekron
Front of House: Bettina Horvath

If you unconditionally love this theatre and all it stands for please support us. We can’t do it without our members and friends.

Regards and thanks for your support.

Lindsay S.



Dolores Spijkers – Little Mermaid and Karin Ashdown – Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid by Daryl Spijkers

Next show
“The Spare Room”
by Geraldine Aron
opens on the 7th April
Directed by Molly Mohr
The play is staged over a period of six years, in the spare room of a 3 roomed flat in Mouille Point where the resident couple receive various guests. The scenes range from hectic to very humoristic.



On Sunday Apr 17th at 7 pm,
auditions will be held for
‘The Power of Speech’,

a one evening only performance to be held on June 18th and counting as director’s ticket for Philippe Pringiers.
‘The Power of Speech’ is a tribute to the noble art of oration through a compilation of both Shakespearean and historical speeches that inspired the world.
The performance calls for 7 male actors each performing a 5-10 min monologue and one female narrator linking the acts together. An excellent chance for actors to excel in portraying a historical character.
We are specifically looking for 2 coloured/black actors to play the parts of Rev. Martin Luther King and US president Barack Obama.


Sume’s Dance Studio

“Urban Beat”

11 – 21 May

(matinee on Saturdays)
At The Playhouse Theatre

Ticket prices – R60 per person
Booking at the Playhouse – not Computicket
For all those who love the variety and colours that our City offers,
Whether it be browsing at the market,
Shopping at the mall or trying your luck at the Casino –
This show is for you.


Driving Missy Daisy comes to The Playhouse in July this year

The much loved story of the feisty Miss Daisy Werthan and her driver, Hoke, will be transformed from a tale of growing friendship across the racial divide in the American Deep South, to the parallel universe of Somerset West, South Africa 20 odd years on.

Whilst Miss Daisy remains Miss Daisy, she lives in Somerset West in the Golden Acre, and her son Boolie becomes Benjamin, who lives in Spanish Farm, and owns a factory in Blackheath.

Hoke Colburn becomes Hough September, a retired coloured man who lives in Macassar with his daughter, and Idella the housekeeper becomes Fidelia Solomons, who lives in the next street to Hough.

The housekeeper did not appear in the original stage play, but she has been written into the script from the screenplay of the movie, to bring balance and greater depth to the story.

The story plays itself out against the fraught backdrop of South African politics and race relations during the period 1970 to 1995.

Auditions are planned for Sunday, May 8 with a possible call back on Monday May, 9.

The cast consists of four principals, two men and two women, three bit parts, and a number of non-speaking walk-ons. It is the director’s intention to cast an understudy for the role of Miss Daisy, and possibly for the role of Hough.

Dramatis personae

Miss Daisy Werthan, a 72 year old Jewish widow, fiercely independent, who lives on her own in the Golden Acre area of Somerset West. After a driving mishap in which she virtually destroys her car, her son Benjamin insists that she must have a chauffeur since no insurance company is prepared to insure her any longer. She refuses point blank, but Benjamin employs one anyway.

Hough September, a retired coloured man of about the same age as Miss Daisy, who drove for a Cape High Court Judge living in Somerset West, until he died. The judge’s wife moves to a local retirement home, and since she no longer has need of Hough’s services, he is without work. Benjamin employs him as Miss Daisy’s chauffeur.

Benjamin Werthan, Miss Daisy’s long-suffering son, in his mid-forties. He loves his mother dearly, but is often frustrated by her stubbornness and headstrong ways.

Fidelia Solomons, the middle-aged coloured housekeeper and cook who have a somewhat antagonistic relationship with Hough, but are quite close to Miss Daisy.

Two white policeman: white and preferably younger, who accost Hough when he is driving Miss Daisy to a function one day. A display of hostile racism with innuendo aimed at both Hough and Miss Daisy (because of her Jewish ness), is a key requirement in this scene.

Reverend Desmond Jansen, the Pentecostal minister who conducts Fidelio’s funeral service.

Extras, 6 to 9 coloured people, men and women, mid-thirties to mid-sixties as congregants during Fidelio’s funeral service. None of these are speaking parts.

Rehearsals will commence in the week following the audition, and the show will open for a two week season in the week commencing July 18.

The rehearsal schedule will include two sessions a week initially, typically Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and from mid-June, Sundays (morning or afternoon by agreement with the cast) as well.

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
Playhouse Theatre

corner Lourensford Road / Swalle Road, Somerset West
Front of House office:
021 852 5182
Bookings at Computicket
021 851 7271
PO Box 361
Somerset West 7129
Email secretary

What’s on at the Playhouse …

“The Spare Room” directed by Molly Mohr 7-16 April (see poster for dates)
Auditions for “The Power of Speech” 17 April Director’s ticket production – Philippe Pringiers
Sume’s dance show: “Urban Beat” 
11 – 21 May
Auditions for “Driving Miss Daisy” 8 May To be directed by Norman McFarlane
“The Power of Speech” directed by Philippe Pringiers (directors ticket)
18 June ONLY

“Driving Miss Daisy” directed by Norman McFarlane 
19 – 31 Jul (show dates tbc)
Balletopia dance show
 15 Aug – 27 Aug (show dates tbc)
KADS production
28 Aug – 25 Sept (show dates tbc)
Lawrie West’s next production 
24 Oct – 6 Nov (show dates tbc)
Ann Coetzee’s first full production 
28 Nov – 11 Dec (show dates tbc)
More in the offing… waiting for confirmation..

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Newsletter – March 2011

Test Yourself: a really quick quiz with very predictable answers …

Question 1: What do these people have in common?

Luise Rainer, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Vivien Leigh, Ingrid Berman, Glenda Jackson, Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Jodie Foster, Hillary Swank and Elizabeth Taylor.

Answer: They’re all two-time Academy Award winners for Best Actress.

Question 2: What do these people have in common?

Roddy McDowall, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury, Robert Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters, Stewart Granger, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Paul Newman, Katherine Hepburn, Richard Burton, Marlon Brando, Mia Farrow, Warren Beatty, Michael Caine, Jane Fonda and Ava Gardner.

Answer: Elizabeth Taylor. They all appeared in movies with her.

Question 3: What do these people have in common?

Conrad Hilton, Michael Wilding, Michael Todd, Eddie Fisher, Richard Burton, John Warner and Larry Fortensky.

Answer: Elizabeth Taylor. They all married her.

Question 4: What do Christian Science and Judaism have in common?

Answer: Elizabeth Taylor. She converted from Christian Science to Judaism.

Question 5: What do Larry Fortensky and Michael Jackson have in common?

Answer: Elizabeth Taylor. She married Larry at Michael’s Neverland Ranch.

No longer afraid of Virginia Woolf

“I don’t know what was more impressive – her magnitude as a star or her magnitude as a friend.”
Shirley MacLaine in tribute to Elizabeth Taylor.

Legendary screen icon, AIDS activist and humanitarian (and one of the few people who understood Michael Jackson), the always glamorous and stunningly beautiful Dame Elizabeth Taylor, passed away on Wednesday the 23rd of March at the age of 79.

Elizabeth appeared in her first movie at the age of 9. It turned out to be the only movie she made for Universal Studios – they fired her after less than a year. I’ll bet they’re still kicking themselves.

Congratulations to the CATA winners

“Success is a great deodorant.”
Elizabeth Taylor.

Hearty congratulations to fellow society members Barrie Howard (God’s Favorite) and Jane Cohen (Lady Windermere’s Fan) for winning Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a play respectively.

Well done also to G & S for their 12 awards out of 19 nominations for Annie and to Milnerton Players for receiving the Best Play for Road to Mecca.

Society news

“I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.”
Elizabeth Taylor.

• Never mind a pink cloud. While working on the set of Come Back, Little Sheba, Debbie Bentley-Buckle had a bad fall from a ladder and broke an ankle which needs surgery as I write. We wish Debbie a speedy recovery. Yes, yes, I know – break a leg and all that. Not funny right now.

• The only (sob, sniff, wipe) CATA award winner for one of our 2010 productions, Barrie Howard, is directing Come Back, Little Sheba opening 1 April. Book for opening night now because it also happens to be our next members evening.

• Our AGM is scheduled for Wednesday, the 25th of May. All members are invited to attend and Sue Bolton will be adjudicating the awards. Scroll down for the official notice.

• Our September production will be Steel Magnolias (ooh, must remember to bring my tissues) directed by Angela Lee-Wright. An audition notice will be published soon.

• If you’re interested in learning more about sound and lighting for the stage, then you’re just the kind of person the Masque Theatre wants. Gary Fargher will do the training – contact Gary at gary.fargher@za.bp.com

Next members’ evening

“I adore wearing gems, but not because they’re mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.”
Elizabeth Taylor.

Our next members’ evening is the opening night of Come Back, Little Sheba at the Masque Theatre on the 1st of April. Book now and wear your gems proudly.

For your diary

“So much to do, so little done, such things to be.”
Elizabeth Taylor.

1 – 9 Apr Domestic drama and members evening at the Masque Theatre
An alcoholic husband. A frumpish wife. A pretty young student. All the ingredients for a realistic, domestic drama. Burt Lancaster starred in the movie and Lawrence Olivier starred in the television adaptation. William Inge’s Come Back, Little Sheba directed by Barrie Howard for Constantiaberg Theatre Players is not to be missed. See you at the members evening on opening night.

4 – 8 Apr Holiday fun at the Masque Theatre
The Troll, Sleeping Beauty and Rumpelstiltskin are three brand new stories to be enjoyed when you take your kids to see Storybook at the Masque. Call Carol or Carley on 021 782 0875 or 071 569 7930 or email dowling@xsinet.co.za to book. Tickets for all shows are R30 each.

15 – 16 Apr Operettas from the stages of Europe
Celia Musikanth directs The Wonderful World of Operetta for Playbill Productions at the Masque. Come and treat yourself to beautiful, romantic music performed by top singers, together with a magic violin and Viennese dancers.

13 – 21 May Who dunnit?
Cecil Jakins will direct an Agatha Christie mystery. There was a competition to guess which play it is, but it’s still a mystery to me.

22 May Euphony for Sunday only
No, it’s not pronounced “you phony”. The word actually means “beautiful sounds”. Euphony is a new Cape Town-based trio featuring Russell Davies, Shirley Sutherland and John Walton.

26 – 28 May Teen angst told through song and dance
You were a teenager. You know what it’s like. Come and be reminded of the journey to adulthood in Going Places at the Masque Theatre. Call Janine on 073 368 3069 to book your seat.

Masque Theatre bookings

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

Audition notice

“Everything makes me nervous – except making films.”
Elizabeth Taylor.

If you’re feeling nervous, go and attend an audition. Scroll down to see the notice for the upcoming audition for a Muizenberg Dramatic Society production with a long title and / or an alternative production with an even longer title.


“I think I’m finally growing up – and about time.”
Elizabeth Taylor.

To Debbie Bentley-Buckle who celebrates her birthday today, the 25th of March. HIP, HIP, HOORAY AND MANY HAPPY RETURNS! And get well soon, dear.

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 End

“I’ve been through it all, baby. I’m mother courage.”
Elizabeth Taylor.

That’s it for now. Support as many shows at the Masque Theatre as you can fit into your busy schedules.

See you at the members evening.







7.30 pm for 8.00 pm

The Directors and Cast of Romantic Comedy and God’s Favorite are cordially invited to attend this meeting.

Our Adjudicator for the Awards will be our excellent Director, Sue Bolton.

All members are asked to attend this very important meeting and to send apologies if unable to attend. Please contact Di Thom, Debbie Bentley-Buckle or Wesley Figaji.

We look forward to seeing you all there.




Directed By: Miranda Lewis

AUDITION DATE: Saturday 16 April 2011 at 14:00

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

ENQUIRIES: Andrew Blake on (021) 781 0114 or 082 493 3330

Both these hilarious comedies are exercises in coarse acting. Performers in this genre play the parts absolutely straight and it is their belief in their characterisation that make the plays funny to the audience.
Final choice of play will be made after audition.

Both productions feature the talents of “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society”.

In the case of “Haunted Through Lounge” these are:

Thelma: (playing June) Quick-tempered, prima donna, age 30+

Lottie (playing Marty) Homely, down-to-earth, with strong accent, age 50+

Mrs Reece (playing Lady Madge Graves, Mrs Slaughter)
Elegant, bossy, enterprising, age 45+

Felicity (playing Crematia) Nervous, well-meaning but incompetent actress, age 25-35

Jasmine (playing Old Yokel, Arnold Death, Dr Blood, Rev Tombs)
Attractive, versatile, fraught, age 30s

Producer Harassed, age under 35

In the case of “SS Farndale” these are:

Mrs Reece (playing Mr St Clair, Lillian, Steward, Mavis Smith, Captain Brown, Jolly Tar)
Elegant, bossy, enterprising, age over 45

Thelma (playing Constance Lombard, A Jolly Tar)
Quick-tempered, prima donna, age over 30

Felicity (playing Daisy, Cicely, Captain Jones, Porter, A Jolly Tar)
Nervous, well-meaning but incompetent actress, 25-35

Gordon (playing Noël Nightingale, Gwendolyn, A Jolly Tar)

Long-suffering stage manager, frozen faced and monotonous when acting, age immaterial

Disc Jockey Slick and extrovert performer, age under 30

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