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April 2011 – Number 97

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What a pleasure these longer weekends are, and what a disaster to some office productivity…

It does give me some time to work on my Macbeth lines though. It’s been very daunting and scary for me to attempt my first ever Shakespeare play. But I’m surrounded by very experienced Shakespearians, which helps with really getting to grips with The Bards words. I find it incredible that 405 years after Macbeth was first performed (four hundred and five!) it is still relevant – if not more so.

The members evening was also great fun in getting us all into the spirit of old Bill!

CDS – committee changes
There are 2 changes to the committee:
Anthony Storr Lister has taken over the portfolio of Treasurer
Sven Yaffe has asked to be relieved of his duties, as he is now living too far away.

Special General Meeting
There was some discussion about how to handle shows that want to travel (or are invited) to perform beyond their run at the Masque. This could apply to Artscape, the Baxter, schools or any multitude of venues.

The members agreed that the investigation and decision of the pros and cons would be left to the committee on a show by show basis. The committee would make this decision based on the ideals of keeping the spirit of theatre alive (i.e. encouraging opportunities for exposure and development), while considering the risks and rewards to CDS in each case.

Member news

We are happy to welcome our newest member: Julia Shields. A hearty welcome to you!

Auditions – I have attached 3 audition notices for you at the end of the newsletter 🙂

Members evening

Some feedback from our trusty Members Evening co-ordinator, Pam:

Our “Shakespeare Monologues” Members Evening had a pretty good turn out considering it is not always everyone’s favourite topic. Some very good readings came from it – and some new faces and new talent (I could almost see Brenda rubbing her hands together with delight 🙂

Thanks once again to Ruth Allsopp our Shakespearophile (yes there is such a word; Wendy looked it up) for adjudicating the Monologues and to the thespians who took the time to prepare the pieces for our enjoyment. Thank you to those Members who gave up a lazy Sunday evening to come support their fellow thesps. Their reward was good food, that didn’t even have time to touch sides. To add to the mood, genuine Mead was on sale – all kinds of flavours, some palatable and some that caused pulling of faces that made Mr. Bean look attractive. Gimme good ol’ cheap Cape plonk any day. All in all me thinks it was a well attended Member’s Evening!

Lost! & Found?
The committee has discovered that a few items in The Hok are missing. They’ve probably been borrowed, and not returned yet. Please can you have a quick squizz to see if you know where they are?

1. A 3-section wooden filigree screen
2. a thick black woollen trench-coat

Thanks very much for the return of the chaise lounge – much appreciated!

Member’s subs

Thanks to everyone that paid their subs at the Members evening.

If yours are still outstanding, please deposit the R40 annual membership fee into our account, so that we know you’re up to date.

If you want to check if you’re up to date or not, please drop one of us an e-mail, and we’ll let you know your status. If you no longer wish to be a member, please also let us know (although we’d hate to lose you!).

Production updates

Brief Lives – now going to Artscape!
I have attached a flyer about Brief Lives at Artscape – and ask that you please spread the word about this excellent production as far and wide as possible.

It is on from 07 to 14 May 2011 at the Arena – and well worth another visit!

Macbeth
Here’s an update from our director Clifford Graham:
I cannot but remember that such things were,
That were most precious to me.
Macbeth Act IV Scene 3

It never ceases to amaze me how the Bard’s words can be transported to any context and how one is never short of a quote from the works of Master Will.

Such is the way with taking on the great works. One becomes all consumed with the task and certainly at pains to find the true explanation of the text. The cast are hard at the task and in most cases enthusiasm and zeal have, as yet, not waned. So I find myself asking, what did I do before all this started? As we get deeper into the play, more questions are raised than are answered in the short time we have to explore.
To that end a weekend of rehearsal and exploration is planned for May where hopefully, many questions will be answered.

On the production front, despite some approaches, we are still in dire need of a costume co-ordinator. Props are taking care of themselves due to the good graces of Angela Pratten; and our new girl on the block – Leigh Mather is showing her undaunted mettle as Production Secretary.

Tomorrow and tomorrow,

Yours in Shakespeare

Clifford

Support Thee thy Theatre!

The Masque Theatre is holding their AGM on Monday 16 May 2011 at the theatre. The time is 19h00 for 1930, and as a (paid-up) member of the Claremont Dramatic Society you are entitled to attend.

The Masque has also advised that they are looking for volunteers to help with serving tea before the shows, and during the interval. Let us, or the Masque know if you’re interested or willing to help.

News from Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society

What’s on at the Playhouse …

“The Spare Room” directed by Molly Mohr 7-16 April

“The Power of Speech” directed by Philippe Pringiers (directors ticket) 18 June ONLY

“Driving Miss Daisy” directed by Norman McFarlane 19 – 31 July

Balletopia dance show15 Aug – 27 Aug

KADS production
28 Aug – 25 Sept

Lawrie West’s next production 24 Oct – 6 Nov

Ann Coetzee’s first full production 28 Nov – 11 Dec

Get Thee to the Masque!

Friday 13 to Saturday 21 May
Fish Hoek Dramatic Society presents a surprise Agatha Christie Mystery directed by Cecil Jakins.
Fri. 13 at 20:00, Sat. 14 at 14:30 and 18:30,
Thu. 19 and Fri. 20 at 20:00, Sat. 21 at 14:30 and 18:30
Tickets: Matinées, Thu. evening R50 (R40 Theatre Club) other evenings R60 (R50)

Sunday 22 May ONLY
“Euphony” (meaning beautiful sounds) is an exciting new Cape Town based trio featuring Russell Davies (euphonium), Shirley Sutherland (vocals) and John Walton (piano). Euphony brings together three gifted artists producing a unique blend of sounds across a broad range of musical genres from classical to ballad to sacred to stage and screen.
The rich, mellow, lyrical tone of Russell Davies on the euphonium offers a wonderful counterpoint to the soaring virtuosity of Shirley Sutherland’s soprano voice, all held together by the improvisational genius and musicality of John Walton on piano. All three artists have performed at a very high level over many years.
Euphony is extremely adaptable and available for a range of settings corporate events, festivals, restaurants, churches and weddings. At this event Euphony will be joined by Shirley’s friends and students.
Sun. 22 at 15:00 AND 18:00 Tickets: R60 (R50 Theatre Club)

Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 May
“Going Places” – a youngster’s tale for adults about becoming a budding teenager TOLD THROUGH SONG AND DANCE
An evening of joy and wonder. Adults are reminded of their teenage years and are relieved that they kept Going Places to get to adulthood.This performance will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, make you sigh, make you nostalgic, make you wonder why and make you scared to be (or proud of being) a parent!
Take your seat, put on your teenage thinking cap, travel back in time and you will realise that; they have to go places, they are Going Places, we have to guide them about going places, in the end we have to let them go there on their own. Oh boy, does that hurt!
Booking details: Call Janine on 073 368 3069
Thu. 26 and Fri. 27 at 20:00, Sat. 28 at 15:00 and 19:00 Tickets: All shows R50

See you there!

AUDITION NOTICE

Sunday, 15 May 2011, 14:30
at the Masque Theatre, Main Road, Muizenberg

TRACY LETTS’
August: Osage County
A darkly comic drama
directed by birga Thomas

Rehearsals start during the first week of August,
three times a week

Production dates are 28 October to 05 November 2011
at the Masque Theatre

The play …
won its author the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008 as well as the Tony Award for Best Play of that year. It is full of “rich compelling characters and scintillating criticism of the modern American family”. The story takes place on the excruciatingly hot plains of Oklahoma in the dog days of 2007. Osage County, where the middle-class residence of the Westons is situated, lies entirely within a Native American (Indian) reservation, home of the Osage Nation. Memories of the dark days of colonisation creep up at occasions. There are several layers to the story, and audience members can “dig” as deep as they prefer.

The Weston family gathers in their home after their patriarch goes mysteriously missing. They are mostly intelligent and sensitive people, but each harbours one or other dark secret. They have come to support each other, but soon it seems that everybody is attacking everyone else. Not only the weather but also the tensions in the Weston household soon reach boiling point … and some pots indeed boil over. There are more twists and turns than in the average Christie thriller.

Tracy Letts has been compared to Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill. The play (first performed by the Steppenwolf company to which Letts belongs) has been performed all over the world, to audience as well as critical acclaim. Our production will be the South African première.

Characters (ages given are only approximate) (on stage: x pages out of 127)
Beverly Weston, 69 Patriarch of the family, father of three daughters, one-time world-class poet and now full-time alcoholic. Polite, soulful, melancholic … and ultimately suicidal. Although all the fuss is about him, he only appears on stage during the prologue (appr. 15 minutes). very small role
(7)
Violet Weston, 65 Devious matriarch of the family. Addicted to painkillers and any other pill she can pop. Suffers from cancer of the mouth, but that does not stop her sharp tongue and shrewd awareness of the many family secrets which she does not hesitate to reveal. very large role
(101)
Barbara Fordham, 46 Eldest of the three Weston daughters. Trying to control everything and everyone. Cynical college professor in Boulders/Colorado, separated from husband Bill very large role
(99)
Bill Fordham, 49 Barbara’s estranged husband. College professor who sleeps with one of his young students, but wants to be there for the family. medium to large role
(78)
Jean Fordham, 14 Barbara and Bill’s pot- and cigarette-smoking daughter, vegetarian, loves old movies and is bitter about parents’ split. medium to large role
(79)
Ivy Weston, 44 The middle daughter, known as “Mom’s favourite”, though Violet constantly tells her that she is plain and needs a man. She teaches at the local college (the only daughter not to have moved away, so mother’s sharp tongue gave her many more lashings than the others). She, too, has a dark secret or two. medium role
(64)
Karen Weston, 40 The youngest daughter “fled” to Florida where she plans to marry soon. She claims to have never been happy in her life, but is now happily engaged to businessman Steve, whom she considers the “perfect man”. small to medium role
(54)
Mattie Fay Aiken, 57 As jaded as her sister Violet. She is naïve but also controlling and belittles her husband Charlie and especially the son Little Charles. small-ish role
(42)
Charlie Aiken, 60 Mattie Fay’s husband of 40 years. A genial man who was a lifelong friend of Beverly’s. Struggles to get Mattie Fae to respect Little Charles. Hen-picked and timid … till he finally puts his foot down. smalli-ish role
(41)
Little Charles Aiken, 37 Mattie Fay and Charlie’s son. His mother calls him a “screw-up” … but with a dark secret of his own. small role
(38)
Johnna Monevata, 26 Native-American (Cheyenne Indian) woman, hired by Beverly as a live-in housekeeper shortly before his disappearance. Violet is prejudiced against her, but she wins over the others with her cooking skills, hard work and empathy. She may not have many lines, but is the most compassionate and morally grounded of all. Johnna claims to stay in the caustic household simply because she needs the job, yet there are times when she swoops in like a warrior-angel, saving characters from despair and destruction. Pivotal role. large, pivotal role though relatively few lines
(86)
Steve Heidebrecht, 50 Karen Weston’s fiancé, businessman in Florida. He turns out to be the most loathsome, psychopathic character (not the “perfect man” at all). small to medium role
(54)
Sheriff Deon Gilbeau, 47 High-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara’s, he investigates Beverly’s disappearance very small role
(12)
Audition notice for STEEL MAGNOLIAS

When: Saturday, 4 June 2011 at 14h00 with call backs on Wednesday, 8 June 2011 at 19h30
Where: Bergvliet Girl Guide Hall, Glen Alpine Way, Bergvliet (directions*)
Rehearsal Days: Rehearsals begin on 11 June and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 19h30 and Saturdays from 14h00 (please note that some rehearsals during the week will start at 20h30) If you want to be in this cast, you need to commit to these dates. This is a small cast and all members are required at every rehearsal.

This highly acclaimed movie and play is based on a true incident of the playwright Harling’s mother and sister. The story is set in a small-town hair salon in Chinquapin Louisiana, and spans several years in the lives of the shop’s owner and her customers. There is a small cast of only six women, but they are all equally important. This play deals with the bond between women, especially in times of despair, and this really needs to come across on stage. I therefore need a cast of strong female actresses. The ages span across the spectrum and the characters are quite specific. I will be keeping the accents (Southern US).
Author’s Note: The women in this play are witty, intelligent, and above all, real characters. They in no way, shape or form are meant to be portrayed as cartoons or caricatures.

Character Breakdown

Truvy Jones (late 30’s to mid 40’s); owner of the beauty salon where the action of the play takes place; married with two college-age kids; friend and neighbour to her clientele. Very friendly, bubbly character. Will be required to do hair on stage.

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto (18 – 30); Truvy’s new assistant, new in town; married but separated from her outlaw husband; she’s naive, serious, full of apprehensions, but she truly loves and cares the people in her life. She also becomes quite religious. Will be required to do hair on stage.

Clairee Belcher (50 – 70); widow of the former mayor of Chinquapin, Louisiana; she is a true grande dame; very comfortable in her own skin; very wealthy; socially prominent but unpretentious.

Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie (20 – 30); a lovely, independent, adventurous young woman; knows whatshe wants in life and won’t let anything stop her, not even her well-meaning mother. She has quite a bad form of diabetes and has an ‘attack’ in the first scene.

M’Lynn Eatenton (late 40’s – mid 50’s); Shelby’s mother; married 30 years with three children, two boys and Shelby; very protective of Shelby but not smothering; she works as an administrator at the Mental Guidance Center.

Ouiser Boudreaux (50 – 70); a true character; a very wealthy woman who doesn’t look or play the part; she’s an eccentric and a curmudgeon; speaks her mind at all costs; she possesses a wicked tongue but a heart of gold.

Note: Please do not watch the movie before coming to audition. I don’t want replicas of the characters in the movie, I would like to see what you come up with.

*Directions to the Bergvliet Guide Hall
From Main Road turn into Ladies Mile Road.
Turn first left into Children’s Way and then immediately right into the Ladies Mile service road.
Follow that road around the left-hand bend and turn first right into Glen Alpine Way.
Down to public parking area on the left and the Guide Hall is directly opposite that parking area.

For audition pieces, or if you would like to be involved backstage, please contact the Production Secretary Di Thom on 0824109900 or email her at dianathom@mweb.co.za

Hope to see you all there! 🙂

And from our colleagues at Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society

Auditions for “Driving Miss Daisy” 8 May To be directed by Norman McFarlane

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.

For more info e-mail their secretary: hhdsinfo@gmail.com

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From the FOH Director

A big thanks to all the members who came forward and helped with FOH duties for The Spare Room, who have embraced the new technology (we are now gathering the shifts on this online sheet) and generally came to the “party” with high spirits and lots of ideas.

In fact this is what FOH duty feels like these days, a party. We’ve had so much fun in the Green Room while the patrons watch the show, plotting and planning all sorts of things. On a personal note, this could not be a better experience for my son of 6½ who absolutely loves helping mommy get everything right and learns in a hands on way about entrepreneurship (we’re selling goods after all) and community involvement. Doing FOH has many ripple effects!

I’m now trying out a couple of new things to see how we can raise our FOH takings and in so doing, support the running of the Playhouse. For the matinee I tried mini cupcakes and they literally flew “off the shelves” – about 16% of the audience bought cupcakes! So we’ll keep doing that. I also sold Hot Dogs after the Saturday show. The consensus was that perhaps I should offer them before the show and at interval, as well as after the show. So we will also do that again. It’s a nice – and tasty – way to support the HHDS, so please partake!

The next production is a hire, Sume’s dance show, Urban Beat. This should bring pretty full houses and I will need ALL the support I can get to man the FOH stations. The dates and times for the dance show are already up in our shift-document, and those on my FOH list will receive a separate email as well.
If you are not receiving this newsletter on email and have not received a call from me for FOH duties, but would like to help, please contact me directly: 021 852 4142, 082 99 26007

Thanks again to everyone being there and helping out, all input and suggestions are always welcome – please send them my way! (Click on the leaderboard picture, it will take you to the current standings of points earned)

bettinact@gmail.com
Regards,
Bettina Horvath,
FOH Director

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Audition

Driving Missy Daisy

at The Playhouse directed by Norman MacFarlane

on Sunday 8 May at 19.00 (possible call back on Monday 9 May)

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 30 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 1975 to 1995.

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 has a somewhat antagonistic relationship with Hough, but is 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 Jewishness), is a key requirement in this scene.

Reverend Desmond Jansen, the Pentecostal minister who conducts Fidelia’s funeral service.
Extras, 6 to 9 coloured people, men and women, mid-thirties to mid-sixties as congregants during Fidelia’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) as well.

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Sume’s Dance Studio
Presents
“Urban Beat”
11 – 21 May
(matinee on Saturdays)
At The Playhouse Theatre

Ticket prices – R60per 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.

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The HHDS 2011 Director’s Forum will be held on Sunday May 22 at 7 pm at the Playhouse

Anyone who would like to apply for one of the 2012 slots should prepare a short presentation of the production in mind, including pros and cons, an idea of the budget and any other information which might be useful in the selection process.

Non-members and directors of other societies are also VERY welcome to make a presentation. Newcomers (i.e. people who have not yet directed) are welcome to apply for Director’s Tickets slots and non-HHDS directors are advised that there is a process of approval for first time directors at the Playhouse.

Please contact our Secretary, Eppie McFarlane by May 10th latest.

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Condolences to Jill Wilson after the death of her husband David Wilson. David was a life member of the society and very involved in the theatre during the sixties and seventies, known then for his acting roles.
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Membersevening
Belgian PUB evening

at the Playhouse | SAT MAY 7th at 7 pm
Our first PUB evening will take place on Sat May 7th! It will be an evening with some pub games (darts, poker, backgammon) while at the same time there will be Belgian beer to taste and some typical Belgian snacks will be available. Belgium produces over 450 different beers including fruit-beers and ranging from normal alcohol content to 11 %! For an entry fee of R40 you will be offered 3 different beersto taste and more will be on sale alongside the normal range from our bar. Please let us know by email (philippe@pringiers.co.za) or sms 0729591372 if you plan to attend, so that we have an idea of how amount of stock to buy. We’d hate to run out of delicious Belgian beer!

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APRIL 2011

Hi to those very few people who are actually staying at home this Easter weekend!!
Half my firm has taken leave ‘cos of all the holidays over this period!
Some interesting holidays throughout the world in April ……..
Cyprus remembers the 1955-59 Revolution on the 1st;
Georgia has its Day of National Unity on the 9th;
Burma has its New Year Holidays from the 11th to the 20th;
30 April in the Netherlands is known as Queen’s Day as it is the birthday
of the Queen Mother Juliana and the date of the accession to the throne
of her oldest daughter and current monarch Beatrix.

CALENDAR

15 – 24 Godspell, a musical based on the Gospel according to St Matthew, presented by
April Pinelands Players at the Artscape Arena. Original concept by John Michael Tebelak with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Directed by Roche Haupt Buckle with musical direction by Justin Wardle. Bookings through Computicket or Dial-a-Seat 021 4217695.

13 – 21 Alibi, by Michael Morton, based on a book by Agatha Christie, directed by Cecil
May Jakins and presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society at the Masque. Full of the usual Christie red-herrings, plot twists and well-defined characters, this production has a cast of twelve, SEVEN of which are MVDS’ members so make sure you get to see this one!

Sunday Euphony at the Masque for two shows only – 15:00 and 18:00. Tickets R60
22 May (R50). Featuring the exciting new trio of Shirley Sutherland (vocals), Russell Davies (euphonium) and John Walton (piano), who produce a unique blend of sounds across a broad range of musical genres.

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

OUR VERY OWN WEBSITE!!!

Committee member Jonathan Duguid is hard at work setting this up.
WATCH THIS SPACE!!!!
FUTURE PRODUCTIONS

A very fruitful Directors’ Forum was held on 26 March with all our 2012 slots being filled ……… and some very positive input for 2013. A taste of what’s to come ……..Breakfast Club, The Great Gatsby, Yerma (F G Lorca), Man for all Seasons, Blithe Spirit, Passion Play (Peter Nichols), A Chorus of Disapproval (Ayckbourn), Eat Your Heart Out (Nick Hall). Well, maybe not ALL of them – some choices still need to be made. But doesn’t that look GREAT?

The audition for our second production for 2011 was held on Saturday, 16 April – not a huge turnout but the play “The Haunted Through Lounge And Recessed Dining Nook At Farndale Castle” has been successfully cast! Yippee!! (We really are going to have to find an abbreviation for that – suggestions?!?!)

And without stopping for breath …….. the audition for our final production will be held on Sunday, 15 May. Please note this is NOT at the Rendezvous but at the Masque itself – full details are attached.

Constantiaberg Theatre Players is holding an audition on 4 June 2011 at 14:00 at the Bergvliet Girl Guide Hall, Glen Alpine Way, Bergvliet for “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling. This is to be directed by Angela Lee-Wright who requires a cast of six strong (no, I don’t mean well-muscled!) women, ages 18 to 70. For further information contact Di Thom on 0824109900 or dianathom@mweb.co.za.

WELCOME!

A hearty MVDS’ welcome to Carley Dowling. And to Noel and Angela Pratten – who both jumped in boots ‘n all to assist backstage with The Crucible. Thanks guys!! We know we’re gonna love having you around. Which brings us rather nicely to ……….

HELP!!

Your theatre needs you IN FRONT and not just BACK, or ON the stage!
If you at any stage ticked boxes on your application form for helping out with teas, bar or box office and nobody has yet asked you to do a duty or come along for a training stint ……. it probably means that your name has not been passed on to the right person! Please, please, pretty please, with bells on: get hold of ME and say “Duh, yeah, I volunteered for xyz but haven’t been asked yet” and I will make SURE you get that opportunity.

And…….your society is looking for a copy of the ‘70’s play Eat Your Heart Out by Nick Hall, to either buy or borrow. Please contact birga Thomas on 021 7885272 or birgatom@iafrica.com if you can assist.

MEMBERS’ EVENINGS

Our MADhatters party was a very cool, laid-back affair with lotsa laughs provided by John McConnell’s wacky riddles and star-studded snippets! Some super hats with one of Chris Bingham’s guests taking it to the nth degree with a bunny hat, teeth and tail! It was decided to award the prizes to the most ingenious home-made hats with first going to Val Stephens for her pretty pink bonnet made from a gift bag! And second to the concoction on the head of Richard Higgs. Thanks to those who brought riddles and shared them with us. In usual MVDS’ fashion Sue Hallinan’s food was SCRUMPTIOUS – especially those cupcakes – I hope everyone managed to grab one ‘cos they certainly disappeared quick!
BIRTHDAYS

Quite a crop of birthdays for May (and quite a crop of public holidays too). We start with Janice Budd (oooooh, sorry she is now Mrs Benham!) on the second which this year is May Day in Gibraltar. Alastair Duff and Carley Dowling share the 5th which is Constitution Day in Kyrgystan. Gary Fargher is on the 12th with the dubious distinction of not having that day declared a public holiday anywhere in the world (that I could find anyway)!! The 13th is Barbara Basel’s birthday and Ascension Day is a celebrated with a public holiday on that day in Luxembourg. We have three birthdays on 23 May: Detlef Basel, Dave D’Alton and Brenda Gray and on that day in Canada this year Victoria Day will be celebrated. The 24th is Education and Culture Day in Bulgaria ….. and sees the birthdays of Bronwyn Ferraz and Helen Mathers. Hope you all have a great year regardless of whether your birthday is on a public holiday or not!

NEWS OF MEMBERS (& AMDRAM FRIENDS)

Congratulations to James Skilton and Jane de Sousa who are celebrating their marriage on 24 April – it was in fact in my April newsletter 2010 that I announced their engagement!

Recently saw the cast list of G&S’s Fiddler On The Roof – spotted Lee De Andrade in the ladies’ chorus – did I miss anyone else’s name? Good on you Lee – enjoy!

Saw June Edwards very recently – the huge, nasty, cast is now OFF her arm – still in sling and what-have-you but a definite improvement!

Following June’s lead, Debbie Bentley-Buckle also took a tumble at the theatre during set-building for Little Sheba! SHE bust up her ankle/leg pretty badly and we wish her a speedy recovery.
THE UNPLEASANT BIT

Well, it’s not reeeeeeeeeely unpleasant! It’s just a gentle reminder that your yearly subs are (over)due. You may pay any member of the committee or payment may be made by cheque or electronic transfer/deposit or leave your payment in the Masque office, clearly marked “birga Thomas, MVDS subs”. Single R40; Couple R60; Pensioner/Student R25.

Member Chris Bingham usually spends about 6 months of the year in the UK
yet one of the first things he does when he hits our sunny shores is …….
pay his membership!! And he is a “regular” at our members’ evenings.

I do hope you all enjoy “Worker’s Day” on the 1st (and 2nd!) of May –
be grateful you do not live in America as they do not celebrate
May Day because of its communist origins!
Happy Easter
Eve

MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY

AUDITION NOTICE

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
By Tracy Letts

Directed By: birga Thomas

AUDITION DATE: Sunday 15 May 2011 at 14:30
PLACE: Masque Theatre, 37 Main Road, Muizenberg
DATES OF RUN: 28 October to 5 November 2011, Masque Theatre, Muizenberg
REHEARSALS: Three times a week commencing first week in August
ENQUIRIES: birga Thomas on birgatom@iafrica.com or 021–788 5272 (who can also provide more detailed character descriptions)

ABOUT THE PLAY:
This darkly comic drama won its author the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008 as well as the Tony Award for Best Play of that year. It is full of “rich compelling characters and scintillating criticism of the modern American family”. The story takes place on the excruciatingly hot plains of Oklahoma in the dog days of 2007. Osage County, where the middle-class residence of the Westons is situated, lies entirely within a Native American (Indian) reservation, home of the Osage Nation. Memories of the dark days of colonisation creep up at occasions. There are several layers to the story, and audience members can “dig” as deep as they prefer. The Weston family gathers in their home after their patriarch goes mysteriously missing. They are mostly intelligent and sensitive people, but each harbours one or other dark secret . They have come to support each other, but soon it seems that everybody is attacking everyone else. Not only the weather but also the tensions in the Weston household soon reach boiling point … and some pots indeed boil over. There are more twists and turns than in the average Christie thriller. Tracy Letts has been compared to Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill. The play (first performed by the Steppenwolf company to which Letts belongs) has been performed all over the world, to audience as well as critical acclaim. Our production will be the South African première.

CHARACTERS:
Ages given are only approximate. Brackets indicate how many pages the character is on stage (out of 127)

Beverly Weston 69 Patriarch of the family. Polite, soulful, melancholic … and ultimately suicidal. (7)

Violet Weston 65 Devious matriarch of the family. Addicted to pills. Sharp tongue and shrewd awareness of the many family secrets which she does not hesitate to reveal. (101)

Barbara Fordham 46 Eldest Weston daughter. Trying to control everything and everyone. Cynical. (99)

Bill Fordham 49 Barbara’s estranged husband. College professor. (78)

Jean Fordham 14 Barbara and Bill’s pot- smoking daughter, vegetarian. Bitter about parents’ split. (79)

Ivy Weston 44 Middle daughter, known as “Mom’s favourite”, though Violet constantly tells her that she is plain and needs a man. Teaches at the local college. Has a dark secret or two.(64)

Karen Weston 40 Youngest daughter. “Fled” to Florida. Claims to have never been happy in her life, but is now happily engaged to Steve, whom she considers the “perfect man”. (54)

Mattie Fay Aiken 57 As jaded as her sister Violet. She is naïve but also controlling and belittles her husband Charlie and especially the son Little Charles. (42)

Charlie Aiken 60 Mattie Fay’s husband of 40 years. A genial man who was a lifelong friend of Beverly’s. Hen-picked and timid … till he finally puts his foot down. (41)

Little Charles Aiken 37 Mattie Fay and Charlie’s son. His mother calls him a “screwup”. Has a dark secret. (38)

Johnna Monevata 26 Cheyenne Indian woman, hired by Beverly as a live-in housekeeper shortly before his disappearance. Not many lines, but is the most compassionate and morally grounded of all – swoops in like a warrior-angel, saving characters from despair and destruction. (86)

Steve Heidebrecht 50 Karen Weston’s fiancé, businessman in Florida. Loathsome, psychopathic character (54)

Sheriff Deon Gilbeau 47 High-school classmate/boyfriend of Barbara. Investigates Beverly’s disappearance. (12)

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CONSTANTIABERG THEATRE PLAYERS (CTP)
Newsletter – April 2011
_______________________________________

Society news

“It’s a way to exteriorize all my sh*t. To scream and cry and laugh on screen. For me, acting is therapy.”
Eva Green.

• Well done to Barrie Howard and the cast and crew of Come Back, Little Sheba. I was there on opening night (which was also our members evening) and enjoyed it thoroughly.

• Our AGM is coming up in May. We’d love to rub shoulders with you there.

• The audition notice for our upcoming production, Steel Magnolias, has been sent out. Directed by Angela Lee-Wright and running 16 to 24 September.

For your diary

“I got into acting because I was really shy. I wanted to live in my imagination. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to be and acting gave me the opportunity to do a lot of different things.”
Daryl Hannah.

15 – 24 April The Gospel according to St. Matthew
Catch Godspell at the Artscape if you haven’t already been. Bookings through Computicket or Dial-a-seat (021 421 7695).

13 – 21 May Agatha Christie at the Masque
Cecil Jakins will direct an Agatha Christie mystery. Always popular with Masque Theatre goers.

15 May Audition for Osage County
Production dates are 28 October to 5 November. Large cast required. Be at the Masque at 14.30 if you’re interested or contact birga Thomas (birgatom@iafrica.com).

22 May Euphony for Sunday only at the Masque
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 (or maybe still are). You know what it’s like (or maybe you’ve repressed the memory). 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.

4 June Audition for Steel Magnolias
14.00 at the Bergvliet Guide Hall. Contact Di Thom on 082 410 9900. Backstage crew also needed.

Masque Theatre bookings

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

Birthdays

“As actors, I think we are responsible for making people more aware of their inner world.”
Juliette Binoche.

To Jane Cohen who celebrates her birthday on the 30th of April – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JANE!!

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 (long week-) End

“Acting is about showing people what it means to be human, both the beauty and the ugliness.”
Larry Moss.

See the AGM reminder below. Otherwise I’m outta here. Support as many shows at the Masque Theatre as you can fit into your busy schedules.

Have a lovely long weekend or two.

Regards,
Wesley.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN OF

CONSTANTIABERG THEATRE PLAYERS

58TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY THE 25TH OF MAY 2011

AT THE BERGVLIET GUIDE HALL

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.

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A U D I T I O N N O T I C E

Sunday, 15 May 2011, 14:30

at the Masque Theatre, 37 Main Road, Muizenberg

Tracy Letts’

August: Osage County

A darkly comic drama

directed by birga Thomas

Rehearsals start during the first week of August (three times a week)

Production dates: 28 October to 05 November 2011 at the Masque Theatre

The play …

won its author the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008 as well as the Tony Award for Best Play of that year. It is full of “rich compelling characters and scintillating criticism of the modern American family”. The story takes place on the excruciatingly hot plains of Oklahoma in the dog days of 2007. Osage County, where the middle-class residence of the Westons is situated, lies entirely within a Native American (Indian) reservation, home of the Osage Nation. Memories of the dark days of colonisation creep up at occasions. There are several layers to the story, and audience members can “dig” as deep as they prefer.

The Weston family gathers in their home after their patriarch goes mysteriously missing. They are mostly intelligent and sensitive people, but each harbours one or other dark secret. They have come to support each other, but soon it seems that everybody is attacking everyone else. Not only the weather but also the tensions in the Weston household soon reach boiling point … and some pots indeed boil over. There are more twists and turns than in the average Christie thriller.

Tracy Letts has been compared to Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill. The play (first performed by the Steppenwolf company to which Letts belongs) has been performed all over the world, to audience as well as critical acclaim. Our production will be the South African première.

Characters (ages given are approximate) (on stage: x pages out of 127)

Beverly Weston, 69
Patriarch of the family, father of three daughters, one-time world-class poet and now full-time alcoholic. Polite, soulful, melancholic … and ultimately suicidal. Although all the fuss is about him, he only appears on stage during the prologue (appr. 15 minutes).
very small role
(7)

Violet Weston, 65
Devious matriarch of the family. Addicted to painkillers and any other pill she can pop. Suffers from cancer of the mouth, but that does not stop her sharp tongue and shrewd awareness of the many family secrets which she does not hesitate to reveal.
very large role
(101)

Barbara Fordham, 46
Eldest of the three Weston daughters. Trying to control everything and everyone. Cynical college professor in Boulders/Colorado, separated from husband Bill
very large role
(99)

Bill Fordham, 49
Barbara’s estranged husband. College professor who sleeps with one of his young students, but wants to be there for the family.
medium to large role
(78)

Jean Fordham, 14
Barbara and Bill’s pot- and cigarette-smoking daughter, vegetarian, loves old movies and is bitter about parents’ split.
medium to large role
(79)

Ivy Weston, 44
The middle daughter, known as “Mom’s favourite”, though Violet constantly tells her that she is plain and needs a man. She teaches at the local college (the only daughter not to have moved away, so mother’s sharp tongue gave her many more lashings than the others). She, too, has a dark secret or two.
medium role
(64)

Karen Weston, 40
The youngest daughter “fled” to Florida where she plans to marry soon. She claims to have never been happy in her life, but is now happily engaged to businessman Steve, whom she considers the “perfect man”.
small to medium role
(54)

Mattie Fay Aiken, 57
As jaded as her sister Violet. She is naïve but also controlling and belittles her husband Charlie and especially the son Little Charles.
small-ish role
(42)

Charlie Aiken, 60
Mattie Fay’s husband of 40 years. A genial man who was a lifelong friend of Beverly’s. Struggles to get Mattie Fay to respect Little Charles. Hen-picked and timid … till he finally puts his foot down.
smalli-ish role
(41)

Little Charles Aiken, 37
Mattie Fay and Charlie’s son. His mother calls him a “screw-up” … but with a dark secret of his own.
small role
(38)

Johnna Monevata, 26
Native-American (Cheyenne Indian) woman, hired by Beverly as a live-in housekeeper shortly before his disappearance. Violet is prejudiced against her, but she wins over the others with her cooking skills, hard work and empathy. She may not have many lines, but is the most compassionate and morally grounded of all. Johnna claims to stay in the caustic household simply because she needs the job, yet there are times when she swoops in like a warrior-angel, saving characters from despair and destruction. Pivotal role.
large, pivotal role though relatively few lines
(86)

Steve Heidebrecht, 50
Karen Weston’s fiancé, businessman in Florida. He turns out to be the most loathsome, psychopathic character (not the “perfect man” at all).
small to medium role
(54)

Sheriff Deon Gilbeau, 47
High-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara’s, he investigates Beverly’s disappearance
very small role
(12)

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Constantiaberg Theatre Players

present

Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling

When: Saturday, 4 June 2011 at 14h00 with call backs on Wednesday, 8 June 2011 at 19h30
Where: Bergvliet Girl Guide Hall, Glen Alpine Way, Bergvliet (directions*)

Rehearsal Days:Rehearsals begin on 11 June and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 19h30 and Saturdays from 14h00 (please note that some rehearsals during the week will start at 20h30) If you want to be in this cast, you need to commit to these dates. This is a small cast and all members are required at every rehearsal.

This highly acclaimed movie and play is based on a true incident of the playwright Harling’s mother and sister. The story is set in a small-town hair salon in Chinquapin Louisiana, and spans several years in the lives of the shop’s owner and her customers. There is a small cast of only six women, but they are all equally important. This play deals with the bond between women, especially in times of despair, and this really needs to come across on stage. I therefore need a cast of strong female actresses. The ages span across the spectrum and the characters are quite specific. I will be keeping the accents (Southern US).
Author’s Note: The women in this play are witty, intelligent, and above all, real characters. They in no way, shape or form are meant to be portrayed as cartoons or caricatures.

Character Breakdown

Truvy Jones (late 30s to mid 40s); owner of the beauty salon where the action of the play takes place; married with two college-age kids; friend and neighbour to her clientele. Very friendly, bubbly character. Will be required to do hair on stage.

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto (18-30); Truvy’s new assistant, new in town; married but separated from her outlaw husband; she’s naive, serious, full of apprehensions, but she truly loves and cares the people in her life. She also becomes quite religious. Will be required to do hair on stage.

Clairee Belcher (50 – 70); widow of the former mayor of Chinquapin, Louisiana; she is a true grande dame; very comfortable in her own skin; very wealthy; socially prominent but unpretentious.

Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie (20 – 30); a lovely, independent, adventurous young woman; knows what she wants in life and won’t let anything stop her, not even her well-meaning mother. She has quite a bad form of diabetes and has an ‘attack’ in the first scene.

M’Lynn Eatenton (late 40s – mid 50s); Shelby’s mother; married 30 years with three children, two boys and Shelby; very protective of Shelby but not smothering; she works as an administrator at the Mental Guidance Center.

Ouiser Boudreaux (50 – 70); a true character; a very wealthy woman who doesn’t look or play the part; she’s an eccentric and a curmudgeon; speaks her mind at all costs; she possesses a wicked tongue but a heart of gold.

Note: Please do not watch the movie before coming to audition. I don’t want replicas of the characters in the movie, I would like to see what you come up with.

*Directions to the Bergvliet Guide Hall
From Main Road turn into Ladies Mile Road.
Turn first left into Children’s Way and then immediately right into the Ladies Mile service road.
Follow that road around the left-hand bend and turn first right into Glen Alpine Way.
Down to public parking area on the left and the Guide Hall is directly opposite that parking area.

For audition pieces, or if you would like to be involved backstage, please contact the Production Secretary Di Thom on 0824109900 or email her at dianathom@mweb.co.za

Hope to see you all there! 🙂

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The Official Newsletter of Pinelands Players
(Established 1948 & Incorporating The Cape Town Repertory Theatre Society)
P O Box 131 Howard Place 7450
Blog: http://pinelandsplayers.wordpress.com/ Email: tanya@march.za.net Phone: 082 900 6963 April 2011

News from the editor

Hi there readers

As we enter the fourth month of the year, a number of things await us. But to name a few, the noticeable start of autumn, school holidays, Easter and of course our exciting production, Godspell, which is very well timed and appropriate for this annual Christian celebration.

I have always been amazed that the retail food chains already display Easter eggs just after Valentine‟s day in February, but yet it seems that the true meaning of Easter is forgotten, and only focused on fat-feeding loved ones with copious amounts of designer bunnies and other delectable chocolate goodies. After Easter, our New Year‟s resolutions which have slipped by the wayside, are fully re-enforced as people flock to the gyms to burn off those abundant extra (but delicious) calories!!!

Pinelands Players has had an eventful month, also with the clubhouse upgrade taking place during rehearsals for Godspell. On several evenings, cast members had no doors to the bathrooms, and had to wade through paint tins & ladders to get to an incomplete kitchen with no water! Thank you Godspellers for being so patient!

Godspell rehearsals have been relentless, (but very exciting) and several birthdays have been celebrated among the crew where scrumptious cakes & delights have been consumed and various renditions of “Happy Birthday” have been performed.

A large friendly (but nameless) ginger cat visits the rehearsal hall almost every night, and has become the Godspell groupie and rehearsal mascot. He may just be packed in with the props after all….

The club evening on 25 March 2011 arranged by Carryn Underhill, was loads of fun, with some hilarious characters emerging as the evening progressed. Play reading is a fantastic way for newbies (and well versed actors) to develop vocal and acting skills.

Forever Plaid, has been cast, so June Wells has already got cracking with those rehearsals! We look forward to this production mid year.

As far as autumn is concerned, the change of season can be the opportunity to have a change of heart. A change of plans. Or a change of attitude. It’s up to you!

Wishing all our readers a very Blessed Easter!

Tanya March

CATA Awards

Congratulations to our members, whether contributing for Pinelands Players or other amateur dramatic societies. A special mention to:
Jennifer Moss Best supporting Actress (Annie)
Kyla Thorburn Choreography (Annie)
Kyla Thorburn Best Director of a Musical (Annie)
David Bolton Best supporting Actor (Annie)
Shaun Browne & Graham Boxall Best Actor (Annie)
Anthony James Best newcomer (Gigi)
Michelle Belknap
Sheila Inglis
Lyle Wilson
Faeron Wheeler
Sven Yaffe Best Musical Ensemble (Gigi)

And to all those who were nominated, but not selected, well done too! However we acknowledge EVERYONE in am dram! It takes skill on all parts to put a show together to make it entertaining and rewarding for both participants and the audience.

Member Gossip

Graduation

On the 16th of April, Pinelands Players members Clara Machado and Lisa Pillay (nee Byett) will graduate from
the Cape Peninsula University of Technology with a Bachelor of Education. Congratulations and well done
after four years of hard work!

Fiddler on the Roof

Congratulations to all the Pinelands Players members who have been cast in this G & S production, to be staged at the Opera House Artscape in September 2011.

We know that this will be a stunning production and look forward to seeing the show.

CURRENT PRODUCTION – GODSPELL

After moving out of the clubhouse to the Pinelands Congregational Church hall, the cast are now well rehearsed and looking forward to moving into the theatre on the 11th of April. The set is almost complete and the costumes are sorted. The stage, sound & lighting crew are up to speed. The band is doing their thing. Roché is biting her pencils down to thumb size … it’s a count down now….T-minus 9 days!!!

Don’t forget to book at Computicket .

Note from Tina Gough:

For Pinelands Players this is a ‘break out’ show since this is the first time that we are venturing into the Artscape complex. It‟s important for us to make a good impression and the committee and I are really excited about how things are going. I love the show… and it brings back so many good memories for me…. It takes me
back to my teenage years (I shan’t mention the year!) when Godspell was banned in South Africa. I recall a trip to Maseru to see the Des and Dawn Lindburgh’s production and my parents complaining about me playing the LP (remember those things?) over and over again.

Roché and Justin together with Kerry, have pulled this cast of individuals together and have created a team that gels together amazingly. This is Roché’s “debut” performance as director for Pinelands Players. As a speech and drama teacher, she has of course been involved in many school productions and has also been seen on stage numerous times. Her passion and commitment to making this show a success has fed through to the cast members and I think that you will see that passion coming through in their performances. Another newcomer to Pinelands Players and the world of Amateur theatre is Kerry Knott-Craig as Choreographer. She
(together with her handsome “assistant” Yaseen) has been putting the cast members through their paces with amazing energy and fresh ideas. Justin has been around for a number of shows (another school teacher) and once again has worked some wonders with the music and harmonies.

I attended the first full rehearsal run of Godspell (and a few more since then) and spent a bit of time chatting to the cast & crew members.

This is quite a young cast with many of them having never heard of this show or any of the songs. In fact some weren’t even born when the show first appeared on Broadway. For some, this is also their first time on stage!

Here‟s what they had to say…

– My faith is important to me. So to be involved in something that links my studies of musical theatre to my faith, is amazing….. Maryanne

– This has been different from anything else that I have done…… Doug
– I am very excited about being in a show that I think will be talked about for a long time afterwards….. Allana
– This is my first time on stage and what an experience this has been so far! The cast has become very close and I have made some amazing friends……Byron
– It’s been fun and hard work…… Greg
– This show is fantastic because it has all the elements of music, dance, drama and great songs….. Gary
– It has reawakened my belief that there is goodness in the world…. Tanya
– This is a phenomenal cast, a show with such a range of deep emotions and it’s great to see it coming to life….. Darik
– It’s wonderful to work with this bunch of vibrant and energetic players……Justin
– It is a privilege to be in Godspell, amongst a talented, dedicated cast and directed by professionals like Roché, Justin and Kerry. I’ve really enjoyed the journey and know that the show will be received with good reviews……. Michélle
– What an experience…all working together to tell such an important story. This will be one that I will treasure for a long time, and every Easter I will smile when I think back on Godspell…. Jennifer

Need I say more?

Get your tickets now through Computicket for an amazing Easter experience. See you are the Arena!

Tina

Club Night Success

Wilde Club Night
Carryn Underhill arranged a superb evening where voluntary enthusiasts (and
some coaxed) embarked on a hilarious play reading of “A woman of no
importance”. Roles were pulled out of a hat so we had some very interesting
cross gender costumes and acting!! We also enjoyed having our visitor Glyn.
Some had a male and female role, and often had to be both characters at almost
the same time!! This humorous and a little hot potato/haughty play, brought out
great characterization and heaps of laughter! And who said that woman are not
important?
Thank you too to Tanya Browne, who ensured that all vocal chords were
continuously lubricated!
Thank you David Bolton for photocopying all the scripts.

WHAT’S ON

1 April – 9 April 2011 Masque Theatre
Come Back, Little Sheba directed by Barrie Howard
Constantiaberg Theatre Players

4 April – 8 April 2011 Masque Theatre
Storybook at the Masque
Muizenberg Dramatic Society
Bookings on 021 782 0875 or 0715697930

15 April – 24 April 2011 Artscape Arena
Godspell directed by Roché Haupt Buckle
Pinelands Players first venture to the Artscape complex
Bookings at Computicket

15 – 16 April 2011 Masque Theatre
The wonderful world of Operetta
Playbill Productions
Bookings on 021-7881898

25 July – 7 August 2011 Pinelands Town Hall
Forever Plaid directed by June Wells
Pinelands Players production for the annual mid-year
Candelight Theatre at the Pinelands Town Hall

1 July – 9 July 2011 Masque Theatre
Macbeth directed by Clifford Graham

Please let us know of any shows, auditions and happenings: tanya@march.za.net

Clubhouse renovation nearing completion

Thank you to Tanya March from Black Stone Creations, Craig Joubert from Du Toit’s Granite (who is not even a member of our society) and Nigel Stevenson who have so kindly sponsored the clubhouse renovation, which totals a value of almost R 25 000. The clubhouse is looking spiffing, and while there is still some more painting work to be done & skirtings to be installed, the upgrade is most welcome and brings with it freshness and rejuvenation. We are now boasting a brand new tiled kitchen (with new cupboards, sink & tap, re-cycling bins and undercounter light), re-painted walls & ceilings in the kitchen and bathrooms, re-painted doors & door frames, tiled bathroom floors and a new carpet.

The committee will embark on re-hanging the posters of all the previous shows performed by the society, and adding some niceties to complement the revamp once all the painting has been completed.

We are proud to announce our “house warming” party, to thank our kind sponsors as well as invite our members to view and experience the “new look” on Friday 6th May. This will be a night to remember with surprise entertainment. Please book this date and RSVP to tanya@march.za.net.

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Forthcoming production
25 July 2011 — 7 August 2011
Forever Plaid

Rehearsals are under way at the Clubhouse for this off-Broadway musical comedy.

“One of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory, this deliciously goofy revue centers on
four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950s on the way to their first big concert, and now
miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was.
Singing in the closest of harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations and executing their
charmingly outlandish choreography with over-zealous precision, the “Plaids” are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they’re not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the ’50s”.
( excerpt from http://www.mtishows.com)

The cast……
Simon Speck – Francis …. The leader of the group who is also asthmatic
John Lambrou – Jinx …. The clown who is always with wisecracks
Chris Laurie – Sparky …. Shy and nervous and subject to nosebleeds
Richard White – Smudge ….. Worry pot!
Director – June Wells
Musical Director – Victor Tichart

Other Society Auditions

THE HAUNTED THROUGH LOUNGE AND RECESSED
DINING NOOK AT FARNDALE CASTLE
or
WE FOUND LOVE AND AN EXQUISITE SET OF PORCELAIN
FIGURINES
ABOARD THE SS FARNDALE AVENUE
There is a good variety of roles!
Directed By: Miranda Lewis
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.
Saturday 16th April at Rendezvous, Muizenberg
Muizenberg Dramatic Society
Andrew Blake on (021) 781 0114 or 082 493 3330

Welcome new members:
Darik Velez
Byron Bure
Gary Kiewitz
Allana Aldridge
Michélle Hough
Glyn Fogell
Ross Metcalf

Just a thought

“ The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are”.
– Thomas Dreier

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