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Hottentos Holland Dramatic Society

AUDITION: Days of Wine and Roses at The Playhouse

The PLayhouse Theatre, Lourensford Road
25 June · 19:00 – 21:00

This play describes how an ‘ordinary’ young couple can slide from social drinking to alcoholism and shows how ‘substance abuse’ can affect any one of us. This is as applicable today as it was when the play was first filmed in 1962, when Jack Lemon played his first non-comedy role. The film received an Oscar for the music and 4 other nominations and the storyline so moved both Jack Lemon & director Blake Edwards that, soon after, they both gave up drink and remained teetotal for the rest of his life! After 50 years the film is still compulsory viewing in many U S rehab centres.

We have been lucky to discover a re-write, made in 2005 and produced in London’s West End. It needs two actors, a male & a female, in the age group of 25 – 30, the age is fairly flexible providing the characters ‘match.’ For reasons of the storyline the couple are Irish, and first meet in an Irish airport while travelling to England, so an Irish accent is compulsory! We are calling an early audition so that accent coaching can be arranged if needed, and also because there are a substantial number of lines to learn and I want the cast to be ‘books down’ before we move on stage so that we can then concentrate on the emotions and moves.

THE AUDITION WILL NOT FOLLOW THE NORMAL HHDS FORMAT. For most of the audition we will not use the script from the show. The script is such that it would be unfair to expect actors to perform any of the scenes ‘cold’ most of them require outside influences to become effective.Instead performers will be given a monologue and asked to do it in whatever way they feel, they will then be asked (pointed to / directed) to do the same piece from a different perspective so that their ‘range’ can be assessed. The monologues will be provided and each performer will be given a different on, some dramatic, some humorous. Judging will not be made on the way a monologue is “performed” but on the way they can adjust to different moods imposed on the.

We want it to be a fun evening so (time permitting) members & guests who have no interest in performing in the play, or are excluded because of age, accent, etc will still be given the opportunity of ‘strutting their stuff!’ So this will be an audition, but also a ‘fun night.’ For this reason we will also be making it a member’s night.

These are excellent acting roles and my personal belief is that they should go to HHDS members or people willing to become members. If not already members, the successful candidates must either already be, or must be prepared to become, HHDS members.

Rehearsals will take place on a Tuesday & Thursday evening and, at a later date, Sunday afternoons, the actual show will run from a dress rehearsal on Sunday 24 October until Saturday 5th November with 8 (including the Sunday dress rehearsal and a Sunday afternoon matinee) in that period.

Hope to see you there.

Lawrie West

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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
12 Eden Road, Claremont 7708

Tel: 021 671 2242 Cell: 082 821 4353 E-mail: andrethomas@vodamail.co.za

http://www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

June 2011 – Number 99

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On Friday evening we went to see Ouroboros at the Baxter – the Handspring Puppet Theatre’s latest show. The attention to the details of how a person moves, was fantastic – you could tell a lot of work had gone into it. We all commented on how refreshing it is to see something new a different. So I encourage us all to see us much different types of theatre as possible – you invariably take something away from that you didn’t expect.

That said – we’re very excited about the impending opening of our own – CDS’s version of the Scottish Play! We move into the theatre next week, and open in under 3 weeks. Do come and support us!

Macbeth – update
Everything is well on track for opening night on Friday 01 July 2011 – rehearsals are flowing nicely, and characters are being tweaked. We’re all quite keen to get onto the stage now though, to find our space and get familiar with the dimensions. Su Cunningham gets a massive Thank You from us for allowing us the use of her school in Claremont for an intensive Macbeth rehearsal weekend!

Here for you a list of the cast & crew:
Role Name

Macbeth Clifford Graham
Lady Macbeth Michele Belknap
Duncan Mike Tompson
Macduff Sheldon Cross
Lady Macduff Jane De Sousa
Malcolm Dean Howarth
Donaldbain Christopher King
Banquo André Thomas
Fleance Jenny Brandt
Lennox David Sharpe
Ross James Skilton
Angus Paul Geddes
Siward Anthony Storr Lister
Seyton Jenny Brandt
Hecate Megan Carter
Witch 1 Su Cunningham
Witch 2 Maridi Jooste
Witch 3 Faeron Wheeler
Gentlewoman Allison Blair
Boy (Macduff) Matthew Sellier
Scottish Doctor Megan Carter
Sergeant David Sharpe
Porter / Old Man Nigel Sweet
First Murderer Graham Stabler
Second Murderer Paul Geddes
Apparition Keegan Frieslaar
Director Clifford Graham
Prod Sec. Leigh Mather
Stage Manager Wendy Goddard
Props Manager Angela Pratten

Audition notices
I’ve attached some audition notices at the back for you – including one for the new Claremont show, to be directed by Sue Bolton.

Member news
David Campey (our former treasurer) and Miné invite you to their wedding celebration on Saturday 18 June – see the last page for details and to RSVP.

Members’ subs and information update – Reminder
I’ve attached again a new membership form for you to complete and send back please. We would like to make sure we have everyone’s up to date details on file.
It goes without saying that your information is only kept on CDS files and is not shared with anyone else.

Member Evenings – reminder
Our next members’ evening will be on Friday 15 July, at 19h30 for 20h00.

For the first half of the evening, Guilma Stander of Siggi’s Make-up will teach three people from the audience how to transform three young ladies into three ‘old’ ladies through the effective application of make-up. She will give tips and tricks as she goes, which will prove invaluable next time you need to age up on stage. All the products used on the evening will also be available for sale, so you can stock up your make-up bag and replace all those stale Leichner 5 and 9 grease sticks…

The second half of the evening will see the ‘old’ ladies in a one-act play, ‘Café Society’, which is set in a café in Hackney.

The following Member Evening will be on Friday 30 September 2011 – so save that date please.

Get Thee to the Masque!

“Macbeth” – by Claremont Dramatic Society
01 to 09 July 2011 at the Masque
Performance Dates: Fri 1 July 20:00, Sat 2 July 14:30 &18:30, Sun 3 July 15:00, Wed 6 July 20:00,
Thu 7 July 20:00, Fri 8 July 20:00, Sat 9 July 14:30 & 18:30
Bookings: Masque Theatre Bookings 021 788 1898 O/H

“Driving Miss Daisy” – by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
19 to 30 July at the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West (Book at Computicket)

“The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle” – by MVDS
22 to 30 July 2011 at the Masque

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

Rock ‘n Rouge
07 August 2011 – one show only!

See you there!

Claremont Dramatic Society
Invites you to audition for

Separate Tables
Written by Terence Rattigan and Directed by Sue Bolton

Venue: ‘The Hok’ – under Claremont bridge
Date: Sunday, 07 August 2011 at 14h00
Production dates: 18 to 26 November 2011

The Plot
The action of the story takes place in a hotel in Bournemouth on the English South Coast in 1954.There are many permanent residents from all walks of life, many of whom are lonely, or needy. Miss Cooper, the manageress, is unable to remain aloof from their troubles, and endeavours to help them, or just give them the courage to face life. The characteristics and foibles of the diverse personalities are superbly brought to life by Terence Rattigan’s astute dialogue and understanding of people. The middleclass attitudes and morals of the 1950’s are important to uphold.

Cast
2 maids Mabel and Doreen (Both small roles)
Mabel Older, taciturn and dependable
Doreen Young, flighty and a chatterbox

Lady Matheson Well bred, but short of income. She appears mousey and retiring, but surprisingly her sense of “what’s right” comes to the fore in defence of anyone criticised by Mrs Railton-Bell. (Large part; Late 50’s – late 60’s)

Mrs Railton-Bell Arrogant, autocratic bully, who finds fault with everyone, and considers everyone beneath her. She has succeeded in intimidating her own daughter and has destroyed her self-confidence. Strong character role.
(Large part; age 50—60 years)

Miss Meacham Spinster – very independent. She is eccentric and addicted to
betting on the horses. She doesn’t give a damn about her appearance or whether she is liked by others or not. She does however have a surprisingly sensitive nature, and defends those who are unable to defend themselves. (Middle – aged)

Miss Cooper Hotel manageress. She is capable, efficient, kind. She finds herself unable to remain aloof from her guests’ personal problems. (Large part; Mid 40’s)

Mr Fowler A sad retired teacher stuck in his past. A pernickety bachelor who still clings to past pupils, and memories of his career. (Medium part; 65-70 years old)

Mr John Malcom He is an unhappy man – a divorcee trying to forget his past. His career has been ruined and he drinks heavily, but remains a very attractive man.
(Large part – in Act 1 only; Mid to late 40’s)

Mrs. Shankland Fashionable, very attractive, devious and spoilt but sexy. John Malcom’s ex wife. (Act 1 only; Early 40’s)

Jean Tanner and Mr. Stratton
An engaged couple in their 20’s. She is bossy, self-assured, and opinionated. He is studying medicine. In Act 2 they re-appear as a married couple, with a baby. (Smallish parts)

Major Pollack He hides behind a false façade of high birth and breeding to impress. In truth he is a misfit, living a lie, who is drawn towards Sybil Railton-Bell in sympathy for her plight.
Strong character role.
(Large part – Act 2 only. Late 40’s)

Miss Sybil Railton-Bell
Devoid of self-confidence due to her over-bearing mother, and
is also a misfit. She is attracted to the sympathetic major by
her own despair.
Strong character role.
(Act 2 only; Age 33 but looks 20)

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Any queries please phone Sue Bolton on 021- 7822506, or
e-mail psbolton@mweb.co.za

Audition
“Hay Fever” by Noel Coward
Directed by Alastair Duff

Sunday 19 June at 2.00pm in the Masque Foyer
Production dates 7 – 15 October 2011

Coward said that this delightful comedy, “ Hay Fever is considered by many to be my best comedy ….. at any rate, it has certainly proved to great joy to amateurs …. who seem to imagine that it is easy to act”.

Hmmmmmmmmm well whatever Coward says about it, Hay Fever is a very clever, very funny romp and an assured crowd-pleaser. It also provides a variety of parts for actors with a flair for comedy.

Cast : (The ages are approximate)

Judith Bliss 40–55,Lead Role A “retired actress who never stops acting and who has a flair for the dramatic moment.
David Bliss 40-55, Medium Role Her husband, writer of trashy novels and a man with a wandering eye.
Sorel Bliss 18-25, Large Role Their daughter, with a flair for the dramatic and a mercurial temper.
Simon Bliss 18-25, Large Role Their son, an artist – “he loves being difficult”, sulky one moment, charming and boyish the next.
Myra Arundel 25-35, Medium Role Simon’s guest for the weekend, a polished, attractive woman-bit of a flirt.
Richard Greatham 25-35, Medium Role Diplomatic and reserved, completely at sea in the Bliss household.
Jackie Coryton 20-30, Medium Role David’s guest for the weekend, somewhat shy and put-upon, defeated by the Bliss family.
Sandy Tyrell 20-30, Medium Role Judith’s guest for the weekend, a boxer, somewhat gormless, madly besotted with Judith.
Clara 30-50 Judith’s dresser, being the “housemaid” for the time-being on sufferance, a delightful smallish role.

All parts require a high standard of acting, comic timing and delivery. An English accent of sorts is a must.

ALSO NEEDED: Stage Manager, Backstage helpers, Costume, Props

CONTACT NUMBER: 021-7884984 or alastairduff@gmail.com

PINELANDS PLAYERS
Est. 1949 Inc. The Cape Town Repertory Theatre Society
P.O. Box 131, HOWARD PLACE, 7450

AUDITION NOTICE

Some eggs can’t be beaten!

A musical comedy in two acts based on the
THE UGLY DUCKLING by Hans Christian Andersen

Music by GEORGE STILES Book and Lyrics by ANTHONY DREWE

DIRECTOR: KYLA THORBURN MUSICAL DIRCTOR: JUSTIN WARDLE

Production Dates:- 7th to 17th December 2011 at the Little Theatre – Cape Town
and possibly
23rd to 26th February 2012 at the Masque Theatre – Muizenberg

Since it first hatched in 1993, Styles & Drew’s musical Honk! has winged its way around the world in over 8000 productions and in many different languages. A world-wide sensation that has been seen by over 5 million people. Honk! has won multiple awards including the 2000 Oliver Award for Best New Musicalbeating the Lion King and Mamma Mia for the prize.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling”, “Honk! tells the story of an odd looking duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner. Eventually, Ugly manages to escape but has no idea how to return home. Along his way, he encounters a beautiful swan, Penny, tangled in a fishing line. After saving her, the two birds fall in love. However, she must return to her flock and fly south for winter. Eventually, Ugly’s mother finds him frozen in the snow. Luckily her warm tears manage to thaw him out and he comes back to life – as a handsome swan! Soon, Ugly is reunited with Penny and they decide to live the rest of their days in the same pond as Ugly’s loyal mother.

The principal theme of the show is clearly the acceptance, compassion and understanding of others who may appear different for whatever reason. The main message is that being different is OK, it is something to be welcomed, embraced and celebrated rather than feared, misunderstood or persecuted.

Honk! is family entertainment that is fun for all ages – as much about people as about ducks.

Our wish is to make this a big cast:- 3 leads, 8 supports, a double cast of children’s chorus who double up as Duckling’s and Froglets and group of chorus members (age ranging from teenagers to mature adults) who will have an opportunity to perform the multitude of cameo roles that are available. If you wish to audition for more than one role, you are more than welcome. Rehearsals will start in September.

Please feel free to go into the creator’s website which is very informative and will give you a taste of what the show is about. Enjoy. http://www.stilesanddrewe.co.uk/honk

THE CHARACTERS

CHARACTER NAME TYPE OF ANIMAL GENDER SUGGESTED AGE TYPE ROLE VOICE TYPE NOTES

Ugly Signet / Swan
Male
16-30
Lead
Tenor Main character, who is shunned for his odd appearance

Cat Cat Male 16 – 45 Lead Baritone Sly & cunning (a villain)
Ida Duck Female 30 – 50 Lead Alto Ugly’s mother
Drake Duck Male 30 – 50 Support Baritone Ugly’s father

Bullfrog Frog Male 30 – 65 Support Baritone Laid-back, self-confident frog

Greylag Goose Male 30 – 65 Support Baritone Admiral goose, Dot’s husband

Maureen Duck Female 25 – 50 Support Alto Ida’s friend, a little conceited
Queenie Cat Female 16 – 35 Support Mezzo Domesticated cat
Lowbutt Chicken Female 15 – 50 Support Mezzo Domesticated chicken
Dot Goose Female 30 – 65 Support Mezzo Greylag’s wife

Penny Swan Female 16 – 30 Support Mezzo Beautiful Swan – Ugly’s love
Farmer Male 30 – 60 Cameo Spoken

Grace Duck Female 16 – 50 Cameo Most distinguished duck on the lake
Old Woman Female 40 – 80 Cameo Spoken
Mother Swan Swan Female 32 – 45 Cameo Mother to Penny
Maggie Pie (F) / Jack Daw (M)
Bird Male or Female 25 – 40 Cameo In your face reporter
Father Swan Swan Male 35 – 55 Cameo Father to Penny

Ducklings Duck Both 8 – 16 Kids Chorus Ugly’s siblings

Froglets Frog Both 8 – 16 Kids Chorus The bullfrogs kids
Barnacles / Pinkfoot / Snowy and more
Geese
Both
Any Adult Age
Chorus Members of the Goose Squadron
The Turkey Turkey Either Any Adult Age Chorus Afraid of Christmas
Henrietta Chicken Female 30 – 50 Chorus Friend of Maureen & Ida
Bewick Swan Either Teenager Cameo Brother/sister to Penny

WHAT TO PREPARE

 One of the songs from Honk! – preferably one of the songs representing the character you are auditioning for (in your voice range). This is very important.

 Please contact Tina Gough at Bgough@telkomsa.net or on 0827719644 to obtain copies of the music that you will need to prepare for the audition.

Please prepare!!!

WHERE TO GO

Pinelands Players clubhouse -The Crossing Road: Pinelands
FromForest Drive with mountain behind you, take first left after the Vincent Palotti hospital, left at the t junction into Sunny Road, right into The Crossing, brick building on left next to railway line.

WHEN – DATE & TIME

All auditionees are to arrive at the start time of the audition for administrative reasons. Everyone will then be taught a little dance as a group, and will be auditioned in groups for the dancing audition. After that, individual auditions will be held separately – so please a) wear suitable shoes and b) be prepared to stay the full length of time stipulated below.

 Saturday 25th June (10h00 to 16h00)–Lead and Supporting Roles
 Sunday 26th June (13h30 to 18h00) – Cameo’s and Chorus (no children)
 Saturday 2nd July (10h00 to 13h00) –Cameo and Chorus Recall
 Sunday 3rd July (13h30 to 18h00) – Lead and Support Roles Recall
 Sunday 17th July (13h00 to 17h00) – Children’s Chorus (Ducklings & Froglets)

Please contact Tina Gough at Bgough@telkomsa.net or on 0827719644 to advise if you are going to attend the auditions. This is very important so that we can administer correctly and not waste your time. Tina will also be able to answer any questions or requests that you might have.

Looking forward to hearing you “Honk!”

Wedding service invitation

David Campey is getting married to Miné Norval next Saturday 18th June and extends a warm welcome to everyone who would like to celebrate the service at the Cathedral with tea and cake afterwards.
Please RSVP to this event on facebook http://www.weddingwire.com/daveandnay or via email to daveandnay.campey@gmail.com so they can ensure they have enough cake!

Wedding Day 18 June 2011
2pm
Service at St. George’s Cathedral
5 Wale Street, Cape Town
3pm
Wedding Cake & Tea in Cathedral Grounds

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HHDS News: Audition this week, Driving Miss Daisy, Art in Motion and more
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HHDS Newsletter June 2011
Dear Members and Friends,
It is my pleasure to announce that Philippe Pringiers has been given his director’s ticket. I would personally like to thank all who came to see the show, and particularly the members of the panel Molly put together to assess the show. This is not an easy task and I thank you for the effort.
At the last committee meeting, the decision was taken to appoint Ramsey Lotter as second Vice President of the Society and our technical advisor. He has graciously accepted this appointment, so a big hand for Ramsey.
The Magic Show put on for us by Marcel Oudejaans was well received by those who attended. We averaged audiences of 150 per night for the two nights. A big thank you to Marcel for a sterling performance.
Next up we have Driving Miss Daisy .which opens on the 19th July. Rehearsals are going well. The cast and crew are working exceptionally hard and this promises to be an excellent production. Bookings are open at Computicket and members get a discount, so please take your membership cards along when you book. Don’t forget there is also a Computicket office at Southey Vines tourism office for those who don’t like queues.
Auditions for Days of Wine & Roses, to be directed by Lawrie West, on the 25th June will be different to those we normally have and promise to make a good evening’s entertainment.
We have had some nice responses to the idea of reviving the choir group, but still need someone suitably qualified to run this. If you are interested please contact me.
Thanks to again to all those who have helped out with Front of House and backstage, and those who have supported the recent productions.

See you all at the theatre, Lindsay S. Chairman.
PS The HHDS exciting 2012 productions appear in the WHAT’S ON column further below. Please note they are PROVISIONAL and may change!

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AUDITION NOTICE
Saturday Jun 25, 6.30 pm for 7 pm
Audition notice for “Days of Wine & Roses,”
to be directed by Lawrie West

This play describes how an ‘ordinary’ young couple can slide from social drinking to alcoholism and shows how substance abuse can affect any one of us. This is as applicable today as it was when the play was first filmed in 1962, when Jack Lemon played his first non-comedy role. The film received an Oscar for the music and 4 other nominations and the storyline so moved both Jack Lemon & director Blake Edwards that, soon after, they both gave up drink and remained teetotal for the rest of their lives! After 50 years the film is still compulsory viewing in many US rehab centres.
We have been lucky to discover a re-write, made in 2005 and produced in London’s West End. It needs two actors, a male and a female, in the age group of 25 – 30, the age is fairly flexible providing the characters “match.” For reasons of the storyline the couple are Irish, and first meet in an Irish airport while travelling to England, so an Irish accent is compulsory! We are calling an early audition so that accent coaching can be arranged, if needed, and also because there are a substantial number of lines to learn and I want the cast to be ‘books down’ before we move on stage so that we can then concentrate on the emotions and moves.

THE AUDITION WILL NOT FOLLOW THE NORMAL HHDS FORMAT. For most of the audition we will not use the script from the show. The script is such that it would be unfair to expect actors to perform any of the scenes ‘cold,’ most of them require outside influences to become effective.
Instead, performers will be given a monologue and asked to do it in whatever way the feel, they will then be asked (pointed to/directed) to do the same piece from a different perspective so that their ‘range’ can be assessed. The monologues will be provided and each performer will be given a different one, some dramatic, some humorous. Judging will not be done on the way a monologue is performed but on the way the performer can adjust to different moods imposed on him or her.
Time permitting, members and guests who have no interest in performing in the play, or are excluded because of age, accent, etc., will still be given the opportunity of “strutting their stuff!” So this will be an audition, but also a ‘fun night.’ For this reason we will also be making it a member’s evening.

Rehearsals will take place on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings and, at a later date, Sunday afternoons. The actual show will run from a dress rehearsal on Sunday 24th October until Saturday 5th November with 8 (including the Sunday dress rehearsal and a Sunday afternoon matinee) in that period.

Hope to see you there.

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German Theatre at the Playhouse
Some of you might know that Bettina Horvath, current Front of House Director and director with the HHDS, is originally Austrian and thus speaks German. She thought perhaps it’s time for a German production at the Playhouse. Did you know that there are about 100,000 Germans in the Cape during summer!? She however doesn’t know them all of course, but in talking to people about this idea, it has become very apparent that almost everyone knows a German-speaking person or two. Hence we kindly ask all our members and friends to pass on the information about this new initiative to them. Bettina has put together a page on Facebook, accessible to anyone even without a Facebook login and is also collecting email addresses from all those interested in the project (acting and watching).
The production will show January 5-7 and the chosen play is called “Der Verkaufte Grossvater”, a farce with lots of humor, twists and funny characters. Phone Bettina on 0829926007

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Art in Motion
By Balletopia dancestudio
A sculpture comes to life
A painting tells a story
Music fills your heart
A dancer portraying art…
Step into a world of art, transformed by movement: An elegant, stylish and powerful dance performance, with exquisite costumes that compliment the visual experience, art brought to life through Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop dance.
August 12th 7:30pm
August 13th 7:30pm
August 14th 2pm
August 17th – 20th @ 7:30
August 24th – 27th @ 7:30
Ticket Prices R70 with the Opening night R100, drinks and snacks will be provided with a special performance by Lizelle and also guest Choreographer Rory Jason Marais.
Ticket proceeds to go to God’s Angels Charity and to start the Balletopia Outreach Program: A program to start teaching dance to underprivileged children in and around our community. We also have the involvement of the Imibala children who are creating art pieces for the show. Tickets at the bookingoffice 021 852 5182

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It is with great sorrow that we were informed of the passing away of Mr. Ian Rutter. Mr. Rutter had a passion for theatre and apart from his involvement at the Playhouse, did fantastic work directing plays at Paul Roos Gymnasium.

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What is going on elsewhere in Cape Town ?

Auditions at Pinelands Players Clubhouse: 25-26 Jun, 2-3 Jul, 17 Jul for Honk: The Ugly Duckling Musical info Tina Gough 082 7719644
Masque Theatre :1-9 Jul: Mac Beth by CDS 0217881898
Masque Theatre: 22-30 Jul: The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle by MVDS
Pinelands Town Hall: 25 Jul -7 Aug: Forever Plaid by the Pinelands Players (candlelight Theatre)
Auditions at the ‘Hok’ under Claremont bridge: 7 Aug for ‘Separate Tables’ info Sue Bolton 0217822506

What’s on at the Playhouse …

AUDITION “Days of Wine and Roses” on 24 June at 6.30 for 7 (see details in newsletter)
Driving Miss Daisy directed by Norman McFarlane opens on 19 July and runs till 30 July. Bookings are open at Computicket, go there to see exact dates and ticket prices. Call Eppie 082 555 1014 for details.
Art in Motion by Balletopia 12 Aug – 24 Aug
KADS production 28 Aug – 25 Sept (show dates tbc)
Days of Wine & Roses to be directed by Lawrie West 24 Oct – 6 Nov (show dates tbc)
Are you being served? directed by Ann Coetzee 28 Nov – 11 Dec .

Der Verkaufte Grossvater directed by Bettina Horvath 5-7 Jan
Fawlty Towers directed by Norman McFarlane 8 Jan – 12 Feb
Birds of Paradise directed by Lawrie West March 2011
Struggle and Romance directed by Philippe Pringiers 25 Mar – 22 Apr
Relative Values directed by Bettina Horvath 22 Apr -20 May
Culture Month 3 -30 Jun (details tbc)
Crimes of the Heart directed by Kelly Westraad 29 Jul – 26 Aug (show dates tbc)
Ballet Show by Gail Hattingh 2 – 30 Sep (show dates tbc)
Musical by Lindsay Small (October)

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DVD’s OF PREVIOUS Productions are available at R 120.
The Spare Room; Duets; Fawlty Towers; Allo, Allo Suite 214; Spring and Port Wine; The Boy Comes Home; Africa, My Africa; I Have Been Here Before; Midsummer Night’s Dream; Gulls; Hansel & Gretel; Flat Spin; Waiting in the Wings; Look Who’s Talking …
If you wish to buy one please contact Lindsay 021 809 1191, 076 314 8968,021 8553779 or lindsay@dcisp.co.za

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JUNE 2011

In my search for “interesting stuff” to amuse you this month, I came across a short list of some of the more unusual, and unusually named, employment positions available. Ok, no prizes for guessing what an Armpit Sniffer does – yeah, you guessed it – checks how well deodorants work! And a Chicken Sexer? Of course – determines the sex of newly hatched chicks! Read on for more!

BIRTHDAYS

Let’s firstly congratulate our July babies: Starting with James Pape on the 9th – when, in 1934 Donald Duck made his debut in “The Wise Little Hen”. Di Thom and Nick Lee share the 11th , the day in 1970 when Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington officially received their ranks as the first female U.S. Army Generals. On to 14 July when Su Cunningham was born and the day on which, in 1789, whiskey distilled from maize was first produced by American clergyman Rev Elijah Craig – aptly named Bourbon as he lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Tom Byrne was born on the 18th – a more solemn date in that that was the day in 1981 that a disease cluster, which would later be known as AIDS, was recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco. Fiona Carling and Lieske Bester were both born on the 21st when Pluto’s newly discovered moons were officially named Nix and Hydra in 2006. The 25th is Leah Appolis’ big day which also saw the release in theatres of “Long-Haired Hare” starring Bugs Bunny in 1949. Kim Leih has her birthday on the 26th the day on which, in 1927 the Cyclone roller coaster opened on Coney Island.
And (drum roll please!) Lee de Andrade turns the big 50 on the 29th
– welcome to the club, Lee, and here’s to the next 50 years!!

A “Lag Screwer” does WHAT?!?!
Inserts the bolts in table legs.

WELCOME

A big HI to our newest members Shirley Chipps, Tara Lee Essack and Tayla Van Blerck!!

GETTING TO KNOW YOU!

It is high time that someone besides me blabs on in this newsletter and we thought it would be fun if our members shared a few facts about themselves! So, who wants to start the ball rolling? Maybe YOU have a really unusual job or an exciting hobby (other than amdram of course!!) or you may want to share some of your acting experiences with us. C’mon, don’t wait until our intrepid reporter comes knocking on your door – drop me a line for the next edition!!

CALENDAR

1 – 8 Romantic Fools written by Rich Orloff and to be performed at the Grahamstown
July National Arts Festival. Presented by On The Shoulders of Giants, a duo comprising MVDS’ members Raymond Rudolph and Kelly Kowalski, and specially adapted by the former for South Africa. Nine 2-character comedies examining love, lust, dating and romance: from a date with a caveman to the joys of dull sex and a hilariously lecherous wedding planner. With influences of Monty Python, the Marx Brothers and classic vaudeville comedy these sketches vary but all celebrate the inherent comedy of male-female relationships. Bookings through Computicket or at the Festival or contact Raymond on 021 794 5229 or raymrud@netactive.co.za.

1 – 9 Macbeth written (of course!) by William Shakespeare, directed by Clifford Graham
July (with co-direction by Brenda Gray), presented by Claremont Dramatic Society at the Masque. A tale of lies, manipulation and treachery. This production is set to a rousing soundscape and rich lighting and is a feast of poetry and prose.

4 – 9 River of Life – Umlambo Wobomi presented by The Jungle Theatre Company at the
July Masque Theatre at 11:00 daily. An African fairytale about a rural tribe of villagers and a special princess. Suited for 5 to 10 years old but great for the whole family. Cost: R30 per ticket.

19 – 30 Driving Miss Daisy to be presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society at the
July Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West. Book through Computicket.

22 – 30 The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle by
July David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr, directed by Miranda Lewis and presented by Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque Theatre. In this hilarious comedy, the audience become spectators at the annual production by the Farndale Avenue Townswomen’s Guild, a small but industrious local guild of community-minded women. Their presentation of a play about a mysterious castle is beset with all of the challenges facing every amateur dramatic society, from props and costumes to the lack of men to play the male roles. This delightful comedy will warm your winter evenings and leave you chuckling for days afterwards.

25 Jul – Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross, presented by Pinelands Players Candlelight Theatre at
7 Aug the Pinelands Town Hall. Tickets for this “harmonised fun from the 50’s” production, directed by June Wells with musical direction by Victor Tichart, cost R100 which includes an American Diner style meal. For bookings contact 0729231035 or bgough@telkomsa.net.

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

A “Carroter” does WHAT?!?!
Conditions fur for use in hat manufacture.

MASQUE WINE TASTING

We unfortunately missed this Masque Theatre fundraising event which was held in the foyer of the Masque on Sunday 12 June. Chairman Andrew Blake attended and had this to say:
Superbly organised by Sue Hallinan, the evening took the unusual form of a “Truth or Lies” wine tasting. In this fun type of tasting, hosts Fred and Dennis (both specialists in the wine environment) each took a turn to explain what the wine in your glass was, using the characteristics of colour, nose, cultivar and vintage. The trick was, however, that one was telling the truth and one was lying. And you had to try and pick!! The packed foyer enjoyed seven different wines with the accompanying banter. Afterwards, “blotting paper” in the form of lovely sandwiches and snacks was served. Special thanks to Sue, Jabu and Thandi for the arrangements and to Fred and Dennis for the fun evening.

A “Snailer” does WHAT?!?!
Operates a machine which polishes and inscribes clocks and watches.

MEMBERS’ EVENINGS

Congratulations to those few hardies who braved the shocking weather on Wednesday, 15 June, to attend the quiz evening at Upper Crust Restaurant and Bar in Marina Da Gama!! We had never been to this venue and were truly impressed – REALLY reasonable prices, SUPERB pizzas, WARM (ish) smoking area, GREAT ambience. Thanks to Jonathan Duguid and Isobel Byers for organising a wonderful Africa-based quiz – although there were only four teams competing I’m sure all who were there agree that this was an evening that should become a regular event – minus the rain however!
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As previously advised, Richard Higgs will be directing an adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s unfinished one-act play Play without a Title at our next members’ evening on 17 August. But be warned – the script includes some blasphemy. Richard is looking for people to play the following characters – some roles are a great chance for novices to get their feet wet!
The Director Male, any age. Authoritative and confident. Large role.
Male Spectator Male, middle-aged. Aggressive, domineering. Medium-sized role.
The Actress Female, any age. “Old school repertory”-type actress, histrionic and overbearing – plays Titania and Lady Macbeth. Medium role.
1st Female Spectator Wife of Male Spectator. Downtrodden and submissive. Smallish role.
Waitron Male or female, preferably very young (teenager). Small role.
A Youth Male, student type. Small role
Nick Bottom Male, any age. Feels quite sorry for himself/ put upon. Smallish role.
2nd Female Spectator Female 25-45. Whiny, neurotic mother. Smallish role.
Stage Manager Male or female, any age, but should be a convincing stage manager-type. Medium-sized role.
Man In Black Male, any age. Small role.
Richard is also looking for a production assistant (who could be a cast member). A get-together to cast the roles and discuss the play will be held at the MVDhouse on Thursday, 30 June at 18:30. For further info you can contact Richard on 0836111419 or 021 6504441.

A “Gambreler” does WHAT?!?!
Hangs animal carcasses on hooks before the butchering process.
AUDITION!

Pinelands Players is holding auditions on Sat 25 June, Sun 26 June, Sat 2 July, Sun 3 July and Sun 17 July at Pinelands Players clubhouse, The Crossing Road, Pinelands for “Honk – The Ugly Duckling Musical” based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen with Kyla Thorburn as Director and Justin Wardle as Musical Director. The production will run from 7 to 17 December 2011 at the Little Theatre in Cape Town with a possible short February 2012 run at the Masque. The production requires a large cast with very varying ages and role sizes. Please contact Tina Gough at Bgough@telkomsa.net or on 0827719644 to ascertain specific audition times and what you need to prepare for the audition.

A “Getterer” does WHAT?!?!
Applies solution to wires in lamp manufacture.

HELP!

Rick Magnin has very competently run the bar at the Masque Theatre for some years but pressure of work means that he is unable to continue doing so. A replacement is desperately needed. It involves allocating duties to our team of volunteer bartenders, checking and ordering supplies and keeping track of monies taken. Best suited to someone who lives close to the Theatre and has some spare time to utilise. Please contact Rick on 021 715 5288 or richard.magnin@telkomsa.net for further information.

A “Nut Steamer” does WHAT?!?!
Immerses almonds, pecans, and other nuts in hot water in order to soften their shells.

MORE HELP!

birga Thomas is looking for an Eric Clapton LP record which features the song “Lay down, Sally” for her upcoming production. She would only need to borrow it for a short while to record that (and perhaps a second) song and scan the album cover.
If you can assist contact birga on birgatom@iafrica.com or 021–7885272.

In closing, my personal favourite in the occupation titles is a “Wrinkle Chaser”!
Removes the defects from new shoes!

Stay Warm and Well,
Eve

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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
June 2011

Hi there readers

Now that winter is upon us, with our long dark days, let us view the rain as cleansing and refreshing…. But it is also a great excuse to wrap up warm in fashionable winter woolies and spend time with our friends and loved ones huddled around the glow of a fire or heater. Time to share special moments catching up and relishing in conversation, friendship and fellowship.

With a fairly busy month behind us, we can reflect on the very successful and well attended Clubhouse Revamp party, which took place on 6 May 2011 followed by an intimate screening of the Godspell DVD for cast and crew. Pinelands Players is pleased to announce that Godspell was not only a well supported show with over 70% attendance at the Artscape Arena, which is a huge feat for any theatrical endeavor in that venue, but the show also rendered a reasonable profit despite large commissions taken from both Artscape and Computicket. The decision to utilise the Artscape Arena for Pinelands Players was a risk, but with the careful management, sufficient marketing and fantastic show, staging Godspell there was a good choice.

Well done to all involved to make it the success that it was. And this show will be remembered by many for years to come. (Some thespians and supporters have even suggested staging it again!)

Rehearsals for Forever Plaid are hectic, but all are making great progress and this promises to be a very interesting and entertaining show for the Pinelands Players Candelight Theatre scheduled for July and August. Keep those dates open!

Pinelands Players is pleased to announce the year-end production taking place in November and December. After carefully scrutinising numerous proposals, the committee unanimously selected Honk!, an upbeat and fun show which appeals to a large audience and a large cast. This promises to keep all entertained from start to finish.

Please remember to join us for our next club evening on 24 June 2011 at 19h30 for a Kara-honki (duck-themed) evening in preparation for Honk!

We also welcome back Chenara Fenton back to the Pinelands Players committee. Chenara ventured off to Gauteng for a while, but we are pleased that she is back – her bubbly personality and great organisational skills compliment the dynamics of our focused committee. Sadly, Carryn Underhill has had to resign from the committee due to work pressures – we will miss her. Thank you Carryn for all your hard work over the past years.

Clubhouse Revamp Party

A great evening was had by all …. The clubhouse was filled to capacity with the huge turnout of members.
There was no need for any heating on this cold evening.

Tina Gough officially thanked all the sponsors (Black Stone Creations, Nigel Stevenson & Du Toit‟s
Granite) for their contribution to the revamp, and then the floor was handed over to June Wells so say
a little something, as the new kitchen has been renamed „Chris’ corner’ in memory of her beloved husband
who had built the original kitchen.

June also kindly sponsored several bottles of delicious bubbly to celebrate the official opening of Chris‟
Corner. Needless to say, EVERYBODY enjoyed this special treat and may have even contributed to
the giggles and fun that was had!!

June had this to say afterwards: “You guys put me on the spot, asking me to say something at the reopening
of the clubhouse. Stood there tongue-tied; knew if I’d talked about Chris I would have embarrassed
everyone & myself by crying – and that’s something I don’t do in public! Chris had so much fun chatting and joking with everyone from behind the kitchen counter at the clubhouse and the bar at the Little Theater. And he loved teasing and flirting with the pretty girls! Ah, I do miss him. He’d be truly chuffed to know that the new kitchen area will now be known as Chris’ Corner. Thank you so much.”
The evening commenced with “guess who I am” when patrons entered the door and were given secret identities – each had a sticker on their back with the name of some celebrity (whether past or present). Each person had to ask others questions with only a „yes‟ or „no‟ answer to determine their own identity. This game however, went on till the early hours of the morning for those who just would not go home!!

Victor Tichart entertained the crowd with his rendition and interpretation of Victor Borge, the Danish concert pianist & comedian. Victor took one through a hilarious rendition of a Mozart opera, making full use of his hilarious sense of humour, played Happy Birthday in the style of various classical composers
and had all rolling with laughter with his phonetic punctuation. Victor ended his entertainment with two magnificent classical pieces, leaving all awe struck by his musical talent.

Thank you to all those who used their culinary skills to provide the mouth-watering pots of onion soup (the onions were part of the props in Godspell which just had to be utilised in the recycling programme and before their „best before date‟).

The clubhouse is pristine and fresh with all the renovations, but there is still the question of what to do
with all the posters which were taken down during the painting process. There are also several items of equipment stored there, belonging to members, which will need to find a new home as space in the clubhouse is limited.

Join the committee members on Sunday 19 June 2011 at 11h00 for a sort out of all the equipment, books, posters, records etc that currently is stashed in the passage and above the bathrooms. Weather permitting, we will have a braai at lunch time to celebrate the „clear out‟ success! All welcome.

Thank You

Thank you to Brian Winter who kindly donated a new keyboard stand to Pinelands Players. Tina Gough writes: “Last week I got a urgent request from Brain Winter (via June) to borrow our key board for a soiree that he had at his home. Some one had let him down. I agreed that he could borrow it for the evening. Usually we ask only a small donation but he has very generously bought a stand for it”.

Members gig

Four of our very talented members stage their very own – Rock ‘n Rouge

Luella Holland – Jennifer Moss – Chenara Fenton – Julian Fernandez

These four awesome ones, familiar to us in many theatre productions by Pinelands Players, have been performing together for a while, entertaining various audiences around Cape Town.

They performed at the Artscape Arena in a fundraiser production for Andrew Merryweather on 28 May 2011.
„Cape Town‟s hottest musical comedy cabaret group has been providing audiences with comedy, glamour,
song, dance and a little bit of naughty‟.

Don’t miss their next show at The Masque Theatre on the 7th August. Ticket prices are R 75 per person.

YEAR END PRODUCTION

7 – 12 December 2011
Little Theatre, Cape Town

Pinelands Players are thrilled to announce that the year-end production will be the musical HONK! A musical comedy in two acts based on the THE UGLY DUCKLING by Hans Christian Andersen.

Kyla Thorburn has been engaged as Director and Justin Wardle returns as Musical Director.

The book and lyrics are by Anthony Drewe and music is by George Stiles (of the British songwriting duo Stiles and Drewe).

Aimed primarily at children and their parents, the musical is set in the countryside and features Ugly, a duckling (who is rejected by everyone but his mother Ida), a sly tomcat who wants to eat Ugly and other barnyard creatures. The principal theme of the show is clearly the acceptance, compassion and understanding of others who may appear different for whatever reason. The main message is that being different is OK, it is something to be welcomed, embraced and celebrated rather than feared, misunderstood or persecuted.
This show opens avenues for young and old alike, and we look forward to seeing you all. If not at the auditions, then definitely in the audience.

Club night!

24 June 2011 at 7.30pm
Kara-honki

An evening of sing-a-long in the spirit of our next production. Justin Wardle will be doing his thing on the keyboard,and teaching everyone a tune or two from HONK! Dress up for this duck- themed evening. Bring along your best pun.

Prizes for best dressed and best pun!

Veggie soup and rolls will be served. (Yum)

What’s On:

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
Claremont Dramatic Society production
Contact Clifford Graham on 083 948 9115

19 – 30 July 2011 Playhouse Theatre Somerset West
Driving Miss Daisy
Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
Bookings at Computicket

9 September – 1 October 2011 Opera House Artscape
Fiddler on the Roof directed by Teddy Davies
Gilbert & Sullivan Society production

Broaden your musical talents

The Barleycorn is a music club with a difference; this becomes clear when you walk into the venue at The Brooksider, home of Villager FC, which is filled with an eclectic mix of punk students, struggling muso‟s, music veterans and people coming to support some local upcoming talent. It‟s then that you realise you are in for an interesting evening.
The vibe is particularly laid back and although it is a social evening, it is clear that the audience is there to support the artists. There are normally four acts per night and they can range from flamenco to a father and son duo to alternative rock. The entrance fee is R20.00 and it is worth every cent when you find out that all the profit goes back into promoting local music, including the funding of a music festival and a Songwriters’ Competition every year.

The Barleycorn Music Club is steeped in musical history. It is an NPO, founded in 1975. Many of its early performers would perform protest songs, but as the political climate changed, so too did the inspiration for the material. Now musicians and songwriters see the Barleycorn Music Club as a way to get some stage time and establish themselves. The stage has seen the likes of David Kramer, Flat Stanley, Freshly Ground and Lonesome Dave Ferguson.

This is not an event with crazy effects, it is an intimate affair which takes you back to the basics of what music and performing is all about. With the affordable drinks and ever changing line-up it is perfect for a Monday nights entertainment. Pull in, soak up the atmosphere, listen to the music and see for yourself.

The Barleycorn meets at Villager FC, 11 Lansdowne Rd, Claremont, every Monday from 20h00 to 22h30. For more info, contact Uta at utahiggs@gmail.com

AUDITIONS

Fish Hoek Dramatic Society
Hay Fever by Noel Coward
Directed by Alastair Duff
Performance dates: 7 – 15 October 2011
Audition date: 19 June 2011 at 14h30
Place: Masque Theatre, 37 Main Road, Muizenberg
Enquiries: Alastair Duff at alastairduff@gmail.com or

Honk! by Anthony Drewe & George Stiles
Directed by Kyla Thorburn
Performance dates: 7 – 12 December 2011
Audition dates:
 Saturday 25th June (10h00 to 16h00)–Lead and Supporting Roles
 Sunday 26th June (13h30 to 18h00) – Cameo‟s and Chorus (no children)
 Saturday 2nd July (10h00 to 13h00) –Cameo and Chorus Recall
 Sunday 3rd July (13h30 to 18h00) – Lead and Support Roles Recall
 Sunday 17th July (13h00 to 17h00) – Children‟s Chorus (Ducklings &
Froglets)

WHEN – DATE & TIME
All auditionees are to arrive at the start time of the audition for administrative reasons.
Everyone will then be taught a little dance as a group, and will be auditioned in groups for the dancing audition. After that, individual auditions will be held separately – so please a) wear suitable shoes and b) be prepared to stay the full length of time stipulated below.Please contact Tina Gough at Bgough@telkomsa.net or on 0827719644 to advise if you are going to attend the auditions. This is very important so that we can administer correctly and not waste your time. Tina will also be able to answer any questions or requests that you might have.

WHERE TO GO
Pinelands Players Clubhouse -The Crossing Road: Pinelands
From Forest Drive with mountain behind you, take first left after the Vincent Palotti
Hospital, left at the T-junction into Sunny Road, right into The Crossing, brick building
on left next to railway line.

Congratulations to David Bolton who celebrated his
50th Birthday on 11 May 2011.

Congratulations also to Marc, son of Louis & Denise
de Kock, on his recent wedding.
Congratulations

Our sincere condolences to Brian Winter (and his family), whose mother passed away on 25 May 2011.
Pinelands Players

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