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HHDS Newsletter September 2011

Showing next at the Playhouse:

My Fair Lady Oct 1 at 6.30 pm

As director’s ticket Amanda Peacefull will present a scene from this well known musical. The scene is fairly early on in the play – starting with Eliza Doolittle knocking on Professor Higgins’ door, to ask for speech lessons, and ending with him agreeing to take up the challenge, as a bet with Colonel Pickering.

The cast:
Eliza Doolittle: Jo Williams
Henry Higgins: Norman McFarlane
Colonel Pickering: Brian Peacefull
Mrs Pearce: Anne Walsh

The +/- 25 min performance will be followed by snacks and live music in the Green Room. First Option will provide “Much More Music”.

Entrance R25 for members, R35 for non-members.
Enquiries: Call Eppie 0825551014


Days of Wine and Roses opens on 25 October

Days of Wine and Roses – Owen McCafferty’s revised version of JP Miller’s iconic film – made in 1962, and nominated for 4 Oscars.

Another first for HHDS??!! We are still trying to get confirmation, but it is probable that this is the first time this version will be performed in SA.

Rehearsal update.

The cast and the first members of the backstage crew are busy “strutting their stuff” in the Green Room and can’t wait to get on stage to finish polishing their performances under the “proper” conditions.

As well as the cast, director, and production secretary – we have been joined by Wendy Walsh who is the stage manager and we will soon be joined by Clifford Ekron who will set and operate the lights.

Once on stage we’ll need set builders and painters, scene shifters, fly gallery operators, props assistants. We will also need 2 dressers & 2 make-up artists – these are very important because the actors remain on stage 99% of the time, so scene changes – costume changes –and “aging” make up will be done in full view of the audience. The names of people who wanted to work backstage were collected at the time of the audition and they will soon be contacted, but more helpers are always welcome so please contact Penny (021 852 6445) if you want to assist.

Here is a reminder of what the play is about, but first a quotation to set the scene.

Donal: We were like movie stars — I used to imagine we didn’t walk we glided — now all we do is stumble — it wasn’t supposed to be like this

Mona: We have a laugh. That’s what we have, a laugh.

Donal: We’re alcoholics.

Mona: Don’t use that word. Don’t ever use that word.

Now a brief synopsis-

Donal, a bookie’s clerk & Mona, a civil-servant, living in an unfamiliar city fall in love – with life, each other and booze. Their life together starts as an exciting voyage of discovery but soon begins to spiral out of control as the bottle takes its grip.

Their mutual retreat into perpetual drunkenness has him arguing that he has to drink to keep his job, and she countering that she has to drink at home to be level with him when drinking friends arrive. At this stage Donal is more aware and in control than Mona.

Donal joins the AA, Mona refuses.

While Donal seeks the AA, Mona spirals disgustingly into the gutter. At this time, her proposition that he can only prove his continuing love for her by taking a drink and physically making love becomes the play’s most disturbing scene.

As a background to their life, the legendary Irish racehorse Arkle is full of symbolic significance, but when Arkle dies the realization of their own dream’s death is close at hand.

This is how the play ends, heart-breaking, exhausting, but never less enthralling.


‘Are you being Served?’
directed by Ann Coetzee
showing 28 Nov – 11 Dec 2012

Are you being served was cast and rehearsals have started.
Bobby Bennet … Captain Peacock
Daneal Lowe … Mr Humphries
Martin Linnette … Mr Rumbold
Halima Beale … Lady Customer & Conchita
Stuart Mackinnon … Mr Lucas
Chris Williams … Mr Mash
John Thornton … Mr Grangier
Felicity Gallagher … Mrs Slocombe
Denise King … Nurse
Clifford Ekron … Cesar Rodrigues/ Male Customer
Mark Dentry … Don Bernado
Wendy Walsh … Teresa
Ahnestazia Borez … Miss Brahms



Fawlty Towers returns to the Playhouse Theatre in January 2012!

Auditions for a further two episodes of Fawlty Towers will be held on

Sunday 16 October at 7pm.

The core cast will retain their parts but there are many supporting roles needed. Interested? Please keep an eye on The Bolander, on Facebook and on http://www.theplayhouse.org.za or email/call Eppie hhdsinfo@gmail.com / 082 555 1014

AUDITIONS for parts in “Der Verkaufte Grossvater” a German play, are to be held on 30 October at 6.30 pm.

Do you know any German speakers who would like to audition for this show? We need 8 male and female actors of all ages, and lots of backstage helpers. Do spread the word around, please, especially among your German speaking friends and acquaintances. There has already been keen interest in this project from the German speaking community in Somerset West and as far afield as Cape Town! Director Bettina Horvath would appreciate your assistance. Please call her on 082 99 26 007 for further information or check their own Facebook page.

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September is Arbor Month in Cape Town …… also known as Heritage month. The City of Cape Town will celebrate this by planting 614 trees in various events which will be held throughout Cape Town this month. Among the various indigenous trees being planted will be the official tree of the year, the Fever tree (Acacia xanthophloea), and this year’s uncommon trees of the year, the Cape Garenia (Rothmania capensis), Bell gardenia (Rothmannia globosa), and Tonga-kerrie (Cladostemon kirkii).


October sees Angela Lee-Wright turning a year older on the 3rd; I do the same a day later and Brenda Commins’ birthday is on the 10th. Chelsea Van Coller, Peter Sharp and Gillian Charman are on the 12th, 13th and 14th respectively and ……….

John Hitchcock turns 80 on the 15th!!!!!!!!
Richard Higgs celebrates on the 22nd with Karen Riley and Jenny Brandt rounding out the month’s birthdays on the 23rd. The birth flower for October is the Calendula (Marigold), the meaning of which is sorrow or sympathy. The hidden message of the Calendula is “my thoughts are with you”.


Constantiaberg will be hosting the Quiz this year on Sunday, 9th October, at the Masque Theatre. The charge at the door will be R20 which includes a free drink and light refreshments. Doors will open at 17:30 when there will be a Wall quiz for everyone to take part in individually with the prize being a bottle of sparkling wine. The quiz will begin at 18:30. We need to let Constantiaberg know by 30 September if we will be entering one team or two (4 per team) and how many supporters will be attending. All those who wish to be on a team (or just support) can contact birga Thomas on 021 7885272 or birgatom@iafrica.com. Remember, MVDS’ foots the bill for team members!!!

So to get you in the mood for a quiz, a coupla riddles:
How can you tell if a tree is a dogwood?
By its bark.


What do elephants and trees and in common?
They both have trunks.


9 Sept – Fiddler on the Roof directed by Teddy Davies for the Cape Town G&S Society
1 Oct at the Artscape Opera House. This lavish production will be accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra with well-known and highly respected designers Penny Simpson and Keith Anderson designing costumes and sets respectively. Rich in historical ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof has touched audiences around the world with its humour, warmth and honesty. Its universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. Based on stories by Sholem Aleichem, its celebrated score features songs loved the world over: Sunrise, Sunset, If I Were a Rich Man, Matchmaker and many others – it is simply Broadway at its very best! Info on production times and prices through Computicket and Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695.

16 – 24 Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling at the Masque. Directed by Angela Lee-
Sept Wright for Constantiaberg Theatre Players. Set in a small town in Louisiana in the 1980s, the production takes place in a small hair salon which plays an important part in the lives of the clients. Based on a true story, this heart-warming play is guaranteed to make you laugh and cry!

7 – 15 Hayfever by Noel Coward at the Masque. Directed by Alastair Duff for Fish
Oct Hoek Dramatic Society. A deliciously wicked comedy of ill-manners! The Bliss family invites four wildly different guests down to their country house for the weekend … with hilarious results! Coward said that this delightful comedy is considered by many to be his best comedy… it is very clever, and an assured crowd pleaser. Loads of involvement by MVDS’ members here – starting with direction by our Vice-Chairman; featuring Kelly Kowalski, Richard Higgs, Jenny Brandt and myself; backstage is Jane Philbrick, Aubrey Hindle and Ronnie Carr. So make sure you see this one!

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


August: Osage County is our next production at the Masque in November and we have an appeal for the following items:
• A 2-seater sofa-bed (we have the offer of one, but the poor guy would sit with a sofa-empty sitting room for three weeks! So if there’s anyone else out there with one in a spare room …)
• A small bed (72 cm wide or thereabouts)
• A black dress, preferably sort-of “frilly” (but not necessarily). The dress will not be worn on stage, just “held up”.
• Several black suits (to save hiring costs!). We need different sizes (for four men).
The items do not have to be in good condition (in fact, we prefer them not to be), but if they are, the furniture items will be covered to look old/er and be protected.
Please let Wendy Morling know if you can help and what size suit you can offer – she’ll check with the different cast members. Contact her on 021 7150694 or 0834628242 or home@morling.co.za. And to continue our “arbor” theme: A tree called the Osage-orange led directly to the invention of barbed wire as it has the most wicked thorns! And here is a picture of its fruit! Weird hey?

Then, in February 2012 we will be staging an adaptation of John Hughes’ iconic 1985 “teen” movie, The Breakfast Club, and director Raymond Rudolph asks:

“Are you a Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case, a Princess, a Criminal or a Teacher? Oh, throw in a janitor as well.”

He will be organising a movie screening/discussion/workshop for people who wish to participate in the project: specific details will be circulated later. Please send your bio/showreel links/etc, with full contact details to Raymond Rudolph on 021 794 5229 or 082 3122737 or raymrud@netactive.co.za. Enclose a current photograph of yourself, as the production proposes (unashamedly) to pay homage to Hughes and to the movie, and the performers selected will be required to have as close a resemblance to the original cast members as possible”. If you missed the movie, check out the official trailer on You Tube or imdb.com.

Ok, quickly now …….

Go out and plant a tree before September runs out!!


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Claremont Chat – September 2011

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

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


September 2011 – Number 102

It’s almost reached a point of “too much”, but it is ever so exciting. There’s so much theatre happening right now – from the Out the Box festival, to all on at the Masque, Artscape, Baxter, Theatre on the Bay, Kalk Bay Theatre, Hiddingh Campus, On Broadway, Joseph Stone Auditorium… to name only a few of the more established and “formal” stages. Let alone the ever-more popular comedy nights and live music venues!

It is wonderful that we’re in a position to be able to go see new shows a few times a week – and I sincerely hope that all our stages are getting the support they deserve, and that we’re all making a point of seeing a wide variety of shows.

That said – we wish our CDS’ers “Break a leg” in the various shows they find themselves in – Fiddler on the Roof, Steel Magnolias, August: Osage County and Separate Tables to name the immediate ones.

I will be away for the next 2 months – so the following 2 newsletters will be coming from my colleague Clifford Graham – thanks Clifford!

CDS Update
You may or may not have noticed – but CDS has a strong online presence. It’s not only our blog getting hits at http://www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com, but also our Facebook page – make sure you go and “Like” it, and follow interesting updates: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Claremont-Dramatic-Society/252816564804

Inter-Society Quiz
It is almost time for the annual Inter-Society Quiz again! It takes place in the Masque Foyer on Sunday 09 October 2011 at 18h00 – and we want YOU on the teams!

To reserve your spot, please call Adrian Kettle on 021 532 3271 or e-mail him on adriankettle@telkomsa.net

Separate Tables
Rehearsals for our new production under the direction of Sue Bolton are well under way! It opens on 18 November, and promises to be a wonderful production.

The cast list is as follows:

Character Name
Mabel Maid Tayla van Blerk
Doreen Maid Tronell Lessing
Lady Matheson Shirley Nixon
Miss Meacham Ruth Allsopp
Mrs. Railton Bell Sheila Inglis
Mr Fowler John McConnell
Mrs. Ann Shankland Faeron Wheeler
Miss Cooper Alison Blair
John Malcom Anthony Storr Lister
Charles Stratton David Sharpe
Jean Tanner / Stratton Harley Spracklen
Major Pollack James Skilton
Sybil Railton Bell Jane Skilton

Director Sue Bolton
Production Sec Leigh Mather
Stage Manager Clifford Graham
Props Angela Pratten

Audition notices
I’ve re-attached an audition notice from Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society in Somerset West for you.

Daniel Dercksen is also auditioning for his new play – this weekend!
A showcase performance of Daniel Dercksen’s STRAIGHT TROPHIES will take place at On Broadway in Long Street on Sunday, October 30 (preview) and Monday, October 31. Auditions will take place on September 17 and 18.
Contact Daniel for more information on daniel@writingstudio.co.za

Member Evenings
Feedback from our last evening:

Who would have thought that sitting and watching 3 young women being transformed into 3 older women could be so much fun. Elza-lynne, with the help of 2 eager audience members, took us through the various stages of make-up required to transform the 3 willing (or is that unwilling?) young guinea-pigs into 3 wrinkled guinea-pigs. During the ‘interval’ Meat, Vegetable and Butternut soups were enjoyed by all who braved the Sunday chills. Then the newly transformed ‘biddies’, Lesley Gill, Faeron Wheeler, Megan Carter and Mary Faragher, performed a 1 Act piece, directed by Shirley Nixon. A delightful and informative evening was enjoyed by young and old alike. Thanks to all!

The following Member Evenings are as follows:
Our members evening on 30 September will be a performance of “Kismet”. This production (not the one we all know and love/hate) was recently staged at the Out The Box Festival by Penny Youngleson and Sheldon Cross. It has been very well received by all who saw it at this festival. A review is available on our facebook page, or on http://www.mondaymissile.co.za.

The evening will start at 19h00 for 19h30 – and remember that you are welcome to bring guests and new thespians (and even ‘old’ ones!).

Please RSVP to Pamela Burger on 082 488 0442 if you haven’t yet done so.

Friday 21 October 2011 – please continue to save this date for the following Members Evening.

Get Thee to the Masque!

Steel Magnolias
16-24 September 2011 at the Masque for Constantiaberg Players

Set in a small town in Louisiana in the 1980’s, Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias” takes place in a small hair salon which plays an important part in the lives of the clients. Here we get an intimate view into the lives of six very different women.

A bevy of excellent, award-winning female actors include Pam Burger, Jane Cohen, Denise Dubber, Barbara Basel, Carey Wallace and Clara Machado.

Directed by Angela Lee-Wright, this play is not to be missed!

07-15 October 2011 at the Masque for Fish Hoek Dramatic Society

This is a “deliciously wicked comedy of ill-manners” written by Noel Coward, and directed by Alastair Duff. It is considered by many to be his best comedy; it is about the Bliss family inviting 4 wildly different guests to their country house for the weekend… you can just imagine!

Get Thee to the theatre!

“Fiddler on the Roof” – by Gilbert & Sullivan Society
09 September to 01 October at Artscape (Book at Computicket)

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 021-788 1898
09h00 to 16h00 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays

Audition Notice:

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society


on Sep 18 at 6.30 pm for ‘Are you being Served?’ directed by Ann Coetzee

The characters from this play are well-known from the 1970’s BBC TV series of the same name. We are looking to impersonate these characters as accurately as possible. Voice and mannerisms are more important than appearances. The customers of Grace Brothers and the staff of the Don Bernardo Palace Hotel are open to personal interpretation. The parts of Don Bernardo and Cesar will be played by Mr. Nash and the Male Customer. The part of Teresa will be played by the Lady Customer. The part of Conchita will be played by the nurse.

Based on the popular BBC TV series, this legendary British comedy turned stage show, revels in nonstop double entendres. When the motley crew of the Grace Brothers department store prepare for a staff holiday in Spain, they survive their stay in the tropics at a one-star establishment and their encounters with everything from a Spanish crumpet to randy revolutionaries with everything intact but their modesty. “With its innuendo-laden comedy, penchant for slapstick and panto-type characters, Are You Being Served? has something for everyone.”

The show dates will be November 27 – December 11, 2011 Week nights: 8pm Saturdays: 6.30pm and a Sunday Matinee: 2.30pm.

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Hello everyone
Spring has sprung – or so some would have us believe. But as I look at the rather bleak scene outside my
window right now, I remain to be convinced. And the Springboks have sprung from the blocks and kicked
off the defence of their World Cup crown. Can they retain it? Again, I remain to be convinced. However,
there’s nothing unconvincing about the way “Fiddler” has kicked off its run. And so to …

The Final Fiddler Files
Fiddler is set to be a resounding success. The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, and comment from the average “bum on seat” (if you know what I mean!) has been extremely enthusiastic.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all who brought the show to life – the months of planning, the design and making of sets and costumes, the long weeks of rehearsals, and then the wonderful performances on
stage, backstage, and in the orchestra pit. Thank you one and all – you’ve done us proud. To those of you for whom this was your first G&S Society show, we hope to see you back again some time soon.

And what have the critics been saying?
The Cape Times headline: From Sunrise to Sunset, it’s a winner.
Mariana Malan in Die Burger: Die Gilbert & Sullivan Vereniging van Kaapstad sit op ‘n goudmyn van
potensiële professionele akteurs en sangers – Dit is moeilik om te glo dat almal, van die hoofkarakters tot
die enorme groep byspelers, amateurs is.

Beverley Brommert – Argus/IOL: There is nothing small about this polished production … it boasts a
large cast, lavish visuals and a big heart. … With so much to commend it visually and aurally, this
offering from the Gilbert and Sullivan Society deserves every one of its four stars.

Daniel Dercksen: Fiddler on the Roof is bold, brave and beautifully sassy, a musical for everyone to
enjoy, no matter whether you are a fan of musical theatre or not … You are guaranteed to leave the theatre with a song in your heart and a story and characters that will constantly remind you that true happiness is only a musical away.

John Caviggia – FMR: For an enthralling evening’s entertainment, I recommend you wander to watch and
listen to “Fiddler On The Roof” at the Artscape Opera House … every word can be heard – professionalism is evident with the entire cast … If you want to spend an enchanted evening, I thoroughly recommend you attend a performance at the Artscape Opera House of “Fiddler On The Roof”.


As mentioned in the last GASLIGHT, our big show next year will be the Gilbert and Sullivan opera “The
Yeomen of the Guard”. It will run in the Artscape Theatre in June, and a performance has been
provisionally booked for us at the International Festival of Gilbert and Sullivan in Buxton, UK, on Monday
13th August.

“Yeomen” is the least frivolous of the G&S operas, and the only one that doesn’t have an entirely “happy
ending”. Jack Point and Elsie Maynard, two travelling minstrels, get caught up in a scheme to save Colonel
Fairfax, who has been unjustly sentenced to death. Sergeant Meryll of the Yeomen of the Guard, and his
daughter Phoebe, contrive to help Fairfax to escape. The plot goes on to involve switched identities, the
mandatory complicated romantic interest, and eventually, after a typically convoluted G&S story line, ends
happily enough – except for Jack Point. It all plays out against the backdrop of the Tower of London, where
the yeomen, more familiarly known to us today as the “Beefeaters”, are the prison warders.

Auditions will probably be held early next year. Watch this space! Principal roles include Jack Point
(baritone), Elsie Maynard (soprano), Col Fairfax (tenor), Dame Carruthers (alto), Sgt Meryll (baritone),
Phoebe Meryll (alto), Wilfred Shadbolt (bass) and Sir Richard Cholmondeley (baritone). There are several
minor roles, and an extensive chorus of yeomen and villagers will be required.

May I remind you that if you hope to be in the cast and be part of the group that goes to Buxton, you will
need to meet a significant portion of the costs yourself. We hope to secure some sponsorship, but that
cannot be guaranteed at this stage. Hopefully there will be more concrete information by the next edition


Support our fellow thespians where you can:

Constantiaberg Theatre Players present Steel Magnolias at the Masque from 16-24 September. Bookings
021 7881898.

Fish Hoek Dramatic Society offers us Hayfever, also at the Masque from 7-15 October. Bookings 021

At the Bergkroon Theatre in Wellington: The Sound of Music (Adri Louw is in the cast). From 13-16
October. Bookings: tickets@wellingtonproductionhouse.co.za

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society presents Days of Wine and Roses at the Playhouse in Somerset West
from 25 October – 5 November.

And as we get towards the end of the year, Claremont Dramatic Society presents Separate Tables at the
Masque from 18-26 November, and the Pinelands Players Christmas offering is Honk! at the Little Theatre
from 9-17 December (directed by Kyla Thorburn).

On 20th June 2011 the Rotary Club of Newlands presented our Society with a Vocational certificate
acknowledging our rôle in advancing the careers of members in the performing arts over many years. The
award resulted from a nomination by Rotarian Bill Holland (thank you Bill), who has been a musical director
for G&S – most recently as assistant MD for Annie last year – and was received by Chairman Steve
Broekmann on behalf of the Society.

Inter-Society Quiz

This annual event is scheduled for Sunday 9th October and will be hosted by last year’s winners,
Constantiaberg Theatre Players. Venue is the foyer of the Masque theatre, and the doors open at 17.30,
with the main quiz starting at 18.30. We have already entered one team (Lorna Hansen, Teddy Davies,
Cindy Nixon and Gwen Sharland) but we can enter more – if there is enough interest to make up another
team. Teams have to be in multiples of four, so if you want to be part of the fun and be included in a team, please contact Lorna who will supervise our teams. (lorna@revelfox.co.za) ‘She’ll give you any further information.’

CONGRATULATIONS! – to Yolanda Kotze and and Guilma Stander whose company, Siggis Make-Up (most of us have used their products!) was nominated for the 2011 Small Business Awards. Sadly they didn’t win, but they can be justly proud of the fact that they were nominated.

If you give me your attention …
Now is not that ridiculous, and is not that preposterous, a thorough-paced absurdity, explain it if you can! Not a soul was prepared to give me their attention. Oh, Woe is me, alack-a-day. So I’ll just have to be contented with your heartfelt sympathy. If I have that, then I guess I’ve nothing whatever to grumble at! (And if you haven’t read the last couple of GASLIGHTs, that last paragraph will make very strange reading!)

Till next time – a blessing on all your heads!


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The name of the Society shall be CLAREMONT DRAMATIC SOCIETY


2.1 To promote interest in live theatre

2.2 To arrange and present plays, play readings, concerts and other performances for the entertainment of members and the public.

2.3 To raise funds for charities and other bodies meriting financial support

2.4 To promote personal and friendly social intercourse between members

2.5 To purchase, rent, lease hold and dispose of any land, building or other property movable or immovable for the achievement of the objects of the Society.

2.6 To do all such other lawful things that are incidental or conducive to the attainment of any of the above objects.


The Members of the Society shall be all such persons who are members at the date of the coming into operation of this constitution and such other persons who thereafter are elected to membership by the Committee.


The annual subscription payable by members shall be fixed each year at the Annual General Meeting and shall be due on election or on 1st March annually.


Membership automatically lapses on failure to pay the current year’s subscription within that calendar year and furthermore no member not in good standing shall be entitled to any rights of membership after 30th April of any year.


Only members in good standing shall have a voice and vote in the management and control of the Society.


The control and management of the Society shall be vested in a committee elected from amongst the members at the Annual General Meeting.

The Committee shall consist of:

(a) A Chairman
(b) A Vice-Chairman
(c) An Honorary Secretary
(d) An Honorary Treasurer
(e) An Honorary Publicity Officer
(f) And 3 (THREE) additional members

A quorum shall consist of the Chairman or Vice-Chairman and 3 (THREE) others.

The offices (b) to (e) may be combined if necessary provided that the office of Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer shall not be held by one person.

Members of the Committee shall be elected for a period of two years and shall be eligible for re-election.

At the next Annual General Meeting following the election of the first Committee under this constitution, half the Committee shall resign but shall be eligible for re-election. If necessary those to resign shall be decided by lot.

The executive committee shall have power to fill casual vacancies and to co-opt not more than two additional members.

A member elected to fill a casual vacancy shall hold office until the next Annual General Meeting and shall be eligible for re-election.


The executive committee shall hold regular meetings, keep proper minutes of its decisions and see that a proper record of members and proper accounts are kept.

All decisions of the committee shall be by majority vote of the members present.


The financial year of the Society shall end on 31st December each year and the Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than 28th February each year.

At least twenty-one days’ notice with an agenda of matters to be discussed shall be given to all members in good standing.

The business at such meeting shall be:

(a) To receive and consider the Committee’s Report and Financial Statement for the year ending 31st December last.

(b) To consider any notice of motion from any member of which due notice has been lodged with the Honorary Secretary at least fourteen days prior to such meeting.

(c) To consider any business or proposed alterations to this constitution which the Committee may consider proper to bring before the meeting.

(d) To elect the committee as laid down in clause 7.

(e) To fix the annual subscription for the ensuing year.

(f) To elect an Honorary Auditor for the ensuing year.

(g) To deal with general business


The committee may at any time and shall on receipt of a request signed by not less than 10 members in good standing, convene a Special General Meeting to consider such proposals as it intends submitting to such meeting or which are clearly set forth in such request.

At least fourteen days’ notice specifying the business to be discussed shall be given to all members in good standing.


(a) Twenty percent (20%) of the members in good standing shall constitute a quorum at any Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting convened by the committee. If such quorum be not present within 30 minutes of the time fixed for the holding of the meeting, it shall be adjourned to the same day and time of the following week, or if such a day be a Public Holiday, to the next succeeding day. No fresh notice of the adjourned meeting need be given. At any such adjourned meeting those present will, irrespective of number, constitute a quorum.

(b) In the case of a Special General meeting convened in consequence of the receipt of a request in terms of Clause 10, 20% of the members in good standing shall constitute a quorum. If such number be not present within 30 minutes of the time fixed for the holding of the meeting, it shall be dissolved and the proposals shall be regarded as defeated.


At all General Meetings and at all Committee meetings the Chairman shall preside or in his absence the Vice-Chairman. In the absence of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman the meeting shall elect a Chairman to preside at the meeting. At any meeting the Chairman shall have a casting as well as a deliberate vote.


At all General meetings voting shall take place by show of hands unless by a majority vote the meeting decides that the voting shall be ballot, and the Chairman shall announce whether or not any proposed resolution is carried. On such announcement any 10 members may immediately demand that the resolution be submitted for decision to all members of the Society entitled to vote. On such demand the committee shall cause the proposed resolution to be submitted for decision to all members of the Society entitled to vote in such manner as they shall decide and thereafter shall communicate the result to all members of the Society.


The constitution of the Society shall be altered only by a resolution of which fourteen days’ notice shall have been given to all members in good standing and which shall have been passed by two thirds of the members present and voting at a General Meeting.


A decision to wind up the society may only be taken by fifty percent (50%) of the members in good standing voting at a Special General Meeting convened in terms of Clause 10 of the constitution. In such event the total assets of the Society shall be liquidated and distributed to the Masque Theatre or such similar theatrical non-profit organisation nominated at such a special General Meeting.

JULY 1972

Including amendments passed at the Annual General meeting on 22.2.72.
Including amendments passed at the Annual General meeting on 25.2.94.
Including amendments passed at the Annual General meeting on 26.2.05.

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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 September 2011

Hi there readers

As we observe the season change with the emergence of colourful and beautiful flowers dressing our majestic mountain, and noticeable alongside our road ways (or in our gardens), this new growth and freshness brings with it the start of another exciting production.

Honk! rehearsals commenced on 29 August 2011, despite many of the cast members currently being involved in
Fiddler on the Roof. A read-through of the show was held on Sunday 4 September 2011, where the clubhouse was packed to full capacity as cast members, production team and family attended this occasion.

The Honk! Production team have had several meetings over the past month arranging set building, props, costumes, lighting, sound, marketing & advertising. Whilst the cast of the show rehearse relentlessly, the ‘behind-the-scenes’ crew spend an equal amount of time preparing the functionality and execution of the show.

Clara Machado and Chenara Fenton hosted an exciting and well-planned Quiz night on 26 August 2011, where much debate, fun and laughter ensued. All who attended agreed that the “General knowledge” section was extremely difficult and should have been reserved solely for the astute members of Pinelands Players.
Masterminded members are challenged to put together a team to take on other dramatic societies in the Constantiaberg Inter-Society quiz on 9 October 2011. Please let me know if you are interested in participating and putting your brain-matter to the test! Judging by our recent quiz night, we have some clever members of the society who we should be proud to associate ourselves with!

Simon and Khalida Speck are our invited choreographers for our Line Dancing event to be held on 21 October 2011. Previous such evenings have been energetic and fun. So take prepare yourself for another entertaining Pinelands Players adventure. More information to follow.

Remember that life if for living…. Do as much as you can, while you can. Cherish every good experience. Treasure special moments.

Tanya March (Chief Duck No 2)

Quiz evening – 26 August 2011
Congratulations to team “Prima Donnas” who won the quiz evening, by a mere 1 point! Might the other three teams just mention that the winning team had one more person in their team, than the remaining competitors.
Not only were the questions intriguing, but were at times debatable, which ensured that all brain matter was clawing into the depths of memory banks to find correct answers. Who would have guessed the name of the movie in photo no 3?

Some beverage items were auctioned to raise funds, whereby Chenara exuded yet another talent of hers as she mastered the auctioneering ramble…. “sold to the lady in the red jacket”!! Someone even won a prize for knowing how many squares of paper on a toilet roll.

Thank you to Clara and Chenara for arranging this superb evening, and to every one else involved in ensuring the success of the event.

Adrian Kettle most definitely thinks more clearly after a glass of red wine!

Honk! Update

Congratulations! To Lynn Moss who has won our first Honk! competition. Your prize is on its way!

Welcome to the Production Team (so far)

Production Management & Marketing
Tina Gough
Tanya March
Chenara Fenton

Stage Management
Waldo Buckle
Guilma van Wyk

Set building & Props Management
Waldo Buckle
Richard Whittaker
Wendy Goddard

Lighting & Sound Management
Tech X
Gary Fargher
David Bolton
Vera Simmonds
Rory Bosman

June Wells
Roché Buckle

Front of House
Tanya Browne

Queen Duck’s competition
Give the Collective Nouns for:-
• Ducks in fight
• Quails
• Chickens
• Coots
• Geese (there are 2 of them)
• Birds (there are 4 of them)
• Swans (there are 2 of them)
• Pheasants (there are 2 of them)
• Ducks not in flight
• Wild fowl (there are 3 of them)
• Poultry
• Geese in flight
A quacky prize for the person who get most of the correct (20 in all).

Send your answers to : tanya@march.za.net
(closing date 30 September 2011)

Props needed for the show:
• 8 foot wooden ladder
• Garden gnome who is fishing
• A large log approx. 1,5m long
• Hat stand
• Tea trolley
• Life saving ring
If you are able to assist with any of the above, please contact tanya@march.za.net

Calling for Directors and proposals for Candlelight Theatre 2012.

Dates have not been finalized but there is a possibility for two productions : mid-year and year end.
Enquiries & applications to be sent to Tina: Bgough@telkomsa.net

Inter Society Annual Quiz

Constantiaberg Theatre Players is hosting the Inter Society Quiz this year. The date is Sunday October 9th at the Masque Theatre 6.30pm for 7.00pm. We look forward to welcoming you at this annual event.
Di Thom / Chairman Constantiaberg Theatre Players

If you would like to put together a team for Pinelands Players, please contact tanya@march.za.net

Honk! Read-through & Social

Sunday 4 September 2011

All but 3 members attended the first “all cast” Honk! event at the clubhouse. The delightful atmosphere welcomed newcomers and regulars to the “Duck Pond”. Amidst the crowd was Ugly (number 1), who celebrated his birthday. Witnessing a packed clubhouse sing to him in four part (or more) harmony, was quite enthralling and caused goose bumps to mark the occasion. The read-through of the show together with the music allowed all present, including the production team, to get a feel for the show let alone giggle (like geese) at the notorious humour and quirks (quacks) of the musical. Several attendees took trouble to dress for their part with an array of costumes, feathers, shoes and accessories. The social team (now known as the A-Team, comprising of ClarA, AllanA and ChenarA) went to great trouble to create a welcoming
atmosphere for cast, crew and parents alike. Chenara was already selling t-shirts and taking orders for Honk! clothing.

Kyla’s key words were: “Don’t miss rehearsals. Don’t be late. Bring your scores. Have a pencil & eraser at all times. Cell phones off. Bring money for fines!!! But let’s have fun!”

Annual subscriptions received by members does not even cover the annual expenses to run the clubhouse, let alone cover the costs of hosting club nights or other things. Please do the right thing and pay your subs.
It is only R90!

What’s on

2,3,8,9,10 September 2011 Milnerton Playhouse
The Sum of Us directed by Johann van der Merwe
Milnerton Players
Bookings 082 267 1061 or http://www.milnertonplayers.com

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

16 – 24 September 2011 Masque Theatre
Steel Magnolias directed by Angela Lee-Wright
Constantiaberg Theatre Players (including Clara Machado)
Bookings on 021 788 1898

7 – 15 October 2011 Masque Theatre
Hayfever directed by Alastair Duff
Fish Hoek Dramatic Society

18 – 26 November 2011 Masque Theatre
Separate Tables directed by Sue Bolton
Claremont Dramatic Society (including Shirley Nixon)

9 – 17 December 2011 Little Theatre
Honk! Directed by Kyla Thorburn

Line dancing evening will be held on 21 October 2011 at the Pinelands Congregational Church Hall
Nerina Avenue More news to follow!

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Newsletter – September 2011


Spring and the Bokke

With spring in the air and a spring in their step, the Springboks have been sent off to New Zealand to bring back the Webb Ellis Cup – and become the first team to do it twice in a row. But what’s this got to do with theatre? Well, they “perform” on the field, don’t they? Yes, I know it’s a rather tenuous link, but who cares? Viva, bokke bokke, viva!!!

Spring is sprung, de grass is riz
New Zealand is where dem Springboks is.

Inter-Society Quiz

We just love a good quiz, don’t we? We’ve pulled off a couple of good ones lately and now we have the honour of hosting the annual Inter-Society Quiz on Sunday, the 9th of October.

If the rules haven’t changed, then we can submit 2 teams of 4 contestants each. So, by applying the correct mathematical formula, I’ve calculated that we can accommodate up to 8 Constantiaberg members who are chomping at the bit to participate.

Now, judging by their outstanding performances at our recent The Weakest Link evening, it is clear that we have a number of highly intelligent members in our society who have the skill and knowledge to utterly devastate the opposition and bring the glory home to Constantiaberg Theatre Players.

I will be organising our teams, so if you’re keen to participate in the systematic and consummate demolition of the other teams, then please email me at wes@mseed.co.za. More details to follow.

In short, in matters vegetable, animal and mineral
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.

For your diary

9 September Fiddler of the Roof
to 1 Oct Ooh, that sounds rude. No, not that kind of fiddler, you silly thing you. And we’re also not referring to what Nero did while Rome burned. We’re talking about the multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway musical directed by Teddy Davies for the Cape Town G&S Society at the Artscape Opera House. Book at Computicket and Dial-a-Seat or visit http://www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za for more information.

16 September CTP Members’ evening
Our next members’ evening will be the opening night of Steel Magnolias at the Masque Theatre. Make sure you book early!

16 to 24 A “blooming” good show at the Masque
September Angela Lee-Wright directs Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias for Constantiaberg Theatre Players. The story is based on a true incident and is set in a small-town hair salon in Louisiana. It spans several years in the lives of six women – the salon’s owners and her customers.

And now, about those Wallabies, Sheila:
A limerick fan from Australia
Regarded his work as a failure
His verses were fine
Until the fourth line

Masque Theatre bookings

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

And the Welsh team, who we’ll play in our first World Cup game:
Said the apes as they swung by their tails
To their offspring both female and males
“From your offspring, my dears
In a couple of years
May evolve some players for Wales.”


Happy birthday to our two spring babies, Scott Gill (12 September) and Maureen Dubber (22 September). We hope that you have a wonderful birthday and that you’ll get that special present you’ve always wanted. Like that flashy red car with the little horse on the emblem, or that large mansion on the hill that you can see from Kirstenbosch Gardens.

And not forgetting the team from England:
A player that came from the isles
Had suffered severely from pisles
He couldn’t scrum
‘Cause the pain in his bum
Would send him hopping for misles.

Our next production and members’ evening

Guess what? I’ve never seen the movie. What!? you say, how can you possibly not have seen Steel Magnolias starring Julia Roberts? Okay, okay, I get the point. Don’t rub it in. I’ll make up for it by seeing the play. After all, it promises to be better than the movie.

Yes, our next production at the Masque Theatre will be Steel Magnolias, directed by Angela Lee-Wright.

The opening night will double as a members’ evening (because we can multi-task exceptionally well, my dear, regardless of gender), so please book for Friday, the 16th of September.

Okay, that’s a wrap. If you’re a rugby fan, then I hope you enjoy the World Cup. May the best team win. See you at the members’ evening.


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