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HHDS Newsletter December 2011
Dear Members & Friends,

2011 draws to an end and it’s time for all of us to take a brief break and spend a little time with our families and loved ones.

According to the experts, we are living in a period of great change. Global Warming, the Mayan calendar coming to an end, the world economy in a state of confusion and political turmoil in various parts of the world all add up to 2012 being a very different kind of year.

2012 signals the Society’s 65thbirthday and promises to be a very busy one for the theatre. In planning your 2012 activities, please try and schedule in a little time for the theatre and society. We are so lucky to have a theatre to call our own. Let’s make every effort to keep it fit and healthy for the future.

I would like to thank all those who have contributed their time and effort to the Society and Theatre in 2011. I would also like to say a very big thank you to our audiences for their support during the year.
On behalf of the Committee and my family I wish you all a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Regards and Best Wishes,
Lindsay S.
Chairman
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Showing next at the Playhouse:

“Ein Loriot Abend”
January 12, 13, 14
in German WITH English subtitles

Book via email with Bettina bettinact@gmail.com

Director Bettina Horvath who, being Austrian, is German speaking, decided it’s time the Playhouse started catering for the large German speaking community in our area and so the idea of a first entertaining evening was born. 8 players have been found who are already busy learning the lines of the hilarious sketches full with finely nuanced humour. Please pass the information on to your German speaking friends who will appreciate this initiative!

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FAWLTY TOWERS

As some of you have already heard, it is with great regret that we have had to cancel February’s very much looked forward to production of Faulty Towers. Unfortunately, our Basil Faulty, Garth Brandon-Pod is unable to play the part due to work load and ill health. The time to shape somebody for such a definite character portrayal is unfortunately just not enough, what with Christmas and New Year slap bang in the middle of rehearsal time.

Sorry to disappoint anyone, but we have found another, wonderfully written comedy which has been successfully performed in London and South Africa, namely Habeas Corpus, written by Allan Bennett, in its place. This will be directed by Molly Mohr (see info below)

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Habeas Corpus
by Alan Bennett
Directed by Molly Mohr
10-18 February 2012 (6 performances only)

Habeas Corpus, Alan Bennett’s first play, is a comedy set in Brighton in the 1960s. Here the lust and longing of the permissive society has well and truly taken hold of the apparently respectable Wicksteed family. With a succession of characters ranging from a rampant doctor and a randy vicar to a frustrated flat-chested spinster and a baffled domestic cleaner, this rollicking farce is as saucy and English as a seaside postcard…

Cast: Garth Coetzee, Ann Coetzee, Julia Clegg, Margaret Lawrence, Martin Linnette, Malcolm Anderson, Wendy Walsh, Clyde Phillips, Daneall Lowe, Ahnestazia Borez and John-Gordon Hilton

Crew: Molly Mohr Director, Clifford Ekron Stage Manager, Clyde Phillps and Tech Crew Sound Jerry Juhuni, Vincent and Quinton Conradie Back Stage and props

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RENEWAL TIME AGAIN

We are approaching the end of the year and that means it is time to renew your membership of HHDS.
Fees have remained unchanged and have been pegged at R 60 (adults); R 35 (senior); R 30 (student) and R 20 (junior).

All new members who pay their fees now will automatically be members as from the payment date until the end of 2012. Although this isn’t a major benefit for existing members, please let all your friends and acquaintances know – the HHDS would like to increase its member base, and this is where YOU can help us. Thank you!

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What’s on at the Playhouse …
2012

Ein Loriot Abend, directed by Bettina Horvath January 12-14
Habeas Corpus, directed by Molly Mohr February 10-18
Johnny Cooper Big Band February 24-25
German production by Norbert Schultze 14-19 March
Vahdini 23-24 March
Funny Money, directed by Giles Scott April

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Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
12 Eden Road, Claremont 7708

Tel: 021 674 4863 Cell: 083 948 9115 E-mail: clifford@mondaymissile.co.za

http://www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

December 2011 – Number 105

Deck the Halls or Bah Humbug? Whatever your perspective, it’s that time of the year again;
mad crowds, tourists, forgotten gifts, and way too much indulgence. Personally I love it, and I’ve decided that turning over a forest come the 31st of December may not be such a bad idea. You never know just what will be under the 3rd leaf on the left.

For those musically endowed, Respighi wrote a beautiful piece dealing with Christmas decorations named Pines of Cone (sorry, my off the wall sense of humour knows no boundaries).

It’s also a time to reflect, and what a year it’s been: Three productions, numerous performances at the members’ evenings, and a lot of theatre. Not just our own.

To recap, we started the year with Brenda Gray’s production of Brief Lives. A one-man play superbly performed by Brian De Kock. What a production it was! I think the plaudits are yet to come?
I followed this up with Macbeth. I don’t think there was a single member of the cast who did not express the joy of the Shakespeare experience. As stressful as it was for me, in retrospect I enjoyed the whole process immensely! Brenda Gray was my co-director and once again a huge thank you for all the effort and insight Brenda!

Then came Terence Rattigan’s Separate Tables. Sue Bolton, I’m sure you will agree, staged an excellent production. All the right elements, with some superb performances. The booking figures bear testimony to its success!

I think for many of us it was also a year of bonding. There is such a good atmosphere of fellowship within the society at current. Let’s build on this and make 2012 a great year!

Next year I’m sure will be just as busy. We start the year on the 9th of March with Brenda Gray’s production of Marvin’s Room. It’s an unusual piece with some very funny moments. Believe it or not, rehearsals are already underway!

This will be followed in July by The Odd Couple (female version), directed by Sheldon Cross.
See the audition notice below.

Wendy Goddard will then be taking on Calendar Girls which, I am sure is going to be the project of the decade from every aspect. Calendar Girls has been released for amateur performance for a limited time. The idea is to see how many productions of this play can be performed worldwide in a twelve-month period. It’s all in a good cause, and cancer research will benefit from the performing rights fees.

CDS Update
Our online presence continues to grow:
Our blog (or website) is taking ever growing (in numbers) hits at http://www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com.
Our Facebook page – make sure you go and “Like” it, the more likes we get, the stronger our Facebook presence becomes. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Claremont-Dramatic-Society/252816564804
Subscribe to: http://groups.google.com/group/claremont_dramatic_society/topics
Extra notifications and news are also via The Monday Missile Dot Coza. This little project is making theatrical waves, averaging around 20 000 hits a month, it’s sure to grow! http://www.mondaymissile.co.za or visit the Facebook Page: Monday Missile Dot Coza.

I’ve tried these all out to make sure they are all working. If you do experience any problems please contact me at the above telephone numbers. I’m only too happy to “talk you through” these processes.

Members’ Evenings
Our last member’s evening for the year was held on Sunday 11 December and took the form of our traditional end of year bash. A bring and braai social, followed by a short performance of a few of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Many thanks to Pamela Burger for the phoning around and organisation that goes into these evenings. Also Simon Dutton, for all his work re-stocking the bar, and being The Gaffer on the night!
To sum up the evening here is a little paragraph that Mike Tompson shared with us:

Many of the common expressions now thought to be clichés were Shakespeare’s creations. Chances are you use Shakespeare’s expressions all the time even though you may not know it is the Bard you are quoting. You may think that fact is “neither here nor there”, but that’s “the short and the long of it.” Bernard Levin said it best in the following quote about Shakespeare’s impact on our language:

If you cannot understand my argument, and declare “It’s Greek to me”, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger, if your wish is father to the thought, if your lost property has vanished into thin air, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you have ever refused to budge an inch or suffered from green-eyed jealousy, if you have played fast and loose, if you have been tongue-tied, a tower of strength, hoodwinked or in a pickle, if you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity, insisted on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony, danced attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself into stitches, had short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a good thing, if you have seen better days or lived in a fool’s paradise – why, be that as it may, the more fool you, for it is a foregone conclusion that you are (as good luck would have it) quoting Shakespeare; if you think it is early days and clear out bag and baggage, if you think it is high time and that that is the long and short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth will out even if it involves your own flesh and blood, if you lie low till the crack of doom because you suspect foul play, if you have your teeth set on edge (at one fell swoop) without rhyme or reason, then – to give the devil his due – if the truth were known (for surely you have a tongue in your head) you are quoting Shakespeare; even if you bid me good riddance and send me packing, if you wish I were dead as a door-nail, if you think I am an eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted villain, bloody-minded or a blinking idiot, then – by Jove! O Lord! Tut, tut! for goodness’ sake! what the dickens! but me no buts – it is all one to me, for you are quoting Shakespeare.

Separate Tables

Shirley Nixon shared some of her experience from this superb production:

“Separate Tables” Experience ………. by Lady Gladys Matheson
Having been in the cast of St. Stephens Reps’ production of Terence Rattigan’s “The Winslow Boy” in 1976, and feeling that old ducks were no longer eligible to strut about in musicals, I was absolutely delighted when I learned that Sue Bolton was going to direct “Separate Tables” for Claremont.
As I had only recently joined CDS I was very grateful to Sue for taking a chance and giving me the part of Lady Matheson (one of the three old ducks in the play). Mrs Railton Bell (Sheila Inglis) had me under her thumb most of the time but occasionally my character managed to speak her mind when she felt strongly about something. (Mr Rattigan certainly knew how to portray his characters!)
It was quite funny during rehearsals when somebody would call another person by the wrong stage name and we would all pack up laughing. Throughout the show, Mrs R.B. was always bossing me for various reasons. Once, during the run of the show, Mrs R.B. called her daughter Sybil “Gladys” – and quite naturally Sybil replied “No, Mummy, I’m Sybil!”
Sue was so patient with us and spent endless hours on characterization. Once we got onto the stage at the Masque our hearts sank when we saw how little space we had in the dining area – disaster! At this point amazingly Sue kept her cool! But the problem was overcome and by the next night Clifford and helpers had extended the rostra on one side! What relief!
Behind the scenes Angela and Leigh provided food for us to eat on stage and coped with endless washing of dishes and other chores!
All in all we had a great cast and crew – good camaraderie – experienced and inexperienced folk working together with much fun and laughter, playing to good houses at every performance…..
and making a healthy profit!!

Shirley Nixon

Apropos this production’s success, each year CDS choose a production and the proceeds from that production are then donated to The Masque Theatre for running expenses etc. This year Separate Tables success ensured that we were able to give an amount of R38 382! These funds are essential to the continuance of our beloved Masque Theatre. Running expenses for the theatre are steadily climbing year on year, and our support is desperately needed to keep a facility such as this going. Given the amount of pleasure we derive from using The Masque, such gestures seem very small.

2012 Production News:

Rehearsals are underway for Brenda Gray’s production of Marvin’s Room.
The production will open on the 9th of March at The Masque Theatre. It’s sure to be a hit so as soon as a 2012 diary comes into your possession, be sure to make a note!
We need a Disneyworld style costume for ‘Marvin’s Room’ – any character will do, but it should preferably be one with an oversized head. If anyone has one, or knows where to get one, please contact Brenda on 021 686 3554

The cast:
Marvin: Barrie Howard
Bessie: Julie Summers
Lee: Trish Sutton
Dr Wally: Dennis Benneyworth
Dr Charlotte: Sheila Inglis
Aunt Ruth: Ruth Allsopp
Hank: James Strong
Charlie: Quinlan Seegers
Retirement Home Secretary: Harley Spracklen
Bob: Nigel Sweet

Okay, new heading, because this is an Audition Notice:

Odd Couple (female version)
Director: Sheldon Cross
Production Dates: 20-28 July 2012
When: Sunday 5 February at 14:00
Where: The Hok
What to do:
Auditions will consist of a prepared short comic monologue and selected readings from the script.

In this modern adaptation of Neil Simon’s 1965 Tony Award Winning comedy, Olive Madison, a successful television producer and slob, and Florence Unger, a meticulous housekeeper, superb cook and decorator, are complete opposites and are thrown together when Flo breaks up with her husband. The consequences are dynamic and hilarious.

The original “The Odd Couple” opened on Broadway in 1965 starring Art Carney and Walter Matthau and directed by Mike Nichols. The play led to a television series and a movie. “The Odd Couple (Female Version)” opened in 1985 starring Rita Moreno and Sally Struthers and directed by Gene Saks and ran for about a year.

The Players are casting for all roles comprising of two leading women’s roles, four excellent supporting women’s roles, and two great supporting men’s roles, all in the 30+ age range.

The characters are:
Olive Madison – A successful television producer. She is intelligent, attractive, and wisecracking, with a good sense of humour – and she’s a complete slob when it comes to her surroundings. She has an encyclopaedic understanding of sports, is a complete pushover for her ex-husband, and a good friend.
Florence (Flo) Unger – is attractive, very well groomed, neat and has just broken up with her husband. She takes herself very seriously, likes to clean, decorate and cook and is very good at all three. Flo is also intelligent, although she doesn’t realize it, warm-hearted (in her own way), and has no sense of humour (at least about herself) – she does NOT make jokes. She can also, without meaning to, make Olive feel guilty.

Sylvie – is desperately trying to stop smoking, and so sucks on lollipops or chews gum. (Occasionally her jittery hands reach for a cigarette.) She can get irritated with her friends, but has a good sense of humor, especially about her husband. Oh, yes, she is pregnant in the last scene.
Renee – Sylvie’s best friend, can be very plain-spoken, especially when she points out Olive’s failings as a hostess – and then Flo’s. She is single and dating a doctor.

Vera – is very sweet, very nice, somewhat spacey, and, although quite smart, is often a step or two behind her friends. She’s very funny, but doesn’t realize it. Vera is married to Harry – and they are off to Miami in the middle of July because they can get better rates!

Mickey – is a police officer, who is down-to-earth, plain talking, and has a good understanding of people. Sometimes she can take the “police bit” too far and she tries very hard to be in control of all situations.

Manolo Costazuela – Spanish with a Castilian accent. He is every woman’s dream-date and showers both Olive and Flo with attention. He must have good comic timing, as he gets VERY emotional. He is sensitive and appreciates Florence’s sensitivity.

Jesus (pronounced Hay zoos) Costazuela – is Manolo’s younger brother – well-groomed, very romantic – and he also gets very emotional, and truly appreciates Florence.

News from Other Societies
As if you need reminding, it is that time of the year and so not a lot of news is available from the other Societies. Celia Musikanth (MVDS President etc. etc. ) is up and about after her back operation and I’m sure feeling a lot better. Speedy recovery Celia, from all at The Hok!

By all accounts, Pineland’s Players production of Honk was a great success. I found it to be an absolute charmer. Ideal entertainment for the season. Well done to Kyla Thorburn and crew!
A review of this production can be found at: http://www.mondaymissile.co.za/rvws2ctch_ooo_st.html

Fish Hoek Dramatic Society have auditioned for their production of The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan. Following Separate Tables this will be one to watch out for.

Constantiaberg Theatre Players auditioned for that delightful comedy Move Over Mrs. Markham.
2012 looks set to be a bumper theatre year!

Not The Other Societies
To keep you busy in this season there are a number of very good productions running in Cape Town.
Here are but a few:

9 to 31 December: Whale Nation – an epic poem by Heathcote Williams presented by David Muller at The Amphitheatre in Hout Bay’s Mainstream Centre. The Amphitheatre in the Mainstream Centre is a special little venue that has been sadly under-utilised in the past few years. However new enthusiasm from the centre management and the partnership with SHED gives residents of Hout Bay, Constantia, Noordhoek, Wynberg and hopefully the wider peninsula a fine excuse to get out and enjoy theatre under the Cape’s summer skies. Tickets are R60 for adults and R40 for under 16’s. More info on http://www.shedtheatre.com

22 Dec. to 15 January: Aristophanes The Birds. Ever wondered where the term cloudcukooland originated? Well, this year’s re-staging of an Ancient Greek play at the Kirstenbosch Open-Air Theatre will give you the answer. Artscape and the Siyasanga Cape Town Theatre Company brings the Greek classic to life in the tradition of The Bacchae and Oedipus The Tyrant seen in the lovely Kirstenbosch Open-Air Theatre in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Aristophanes’ The Birds, which we think could not find a more suitable setting than Kirstenbosch, will open on 22 December and it will be a play to be seen by the whole family. For more information http://www.mondaymissile.co.za/prod.html

14 Dec. to 8 January: Kalk Bay Theatre. High energy, crowd pleasing Big Boys Don’t Dance. Slightly more on the adult side, I was particularly entertained by this show. My review is on:
http://www.mondaymissile.co.za/reviews_bbdc.html

Get Thee to the Masque!

Friday 23 Dec 20:00 With a Song in my Heart , Soiree presented by Playbill Productions in the Masque Foyer. Tickets at R75 (R65) include light snacks. The very popular and talented Janine Magnin and Aubrey Hindle, accompanied by Ria Pretorius on piano, will entertain you with songs old and new and a dollop of “Good Cheer”.

Saturday 31 Dec 21:00 In With The New presented by Angela Pratten Productions at the Masque showcases jazz and swing music as a celebration. Combining the gems of great and evergreen music with the new generation of exceptional musicians and singers, this concert will get your toes tapping into the new year. Tickets at R110 (R100) include a glass of sparkling wine and light snacks. Bookings by 27 December for catering purposes.

2 to 7 January Jack and the Beanstalk, presented by Flipflop Productions at the Masque, is suitable for children 3 to 8 (and their families!) and is a not-to-be-missed school holiday special. For show times and booking phone Computicket on 08619158000. Tickets R40.

8 & 15 January The Jim Carrey Tribute Show, presented by Garth Van Rooyen at the Masque.
The show documents the career of one of the world’s most popular comics, with awesome faces and voices done by Garth. Shows at 20:00. Tickets at R60 (R50).

11 to 14 January All in your Mind, presented by Hypnotist Alan Marriott at the Masque.
This Master Hypnotist has for over 18 years helped people overcome a host of conditions with hypnotherapy and has kept audiences in stitches with his live stage and television shows. Prepare to be Mesmerized! Tickets at R75 (R65).

20 & 21 January Soar like an Eagle, presented by Gladys Bullock at the Masque. Based on true life
events, this production showcases the beautiful dancing ability of both able bodied and disabled dancers. It should be seen by all dance lovers in order to appreciate what can be done in the face of adversity. Tickets evening shows R65 (R55), Matinee R55 (R45).

Sunday 22 January Classic Red, Soiree presented by Playbill Productions in the Masque Foyer at 20:00. Tickets at R75 (R65). Four fine voices in close harmony, accompanied by Wilna Viljoen on piano, present a program of opera crossing over to pop with something for everyone.

Further information, show days, times and bookings 021 7881898
Ticket prices in brackets are for Masque Theatre Club Members.

Tracey-Lee Anderson is the new bar manager at the Masque. Please offer her your support and volunteer for bar duty.

Apropos The Masque, the societies have had a whip ‘round and each donated R2500. This means that the legs, traverses and fringes (washing) can now be replaced. Not only will this tidy up the stage, we can now be sure that anything we don’t want to be seen, won’t be seen (does that include errant actors?). Masque Theatre Club members please note, that in order not to see what it is we will be hiding (behind the new fringes etc) subs have been increased to R60 per year as of 1 January 2012.

Dates to diarise…

This is a biggy:

CDS subs are due from 1 January – R40 for members, R60 for couples, R30 for students and pensioners, R45 for student/pensioner couples. So shake off any inhibiting influence on January 2 and you know the rest….

This is even bigger:

AGM:
21 Feb at Kelvin Grove
Three committee members are standing down – Adrian, who has been a faithful committee member for many years, has asked that he may stand down. We have accepted with regret, and grateful thanks. Simon Dutton has kindly agreed to take over his Adrian’s duties until the AGM.

Pamela Burger as Members’ Evening Co-ordinator, is also standing down, as she is moving house, and travelling will be difficult. She is still happy to be ‘phone-around gal’ for members evenings – thank you Pam. Do we have any members willing to take over the portfolio of co-ordinating members evenings?
André is leaving for Germany at the end of January, which means that my stint as temporary Chat editor has been extended. Thank you André – and Bon Voyage!

More on the AGM closer to the time….

By The way….

Life member Elizabeth MacKenzie, and her sister Ann, have have just returned from overseas visiting the Greek Islands, Tuscany, Italy, England and Scotland, having been away for 8 months. Elizabeth took part in ‘Separate Tables’ many years ago, with the Strolling Players at the Masque. Welcome back!
If you have any news, interesting or funny anecdotes that you would like to share with other members, please feel free to send them to me clifford@mondaymissile.co.za I promise not to laugh unless absolutely appropriate! (or on a Tuesday with a R in the month).

From The Committee, have a truly safe, festive season and a wonderfully happy new year! May every blessing you ask, be realised, and I’m still waiting for the Booker Prize…

Your somewhat more permanent scribe,

Clifford Graham

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DECEMBER 2011

The very last newsletter for 2011 – let’s take a look at some other “lasts” – the more famous ones – as we move through this newsletter. Starting with the last words of James French, a convicted murderer who shouted these words to members of the press who were there to witness his execution: “Hey, fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? ‘French Fries’!”
(Sorry, not a very Christmassy way to start but I did think it was clever!)
So here’s a Christmassy picture to make up for it:

BIRTHDAYS

Jumping straight into January with those born in that month: Carin Bester is on the 4th, chairman Andrew Blake, Jenny Seabrook and Wolfgang Thomas all share the 19th and Marc Jacquest celebrates his on the 21st. My husband Ronnie’s birthday is on the 29th (there have been years when I have forgotten that one!) and the final day of the month is shared by Jacqui Bloomer and Anne Hofinghof.

January’s birthstone is the garnet: Although most commonly known as a red gemstone, the garnet comes in a variety of other hues, including muted yellows, vibrant oranges, rosy pinks, lime greens, and violets—a virtual bouquet of colours. This diversity is due to unique combinations of elements within each particular gem, such as iron, calcium, and manganese. A rather cute legend has it that Noah hung this gem on the ark to light his way through the dark and stormy nights of God’s wrath. Archaeologist findings of primitive style garnet jewellery among the graves of lake dwellers dates the early use of this gemstone to the Bronze age.

Since the Masque is doing a tribute to him shortly………a famous “last born” is Jim Carrey who had three older siblings, John, Patricia, and Rita. Jim Carrey became famous as a stand-up comedian before becoming more famous as part of the TV series “In Living Color”
and eventually becoming even more famous as a comedic actor.

CALENDAR

09 – 31 Whale Nation – an epic poem by Heathcote Williams presented by David Muller at The
Dec Amphitheatre in Hout Bay’s Mainstream Centre. Every year in Cape Town theatre goers are presented with a huge range of excellent, locally grown and produced plays that are seen for the blink of an eye before the final curtain falls and they are never seen again. SHED theatre is a new initiative to give audiences another chance to see these great shows and, of course, another chance for the artists to bring their shows to life and practice their hard earned craft. The Amphitheatre in the Mainstream Centre is a special little venue that has been sadly under-utilised in the past few years. However new enthusiasm from the centre management and the partnership with SHED gives residents of Hout Bay, Constantia, Noordhoek, Wynberg and hopefully the wider peninsula a fine excuse to get out and enjoy theatre under the Cape’s summer skies. Tickets are R60 for adults and R40 for under 16’s. More info on http://www.shedtheatre.com.

16 – 21 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, presented by Spotlight Drama Studio at the Masque,
Dec dramatises book five of C S Lewis’ well-loved Narnia series, and features a cast of thirty. Prices for this family show (children 6 and up) are R70 (R60) for adults and R50 for children. A real holiday adventure!

Friday With a Song in my Heart , Soiree presented by Playbill Productions in the Masque Foyer
23 Dec at 20:00. Tickets at R75 (R65) include light snacks. The very popular and talented Janine Magnin and Aubrey Hindle, accompanied by Ria Pretorius on piano, will entertain you with songs old and new and a dollop of “Good Cheer”.

Saturday In With The New presented by Angela Pratten Productions at the Masque showcases
31 Dec jazz and swing music as a celebration. Combining the gems of great and evergreen
21:00 for music with the new generation of exceptional musicians and singers, this music concert
21:30 will get your toes tapping into the new year. Tickets at R110 (R100) include a glass of sparkling wine and light snacks. Bookings by 27 December for catering purposes.

02 – 07 Jack and the Beanstalk, presented by flipflop Productions at the Masque, is suitable for
Jan children 3 to 8 (and their families!) and is a not-to-be-missed school holiday special. For show times and booking phone Computicket on 08619158000. Tickets R40.

08 & 15 The Jim Carrey Tribute Show, presented by Garth Van Rooyen at the Masque,
Jan documents the career of one of the world’s most popular comics, with awesome faces and voices done by Garth. Shows at 20:00. Tickets at R60 (R50).

11 – 14 All in your Mind, presented by Hypnotist Alan Marriott at the Masque. This fully recog-
Jan nized and qualified Master Hypnotist has for over 18 years helped people overcome a host of conditions with hypnotherapy and has kept audiences in stitches with his live stage and television shows. Prepare to be Mesmerized! Tickets at R75 (R65).

20 & 21 Soar like an Eagle, presented by Gladys Bullock at the Masque. Based on true life
Jan events, this production showcases the beautiful dancing ability of both able bodied and disabled dancers. It should be seen by all dance lovers in order to appreciate what can be done in the face of adversity. Tickets evening shows R65 (R55), Matinee R55 (R45).

Sunday Classic Red, Soiree presented by Playbill Productions in the Masque Foyer at 20:00.
22 Jan Tickets at R75 (R65). Four fine voices in close harmony, accompanied by Wilna Viljoen on piano, present a program of opera crossing over to pop with something for everyone.
Further information, show days, times and bookings on 021 7881898 (unless otherwise stated).
Ticket prices in brackets are for Masque Theatre Club Members.

A G M

Our AGM will take place on 25 January 2012 and you should have received full details from birga recently. Please email birgatom@iafrica.com or phone 021 7885272 by 19 January 2012 to let her know if you can make it. Your membership fee for 2012 is due at the beginning of the year and can be paid at the AGM. A single person pays R40, a couple R60 and Pensioners/Students R25.

One of the greatest last film lines is from A Tale of Two Cities (1935):
“It’s a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done.
It’s a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.”

MEMBERS’ EVENING

We had a great turn-out at Elaine’s in Marina Da Gama recently and our grateful thanks as always to Roy Oldfield for his very entertaining and multi-categoried quiz! The final results were a tie for first (on 60 points) by Dreamworks and Main Table, with Upper Crust second on 59 ½, followed by Underdogs on 56, Laser Warriors (my team!) on 55, Fab Four (who actually became 6!) on 52 ½ and Scrambled Eggheads on 49. Thanks also to Elaine for the yummy pizzas and really-well-priced drinks! We were treated to an impromptu rendition of Danny Boy by an old friend of Phyllis Early who happened to be at the restaurant that night and was thrilled to meet up with her again.

More famous last words are from Humphrey Bogart:
“I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.”

PAST PRODUCTION

Here is an extract of the wonderful email birga received from former Milnerton Players member, Fanus Bothma, after seeing a performance of August: Osage County :

I wanted to let you know how much I (and also Mari Mocke – Fugard director for Milnerton Players) appreciated the experience of seeing your brilliant production of AOC. It was wonderfully staged with very professional performances by all involved. It was also enlightening to see former Milnerton Players theatre buffs like Michelle Belknap, Wendy Goddard, Reneé (Stirling) Gowar, and Anton Schäfer, excelling in their respective roles. I also liked your set a lot – one that works well. I admire a design that uses the available stage space to its maximum (I designed MP’s set for “The Road to Mecca” last year and know the challenges amateur theatre demands). I am of the opinion that your production could stand its place on the professional stage and some sponsor should surely provide your production a wider appreciation by taking it to a more prominent stage like at Artscape or say the Grahamstown Arts Festival. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this riveting theatre experience. Good luck with all your and Muizenberg’s stage endeavours.

MASQUE NEWS

The meeting held on Thursday, 8 November, to discuss changes to the theatre’s constitution to enable it to register as a Non Profit Organisation, gave those present a brief overview of the changes envisioned and allowed them a chance to voice concerns and raise questions. I had hoped to include (a summary of) the new constitution with this newsletter but this has not yet come to hand – all members will receive full details when they become available.

The Beatles last official concert was on 29 August 1966 – although they did appear together one more time in their legendary rooftop performance in 1969.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

Heather Gibbons sadly lost her fight against cancer on Sunday, 27 November. She had deteriorated considerably in the last month or so and her passing was probably a merciful release. Our thoughts are with family and friends.

Clare Stableford was unable to make the members’ evening and sent us this news along with her apology:
I am in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, playing in the women’s world golf croquet championship – tough going playing croquet at 2 am (South Africa time), particularly when there is a schools sports day next door and every time I tried to play a shot, the starting pistol went off. I am staying at a backpackers and the oldest by about 30 years, but I have clean, comfortable accommodation, spacious kitchen (to share with up to 100 other backpackers and their cooking is good!), internet, TV and laundry, plus very helpful owners. The club where we are playing, Mount Magauni, is very spacious, complete with gaming room and small betting shop for horse racing.

A warm welcome to Michelle Knights who is our newest member.

And to end with my very own “last words” – well, for this month anyway!!

Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2012.

Eve

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Hi there readers

We have almost reached the end of yet another year. How quickly time flies. The festive season is upon us – a time for family, love, friendships and giving.

The run of Honk! is in full swing and all cast members and crew are having a delightful time with this show. The obvious message of the show is that ‘it doesn’t matter what we look like on the outside, but it is our inner beauty that counts’ is a constant reminder that we are all unique and special people. Too often we compare ourselves to others, and the media has not done much to make us feel good about ourselves when every advert or movie portrays that exterior beauty is all that counts. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…. And we all need to search deeper into personality, nature and soul to really find that beauty in one another.

2011 has been an exciting year for Pinelands Players. If we re-cap briefly on all our events and happenings we fondly remember some highlights:

February Annual General Meeting at the Clubhouse
March Wilde Play reading evening at the Clubhouse
April Godspell at Artscape Arena
May Clubhouse revamp party / wetting of Chris’ Corner
July / August Forever Plaid Candelight Theatre at Pinelands Town Hall
June Kara-honki sing-along evening at the Clubhouse
August Quiz evening at the Clubhouse
September Honk! read through and social at the Clubhouse
October Godspell reunion at some home in Mowbray
November Several Honk! socials at the Clubhouse and other places of interest
December Honk! production at the Little Theatre

We have also seen some Pinelands Players members get married, get engaged, celebrate graduations, and then sadly some members have moved away and some have even passed on to another world. Overall it has been a good year for the society – in fun, growth, challenges and financially.

2012 will see Pinelands Players produce a variety of Candelight Theatre shows, and a whack of exciting members evenings. We welcome suggestions and ideas to help us create events and happenings that you enjoy. Please contact any committee member to do so.

Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for 12 February 2012, which is earlier than normal due the fact that additional performances of our production of Honk! take place at the Masque Theatre towards the end of February. We encourage as many members as possible to attend the AGM, as this is your opportunity to select the new committee and have your say.

As we end of the year, let us reflect on the year that has passed without regrets or post mortems, and truly cherish the pleasant and favourable memories. And as we approach the start of 2012, let us enter it with renewed ambition, a fresh outlook, positivity, forgiveness, compassion and kindness.

For those of you who are traveling this festive season, please stay safe and take care on the roads.

Wishing all our Christian readers a very blessed Christmas.

And to everyone, wishing you a Happy New Year!
May 2012 bring you only good things….

Tanya March
(Chief Duck No 2)

So our year-end production Honk! has finally commenced after months and months of preparations. The set building team have been slaving away for weeks prior to moving into the theatre, but the actual ‘move in’
has proven to be a challenging task and not for the feint hearted. Several key people have spent days (and
many evenings till past 2am) building the set in order to get it all completed by opening night. Several splinters, cuts and bruises have ensued, but none have had time to complain or feel sorry for themselves. Due to the complexity of the set changes, hundreds of props (journalistic egg-aggeration licence) and elaborate costumes, all and sundry have had to muck in relentlessly to ensure that every last item is
complete and sorted by opening night. The puffy eyes, mumbled jargon and blank stares of the exhausted crew did not however mar their enthusiasm and egg-citement for the show opening.

The lighting and sound crew, not to mention June’s costume production line, have all been attacking their responsibilities with vigour and gusto.

The band members, Justin Wardle, Jean McKenzie, Nicky Jansen, Johann Botha and Schalk Wasserman (all who
were last seen on stage with Pinelands Players in Godspell) were enthusiastically received by the cast after months of ‘piano only’ rehearsals. The band is fondly known as ORB (One Rehearsal Band), but as they are all professional musicians, their limited rehearsal time in no way is a reflection of the superb quality, precision, percussion and quality of sound they emit! In fact this group of musicians are fast
becoming legends in the industry.

The back stage crew, now well oiled and muscled up from endless moving of props and sets, face many ‘behind the scenes’ challenges with cast scurrying around in the wings to get in their way. However, despite the very limited space and restrictions, this squad has continued to give their absolute best
whilst always keeping a smile on their faces. They are the first to arrive before each performance and are the last to leave the theatre. We take our hats off to them!

The ‘front of house’ team also spend a lot of time preparing tickets, counting cash, cleaning up the foyer, selling programmes, popcorn & chocolates, and ushering the audience to their seats.

The entire show is a culmination of team work, dedication and passion. To everyone involved to make this an egg -ceptional experience, huge Thank You’s are due.

Te show is now in full swing, and those of you who have not yet been to see the show, had better get your tickets soon, as the show closes on the 17th of December.
The first reviews have been received,

and we are thrilled at the critics complimentary comments. A copy of these will be available on our website and Facebook.

A random poultry poem off the internet ….

Little brown duck on the northern lake
Where is your mother, it’s getting late.
Says harvest moon o’er the lapping waves,
My friend fly south or end your days.
Oh silver moon, it’s here I stay
For I need my mother to show me the way.
Where can she be, I do not know,
I’m so alone and miss her so.
The owl flies o’er with a who and a who,
Have I a sad tale to tell to you.
Your mother a sorry fate did meet,
She’s fallen to the foxes teeth.
Then let me freeze says the shivering bird,
I cannot bear another word.
For all the other ducks have flown
And my sorrow is a heavy stone.
But moon says oh poor little one
You cannot wait till the morning sun.
This night will freeze you if you stay,
Do lift your wings and make your way.
Raise up your eyes, see the star of the North
By this one can you guide your course.
With him at your back and my light in your eyes
To southward can you surely fly.
From these kind words the duck took heart.
With a quack and a flutter he resolved to depart.
With the North star behind him away did he go,
With sadness and hope and the moon’s friendly glow.
So if on a cool Autumn night you should spy
A lone duck flying south with the moon in his eyes,
Wake up to the voice that is calling to you
Let faith be the wings that will carry you through.

2012:
A few proposals have been submitted for Candelight Theatre for next year, but should you wish to propose / direct a production, please contact us urgently as the committee will be making decisions by end January 2012.

Enquiries & applications to be sent to Tina: Bgough@telkomsa.net

AUDITONS:

Constantiaberg Theatre Players
Move over Mrs Markham by Ray Cooney & John Chapman
Directed by Wesley Figaji
Performance dates: 18 – 26 May 2012 Masque Theatre
Audition date: 18 December 2011
Place: The Guide Hall
Glen Alpine Way
Bergvliet
Enquiries: Wesley Figaji on 073 286 9871
wes@mseed.co.za

Final words
“To all our members and friends, old and new, who have supported us this year. I thank you! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – be safe over the holidays.” – Tina Gough

“Merry Christmas, be happy, stay safe, and remember, always wear clean underwear.” – Waldo Buckle (courtesy of Honk!)

“May your stockings be filled with presents, your bellies filled with food and your heart filled with joy this festive season!” – Chenara Fenton

“Wishing all the Pinelands Players family a wonderful, restful and fun festive season!! I have so enjoyed my time treading the boards, helping out and getting to know everyone!! I have learned so much and will treasure my time with all of you! Good luck for the Masque run of Honk!”- Clara Machado

“Much love, joy and good health to one and all this festive season. May Pinelands Players and its membership continue the excellent work they have done and outdo themselves again in
2012! “ – Tanya Browne

“ May you give a little kindness. May you receive a little kindness.”
– Nigel Stevenson

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.

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