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FEBRUARY 2012

Thanks for welcoming me back as the writer of this newsletter for another year!

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Since it doesn’t happen that often I thought we could take a look at the whole leap year phenomenon this month.

The following rules decide which years are leap years:
Every year divisible by 4 is a leap year;
But every year divisible by 100 is not a leap year;
Unless the year is also divisible by 400, then it is still a leap year.
This means that years 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300 and 2500 are not leap years
while year 2000 and 2400 are leap years.

CAPE AMATEUR THEATRE AWARDS EVENING
At the Masque on 12 March 2012, assembling at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.
We will be supporting our nominees AND providing the entertainment!
Smart dress would be preferable.

EXCITING NEWS!

CON-GRAT-U-LA-TIONS AND CEL-E-BRA-TIONS!!

We now officially have a website!

A HUGE vote of thanks to Angela Lee-Wright for taking the time and trouble to set this up.
Go check it out at http://www.mvds.co.za!

Now all that remains is for me to figure out how to put THIS missive on THAT site!

OK, you’ve all heard this one …

Leap Year has been the traditional time that women can propose marriage.
But do you know where it came from?
It is believed this tradition was started in 5th century Ireland when St. Bridget complained
to St. Patrick about women having to wait for so long for a man to propose.
According to legend, St. Patrick said the yearning females could propose
on this one day (the 29th) in February during the leap year.

WELCOME!!

Two ladies who have been around the AmDram scene for a while but who have now “officially” joined our society are Shelley Lombard and Rosemarie Lewis and we extend a hearty welcome to both.

AUDITION

Pinelands Players is holding an audition for Shout by Phillip George & David Lowenstein on 3 and 4 March 2012 at their Clubhouse in Pinelands. This production will be directed by Garth Tavares in July 2012 and calls for five females aged 18 and older with good singing voices. More info can be obtained from Tina Gough on Bgough@telkomsa.net.

February 29th is crucial to the plot of Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance: As a child, Frederic was apprenticed to a band of pirates until the age of 21.Having passed his 21st year, he leaves the pirate band and falls in love. However, it turns out that the pirate indenture says that his apprenticeship does not end until his 21st birthday, and since he was born on February 29, that day will not arrive until he is in his eighties.

As such, he must leave his fiancée and return to the pirates. It takes a typical Gilbertian contrivance to sort out the confusion and bring things to a happy ending.

CALENDAR

10 – 18 Feb The Breakfast Club, a stage adaptation of John Hughes’ iconic 1985 movie, directed by
Raymond Rudolph and presented by Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque. Five young people with nothing in common are forced to spend a day together, in a setting from which they cannot remove themselves. Inevitably verbal, emotional & physical sparring ensues, as the group transforms and new relationships are forged. What will happen to them when the day is over? This ostensibly simple storyline belies the depth of the emotional experience which John Hughes’ well crafted comedy drama has provided to millions of moviegoers and subsequent video-viewers over the past 26 years. The Breakfast Club has remained popular long after most of its contemporary counterparts have faded into obscurity and it still appears in countless “Top 10 best ever movie” lists, even in those created by young people whose parents enjoyed the movie during its initial run! Clearly the underlying themes remain as relevant today as then: stereotyping; teen peer-pressure & isolation; the communication gap between parents & kids and between teachers & students; domestic violence; drugs; romance in unexpected settings; and more. Rated PG13 for strong language and adult content.

Sunday 12 Feb A Time for Love, Soiree presented by Playbill Productions in the Masque Foyer at 20:00.
Tickets R75 (R65). The outstanding young talents of soprano Maudee Montierre and baritone Thesele Kemane, with Victor Tichart at the piano! Students of Prof Virginia Davids will present a selection of love songs through the ages. A Valentine’s Treat!

23 – 25 Feb Honk! A Musical Comedy presented by Pinelands Players at the Masque with direction
by Kyla Thorburn and musical direction by Justin Wardle. Since it first hatched in 1993 Stiles & Drewe’s musical has winged its way around the world, winning multiple awards. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling”, “Honk!” tells the story of an odd looking young duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mom. The audience journey with Ugly on a “Wild Goose Chase” from the Duckyard to a Marshland where we meet all sorts of delightful characters. The principal theme of the show is clearly the acceptance, compassion and understanding of others who may appear different for whatever reason. Honk! is family entertainment that is fun for all ages – as much about people as it is about ducks. Tickets are R80 (R70) and R50 for under 12s.

09 – 17 March Marvin’s Room by Scott McPherson, directed by Brenda Gray and presented by
Claremont Dramatic Society at the Masque. Winner of the 1992 Outer Critics Circle award for best play, the 1992 Drama Desk award for best play and the Joseph Jefferson award for best original work, this award-winning Off Broadway comedy was described by the New York Times as “… one of the funniest plays of the year as well as one of the wisest and most moving”..When two estranged sisters and their dependents find themselves together under one roof due to the diagnosis of a terminal illness, the themes of love, duty, care and service are explored with humour and candour, resulting in a play of considerable emotional resonance.

Sunday 18 March Beautiful Night Music, Soiree presented by Playbill Productions in the Masque Foyer at
20:00. Tickets R75 (R65). A show of star quality featuring the lovely voices of Julie Harris and Selim Kagee. Julie will charm, with songs from the Sondheim musicals including Send in the Clowns. Selim will entertain with romantic favourites including Granada, Mi Mancherai the theme from the movie Il Postino and Cry for Love, the title song of his new CD. Ivan Meredith will accompany them on piano.

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 R55 (Theatre Club members R45) Other Nights R65 (Theatre Club members R55)
Bookings on 021 7881898

There is a Greek superstition that claims couples have bad luck if they marry during a leap year.
Apparently one in five engaged couples in Greece will avoid planning their wedding during a leap year.

BIRTHDAYS

It certainly seems to be “Ladies Month” in March!

I don’t have one man on my birthday list! Am I missing someone?

Barbara Bassett starts us off on the 2nd when, in 1972, the first man-made object to leave our Solar System, Pioneer 10, was launched. The 10th sees Coleen van Staden turning a year older. On that date in 2008 the New York Times revealed that the Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, had patronized a prostitution service! Val Stephens celebrates on the 11th when, in 2006, Michelle Bachelet was inaugurated as the first female president of Chile. Then Liz D’Alton and Michele Belknap share the 15th. On that date in 1985 the first Internet domain name (symbolics.com) was registered and in 1990 Mikhail Gorbachev was elected as the first President of the Soviet Union. Dawn Scholtz has her birthday on the 22nd: In 1998 the 18th Golden Raspberry Awards were held on that date : these recognize the worst the movie industry had to offer in the previous year. The film that “won” the most awards was The Postman, winning in all five categories the movie was nominated for, including worst picture, worst screenplay and worst original song!

And since they are all women, here’s an easy question:

What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?
Yes, of course: they were all invented by women!

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the only verified example of a family producing three consecutive generations born on February 29 is that of the Keogh family:
Peter Anthony was born in Ireland on February 29, 1940,
while his son Peter Eric was born on the Leap Day in the United Kingdom (UK) in 1964.
His daughter, Bethany Wealth, was, in turn, born in the UK on February 29, 1996.

A G M

Our AGM was very well supported – thanks to all those who came and thanks to Paul Griffiths for his insightful comments. A full list of awards (including some of Paul’s comments) are attached. Congratulations to all award winners!

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You will see the changes to the committee in the teensy weensy writing at the bottom of this newsletter – goodbye to those who are no longer serving and a big welcome to the newbies!

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Robin Rattle, long-time MVDS’ member, decided with great sadness and reluctance not to renew his membership due to his rapidly declining eyesight. All at the AGM wished him well, and MVDS honoured him with Life Membership.

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The AGM was the last chance to pay Subs at the “old” prices and a number of people took advantage of this. Which brings me nicely to . . . . .

SUBS

Right, these are now (over)due and you may pay any member of the committee at any time. Payment may also be made by cheque or by electronic transfer/deposit to Muizenberg Dramatic Society, Standard Bank, Blue Route, Tokai (code 025 609), Current account 270 044 949 (using your surname as reference) or leave your payment in the Masque office, clearly marked “birga Thomas, MVDS subs”. Our subs are now R50 for a single person, R70 for a couple and Pensioners/Students pay R30.

Ending off with a final “leap”:
The only notable person known to have been born and die on February 29 was Sir James Wilson (1812–1880), Premier of Tasmania.

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Our Committee:

2011 AWARDS

Merit Awards went to DEAN HOWARTH (The Crucible), ANGELA LEE-WRIGHT (The Crucible), NIKITA CLAIRE MCSHANE (August: Osage County), Tara-Lee Essack (… Farndale …) and SU CUNNINGHAM (August: Osage County).

Best Set to MARGI BLEWETT AND SET-BUILDING TEAM (August: Osage County).

Best Effects to The Haunted Through-Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle.

Best Newcomer to “A young woman who played an incredibly moving role, although she didn’t say a word”: LYNWEN ROMAN (August: Osage County).

WENDY GODDARD (August: Osage County) received the award for Best Supporting Actress.

MICHELE BELKNAP (August: Osage County) was voted Best Actress: “The person who played this role was very vulnerable in a moment.”

“I somewhat blurred the lines between supporting actors and best actors.” So there was no award for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor was shared by PATRICK JORDI and CLIFFORD GRAHAM (August: Osage County).

August: Osage County received the award for Best Production and its Director, BIRGA THOMAS, won the Best Director award: “When ideas are subtle then the director needs incredible sensitivity”.

The “Mad Oscar”, awarded by the committee from nominations by all directors, went to GILL CHARMAN-BLACK (The Crucible).

Members’ Choice awards went to August: Osage County for Best Production, MICHELE BELKNAP received the award for Best Actress and Best Actor was shared by DEAN HOWARTH and PATRICK JORDI.

Ok, just filling up this page with an extremely complicated bit of trivia:

The Swedish Empire (which included Finland at the time) planned to change from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar beginning in 1700 by omitting leap days for the next 40 years. Although the leap day was omitted in February 1700, the Great Northern War began later that year, diverting the attention of the Swedes from their calendar so they did not omit leap days on the next two occasions, causing 1704 and 1708
to remain leap years. To avoid confusion and further mistakes, the Julian calendar was restored when, in 1712, one extra leap day was added, thus giving that year a 30th of February. That date corresponded to
February 29 in the Julian calendar and to March 11 in the Gregorian calendar. The Swedish changeover to the Gregorian calendar was finally accomplished in 1753 by omitting the last 11 days of February.

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February 2012 – Number 107

February was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman Calendar. It’s also the month when the feast of St. Valentine is celebrated. Now we cannot be sure exactly which St. Valentine’s day is celebrated (evidently there were quite a few of them) I think this particular Valentine is a good candidate:
(Tongue in cheek please, this comes from Wikipedia)

The Early Medieval acta of either Saint Valentine were expounded briefly in LegendaAurea.[15] According to that version, St Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer.

Since LegendaAurea still provided no connections whatsoever with sentimental love, appropriate lore has been embroidered in modern times to portray Valentine as a priest who refused an unattested law attributed to Roman Emperor Claudius II, allegedly ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail.

Now down to business:

CDS Annual General Meeting

21 Feb at Kelvin Grove19:00 for 19:30
If you haven’t RSVP’d to Pamela Burger as yet, please do so ASAP
(082 488 0442 / 021 696 5959 office hours or pamb@masterparts.com)

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 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. A little bird tells me that someone has agreed to take over the Member’s Evening portfolio, but more of that after the AGM. André Thomas has left for Germany and is by all accounts settling in to his new job in Munich. Just wait until Oktoberfest!

Just a reminder ticket prices for the AGM are: R110 and R90 for pensioners. Payments for tickets and subs can be made at the door when you arrive. Incidentally the AGM will not be in the Palmyra Room as usual, but will be in the new pavilion (near the bowling greens).
Subs are: R40 for members, R60 for couples, R30 for students and pensioners,
R45 for student/pensioner couples.

Reminder about our awards which are presented after the official business has been “put to bed” (not that it ever is in practise!)

The Nominees in alphabetical order:
Ruth Allsopp, Michele Belknap, Allison Blair, Sue Bolton, Sheldon Cross, Brian de Kock, Jane de Sousa, Gary Fargher, Clifford Graham, Brenda Gray, Vivienne Gray, Sheila Inglis, John McConnell, James Skilton, Anthony Storr Lister, Mike Tompson, Tayla van Blerck

You will also be asked to vote for the Members Choice Awards (Best Actor, Best Actress& Best Production), so give it some thought in the meantime. The actor/actress you vote for does not have to be among the list of nominees.

New Members

A big Claremont welcome to Tayla van Blerck.
Most recently seen on the boards in our recent production of “Separate Tables”.
And also to Wolfgang Thomas (Chauffer to birga Thomas)

Member’s Evenings

Our next members evening will be on Friday April 20th at The Hok. Again it will be a performance evening. This time around Nigel Sweet will be entertaining us. He will be followed by a performance of Geraldine Aaron’s brilliantly poignant play “Bar and Ger”.

We need your input! Please if you have ideas or would like to present a member’s evening programme, please let us know via claremontchat@gmail.comWe’d love to hear from you!

At the last Committee meeting, the small matter of costs of member’s evenings came up. We would like to hear from you if you would have any objections to a small charge of R5 per head being levied at our member’s evenings. Please let us know…

2012 Productions

Marvin’s Room
by Scott McPherson
Directed by Brenda Gray, with set design by David Davidson
Masque Theatre opening on 9 March.

This award-winning Off Broadway comedy was described by the New York Times as “… one of the funniest plays of the year as well as one of the wisest and most moving”

When two estranged sisters and their dependents find themselves together under one roof due to the diagnosis of a terminal illness, the themes of love, duty, care and service are explored with humour and candour, resulting in a play of considerable emotional resonance.

“When the American theater gains a new voice this original, this unexpected, you really must hear it for yourself” – New York Times

Winner of the 1992 Outer Critics Circle award for best play, the 1992 Drama Desk award for best play, and the Joseph Jefferson award for best original work.

We are still looking for a few props for ‘Marvin’s Room’ Does anyone have (or know where we could borrow) the following:
Hospital drip stand
Invalid tray (or TV tray for use on a bed)
Coffee percolator with glass jug
Single duvet cover with a Disney theme

If you can help, please contact Wendy on 021 671 2888 or wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za, and she will arrange to pick it up. We will need to borrow these items from 26 Feb until 18 March.

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

The Odd Couple (Female Version)

by Neil Simon
Director by Sheldon Cross
Masque Theatre opening July 20

The auditions were a great success! The room overflowed with talent and Sheldon Cross was left with the daunting task of choosing his cast.
And here it is!

Olive Madison – Michele Belknap
Florence Unger- Jenny Brandt
Vera- Su Cunningham
Sylvie –Jana Botha
Mickey – Liz Roodt
Renee –Lizanne Peters
Manolo – Dean Howarth
Jesus- Gary Green

This is quite a cast, an interesting play and a good challenge in all departments!

Calendar Girls
Director Wendy Goddard
Masque Theatre opening November 09

We finish the year with Calendar Girls. A wonderful tale of community minded women affected by the dread disease cancer. The film won every heart. The play will too! This production forms part of a world-wide charity drive for cancer research.

The full story is on: http://www.seecalendargirls.com/amateur_rights/ Go on ladies you know you want to! Watch this space for audition details later this year. I’m planning to have a lot of publicity fun with this one, it’s going to be a great project and a lot of fun.

CDS Updates online
Our blog (or website)
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 (theatre in general) via The Monday Missile Dot Coza. http://www.mondaymissile.co.za or visit the Facebook Page: Monday Missile Dot Coza.

Apropos The Monday Missile, there will be a review of MVDS latest production “The Breakfast Club” currently running at The Masque Theatre. I should have it posted by Monday 13 Feb. The play runs until Saturday 18 February.

Forthcoming Attractions at The Masque Theatre:
And no I don’t have the Twentieth Century Fox or MGM theme music available to accompany this bit. (sorry)

Feb 10 – 18 The Breakfast Club, a stage adaptation of John Hughes’ iconic 1985 movie, directed by Raymond Rudolph and presented by Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque. Five young people with nothing in common are forced to spend a day together, in a setting from which they cannot remove themselves. Rated PG13 for strong language and adult content.

Feb23 – 25 Honk! A Musical Comedy presented by Pinelands Players at the Masque with direction by Kyla Thorburn and musical direction by Justin Wardle. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling”, “Honk!” tells the story of an odd looking young duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mom. Honk! is family entertainment that is fun for all ages – as much about people as it is about ducks. Tickets are R80 (R70) and R50 for under 12s.

Bookings: 021 7881898

Our “Other Home” The Masque Theatre

The Masque held a Special General Meeting on Wednesday 8 February, to approve the changes to the Constitution. All the feedback was constructive and positive, the approval was unanimous, and it was heart-warming to see how many people care so much about our theatre. If you haven’t already got a copy of the new constitution, please request a copy from Wendy Goddard: wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za

Not the Other Societies

Maynardville this year is an absolute experience! The Comedy Of Errors directed by Mathew Wild is colourful, funny and worth every second! It closes on February 18 so only a few performances left. My review is on: http://www.mondaymissile.co.za/mayrdville.html

The Kalk Bay Theatre opened for the 2012 season recently and I was very fortunate to attend the opening night of “Absolucy” with Lucy Tops. A great evening’s entertainment.
My review is on: http://www.mondaymissile.co.za/klkbay.html

The Monday Missile Dot Coza has been revamped and has a great new look.

There goes February, the month of all things romantic. The 7th was the bicentennial celebration of Charles Dickens birthday. And, to keep you reading for a while after you have put The Chat away, here’s a very interesting link. I will be testing you in the next Chat so read carefully!

Dickens 2012 |
http://www.dickens2012.org
Anecdotes and contributions? Please feel free to send them to me claremontchat@gmail.com

Still scribing away in the corner by candlelight, please send food and beer!

Clifford Graham

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THE CONSTANTIABERG CUE
Newsletter – February 2012

CONSTANTIABERG THEATRE PLAYERS (CTP)

2012 will be a good year. It will, it will, it will.

This will be a milestone year for the Masque Theatre, in various respects. Firstly, there will be amendments made to the Masque Theatre Association’s constitution in order to better position the Masque to raise the funds needed to ensure the theatre continues as a home from home for our societies – and a much-loved venue for all sorts of wonderful productions, whether amateur or professional.

And then, of course, there’s the fact that our production of Move Over Mrs Markham in May is going to be outstanding (not that I’m at all biased, you must understand). And following that success will be Di Thom’s superb Christmas pantomime, and I’m holding thumbs that she’ll have a part for me.

That said, we can’t – in all fairness – allow the Mayans to spoil the fun by bringing the world to an end prematurely. So we’ve asked them nicely to postpone the event to a later date and they reluctantly agreed. So there.

Move Over Mrs Markham

The audition for this production was very well attended and the calibre of actors was exceptional. It’s a bitter-sweet situation for any director to have to choose from so many talented people. Anyway, it’s done and rehearsals begin this week. The final cast is as follows:

Jane De Sousa – Joanna Markham
James Skilton – Philip Markham
Wesley Figaji – Henry Lodge
Bernie Jacobs – Linda Lodge
Daniel Enticott – Alistair Spenlow
Eve Carr – Olive Harriet Smythe
Erin Williams – Sylvie Hauser
Aimee Morris – Miss Wilkinson
Thomas Bowman – Walter Pangbourne

Shelley Lombard will be the Stage Manager, Debbie Bentley-Buckle’s in charge of Set Design and Construction, and Lynda Jennings will be our Property Master. Other crew to be confirmed later.

Special General Meeting of the Stern Masque Theatre Association

A Special General Meeting of the Stern Masque Theatre Association has been scheduled for Wednesday, the 8th of February, at the Masque. This meeting is required in order to make the changes to the constitution as mentioned above, so please attend if you can. I’ve attached the notice for further info.

CATA Awards

Our society received 11 CATA nominations for Come Back, Little Sheba and Steel Magnolias. Congratulations to all the nominees – we’ll be holding thumbs for you. The CATA awards evening is scheduled for Monday, the 12th of March, at the Masque Theatre. The list of nominees is attached for your info.

For your diary

5 Feb AUDITION for The Odd Couple
Please see the attached audition notice for this modern adaptation of Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning comedy, to be directed by Sheldon Cross for Claremont Dramatic Society.

8 Feb Special General Meeting of the Stern Masque Theatre Association
Please see the attached notice and attend if you can.

10-18 Feb The Masque is serving up the most important meal of the day
I’m so looking forward to this stage adaptation of the 1980’s hit movie, The Breakfast Club. I’m sure it will transport me (kicking and screaming) back to my rebellious teenage years and unearth scary memories of big hair, shoulder pads and leg warmers. It’s directed by Raymond Rudolph for MADS.

11 Feb AUDITION for Season’s Greetings
This comedy by Alan Ayckbourn will be directed by Colleen van Staden for MADS. See the attached audition notice.

12 Feb A Valentine’s treat
The next Sunday Soirée at the Masque is A Time For Love, presented by Playbill Productions.

23-25 Feb HONK!
Fresh from its successful run at The Little Theatre, Pinelands Players’ production of Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical, will enjoy a short stint of 4 performances at the Masque for those who have not seen it yet.

Masque Theatre bookings

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

Birthdays

Happy Birthday wishes to our members born in January and February:

9 January: Marie Milnes
18 January: Jenny Seabrook
19 January: Cynthia Titren
29 January: Ron Carr
1 February: James Skilton
5 February: Lynda Jennings
13 February: Walter Hodges
18 February: Tarryn Sessions
20 February: birga Thomas

Allll rightee then – until next time.

Regards,
Wesley.

CATA NOMINEE LIST FOR 2011

ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION
Dolores Spijkers – Romeo and Juliet (Carnivals of the Heart)
Gillian Charman-Black/June Edwards/Cecil Jakins/Robyn Wainwright – The Crucible (MADS)
Kerry-Lee Knott-Craig – Godspell (Pinelands)
Wendy Goddard – Chapter Two (Milnerton)
Roxy Levy – Fiddler on the Roof (G & S)
Sue Bolton – Separate Tables (Claremont)
Kyla Thorburn – Honk (Pinelands)
June Wells – Honk (Pinelands)

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE
Gary Fargher – Macbeth (Claremont)
Shelley Lombard and Anna Dennis – Come Back Little Sheba (Constantiaberg)
Kyla Thorburn – Honk (Pinelands)

BEST SET
Vivienne Gray – Brief Lives (Claremont)
Wendy Goddard – Chapter Two (Milnerton)
Debbie Bentley-Buckle and Barrie Howard – Come Back Little Sheba (Constantiaberg)
Dawn Innes –People Are Living There (Carnivals of the Heart)
Debbie Bentley-Buckle and Barrie Howard- Steel Magnolias (Constantiaberg)
Margi Blewett – August: Osage County (MADS)
David Davidson – Separate Tables (Claremont)
Kyla Thorburn – Honk (Pinelands)

CAMEO PERFORMANCE
Bryoni Currin – Romeo and Juliet (Carnivals of the Heart)
Alric D Frost – Come Back Little Sheba (Constantiaberg)
Nigel Sweet – Macbeth (Claremont)
Darren Telford – Fiddler on the Roof (G&S)
Ruth Allsopp – Separate Tables (Claremont)

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Anton Schäfer – Chapter Two (Milnerton)
Tarryn Sessions – Come Back Little Sheba (Constantiaberg)
John Bradley-Koopman – People Are Living There (Carnivals of the Heart)
Nikita Claire McShane – August: Osage County (MADS)
Lynwen Kirby Roman – August: Osage County (MADS)
Tayla van Blerck – Separate Tables (Claremont)
Roche Haupt-Buckle – Godspell (Pinelands)
Kerry-Lee Knott-Craig – Godspell (Pinelands)
Darik Vélez – Godspell (Pinelands)
John Lambrou – Forever Plaid (Pinelands)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL
Lisa Squire Harris – Romeo and Juliet (Carnivals of the Heart)
Isabel Byers – The Crucible (MADS)
Su Cunningham – The Crucible (MADS)
Sindiwe Magona – The Crucible (MADS)
Jana Botha – The Doubting (Carnivals of the Heart)
Petra Schiebe – The Sum of Us (Milnerton)
Pam Burger – Steel Magnolias (Constantiaberg)
Felicity Purdon – Hay Fever (Fish Hoek)
Jane de Sousa – Separate Tables (Claremont)
Jennifer Moss – Godspell (Pinelands)
Phoebe Snayer – Fiddler on the Roof (G&S)
Ami-Rose Barber – Fiddler on the Roof (G&S)
Claire Simonis – Fiddler on the Roof (G&S)
Kate Olmesdahl – Fiddler on the Roof (G&S)
Jennifer Moss – Honk (Pinelands)
Lesley Gill – Honk (Pinelands)
Laura Bosman – Honk (Pinelands)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL
Richard Higgs – The Crucible (MADS)
Neil Slater – People are Living There (Carnivals of the Heart)
Mike Tompson – Macbeth (Claremont)
Anton Schäfer – The Sum of Us (Milnerton)
Richard Higgs – Hay Fever (Fish Hoek)
Patrick Jordi – August: Osage County (MADS)
Clifford Graham –August: Osage County (MADS)
James Skilton – Separate Tables (Claremont)
Byron Bure – Godspell (Pinelands)
Gary Kiewitz – Godspell (Pinelands)
John Carne – Fiddler on the Roof (G&S)
Daniel Fisher – Fiddler on the Roof (G&S)
Andrew Weiss – Honk (Pinelands)

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL
Gizelle Willows – Romeo and Juliet (Carnivals of the Heart)
Tamara Richards – The Crucible (MADS)
Angela Lee-Wright – The Crucible (MADS)
Pamela Burger –Come Back Little Sheba (Constantiaberg)
Lisa Squire Harris – People are Living There (Carnivals of the Heart)
Carey Wallace – Steel Magnolias (Constantiaberg)
Michele Belknap – August: Osage County (MADS)
Allison Blair – Separate Tables (Claremont)
Sheila Inglis- Separate Tables (Claremont)
Julie Dickson – Fiddler on the Roof (G&S)
Michelle Galloway – Fiddler on the Roof (G&S)
Natisha van Zyl – Forbidden Broadway (Milnerton)
Chloe Kiley – Forbidden Broadway (Milnerton)
Bonny White – Honk (Pinelands)

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL
Matt Browne – Romeo and Juliet (Carnivals of the Heart)
Dean Howarth – The Crucible (MADS)
Bruce Sanderson – Chapter Two (Milnerton)
Dennis Benneyworth – Come Back Little Sheba (Constantiaberg)
James King – National Madness (Milnerton)
Gregory Parvess – The Sum of Us (Milnerton)
Anthony Storr Lister – Separate Tables (Claremont)
Darik Vélez – Godspell (Pinelands)
Richard White – Forever Plaid (Pinelands)
David Bolton – Fiddler on the Roof (G&S)
Shaun Browne – Fiddler on the Roof (G&S)
Sven-Eric Müller – Forbidden Broadway (Pinelands)
Christopher Thomas – Honk (Pinelands)
Richard White – Honk (Pinelands)

BEST PLAY, BEST MUSICAL, MOST ADVENTUROUS PRODUCTION, BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Darryl Spijkers – Romeo and Juliet (Carnivals of the Heart)
Barrie Howard – Come Back Little Sheba (Constantiaberg)
Darryl Spijkers – People Are Living There (Carnivals of the Heart)
Angela Lee-Wright – Steel Magnolias (Constantiaberg)
birga Thomas – August: Osage County (MADS)
Sue Bolton – Separate Tables (Claremont)
Roche Haupt-Buckle – Godspell (Pinelands)
June Wells – Forever Plaid (Pinelands)
Teddy Davies – Fiddler on the Roof (G&S)
Kyla Thorburn – Honk (Pinelands)

MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY
AUDITION NOTICE
‘SEASON’S GREETINGS’
BY ALAN AYCKBOURN
Directed By: Coleen Van Staden

AUDITION DATE: Saturday 11TH February 2012 at 14:30
PLACE: Rendezvous (Old Zandvlei Bowling Club), 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg
CALLBACKS: Wednesday 15th February 2012 at 19:30
ENQUIRIES: Coleen Van Staden on coleenvs@vodamail.co.za or telephone 0721205645
DATES OF RUN: 1 to 9 June 2012 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg
REHEARSALS: Start Monday 5 March 2012

PLEASE NOTE: Auditionees must prepare for the audition with prescribed readings which may be obtained from Coleen (as above). Female auditionees are encouraged to audition for a first and second preference role.

SYNOPSIS: The play is set in England and needs a talented cast of ensemble players who can bring out all the element of this Ayckbourn gem – farce, situation comedy and black humour– while manhandling mechanical toys, puppets, legs of lamb, a huge Xmas tree and on the odd occasion, each other! In the words of Ayckbourn : “Christmas is about log fires, Christmas trees, excited children’s faces, candle-light, the holly and the mistletoe. The Bunkers’ home has all these. It’s comfy and cosy and it swarms with children. Not the smaller, shorter variety though but the taller, older ones – currently going through the ‘awkward’ age, the twenty-five to seventy year olds. They’re all there. Fighting over their toys, clamouring for attention, bullying, sneaking and crying, then kissing and making up and generally getting far too overexcited, as they always do every year at Christmas. Season’s Greetings is a play about love and how unfair it all is. And success and failure. And jealousy and self-deception. And greed and envy and lust and gluttony. Just your average family Christmas.”

THE CAST (Ages are fairly flexible):
Belinda 30-45 Frustrated and uptight. An efficient but distracted hostess. Wants, but does not get, her husband’s attention and reassurance. A sudden infatuation presents a possible escape from her indifferent husband.
Neville 35-45 Belinda’s husband. Easy going and affable. Always busy fiddling with anything mechanical. Self absorbed and unaware of what goes on around him.
Bernard 40-60 a feeble-spirited doctor, obsessed with his dismal puppet show that is a complete failure every Xmas. Married to Phyllis.
Phyllis 35-50 Bernard’s lush of a wife and Neville’s sister – always tipsy, accident prone, flirty
Eddie 30-40 Friend and ex employee of Neville’s – not in the same league although aspires to be. Generally passive but underlying aggression. Immature.
Pattie 25–35 Eddie’s pregnant wife, largely ignored by him and rather hard done by. A bit of a nag.
Rachel 25–45 Belinda’s emotionally “challenged” sister – in love with Clive but is extremely insecure & unfulfilled in the love department.
Clive 30-40 writer, in a “tentative” relationship with Rachel –finds he is attracted to Belinda. Pleasant, attractive and single.
Harvey 50-70 30 years in the security “game” and obsessed with violence. Slightly senile. Nasty streak. Enjoys putting Bernard down.

CLAREMONT DRAMATIC SOCIETY
AUDITION NOTICE
‘THE ODD COUPLE’ (FEMALE VERSION)
Directed by Sheldon Cross

AUDITION DATE: Sunday 5 February at 14:00
PLACE: 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.

For more information please contact Sheldon 072 596 8369 or sheldon_cross@yahoo.com.

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

CANDLELIGHT THEATRE
AUDITION NOTICE
SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL
Created by Philip George and David Lowenstein
Directed by Garth Tavares.

AUDITION DATE: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March from 11:00am
Call-backs Saturday 10th March at 11:00am
PLACE: Pinelands Players Clubhouse: the Crossing, 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.)
CAST: 5 Females. Ages 18 and older.

EXPECTATION AND PREPARATION:

Those auditioning must have one pop song from the 60s highlighting their vocal range and style. The piece should be between 16 bars and 32 bars in length. An accompanist will be available.

A cappella auditions will not be accepted and singing with a backing track CD is discouraged.

Those auditioning are more than welcome to prepare two pieces if they would like to highlight their upbeat vocals, as well as their ballad capabilities.

Please note there will be a stationary video camera present at auditions purely as a reference tool for the audition panel.

Audition forms requesting past experience will be provided, but feel free to bring along any of your own performance resumes or headshots if you would like to. Headshots of every auditionee will be taken regardless at the audition.

Saturday 3 March: Singing only

Sunday 4 March: ALL to return for movement audition.
NO dance experience needed.
NO preparation required.
Wear comfortable clothing.
Be prepared to have fun.

Candidates who have successfully passed through the first weekend of auditions will be notified within the following week.

Invited Callbacks will be held on Saturday 10th March from 11:00am.

Callbacks will consist of learning one number from the show, as well as a monologue from the show.

Rehearsals will begin 7 May 2012. Typical weekly rehearsal schedule will be Monday through Thursday nights from 7 – 10pm. Conflicts with the rehearsal schedule must be kept to an absolute minimum during the rehearsal process. No conflicts will be accepted as we approach the final two weeks of rehearsals.

Production Dates:
16 – 28 July 2012
Pinelands Town Hall

Possible further production dates:
13 – 22 September – Milnerton

Synopsis:
SHOUT! flips through the years like a musical magazine and takes you back to the music, the fashion and the freedom of the 60’s! This smashing revue tracks five groovy gals as they come of age during those liberating days that made England swing! Join this non-stop journey through the infectious and soulful pop anthems and ballads that made household names of stars like Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield and Lulu with such chart-topping hits as “To Sir With Love,” “Downtown,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” “Son of A Preacher Man,” and “Goldfinger.” With its irresistible blend of hip-swivelling hits, eye-popping fashions and outrageous dances from the 60’s, this fun-filled musical will make you want to throw your head back and SHOUT!

Call Tina on 0827719644 or email bgough@telkomsa.net for more information.

STERN MASQUE THEATRE ASSOCIATION

Notice is hereby given of a Special General Meeting of the Stern Masque Theatre Association to be held at the Masque Theatre, 37 Main Road, Muizenberg, on Wednesday, 8 February 2012, at 19h00 for 19h30.

A G E N D A

1 Notice Convening the Meeting
2 Confirmation of Quorum
3 Apologies
4 Amendment of the constitution of the Stern Masque Theatre Association dated August 2002

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

Audition notice

Pinelands Players will be holding auditions for Shout! The Mod Musical

created by Philip George and David Lowenstein

on

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March from 11:00am

Call-backs Saturday 10th March at 11:00am

Pinelands Players Clubhouse: the Crossing, 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.)

Directed by Garth Tavares.

Cast: 5 Females. Ages 18 and older.

Expectation and Preparation:

Those auditioning must have one pop song from the 60s highlighting their vocal range and style. The
piece should be between 16 bars and 32 bars in length.

An accompanist will be available. A cappella auditions will not be accepted and singing with a
backing track CD is discouraged.

Those auditioning are more than welcome to prepare two pieces if they would like to highlight their
upbeat vocals, as well as their ballad capabilities.

Please note there will be a stationary video camera present at auditions purely as a reference tool
for the audition panel.

Audition forms requesting past experience will be provided, but feel free to bring along any of your
own performance resumes or headshots if you would like to. Headshots of every auditionee will be
taken regardless at the audition.

Saturday 3 March: Singing only

Sunday 4 March: ALL to return for movement audition.

NO dance experience needed.

NO preparation required.

Wear comfortable clothing.

Be prepared to have fun.

Candidates who have successfully passed through the first weekend of auditions will be notified
within the following week.

Invited Callbacks will be held on Saturday 10th March from 11:00am.

Callbacks will consist of learning one number from the show, as well as a monologue from the show.
Rehearsals will begin 7 May 2012. Typical weekly rehearsal schedule will be Monday through
Thursday nights from 7 – 10pm. Conflicts with the rehearsal schedule must be kept to an absolute
minimum during the rehearsal process. No conflicts will be accepted as we approach the final two
weeks of rehearsals.

Production Dates:

16 – 28 July 2012

Pinelands Town Hall

Possible further production dates:

13 -22 September – Milnerton

Synopsis:

SHOUT! flips through the years like a musical magazine and takes you back to the music, the fashion
and the freedom of the 60’s! This smashing revue tracks five groovy gals as they come of age during those liberating days that made England swing! Join this non-stop journey through the infectious and soulful pop anthems and ballads that made household names of stars like Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield and Lulu with such chart-topping hits as “To Sir With Love,” “Downtown,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” “Son of A Preacher Man,” and “Goldfinger.” With its irresistible blend of hip-swivelling hits, eye-popping fashions and outrageous dances from the 60’s, this fun-filled musical will make you want to throw your head back and SHOUT!

Call Tina on 0827719644 or email bgough@telkomsa.net for more information.

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