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MARCH 2012

The month when hares behave oddly……hence the saying “As mad as a march hare”.
More recently this has been questioned and it is now thought that hares behave oddly – boxing, jumping etc. – throughout their breeding season, which extends over several months. Be that as it may hares have that reputation, which will surely stay with them.
Lewis Carroll is among many who have used this in stories – “The March Hare … as this is May, it won’t be raving mad – at least not so mad as it was in March.”
From, of course, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Let us now “march” on with this month’s news!

UPCOMING PRODUCTION

Congratulations to the cast of Season’s Greetings who are (in no particular order): Miranda Lewis, Angela Lee Wright, Barrie Howard, Shaun Browne, Mark Jennings, Kirsty Cunnington, Fiona Carling and Brian Notcutt. Backstage crew currently consists of Lynda Jennings (Production Secretary extraordinaire), Barbara Basel (willing ASM), and June Edwards (genius specialist props maker). They would love to add some additional bodies to this team – contact Lynda on (021 7158558 or 072 246 1194) if you would like to assist. Director Coleen reports that the cast provided a real good belly laugh at their first read through!

MEMBERS’ NEWS

A little birdie tells me that Raymond Rudolph cracked a couple of ribs during or shortly after the run of Breakfast Club and we trust that this has forced him to take a well earned rest to allow them time to recover.

Helen Mathers recently had a shoulder op and is recuperating at her sister’s home and we wish her well.

We welcome Samantha Davies, Brad Julian Howie and Jo Frater to our society and look forward to getting to know them in the near future.

Not really ABOUT a member but definitely FOR all members: Wendy Morling spent hours trawling second-hand furniture shops and has acquired a BEE-YOO-TI-FUL new lounge suite for our clubhouse! Thanks, Wendy!

HAPPENINGS PAST AND PRESENT

CATA EVENING:
MVDS unfortunately did not win any awards (despite a good dozen nominations!) but I’m sure all who attended will agree that it was a great evening with witty Andrew Weiss acting as Master of Ceremonies. Our society presented entertainment which provided many laughs and was described as “light hearted and comical”, with “Snow White providing a marvellous ending”. Thanks goes to all those involved who so generously gave of their time to rehearse. We look forward to seeing what Hottentots Holland will come up with next year!
A full list of winners is attached and our congratulations go to all!

MASQUE AGM:
Sunday 20 May at 18.30 at the theatre. More details next month.

MASQUE FUNDRAISER:
Saturday 26 May in the theatre foyer. And evening of 80’s fun and frolic! Diarise this NOW – more info to follow!

DIRECTORS FORUM :
OK, you are being advised of this reeeeeeeeealy early! On 14 July 2012 at 14:00 at the Madhouse, 57 Promenade Road, Lakeside, we will be holding our annual Directors’ Forum to decide which productions our society will present in 2013. So you have LOTS of time to prepare if you would like to apply for one of our 2013 slots. Please prepare a short presentation of the production you have in mind (it would be ideal if the committee could get a copy of the script in advance in order to have read it by the time of the forum), including pros and cons, estimated costs (as best you can – special costumes needed?, minimalist set or big stage?, props, etc) and any information you might think useful for the committee. Non-members and members of other societies are also VERY welcome to make a presentation. Newcomers (i.e. people who have not yet directed) will be very much appreciated. Why not make a presentation for a one-act play to be presented at one of this year’s members’ evenings? Please contact birga Thomas at birgatom@iafrica.com or leave a message at 021–788 5272 if you are interested. You can also discuss possible royalties for your intended production and delivery or collection of a script with her.
We could be looking forward to some ‘play & poem’ readings in the future
and some exciting “stuff” planned for Members’ Evenings
so watch this space!

SUBS

Payment for subs for the 2012 year may be made by cheque or by electronic transfer/deposit or leave your payment in an envelope at the Masque box office, clearly marked “birga Thomas, MVDS subs”. You may also pay any member of the committee at any time. Subs are R50 for a single person, R70 for a couple and Pensioners/Students pay R30.

BIRTHDAYS

I have been an extremely clever clogs with our April birthday-ers – I have found someone born on “your” day with “your” name. Okay, so I’ve had to cheat a LITTLE, TINY bit but I should definitely get an A for effort! Some of them are really interesting – just like their MVDS’ namesakes! So here we go:
8th – Clare Stableford / Elizabeth Clare Prophet
Elizabeth Clare Wulf was born in 1939 and in 1961 she attended a meeting of a tiny group known as The Summit Lighthouse, established in the 1950s by Mark L. Prophet. Prophet said he was a messenger for enlightened spiritual beings known as the “Ascended Masters.” Ms Wulf had been a spiritual seeker since childhood and he trained her to be a messenger, too. They married in 1963 and had four children. After Mark Prophet died in 1973, Elizabeth Clare Prophet assumed full leadership of the group and established Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT) whose members believe in a common core in all of the world’s major religions — that all people are divine and on a spiritual path to oneness with God.
They also believe that the Prophets received messages from Ascended Masters such as Jesus, Mother Mary, Moses, Gautama Buddha and others.
16th – Margi Blewett / Margaret Woodrow Wilson
She was born in 1886 in Gainesville, Georgia, the daughter of President Woodrow Wilson and Ellen Louise Axson. She served as the First Lady of the United States after her mother’s death and before Woodrow’s second marriage. She was also a noted opera singer.
18th – Dean Howarth / Michael Dean Murdock
Michael Dean Murdock was born in 1946 in Lake Charles, Louisiana and is a televangelist and pastor of the Wisdom Center Ministry based in Fort Worth, Texas. Murdock preaches around the world and is best known for his promotion of prosperity theology. He preached his first public sermon at the age of eight and began full-time evangelism at the age of 19. He now has his own weekly television program, Wisdom Keys with Mike Murdock.
26TH – Brian Commins / Brian James Anderson
Brian Anderson was born in 1972 in Portsmouth, Virginia, and was a Major League Baseball pitcher for 13 seasons. After injury sidelined him from the game he became a sports broadcaster and coach.
27th Robin Rattle / Robin Platts
Robin Platts was born in Leicester, England, in 1949, and during his career as a jockey he accepted 20,409 mounts, winning 3,245 races. He was one of three riders to win the Queen’s Plate a record four times. Much of Platts’ early success came while working as the stable rider for trainer Lou Cavalaris, who once said of Platts, “You could tell right away the lad had never been near a horse before. He must have been thrown 100 times. But he showed such guts and determination. His progress in two years from absolute scratch in riding was nothing short of fantastic.” Winner of the coveted Avelino Gomez Memorial Award in 1992 for contributions to the sport in Canada, Platts also earned a Sovereign Award as Canada’s Outstanding Jockey in 1979.
29th Raymond Rudolph / Raymond Lee Daniels
Raymond Lee Daniels was born in 1980 in Sun Valley, California, and is an African-American karate tournament point fighter and kickboxer, with the nickname “The Real Deal”. He earned his black belt in 1992 and since then has repeatedly won virtually every major sport karate competition in the world today. He has recently released a four volume DVD series on sport karate tournament style fighting, which covers different aspects from footwork to blitzes to training drills.
Hope you all have a great birthday and a wonderful year!

CALENDAR

26 – 30 Storybook 2 at the Masque. Some well-loved characters from the previous show
appear together with some new and interesting ones. Includes some well know fairytales which are exciting and hilarious – suitable for ages 4 to 90! Times, prices and bookings through Dale on 021 7810446 (o/h), 0843671046 or email dayleglass@yahoo.com.

13 – 21 April The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan, directed by Aubrey Hindle and presented
by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society at the Masque. A heart warming story based on fact. A boy is expelled from a Naval Academy, but his father believes in his innocence and is determined that justice be done. The bond between the boy and his parents is truly inspiring. This, combined with a wonderful script, will leave you with a warm glow.

18 – 21 April Preeoudly Seouff Effriken directed by David Bolton and Kyla Thorburn for Live Acts in association with Cape Town G & S Society, at Milnerton High School. Bookings and further info through lance.kotze@gmail.com.

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

Interestingly enough, the “mad march hare” thing appears much
earlier than Carrol’s writing: This from the Friar’s Tale found in
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales,written between 1387 and 1400:
“For though this man were wild as is a hare,
To tell his evil deeds I will not spare.”

And on that note I will “march” off!!

Eve

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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

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March 2012 – Number 108

A few facts about March:
March is in present time is held to be the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is one of the seven months which are 31 days long.

In the Northern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological spring is 1 March. In the Southern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological autumn is 1st March.

March starts on the same day of the week as November every year and February in common years only. March ends on the same day of the week as June every year. In leap years, March starts on the same day as September and December of the previous year. In common years, March starts on the same day as June of the previous year.

The name of March comes from ancient Rome, when March was the first month of the year and named Martius after Mars or Ares, the Greek god of war.

This year it’s also the month in which the very first CDS production was staged at the Masque Theatre, and by all accounts Marvin’s Room was very well received. The reviews were good and almost everyone I have spoken to, enjoyed the play. A big thank you to Brenda Gray and her crew for another superb production. Of particular note was David Davidson’s cleverly designed set.

In case you missed it, here is my review: http://www.mondaymissile.co.za/crtrs.html

Following on from the CDS Annual General Meeting, here is the new CDS committee for 2012/2013
Wendy Goddard, Chairman
Elza-lynne Kruger,Vice-Chair
Anthony Storr Lister, Treasurer
Clifford Graham, Publicity
Leigh Mather, Minutes Secretary
Sheldon Cross, Member’s evening co-ordinator
Simon Dutton, Hok Manager
And with the business side of things out of the way we were able to get onto the fun of the awards part of the evening. Our panel, Graham Boxall, Sue Bolton, Mike Harris and Lieske Bester once again did us proud. Their insightful adjudications were most informative.

And here are the winners for 2011:

(Sans trompette )

Best Actress: Allison Blair
Best Actor: Brian de Kock
Best Supporting Actress: Ruth Allsopp
Best Supporting Actor: John McConnell
Best Play: Winner: Sue Bolton – Separate Tables
Certificates of Merit:
Outstanding Set: Vivienne Gray – Brief Lives
Lighting and Sound: Gary Fargher – Brief Lives
Sound Design: Clifford Graham – Macbeth
Cameo: Mike Tompson – Macbeth
Best Newcomer:Tayla van Blerck – Separate Tables
Outstanding Performance: Anthony Storr Lister – Separate Tables

Members’Choice Awards

Best Actor – Brian de Kock
Best Actress – Michele Belknap
Best Play –Brief Lives, Directed by Brenda Gray

Apropos awards, this month also saw the annual CATA Awards evening (Masque Theatre 12 March 2012) and here are the winners. (imagine a drum roll here please…)

CATA AWARDS – 2011
Artistic Contribution
Certificate of Excellence – Kerry Knott-Craig –Choreography- Godspell – Pinelands Player
Jill Cooke Cup – June Wells – Costumes – Honk – Pinelands Players
Technical Excellence
Estelle Knott-Craig Shield – – Effects – Kyla Thorburn – Honk – Pinelands Players
Best Set
Harry Hargreaves Cup – Vivienne Gray – Brief Lives – Claremont Dramatic Society
Cameo Performance in Play & Musical
Fiona Chisholm Cup – Ruth Allsopp – Separate Tables – Claremont Dramatic Society
None for musical
Most Promising Newcomer in Play & Musical
In a Play – Imps Shield – John Bradley-Koopman – People are Living There – Carnivals of The Heart
In a Musical – Certificate – Darik Velez – Godspell – Pinelands Players
Best Supporting Actress in Play & Musical
Play – Certificate – Pam Burger – Steel Magnolias – Constantiaberg Theatre Players
Musical – Certificate – Jennifer Moss – Honk – Pinelands Players
Best Supporting Actor in a Play & Musical
Play – Richard Farmer Cup – Anton Schafer – The Sum of Us – Milnerton Players
Musical – Certificate – Andrew Weiss – Honk – Pinelands Players
Best Actress in a Play & Musical
Play – Doris Tansley Cup – Lisa Squire Harris – People are Living There – Carnivals of The Heart
Musical – Walter Swanson Trophy – Natisha van Zyl – Forbidden Broadway – Milnerton Players
Best Actor in a Play & Musical
Play – Geoffrey Tansley Cup – Gregory Parvess – The Sum of Us – Milnerton Players
Musical – Downey Cup – David Bolton – Fiddler on the Roof – CT Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Best Play & Musical, Most Adventurous Production,Best Director of a Play & Musical
Adventurous Production – Cape Times Cup – Darryl Spijkers – Romeo and Juliet – Carnivals of the Heart
Best Play – Sol Rodsell Cup – Darryl Spijkers – People are Living There – Carnivals of the Heart
Best Director of a Play – Bertie Stern Cup – Sue Bolton – Separate Tables – Claremont Dramatic Society
Best Director of a Musical – Joseph Manca Cup – Kyla Thorburn – Honk – Pinelands Players
Best Musical – Kyla Thorburn – Honk – Pinelands Players

Special Awards:
Singing Duets with Excellent Harmony Simone & Cara le Grange Romeo & Juliet Carnivals of the Heart
Sword Fight Choreography Marius and Braam Romeo & Juliet Carnivals of the Heart
Ensemble Singing Whole Cast (10) Godspell Pinelands Players
Ensemble Singing Whole Cast (4) Forever Plaid Pinelands Players
Execution & Presentation of a Solo “16 Tons” Richard White Forever Plaid Pinelands Players
Musical Direction Alastair Cockburn Fiddler on the Roof CT G&S Society
Ensemble Singing of a chorus
number “Anatevka” G&S Chorus Fiddler on the Roof CT G&S Society
Execution & Presentation of a Solo “Little Bird” David Bolton Fiddler on the Roof CT G&S Society
Execution & Presentation of a Solo
“Far from the Home I Love” Ami-Rose Barber Fiddler on the Roof CT G&S Society
Execution & Presentation of an ensemble section
“Les Miserables” Whole Cast (7) Forbidden Broadway Milnerton Players
Execution & Presentation of a Duet “Chita & Rita” Natisha van Zyl& Chloe Kiley Forbidden Broadway Milnerton Players
Execution & Presentation of a Solo
“What I Did for Laughs / Love” Natisha van Zyl Forbidden Broadway Milnerton Players
Execution & Presentation of a Solo “Different” Christopher Thomas Honk! Pinelands Players
Execution & Presentation of a Duet
“It Takes All Sorts to Make a World” Lesley Gill & Laura Bosman Honk! Pinelands Players
Ensemble Singing & Presentation of Scene –
Frog Chorus / Bullfrog & Ugly – “Warts and All” Andrew Weiss & Frog Chorus &Ugly’s Honk! Pinelands Players

2012 Productions

Marvin’s Room
by Scott McPherson
Directed by Brenda Gray, with set design by David Davidson

Elza-lynne Kruger gives us a backstage perspective:
Marvin’s Room – Feedback from a Green Room / Bald Wig Perspective
Our illustrious resident director, Brenda Gray, produced another box office success with Marvin’s Room. Thanks and applause to a stellar cast (both established and newcomer actors – young and old), brilliant set, lighting & sound designers (David Davidson and Gary Fargher), talented sound and lighting controller (Wendy Thompson) and amazing backstage crew (sporting three newcomers) under the whip of our leader, stage manager and master set builder, Wendy Goddard.
With great reviews and audience appreciation already in the public domain, we thought that our CHAT readers might enjoy some feedback from a different behind-the-scenes Green Room perspective!
New member, Liz Roodt’s enormous floor-to-ceiling storyboard, visually plotting, listing props and positions for revolving platforms, flats and furniture, was pivotal to the smooth running and multiple changes for the 15 different scenes. From doctor’s rooms, hospital beds and Marvin’s 3-roomed home to the ‘looney bin’, old aged home and Disneyland! Liz certainly earned her backstage stripes and now looks forward to an on-stage performance in our upcoming production of “The Odd Couple” directed by Sheldon Cross (another newbie – recently elected onto the CDS committee).
Newcomer Alex Lategan also paid her dues backstage, keeping things lively and on track working closely with our able bodied secretary Leigh Mather. Alex too has her sights set on the other side of the Greenroom curtain and looks forward to auditioning for Wendy’s “Calendar Girls” later this year.
Our third backstage newbie, revolve strong arm man Anton Schafer, sporting a miniature head-mounted torch for his scene changes in the dark, made his CDS acting début as Mickey Mouse. Ironically, Anton was awarded the CATA ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his role in Milnerton Players ‘The Sum of Us’ on the very same Masque stage during the run of Marvin’s Room!
Every play has its own unique costume or props challenge – Marvin’s room had Julie Summer’s bald wig (‘bald wig?’ – now that’s an oxymoron – perhaps we should refer to it as ‘bald cap’!). Many thanks to Guilma for schooling Elza-lynne in the intricacies of waxing, wetting, flattening and shaping the hair; snugly fitting, trimming, stretching and gluing the bald cap; softening the edges with latex and blending different tones of make-up to camouflage the join between scalp cap and skin.
Sound simple enough? In reality – not so! What was not factored in was that Julie had to wear a wig over the bald cap for the entire play (barring the 2 minutes when her chemo-ravaged bald scalp was revealed). This created enormous heat and perspiration which poured off her ‘real hair’ in streams, dislodging the mastix glue and ‘puckering’ and weakening the edges of the bald cap (especially when wearing a woollen dressing gown in a hospital bed covered by a woollen blanket!).
We went through 3 bald caps, 2 pots of Mastix glue, 2 bottles of latex and 2 bottles of Mastix remover during the run of the show! If Julie wasn’t concurrently shooting a TV series whose visual continuity demanded that she keep her natural full head of long dark hair immaculately intact, she swore she would have either cut her hair short or even shaved it to overcome the daily wetting, waxing, flattening, gluing and stretching routines (40-minute pre-show session) followed by re-gluing and stretching (15-minute interval session) and then carefully removing, de-gluing her ‘real’ skin and ‘real’ hair gummed up during the perspiration waterworks whilst also preserving and restoring the bald cap (45-minute post-show session)!
During one performance the front edge of the cap disintegrated, so re-gluing and stretching the bald cap to fit over her ‘real scalp’ front hairline at Interval, resulted in a permanent wide-eyed ‘deer-in-the-headlights’ expression for the remainder of the play. Some nights the bald wig ‘performed’ better than others. On the good more ‘authentic’ nights, some concerned theatre-goers actually believed that Julie was genuinely suffering the after effects of chemo-therapy as they couldn’t detect a hairline or the fact that she was wearing a bald wig.
Having the bald wig revealed on stage for its full 2-minutes of glory meant that Julie was obliged to wear 3 different ‘full hair’ wigs for the other 120-minutes on stage – never revealing her own ‘real’ hair (although identical to the 3 wigs) as it needed to be waxed and wetted and securely glued under the bald cap.
Another ironic anomaly witnessed by the Greenroom’s backstage crew was the constant cups of herbal tea they fed Barrie Howard between scenes to sooth his character’s imaginary on-stage sore throat– keeping him in good voice for his non-speaking role of Marvin, bed-ridden in his Room!

The Odd Couple (Female Version)
by Neil Simon
Director by Sheldon Cross
Masque Theatre opening July 20

Things are well underway for what promises to be a great production. The cast is set, they have their scripts and planning this work in progress is an exciting prospect. Our director Sheldon Cross, is currently holidaying in Thailand and providing he does not get too enamoured of the Orient, the play’s setting will remain in New York. Did I mention that this is the female version? Having now read the script, I think some of the biting remarks between the characters seem to contain just a little more venom when spoken by female characters. If anything this adds to the already insightful wit. I think we’re all in for a comedy treat.

To add to the already impressive list of dramatis personae, Penny Youngleson will be designing this production, and yours truly, Clifford Graham will be stage managing the production.
Diarise now to avoid disappointment!

Calendar Girls
Director Wendy Goddard
Masque Theatre opening November 09
For the ladies (and one or two guys) big diary note please:
Audition Dates for Calendar Girls – Sunday 24 June, 2.30pm and Wednesday 27 June, 7.30pm. Production dates 9-24 November. Auditions at TheHok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont.
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!

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 Aron’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.com We’d love to hear from you!

Call for Directors for 2013:
Like the idea of making the huge commitment to direct that play you’ve had on the backburner since Wonderboom was a pot plant? Here’s your chance to put forward a proposal to the committee.

Interested directors to email Anthony Storr Lister (anthonylister@mailbox.co.za), who will send an application form, which will need to be completed and returned by 20 May.

Members’ news:
Simon Dutton is recovering well from his hip replacement, and says he should have done it years ago. His only regret is that he is no longer allowed to bungee jump.

New Members:
Steven Belknap has taken the plunge and joined the society, a big welcome to you Steven!

Forthcoming Attractions at The Masque Theatre:
Masque fundraiser – 80’s party on 26 May. This is a very important date to diarise! Our performance space, The Masque Theatre is in need of constant maintenance and upgrades to equipment. To keep the venue up to par constant funding is needed. So come along and have an evening of fun and 80’s frolic.

From the Other Societies:

18 – 21 April 2012 Milnerton High School Auditorium
Preeoudly Seouff Effriken directed by David Bolton & Kyla Thorburn
Live Acts in association with Cape Town G & S Society
Bookings : lance.kotze@gmail.com

9 – 12 May 2012 Springfield Centenary Hall
Into the Woods directed by David Fick

18 – 26 May 2012 Milnerton Playhouse
Second Time Around directed by Gordon Molloy
Milnerton Players

1 – 9 June 2012 Masque Theatre
Season’s Greetings directed by Coleen van Staden
Muizenberg Dramatic Society

June 2012 Artscape
Yeoman of The Guard Directed by Teddy Davies for Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society

16 – 29 July 2012 Pinelands Town Hall
Shout, The Mod Musical directed by Garth Tavares
Pinelands Players

20 July 2012 Masque Theatre
The Odd Couple directed by Sheldon Cross
Claremont Dramatic Society

31 August – 8 September 2012 Milnerton Playhouse
Hello and Goodbye directed by Mari Mocke
Milnerton Players

Well there you have it for March…
Anecdotes and contributions? Please feel free to send them to me claremontchat@gmail.com

Clifford Graham

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GASLIGHT
NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 2 – MARCH 2012

Hello everyone
In each issue of GASLIGHT I try to include something with a “Gilbert and Sullivan flavour”. After all, we are a “Gilbert and Sullivan Society”, so that seems only right, and there may be some who know very little about our venerable fathers in music and opera, or the operas which they wrote.

Now, we all make mistakes – some of us, admittedly, more often than others! And even our patriarchs G&S
were not exempt. One of their more glaring errors involves “The Yeomen of the Guard”.

YEOMEN OF THE GUARD
The actual “Yeomen of the Guard” is the oldest British military corps still in existence and dates from 1485, and their responsibility is primarily to act as a royal bodyguard. They should not be confused with the Yeomen Warders of the Tower of London, who are the worthies around whom our opera revolves. Their responsibilities are to guard any prisoners in the Tower – in rather short supply in more recent times – and to guard the crown jewels. Apart from all that hard work, their other function these days is to act as Tour Guides.

They are – for a reason lost in antiquity – also known as Beefeaters. Some suggest that it is because as part of their pay, they used to receive a ration of beef from the king’s table. That suggestion may be up for debate. Not up for debate, however, is that in naming their opera, G&S boobed!

The Yeomen – of both kinds – still wear a uniform which dates from Tudor times, and they are drawn from
retired members of the British military services. In 2007, the first female Yeoman Warder was admitted.
Clearly nothing is sacred anymore!

Getting to know you party.

On Sunday 5 February, the buzz amongst cast members of the show was palpable as we assembled for a tea party with the Queen in the foyer of the Artscape Theatre. Her Majesty duly arrived, escorted by one of her noble Yeomen. After reflecting warmly on her previous visit as a young woman to this country, and the fact that she was now celebrating her diamond jubilee, she proceeded to extend an exceedingly gracious welcome to “her Tower”.

Cast members were introduced, a model of the proposed set was on display, and cucumber sandwiches were consumed at a great rate. A fun afternoon, and a worthy preparation for the hard work to follow – which began the very next evening with the first rehearsal.

Flytower banner
If you haven’t already noticed, next time you drive along the Foreshore, look towards the Artscape
complex, where you’ll see this very striking banner informing all in the city of what’s to come.

CATA AWARDS
Congratulations to Pinelands Players for doing so well at the awards ceremony. Nice to see that some of the winners were people we know well! Our own production of Fiddler was not overlooked, and congratulations go to Alastair Cockburn, Ami-Rose Barber, David Bolton and the Chorus (!) on their awards. (That award for the chorus was for their ensemble singing of Anatevka.) To those who were nominated but did not receive an award, we remain proud of you and are happy to bask – just a little – in your glory. We know well that even to receive a nomination is no mean feat.

AGM
Our AGM on Tuesday 13 March began with our annual award ceremony.

Our stars for 2011 are:

HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS CUP FOR THE BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL: The following were
nominated: Shaun Browne, David Bolton and Michelle Galloway, with the award going to Shaun Browne, for
his wonderful portrayal of Tevye.

HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS CUP FOR AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE IN A GILBERT AND SULLIVAN OPERA
OR A MUSICAL: Nominees were John Carne and Michelle Galloway. The cup was awarded to Michelle
Galloway, for her excellent portrayals of both Yente and Golde, and for alternating the parts so successfully.

THE EUNICE WILLIAMS CUP FOR AN EXCELLENT TECHNICAL OR ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION IN A GILBERT AND
SULLIVAN OPERA OR A MUSICAL: Nominees were Darryl Spijkers, Alison King, Morag Tison and Roxy Levy.
The award went to Darryl Spijkers, for his performance as the Fiddler, which was such a significant
enhancement to the production.

CERTIFICATES OF MERIT: Certificates of merit were presented to Daniel Fisher for his singing of “Now I Have Everything”; to Amy Rose Barber for her moving singing of “Far From the Home I Love”; to Keenan Oliphant for his wonderful singing of “Miracle of Miracles”, and to Brian de Kock for his extremely successful off-the-beat dancing in the wedding scene.

The Peter Donaldson Award for service above the usual call of duty went to Lance Kotze, for his painstaking, inspired and successful management of the preferential bookings.

The Johan Roux Award, for a contribution to the spirit of the Society, went to Audrey Robinson, with
particular mention made of the personal care and attention she has given to all the members.

Honorary Life Membership was bestowed on Alison King for her long years of service as a very effective
Props Mistress.

Honorary Vice Presidency for the year 2012: A joint award to Audrey Robinson and Adrian Van Stolk.

EXCO 2012: The Chairperson’s and Treasurer’s reports were followed by elections for the Executive
Committee for 2012. Members are elected for a two year term, meaning that Steve Broekmann (Chair), Ian
Kirkwood, David Bolton and Guilma Stander continue in office. Niel Roux was re-elected as secretary and,
with Lance Kotze standing down as Treasurer, Graham Ellis was elected in his place. Additional members
duly elected were Alastair Cockburn, Glenda Carmichael, Anthony Storr-Lister and Ken Leverton. Thanks
were extended to those members stepping down: Lance, Lynn Moss and Audrey Robinson.

Please note: Annual subscriptions are now due. These have been set at R90 single, R120 for a couple or
family, and R60 for pensioners and students. These may be paid by cheque made out to “Cape Town Gilbert
and Sullivan Society”, or by EFT.

The reference should be SUBS 2012, and your name.

Frederic’s birthday.
Some 50 members gathered at Lorna’s home on 29th February to celebrate Frederic’s 39th birthday. We poured the pirate sherry, had a bobotie supper, tucked into a massive skull and crossbones chocolate cake, sang great tracts of Pirates (surprisingly well remembered!) and generally indulged ourselves.

Thanks to hosts Lorna and Poul, pianist Helen and conductor Alastair. And while on the subject of thanks – it was noted that our Chair was setting a fine example in tackling the washing up at one stage, as were Glenda C, Ann Ellis and in particular Yolla, who stayed to help tidy up long after everyone else had left. On behalf of us all, thank you.

Lorna reports that, out of interest, she put a message on Savoynet to ask what various G&S organisations
around the world had done to honour our Fred. It seems that about four societies, who are in the process of rehearsing other shows, simply sang “Happy Birthday” at their rehearsals. One of them had cake as well.
The Jerusalem G&S Society were doing a semi-staged version of “Trial by Jury”, so they added in some
excerpts from “Pirates”. We are the only lunatics who had a full-on supper for 50, with birthday cake and a pot-luck performance of “Pirates”. Yayy, Cape Town!

FROM SISTER SOCIETIES

Preeoudly Seeouff Effriken: This musical revue of South African artists, based on the Springbok Radio hit parade of the 60s, 70s and 80s, is by David Bolton, and had a successful run for Pinelands Players a couple of years ago. David has offered to reprise the show to help us raise funds to offset the
costs of going to Buxton. So it is important that we give it our full support! It will run from 18-21 April in the Milnerton High School Auditorium. Tickets are R145 and include a three course meal. They can be obtained from Yeomen cast members, or from Lance at lance.kotze@gmail.com

13 to 21 April The Winslow Boy at the Masque. Aubrey Hindle directs this Terence Rattigan classic for
Fish Hoek Dramatic Society. Masque bookings: 021 788 1898

Milnerton Players present SECOND TIME AROUND. A funny and challenging play involving quick changes of character and costume, with Michelle Galloway and James King, and Gordon Molloy directing. 18-26 May. Bookings open 20 April.

There’s still time to catch Darryl Spijkers’ Le Moulin Rouge at the Spier Wine Farm from 22-24 March. An
epic journey of the human spirit including 14 full dance numbers, 16 songs and a total cast of 101, the story is sure to live on in your heart long after the curtain falls. Book through Computicket.
And I guess that will do it for this time. Take care everyone.

Ken

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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

March 2012

 

Hi there readers

The year is marching on – school holidays approach and many are preparing for Easter already. Amid the organized chaos, Pinelands Players remain active with preparations for various productions for the year ahead (and are even in the process of finalizing plans for 2013 already).

We welcome Glyn Fogell on to the committee as technical and sound fundi! We are also grateful to Grant Faiers for offering his expert assistance for the same, on an ad hoc basis as and when he can.

The 60’s quiz evening on 2 March 2012 was well attended, and despite everyone rattling their brain to dig out older memories, a lot of fun was had by all. The winning team comprising of Shaun Browne (sporting a great new hairstyle), Luella Holland, Tina Gough and Cindy Nixon, were delighted with their prizes. Thank you to Clara Machado and Chenara Fenton for once again organizing and hosting a great evening.

Shout, The Mod Musical auditions have closed and after careful review, the cast has been selected. Congratulations to the colourful girls who will entertain you at our mid-year Candelight Theatre.

Congratulations are in order to Pinelands Players for the numerous certificates and trophies awarded at the CATA awards on Monday 12 March 2012. The award ceremony was very well executed, where Andrew Weiss, in his usual witty and characterful disposition, gallantly handled the role of Master of Ceremonies. Muizenberg Amateur Dramatic Society ensured that the entertainment was light hearted & comical, and many laughs (including Adrian Kettle’s trademark) ensured that a good time was had by all. Congratulations are extended to all the nominees and winners in all categories.

A huge thank you is extended to June Wells, Tanya Browne and Tina Gough for sorting out all the costumes in the clubhouse and re-packing and hanging everything neatly and methodically. It was a lengthy task, and amid moth balls, ancient hangers and climbing up and down the ladder a hundred times each, they managed to put things to order with laughs and smiles.

The next club night is scheduled for 25 May 2012 – please keep that date open. More information on the event to follow in the next Ad Lib.

There will always be someone who wins. And there will always be someone who loses. There is no harm in failing – the harm is in not trying!

Don’t give up on your dreams, aspirations or goals. For some it may take a little longer or more effort to get there, but you will get there if you put your mind to it.

Tanya March

CATA Awards 2011

Pinelands Players did exceedingly well, and received these Awards:

Artistic Contribution
Certificate of Excellence – Kerry Knott-Craig –Choreography- Godspell
Jill Cooke Cup – June Wells – Costumes – Honk!

Technical Excellence
Estelle Knott-Craig Shield – – Effects – Kyla Thorburn – Honk!

Most Promising Newcomer in Play & Musical
In a Musical – Certificate – Darik Velez – Godspell

Best Supporting Actress in Play & Musical
Musical – Certificate – Jennifer Moss – Honk!
Best Supporting Actor in a Play & Musical
Musical – Certificate – Andrew Weiss – Honk!

Best Play & Musical, Most Adventurous Production, Best Director of a Play & Musical
Best Director of a Musical – Joseph Manca Cup – Kyla Thorburn – Honk!

Special Awards
Ensemble singing – Whole cast (10) – Godspell
Ensemble singing – Whole cast (4) – Forever Plaid
Execution & presentation of a Solo “16 Tons” – Richard White – Forever Plaid
Execution & presentation of a Solo “Different” – Chris Thomas – Honk!
Execution & presentation of a Duet “It takes all sorts to make a world” – Laura Bosman & Lesley Gill – Honk!
Ensemble singing & presentation of a Scene “Warts ‘n All” – Andrew Weiss, Frog Chorus & Ugly’s – Honk!

 

Shout! The Mod Musical

It’s all systems go for, our mid year candlelight supper theatre.

Once again we will be hosting a full musical with a meal at the Pinelands Town hall during the last 2 weeks of July. Book this in your diaries now.

Shout! The Mod Musical is a swinging 60’s sensation with a sensational cast…….
Laura Bosman (Green girl) last seen with Pinelands Players as Lowbutt in Honk!
Jen Moss (Blue Girl) last seen with Pinelands Players as Penny in Honk!
Melissa Sanderson (Orange girl) new to Pinelands Players but recently seen in the G&S production of Fiddler on the Roof as Fruma Sarah.
Martine Kawalsky (Red girl) the “baby” of the group, returns to us again after making her debut with Pinelands Players in the chorus of Honk!
Luella Holland (Yellow girl) great to see Luella back with Pinelands Players – remember her in Gigi?
Rehearsals have started with Garth Tavares putting them through their paces. We are thrilled to have Garth with us, a new comer to Pinelands Players and a pretty new Capetonian too. Garth will be directing this show and also will be doing the musical direction and choreography. A real jack of all trades!

Although Shout! The Mod Musical is essentially a revue, there is a story that gradually emerges that shows the changes and growth of 5 real women within a passage of time. The songs take us back to the swinging sixties of London with Carnaby Street, the Fab Four, Mary Quant minis, Twiggy, go-go boots and of course, all those amazing sixties songs. Those were the days my friend……….

This production of Shout! The Mod Musical will be the South African premier, so watch this space for further information about the show.

Please help:
If anyone is keen to help with the sewing of costumes please give me a call.
And we will be calling for waitresses and kitchen helpers later.
We are also looking for old seven single records (or LP’s) that we could use (no precious ones), as we will need to make holes in them etc.

Tina
Production Manager

What’s On

9 – 17 March 2012 Masque Theatre
Marvin’s Room directed by Brenda Gray
Bookings 021 788 1898

18 – 21 April 2012 Milnerton High School Auditorium
Preeoudly Seouff Effriken directed by David Bolton & Kyla Thorburn
Live Acts in association with Cape Town G & S Society
Bookings : lance.kotze@gmail.com

9 – 12 Mary 2012 Springfield Centenary Hall
Into the Woods directed by David Fick

18 – 26 May 2012 Milnerton Playhouse
Second Time Around directed by Gordon Molloy
Milnerton Players

1 – 9 June 2012 Masque Theatre
Season’s Greetings directed by Coleen van Staden
Muizenberg Dramatic Society

16 – 29 July 2012 Pinelands Town Hall
Shout, The Mod Musical directed by Garth Tavares
Pinelands Players

20 July 2012 Masque Theatre
The Odd Couple directed by Sheldon Cross
Claremont Dramatic Society

Milnerton Playhouse
The Bus directed by Wayne Hendricks
Milnerton Players

31 August – 8 September 2012 Milnerton Playhouse
Hello and Goodbye directed by Mari Mocke
Milnerton Players

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Preeoudly Seeouff Effriken
A self narrating musical revue incorporating the Springbok Hit Parade, focusing on many songs sung by South African artists. The show was sold out in 2010 in Cape Town and is now is brought to you by Live Acts in association with the Cape Town G&S Society.
The revue is based on a full theatre supper entertainment and features eight highly talented actors backed by a five piece band.
The revue is written and compiled by David Bolton and co-directed this year by Kyla Thorburn.
Musical direction is by Jean McKenzie.

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Artistic Contribution

Certificate of Excellence – Kerry Knott-Craig –Choreography- Godspell – Pinelands Players
Jill Cooke Cup – June Wells – Costumes – Honk – Pinelands Players

Technical Excellence

Estelle Knott-Craig Shield – – Effects – Kyla Thorburn – Honk – Pinelands Players

Best Set

Harry Hargreaves Cup – Vivienne Gray – Brief Lives – Claremont Dramatic Society

Cameo Performance in Play & Musical

Fiona Chisholm Cup – Ruth Allsopp – Separate Tables – Claremont Dramatic Society

None for musical

Most Promising Newcomer in Play & Musical

In a Play – Imps Shield – John Bradley-Koopman – People are Living There – Carnivals of The Heart
In a Musical – Certificate – Darik Velez – Godspell – Pinelands Players

Best Supporting Actress in Play & Musical

Play – Certificate – Pam Burger – Steel Magnolias – Constantiaberg Theatre Players
Musical – Certificate – Jennifer Moss – Honk – Pinelands Players

Best Supporting Actor in a Play & Musical

Play – Richard Farmer Cup – Anton Schafer – The Sum of Us – Milnerton Players
Musical – Certificate – Andrew Weiss – Honk – Pinelands Players

Best Actress in a Play & Musical

Play – Doris Tansley Cup – Lisa Squire Harris – People are Living There – Carnivals of The Heart
Musical – Walter Swanson Trophy – Natisha van Zyl – Forbidden Broadway – Milnerton Players

Best Actor in a Play & Musical

Play – Geoffrey Tansley Cup – Gregory Parvess – The Sum of Us – Milnerton Players
Musical – Downey Cup – David Bolton – Fiddler on the Roof – CT Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Best Play & Musical, Most Adventurous Production,Best Director of a Play & Musical

Adventurous Production – Cape Times Cup – Darryl Spijkers – Romeo and Juliet – Carnivals of the Heart
Best Play – Sol Rodsell Cup – Darryl Spijkers – People are Living There – Carnivals of the Heart
Best Director of a Play – Bertie Stern Cup – Sue Bolton – Separate Tables – Claremont Dramatic Society
Best Director of a Musical – Joseph Manca Cup – Kyla Thorburn – Honk – Pinelands Players
Best Musical – Kyla Thorburn – Honk – Pinelands Players

Special awards

Singing Duets with Excellent Harmony
Simone & Cara le Grange
Romeo & Juliet
Carnivals of the Heart

Sword Fight Choreography
Marius and Braam
Romeo & Juliet
Carnivals of the Heart

Ensemble Singing
Whole Cast (10)
Godspell
Pinelands Players

Ensemble Singing
Whole Cast (4)
Forever Plaid
Pinelands Players

Execution & Presentation of a Solo “16 Tons”
Richard White
Forever Plaid
Pinelands Players

Musical Direction
Alastiar Cockburn
Fiddler on the Roof
CT G&S Society

Ensemble Singing of a chorus number “Anatevka”
G&S Chorus
Fiddler on the Roof
CT G&S Society

Execution & Presentation of a Solo “Little Bird”
David Bolton
Fiddler on the Roof
CT G&S Society

Execution & Presentation of a Solo “Far from the Home I Love”
Ami-Rose Barber
Fiddler on the Roof
CT G&S Society

Execution & Presentation of an ensemble section “Les Miserables”
Whole Cast (7)
Forbidden Broadway
Milnerton Players

Execution & Presentation of a Duet “Chita & Rita”
Natisha van Zyl & Chloe Kiley
Forbidden Broadway
Milnerton Players

Execution & Presentation of a Solo “What I Did for Laughs / Love”
Natisha van Zyl
Forbidden Broadway
Milnerton Players

Execution & Presentation of a Solo “Different”
Christopher Thomas
Honk!
Pinelands Players

Execution & Presentation of a Duet “It Takes All Sorts to Make a World”
Lesley Gill & Laura Bosman
Honk!
Pinelands Players

Ensemble Singing & Presentation of Scene – Frog Chorus / Bullfrog & Ugly – “Warts and All”
Andrew Weiss & Frog Chorus & Ugly’s
Honk!
Pinelands Players

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THE CONSTANTIABERG CUE
Newsletter – March 2012

CONSTANTIABERG THEATRE PLAYERS (CTP)

CATA Awards

Congratulations to all the winners at the recent CATA Awards ceremony!

Like all such ceremonies, there are always only a handful of winners selected from all the nominees. That’s the way it is. We can’t all be winners all the time (****! Expletive Censored), so we must appreciate a nomination for what it is – a worthy acknowledgement that someone’s outstanding performance/creativity/skill/innovation has been duly recognised and saluted.

If you’ve been nominated and haven’t won, give some thought to these really good movies that were nominated for Oscars without picking up a single statue. The number of nominations is in brackets.

• The Elephant Man (8)
• Empire of the Sun (6)
• The Color Purple (11)
• Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (6)
• The Prince of Tides (7)
• The Remains of the Day (8)
• Psycho (4)
• The Godfather III (7)
• A Star is Born (6)
• War Horse (6)
• Witness for the Prosecution (6)
• Inherit the Wind (4)
• True Grit (10)
• The Turning Point (11)
• Gangs of New York (10)
• The Shawshank Redemption (7)
• Seabiscuit (7)
• The French Lieutenant’s Woman (5)
• Quo Vadis (8)
• Ragtime (8)
• Moneyball (6)
• The Thin Red Line (7)

Come on, people, let’s get involved

We should also acknowledge those society members who selflessly volunteer their time to ensure that the Masque Theatre continues to survive and put on successful productions. But we need more volunteers; we can’t expect the same people to be doing all the volunteering all the time.

Imagine what it would be like without this small team of committed volunteers – no Box Office, no refreshments and plenty of angry patrons in the foyer who would probably never return. The building and facilities would be in disrepair, and productions would be amateurish in the literal sense.

In short, the Masque would cease to exist as the theatre we all love. So, if you haven’t done so before, get involved and help out at the Masque. You’ll be contributing to a much bigger picture. And it’s really not that difficult. See! – I’ve even attached simple instructions for Box Office and Foyer Manager duties.

Move Over Mrs Markham

Our upcoming production is currently in rehearsal. It’s a very funny British bedroom farce set in the 70’s. I’m directing this production and Shelley Lombard is Stage Manager. At the moment we don’t have a costume person, so if you’d like to get involved with costuming for this production, please email me at wes@mseed.co.za.

Move Over Mrs Markham opens at the Masque Theatre on the 4th of May.

Next members evening

You’re all invited to our next members evening. We’ll do a reading from Move Over Mrs Markham and then have lots of fun with a game of 30 Seconds. Join us and rub shoulders with other society members.

WHEN: Wednesday, the 28th of March
WHERE: The Bergvliet Guide Hall
TIME: 7.30pm

For your diary

Until 17 March Marvin’s Room at the Masque Theatre
Brenda Gray directs a stellar cast in this remarkable production of a family living with the reality of death. It’s received good reviews and should not be missed. Book now.

18 March Sunday Soirée: Beautiful Night Music
The next Sunday Soirée at the Masque features the voices of Julie Harris and Selim Kagee, with Ivan Meredith on the piano.

26-30 March Holiday entertainment for the young and the old
The magical adventure, Storybook 2, the sequel to the very popular (you guessed it) Storybook 1, features exciting and hilarious tales, both classic and modern. Bring the kids!

28 March Constantiaberg Members Evening
Our next members evening will take place at the Bergvliet Guide Hall at 7.30pm, on Wednesday the 28th of March. Come along, relax, have something to eat and drink, and enjoy some society fun.

13 to 21 April The Winslow Boy at the Masque
Aubrey Hindle directs this heart-warming Terence Rattigan classic for Fish Hoek Dramatic Society.

Masque Theatre bookings

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

Birthdays

Happy Birthday wishes to Debbie Bentley-Buckle,
who celebrates her birthday on 25 March!

Remember folks, if we missed your birthday it’s probably because we don’t have it on file. Let me know and I’ll do the updating.

Okay then. That seems to be all. Unless I’ve forgotten something …

See y’all at the members evening!

Regards,
Wesley.

MASQUE THEATRE

BOX OFFICE DUTY

A great deal of the Masque Theatre’s success can be attributed to the people who volunteer their time to fulfil various important functions, thereby ensuring that patrons enjoy their outing to the theatre.

One of those critical functions is Box Office Duty. It’s one of the first “patron touch-points” and is usually the patron’s first impression of what the evening’s experience is going to be like.

Essentially, Box Office is simply about exchanging cash for tickets, and doing so accurately and with a smile. Two people will man the Box Office to divide the workload, keep the queue moving and ensure that everything progresses smoothly.

INSTRUCTIONS

• Arrive ONE HOUR before the start of the performance.

• Answer the TELEPHONE if it rings while you’re on duty.

• There will be two people doing Box Office, so decide how you will split the task. It helps if one person handles the money and the other does the patrons’ booking and ticket details.

• Get the SAFE KEYS from the Stage Manager. Remove the CASH BOX from the safe.

• Back in the Box Office, count the money (the FLOAT) in the cash box. The float should be R500.00.

• There will be a SEATING PLAN for the performance and a TICKET BOARD containing the tickets. The seating plan will show which seats have been booked.

• There will also be two BOOKING SHEETS (one for each person in the Box Office) with the names of the patrons and the seats they have booked.

• When a patron collects a ticket:

1. Smile and greet the patron and ask:

a. Whether they’ve BOOKED a seat (if they haven’t booked, look for an empty seat on the seating plan)
b. Whether they’re Masque Theatre MEMBERS (they receive a discounted ticket price), and ask to see their membership card

c. Whether they’d like to buy a PROGRAMME for the performance

2. CROSS OUT the patron’s seat on the seating plan

3. DRAW A LINE THROUGH the patron’s name on the booking sheet

4. Take the patron’s money and give the correct change

5. Give the patron the ticket and programme

• If patrons are late and the performance is about to begin, inform the Foyer Manager to hold the opening of the curtain for a few minutes.

• Once the performance has begun, you can start BALANCING the money:

1. Count the money in the cash box

2. Deduct the money for the car guard (give this money to the Foyer Manager, who will pay the car guard)

3. Deduct the R500 float, ensuring your new float contains sufficient change for the next Box Office team

4. Make a NOTE showing:

a. The number of tickets sold
b. The total amount of money
c. Less the car guard fee
d. Less the R500 float

• Keep the float separate from the rest of the cash and put the NOTE, the CASH and the FLOAT into the cash box. Lock it and put it back in the safe. Return the safe keys to the Stage Manager.

• Insert a new SET OF TICKETS in the ticket board for the next performance (discard any old ones left in the ticket board).

• You’re now free to watch the rest of the performance, if you wish.

MASQUE THEATRE

FOYER MANAGER DUTY

In a nutshell, the duty of the Foyer Manager is to provide assistance to patrons, move them timeously into the auditorium, give the go-ahead for the production to commence, pay the car guard, and make sure that all patrons have left before the theatre can be locked up.

INSTRUCTIONS

• Arrive ONE HOUR before the start of the performance.

• Find a Masque Theatre badge in the Box Office and wear it to IDENTIFY yourself to patrons.

• ASSIST patrons with queries and generally be on the look-out for where you may be needed.

• Assist disabled patrons into the foyer. Find them a chair to sit on.

• There are TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS that will be made to advise patrons to enter the auditorium. When the first announcement is made:

1. Ask the tea ladies to USHER patrons to their seats.

2. Gently ask patrons to begin moving into the auditorium.

3. Check with Box Office if there are any LATECOMERS. If there are latecomers, tell Lighting to hold the curtain for a few minutes.

• The second announcement is the FINAL CALL for patrons to be seated:

1. Politely ask patrons to move into the auditorium, because the production is about to commence.

2. Check if there are any patrons standing OUTSIDE, because they may not have heard the announcement.

3. Drinks MAY be taken into the theatre, but NOT tea and coffee.

• Once all patrons are inside the auditorium:

1. CLOSE the auditorium doors and draw the curtains.

2. Tell Lighting they may go ahead. The production will then begin.

3. If there are any latecomers, assist them very quietly into the auditorium and seat them at the back. Explain to them that at interval you will direct them to their correct seats.

4. Remain in the foyer in case you’re needed for any emergencies, unwell patrons, etc.

• At interval:

1. Draw back the curtains and OPEN the auditorium doors.

2. Be available to generally assist patrons during the interval.

3. Follow the same procedure as above to move patrons back into the auditorium for the second half of the show.

• When the show is over, REMAIN in the foyer until all patrons have left. Stand at the door and greet people as they leave, handing out Masque Quarterly leaflets which you will find in the Box Office.

• Remind lingering patrons to collect their CARS from the secure parking area and bring them to the front of the theatre, so that the car guard can lock up.

• Make sure you collect the car guard’s money from the Box Office team after they’ve cashed up. Pay the car guard.

• Once all patrons have left, inform the Stage Manager, who will then do the final locking up of the theatre.

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HHDS Newsletter March 2012

Dear Members and Friends,

I’d like to thank everybody who attended the Aaja Nachale Dance production. We had full houses for each show!

Lindsay
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Habeas Corpus

This play, chosen to kick start our new year received mostly positive reviews and set a high standard for the rest of the directors, actors etc. for the coming year. Well done Molly! We appreciate the days & weeks of hard work you and your team put into making the production as good as it was.

However, the committee is still worried about the numbers attending (bums on seats)! This is not a unique situation, all theatres are in the same situation, but that does not mean we should sit back & accept it. Please give us some feedback (positive or negative) advising on what we can do to reverse this trend. All contributions will be gratefully received & studied. More on this later in the letter.

Funny Money

It is good to see Giles, one of our leading directors in the past, back in action. Rehearsals are proceeding, Giles has a great script & an experienced crew, so the show should have a great run and hopefully even improve on the numbers of Molly’s show (Let’s start some healthy competition!).

The show opens on 11th April & runs until 21st April. More detailed dates & times in our next newsletter, but you can also check the local newspapers & book early to avoid disappointment.

PLAYREADING 24th March
The Windmill by Daryn José

Jessie Jacobs walks around a windmill humming a hollow tune. Stokkie van der Sandt appears with a kite in his hand. Stokkie wants to climb the windmill, but Jessie stops him.
Why does she say “Sometimes I love this windmill, sometimes I hate it!” Why, if she were a bird, would she fly away and never come back? What is the mystery behind The Windmill?

Characters
Stokkie slightly feeble minded but very sincere.
Jesse, warm and cares about Stokkie.
Very protective. Both are more or less the same age,
Anywhere between 18 plus, and 30 plus years old.
(Their Granny is mid seventies)

Daryn would like to do a few reading rehearsals next week before the members evening, so,If you feel you would like to read for one of these parts please call Molly on 021 851 6144 or 072 135 4646 so a time and day can be set up.

A full AUDITION will be held if and when the play is approved.

We welcome another past director

Darryl Spijkers who will be joining us and putting on a show later in the year. As a preliminary to this he will be holding a ‘closed audition’ on 1st April.

Even more good news is the possible return of Daryn Jose in June.

Daryn directed the award winning “Road to Mecca” a few years ago and has been sorely missed since then. Her career has taken off in the meantime & we will be honored if she can do a show with / for us. As with all HHDS productions these days, her script is being ‘vetted’ and you will hear more soon (if you attend our Trivia evening mentioned below you may have a chance to witness & present written comments on the script). This is a possible replacement for the June show.

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Stage & Maintenance

Thanks to the legacy given to us from Vanessa Patterson’s estate we are now in the process of having new flats & bookends built. These will be used for the first time during Giles’ production of “Funny Money” and should make a great backdrop to a great production.

We have received a suggestion for a proposed honors board to recognize past winners & leaders which would be displayed in the Greenroom – your comments & names to go on the board please.

Members evening

And now, for our first members evening for the year. This will be a combination of a short reading from Daryn Jose’s script, followed by a combined general knowledge / general trivial pursuit evening. Members & friends are welcome! A supper of lasagna & salad will be served & the cash bar will be open. Think of it – a whole evening of fun, food & liquid refreshment for the princely sum of R 40 for members & R 45 for non- members (non members need only pay R 40 if they fill in a membership application form on the evening & pay for their membership on the night).

Please contact Wendy and tell her how many tickets you want by 2pm Friday 23rd March at the latest so that she can arrange the catering.
Contact her on 079 296 8788

Member’s suggestions.

The committee is always striving to make your membership more meaningful and give “more bang for your buck.” You, the members are the society, so your feedback is welcomed & appreciated. We welcome comments (positive and / or negative) so why not drop us a line with your suggestions. If necessary we will even publish your comments (either anonymous or acknowledged). Maybe we can even make this a regular “chirps & chips” item in the newsletter. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
@ The Playhouse Theatre,
cnr Lourensford Road & Swalle Street,
Somerset West, 7130
PO Box 361, Somerset West, 7129
http://www.theplayhouse.org.za
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Booking Office: 021 852 5182
Bookings at Computicket
Backstage/costumes: 021 851 7271

What’s on in 2012

Funny Money directed by Giles Scott April 2012
Verné Osmund’s Dance show May 2012
More to follow!

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