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June 2012 – Number 111

Hello everyone!

A new season for CDS has come round with some exciting events in store.

First in line is the audition for ‘Calendar Girls’ which promises to be an event in itself. An overwhelming interest and response to this production promises some action and intrigue! Close on the heels of ‘Calendar Girls’ is ‘The Odd Couple’ directed by Sheldon Cross. A hilarious script that is both witty and ridiculous, with a great cast, the two Spanish men who in rehearsal had me at ‘Ello’. Talking of which…one of our Spaniards (Dean Howarth) , has had to withdraw from the show because of work commitments. Muchas Gracias to Senor Clifford Graham for stepping into the role.

Members’ Evenings

A quick reminder that our next members’ evening will be this Friday, 22 June, at 7:30 for 8:00. The evening will start with a playreading of Scott Gill’s comedy ‘Box Office Blues, starring Ruth Allsopp, Shirley Nixon and Simon Dutton. After a break with the usual sumptuous snacks, Jay Heale will entertain us with sketches from his favourite amusing presentations. These include Michael Flanders, Gerard Hoffnung and John Cleese. Jay will be accompanied, on occasion, by Brenda Gray on the piano. Definitely an evening not to miss!

But wait, there’s more… please make a note in your diary for Friday 31 August – our next members’ evening, which will be a one-act play directed by Sheila Inglis and starring Melanie Jessop and Alex Lategan.

Members’ News

Starting with the good news… Elza-lynne Kruger has a new job! Bad news…the job is in Durban, starting in July. This means we have a rather large, Vice-Chair shaped hole in our committee. We wish Elza-lynne all the best with her relocation, and will miss her special expertise with magicking up props and costumes. We would also like to thank Elza-lynne for all her dedication to the committee over the past seven years.

From good-bye to hello: A hearty welcome to Erika Marais – may your stay with CDS be a long and happy one!

2013 Directors’ Forum

The Masque is trying something new – a collaborative directors’ forum, which will help all of us to know who’s out there in terms of interested (budding) directors.

Celia has said that though the forum, we will be able to see, together with the marketing department, where certain productions could fit into the 2013 timetable, which genres are under- or overrepresented, and therefore get a much clearer picture of the year ahead. This hopefully will give better variety to our annual calendar for the benefit of all – our societies, our theatre and our audiences.

CDS is pleased to be part of this process and invites prospective directors to join us:

Where: Masque Theatre Foyer

When: 14:00, Saturday 14 July

Celia continues: “Even if we have planned for 2013 already, it will still be useful to see what is “on offer”. We will therefore be able to forward-plan and have something at the back of our mind should, for example, one or other of our shows have to be cancelled or postponed for reasons beyond our control.”

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please let Anthony Lister or Wendy Goddard know as soon as possible. You do not have to be a member of one of the four Masque societies to submit a proposal.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope for a great attendance with lots of helpful input.

An Invitation from Dennis Benneyworth

FILM AND MUSIC STUDY GROUPS

Recently I disposed of my snooker table and am now left with a nice large room ideal for holding meetings.

I am in the process of establishing a cinema and music centre and would like to start two groups each to meet once a month, namely:-

• A film study group viewing and discussing great movies of the past and present. In this respect, Scott Gill, who like me has a large collection of films, has agreed to assist me.

• A music study group to cover an extensive range of popular music, including jazz, particularly that of past decades, as well as classical music.

Although I am happy to get these groups established I would hope that members would be happy to give presentations of that which they personally enjoy.

I would like to get going with an initial dozen like-minded people and see where we go from there.

Anybody interested in joining me please contact me on 021-7946243 or 0833014985

Auditions

1. Calendar Girls

Our very own in-house director, Wendy will be holding the auditions at the Hok for ‘Calendar Girls’: Sunday 24 June, 2:30pm and Wednesday 27 June, 7:30pm. Production dates 9-24 November. Yes, the time has come for the much talked about ‘Calendar Girls’ auditions, this should be entertaining. Prepare yourself for queues ladies, and some stiff competition.

Please refer to the May Newsletter for full audition notice.

*Anyone wishing to audition for Cora should email wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za for the sheet music for ‘Jerusalem’ which needs to be prepared for the audition, as Cora needs to be able to play the piano. None of the other parts require preparation for the audition.

If you don’t know how to get to the Hok, here are directions: If you are coming from the Wynberg area, get onto Main Road Claremont, travelling towards Cape Town. Go past Pick ‘n Pay (on your right). At the robots at Newlands Rugby and the hotel, turn right into Claremont Boulevard. Take the first right into Hemlock. Go to the end, into the car park. We are under the bridge, first door on the left. Phone Wendy on 083 414 7003 if you get lost!

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2. Auditions for Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye to be presented by Milnerton Players

On Saturday 23 June at 2pm Milnerton Players will be auditioning for the two main roles in the upcoming production of Athol Fugard’s ‘Hello and Goodbye’, a drama in two acts. Directed by Mari Mocke (who directed Fugard’s ‘Road to Mecca’) the two characters in the play are a brother and sister, Johnnie and Hester Smit, who have not seen one another for a few years.

In the first production of the play Fugard gave Johnnie’s age as 29 and Hester’s a few years older but the roles have often been portrayed by more mature actors in subsequent productions.

The play requires experienced actors as both characters have lengthy monologues, wrought with emotion and there is much dialogue to memorize.

Backstage & technical crew for stage manager, props, rehearsal prompt, lighting & sound will also be required.

The play will run at Milnerton Playhouse end August/beginning September 2012 with a possible further performance at the ‘Fugard Fest’ in Stellenbosch during the last weekend in September.

For further information call Mari Mocke: 021 556 2415 or 082 708 4794 /E-mail: mari.mocke@telkomsa.net

Date: Saturday 23 June @ 14.00

Venue: Milnerton Playhouse, Pienaar Road (Behind library)

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3. Muizenberg Dramatic Society – Audition Notice

‘Blithe Spirit’ by Noel Coward

Directed by: Barbara Basel

DATE: Sunday 1 July 2012 at 13h30 (You’re welcome to bring a picnic lunch and eat it on the lawn while you wait.)

PLACE: Rendezvous (Old Zandvlei Bowling Club), 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg

CALLBACKS: Thursday 5 July 2012 at 19:30

ENQUIRIES: Barbara Basel on barbara.basel@gmail.com or telephone 0826511695

DATES OF RUN: 12 to 20 October 2012 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will take place three times a week, Thursdays at 19h30 – 22h00, Saturdays 10h30 – 13h30 at the Rendezvous, plus one other evening to be decided later. Initially all cast members will not be required to attend every rehearsal. The first read-through for the entire cast will be on Monday 9 July 2012 at 19h30 at the director’s home.

PLEASE NOTE: The prescribed readings will be available from Barbara after 15 June for people wishing to audition.

Background Information

Noel Coward is one of the most prolific and successful authors of light comedy and farce in the history of English theatre and is synonymous with a certain English style: the elegant silk dressing gown, the cigarette holder, charm, wit, clipped phrases, upper-class accents, and sex appeal. The comedy in Coward’s plays arises from the juxtaposition of these features of British suavity and social polish with the absurd and sometimes violent behaviour produced by his characters’ clamorous sexual desires and their irrational emotions of jealousy, anger, and spite.

Blithe Spirit, written and first produced in London in 1941 in the middle of World War II, epitomises these characteristics. Its setting is ‘the living room of the Condomines’ house in Kent,” a rural county to the southeast of London, which provides a fashionable location for deluxe country living and an arena of affluent comfort, good taste and ‘civilized’ behaviour.

Synopsis

Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, who wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. At the séance, she inadvertently summons Charles’s first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Only Charles can see or hear Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, does not believe that Elvira exists until a floating vase is handed to her out of thin air. The ghostly Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles’s current marriage. She finally sabotages his car in the hope of killing him so that he will join her in the spirit world, but it is Ruth who drives off and is killed.

Ruth’s ghost immediately comes back for revenge on Elvira. , Charles calls Madame Arcati back to exorcise both of the spirits, but instead she materialises Ruth. Charles and Madame Arcati go through numerous séances and at last, with the help of a psychic maid, Madame Arcati succeeds but warns Charles that the ghosts may still be around unseen. Charles leaves at once, and the play ends with the frustrated unseen ghosts throwing things around 4and destroying the room.

THE CHARACTERS (Ag

Charles Condomine – a nice looking man of about 40. Charles is a suave and successful ‘Cowardesque’ novelist who has been living a thoroughly conventional life and hating virtually every minute of it. Behind Charles’s air of sophistication and poise there lurks a trapped animal longing for release. Charles is a mystery who finds himself in the middle of a ghost story. He ends the play determined to break out of the fiction of his previous life and, with both wives safely immured in the ‘spirit world’, he rather leeringly announces that he’s going to “enjoy” himself as he has never enjoyed himself before.

Ruth Condomine – a smart-looking woman in her late thirties and Charles’ second wife., Ruth seems to be something of a self-righteous, domineering nag. She claims she is not jealous of Elivra, but constantly seeks reassurance from Charles that he loves her more than he loved Elivra. Her previous marriage to an older man, plus her current obsession with Elvira’s looks, raises interesting questions that make this an attractive role for an actress who relishes the creative opportunity of filling in the blanks.

Elvira Condomine – an extremely beautiful ‘ghost’ in her late twenties who died seven years ago. During her life she was ‘pleasure-loving, impetuous, flirtatious, selfish, unfaithful and lacking in spiritual integrity’ and exhibits these traits throughout the play. Charles describes her as both fascinating and maddening, who showed ‘gay charm when she got her own way’ and ‘extreme acidity when she didn’t’. One of her “greatest charms” was that, unlike the domineering Ruth, she “never ruled anyone.”

Madame Arcati – a striking ‘larger-than-life’ eccentric woman between sixty and seventy who radiates a sense of ‘extravagance combined with the barbaric’. Madame Arcati a very self-serious medium on the prowl for vibrations from the spirit world. And when Madame Arcati feels vibrations, she vibrates — sometimes like a tuning fork, sometimes like wind chimes in a monsoon. Her little neo-Nijinsky dances, are method for making herself receptive for the arrival of errant ectoplasms. Unbeknown to her, she is invited to Charles’s house as a figure of fun, but turns out to be a person of formidable power and dignity, ready with a withering retort whenever her integrity as a medium is questioned. By the end of the play she has grown in the eyes of the Condomines from being a charlatan to being their only source of hope in escaping from their spiritual snarl. Madame Arcati is not, however, an ethereal figure of ascetic otherworldliness. She relishes food and drink and frequently gobbles down sandwiches and drinks martinis. She is physically robust and happily pedals seven miles home on her bicycle after an exhausting night of trances and spells.

Mrs. Bradman –a middle class woman in her late 40s to early 50s who is described as ‘fair and faded’. She is a chatterbox in the tradition of country gossips, curious about everything, impatient with her stolid husband, eager for new experiences and titillating information.

Dr. Bradman – a pleasant looking middle-aged country doctor, a few years older than his wife. He is the solid citizen who stands in contrast to the emotionally unstable characters of Charles and his wives. Rational, practical and skeptical, he is an indispensable element in every ghost story. Together, the Bradmans help to solidify the atmosphere of bourgeois reality against which the appearance of ghosts stands out so strikingly.

Edith – the Condomines maid – a plain, clumsy, working class village girl in her early twenties. For most of the play, she is a ‘comic figure’ with the funny habit of rushing about all the time. Overlooked throughout most of the action, it is only at play’s end that we discover her crucial but unknown power for summoning up spirits from the ‘other world’. ________________________________________

4. AUDITION NOTICE

Constantiaberg Theatre Players presents the family pantomime

ALADDIN

by Ben Crocker.

Directed by Di Thom

WHEN: Saturday, 28 July and Saturday, 4 August

• 10.30 am – 11.30 am: Junior Chorus

• 11.30 am – 12.30 pm: Adult Chorus

• 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm: The band

• 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm: Principals (main characters)

WHERE: The Guide Hall, Glen Alpine Way, Bergvliet.

DIRECTIONS: From Ladies Mile Road, turn into Children’s Way (at traffic lights near the main road), then immediately right into Glen Alpine Way. Follow the road until you see a parking lot on your left. The Guide Hall is opposite the parking lot.

RUN: At the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg, from 6 to 22 December 2012.

REHEARSALS: Will be held on Saturdays (during the day) and Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

INFO: Scripts and information can be obtained from Shelley Lombard at shellbee@iafrica.com or Di Thom at dianathom@mweb.co.za

TWO CHORUSES ARE REQUIRED (must be able to sign in tune)

Children’s Chorus: Aged 9 to 12 years. Children should prepare a piece of drama (perhaps a poem or short song) for the director. Music can be played at the hall if required, or it can be recorded. 8-year olds will be considered if talented, but no younger than that.

Adults’ Chorus: Males and females over 16 years. Singers and dancers are required.

A BAND IS REQUIRED

Members of the band can be of any age. Must be proficient at playing a musical instrument. Should prepare a short piece to be played at the audition.

CAST OF CHARACTERS (please have an idea which character/s you’re auditioning for)

ABANAZAR (the wicked uncle and villain): Male, age 25 plus. Large role. Needs a good, strong voice. Singing ability would be beneficial.

ALADDIN: Male, age 18 plus. Large role. Must be able to sing.

SERGEANT PONG: Female, age 35 plus. Medium role. Versatile.

PC PONG: Male, age 25 plus. Medium role. Versatile.

TYSON (already cast – actor experienced with ‘being’ an animal).

WISHEE WASHEE (the part of Buttons in a traditional pantomime): Large role. Needs to be funny and slightly pathetic, and to speak broken English with a Chinese accent.

WINDOW TWANKEY (the Dame of the pantomime): Male, age 25 plus. Large role. Needs to sing, dance and be versatile.

THE EMPRESS: Female, age 45 plus. Instead of an Emperor; a strong a haughty character – she is the ruler. Medium role. Requires a strong actress with a good speaking voice.

PRINCESS JASMINE: Female, age 16 plus. Medium role. Needs to sing and dance.

GENIE OF THE LAMP: Male, age 20 plus. Small / medium role. Very versatile, with a strong speaking voice.

GENIE OF THE RING: Female, age 18 plus. Medium role. Very versatile, with a strong speaking voice.

Subscriptions

The nudge to take note of yearly fees, committee members included).

R40 for members, R30 for students and pensioners

R60 for couples, R45 for student and pensioner couples.

Please deposit (or transfer) funds into the following account: Claremont Dramatic Society,

Standard Bank, Claremont Branch 02-51-09, Current account number 072 637 676. Please use your name and ‘SUBS’ as the reference. We will gladly relieve you of your subs on Friday, if you prefer.

Weekend Workshop

Tamboo Academy/Kadeisha Workshops Presents an Image Theatre Workshop: Centre Stage: A Play on Character ~ ritual, art, archetypes, movement, drama, play ~

Using the theory and practices of traditional theatre together with modern acting techniques, vocal movement and physical performance, we give breath, voice and body to some of our neglected personalities. By allowing space for creative play and imaginal dialogues, we gain new experience of our inner life. This opens the possibility for us to live a more authentic and passionate life.

When: Fri 29th: 16h00 – 21h00 | Sat 30th: 09h00 – 18h00 | Sun 1st: 09h00 – 18h00

Where: Montenvers, 24E Christiaan Street, Penzance, Hout Bay.

Enquiries: Megan Hardy (082 513 9113), Gareth Pretorius 082 696 7882 http://www.tamboo.co.za

Calendar

16 June – 1 July: ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’ directed by Teddy Davies for The Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society, at the Artscape Theatre. Book at Computicket

22 June: Member’s evening – Comedy Night – 19:30 for 20:00 at the Hok

23 June: Audition: ‘Hello and Goodbye’, directed by Mari Mocke for Milnerton Players.

24 and 27 June: Audition: ‘Calendar Girls’

29 June and 1 July: Weekend Workshop by Tamboo Academy

1 July 13:30 Audition: ‘Blithe Spirit’, directed by Barbara Basel for Muizenberg Dramatic Society

14 July 14:00 Directors’ Forum – Masque Theatre

13 – 21 July: ‘Fiela’s Child’ by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society. . Bookings: Computicket

19 – 28 July: ‘SHOUT! The Mod Musical’ Directed by Garth Tavares. Bookings are open for this Pinelands Players production featuring great songs from the 60’s. The show boasts the exceptional talents of Martine Kawalsky, Melissa Sanderson, Luella Holland, Laura Bosman and Jennifer Moss. Tickets cost R110 each, including a pub-style meal. To book, call 072 923 1035 or email shoutpinelands@gmail.com.

20 – 28 July: The Odd Couple (female version),directed by Sheldon Cross for Claremont Dramatic Society. Bookings: 021 788 1898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

20 – 28 July: ‘The Bus’ at Milnerton Playhouse. Bookings 082 267 1061 or bookings@milnertonplayers.com

29 June – 7 July ‘Ginger Beer’ at Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society. Bookings: Computicket

28 July and 04 Aug: Constantiaberg Theatre Players Audition for ‘Aladdin’.

31 August: Members’ evening

A reminder that the Members evening on the 22 June is a good way to catch up and meet new members, and basically to have a good evening.

Look forward to seeing you all there,

Alex

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Auditions for Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye to be performed by the Milnerton Players

On Saturday 23 June at 2pm Milnerton Players will be auditioning for the two main roles in the upcoming production of Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye a drama in two acts. Directed by Mari Mocke (who directed Fugard’s Road to Mecca) the two characters in the play are a brother and sister, Johnnie and Hester Smit, who have not seen one another for a few years.

In the first production of the play Fugard gave Johnnie’s age as 29 and Hester’s a few years older but the roles have often been portrayed by more mature actors in subsequent productions.

The play requires experienced actors as both characters have lengthy monologues, wrought with emotion and there is much dialogue to memorize.

Backstage & technical crew for stage manager, props, rehearsal prompt, lighting & sound will also be required.

The play will run at Milnerton Playhouse end August/beginning September 2012 with a possible further performance at the ‘Fugard Fest’ in Stellenbosch during the last weekend in September.

Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye

Since the death of their mother some time ago, Johnnie has been looking after his crippled father alone in their small municipal home in a Port Elizabeth suburb. Hester has been trying to make ends meet as a prostitute in Johannesburg.

After their father’s death, Hester pitches up unexpectedly, unaware of the father’s death and Johnnie pretends that their father is alive but very ill in his bedroom. Hester’s reason for her visit “home” is to claim her share of the compensation money she believes their father has somewhere in the bedroom. She has led a hard life with no loving attachments and has no fixed address.

The intrigue lies in Johnnie’s secret of letting his sister believe that their father is really alive

For further information call Mari Mocke: 021 556 2415 or 082 708 4794 /E-mail: mari.mocke@telkomsa.net

Date: Saturday 23 June @ 14.00

Venue: Milnerton Playhouse, Pienaar Road (Behind library),

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HHDS Newsletter June 2012

First we have some good news, then some bad news & finally some dubious news regarding the MEMBERSHIP portfolio.

The good news is that Wendy has been accepted for an “Outward Bound” training course with immediate effect.

The bad news is that this will occupy her full time and has had to take leave of absence for the duration of the course – she will be ‘outward bound’ for several months.

The dubious news is that I have been roped in to perform the Membership duties in her place!

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So let’s go straight to our forthcoming productions

Our next Playhouse production will be the PREMIER production of “Ginger Beer” written & directed by Daryn Jose, it will run from June 29 to 7 July.

By the time you get this newsletter bookings will be open at Computicket, or you could risk being disappointed by trying your luck at the theatre on the night you want to watch!

Then we have “Fiela’s Child” from 13 to 21 July. This show is from Darryl Spykers production company “Carnivals of the Heart.”

Then the play “Crimes of the Heart” directed by Kelly Westraad will run from about 11 to 25 August.

NB: Kelly is looking for an actor age 30/40 to play Doc, he will need to be able to speak in Southern States accent.

Other items to follow include:

A ballet production “Peter Pan” by Gail Hattingh School of Ballet in September, opening on the 7th September with a Gala fund raiser to raise funds for repairs and /or replacement of the Green Room floor.

Next up will be a visit from the Cape Ballet in October &then will be the comedy /thriller “When the Reaper Calls,” in early November.

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Those are forthcoming productions, Interspersed between them will be these other events:-

Members & Friends night

Saturday June 16th – A members & friends evening made up of the “3 P’s” ‘Pizza. Prose and play reading.
Time 7:00 for 7:30.

Admission is free, slices of pizza will be on sale at R 10.00 per slice & the bar will be open.
Poems and monologues will be provided for YOU to perform or you can supply your own (maximum 5 minutes long please).

The play reading will be a +/- 15 minute excerpt from the comedy thriller “When the Reaper Calls,” if you approve what you see, this play will be produced in full and “hit the boards” early in November, the perfect time because it is described as “an ideal play for Halloween.

AUDITIONS

When the Reaper Calls

If “Reaper” is approved auditions for the full production will occur on Sunday 01 July at 7:00 for 7:30.
Please note that although you’ll see people filling these roles during our members evening reading the production roles are open for anyone who auditions! At least 3 of the readers for the members night will not be in a position to take part in the full production and the other 2 know that I do not ‘precast,’ so everyone auditioning has an equal chance.

Anyone who is interested can collect the necessary pieces at any time and I am quite willing to discuss what I need. We will also be needing all the normal helpers as well as people to operate the special effects.

There are 5 parts:
Victor – Late 20’s to early 40’s, quite handsome & stylishly dressed in the latest backwoods fashion. A loveable rogue, he has the kind of delivery that makes it hard to tell when he is joking. Basically playful & mischievous.

Dora (Victor’s wife) – An austere woman, once attractive but several years of unrelieved surliness have prematurely aged her

Harlan – A staid looking man the same age as Victor, not unattractive but terminally bland. A soft spoken academic who studiously avoids displays of violent emotion. But can be “drive over the edge” when the right buttons are pushed.

Colleen (Harlan’s 2nd wife) – Early 20’s, very pretty with an enduring innocence, but can show real teeth if necessary

Officer McGuire – A young policewoman — looks almost too young to be in the police. Extremely earnest and devoid of humour – standing very upright and tough as nails.

THE STORY:
Victor and Harlan are young philosophy professors who have been friends, rivals and pranksters since their college days. But now Harlan has become a Stoic and has adopted a strict unemotional regimen in preparation for the afterlife. Victor is the opposite, he has turned into a wild hedonist who believes that “when you’re dead, you’re dead” and so he intends to squeeze every drop of pleasure from each fleeting moment.

While they are vacationing with their long-suffering wives at a remote cottage on the Wild Coast, Victor sets a trick to prove the falseness of Harlan’s philosophy, but the trick goes murderously wrong!

Slice of Saturday Night

There will be an audition for “Slice of Saturday Night” on either 19 or 26 Aug.

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Shiraz in Concert

In September we will have a hire – Shiraz in Concert to enable them to raise funds for sound equipment.
It has been suggested that in October the dance studios present a Variety show to raise money for repair / replacement of the green room floor.

More details regarding these 3items will be in our next newsletter.

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Directors’ Forum

MVDS have an interesting take on the Directors’ Forum which we are considering for our own forum.
Prospective directors – whether experienced or newcomers, members of a dramatic societies or not – should give some thought to the possibility of directing in the coming year(s). Contact us to discuss the options or for more information and/or delivery of a copy of the play. Keep in mind that (as always) no payment is received by our directors, cast and crew. Please find a (short) proposal form for interested potential directors attached to the end of this newsletter.

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Chirps & chips

There is still very little interest in this item, I can only assume that everyone is happy with the way things are (Lawrie you’re a fool, everyone waits for the AGM!) – Who said that? You don’t have to wait until then – we want to communicate with you NOW!

I did get a couple of responses, John Thornton was the first to notice that we had the wrong date on the last newsletter. My reply to him was he knows me well enough to realize that I spend ½ my life living in the past.

One reply was not really a chirp or chip but a rapid response to the call for pigeon feathers, thank you Sue Diepevene for providing the contact details.

If you have comments, chirps, chips or contributions contact me (how’s that for alliteration) on – lawrie@lpwest.co.za with your suggestions.

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The Masque Directors’ Forum 2013

Proposal Form

I would like to direct a play for any of the HHDS. The following details are relevant.

Personal information

Surname ______________________________First name/initials__________________________

Address _________________________________________________________________________

E-mail address ___________________________________________________________________

Telephone_____________________________Cellphone _________________________________

Experience (if any) ________________________________________________________________

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Production information (if at all possible let us have a copy of the script ASAP)

Genre ___________________________________________________________________________

Title of the production _____________________________________________________________

Author ___________________________________________________________________________

Translator (if applicable) ___________________Composer (if applicable) ___________________

How many acts? _________________________Approximate duration in minutes _____________

Particulars re set, costumes, etc. _____________________________________________________

Please note my intention to propose the following production for (Year) ____________________

Signature _________________________________________ Date ____________________________

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

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THE CONSTANTIABERG CUE
Newsletter – June 2012

CONSTANTIABERG THEATRE PLAYERS (CTP)

CTP AGM

Our AGM was held on the 30th of May. Last year’s productions Come Back Little Sheba and Steel Magnolias were adjudicated by Celia Musikanth, and there were some changes to the committee.

CHANGES TO THE CTP COMMITTEE

Wesley Figaji*, Gizelle Willows**, Tamara Richards and Denise Dubber did not stand for re-election.

* Wesley Figaji was ratified as CTP’s Trustee for the Stern Masque Theatre Association and, along with fellow Trustee Paul Griffiths, was appointed to the Board of Directors.

** Gizelle Willows initially stood down from the CTP committee because she was nominated for the Board of Directors, but realised there was a conflict of interest due to her employment at UCT (UCT is mentioned in Bertie Stern’s will). Gizelle has returned to the CTP committee.

The new Committee:

• Di Thom was re-elected as Chairman.
• Barrie Howard was elected as Vice Chairman.
• Debbie Bentley-Buckle was re-elected as Secretary.
• Shelley Lombard was re-elected and now takes the role of Treasurer.
• Scott Gill was re-elected.
• Wayne Ronné was re-elected.
• Gizelle Willows.

A warm welcome to the new committee members:

• Daniel Enticott
• Janice Duncan-Brown
• Rosie McBain

THE ADJUDICATION

Celia said it was difficult adjudicating these two productions because they were both good. And the winners were:

• Best Actor: DENNIS BENNEYWORTH
• Best Actress: PAM BURGER
• Best Supporting Actress: FELICITY PURDON and JANE COHEN
• Best Technical: BARRIE HOWARD and DEBBIE BENTLEY-BUCKLE for Steel Magnolias
• Best Play/Production: Come Back Little Sheba

Certificates of Excellence were awarded to:

• The cast of Steel Magnolias for outstanding ensemble acting
• Angela Lee-Wright for her outstanding direction of Steel Magnolias

The Di Thom Cup was awarded to Shelley Lombard for her contribution to the society and the Masque Theatre.

Congratulations to one and all!

MOVE OVER MRS MARKHAM

Our recent production of the hilarious bedroom farce, Move Over Mrs Markham, proved to be a wonderful success for the society. The reviews were all good and we received many emails and comments from audience members who said how much they enjoyed the show and hadn’t had such a good laugh in a long time.

A couple of comments, one of them from Walter Hodges after his benefit performance, was that our production was better than the ones they had seen overseas. Thank you to the cast for their wonderful performances and to the crew for good backstage coordination, a set that was a character in itself, excellent lighting and the crucial sound effects that were spot-on for timing.

IT’S TIME, IT’S TIME … FOR PANTOMIME!

Di Thom will be directing the pantomime, Aladdin, by Ben Crocker. The run is scheduled for 6 to 22 December at the Masque Theatre.

If you love performing in pantomimes, then don’t miss the auditions on the 28th of July and the 4th of August (both are Saturdays). We’re looking for children and adults, males and females, singers and dancers, and even a band. See the attached audition notice.

FOR YOUR DIARY

15-23 June Cape Performing Arts at the Masque Theatre
Students of CAPA present an engaging show filled with dynamic content and featuring highly talented young artists in dance, drama and song, including winners from the recent Cape Town Eisteddfod.

23 June AUDITION: Hello and Goodbye
Mari Mocke directs Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye to be staged at the Milnerton Playhouse and possibly at the Fugard Fest in Stellenbosch. See attached audition details.

24 & 27 June AUDITION: Calendar Girls
Wendy Goddard directs Tim Firth’s comedy, Calendar Girls, for Claremont Dramatic Society. See attached audition notice.

28-30 June The Dance Project returns to the Masque
The Dance Project is back with Put Your Foot Down! A bunch of dancers and talented kids in one big show party.

10-13 July Children’s holiday entertainment – four shows only!
Jungle Theatre Company presents the African fairytale, River of Life, at the Masque. A special princess embarks on an adventure through a parched desert, an enchanted forest and up a mighty mountain, learning to speak the language of the river creatures in order to save the river for all. River of Life is ideally suited for children 5 to 10 years old, but is great fun for the whole family.

19-21 & SHOUT! The Mod Musical at the Pinelands Town Hall
26-28 July Bookings are open for this Pinelands Players production featuring great songs from the 60’s. The show boasts the exceptional talents of Martine Kawalsky, Melissa Sanderson, Luella Holland, Laura Bosman and Jennifer Moss. Tickets cost R110 each, including a pub-style meal. To book, call 072 923 1035 or email shoutpinelands@gmail.com.

20-28 July The female version of The Odd Couple
Sheldon Cross directs the female version of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple at the Masque for Claremont Dramatic Society.

20-28 July The Bus at Milnerton Playhouse
Wayne Hendricks directs The Bus, by James Lance, for Milnerton Players. To book, call 082 267 1061 or email bookings@milnertonplayers.com.

28 July & 4 August AUDITION: Aladdin
Constantiaberg Theatre Players presents the pantomime, Aladdin, written by Ben Crocker and directed by Di Thom. See the attached audition notice.

MASQUE THEATRE BOOKINGS

Bookings: Call 021 788 1898 – 10 am to 4 pm weekdays and 9.30 am to 12 pm on Saturdays (during runs). You can also email your booking requests to bookings@masquetheatre.co.za.

BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to Wayne Ronné who celebrates his birthday on the 18th of June!

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

Remember to LIKE US on Facebook if you haven’t already done so.

Regards,
Wesley Figaji.

AUDITION NOTICE
CONSTANTIABERG THEATRE PLAYERS PRESENTS

the family pantomime
ALADDIN
by Ben Crocker
directed by Di Thom

WHEN: Saturday, 28 July and Saturday, 4 August
• 10.30 am – 11.30 am: Junior Chorus
• 11.30 am – 12.30 pm: Adult Chorus
• 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm: The band
• 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm: Principals (main characters)

WHERE: The Guide Hall, Glen Alpine Way, Bergvliet.

DIRECTIONS: From Ladies Mile Road, turn into Children’s Way (at traffic lights near the main road), then immediately right into Glen Alpine Way. Follow the road until you see a parking lot on your left. The Guide Hall is opposite the parking lot.

RUN: At the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg, from 6 to 22 December 2012.

REHEARSALS: Will be held on Saturdays (during the day) and Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

INFO: Scripts and information can be obtained from Shelley Lombard at shellbee@iafrica.com or Di Thom at dianathom@mweb.co.za

TWO CHORUSES ARE REQUIRED (must be able to sign in tune)

Children’s Chorus: Aged 9 to 12 years. Children should prepare a piece of drama (perhaps a poem or short song) for the director. Music can be played at the hall if required, or it can be recorded. 8-year olds will be considered if talented, but no younger than that.
Adults’ Chorus: Males and females over 16 years. Singers and dancers are required.

A BAND IS REQUIRED

Members of the band can be of any age. Must be proficient at playing a musical instrument. Should prepare a short piece to be played at the audition.

CAST OF CHARACTERS (please have an idea which character/s you’re auditioning for)

ABANAZAR (the wicked uncle and villain): Male, age 25 plus. Large role. Needs a good, strong voice. Singing ability would be beneficial.

ALADDIN: Male, age 18 plus. Large role. Must be able to sing.

SERGEANT PONG: Female, age 35 plus. Medium role. Versatile.

PC PONG: Male, age 25 plus. Medium role. Versatile.

TYSON (already cast – actor experienced with ‘being’ an animal).

WISHEE WASHEE (the part of Buttons in a traditional pantomime): Large role. Needs to be funny and slightly pathetic, and to speak broken English with a Chinese accent.

WINDOW TWANKEY (the Dame of the pantomime): Male, age 25 plus. Large role. Needs to sing, dance and be versatile.

THE EMPRESS: Female, age 45 plus. Instead of an Emperor; a strong a haughty character – she is the ruler. Medium role. Requires a strong actress with a good speaking voice.

PRINCESS JASMINE: Female, age 16 plus. Medium role. Needs to sing and dance.

GENIE OF THE LAMP: Male, age 20 plus. Small / medium role. Very versatile, with a strong speaking voice.

GENIE OF THE RING: Female, age 18 plus. Medium role. Very versatile, with a strong speaking voice.

AUDITION NOTICE
CALENDAR GIRLS

A Comedy by Tim Firth

Director: Wendy Goddard
Audition Dates: Sunday 24 June at 14:30 and Wednesday 27 June at 19:30
Venue: The Hok, Campground Road, Claremont (under the bridge, next to Pick ‘n Pay)
Production dates: 9 – 24 November 2012, at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg
Rehearsals: from Tuesday 21 August, at the Hok, Campground Road, Claremont

SYNOPSIS

When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris decide to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer, Lawrence.
The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls is the fastest selling play in British theatre history.
CHARACTERS
Chris* – 40s – 60s (Medium-Large part + 330 lines)
Annie* – 40s – 60s (Medium part + 230 lines)
Cora* – 30s–40s (Medium part + 200 lines)
Jessie* – late 60s-70s (Small-Medium part + 150 lines)
Celia* – 35-50 (Small-Medium part + 160 lines)
Ruth* – mid-30s–late 40s (Small-Medium part + 160 lines)
Marie – 40s–60s (Small-Medium part + 150 lines)
John (Annie’s husband) – 40s-60s (Small part + 60 lines)
Rod – (Chris’s husband) – 40s-60s (Small part + 40 lines)
Lawrence – 20s–30s (Small part + 60 lines)
Lady Cravenshire – 50s – 70s (Cameo + 15 lines)
Elaine – 20’s (Cameo + 20 lines)
Liam – 20’s-30s (Cameo + 30 lines)
Brenda Hulse – 30s to 70s (Cameo + 20 lines)

*Characters who take part in the calendar photo shoot within the play. The action of this sequence is choreographed so that their modesty is preserved but actresses considering auditioning for these roles should bear this in mind. All shapes and sizes are welcome to audition – being well-endowed is not a prerequisite!

A NOTE ON NUDITY
Contrary to belief, there is no nudity directly on show to the audience.
Anyone wishing to audition for Cora should email Wendy for the music for ‘Jerusalem’ which needs to be prepared for the audition. None of the other parts require preparation. For more information, a copy of the script, or if you’d like to be part of the backstage crew of this wonderful team, please contact Wendy on 083 414 7003 or wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za.

AUDITION

HELLO AND GOODBYE

A drama in two acts by Athol Fugard

Milnerton Playhouse
Saturday 23 June @ 14.00

Direction: Mari Mocke

The two characters in the play are a brother and sister, Johnnie and Hester Smit, who have not seen one another for a few years. When interviewed, Fugard gave Johnnie’s age as 29 and Hester’s a few years older. The play requires experienced actors as both characters have lengthy monologues, wrought with emotion and there is much dialogue to memorize. Backstage & technical crew for stage manager, props, rehearsal prompt, lighting & sound will also be required.

The play will run at Milnerton Playhouse end August/beginning September 2012 with a possible further performance at the ‘Fugard Fest’ in Stellenbosch during the last weekend in September

For further information please contact the director at: 021 556 2415 or 082 708 4794
E-mail: mari.mocke@telkomsa.net

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JUNE 2012

I’m sure we’ve all realized it by now, but June is the start of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. So of course all the “swallows” have disappeared to the Northern Hemisphere where it’s summer! (Chris Bingham along with them!) Ah, well, I’ll console myself with the fact that we do get some be-yoo-ti-ful days in winter here in the Cape. Incidentally, June 6th is flag day in Sweden and it is also the day on which a prominent political figure died in 1968 after having been shot the day before. Know who? Tell you later!

OUR NEXT PRODUCTIONS

Our production of Season’s Greetings is NOW on at the Masque!

Whaddya mean you haven’t seen it yet?!

Whaddya mean you haven’t even BOOKED yet?!?

Go – NOW – phone – email – SOMETHING –

but make sure you don’t miss it!!

And then for something completely different …….. Eat Your Heart Out by Nick Hall will be the first dinner theatre production at the Masque! Dinner AND the show will cost you a mere R100.00 (there will be a vegetarian option) but the maximum number of seats available for each show will be 60 people. Obviously the booking is not yet open but do make a note of it now. It’s on as part of the Masque August Festival for 5 shows only (14 – 18 August, 19h30). The bar will be open and, as the show is performed in the foyer, the audience will enjoy a very intimate experience along with their meal.
The play is about the misadventures of Charlie … your waiter for the evening. Charlie is an actor in NYC working as a waiter while waiting to get acting jobs. Charlie finds frustration, humiliation, moral dilemmas, success and love in this comedy, as he interacts with patrons of various restaurants.

CALENDAR

1 – 9 June Season’s Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by by Coleen van Staden for Muizenberg
Dramatic Society at the Masque. In the words of Ayckbourn: “Christmas is about log fires, Christmas trees, excited children’s faces, candle-light, the holly and the mistletoe. The Bunker’s 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 over-excited, as they always do every year at Christmas.” Season’s Greetings is a play about unrequited love, success and failure, jealousy, greed, lust and gluttony. Just your “average family Christmas”. This is Ayckbourn at his best – his gift to you is a comedy full of wit, hilarious situations, quirky characters and a puppet show that only a mother could love!

15 – 23 June The Cape Academy of Performing Arts are welcomed back to the Masque with a brand new
show! Students of CAPA, representing all ages, present an engaging show. It is filled with dynamic content and highly talented young artists in dance in all its guises, drama and song. This show is sure to keep you inspired and uplifted. The performances will include winners from the recent Cape Town Eisteddfod as well as a solo performance by Mthuthuzeli November, the winner of the most outstanding contemporary dance solo at the recent Cape Town International Ballet Competition held at the Artscape Opera House. Fri. 15 at 19:30, Sat. 16 at 14:30 and 19:30, Thu. 21 and Fri. 22 at 19:30, Sat. 23 at 14:30 and 19:30. Tickets: Matinées R55 (R45 Theatre Club), evenings R60 (R50 Theatre Club).

28 – 30 June Put Your Foot Down! presented by The Dance Project at the Masque. Wanna see a bunch of
dancers, a bunch of talented kids with loads of music? In one BIG show party? Then join us on Thu. 28, Fri. 29 at 19:30 and Sat. 30 at 15:00 and 19:30. Tickets: R60. Book your seats with Trish on 083 357 4037 or 021 705 6202

16 June – 1 July The Yeoman of the Guard presented by Gilbert & Sullivan at Artscape. A wonderful work with stunning choruses and beautiful solos and ensembles. The story of The Merryman and his Maid is believable and dramatic with underlying typical Gilbertian comedy mingled with pathos and tragedy on this occasion. Gilbert regarded it as `…the best thing we have done`, and Sullivan declared that it is was his favourite of all their collaborative works. Conducted by Alaistair Cockburn and directed by Teddy Davies. Info and bookings through Computicket.

14 July Masque Directors’ Forum at 14:00 in the Masque Foyer (see details further down!).

10 – 13 July River of Life presented by the Jungle Theatre Company – a children’s holiday show! An
African fairy tale about a rural tribe and a special princess, who live alongside a beautiful river full of magical creatures. A glittering dancing trader arrives from the city to sell the villagers strange items which cause problems for the river! The princess embarks on an adventure through a parched desert, an enchanted forest and up a mighty mountain. She learns to speak the language of the river creatures in order to save the river for all. River of Life was created by the Laduma Jungle theatre team and directed by Vincent Meyburgh, as part of a 2-year skills development and job creation programme, funded by National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. This show is best suited for children 5 to 10 years old but is “great fun for all the family”. Tue. 10, Wed. 11, Thu. 12 and Fri. 13 at 11:00. Tickets: R30

16 – 19 July Shout, The Mod Musical directed by Garth Tavares for Pinelands Players at the Pinelands
Town Hall. Tickets cost just R110 including a pub-style meal. Bookings on 0729231035 or shoutpinelands@gmail.com. This exiting 60s musical has a bold and sassy storyline and features a talented, beautiful cast, singing hits such as “Downtown” and “Those were the days”.

20 – 28 July The Odd Couple by Neil Simon directed by Sheldon Cross for Claremont Dramatic Society at
the Masque. This female version of Neil Simon’s well-loved comic romp, is based very closely on the original piece. Many of the jokes are the same in both versions, but given a female twist, they seem to take on a new meaning. Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same. Florence Unger will be played with all the requisite angst and neuroses. The bombastic Oscar is replaced by Olive Madison adding the feminine wiles to the character. Not to be missed.

20 – 28 July The Bus by James Lantz, directed by Wayne Hendricks for Milnerton Players at The Playhouse
July Further info and bookings on bookings@milnertonplayers.com or 0822671061.

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 or at the theatre Mon-Fri, 10:00 to 16:00
(During shows also 9:30 to 12:00 on Saturdays)
or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

MASQUE THEATRE NEWS

Report back on Fundraiser: We had a lot of fun at the 80’s bash held in the Masque Foyer on Saturday, 26 May! Gary Fargher put in a HUGE amount of effort with four hours of continuous music, the requisite 80s mirror ball and great posters. He was ably assisted by Hayley (the cash), Sue Hallinan (the food) and Tracy-Lee Anderson (the bar). Thanks also to Mark Jennings for the Pick ‘n Pay donation. Wine and whiskey were won in the raffle with the main prize of the night’s playlist on CDs going to barlady Tracy! It was wonderful to see a number of young people really getting into the swing of things!! Not everyone embraced 80s fashions but Angela-Lee Wright went all out : sideways ponytail, leg-warmers, big earrings, denim jacket, the lot!! She and Conrad Lihou were prominent on the dance-floor, as were Wendy Goddard, Jane Skilton and Lee De Andrade to name but a few of the MVDS’ members who attended. Apparently approximately R2 500 was raised – and that’s WITHOUT the bar takings! That’s pretty damn good I think – once again, thanks to the organisers.

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Directors’ Forum: Saturday, 14 July 2012, at 14:00, in the theatre foyer. Prospective directors – whether experienced or newcomers, members of a dramatic society or not – should give some thought to the possibility of directing next year. Contact Celia Musinkanth (0217887911 or 0833588415 or masquetheatre@mweb.co.za for more information and/or delivery of a copy of the play. Keep in mind that (as always) no payment is received by our directors (as for cast and crew). Attached please find a (short) proposal form for interested potential directors.

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Thanks very much to Brenda Commins for the following titbit:
Recently we went on a very pleasant Garden Route tour, arranged by the U3A. Chatting over dinner one evening the Masque Theatre was mentioned. A gentleman at our table, Peter Lane, said: “I have something to say about the Masque!” He then proceeded to relate the story below, which we persuaded him to write down:

“Tillie [Bertie Stern’s wife] was never particularly enthusiastic about Bertie’s dream of owning his own theatre. One can imagine that there must have been some very serious discussion and word wrestling in the Stern house – culminating in Bertie buying and converting the local bowling alley into the Masque Theatre. From nine to five Bertie was a prominent attorney in Cape Town, having offices in Hout Street. My mother, Ivy Lane, was his bookkeeper/accountant. When the Masque opened she was bound by the close relationship we had with the Stern family to assist with the theatre – which, I must add, was a pleasure. Ivy did the ticket office and I did the sweet counter. Bertie did the P.R. – and did he love it! I remember him putting his hand on my shoulder at ‘my’ sweet counter and saying ‘Peter, you can be our first member!’ And so I became Masque Theatre Club Member Number One. To write this I’m stretching my memory back some fifty years…. Naturally I don’t remember any of the shows…with one exception. It was a one-man show, Shalom Aleichem, performed by a gentleman by the name of Alec Bell. The only prop was a wooden bar stool in the middle of the stage. Alec walked on and introduced himself: ‘I am Alec Bell. Alec Bell? Yes, Alec…mmm…Bellitski.’ And for the next two hours he told the most wonderful and humorous Jewish stories.”

Thanks to Peter for sharing that with us!

AUDITIONS!

Auditions for our last production of the year will take place on Sunday, 1 July 2012.
See attachment to this newsletter for full details!

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Details of Claremont Dramatic Society’s auditions for Calendar Girls appeared in last month’s newsletter – Sunday 24 June at 14:30 and Wednesday 27 June at 19:30. Contact Wendy Goddard on 083 414 7003 or wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za for further info.

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Milnerton Players is holding an audition for Athol Fugard’s drama, Hello and Goodbye, on Saturday 23 June at 14.00 at the Playhouse. The two characters in the play are a brother and sister, Johnnie and Hester Smit, who have not seen one another for a few years. When interviewed, Fugard gave Johnnie’s age as 29 and Hester’s a few years older. The play requires experienced actors as both characters have lengthy monologues, wrought with emotion and there is much dialogue to memorize. Backstage & technical crew for stage manager, props, rehearsal prompt, lighting and sound will also be required. The play will run at Milnerton Playhouse end August/beginning September 2012 with a possible further performance at the ‘Fugard Fest’ in Stellenbosch during the last weekend in September. For further information please contact director Mari Mocke on 021 556 2415 or 082 708 4794 or mari.mocke@telkomsa.net

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Fish Hoek Dramatic Society still needs one male actor (preferably middle aged) to fill two small but important roles in their production of St. Joan. Both characters are serious, fair-minded types – Canon John d’Estivet (prosecutor in the trial of Joan) and The Gentleman (newsreader-type). Please email director Richard Higgs at richard.higgs@uct.ac.za if you are interested.

BIRTHDAYS

For those born in July, a birthstone poem:
“The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they’ll be exempt and free,
From lover’s doubts and anxiety.”

So we take this opportunity to wish all our members turning a year older in July a very happy birthday. They are:
06 Anton SchÄfer 09 James Pape 11 Di Thom & Nick Lee
14 Su Cunningham 18 Tom Byrne 21 Fiona Carling & Lieske Bester
23 Samantha Davies and, last but certainly not least, 29 Lee de Andrade

And a bit more about your birthstone: the Ruby is associated with devotion, integrity, courage and happiness. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the ruby are vitality, confidence and strength and it is reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the blood and infection and increasing positive thought patterns. The traditional colour associated with the Ruby is a deep red colour and it was strongly favoured as a popular gem in Victorian jewellery.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

Happy News First:

Join us for the Musical Members’ Evening on Wednesday, 20 June, in the Masque Theatre Foyer, starting 19:30. A variety of talented people singing, playing classical piano, bagpipes, Japanese instruments and maybe more! There will be yummy hot soups and French loaves to warm the cockles of your heart and tummy, and of course the bar will be open. As usual, our evenings are FREE to members and guests are welcome at a paltry R10 each. For catering purposes please let Wendy Morling know if you are coming by no later than 15 June. Phone her on 021 7150694, 0834628242 or email home@morling.co.za.

Sad News Next:

Our condolences to both Celia Muiskanth and Wendy Morling on the deaths of close family members recently – our thoughts are with you.

In Iceland it is Fishermans Day on the first Sunday in June which celebrates the work of fishermen and remembers those lost at sea.

And the political figure? Robert F Kennedy!

Eve

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Masque Directors’ Forum 2013
Proposal Form

I would like to direct a play for any of the four “Masque Societies” [Claremont Dramatic Society, Constantiaberg Theatre Players, MVDS, Fish Hoek Dramatic Society]. The following details are relevant.

Personal information
Surname ______________________________First name/initials___________________________
Address
e-mail address ___________________________________________________________________
Telephone_____________________________Cellphone _________________________________
Experience (if any)

Production information (if at all possible let Celia Musikanth have a copy of the script asap)
Genre
Title of the production
Author
Translator (if applicable) ___________________Composer (if applicable)
How many acts? _________________________Approximate duration in minutes
Particulars re set, costumes, etc.
Please note my intention to propose the following production for 2014

Signature Date

MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY – AUDITION NOTICE

‘Blithe Spirit’ by Noel Coward
Directed by: Barbara Basel

AUDITION DATE: Sunday 1 July 2012 at 13h30 (You’re welcome to bring a picnic lunch and eat it on the lawn while you wait.)

PLACE: Rendezvous (Old Zandvlei Bowling Club), 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg
CALLBACKS: Thursday 5 July 2012 at 19:30
ENQUIRIES: Barbara Basel on barbara.basel@gmail.com or telephone 0826511695
DATES OF RUN: 12 to 20 October 2012 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg
REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will take place three times a week, Thursdays at 19h30 – 22h00, Saturdays 10h30 – 13h30 at the Rendezvous, plus one other evening to be decided later. Initially all cast members will not be required to attend every rehearsal. The first read-through for the entire cast will be on Monday 9 July 2012 at 19h30 at the director’s home.

PLEASE NOTE: The prescribed readings will be available from Barbara after 15 June for people wishing to audition.

Background Information

Noel Coward is one of the most prolific and successful authors of light comedy and farce in the history of English theatre and is synonymous with a certain English style: the elegant silk dressing gown, the cigarette holder, charm, wit, clipped phrases, upper-class accents, and sex appeal. The comedy in Coward’s plays arises from the juxtaposition of these features of British suavity and social polish with the absurd and sometimes violent behaviour produced by his characters’ clamorous sexual desires and their irrational emotions of jealousy, anger, and spite.

Blithe Spirit, written and first produced in London in 1941 in the middle of World War II, epitomises these characteristics. Its setting is ‘the living room of the Condomines’ house in Kent,” a rural county to the southeast of London, which provides a fashionable location for deluxe country living and an arena of affluent comfort, good taste and ‘civilized’ behaviour.

Synopsis
Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, who wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. At the séance, she inadvertently summons Charles’s first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Only Charles can see or hear Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, does not believe that Elvira exists until a floating vase is handed to her out of thin air. The ghostly Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles’s current marriage. She finally sabotages his car in the hope of killing him so that he will join her in the spirit world, but it is Ruth who drives off and is killed.

Ruth’s ghost immediately comes back for revenge on Elvira. , Charles calls Madame Arcati back to exorcise both of the spirits, but instead she materialises Ruth. Charles and Madame Arcati go through numerous séances and at last, with the help of a psychic maid, Madame Arcati succeeds but warns Charles that the ghosts may still be around unseen. Charles leaves at once, and the play ends with the frustrated unseen ghosts throwing things around and destroying the room.

THE CHARACTERS

Charles Condomine – a nice looking man of about 40. Charles is a suave and successful ‘Cowardesque’ novelist who has been living a thoroughly conventional life and hating virtually every minute of it. Behind Charles’s air of sophistication and poise there lurks a trapped animal longing for release. Charles is a mystery who finds himself in the middle of a ghost story. He ends the play determined to break out of the fiction of his previous life and, with both wives safely immured in the ‘spirit world’, he rather leeringly announces that he’s going to “enjoy” himself as he has never enjoyed himself before.
Ruth Condomine – a smart-looking woman in her late thirties and Charles’ second wife., Ruth seems to be something of a self-righteous, domineering nag. She claims she is not jealous of Elivra, but constantly seeks reassurance from Charles that he loves her more than he loved Elivra. Her previous marriage to an older man, plus her current obsession with Elvira’s looks, raises interesting questions that make this an attractive role for an actress who relishes the creative opportunity of filling in the blanks.
Elvira Condomine – an extremely beautiful ‘ghost’ in her late twenties who died seven years ago. During her life she was ‘pleasure-loving, impetuous, flirtatious, selfish, unfaithful and lacking in spiritual integrity’ and exhibits these traits throughout the play. Charles describes her as both fascinating and maddening, who showed ‘gay charm when she got her own way’ and ‘extreme acidity when she didn’t’. One of her “greatest charms” was that, unlike the domineering Ruth, she “never ruled anyone.”

Madame Arcati – a striking ‘larger-than-life’ eccentric woman between sixty and seventy who radiates a sense of ‘extravagance combined with the barbaric’. Madame Arcati a very self-serious medium on the prowl for vibrations from the spirit world. And when Madame Arcati feels vibrations, she vibrates — sometimes like a tuning fork, sometimes like wind chimes in a monsoon. Her little neo-Nijinsky dances, are method for making herself receptive for the arrival of errant ectoplasms. Unbeknown to her, she is invited to Charles’s house as a figure of fun, but turns out to be a person of formidable power and dignity, ready with a withering retort whenever her integrity as a medium is questioned. By the end of the play she has grown in the eyes of the Condomines from being a charlatan to being their only source of hope in escaping from their spiritual snarl.

Madame Arcati is not, however, an ethereal figure of ascetic otherworldliness. She relishes food and drink and frequently gobbles down sandwiches and drinks martinis. She is physically robust and happily pedals seven miles home on her bicycle after an exhausting night of trances and spells.

Mrs. Bradman –a middle class woman in her late 40s to early 50s who is described as ‘fair and faded’. She is a chatterbox in the tradition of country gossips, curious about everything, impatient with her stolid husband, eager for new experiences and titillating information.

Dr. Bradman – a pleasant looking middle-aged country doctor, a few years older than his wife. He is the solid citizen who stands in contrast to the emotionally unstable characters of Charles and his wives. Rational, practical and skeptical, he is an indispensable element in every ghost story. Together, the Bradmans help to solidify the atmosphere of bourgeois reality against which the appearance of ghosts stands out so strikingly.

Edith – the Condomines maid – a plain, clumsy, working class village girl in her early twenties. For most of the play, she is a ‘comic figure’ with the funny habit of rushing about all the time. Overlooked throughout most of the action, it is only at play’s end that we discover her crucial but unknown power for summoning up spirits from the ‘other world’.

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