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August 2012 – Number 113


 

Hello everyone!

 

After a busy month and a successful production of The Odd Couple (Female Version) directed by Sheldon Cross, I thought  this insert written by Liz Roodt is a thorough and warm encapsulation of what CDS is all about, thank you Liz.

 

My first time:

 

I was looking for some excitement.  Looking for new people, new ideas, new places.  My mother had been in a production of The Winslow Boy in Newcastle, Australia, and said that amateur dramatics was a heap of fun.  So I spoke with Mr Google and shortly received a call from an enthused Wendy.  Before I knew it, I was within the machine of Marvin’s Room.  Fourteen scene changes, new people, new ideas, new places.  It was a heap of fun.  The world of entertainment started opening up and getting a new perspective on it all was delicious.

The concept of putting a script amongst a group of people, tallying and totalling until you get the bottom line is quite fascinating.  After that, I was lucky to be at an audition for The Odd Couple and by some miracle (as I hadn’t prepared an ounce) I got a part.

Working with Sheldon Cross as our very capable director gave me insight into what it is like to be the one on the actual stage.  He is a sensitive man – fully compliant with his female side.  He would have to be to have put up with all the oestrogen he had to float above.  Our show was a success.  Whether working in the headlights or in the recessed darkness of backstage, it has refreshed me to be in this new world.

 

Members Evening – This Friday, 31 August at 19:30 for 20:00

 

*My apologies to Sheila who became Shirley in the previous newsletter!

 

Two performances:

 

‘November Women’ written by Kate McGrath, directed by Sheila Inglis, with Melanie Jessop and Alex Lategan. A one-act play about a supposed troubled young woman and a Social Worker who experience an interesting role reversal.

 

And

 

‘Pocket Shots’ written and directed by Candice Williams. Having just returned from the Grahamstown National Arts Festival Fringe, her cast Megan Young, Kelly Maasdorp, Gal Ezra and Rowan Studti will entertain us with this suspense thriller!

 

Warrant Officers Lee and Singer must move fast to track down a vicious serial killer and their search leads them straight to roommates Paula and Ashley. But, when Warrant Officer Singer becomes involved with prime suspect Ashley, the race to catch a killer becomes a matter of love and death.

 

What’s Happening

 

The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will host the first South African Live Art Festivalfrom 22 November to 2 December 2012 in Cape Town. The festival will be housed in a variety of Cape Town spaces such as the Cape TownCity Hall, the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus and the Baxter Theatre Centre.

 

As interdisciplinary and genre-crossing work appears increasingly at the fore of local and international art practice, contemporary understanding and appreciation of these practices and their various manifestations is continually evolving. As a result, “Live Art” is a broad term that has come to encompass performance art, installations, experimental theatre and dance, and time-based art of the sort that exists on the fringes of visual and performing art practice. In line with these thoughts, GIPCA invites proposals in two categories, to present work on this ground-breaking platform:

 

Young/emerging Artists and Established Artists. Proposals should be submitted by Friday, 31 August 2012, via email to fin-gipca@uct.ac.za. For more information, please contact the GIPCA office on 021 4807156 or fin-gipca@uct.ac.za.

 

Auditions

 

  1. AUDITION NOTICE: The Grand: Directed by June Wells, Musical Director: Victor Tichart, for Pinelands Players. Audition is on 1 September, registration at 13:30 at the Pinelands Playhouse.

(please refer to full audition notice below).

 

Member’s News

 

–          Anthony Lister and Liz Roodt, two CDS members are in lead roles in the Production Blithe Spirit written by Noel Coward , directed by Barbara Basel.

 

–          A big Thank You to Simon Dutton for the stripping and sealing of the Hok floor. What a difference! It looks beautifully clean and shiny.

 

–          Wishing Lynn Moss a speedy recuperation after her op.

 

 

Calendar

 

 

23 Aug –1 Sept :           Peña Flamenca:

a flamenco get-together with dancers, musicians and singers, presented by La Rosa Dance Company, South Africa’s premier professional Spanish performance company. A peña flamenca is a regular social get-together of a group of flamenco locals within a community where each participant has the opportunity to practice their art in a relaxed, informal, spontaneous context, without pressure. The order of peña performances is not planned, although a rough outline of the evening may be given to the guitarist in attendance. For this run the order has been planned but the soloists in each piece vary from one night to another, giving audiences and dancers alike a fresh take on the structure and spirit of each performance. The purpose of creating this production is for the company soloists to hone and diversify their skills. Highlights of this season include two new pieces – the opening piece and a Fandangos de Huelva – the choreography of these pieces and of solos in the Bulería finale has been facilitated by artistic director Carolyn Holden, calling on the dancers to create short solos for themselves within each piece.

 

14 – 22 Sept:               Saint Joanby George Bernard Shaw directed by Richard Higgs for Fish  Hoek Dramatic  Society at the Masque. This classic play (written in 1923, soon after Joan of Arc’s canonisation as a saint and more than 500 years after her execution) has been described as a “tragedy without villains”. It is a chronicle that sets out the rise, trial and legacy of the seventeen year-old girl who led the French army to victory against the English in the Hundred Years War and crowned the King of France.

 

28th & 29th Sept:           Hottentot’s Holland Society: Shiraz& Friends in Concert” this is to enable HHDS to raise funds for sound equipment. Tickets @ R 85.00 each will be available from Computicket.

3-12 October:              Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society“Crimes of the Heart” directed by Kelly Westraad

12 – 20 October            Blithe Spirit directed by Barbara Basel for Muizenberg Dramatic Society, at the Masque Theatre

 

A warm welcome home to our Chairlady, Wendy, who has returned from a trip to the U.K and looking forward to the Members’ Evening that promises to be a heap of fun.

 

Alex

 

 

 

AUDITION NOTICE

THE GRAND OPENING

Written and directed by June Wells

Music direction by Victor Tichart

on Saturday 1st September at 2pm

at Pinelands Players clubhouse: the Crossing, Pinelands

(From Forest Drive with mountain behind you, take first left after the Vincent Palotti hospital, left at the T-junction into Sunny Road, right into The Crossing, brick building on left next to railway line.)

Production Dates: 2nd to 14th December 2012

PinelandsTown Hall

 

You will be required to sing a song from the show. For sheet music please contact June

cjwells@mweb.co.za or 021 5318682. An accompanist will be available.

 

Dialogue auditions will take place at the same time. Scripts will be made available on the day.

 

Dancing: Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that will be suitable for dancing on carpeted flooring.

 

Registration will be from 1.30pm and the audition will start promptly at 2pm.

 

THE STORY:

Charlie has worked for an insurance company all his life and hated it. Seeing an ad for the sale of the old ‘Grand Nightclub and Restaurant’, he makes an impulsive decision to take an early retirement package, buy the Grand, restore it to its former glory and live happily ever after running it. It’s close to opening night and Charlie is still struggling to find suitable entertainment so he calls on his extended family to help!

IF YOU THINK YOU AREN’T SUITABLE FOR ONE OF THE PARTS, THE WRITER MAY THINK YOU’RE EXACTLY WHAT SHE’S LOOKING FOR AND EVEN CHANGE THE CHARACTER!

COME ALONG, YOU’VE GOT NOTHING TO LOSE!

DESCRIPTION OF CHARACTERS: UNLESS SPECIFICALLY NOTED, ALL OF THE CHARACTERS HAVE TO SING, MOVE & ACT REASONABLY WELL.

CHARLIE in his mid 50’s, he’s worked for an insurance company all his life and hated it. He sees an ad for the sale of the old ‘Grand Nightclub and Restaurant’, and impulsively takes early retirement and buys it. In keeping with his new image he has discarded his suits and now dresses as he imagines a successful nightclub owner would. He succeeds in looking like a somewhat seedy dope dealer. THIS IS THE ONLY LEAD ROLE – HE CARRIES THE SHOW; MUST HAVE ACTING ABILITY.

LORRAINE – CHARLIE’S not-so-long-suffering wife, early 50’s. At first it all sounded like a great idea but she is starting to have doubts. She is a great cook and dreams of blowing the patrons away with exquisite meals for which she’ll become famous. She’s quite flamboyant and sports leopard skin tights, a bouffant hairdo, tank-top and very high heels (but when she’s working, she wears a pair of furry slippers).

PATRICIAtheir eldest daughter, early 30’s. PATRICIA owns her own small printing business and has delusions of grandeur. She believes totally in her ability to do anything better than anyone else. She disapproves of her parent’s venture, embarrassed maybe? But she has come to the party by doing the flyers and posters for them – at cost. GOOD VOICE.

FRANS – PATRICIA’s husband. He’s from Pretoria and is a huge Blue Bulls fan. Very much a ‘man’s’ man but when PATRICIA puts her foot down he is cowed. He says ‘wif’ instead of ‘with’. FRANS is a good guy. He could be very large or small with a big man’s attitude. GOOD VOICE, SINGS IN C&W GENRE AND CAN DO A GOOD ELVIS IMITATION.

NAOMI – the youngest daughter mid 20’s. NAOMI is sweet, star struck and not stupid but very naive. She works in a nursery school and is inclined to talk in a child-like way. She even dresses in frilly clothes with t-bar shoes, very girly. She loves everyone and most people respond by loving her back. She is thrilled about the Grand, dreaming of rubbing shoulders with the stars. GOOD VOICE.

STAN – NAOMI’s husband. STAN works at FNB as a teller and thrills his wife with stories about famous clients who come into the bank. He is delighted at his in-law’s new venture – all his life he has wanted to get into show business, is destiny calling? He makes extra money delivering ‘singing telegrams’ in different costumes and has a repertoire of ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Hava Nagila’, ‘The Anniversary Waltz’ and ‘Sixteen Candles’. GOOD VOICE.

ARNOLD– early 20’s. The son. He is studying interior design and is very flamboyant. LORRAINE dotes on him. CHARLIE ignores the fact that ARNOLD is gay & continually tries to engage him in conversations about rugby and all those ‘man’ things. GOOD VOICE.

MAC50‘s. an old buddy of CHARLIE’s, they were at school together and also worked at the same Insurance Company until CHARLIE retired. He is an extremely anxious person and can’t understand CHARLIE’s ‘throwing everything away’ to open something as financially hazardous as a nightclub. He used to sing in the choir and when he was young fancied himself as another Mario Lanza; CHARLIE has roped him in for this reason, but has MAC’s voice stood the test of time?

MARTY late 40’s/50’s. MARTY is MAC’s wife. The opposite of her husband in character, she is cheerful and optimistic. She is also loud. MARTY has a habit of hugging and kissing everyone which embarrasses MAC and some others as well. MARTY has inherited some money from an aunt in the U.K. whom she’d never met and she has invested some of in The Grand without MAC’s  knowledge.

 

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AUDITION

THE GRAND OPENING

DIRECTOR: JUNE WELLS. MUSICAL DIRECTOR: VICTOR TICHART

‘THE GRAND’ WAS JUST A DUSTY, RUN DOWN, ABANDONED NIGHTCLUB/RESTAURANT UNTIL CHARLIE FOUND IT.

IT’S STILL PRETTY DUSTY AND RUN DOWN, BUT CHARLIE ENTHUSIASTICALLY PLANS TO TURN IT INTO CAPE TOWN’S NEXT HOT SPOT.

HE HAS THREE WEEKS UNTIL THE ADVERTISED OPENING.

WITH A RELUCTANT WIFE, A MOSTLY PESSIMISTIC FAMILY AND A DISILLUSIONED BAND, CHARLIE MAINTAINS HIS OPTIMISM AND FORGES ON IN HIS DETERMINATION TO PRODUCE A GLITTERING OPENING NIGHT.

THIS SHOW WILL BE FUN TO BE IN – GUARANTEED. LOTS OF GREAT SONGS.

DON’T MISS THE AUDITION ON THE 1ST SEPTEMBER (1.30 P.M. FOR REGISTRATION)

PINELANDS PLAYERS CLUBHOUSE

IF YOU THINK YOU AREN’T SUITABLE FOR ONE OF THE PARTS, THE WRITER MAY THINK YOU’RE EXACTLY WHAT SHE’S LOOKING FOR AND EVEN CHANGE THE CHARACTER!

COME ALONG, YOU’VE GOT NOTHING TO LOSE!

DESCRIPTION OF CHARACTERS: UNLESS SPECIFICALLY NOTED, ALL OF THE CHARACTERS HAVE TO SING, MOVE & ACT REASONABLY WELL.

CHARLIE in his mid 50’s, he’s worked for an insurance company all his life and hated it. He sees an ad for the sale of the old ‘Grand Nightclub and Restaurant’, and impulsively takes early retirement and buys it. In keeping with his new image he has discarded his suits and now dresses as he imagines a successful nightclub owner would. He succeeds in looking like a somewhat seedy dope dealer. THIS IS THE ONLY LEAD ROLE – HE CARRIES THE SHOW; MUST HAVE ACTING ABILITY.

LORRAINE – CHARLIE’S not-so-long-suffering wife, early 50’s. At first it all sounded like a great idea but she is starting to have doubts. She is a great cook and dreams of blowing the patrons away with exquisite meals for which she’ll become famous. She’s quite flamboyant and sports leopard skin tights, a bouffant hairdo, tank-top and very high heels (but when she’s working, she wears a pair of furry slippers).

PATRICIAtheir eldest daughter, early 30’s. PATRICIA owns her own small printing business and has delusions of grandeur. She believes totally in her ability to do anything better than anyone else. She disapproves of her parent’s venture, embarrassed maybe? But she has come to the party by doing the flyers and posters for them – at cost. GOOD VOICE.

FRANS – PATRICIA’s husband. He’s from Pretoria and is a huge Blue Bulls fan. Very much a ‘man’s’ man but when PATRICIA puts her foot down he is cowed. He says ‘wif’ instead of ‘with’. FRANS is a good guy. He could be very large or small with a big man’s attitude. GOOD VOICE, SINGS IN C&W GENRE AND CAN DO A GOOD ELVIS IMITATION.

NAOMI – the youngest daughter mid 20’s. NAOMI is sweet, star struck and not stupid but very naive. She works in a nursery school and is inclined to talk in a child-like way. She even dresses in frilly clothes with t-bar shoes, very girly. She loves everyone and most people respond by loving her back. She is thrilled about the Grand, dreaming of rubbing shoulders with the stars. GOOD VOICE.

STAN – NAOMI’s husband. STAN works at FNB as a teller and thrills his wife with stories about famous clients who come into the bank. He is delighted at his in-law’s new venture – all his life he has wanted to get into show business, is destiny calling? He makes extra money delivering ‘singing telegrams’ in different costumes and has a repertoire of ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Hava Nagila’, ‘The Anniversary Waltz’ and ‘Sixteen Candles’. GOOD VOICE.

ARNOLD– early 20’s. The son. He is studying interior design and is very flamboyant. LORRAINE dotes on him. CHARLIE ignores the fact that ARNOLD is gay & continually tries to engage him in conversations about rugby and all those ‘man’ things. GOOD VOICE.

MAC50‘s. an old buddy of CHARLIE’s, they were at school together and also worked at the same Insurance Company until CHARLIE retired. He is an extremely anxious person and can’t understand CHARLIE’s ‘throwing everything away’ to open something as financially hazardous as a nightclub. He used to sing in the choir and when he was young fancied himself as another Mario Lanza; CHARLIE has roped him in for this reason, but has MAC’s voice stood the test of time?

MARTY late 40’s/50’s. MARTY is MAC’s wife. The opposite of her husband in character, she is cheerful and optimistic. She is also loud. MARTY has a habit of hugging and kissing everyone which embarrasses MAC and some others as well. MARTY has inherited some money from an aunt in the U.K. whom she’d never met and she has invested some of in The Grand without MAC’s  knowledge.

 

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Hi there readers
What an exciting time we have had! With the Olympics in full swing, our own local teams have been extremely
busy with various aspects of our recent Candelight Theatre at the Pinelands Town Hall.
Yet another successful production by Pinelands Players is under the belt. Shout! The Mod Musical was
sold out for nearly all performances. This culmination of art, music, song, dance and humour was well received
by all audiences. The British theme carried throughout was welcomed and the show received fantastic
reviews. Congratulations!
Thank you to EVERYONE involved in ensuring that this production was the great success that it was.
Our next club night will be held on 24 August 2012 at the clubhouse. Luella Holland will be hosting the evening with her exuberant personality and experience, to ensure that a lot of fun will be had by all at “Whose line are it anyways? “.
Auditions for our very locally grown production, The Grand Opening, will take place on 1st and 2nd September 2012 at the Clubhouse. We look forward to another exciting adventure for our year-end Candelight Theatre production.

Pinelands Players are offering young adults a musical theatre workshop during the September holidays ( 28 September to 8 October). We are opening this exciting opportunity to 14 – 24 year olds (or thereabouts), to participate in various aspects of singing, dancing, acting, vocals etc, and then showcasing the learning on the last day of a 3 day course. For more information, please contact Chenara Fenton on chenaana@gmail.co.za
We wish all our fellow thespians and participants travelling to the Buxton Festival, all the best in their production and South African representation of Yeomen of the Guard. Have fun and travel safely.
We all have days when we feel the world is on our shoulders! But it is not! Sharing the burden lightens the load. That is what friends are for.
Tanya March
Shout! The Mod Musical
A word from Tina…….
“What a fabulous success Shout! The Mod Musical has been!!!!!!
And the reason for this has been the teamwork that this committee has demonstrated during this production.
There was no one production manager for this show – it was an entire team! From the rehearsals to the sets to the costumes, we did it together.

We are thrilled to announce that we hit 96.7% of the house capacity – wow! That’s a first! So I would like to say a huge thank you to the committee members and all involved, and here’s to the next one in December”.
Pinelands Players would like to thank the following people for their kind donations towards the show:

• Louis de Kock
• June Wells
• John Carne
• Kyla Thorburn

A further thank you is extended to everyone who participated in the raffles. Thank you to Oblivion for sponsoring the
fabulous prizes! R 3000 was raised which will go towards purchasing technical equipment for the society.
Thank you also to Tech X, Soundworks, Jacks Paint & Hardware Sea Point and Hireco for their generous contributions
towards making the show such a success.
Thank you to all the friends and family for your contribution, dedication and commitment during the preparation and run of this show. It takes many hands to put together a production and we depend on our gallant volunteers to assist in the following areas:
• Making and sourcing of props
• Sewing costumes
• Set building & painting
• Backstage
• Lighting & sound
• Front of house, ticket sales, décor
• Working behind the bar
• Washing dishes
• Serving food
• Collecting fish and chips
• Etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.
“Congratulations to the society and the director on their choice!

This funky show sizzles right through – from the exhilarating opening number to the fabulous finale! It is without a doubt one of the best of its kind I have seen over the years. . . “ – Lieske Bester
“Director Garth Tavares has produced a feel good, tongue in cheek, toe tapping musical where the costumes are vibrant,
the songs are nostalgic and the characters endear themselves through their humorous yet honest experiences”.
– Genevieve Cross, Monday Missile

 

What’s on

14 – 18 August 2012 Masque Theatre
Eat your Heart Out directed by Tom Byrne
Muizenberg Dramatic Society
Bookings 021 788 1898

12 – 20 October 2012 Masque Theatre
Blithe Spirit directed by Barbara Basel
Muizenberg Dramatic Society
9 – 24 November 2012 Masque Theatre
Calendar Girls directed by Wendy Goddard
Claremont Dramatic Society
2 – 22 December 2012 Masque Theatre
Aladdin directed by Di Thom
Constantiaberg Theatre Players
December Pinelands Town Hall
The Grand Opening directed by June Wells

Performance Dates: First 2 weeks of December 2012
Pinelands Town Hall
Audition dates: Saturday 1st September 2012 – 14h00
Sunday 2nd September 2012 – 14h00
Place: Pinelands Players Clubhouse
The Crossing. Pinelands
Enquiries: June Wells
cjwells@mweb.co.za

Special thoughts go to
Jack Matthee, Lynn Moss and Heather Earp Jones.
We wish you all a speedy recovery.
Get Well Soon

 

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AUGUST 2012
The LAST month of the second third of the year! (yeah – you’ll have to think about that one a bit!) – doesn’t time fly! You’ll find some interesting expressions and words explained interspersed with this month’s news.
BIRTHDAYS
John McConnell starts off our August birthdays on the 10th – on which day in 1911 British MPs voted for salaries for themselves for the first time (and they’ve been giving themselves big fat increases ever since!)
Phyllis Early celebrates on the 11th – the African country of Chad gained its independence from France on that day in 1960.
Tobie Beele was born on the 15th – which was the day the Woodstock music festival took place in New York state in 1969.

Sandy Gee and Ralph Lawson share the 20th – in 1917 bathing by Berlin residents was banned to save water and coal (yuck!)
The 25th is Joan Hitchcock’s birthday – in 1919 this was the day the first international air service began between Paris and London.
Quite appropriate right now – August 29th 1904 saw the opening of the 3rd Olympic Games in St Louis, Missouri. The 29th is Lynwen Roman’s birthday.
Last but not least Michelle Knights celebrates on the 30th – in the year 1900 on that day there was an outbreak of bubonic plague in Glasgow.
In the 1400’s a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have ‘the rule of thumb’.
DIRECTORS’ FORUM
About 25 people attended the Directors Forum held at the Masque last month and it sounds like a good deal of “brainstorming” took place with some great suggestions on how to enlarge the technical pool; involvement of schools and colleges; more aggressive marketing; an audience development plan; new festivals and competitions. Paul Griffiths also mailed some suggestions for a more diverse programme which included the possibility of a season that showcases European playwrights in addition to the usual English and American. He also suggested that directors look at the undiscovered gems of established writers. Plays proposed for 2013 include Fugard’s Road to Mecca; Cyprienne, a classic comedy by Ad’t D. Nicholson; Henceforward by the ever-popular Ayckbourn; the drama Lion in Winter;
Amadeus and many others.

 

MVDS’ “67 MINUTES”
Anyone who saw Season’s Greetings will clearly remember the delightful puppets created by June Edwards and Peter Ford! Well, they and their Puppet Theatre have found a new home at “Where Rainbows Meet” a special nursery school in Vrygrond near Retreat. Wendy Morling tells us a little bit about it:
On Tuesday, July 17th (to coincide with Mandela’s birthday on Wednesday 18th) Barry Howard, June Edwards, Peter Ford, Mark Jennings, Celia Musikanth and myself went to the school to do the handover and put on the puppet show of “The Three Little Pigs” – Andrew Blake had kindly delivered the theatre, etc, on the Sunday. After much huffing and
puffing by the big, bad wolf and all three pigs now living safely with Pig No. 3, we gave all the kids and staff a party donated by Pick & Pay which Mark Jennings had kindly organised.

A merry time was had by all!
In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on.
Hence the phrase.’Goodnight, sleep tight’.
MEMBERS’ EVENING
This will be at our usual venue, The Rendezvous, on Wednesday 22 August at 19h30 and will take the form of “Winter Tales”! The theme is basically “scary, weird and-wonderful” – please come prepared to participate by telling or reading a story, reciting poetry or acting a scene along those lines. There will be an excerpt from the Blithe Spirit séance scene to whet your appetites for the upcoming production.
Please let Alastair Duff know if you are coming by no later than 16 August, for purposes of catering. Phone him on 021 7884984 or email alastairduff@gmail.com.
You can also let him know if you will be participating in the entertainment. Your committee will provide a range of food platters and there will be yummy Gluhwein (hot, mulled red wine for those who don’t know!) for sale to chase away any winter blues!

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICPATE …..
The “Infecting The City Public Arts Festival” will be held in the first week of March 2013. It offers a unique opportunity to bring art, music, dance and performance out of theatres and galleries and into the streets and public spaces of Cape Town’s CBD. Its aspirations are to challenge audiences, breach boundaries, shift perspectives and help make sense of the
public spaces we occupy. The Festival’s aim is to develop a public art intervention that resonates and challenges people to connect with each other and the City, through art. This is a call for visual and performing artists to submit works that are either completely new or have been previously staged. The work can be a full ensemble piece, an intervention, a live performance, a visual art piece, an installation, a video, a happening, working with technology, via social media, totally interactive or some other form newly imagined. All works should translate to or work within a public environment, and should actively engage intentional and incidental audiences. There is no specific theme, though works that concern issues of urbanity are encouraged.
If you have an artwork in mind that fits with the Infecting the City Festival vision, please submit a detailed concept document (max. 500 words) including a full budget and a one page CV to info@infectingthecity.com. The call for submissions will be open from 1 July – 15 August 2012. A shortlist of applicants will be compiled by 1 September and finalists will be selected by 15 October. For more information visit http://www.infectingthecity.com, see the YouTube videos of last year’s festival, or contact Felicia on 021 418 3336.
The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will host the first South African Live Art Festival from 22 November to 2 December 2012 in Cape Town. The festival will be housed in a variety of Cape Town spaces such as the Cape Town City Hall, the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus and the Baxter Theatre Centre. As interdisciplinary and genre-crossing work appears increasingly at the fore of local and international art practice, contemporary understanding and appreciation of these practices and their various manifestations is continually evolving. As a result, “Live Art” is a broad term that has come to encompass performance art, installations, experimental theatre and
dance, and time-based art of the sort that exists on the fringes of visual and performing art practice. In line with these thoughts, GIPCA invites proposals in two categories, to present work on this ground-breaking platform:  Young/emerging Artists and Established Artists. Proposals should be submitted by Friday, 31 August 2012, via email to fin-gipca@uct.ac.za. For more information, please contact the GIPCA office on 021 4807156 or fingipca@
uct.ac.za.
Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. ‘Wet your whistle’ is the phrase inspired by this practice.

CALENDAR
REMEMBER!! AUGUST IS THE MASQUE THEATRE WOMEN’S MONTH FESTIVAL (males welcome!)
09 – 11 Aug It Was a Very Good Year, the new show by Ricky Botsis and Kevin Abbott, appropriately
Aug opens on Women’s Day and features one of the last century’s most loved musical genres –
Swing. This talented duo will once again charm you with their finger snapping, toe tapping,
light-hearted take on love. Ricky’s passion for Swing music was evident from a young age,
so when he was recently compared to the likes of a young Frank Sinatra it was certainly a
feather in this talented performer’s cap! Kevin Abbott began playing the piano from the
tender age of four – studying music and playing by ear – and has been performing for most
of his life. Evenings R65 (R55); Matinee R55 (R45).
14 – 18 Aug Eat your Heart Out directed by Tom Byrne for Muizenberg Dramatic Society. A comedy
about Charlie, a charming young man trying to make it as an actor in New York City. While
waiting for his big break to come along, he works as a waiter. Each scene of the story takes
place in a different restaurant. Charlie endures frustration, humiliation, moral dilemmas and
falling in love in a series of very funny scenes. For the first time at the Masque, the
production will be offered as supper theatre – arrive 19h00 for 19h30. The price for Supper
and the Show is R100 – state meat or vegetarian option when booking.
23 Aug -1 Sept Peña Flamenca, a flamenco get-together with dancers, musicians and singers, presented by
La Rosa Dance Company, South Africa’s premier professional Spanish performance
company. A peña flamenca is a regular social get-together of a group of flamenco locals
within a community where each participant has the opportunity to practice their art in a
relaxed, informal, spontaneous context, without pressure. The order of peña
performances is not planned, although a rough outline of the evening may be given to the
guitarist in attendance. For this run the order has been planned but the soloists in each
piece vary from one night to another, giving audiences and dancers alike a fresh take on
the structure and spirit of each performance. The purpose of creating this production is
for the company soloists to hone and diversify their skills. Highlights of this season
include two new pieces – the opening piece and a Fandangos de Huelva – the
choreography of these pieces and of solos in the Bulería finale has been facilitated by
artistic director Carolyn Holden, calling on the dancers to create short solos for
themselves within each piece. Normal prices, days and times with extra Sun 26 at 15:00
and Wed. 29 at 20:00
14 – 22 Sept Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw directed by Richard Higgs for Fish Hoek Dramatic
Society at the Masque. This classic play (written in 1923, soon after Joan of Arc’s
canonisation as a saint and more than 500 years after her execution) has been described
as a “tragedy without villains”. It is a chronicle that sets out the rise, trial and legacy of the
seventeen year-old girl who led the French army to victory against the English in the
Hundred Years War and crowned the King of France. It does not romanticise her character
or make her out to be anything other than what she was: a stubborn and militant teenager…
as well as a military and political genius. Sticking closely to historical truth, the play
explores the political intrigues and personal motives, sometimes noble, sometimes sleazy,
of the key players that made Joan of Arc an unforgettable historical personality. It also
explores the struggle of a woman to succeed in a man’s world, the struggle of political
powers to keep their hold on power, and the nature of genius, which Shaw shows, is not
that different from the nature of teenagers. Director Richard Higgs sets the play in a
contemporary corporate environment, where commerce, government and the media are in
as much crisis as the church and state were five and a half centuries ago, and in as much
need of a Saint Joan.
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

 

FUTURE PRODUCTIONS
One that is not very far in the future ……. in fact, heck, it’s just about ……..NOW!!
Yes, I’m talking about Eat your Heart Out!! Details in the Calender but remember – this is a first for the Masque,
so bring your friends and family along and book a table asap – seating is limited. Support your theatre – every cent
counts towards our new roof and air conditioners which we need urgently! Tom Byrne tells me that rehearsals are
going great and there are lots of laughs in the process – including a battle to get a sparkler that burns long enough
to play its role in a scene between Lynda Jennings and Tobie Beele! They have not been without problems
however – moving back and forth between the foyer and the Rendezvous means constantly having to remember where
they are supposed to be!

 

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts….So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them ‘Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down. It’s where we get the phrase: ‘mind your P’s and Q’s’
Our final production of the year is Blithe Spirit which is being directed by Barbara Basel, with Wendy Morling as production secretary and Noel and Angela Pratten taking on Stage Manager and Props. Barbara advises: We have now cast this sophisticated Noel Coward comedy and have a very strong team – it is a great mix of thespians: some who have frequented the Masque stage before and some who are new to it.
The full cast list is
Charles Condomine Anthony Lister

Ruth Condomine Jacqui Bloomer

Elvira Condomine Karen Wilson-Harris

Madame Arcati Belinda Batt
Dr Bradman Jeff Batt

Mrs Bradman Wendy Morling / Edith Michelle Knights

Where does the word “eavesdrop” come from?
First, the word eaves refers to the edge of a roof that overhangs the side of a building. It’s
an Old English word, related to words in other Germanic languages, and is probably
related to “above” and “over”. Still in the Old English period, we have the
word eavesdrop (or eavesdrip) – ‘the water that drips from eaves’. By the late fifteenth
century, the word eavesdropper became current in English law, meaning literally ‘a person
who stands on the eavesdrop of a house to listen to what is happening inside’. Finally, the
verb eavesdrop meaning figuratively ‘to listen secretly to a private conversation’. The verb
is first recorded in the early seventeenth century and has been in common use ever since.
Of course that last one is my favourite – thank you Fiona and Lee
for the conversation that inspired it some time ago!
Enjoy the 8th month of the year!
Eve

 

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