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Hi Folks
The Playhouse is a busy place once more with rehearsals in full swing for our forthcoming production MOON OVER THE BREWERY. Booking is now open so read further on for details.
SOCIAL EVENINGS
Thanks to Wayne Hendricks for organising the last evening. He presented two very entertaining plays and then we had fun watching three couples struggling over some of the questions about their partners in the Check Your Mate quiz. The winning pair were Angela & Rodger Manton, married for over 40 years and proving that practise does indeed make perfect. We were further entertained between rounds of the quiz with melodious vocal and guitar numbers by Steven Winter

NEXT SOCIAL EVENING – Friday 01 March @ 20.00
The evening will begin with some more fun and games, followed by musical entertainment by a very talented guest artist.
Robert Minshall will come out from his usual spot behind the lighting or sound desks to host the popular TV game show Minute to Win It where the aim is to complete various challenges, using household items, in one minute. The rules may vary slightly from the original version but the concept will remain the same. Come and see how much fun can be had from toilet rolls, nuts & bolts, pasta, ping pong balls, pencils etc.
In the second half, singer/dancer, Debby Jamieson will give us a preview of some of the vocal numbers in her forthcoming one-woman show A Tribute to the Divine Miss Bette Midler which opens at the Intimate Theatre on 3rd April. It features such hit songs as, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Miss Otis Regrets, Wind Beneath My Wings, Chapel of Love, From a Distance and The Rose. Debby will be accompanied on the piano by well-known local musician, Alan Van Der
Merwe.
A lot of effort goes into providing the variety of content for our social evenings each month so it would be really nice to see a few more of our members supporting them. Where else can you get a full evening’s entertainment for just R5? (R10 for non-members) So, make a date to come along and don’t miss out on a great night of fun and music.
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PRODUCTIONS
MOON OVER THE BREWERY
By Bruce Graham
Direction Sheila McCormick.
The cast are working really hard at learning lines and developing their characters. The set is looking good and our ‘moonscape’ pictures are currently being painted. The beautiful quilt being made by Carol Minshall will be raffled during the run of the show as a fundraiser for Seamount Primary School and you will be able to view, and possibly buy, paintings by local artists on display in the foyer.
Book now for this funny, touching and surprising play

Online: http://www.milnertonplayers.com
E-mail: bookings @milnertonplayers.com
Phone: 082 267 1061
Unfortunately, in order to meet the constantly rising running costs of the theatre, we have had to increase our ticket prices. Evenings performances for the show will be R80 and the matinee R70 but to soften the blow somewhat, we have doubled the members’ discount to R10.
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Sadly, there will be no ‘hello’ but just ‘goodbye’, at least for the foreseeable future, to Hello and Goodbye as the rights are completely tied up for the whole of this year and possibly next as well. Fortunately, Bruce Sanderson was prepared to move his play up from the originally planned dates in September so it will now fill the May slot. The audition for CHILDREN OF THE WOLF was held last Saturday and Bruce is now in the process of casting the play.
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MEMBERS’ MURMURS
We welcome new member Elizabeth Van Der Merwe, who plays Miriam in Moon Over the Brewery, and Terry Mardghum, who will operate the sound desk for the show. Terry was the faceless figure in black who played The Ghost of Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol ….more or less.
Very pleased to report that Audrey Tipping is back home and up on her feet again and, for the peace of mind of her family, she is now looking at moving into a flat in a retirement home.
The Fogells become grandparents again on 29 December when Lillian Khumalo gave birth to baby Rose-Angela.
AGM & MILLY’S AWARDS
Please make a note in your diaries that the AGM will take place this year on Friday 5th April and the Milly’s Awards on Saturday 4 May. Further details to follow.
On a sad note, some of our older members will remember Carla Kleinhans, whom we learned passed away a few days ago. Carla was an ex professional hoofer and showgirl and a character of note. A book could be written about her interesting life and experiences. She performed in numerous shows for various local amateur societies and appeared on the Playhouse stage many years ago in a production of Stepping Out. Condolences go to her family and friends.
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OTHER THEATRE NEWS
Masque Theatre
26 February to 02 March
Claremont Dramatic Society presents
THE OWL AND THE PUSSY CAT
By Bill Manhof
Direction: Clifford Graham
Bookings: 021 788 1898
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*AUDITIONS*

Pinelands Players
AN EVENING OF MELODRAMA
Pinelands Clubhouse – 23 February – 09.00 to 12.00
Performance dates at Pinelands Town Hall: 21 May to 01 June
For further info contact Roché Buckle: rocheh@telkomsa.net
Gilbert & Sullivan Society
GUYS & DOLLS
Direction: Kyla Thorburn
Musical direction: Bill Holland
Artscape Theatre Centre: Chorus 2/3 March – Principals & support roles 9/10 March
To book audition slots contact: gsguysanddolls@gmail.com
Performances at Artscape 18 Oct – 10 Nov.
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CATA AWARDS
A reminder about the awards ceremony at the Masque Theatre on Monday 18 March.
Nominees & supporters book at: masquetheatre@mweb.co.za
To all our nominees – Break a leg!
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Make sure you book for Moon Over the Brewery and hope to see you at the social evening on 1st March.

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I’m going to cheat a little this month and go back to my January “Green Room” bit ‘cos I found some seriously fascinating explanations which I will share with you as we go through this newsletter, starting with:

Richard Southern, in his studies of Medieval theatre in the round, states that in this period the acting area was called The Green.  This central space, often grass-covered, was used by the actors, while the surrounding space and circular banks were occupied by the spectators. From this source then The Green has been a traditional actors’ term for the stage.  The green room could thus be considered the transition room on the way to the green/stage.  Technical staff at some West End theatres (such as the London Coliseum) still refer to the stage as the green.

 

BIRTHDAYS

So this is now birthdays for the second half of February and the first half of March.

We start with David Muller who was born on the 18th of February – so was John Hughes, author of the Breakfast Club!  Birga Thomas and Karen Van Schalkwyk are next up on the 20th, with Erika Mitchell on the 22nd.  Sue Hallinan and Luke Brown share the 23rd – which is also the birthday of Dana Katherine Scully of the X-files (since when did they give fictional characters birthdays??)  Isabel Byers celebrates on the 25th with Brad Howie following on the 26th.  The 27th and 28th are the birthdays of Gareth Stewart and Danie Botha respectively.

Our March babies are Barbara Bassett on the 2nd, Coleen van Staden on the 10th, Val Stephens the day after and Liz D’Alton on the 15th.

May 2013 be a year of health and happiness for each and every one of you!

 

It is possible that “green room” might be a corruption of scene room –

the room where scenery was stored which doubled as the actors’ waiting and warm-up room

 

AUDITIONS!!

 

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society will be auditioning for their production of Guys and Dolls at the Artscape Theatre Complex.  The production runs from 18 October to 10 November 2013 at the Artscape Theatre and will be directed by Kyla Thorburn with Bill Holland as the Musical Director.  The company will comprise +70 performers (ages 16 to 75!), including 10 principals and supporting roles, 16 dancers and a chorus of +24 who will need to perform a multitude of cameo roles.  Auditions will be held on 2, 3, 9 and 10 March with call backs on 16 March.  For detailed times, further information and to book an audition slot please email gsguysanddolls@gmail.com.

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Pinelands Players will be holding an audition (workshop format) for Hisses, Boo’s & Cheers – An Evening of Melodrama at their clubhouse in Pinelands on Saturday, 23 February 2013 from 09h00 to 12h00.  They require a minimum of 7 men and 4 ladies.  More information from Roche Buckle on rocheh@telkomsa.net. The show is on at the Pinelands Town Hall from 21 May to 1 June 2013.

 

Many actors experience nervous anxiety before a performance and

one of the symptoms of nervousness is nausea.  As a person who feels nauseous

is often said to look “green”, so the “Green Room” is the place where the nervous actors wait.


 

MEMBERS’ NEWS

 

A hearty welcome to the following people who recently joined MVDS:

Daniel Enticott, Michaela O’Toole, Kyle Robbertze, Richard Van Der Poll and Sue Wilkes.

And welcome BACK to Barrie Howard!

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And then member Clare Stableford shares her recent experience with us!

Golf Croquet is a simple version of association croquet played by 2 or 4 players on a small lawn.  The game usually takes about 1 hour.  There are 6 hoops and the games are usually the best of 13 hoops and the first to make 7 points wins.  The first person to run the hoop wins the point.  The balls are played in strict sequence, blue, red, black, yellow.  It is a game of hitting but confined to the court and although it is a mixed sport, the men do dominate as they can hit the ball harder and faster.  Golf croquet as played now was revolutionised by the Egyptians into a very tough, competitive game.  At the end of last year the first world golf croquet team event was played in Johannesburg and I was one of the referees.  8 teams played South Africa, who had the only women in their team.  This was the first time (and the last!) that I had refereed internationally and although I thought I knew the rules, the Kiwis and the Americans, in particular, were more knowledgeable than I was.  The first few games were slightly contentious, but I then decided it was easier to let the players referee themselves.  That was fine, until the Kiwis played the Egyptians, who had a slightly different interpretation of the rules and did not speak English, unless it was to their advantage.  I refereed one of the final games in the pouring rain and had to adjudicate the final hoop and called in the tournament referee to make a decision.  It was a great experience and by the end of the tournament I think I was friends with everybody, but too stressful to do again!  (The Egyptians won).

Fascinating, Clare, thank you!! (I won’t tell you what she said about good-looking young Irishmen!!)

 

Some studies state that the green room was originally called the retaining room.

The ensemble of a production would wait there for their appearance onstage,

listening to the performance of the principal actors and critiquing their acting.

When made aware of this practice, the leads began to call the retaining room

the green room, mocking the (green) envy of these actors.

 

CAPE AMATEUR THEATRE AWARDS EVENING

 

This will be held at The Masque Theatre on Monday 18th March.  Please try to be there at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.  You can book your place by e-mailing Hayley at masquetheatre@mweb.co.za.      Dress is smart.  Our nominees should already have received their invitations

 

In English theatres a green floor-cloth was traditionally spread on the stage for tragedies.

During the Restoration, when virtually all performances were comedies, the green floor-cloth

for tragedies was stored in the actors’ waiting room and used to deaden their footsteps so

the sound of pacing actors would not disturb the performance.  As tragedies were rarely

performed, the green floor cloth became a routine fixture of the actors’ lounge

and the room became known as the green room.


 

CALENDAR

 

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

 

22 Feb  – 2 Mar The Owl and the Pussycat, a comedy by Bill Manhoff, directed by Clifford Graham for Claremont Dramatic Society at the Masque.  Starring Sheldon Cross and Jana Botha (Director and actress respectively in the recent brilliant production of The Odd Couple).  This funny, poignant and thought-provoking romantic comedy is set in a San Francisco loft apartment.  The two characters are an earnest young writer, Felix (the Owl), and a scatty aspiring “model and actress”, Doris (the Pussycat).  Felix has his sensitivities continually tested by Doris, with her misguided aspirations and bawdiness. She constantly pushes the boundaries of their unlikely relationship.

Sun   24 Feb    Good Day Sunshine, an evening to salute the song-writing and performing talents of Sir Paul  McCartney, 70 years young last June.  Featuring Jon Aron (vocals and piano) and Gordon Epstein (vocals) in the Masque Foyer at 20:30. Take an entertaining guided tour through an extraordinary time in musical and social history, focusing on Paul’s contributions via the Beatles, Paul and Linda, Wings and just plain Paul.  Enjoy the many styles and genres he’s explored, in timeless classics like “Yesterday”, “All My Loving”, “When I’m Sixty-Four”, “Blackbird”, ”Mull Of Kintyre”, etc.  Re-live the past 50 years with songs that changed our world.  Tickets R75 (R65).

15 – 23  March Hedda Gabler, a psychological thriller by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Richards Higgs for Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque.  Desperate times call for desperate measures: just how desperate can people become, when the simplest actions lead to an alarming tangle of consequences?  The beautiful and headstrong Hedda Tesman, recently married to a boring academic, believes she has found a way to make her life more interesting when some remarkable coincidences give her the power to manipulate the people around her. But is she really the one pulling the strings?  Stagings of Hedda have always been controversial, and the MADS production promises to be no exception. So many possible questions and motives remain hidden behind the action that the director is forced to choose which of the darker passions would have led to the final, tragic outcome of the play.

15 – 23  March Moon Over the Brewery, a whimsical comedy by Bruce Graham, directed by Sheila McCormick for Milnerton Dramatic Society and presented at their Playhouse.  This charming, romantic comedy is set in a small coal-mining town in Pennsylvania where waitress and single mom Miriam struggles to make ends meet and raise her genius teenage daughter, Amanda.  Miriam is also an artist and at night goes out into the hills around the town to paint moonscapes.  Their lives are complicated when Miriam falls for gentle and caring mail-man, Warren, and Amanda’s imaginary friend Randolph shows up, eager to ruin yet another of  Miriam’s relationships and keep the family situation just the three of them.  Amanda’s struggle to leave her childhood behind and Miriam’s to find a life that will allow Amanda to grow, is the centre of this funny, touching and surprising play.  Bookings and further info on 0822671061 or www.milnertonplayers.com or bookings@milnertonplayers.com.

18 Mar   Cape Amateur Theatre Awards 2012 ceremony at the Masque, 19:00 for 19:30 start.  See elsewhere in this newsletter – you need to RSVP!

Tues     Oom Schalk, From the Heart, featuring David Muller in some of Herman Charles Bosman’s best at

19 Mar   20h00 in the Masque Foyer, directed by Celia Musikanth.  Back by very popular demand after two sold out shows.  David feels it’s folly to leave Bosman’s work lying down.  It’s time to stand and deliver again.  The stories chosen are a mixture of some of Bosman’s best Oom Schalk Lourens tales; some are short and some are tall.  All are highly entertaining, reaching into the essence of pathos, the hilarity of humour and the wisdom of wit.  Tickets R75 (R65).  Limited seating.  Traditional boer war snacks on sale.

3 – 13 April   Late Flowering, by John Chapman & Ian Davidson, directed by Yvonne Copley and presented by       Bolero Productions at the Masque.  Pat Boothman and Nigel Sweet play Constance and Martin in this charming comedy.  Constance’s Marriage Bureau is rampant with eccentric characters and their frustrations.  When Martin arrives to sort out computer problems, he becomes embroiled in everyone’s relationships.  The wooing and pursuing that follow lead to some hilarious scenes, as secrets emerge, but love eventually blossoms for all.  Usual times and prices but with Wednesday shows at 20:00 and Sunday 7th at 15:00.

 

 

ACTING TIPS!

The third in our series comes from Paterson Joseph, who has worked extensively with the National and the RSC and stars as Alan Johnson in Peep Show:

1    Find the right level for the group. Being under-ambitious (thinking you can’t tackle big plays) or over-ambitious (thinking you can tackle King Lear on your first time out) is a recipe for disaster.

2    Choose a play you feel confident you understand: liking a play isn’t the same as understanding it.

3    Cast to the performers’ strengths. I’ve seen amateur directors pander to the ego of the cast member with the strongest personality. Bottom the Weaver in A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s warning from history: He says he can play lions and lovers and everything in between, but he can’t.

4    Sit around a table and read the play for much longer than you want to. It might seem boring, but it saves loads of time later: You’ll find that rehearsals fly along because everybody understands what they’re doing.

5    Leave more time for technical rehearsals than you think you need. You’ll be amazed at how much you still have to do once you get into the theatre: Working out the distances between everything on stage, what the lights are like, where your props are.

6    Try to perform your play for more than five nights. Amateur groups often do a few scattered rehearsals across a few months, and then perform it once or twice. But if you perform it more often, you’ll see acting more as a job than as a one-off, razzle-dazzle thing.

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The fourth and penultimate comes from Mirian Margolyes, who has worked at the RSC and in the West End.  She has been touring her one-woman show about Charles Dickens and his female characters since 1989.  She says “I don’t see any difference between amateurs and professionals – so I would give my tips, such as they are, to anybody.  The aim of any actor is the same: to tell the truth in such a way that people will be entertained, uplifted and surprised.”

1    Listen before anything else.

2    Read the text over and over again, and make sure you know the lines.

3    Go and see other performances, and be critical about them: Work out whether you’d have smiled in that place, or turned your head at that moment.

4    Never show off.  You can sometimes come to a particular point in a show and think, “I’m really good in this bit.”  Never, ever think that.

5    Never read reviews.  I haven’t read mine since I was in rep.

6    Never know more than your character knows.  I’m not talking about research; I mean that when you are performing, you must stay inside the truth of your character.  Don’t signpost to an audience what they should be thinking.

7    The most important thing is to breathe.  If you stop breathing properly, you get a sore throat. And if you stop breathing, you die.

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Look out for the last in this series next month!!

 

In Restoration theatres, the main, seasoned actors waited for their entrances

in the wings – or sometimes even at the sides of the stage –

while the minor players, usually young, less experienced “green” actors,

were banished behind the scenes. Hence, the backstage room was for

the “green” players and came to be called the green room

 

UPCOMING MEMBERS’ EVENING

Our very first members’ evening will be held on 27 March 2013 at the Rendezvous and since it is very close to Easter that will be our “theme” for the evening.  There will be a “Easter Hat” competition, so dig out that wild and whacky headgear!  And ………… a talent show!!  Always with an eye to future productions we would like members to “strut their stuff” – be it singing, mime, magic, poetry, comedy, dancing, whatever!!!  All we ask is that you keep it to no more than five minutes to give everyone a chance.  There will be more details about the evening in the March newsletter but please diarise the date NOW.  If you would like to participate in the talent show please advise Wendy Morling on 021 715 0694 or 0834628242 or home@morling.co.za to “book your slot” asap!

 

 

According to one theory, long before modern makeup was invented the actors had to apply makeup before a show and allow it to set or cure before performing.

Until the makeup was cured, it was green and people were advised to sit quietly in the green room until such time as the makeup was stable enough for performing.

Uncured makeup is gone, but the green room lives on

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

Thank you to all those who attended our AGM on 30 January!  It did turn out to be rather a L..O..O..O..N..G evening but it was important for members to be updated on progress for the “new” Masque (thanks to Paul Griffiths), and our “youth division” (thanks to Nikita McShane and Luke Brown).  Thanks especially to Danie Botha for taking the time to review and adjudicate our productions – congratulations to the winners who were Samantha Jane Tunnah as Allison Reynolds in The Breakfast Club (newcomer); Belinda Batt as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit (supporting actress); Kelly Kowalski as Claire Standish in The Breakfast Club (actress); Barrie Howard as Bernard in Season’s Greetings (supporting actor); and Dean Howarth as John Bender in The Breakfast Club (actor).  Raymond Rudolph and The Breakfast Club walked away with the best set, director and production awards.  Merit awards went to director Tom Byrne for Nick Hall’s Eat Your Heart Out and director Coleen van Staden for Alan Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings.  Interestingly enough, the member’s choice awards gave quite different results with Season’s Greetings being voted best production and Karen Wilson-Harris and Rudi Gibbons receiving best actress and actor respecitvely for Blithe Spirit and Eat Your Heart Out.  Kyle Robbertze was awarded the “MAD Oscar” for his invaluable contribution to light and sound for Blithe Spirit.  A “new” committee was elected – myself and Luke Brown being the “new” part with all the other committee members continuing with the exceptions of Andrew Blake, birga Thomas and Tom Byrne.  It was great to see lots of money being given to Wendy at the door – thanks to those who paid their subs.  A gentle reminder to those who didn’t – they are now due and can be paid by cheque or EFT into Standard Bank Current Account 270044949, Blue Route Tokai branch 025609 in the name of Muizenberg Dramatic Society (use your name as reference).  Of course you can also pay cash to any committee member or at our next members’ evening.  The fees are still ridiculously low at R50 a single, R70 a couple or R30 if you are a pensioner or student.

 

Some English theatres contained several green rooms,

each ranked according to the status and the salary of the actor:

one could be fined for using a green room above one’s station.

 

Well, that’s all for now folks!!

Eve

    

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Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

January 2013 – Number 117


 

Hello All,

 

This year is already flying – this time next month you’ll have a new scribe, a new committee, and our first production of the year will have been and gone.

 

Until then, here’s what’s hot and happening:

 

  • The Owl and the Pussycat is on track for opening night on Friday.  Really looking forward to a great evening of entertainment from the talented duo of Sheldon Cross and Jana Botha.

 

If you haven’t booked your tickets yet, why not book for Wednesday 27 February, in aid of the Andrew Merryweather Fund? Andrew was left paralysed and in a wheelchair in a tragic incident in 2006. The fund aims to finance a specialised “Walk Suit” to get Andrew independently mobile again. This is not a gala, and normal ticket prices apply. Bookings: 021 788 1898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za. Andrew will be at the

If you have a free evening, please consider helping out at Box Office or Front of House.  Any and all offers of help will be gratefully received by Anthony (anthonylister@mailbox.co.za)

 

  • On Tuesday next week, I hope to see many of you at our AGM and Awards Evening, at 19:00 for 19:30, at Barristers Grill, Corner Kildare Road and Main Street, Newlands. R90 (R60 for pensioners and R100 for non-members will give you a delicious two-course dinner and an evening of thrills and intrigue as the awards for 2012 are presented.

 

The nominees, in alphabetical order, are: Ruth Allsopp, Allison Blair, Jenny Brandt, Fiona Carling, Jane Cohen, Kirsty Cunnington, Jo Frater, Lesley Gill, Clifford Graham, Brenda Gray, Gary Green, Rudy Gibbons, Wendy Goddard, Melissa Sanderson, James Strong, Julie Summers, Trish Sutton. 

 

If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP to Pam on 021 657 5700 or PamB@Masterparts.com BEFORE Thursday 21 February.

 

  • Amy’s View: Our second production of the year, directed by Brenda Gray, will be presented at the Masque from 5-13 July.  The stellar cast comprises Hannah Claassens, Bernie Jacobs, Matthew Browne, Dennis Benneyworth, Sheila Inglis and Gary Green.  Brenda is desperately looking for a directors’ assistant/production secretary/rehearsal prompt who can be at most rehearsals (starting at the end of March).  If the idea of working with a very talented team appeals to you, please give Brenda a ring on 021 686 3554.  If you can’t commit to the whole rehearsal period, we are also looking for backstage crew and props people, so give Brenda a call if you’d like to be involved.

 

  • Our heritage: After 60 years, we have very little to show of our rich history, apart from the posters in the Hok and a few scrapbooks.  Our honorary archivist, Anthony, has spent a great deal of time researching what productions we have done since 1952, and we plan to produce a Roll of Honour, as it were, for permanent display in the Hok.  However, there are some gaps – can you help? If so, please email Anthony (anthonylister@mailbox.co.za).

PRODUCTIONS AND DIRECTORS

CLAREMONT DRAMATIC SOCIETY

[FORMERLY SONS OF ENGLAND DRAMATIC SOCIETY]

 

YEAR PRODUCTION DIRECTOR
1952 Fly Away Peter  
1953 Ladies in Retirement  
  Candied Peel  
1954 Blithe Spirit  
  Family Affair  
1955 They Came to a City  
  Bon Adventure  
1957 When we are Married  
1958 Dear Charles  
1959 The Secret Tent T.Cornell
1960 The Blue Goose T.Donald
  Grand National Night T.Cornell
  Wild Goose Chase (Also at Labia) F.Loughton
1961 Love in a Mist F.Loughton
  Murder out of Time T.Donald
  Breath of Spring T.Cornell
1962 Fools Rush In (Guest Production) For Bergvliet D.S.
  Forbidden Fruit F.Loughton
  For Pete’s Sake! G.Rennie
1963 Black Limelight Sol Rodsell
  The Pet Shop T.Cornell
  Book of the Month J.Fraser
1964 How Now Hecate? E.Moore
  Open House T.Cornell
1965 Cash in the Kitty V.Cummings
  It’s Never Too Late T.Donald
  Roger the Sixth T.Cornell
1966 On Monday Next The Cast
  Something to Hide R.Wearne
  Mister Lear T.Cornell
1967 End of the Honeymoon T.Donald
  Madam Tic-Tac R.Wearne
  The Sound of Murder J.Williams
1968 The Irregular Verb to Love N.Stewart
  The Gazebo D.Cleak
  Love’s a Luxury T.Donald
1969 Salt Winds T.Donald
  Waters of the Moon D.Roos
  A Public Mischief T.Cornell
1970 The Orchard Walls M.Reid
  Every Other Evening M.Harding
  A Gazelle in Park Lane M.Reid
1971 The Hot Tiara T.Cornell
  If this be Error P.Fiamingo
  All in the Family Hymie Shapiro
1972 The Whole Truth Douglas Green
  The Man Who Came to Dinner Hymie Shapiro
  Rebecca Marcia Lawton
1973 The Chalk Garden Jill Cooke
  Caught Napping Peter Pickering
  The Captives (60th Production of the Society) Douglas Green
1974 Doctor in the House Hymie Shapiro
  Mary Stuart Fitz Morley
  Halfway up the Tree Pam Ross
1975 You Can’t Take it With You Jill Cooke
  Uproar in the House Helen Houghton
  Hedda Gabler  
  Diplomatic Baggage  
1976 Everything in the Garden  
  Gigi Jeanne Voight
  Mate in Three  
1977 Black Comedy/White Liars Peter Pickering
  Moon for the Misbegotten Tony Mitchell
  Play it Again, Sam  
  Dry Rot  
1978 Reluctant Heroes  
  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Berry
  Berkeley Square Sue& George Armstrong
1979 The Gazebo Joyce Shee
  The Knack Erica Canning
  A Bedfull of Foreigners Yvonne Copley
1980 Night Must Fall  
  Medea John Giese
1981 The Little Hut Tony Mitchell
  A Ghost on Tiptoe Val Jones
  A Voyage Around My Father Tony Hanson
1982 The Liver Birds Yvonne Copley
  Laura Joyce Shee
  The Odd Couple Yvonne Copley
1983 The Happiest of the Three Jeanne Voight
  Mary, Mary Joyce Shee
  Habeus Corpus Yvonne Copley
1984 Colombe John Giese
  One for the Pot Hymie Shapiro/Yvonne Copley
  Maria Marten or Murder in the Red Barn

Virtue in Danger or Foiled Again

Barbara Maguire

Norman Sargent

  P.S. Your Cat is Dead Yvonne Copley
1985 Lock up Your Daughters Yvonne Copley
  The Staircase Yvonne Copley
  The Bed Before Yesterday Norman Sargent
  Who Killed Santa Claus? Arthur Benjamin
1986 The Spare Room Estelle Knott-Craig
  A Clean Kill Joyce Shee
  Cinderella Pat Drake
  A Plaza Suite (with Festival Players) Jennifer Craig
1987 Relative Values Joyce Shee
  You Must Be Joking! Nigel Sweet
  Birthday Suite June Ball
1988 Enter A Free Man Yvonne Copley
  Who Saw Him Die? Sol Rodsell
  Trap for a Lonely Man Mike Tompson
1989 Off the Hook Norman Sargent
  Miranda Sol Rodsell
  Butterflies Are Free Joyce Shee
1990 The Killing of Sister George Joyce Shee
  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Yvonne Copley
  HeddaGabler Brenda Gray
1991 The Nerd David Johnson
  Veronica’s Room Norman Sargent
  Come as you are Yvonne Copley
1992 The Dining Room Brenda Gray
  Breath of Spring  
  On Golden Pond Wolfgang Brehm
1993 Agnes of God Norman Sargent
  The Foreigner Brenda Gray
1994 NUTS Nigel Sweet
  Loot  
  Bang Bang, Beirut Carla Kleynhans
1995 Brighton Beach Mmeoirs Celia Musikanth
  Darling Mr London Yvonne Copley
  Gaslight Sol Rodsell
1996 The Apple Cart Robert McCarthy
  The Scottish Play Brenda Gray
1997 Dial M for Murder Gavin Barfield
  Tomb with a View Gavin Barfield
1998 Cocktail Hour Brenda Gray
1999 Flipside Gavin Barfield
2000 Paradise is Closing Down Norman Sargeant
  How the Other Half Loves Jill Cooke
  Theft Richard Farmer
2001 All My Sons Sol Rodsell
  Stepping Out Jill Cooke
  Return Engagements Brenda Gray
2002 When We are Married Ken Savage
  Wait Until Dark Sue Bolton
  Shadowlands Brenda Gray
2003 Gym and Tonic Heather Mac
  Pygmalion Ralph Lawson
  Sailor Beware Jill Cooke
2004 Sylvia (Also at Artscape) Brenda Gray
  Camelot Lieske Bester/Kyla Thorburn
  Dancing at Lughnasa John Farrell
2005 Inherit the Wind Brenda Gray
  See How They Run! Sue Bolton
  Day of Reckoning Wendy Goddard
2006 Run for your Wife John Farrell
  The Memory of Winter Sue Bolton
  Proof (Also at Artscape) Brenda Gray
2007 The Cemetery Club Wendy Goddard
  Kings Yvonne Copley
  The Shadrack Affair Brenda Gray
2008 Unoriginal Sin Yvonne Copley
  Barefoot in the Park Wendy Goddard
  Old Wicked Songs Brenda Gray
2009 The Breath of Life Sue Bolton
  Isn’t it Romantic Graham Boxall
  Return from Oz Yvonne Copley
2010 Rumours Sue Bolton
  Lady Windermere’s Fan Brenda Gray
  Gigi (With Pinelands Players) Clifford Graham
2011 Brief Lives (Also at Artscape) Brenda Gray
  Macbeth Clifford Graham
  Separate Tables Sue Bolton
2012 Marvin’s Room Brenda Gray
  The Odd Couple: Female Version Sheldon Cross
  Calendar Girls Wendy Goddard
2013 The Owl and the Pussycat Clifford Graham

 

Gosh, what a lot of memories!  And maybe some ideas for plays for the future? Thank you Anthony for all your fruitful ferreting.

 

  • News of members and friends: Congratulations to Trish Sutton, who has just become a fiancée.  Trish played Lee in Marvin’s Room. All the best for a rosy future. On a sadder note, our condolences go to the family of Carla Kleynhans, who passed away last week.  Carla has appeared on many stages for many societies, and directed for CDS in 1994.

 

  • Please welcome our newest member, Terri Roodt, who has a Performance Certificate LAMDA (PCERTLAM), and is currently finishing off her ATCL in Speech and Drama for Trinity College London. Terri is keen to gain experience in various aspects of theatre, and has already offered to help with Amy’s View where her schedule permits.  Go Terri!

 

  • Hok news:  A BIG BIG thank you to our very own Vera (aka Sheila) who spent 3½ hours cleaning the Hok on Sunday.  There is still a lot to be done, so we (yes, that includes you!) are going to have a communal clean-up-fix-up-chuck-out day on Sunday 14 April from 10am.  Come and join us for about two hours (that’s all it will take if we all pitch in), and bring along something to put on a fire afterwards.  Your committee will supply rolls, salads and good conversation. The bar will be open, but feel free to bring your own tipple. Please let Simon know if you’ll be joining us, so we can make sure there’s enough grub to go round (simon.d@mweb.co.za).

 

  • Planning for our 2014 productions is under way, and we’re thinking of doing an Agatha Christie.  It looks like CDS has never produced one (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong), and it’s a great way to involve a lot of people.  So…which Agatha Christie would you like to see or be part of?  And do you have a script we could read (or know who would have it)?

 

  • AUDITION: An Evening of Melodrama

 

Pinelands Players presents

 

Hisses, Boo’s and Cheers – An Evening of Melodrama

 

The melodramas will take you back to an older, simpler time, when men were men, women were women and evildoers were easily identified by handlebar moustaches.

 

It is an opportunity for audience members to partake in throwing popcorn at the villains and cheering on the hero and heroines of the evening.

 

Boo and hiss your way through damsels in distress, ill-fated love, dastardly villains, and good triumphing over evil! Curses! Don’t be foiled again! Come out and enjoy the show!

 

Murder in the Red Barn : Maria (damsel), Corder (Villain)

 

The Drunkard’s Dilemma: Uncle (drunkard), Georgina (damsel), Landlord (Villian), Man (Roger the hero)

Wages of Sin: Lord Peregrine Fortune-Mint, Jasper (butler), Mr Brown, Lady Priscilla Fortune-Mint, Mrs Brown, The Chairman, Audience encouragers, Victorian singers

 

Cast: We require a minimum of 7 men and 4 ladies. The cast not performing can be the audience encouragers if needed and they can all sing along. We need someone with an engaging personality to be the Chairman – he introduces each play and must be able to ad lib.

 

Auditions (workshop format)

 

Date: Saturday 23 February

 

Place: Pinelands Players Clubhouse

 

Time: 09h00—12h00

 

No need to rehearse anything.

 

For all enquiries, please contact Roché Buckle on rocheh@telkomsa.net

Performance dates : 21 May 2013—1 June 2013

Pinelands Town Hall

 

  • AUDITION – Guys and Dolls

 

You are invited to audition for the G&S 2013 musical production of “Guys and Dolls

 

Director: Kyla Thorburn

 

Musical Director: Bill Holland

 

Production dates: 18th October to 10th November 2013 at the Artscape Theatre

 

The company will include +/- 70 performers, including 10 principals and supporting roles, 16 dancers and a chorus of +/- 24 who will need to perform a multitude of cameo roles. This includes a performing supporting cast for most of the principal and supporting roles.

 

v      All auditions will be held at the Artscape Theatre Complex.

 

v      Auditions are to be held on:

 

–          Saturday and Sunday, 2nd and 3rd March: Chorus

 

–          Saturday and Sunday, 9th  and 10th  March: Principals and Supporting Roles

 

–          Saturday morning, 16th March: Chorus Call Backs

 

–          Saturday afternoon, 16th  March: Principal and Supporting Cast Call Backs

 

v      To book an audition slot and for further information, please email  gsguysanddolls@gmail.com

 

v      Please refer to the Cast Table here: http://guysanddollscapetown.wordpress.com/cast/ with regards to the details of roles available and what to prepare for the audition. All songs are from the musical “Guys and Dolls”. A pianist will be available for accompaniment, but if you wish to bring your own, you are most welcome.

 

v      Auditionees will be told at their first audition or soon afterwards via e-mail/telephone if they will be required to attend call-back auditions. At this time they will be informed as to what to specifically prepare for these call-back auditions.

 

v      You are free to audition for more than one role. If we consider you have the potential to fill another role we may ask you to prepare an additional song from the show as part of the call-back audition. This does not mean you are eliminated from the primary role for which you originally auditioned.

 

v      Please note that this is an amateur production and there will therefore be no remuneration.

 

There are a lot of opportunities for acting roles, superb principal and supporting singing roles, and lots of lovely little cameo acting, plus a large chorus of many characters.

                                                             

  • CALENDAR

 

22 February – 2 March

Masque Theatre

The Owl and the Pussycat. Bookings: 021 7881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

 

23 February

Audition – Hisses, Boo’s and Cheers – An Evening of Melodrama

 

26 February

CDS AGM and Awards Evening at Barristers – please be there by 19:15

 

2, 3, 9, 10 March

Audition – Guys and Dolls

 

15-23 March

            Masque Theatre

Hedda Gabler, directed by Richard Higgs for MVDS

 

15-23 March

Milnerton Playhouse

Moon over the Brewery, by Bruce Graham, directed by Sheila McCormick

 

19 March

Masque Foyer

Oom Schalk from the Heart, directed by Celia Musikanth with David Muller

 

18 March

Masque Theatre

CATA Awards. 19:00 Bookings: masquetheatre@mweb.co.za.

 

3-13 April

Masque Theatre

Bolero Productions presents Late Flowering, directed by Yvonne Copley, with Pat Boothman and Nigel Sweet

 

14 April

Hok clean-up-fix-up-chuck-out day – from 10am

 

There you have it – lots on the go, with something for everyone.

 

Cheers,

 

Wendy

 

 

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The Playhouse Home of the Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society - 66 years (1947 - 2013)

HHDS Newsletter February 2013

Dear Members and Friends,

It’s AGM time again. In our democratic world this is your chance to be the change you want to see.

The committee have worked extremely hard in 2012 to try and make a difference. We need your ideas, points of view, suggestions to really make it happen.
We are a very privileged Society in that we actually own our theatre. However to hold on to it we need to generate enough income to maintain it and improve it.
We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

If you can’t make it for some reason, send us an email with your ideas and suggestions, these will be passed on to the new committee for perusal and actioning.
Thanks to all for your support during 2012.

Regards

Lindsay S,
Chairman


For those that have yet to recieve an invite or as a general reminder, the Annual General Meeting 2013 is to be held this Sunday on the 24th FEBRUARY 2013.
Venue: is once again at The Playhouse Theatre.
Time: is 6:30pm for 7pm

Agenda for the evening:

  1. WELECOME, APOLOGIES &  RECORD OF PROXIES.
  2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FOR THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD 26th   FEBRUARY  2012.
  3. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT.
  4. QUESTIONS ON 2012 ACTIVITIES.
  5. DISCUSSION & IDEAS ON THE WAY FORWARD 2013 & BEYOND.
  6. DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL OF PROPOSED COMMITTEE STRUCTURE FOR 2013.
  7. ELECTION OF NEW COMMITTEE.
  8. CLOSE OF EVENING.

Looking forward to seeing all of you there, and remember Be the change you want to see!

Please note: If you don’t pay your subs before Sunday, you will not be able to vote!
Subscription Costs: Adults (R60), Pensioners (R35), Students (R20).

Please download, print, fill in and bring along your Nomination and Proxy Form by clicking here

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FOR 2013

For those that would like to renew their membership for the next year, please do one of the following:

  1. Download the Membership Application Form HERE. Fill it in, and email it back to Ann at hhdsinfo@gmail.com or alternatively you can reach her on 082 678 9077
  2. Attend this Sunday’s AGM meeting and ask us for a Renewal Form and we’ll be happy to supply one for you on the night.

Please note Membership Registration costs are as above: Adults (R60), Pensioners (R35), Students (R20).


Slice of Saturday Night

What an entertaining show! Directed by award winning director Giles Scott, music by Shiraz, Choreography by Amanda Peacefull. Together with their brilliant cast had us all in fits of laughter and cheering applause every night!

If you were fortunate enough to watch the show, then you will know exactly what I’m talking about, but don’t take our word for it. Go and pick up last weeks edition of The Bolander and read their raving reviews which I’m told was welcomed with many letters of appreciation from our loving community.

To view more photo’s of the show in our official facebook gallery, click here

Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare as we have never seen it before!

Darryl Spijkers has the gift of delighting the audience with the unusual and his next production Much Ado about Nothing is no different  This production of Much Ado about Nothing should attract both young and old, being set aboard the HMS Messina, a luxury cruise ship complete with tanning deck, disco, ball room and sports center scenes.

The weather is sunny and the vibe is classy yet full of holiday spirit, cocktails, beer bottles, DJ’s mixing, naval officers and sexy girls in bikini’s, yet still remaining true to the timeless skills of Shakespeare’s original dialogue.

Show Dates:
MARCH 2013
8, 12, 13, 15, 20, 22 @ 7pm for 7:30pm
9, 10, 23 @ 2pm for 2:30pm
9, 16, 23 @ 6:30pm
Ticket prices: Adults (R60), Pensioners (R55), Members (R50), Students under 18 (R40).


BRYAN MILES: Your Thoughts Are Mine

Do you think you are in control of your own thoughts?

You are wrong.

Meet Bryan Miles – a performer who is trained in the art of thought deception. Bryan can seemingly influence and predict human behavior.
By using his skill set of magic, suggestion and psychology – he is able to theatrically manipulate your perception of the world.

His brand new one-man show “Your Thoughts Are Mine” showcases his unique talent and will help South Africans’ unlock the true potential of the human mind. Bryan’s amazing demonstrations of mind control will help open up the cracks in human perception. Bryan will take the audience on a spellbinding journey by reading their minds and predicting their thoughts. In one demonstration, an audience member will be put into a semi-hypnotic state and read Bryan’s mind!

“…I want people to leave my show having been inspired,
and at the same time, be blown away by the
astonishing miracles of the human mind.”

Your Thoughts Are Mine sees Bryan shed light on his unique talent; as well as his childhood journey which has taken him from Cape Town to Las Vegas.

This show is held in support of Rotary’s outreach work. Tickets available at Computicket.

Show Dates:
Friday & Saturday
5 & 6 April 2013 @ 7:30pm for 8pm
All tickets R85 – Tickets at Computicket


Dracula

Next up in July we have Bram Stroker’s Dracula!
Based on Bram Stoker’s famous novel. Dramatised by Hamilton Deane and John Balderstone. Directed by Philippe Pringiers.

“Dracula” has been described by critics as a play for people that like their coffee strong. There is no mistake about this thriller being of the type that will shock the staunchest of playgoers who like thrilling plays. It deals with the supernatural and there is no awkward explanation at its conclusion. Playgoers will go away with the satisfaction of having had more thrills than ever before in their lives inside a theatre, for the great vampire play, “Dracula”, is a real thriller that, speaking literally, has raised hair on millions of scalps since the date of its original production in England several years ago, where it has enjoyed a remarkable long run, to say nothing of an equally impressive run in the United States.

Lucy Seward, daughter of the physician in charge of a sanatorium near London, is mysteriously anaemic. Doctor and professor Abraham Van Helsing, a specialist in obscure diseases, suspects a vampire which, according to legend, is an ugly soul that, grave-bound by day, roams the earth at night, and sustains its earthly life by sucking the blood of approachable victims. Instituting a search, Van Helsing uncovers Count Dracula as such a vampire and, finding the grave, drives a stake through the heart of the corpse from which he comes, thus ending the vampire’s existence. Or not ?

The cast:
Dracula: Richard Higgs (award winning actor for Mads)
Van Helsing: Rudy Gibbons (award winning actor in several plays at the Masque)
Johnathan Harker: Andre Kershaw (2012 award for best newcomer HHDS)
Renfield: CJ Opperman
Lucy Seward: Chloe Walls (newcomer)
Dr Seward: Danaell Lowe
The Attendant: Christoan Smit (newcomer)
The Maid: Elanda Swart

Director: Philippe Pringiers
Lighting: Ramsey Lotter
Sound: Neal Van Biljon

Show Dates:
JULY 2013
18, 19, 20 , 25, 26 and 27.
All shows start at 8pm


A big THANK YOU to all who have been involved in 2012 productions whether acting on stage or back stage. What a treat we were given by watching Slice of Saturday Night. It was truly a night to remember with all the winners and happy faces beeming with achievement and acknowledgement. Well done to all!

Congratulations to the HHDS Awards Winners:
Top left to right: Bill Kemlo, Sue Lötter, Kelly Westraad, André Kershaw, Graham Kershaw, Colette Dacre, Daryn José, Ashley Pitout , Ramsey Lötter
Centre: Anne Walsh.
Bottom: Left to right: Mornet de Wett, Sume Lotter, Jo Reid, Ann Coetzee, Giles Scott.

To view more photo’s of the winners in our official facebook gallery, click here


Condolences to family and friends of Frank Estment who passed away recently from all of us at The Playhouse

It is with great sadness that Frank Estment passed away 16 December 2012.

Frank Estment was a long time member of the Somerset West Rotary and was responsible in bringing Johnny Cooper to our stage.

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Bryan Miles The Magician
5 April – 6 April
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Waldorf School 15 April – 19 April
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Sume’s dance Studio 30 April – 11 May
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Guitar Kids 20 May – 21 May
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Alice Mennen Dance demo 24 May – 25 May
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Boesman & Lena This is an English/Afrikaans production. 5 – 8 June.
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Return from Oz Newbury House
16 June – 22 June
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Bram Strokers Dracula Philippe Pringiers
18 July – 27 July
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Balletopia 28 July – 17 Aug
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International School 18 Aug – 31 Aug
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Audition Notice: Who Did You Say You Were?
1 Sept 
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Carnival of the Hearts 1 Sept – 22 Sept
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Who Did You Say You Were? Giles Scott
21 Oct – 3 Nov
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Annie 3 Nov – 8 Dec

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
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Pinelands Players
presents
Hisses, Boo’s and Cheers – An Evening of Melodrama
The melodramas will take you back to an older, simpler time, when men were men, women were women and evildoers were easily identified by handlebar moustaches.
It is an opportunity for audience members to partake in throwing popcorn at the villains and cheering on the hero and heroines of the evening.

Boo and hiss your way through damsels in distress, ill-fated love, dastardly villains, and good triumphing over evil!
Curses! Don’t be foiled again! Come out and enjoy the show!
Murder in the Red Barn : Maria (damsel), Corder (Villain)
The Drunkard’s Dilemma: Uncle (drunkard), Georgina (damsel), Landlord (Villian), Man (Roger the hero)
Wages of Sin: Lord Peregrine Fortune-Mint, Jasper (butler), Mr Brown, Lady Priscilla Fortune-Mint, Mrs Brown, The Chairman, Audience encouragers, Victorian singers
Cast: We require a minimum of 7 men and 4 ladies. The cast not performing can be the audience encouragers if needed and they can all sing along. We need someone with an engaging personality to be the Chairman – he introduces each play and must be able to ad lib.
Auditions (workshop format)
Date: Saturday 23 February
Place: Pinelands Players Clubhouse
Time: 09h00—12h00
No need to rehearse anything.
For all enquiries, please contact Roché Buckle on rocheh@telkomsa.net
Performance dates : 21 May 2013—1 June 2013
Pinelands Town Hall
See you there!

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You are invited to audition for the G&S 2013 musical production of “Guys and Dolls

 

Director: Kyla Thorburn

Musical Director: Bill Holland

Production dates: 18th October to 10th November 2013

at the Artscape Theatre

 

The company will include +/- 70 performers, including 10 principals and supporting roles, 16 dancers and a chorus of +/- 24 who will need to perform a multitude of cameo roles. This includes a performing supporting cast for most of the principal and supporting roles.

 

v      All auditions will be held at the Artscape Theatre Complex.

 

v      Auditions are to be held on:

–          Saturday and Sunday, 2nd and 3rd March: Chorus

–          Saturday and Sunday, 9th  and 10th  March: Principals and Supporting Roles

–          Saturday morning, 16th March: Chorus Call Backs

–          Saturday afternoon, 16th  March: Principal and Supporting Cast Call Backs

 

 

v      To book an audition slot and for further information, please email  gsguysanddolls@gmail.com

 

v      Please refer to the Cast Table below with regards to the details of roles available and what to prepare for the audition. All songs are from the musical “Guys and Dolls”. A pianist will be available for accompaniment, but if you wish to bring your own, you are most welcome.

 

v      Auditionees will be told at their first audition or soon afterwards via e-mail/telephone if they will be required to attend call-back auditions. At this time they will be informed as to what to specifically prepare for these call-back auditions.

 

v      You are free to audition for more than one role. If we consider you have the potential to fill another role we may ask you to prepare an additional song from the show as part of the call-back audition. This does not mean you are eliminated from the primary role for which you originally auditioned.

 

 

v      Please note that this is an amateur production and there will therefore be no remuneration.

 

 CAST

 

CHARACTER

NOTES

AGE

VOICE RANGE & TYPE ROLE

 

AUDITION PIECE

Sarah Brown (F) A Beautiful and innocent missionary

20-35

Soprano

 (B to High A)    Principal

Singer / Actress

If I Were a Bell / I’ll Know
Skye Masterson (M) A handsome, wealthy gambler

25-40

Light Baritone (B to Eb)        Principal

Singer / Actor

Luck be a Lady / I’ll Know
Adelaide (F) A simple minded singer/dancer at the ‘Hot Box’ club with a perpetual psychosomatic cold. She’s been engaged to Nathan Detroit for 14 years and desperately wants to get married

30-45

Mezzo

(A to D)                          Principal                            

 

 

 

Singer / Actress / Mover

Adelaide’s Lament / Take Back Your Mink
Nathan Detroit (M) Charming, but financially strapped manager of the floating crap game.

30-55

Mainly Spoken – sings part of two songs Baritone (D to High F)                                              Principal

Actor / Mover / Singer

Dialogue (Bronx accent) / Sue Me
Nicely Nicely Johnson (M) Gangster – Gambler and Nathan’s closest associate. Larger than life character

Any age over 25

Tenor (Db to High Bb)               Support

Singer / Actor / Mover

Rocking the Boat
Benny Southstreet (M) Gangster – Gambler is Nicely Nicely’s side kick and foil

Any age over 18

Baritone                             Support

Singer / Actor / Mover

Guys and Dolls
Big Jule (M) Intimidating Hustler – Gambler from Chicago

35-65

Spoken                                          Support

Actor

Dialogue (Rough Chicago growl)
Lt. Brannigan (M) Local NYPD who is desperate to catch Nathan & illegal crap game red handed.

30-65

Spoken                                          Support

Actor

Dialogue (Bronx or Irish accent)
Arvide Abenathy (M) Sarah’s kind, warm hearted Grandfather and member of the mission.

55-75

Baritone (D to High F)

 Support

Actor / Singer

More I Cannot Wish You
General Matilda B. Cartwright (F) Regional Director of the missionary. Very serious, strict and authoritive.

35-70

Mainly Spoken – sings in some chorus numbers Support

Actress / Singer

Dialogue / Guys and Dolls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHARACTER

NOTES

AGE

VOICE RANGE & TYPE ROLE

 

AUDITION PIECE

MENS CHORUS (10)  

Guys and Dolls / Luck be a Lady
Rusty Charlie Gangster – Gambler is Benny Southstreet’s side kick

Any age over 18

Baritone

Singer / Actor / Mover

 
Harry the Horse Gangster

Any age over 16

Any male range

Singer / Actor

 
Angie the Ox Gangster

Any age over 16

Any male range

Singer / Actor

 
Liver Lips Louis Gangster

Any age over 16

Any male range

Singer / Actor

 
Society Max Gangster

Any age over 16

Any male range

Singer / Actor

 
Master of Ceremonies MC of the Hot Box Night Club

Any age over 18

Any male range

Actor / Singer

 
Singing Chorus (x4) Crapshooter Gangsters / Street Personalities / Mission Band / Hot Box Patrons / Havana Patrons

All ages over 16

Any male range

Singer / Actor

 
WOMENS CHORUS (14)  

Guys and Dolls / Follow the Fold
Agatha A missionary in the Mission Band

Any age over 18

Mezzo

Actress / Singer

 
Singing Chorus (x13) Street Personalities / Mission Band / Hot Box Patrons / Havana Patrons

All ages over 16

Any female range

Singer / Actress

 
WOMENS DANCING SINGING  CHORUS (8)  

Take Back Your Mink / Guys and Dolls
Dancing Singing Chorus Street Personalities / Hot Box Dancers (2 Scenes) / Havana Dancing Chorus

16-35

Any female range

Dancer / Singer / Actress

 
MENS DANCING SINGING  CHORUS (8)  

Luck be a Lady / Guys and Dolls
Dancing Singing Chorus Crapshooters / Street Personalities / Dancing Chorus for Crapshooter Dance / Dancing Chorus for Havana Patrons

16-35

Any male range

Dancer / Singer / Actor

 

 

 

As you can see, there are a lot of opportunities for acting roles, superb principal and supporting singing roles, and lots of lovely little cameo acting, plus a large chorus of many characters.

You will certainly be busy and will never be bored!

 

Hope to see you at auditions.

 

Regards

Kyla & The Auditioning Panel

 

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GASLIGHT

NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY

VOLUME 20, ISSUE 1 – FEBRUARY 2013
Hello everyone
The new year moves on apace, and we’re already well into the second month. This edition of GASLIGHT is a little later than it should be, but that’s because I really wanted to be able to give you the latest news about our next production. Director is Kyla Thorburn with Musical Direction by Bill Holland. Kyla supplies the following:
The official audition notice for “Guys and Dolls” will be out very shortly, but until then you can whet your appetite with a few bits of tasty information, along with the dates you need to diarise.
Auditions will be held at Artscape on the following dates:
 Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 3 March: Chorus
 Saturday and Sunday, 9 and 10 March: Principals and Supporting Cast
 Saturday morning, 16 March: Chorus Call Backs
 Saturday afternoon, 16 March: Principal and Supporting Cast Call Backs
Every character in the cast – leading roles, chorus members, and dancers – is larger than life and of all ages. Musical numbers from the show will be used for the audition pieces and a very good pianist will be there as an accompanist, so no backing tracks are required.
Along with the regular chorus there will be another group who not only need to be able to sing, but also need to be top quality dancers. Auditions will be held for this male and female “Dancing & Singing” chorus at a later date.
Some leading and supporting roles will have an additional Supporting Cast who will have 8 performances spread throughout the run.
Rehearsals will commence on 29th April 2013 and will initially be held 3 times a week with more being added on a Saturday afternoon from July onwards. The production will move into the theatre on 7th October and the last performance will be on Sunday, 10th November 2013.
The Audition notice will have detailed information on the roles and audition requirements. The official audition notice will explain how to go about booking your audition slot. Once your time is confirmed you will receive an audition number and the music score for the relevant song.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you in March!
AGM
Tentative date for the Society AGM is Tuesday 19 March at 19.30, at the Pinelands Club in Lonsdale Way, Pinelands. The date is “tentative” because there is a potential delay with the preparation of the annual accounts, and audited accounts must be available at the AGM. So diarise that date for now, but do look out for the official Notice of Meeting which will confirm the date a little nearer the time.
Apart from the presentation of the accounts, the Chairperson will give his report, the annual Society awards will be presented, and your Exco for the year will be elected. Only paid up members are entitled to vote at the AGM. Subs may be paid at the door on the night. Subs remain unchanged for 2013, viz. Single R90, Couple R120, Student and Senior Citizens R60. Please be aware that our website (which will shortly be replaced by a bright and shiny new one) still reflects the out of date subscription levels. The correct subs are as mentioned above.
CATA AWARDS
It’s award season, and while the Cape Amateur Theatre Awards may not generate the international hype of the little fellow on the right, they represent important recognition for amateur theatre in Cape Town. We’re happy to note that the list of nominees for this year’s awards includes many names familiar to us from previous participation in our shows. Congratulations to you all. But of course we extend particular congratulations to the nominees from our own production of Yeomen of the Guard:
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL – Sian Atterbury
BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL – Liesl Hartje
BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL – Graham Boxall and David Bolton
BEST PLAY, BEST MUSICAL, MOST ADVENTUROUS PRODUCTION, BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR, BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL – Teddy Davies and Alastair Cockburn.
We wish you well at the awards evening on 18 March at the Masque Theatre. The full list of nominees is rather long, and has already appeared in the press, so I won’t reproduce it here. If you missed it and want a copy, let me know.
NEWS FROM SISTER SOCIETIES
Hottentots Holland presents A SLICE OF SATURDAY NIGHT, running until 9th February at the Playhouse Somerset West. Direction by Giles Scott; Musical Direction: Shiraz. Bookings through Computicket
Claremont Dramatic Society presents THE OWL AND THE PUSSY CAT by Bill Manhof at the Masque Theatre from 26 February to 02 March. Direction is by Clifford Graham. Bookings: 021 788 1898
Festival Productions will hold auditions for the very topical musical comedy Boy Meets Boy (Music and Lyrics by Bill Solly, Book by Bill Solly and Donald Ward) on Saturday 9 February at the Artscape Rehearsal Room 308. The production will be directed by Teddy Davies with musical direction by Victor Tichart and choreography by Roxy Levy and will be staged in June 2013. It requires 4 men and 1 woman – you need to phone Issy on 021 433 0923 after 14:00 to book an audition slot.
Milnerton Players will be holding auditions for Children of the Wolf at the Milnerton Playhouse on Saturday 16 February at 13.45 for 14.00. This is a psychological drama by John Peacock, to be directed by Bruce Sanderson. The play will be staged at Milnerton Playhouse from 24 May to 01 June 2013. For further information please contact the director Bruce Sanderson: Phone: 083 501 0887; Bruce.Sanderso1@gmail.com
WHY, OH WHY? RESPONSES: I GOT MAIL!!
You may remember that in the last edition of GASLIGHT I referred to an item on Savoynet (the internet discussion forum for G&S buffs) where people responded to the question “Why do you love Gilbert and Sullivan?” I invited any of you who were interested to let me know why you like Gilbert and Sullivan. I wasn’t exactly inundated with responses, but two people took the trouble to share their reasons, one a long time member, and the other a very new member. Here are their (slightly edited) responses:
If I think back to when I joined Cape Town G & S Society in the early ‘70’s, I had no specific love of G & S at all – indeed, I knew very little about the genre. All I knew was that I enjoyed singing and that it was an outlet to do just that. Moreover given the fact that I was “a man!” and men were in very short supply (sometimes prior to my joining, the society had women dressed as men) and that I thus never had to audition – merely appear!! However, the average age of the people in the shows at that time was about 22 so the social life was hectic and the various society gatherings just became another excuse to have a party – and party we did at full pace! We made posters, we put up posters on poles, we built sets, we sewed costumes, we moved scenery between scenes on stage, we moved the piano on the back of a bakkie to the various venues, we did everything ourselves. We all grew to love G & S music, the nuances of Gilbert’s language, the traditions of how certain situations in shows were to be acted out – it bound us together in an orgy of friendship! I think the love of G & S and the love of the Society’s characters and people are all bound together. There was much hard work but it was exhilarating stuff and all fun with magic memories. Rogan Earp-Jones
I’m 26 years old and a huge fan of Gilbert and Sullivan. I saw the Yeomen of the Guard production twice – what an amazing performance! I only wish I could see it again. I love Gilbert and Sullivan most of all for Gilbert’s genius. He used comedy to poke fun at the very core of British society at the time, and occasionally he hid nuggets of deep truth between. There is a belief that only “old people” can enjoy Gilbert and Sullivan, but I disagree. Over a century later, Gilbert and Sullivan remains relevant, and I’ve introduced it to many of my 20 something friends. Admittedly it’ll never be entertaining to frat boys or similar, but satire as brilliant as this never really goes out of style. In the Victorian era, Sullivan was believed to be the genius. Now, I think, we can see who the true genius was. Sullivan’s music fits, but Gilbert is the reason these operettas have lasted and will continue to last. Laura Shortridge
(Laura asks if anyone still has recordings of the old BBC radio version of the Gilbert and Sullivan story. She has a few episodes but is missing quite a lot of it. If you can help, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with Laura.)
G&S ON DVD
Peter Kramer, known to many of us through his participation in a number of our shows, has a wide range of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas available on DVD, from multi-opera boxed sets, to Opera Australia productions, and even a Mikado with Groucho Marx as Ko-Ko. Contact him on dynamite@sybaweb.co.za
WELCOME
Welcome to Johan Stapelberg, Luke Brown, Laura Shortridge and Julie Reznekov who have recently become members of the Society. We hope to meet you at the AGM and/or the auditions.
That will do it for this edition. Do look out for the audition notice and the official notice for the AGM.
Ken
EXCO: Steve Broekmann – chair Niel Roux – Hon. Secretary Graham Ellis – Hon. Treasurer Ken Leverton – Vice chair, Gaslight David Bolton – Marketing Guilma Stander – Membership and Social Ian Kirkwood – Membership Alastair Cockburn – Productions Glenda Carmichael – Social Anthony Storr Lister – Archives Waldo Buckle – Website, Marketing

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