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Dear friends and members,
I hope you’re as glad as I am that the crazy catch-up for the month of January is done, and we can welcome February with glad hearts, for all the romance and summer beauty that it brings. After the festive seasons end, and the full month of January spent acclimatising to being back at work again, most of us are finally back into the swing of things, looking forward to the upcoming entertainments.
The Ask Hers
Before we dive in to all the upcoming shows at the Masque, I’d like to say a big thank you to all who could make it to Celia’s “Ask Hers”. The night was a rip-roaring success with a beautifully decorated foyer (thanks to June and co.), a stylish welcoming crew, professional photographers and videographers, and a great array of entertainments, by talented friends of the Masque. And let’s not forget about the graceful way Celia accepted each of her awards. Well done to all involved!
CATA Award Nominations
We’ve got more than a few nominations for this year’s CATA awards, and we’re very excited to see the voting results – please come along and support this – it’s a great opportunity to dress up and have a night out, so smart-casual attire is recommended. The actual awards ceremony 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 masquetheatre@mweb.co.za,and you’ll get a response from the lovely Hayley Fargher to confirm you’ve got a seat. The list is quite extensive and rather than have uninterested parties scroll for ages through it, I’ve left it out of this newsletter. Anyone who’d like to peek at the full list can send me an e-mail request, and I’ll send it along with pleasure.
Members Evening
Our members evening will be held on the 27th of February at the Guide Hall as per usual at 19:00 for 19:30. We’ll be providing fantastic games, delightful foods, and a festive, social atmosphere – so tell your friends, and join in on the fun. More details to follow in the February newsletter.
Birthdays!
Happy birthday to the following friends and members:
 Shelley Lombard – 8th of January
 Marie Milnes – 9th of January
 Jenny Seabrook – 18 January
 Angela Burgess – 20th of January
 Ron Carr – 29th of January
 James Skilton – 1st of February.
Upcoming show
You can book any of the below shows (apart from those being held outside the Masque Theatre), by calling 021-788-1898 or e-mail bookings@masquetheatre.co.za.
 21 Jan – 9 Feb A Slice of Saturday Night, written by the Heather Brothers will be presented by the Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society at The Playhouse in Somerset West. It is directed by Giles Scott, Musical Direction by Shiraz, and choreography by Amanda Peacefull. There is a PG rating of 14 due to slightly mature content. Further info on 021-851-5182.
 7 – 9 Feb Giselle, is one of the most popular classical ballets, and will be presented by Cape Town City Ballet and held at the Masque. Tickets R75 evenings; R65 matinee (Theatre Club discount R10). It follows the tragic tale of a young girl who loses her mind when jilted by her fickle lover, Albrecht.
 17 Feb Come Dine With Us at the Masque. This is set to be a diverse evening of music, cabaret, theatre with performers including Ami-Rose Barber, Luke Brown, Aubrey Hindle and more. Arrive at 20:15 for 20:30 and enjoy a three course dinner with the show for only R100!
 22 February – 2 March Bill Manhoff’s highly successful play, The Owl and The Pussycat, will be directed by Clifford Graham and starring the talented duo: Sheldon Cross and Jana Botha. Produced by Claremont Dramatic Society.
 27 February
Our members evening is bound to be characterised by lots of laughter, great company, and free-flowing conversation – so don’t forget to save the date, and bring friends!
 15- 23 March
Moon over the Brewery, by Bruce Graham, directed by Sheila McCormick. The show will be held at the Milnerton Playhouse.
 18 March
CATA Awards at the Masque Theatre – don’t forget to book your seat!
Auditions:
I know how we all love auditions, so here are two upcoming ones:
 Boy Meets Boy by Bill Solly and Donald Ward
Auditions will take place on the 9th of February from 10.00am to 1.00pm for Chorus. From 2.00pm to 5.00pm for Principals roles. Saturday the 16th will be for callbacks from 2.00pm. All auditions will be held at the Artscape Rehearsal Room 308 (entrance via the Stage Door.) Please prepare a musical number, with a backing track (no unaccompanied singing is permitted) and call Issy on 021 433 0923 after 14:00, to arrange your audition slot.
 Dracula by Hamilton Deane & John Balerstone This show is set to be directed by Philippe Pringiers for the Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society. The audition date is set for the 10th of February at the Playhouse in Somerset West, at 19:00. The performance dates will be the 18 – 27 July 2013, Playhouse, Somerset West The cast will require 6 men and 2 women. For more information call Philippe 072 959 1372, or e-mail her philippe@pringiers.co.za
 Guys and Dolls The Gilbert & Sullivan Society will be auditioning for their production of Guys and Dolls and the dates have been temporarily set for the 2, 3, 9 and 10 March They advise that all ages, shapes, sizes and voice ranges will be needed. Information on where auditions will be held, to follow.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Xxx

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MILNERTON PLAYERS AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY

AUDITION NOTICE

Milnerton Playhouse, Pienaar Road, Milnerton (Behind library)

Saturday 16 February 2013

Time: 13.45 for 14h00

Children of the Wolf

A psychological drama by John Peacock

Directed by Bruce Sanderson

Synopsis: On the event of their twenty-first birthday, brother and sister twins lure their mother, who abandoned them at birth after an unsuccessful and damaging attempt at abortion, to the deserted home of her lover (their father). There the macabre demolition of the mother begins, against the background question of whether the lover/father will come or not.

The three roles to be auditioned are:

Linda 21 years old. Very dominant and clearly in charge.

Robin Her twin brother – also (obviously) 21 years old. A weak character, subservient

to Linda and dominated by her.

The twins are not identical and being exactly the same age is not critical.

Helena Vincent Their mother – 38 – 41 years old.

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

E-mail: Bruce.Sanderso1@gmail.com

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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

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January 2013 – Number 117


Hello All,

Your regular scribe, Alex, is down with a bug (or at least her computer is), so I will be filling you in on what’s what and who’s who over the next few weeks.

Our First Production of the Year

Clifford Graham directs the highly talented duo of Sheldon Cross and Jana Botha in Bill Manhoff’s highly successful play, The Owl and The Pussycat, at the Masque Theatre from 22 February until 2 March.

A funny, poignant and thought-provoking play set in a San Francisco loft apartment. The cause of all the fuss begins when aspiring author Felix focuses his binoculars on a prostitute seemingly plying her trade in the building next door. He complains to her landlord about the shenanigans and she is duly evicted. That night he has trouble pounding on his door in the form of Doris, not a prostitute but an aspiring “model and actress,” thank you very much. She concludes he owes her a bed for the night, an arrangement that leads to hilarity and introspection. Felix’s sensitivities are constantly tested by Doris and her misguided aspirations, as she pushes the boundaries of an unlikely relationship.

It’s not too late to get involved – if you’d like to help build the set, sell tickets or man the bar, please let one of the committee know soon!

Stop Press:  We have added a performance on Wednesday 27 February, in aid of the Andrew Merryweather Fund. Andrew was left paralysed and in a wheelchair in a tragic incident in September of 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, so why not come along for a great evening’s entertainment on the 27th and support a good cause?

Members’ Evenings

 

First up, feedback from our impromptu Downton Abbey marathon in December:

About 10 intrepid adventurers, including some new faces, relished about six hours of delightful British cinematography. At about 6pm, sustenance arrived in the form of yummy Butlers pizza, which saw us through to the end of Episode 4.  This means we will have to do it again – to finish the series, and watch the 2012 Christmas Special, which Simon brought back from his most recent trip to the UK. Watch this space…

Annual General Meeting and Awards Evening

Next up is our AGM on Tuesday 26 February, at 19:00 for 19:30, at Barristers Grill, Corner Kildare Road and Main Street Newlands. The official notice and agenda is at the end of the newsletter.

The positions up for re-election this year are Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.  All three have indicated they are willing to stand again.  However, if you would like to be part of our dynamic committee, there are two positions available for additional members.

After the AGM, Barristers will serve a delicious two-course dinner (there will be a cash bar), which will be followed by the highlight of the evening: the presentation of the awards by our esteemed panel (Graham Boxall, Mike Harris, Lieske Bester and Sue Bolton).  The evening will end with the presentation of the Members’ Choice awards.

All of this excitement will set you back only R90 (R60 for pensioners and R100 for non-members). Please RSVP to our callgirl(!) Pam on 021 657 5700 or PamB@Masterparts.com BEFORE Thursday 21 February.

But wait, there’s more!  For your convenience, Anthony will willingly relieve you of your 2013 subs on the night, which will allow you to qualify for the discount on the evening, and to vote in the Members’ Choice awards.

Members’ News

 

  • Welcome to new member, Martyn Swain, who worked for several seasons in repertory theatre in the UK.  Martyn will be joining us at the AGM, where we’ll have a chance to give him a warm welcome
  • Celia Musikanth has resigned her position as Marketing Manager at the Masque after 13 years. Her farewell party on Sunday was an occasion to remember.  Thank you Celia for all you have done for our theatre, and we look forward to seeing you doing more acting and directing now!
  • Steven Belknap is recovering from some minor surgery – hope you’re feeling chipper and get back on your feet soon.
Masque News

The Masque is now officially an NPO, with a number and everything!  Thank you to the Board and Trustees who have worked so hard to make this happen.  This means that the Masque qualifies for reduced rates, and can apply for funding.  So if you know of any cash-flush corporation, who would like to support the arts and get a tax deduction, please send them our way.  A new roof and air-conditioning would be most welcome!

Cape Amateur Theatre Awards

Yup, it’s that time of year again.  The awards ceremony will be taking place at The Masque Theatre on Monday 18th March assembling at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Smart Dress would be preferable.

Booking to be done by emailing masquetheatre@mweb.co.za. Your booking will be confirmed by reply from Hayley Fargher. Please book early, as this is a very popular event, and a full house is expected.

The panel comprises Dennis Benneyworth, Lynn Moss, Mike Tompson, Barrie Howard, Brenda Gray,

Kyla Thorburn, Yvonne Copley and Fiona Chisholm. Andrew Weiss has joined the panel from 1 January . Andrew has been involved in theatre for over 30 years, has directed, is an award winning actor, comfortable in drama, comedy or musicals, and has served on Milnerton Players Committee.

All three of our productions have received nominations – congratulations to all of you!

CATA NOMINEE LIST FOR 2012

 

ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION

June Edwards – Season’s Greetings (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Sumé Lötter – Le Moulin Rouge (Carnivals of the Heart)

Garth Tavares – Shout! The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)

Lynda Jennings – Calendar Girls (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Shelley Lombard – Aladdin the panto (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

COSTUMES

Dolores Spijkers, Sue Lötter & Pilar Pringiers – Le Moulin Rouge (Carnivals of the Heart)

Christelle Kotze – Fiela’s Child (Carnivals of the Heart)

The Society – Shout! The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)

The Society – A Christmas Carol more or less (Milnerton Players)

The Society – Aladdin the panto (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE

Ramsay Lötter – Fiela’s Child (Carnivals of the Heart)

Ashley Pitout – Fiela’s Child (Carnivals of the Heart)

Glyn Fogel – Shout! The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)

Robert Minshall & Wayne Hendricks – The Bus (Milnerton Players)

Wayne Hendricks – The Bus (Milnerton Players)

Fin McCormick – A Christmas Carol more or less (Milnerton Players)

Robert Minshall – A Christmas Carol more or less (Milnerton Players)

Brett Radloff – Aladdin the panto (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

BEST SET

Cecil Jakins – The Winslow Boy (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)

Fanie Fourie – Fiela’s Child (Carnivals of the Heart)

Barry Altwig and Wayne Hendricks – The Bus (Milnerton Players)

Fin McCormick – A Christmas Carol more or less (Milnerton Players)

The Society – Aladdin the panto (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

CAMEO PERFORMANCE

Nigel Sweet – Marvin’s Room (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Michael Human – Aladdin the panto (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

 

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Samantha-Jane Tunnah – The Breakfast Club (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

James Strong – Marvin’s Room (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Quinlan Seegers – Marvin’s Room (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Leo Batt – The Winslow Boy (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)

Mark Jennings – Season’s Greetings (Muizenberg Dramatic Society

Andre Kershaw – Ginger Beer (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

Fanie Fourie – Fiela’s Child (Carnivals of the Heart)

Wayne Hendricks – The Bus (Milnerton Players)

Timothy Mayers – The Bus (Milnerton Players)

Darin Graham – The Bus (Milnerton Players)

Jo Frater – Calendar Girls (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Marcél Engelbrecht – Aladdin the panto (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

BEST JUNIOR ACTOR / ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

James Strong – Marvin’s Room (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Quinlan Seegers – Marvin’s Room (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Leo Batt – The Winslow Boy (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)

Andre Kershaw – Ginger Beer (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

Martine Kawalsky – Shout! The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

Samantha Jane Tunnah – The Breakfast Club (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Ruth Allsopp – Marvin’s Room (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Sheila Inglis – Marvin’s Room (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Kirsty Cunnington – Season’s Greetings (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Fiona Carling – Season’s Greetings (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Jana Botha – The Odd Couple – Female Version (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Karen Wilson-Harris – Blithe Spirit (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Melissa Sanderson – Calendar Girls (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Sian Atterbury – The Yeoman of the Guard (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

Nawaal Howa – Aladdin the panto (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

Anton Schäfer – The Breakfast Club (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

James Strong – Marvin’s Room (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Shaun Browne – Season’s Greetings (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Barrie Howard – Season’s Greetings (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Clifford Graham – The Odd Couple the female version (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Gary Green – The Odd Couple the female version (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Rudy Gibbons – Calendar Girls (Claremont Dramatic Society)

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

Julie Summers – Marvin’s Room (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Trish Sutton – Marvin’s Room (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Kelly Kowalski – The Winslow Boy (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)

Cheryl Gordon – Fiela’s Child (Carnivals of the Heart)

Jenny Brandt – The Odd Couple the female version (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Jo Frater – Calendar Girls (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Fiona Tanner – A Christmas Carol more or less (Milnerton Players)

Liesl Hartje – The Yeoman of The Guard (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

Martine Kawalsky – Shout!The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)

Melissa Sanderson – Shout! The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)

Laura Bosman – Shout! The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)

Jennifer Moss – Shout! The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)

Luella Holland – Shout! The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

Dean Howarth – The Breakfast Club (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Richard Higgs – The Winslow Boy (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)

Graham Kershaw – Funny Money (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

Brian Notcutt – Season’s Greetings (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Rudy Gibbons – Eat Your Heart Out (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Anthony Storr Lister – Blithe Spirit (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Thomas Agate – When the Reaper Calls (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

Graham Boxall – The Yeoman of The Guard (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

David Bolton – The Yeoman of The Guard (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

BEST PLAY, BEST MUSICAL, MOST ADVENTUROUS PRODUCTION, BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR,  BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Brenda Gray – Marvin’s Room (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Aubrey Hindle – The Winslow Boy (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)

Giles Scott – Funny Money (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

Coleen van Staden – Season’s Greetings (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Teddy Davies –The Yeoman of The Guard (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

Alastair Cockburn –The Yeoman of The Guard (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

Garth Tavares – Shout! The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)

Wendy Goddard – Calendar Girls (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Auditions

Boy Meets Boy

Having recently enjoyed a five star revival at the Jermyn Street Theatre in the heart of London’s West End, Bill Solly and Donald Ward’s Boy Meets Boy will be presented by Festival Productions for a four week season during June/July 2013. This hilarious smash hit musical comedy will be staged at the Artscape Arena.

For additional information please see www.guidetomusicaltheatre.com – click on Index to Shows – Synopsis.

Principals: 4 men and 1 lady. Chorus: 4 boys and 4 girls

Auditions will take place in February 2013 as follows: Saturday 9 from 10.00am to 1.00pm for Chorus and from 2.00pm to 5.00pm for Principals and Saturday 16 from 2.00pm for recalls which will all be held in the Artscape  Rehearsal Room 308 (entrance via the Stage Door.) You are kindly required to sing a song from any musical (no unaccompanied singing is permitted) and to arrange a necessary audition time slot by phoning Issy (or leave a message) on 021 433 0923 after 14h00

Direction by Teddy Davies, musical direction Victor Tichart, choreography Roxy Levy

Dracula

by Hamilton Deane & John Balerstone

Directed by Philippe Pringiers for Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society

Performance Dates: 18 – 27 July 2013, Playhouse, Somerset West

Audition date: 10 February 2013, 19:00,  Playhouse, Somerset West

Cast: 6 men, 2 women

Enquiries: Philippe 072 959 1372, philippe@pringiers.co.za

Guys and Dolls

 

The Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society will be auditioning for their production of Guys and Dolls and the dates are tentatively set for 2, 3, 9 and 10 March They advise that all ages, shapes, sizes and voice ranges will be needed. More details to follow

                                                             

Calendar
  • 21 Jan – 9 Feb

A Slice of Saturday Night, written by the Heather Brothers and presented by Hottentots

Holland Dramatic Society at The Playhouse in Somerset West. Directed by Giles Scott with Musical Direction by Shiraz and choreography by Amanda Peacefull. There is a PG Rating of 14. Further info on 021 8515182

  • 7 – 9 Feb

Giselle, one of the most popular of all classical ballets, presented by the Cape Town City

Ballet at the Masque. Tickets R75 evenings; R65 matinee (Theatre Club discount R10).

  • 17 Feb

Come Dine With Us at the Masque. A diverse evening of music, cabaret, theatre and good company, featuring Ami-Rose Barber, Luke Brown, Aubrey Hindle and more. Arrive 20:15 for 20:30 and enjoy a three course dinner with the show – for just R100!

  • 9 February

Audition – Boy Meets Boy

  • 10 February

Audition – Dracula

  • 22 February – 2 March

The Owl and the Pussycat – Masque Theatre.  Bookings:  021 788 1898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

  • 26 February

CDS AGM and Awards Evening at Barristers

  • 2, 3, 9, 10 March

Audition – Guys and Dolls

  • 15-23 March

Milnerton Playhouse

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

  • 18 March

CATA Awards at the Masque Theatre

Well, 2013 is certainly off to a busy start, with something for everyone.  So, until the 26th,

Cheers,

Wendy

Claremont Dramatic Society

 

Notice is hereby given of the 60th Annual General Meeting of the Claremont Dramatic Society to be held at Barristers Grill, Cardiff Castle Building, Corner Kildare Road and Main Street, Newlands, on Tuesday 26 February 2013 at 19h00 for 19h30.

A G E N D A

 

1                 Notice Convening the Meeting

2                 Apologies

3                 To consider the 60th Annual General Meeting

a)      To accept the 60th AGM minutes

b)            Matters Arising from the 60th AGM

4                 To consider the Chairman’s Report for the Year ended 31 December 2012

5                 To consider the Treasurer’s Report for the Year ended 31 December 2012

6                 Adoption of Audited Financial Statement for the Year ended 31 December 2012

7                 To consider any notice of motion from any Member who has lodged such notice with the Secretary at least 14 (fourteen) days prior to this Meeting.

8                 To Elect the Committee for the Year ended 31 December 2013

9                 To fix the Annual Subscriptions for the ensuing year.

10             To Elect an Honorary Auditor for the Year ended 31 December 2013

11             To Elect the Stern Masque Theatre Trustee to represent the Society for the Year ending  31 December 2013

12             Any Other Business

Wendy Goddard

Chairperson

January 2013

Audited accounts and copies of the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting will be distributed before the start of the meeting.

All persons attending the meeting are requested to be present and registered by 19h15 to enable a prompt start at 19h30

 

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