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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
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March 2013 – Number 118


Hello All,

It is already March and almost April and what a year it has been so far. We have had our CDS AGM, opened and closed a show and walked away smiling from the CATA awards. There is plenty to look forward to over the next few months and plenty to report back on. Boil the kettle, take out the biscuits and catch up with the latest news.

News of members and friends

 

Unfortunately, most of our news is sad news.

 

We would like to express our condolences to Clifford on the passing of his mum. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

 

We wish a speedy recovery to Sue Bolton after her spinal fusion and we are all looking forward to her latest offering later in the year.

 

One of our members, Vivienne Gray, daughter of Brenda, died tragically on Monday 18 March.  Vivienne will be remembered to us for her magnificent set designs for Lady Windermere’s Fan, Macbeth and Brief Lives. The memorial service will be held after Easter, and we will send out the details as soon as they have been finalised. Much love to Brenda and family.  

 

Nigel Sweet’s dad, Fred, passed away this week.  Fred appeared in the 1982 CDS (then SOE) production of The Liver Birds, directed by Yvonne Copley. Our deepest sympathies to Nigel and his family.

 

Next members’ evening

Our next members’ evening will be on Friday 26 April 2013 at 7.30 for 8pm. The evening will be a wine tasting and a thrilling general knowledge quiz hosted by the Remarkable Roy…(the wine will help the brain work faster I suppose). This will be co-ordinated by one of our newest committee members Liz Roodt and she promises a jolly good time.

The Owl and the Pussycat feedback, from Anthony Storr Lister

 

Once again, CDS has pulled off a piece of extremely high artistic merit.  The Owl and the Pussycat seen at The Masque recently, was a delight from start to finish.  Sheldon Cross and Jana Botha are to be congratulated for exceptional performances of great energy.  That they did not flag is tribute to both their stagecraft and dedication AND to their physical stamina.  A two-hander is always difficult to sustain, but sustain it they did, and well!

Praise must go also to the Director Clifford Graham for the performances he managed to elicit from his talented cast.  Perfectly cast and well-prepared: an excellent recipe for success.  The backstage group also excelled in every department, making massive contributions to the successful staging of this production – well done to all of you.  (Liz, Gary, Wendy, Wendy, Barrie, Clifford – have I left anyone out?  Consider me grovelling if I have.) Thank you too to all those who so willingly serve time and again in the box office, front of house, bar and doing tea duty.  Each of you contributes hugely to the overall Masque experience and we do value you.

Although we made a loss on the production the Committee feels, quite rightly I believe, that, from time to time, it is acceptable for this to happen in the interest of making good theatre.  Good theatre was certainly made in The Owl and The Pussycat – so well done everyone and thank you.

 Amy’s View

Brenda’s next masterpiece is officially underway and rehearsals have begun.

Unfortunately, Matthew Browne has had to pull out because of work commitments.  Anton Schafer is now playing the role of Dominic.

 

New committee members

 

Welcome to our new committee members, thank you for being willing to help keep our society running smoothly

– Liz Roodt – members’ evenings’ co-ordinator

– Jenny Brandt – membership and subs

And on that note we are calling for OUTSTANDING SUBS … don’t let us set Jenny on you.

Bank details: Claremont Dramatic Society, Standard Bank Claremont (025109), Current account number 072 637 676.  Please use your name as the beneficiary reference. Member:  Single R40, Couple R60, Pensioner/student: R30 Couple: R45

Letter from the Masque Board

TO:  ALL SOCIETIES

AN UPDATE FROM THE MASQUE THEATRE BOARD

According to various interpretations of the Mayan prophecies, December 2012 would either spell the end of the world or cyclical renewal.  It’s clear to us all that the world did not end.  Similarly, a couple of years ago the Masque Theatre faced predictions of a possible end, unless steps were taken to return to financial viability.

These steps included the fundamental need to apply for NPO status, which meant aligning ourselves to NPO requirements and thereby necessitating a review of the Constitution, the appointment of Trustees, a Masque Theatre Board and an Operations team, as well as a clearly defined relationship between these three tiers.

It has been a long, difficult and often frustratingly slow process, but the groundwork has now been laid and the NPO application has been successful.  For the Masque Theatre, December 2012 was a point of renewal, not an end.

The way forward

Although the groundwork has been laid, there is still much work to be done to ensure that the Masque Theatre continues to be successful and financially viable.

For any business to thrive, it must have a product and a customer, and it must remain competitive and benchmark itself to the highest standards of best practice.  To this end, each Board member has been tasked with drafting strategic and tactical plans for various portfolios, including:

  • Marketing, Advertising and Communications – Wesley Figaji
  • Remco (a human resources function) – Jane De Sousa
  • Finco (financials) – Nikki Jacobs
  • Productions – Kyla Boxall
  • Operations – Richard Magnin
    • Development (both audience and skills development, among others) – Paul Griffiths

The Board members have begun work on the above and pleasing progress has been made to date, thanks to the assistance of many contributors from various societies and others who have been co-opted onto the various portfolio committees.  The Board values such assistance, because it must have everyone’s interests at heart, it must listen and assist, and it must remain accessible to ideas and suggestions.

The Masque Theatre and its customers

The Masque Theatre’s product has been defined as the venue itself.  Significantly, the customer has been defined as being both audience members and those involved in putting on productions and events.  The significance lies in the fact that a poor production affects audience numbers, which in turn affects the Masque Theatre more than it does the producers.

Vision and Mission statements have been developed for the Masque Theatre as a guide to what we hope to achieve:

 

VISION STATEMENT (what is the Masque Theatre in existence for?)

To provide a vibrant, popular, busy and sustainable entertainment venue, showing and hosting challenging, yet financially successful, artistic works, productions and other events.

 

MISSION STATEMENT (what do we have to do to achieve this?)

Attract quality community and professional producers and service them by providing a world class venue for the production of artistic works, productions and other events, and provide theatrical skills development opportunities.

An update on Marketing

Although we recently bade a passionate and heartfelt farewell to Celia Musikanth, she will not be riding off into the sunset.  Her contribution to the Masque Theatre has been indispensable and  herongoing contribution and advice will be highly regarded and requested.  In the meantime the Marketing function will continue until such time as a new appointment is made, which is to fill the new post of Theatre Manager.

The Marketing portfolio has defined the main purpose of Masque Theatre marketing as increasing ticket sales by increasing the number of bums on seats, by means of:

–          Maintaining and guarding the Masque Theatre brand

–          Penetrating the market (of potential audiences)

–          Increasing the catchment area (where potential audiences reside)

–          Increasing the frequency of visits to the Masque Theatre

Marketing has identified a four-pronged tactical plan from which its action plans will flow:

  1. Anchor the Masque Theatre brand to the needs of the customer.
  2. Implement an EXTERNAL communications strategy that will increase reach, market penetration and frequency of visits.
  3. Implement an INTERNAL communications strategy aligned to influence and leverage the roles played by producers, artists and hirers.
    1. Implement measurement tools to determine customer satisfaction and the impact of marketing interventions.

2014 Productions Calendar and submission of proposals

Kyla Boxall is the Board member heading the Productions portfolio and her exciting news is that the Production Calendar has been opened for 2014.  The new process for submitting proposals is to email them to use masquetheatre@mweb.co.za (which will be the new Theatre Manager’s email) and to copy Kyla at kboxall@truworths.co.za.  Proposals must include:

  • The type of production, i.e. Play, Musical, etc.
  • The genre, i.e. Farce, Comedy, etc.
  • The name of the proposed director
  • The name of the production
  • The name of the author
  • The preferred calendar slot
  • The venue, i.e. Theatre or Foyer
    • The style of set and the name of the designer (if possible)

You are encouraged to:

  • Not use box sets where possible but to get adventurous in design, in order to avoid repetition, and
    • Consider using the Foyer for small-style productions which are more easily managed, are less costly, and could be more profitable for both the society/producer and the Masque Theatre.

The closing date for proposals is 31 May 2013.  Proposals will be considered by the Theatre Manager and the Board.

In closing

We all know that change is necessary, yet we must understand that it can be both challenging and difficult.  We all have a vested interest in the continued survival of the Masque Theatre, and only together can we ensure many more years for the theatre we love so dearly and are so passionate about.

 

What’s on, what’s happening and what’s this?

 

 

REMINDER: THEATRE MANAGER WANTED

MASQUE THEATRE MUIZENBERG

To apply email your CV to recruiting@masquetheatre.co.za, by 31 March 2013

 

MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY – AUDITION NOTICE

 

ATHOL FUGARD’S THE ROAD TO MECCA

 

AUDITION DATE:        Saturday 13 April 2013 at 14h30

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

CALLBACKS:              Wednesday 17 April at 19:30

DIRECTOR:                Barbara Basel

ENQUIRIES:               barbara.basel@gmail.com or telephone 0826511695. Electronic copies of prescribed audition readings available from barbara.basel@gmail.com.

DATES OF RUN:        26 July to 3 August 2013 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

REHEARSALS:           Mondays and Thursdays at 19h30 – 22h00, Saturdays 14h00 – 17h00 at the Rendezvous, During the initial rehearsals of Act 1 only Helen and Elsa will be required, while all three characters are required for Act 2.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Athol Fugard, one of South Africa’s leading dramatists, turned 80 last year and in June 2011 was awarded a lifetime Achievement Tony Award in New York in recognition of his life’s work. He is still writing challenging works, many of which are premiered at the Fugard Theatre in District Six, Cape Town.
His play The Road To Mecca is based on the life of Helen Martins who lived in New Bethseda, in what is now known at the “Owl House’.  It looks at how small minded people deal with others that they regard as ‘different’ because they do conform to their standards, which is still a relevant issue 28 years after the play was first presented to audiences in June 1985. When the play starts, Helen has stopped creating her statues – she no longer has the physical strength, but, even worse, she is overcome by a ‘blackness’ which has stifled her creativity. Her only friend is Elsa, a young teacher from Cape Town, while the local Dominee, Marius Byleveld, expresses his concern for her welfare and is desperately trying to persuade her to move into an old age home, much to the disgust of Elsa.
The focus of The Road To Mecca is on dialogue (with the implied meaning being as important as what is actually said) rather than action. It calls for 3 strong performers to play the demanding roles of Miss Helen, Elsa and Rev Marius Byleveld.  Miss Helen and Elsa have equal parts throughout the play. Marius joins them in the 2nd Act.
CAST:
MISS HELEN: Miss Helen’s character is based on that of Helen Martins, regarded as South Africa’s foremost ‘Outsider Artist’, a style of art described by the French artist Jean Dubuffet as “fantastic, raw, visionary art created by individuals often maladjusted, with no art training, who work outside the mainstream of the art world“.  Fugard describes Helen as ‘a frail bird-like little woman in her late sixties. Her appearance gives a sense of personal neglect. After her husband’s death, Helen stopped attending the local Dutch Reformed Church.  She began making ‘strange’ statues out of cement and glass which now fill the garden around her house. These statues are a mixture of Christian, Islamic and mythological figures, most of which are facing ‘Mecca’. The walls of Helen’s home are covered with mosaics. Her art occupies her whole life and has ostracised her from the friends of her former husband and the activities of the small Karoo village of New Bethesda in which she lives.
ELSA: Elsa is a strong minded but somewhat confused woman in her late twenties.  She is a English teacher who uses innovative teaching methods that are not always appreciated by her Principal, fellow teachers and parents. Elsa has just ended an unsatisfactory ‘love-affair’ with a married man. She is very disturbed by the racial inequality that exists in South Africa at the time of the play, a practice she witnesses first hand when she offers a young black woman and her baby a lift on her way to New Bethesda. When the play opens Elsa has just driven up from Cape Town in response to Helen’s letter in which she talks about committing suicide. Elsa disapproves of the idea of Helen moving into an old age home.
MARIUS BYLEWELD: Rev Marius Byleweld is the local Dominee and the same age as Miss Helen.  He is trying to persuade Helen to move into an old age home in a nearby town.  He appears to be sincere and charming but, while concerned about Helen’s welfare, is really more worried about the irreligious nature of her artistic output and habits as well as his reputation in the village. Elsa believes he is secretly in love with Miss Helen.

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society

Next up, in July, we have Bram Stroker’s Dracula!

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

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)
JohnathanHarker: Andre Kershaw (2012 award for best newcomer HHDS)
Renfield: CJ Opperman
Lucy Seward: Chloe Walls (newcomer)
Dr Seward: Daneall Lowe
The Attendant: Christoan Smit (newcomer)
The Maid: Elanda Swart

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

A delightful romantic comedy is heading for the Masque!

3-13 April: Bolero Productions presents Late Flowering, directed by Yvonne Copley. Several of our friends and members appear in this production: Pat Boothman, Sheila Inglis, Bernie Jacobs and Jane de Sousa.  The role of Martin was to have been played by Nigel Sweet, who has unfortunately had to withdraw from the production.  Martin will now be played by James Skilton.

CDS Awards Results!

Best Actress: Julie Summers
Certificate for excellent performance: Jenny Brandt

Best Actor: No Award: No Leading Actor Role

Best Supporting Actress: Ruth Allsopp
Certificates for “outstanding teamwork” to all Calendar Girls : Jo Frater, Fiona Carling, Melissa Sanderson, Jane Cohen, Lesley Gill, KirstyCunnington, Allison Blair

Best Supporting Actor: Clifford Graham
Certificate for most promising newcomer: James Strong

Best Play: Award shared : Brenda Gray (Marvin’s Room), Wendy Goddard (Calendar Girls)

Certificate for outstanding props to Wendy Goddard – Calendar Girls

Trophy for Outstanding Production Support: Shared: Lynda Jennings & Penny Youngleson

Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to the Society: Mike Moss

Members’ Choice:
Best Actress: Julie Summers
Best Actor: Gary Green
Best Production: Calendar Girls

CATA WINNERS FOR 2012 FOR CDS

CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE – ENSEMBLE DUO
Clifford Graham and Gary Green – The Odd Couple the female version (Claremont Dramatic Society)

ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION
Lynda Jennings – Calendar Girls (Claremont Dramatic Society)

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

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Ruth Allsopp – Marvin’s Room (Claremont Dramatic Society)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
James Strong – Marvin’s Room (Claremont Dramatic Society)

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Brenda Gray – Marvin’s Room (Claremont Dramatic Society)

CODS CUP FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AMATEUR THEATRE
Adrian Kettle

AGM feedback:

This was my first AGM and as a new guy to all this I am so overwhelmed at the love and generosity everyone has for one another. I felt very proud to be involved with CDS. The new venue has received positive feedback, however if you do have other suggestions for the 2014 AGM venue please feel free to contact Liz Roodt (lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk)

Lots of love,

Sheldon

 

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Jill Cooke Trophy for Artistic Contribution

 

Lynda Jennings – Special Effects for Calendar Girls – Claremont Dramatic Society

 

Estelle Knott Craig Shield for Technical Excellence

 

Glynn Fogell – Sound design and effects – Shout The Mod Musical – Pinelands Players

 

Dolores Spijkers Cup for Costumes(New Category and Trophy)

 

Christelle Kotze for Fiela’s Child – Carnivals of the Heart

 

Harry Hargreaves Cup for Best Set

 

Fanie Fourie for Fielas Child – Carnivals of the Heart

 

Fiona Chisholm Cup for Cameo Performance in Play or Musical

 

Nigel Sweet in Marvins Room – Claremont Dramatic Society

 

Imps Shield for Promising Newcomer

 

James Strong in Marvins Room – Claremont Dramatic Society

 

Best Junior in Play or Musical(New Category)

 

Martine Kawalsky in Shout The Mod Musical – Pinelands Players

 

Supporting Actress in Play or Musical

 

Play – Ruth Allsopp in Marvins Room – Claremont Dramatic Society

 

Musical – Sian Atterbury in Yeoman of The Guard – Cape Town G & S Society

 

Richard Farmer Cup for Supporting Actor in Play 

 

James Strong in Marvins Room – Claremont Dramatic Society

 

Tony Stiglingh Cup for Supporting Actor in a Musical(New Trophy)

 

No Award

 

Doris Tansley Cup for Best Actress in a Play

 

Fiona Tanner – A Christmas Carol – More or Less – Milnerton Players

 

Walter Swanson Trophy for Best Actress in a Musical

 

Joint winners :-

 

Martinne 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

 

Geoffrey Tansley Cup for Best Actor in a Play

 

Dean Howarth – The Breakfast Club – Muizenberg Dramatic Society

 

Downey Cup for Best Actor in a Musical

 

Graham Boxall – Yeoman of the Guard – Cape Town G & S Society

 

Bertie Stern Cup for Best Director

 

Brenda Gray – Marvins Room – Claremont Dramatic Society

 

Sol Rodsell Cup for Best Play

 

Coleen van Staden – Season Greetings – Muizenberg Dramatic Society

 

Best Musical Director

 

Alastair Cockburn – Yeoman of the Guard – Cape Town G & S Society

 

Joseph Manca Cup for Best Director of a Musical

 

Garth Tavares – Shout! The Mod Musical – Pinelands Players

 

Marcia Lawton Cup for Best Musical

 

Garth Tavares – Shout! The Mod Musical – Pinelands Players

 

 

Certificates of Excellence

 

Name For Production Society
Raymond Rudolph Creative Staging The Breakfast Club 3 Muizenberg Dramatic Society
Bryoni Currin & Brendan Mourratts Mimes Le Moulin Rouge Carnivals of the Heart
Darryl Spijkers Egyptian Scene Le Moulin Rouge Carnivals of the Heart
June Edwards Puppets & Puppet Theatre Design & Creation Season’s Greetings Muizenberg Dramatic Society
The Chorus Ensemble The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Ferdi Oosthuizen Male Solo – “Is Life a Boon?” The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Graham Boxall Male Solo – “Oh! A Private Buffoon” The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Graham Boxall & David Bolton Duet – “Hereupon We’re Both Agreed” The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Sian Atterbury, Adri Louw, Ferdi Oosthuizen & Stephan Le Roux Quartet – “Strange Adventure” The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Liesl Hartje, Lara Milne, Ferdi Oosthuizen & Graham Boxall Quartet – “When a Wooer Goes a-wooing” The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Liesl Hartje Female Solo “Tis Done! I am a Bride” The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society
The Chorus Single Ensemble “A Prisoner Comes” The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Daryn José Original Work (Script) Ginger Beer Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
Clifford Graham & Gary Green Ensemble Duo (The ‘other’ Odd Couple) Support Actors The Odd Couple Claremont Dramatic Society
Chenara Fenton Female Solo “Second Hand White Baby Grand” The Grand Opening Pinelands Players
Angela Lee-Wright Tyson the Panda Aladdin the Panto Constantiaberg Theatre Players
Samantha Jane Tunnah As Allison Reynolds The Breakfast Club Muizenberg Dramatic Society
Fanie Fourie For Set Design Fiela’s Child Carnivals of the Heart
Wayne Hendricks For Direction The Bus Milnerton Players

 

 

 

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Our new logo – is BE–YOO–TI–FUL!  A huge thank-you to June Edwards who put forward a number of designs with this one coming out the winner!!  It has been decided once and for all to say goodbye to the “Upside-Down-A” which used to form part of our logo – I never ever managed to get it right on a computer keyboard anyway!!  Which brings us to:

 OUR WEBSITE

Again, June was very instrumental in getting this “revised” site up and running – she enlisted the help of her son, Hein, and, boy, is it looking spiffy!!  The name used to be “MVDS” which was of course slightly confusing to those not “in the know” but it is now straight-forward MADS (www.mads.co.za).  Please visit it and see what a wonderful job has been done.  Thank you, Hein – I’m sure this took many, many hours of your time!  Luke Brown will be updating it on a regular basis – please contact him (021 7801506; 0718271543 or lukebrownct@gmail.com) if you have any suggestions as to content.

 

QUICK, QUICK – HEDDA GABLER

Our first production of the year opens TONIGHT (Friday 15 March)!  If you have not already booked give Aubrey a call RIGHT NOW on 021 7881898!  And here is a very special one-chance-only offer:  IF YOU CAN MAKE TONIGHT’S PERFORMANCE – WE’LL GIVE YOU COMPS!!

but you do still need to book.

Ron and I popped in to rehearsal last night – some stunning performances and a very innovative set.

MEMBERS’ EVENING

You have diarized 27 March for our members’ evening hey??  It’s at the Rendezvous and starts at 19:30.  The theme is the “Mad Hatters Party” and everyone is to wear a weird & whacky hat please!  There will be a competition to see who has the best hat and prizes to be won.  There will also be a Talent Contest where we invite you all to sing, dance, juggle, do magic, play instruments, read poetry….or whatever !!  Those interested in showcasing their special talent should already have contacted Wendy Morling on 021 715 0694 or 0834628242 or home@morling.co.za to advise her but I’m sure she can still fit you in!!  Of course Raymond Rudolph (as usual) will be doing his stand up comedy at odd intervals throughout the evening!   The success of the evening depends on you folk contributing to the fun by “letting your light shine”.  There will be yummy sweet finger delicacies to eat at interval and of course the bar will be open.  We do need to know numbers so please let Wendy know by Friday, 22 March, if you are attending.

WANTED!!

AUDTION!!!!!!   The full notice of the audition for our next production is attached.

MASQUE MANAGER  I’m sure most of you have already received this notification – but I’ve attached the full ad for those who haven’t seen it.

BIRTHDAYS

Our last two March birthdays are Michele Belknap on the 15th and Dawn Scholtz on the 22nd.  A fairly decent crop of April birthdays starting on the 8th with Clare Stableford, followed by Bridget Coyne on the 14th.  Margi Blewett and Wayne Habib share the 16th with Dean Howarth on the 18th.  21 April is the birthday celebration of Samanath Tunnah, with Maureen Shear on the 25th, Brian Commins the day after and Robin Rattle the day after that!  We round off April with Raymond Rudolph’s birthday on the 29th.  Let’s hope your loved ones don’t make the mistake this guy did:

A sad-faced man walked into a flower shop early one morning.

The clerk was ready to take his order for a funeral piece, based on the look on his face,

but soon realized his assumption was wrong when he asked for a basket of flowers

to be sent to his wife for her birthday.
“And what day will that be?” the clerk asked.
Glumly he replied, “Yesterday.”

MEMBERS’ NEWS

Member Liekse Bester shares her recent trip with us!

One of my oldest ‘bucket list’ wishes was a visit to St Helena.  Isak had gone there when he went to England in 1956 with a Union Castle liner on the West coast route but when he ‘imported’ me in 1958 the Winchester Castle took the East coast route – stop over Madeira. So, Monday 14 January a friend and I boarded the MSC Sinfonia and Saturday19 we anchored off the island to go ashore on Sunday.  Announcement: no go!  I had been warned that disembarkation is often not possible as the island facilities are rather unsophisticated.  Muttering ‘fertilizer’ under my breath all the way from the 5th to the 12th deck energized the climb and I leaned over the railing and just looked and looked at a beautiful sight.  Sunday afternoon called to assemble in the theatre: Monday ashore!  Return to Cape Town will be faster – and nobody is to complain if the sailing is rough at times.  We took the Island Tour and loved it.  The island is small, mountainous and quite barren higher up.  Population is some 7500 and the islanders (who call themselves The Saints) are among the friendliest people I have ever met.  Ruled and occupied by the British, Dutch and again British, St Helena was a transit station for slave trade till late 19th Century and the majority of Saints are brown-skinned with light blue, green and grey eyes.  The picturesque centre of Jamestown reminds visitors of Cornwall streets.  Cars are predominantly old for obvious reasons and as there is little or no industry many islanders are on the dole.  Highlights were Napoleon’s grave (2 km tough walk) in a beautiful piece of forest – chosen by himself.  The outer tomb is there but his remains were taken to Paris in 1840 and rest in the Dôme des Invalides.  In 1815 – after his escape from Elba – he was exiled to St Helena and lived in Longwood House – it is beautifully restored with much of the original furniture and the large garden reputedly looks as it did then.  He died in 1821 and the cause of his death is still disputed – possible poisoning by someone in his own entourage is one of the theories.  The sober cemetery of 6000 Boer War prisoners (1900 – 1902) is deeply moving.  We did not visit the Deadwood Plain where the camp was.  Plantation House – Governor’s residence – is very impressive – on the lawns rambles Jonathan, a 180 year old giant tortoise with a few friends or relatives.  St James Church dates from 1774 and is the oldest Anglican in the Southern hemisphere.  The small museum is quaint and interesting.  I enjoyed the cruise although as Isak put it: Castles, cathedrals, temples, old cities and cemeteries are more her scene.  A T-shirt in one of the little shops proclaims:  Where on earth is St Helena?  I now know and will remember it with great pleasure!

Thank you, Lieske!!

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

 

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. 

Tues  19 March   Oom Schalk, From the Heart, featuring David Muller in some of Herman Charles Bosman’s best at   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 last in this series (and I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have) comes from Julie Graham, who as appeared in Doc Martin, Bonekickers, Survivors and The Sarah Jane Adventures:

1    Read as many plays as possible, especially by classical writers such as Ibsen, Chekhov and Shakespeare.

2    Watch performances on YouTube.  There are so many amazing theatrical snippets on there now.  It’s just as useful to watch bad performances as it is to watch good ones.  You need to be able to differentiate.

3    Go to the theatre as often as you can.

4    Turn up on time.  If you’re going to commit to something, you should see it through with good grace.

5    Don’t be a twat.  There’s always one: make sure it’s not you.

6    Always have a huge supply of cakes and sweets – both for your sugar levels and to butter everyone else up.

7    People-watch: It’s the best way to develop a character.  When you’re walking down the street, or sitting on a bus, in a café or doctor’s surgery – don’t close yourself off.

8    If you’re cast as a historical character, think of a modern-day equivalent.  In rehearsals for Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, for instance, I encouraged an actor playing the mayor to channel Boris Johnson.

HAPPY EASTER!!

Wendy Morling brightens our day with some Easter cheer!

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.

There’s no such thing as too much candy.

All work and no play can make you a basket case.

A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.

Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.

Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.

Some body parts should be floppy.

Keep your paws off other people’s jelly beans.

Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.

To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.

 

I won’t be at the CATA awards on the 18th but

will be holding thumbs for all our nominees!

Eve

Our Website:  www.mads.co.za

Our Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/pages/Mads/17408731930869

 

MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY – AUDITION NOTICE

 

ATHOL FUGARD’S THE ROAD TO MECCA

AUDITION DATE:        Saturday 13 April 2013 at 14h30

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

CALLBACKS:              Wednesday 17 April at 19:30

DIRECTOR:                Barbara Basel

ENQUIRIES:               barbara.basel@gmail.com or telephone 0826511695. Electronic copies of prescribed audition readings available from barbara.basel@gmail.com.

DATES OF RUN:        26 July to 3 August 2013 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

REHEARSALS:           Mondays and Thursdays at 19h30 – 22h00, Saturdays 14h00 – 17h00 at the Rendezvous, During the initial rehearsals of Act 1 only Helen and Elsa will be required, while all three characters are required for Act 2.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Athol Fugard, one of South Africa’s leading dramatists, turned 80 last year and in June 2011 was awarded a lifetime Achievement Tony Award in New York in recognition of his life’s work. He is still writing challenging works, many of which are premiered at the Fugard Theatre in District Six, Cape Town.
His play The Road To Mecca is based on the life of Helen Martins who lived in New Bethseda, in what is now known at the “Owl House’.  It looks at how small minded people deal with others that they regard as ‘different’ because they do conform to their standards, which is still a relevant issue 28 years after the play was first presented to audiences in June 1985. When the play starts, Helen has stopped creating her statues – she no longer has the physical strength, but, even worse, she is overcome by a ‘blackness’ which has stifled her creativity. Her only friend is Elsa, a young teacher from Cape Town, while the local Dominee, Marius Byleveld, expresses his concern for her welfare and is desperately trying to persuade her to move into an old age home, much to the disgust of Elsa.
The focus of The Road To Mecca is on dialogue (with the implied meaning being as important as what is actually said) rather than action. It calls for 3 strong performers to play the demanding roles of Miss Helen, Elsa and Rev Marius Byleveld.  Miss Helen and Elsa have equal parts throughout the play. Marius joins them in the 2nd Act.
CAST:
MISS HELEN: Miss Helen’s character is based on that of Helen Martins, regarded as South Africa’s foremost ‘Outsider Artist’, a style of art described by the French artist Jean Dubuffet as “fantastic, raw, visionary art created by individuals often maladjusted, with no art training, who work outside the mainstream of the art world“.  Fugard describes Helen as ‘a frail bird-like little woman in her late sixties. Her appearance gives a sense of personal neglect. After her husband’s death, Helen stopped attending the local Dutch Reformed Church.  She began making ‘strange’ statues out of cement and glass which now fill the garden around her house. These statues are a mixture of Christian, Islamic and mythological figures, most of which are facing ‘Mecca’. The walls of Helen’s home are covered with mosaics. Her art occupies her whole life and has ostracised her from the friends of her former husband and the activities of the small Karoo village of New Bethesda in which she lives.
ELSA: Elsa is a strong minded but somewhat confused woman in her late twenties.  She is a English teacher who uses innovative teaching methods that are not always appreciated by her Principal, fellow teachers and parents. Elsa has just ended an unsatisfactory ‘love-affair’ with a married man. She is very disturbed by the racial inequality that exists in South Africa at the time of the play, a practice she witnesses first hand when she offers a young black woman and her baby a lift on her way to New Bethesda. When the play opens Elsa has just driven up from Cape Town in response to Helen’s letter in which she talks about committing suicide. Elsa disapproves of the idea of Helen moving into an old age home.
MARIUS BYLEWELD: Rev Marius Byleweld is the local Dominee and the same age as Miss Helen.  He is trying to persuade Helen to move into an old age home in a nearby town.  He appears to be sincere and charming but, while concerned about Helen’s welfare, is really more worried about the irreligious nature of her artistic output and habits as well as his reputation in the village. Elsa believes he is secretly in love with Miss Helen.

 

 

THEATRE MANAGER WANTED

 

MASQUE THEATRE MUIZENBERG

The Masque Theatre in Muizenberg is a vibrant community theatre presenting a variety of community and professional productions. The theatre seats 174 and is committed to the presentation of great entertainment and artistic skills development.

The Theatre Manager will be responsible for the smooth operation of the theatre and the effective implementation of all strategies and plans. These include the production schedule, marketing and PR.

Requirements:

  • Good understanding of theatre management
  • Relevant tertiary qualification (in area related to theatre and the arts)
  • Administration skills
  • Excellent people skills
  • Computer literate

Salary package based on level of experience.

To apply email your CV to recruiting@masquetheatre.co.za

by 31 March 2013

 

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AUDITION NOTICE FOR BASTIEN ONLY!

CYPRIENNE A South African Premier
Directed by Barrie Howard for Constantiaberg Theatre Players.

Cyprienne – translated & adapted by David Nicholson from Victorien Sardou’s comic masterpiece DIVORCONS was a hit from it’s 1st performance @ the Theatre du Palais-Royal, Paris on December 6th 1880.

Divorcons played to full houses during 1880 debates on the liberalization of french divorce laws; most Western countries lagged behind France in divorce reform. However, despite this context and Sardou’s title the heart of the play has much more to do with love,marriage & sex than the divorce. Sardou’s “Cyprienne” is witty,impatient,passionate & playful, & if theatre reviewers are a reliable barometer, the English-speaking audiences were decades behind their French counterparts in tolerating & laughing @ naughtiness on stage.A delicious,coquettish, manipulative,almost farcical look @ divorce in the French style.

SYNOPSIS:

In a setting of upcoming divorce act amendments, Henri des Prunelles suspects that his young wife Cyprienne has been flirting with his young cousin Adhemar – and more. When confronted Cyprienne justifies her actions as those of a young married wife married to an older man…………..unlike him, she hasn’t tasted the best of life yet & prefers the excitement of exotic spices over the regularity of wheat germ. A crafty Henri turns the situation around by agreeing to a divorce.

Whereupon the young cousin Adhemar assumes a new, boring status of husband-to-be &
Henri takes on the allure of forbidden fruit. The only way Henri can convince Cyprienne he does not have a lover himself, is to invite her to a romantic “divorce dinner” @ his old bachelor bistro.

Champagne,laughter,fine food & making sport of Adhemar rekindles their love, with hilarious results

Bastien, Manservant of Henri 25-45 years old

RUN: 24TH MAY – 1ST JUNE 2013 MASQUE THEATRE.

Director: Barrie Howard barriejinh@gmail.com, Home 021 715 2777, Cell 082 7424 720

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ADLIB March/April 2013
official newsletter of Pinelands Players (Est.1948 & Incorp. The Cape Town Rep.
Theatre Society). Ed: June Wells cjwells@mweb.co.za

 

Hi Everyone
I’m going to miss Tanya’s vibrant and colourful AdLibs and I know you are – but hang in there with me, I’ll try my best to keep you informed and entertained as I learn to navigate this computer!
Let’s start with the AGM and carry on from there shall we?
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
24 FEB 2013

Adding the proxies to bums on seats we managed to make up a quorum. However it was a lively meeting with lots of interesting suggestions & proposals. Considering most of the Committee was not standing for re-election and member representation was small, voting in a new Committee went surprisingly smoothly. Your new Chairman is Glyn Fogell, Tanya March was re-elected as Hon.Secretary and Nigel Stephenson as Hon.Treasurer. General Committee Members are Chris Laurie, Chenara Fenton and myself (June Wells). Chenara was prepared to stay on for a limited time; but life has intervened & she has withdrawn; so we need to replace her pretty soon….volunteers welcome! Jacque du Toit remains our Hon.Auditor.
Thanks to Tina Gough & the outgoing Committee members – they have all agreed to help wherever and whenever they are needed, which is darned generous considering how hard they’ve worked and the tough year they’ve been through.

FROM GLYN AND THE NEW COMMITTEE – WHERETO FROM HERE?

There are several priorities. The first is to find a theatre; a sub-committee will be formed, it’s sole objective: to find us a proper theatre in which to perform.
Next is to jack up our membership. To this end we will be holding a talent contest in Pinelands in the Spring school holiday break.
Linked to that will be a huge membership drive. We’ll give you a breakdown of the form these two events will take in the next AdLib once we’ve sorted out the details. It’s very exciting and the Committee hope you will join in with enthusiasm,
lending a hand where you can and encouragement always.
There will be a second Candlelight Supper this year. Unfortunately we can only book one week straight. So we will revert to the old format of having a run of three nights. Before ‘Proudly South African’ all of our Supper Theatre productions had short runs. This of course unless the subcommittee work a miracle and find us an available theatre!
In the meantime if you are keen to put together a proposal for the end of year production at the Town Hall, give it some thought and then give us a shout.

THE MELODRAMAS
MID YEAR CANDLELIGHT SUPPER THEATRE
Director: Roché Buckle
The audition was an example of exactly what an audition should be: exciting and fun. It takes so much stress out of the situation for everyone, doesn’t it?
With not enough men showing up, Roché will be having a second audition on Monday 11th March at the Clubhouse. I know at least three men who couldn’t make the first audition but will be there on Monday. There is still time for you to come along and be part of this exciting production – contact Tanya March for details.
Melodrama is a bit like a panto without the songs; the audience will be encouraged to boo/hiss the villain (soft missiles may be available) and cheer the hero and heroine.
CLUBNIGHT*CLUBNIGHT*CLUBNIGHT*CLUBNIGHT*CLUBNIGHT*
MUSICALS QUIZ – SUNDAY 14TH APRIL 6.30 P.M.
The questions will be based on musicals that have been, or soon will be staged in Cape Town; both in pro and community theatre. But I may also add some general knowledge music questions which will include movies, TV series, etc.
I’ll be your question master (mistress?). Come along and be in one of five teams dubbed ‘Hammerstein’, ‘Sondheim’, ‘Webber’, ‘Gershwin’, ‘Kern’ & ‘Sullivan’.
For those of you who watch ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, record it. That’s what I’ll be doing & if you want to watch it with me later, you are so welcome. But whatever you do, don’t miss this quiz! We’ve got some interesting prizes, not just for the winning team. You may get a prize for the most interesting answer or even the most inappropriate……
IN AND AROUND COMMUNITY THEATRE IN CAPE TOWN
MILNERTON PLAYERS: ‘Moon over the Brewery’ 15th to 23rd March. Booking: 082 267 1061
MADS: ‘Hedda Gabler’ 15th – 23rd March at the Masque. Booking: 021 788 1898
C.A.T.A. Awards Ceremony Masque Theatre 18th March 7 p.m. Booking:
masquetheatre@mweb.co.za
AUDITION: H.H.D.S. ‘Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland’ 9th March, enquiries 084 629
4904*
NOTE: would love it if the Societies could send me their newsletters and notices so I don’t have to go surfing around the net for info: cjwells@mweb.co.za

 
TAILPIECE.
Community theatre enriches the lives of those who take part and also those who come to experience the excitement of live theatre productions. On stage or off, those involved represent a diversity of age, culture and status in life.
Life isn’t just about work, politics, crime or even sports – although all of these play a big ‘role’ in our lives. Arts and entertainment are important for our wellbeing; being a part of a family of friends who, in various ways, transform the written word into a live 3-D stage performance is so special. No matter how you’ve exhausted yourself in the process, watching that first performance or being part of it is invigorating.
I’ll be back next month………….June
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

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AUDITION NOTICE FOR THE ROLE OF DOMINIC

in

AMY’S VIEW by David Hare

to be staged from July 5 -13, 2013 at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

for Claremont Dramatic Society

Directed by BRENDA GRAY

Dominic, is described as a “striking looking young man”. He is a rather self-absorbed – serious, ambitious and passionate about film. The actor first plays him at age 23, then at 30, and in the last act he is an award-winning film director in his 40s. A wonderful challenge for any actor.

Sir David Hare is one of Britain’s most internationally performed playwrights. Britain’s National Theatre produced eleven of his plays successively between 1978 and 1997, and nine of his plays have also been presented on Broadway. Amy’s View premiered in 1995, and after a sold-out season at the National, it transfered to the West End, and later to Broadway. There was also a revival in 2006 which went on tour in Britain.

In Amy’s View, a well-known West End actress receives a visit from her daughter Amy, who brings with her her new boyfriend. This sets in motion a series of events which only fully come into shape sixteen years later.

‘a diffuse, incisive, funny, moving, difficult, fascinating play…’ – The Times
‘David Hare’s masterpiece.’ – Daily Mail

CAST(All roles have been cast except for Dominic)

The action takes place over a sixteen year period, from 1979 – 1995 in England.
The age given is the starting age.

ESME ALLEN: 49. A West End actress of some repute (main role)

AMY THOMAS: 23. Her daughter – ‘has an unmistakable air of quiet resolution’ (main role)

DOMINIC TYGHE: 22.The boyfriend – good-looking, intense, talented, ambitious. (main role)

EVELYN THOMAS: late 70s. Esme’s mother-in-law – (delightful supporting role)

FRANK ODDIE: 56. Esme’s neighbour and friend – (supporting role)

TOBY COLE:(22) A West End actor – (cameo role)

Enquiries: phone: 021 6863554 or Cell: 083 3300670

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  • DATE: Saturday, 13 April 2013 at 14h30
  • VENUE: False Bay Rendezvous, (Old Zandvlei Bowling Club), 57 Promenade Rd, Muizenberg
  • CALLBACKS: Wednesday 17 April at 19:30
  • DIRECTOR: Barbara Basel
  • ENQUIRIES: barbara.basel@gmail.com  or telephone 082 651 1695.
  • Electronic copies of prescribed audition readings available from Barbara Basel

To view full details of the audition, the synopsis of the play and details of the characters, please visit the MADS website auditions page by clicking here.

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