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MEMBERS & FRIENDS OF FISH HOEK DRAMATIC SOCIETY

April/May 2013

Dear Members and Friends,

 

Apologies for the tardy newsletter but your committee have all been very involved with our next production “Arsenic and Old Lace” opening 3 May till 11 May.  It is about a very eccentric family in Brooklyn in 1941 and is a clever mixture of comedy and mayhem, both farcical and macabre.  Please make a special effort to attend, audience numbers have been very low at the theatre this year, and we need all the support we can get if we are to have a new roof and air conditioning.

 

We had a successful A.G.M. and the committee remains unchanged but for two new members to the committee who we would like to welcome.  Rosemary Lewis and Bernie Jacobs, thank you for joining us.  We also want again to thank Val Mulligan for all her sterling work over the years.  She has now retired.

As usual Celia’s adjudication was most constructive and entertaining. Congratulations to all the winners.

Merit Awards:

Gary Fargher for Lighting Effects in ”Saint Joan”

Luke Brown for “Dauphin” – Louis VII in “Saint Joan”

Jesse Chinn for “Gilles de Raise” in “Saint Joan”

Rowan Studti for “Captain La Hire” in “St Joan”

Grace Brain for “Joan” in “Saint Joan”

Most Promising Newcomer:

Leo Batt for “Ronnie Winslow” in “The Winslow Boy”                             Best Supporting Actor:

              Cecil Jakins for “Robert de Baudricourt” in “Saint Joan”

Best Supporting Actress: (shared)

              Sandy Gee for “Grace Winslow” in “The Winslow Boy”

Bernie Jacobs for “The Inquisitor” in “Saint Joan”

Best Actor:

              Richard Higgs for “Sir Robert Morton” in “The Winslow Boy”

Best Actress;

Kelly Kowalski for “Catherine Winslow” in “The Winslow Boy”

Most Innovative Play:

                 “Saint Joan” directed by Richard Higgs

Best Production:

“The Winslow Boy” directed by Aubrey Hindle

 

Also many congratulations to all the C.A.T.A. Award winners.  Our Masque societies certainly did us proud.  The general consensus however was that the number of excellence awards were excessive and rather detracted from the Main awards.

Our sincere condolences go to Brenda Gray on the death if her daughter Vivienne.

 

Next Society Productions at the Masque:

       24 May – 1 June    Constantiaberg’s “Cyprienne”

July – Claremont’s “Amy’s View”

July/August MADs “ Road to Mecca”

 

Last Laugh:

       A pensioner goes to the theatre and asks about the seat prices.

The ticket clerk reads off the list.  “Balcony seats are $40. Circle seats are $30. and seats in the stalls are $25.  Programmes are $2.  “All right says the pensioner. I’ll buy a programme and sit on that”

 

See you at the theatre,

 

Helen

 

 

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Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
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Tel: 021 671 2888               Cell: 083 414 7003

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April 2013 – Number 119


 

Hello All,

 

April is upon us and we have some treats in store. What with winter on the way we have a members’ evening planned to warm the cockles of your hearts. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, so those of you who are interested in doing some acting, writing or directing, your time has come!

 

We would like to welcome Dean and Candy Howarth’s little one, Robyn Ann to the world, born 13 April 2013. We all cannot wait to meet you.

 

Erika Mitchell passed away recently – she was widow of dear lighting whizz Ken Mitchell.  She always sat in the auditorium industriously knitting and worried about Ken climbing the stairs to the lighting box and walking on the cat walk in his late eighties.  Our thoughts are with her loving niece Karen.

 

 

Members’ Evening Friday 26 April 2013:

 

Don’t forget our next members’ evening. Blind wine tasting and general knowledge quiz…or is it general wine tasting and blind quiz…

 

Hello all, Liz here, your new members’ evening organiser. I am excited to be part of CDS and am hoping to bring you some entertaining evenings this year.  I would love to hear comments and suggestions to bring something new to your evenings. This month, as the season turns chilly, we have decided to start with something warming and fun.
A blind wine tasting to begin the evening will include wines selected from the award- winning Graham Beck cellar; after that, the ever popular quiz hosted by our favourite quiz master, Roy Oldfield. Prizes up for grabs!

 

Remember to RSVP to Pam for catering. See you there!

 

Please pay your membership SUBS.

 

“The theatre is the only institution that has been dying for four thousand years and has never succumbed; it requires tough and devoted people to keep it alive” John Steinbeck.

 

Bank details: Claremont Dramatic Society, Standard Bank Claremont (025109), Current account number 072637676.  Please use your name as the beneficiary reference. Member:  Single R40, Couple R60, Pensioner/student: R30 Couple: R45

Future Members’ Evenings:

 

Members’ evenings are becoming opportunities to perform and on Friday 19 July this year Jenny Brandt and Liz Roodt will be staging play extracts to obtain their directing tickets and hopefully entertain us. They are going to need actors and some technical assistance. These performances will hopefully have a life beyond just one members’ evening and will hopefully travel to other societies and perhaps even have a chance to be performed in its entirety in the future.

 

Jenny Brandt has already narrowed down her choice: “It is the first scene from the play ‘Not about heroes’ by Stephen MacDonald and depicts the friendship between the World War I poets, Wilfred Owen and Stephen Spender.  I need two male actors between the ages of 18 and 35, who, preferably, have some understanding of speaking poetry.”

 

Contact Jenny on either her cell (082 492 5984), or work (021 713 1528), or home (021 7857610) or e-mail (jennybrandt74@gmail.com).

 

Call for Writers!

 Members’ evening on the 4th of October is a New Writers Showcase. Those of us who fancy ourselves as the next Agatha Christie or Athol Fugard are welcome to submit a 15 minute program for this evening. You would be responsible for your 15 minute showcase including writing, casting actors and directing. How you present your work is entirely up to you from a basic read to a staged performance, it’s your show.

 

The only requirement is that the piece performed is self-written.  Please contact Liz if you are interested (lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk).  There are only four slots for the evening, so book your place now…

 

Hok clean up – new date:

 

The date has been moved to the 5th of May starting at 10:00am. All I can say is many hands make light work of this monumental task. It will also be fun to sift through 60 years of CDS life. Come one come all… Please let Simon know if you will be joining us (simon.d@mweb.co.za), as there will be a brig-and-braai afterwards, with your committee providing fire, rolls and salads.

 

Downton Abbey Day:

 

Back by popular demand is Downton Day, a chance for all of us to sit back and relax and sip tea (i.e. wine) while the upstairs and downstairs come to terms with Maggie Smith in Season Three.

 

This will take place on the 26 May at our newly cleaned Hok from 2:00pm for Episodes 1-3 and 6:00pm for Episodes 4-6 plus the latest Christmas Special.

 

As before, we will order pizza when we’re peckish.

 

Who, what, where and why:

 

AUDITIONS

 

MADS is still looking for a “Helen” for Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca!!Calling all grey-haired femme fatales!!!

Now is your chance to strut the boards again as you play one of South Africa’s most innovative artists – Miss Helen of The Owl House fame.  MADS is planning to stage Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca from 26 July to 3 August 2013 and is looking for a talented and committed mature actress to play this challenging yet rewarding part.  Miss Helen’s character is based on that of Helen Martins, one of South Africa’s foremost ‘Outsider Artists’, a style of art described as “fantastic, raw, visionary art created by individuals often 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. After her husband’s death 15 years ago, Helen stopped attending the local Dutch Reformed Church.  Instead, 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’. Her art occupies her whole life which has ostracised her from the friends of her former husband and the activities of the small village in which she lives.  At the time the play begins, Helen is facing a double crisis in her life, not only a breakdown in her health but also what she regards as much more life threatening, the drying up of her ‘visions’ that provide the inspiration for her artworks.  Added to this dilemma, is constant pressure from the ‘do-gooders’ in the tiny conservative Karoo enclave in which she lives, to give up her independence and move into an ‘old-age home’.  Please contact director Barbara Basel on 0826511695, 021 7614289 or barbara.basel@gmail.com to arrange an audition.

 

Carnivals of the Heart will be holding auditions on Sunday 12 May for the award winning Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which will be staged in September 2013 at the Playhouse Theatre, Somerset West.  The play will be directed by Darryl Spijkers and requires 13 actors, 6 principal dancers (possibly interchangeable for actors) and 3 singers.  For further information & to book a slot email thedashingwriter@gmail.com.

 

Milnerton Players will be holding an audition at their Playhouse on Saturday, 27 April at 14:00 for A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Tennessee Williams.  It has a cast of four women:  two are aged 30+ and should be able to speak in a Southern American accent; the other two are closer to 40 and are required to have German accents.  The play will be staged July/August with rehearsals starting in the last week of May.  For further info or extracts from the script, contact the director, Judith Herbig on judekins@hotmail.com or 0842799557.

 

CALENDAR

 

 

30 Apr – 11 May         Sumé’s Dance Studio at The Playhouse, Somerset West.  Inspired by the dancers’ wish lists, dreams and ambitions, the choice of music ranges from the 50’s to the latest hits.  Details, times, prices & bookings (both productions) on 021 852 5182.

 

2 – 5 May Alice In Wonderland presented by the Blesbok Arts Trust at Klein Libertas Theatre in Stellenbosch.  MADS members who have been with the Society a while will remember Melanie Horn who is directing this production.  And they will also remember Trevor Le Gonidec who is playing the white rabbit.  Melanie advises you to book soon as the theatre only seats 140 and there are only 4 performances – Thurs and Fri at 20:15, Sat and Sun at 14:30pm.  You are invited to join cast and crew for tea after the Saturday and Sunday matinee performances or linger for a drink after the evening performances.  Tickets are R60.  Bookings can be made through klt@klteater.co.za or on 021 883 8164.

 

3 – 11 May      Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring, directed by Jane Philbrick and presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society at the Masque. The play takes place in Brooklyn, New York in 1941. It is a clever combination of the farcical and the macabre and centres on the Brewster family.  The Brewster family comprises two aunts and three nephews who could be described as odd if not eccentric.  In his clever mixture of comedy and mayhem, Kesselring satirizes the charitable impulse and pokes fun at the conventions of theatre.

 

5 May               Songs My Uncle Teach Me, for one show only, featuring Klaza Kalishi at the Masque. Here we have something completely different and entertaining for music lovers who embrace all genres. Steve Draper is a personable and talented man who loves Gypsy and Eastern European music; it has a passionate rhythm which is easily expressed on the guitar.  He also loves the work of great cabaret performers and musicals so he has combined these genres to compose the music and become a real persona for entertainment viz. “Klaza Kalish”!  Listen and sway, tap your feet, feel a tear or have a laugh or just drink in songs like Songs My Uncle Teach Me, Olden Days, Comrade, The Carnival and much more, all from the pen of Steve Draper.  “Klaza Kalish” with his Russian gravelled voice, provides the show.  Share this special, intimate evening with a group of friends or family – and enjoy!  This is a Foyer Show, starting at 20:00, presented during the run of Arsenic and Old Lace and tickets cost R75 (R65). Snacks (including Russian style) on sale.

 

12 May            Masque AGM – 19:00 for 19:30 at the Hok

 

12 May             Trumpet & Soprano, a Mother’s Day Special, presented by Shirley Sutherland and friends at the Masque.  Vibrant soprano, Shirley Sutherland, will be on the stage with acclaimed trumpeter, Mike Blake, and well-known accompanist Ivan Meredith.  They will be performing a programme of sacred duets, timeless classics and Broadway favourites with special Mother’s Day highlights.  Shirley will be performing a medley of favourites from the musical Phantom of the Opera and a selection of well-known Eliza Doolittle favourites from My Fair Lady.  Show starts 18:00 and tickets cost R75 (R65).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

 

A special thank you MADS for their calendar and beautifully written tribute to Erika Mitchell.

 

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”

– Oscar Wilde

 

All my love

 

Sheldon Cross

 

 

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APRIL 2013

 

Well, here we are halfway through April – the month in 1912 when the Titanic sank.  Between the other news, we will briefly follow its ill-fated journey through this newsletter.

 

At noon on 10 April 1912 the Titanic left Southampton, England.

At 6.30pm the same day it stopped at Cherbourg, France

MEMBERS’ EVENING

 

We were unfortunately unable to go to the “Mad Hatters Party” on 27 March but Wendy Morling tells me that the approx 25 people who attended had a great evening with a lovely cheerful atmosphere!  The winners of the talent show were Miranda Lewis for her funny Girl Guide ditties; Abigail Knott for her beautiful song; Alastair Duff who sang “Camp Granada” – with an accent; and Nick Lee for his poems and limericks.  And hats off to Allison Blair with her be-yoo-ti-ful big white hat with lots of small fluffy chicks and easter eggs; Angela Pratten for the “egglimpics” hat; Alastair Duff (again!) for his yellow peak chicken with glasses.  And the hat booby prize went to John McConnell who wore a pink lamp shade which was hilarious!

On April 11th at 11: 30 am the Titanic stopped in Queenstown, Ireland
And from then until April 14th she travelled toward New York.

MASQUE NEWS

The following notification was received from the Masque Theatre Board:

Andrew Blake has been notified that he will be going to sea and will only be back at the end of June.  He is therefore unable to fulfill his role as Operations Team Head during this crucial period which includes the appointment and induction of the new Theatre Manager.  The Board has therefore appointed Wendy Goddard as Operations Team Head with immediate effect, such appointment to run until 31 May 2013.  The Board wishes to thank Wendy for being willing to step in at such short notice and have complete confidence in her ability to do an excellent job.  The Board wishes to thank Andrew for all his hard work and his effective handling of the change management process with the Operations Team. You will be missed Andrew.”

April 14, 11: 40 pm: Titanic strikes iceberg


AUDITIONS

 

We are still looking for a “Helen” for Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca!!

                        Calling all grey-haired femme fatales!!!

Now is your chance to strut the boards again as you play one of South Africa’s most innovative artists – Miss Helen of

The Owl House fame.  MADS is planning to stage Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca from 26 July to 3 August 2013 and is looking for a talented and committed mature actress to play this challenging yet rewarding part.  Miss Helen’s character is based on that of Helen Martins, one of South Africa’s foremost ‘Outsider Artists’, a style of art described as “fantastic, raw, visionary art created by individuals often 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. After her husband’s death 15 years ago, Helen stopped attending the local Dutch Reformed Church.  Instead, 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’. Her art occupies her whole life which has ostracised her from the friends of her former husband and the activities of the small village in which she lives.  At the time the play begins, Helen is facing a double crisis in her life, not only a breakdown in her health but also what she regards as much more life threatening, the drying up of her ‘visions’ that provide the inspiration for her artworks.  Added to this dilemma, is constant pressure from the ‘do-gooders’ in the tiny conservative Karoo enclave in which she lives, to give up her independence and move into an ‘old-age home’.  Please contact director Barbara Basel on 0826511695, 021 7614289 or barbara.basel@gmail.com to arrange an audition.

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Carnivals of the Heart will be holding auditions on Sunday 12 May for the award winning Tenessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which will be staged in September 2013 at the Playhouse Theatre, Somerset West.  The play will be directed by Darryl Spijkers and requires 13 actors, 6 principal dancers (possibly interchangeable for actors) and 3 singers.  For further information & to book a slot email thedashingwriter@gmail.com.

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Milnerton Players will be holding an audition at their Playhouse on Saturday, 27 April at 14:00 for A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Tennessee Williams.  It has a cast of four  women:  two are aged 30+ and should be able to speak in a Southern American accent; the other two are closer to 40 and are required to have German accents.  The play will be staged July/August with rehearsals starting in the last week of May.  For further info or extracts from the script, contact the director, Judith Herbig on judekins@hotmail.com or 0842799557.

 

At 12:25am on April 15th the Titanic’s passengers (women & children first) began being loaded into lifeboats
April 15 at 2: 20 am: Titanic sinks


 

CAPE AMATEUR THEATRE AWARDS EVENING

 

June Edwards gives us a summary of the evening!

The prestigious, annual CATA awards ceremony was held on Monday, 18th March 2013 at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg.  Cape Town’s thespians, dignitaries, doyens and followers of theatre arrived en masse, with much enthusiasm, to recognise and applaud performing arts talent on and off the amateur stage, and receive well-deserved awards.  Before the ceremony commenced the air in the foyer and in the auditorium was electric with excitement, expectation and also a considerable amount of speculation, yet the atmosphere was relaxed and warmly socially interactive.  It was a well-organised event and the food was superb. Special thanks to the CATA team for all the hard work, to HHDS for the delightful entertainment and generally to all the participants for an opportunity to celebrate yet another special year of theatre!  Cyberspace was all a “twitter” (I could not resist this little humoristic poke).  Jennifer Moss tweeted a mile a minute and got the names of the winners out as the awards were presented.  I believe this was the first time that the results were tweeted.  Well done, Jennifer.  As is customary Dennis Benneyworth paid tribute to colleagues and friends who had passed away during the past year.  He reiterated that being nominated for CATA is an honour in itself and  MADS therefore did very well with 15 nominations!  Out of these we walked away with five awards – these are clearly marked on the attached list of winners.  Unfortunately Samantha Jane Tunnah and Dean Howarth were unable to attend and proud “daddy” Raymond Rudolph went up three times, also accepting Samantha Jane and Dean’s awards on their behalf.  After the ceremony, during some more socialising, drinking and eating there were many winners’ smiles and loads of hugs doled out, and congratulations going around aplenty.  Congratulations to all the winners!

“Not winning does not necessarily make one feel bad,

but winning does make one feel a whole lot better!”

Thank you, June, and here’s a note from Lynn Moss on behalf of the CATA Panel:

Many thanks for your much valued support at our recent awards evening.  The evening was a tremendous success, and for that we thank you all, and look forward to another year of theatre enjoyment with you.  Our thanks go to our photographer of the evening, Lynda Jennings, who has compiled an album of the 2012 event on FaceBook, where you can browse and download the pictures of members, nominees and winners.  For those of you who are not on FaceBook, you can paste the following link into your browser and it will take you directly to the online photo showcase of the evening:  http://www.photoshopshowcase.com/Go.aspx?AID=370629&AT=3&VID=1153470&ABID=1069580

 


CALENDAR

 

19             Oom Schalk, from the Heart AND Mystify at the Masque for one 20:00 show only!

April         The first is a selection of Herman Charles Bosman’s best Schalk Lourens tales with David Muller.  The second is a short film premiere about a young hitchhiker that catches a ride with an old man.  He gets more than what he bargained for – an in-depth lecture on the species no man can ever understand… Women!  Starring David Muller (Oom Schalk), Justin Munitz  and Simone de Kock (Top 5 Miss South Africa finalist).  Tickets R80 (R70)

15 – 20     Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel AND The Physicists by Friedrich Durrenmatt

April         presented by Stellenbosch Waldorf School at The Playhouse, Somerset West.

30 Apr –   Sumé’s Dance Studio at The Playhouse, Somerset West.  Inspired by the dancers’

11 May     wish lists, dreams and ambitions, the choice of music ranges from the 50’s to the

                 the latest hits.  Details, times, prices & bookings (both productions) on 021 8525182.

2 – 5         Alice In Wonderland presented by the Blesbok Arts Trust at Klein Libertas Theatre

May          in Stellenbosch.  MADS members who have been with the Society a while will remember Melanie Horn who is directing this production!!  And they will also remember Trevor Le Gonidec who is playing the white rabbit.  Melanie advises you to book soon as the theatre only seats 140 and there are only 4 performances – Thurs and Fri at 20:15, Sat and Sun at 14:30pm.  You are invited to join cast and crew for tea after the Saturday and Sunday matinee performances or linger for a drink after the evening performances.  Tickets are R60.  Bookings can be made through klt@klteater.co.za or on 021 883 8164.

3 – 11       Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring,  directed by Jane Philbrick and

May          presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society at the Masque.  The play takes place in

Brooklyn, New York in 1941.  It is a clever combination of the farcical and the

macabre and centres on the Brewster family.  The Brewster family comprises two

aunts and three nephews who could be described as odd if not eccentric.  In his

clever mixture of comedy and mayhem, Kesselring satirizes the charitable

impulse and pokes fun at the conventions of theatre.

Sunday    Songs My Uncle Teach Me, for one show only, featuring Klaza Kalishi at the Masque

5 May       Here we have something completely different and entertaining for music lovers who embrace all genres!  Steve Draper is a personable and talented man who loves Gypsy and Eastern European music it has a passionate rhythm which is easily expressed on the guitar.  He also loves the work of great cabaret performers and musicals so he has combined these genres to compose the music and become a real persona for entertainment viz. “Klaza Kalish”!  Listen and sway, tap your feet, feel a tear or have a laugh or just drink in songs like Songs My Uncle Teach Me, Olden Days, Comrade, The Carnival and much more, all from the pen of Steve Draper.  “Klaza Kalish” with his Russian gravelled voice, provides the show.  Share this special, intimate evening with a group of friends or family – and enjoy!  This is a Foyer Show, starting at 20:00, presented during the run of Arsenic and Old Lace and tickets cost R75 (R65).  Snacks (including Russian style) on sale.

Sunday    Trumpet & Soprano, a Mothers’ Day Special, presented by Shirley Sutherland and

12 May     friends at the Masque.  Vibrant soprano, Shirley Sutherland, will be on the stage with acclaimed trumpeter, Mike Blake, and well-known accompanist Ivan Meredith.  They will be performing a programme of sacred duets, timeless classics and broadway favourites with special Mother’s Day highlights.  Shirley will be performing a medley of favourites from the musical Phantom of the Opera and a selection of well-known Eliza Doolittle  favourites from My Fair Lady.  Show starts 18:00 and tickets cost R75 (R65).

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

 

BIRTHDAYS

Well last month it appears I did the whole of April (not quite sure why but never mind) so this month I’m going to do the first half of May.  BUT one of our new members, Tasha Hastings, has a birthday on 29 April so we will wish her first and then go on to May:

Our 2nd May birthday-ers are Barrie Howard and Olivier Simon who share that date with David Beckham, British soccer superstar who married Spice Girl, Victoria Adams.  We also have two on the 5th, namely Alastair Duff and Carley Dowling, which is also the birthday of Chris Brown, R&B singer whose debut single at age sixteen was Run It!.  And then another two on the 8th viz. Clifford Graham and Melanie Jessop which is also the birthday of David Attenborough, legendary naturalist and nature documentary producer.  11 May sees the birthday of Jesse Chin and Salvador Dali, surrealist painter of dreamlike images such as melting clocks and other free-associative imagery.  The 12th is shared by Gary Fargher and Val Mulligan – and Florence Nightingale, the “Lady with the Lamp” who founded the first scientific nursing school.  Last for this half of the month is Barbara Basel who shares with Ritchie Valens, La Bamba singer who died in an historic plane crash.

April 15: 4: 10 am – Carpathia reaches first lifeboat of survivors
April 15 – April 18 – Carpathia sails toward New York

MEMBERS’ MATTERS

All emailers recently received a request to update your details and return them to June Edwards and she has received a few back – thank you to those efficient people!!  To those of you who have not yet found the time – pretty, pretty please?  It won’t take long, I promise.  I have again attached the form.  We really want to keep YOU involved with YOUR Society which is what this exercise is all about.  Cell numbers change, some birthdays are not on record, we may have slipped up on changes you gave us, etc.  And, very importantly, we need to update lists of who-does-what at our Theatre!  So please take a moment to complete the form and zoot it back to June at sunshinedesign@intekom.co.za.  Even if you pay “couples” membership please complete a form EACH so that we get individual details.  Those who receive this newsletter by post are not receiving the form:  if you have not already updated your details with June by telephone, please give her a ring on 021 762 9446 or 0825577873.

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Our condolences to Brenda Gray on the death of her daughter, Vivienne – known to many of us for her stunning work on Brenda’s sets.

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A big MADS welcome to new members Tasha Hastings, Hein Kotze and Olivier Simon – hope your stay with us will be a long and happy one!

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Condolences also to Clifford Graham on the death of his mother.

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Congratulations to Dean and Candy Howarth on the birth of their daughter, Robyn!

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Erika Mitchell also passed away very recently – she was a life member, widow of dear lighting whizz Ken Mitchell.  She always sat in the auditorium industriously knitting and worried about Ken climbing the stairs to the lighting box and walking on the cat walk in his late eighties.  Our thoughts are with her loving niece Karen.

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Subs for 2013 are now OVERdue – these 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.  The fees are still ridiculously low at R50 a single, R70 a couple or R30 if you are a pensioner or student.

 

At 9: 00 pm on April 18th the Titanic survivors arrived in New York.
In all, 706 people were rescued by the Carpathia, over 1,500 were lost

On that rather somber note, I will say bye-bye for this month.

Eve

 

2012 CATA WINNERS

 

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 G & S Society
Ferdi Oosthuizen Male Solo – “Is Life a Boon?” The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town G & S Society
Graham Boxall Male Solo – “Oh! A Private Buffoon” The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town G & S Society
Graham Boxall & David Bolton Duet – “Hereupon We’re Both Agreed” The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town G & S Society
Sian Atterbury, Adri Louw, Ferdi Oosthuizen & Stephan Le Roux Quartet – “Strange Adventure” The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town G & S Society
Liesl Hartje, Lara Milne, Ferdi Oosthuizen & Graham Boxall Quartet – “When a Wooer Goes a-wooing” The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town G & S Society
Liesl Hartje Female Solo “Tis Done! I am a Bride” The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town G & S Society
The Chorus Single Ensemble “A Prisoner Comes” The Yeomen of the Guard Cape Town G & S Society
Daryn José Original Work (Script) Ginger Beer Hottentots Holland Society
Clifford Graham & Gary Green Ensemble Duo (The ‘other’ Odd Couple) 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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Dear friends and members,

It’s that time of year again with Easter and all its wonderful chocolaty goodness now behind us; April Fools and the goodhearted pranks have passed, and alas, there are no long-weekends in sight for a good long while.  On a slightly personal note, I do apologise for the lack of consistency with the Constantia Theatre Players newsletter; I’ve been away from the computer for a while, have had a string of personal issues, and some other complications, but no excuses – we are now back on track with a fully-packed April offering!

The overview of great shows taking place at the Masque is at the end of the newsletter for those who want to skip ahead to see what’s coming!

Masque Committee

I’m sure most of you know that there is a board of trustees in place at the Masque Theatre, to ensure that the Masque never has the option to go quietly into that good night.

They are entrusted with its continued wellbeing, making sure that it is financially viable, and in short keeping the beloved theatre in tip-top shape. As such, please find below are the trustees and the portfolios that they are running:

  • 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

Plays for 2014 – 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 in: kboxall@truworths.co.za. Proposals must include:

Who: The name of the author of the play

What: The type of production, i.e. Play, Musical, etc.

Genre: i.e. Farce, Comedy, etc.

What: The name of the production

When: The preferred calendar slot

Where: The venue, i.e. Theatre or Foyer

Leader: The name of the proposed director

Extras: The style of set and the name of the designer (if possible)

There are some suggestions below if you’re interested in submitting a proposal. The idea is to keep people the audience guessing, and think outside the box, so get creative!

  • Try not to use box sets and get adventurous in design, in order to avoid repetition.
  • Use the Foyer for smaller-styled productions which are easier to manage, less costly, and could be more profitable for both the society/producer and the Masque Theatre.

The closing date for your wonderful proposals will be 31 May 2013. Proposals will be considered by the Theatre Manager and the Board. Good luck to those of you who enter this!

CTP Annual General Meeting

The Constantia Theatre Players Annual General Meeting will be taking place very soon, and there will of course be a bountiful spread of snacks and eats, assorted beverages to wash it down with, and as per usual, some great entertainment! We will also be doing our annual members sign-up and subscriptions. The date is still being wrangled out, so expect an e-mail soon with the exact date and time – the venue will be, as per usual, at Bergvliet Guide Hall.

Excitement Mounts

Cyprienne, adapted from the play Divorçons by David Nicholson, directed by Barry Howard, is still generating plenty of excitement at each rehearsal, with a wonderfully cohesive cast. For those not in the know, this play is a witty comedy that revolves around the idea of the first Divorce Law being passed – and the humour in it transcends the ages. The play will be taking place at the Masque Theatre from the 24th of May until the 1st of June, 2013.

 

Showing At the Masque

3 – 13 April

Late Flowering, written by John Chapman and Ian Davidson, directed by Yvonne Copley, is a play that will be both funny, romantic, and have a dash of drama for good effect. There are only two shows left, so don’t delay in contacting the Masque theatre to book your seat today – 021 788 1898! The Cast includes Pat Boothman, Sheila Inglis, Bernie Jacobs and Jane de Sousa. Nigel Sweets, who was set to play the role of Martin, has had to withdraw, and James Skilton is his skilled replacement.

18 April – 20 April

Let’s Dance, put on by the Bronwyn Banfield Dance Studio, is a planned evening of a variety of styles of dancing, and is set to be fun for all who join in! Shows start at 19:00 on all three nights, and tickets are priced at R65.

That’s our round up of April so far with a second e-mail to be sent out to you detailing the date of our CTP AGM .

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

Regards

Dennis

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GASLIGHT NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY

VOLUME 20, ISSUE 2 – APRIL 2013
Hello everyone
To those who are receiving this newsletter for the first time, especially the new Guys and Dolls on the block, a very warm welcome. Those of us who have been around a bit longer look forward to meeting you in due course. And that seems to be as good an introduction as any to news of the show.
After much soul searching and not a little agonising, the cast for Guys and Dolls is taking shape. So far, this is what we have:

CAST
GUYS CAST DOLLS CAST PRINCIPALS & SUPPORTS
Sarah Browne – Sian Atterbury, Jen Moss

Skye Masterson, Werner Viln
Adelaide – Michelle Galloway, Laura Bosman

Nathan Detroit – Andrew Weiss, Trevor Joubert

Nicely Nicely Johnson – Graham Boxall, Keenan Oliphant

Benny Southstreet – Matthew de Klerk, Keenan Oliphant
Arvide Abenathy – Dennis Benneyworth
General Matilda B. Cartwright – Fiona Carling

Lt. Brannigan Not Cast Yet
Big Julie – Graham Ellis
The following cast members are in all performances:

CHORUS OF CHARACTERS Allana Aldrige, Linda Gawronsky,Tennessee Barbar, Kimberley Stuart, Angelika Heald, Lee De Andrade, Jamie Kawalsky, Andrea Benkenstein, Carley Dowling, Phillippa Van Ryneveld, Yolanda Maholwane, Nawaal Howa, Melissa Sanderson, Michelle Hough, Luella Holland, Tersia Harley
Dudonne Diergaardt – Harry the Horse,  James Maritz, Robert Viljoen, Simon Speck – Rusty Charlie,  Justin de Vries, Waldo Buckle – MC, Chris King, Keenan Oliphant,  Adrian Kettle, Marcel Engelbrecht, Werner Van Coller, Niel Koekemoer, Grant Tattersall, Sibusiso Mpanza, Johan Roos

Congratulations to you all. We look forward to seeing you all in sparkling form on stage at Artscape in a few months time. Rehearsals begin on 3 June, with the ‘Getting to Know You’ party the previous Saturday, when I gather the cast will be learning to “Shoot craps”. Should be interesting!
Performance dates are from 18 October to 10 November, in the Artscape Theatre. We’ll keep you posted about ticket sales in due course.
DID SOMEONE SAY AUDITIONS WERE FUN?
The nail-biting wait for the Guys and Dolls cast announcement is over! After three weekends spent putting the bold, the brave, and the exceedingly nervous through their paces, the casting committee knuckled down to much debate, contention, and cups of coffee. Followed by wine at an acceptable hour, of course.
The initial auditions took place over two full weekends. Those 77 shaking-kneed individuals weren’t only required to get the vocal cords in order, but were also expected to dance and show off their acting prowess.
From there the list was narrowed down to 19 possible principals and 35 chorus members. The casting committee spent another Saturday increasing their caffeine intake to a dangerous level, grabbing the odd and rather brief nicotine fix, and hearing Adelaide’s Lament far too many times while the panicking hopefuls sweated through the process.
Keenan Oliphant survived teaching, rehearsing and performing two versions of the dance routine approximately 178 times over those weekends. He is recovering well and has finally stopped swaying his hips whenever he walks between lectures.
Helen Broekmann played Luck Be A Lady 33 times, Take Back Your Mink 57 times, and has been heard to warn that she will not be held responsible for her actions if anyone ever asks to sing Follow The Fold again.
But the choices were finally made and the cast of 46 congratulated on their success.
And it’s not over yet! The dancer auditions are still to take place….
(Thanks Melissa)
AGM
The Society AGM will be held on Monday 15 April at the Pinelands Recreation Club in Lonsdale Way, beginning with registration at 19.00. There will be the presentation of the accounts for 2012, the Chairperson will give his report, the annual Society awards will be presented, and your Exco for the year will be elected. We also hope to be introduced to our bright and shiny new website. You should have received the formal Notice of Meeting by now.
Although you are all invited to attend, a reminder that 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, Students and Pensioners R60.

CATA AWARDS
The awards evening took place at the Masque Theatre on 18 March. We are delighted to say that our Society garnered various awards for performances in Yeomen of the Guard.
The Stars in our firmament are:
Best Supporting Actress in Play or Musical – Sian Atterbury
Downey Cup for Best Actor in a Musical – Graham Boxall
Best Musical Director – Alastair Cockburn
Then there were numerous Certificates of Excellence:
The Chorus, for their ensemble work.
Ferdi Oosthuizen for his solo “Is life a boon?”
Graham Boxall for his solo “Oh, a private buffoon”.
Graham Boxall and David Bolton for the duet “Hereupon we’re both agreed”.
Sian Atterbury, Adri Louw, Ferdi Oosthuizen and Stephan Le Roux for the Quartet “Strange Adventure”.
Liesl Hartje, Lara Milne, Ferdi Oosthuizen and Graham Boxall for the Quartet “When a wooer goes a-wooing”.
Liesl Hartje for her solo “Tis done! I am a bride”.
The Chorus (again!!) for the ensemble “The Prisoner comes”.
Warmest congratulations to all. We’re very proud of you!
And congratulations too to the many other award winners who have featured at some stage in the past in one of our shows. We’re pleased and happy for you all.
NEWS FROM SISTER SOCIETIES
Pinelands Players present an evening of Melodramas directed by Roché Haupt from 21 May to 1 June in the Pinelands Town Hall.
Milnerton Players present CHILDREN OF THE WOLF, a gripping psychological thriller by John Peacock at the Milnerton Playhouse from 24 May to 01 June. Direction by Bruce Sanderson.
Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society present Bram Stoker’s Dracula! at the Playhouse in Somerset West on 18, 19, 20 , 25, 26 and 27 July. Directed by Philippe Pringiers.
GOOD WISHES TO…
We hear that some folk, current members or associated with our Society, are struggling with health that is a long way from being what they would wish. Our love and best wishes go to Heather Earp-Jones, Lynn Moss, Jack Matthee, Renee Whittaker, and their loved ones.
We were also sad to hear of the very recent tragic death of Brenda Gray’s daughter Vivienne. Our love and condolences to you, Brenda.
That’s all folks. Hope to see you at 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/Wardrobe Anthony Storr Lister – Archives Waldo Buckle – Website, Marketing

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APRIL 2013
This month we have a newly elected committee, another audition date is scheduled, our adjudication panel has revealed the nominations for our ‘Milly’s Awards and the awards evening has been planned. Lots to read about so make yourself comfortable and enjoy.
Firstly, we congratulate our two worthy CATA winners; Fiona Tanner who won the award for Best Actress in a Play for her versatile performance in A Christmas Carol…..more or less and Wayne Hendricks who received a certificate of excellence for his very successful debut direction of The Bus. Well done and well deserved both of you.
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A huge thank you to the fabulous cast & crew of Moon Over the Brewery. You guys made the play such fun to direct and it received the most marvellous reviews. The one in the Cape Times took up about a quarter page and finished with the
quote, “a delightful, whimsical evening at the theatre”, with a large colour photo underneath. Such a lot of hard work goes into productions but they should also be fun for everyone involved and this one certainly was.
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AGM REPORT BACK 36 members attended the AGM and after the election of the chairman & treasurer, a total of 11 were nominated for committee. All were willing to stand but as only 8 elected members are required by the constitution, it was decided to co-opt the others, which means we have a nice large, and hopefully productive, committee to run the society and the theatre for the next year. Unfortunately, no one present was available for the position of secretary but we have a possible candidate who was unable to attend the meeting. Here then is the EXCO line up for 2013-2014:
Richard Wade (Chairman), Owen Gush (Treasurer), Barry Altwig, Wayne Hendricks, Judith Herbig, Terry Mardghum, Fin McCormick, Sheila McCormick, Lauren Meeser, Paul Meeser Robert Minshall, Brigitte Scherz, Willy Sass.
The entertainment after the AGM was an absolute delight with animated renderings of songs from modern musical shows by the six young people brought along by Bonny White with keyboard accompaniment by Reon Jacobs.
Among the memorable items they performed were the comedy numbers Taylor the Latte Boy and Taylor’s Rebuttal by Frances Shalto-Douglas and Christopher Thomas, the poignant Along the Way by Richard White and Pulled from „The Adams Family‟ by Claire Simonis. Hanna Lim‟s emotional interpretation of Dear Daddy and Jarryd Lackay‟s Who I’d Be from „Shrek‟ brought tears to our eyes and the finale, Seasons of Love from „Rent‟ featured the whole cast in superb six-part harmony.
All the songs will be included in a revue to be presented by SAACS School from 2 to 4 May with direction by Luella Holland. The talent displayed by these enthusiastic teenagers certainly bodes well for the future of our musical theatre. Thanks again Bon. We look forward to seeing more of your prodigies in the future.
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* The 2012 MILLY’S AWARDS*
Saturday 04 May @ 19.30
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS
To celebrate our theatrical achievements during 2012
Wear a floral dress or shirt
Or a flower in your buttonhole or hair.
The evening will begin at 19.30 with a welcoming sherry. Then a couple of musical items and a short play entitled THE FLORIST will be performed on the foyer stage.
Snacks will be served at interval and we will then move into the theatre for the presentation of the awards. The cost is just R25 a head and booking by Wednesday 01 May is essential for catering. To book phone: 021 557 3206 or 079 877 2466 Or e-mail: macdram@afrihost.co.za
AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
BEST ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION

Music choice THE BUS
Props (The Ghosts) A CHRISTMAS CAROL …more or less
On stage costume changes -female lead A CHRISTMAS CAROL….more or less
TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE

Explosion effect THE BUS
Lighting THE BUS
Lighting A CHRISTMAS CAROL….more or less
BEST COSTUMES

Margaret Mortelmans SECOND TIME AROUND
Judith Herbig/Sheila McCormick/Audrey Tipping A CHRISTMAS CAROL….more or less

BEST SET

Wayne Hendricks & Barry Altwig THE BUS
Fin McCormick A CHRISTMAS CAROL….more or less
There are no nominations for Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress or Cameo Awards
BEST ACTRESS

Michelle Galloway SECOND TIME AROUND
Robyn Bensch THE BUS
Fiona Tanner A CHRISTMAS CAROL….more or less
BEST ACTOR

James King SECOND TIME AROUND
Timothy Mayers THE BUS
Darin Graham THE BUS

BEST DIRECTOR Gordon Molloy SECOND TIME AROUND
Wayne Hendricks THE BUS
Sheila McCormick A CHRISTMAS CAROL… more or less

BEST PRODUCTION SECOND TIME AROUND

THE BUS
A CHRISTMAS CAROL….more or less

We look forward to seeing all our nominees at the awards evening, plus
their supporting casts and crews and we hope our other members will
also come along to support them and enjoy this special evening with us.
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PRODUCTIONS
CHILDREN OF THE WOLF
Rehearsals are back in full swing for our May production now that the
lead actor, Timothy Mayers, has recovered from a particularly bad bout
of „flu and they now have the use of the stage.
Production dates: 24 May to 01 June
Bookings for the play will open on 26 April so please diarise and make
a date to see this nail-biting thriller.
Online: http://www.milnertonplayers.com
E-mail: bookings@milnertonplayers.com – Phone: 082 267 1061
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*AUDITION *
We are certainly not letting the grass grow under our feet with the audition for our third production of the year planned for Saturday 27 April @ 14.00.
Judith Herbig will make her directorial debut for Milnerton Players with the Tennessee Williams play A LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR which has challenging roles for four women. Full details are in the audition notice at the end of the Prattle and you can contact Judith on 084 279 9557 for further info.
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MEMBERS’ MURMURS
A warm welcome to Owen Gush, who bravely offered his services to committee as treasurer, his wife Sandy and to Diana Dunbar.
Unfortunately, after all the good news in this issue, there are now three very sad items to report.
Shortly after Irene Withycombe‟s e-mail telling us that Jeff was improving following his heart attack, he then suffered a second, fatal attack and passed away on 12 March. Jeff was the founder chairman of Milnerton Players and served several terms in the chair. He worked tirelessly for the society for many years, building sets, directing & acting and instigating the pensioners Tuesday Club who used to do maintenance jobs around the theatre. All their family were with him at the end as those who live in Cape Town and UK had travelled to New Zealand for a family wedding.

We have sent our heartfelt condolences to Irene and family. Heather Brenner, who has known the couple from very early days when Milnerton Players was still St. Oswalds Players, gave a moving tribute to Jeff at the AGM.

Our sympathies also go out to Audrey Tipping and in particular her daughter Caroline and her two grandsons on the recent death of Caroline‟s husband, Mike.

We also send our condolences to Brenda Gray, well-known, local amdram director and CATA panellist who has occasionally directed plays for Milnerton, on the very tragic death of her daughter, Vivien. Like the true trouper she is, Brenda is planning to continue with rehearsals for a play she is directing for Claremont Dramatic Society so we wish her every strength to carry on.

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OTHER THEATRE EVENTS
MILNERTON PLAYHOUSE

15 – 19 April
We welcome back the JUNGLE THEATRE COMPANY who has again hired the Playhouse to provide a full week of daytime theatre for invited groups from local schools. Their mission is to introduce children to theatre while at the same time teaching them how to care for the environment through the medium of multi-lingual story telling, visual puppetry and physical theatre. Their short productions are very interactive and great fun for the kids.

INTIMATE THEATRE
4 – 13 April Orange Street
Bolero Productions presents 3 – 12 April
LATE FLOWERING A TOUCH OF BETTE MIDLER
By John Chapman Featuring Debby Jamieson
Direction: Yvonne Copley Bookings: 084 409 1683
Bookings: 021 788 1898 bookingsbette@gmail.com

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Congratulations to Marlisa Doubell‟s Sugar Daddy Theatre Company which won the People‟s
Choice Award at the recent Fleur de Cap Awards for the play I am Hamlet.
The company has another production opening at the Intimate Theatre on 12 May. This is a
new one-act play by Marlisa entitled LADY LUCK set in the underbelly of Cape Town.

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That‟s all for now folks so book ASAP for the Milly’s Awards on Saturday 4 May and start planning your date to see Children of the Wolf when booking opens on 26 April. Hope to see you there.
AUDITION
Milnerton Playhouse
Saturday 27 April @ 14.00
A LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR
By Tennessee Williams
Direction: Judith Herbig
This relatively unknown Tennessee Williams play has a cast of 4 women
Two are aged 30+ and should be able to speak in a Southern American accent. The other two are closer to 40 and are required to have German accents.
Set in the West End of St. Louis in the mid-thirties on a lovely Sunday for a picnic at Creve Coeur Lake, this delightful play, featuring four of Williams‟ most engaging female characters, skilfully explores, with comic irony and great tenderness, the meaning of loneliness, the need for human connection, as well as the inevitable compromises one must make to get through “the long run of life.”

Dorothea is a deluded Blanche DuBois-like middle-aged civics teacher. Her slovenly but good-hearted, hard-of-hearing roommate, Bodey, unrelentingly urges Dottie to strike up a relationship with her portly, twin brother Buddy (who never is seen onstage).  Helena is Dottie’s upscale and haughty friend and colleague who wants Dottie to move into an apartment with her.  Sophie Gluck, a German immigrant, manic-depressive, mourning the loss of her beloved mother, is another tenant in the building who adds to the chaos of a lovely Sunday morning.

Reviewing it in the New York Post, Clive Barnes said, “This is not your usual Tennessee tourist trip” and added, “But it is sweet, honest, compassionate, different and totally enjoyable.”

The play will be staged end July, beginning August with rehearsals starting in the last week of May.
Contact Judith for further info or extracts from the script
Phone: 084 2799 557
E-mail: judekins@hotmail.com

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