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Dear friends and members,
Though it doesn’t feel like it, we’re just past the mid-winter marker and the Winter Solstice is finally behind us (21 June)! From here on out we can look forward to longer days, shorter nights, and hopefully some warmer weather every few days, to offset the grey, gloomy skies we’ve grown accustomed to.
This year is already half-over and I for one cannot believe how quickly it’s been flying by – and with the seasonal change, there’ve also been changes within all the societies as their new committees step up to the plate. But before we delve into new committees, please send along some warm thoughts and congratulations to the newly appointed Masque manager – Nico Dreyer – on his position. We’re looking forward to getting to know and work with him, and are certain he’ll bring about beneficial changes to the Masque theatre.
Committed Committees
And while we’re on the subject of congratulations, we’d like to extend ours to those elected to their committee positions for Pineland Players, MADS, Fish Hoek Dramatic Society, Claremont Dramatic Society, and of course our own Constantiaberg Theatre Players.
It was with sadness that we said goodbye to our wonderful and warm Chairperson Di Thom, the incredible and insightful Scott Gill, and the lovely Gizelle Willows and Janice Thorne, who did not stand for a second term.
However, we would like to welcome Angela Lee-Wright and Lynda Jennings to the CTP committee, and let you know that everyone serving you, to a man (and woman), are very excited for the prospects of the year ahead and so would like to invite you all to …
Our Members Evening & Logo Launch Party
The observant amongst you will have noticed the decidedly absent logo of colourful theatre mask that normally adorns the top of the page. This is because we’ve decided that along with the new website we’re putting together (to make keeping up with CTP easier), it was time to update our look a little.
At our upcoming members evening we’re proud to announce that we’re going to unveil our new CTP Logo – and ask that you please come in smart/casual attire. There will be plenty of delightful snacks,
oodles of wine and other drinks, along with some music and dancing, as this year is CTPs 60th Anniversary as a society and that’s certainly cause to celebrate! As soon as the date for our Logo Launch Members Evening has been set, you can expect a short e-mail finding it’s way to your inbox detailing the when, where, and what’s. 😉
Braving the Future
We want to do our best for our members and the Masque theatre, so we’re busy constructing, restructuring, and forming sub-committees, and as you’ve probably guessed from the “Under Construction” logo, our newsletter will also be having a make-over! We’ll unveil all the progress in next month’s issue.
To make life easier for you, as we know most of you eagerly await the Auditions and Upcoming Shows at the Masque, these information overviews will from now on be attached as separate documents.
I won’t take up too much more of your time, as I’m sure you’re longing for a cup of hot tea or coffee, so the newsletter will end with the two soup recipes that were tasted at the CTP AGM, due to several requests for them:
Broccoli and Cheddar Soup (serves 4)
Ingredients
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
1 cup of cream and 1 cup of milk
2 cups chicken stock or bouillon
1/2 pound fresh broccoli
1 cup carrots, julienned
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
Directions:
Sauté the onion in butter and then set aside. Cook melted butter and flour (using a whisk) over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add the cup of milk and cup of cream (this is called making a roux). Add the chicken stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender for 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. The soup should be thickened by now. Pour in batches into blender and puree. Return to pot over low heat and add the grated cheese; stir until well blended. Stir in the nutmeg and serve.
Butternut Soup (serves 6)
Ingredients 1 (2 to 3 pound) butternut squash, peeled and seeded 2 tablespoons of butter 1 medium onion, diced 6 cups chicken stock Nutmeg Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste) Directions Cut squash into 1-inch chunks. In large pot melt butter. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add squash and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook until squash is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove squash chunks with slotted spoon and place in a blender and puree. Return blended squash to pot. Stir and season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Serve. Have a wonderful weekend!

Showing at the Masque
Please see below for the upcoming plays at the Masque which will make you laugh, cry, smile and sigh! To book your seat, please contact the Masque Theatre on 021-788-1898 or e-mail bookings@masquetheatre.co.za.
– Amy’s View is running from 5th July – 13th July (Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays)
Amy’s View is a fantastic show which is considered by many to be the best play written by Sir David Hare. It’s an amusing yet critical look at how miscommunication can instil biases in those who refuse to see anything but one-side of a story, and don’t believe the other side of the story bears any kind of merit.
The show takes place in the context of film vs. theatre, and is set over a time span of 16 years. It focuses mainly on three characters: Esme the mother, Amy the daughter, and Dominic, the daughter’s fiancé. This is directed by the talented Brenda Gray with set design done by David Davidson. It costs R65 per non-member ticket and R55 for theatre club members. Call the Masque Theatre for more details, matinee night prices, and their special performance on Wednesday, 10th of July, in aid of The Chaeli Campaign.
– The Best of Times – 14th July
This one-night only foyer show will entertain and delight you as you listen to the soulful rich melodies from a ménage of musicals performed by Chenara Fenton and friends. There will be a light supper served, the show will start at 7pm, and tickets will cost R95. Expect to hear songs such as Sister Act”, “Spamalot”, “Smash” and “Rock of Ages”.
– Shadowlands – A Tribute to Cliff Richard & The Shadows – 20th July
This one-night only performance will have you tapping your feet along with the beat being delivered by the Tribute band. Being devout fans of Cliff Richard & The Shadows, you’ll hear old favourites from the ‘60s such as “Atlantis”, “The Next Time”, and “Summer Holiday”. The show is set to start at 8pm, and the wonderful musicians are: Ivor Norman on the lead guitar, Peter Denyssen on Rhythm, Mike Whare on Bass, David Evans on Drums and Roger Harrison on keyboards. Michael Georgopoulos is “Cliff”, the lead vocalist.
– The Road to Mecca, running from the 26th of July to 3rd of August
This incredible play written by Athol Fugard will be directed by Barbara Basel. The play is based on the life of the original creator of the Owl House in New Bethesda, Helen Martins, during the latter half of the 20th century. It’s a fascinating look at how small-minded people deal with those who don’t conform to their standards and are thus branded ‘different’. The issues in the play are still relevant today and are certain to keep audiences spellbound by the light, humorous moments, as well as the dramatic ones.
Outside shows worth watching:
– Dracula, running from 18th to 27th July
This wonderful and delightful play about the most well-known vampire of them, all is directed by Philippe Pringiers for Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society. It will be showing at the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West. Bookings can only be done via Computicket.
– A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, running from 26th July to 4th August
This wonderful play is directed by Judith Herbig for Milnerton Players. Bookings can be done online by visiting http://www.milnertonplayers.com, or e-mailing bookings @milnertonplayers.com.

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Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

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June 2013 – Number 121


Greetings All,

While most of us go into hibernation this time of year, others seem to have been working through the storms. This being said our dear Masque is wetter than ever and is in need of a patch-up.  Wendy and the team are working tirelessly to ensure the future safety and availability of the Masque, the time has come to fix our queen’s crown. Theatre continues and the show goes on despite the tempests we face and there is much to look forward to in the upcoming months. Strap on your hot water bottle and enjoy the Chat.

News from Members and Friends

We would like to wish our very much loved Simon Dutton a stress-free and speedy recovery from his recent hip replacement.

Welcome to Roxanne Rhode, our newest member.  Hope you can join us at our member’s evening on 19 July, where you’ll have a chance to meet everyone and have a great evening’s entertainment.

A good friend of CDS, Jack Matthee, passed away over the weekend.  Jack was a top class set builder, props maker, performer and comedian.  His legacy lives on – the steel braces we use for sets at the Masque were made by Jack. Much love to his family over this sad time.

Coming Up

Our second production of the year, Amy’s View, opens on 5 July.  Brenda Gray directs a stellar cast (Dennis Benneyworth, Hannah Claassens, Gary Green, Sheila Inglis, Bernie Jacobs and Anton Schafer) in this multi-layered play which looks at three lives spanning 16 years. Set design by David Davidson. Wednesday, Thursday & Fridays at 20:00, Saturdays at 14:30 and 18:30; Wednesday, Thursday evenings and Matinees R55 (Theatre Club members R45), Friday and Saturday nights R65 (R55).

The performance on Wednesday 10 July is in aid of the Chaeli Campaign (http://chaelicampaign.co.za/).  Normal times and prices apply, so come and enjoy a good evening of theatre, knowing that you are also supporting a very worthy cause.

If you’d like to work backstage or help build the set (from this Sunday, 23 June), please let Wendy know. And if you’d like to help at box office or FOH, please let Anthony know (anthonylister@mailbox.co.za).

Masque News

We would like to welcome Nico Dreyer, the new Theatre Manager at the Masque.  We hope his stay with us will be a long and happy one.

There has been some very positive feedback from Wendy’s request/letter to members regarding the issue of the Masque’s roof:

“If the Masque is not weather-resistant, all our dramatic activities will suffer – and the public will suffer from the lack. So our support is essential. To this end, I have activated a payment of R100 to the Society towards the Masque support loan.” 

What a wonderful gesture!  Thank you to this member who wishes to remain anonymous … and who hopes that this gesture might prompt other members to respond in a similar way…

We ask that all members please respond to Wendy’s letter of 9 June as soon as possible, if you have not already done so (wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za)

Members Evening, Friday 19 July 2013, 19.30 for 20.00:

Liz has been hard at work planning another fun filled member’s evening and here is what is in store from the Liz’s mouth…

Hello all, hope that the previous member’s evening was to your liking. I certainly had lots of fun.  We are preparing for our next soiree and it promises to be an interesting one!

Jenny Brandt and I are presenting some short pieces that we have directed.

No More Heroes – Directed by Jenny

The piece is the first scene of the play ‘No More Heroes’ by Stephen MacDonald.  The actors are Daniel Enticott and Michael-John Phillip.

This is a thematically rich piece which depicts the first meeting of the World War I poets, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, in the Craig Lockhart hospital, where Owen is being treated for shell-shock and Sassoon has been banished as an alternative to being court-marshaled for dissent. The piece explores the burgeoning friendship between the two young men with sympathy and insight, as well as underscoring the senselessness and horror of war.  Incidentally, this piece can be seen as especially relevant in light of the fact that next year is the centenary of World War I.

Baby with the Bathwater – Christopher Durang – Directed by Liz

This excerpt is presented by Delaney Carpenter and Jana Botha.  A demure school teacher approaches the school principal regarding a disturbed student.  The irony really is that the principal is disturbed in her own way and by no means capable of dealing with this serious issue.

A Matter of Husbands – Ferenc Molnar – Directed by Liz

This one act play has Jana and Delaney in an amusing exchange about a stolen husband.

As you can see, there is something serious and something light which should satisfy all. Please let the ever lovely Pam know if you will be joining us… pamb@masterparts.com or (021) 657 5793 before 12 July.  As usual there will be delicious snacks.  However, the cost of catering has increased so much, there will now be a charge of R10 for non-members at members’ evenings.

AUDITION NOTICE

HENCEFORWARD

By Alan Ayckbourn

DATE: Sunday 7 July

TIME:  14:30

VENUE:  The Hok*, 162 Campground Road, Claremont

PERFORMANCE DATES: 1-9 November 2013, at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

DIRECTOR: Wendy Goddard for Claremont Dramatic Society

SYNOPSIS

In a near dysfunctional future, ‘sometime quite soon’, an estranged and isolated composer, Jerome, lives alone in a shuttered high-rise flat, safe from the roaming gangs outside who practically rule the streets. His only company is his beloved music technology and a robot nanny, and she’s on the blink.

Jerome is trying to compose a definitive work on love, but has had writer’s block ever since his wife, Corinna, left with their daughter, Geain, four years earlier. Desperate to see his daughter again, he decides to deceive his wife and a representative from the Department of Child Wellbeing, by enlisting the help of an out-of-work actress and his malfunctioning robot. When things don’t work out, Jerome has to improvise. It’s remarkable what can be done with a microchip, a screwdriver and a hair dryer…

“Henceforward” is one of Ayckbourn’s quirky black comedies about human self-deception and isolation. As always with Ayckbourn, he manages to juggle humour and poignancy, laughter and pathos. The struggle of the artist – and the struggle for love – is explored in this dark, futuristic tale.

There are eight roles in the play, with two of the characters appearing only on video. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the play.

CHARACTERS

NOTE: 2 characters appear only on film – Lupus and Geain, aged 9

JEROME (35-50): Lead. On stage nearly all the time. A composer suffering from writer’s block, Jerome will stop at nothing – including reprogramming his robot as the ideal woman – to re-establish a relationship with his teenage daughter. But is it a relationship Jerome seeks, or raw material for his next composition? Jerome is a misanthrope, a hermit by nature, and the comedy often requires him to stand idly by,  in order to let the robots and other humans mix it up to humorous effect.

ZOE (30-45):
 Lead. A down-on-her-luck actress reduced to working for an escort service. Vulnerable and eager to please, Zoë is moved by Jerome’s plight and offers him a chance for a human relationship. In Act II, the actress who plays Zoë plays the robot version of the character – the perfect fiancée.

LUPUS (30-55): This character appears on film only. An old friend of Jerome’s, Lupus reaches out for support via telephone calls as his life plunges down…and down…and down. Lupus, a has-been rocker, grows increasingly frantic during the play, but never loses his misguided conviction that Jerome is his friend. A delightful cameo. Should look like he is a reasonably competent drummer.

CORINNA (30-45): Lead. Jerome’s estranged wife, Corinna still has a soft spot in her heart for Jerome and uses her tough professional persona to hide her vulnerability and the fact that she is gradually losing her grip. In Act I, the actress who plays Corinna plays Nan, a robot nanny who has been programmed by Jerome to resemble Corinna.

MERVYN (30-60):
 Supporting role. A social worker who is dealing with Jerome and Corinna’s child custody issue, Mervyn is nerdy, eager to help, and a bit used-car salesmany. A gem of a part.

GEAIN (13-16):
 Cameo. A confused young woman who dresses like a man and insists on being called “he,” Geain is secretly a lost little girl who needs mothering.

YOUNG GEAIN (9 years
): This character appears on video only. A sweet little girl.

“This brilliant play offers an ultimately bleak vision of men, machines and society. But the exhilarating Ayckbournian paradox is that the darker it gets the funnier it becomes” ~ The Guardian

“A superbly constructed comedy” ~ Daily Telegraph

“Nobody can be as funny as Alan Ayckbourn, or as frightening” ~ Financial Times

This promises to be a remarkably challenging piece – for the actors, technicians, crew and director.  It also promises to be incredibly rewarding. For more information, contact Wendy Goddard on 083 414 7003, or wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za Wendy is also looking for crew – production secretary, rehearsal prompt, stage manager, props, sound and lighting operators…please let her know if you’d like to be part of this very interesting production.

*Directions to the Hok:  From Main Road, Claremont, turn into Claremont Boulevard (between SAB and the Southern Sun Hotel, opposite Newlands Swimming Pool).  Take the first right into Hemlock Road. Drive to the end and go straight into the car park.  The Hok is the second door on the left, under the bridge.

Calendar

20 – 22 June ‘Shirley Valentine’ directed by Darryl Spijkers for Carnivals of the Heart.  Playhouse Theatre, Somerset West.  Bookings:  Computicket.

20 – 23 June  The first ever McGregor Poetry Festival!!  McGregor is an ideal village for such a festival with its misty mornings and starry skies, and its claim to be ‘on the road to nowhere’ and ‘the place where time stands still’. This promises to be an intimate, heart-warming event – an opportunity for poets to mingle with poets and lovers of poetry in front of log fires enjoying a glass or two of the superb local red.  It will hopefully also become a platform for aspiring and undiscovered poets to voice their work.  The programme has something for everyone – more info at www.temenos.org.za or www.tourismmcgregor.co.za.

27 June – 20 July      Boy Meets Boy presented by Festival Productions at the Artscape Arena (low price previews on 27 and 28 June).  This topical smash hit musical had a five star West End revival last year.  Directed by Teddy Davies. Booking at Computicket or Dial-a-Seat 021 4217695.

27 June – 7 July Grahamstown Festival – more info at www.nationalartsfestival.co.za.                  

5 – 13 July – ‘Amy’s View’ directed by Brenda Gray for Claremont Dramatic Society.  Bookings on 021 7881898 or at the theatre Mon-Fri, 10:00 to 16:00 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

18 – 27 July ‘Dracula’ directed by Philippe Pringiers for Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society.  Playhouse Theatre, Somerset West. Bookings:  Computicket

19 July – 19:30 for 20:00 Members evening – New Directors Showcase

26 July – 4 August ‘A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur’ directed by Judith Herbig for Milnerton Players.  Bookings:  http://www.milnertonplayers.com, bookings @milnertonplayers.com

4 October – Members’ Evening – New Writers Showcase.

 

“The best audience is intelligent, well-educated, and a little drunk.” – Alvin Barkley

All my love,

Sheldon Cross

 

 


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AUDITION NOTICE

 

HENCEFORWARD

By Alan Ayckbourn

 

 

DATE: Sunday 7 July

TIME:  14:30

VENUE:  The Hok*, 162 Campground Road, Claremont

 

PERFORMANCE DATES: 1-9 November 2013, at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

 

DIRECTOR: Wendy Goddard for Claremont Dramatic Society

 

SYNOPSIS

In a near dysfunctional future, ‘sometime quite soon’, an estranged and isolated composer, Jerome, lives alone in a shuttered high-rise flat, safe from the roaming gangs outside who practically rule the streets. His only company is his beloved music technology and a robot nanny, and she’s on the blink.

Jerome is trying to compose a definitive work on love, but has had writer’s block ever since his wife, Corinna, left with their daughter, Geain, four years earlier. Desperate to see his daughter again, he decides to deceive his wife and a representative from the Department of Child Wellbeing, by enlisting the help of an out-of-work actress and his malfunctioning robot. When things don’t work out, Jerome has to improvise. It’s remarkable what can be done with a microchip, a screwdriver and a hair dryer…

“Henceforward” is one of Ayckbourn’s quirky black comedies about human self-deception and isolation. As always with Ayckbourn, he manages to juggle humour and poignancy, laughter and pathos. The struggle of the artist – and the struggle for love – is explored in this dark, futuristic tale.

There are eight roles in the play, with two of the characters appearing only on video. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the play.

CHARACTERS

NOTE: 2 characters appear only on film – Lupus and Geain, aged 9

JEROME (35-50): Lead. On stage nearly all the time. A composer suffering from writer’s block, Jerome will stop at nothing – including reprogramming his robot as the ideal woman – to re-establish a relationship with his teenage daughter. But is it a relationship Jerome seeks, or raw material for his next composition? Jerome is a misanthrope, a hermit by nature, and the comedy often requires him to stand idly by,  in order to let the robots and other humans mix it up to humorous effect.

ZOE (30-45): Lead. A down-on-her-luck actress reduced to working for an escort service. Vulnerable and eager to please, Zoë is moved by Jerome’s plight and offers him a chance for a human relationship. In Act II, the actress who plays Zoë plays the robot version of the character – the perfect fiancée.

LUPUS (30-55): This character appears on film only. An old friend of Jerome’s, Lupus reaches out for support via telephone calls as his life plunges down…and down…and down. Lupus, a has-been rocker, grows increasingly frantic during the play, but never loses his misguided conviction that Jerome is his friend. A delightful cameo. Should look like he is a reasonably competent drummer.

CORINNA (30-45): Lead. Jerome’s estranged wife, Corinna still has a soft spot in her heart for Jerome and uses her tough professional persona to hide her vulnerability and the fact that she is gradually losing her grip. In Act I, the actress who plays Corinna plays Nan, a robot nanny who has been programmed by Jerome to resemble Corinna.

MERVYN (30-60): Supporting role. A social worker who is dealing with Jerome and Corinna’s child custody issue, Mervyn is nerdy, eager to help, and a bit used-car salesmany. A gem of a part.

GEAIN (13-16): Cameo. A confused young woman who dresses like a man and insists on being called “he,” Geain is secretly a lost little girl who needs mothering.

YOUNG GEAIN (9 years):
This character appears on video only. A sweet little girl.

“This brilliant play offers an ultimately bleak vision of men, machines and society. But the exhilarating Ayckbournian paradox is that the darker it gets the funnier it becomes” ~ The Guardian

“A superbly constructed comedy” ~ Daily Telegraph

“Nobody can be as funny as Alan Ayckbourn, or as frightening” ~ Financial Times

This promises to be a remarkably challenging piece – for the actors, technicians, crew and director.  It also promises to be incredibly rewarding.  For more information, contact Wendy Goddard on 083 414 7003, or wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za

 

*Directions to the Hok:  From Main Road, Claremont, turn into Claremont Boulevard (between SAB and the Southern Sun Hotel, opposite Newlands Swimming Pool).  Take the first right into Hemlock Road. Drive to the end and go straight into the car park.  The Hok is the second door on the left, under the bridge.

 

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JUNE 2013

 

The Latin name for June is Junius.  The month could be named after the Roman goddess Juno, the goddess of marriage and the wife of the supreme deity Jupiter.  Or it could be from the Latin word iuniores, meaning “younger ones”, as opposed to maiores (“elders”) for which the preceding month May (Maius) may be named.  Right, now you are thus enlightened let’s move on ………

 

MEMBERS’ MATTER!!

 

Joan Hitchcock (founder and life member of MADS) had a hip replacement a while ago – glad to hear you sounding so chipper when we chatted recently, Joan!!

 

Celia Musikanth recently spent time in Oz where she visited the Sydney Opera House and His Majesty Theatre in Perth and, of course, spent time with her family.  Nice to have you back, C, although now you are off to ………

 

Grahamstown!!  Where MADS will be well-represented at the Festival by Luke Brown, David Muller, Raymond Rudolph and said Celia Musikanth.  See brief details of each show in the Calendar.

 

June Edwards left on 14 May for Ireland (and a few other stops!)

and will be back on 27 June – have a good trip, Junie!!

Staying with June ……… she hopes her email will be full to bursting on her return – with all those updated detail forms you guys have sent back!!!  If you can’t locate the form let me know and I’ll send you another one but PLEASE help us keep YOU involved!  And, while I’m being a nag – very last chance to those who have not yet paid their subs (you know who you are!!!!!)

 

MEMBERS’ EVENING

 

So, you know the date ……. WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE 2013!

Normal time (19.30), normal place (The Rendezvous)

WHAT’S ON?

Since winter is definitely here this will be our soup-and-bread evening – you can look forward to the delights of Sweetcorn Chowder and Broccoli with Feta to name just two!

The first half of the evening will consist of group improvisations using props given – come prepared to get involved in some weird and whacky fun!  One of the props mentioned was handcuffs?!?! (Ok, get your minds out the gutter!!).  After the food delights, the second half of the evening involves all willing members to don more props under the guidance of Lynda Jennings with photos “Out the Box”.  During the course of the evening our Treasurer, Raymond Rudolph, will be presenting the Financial Report which was not provided at the AGM.  There will also be a brief discussion regarding the loan of money to the Masque for roof replacement.  As usual, MADS’ provides the food and entertainment FREE to our members and you are welcome to bring guests at a nominal charge of R10 each.  There will be a limited cash bar but you may certainly BYO.  Sound good?  Let Wendy know by Friday, 14 June (that’s THIS Friday!!) if you can make it.  You can phone her on 021 7150694 or 0834628242 or email home@morling.co.za.

 

AUDITION

Fish Hoek Dramatic Society will be holding an audition on Sunday 16 June at 14:00 for The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr and Reginald Denham to be directed by Celia Musikanth.  The production runs mid-October at the Masque and the audition will be held at the False Bay Rendezvous, 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg.  Call backs will be on Sunday 23 June at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg, at 14:00.  Called for are 5 or 6 females and 4 or 5 males and ages range from 25 to 60 plus.  For more information contact Debbie Beswick on 0828593728 or email debrazoeb@gmail.com.  More details on our website, http://www.mads.co.za.

 

GETTING TO KNOW YOU!

 

This month Wendy Morling helps us to get to know Mark Jennings

 

W:       What do you do when not on stage? ie.

W:       Where do you work and what do you do there?

M:       I work at Pick n Pay Retailers – working in Public Relations and Marketing for the Western Cape Region. It’s a very varied and exciting job… we look after the Customer Call Centre, handle a great many events as well as looking after Corporate Social Investment in the Region. Never a dull moment, it’s lots of fun!

W:       And, what are your interests & hobbies?

M:       I’m very passionate about sailing and manage a keelboat sailing project on behalf of Scouts South Africa.  The yacht is a 39 foot sloop called “JML Rotary Scout”, moored at False Bay Yacht Club in Simonstown.  The youth learn valuable life-skills through the medium of sail such as leadership and how to work in teams.  They also learn to push the boundaries of their personal endurance, coping with seasickness and fatigue sometimes – in a nurturing environment that places great emphasis on safety.  One of the highlights of my life was taking part in the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race to St Helena Island in 2010. Along with a co-skipper there were six youth on board aged between 14 and 18.  It was such an experience to sail into the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean – unforgettable, really.

W:       And then, what do you do for fun in your leisure time (if you have any !!)?

M:       Between work and sailing there’s not a lot of spare time – but I’m quite keen to do some 4×4 trails.

W:       Do you have any pets and/or children?  Describe them please.

M:       We have 2 wonderful cats and love them dearly.  We have a daughter, Catherine, who is 27, married and lives in London.  We miss her terribly.  We want her to come home, especially when she has babies, lest we become “Skype” grandparents – oh well, we’ll cope, I guess.  And then we have a son, Stephen, who is 24.  He’s just moved into a flat in Obs – so Lynda and I are getting used to rattling around our house without the kids.  We’re so proud of our children.

W:       Going back many years, how did you & Lynda meet?  What do you like most to do together (apart from that !!)?

M:       I met Lynda when she was 16 and I was 19.  We went out for about six passionate, giddy months and then broke up, can you believe it!!  Five years later I was doing a National Service army camp and Lynda phoned to say Happy New Year.  I was gobsmacked!  When I got back home we moved into a flat together, married shortly afterwards and have been together for 28 years.  Lynda is my soul mate and we’ve been really happy together.

W:       How did Lynda become involved in MADS?  And what took you, Mark, so long to get on the stage ?? – and when will you have more time to act again?

M:       Lynda had a part in a James Bond Musical, directed by Colleen Van Staden.  She had such presence on stage – I was so proud of her.  She went on to do other productions, and as I watched I always asked myself: “Could I ever do that?”  The answer was always a nervous “No Way”. And then came “Season’s Greetings”.  Wow, what a lot of fun – working with a very warm, experienced cast and director who were so positive and supporting of the new guy.  Rehearsals were filled with  laughter and I can honestly say that the bug bit during this production.  I’d love to be back on the stage again.

W:       What is your favourite food / meal?

M:       I love seafood.

W:       If there is anything else interesting or funny that you can tell me, please go ahead.

M:       I recently went on a set of 4×4 trails in Paarl and got lost!  Even with a paper map and GPS! I thought Lynda was going to strain her rib muscles, she laughed so much.  Telling her that I had previously found St Helena Island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean only made her laugh louder!  I guess I’ll have to bone up the old navigation thing if this 4×4 lark is to be a success.


CALENDAR

 

14 – 16         Cry for Love Concert by popular singer Selim Kagee at the Masque.  Some of the world’s most

June          creative and inspired voices take a little while longer to mature, percolate and surge to the fore.  Thirty-four-year-old vocal master Selim Kagee is one such case in point who has recently stepped forward with his debut album Cry For Love (Piango D’Amore).  His stellar album into a world of contemporary classical music has been a work and dream that has evolved over the past 20 years and has culminated in EMI Music signing Kagee to the international label.  The Cry For Love concert is a journey of self discovery through music which is both inspiring and heart-warming. The show consists of songs performed by Selim accompanied by Tuning 4rk, a fresh, young, 6-piece orchestra ensemble made up of South Africa’s top classically trained musicians. The show is linked with anecdotes of his life and music. Highlights from his repertoire, which are made up of mostly English and Italian songs, include: O Sole Mio, Some Enchanted Evening, Parla Piu Piano (The Godfather Theme), Smile and his original hit song Cry For Love.  Fri 14/6 and Sat 15/6 at 19:00; Sun. 16/6 at 17:00.  Tickets: R120 (Theatre Club R110).

 

19 – 22       Get on your Feet presented by The Dance Project at the Masque, one show daily at 20:00.  Enjoy an

June          evening filled with energy, life and dance!!  Tickets R75 (R65).  To book phone Karen on 0845873724 or Trish on 021 7056202

 

20 – 23       The first ever McGregor Poetry Festival!!  McGregor is an ideal village for such a festival with its misty

June          mornings and starry skies, and its claim to be ‘on the road to nowhere’ and ‘the place where time stands still’. This promises to be an intimate, heart warming event – an opportunity for poets to mingle with poets and lovers of poetry in front of log fires enjoying a glass or two of the superb local red.  It will hopefully also become a platform for aspiring and undiscovered poets to voice their work.  The programme has something for everyone – more info at www.temenos.org.za or www.tourismmcgregor.co.za.

 

27 June –  Grahamstown Festival – more info at www.nationalartsfestival.co.za.

7 July         But details of shows involving MADS’ Members are as follows:

                   My Dog’s Got No Nose : committee member Raymond Rudolph is producing and starring in a one-man comedy by British playwright, Ron Aldridge.  Directed by our own Celia Musikanth, it is a journey around a stand-up comedian’s first ever public performance – his lifelong dream covers everything from comedy, unrequited love, dogs, the facts of life and more, but in a funny, bitter-sweet story, we discover that the man and his “performance” are not quite what they seem.  Hilarious, provocative & poignant, with dramatic twists in the tale.

                   Oom Schalk, From the Heart : Starring David Muller and directed by Celia Musikanth.  This production is beautifully acted by David Muller and consists of the most popular stories about Oom Schalk Lourens written by Herman Charles Bosman.  David’s first presentation of this show was at the Masque Theatre and sold out very soon after booking opened hence another performance was scheduled and this too sold out. He then toured with it to many places, even as far as Botswana and, enjoyed wonderful reviews.

Below my Feet :A collaboration of Movement (contemporary, modern, tap, lyrical hip-hop), Music (for the head, heart and feet) and Media (stills and live footage in the form of a full short film).  Featuring, and co-directed by, Luke Brown, this Multimedia/Live Performance piece asks the audience the question, “How much do you know about the person next to you?”.  Regardless of age, issue, gender, race, it is hoped that each person in the audience will be able to take something away with them, whether it is a piece of choreography, music or something projected on the screen.

 

29 June     Boy Meets Boy presented by Festival Productions at the Artscape Arena (low price

to             previews on 27 and 28 June).  This topical smash hit musical had a five star West End

20 July       revival last year.  Booking at Computicket or Dial-a-Seat 021 4217695.

 

5 – 13         Amy’s View directed by Brenda Gray and presented by Claremont Dramatic Society at the Masque.

July            A well-known West End actress receives a visit from her daughter Amy and her new boyfriend, an aspiring film director. This sets in motion events which only fully come into shape sixteen years later. A fascinating insight into three main characters and how lack of communication can cause so much confusion  Sir David Hare is one of Britain’s most internationally performed playwrights. After a sold-out season at the National Theatre, Amy’s View transferred to the West End, and later to Broadway, earning widespread critical acclaim for Judy Dench in the role of the mother.  Thurs & Fri at 20:00, Sat matinees at 14:30, Sat eves at 18:30; Thurs eve and Matinees R55 (Theatre Club members R45), other nights R65 (R55).  Bookings on 021 7881898 or at the theatre Mon-Fri, 10:00 to 16:00 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

 

 

 

 

BIRTHDAYS

 

Since May’s newsletter was a real “shortie”, birthday-ers in the last half of that month did not get “wished” in that missive and my apologies for that!!  Before we get to them, tho’, let me just tell you that I am SERIOUSLY running out of things to say about birthdays – I’ve done “sharing”, birthstones, birth flowers, great events, etc, so this month I am resorting to some general birthday information!!  Please do not take this as “Gospel” – I have taken the bits I fancied and used those but there are loads of different theories on the internet.

The melody of “Happy Birthday to You” comes from the song “Good Morning to All”, which was written and composed by American siblings Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill in 1893.  Patty was a kindergarten principal in Louisville, Kentucky, and developed various teaching methods.  Mildred was a pianist and composer. The sisters created “Good Morning to All” as a song that would be easy to be sung by young children.

Good morning to you,

Good morning to you,

  Good morning, dear children,

Good morning to all.

 

May 23rd starts us off with a bang, being shared by FOUR members – Detlef Basel, Dave D’Alton, Brenda Gray and Sue Wilkes!!  Bronwyn Ferraz and Helen Mathers share the 24th, with the latter having had a BIG day this year!!

 

In 1935, “Happy Birthday to You” was copyrighted by the Summy Company, the publisher of “Good Morning to All”.  A new company, Birch Tree Group Limited, was formed to protect and enforce the song’s copyright.  In 1989 the rights to “Happy Birthday to You” and its assets were sold to Time Warner.  In March 2004, Warner Music Group was sold to a group of investors led by Edgar Bronfman Jr.  The company continues to insist that one cannot sing the “Happy Birthday to You” lyrics for profit without paying royalties: in 2008, Warner collected about $5000 per day ($2 million per year) in royalties for the song.  This includes use in film, television, radio, anywhere open to the public, or even among a group where a substantial number of those in attendance are not family or friends of whoever is performing the song.  For this reason, most restaurants or other public party venues will not allow their employees to perform the song in public, instead opting for other original songs or cheers in honour of the birthday celebrant.

Then we move on to the first half of June:  Hayley Fargher starts us off on the 2nd, followed by Brian De Kock and Pilar Pringiers on the 5th.  Phillippe Pringiers is on the 9th with Miranda Lewis celebrating on the 13th.

 

One of the most famous performances of “Happy Birthday to You” was Marilyn Monroe‘s rendition to U.S. President John F. Kennedy in May 1962.  Another notable use was by comedy pianist Victor Borge, who would play the song in styles of various composers or begin playing Moonlight Sonata, smoothly transitioning into the song.

Icelandic folklore says that if you bathe naked in the morning dew on 24th June,

you will keep aging at bay for longer!!

Right – see you all on Muizenberg beach on the 24th then?!?!

Eve

         

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FISH HOEK DRAMATIC SOCIETY

June/July 2013

Dear Members and Friends,

Congratulations to the Director, Cast and Crew of “Arsenic and Old Lace” our May production. We got excellent reviews and averaged audiences of over 100 per performance, the best at the Masque for some time. Everyone seemed to enjoy this classic, well–known dramedy and all the cast agreed that it was a very happy and enjoyable production.

We are gearing up for our next play opening 19 October “The Wisdom of Eve” directed by Celia Musikanth, the audition notice for Sunday 16 June is attached, Celia would like to start rehearsals on 10 July. She is an excellent award-winning director and I’m sure it will be an interesting and really worthwhile production, so please come to the audition.

We would like to welcome our new Theatre Manager, Nico Dreyer and wish him luck in his new position, I think it will be a learning curve for all at the Masque.

We are hoping to get a new roof at the theatre as soon as possible. Unfortunately there is shortfall of funds and although we are most grateful to the Lindberg Trust for their donation, the societies have been asked to contribute what they can afford. We are not sure yet if this will be a donation or a loan but have decided that we can afford R25.000.00 Any comments or thoughts from members will be much appreciated. Please phone Jane Philbrick at f.d.h.society@gmail.com

Our committee has also decided that unfortunately, for financial reasons we can no longer put on plays that do not generate bigger audiences. Research shows that well-known comedies, thrillers (Agatha Christie) and musicals are the money makers and have the most audience appeal. Hopefully when finances allow we will be ablt to put on more adventurous or artistic productions. Again if anyone has suggestions for productions of this sort, or would like to direct for us please email Jane.

Congratulations to Constantiaberg on their excellent production of “Cyprienne” despite the problems that were overcome in the casting and especially for the great set and costumes.

Next Society Productions at the Masque.

July – Claremonts “Amy’s View”

July/August MADS “Road to Mecca”

Last Laugh

Q. What’s the difference between a wounded female hippopotamus and an operatic soprano?

A. The jewellery

See you at the theatre,

Helen

AUDITIONS**AUDITIONS**AUDITIONS**AUDITIONS**AUDITIONS

Celia Musikanth

directs

“The Wisdom of Eve’

by Mary Orr and Reginald Denham

for

Fish Hoek Dramatic Society

Date: Sunday 16 June at 2pm at False Bay Rendezvous 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg

 

(Allow for a call back on Sunday 23 June at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg at  2pm)

 

The production runs from 11 – 19 October 2013 at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

“The Wisdom of Eve” is a page turning play on which the famous multi-Oscar award-winning film “All About Eve” was based. A famous actress unwittingly lets a younger female fan into her life. This is a page turning play about the machinations behind the scenes in theatre. All the roles are marvelous vehicles for actors of both genders. Ages range from  25 – 60 plus.

The characters are as follows:

Margo – a famous star 45 plus (Lead) Karen – Margo’s friend (an ex-actress) 45 plus (Lead) Eve – a theatre fan 25 – 35 (must be able to metamorphasise into a beautiful butterfly) – can be played by an older actress who is able to play younger convincingly. (Lead) Lloyd  (Karen’s husband)– a playwright (40 – 50) Medium – large role Clement (Margo’s husband) – a producer (40 – 50) Medium role Harvey – Margo’s stage manager (30 – 50) Medium role Jack Marshall – an actor –  almost Cameo role “Tally-Ho” Thompson (male or female) A gossip loving newspaper columnist  (60 plus) Medium-ish role Vera – a very strong actress 25 – 35 – Small gem of a part Mrs Blake – Margot’s dresser 45 plus – Cameo role Director’s Note:   Strong performers are needed for this play   The director’s method is textual unpacking until cast is familiar with intonation, pauses, meaning, etc.   Thereafter blocking, cementing and charactersation are undertaken.   Celia promises an exciting journey into the world of the theatre.   “The Wisdom of Eve” will be set in present day.   Enquiries: Debbie Beswick 082 859 3728 or email debrazoeb@gmail.com  

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Playhouse Prattle

Milnerton Players

Founded 1979

http://www.milnertonplayers.com

P.O. Box 352, Milnerton, 7435

JUNE 2013
The weather Gods who were very kind to us during the month of May, certainly hit us with a vengeance when June arrived and we are in no doubt that winter has now arrived so make yourself a nice hot drink and settle down by your heater, or wrap a warm rug around you if you are energy saving, and enjoy the latest news from the Playhouse.
Bruce Sanderson and his cast gave us a really wonderful production of CHILDREN OF THE WOLF. Excellent performances by Robyn Bench, Timothy Mayers and Natasha Starkenburg, (not forgetting Richard Wade as the dead body) kept the dramatic suspense going so well throughout that one hardly noticed that +- one hour and thirty minutes had passed without an interval. It was received most enthusiastically by the critics, whose reviews can be read on our website but unfortunately audience attendance was really poor. Does everyone in Cape Town hibernate in winter? If you didn’t come to see it, you missed a really good piece of theatre. Our sincere thanks go to the director, cast and crew who put so much work into the production

SOCIAL EVENINGS
Next social evening this Friday 7 June
You should already have received the flyer with details but just to remind you, here they are again.
A variety of entertainment is on offer this evening beginning with three drama students from Parklands College exploring the concept of whether anything is truly right or wrong or does it just depend on whether one agrees or disagrees. They illustrate the point, especially from a woman’s perspective, in monologue, poetry and movement.
Continuing the theme of ‘doing the right thing’ is a short play entitled A Matter of Husbands, directed by Judith Herbig and the evening will then be rounded off with a selection of music by guests from M & M Music Academy in Parklands. These will include items by students plus Stefan Louw on vocals & guitar and percussionist Jonathan Lombana.
The play will feature two prospective new members who auditioned for A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur and were not cast in the play but who director, Judith Herbig, then invited to become involved in the social evening as an introduction to the society.
Wrap up warm and brave the cold to come along to support and encourage them and our young guest artists. Plenty of hot filter coffee plus red wine and OBs will be on hand to supply inner warmth.
The July evening is still being planned but as she is now busy directing a production, Judith would really appreciate offers of some form of entertainment for one half of the evening. It will take place on the foyer stage as the set will be up on the main stage for the production.
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PRODUCTIONS
A LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR
By Tennessee Williams
Direction: Judith Herbig
I sat in on the read-through of the play on Monday evening and it‘s a really delightful script with four lovely characters and a lot of humour involved. Judith has chosen the cast well for her debut production and it will be interesting to see how their individual characters develop as the rehearsals progress.
Performance dates for the play: 26, 27 July and 4, 5, 6 August.
Bookings open 28 June

Online: http://www.milnertonplayers.com

E-mail: bookings@milnertonplayers.com

Phone: 082 267 1061

Please help us to advertise the production by mailing the poster with booking details (attached separately) to all your friends and contacts.
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MEMBERS’ MURMURS
Our membership list is still in the process of being updated and I don’t yet have access to a copy but if any new members have joined the society recently, you are warmly welcomed and we hope you’ll come along and introduce yourself on Friday evening.

Paul seems to be missing one or two membership forms with details of people who have paid membership fees. If you have paid fees at the door or at the bar but not filled in a form, please download a form from the website or contact Paul at members@milnertonplayers.com so he can put your details on record.
It was good to see Lionel Kirsten and Heletia Oosthuizen back again at a performance of Children of the Wolf. Lionel will be spending his birthday, which is also the first anniversary of Berrill’s death, with his children and grandchildren in UK.
Audrey Tipping has sold her house in Milnerton and is now settled in a nice little flat in Pinelands Place where she seems to be enjoying quite a busy social life.
Received a mail recently from Frauke & Bruno Ehlig who are spending the ‘summer’ back home in Germany where the temperature was just 14 degrees centigrade. Doesn’t make our winter seem quite so bad, does it?
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OTHER THEATRE NEWS
ARTSCAPE ARENA
29 June to 20 July
Festival Productions presents
BOY MEETS BOY

By Bill Solly & Donald Ward

Direction: Teddy Davies

Musical Direction: Kurt Haupt

Bookings: Dial-a-Seat-021 421 7695 Or Computicket

Masque Theatre

5 to 13 July

Claremont Dramatic Society presents

AMY’S VIEW

By David Hare
Direction: Brenda Gray
Bookings: 021 788 1898

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PLAYHOUSE SOMERSET WEST

18 to 27 July
Hottentots Hollands Dramatic Society presents
DRACULA
By Bram Stoker
Direction: Philippe Pringiers
Bookings: Computicket
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That’s it from me until next month but before then, Fin and I are heading up to Mcgregor, and Montagu again for our winter break so we’re hoping the cold weather stays around as it’s so beautiful there when the mountains are covered in snow.
I’ll leave you with this quote from W.R. Inge:
“Theatre is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theatre”.
To improve the life of Milnerton Players, please put on your boots, scarves and whatever else to keep warm and come along to the Playhouse for the Social Evening this Friday.

Sheila

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ADLIB
OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE PINELANDS PLAYERS
Est. 1948
Hi Everyone!
Another successful Candlelight Supper Theatre production put to bed.
Huge Congratulations to Roché and her cast for their wonderful production of the Three  Melodramas, their sense of fun was contagious. The word got around that popcorn doesn’t fly very far and soon marshmallows were being used as projectiles instead. This caused some sticky problems for the cleaning staff!
The audiences participated on stage and there was a lot of vocal contribution from the auditorium too. This all added to the fun and enjoyment we all had every night. I’m hoping to get some pics of the show for the next AdLib.
No show can be staged without the busy bees in the background. The Committee is so grateful to Tina Gough, Tanya Browne and Rob March who helped with everything from setting up to clearing plates and glasses.
With a very small Committee, the help was really appreciated. But that small Committee excelled; a word or two about that later in the Tailpiece.
TALENT CONTEST AND MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
THE COMMITTEE WILL NOW PUT ALL THEIR EFFORTS INTO THIS ENORMOUS CHALLENGE. WE REALLY NEED YOU TO HELP. THERE WILL BE SOME OF YOU THAT WE’LL CALL ON TO BE ADJUDICATORS. WE HOPE THERE’LL BE MANY OF YOU PUTTING YOUR HANDS UP TO OFFER ASSISTANCE WHEREVER YOU FEEL YOU CAN HELP.
PLEASE EMAIL OUR HON.SECRETARY, TANYA MARCH ON tanya@marchza.net AND TELL HER WHERE YOU FEEL YOU CAN HELP.
NEWS FROM OTHER SOCIETIES:
Constantiaberg Players is auditioning for A HANDFUL OF FRIENDS on the 9th June at the Bergvliet Guide Hall at 2.30 p.m. The Director is Sue Bolton. Enquiries: Sue on 0217822506.
Claremont Dramatic Society is staging AMY’S VIEW at the Masque from 5th to 13th July. Directed by Brenda Gray this play is tagged as being David Hare’s masterpiece. BOOKING 0217881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

Festival Productions opens their production of BOY MEETS BOY at Artscape Arena on the 27th June. It runs until the 20th July. This is a lighthearted musical about the marriage between two men, culminating in their marriage. Direction by Teddy Davies. BOOKING AT DIAL-A-SEAT 0214217695 or COMPUTICKET.
Selim Kagee with his live show CRY FOR LOVE will be at the Masque Theatre on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June. BOOKING 0217881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

QUESTION FOR ALL OF YOU, GET YOUR THINKING CAPS ON: I HAD SOME REALLY INTERESTING ANSWERS FROM YOU, AMONG WHICH WERE: ‘MEET ME IN ST LOUIS’, ‘THE SOUND OF MUSIC’, ‘MISS SAIGON’, ‘WEST SIDE STORY’, ‘STATE FAIR’, ‘OLIVER’, ‘OKLAHOMA!’ AND ‘SINGING IN THE RAIN’.
Any more suggestions? email me: cjwells@mweb.co.za

VICTOR TICHART BENEFIT CONCERT 23RD AUGUST

We have been inundated with spontaneous response to this benefit – performers, donations and help from so many people. I was so hoping to get “The Plaids” to do a couple of their beautifully harmonised songs. But unfortunately ‘Smudge’ will be in the middle of his mock exams. Is there a nice young gentleman out there with a good bass voice who can fill in? In case you were wondering: Some folk have asked why we’re doing this. The answer is that Victor has unstintingly given his time providing music for shows for many years. His first stint with us was way back in the 80’s when he played for one of our Pantos.
Just as the Springbok, Proteas and other teams have honoured and awarded their players; we felt it would be a special gesture to do the same for this lovely man. Whatever money we make will be a gift to him. But mostly it’s a tribute to
him and all the other musical directors out there.
TAILPIECE
I can’t end this AdLib without saying a few words about my fellow Committee Members. After an analysis of our past show accounts, Chris Laurie and Chairman, Glyn Fogell put their heads together to try and reduce costs.
Chris set his sights at simplifying the lighting without compromising the show. He produced a miracle. Not only that, but after a disastrous kitchen malfunction on opening night, he baked the pies at home and got them to the town hall piping hot. Glyn used all his contacts to design a delicious pub meal. He also sourced sound effects, background music & operated the sound. Both of these guys were also on stage in the Melodramas! Nigel Stevenson is our procurer & transport man – he procured the liquor license, the hire of the hall and the transport for the set. As well as that he got the set to the hall and ensured it was put up just as Roche wanted it. Then he procured the drinks and ran the bar! His job isn’t finished yet, he still – as Hon. Treasurer – has to reconcile the show account.
Now last but not least, Tanya March. I swear this lady is magical – we arrive at the clubhouse to find the base for the stage has been collected and delivered, then the paint and brushes and everything else we needed – including some props. Finally, besides helping to transport pies, she dished up the food and single-handedly washed every plate and every glass. And oh yes, she operated the sound while Glyn was on the stage!

And I’ve only listed some, they did a lot else besides. I got all tuckered out watching them!
I know I speak on behalf of all the members and the people who came to see the show when I say a big
‘thank you’.
June

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