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AUDITION NOTICE – SECOND CALL

 

HENCEFORWARD

By Alan Ayckbourn

 

DATE:             Saturday 27 July

TIME:              14:00

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

 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS AUDITION IS FOR THE ROLES OF ZOE AND CORINNA ONLY.  ALL OTHER CHARACTERS HAVE BEEN CAST.

CHARACTERS

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. PLEASE NOTE:  THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST.  THIS INFORMATION IS FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES FOR ZOE & CORINNA.

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.

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.

For a synopsis of the plot and details of the other characters, look here:  https://claremontdramatic.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/audition-notice-henceforward/

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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Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
12 Eden Road, Claremont, 7708

Tel: 021 671 2888               Cell: 083 414 7003

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

July 2013 – Number 122


 

Greetings All,

 

As I write this, it is nearing the end of the school holidays and those of us that are teachers…well the joy is slowly ebbing from our souls. Back to work we go. July however has brought with it some sweet treats, I mean in the form of theatre. I suppose in winter we do eat rather more chocolate than usual and drink many more cups of tea (to wash it down) however I am referring to the present and upcoming CDS activities. If anything, CDS is quality and this July once again reiterates our excellence. Let me explain while I open yet another slab of Cadbury’s yumminess…after all one must find joy regularly…especially when facing another school term…

 

Our Darling Leigh

 

Our darling Leigh (CDS secretary), has been busy with a very special project…CDS is all about giving and this is yet another example of something we can get involved with.

 

This year I have raised over 180 trees for Greenpop as part of their ‘Trees for Zambia’ initiative. In July I will be joining Greenpop in Zambia for two weeks and helping them plant over 5000 trees in schools, on subsistence farms and at reforestation sites. Trees for Zambia is a holistic awareness campaign based on getting people active about a sustainable future. Zambia is said to have the second highest rate of deforestation in the world and the campaign aims to combat the rapid deforestation in the area and increase awareness of environmental issues like deforestation, climate change, tree planting, environmental sustainability and alternative energy sources. Greenpop also does tree planting days in communities around Cape Town throughout the year. To donate or find out more visit their website http://www.greenpop.org/

Cheers

Leigh

 

Masque Roof

 

Our members were unanimous in agreeing to lend the Masque R50,000, and we have already transferred the funds.  Following on the example set by our member, there have been a few donations (exceeding R2,000 already!), and one kind soul has even celebrated a birthday, asking for donations to the Masque Roof in lieu of gifts!  If anyone wishes to contribute, the Masque bank details are:  Masque Theatre, Standard Bank, Current account number 71789367, Branch number 025309.  The reference should include the donor’s name as well as ‘Roof’, so that we can be sure it goes to the right place.

 

Members Evening – this Friday, 19 July 2013 19:30 for 20:00

 

I cannot punt this enough. There will be soup and bread with some seriously good theatre. Jenny and Liz have been hard at work putting the final touches on their showcase pieces; this promises to be a comfortable, comforting and enlightening evening.

 

Please contact Pam to ensure catering is adequate (No charge for members, R10 for guests).  Tel: 021 657 5793 Cell: 082 488 0442 email: PamB@Masterparts.com

 

Amy’s View

 

A huge congratulations to all involved in producing this production. One must never forget it takes a literal army to make theatre happen, from the set build team, back stage crew, front of house, the cast and director. We thank you all for your hard work and dedication. Time is money and we thank you for investing in the theatre.

 

This potent play is yet another feather in our cap. Well done to the accomplished cast and a detailed director for the high standard you brought to the stage. We applaud you all.

 

Subs

 

Thank you to those who have paid their subs. Your dedication and support is much appreciated.

 

For those who still need to pay or want to join or re-join….

 

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

 

Auditions

 

HENCEFORWARD

 

Even though there was a wonderful turnout at the audition on Sunday 7 July, there were a few people who could not make that date, so Wendy is holding a SECOND AUDITION on SATURDAY 27 JULY, for the roles of Zoë and Corinna only:

 

AUDITION NOTICE – SECOND CALL

 

HENCEFORWARD

By Alan Ayckbourn

 

DATE:             Saturday 27 July

TIME:              14:00

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

 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS AUDITION IS FOR THE ROLES OF ZOE AND CORINNA ONLY.  ALL OTHER CHARACTERS HAVE BEEN CAST.

CHARACTERS

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. PLEASE NOTE:  THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST.  THIS INFORMATION IS FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES FOR ZOE & CORINNA.

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.

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.

For a synopsis of the plot and details of the other characters, look here:  https://claremontdramatic.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/audition-notice-henceforward/

For more information, contact Wendy Goddard on 083 414 7003, or wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za

…o0o…

HHDS

 

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society will be holding auditions at their Playhouse in Somerset West at 19:00 on Sunday, 28 July, for two One-Act Plays to be presented on a double bill on Saturday, 28 September.  The first is Beware the Ides of March which has 13 parts, most of which can be played by men or women, with ages from 16 up.  The second is the Afrikaans production of Bevange which features 7 teenagers (4 female, 3 male).  For further info visit www.facebook.com/PlayhouseSW or phone 021 852 5182.

 …o0o…

MADS

 

‘ROPE’

 

ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S THRILLER BASED ON THE PLAY BY RICHARD HAMILTON

 

Directed By: Alastair Duff

 

AUDITION DATE: Saturday 3 August 2013 at 14:30

 

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

 

ENQUIRIES:   Alastair Duff on 021 788 4984

 

DATES OF RUN: 29 November to 7 December 2013 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

 

REHEARSALS: Probably Mondays and Wednesdays (19:30 – 21:30) and Saturdays (14:00 – 17:00) commencing Monday 12 August.  To be confirmed.

 

SYNOPSIS:  Is there such a thing as a perfect murder?  In this riveting play, set in New York in the early fifties, two young men who have everything – wealth, looks, talent and good-breeding – commit a dreadful crime: just because they can.  But someone from their past proves to be a greater adversary and nemesis than they ever could have imagined.

 

Calendar

 

27 June – 20 July      Boy Meets Boy presented by Festival Productions at the Artscape Arena.  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.

 

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

 

18-27 July       Dracula, a play by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston, directed by Philippe Pringiers for Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society at the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West.  Bookings through Computicket or phone 021 8525182 for more info. PLEASE NOTE: MADS’ members Richard Higgs and Rudy Gibbons are both in this production!!

 

26 July to 4 Aug         A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Tennessee Williams, directed by Judith Herbig for Milnerton Players at their Playhouse.  A really delightful play with four lovely characters and a great deal of humour.  Further info call 0822671061, or bookings@milnertonplayers.com.

 

26 July to 3 Aug         The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard, directed by Barbara Basel for Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque.  Based on the life of Helen Martins, a well-known and remarkable artist who lived during the second half of the 20th Century, this is the story of a woman who dares to be different.

 

6 to 10 Aug     David Muller in ‘Oom Schalk from the Heart’ narrates the stories of Herman Charles Bosman.  Masque Theatre – 021 788 1898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

 

4 October       Members’ Evening – New Writers Showcase.

 

So long as there is one pretty girl left on the stage, the professional undertakers may hold up their burial of the theatre. (Quote by – George Jean Nathan)

 

All my love,

 

Sheldon Cross

 

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JULY 2013

 

Since we now seem to be well into winter I decided to cheer you up with some winter-y jokes!

         Starting with ………

Q: What’s an ig?

A: A snow house without a loo!

 

MEMBERS’ NEWS

 

Goodness, but our members do seem to get around!


Barbara Basset sent me an email on 12 June to say that she wouldn’t be at the members’ evening as she was leaving for Mallorca on that day for a family wedding and, after 6 days there, in the sun, she’s off to the UK for her yearly jaunt to visit her children and grandchildren.  Barbara is back at the end of July.


And Dawn Scholtz left on 16 May to visit her daughter in South Korea –

hope you had a fab trip Dawn!


AND a little birdie tells me that Karen Riley will be visiting us from Oz some time this month.


Many of you will have seen the name Jack Matthee on the steel braces we use for sets at the Masque which were made by him, and some of us had the privilege of meeting this top class set builder, props maker, performer and comedian.  He passed away recently but his legacy lives on.


Congratulations to Val Stephens who welcomed her second grandchild,

Rachel Elizabeth, into the world on 8 May!

 


This newsletter was practically ready to go when I discovered that I had a retinal detachment in my left eye and had to have emergency surgery – so I am currently sporting a rather snazzy pirate eye-patch!!

 

 

Q: Why does it take longer to build a blonde snowman than a regular one?
A: You have to hollow out the head.

AUDITIONS

 

Our last production of the year is in November!!

See attachment for the full audition notice for Rope!!!

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society will be holding auditions at their Playhouse in Somerset West at 19:00 on Sunday, 28 July, for two One-Act Plays to be presented on a double bill on Saturday, 28 September.  The first is Beware the Ides of March which has 13 parts, most of which can be played by men or women, with ages from 16 up.  The second is the Afrikaans production of Bevange which features 7 teenagers (4 female, 3 male).  For further info visit www.facebook.com/PlayhouseSW or phone 021 852 5182.

 


CALENDAR

 

Please note days, times and prices for Masque Theatre productions (unless otherwise stated) are

Thurs & Fri performances at 20:00, Saturday matinee at 14:30, Saturday evening at 18:30

Thurs eve and Sat Matinees R55 (Theatre Club members R45),

Other Nights R65 (Theatre Club members R55)

Bookings on 021 7881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za or

at the theatre Mon-Fri, 10:00 to 16:00 (During run of shows also 9:30 to 12:00 on Saturdays)

 

29 Jun to 20 Jul 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.  Booking at Computicket or Dial-a-Seat 021 4217695.

 

5 – 13 July Amy’s View by Sir David Hare, one of Britain’s most internationally performed playwrights.

Directed by Brenda Gray and presented by Claremont Dramatic Society at the Masque.  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.

 

14 July The Best of Times performed by Chenara Fenton and friends, in the Masque Foyer at 19:00.  Be

entertained and delighted as you listen to soulful rich melodies from a ménage of musicals – expect to hear songs such as “Sister Act”, “Spamalot”, “Smash” and “Rock of Ages”.  There will be a light supper served and tickets cost R95.

 

18–27 July Dracula, a play by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston, directed by Philipe Pringiers for

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society at their Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West.  Lucy Seward, daughter of the physician in charge of a sanatorium near London, is mysteriously anaemic.  Doctor and professor Abraham Van Helsing, a specialist in obscure diseases, suspects a vampire which, according to legend, is an ugly soul that, grave-bound by day, roams the earth at night, and sustains its earthly life by sucking the blood of approachable victims.  Instituting a search, Van Helsing uncovers Count Dracula as such a vampire and, finding the grave, drives a stake through the heart of the corpse from which he comes, thus ending the vampire’s existence.  Or not?  Playgoers will go away with the satisfaction of having had more thrills than ever before in their lives inside a theatre!  Bookings through Computicket or phone 021 8525182 for more info.

PLEASE NOTE: MADS’ members Richard Higgs and Rudy Gibbons are both in this production!!

 

20 July    Shadowlands – A Tribute to Cliff Richard & The Shadows in the Masque Foyer at 20:00.  Tap your feet along with the beat being delivered by the Tribute band, consisting of Ivor Norman on 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.  To achieve a similar sound they imported the same guitars used by the band.  You’ll hear favourites from the ‘60s such as “Atlantis”, “The Next Time”, and “Summer Holiday”.  Tickets R75 (R65).

 

26 Jul to 4 Aug  A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Tennessee Williams, directed by Judith Herbig for Milnerton Players at their Playhouse.  A really delightful play with four lovely characters and a great deal of humour.  Further info on 0822671061, or bookings@milnertonplayers.com.

 

26 Jul to 3 Aug The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard, directed by Barbara Basel for Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque.  Based on the life of Helen Martins, a well-known and remarkable artist who lived during the second half of the 20th Century, this is the story of a woman who dares to be different.  Helen goes from being an outsider in her own community to one of South Africa’s foremost Outsider Artists.  As a result of her quest for light and colour, Helen transforms her ordinary, dull world into one of radiance and warmth when she turns her vegetable garden into her Mecca – a splendid place of light and colour – and fills her small home with glittering, dancing candlelight.  While the Road to Mecca has its dramatic highlights, there are also some light hearted and touching moments.

BIRTHDAYS

 

Hope those who turned a year older in the latter half of June had a fabulous birthday (although chances are it was cold and wet!)  They were Rosemarie Lewis on the 17th with Wendy Morling and Wayne Ronne sharing the 18th.  June Edwards had her birthday on the 20th with Abigail Knott’s the day after.  Liz Roodt celebrated on the 24th, as did Jane Philbrick (and that was a BIG one!!).  Last but not least was Rowan Studti on the 26th.

Moving on to July we start with Anton Schafer on the 6th.  James Pape and Michaela O’Toole share the 9th; Di Thom and Nick Lee share the 11th with Su Cunningham celebrating on the 14th.  Tom Byrne follows on the 18th with Fiona Carling and Lieske Bester sharing the 21st.  Happy birthday to Samantha Davies on the 23rd and Lee De Andrade on the 29th.

Looks like I have never actually delved into the birth flower for July!  It is the Larkspur, close relative to the Delphinium.  A true blue flower that symbolizes lightness and swiftness, this flower has significance in Greek mythology as it is said to have grown from the blood of Ajax as he threw himself on his sword during the Battle of Troy.  Larkspurs grow wild and tall in pastures.  Unfortunate for cattle owners, this flower is extremely poisonous and dangerous when ingested by cattle.  Its poison makes it useful as an insecticide and in ancient times it was worn as an ointment to drive away scorpions.  Native Americans used Larkspurs to make a rich, blue dye and European settlers used it to dip their quills as ink.  Other names are lark’s heel, lark’s claw and knight’s spur.  The flower has five petals which grow together to form a hollow flower with a spur at the end, which gives the plant its name.

Q: Why didn’t the tourist in the Arctic get any sleep?
A: He plugged his electric blanket into the toaster by mistake – and kept popping out of bed all night!

MASQUE NEWS

 

Wendy Morling recently put out a plea to you all for donations towards replacing the Masque Theatre Roof and so far she has been delighted with the response!  Thanks, guys, and remember “There can be no performances without a Theatre and there can be no Theatre without a roof!!” so if you still want to donate here’s those details again:

Muizenberg Dramatic Society, Standard Bank, Blue Route Branch Code: 025-609, Current account # 27-004-494-9.  When making the transfer or deposit, please put your surname as a reference followed by “Roof” so we know who the donation is from.

Q: If the sun shines while it’s snowing, what should you look for?
A: Snowbows.

Until next time then ….

Eve

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MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY

AUDITION NOTICE

 

‘ROPE’

ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S THRILLER BASED ON THE PLAY BY RICHARD HAMILTON

 

Directed By: Alastair Duff

 

AUDITION DATE:      Saturday 3 August 2013 at 14:30

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

ENQUIRIES:              Alastair Duff on 021 7884984

DATES OF RUN:       29 November to 7 December 2013 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

REHEARSALS:          Probably Mondays and Wednesdays (19:30 – 21:30) and Saturdays (14:00 – 17:00) commencing Monday 12 August.  To be confirmed.

 

SYNOPSIS:  Is there such a thing as a perfect murder?  In this riveting play, set in New York in the early fifties, two young men who have everything – wealth, looks, talent and good-breeding – commit a dreadful crime: just because they can.  But someone from their past proves to be a greater adversary and nemesis than they ever could have imagined.

THE CAST:

There are no bit parts – every part is substantial, but Rupert, Brandon and Phillip are very large and demanding roles.  American accents are necessary, even if it is just a suggestion.  All ages are very approximate.

MR KENTLEY 50-60   David Kentley’s father, a polished gentleman of courtly manners and an urbane, sympathetic character.  Speaks with a quiet dignity.  British accent would be suitable too.

BRANDON       20-30   Good-looking, talented, clever but quite insane.  He is stronger than Phillip and dominates him.  Witty, sophisticated and malicious, Brandon is a gem of a part.

PHILLIP            20-30   Brandon’s partner, a concert pianist.  Sensitive and passive, he does however stand up to Brandon’s domineering ways.  All through the play he is tortured by what he and Brandon have done.  Also a gem of a part.

RUPERT          30-45   Phillip, Brandon and Kenneth’s former school teacher.  A clever man with

          CADELL             an analytical mind, it is Rupert who solves the mystery.  He is Brandon’s adversary, yet Brandon admires him above all.  A challenging part.

KENNETH        20-30   Phillip and Brandon’s former school mate and Janet’s former boyfriend.  Although somewhat less intelligent than his classmates, Kenneth is no fool.  A smaller but challenging role.

JANET              20-30   David Kentley’s fiancée.  A pretty, intelligent, stylish girl who tries to compensate for a lack of confidence by being witty and sophisticated.  A part that offers an opportunity for strong acting.

MRS                  40-60   David Kentley’s aunt and the sister of Mr

   ATTWATER              Kentley.  A comic part, but the comedy is largely unintentional on her part.  Vague and very “dear”, she could be played with a British accent.  A challenging role.

MRS WILSON  40-65   Brandon and Phillip’s housekeeper.  Also comic, the part would be best suited to a thin to the point of skinny woman well past her prime who is still rather vain.  Very involved in her employers’ lives, she is both motherly and interfering.  A lovely part.

ALSO NEEDED are production secretary, stage manager, prompt, props, set-builders, etc.

 

Q: Why did Frosty the snowman want a divorce?
A: Because he thought his wife was a flake

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OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE PINELANDS PLAYERS

Est.1948 & Inc The Cape Town Reps.

Scribe: June Wells

JULY/AUGUST

Hi Everyone!

Sorry it’s taken a while for this edition. In the gap between the last AdLib and this one, Jack Matthee passed away. I have reprinted the obit. in the Tailpiece. Karin has asked me to pass on her very sincere thanks to all of you for the phone calls, sms’s, visits and support over the past year; she says you’ll never know how much it meant to them both.
COMMITTEE – we discovered that in fact we had not been ‘legally’ elected as some of the people at the AGM had not paid their subs at the time of voting – and we are really just an ‘acting Committee’ until things have been rectified. So the decision was made to hold a Special General Meeting on the 14th July at 3 p.m. at the clubhouse. You have all been properly notified and also sent a proxy form. This is an important meeting, folks. It is about the future of YOUR Society. Please be there, it is only an hour out of one day in the year. Also ensure that your subs are paid (banking details are given further in this AdLib) either online or at the SGM.

 

On that note, snuggle down and read on.

VICTOR TICHART BENEFIT
23RD AUGUST 8.15 P.M. PINELANDS TOWN HALL
TICKETS R130 INCLUDES CHEESE & WINE
THE PROGRAM IS STUNNING, CONSISTING OF NUMBERS FROM PROFESSIONAL AND NONPROFESSIONAL PERFORMERS BRINGING YOU SONGS, DANCE AND COMEDY. ENOUGH TO
KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED FOR 90 MINUTES OR MORE!
THERE WILL ALSO BE A RAFFLE WITH REALLY AMAZING PRIZES.
THESE TICKETS WILL SELL FAST AS IT IS A ONE-OFF CONCERT, SO BOOK NOW:
cjwells@mweb.co.za or 0215318682 or 0724467532

FROM OTHER SOCIETIES
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’ production of BOY MEETS BOY at Artscape Arena 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.
Milnerton Players’ production of A LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR by Tennessee Williams at the Playhouse. Runs 26, 27 July & 1, 2, 3 August with a Matinee on the 3rd Aug. This delightfully funny play is a must-see. Directed by Judith Herbig. BOOKING: bookings@milnertonplayers.com or 0822671061.
Cast required for Independent Shooting of short Romantic Comedy. Mark Els is looking for the following characters: Female 70yrs+, grey/white hair. No dialogue, film focus is on reaction. Male 50+, overweight, preferably bald or balding. No dialogue, film focus also on reaction. The ages – must ‘look’ these ages, not necessarily ‘be’ these ages!
Please phone Mark on 072 4000 934 or 021 4223176 if you are interested.

JERSEY BOYS at ARTSCAPE
What a fabulous show. If you haven’t seen it yet, book now. The run has been extended and rightly so. It was great to meet Daniel Buys for a drink and chat afterwards. It hardly seems nine years ago when he was our lead in ‘Grease’ (which is mentioned in the program). And he hasn’t changed a bit, what a nice guy. His performance as Tommy de Vito is superb. Well done Danny!
TAILPIECE
Denise and Louis de Kock are on a wonderful Baltic cruise, can’t wait to hear all about it next week when they get back. And Dave Millar sets out on an epic trip in September, covering Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England then over to Italy taking in a tour and ending in a relaxing cruise back to S.A. Wow! I think I’m missing out on something staying here in cold Cape Town!
This is the obit read out at Jack’s funeral service on behalf of Pinelands Players:

‘Jack saw a newspaper ad for an audition in 1993. He and Karin decided to came along. From that day they
became a vital part of Pinelands Players and we couldn’t imagine the Society without them. Its been a privilege to call them friends ever since. Jack was a Life Member of Pinelands Players.

Most people in the theatre world knew Jack primarily as a builder of sets, but he was first and foremost a
comedian. Completely in his element when he was making people laugh. He and two pals formed ‘The Nitwits’
50 years ago and until only a few years ago, they performed continually. They featured in ice-shows and even
appeared on TV in a variety show 40 years ago – when television finally reached South Africa. Jack miming to Spike Jones with his contraption of bells, whistles, hooters and horns is indelibly stamped in our memories and I know that not one of you will remember that without smiling. When Karin joined him in the act,
it was the perfect duo.
They were the perfect duo on stage and off.
He could decorate a cake with delicacy and turn a scrap of leather into a holster or wallet. In fact, show Jack a
scrap of anything and he could turn it into something useful. He made amazing props, costumes and accessories.
And you could set up home in one of Jack’s sets they were so solid and real. The vital core of every show.
One had to be very careful not to take advantage of Jack because he was generous with his time and skills and
just never knew how to say ‘no’. Actually, Jack did say ‘no’ to me once. I asked him to sing a song in a show, a
very touching song called ‘I won’t send Roses’.

‘No, no! I can’t sing, I won’t remember the words, I can’t do it!’

I bullied him unmercifully and I think he finally agreed just to shut me up.
At first people started giggling – after all this was Jack and he always made you laugh. But then the audience
went very quiet and there was a flurry of tissues as he performed the song with sincerity and depth…I bawled
every night. We’ll never hear that song without thinking of him.
Jack missed his work so when he retired. It wasn’t work it was a calling; teaching people how to create useful
things and giving them pride in themselves and their work. They loved ‘Uncle Jack’ very much. With his talents he could have chosen another path, Jack chose the one where he was most needed. The Landsdowne Methodist Church and this, The Thornton Methodist Church benefited from Jack’s talents as well, he devised and directed dozens of shows for them with enthusiasm and his irrepressible sense of fun.
I know you all have wonderful memories of Jack; he was a truly good man – a humble & modest man – who had
the gift of spreading happiness, laughter and love wherever he went. The world is a poorer place without him in it.
Along with all of you and many friends who couldn’t be here, we’ll miss him so much. So it’s hard to even
imagine the extent to which he’ll be missed by Karin and his family who were so much closer to him. Our
thoughts are with them as they go forward on life’s journey without his physical presence.

But he will be with them – and us – forever. Wherever there is laughter and a smile, Jackie is there and none of us will ever forget him.’
Thought I’d print it in full for those who weren’t able to be there.
See you on the 14th.

 

June

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

Apologies. No you weren’t imagining it, we had a bit of technical difficulties and missed out on May’s Newsletter, but we’re back on track and ready with all the latest of “What’s On” at The Playhouse!

The Playhouse Somerset West
June 2013 Newsletter

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Letter from our Chairman | Members Evening – Bingo/Karaoke! | Dracula
Dance After Dark! | Audition Notice! Double Bill!! | Front of House Request


Dear Members and Friends, 

We are half way through 2013, and things are looking very good. Financially, we have reversed the trend and we are actually showing a profit for the year.  The theatre is virtually booked up till the end of the year, and we have the first draft of the schedule for next year, which if all come to pass will be very busy as well. My sincere thanks to everyone for the effort that has been put in to making sure that each event has been a success.

Bettina Horvath has offered to run FOH for the rest of the year, and Suzie Lotter has taken over the bar again. I thank them both. Philippe and his team have done a phenomenal job in sorting out the workshop area, and Noel Pitout and her team are very busy sorting out Wardrobe. As we speak Snow white is running in the Green Room and is sold out for the week! Well done to Darryl and the team.

I have seen a couple of rehearsals for Dracula. This promises to be an excellent production. The Cast are working hard, the set is looking good, and the special effects that I have seen are excellent.

We have 2 Director’s tickets coming up in September, one in Afrikaans, so all in all a lot of progress. The theatre has a buzz which is very exciting, and the team spirit is inspiring.

Thanks everyone!

Regards

Lindsay S.
Chairman!


Members Evening
May’s Casino Royale!
Another huge and fun success!!
To catch up what we missed last month, Casino Royale was simply glamerous and tons of fun, with a number of excited gamers who couldn’t hold in their excitment and rightly so! More photo’s and news to follow in the week!
COMING UP NEXT!

FUN • FOOD • PRIZES
EVERYONE IS INVITED TO JOIN IN THE FUN!

July 5th @ 7pm | R20 Public & Free for Members


Dracula
Directed by Philippe Pringiers

The patrons of the popular Playhouse in Somerset West will have an ample feast of the mysterious, uncanny and the supernatural during the second half of July, for the great vampire play “Dracula” is listed for production at that time. This thriller is a dramatization of Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name, originally published in England many years ago, and a novel that ever since has had a most phenomenal sale all over the English-speaking world.

Mystery plays have been produced before at the Playhouse, and on previous occasions patrons have been thrilled and chilled, but “Dracula” is so remarkable in its thrills and so completely overwhelming in every respect that it is bound to prove a rare treat of the season. Local theatregoers are warned in advance that it would be wise for them to visit a specialist and have their hearts examined before subjecting them to the fearful thrills and shocks that “Dracula” hold in store for them.

The first performance on July 16th will be a gala evening in support of the Somerset West  shelter for homeless people, followed by only 5 more performances ! Be sure to book your tickets up front in order not to miss this exciting show ! And … if you happen to pass the playhouse on Tuesday- or Sunday- evenings, do not be disturbed if you hear any disturbing noises!

Show Dates:
  • Thursday 18 – 27 July 2013 @ 7:30pm for 8pm
  • Tickets will be available soon at Computicket
  • Tell your friends!
Press commentaries on early performances of ‘Dracula’:
  • “treating of this weirs farce as a mystery, they send the customary shivers of apprehension streaming down the back and ‘Dracula’ holds the audience nervously expectant.” New York Times
  • “An evening rich in horror.” New York Telegram
  • “Nothing more blithely blood-curdling “ New York Herald Tribune
  • “See it and creep.” New York Evening Post
  • “Should be seen by all who lover their marrows jolted” New York Sun

Dance After Dark

A Dance Show not to be missed.

Olivia, a little girl that drifts off to sleep while her room becomes alive with a show, but when she grows up what goes “bump” in the night, thrills, chills and excite!
A show filled with great music, beautiful costumes and amazing dancers!
But what goes bump in the night chills thrills and excite A Dance show like no other.

Show Dates:
  • Tuesday 6th August @ 7:30pm OPENING NIGHT!
  • 9th, 10th & 17th August @ 2:30pm MATINEE!
  • 9th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th & 17th @ 7:30pm
  • Tickets will be available at ticketnet.co.za or
  • Booking office: 072 097 5802
  • Tell your friends!
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AUDITION NOTICE!

Director’s Ticket of Pilar Spinnox
Beware the Idas of March

&

Director’s Ticket of Daneel van Wyk
Bevange

“Directors Ticket” is Saturday 28 September. 
Double bill – 2 One act plays. 19H30.

Auditions 7pm on Sunday, 28 July.

Requirements for the actors for ‘Beware the Ides of March’:

Synopsis: Although inspired by Shakespeare’s “Caesar”, the setting of this play is time and place neutral, as the topic is of all ages and of all cultures. Indeed the director wants to make the audience think and draw parallels between what happened in Ancient Rome and the world of today.

Characters:
Caesar – middle age male.
Calphurnia – 30 plus female.
Cicero – elder male.
Brutus – middle aged male or female, confident to read Shakespearian English.
Artemidorus – any age, any gender, confident to read Shakespearian English.
Portia – 30 plus female.
Anthony any age 16 and up, any gender
Soothsayer any age 16 and up, any gender
Casca any age 16 and up, any gender
Cassius – any age 16 and up, any gender
Casca – any age 16 and up, any gender
Cinna – any age 16 and up, any gender
Decius – any age 16 and up, any gender

Requirements for the actors for ‘Bevange’:

Synopsis: Every choice you make has consequences!  This Afrikaans play shows the consequences of a party on a Friday night when things went wrong and the next moment 7 teenagers find themselves in a cell with police shouting at them.

Karakters:
Erika – Mooi. Christelik, morele waardes. Sy het Petro jammer gekry en vriende met haar geword. ‘n Beskermengel vir haar geword. Geen rede om daar te wees nie. Sy kom uit ‘n happy huis, kan dalk sekere ontdekkings maak. Die besliste protagonist. Musiekstudent en goeie akademiese punte
Tommy Die antagonis, ‘n simpatieke gevoel moet wel met hom gekweek kan word. Gangster. Rof. Hy en sy Pa was alleen by die huis toe rowers in die huis inkom. Sy Pa het hom probeer beskerm toe skiet hulle sy pa dood. Hy het dit eers later gehoor toe hy in die hospitaal wakker word. Hy is in die skouer geskiet maar net sy lyf het herstel, sy kop nie. Rugbyspeler, ‘n regte Jock op skool gewees
Kobus – Hy het gedink sy ouers is gelukkig getroud en toe hoor hy hulle gaan skei. Sy Pa het ‘n nuwe vrou ontmoet – dit was te erg vir die ma, dus het sy haar goed gevat en gevlug. Sy ma wil hom nie hê nie, nou bly hy by sy pa. Hy probeer vergoed met materiële dinge en geld, wat hy nie wil hê nie. Al wat hy na smag, is liefde. Goed gemiddeld in alles op skool
Rachel – Sy het by haar pa en ouma groot geword. Sy het gedink haar ma is dood, maar dié daag eendag onverwags by die skool op. Rachel wou haar nie sien nie, omdat sy haar weggegooi het. Na ‘n ontmoeting met die ma en ‘n rukkie se gesels het die ma weer verdwyn. Die ouma is later oorlede en sy pas haar siek pa op
Petro – Sy en Erika is vriende. Erika het haar oor Petro ontferm. Petro het deur haar agtergrond baie issues en cope nie altyd met alles nie. Sy het by haar tannie en oom grootgeword. Hulle het finansieël baie gesukkel. Die tannie het een aand baie op haar geskreeu toe die oom uit was. Sy het vir haar gesê om te loop, sy is die oorsaak van al haar verdriet en die oom is te lief vir haar. Petro kon dit nie glo nie en het deur toe geloop. Die tannie het haar begin slaan, sy wou vlug maar die deur was gesluit. Dit het vir haar gevoel of die tannie haar wou doodslaan. Toe die oom terugkom, het sy by die deur uit gevlug. Sy is deur ‘n ander vrou hospitaal toe geneem, waarna sy kinderhuis toe is. Sy bly nou by pleegouers
Martha – Happy go lucky Martha. Engels. Die een wat alles eerste sal probeer. Sy steek, wel ‘n diepe seer weg. Was pregnant – aborteer. Willem se kind
Thabo – Engels en Afrikaans. Seun wat praat met krake in die vloer. Uiter soms net ‘n woord, onheilspellend. NB dat ras nie na vore kom nie. Hy moet ook die klimaks ontlont wanneer hy tot uitbarsting kom. Kan die gevoel van die onbekende en vrese in hom laat uitkom
3 Kops – 2 Polisiemanne & 1 polisievrou wat toesien dat orde in die sel gehandhaaf word.  Hulle het ook individuele ondervragings met van die karakters.

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A call to all our friendly helpful members 🙂

Hi Guys, last and definitely not lease, we’re needing anyone who is willing and able to help us out with front of house duties and to mark any specific duties you could do.
Most of the shows are well attended and we will need all the help we can get. The slots on the list are pretty empty still.

Thanks to all those who have already put in their names!

We generate some pretty good cash with the sweets and coffees, we gotta make sure we have people there selling them.
Find the Roster here: CLICK ME

Dracula Philippe Pringiers
18 July – 27 July
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Audition Notice: Double bill – 2 One act plays
‘Beware the Ides of March’
& ‘Bevange’
28 July.
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Dance After Dark – Balletopia 28 July – 17 Aug
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International School 18 Aug – 31 Aug
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Audition Notice: ‘Who Did You Say You Were?’
1 Sept 
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Carnival of the Hearts:
A Streetcar Named Desire
1 Sept – 22 Sept
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Who Did You Say You Were? Giles Scott
21 Oct – 3 Nov

 

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