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Masque Fundraising Christmas Fair

The Masque Theatre is in dire need of funds for a new roof and repairs to the air-conditioning.  Therefore, the theatre will hold a once-off  
Christmas Market

Sunday, 8 December 2013,
from 10:00 to 14:00
At the Masque Theatre,
37 Main Road, Muizenberg

* White Elephant Stall * Solar Lights and Décor * Beaded Jewellery * Diabetic Jams * Watercolours * Homemade Preserves * Boerewors Stand * Gifts Galore * CDs and DVDs * Charcoal Portraits * Books * Face Painting * Child Care * And many more!

Come and Join the Fun!

If you would like to donate any ‘White Elephant’ please contact Jane: f.h.d.society@gmail .com or 021 782 3608.  Donations to the book stall:  please contact Eve on  082 789 2281 or everon@absamail.co.za

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GASLIGHT NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY VOLUME 20, ISSUE 6 – NOVEMBER 2013
Hello everyone
This will be the last time you see this logo as the final curtain has come down on what was, without question, a brilliant show. The critics were unanimous in their praise. A couple visiting from Jo’burg wanted to know when the show was moving there so they could take their friends. And how’s this for a comment, sent to our website: My wife and I just loved your production of Guys and Dolls….the best musical we have ever seen…bar none…and yes we did see the London production. Congratulations to one and all.
Congratulations indeed. Everything came together so well: those on stage outdid themselves night after night; those backstage worked tirelessly managing the huge, but magnificent set; those in the pit were outstanding and contributed so much to the vibrancy of the production. The singing was great under Bill’s direction (not forgetting Garth’s contribution in the early weeks of rehearsal). And ultimately Kyla could feel very proud of her baby. Thanks to everyone involved!

 

The great sadness was that the show was not better supported by the Cape Town public. It certainly deserved support, but from a financial point of view, the Society is facing another significant loss. Taking into account the loss on last year’s production, we are going to have to be very cautious going into next year’s show.
Another sadness was that Michelle Galloway, who was to have shared the role of Adelaide with Laura Bosman, had an accident on stage two days before opening night and broke some bones in her foot. The usual encouragement to “Break a leg” was taboo for the rest of the show! Laura soldiered on for all 28 performances and did a wonderful job. But we feel for Michelle, and trust that her foot heals quickly and leaves no lingering effects.
Once the accounts for the show have been finalised, we will need to have a Production Account meeting at which we review and analyse all aspects of the show. You will be advised of date and place in due course.
And so, as we put one show to bed, another is in the process of stirring.
By the time you get this, auditions will be under way. If you still want a chance to audition, contact Issy immediately on 021 433 0923 after 3.00 pm weekdays, and any (reasonable) time over weekends. You can download the audition form from our website. Go to http://www.gands.co.za, click on ‘About Us’, then click on ‘Downloads’ and the ‘Oklahoma Audition Form’.
The tentative dates for this show are 19 July to 3 August 2014. Preliminary rehearsal information will be available at the auditions.
You’re invited – OPSKOP 2013!
Our end-of-year OPSKOP will be held this year on MONDAY 16 DECEMBER at the home of Laura Bosman in Pinelands (thanks so much Laura!). See details below. For the uninitiated, this is our closing social event of the year. Bring your meat and drink – we’ll supply the rest. If you can help with a half drum for braaiing, please let David Bolton know (0845880133). And so that we know how much salad and rolls to prepare, please RSVP to David by Friday 13th – or earlier if you’re wary of that date! (email address below.)
A NEW CONSTITUTION

A new constitution for the Society was approved at a Special General Meeting of members on Monday 18 November. It will be available soon for viewing on our website (go the same route as for the Audition Form, but click on ‘Our constitution’.) It is hoped that this new constitution will give us a form of governance more appropriate to the Society we have become, and enable us also to seek registration as an NPO, with some of the attendant benefits. Though that new constitution becomes effective immediately, the existing Exco has been mandated to continue steering the affairs of the Society until the AGM next year.

ANNUAL INTER-SOCIETY QUIZ
Our Society entered two teams in this year’s quiz, hosted by last year’s winners, Constantiaberg Theatre Players. We came very close to top and tailing the scoreboard, as our A team (consisting of Teddy, Lorna, Gwen and Cindy) triumphed gloriously, while our B team (Alastair, Adrian K, Irene Forbes and your scribe) rather ingloriously just managed to avoid last place. So well done to the A Team! Only trouble is that as this year’s winners, we have to host and organise next year’s quiz.

 

FROM SISTER SOCIETIES
Still time to catch the Ray Cooney farce “It Runs in the Family” from Milnerton Players at the Milnerton Playhouse. The play features a couple of our members in Cindy Nixon, Nigel Sweet and Sheila McCormick.
29 November-7 December, “Rope”, presented by Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque. Loosely based on the Leopold-Loeb case, where two young, privileged men murdered another young man just for the thrill of it, this riveting play is filled with typical Hitchcockian moments. Has a murder been committed? If so, where is the body? What was the motive? Don’t miss this thriller which will have you on the edge of your seat! Book through The Masque on 021 7881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za
Something different from Pinelands Players.….FLASHMOB THEATRE! On Saturday, 30 November 2013, at the First Pinelands Scout Hall, Lieske Bester and Debbie Gildenhuys will be directing a production in just one day! Between 08h00 and 17h00, with a break for lunch, they will cast, script, rehearse, costume, set-up, perform and strike a theatre performance. Participants will receive snacks and drinks during the day. A huge challenge for the directors and great fun for the participants. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the performance. More info at http://pinelandsplayers.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/theatre-in-a-day/ .
WEBSITE
Don’t forget to check out our website from time to time. Some great photos of Guys and Dolls. http://www.gands.co.za
That’s it. Try and get some rest during the holiday season and come back fresh for another year of theatrical enjoyment. And for those engaging in special religious celebrations during the next few weeks, be richly blessed.
Ken

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UPDATES!!!!

 

Lots more happening since the last newsletter ………….

 

AUDITION FOR OUR FIRST PRODUCTION IN 2014!

 

“FLAT SPIN”

A COMEDIC FARCE BY DEREK S. ROYLE

Directed By Wendy Goddard

AUDITION DATE:       Wednesday 27 November 2013 at 19:30

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

ENQUIRIES:               Wendy Goddard 083 414 7003 or wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za

DATES OF RUN:       14 to 22 March 2014 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

REHEARSALS:          Mondays, Wednesdays (19:30 – 22:00) and Saturdays (14:30 – 17:00) commencing Sat 7 December.  There will be a break from 19 Dec to 13 Jan.

SYNOPSIS:

The combination of a mouse, an aspirant model, an incompetent electrician, an Italian film director who can’t speak English and a walk-in cupboard make for hilarious situations which will leave the audience gasping for breath.

Mistaken identities and cover-ups abound in this uproariously funny farce revolving around the frantic efforts of a young couple to keep their marriage secret so that she can take a much needed job.

‘Flat Spin’ is classic British farce at its best – good, old-fashioned, fun entertainment.

CHARACTERS:

(Please note that this is an amateur production and there is no remuneration)

JANE KENWAY:         (25-40)            Lead. Jane is given the opportunity to become a photographic model, but needs to break the news to her husband gently.  The Advertising Agent does not employ married models, and this is where her trouble starts.

MICHAEL CARTER:   (20-80) Support.  Michael is a photographer and Jane’s upstairs neighbour. He pops in to borrow some milk while Jane is trying to catch a mouse, and this is where his trouble starts.

DAVID KENWAY         (25-55) Lead.  Jane’s husband.  David is an actor recently returned from a touring production which has been cut short.  The bills are piling up, he is looking for more work, and this is where his trouble starts.

MR DRAKE     (20-80) Support.  Advertising Agent. Elegant and charming. Even though he is eccentric, he is lovable and nice.  His client has fled to Paris with her lover, and this is where his trouble starts.

VIRGINIA LORD:         (20-35)            Cameo. Very attractive young lady.  An actress friend of David’s looking for a place to stay for a few days, and this is where her trouble starts.  .

MRS CHATHAM:         (20-80) Cameo. Lovely character role.  Comes to see Jane about some clothes Jane is selling. This is where she starts to make trouble.

WENDY WILSON:      (20-80) Support.  Lovely character role – hearty, arty type. Inept photographic assistant who calls herself the ‘lighting expert’.  This is where she starts to make trouble. Can also be played by a man.

BRIGADIER SIR RICHARD KENWAY: (45-80) Support. David’s uncle.  He brings Dino to meet David, on their way to the airport.  This is where his trouble starts. Must be able to fake speaking Italian.

DINO GIOVANNI:        (25-80) Support. Italian Film Director who cannot speak English.  Richard asks him if they can pop in to see David on the way to the airport.  He has no idea that there is any trouble at all.  Must be able to speak Italian convincingly.  Tuition will be provided if necessary.

POLICE SERGEANT  (20-80) Male or female.  Cameo. Responds to Mrs Chatham’s report of a murder.  This is where his/her trouble starts.

No accents are required except for Dino. If you cannot make the audition on Wednesday 27 November, please contact Wendy to make arrangements for an alternative date.

We also need a great crew for what promises to be a wonderful production.  If you would like to join the team (Production Secretary, Rehearsal Prompt, Stage Manager, Props Manager, Lighting and Sound Design or Operator), please let Wendy know.

 

LAUNCH OF THE MASQUE THEATRE’S NEW VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME

 

The Masque Theatre is launching a newly structured Volunteer Programme aimed at:

Managing and supporting our existing volunteers more effectively,  recruiting and training new volunteers, and offering our patrons, both audiences and producers, a highly professional and efficient service.

Come along and hear about our exciting plans for 2014 and how you will be a part of them!

We also want to say a very big THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers for your fantastic support during 2013.

When? Sunday 15 December at 7.30pm                                Where? Masque Theatre Foyer

First drink is on the house, thereafter a cash bar. Light snacks will be served.  RSVP by Friday, 6 December to Jane Cohen on jane@masquetheatre.co.za or telephone the theatre at 021-788 6999

 

So that was the “NEW” news and here’s a couple of reminders ………

 

Saturday, 23 November, from 20h00: KARAOKE & DANCE presented by Hayley and Gary Fargher in the theatre foyer.  This will be an evening not to be missed!  Come sing and dance the night away while helping the Masque Theatre raise funds for its new roof and aircon system.  Come dressed as your favourite artist, and enjoy an evening filled with good music and many laughs.  Gary Fargher will be churning out the hits and there will be a cash bar and snacks available.  Hayley Fargher will be the hostess for this great evening of fun, music and dance!  Tickets cost a mere R50.

 

Sunday, 8 December 2013 is our CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET FUNDRAISING FAIR from 10am to 2pm in the Masque Foyer.  To book your stand at a cost of R50 contact Margi Blewett, cell 0836286295.  To donate goodies for the White Elephant Stall contact Jane Philbrick on 021 7823608 or f.h.d.society@gmail .com.  To donate books for the Book Stall contact me, Eve, on

021 7977286 (a/h) or 0827892281 or everon@absamail.co.za

AND SPREAD THE WORD!!!

 

Our FESTIVE BIRTHDAY BASH is on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 19h30 at a cost of R10.

Dress for celebrating and please bring a small gift (max R20) for distribution – just mark it male/female/neutral.  It will be a great social evening interspersed with entertainment drawn from a hat!!  Yes, we want YOU, our members to put your contribution into a hat (with your name on, don’t forget!!) and we will pull out names during the evening!  Let us have your theatrical “Funnies & Faux Pas” experiences please!  RSVP to Wendy Morling by Friday, 6 Dec – you can phone on 0834628242 or email home@morling.co.za.

 

TEA WITH THE MASQUE THEATRE MANAGER in the Theatre Foyer on Sunday, 22 December 2013 at 15h00.  Nico Dreyer will be reporting on the Creative Economy Conference attended in October and answering general questions relating to the Theatre.  Please telephone the theatre (or email masq-th@mweb.co.za) by 15 December to let Nico or Hayley know if you can make it.

 

ROPE, our last production of the year at the Masque from 29 November to 7 December!!

Make sure you book!!

I’m sure I’ll see you all at the theatre very soon – for one event or another!

Eve

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Claremont Chat

November  2013 – Number 126


 

Hi All,

 

Summer holidays are so close I can smell the sea and suntan lotion.  “One of these mornings, you’re going to rise up singing, then you’ll spread your wings, and you’ll take to the sky.”  What a year we have had and there is still so much to see and do before we dive head first into Christmas time debauchery.

 

Christmas Party! 1 December 2013:

 

Our last member’s event will take place on Sunday 1 of December at the Hok at 4pm. A new Christmas play, entitled Scrood, written by Delaney Carpenter, this absurd spoof promise to be a loony look at Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol. Followed by a braai, bring (own meat) and braai, the committee will supply salads and rolls. The bar will be open, but feel free to bring your own drinks. Please RSVP to Pam: Tel: 021 657 5793 Cell: 082 488 0442 email: PamB@Masterparts.com ASAP, but definitely before Wednesday 27 November. Don’t miss this chance to see some exciting new theatre, an mingle with fellow thespians and reflect on a year well spent.

 

Audition 1

 

The Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society will be holding auditions for a new lavish production of Oklahoma!, which will run in the Artscape Opera House from 19 July to 3 August 2014 and will be accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.  The show will be directed by Teddy Davies with musical direction by Alastair Cockburn and choreography by Kyla Thorburn.  Auditions will take place at Artscape on Saturday, 23 November for Chorus (recall 8 December); Saturday, 30 November for Principal Characters and Sunday, 8 December for specialist dancers.  For more information and instructions, look here: http://www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za/news/10/general/audition-notice-oklahoma#.Und05VNi0Zk

 

Audition 2

 

‘FLAT SPIN’ A comedic farce by Derek S. Royle. Directed by Wendy Goddard for Muizenberg Dramatic Society. Wednesday 27 November at 19:30.

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

PRODUCTION DATES:  14-22 March 2014, at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg.

ENQUIRIES:  Wendy Goddard 083 414 7003 or wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za

 

The combination of a mouse, an aspirant model, an incompetent electrician, an Italian film director who can’t speak English and a walk-in cupboard make for hilarious situations which will leave the audience gasping for breath.

 

Mistaken identities and cover-ups abound in this uproariously funny farce revolving around the frantic efforts of a young couple to keep their marriage secret so that she can take a much needed job.

 

‘Flat Spin’ is classic British farce at its best – good, old-fashioned, fun entertainment.

 

More information here:  http://www.mads.co.za/auditions.html

 

Audition 3

 

HERE LIES JEREMY TROY By Jack Sharkey. Direction: Mari Mocke

 

Milnerton Playhouse, Sunday 8 December, 13.30 for 14.00 . Production dates: March 2014

This farce revolves around the main character, Jeremy Troy, who has led his wife, his boss, and his friends, to believe that he is a qualified lawyer. Because one of the partners in the law firm for which he works, has recently died, Jeremy is hoping that he will be promoted to take that person’s place. He has therefore invited his boss, Mr. Sven Ivorsen, who has never met his wife, Kathryn, to dinner.

 

Charlie Bickle, a friend whom Jeremy has not seen for a long time, turns up unexpectedly at Jeremy’s home, intending to talk his way into being accommodated there for a period of time. Charlie is an artist and he hires Tina Winslow, a model, to come over to Jeremy’s house to sit for a portrait.

 

Initially Jeremy and Kate are in and out of the house, and there is a merry mix-up before the important dinner-date, during which time it is suggested that the model pretends to be the wife, Kathryn, whom she has also never met, and to prepare the dinner for the boss. When Kate returns before dinner, she is totally confused by the situation and thinks that her husband has been having an affair with Tina behind her back. 

 

However, all’s well that ends well and within all the comedy action there is also a love story.

For further information please contact the director, Mari Mocke. 021 556 2415 or 082 708 4794 E-mail: mari.mocke@telkomsa.net

 

Inter-society Quiz

 

Claremont attained a very respectable second place (thanks to Ruth Allsopp), allowing G&S the honour of taking first place…and hosting next year’s quiz.  Thank you to Constantiaberg for hosting a fun evening with a wonderfully diverse range of questions

 

Henceforward…

 

Our final production of the year, ‘Henceforward…’ has come and gone.  Despite good reviews, audiences weren’t as good as we’d hoped for, but we still managed to cover our costs.  Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved – backstage, onstage, and front-of-house.

 

Tea for two…

Dear Society Chair, Committee & Society Member!

You are invited to Tea with the Theatre Manager

On

22 December 2013 at 15h00

At

The Masque Theatre Foyer

Why?

To report back on the Creative Economy Conference attended in October & to answer general questions relating to the Masque Theatre

RSVP

By latest 15 December 2013

 

Masque Fundraiser 1

 

Starting at 20h00 this Saturday, 23 November, there will be a Karaoke & Dance presented by Hayley and Gary Fargher in the theatre foyer.  This will be an evening not to be missed!  Come sing and dance the night away while helping the Masque Theatre raise funds for its new roof and aircon system.  Come dressed as your favourite artist, and enjoy an evening filled with good music and many laughs.  Gary Fargher will be churning out the hits and there will be a cash bar and snacks available.  Hayley Fargher will be the hostess for this great evening of fun, music and dance!  Tickets cost a mere R50.

 

Masque Fundraiser 2

 

 

MASQUE FUNDRAISING CHRISTMAS FAIR

Date: Sunday 8 December
Time: 10:00 until 14:00
Venue: Masque Theatre foyer and verandah

Come and find the perfect stocking stuffer – over 20 stands of crafts, bric-a-brac, yummy food, White Elephant, books, CDs and more.

There will be a child-minding service, so you can browse at leisure.

If you would like to donate any ‘White Elephant’ please contact Jane: f.h.d.society@gmail .com or 021 782 3608.  Donations to the book stall:  please contact Eve on  0827892281 or everon@absamail.co.za!!

 

Volunteers

 

YOU ARE INVITED

LAUNCH OF THE MASQUE THEATRE’S NEW VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME

 

The Masque Theatre is launching a newly structured Volunteer Programme aimed at

managing and supporting our existing volunteers more effectively, recruiting and training new volunteers, and offering our patrons, both audiences and producers, a highly professional and efficient service.

 

Come along and hear about our exciting plans for 2014 and how you will be a part of them!

 

We also want to say a very big THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers for your fantastic support during 2013.

 

When: Sunday 15 December at 7.30pm

Where: Masque Theatre Foyer

 

First drink is on the house, thereafter a cash bar. Light snacks will be served.

 

RSVP:        Jane Cohen                           jane@masquetheatre.co.za

Or telephone the theatre at 021-788 6999 by Friday 6 December please

 

Calendar

 

23 Nov – 8 Dec          Oklahoma! Auditions

 

22 Nov – 7 Dec          It Runs in the Family by Ray Cooney.  Directed by Johan van der Merwe for Milnerton Players

 

23 November             20:00 Karaoke and Dance Masque fundraiser

 

27 November             Flat Spin audition

 

29 Nov – 7 Dec          Rope by Alfred Hitchcock.  Directed by Alastair Duff for Muizenberg Dramatic Society

 

30 November             Pinelands Players Flashmob.  More details here:  http://pinelandsplayers.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/theatre-in-a-day/

 

1 December               16:00 – CDS Christmas Party! Scrood – A New Christmas story by Delaney Carpenter

 

8 December               Masque Fundraising Christmas Fair.

 

8 December               Here Lies Jeremy Troy audition

 

15 December             Masque Volunteer Programme Launch

 

22 December             15:00 Tea with the Theatre Manager

 

For the theatre one needs long arms… an artiste with short arms can never make a fine gesture.

-Sarah Bernhardt

 

All my love,

 

Sheldon Cross

 

 

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AUDITION NOTICE

 

‘FLAT SPIN’

 

A COMEDIC FARCE BY DEREK S. ROYLE

 

Directed by Wendy Goddard for Muizenberg Dramatic Society

 

DATE:             Wednesday 27 November

 

TIME:              19:30

 

VENUE:          Rendezvous (Old Zandvlei Bowling Club),

57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg

 

PRODUCTION DATES:  14-22 March 2014, at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg.

 

ENQUIRIES:  Wendy Goddard 083 414 7003 or wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za

 

Rehearsals start Saturday 7 December.  There will be a break from 19 December to 13 January.  Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 19:30 to 22:00, and Saturdays from 14:30 to 17:00

 

SYNOPSIS:

 

The combination of a mouse, an aspirant model, an incompetent electrician, an Italian film director who can’t speak English and a walk-in cupboard make for hilarious situations which will leave the audience gasping for breath.

 

Mistaken identities and cover-ups abound in this uproariously funny farce revolving around the frantic efforts of a young couple to keep their marriage secret so that she can take a much needed job.

 

‘Flat Spin’ is classic British farce at its best – good, old-fashioned, fun entertainment.

 

CHARACTERS:

 

JANE KENWAY:                   (25-40)            Lead. Jane is given the opportunity to become a photographic model, but needs to break the news to her husband gently.  The Advertising Agent does not employ married models, and this is where her trouble starts.

 

MICHAEL CARTER:              (20-80) Support.  Michael is a photographer and Jane’s upstairs neighbour. He pops in to borrow some milk while Jane is trying to catch a mouse, and this is where his trouble starts.

 

DAVID KENWAY                 (25-55) Lead.  Jane’s husband.  David is an actor recently returned from a touring production which has been cut short.  The bills are piling up, he is looking for more work, and this is where his trouble starts.

 

MR DRAKE                            (20-80) Support.  Advertising Agent. Elegant and charming. Even though he is eccentric, he is lovable and nice.  His client has fled to Paris with her lover, and this is where his trouble starts.

 

VIRGINIA LORD:                  (20-35)            Cameo. Very attractive young lady.  An actress friend of David’s looking for a place to stay for a few days, and this is where her trouble starts.  .

 

MRS CHATHAM:                   (20-80) Cameo. Lovely character role.  Comes to see Jane about some clothes Jane is selling. This is where she starts to make trouble.

 

WENDY WILSON:                (20-80) Support.  Lovely character role – hearty, arty type. Inept photographic assistant who calls herself the ‘lighting expert’.  This is where she starts to make trouble. Can also be played by a man.

 

BRIGADIER SIR RICHARD KENWAY: (45-80) Support. David’s uncle.  He brings Dino to meet David, on their way to the airport.  This is where his trouble starts. Must be able to fake speaking Italian.

 

DINO GIOVANNI:                 (25-80) Support. Italian Film Director who cannot speak English.  Richard asks him if they can pop in to see David on the way to the airport.  He has no idea that there is any trouble at all.  Must be able to speak Italian convincingly.  Tuition will be provided if necessary.

 

POLICE SERGEANT             (20-80) Male or female.  Cameo. Responds to Mrs Chatham’s report of a murder.  This is where his/her trouble starts.

 

No accents are required except for Dino. If you cannot make the audition on Wednesday 27 November, please contact Wendy to make arrangements for an alternative date.

 

We also need a great crew for what promises to be a wonderful production.  If you would like to join the team (Production Secretary, Rehearsal Prompt, Stage Manager, Props Manager, Lighting and Sound Design or Operator), please let Wendy know.

 

Please note that this is an amateur production and there is no remuneration.

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IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY will have you laughing all the way to Christmas

 

The latest production at the Milnerton Playhouse is one that will have you laughing all the way to Christmas!

IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY by Ray Cooney is a farce in true Cooney style and takes place from 22 November to the 7 December and is directed by Johann van der Merwe.

 

Set in a London hospital a couple of days before Christmas, it’s full of ridiculously improbable situations and mistaken identities, guaranteed to have audiences rolling in the aisles.

And a taste of the story is enough to have you laughing! There is chaos at St. Andrew’s Hospital, London! Dr. David Mortimore is about to address a neurologists’ convention, which could earn him a knighthood. However, an old flame, Jane Tate, arrives and announces that their liaison years ago resulted in a son, Leslie, who is downstairs and desperate to meet his father. With the chairperson of the board, Lady Penelope Drake popping in and out with anxiety, and trying to hide this catastrophic news from his wife, David is forced to invent two non-existent husbands for Jane, as well as two non-existent matrons – all with the help of his hapless two colleagues. Events are further complicated with the presence of an inquisitive police sergeant, a dog called Leslie too, a senile wandering patient, a syringe full of tranquillizer that lands up in the real matron’s backside and the costumes for the annual hospital pantomime!

 

The large cast includes Neil Leachman, Willy Sass, Wayne Hendricks, Elizabeth Van Der Merwe, Cindy Nixon, Veronica Suckling, Kiara Havanga, Nigel Sweet, Timothy Coetzer, Andy McPherson & Sheila McCormick

 

Details:

Evenings: 22, 29 November and 5, 6 December at 8:00pm

23, 30 November and 7 December at 7:30 pm

Matinees: 30 November and 7 December at 2:00pm

 

Venue: Milnerton Playhouse, Pienaar Road, Milnerton (behind the library)

Bookings: online www.milnertonplayers.com

Email: bookings@milnertonplayers.com

Telephone: 082 267 1061

 

* AUDITION *

Milnerton Playhouse

Sunday 8 December

13.30 for 14.00

 

HERE LIES JEREMY TROY

By Jack Sharkey

 

Direction: Mari Mocke

 

Production dates: March 2014

 

This farce revolves around the main character, Jeremy Troy, who has led his wife, his boss, and his friends, to believe that he is a qualified lawyer. Because one of the partners in the law firm for which he works, has recently died, Jeremy is hoping that he will be promoted to take that person’s place. He has therefore invited his boss, Mr. Sven Ivorsen, who has never met his wife, Kathryn, to dinner.

Charlie Bickle, a friend whom Jeremy has not seen for a long time, turns up unexpectedly at Jeremy’s home, intending to talk his way into being accommodated there for a period of time. Charlie is an artist and he hires Tina Winslow, a model, to come over to Jeremy’s house to sit for a portrait.

Initially Jeremy and Kate are in and out of the house, and there is a merry mix-up before the important dinner-date, during which time it is suggested that the model pretends to be the wife, Kathryn, whom she has also never met, and to prepare the dinner for the boss. When Kate returns before dinner, she is totally confused by the situation and thinks that her husband has been having an affair with Tina behind her back. 

However, all’s well that ends well and within all the comedy action there is also a love story.

 

CAST REQUIRED:

 

JEREMY TROY: Outgoing, handsome – Early 30’s. (Large part)

 

KATHRYN TROY: Jeremy’s wife. Prettily feminine – Late 20’s. (Large part)

 

CHARLIE BICKLE: An old friend of Jeremy’s. Extrovert, artist – Early 30’s. (Large part)

 

TINA WINSLOW: Undergraduate model. Petite & attractive, easily excitable –

                          Early 20’s. (Large part)

 

SVEN IVORSEN:Jeremy’s lawyer boss. Middle-aged,suave. Enjoys high society.(Medium part)

 

Backstage & technical people will also be required for stage management, props, costumes, lighting & sound design & operation, set building & painting and rehearsal prompt.

 

For further information please contact the director, Mari Mocke.

021 556 2415 or 082 708 4794

E-mail: mari.mocke@telkomsa.net

 

 

 

 

Warm regards

Beryl

 

 

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GASLIGHT SPECIAL

NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY

SPECIAL AUDITION EDITION

AUDITIONS

 As previously announced, for our 2014 musical production, the Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society will be staging a new lavish production of Oklahoma! in the Artscape Opera House from 19 July to 3 August 2014 accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today.  Here the evergreen songs including  Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’;   People Will Say We’re in Love;   The Surrey With the Fringe on Top;   Many a New Day;   Out of My Dreams,  as well as vibrant dance numbers and a charming story have been triumphantly blended into one of the masterpieces of musical theatre.

The show will be staged and directed by Teddy Davies with musical direction by Alastair Cockburn and choreography by Kyla Thorburn – all musical theatre multi-award winners.

And now  – all you need to know about the forthcoming auditions:

 

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES

 

All auditions will take place at Artscape as follows:

 

  1. Saturday, 23rd November:  All auditions for the Chorus.  Prospective chorus members are required to sing a song of their own choice from a classical musical in similar style to “Oklahoma!”  Please refer to the attached cast list to identify the various categories/types of characters required for the chorus.
  1. Saturday, 30th November:  All auditions for Principal Characters.  Prospective Principals are required to sing a song from Oklahoma! if possible, or alternatively, any other classical musical in similar style.  It will be advantageous to choose a song which matches the character that you are auditioning for.  Please refer to the attached cast list for a complete breakdown of all the characters in the show.
  1. Sunday, 8th December (morning):  Auditions for all prospective specialist dancers.
  1. Further recall auditions etc. will be held in addition to the above.  Please refer to the table below for a complete overview of all the auditions times:

 

Date

 

Time frame

Audition

Room No.

Saturday, 23rd November 10h00 to 13h00

14h00 to 17h00

Chorus Singing Audition

Chorus Singing Audition cont.

RR 308
Saturday, 30th November 10h00 to 13h00

14h00 to 17h00

Principals Singing / Dialogue Audition

Principals Singing / Dialogue Audition cont.

Music Room 306
Sunday 1st December 12h00 to 17h00 Principals Recall Workshop Music Room 306
Saturday 7th December 14h00 to 17h00 Principals Recall Audition Music Room 306
Sunday 8th December 10h00 to 13h00

14h00 to 17h00

Dancers Audition

Chorus Recall Audition

RR 301

RR 301

 

Important notes for Auditionees:

 

  1. 1.      When attending your audition, all auditionees should arrive with a prepared song and, if the song is not from “Oklahoma!”, the full sheet music accompaniment must be provided to the accompanist. 
  2. 2.      With regard to Chorus auditions, it is likely that the audition panel will only listen to a portion of the prepared song in initially assessing voices.
  3. 3.      Please complete the audition form which can be downloaded from the G&S Society’s website, www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za/aboutus/downloads  and bring it with you to your audition.

 

PROCEDURE FOR BOOKING YOUR AUDITION SLOT

 

  1. Telephone the audition administrator, Issy Silbowitz, on 021 433 0923 from 3pm onwards on weekdays, and anytime on weekends.
  2. Please furnish him with your full name and contact details (telephone numbers and email address);
  3. Inform him what you wish to audition for and if you have a personal preference, the sort of time frame (morning or afternoon) in which you could be available. Please bear in mind that any request for a personal time is subject to available slots.

 

CAST FOR OKLAHOMA!

Character

Description

Age Range

Role Type

Voice Range

Notes

Aunt Eller Murphy A middle-aged down-to-earth ‘mother to everyone’.   She is Laurey’s aunt and confidante.   She is a respected community leader. 40 – 60 Comedy Mezzo  

Character

Description

Age Range

Role Type

Voice Range

Notes

Laurey Williams Her niece.   An independent young lady who is confused about her feelings for Curly and too innocent to realise that her “involvement” with Jud could lead to serious trouble. 18 – 25 Romantic female lead Soprano  
Curly McLain A handsome young cowboy madly in love with Laurey.   His heart is in the right place and he is strong in facing up to Jud. 22 – 32 Romantic male lead Light Baritone  
Jud Fry The hired hand on Aunt Eller’s farm.   Sullen, mysterious and sinister.   He lives a depressive existence in the smoke-house – a dangerous loner disliked by everyone. 27 – 38 Dramatic Baritone  
Will Parker A young cowboy who is determined to win Ado Annie.  He has a pleasant happy-go-lucky disposition. 25 – 35 Comedy Tenor A song and dance man
Ado Annie Carnes A flirtatious and gullible girl who cannot resist any man, particularly if a wedding ring is in prospect. 18 – 25 Comedy Soprano / Soubrette  
Andrew Carnes Her father and the local judge.  Very quick to brandish his shotgun! 50 – 65 Comedy / Dramatic Tenor A mature, older man. 
Gertie Cummings A local ditzy girl – another flirt whose presence is always announced by her ear-piercing laugh.   Like Annie, she just wants to get married to someone. 18 – 25 Comedy Cameo Non-singing

Role

 
Ali Hakim A Persian peddler and shrewd salesman.   A great one for the girls but not too adept at avoiding shotguns! 28 – 45 Comedy Baritone Sprechtgesang   –

(Speak-singing)

Ike Skidmore A ranch-house cowman. 40 – 65 Cameo Baritone A mature, older man
Cord Elam A farmer and Federal Marshall 45 – 65 Cameo Baritone A mature, older man
Slim and Fred Cowboy friends of Curly’s 20 – 35 Cameo Baritones  
Vivian, Ellen, Faye and Virginia Laurey’s special girlfriends 18 – 25 Cameo Sopranos  

CHORUS:

 
Younger Ladies Laurey’s friends, farmer’s daughters and the ranchers’ gals 18 – 30 Sopranos and Altos Dance training or experience in stage movement would be a recommendation.
Farmers and Cowmen’s wives / gals Mature ladies Sopranos and Altos No age restriction.
Cowboys Younger men – friends of Curly’s 20 – 35 Tenors and Basses Dance training or experience in stage movement would be a recommendation.
Farmers and Cowmen Mature men Tenors and Basses No age restriction
Children 2 boys and 2 girls 8 – 12 The girls must be dancers

DREAM BALLET CAST:

 
Laurey, Curly

and Jud

If “real principal characters” have formal dance training, they may be used for the “ballet characters” as well.
Dancers 6 x Girlfriends of Laurey’s /

6 x Cowboys /

6 x Female Music Hall Girls /

3 x “Poscard” Girls /

1 x Little Girl

Any “real chorus members” with formal dance training or experience will be considered for the “ballet characters” as well.
  • Trained dancers who audition for the principal roles of Laurey, Curly and Jud and the chorus parts of Laurey’s Girlfriends and the Cowboys, are requested to attend the Dance Audition as well;
  • Dancers with good singing voices will generally also be required to be part of the Chorus;
  • The cameo roles of Ike Skidmore, Cord Elam, Slim, Fred, Vivian, Ellen, Faye and Virginia also form part of the Chorus;
  • The full company except for Ali Hakim, Gertie Cummings and Jud Fry will sing the major “Oklahoma!” number in Act 2.

 

 

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NOVEMBER 2013
I am starting to put this together on the 5th of November which is of course ….. Guy Fawkes Day! And to my absolute amazement it appears that I have not delved into that in the last four years so that’s gonna be my “theme” this month, even tho’ you will only get it “after the fact”!! I’m not going to tell the whole story as you all KNOW that so I’m just finding some interesting bits ‘n pieces. To start us off … The only place in the UK that does not celebrate Guy Fawkes Night is St. Peter’s School in York. Guy Fawkes went there as a boy and they refuse to burn his image in respect for their former pupil.
PEOPLE’S POSTS
John Hitchcock had a knee replacement recently – hope you are on the mend, John! President Celia Musikanth directed The Wisdom of Eve for Fish Hoek Dramatic Society recently and shared a couple of interesting facts about previous Octobers with me: The new Masque opened on Sunday 13 October 14 years ago! Thursday 17 October was
exactly 16 years since the fire which burned it down! Celia directed her first show for MADS (The More the Merrier) in October 1988 – so this is her 25th year as a director!
Thanks to Raymond Rudolph who raised over R10,000 for the Masque with his show My Dog’s Got No Nose”.
Condolences to Michelle Knights on the death of her grandmother recently.

A very warm to new member Adala Prevost.

The rented cellar below the Houses of Parliament was filled with 36 barrels of gunpowder which would have completely destroyed the building and caused damage to buildings within a one mile radius of it. However, it is claimed that the gunpowder had actually “decayed” and, if it had been lit, would not have exploded!
MEMBERS’ EVENING

A Festive Birthday Bash!!!!!

That’s what our next members’ evening on 11 December 2013 is gonna be! It will kick-off at 19h30 and will cost you a miserly R10 which will include delectable food and great entertainment!! It’s a double celebration so dress accordingly and come armed with an appropriate song/poem/reading/whatever.
Please bring a small gift (max R20) for distribution – just mark it male/female/neutral so MISTER Am-dram doesn’t end up with the lace stockings and MS Am-dram with the aftershave (although with THIS crowd ……. who knows?!?!) Seriously though, this should be a fun evening and we would love a great turnout – yes, I KNOW December is the silly season and you’re busy!! Please let Wendy Morling know if you can make it by Friday, 6 December – you can phone her on 0834628242; or email home@morling.co.za.
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 R60 (Theatre Club members R50), Other Nights R70 (Theatre Club members R60). Bookings on 021 7881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za or at the theatre Mon-Fri, 09:30 to 16:00. (During run of shows also 9:30 to 12:00
on Saturdays)

Sun 1 Nov:  Natalie Meager in Song, a Twilight Soirée presented by Pieter Marais in the Masque Foyer. This operatic soprano will present a variety of songs from classics to modern by Bach, Puccini, Grieg, Reger as well as Folk songs and songs from popular Musicals. Supporting items will also be presented by twelve year old Caitlin Hallauer with children’s songs that will tug at your heartstrings and popular guitar and vocal music by members of the Bergvliet Music Centre. Show at 19:45 costs R70 (R60) and includes snacks. Other refreshments will be for sale.

18 – 22 Nov: The Parrot Woman, by award-winning playwright and director Charles J. Fourie, is presented by the Masque Theatre in association with Cape Theatre Ensemble in the Masque Foyer. The production features Leonard Moss and Adri van der Hoven in the roles of a British soldier and a Boer-woman who is held captive for the shocking murders of her husband and children. Set against the backdrop of the Anglo-Boer War of the previous century the bitter sweet love story has seen over fifteen different productions with various actors over the years and was last
staged in London and in Oxford. All performances are at 19h00 and tickets cost R75 with a 20% discount offered to pensioners and groups of 10 or more. Also stand a chance to win free tickets by visiting https://www.facebook.com/kaapteaterensemble.
22 Nov – 7 Dec: It Runs in the Family by Ray Cooney, directed by Johan van der Merwe for Milnerton Players at their Playhouse. An hilarious farce set in the doctors’ common room of a London hospital three days before Christmas. Deception, mistaken identities, double-entendres, puns and flapping doors fuel this high octane comedy! Shows 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 Nov at 20h00 and 14h00 on 30 Nov. Tickets from R70. Phone 0822671061 or see http://www.milnertonplayers.com.
29 Nov – 7 Dec:  Rope, presented by Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque. This was Alfred Hitchcock’s first colour film (1948), based on the play Rope’s End by Patrick Hamilton and Arthur Laurents’s crisp, suspenseful script
is ideal for adaptation for the stage. Loosely based on the Leopold-Loeb case, where two young, privileged men murdered another young man just for the thrill of it, this riveting play is filled with typical Hitchcockian moments. Has a murder been committed? If so, where is the body? What was the motive? Don’t miss this thriller which will have
you on the edge of your seat! Usual times and prices.

Sun 8 Dec:  Memories and Melodies for the Festive Season presented by Wendy Fine in the Masque Foyer. This world-renowned international soprano will be presenting her singers to enchant the audience with Christmas Carols, popular songs from the movies and light opera arias. These singers have sung at many theatres across Cape Town and beyond – getting standing ovations every time. Performance at 17h00 with tickets at R120 including light refreshments.  Proceeds will go to The Arc foundation to help them make Christmas a joyous occasion.
AUDITIONS
The Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society will be holding auditions for a new lavish production of Oklahoma!, which production will run in the Artscape Opera House from 19 July to 3 August 2014 and will be accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. The show will be directed by Teddy Davies with musical direction by Alastair Cockburn and
choreography by Kyla Thorburn. Auditions will take place at Artscape on Saturday, 23 November for Chorus (recall 8 December); Saturday, 30 November for Principal Characters and Sunday, 8 December for specialist dancers. For more info and instructions see http://www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za/news/10/general/audition-notice-oklahoma#.Und05VNi0Zk or contact Issy Silbowitz on 021 4330923 (3pm onwards on weekdays, and anytime on
weekends).
During his involvement in the Gunpowder Plot, Fawkes called himself John Johnson and when he was arrested and asked to give his name, this is the name he gave.
OTHER “THEATRICAL” HAPPENINGS

An exciting and innovative project by Pinelands Players….FLASHMOB THEATRE!!
On Saturday, 30 November 2013, at the First Pinelands Scout Hall, Lieske Bester and Debbie  Gildenhuys will be directing a production in just one day! Between 08h00 and 17h00, with a break for lunch, they will cast, script, rehearse, costume, set-up, perform and strike a theatre performance. As well as lunch, participants will receive snacks and drinks during the day. A huge challenge for the amazing directors and great fun for the participants. Prizes will be
awarded at the end of the performance. More info at http://pinelandsplayers.wordpress.com/
2013/10/14/theatre-in-a-day/.
Shirley St Clair-Long (a photographer) and her partner (a writer) are working on a text book for the education department and are looking for a few black actors: a boy of + 13, a girl of + 15 and a couple in their 40’s Contact her on 0834269191 or stcl@mweb.co.za.

You are invited to Tea with the Masque Theatre Manager in the Theatre Foyer on 22 December 2013 at 15h00!! Nico Dreyer will be reporting on the Creative Economy Conference attended in October answering general questions relating to the Theatre. Please telephone the theatre (or email masq-th@mweb.co.za) by 15 December to let Nico or Hayley know if you can make it.
Despite being involved in what is basically a terrorist plot, Guy Fawkes was named the 30th Greatest Briton in a poll conducted by the BBC in 2002.
BIRTHDAYS
Not sure who noticed (except for Joan Hitchcock!) but there was no newsletter in October (bad, BAD, Eve!) so we’re gonna have to do two lots of greetings this month!! I do hope the October-ers had a wonderful day. And there were HEAPS!!
03 Angela Lee Wright 04 Eve Carr 06 Belinda Batt
08 Daniel Enticott 10 Brenda Commins 11 Hein Kotze
13 Peter Sharp 14 Gillian Charman 15 John Hitchcock
22 Richard Higgs 23 Karen Riley 25 Jana Botha
A much smaller crop in November, however!! I found them some interesting S A facts!! The 8th is Richard Van Der Poll’s birthday on which day in 1887 the Johannesburg Stock Exchange was established to facilitate the explosion of trade sparked by the discovery of gold in the Witwatersrand. Anthony Storr-Lister turns a year older on the 15th. A little bit before his time (1899) on that date Winston Churchill was captured and imprisoned during the Anglo-Boer War. Angela Pratten’s birthday is on the 17th. Did you know that South Africa’s fourth State President
(from 1975 to 1978) was Nicolaas Johannes Diederichs who was born on this day in 1903? Rick Magnin rounds our November birthdays off on the 19th. On that date in 2003 South Africa announced its plans to spend R1,9 billion on antiretroviral drugs for AIDS patients.
Shortly after being discovered, Fawkes was taken to the King’s bedchamber to explain why he wanted to kill him and blow up Parliament. Fawkes calmly answered that he regarded the King as a disease since he had been  excommunicated by the Pope. He also explained that he needed such a huge quantity of gunpowder “To blow you Scotch beggars back to your own native mountains!”
FUNDRAISING FOR OUR THEATRE!!!
Starting at 20h00 on Saturday, 23 November, there will be a Karaoke & Dance presented by Hayley and Gary Fargher in the theatre foyer. This will be an evening not to be missed! Come sing and dance the night away while helping the Masque Theatre raise funds for its new roof and aircon system. Come dressed as your favourite artist, and enjoy an evening filled with good music and many laughs. Gary Fargher will be churning out the hits and there will be a cash bar and snacks available. Hayley Fargher will be the hostess for this great evening of fun, music and dance! Tickets cost a mere R50.
And on Sunday, 8 December 2013 in the Masque Foyer ……….
A Christmas Craft Market
Fundraising Fair
from 10am to 2pm

Many thanks to Mike Moss for designing the delightful logo!

There are MYRIADS of ways you can become involved!!

First, if you are the “crafty” type – take up your chosen materials and craft and hire space for a stand at the cost R50 (proceeds of hire to go to the Masque Theatre). The stands (to be provided by the crafter) of 2.5 meters will be erected in the Foyer and on the veranda. There will be car watch provided so parking will not be an issue. Please
contact Margi Blewett, cell 083 628 6295, for more info on this. Secondly, for those who do not have nimble fingers or brains, FHDS will be having a White Elephant Stall, so please dust off your “White Elephants” and contact Jane Philbrick on f.h.d.society@gmail .com or 021 7823608 to arrange for delivery/collection.
Thirdly, MADS will be manning a Book Stall and we need donations for that so please rationalise your book shelves and contact me, Eve, on 021 7977286 (a/h) or 0827892281 or everon@absamail.co.za, to make arrangements.
LASTLY, spread the word that this event will be taking place and make sure you arrive with family and friends galore on the day – with gazillions in your pockets! A good place to buy Xmas presents! There will be plenty of parking and Nicky Enticott is organising babysitting (storytelling, face painting, games, etc) at R10 an hour.

Nowadays many people tend to refer to a man as a “guy”. Originally, guy was a term for an “ugly, repulsive person” in reference to Guy Fawkes. Straw effigies made of Guy Fawkes and thrown onto bonfires to remember the Gunpowder Plot were also known as “guys”. Over time “guy” began to be used as a term for a man (possibly as a half-meant
insult), and is a word in common use today.
QUIZ
Thanks to Constantiaberg Theatre Players for a well-organised and entertaining quiz night on 13 October!! The Gilbert & Sullivan Society walked away with the Golden Duck Trophy for coming in first. MADS entered two teams which came a respectable 4th and 5th. Well done guys!!
How many Apple employees does it take to flame Guy Fawkes?
One to light the match and four to design the t-shirt!
OUR NEXT PRODUCTION!!
The members of your committee are all very excited about our next production, Rope, which moves into the Masque on Sunday, 17 November!! No less than FIVE committee members are directly involved in this production – Alastair directing, Barbara, myself and John acting, Wendy prompting!! And, of course, the other committee members are making sure the wheels run smoothly. Full details are in the calendar elsewhere in this newsletter but there are lots of ways you can be involved – if you have not yet been approached to assist PLEASE volunteer your services – there are lots of slots to be filled!! For bar, contact Nico Dreyer at the theatre; for teas/sweets contact Dawn Scholtz on dawn_scholtz@hotmail.com or 021 794 1119; for Foyer Manager contact Raymond and for Box Office contact
John (their details are at the end of this newsletter). And you can pop along after 10 on move-in Sunday and share in the fun of set-building!

A policeman arrested two kids:

One for drinking battery acid, the other for eating fireworks.
He charged one and let the other off!

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Yup, can you believe it, another AGM is just around the corner! You will receive “official” notification shortly but please diarise Wednesday 29 January 2014. And we PROMISE the “business” won’t take as long as this year’s!! If you won an award last year and still have the trophy ………. please can we have it back!?!?

And to end a little more seriously with this month’s theme …

Even today, before the State Opening of Parliament, the Yeomen of the Guard search the cellars of the Palace of Westminster – where Fawkes was discovered and arrested – to ensure that there is no repeat of the Gunpowder Conspiracy.
Bye for now, Eve

Our Website: http://www.mads.co.za
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ADLIB
The official newsletter of Pinelands Players
Established 1948 and incorporating The Cape Town Repertory Theatre society
DEAR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS,
So, while June is away cruising the high seas on the MSC Opera, I have been called on to fill the gap and keep you updated on the comings and goings of Pinelands Players over the last month or so.
Hope you enjoy, Tina
We have had quite an exciting October with the launch of our Clubhouse Theatre with an evening of one act plays. Both plays were original pieces written by Graham Leverton, and the conversion of the clubhouse into a small 40 seater theatre was thanks to the work of the committee members. A stage was built, lighting and sound rigged up, the walls were painted, windows blacked out, curtains hung and voila! a theatre. Attendance was great with opening night full and only couple of empty seats on Friday and Saturday. It was an exciting project/experiment and we are pleased that it worked out so well.
So watch this space for other productions in our Clubhouse theatre.

“What a fun evening and experience to direct .”
– Graham Leverton
THE PLAYS
The 2 plays, Sink or swim and The Interview, were directed by Graham Leverton and the cast included some newcomers to the stage and Pinelands Players. We are thrilled to have new faces on stage.Welcome to David Craig,
Michael Davids and Kyle Alexander. The rest of the cast was made of Graham himself and a Pinelands Player regular Greg Tinney.
CHRISTMAS PARTY
Friday 13 December
7 pm till late.
At the clubhouse
An evening of Karaoke!
Don’t forget your Secret Santa gift for R20 to put under the tree.  Snacks and cash bar available

FLASHMOB THEATRE
Another exciting and innovative project by Pinelands Players.
What it’s all about?
In order to get more people involved in theatre we are inviting people to participate in a creative production at the First Pinelands Scout hall on the 30th November. The production will be done in just one day, from rehearsal to performance between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. with a break for lunch. We have called on Lieske Bester and Debbie Gildenhuys to direct the production for us. A huge challenge for our amazing directors and great fun for the participants. If you wish to participate the entrance form is available in our website or send your details to me (bgough@telkomsa.net)by the 15th November. There is no charge to participate. There will be a nominal fee for people who would like to watch. Boerewors rolls and soft drinks will be on sale.
2014 PRODUCTIONS
The dates and venues have been confirmed!
• The Candlelight supper theatre will be held at the Town Hall for 6 performances : 26 June – 4 July
• The full musical will be staged at the Magnet theatre, an interesting space in the centre of vibrant Obs. The theatre has raked seating capacity for 150. There are limitations with regards to the stage settings so creativity will be required.

Dates are 28 september – 18 october
1 week move in and 15 performances
To present a proposal please contact Tanya March on tanya@march.za.net

 

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Dear Members and Friends, 

Congratulations to Giles and the cast and crew for an excellent production in “Who Did You Say You Were?” Whilst the houses weren’t quite as big as we would have liked, the show made a nice contribution to theatre funds.

A big thank you in advance to Bob Connell for organising the “Tribute to the Shadows” Show coming up on the 22nd and 23rd November. The funds from this show will go to repairing the Stage floor. So we would really like to see full houses.

The floor project starts on the 17th December, and hopefully will be completed by 22nd January.

In December “Cinderella van die Kaap” hits the stage. This is in effect a pantomime and the children and young at heart will really enjoy this local take on a classic fairy tale.

Once again thanks to everyone for their continued support. 2013 has definitely been a year of growth for the Society.

See you at the Theatre,

Regards

Lindsay S.
Chairman!
See you at the theatre!


A Playhouse Fundraiser performance!

All proceeds go towards much needed repairs of the stage floor.

The band consists of Dave Mason, John Ralphs, Duncan Combe and his two daughters Inga & Jeane with Bob Connell on vocals.

Friday 22 November
Saturday 23 November
Both starting at 20h00

R85 (being a fundraiser we decided to not do any discounts)
CLICK ME TO BUY THROUGH COMPUTICKET

Please come and support this show which promises to be greatly entertaining and will help us fix the floor over the holidays.


and Carnivals of the Heart Presents:
Cape Town’s Fairy Tale series begins on
Tamatie Straat…

Cinderella van die Kaap

The Panto-musical by Darryl Spijkers performed by the students of Hottentots Holland High School.

Friday Dec 6 @ 19h00
Saturday Dec 7 @ 19h00
Sunday Dec 8 @ 14h30
Wednesday Dec 11 @ 10h00 and 14h30
Thursday Dec 12 @ 10h00 and 14h30
Friday Dec 13 @ 19h00
Saturday Dec 14 @ 19h00
Sunday Dec 15 @ 14h30
Monday Dec 16 @ 14h30 and 19h00

You’ll love, you’ll cry and you won’t forget it.

R50, book at Computicket

AUDITION
NOTICE:

for HHDS Production of
Harper Lee’s classic

To Kill a Mockingbird
The Musical

SUNDAY 24 November at THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE in Somerset West

CHORUS ONLY 6pm
Lead Children 6.30pm
Lead Adults 7.30pm

DIRECTOR –
Darryl Spijkers for HHDS
SHOW DATES:
6 – 17 MAY 2014 

Rehearsals begin at the END OF JANUARY

To audition just come along and register at the door.
Email with any queries.
thedashingwriter@gmail.com

Notes:
CALLING ALL AGES AND RACES…. A warming historic piece.

Preparation: For a main part please prepare any monologue / poem or prose in an America accent. Singing will enhance your chances of getting certain lead roles which do sing. Please prepare a verse and chorus from a musical number. You will be asked to read and learn a song if called back. If you only wish to sing in the chorus, please come at 6pm.

CHORUS: This cast needs a black / coloured and white non-speaking chorus of men, women and children (size dependant on casting). No acting experience required.
Accents: Characters speaking all have American South accents.

Leads: Not all leads sing. Singing will however be required for certain roles TBA at Audition.

List of Speaking Parts(Singing parts TBA)


Shiraz: Thursday – Saturday 8th & 9th November

Ira: Sunday – Tuesday 11th & 12th November

Amanda Peacefull: 24th November

Cinderella van die Kaap: 8th – 20th December

 
 

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