Archive for December, 2013

Dear Friends and Members,
I hope you’re all enjoying the warm weather and festive atmosphere that’s finally arrived. As the year winds down, the Masque Theatre is the place to be this December, with the upcoming craft market on the 8th of December, and the volunteer programme launch on the 15th of December!
Masque News
 The karaoke fundraiser, held on 23 November 2013, was a huge success, and all who attended had a fantastic time.
 The Christmas Crafts Fair will be held on 8th December, from 10:00 – 14:00, with plenty of crafty goods to peruse, and a childrens entertainment area for those with little ones.
 The Volunteer Programme will launch on the 15th of December at 19:30 in the Masque Foyer. Come enjoy some drinks and a chat with Jane Cohen, who will head up this initiative.
CTP Member Matters
 We have had a request from the Masque to supply them with our member’s details along with a list of what duties/positions our members enjoy doing. As such, please respond to this e-mail with your contact number and duty preference (acting, directing, bar, box office, front of house, tea, back stage, sound and lights, etc.). Please also include on your reply to me, the original date / year that you joined CTP. Due to the urgency of this request, I will be calling everyone regarding these duties later today and tomorrow.
 As the year draws to a close, our Constantiaberg Theatre Players website is almost complete, but until it is, find us on Twitter (Theatre_Players) and on Facebook (Constantiaberg Theatre Players).
 Our New Year CTP members evening will be happening at the end of January / beginning of February. Details to follow soon.
Helping Hands
The time for our December duties is almost upon us. Please reply with what duty you are able to assist with. Those chosen will need to be at the theatre an hour before the show to set-up. A full list of what the duties incorporate will be e-mailed to those who apply for positions.
Show: The Unexpected Man:
 Friday 13th – show starts 8pm – 1 person for bar, 1 person for front of house
 Saturday 14th – show starts 8pm – 1 person for bar, 1 person for front of house
 Friday 20th – show starts 8pm – 1 person for bar, 1 person for front of house
Our upcoming January duties are during the show: Warrior on Wheels
 Wednesday 8th – be there before 17.30, 1 person
 Saturday 11th – be there before 17:30, 1 person
Upcoming Shows and Auditions
You can book a seat at any of the below shows by calling 021-788-1898 or by sending an email to bookings@masquetheatre.co.za. Full information on shows and auditions attached.
Shows: Please note most weekday shows start at 20:00 while weekend shows are at 14:30 and 18:30.
 Show: Rope – running from 29th November – 7 December. A clever thriller focusing on the art of murder, a dinner party, and the aftermath of crime. Definitely a show to see!
 Show: Wendy Fine’s Memories and Melodies – 8 December at 17:00. A musical evening with songs sung by an international soprano and her singers. R120 a ticket, and price includes light refreshments.
 Show: The Unexpected Man – running from 11 – 14 December. How a train journey can reveal an inner yearning for understanding, honesty, and connection.
 Show: Portraits – 20 December – one show only. Christof vd Berg will captivate audiences with his musical talents.
 Show: Shadowband – 21 December and 25 January. Tribute, a band of six musicians will recreate the passionate performances from the 60s, of Cliff and The Shadows.
 Show: Staying alive, Bee Gees Tributes – 27 and 28 December. Six musicians capture the spirit behind the Bee Gees, and will entertain and delight audience members of all ages.
 Audition: Here Lies Troy – 8 December at 13:30 for 14:00. Venue: Milnerton Playhouse, Performance will be during March 2014
 Audition: Dial M for Murder – 15 December 14:00pm. Venue: Masque theatre foyer. Performance will be 25 April – 3 May 2014.

I hope you have a wonderful week.

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the Official Newsletter of Pinelands Players, established 1948 and incorporating The Cape Town Repertory Theatre
P.O. Box 131 Howard Place 7450
Scribe: June cjwells@mweb.co.za

Hi Everyone
now that I’ve got my landlegs back, time to catch up with all the exciting things that have happened and those still to come. Thanks Tanya, for taking over the AdLib in my absence.

Unfortunately those of us who missed Graham’s plays and the inauguration of our wonderful little theatre, have been seriously disadvantaged!
Congratulations to Graham and his cast. The clubhouse is looking amazing, I am soooooo impressed! Well done Committee, oh very well done!
After sending out brochures in Pinelands and Mowbray, many more people are now aware that they have a vibrant Community Theatre Group on their doorstep. We asked those interested to join us on the 30th November and we had super cross section of people – from 15 to 80! Getting Lieske Bester and Debbie Gildenhuys to run the theatrical ‘happening’ was the key. They were fantastic. We watched a slightly unsure bunch of people become tight-knit groups of players who performed improvised plays with confidence and imagination. It was all so creative and enormous fun. Watching them find a character and later choose bits and pieces of costumes and props that best suited the character was fascinating.

Who would have thought that dress from ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ together with a scarf and shawl would be the perfect outfit for a fortune-telling gypsy? Or that a dancer’s outfit from ‘Forum’ with slight adjustment could transform someone into a Bollywood Delhi belly dancer?

It was all very creative and dramatic and made one realise what theatre is all about. Exciting, imaginative, collaborative fun!
Thanks Debbie and Lieske and thanks to all of the participants – what a wonderful day!
You don’t have to be a marvellous singer, but you do have to be an enthusiastic (or inebriated) one – come and
have a whole lot of fun as you take the mic and step on the stage to entertain us all!


ROPE – MADS production at the MASQUE THEATRE UNTIL THE 7TH DEC. A Hitchcock thriller directed by Alastair Duff. Not to be missed! Bookings@masquetheatre.co.za or phone 0217881898.
IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY – MILNERTON PLAYERS at the playhouse until 7TH DEC. Don’t miss this show, saw it last week and it was great fun, super performances from Nigel Sweet, Willy Sass, Sheila McCormick and others.
I had a great time on my trip and it was fun to join David Millar for the trip from Venice to Sorrento to Genoa and then the cruise home. Pompeii and Capri lived up to all my expectations. David had left in early September and on his travels spent some time with Anthea and Danny Spurrier. Danny is undergoing chemo – we will all have you in our thoughts and prayers, Danny and know your indomitable spirit will overcome once again.
Louis de Kock suffered a stroke just over a week ago, a hell of a shock but fortunately he is recovering and almost back to his old self. Look after yourself, old pal, we all wish you a speedy recovery with positive vibes coming your way.
Nothing left but to say I hope we’ll see you on the 13th. If not, have a wonderful festive season, drive carefully and eke out every morsel of enjoyment you can from every day of the holidays.

With love, June.

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