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March 2014 – Number 131
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Greetings All,

Your regular scribe, Sheldon, is up to his eyeballs in scripts (scholastic, not dramatic), so I (Wendy) am your purveyor of news, information and requests this month. First up, Kim shares her impressions of being part of our first show of the year:

Private Lives
On the face of it, tackling a well-known play by a legendary playwright with a new director and two brand new actors in the leading roles looks like a recipe for disaster. But, like everything that happens in “Private Lives”, things are not as they appear. John Carne knew from the outset exactly what he wanted the play to look like and was determined to do justice to Noël Coward’s classic. And he succeeded in inspiring that determination in both the cast and the crew. Under John’s patient, merry leadership and with help from the two more experienced leading ladies, the two newbies made enormous progress as actors. But that was not the greatest achievement of this production. What John ended up creating with “Private Lives” was a full theatre experience when he included the extremely talented Helen and Melissa at the start of the play with their Noël Coward cabaret. That for me highlights how dedicated John was to his vision of “Private Lives”. And in my opinion the cast and crew achieved it with 1930s style and grace.

AGM and Awards Evening

What a wonderful turnout! About 50 members and friends joined us at Barristers for our most prestigious gathering of the year. After the formalities of the AGM were out of the way (welcome to the committee, Kim, as Publicity Officer, and Jenny, adding Minutes Secretary to your bow), we moved on to the exciting bit…Awards!

And the winners are:

Best Actress: Shared between Jo Frater and Kim Randleff –Rasmussen
Best Actor: Patrick Jordi
Best Supporting Actress: Sheila Inglis
Best Supporting Actor: Gavin Werner
Best Production: Henceforward…

Certificates of Excellence:

Grace Brain: For her Portrayal of Geain, aged 13 in Henceforward…
Technical Excellence in Henceforward… Kim Randleff-Rasmussen, Ryan Mitchley, Gary Fargher, Bob Goode, Grant Bottcher

Members’ Choice Awards:
Best Actress: Jana Botha
Best Actor: Patrick Jordi
Best Production: Henceforward…

Congratulations to all of you! Many thanks to our panellists Graham Boxall, Lieske Bester, sue bolton and Mike Harris. Thank you too, to Simon for organising the trophies and certificates, and to Pamela Burger, for her magnificent calligraphy on the Members’ Choice certificates.

New Members

A warm welcome to four new members who signed up at our AGM: All of you are familiar to us already, but it’s great to have you as ‘official family’: Mandy Cardin, Nico Dreyer, Gary Fargher and Gavin Werner. We hope your stay with CDS will be long and happy.

Members’ Evening

Our first Members’ Evening of the year will be on Friday 2 May at 19h30 for 20h00. It will be a pub-style quiz, with Simon Dutton as your question master.

Maximum 4 people per team. Don’t worry if you can’t make up a team – we will find you a home for the evening. Non-members are welcome to take part, and supporters are welcome. The emphasis is more on fun than intellectual expertise. This evening will be a voorsmakie of the type of question you can expect for the Masque Fundraising Quiz which will be held on Saturday 10 May. For catering purposes, RSVP to Pamela before Tuesday 29 April on 021 657 5793 (o/h) or pamb@masterparts.com. There will be fun spot prizes throughout the evening. No charge for members, R10 for non-members.

Planning Ahead: 2015

With our first production of the year only just put to bed, can you believe that we need to start our planning for next year? Anyone who wishes to direct for CDS in 2015 should please contact Wendy on wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za, with a proposal, which should include the name of the play, genre, composition of cast (numbers and gender split), and preferred slot (beginning, middle or end of the year). Please let us have this information by the end of April, so that we can present the options to the Masque Productions Team before the end of May.

The Hollow – Agatha Christie

The auditions were well-attended, and director, Liz Roodt, was able to cast the play almost immediately. However, two cast members have since had to withdraw, and Liz is now looking for an actor and actress for the following two characters (Ages specified are only approximate):

John Cristow (30)
Friend of the Angkatells. John is an arrogant man. He is a doctor and a bit of a womaniser. He has sown his seeds in the past and had some history with Henrietta. He married Gerda for stability. I would prefer to hate John by the end of the play – he is so arrogant that he must deserve what is coming to him!

Veronica Craye (30)
Veronica had an affair with John. The only reason she is around is that she is actually stalking him. She is deeply shallow, but being a movie star, has all the men’s jaws hanging low. When my Veronica walks into the audition, I will know her because she will make everyone pay attention to her!

If you are interested in auditioning for either of these roles, please do not hesitate to contact Liz: lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk or 081 259 3607.

Auditions

No sooner is one audition over, another one appears on the horizon! Here is the audition notice for our third and final production of the year, Quartet, directed by Brenda Gray:

AUDITION NOTICE

for

QUARTET

by Sir Ronald Harwood

To be staged from October 10 – 18, 2014 at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg.

Directed by Brenda Gray for Claremont Dramatic Society.

Audition Date: Sunday 23 March 2014

Time: 11.00 am (PLEASE NOTE TIME)

Venue: The Hok

Sir Ronald Harwood was born in Cape Town and schooled at Sea Point High. After training for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he joined the Shakespeare Company and was Sir Donald Wolfit’s personal dresser, later drawing on this experience to write the stage play, ‘The Dresser’. He has written more than 21 stage plays and 10 books, and screenplays include ‘The Browning Version’, ‘The Dresser’, ‘Being Julia’, and Roman Polanski’s version of ‘Oliver Twist’. He won an Academy Award for the script of ‘The Pianist’, and received his third Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2007 for ‘The Diving Bell and The Butterfly’, for which he also won a BAFTA and the Prix Jacques du Scenario. In June 2010, he received a knighthood for service to theatre.

Sir Ronald adapted ‘Quartet’ for film, starring Maggie Smith as Jean Horton, Tom Courtenay as Reggie, Billy Connolly as Wilf and Pauline Collins as Cissy.

CAST

The action takes place in a Beecham House, a home for retired musicians in Kent.
All characters are over 70 years of age, and are past opera stars.

CECILY (CISSY) ROBSON: ‘a large woman’, delightfully absent-minded. kindly, sweet-natured’.

REGINALD PAGET: ‘slim fit immaculate serious minded collar and tie man.’

WILFRED BOND: ‘big in every sense, untidy in an artistic sort of way’. Given to a
naughty preoccupation about the female gender – i.e. sex

JEAN HORTON: a real diva (think Maria Callas) with the manner of a Grande dame, dressing accordingly.

Enquiries: phone Brenda on 021 6863554 Cell: 083 3300670

AUDITION NOTICE

for

BENEFACTORS

BY MICHAEL FRAYN

Directed by Colleen Van Staten for Muizenberg Dramatic Society

AUDITION DATES: Saturday 22 March at 14:30, Call Backs Thursday 27 March at 19:30

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

CONTACT: Colleen on 0721205645 or coleenvs@vodamail.co.za to obtain your audition piece prior to the audition

DATES OF RUN: 25 July to 2 August 2014 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

REHEARSALS: Start Wednesday 16 April

THE PLOT:

David, a somewhat aloof but idealistic architect has taken on the re-development of a South London slum with the “do-good” intention of providing well-built and attractive new housing for the masses. Budget constraints force him to compromise more and more, and he ends up having to design high rise tower blocks that keep getting taller as the number of obstacles in his way increase.

His wife, Jane, forever the pragmatist, grapples with her loyalty to him and his “cause” and loyalty to their friends whose floundering marriage cries out for her help. Her good intentions backfire horribly and end up being the ultimate undoing of their marriage and worse still, the ultimate failure of David’s project.

The “hapless” friends, Sheila, the quiet and needy put-upon wife and Colin, her cynical and sometime cruel husband, turn out to be the real puppet-masters of the piece as the dynamics in the relationships shift and true colours are revealed.

“Progressive Collapse” an architectural term for the tower blocks, becomes a metaphor for the collapse of a marriage and a friendship.

The plot unfolds in a series of scenes both present and past, where the actors address the audience directly, think out loud and move seamlessly between the 1980’s and 1960’s on a minimalistic set. The characters are multi-layered , the comedy subtle, the language beautiful and the structure elegant.

It’s an exciting and challenging piece of theatre.

“One of the subtlest plays Broadway has seen in years, by one of the most extraordinary writers of the English speaking theater.” – Newsweek

Awards: 1984 Evening Standard Award for Best Play; 1984 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play; 1984 Plays and Players London Theatre Critics Award for Best Play; 1986 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play

CHARACTERS:

(If desired, auditionees can audition for both parts but should indicate their preference)

David (30 – 50) Energetic, enthusiastic, self confident, idealistic. Not in entirely in tune with what is happening around him. Single-minded and focused on his work.. As the dream slips away, we see the progression from optimism to resignation.

Colin (30-50) Journalist – not very successful. Jealous of David’s success. Cynical, snide, cruel at times, his attacks are not overt, but subtle and often couched in witticisms and jibes. He takes drastic action at the end of Act one and this new direction gives him the power to call the shots and dictate the outcome.

Jane (30 – 40) Wife of David. Pragmatic, efficient, genuine – what you see is what you get. Is irritated by inaction, takes charge of situations. She has a good heart and her intentions are pure. There is an attraction to Colin that is very subtle and could turn into something, but doesn’t. She is the driving force in Act One.

Sheila (30 – 50) Wife of Colin. The “serial” damsel in distress. Naïve and self-destructive, she is the passive player in the game, but a player nonetheless. Whatever confidence she once had, has been systematically destroyed by Colin. On the surface, unsure and nervous, at a deeper level, able to manipulate people and situations to her advantage.

Calendar
14 – 22 Mar: Flat Spin by Derek S. Royle, directed by Wendy Goddard for Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque. 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.

16 March: 10am – 2pm. The Summer Masque Theatre Market returns to the Masque, with hand-made gifts, records, jewellery, skin creams, pewter work and candles, homemade preserves and jams, bric a brac, and more. And of course, don’t forget about the successful, and well-stocked White Elephant stall – all the proceeds of this stall go to the roof fund so please do consider donating some items. Contact Margi on 0836286295. There will once again be a raffle with exciting prizes!! All theatre lovers are urged to support this event, so tell your friends, and please come and enjoy the Summer Market

17 March CATA Awards Evening 19h00 for 19h30

21 – 29 Mar: Here Lies Jeremy Troy by Jack Sharkey, directed by Mari Mocke for Milnerton Players at their Playhouse. 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. He invites his boss, who has never met his wife, to dinner. More characters turn up unexpectedly at Jeremy’s home and there is a merry mix-up before the important dinner-date. Bookings and further info on 0822671061 or bookings@milnertonpalyers.com. Tickets R80 and R70.

22 March: 13h00 – 19h00 Calling all classical music lovers – Dynamite Music is hosting another classical CD/DVD expo at the Masque Theatre. Dynamite Music is the only importer that bring in classical product which they sell direct to the public.

23 March: 11h00 (PLEASE NOTE TIME) Quartet audition at the Hok

23 March: 14h30 Benefactors audition at the Rendezvous

3 – 12 Apr: Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, directed by Philippe Pringiers for Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society at The Playhouse in Lourensford Road, Somerset West. . This dramatisation by an award winning playwright tells the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s rise and fall at the Austrian court of emperor Josef II through the eyes of his ambitious and envious competitor, Antonio Salieri. Tickets R90 at Computicket, Pensioners R85, HHDS members R75. R5 of each ticket goes towards the ECHO Erinvale Organisation. Contact Bettina on 0829926007 for further info, show dates and times.

4 April: Let’s be Frank, a show of swing, sing and all that kinda thing, presented by the Masque Fund-raising Committee – one show only at 20h00. Popular Cape Town singing duo, Ricky Botsis and Kevin Abbott, return to the Masque Theatre in order to raise funds for the much-needed replacement of the theatre roof. It will be a Gala Night as Ricky and Kevin delight you with many of your swing favourites – Mack the Knife, Beyond the Sea, Well Did You Ever – and many more timeless songs, from Bobby Darin to Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Ratpack. Songs that will get your feet tapping in a show that is fun, energetic and highly entertaining. Tickets are R100 each which will include a glass of wine or juice on arrival and light snacks. So come and raise the roof with us – The Masque needs you! Tickets are limited so book early.

2 May 19h30 for 20h00. Members’ Evening – pub-style quiz. RSVP to Pamela before Tuesday 29 April on 021 657 5793 (o/h) or pamb@masterparts.com.

10 May 19h30 for 20h00. Masque theatre Fundraiser – Quiz Night

Full details about all Masque Theatre events here: http://www.masquetheatre.co.za

With such a wide variety of happenings, there’s bound to be something that appeals to you, so I’m sure it’s safe to say…

See you at the theatre!

Cheers,

Wendy

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AUDITIONS AUDITIONS AUDITIONS AUDITIONS

Michael Frayn’s acclaimed

‘BENEFACTORS’

DIRECTED BY COLEEN VAN STADEN FOR MADS

AUDITION DATES: SAT 22 MARCH – 14H30
CALL BACKS THUR 27 MARCH – 19H30

VENUE: MADS CLUBHOUSE, FALSE BAY BUSINESS & TOURISM CENTRE, PROMENADE ROAD, ZANDVLEI, MUIZENBERG

PRODUCTION DATES FRI 25 JULY – SAT 2 AUG 2014

REHEARSALS START WED 16 APRIL 2014

“One of the subtlest plays Broadway has seen in years, by one of the most extraordinary writers of the
English speaking theater.” – Newsweek Awards
• 1984 Evening Standard Award for Best Play
• 1984 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play
• 1984 Plays and Players London Theatre Critics Award for Best Play
• 1986 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play

THE PLOT
David, a somewhat aloof but idealistic architect has taken on the re-development of a South London slu
m with the “do-good” intention of providing well-built and attractive new housing for the masses. Budget cons traints force him to compromise more and more, and he ends up having to design high rise tower blocks that keep getting taller as the number of obstacles in his way increase.

His wife, Jane, forever the pragmatist, grapples with her loyalty to him and his “cause” and loyalty to their friends whose floundering marriage cries out for her help. Her good intentions backfire horribly and end up being the ultimate undoing of their marriage and worse still, the ultimate failure of David’s project. The “hapless” friends, Sheila, the quiet and needy put-upon wife and Colin, her cynical and sometime cruel husband, turn out to be the real puppet-masters of the piece as the dynamics in the relationships shift and true colours are revealed.

“Progressive Collapse” an architectural term for the tower blocks, becomes a metaphor for the collapse
of a marriage and a friendship.

The plot unfolds in a series of scenes both present and past, where the actors address the audience di
rectly, think out loud and move seamlessly between the 1980 ’s and 1960’s on a minimalistic set. The characters are multi-layered , the comedy subtle, the language beautiful and the structure elegant.
It’s an exciting and challenging piece of theatre.

CHARACTERS:

• David, (30 – 50) Energetic, enthusiastic, self confident, idealistic. Not in entirely in tune with what is happening around him. Single-minded and focused on his work.. As the dream slips away, we see the progression from optimism to resignation.

• Colin, (30-50) Journalist – not very successful. Jealous s of David’s success. Cynical, snide, cruel at times, his attacks are not overt, but subtle and often couched in witticisms and jibes. He takes drastic action at the end of Act one and this new direction gives him the power to call the shots and dictate the outcome.

• Jane (30 – 40) Wife of David. Pragmatic, efficient, genuine – what you see is what you get. Is irritated by inaction, takes charge of situations. She has a good heart and her intentions are pure. There is an attraction to Colin that is very subtle and could turn into something, but doesn’t. She is the driving force in Act One.

• Sheila (30 – 50) Wife of Colin. The “serial” damsel in distress. Naïve and self-destructive, she is the passive player in the game, but a player nonetheless. Whatever confidence she once had, has been
systematically destroyed by Colin. On the surface, unsure and nervous, at a deeper level, able to
manipulate people and situations to her advantage.

Auditions: The MADS Clubhouse, Promenade Road, Zandvlei
Telephone Coleen on 072 120 5645 to obtain your audition piece or e mail coleenvs@vodamail.co.za
Auditionees must obtain the audition pieces beforehand so that they are familiar with the pieces to be
read.

If desired, auditionees can audition for both parts but should indicate their preference.

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You have to read this RIGHT NOW – there are some very important events coming up SOON and you want to keep abreast of them.

MADS MEMBERS’ EVENING

Most importantly – and you should have this diarised – our first members’ evening of the year is taking place on Friday, 14 March 2014, which is the opening night of our production of Flat Spin. Bring out your baubles, bangles and beads, your hippie kaftans and chains, bell-bottoms, tie-dyed shirts and minis and dress up in the spirit of this comedy, set in the Swinging Sixties. The cast will stay dressed in their 60s costumes and will be on hand to meet and chat to you after the show.
Prize for best-dressed!!! Snacks provided!! Bar open!
And …….. you get to see the show at the very special price of R50!!
So, there are TWO phone calls / emails you need to attend to NOW – then you can come back and read the rest!! Number 1 is to Aubrey (021 7881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za) to book (just tell him you are taking up the MADS members offer – yes, ok, your friends can get that price too!) Number 2 is to Wendy Morling (0834628242 or home@morling.co.za) to let her know you will be joining in the fun after the show.

NO, YOU CAN’T READ FURTHER UNLESS YOU’VE DONE THAT!!

MASQUE SUMMER MARKET

This one you should also have diarised but ……… for what date?? My Feb newsletter said it would be on Saturday, 16 March but DUH! Saturday is the 15th! It is in fact SUNDAY the 16th from 10h00 till 14h00. There will be a wide variety of craft and other stalls and prizes for the Masque Fundraising Raffle will be drawn. There will be a White Elephant stall as this proved to be extremely popular at the Christmas market last year – so once again you need to chuck out your “elephants” (white/pink/green – we don’t care), create more space in your home and donate them to a worthy cause as all proceeds go directly to the theatre. And to make it even easier you can also give books and CDs to this stall as there is no official book stall!! You can contact Margi Blewett on namastehimalaya@gmail.com or 0836286295 for further info or to make arrangements for delivery of “elephants”. MOST IMPORTANTLY: tell your family and friends to come along!!

CAPE AMATEUR THEATRE AWARDS EVENING

And this is one you should already have booked for!! Taking place at The Masque Theatre on Monday 17th March, assembling at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Smart Dress would be preferable. If you haven’t already booked you may still be able to do so by phoning 021 7881898 or emailing bookings@masquetheatre.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)
Keep up with Masque news on https://www.facebook.com/masquetheatre

14 Mar – 22 Mar: Flat Spin by Derek S. Royle, directed by Wendy Goddard for Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque. 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, David and Jane Kenway, to keep their marriage secret so that Jane can take a much needed job. This is classic British farce at its best – good, old-fashioned, fun entertainment.

21 Mar – 29 Mar: Here Lies Jeremy Troy by Jack Sharkey, directed by Mari Mocke for Milnerton Players at their Playhouse. 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. He invites his boss, who has never met his wife, to dinner. More characters turn up unexpectedly at Jeremy’s home and there is a merry mix-up before the important dinner-date. However, all’s well that ends well and within all the comedy action there is also a love story. Bookings and further info on 0822671061 or bookings@milnertonpalyers.com. Tickets R80 and R70.

3 Apr – 12 Apr: Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, directed by Philippe Pringiers for Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society at their Playhouse in Lourensford Road, Somerset West. . This dramatisation by an award winning playwright tells the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s rise and fall at the Austrian court of emperor Josef II through the eyes of his ambitious and envious competitor, Antonio Salieri. But Amadeus is not merely a historical enacting of Mozart’s life: is it also a play about the battle between an ambitious but not so gifted Salieri against the genius of Mozart who as a person seems unworthy of such gifts and is incapable of turning them into his fortune. Escape to Vienna, Austria during 1783 to 1825 and enjoy an outstandingly well written play. Tickets R90 at Computicket, Pensioners R85, HHDS members R75. R5 of each ticket goes towards the ECHO Erinvale Organisation. Contact Bettina on 0829926007 for further info, show dates and times.

Friday 4 April: Let’s be Frank, a show of swing, sing and all that kinda thing, presented by the Masque Fund-raising Committee – one show only at 20h00. Popular Cape Town singing duo, Ricky Botsis and Kevin Abbott, return to the Masque Theatre in order to raise funds for the much-needed repair of the theatre roof. It will be a Gala Night as Ricky and Kevin delight you with many of your swing favourites – Mack the Knife, Beyond the Sea, Well Did You Ever – and many more timeless songs, from Bobby Darin to Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Ratpack. Songs that will get your feet tapping in a show that is fun, energetic and highly entertaining. Tickets are R100 each which will include a glass of wine or juice on arrival and light snacks. So come and raise the roof with us – The Masque needs you! Tickets are limited so book early.

5 April: Shadowband at the Masque Theatre. An evening with the 6 piece band “Tribute” showing their passion for the music of Cliff Richard and The Shadows. To achieve that genuine Shadows sound they have gone as far as importing the same type of guitars used by the Shadows so as to capture the sound that enthralled people around the world for the last fifty years. Enjoy this show’s great sounds of the Sixties, featuring hit tunes such as “Apache”, “Atlantis”, “Summer Holiday” and many more. Show at 20h00. Tickets R85 (R75).

MEMBERS’ NEWS

I have been very sloppy lately in welcoming our new members: Agnes Thorne, Jana Botha and Pamela Burger all joined the Society late last year – belatedly a very warm welcome. And Josh van Roodt came to the AGM (brave man, that!) and also joined. We hope to see you all on the 14th!!

A very moving memorial service for Felicity Purdon was organised by Di Thom and Angela Lee-Wright at the Masque with poetry, slideshows, beautiful images and examples of her artwork. This extremely talented young actress will be sorely missed.

Our AGM saw a coupla changes in the committee and we thank Su Cunningham, Richard Higgs and Di Thom for offering their services. Thanks also to Raymond Rudolph who is still acting as Treasurer until we find someone willing to take that on! Paul Griffiths has had to resign as our Trustee and we thank him for his past efforts and welcome Nick Lee as our new Trustee.

Our thoughts are with Helen Mathers after her op and both the Lewis Ladies, Miranda and Rosemarie, the former of which snapped her Achilles tendon and the latter who had a very bad fall.

AUDITIONS
Milnerton Players is holding an audition for Don’t Dress for Dinner by Marc Camoletti as adapted by Robin Hawdon, to be directed by Wayne Hendricks, at their Playhouse on Saturday 8 March 2014, 13:30 for 14:00. The production is on at end May 2014 and requires 3 men and 3 women. For further information please contact Wayne on 0824435853 or Hendricks.wayne@gmail.com.

Our second show of the year will be Michael Frayn’s acclaimed Benefactors to be directed by Coleen van Staden. The audition will be held on Saturday 22 March at 14:30 with Call Backs on Thursday 27 March at 19:30. FULL details can be found attached to this newsletter.

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society is holding an audition on Sunday, 30 March at 15h00 at their Playhouse for Anthony Schaffer’s Tony Award-winning play, Sleuth, to be directed by Bettina Horvath. The production will be staged in July 2014 and calls for 5 male performers aged 35 to 55. Some 100 props have to be sourced, made, managed and made available, and the production calls for a great number of decorative set pieces so a dedicated technical team is also needed. Contact Bettina on 0829926007 for more info.

BIRTHDAYS
I didn’t wish our February babies last month so here they are, albeit belatedly:
1 James Skilton 2 Rudy Gibbons & Conrad Lihou 5 Lynda Jennings
18 David Muller 20 birga Thomas 21 Kyle Robbertze
23 Sue Hallinan & Luke Brown 24 Mark Jennings 27 Gareth Stewart
HOPE YOU WERE ALL SPOILT ROTTEN ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY!!
And then we move into March:
2 Barbara Bassett 10 Coleen van Staden 11 Val Stephens
15 Liz D’Alton & Michelle Belknap 22 Dawn Scholtz 27 Jeff Batt
WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST TOO!!

BTW, did you know March starts on the same day of the week as November every year?!?!

Bye for now!

Eve

MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY
AUDITION NOTICE

‘BENEFACTORS’
BY MICHAEL FRAYN
Directed By: Coleen Van Staden

AUDITION DATES: Saturday 22 March at 14:30, Call Backs Thursday 27 March at 19:30

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

CONTACT: Coleen on 0721205645 or coleenvs@vodamail.co.za to obtain your audition piece prior to the audition

DATES OF RUN: 25 July to 2 August 2014 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

REHEARSALS: Start Wednesday 16 April

THE PLOT:
David, a somewhat aloof but idealistic architect has taken on the re-development of a South London slum with the “do-good” intention of providing well-built and attractive new housing for the masses. Budget constraints force him to compromise more and more, and he ends up having to design high rise tower blocks that keep getting taller as the number of obstacles in his way increase.

His wife, Jane, forever the pragmatist, grapples with her loyalty to him and his “cause” and loyalty to their friends whose floundering marriage cries out for her help. Her good intentions backfire horribly and end up being the ultimate undoing of their marriage and worse still, the ultimate failure of David’s project.

The “hapless” friends, Sheila, the quiet and needy put-upon wife and Colin, her cynical and sometime cruel husband, turn out to be the real puppet-masters of the piece as the dynamics in the relationships shift and true colours are revealed.

“Progressive Collapse” an architectural term for the tower blocks, becomes a metaphor for the collapse of a marriage and a friendship.

The plot unfolds in a series of scenes both present and past, where the actors address the audience directly, think out loud and move seamlessly between the 1980’s and 1960’s on a minimalistic set. The characters are multi-layered , the comedy subtle, the language beautiful and the structure elegant.

It’s an exciting and challenging piece of theatre.

“One of the subtlest plays Broadway has seen in years, by one of the most extraordinary writers of the English speaking theater.” – Newsweek

Awards: 1984 Evening Standard Award for Best Play; 1984 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play; 1984 Plays and Players London Theatre Critics Award for Best Play; 1986 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play

CHARACTERS:

(If desired, auditionees can audition for both parts but should indicate their preference)

David (30 – 50) Energetic, enthusiastic, self confident, idealistic. Not in entirely in tune with what is happening around him. Single-minded and focused on his work.. As the dream slips away, we see the progression from optimism to resignation.

Colin (30-50) Journalist – not very successful. Jealous of David’s success. Cynical, snide, cruel at times, his attacks are not overt, but subtle and often couched in witticisms and jibes. He takes drastic action at the end of Act one and this new direction gives him the power to call the shots and dictate the outcome.

Jane (30 – 40) Wife of David. Pragmatic, efficient, genuine – what you see is what you get. Is irritated by inaction, takes charge of situations. She has a good heart and her intentions are pure. There is an attraction to Colin that is very subtle and could turn into something, but doesn’t. She is the driving force in Act One.

Sheila (30 – 50) Wife of Colin. The “serial” damsel in distress. Naïve and self-destructive, she is the passive player in the game, but a player nonetheless. Whatever confidence she once had, has been systematically destroyed by Colin. On the surface, unsure and nervous, at a deeper level, able to manipulate people and situations to her advantage.

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AUDITION NOTICE

for

QUARTET

by Sir Ronald Harwood

To be staged from October 10 – 18, 2014 at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg.

Directed by Brenda Gray for Claremont Dramatic Society.

Audition Date: Sunday 23 March 2014

Time: 11.00 am (PLEASE NOTE TIME)

Venue: The Hok*

Sir Ronald Harwood was born in Cape Town and schooled at Sea Point High. After training for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he joined the Shakespeare Company and was Sir Donald Wolfit’s personal dresser, later drawing on this experience to write the stage play, ‘The Dresser’. He has written more than 21 stage plays and 10 books, and screenplays include ‘The Browning Version’, ‘The Dresser’, ‘Being Julia’, and Roman Polanski’s version of ‘Oliver Twist’. He won an Academy Award for the script of ‘The Pianist’, and received his third Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in
2007 for ‘The Diving Bell and The Butterfly’, for which he also won a BAFTA and the Prix Jacques du Scenario. In June 2010, he received a knighthood for service to theatre.

Sir Roland adapted ‘Quartet’ for film, starring Maggie Smith as Jean Horton, Tom
Courtenay as Reggie, Billy Connolly as Wilf and Pauline Collins as Cissy.

CAST

The action takes place in a Beecham House, a home for retired musicians in Kent.

All characters are over 70 years of age, and are past opera stars.

CECILY(CISSY) ROBSON: ‘a large woman’, delightfully absent-minded. kindly, sweet-natured’.

REGINALD PAGET: ‘slim fit immaculate serious minded collar and tie man.’

WILFRED BOND: ‘big in every sense, untidy in an artistic sort of way’. Given to a
naughty preoccupation about the female gender – i.e. sex

JEAN HORTON: a real diva (think Maria Callas) with the manner of a grande dame, dressing accordingly.

Enquiries: phone 021 6863554 Cell: 083 3300670

Please note that this is an amateur production and no remuneration will be paid.

*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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Audition Notice

Milnerton Playhouse, Pienaar Road, Milnerton

Saturday 8 March 2014

13.30 for 14.00

Don’t Dress for Dinner

by Marc Camoletti, Adapted by Robin Hawdon

Direction by Wayne Hendricks

Production date: End May 2014

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his mistress in his charming converted French style farmhouse in Franschhoek, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well…. suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.

CAST REQUIRED

Bernard – Jacqueline’s husband

Jacqueline – Bernard’s wife and Robert’s lover

Robert – Bernard’s friend and Jacqueline’s lover

Suzette – the cook

Suzanne – Bernard’s mistress

George – Suzette’s husband

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, Wayne Hendricks.

082 443 5853

E-mail: Hendricks.wayne@gmail.com

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