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April 2014 – Number 132

Greetings All,

Another month and so much has changed I really don’t know where to begin. As this is a packed chat with plenty of happenings and news I will get on with it…

A word from Simon Dutton

As most of you I’m sure are aware, Wendy Goddard and her partner Bob Goode, are relocating to Umtata for a period of three years, and as such Wendy has had to step down from her duties as Chairperson of our Society after such sterling service in the position in recent years.

Wendy will be sadly missed not only in her role as chairperson but in all those other things she does for our Society and the local dramatic community as a whole.

However this is an adventure for Wendy and Bob and I’m sure that our common sentiment is that whilst we will miss them much we also wish them very much the best of fortunes and fun.

In the interim, till the AGM, the Vice Chairman and Hok Manager, Simon Dutton, will take on the role of Chairman of the Society and deal with all matters pertaining directly with the Society and the Hok. The Treasurer, Anthony Storr Lister, will deal with all matters CDS related externally i.e. The Masque & the Dramatic community as a whole.

Wendy has expressly requested that there is not a designated farewell for her, but has said that all those that want to say to her in person ‘Bon Chancé and Bon Voyagé’ can do so at either or both of the following events:

• CDS Members’ evening Friday 2nd May 2014 at the Hok,
• Masque Roof Replacement Fund Raiser “Quiz Night” – Saturday 10th May 2014 19h00 at the Masque don’t forget to book!

Cape Amateur Theatre Awards

The CATAs have come and gone and we are proud to announce our winners:

Ryan Mitchley, Kim Randleff-Rasmussen, Grant Böttcher & Gary Fargher for Technical Excellence for Sound and Effects, and Henceforward… for Best Play, two very prestigious awards.

Congratulations to all!

Members Evening Friday 2 May

The next members evening will be held on the 2nd of May at 19h30 for 20h00. It will be a fun and exciting quiz night hosted by Simon Dutton.

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.

Invitation from the Board and Masque Member Societies

As you know, things are changing in the lives of some very important people at the Masque Theatre. Wendy G is off to Umtata mid-May. Hayley and Elaine are leaving their employed positions with the Masque Theatre at the end of April. The Board and Masque Member Societies want to say a big and proper thank you to them for their many years of loyal service and hard work as part of the Masque Theatre’s team. Please come and join us and spread the word:

DATE: Sunday 27th April 2014
TIME: 6pm
VENUE: Foyer of the Masque Theatre

The bar will be open, tea and coffee will be available, and sweet and savoury snacks will be served. Gary, of course, will be providing us with great music.

Please RSVP to Nico Dreyer by Friday 25 April 2014: nico@masquetheatre.co.za or 072 233 6211

(Unfortunately Wendy is not able to attend, but as Simon says above, you may join us on 2 May or 10 May if you’d like)

Acting workshop

I will be offering acting workshops every Saturday in June. These workshops will aim to help newcomers and old. The workshops will entail basic voice and body work, text analysis, character development and at the end of workshops you will be adjudicated and will receive a certificate of attendance at final performance/exam.

Sheldon Cross has an undergraduate degree from the University of Stellenbosch and an Honours degree from UCT (both cum laude). He has had great success in his directing projects which include A Delicate Light (Alexander Bar upstairs 2014) and Kismet (Out the Box Festival 2011). He is currently the Drama teacher at Battswood Arts Centre in Grassy Park, where he teaches Grade 4 – 12.

R50 a workshop and you must to attend all 4 workshops to receive the certificate. If you are interested or require more information feel free to contact me. sheldon_cross@yahoo.com or 0725968369

The Hollow

The cast is cast, the rehearsals have begun and there is truly an air of excitement around this very promising murder mystery. We are looking forward to seeing the following members and newcomers treading the boards at the Masque in June: Christie Bellairs, David Sharpe, Fae Wheeler, Jenny Brandt, Dimitri Selibas, Ralph Kelly, Simon Dutton, Su Cunningham, Tayla van Blerck, Willie Blignaut, Sheldon Cross and Jana Botha


Brenda has successfully cast for our final play of the year, Quartet, and again there is a wonderful mix of old and new faces: Aletta Loophuyt plays Jean Horton, Anthony Lister is playing Reggie, Brian de Kock is playing Wilf, Cindy Nixon is playing Cissie

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.


VENUE; ARC Training Room

A series of workshops presented by training facilitators for the Artscape Technical Training Academy (ATTA) on key technical and production matters relating to the Production Process of Theatre.

The workshops are aimed at any person who would like to gain insight to and a working knowledge of the various technical and production processes when placing a performance in front of an audience. You may choose to do all the workshops or just the ones that appeal to you. The focus areas of these workshops will be:

•The Production Management Process : 30 April 2014

•The Stage Management Process: 14 May 2014

•The Performance Lighting requirements: 28 May 2014

•The Performance Sound requirements: 11 June 2014

•The Production Concept and Design process: 25 June 2014

•Producing and the Arts Entrepreneur (2 sessions): 9 and 23 July 2014

•Theatre Health and Safety Regulations: 6 August 2014

Per workshop session is R50. Payable on the day of the workshop

Between 15 – 18

Please liaise with Naboweya Prince should you require any additional information / participate in the workshop – 021 410 9986 or naboweyap@artscape.co.za

Little Red Riding Hood
Audition Date: Sunday April 27 at 2 pm
Venue: Playhouse Theatre, Somerset West
Showdates: Jun 30-Jul 9 during the day in the FOYER of the theatre
Rehearsals: Monday and Thursday afternoon
Directed by Philippe Pringiers & Laurette van der Merwe
Our Little Red Riding Hood is an interpretation of the classic fairytale with some unexpected twists. It is destined to a children/family audience keeping the dialogue light and adding a lot of music and elementary dance. Laurette van der Merwe, an experienced child choreographer will be involved in directing the show.

Candidates do not have to prepare anything but will be given text and/or improvisation exercises.

The following speaking parts are available:

Little Red Riding Hood, female, age 10-18.
Mom, female, age 20-50.
Wolf, male, adult.
Liewe Heksie, female, any age.
Granny, female, age 50 plus.
Peter Rabbit, male or female, teenager.

Further there are a non-definite number of non-speaking parts available for younger children, several animals, younger kids (all non-speaking parts), Thumbelina, toddler

For more info contact pilar@pringiers.co.za or phone 0824599116

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. The questions will range from easy to cryptic, across a wide range of topics. The evening is more about having fun than being super smart, so come along and enjoy yourself while helping raise funds for a good cause. Teams will consist of four people. Don’t worry if you can’t make up a team, just come along and join a team on the night. Space is limited, so book in advance! Time: 19h00 for 19h30 Tickets: R60 per person and includes snacks. This event takes place in the foyer. Bookings: 021 788 1898, or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za
25 April – 2 May Inspector Drake and the Black Widow. Presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society. A rip-roaring comedy. Directed by Aubrey Hindle
Inspector Drake and his sidekick Sergeant Plod return in their most perplexing case yet, confronting everything from missing tortoises, to triplets, to deadly tropical spiders!

A maid discovers the corpse of wealthy oil tycoon John Johnson with a sword sticking out of his back.

All of this forms the basis for another thrilling ride in the company of the world’s greatest detective, as he attempts to solve the murder whilst also avoiding his own.

This is a side-splitting, crazy, daft and utterly hilarious play with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. If you want to have fun and enjoy a good laugh, then this is a must-see!

Bookings: Masque Theatre 021 788 1898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za
Full details about all Masque Theatre events here: http://www.masquetheatre.co.za

That’s all folks,


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