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We looking for 3 people aged 30-45 with a special kind of character that we could mould into sitcom type characters (this will be work-shopped over a week end with the director) – the rehearsals will be 4-7 July and the shoot 9 -11 July in JHB. All costs of the job will be paid by the client.

Shoot day fees of R2700.00 per day (Actual fee R4000.00 less 10% handling fee and 25% tax). A usage fee for 2 years rights to the footage of R13 500.00 will be paid- total R21 600.00. A small fee will be paid to cast for the rehearsal week end.  

  1. FEMALE CAST- age 35yrs-45yrs, coloured, black & or Indian
  2. MALE CAST 1 – age 40-48yrs, White male
  3. MALE CAST 2 – age 30-38yrs, white,black, & or coloured  

Cast must have a good sense of humour, maturity, & great confidence, must have worked in the corporate world. Client wants unknowns, not signed with an agency, & have not done any commercials in the last few years.   Once you have applied you will be asked to attend a quick casting at our studios within this week.  

Please send decent photos of yourself plus age to Mark: mousesmob@streetwize.co.za /mark@streetwize.co.za

Feel free to contact us on 021 510 2577

Rgds, Mark  


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Tel: 27-21- 510 2577

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PLEASE BE THERE AHEAD OF TIME. ENQUIRIES: JUNE 0724467532 or 021 5318682 or cjwells@mweb.co.za
TO BOOK: 082 771 9644 or pinelandshorror@gmail.com

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Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont, 7708

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com


June 2014 – Number 134


Greetings all

CDS is doing us proud again on the boards with Liz Roodt’s version of Agatha Christie’s The Hollow. We are also looking forward to Brenda Gray’s next endeavour with a deep-rooted excitement. June is all about warm beds, chocolate cake (blocked arteries) and good theatre. Here is this month’s chat …




Our theatre needs an experienced Maintenance Coordinator to join the dynamic Operations Team that keeps the theatre functioning together with Nico Dreyer, the theatre manager.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: To ensure the good maintenance, health and safety standards of the Masque Theatre


  • Assessment of maintenance requirements
  • Drawing up of a maintenance plan to meet these requirements
  • Overseeing general maintenance
  • Managing major maintenance projects
  • Ensuring health and safety assessment is conducted
  • Overseeing theatre becoming health and safety compliant
  • Putting system in place to ensure theatre remains health and safety compliant
  • Overseeing this health and safety system 

If you have the skills our theatre needs or know of anyone who does, please contact Jane de Sousa on jane@dramaticsolutions.co.za. Jane is the board member responsible for HR issues.



Pinelands Players is holding auditions at 14h00 on 21 and 22 June at their clubhouse for Breaking Up is Hard to Do, which is set in the 1960s with the music of Neil Sedaka. More info from Tina on 082 771 9644 or bgough@telkomsa.net.

Milnerton Players has Don’t Dress For Dinner opening on 30 May. A husband, a wife, a mistress, a lover and a cook – sounds hilarious. For more info telephone 082 267 1061.


The Hollow

Firstly we would like to thank each and every person who has helped and supported this production. It has been a very exciting undertaking with the inclusion of many members, new and old. Liz promised us at the beginning of the rehearsal process that her ultimate goal, other than producing a high quality Agatha, was that it would be a fun process and I can honestly say it has been precisely that. It has been an absolute joy to work with such wonderfully dedicated and talented folk, the very nature of community theatre brought to fruition. I hope everyone who hasn’t yet come to watch, will come and let us entertain you with our whole hearts.

The Hollow runs until 21 June at the Masque.


Acting workshops

There are still a few spaces left. If you are interested please feel free to join us on 21 of June, from 09h30 to 12h00 at the Hok.

  • Saturday 21 June – basics: voice and body, emotional connectivity, improvisation
  • Saturday 28 June – improvisation and scene work, acting techniques
  • Saturday 5 July – monologue, text into performance
  • Saturday 12 July – monologue rehearsal and final workshop
  • Friday 18 July – members’ evening performance and adjudication

For more info please email sheldon_cross@yahoo.com



6–21 June: Agatha Christie’s The Hollow – presented by CDS and directed by Liz Roodt

18 July: Members’ evening – A showcase of performances (audition pieces) and soup and rolls

19 July–3 August: OKLAHOMA! – presented by G&S, directed by Teddy Davies, at the Artscape Opera House. Tickets are already on sale from cast members or through Computicket. Ticket prices through Computicket range from R110 to R235 for evening performances and R100 to R220 for matinees. Preferential tickets are available from cast members at a saving form R10 to R30 per ticket.

17–28 June: Annie the musical – presented by Hottentots Holland DS at the Playhouse in Somerset West. I don’t have details from HHDS, but Shaun Browne is repeating his role in this production as Daddy Warbucks and bookings are through Computicket.


The Rosebank Theatre

Great things are happening at this little theatre in Alma Road, Rosebank. Take a look at http://www.rosebanktheatre.com.


“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.” ― Agatha Christie


That’s all folks,


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VOLUME 21, ISSUE 3 – JUNE 2014


This is my fifth year as editor of your G&S Newsletter, and this will be my last edition. It’s been a fun
journey for me, and I hope has provided you with a diverting read every couple of months. Roché Buckle
takes over from me, and I wish her well. No doubt GASLIGHT could do with a bit of freshening up and I’m
sure Roché will provide just that.


As usual, a lot of hard work is going into this show. Rehearsals have been going well, and ticket sales are
looking reasonably promising. A reminder that production dates, in the Artscape Opera House, are 19 July
to 3 August 2014 and tickets are already on sale from cast members or from Computicket. Ticket prices
through Computicket range from R110 to R235 for evening performances and R100 to R220 for matinees.
Preferential tickets are available from cast members at a saving of between R10 and R30 each. Please give
us your support. It promises to be a spectacular (and energetic!) show.

Box Social

OKLAHOMA! features a “Box Social” – an event where the women prepare a box, or picnic basket for two people. These are then auctioned and the men bid on these boxes/baskets, supposedly not knowing whose they are, anticipating that they will share the picnic with the person who prepared that particular box/basket. Well, on Sunday 1 June, we had our own Box Social – without the boxes, but with plenty to eat and a very lively auction. Items auctioned off by our two “Aunt Ellers” included canvas posters of previous shows and bottles of wine, but the items that caused most hilarity were things like an “Oklahoma hello” from Will Parker, being “dipped” by the ‘ballet Curly’, being serenaded by Curly, and a dance with the ‘Bobsey twins’ – two of the leading dancers from the cast. We look forward to seeing the winning bidders receiving their ‘prizes’ at a rehearsal very soon! Proceedings closed off with Mandy taking us through some dancing routines. All in all a lot of fun for everyone. Thanks to Roche, Philippa, Melissa and Waldo for organising the event.

The International Gilbert and Sullivan Day
In the evening of 3rd May, a number of us assembled at the home of Graham and Anne Ellis in Constantia for a link-up with other G&S Societies around the globe to celebrate the musical legacy these two men have left behind. We sang through the Act 1 finale of ‘Pirates of Penzance’ (photo right) after which, with the aid of modern technology, we established a video and audio link with other societies, in particular the host society in the UK. I have been prevailed upon to include a copy of the greeting I delivered to the rest of the Gilbert and Sullivan world (well those in the UK, Australia, Belgium and New York, anyway). See how many quotes from and references to the various G&S operas you can spot.

Hello from Cape Town! Here indeed is a first rate opportunity to extend warm greetings from the southern tip of Africa to our fellow Savoyards across the world!

If you want to know who we are, well, we are the members of the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society and tonight we have about 50 members of our Society gathered here in beautiful Cape Town in the shadow of Table Mountain. You can, I hope, see some of them behind me, which will, of course, add some artistic verisimilitude to what may otherwise be a bald and unconvincing narrative.
I have to confess that we’ve been a bit short on the pirate sherry, and for that matter the sausage rolls, but we have been able to tuck in to a passable imitation of a rollicking bun or two, and to help us get into the spirit of things, we’ve also sung through the Act I finale of Pirates.

Well … hereupon we’re all agreed – all of us in Cape Town, that is – that from over the bright blue sea, and in friendship’s name, we’ll raise a glass to all you fellow Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiasts around the globe. This toast with three times three we’ll give: Long life to you; long life to you all – and long life to the ties that bind us together! And let there be no possible doubt whatever about that! So, to the rest of you gathered around the world … Cheers!

The answer? A total of 11 quotes or references.

A One-Minute Pirates! by Marc Shepherd (from ‘Gilbert and Sullivan News’, first posted on Savoynet)

A bit of fun for those of you who know the opera.

Act 1:

Samuel: Happy birthday, Frederic! You’re out of your indentures!

Fred: I love you all, but I’m going to destroy you. Good bye!

Ruth: Take me with you.

Fred: Yes. (voices heard) No!

Girls: What a nice day!

Fred: Hello.

Girls: Eeek!

Fred: Will you marry me?

Girls: No!

Mabel: Yes!

Pirates: Hello!

Girls: Eeek!

Major-General: Hello.

Pirate King: We propose to marry your daughters.

Major General: I’m an orphan.

King (sadly): Good bye!

Act 2:

Major-General: I’m not an orphan.

Mabel: We forgive you.

Fred and Police: Hail and farewell!

King and Ruth (to Fred): You’re five years old, and still a pirate!

Fred: Eeek! By the way, the Major-General is not an orphan.

King and Ruth: Let’s kill ‘im!

Fred (to Mabel): Good bye.

Mabel: My hero!

King: Seize that General!

Police: You’re under arrest.

Pirates: No we’re not.

Police: Yield in Queen Victoria’s name.

Pirates: We yield!

Police: You’re under arrest.

Ruth: No they’re not. They’re all noblemen who have gone wrong!

Major-General: Take my daughters!

All: Hurray!



AUDITION 21st JUNE 2014 2 p.m. at Pinelands Players Clubhouse for BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO, featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka – a fun show which revolves around two unlikely love stories and how they are finally resolved. Director, June Wells.

SHOW RUN – MAGNET THEATRE, OBSERVATORY, 2 – 18 OCTOBER. More info from June Wells: cjwells@mweb.co.za
Also from Pinelands Players: Candlelight Supper Theatre at the Pinelands Town Hall. #HORROR (or ‘Hashtag Horror’) Ghosties, ghoulies and things that go bump in the night! The meal is a delicious Bolognese with a surprise dessert to follow and of course there will be a fully stocked bar as well! 27 June to 4 July. Tickets R120. Bookings: 082 7719644

From MADS at the Masque: “Benefactors” by Michael Frayn, directed by Coleen van Staden, in July. Bookings: 021 7881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

Hottentots Holland presents ‘Annie The Musical’ at the Playhouse in Somerset West. 17-28 June. Bookings through Computicket.
Admin affairs The new Board of Directors has met twice so far and is beginning to find a way forward, seeking to clarify a strategy and vision for the Society as we move into the future. A Management Committee has been appointed to oversee the day to day affairs of the Society. That Committee is: Chairperson: Waldo Buckle; Productions: Kyla Thorburn; Members and internal comms: Roché Buckle; Social media and website: James Maritz; Secretary and socials: Philippa van Ryneveld; Fund-raising: Linda Gawronsky; Heritage: Anthony Storr Lister. The Development and Education portfolio is still to be confirmed, and two portfolios, Marketing and Finance, will for now be serviced by the people who hold those portfolios on the Board.

And finally …

Let my last act as the scribe for this fine Newsletter be a self-indulgent explanation of why I love Gilbert and Sullivan. I was about 13 when my parents were due to host a party. They asked me to dig through their records (remember those?) and find some suitable background music to be played while guests mingled. I found copies of The Mikado and The Gondoliers. I previewed them to see if they might be suitable – and I was hooked! I immediately thought them eminently suitable for the party, but my parents, for some reason, weren’t convinced. However, that was the beginning of my love affair with the G&S operas. Even as a teenager I appreciated the clever wit of Gilbert’s lyrics. The tongue-twisting “patter songs” were a particular favourite. And Sullivan’s melodies were just so tuneful, so sing-able, so memorable, that even in my teenage years they were serious competition for the Beatles. But it was only 20 years ago when I moved to Cape Town that I was able to join the Society and actually sing the music properly with all the wonderful harmonies. For me the singing has always been what has given me the most joy, rather than the movement and dance (which will come as no surprise to Kyla and some of the unfortunates who have been my partners over the years!) I’ve always enjoyed Gilbert’s sense of humour and his sense of the ridiculous. I’ve marvelled at the way the words and music complement each other. And I’ve found great satisfaction in mastering the harmonies which, while not too difficult, are challenging enough to keep things interesting. So there are some of my reasons for hoping that our Society will be able to keep the operas of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan alive for years to come. And I hope that many others will come to experience something of the joy I’ve found in partaking in these operas over the last 20 years.

And let that be my last word! See you at the theatre!


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Hey everyone

Don’t forget that CDS’s second show for the year, Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow” directed by Liz Roodt, is currently on at the Masque Theatre. Tickets are selling fast so book yours today (call 021 788 1898 or email bookings@masquetheatre.co.za)!

Here is what reviewers are saying about the show:

Danie Botha (translated by Willie Blignaut):

It’s a fine institution to be able to enjoy an Agatha Christie in the Masque every year.
Besides the gripping detective work, clashes between characters and convincing psychological problems, this year’s production also provided a lot of comic relief. In spite of a few loud ones in the audience on opening night, one could still enjoy the subtleties in the performances.
During recess we could all discuss who we thought committed the murder and why, but we were also wondering about something else: Were there ever any gun shots? Or was the grim reality for the stage crew that – at that critical moment – a certain sound effect or prop just didn’t work? Well, the poor victim still bravely stumbled forward and fell on stage, amidst the laughter of some of the audience members. Experienced theatre-goers around us were convinced that there was something wrong with the gun shots.
Before and after the shooting, there is a lot of drama in the Angkatell home, the Hollow. Ralph Kelly plays the engaging Sir Henry, an avid gun collector, and the patriarch who only wants the best for every member of the family. He wants to save young Midge (Christie Bellairs) from her horrid job in a dress shop, and is very protective of his beloved wife, Lucy. Kelly could do with some stronger voice projection, especially in the opening scene.
Su Cunningham delivers an outstanding, award-worthy performance as Lady Lucy. She’s an absent-minded lover of life, but also says and thinks some very rude things about some of the other characters. And of course she tends to forget certain important things. In this way, she reinforces the intrigue in a very interesting way. Cunningham’s spot-on comic timing awards her the most laughter from the audience, but without ever over-acting or making a farce of the scene.
Simon Dutton plays Gudgeon, the butler with the strong voice. He’s imposing, and very well disciplined. He always walks in exactly the same way and even stands at military attention. His attention to tidiness even results in his discovery of a very important clue in the form of a note.
The women who are involved in the love intrigue along with Midge, all deliver very well defined character portrayals. Faeron Wheeler plays Henrietta, the effectual, protective, independent spirited, artist. Opposite her is Jenny Brandt, as the pathetic, submissive Gerda, who always suppresses her feelings. Their appearances and voice intonation work well together. Jana Botha, as the film actress Veronica, deserves a prize for the most dramatic entrance. She is equally strong in her erotic seduction as she is in her enraged outbursts.
David Sharpe plays the upright, uptight and serious Edward, who is still desperately in search of love. Opposite him Sheldon Cross plays the dynamic Doctor Cristow – sexually irresistible to many of the women, but he’s also manipulative and looks down upon strugglers like Edward. Cross’s performance is impressive in his moments of rage in his clash with Veronica, while Sharpe’s character becomes quieter when his soul is troubled.
This is an ideal play for a dramatic society, due to the rather large cast, who each play an important part in the intrigue at one point or another. Roseanne as Doris the maid, definitely ensures that the two detectives want to here what she has to say. These are the two with their French accents: the calm Willie Blignaut as inspector Louis Gilbert, and Dimitri Selibas as Sergeant Penny. Unfortunately my Afrikaans ear could not always interpret Doris’s high pitched, quirky speech. Blignaut was in control of events, but may have been just a little too controlled at times. Selibas’s character certainly has an appreciation for female beauty. For certain members of the audience, his every move was bitterly funny. Something in his attitude, the swing of his pelvis? There is a story to Agatha Christie’s decision not to add her master detective Hercule Poirot to this play. Maybe that has something to do with why director Roodt decided on these specific accents.
The curtain call often tells one a great deal about the director’s amount of attention to order, precision, and aesthetics. Here they surprise us by doing something a little different. The lead roles enter first, allowing them to bask in the attention of the audience, while the supporting players enter according to their status.
This is a colourful production with red as the dominant colour in the beautiful, stylish costumes and set design.
There are still many more performances on the schedule. Book! Book!

Lieske Bester (False Bay Echo):

This play proved to be the final production of 1997 at the ‘Old’ Masque.

The theatre burnt down when the next play was in rehearsal. 

 A “new” much improved Masque Theatre rose from its ashes and has served the community theatre and audiences with a rich variety of entertainment since 1999.  Incidentally, there is another wave of fundraising to pay for a new roof, air conditioner and other necessary maintenance.  Enquire in the foyer how you can assist. 

The Hollow is one of the more amusing A C plays but the plot is as complicated as always.  Seeing it for the third time, I had not a clue until all was revealed and everything became amazingly clear….

An elegant shaped room, glowing décor and dramatic costume coordination (all Sheldon Cross) combine with an exquisite garden backdrop (Barrie Howard ).

This is a director’s debut and Liz Roodt has done well with a cast of twelve, including a number of newcomers.   On opening night pace was slow especially in the early scenes, exacerbated by insufficient projection by Ralph Kelly and David Sharpe.  This will no doubt have been remedied for the remaining performances. 

Faeron Wheeler is commanding as the feisty artist in the family.  Christie Bellairs’ good looks and presence and the suave police pair Willie Blignaut and Dimitri Selibas will hopefully be seen on our stage again.  Simon Dutton’s impressive butler and Roseanna McBain’s perky maid (such efficient housekeeping) add authenticity.

Sue Cunningham’s Lady Lucy Angkatell is real and recognizable and provides most of the humour and Sheldon Cross impresses as Dr John Christow, all rakish charm and casual philandering..  Jenny Brandt as his marginalized wife displays a talent I had not noted till now.   My accolade goes to Jana Botha whose Veronica Crane adds yet another trophy to her selection of roles.  Her explosive entrance was all Hollywood – her fame and fortune more fantasy than fact. She spiced up the action and dominated the stage.

Fans of the genre need no urging, but if you’re not or worse, haven’t seen an Agatha Christie – get thee to the show a.s.a.p and enjoy your sleuthing!

See you at the theatre!

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