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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont, 7708
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

November 2014 – Number 139

Hi all,

I cannot believe it is nearly Christmas time and we are busy wrapping up the year. What an incredible year it has been. We have so much to be proud of with another three successful productions under the belt. We are already looking forward to the New Year, but before we do that let us all have a party!


Next Members Evening 

On 30 November we are having our final Members Evening of 2014.

This year we will be having a wonderful picnic/bring-and-braai.

Hosted by Su Cunningham at her Kenilworth School

139 1st Avenue, Kenilworth


We will provide salads and rolls and some light entertainment, you bring meat and booze (maybe a blanket or camping chairs).

We look forward to seeing you all there for real special close to a very productive year.


Please give Pam Burger a ring on 021 657 5700 (w) or 082 488 0442; or email her on pamb@masterparts.com to let her know if you will be joining us for another great evening.



Once again we would like to thank everyone involved with this exceptional production. It was not only exceptional but successful artistically as well as financially. We are so proud of everyone. Hopefully we can celebrate this success at our upcoming members evening.


Crimes of the Heart

Our first production for 2015 has been cast by the director, the lovely Jenny Brandt:

“I have been very fortunate in finding a wonderful cast for my first production!   Included in my cast are a couple of well-known and well-loved faces, two very pretty new faces, a Scotsman with a surprisingly convincing southern accent and our very own Southerner from Mississippi!”

They are:

Lenny McGrath:                         Jana Botha

Chick Boyle:                                   Liz Roodt

Meg McGrath:                              Michaela O’Toole

Babe McGrath:                            Ashleigh van der Hoven

Barnette Lloyd:                           Trad Nogueira-Godsey

Doc Porter:                                     Matt Roy


Masque 200 Clubs

If you haven’t yet joined one of the Masque’s 200 Clubs (in which you donate a monthly amount to the Masque for general theatre upkeep so we can keep our little theatre running), please do consider it. It’s not a huge amount of money, but it could make a huge difference to the future of the Masque. All details can be found on the Masque website: www.masquetheatre.co.za.


The Fact Is …

Love is contagious and no-one is immune! Now in a concert of songs old and modern, Bonny White & Alison Hofer have found the answers just for you.

With classics from The Great White Way and The West End as well as ballads from around the world, the talented singers will tickle your funny bone, grip your heart and trigger your tear ducts. Be prepared to be spellbound!

29 November, 8 pm at the Pinelands Town Hall

Seating limited – one show only!

Tickets R100 (includes 2 glasses of wine, sherry or juice)

Book on 021 531 8682 OR 072 446 7532 OR cjwells@mweb.co.za0

Cast: Talia Bernhardt, Lesley Boxall, Suwi Chibale, Michelle Galloway, Chris Laurie, Kirsten Pienaar, Julian Place, France Sholto-Douglas, Keenan Oliphant, Samantha Sadler, Robyn Schurr & Amy Walton. Accompanied by Reon Jacobs.



23 Nov                       Inter-Society Quiz (6pm, Artscape Theatre foyer)

 30 Nov                       Claremont Christmas Party! (6pm, 139 1st Avenue, Kenilworth)

28 Nov – 6 Dec       “The Great Gatsby” at the Masque Theatre, directed by Alastair Duff for Constantiaberg Theatre Players

29 Nov                       “The Fact Is …”, a concert of old and modern love songs presented by Pinelands Players (8pm, Pinelands Town Hall)

10 Dec – 21 Dec     “Once Upon A Time.Com”, a pantomime for the whole family, at the Masque Theatre, directed by Kyla Thorburn 


I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. – Thornton Wilder


That’s all folks!




Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2014: 

Simon Dutton (Vice-Chair/Hok Manager) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350
Anthony Storr Lister (Treasurer) anthonylister@mailbox.co.za Home: 021 671 1443 Cell: 082 357 7677
Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell:082 492 5984
Sheldon Cross (Chat) sheldon_cross@yahoo.com Home: 021 801 5610 Cell: 072 596 8369
Liz Roodt (Members Evenings): lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk Cell: 081 259 3607

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From the chair….

Dear Members and friends,

Half way through October and we were already seeing Xmas trees etc. in the shops! We have had very good feedback on the September productions. The Shakespeare festival went well with good support from local schools. Pity there was not more members of the general public there.

The tribute to Cliff Richard and the shadows present by “The Young Ones” on the 5th and 6th September was sold out and the DQ Productions “Agnes of God” received very good reviews. The Amanda Peaceful Dance Company did a sterling job with their show.  The Aba tribute show sold out! Interesting to note whilst the Abba Show was on stage performing, Morne de Wet was busy painting  Gail’s set behind the black curtain!

Gail Hattingh’s “Fantasia” opened on Friday the 17th with a bang and as promised, has provided excellent entertainment. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t miss the last shows TONIGHT at 7:30pm or TOMORROW Saturday,1st Nov at 2pm & 7:30pm!

Bookings are open for Johan Liebenberg’s “Tribute to Neil Diamond” on the 6th and 7th November. Johan has an excellent reputation and we are looking forward to this one.

“Fawlty Towers” booking will open shortly and the show dates are 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 December. The 2015 Production schedule is almost completed and we have auditions for the first 2 productions in November.

Darryl Spijkers will be doing “Steel Magnolias” in February. Auditions will be held on 9th November.

On the 23rd November we have auditions for “Murder on the Nile” to be directed by Philippe Pringiers. This production is scheduled for March.

We have other shows coming up, more news of those later. Please pencil in 17th January for the ANNUAL AWARDS EVENING, and the 8th February for the AGM.


Lindsay S,


Society News

Charity Support

The Abba Show has raised funds for Helderberg Hospice as will the Neil Diamond production.

Fawlty Towers will be raising funds for the Society for the Aged.


FOH – Front of House

That call will always be there! It’s such an important part for the successful run of our shows and we need to make sure we portray a good image. A friendly smile and welcome are what makes our patrons feel welcome. By the way, if you as a member have a Playhouse t-shirt that is a good opportunity to wear it.

To add your name to the list of volunteers click here. (If you have never done it before please contact Noel first (076 577 9338) and get her guidance on how it all works.)

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