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March 2015 – Number 142

 

Hi everyone!

Our first show of the year has come and gone. Jenny Brandt’s directorial debut, Crimes of the Heart, was very well received by audiences and reviewers alike. Well done to all involved! Jenny shares with us what she experienced directing her first show.

Rehearsals are now underway for our second show, Shakespeare’s great comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is being directed by Sheldon Cross in June. Everyone is very enthusiastic and working very hard so this is shaping up to be a great show. Keep an eye out for sneak previews and updates!

In the meantime, there’s lots of theatre, events and auditions to keep everyone busy in the weeks leading up to Easter. Enjoy!

 

Crimes of the Heart

Directing my first play has been a challenging experience on many levels. Firstly, as an introvert, getting a group of vibrant actor types to toe the line was not always easy! Secondly, and more importantly, was finding the confidence to commit to my vision of the play. In this regard, I must say, that I was hugely supported by the cast. From the outset everyone bought into the process and worked together to create a trusting environment.

We spent a lot of time initially analysing the characters and their relationships, a process that everyone seemed to enjoy immensely, including me. This laid the foundation for what, I think, approached a psychologically truthful production, which was ultimately my goal.

Needless to say what I’ve enjoyed most about directing this play has been watching each actor grow as a performer. I know that every one of them was challenged by their individual role and that at least two actors were cast completely against type! Well done to you all!

I would like to thank everyone again who supported this production, whether in set-construction, backstage, front-of-house, or just by coming to see the play.

– Jenny Brandt (director)

 

CATA Awards

The CATA Awards are approaching fast – ceremony is next week on 23 March at the Masque.

Congratulations to all CATA nominees and a particular congratulations to the CDS members who were nominated – you’ve done us proud!

Here again is the full list of nominees:

ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION & TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE

  • Sumé Christodoulou-Lötter – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Kyla Thorburn – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Roxy Levy – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Bettina Horvarth – Sleuth (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Fiona Tanner & Shaun Klaasen – The World Goes Round (Milnerton Players)
  • Jenny Merrit – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Fanie Fourie – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Lindsay Small – Sleuth (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Gary Fargher & John Blewett – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

BEST COSTUMES

  • Pilar Pringiers – Amadeus (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Corrie Luijk – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Noel Pitout – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Roché Haupt-Buckle – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

BEST SET

  • Fanie Fourie – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Barrie Altwig – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Sheldon Cross – The Hollow (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Zanodean Cassiem – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Fanie Fourie – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players

JUNIOR PERFORMANCE

  • Jessica Matthews – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Julia Mattes – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Michelle Juncker – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Julia Mattes – To Kill a Mockingbird – (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Tristan Slater – To Kill a Mockingbird – (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Timothy Stadler – To Kill a Mockingbird – (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

CAMEO PERFORMANCE

  • Kim Randleff-Rasmussen – Private Lives (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Jana Botha – Flat Spin (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Heather Scott – To Kill a Mockingbird – (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Jared Hendricks – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Jay Heale – Quartet (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Patrick Jordi – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Angela Lee-Wright – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)
  • Sibusiso Mpanza – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)
  • Lynn Moss – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

  • Zanodean Cassiem – (Set design) To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Lynn Moss – (Director) One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Floris Baker – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Hilary Abels – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Jason October – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Wynand du Plessis – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

  • Jane Stone – One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Pamela Burger – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Roz Fitzgerald-Turner – The Game’s Afoot (Milnerton Players)
  • Jane Sutherland – The Great Gatsby (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Nicolette Fernandes – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Kristine Berg – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Fiona Carling – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

  • Alastair Duff – Flat Spin (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Wesley Figaji – One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Robin Louw – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Dylan Damonse – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Sheldon Cross – The Hollow (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Jarred Pitout – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • David Bolton – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Neil Leachman – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Nico Dreyer – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

  • Samantha Taylor – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Lauren Meeser – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Debi Hawkins – Benefactors (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Jennifer Moss – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Cindy Nixon – Quartet (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Miranda Lewis – The Importance of Being Earnest (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Marzanne Kriek – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Sian Atterbury – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Victoria Harris – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Melissa Sanderson – The World Goes Round (Milnerton Players)
  • Fiona Tanner – The World Goes Round (Milnerton Players)
  • Jennifer Moss – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

  • Richard Higgs – Amadeus (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • James Skilton – One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Thomas Agates – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • David Bullard – Sleuth (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Norman McFarlane – Benefactors (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Rick Harington – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Brian de Kock – Quartet (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Trevor Joubert – The Game’s Afoot (Milnerton Players)
  • Wynand du Plessis – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Fanie Fourie – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Renier Jacobs – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Shaun Browne – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Werner Viln – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

  • Esté Rabé – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Darryl Spijkers – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Teddy Davies – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Darryl Spijkers – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Judith Herbig – The Game’s Afoot (Milnerton Players)
  • Barrie Howard – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

BEST PLAY, BEST MUSICAL, MOST ADVENTUROUS PRODUCTION

  • Amadeus (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • The World goes round (Milnerton Players)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Sleuth (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • The Game’s Afoot (Milnerton Players)

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Rehearsals have begun for CDS’s mid-year production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Everyone is super enthusiastic and really going all out to make this one a show to remember!

In case you missed it, here is the cast:

The Athenians

  • Theseus (Duke of Athens) – Simon Dutton
  • Hippolyta (Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to Theseus) – Jo Frater
  • Philostrate (Master of the Revels) – Faeron Wheeler
  • Egeia (mother of Hermia) – Bernie Jacobs
  • Hermia – Tahnee Steyn
  • Helena – Santie du Toit White
  • Lysander – Willie Blignaut
  • Demetrius – Matthew Roy

The Fairies

  • Oberon (King of the Fairies) – Richard Higgs
  • Titania (Queen of the Fairies) – Michele Belknap
  • Puck – Jana Botha
  • Peaseblossom – Lucy Frater
  • Cobweb – Bernadette Langeveldt
  • Moth – Setareh Rajaei (Seti)
  • Mustardseed/Fairy 1 – Dieter Strumpher

The Mechanicals

  • Patricia Quince (carpenter, troupe leader, plays Prologue) – Liz Roodt
  • Nick Bottom (weaver, plays Pyramus) – Mokoena Ramollo
  • Francine Flute (bellows-mender, plays Thisbe) – Kim R2
  • Robin Starveling (tailor, plays Moonshine) – Hishaam Loofter
  • Tom Snout (tinker, plays Wall) – Ian Belknap
  • Snug (joiner, plays Lion) – David Sharpe

If you are interested in getting involved backstage, helping with props, costumes, sound and lights, please contact the stage manager Debra Beswick on debrazoeb@gmail.com.

 

AUDITION: Till the Boys Come Home (Pinelands Players)

Pinelands Players will be presenting their traditional candlelight supper show at the Pinelands Town Hall from 15 to 24 May. The show this year is the musical Till The Boys Come Home. Auditions are being held on 21 March at the Pinelands Clubhouse at 14h00.

Director: Helen Brain

Musical Director: Ted Faulkner

CAST

  • Hazel: housemaid, feisty, cynical. 18. Comes from an orphanage. Loves Jannie Cupido.
  • Mrs McMurray: arty, wafty, vague and disorganised. Middle aged and wealthy. Doesn’t have to sing.
  • Dolores McMurray: lugubrious pessimist. Aged 26. Spinster older sister. Drippy nose.
  • Florence McMurray: pretty and girly. Pretty singing voice. Cheerful. Twin sister of William. Aged 22
  • Mrs Daphne de Villiers: young woman, pregnant, faints a lot, gets hysterical. Wife of Dr de Villiers
  • Mrs Cupido: Cook. 50ish Doesn’t believe Hazel is good enough for her son. Brusque, no nonsense.
  • Mrs Patrick: tone deaf and bossy. Married to the Rector. Middle aged.
  • William McMurray: soldier. 22. Trying to be brave, but missing home and scared.
  • Jannie Cupido: soldier Cape Corps. 24. Loves Hazel, but can’t declare it because his mother doesn’t like her. Bit of a mummy’s boy. Has to learn to set boundaries for mom.
  • Dr de Villiers: 35, doctor in Delville Wood. Wife at home, pregnant.
  • Phoebe Spencer: 23, nurse, shell shocked and over tired. Depressed by all these young men being killed and injured. Falls in love with William. Pretty, sings well.
  • Soldiers

SONGS

  • Pack up your troubles
  • It’s a long way to Tipperary
  • Goodbyee
  • Oh we don’t want to lose you
  • When this lousy war is over
  • Hush here comes a whizzbang
  • Oh it’s a Lovely War
  • Keep the Home Fires burning
  • I wanna go home/the Bells of Hell

 

AUDITION: Honour by Joanna Murray Smith

To be staged for Claremont Dramatic Society from 9–17 October at the Masque Theatre, directed by Brenda Gray.

Audition: Sunday 28 March, 14h30 at the Hok, Claremont

Described by one New York critic as “a gem of a play”, Honour is an insightful and original treatment of the all too familiar tale of a middle-aged man who leaves his wife for a younger woman.

This is not a plot-driven play, but a play that rides on a dense intelligent script and on the character portrayals of the four actors: “… a fly-on-the-wall view into the lives of this upper middle-class couple’s exhausting, confronting, yet also tender and poignant journey through life and love.”

It premiered in Melbourne in 1995, and has since been performed in more than three dozen countries, including Broadway (1998) and London’s National Theatre (2003).

CAST

  • Honor: A beautiful, elegant, cultivated woman in her fifties.
  • Angus (Gus): Honor’s husband. An attractive, slightly youthful man in his fifties.
  • Sophie: Their 24­year­old daughter.
  • Claudia: A striking young woman in her late twenties.

Enquiries: 083 330 0670 (SMS) or 021 686 3554

 

Subs reminder

A reminder to all to please pay your 2015 subscriptions (R50 for the year) if you have not already done so.

Bank details:

  • Claremont Dramatic Society
  • Standard Bank
  • Account no.: 072637676
  • Branch code: 051001

Please add your name as reference and send proof of payment to Anthony Storr-Lister (anthonylister@mailbox.co.za).

 

Calendar

12–21 March – Murder on the Nile (presented by HHDS) at The Playhouse (Somerset West)

21 March – AUDITION: Till the Boys Come Home (Candlelight Supper musical to be presented by Pinelands Players in May) at the Pinelands Club House

23 March – CATA Awards at The Masque

25 March – MADS members’ evening (Lynn Moss will be speaking about CATA) at the Rendezvous, Muizenberg

25–28 March – Ella’s Horses and Happy (a double bill of plays by Charles J Fourie presented by the Cape Theatre Ensemble) at The Masque

28 March – AUDITION: Honour by Joanna Murray-Smith (directed by Brends Gray, to be presented by CDS in October) at The Hok, Claremont

2–4 April – Resurrection (passion ballet presented by Jesus Street Show) at The Masque

6–10 April – Storyland (featuring “The Princess and the Pea” and “Jack and the Beanstalk”, presented by the Masque Theatre Players) at The Masque

11 April – Voices of the guitar (featuring Dimmitrios Giannakis and Jonathan Walters) at The Masque

12 April – Foyer sessions (Claire de Kock Quartet) at The Masque

17 April – Pinelands Players members’ evening at the Pinelands Clubhouse

19 April – Foyer sessions (Matthew Rice) at The Masque

24 Apr–2 May – House Guest (presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society) at The Masque

 

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2015:

 

Simon Dutton (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
Liz Roodt (Members Evenings): lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk Cell: 081 259 3607
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