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Auditions for Fawlty Towers is

Fawlty Towers comes back to The Playhouse in Somerset West in December this year, directed by Norman McFarlane for the Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society (HHDS).

The immensely popular 1970s British comedy series is back on The Playhouse stage for the third time, after sellout runs in 2010 (The Hotel Inspectors and Communication Problems) and 2012 (Waldorf Salad and The Psychiatrist). This year, we’re staging the hilarious The Builders and The Germans.

Auditions for the show are scheduled for:

  • Sunday September 11 at 4.30pm for 5pm, at The Playhouse Theatre, Lourensford Road, Somerset West.
  • With a possible call-back on Sunday September 18 at 4.30pm for 5pm, at the same venue.

The part of Manuel is pre-cast, with Trevor Legonidec reprising his role for the 2012 show.

For more information on which parts we are looking to cast for both episodes, visit our website: theplayhouse.org.za/all-event-list/auditions-for-fawlty-towers-2016

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Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
August 2016 – Number 159

Hi everyone!

Holy (silly) cow, it’s August.

Director’s tickets

We need new directors for our CDS productions. If you are interested in directing, we’d love to have you! All you need to do is stage a short play or play extract at a members evening to get your director’s ticket. For more information or to propose a play, contact our members evening convenor Matt Roy (contact details at the end of this newsletter).

Members evenings 2016

There will be three more members evenings for CDS this year. The next one is our traditional winter soup and rolls evening on 26 August at the Hok. Entertainment for the evening will feature a quiz by the inimitable Roy Oldfield as well as Shakespeare charades led by Lynn Moss.

The other members evening dates, so you can diarise them now, are 7 October and 4 December.

Silly Cow update

The cast and crew of Silly Cow are fully stuck into rehearsals and this is shaping up to be a great, bright pink play! Check out the poster:

silly cow poster

MADS production: Master Class

Master Class by Terrence McNally (author of The Full Monty) opens at the Masque Theatre on Wednesday 17 August and runs until 20 August. This bittersweet, poignant comedy recreates a master class given by Maria Callas after her voice had deserted her and she is desperately alone, but still impeccably elegant, sardonic and fiery as ever.

Masque regular Bernie Jacobs leads the cast as ‘La Divina’ and her students – or victims as she calls them – are played by Linda Steele, Miranda Lewis and Mokoena Ramollo. The cast is completed by Madame Zingara musician Wesley Wolhuter as the accompanist and Xolani Qotoyi, who plays the stagehand.

As the class progresses and Callas challenges each student to move beyond the limits of their capabilities to meet her own ruthless standards of technique and theatricality, a new memory is triggered. Callas begins to relive her dizzying triumphs and terrifying failures, vicious rivalries, her loveless marriage, her abortion, and her tempestuous relationship with the wealthiest man in the world as the “other woman” in both of his marriages. Her dark and self-deprecating humour and the story of her transformation from ugly duckling to glamour icon reveal a deeper truth behind the hard work that inspired both adoration and loathing: the extreme sacrifices that true art requires.

According to director Richard Higgs, audiences do not need to know anything about opera to become engrossed this intimate and inspiring play; all they need is a sense of humanity. Higgs is no stranger to Masque audiences. In 2015, he directed Gas Light and played Oberon in CDS’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Audiences are advised that the play contains strong language.

Book through Masque Theatre bookings on 021 788 6999 (weekdays 9h00–16h00 and Saturdays 9h00–12h00). Alternatively, you can email bookings@masquetheatre.co.za.


To be directed by Darryl Spijkers.

Date: 28 August

Time: timeslots to be booked

Venue: Artscape rehearsal room

Run dates: 14–23 December, Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

Please note that time slots will be allocated. Book your slot by emailing manager@masquetheatre.co.za.

Important notes

  • Please prepare a song in the style of the musical. It is essential that you bring a backing track on a USB or sing with the piano provided. No acapella auditions will be accepted.
  • Principal roles will be told what to prepare for a call back if needed and may be asked to read for certain other characters.
  • You may audition for an ensemble and principal role.
  • You will be asked to cite read if you are auditioning for a principal role.
  • All dance routines will be taught.
  • An American accent is required.
  • Book a slot via email. Walk-in auditions will not be accepted.

Show details

The rehearsal venue is to be confirmed. Rehearsals will commence in October 2016. Times will be arranged around cast needs as far as possible.

The Masque Theatre players is an amateur dramatic society and as such, no party involved in the production is financially remunerated.


Ages are listed as approximate. If you are in the general age range or can play a particular age, please audition. Often the ages of characters are adjusted (within reason) when we are casting these shows.

  • Danny (male, 16+): The leader of the “T-Birds”. Well built, good looking, with an air of cool, easy going charm. Strong and confident. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Songs:
      • Summer Nights (with Sandy)
      • Sandy
      • Greased Lightning (with Kenickie & T Birds)
      • You’re The One That I Want (with Sandy)
    • Note: Excellent dancer
    • Range: D – high B; good falsetto to high Db
  • Kenickie (male, 16+): Second-in-command of the “T-Birds”. Tough looking, tattooed, surly, avoids any show of softness. Has an off-beat sense of humour. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Song: Greased Lightning (Lead)
    • Range: D–F#
  • Doody (male, 16+): Youngest of the guys. Small, boyish, open, with a disarming smile and a hero-worshipping attitude toward the other guys. Plays guitar (optional).
    • Songs:
      • Those Magic Changes (Lead)
      • Rock’n’Roll Party Queen (with Roger)
      • Greased Lightning (with Kenickie & T Birds)
    • Range: D–G; good falsetto to high Eb
  • Roger (male, 16+): The ‘anything for a laugh’ stocky type. Full of mischief, half-baked schemes and ideas. A clown who enjoys putting other people on.
    • Songs:
      • Mooning (with Jan)
      • Greased Lightning (with Kenickie & T Birds)
    • Range: F–G
  • Sonny (male, 16+): A wannabe tough guy who thinks he’s a real lady killer.
    • Song: Greased Lightning (with Kenickie & T Birds)
  • Eugene (male, 16+): The class valedictorian. Physically awkward, with weak eyes and a high pitched voice. A nerdy apple polisher, smug and pompous but gullible.
    • Song: Alma Mater (with choral group of 12)
  • Vince Fontaine (male, 25+): Adult, a typical ‘teen audience’ radio disc jockey. Slick, egotistical, fast-talking. A veteran ‘greaser’. Must be able to convincingly play an adult.
    • Non-singing
  • Johnny Casino (male, 16+): A ‘greaser’ student at Rydell who energetically leads a rock’n’roll band and likes to think of himself as a real rock’n’roll idol (like Elvis).
    • Songs:
      • Shaking at the High School Hop
      • (Lead) Born to Hand Jive (Lead)
    • Good energetic solo performer
    • Range: A–C; good falsetto to high C
  • Teen Angel (male/female, 25+): A good looking, falsetto voiced crooner. A singer who would have caused crowds to scream and riot back in 1958. Must be able to convincingly play a ‘celebrity’.
    • Song: Beauty School Dropout (Lead)
    • Range: E–B; good falsetto to E
  • Sandy (female, 16+): Danny’s love interest. Sweet, wholesome, naïve, cute, like Sandra Dee of the ‘Gidget’ movies. However, must be able to play sassy and sultry after her transformation. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager (16+)
    • Songs:
      • Summer Nights (with Danny)
      • It’s Raining on Prom Night (duet with Soloist 1)
      • Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee – Reprise (Solo)
      • Hopelessly Devoted To You (Solo)
      • You’re The One That I Want (with Danny)
    • Range: A–D
  • Rizzo (female, 16+): Leader of the “Pink Ladies”. She is tough, sarcastic and outspoken, but vulnerable during a pregnancy scare. Italian, with unconventional good looks. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Songs:
      • Freddy My Love (with Marty and Pink Ladies)
      • Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee (Lead)
      • There Are Worse Things I Could Do (Solo)
    • Range: A–C
  • Frenchy (female, 16+): A dreamer. Good natured but a little dumb. Heavily made-up, fussy about her appearance – particularly her hair. She can’t wait to finish high school so she can be a beautician. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Song: Freddy My Love (with Marty and Pink Ladies)
  • Marty (female, 16+): The ‘beauty’ of the Pink Ladies. Pretty, looks older than the other girls, but betrays her real age when she opens her mouth. Tries to act sophisticated. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Song: Freddy My Love (Lead)
    • Must be able to walk comfortably in high heels – please wear to audition
    • Range: C–Db
  • Jan (female, 16+): Energetic, bubbly, and eating all the time! Loud and pushy with the girls, but shy with the boys.
    •  Songs:
      • Freddy My Love (with Marty and Pink Ladies)
      • Mooning (with Roger)
    • Range: Bb–Bb
  • Patty (female, 16+): A typical all American cheerleader. Attractive and athletic. Aggressive, sure of herself, given to burst of disconcerting enthusiasm. Catty. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Song: Alma Mater (with choral group of 12)
    • Cheerleading/Baton swirling (optional)
  • Cha-Cha (female, 16+): Kenickie’s blind date, who dances the Hand Jive with Danny. Sexy, feisty and overly confident. Is, and takes pride in being ‘the best dancer at St Bernadette’s’. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Non singing but Excellent dancer
    • Must be able to walk AND dance comfortably in high heels – please wear to audition
  • Miss Lynch (female, 40+): The Rydell High School head mistress. Strict, demanding teacher, who would like to consider herself ‘hip’, but she definitely isn’t. Must be able to convincingly play an adult.
    • Song: Alma Mater (badly)
    • Doesn’t need to be a good singer but singing is a plus.
  • Ensemble: 7 character singer/dancers are required for many of the numbers. You will be required to audition with ‘We Go Together’ sung whilst dancing a routine that you will be taught.


The production also requires certain crew members as listed below. Please also book a slot for the audition for 12h45 or 14h45 to meet us and apply to be part of the crew.

  • Set builders
  • Prop managers
  • Stage crew
  • Production secretary
  • Costume manager

Acting workshops

Raine Waring is offering acting workshops. These will include work on:

  • Audition/Role preparation
  • Monologue/Scene study
  • Performance coaching
  • Vocal training – ensuring safe and effective use of the voice in performances
  • Character development
  • Stage blocking techniques
  • Coaching for castings/auditions – Stage and film

About Raine

I am very enthusiastic about the performing arts industry as a whole. I uphold an aspiration to create opportunity for up and coming actors to develop the skills of acting. In these workshops, I aim at equipping actors with the correct tools for acting, installing confidence in them, and encouraging their creative thinking, self-expression and overall growth as a person and a performer.

August dates: 20/08, 29/08
Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Methodist Church Hall, Cnr Milton and Wesley Street, Observatory
Class times: Saturdays 11:00 – 12:00; Monday 18:00 – 19:00 (the last Monday of every month)

These class times fall under Package 2: One 1-hour session a week for 1 month @ R350.
If you would prefer to start with a trial class to see if this is for you, you are welcome to do so. This trial class will be at R75 for the hour and if you are happy we can open a package for you thereafter.

If you are interested in attending these workshops, please contact Raine at raine@gam.co.za or 083 519 1548.

See you at the theatre!


10–20 Aug A Man of Good Hope
adapted by Isango Ensemble
Baxter Theatre
15–20 Aug The Real Dirt
directed by Hayleigh Evans
Alexander Bar
15–20 Aug Unfair Lady
presented by POPArt Productions
Alexander Bar
15–27 Aug Pay Back the Curry!
presented by Golden Arrow Studio
Baxter Theatre
16 Aug–17 Sep Clybourne Park
directed by Greg Karvellas
Fugard Theatre
17–20 Aug Master Class
presented by MADS
Masque Theatre
17–28 Aug Slava’s Snowshow
presented by Showtime Management
18—20 Aug The Great American Songbook
presented by Cabaret Man
Rosebank Theatre
22–27 Aug We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants
directed by Lindiwe Matshikiza
Alexander Bar
23 Aug–24 Sep The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
written and directed by Athol Fugard
Fugard Theatre
24–25 Aug Hinterland
directed by Caroline Smart
24–3 Sep Broadway or Bust
presented by Waterfront Theatre College
Masque Theatre
24–27 Aug We Can Do It!
a tribute
Rosebank Theatre
25 Aug–17 Sep Remembering the Lux Baxter Theatre
28 Aug Foyer session: ND Project
presented by Ulla Gosebrink
Masque Theatre
28 Aug WCWP Fundraising Fashion Show
compéred by Irit Noble
Somerset West Playhouse
29 Aug–17 Sep Anthology: After the End
3 short plays
Alexander Bar
31 Aug–24 Sep Karoo Moose
presented by Golden Arrow Studio
Baxter Theatre
1–3 Sep Wordplay – Inspired Improv
presented by ImproGuise
Alexander Bar
8–10 Sep The Bear and The Proposal
presented by The GingerbreadMan Collective
Alexander Bar

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

Simon Dutton (Chair) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350

Santie du Toit (Treasurer) santsbabe@gmail.com Cell: 074 608 2670

Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell: 082 492 5984

Matt Roy (Members Evenings): hapunkey83@gmail.com Cell: 062 485 8001

Kim R2 (Communications): tzar42@gmail.com Home: 021 671 8687 Cell: 083 619 2441

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