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G&S presents Snoopy!!! – The Musical 

DIRECTOR – Darryl Spijkers
MUSICAL DIRECTOR – Kathy Lin

ABOUT THE SHOW

Tuneful! Charming! Hilarious! Yes, SNOOPY!!! – the musical sequel to YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN – deserves each of its three exclamation points.

Based on the beloved Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, the show sparkles with wit and warmth as it depicts life as seen through the eyes of Schulz’s unforgettable characters. Musical numbers include “Just One Person,” “Poor Sweet Baby,” “Don’t Be Anything Less (Than Everything You Can Be),” “Edgar Allen Poe” and “Daisy Hill.”

The London Version of SNOOPY!!! includes all the songs from the Original Version, plus four more: “Hurry Up, Face,” “Mother’s Day,” “Dime A Dozen,” and “When Do The Good Things Start?”

Please note that this is a community theatre production an no performer will be remunerated for their involvement.

Click here for the Cast Recording: https://drive.google.com/open…

Click here for the Script: https://drive.google.com/open…

Click here for the Vocal Score: https://drive.google.com/open…

CHARACTER ROLES

Snoopy is Charlie Brown’s pet beagle. has become one of the most recognizable and iconic characters in the comic strip. The original drawings of Snoopy were inspired by Spike, one of Schulz’s childhood dogs.

GENDER – Male
AGE RANGE – 16 to 35
PART – Lead
VOICE – Tenor

Woodstock is a bird who quickly became Snoopy’s best friend. The only non-bird character who can understand Woodstock’s speech is Snoopy. This is a non-speaking character making characterisation challenging.

GENDER – Male/Female
AGE RANGE – 16 to 35
PART – Support
VOICE – Silent

Charlie Brown is characterized as a person who frequently suffers, and as a result is usually nervous and lacks self-confidence. He shows both pessimistic and optimistic attitudes: on some days, he is reluctant to go out because his day might just be spoiled, but on others, he hopes for the best and tries as much as he can to accomplish things.

GENDER – Male
PART – Support
AGE RANGE – 16 to 35
VOICE – Tenor

Peppermint Patty is noted for her persistent habit of profoundly misunderstanding basic concepts and ideas that most people would consider obvious, then blindly ignoring any counsel against her latest fixation, which leads to ultimately embarrassing situations for which she blames everyone who warned her. For a long time she seemed unaware that Snoopy was a dog, referring to him as “the funny looking kid with the big nose.”

GENDER – Female
PART – Support
AGE RANGE – 16 to 35
VOICE – Alto

Linus is very intelligent and very wise and acts as the strip’s philosopher and theologian, often quoting the Gospels. Juvenile aspects of his character are also displayed; for example, Linus is almost always depicted holding his blue security blanket—for which he is often mocked by other characters—and often sucks his thumb. He invented his own legendary being, the Great Pumpkin, who, Linus claims, appears every Halloween at the most “sincere” pumpkin patch, bearing gifts.

GENDER – Male
PART – Support
AGE RANGE – 16 to 35
VOICE – Tenor/Baritone

Sally is the complex little sister of Charlie Brown. On one hand, she is good-hearted, sweet, and innocent. However, on the other, she can be lazy, naive, slow, obsessive, greedy, insecure, and sometimes even self-centered and manipulative.

Sally has a “take it easy” approach to life, preferring to slide by while doing as little work as possible. Her favorite pastime is sitting in her beanbag chair watching TV.

GENDER – Female
PART – Support
AGE RANGE – 16 to 35
VOICE – Soprano/Alto

Lucille “Lucy” van Pelt is the older sister of Linus. Lucy is characterized as a “fussbudget”, crabby, bossy and opinionated girl who bullies other characters, particularly Linus and Charlie Brown.

GENDER – Female
PART – Support
AGE RANGE – 16 to 35
VOICE – Soprano/Alto

INITIAL AUDITION PROCESS AND INFORMATION

Initial auditions will start from 9am onwards Saturday 4th November at the Artscape. Auditions will be in small groups – please reserve an audition time (duration approx 45mins) by filling in this online form:

https://goo.gl/forms/MNky6rUnT4QbpVeB2

Notes for everyone auditioning for all characters in Snoopy – The Musical:

  • Please prepare a song of your choice from Snoopy – The Musical that allows you to show your vocal range and acting ability for the role/s you are auditioning for.
  • Reading in an American accent will be a requirement.
  • The entire show depends on a balance between humorous character definition and belting harmonies.
  • The audition process will be relaxed and include a brief warm up along with the ensemble song, and maybe some solo work. There will be some choreography, dialogue and games. This is an opportunity for us to assess potential.
  • The warm-up song for each group to sing from the show will be ‘The World according to Snoopy’. Please have a look at the song and practice it prior to arriving.
  • Versatility is an advantage for this production. Please feel free to audition for any role/s that you feel you are suitable for. You may also be asked to sing/act for other roles during the audition process. However, please do not be put off if you feel you are only suitable for one particular role – we encourage you to audition for that, you might be surprised.
  • A pianist will be available to play audition songs.

CALLBACK AUDITION WORKSHOP

A group callback audition workshop will be held on Tuesday 7th November at 18:30pm. The collaborative ensemble nature of this production requires an integrated approach during the audition process. The purpose of this workshop will be to work with prospective cast members as a group; to extend the performers and to mix-and-match characters in order to find the unique and most appropriate configuration of performers for this production. Once you have completed your audition, you will be given as much notice as possible if you will need to attend the recall audition workshop. Please make every effort to be available for this group workshop.

OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE

  • Music and acting rehearsals will begin as soon as possible after the auditions are completed. Commitment: this is an integrated ensemble production, with most performers in the majority of scenes throughout. A rehearsal schedule will be developed based around general cast availability, you will need to make an effort to attend all rehearsals as required.
  • This production will be on stage for 11 performances from 9th February 2018 to 18th February 2018 at the Artscape Arena. You must be available for all performances and relevant technical/dress rehearsals in the weeks prior.

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AUDITION NOTICE: ‘Abigail’s Party’ by Mike Leigh

Directed by Lynn Moss
A Masque Theatre Production
Production Dates: 12-15 July 2017 (5 performances)
Time: 14h00
Date: Sunday 23 April
Place: The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont
Cast of Characters: 

  • Beverly, female [30 – 40], she is the life and soul of the party, ex-beautician, married to Laurence.  The main anchor of the play, ascorbic, cutting and tactless to her husband, and eventually to her party guests. A social climber, who is very image and status conscious.
  • Laurence, male [30 – 40]  the understated, overlooked and stressed estate agent husband to Beverly. Tries to be the peacemaker, and the man of the house, often failing in the eyes of his wife.
  • Angie, female [25 to 35], married for three years to Tony. She is a nurse and a blatant social climber, wanting to be liked in the new neighbourhood. Admires and aspires to be like her idol Beverly.
  • Tony, male [25 to 35], married to Angie. He is a computer operator working shifts, and one-time professional footballer. The quiet unassuming type, but with a sexy smouldering attraction.
  • Sue, female [40 to 50], Abigail’s mother. Nervous and quiet, but rather refined. A divorced mother bringing up her teenage children in one of the larger homes of the street.

For more information and to book your audition please contact Lynn Moss 021 785 2466/084 701 8360 or email: lynn@infomotion.co.za

Rehearsals scheduled to commence weekend of 13 May. Rehearsal Location TBC

About this Production
This Masque Theatre Production is being produced and staged on behalf of the theatre for fund raising purposes.  The production run maybe short, but the energy and commitment of the members of the Masque Board producing this adventure will be dynamic, fast paced and above all FUN!!

The intention is to stage a theatrical experience that starts for the audience the moment they step into the Masque Theatre. Patrons will be invited to dress in 70’s theme and enjoy ‘Abigail’s Party’ starting in the Masque Theatre foyer, with refreshment and snacks served before the show, and photos afterwards with the cast, when the party continues in the bar.

‘Abigail’s Party’ was fist staged in the UK in 1977, 40 years ago, yet its topic is still relevant today. The characters we can all identify with, and have no doubt experienced a party hosted by an overbearing Beverly. The play also holds the record of the highest ever viewed on televisions, with a staggering 16 million viewers tuning into watch.

The action takes place on Saturday night, in suburban North London. Abigail has convinced her mother Sue, to allow her to have a party. Neighbour Beverly insists on hosting a small intimate soiree, in order to give Sue something to do whilst the  teenager’s party takes place. Laurence, Beverly’s uptight husband arrives home late,  just in time to see the first guests arrive, new neighbours Angie and Tony. Beverly’s hosting skills consist of plenty of drink, nuts, maybe an olive or two and cheesy pineapple on sticks. The evening unfolds with some spectacular conversation, dancing and the ultimate unforgettable finale. The power of this play lies in the characterisations, which will be developed to the full. British accents or the ability to learn them are necessary for this production.

Back Stage opportunities:

  • Stage Manager
  • Prop’s Master
  • Sound and lighting technician

Production run characters: Abigail’s Party Guests, pre-show, foyer only.

  • Six young adults to act as teenagers.
  • Mixture of male and female, dressed in 1970’s outfits some punk era clothing and make up.
  • Will be required to mix with the theatre goers, handing out drinks and canapés, and assist with fund raising activities each evening and matinee.

AUDITION NOTICE: ‘After Ever After’

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Date: Sunday 19 March

Time: 10h00

Venue: The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont

Performance dates: 19-29 July, Masque Theatre

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is an absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard. The play expands upon the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The action of Stoppard’s play takes place mainly in the wings of ‘Hamlet’, with brief appearances of major characters from ‘Hamlet’ who enact fragments of the original’s scenes. Between these episodes the two protagonists voice their confusion at the progress of events occurring on stage, of which they have no direct knowledge.

List of roles:

  • Guildenstern (lead)
  • Rosenkrantz (lead)
  • The Player
  • The Actors (5-6)
  • Hamlet
  • Claudius
  • Ophelia
  • Gertrude
  • Polonius
  • Fortinbras
  • Horatio
  • Courtiers

I am looking for actors (particularly for the two main roles) who are able to understand and experiment with highly intricate word play, as well as, access and portray a range of emotions within a short period of time. Naturally, comic timing – or the ability to develop it – is crucial. In addition, the two leads ‘must’ be good at learning lines, and willing to work intensively.  (No short order – but, in my opinion, these roles are two of the most challenging and rewarding roles in the history of modern theatre!)

The third largest part is that of the leader of the troupe of actors, i.e. The Player.  This part also requires everything that is mentioned above.  It is a wickedly comic part.  The leader is in charge of a troupe of clueless, clowning ‘actors’ who must somehow put together a play worthy of the court.  The actors playing ‘the actors’ need to have a feel for physical comedy (they do not have any lines, so rely entirely on body language to convey the humour).

Although all the other parts, e.g. Hamlet and Claudius, are small, they are spoken in the original Shakespearean language.  Actors taking on these small, but not easy parts, need to be able to master the language.

To prepare

For all the speaking parts, please familiarise yourselves with the relevant piece below.  You don’t need to learn the pieces by heart, but need to be able to show what you can do with them.  (There will be someone reading in the other part/parts for you).

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Auditionees for non-speaking parts need simply arrive.

Contact

If you have any queries or cannot make the audition and would like to schedule an alternate time, please contact Jenny Brandt, the director, on jennybrandt74@gmail.com, 082 492 5984 or 021 785 7610.

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glass-menagerie

AUDITION NOTICE

Carnivals of the Heart will present The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams at the Masque Theatre from 7 – 13 May 2017 by special arrangement with Samuel French. Darryl Spijkers will direct the show. Auditions for this production will be between 6 and 11 February at allocated slots. Auditions will be by appointment only.

Please email thedashingwriter@gmail.com to make an appointment. Auditions will be held in 10-minute interviews. Actors should arrive 10 minutes early to fill out an audition form. A headshot will be taken or actors may provide their own headshot. Actors will read from a selection of sides for the audition. Sides will be mailed when you book.

Roles available are as follows: 

  • Amanda Wingfield (The Mother): 40-60 years old; an iron butterfly; a proud woman fiercely devoted to her children; still holds onto the ideals of her genteel southern upbringing; girlish and grotesque; narcissistic and loving; sensitive and harsh; a realist while living in the reveries of a lifelong vanished; charming and manipulative; a survivor.
  • Tom Wingfield (The Son): 20-30 years old, 30-ish in the present, 21 in the memory; narrator of the play; a poet who works in a warehouse; caught between responsibility to his family and following his dreams; explosive, mercurial, lonely, and caring; deeply devoted to his sister; a suffocating dreamer.
  • Laura Wingfield (The Daughter): 20-25 years old; sensitive; painfully shy; a childhood illness has left her physically impaired; retreats from reality through her collection of glass animals; loves her mother and brother; always puts others before herself; seeking disabled and non-disabled
  • Jim O’Connor (The Gentleman Caller): 20-30 years old; Tom’s lone friend at the warehouse and former classmate of Laura’s; a nice guy; pleasant in appearance and demeanour; peaked in high school; he is the outside world.

Members cast will need to commit to rehearsals 2-3 evenings per week (based on which dates cast is available) beginning mid-March until the show opens.

If you are interested in helping behind the scenes for The Glass Menagerie, we have a few technical roles available as well. Please contact thedashingwriter@gmail.com with any questions.

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Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708

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January 2017 – Number 164

 

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping 2017 will be kinder to us than 2016 was.

AUDITION: Sipho and the Bright Morning Star (MADS)

Production dates:  21–25 March 2017, Masque Theatre foyer

Audition date:        21 January, 14:30

Venue:                       Rendezvous, 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg

Characters:

  • Sipho (a young boy). Played by a real boy. He is taciturn and clumsy. Sometimes he has to think very carefully about what he wants to say before he says it.
  • Mama Wesizwa (his mother). A rod puppet, larger than life. She is matronly and gentle.
  • Blommetjie and Palesa (twin sisters: one pale, the other dark). Two young girls who are completely inseparable: like conjoined twins, they are joined at the hip and shoulder, and can only move their right and left arms respectively. They complete each other’s sentences, interrupt each other and at all times move as a single entity.
  • Zunga and Oagajaga (travellers from another place). Glove puppets with oversize heads and pointy hats, one with bells on it. They may be operated by the same puppeteer and voiced by the same actor. Like Punch and Judy characters, they are raucous and vulgar.
  • Ceres (a nature spirit). A large rod puppet. She represents earthly nature in its abundance and its parsimony, its gentleness and its violence.
  • Naledi (the Bright Morning Star). Ethereal, completely white and silver, with a glittering and gentle, but almost cold, presence

Synopsis:

Sipho is a strange young boy who lives alone with his mother in a remote village. His mother wishes he was not so strange, and wonders how she is going to handle him. She goes across the valley to visit someone, and Sipho, left alone, is approached by the two sisters who have been spying on him and giggling at his strange ways. The girls convince him that he is too strange and is a burden on his mother, so Sipho plans to run away to spare her the difficulty of raising him. He steals the money that his mother has been saving to send him to school or to buy him some new shoes and he sets off, accompanied by the sisters, teasing him all the way.

Suddenly the sisters disappear and two strangers arrive. They trick the naïve young boy out of his money and they disappear in turn, just as night is falling.

Not being able to find his way home, Sipho is met by a nature spirit who takes him under her wing for the night and watches over him while he sleeps, having struck a bargain with him that she will only keep the bad spirits away until just before dawn, otherwise she will be neglecting her work of keeping nature in balance.

On waking the next morning, Sipho finds that the nature spirit has indeed disappeared, and he is all alone, cold, scared and hungry.

As he is regretting stealing from his mother and running away, the Bright Morning Star appears and calls his name. She leads him back to his frantic mother and promises to get the stolen money back, if his mother does not punish him too harshly. As she fades away with the approaching sun, she leaves behind a trail of shiny coins for the reunited mother and son.

Inquiries: Sue Wilkes, 021 788 3963 or 078 878 6896

AUDITION: The Birdcage (CTP)

 Production dates:  17–25 November 2017, Masque Theatre

Audition date:          22 January, 14:30

Venue:                       Bergvliet Guide Hall

Rehearsal dates to be confirmed, but two evening weeknights one weekend afternoon per week would be required.

Synopsis:

Armand and Albert have built the perfect life for themselves tending to their gaudy, camp Miami nightclub. But their pastel tranquility is shaken when Armand’s son announces that he’s getting married to the daughter of ultra-conservative Senator Keeley … and they’re all getting together for dinner! Can Armand and Albert transform themselves into Mr. and Mrs. Family Values in time? It’ll take the performance of their lives, but they’ll do anything – and everything – to pull the chiffon over Senator Keeley’s eyes!

Principal cast members:

  • Armand Goldman (male, 45–50): owner of the Birdcage, a venue for drag shows in Miami
  • Albert “Starina” (male, 35–45): main attraction at the club and Armand’s partner. Preferably slightly ‘rotund’ and exceptionally camp
  • Val Goldman (male, 20–25): Armand’s son, strapping clean cut all American jock
  • Senator Keeley (male, 50+): typical American straight laced macho conservative politician with a penchant for candy
  • Louise Keeley (female, 40–45): the Senator’s sometimes dim-witted wife, but well turned out and caring
  • Barbara Keeley (female, 18–20 max.): their daughter, very level headed for her tender years
  • Agador (male, 20–30): this peach of a role, the maid/man servant/cook must have a Spanish accent, be well built and not feel shy in tight micro hot pants only
  • Katharine (female, 40–45): Armand’s original wife and mother to Val. Gym owner so should have exceptional body
  • The Goldman Girls (20s–30s): three top ‘drag artists’ who sing (or mime) dance in five-inch heels in costume
  • Cyril (male, 20–40): stage manager of the Birdcage

There are several other bit parts that can be doubled up.

For more info and to book your audition slot please contact director Barrie Howard on 021 788 2877 or 082 7424 720 or email barriejinh@gmail.com.

AUDITION: The Full Monty (Pinelands Players)

Production dates:  11–25 November 2017, Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest

Audition date:          29 January (callbacks 5 February)

Venue:                       Rendezvous, 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg

Rehearsals will commence in July: twice a week and once on the weekend.  This will increase as we get nearer to opening.

More information:

  • The show will be directed and choreographed by Laura Bosman, musically directed by Barend van der Westhuizen and stage managed by Philippa van Ryneveld. The rest of the production team will be confirmed once the show has been cast.
  • The show is set in Sheffield, England, and British accents will be a requirement. For the auditions, any British accent from any part of England will do. However, it is also not a train smash if you cannot do a British accent for the auditions, as long as you show potential to be able to learn one. Please note that the show contains some strong language and adult themes.
  • The songs “Hot Stuff” and “Leave Your Hat On” will be included as part of the show.
  • The cast requires 12 males, 8 females and 1 boy who can play 13–15 years old. Some of the ensemble members may play more than one role.
  • This is a show for both men AND women. Although the movie neglects the women significantly, the stage show is quite different and there are some meaty, powerful and crucial roles for women of all ages with brilliant solo and group singing numbers.
  • Age range and racial ethnicity of the characters are a guide only. If a certain character appeals to you and you believe that you have the ability to perform it well, please do not let either stop you from auditioning. Casting will very much depend on who auditions and who can best support the role vocally and physically.
  • This is a musical which requires singing, dancing and acting. However, above all, excellent acting skills are essential. The Full Monty deals with very real and heartfelt emotional issues which require a genuine acting approach. Do not be put off if you’re not the best singer, but you can really carry the acting and dancing. Come to the auditions anyway. The same with the dancing and singing. Please also note that there are some non-singing, non-dancing roles.
  • The final scene in The Full Monty contains full frontal nudity, backlit carefully so as to avoid any audience members seeing any “hot stuff”! Men auditioning for one of the sixmain roles do need to be comfortable enough with their bodies to strip down in this scene. Bear in mind that we are looking for men of all ages, shapes and sizes – preferably NOT Greek gods – in order to carry the roles successfully and realistically. With regard to all and any nudity in the show, please be assured that the rehearsing and staging of it will be handled sensitively and carefully. There will be no nudity required at the auditions.

Synopsis:

This musical stage version is based on the 1997 British film of the same name. Six unemployed, lower working class and out-of-shape men decide to do a one-time-only striptease to outdo a touring male strip show and make some desperately needed money. But The Full Monty is not about men taking off their pants; it’s about self-worth, dignity, honesty, authenticity and courage as these men confront their fears of inadequacy, their insecurities and their failure to provide for their families. And it’s about the women in their lives who love them and cheer them on.

To read more and to see a list of the songs, visit http://www.mtishows.com/the-full-monty

Audition details:

  • Auditions will be held on Sunday, the 29th of January 2017 at The Roxy Revue Bar at GrandWest. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, the 5th of February.
  • To book your audition slot, please email thefullmontypp2017@gmail.com. Please indicate which character/characters you are keen to audition for. Further details will be sent to you along with your time slot.
  • Please prepare the song(s) indicated for each character. The sheet music for the song(s) will be sent to you along with copies of the dialogue for the auditions once you have confirmed your time slot.

Characters:

  • The six “hot metal” men:
    • Jerry Lukowski (35–45, Rock tenor, strong controlled falsetto, strong actor) – Unemployed mill worker. A regular guy, spontaneous, tough, cocky, with an excellent sense of humour. He is fighting to maintain his pride and the custody of his only son. Physical requirements: Not bad-looking and with a ‘nice rear’, as referenced in the script. What to prepare: “Man” and “Breeze Off The River”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Dave Bukatinsky (35–50, Lyric tenor with strong falsetto) – Unemployed mill worker. Dave is Jerry’s best friend and has a big heart, but he is very self-conscious about his excess body weight and struggles with self-esteem issues. He is lovable and more a follower than a leader. Physical requirements: Rather overweight. What to prepare: “Man” and “You Rule my World”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Harold Nichols (35–60, High baritone/tenor) – Unemployed mill worker. He is slightly older and more authorative than Jerry and Dave, a stuffed-shirt cynic. He dotes on his wife and hides from her the fact that he’s been unemployed for the last six months. His dancing skills make him the group’s choreographer. What to prepare: “You Rule my World”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Ethan Girard (25–45, Baritone/tenor) – Unemployed mill worker. Ethan is a determined optimist regardless of his unemployment problems, loneliness and regular failed attempts to copy the wall-walking scene from Singin’ in the Rain. He is energetic and enthusiastic, but does not possess the strongest intellect. Physical requirements: Preferably slim, with an athletic build (but not essential). What to prepare: “You Walk With Me”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Malcolm MacGregor (25–45, High tenor, smooth falsetto) – Unemployed mill worker. Sweet and sincere, Malcolm is a shy, gay man who is coddled by his mother and has few friends. He is rescued from a suicide attempt, and his self-esteem grows around his new companions. What to prepare: “Big Ass Rock” and “You Walk with Me”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Noah “Horse” T. Simmons (35+, Baritone/tenor) – Unemployed mill worker. He was a good mover back in the day. Sings and dances the brilliant number, “Big Black Man”. Physical requirements: Black man. What to prepare: “Big Black Man”. Dialogue to follow.
  • Supporting male roles:
    • Nathan Lukowski (13–15) – Pam and Jerry’s son. Wise for his age. Stoic, sincere and charming; loves his dad but knows he sometimes has to play the father. In the show he sees and hears adult-themed content and says “f**k” once. What to prepare: Dialogue only (to follow).
    • Teddy Slaughter (35–55) – Pam’s live-in boyfriend. Quite the opposite of Jerry, he is clean-cut and well-off. What to prepare: “Scrap”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Buddy ‘Keno’ Walsh (21–35) – A male stripper. He opens the show with a striptease for the women. No full frontal nudity. Physical requirements: Good body and moves well. What to prepare: “Scrap”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Reg Willoughby (30–55) – Union leader. What to prepare: “Scrap”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Tony Giordano (20–50) – Club owner. What to prepare: “Scrap”. Dialogue to follow.
  • Supporting female roles:
    • Pam Lukowski (30–45, High alto/broad mezzo belter) – Jerry’s estranged wife. She wants Jerry to be an active father and wants him to succeed, but has strong reservations. A strong, firm woman with a very big heart. What to prepare: “The Goods”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Georgie Bukatinsky (30–45, High alto/broad mezzo belter) – Dave’s wife. She loves her husband and worries about him. She is exuberant, warm and down-to-earth, an extrovert who is the leader of her group of girlfriends. What to prepare: “It’s a Woman’s World” and “You Rule My World (reprise)”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Vicki Nichols (30–55, High alto/broad mezzo belter) – Harold’s wife. She is classy and energetic, and loves to dress up and travel but is still one of the girls. She adores and understands her husband. What to prepare: “Life with Harold” and “You Rule My World (reprise)”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Jeannette Burmeister (“Of indeterminate years” but preferably with a been-around-the-block look, Low alto belter) – A piano player. A sassy, showbiz veteran with a smoky voice who has been there and done that, and has the scars and stories to tell. She’s so keen to get involved that she brings her own piano. An excellent actress required. What to prepare: “Jeanette’s Showbiz Number”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Estelle Genovese (25–35, Alto) – Jerry’s occasional girlfriend. Bold, brassy, sexy, slightly insensitive. What to prepare: “It’s a Woman’s World”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Susan Hershey (30–45, Alto) – A friend of Pam and Georgie’s. What to prepare: “It’s a Woman’s World”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Joanie Lish (30–45, Alto) – A friend of Pam and Georgie’s. What to prepare: “It’s a Woman’s World”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Molly MacGregor (60–70, Non-singing role) – Malcolm’s aged and ailing mother. Dialogue to follow.

CDS AGM

The CDS AGM for 2016 will be held at Barristers Bar and Grill, Newlands (our usual haunt) on Tuesday, 21 February 2017. If there is anything you would like included on the agenda, please contact a committee member. A more detailed notice will be issued closer to the time.

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).

Digital archive

I am still working my way through the Hok’s collection of old programmes, photo albums, posters and DVDs and am constantly updating the list of CDS (and previously SoE) productions. Please have a nose through when you have a moment and let me know what you think: http://claremontdramatic.weebly.com.

 

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

22 Nov–31 Jan District Six – Kanala

created by David Kramer

Fugard Theatre
     
16 Jan–4 Feb Hashtag Lottering

with Marc Lottering

Baxter Theatre
     
17–28 Jan Life

presented by Rob van Vuuren

Kalk Bay Theatre
     
18–21 Jan Nice Coat

presented by Soli Philander

Masque Theatre
     
18–28 Jan Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of the Queen’s Diamond Theatre on the Bay
     
19–21 Jan Two Parrots and a Sandcastle

presented by Megan Furniss

Alexander Bar
     
19–29 Jan Michael Jackson History Tour

starring Dantanio

Artscape
     
21 Jan AUDITION: Sipho and the Bright Morning Star

hosted by MADS

Rendezvous
     
21 Jan–25 Feb Twelfth Night

presented by Artscape

Maynardville
     
22 Jan Foyer Session: Mthwakazi

presented by Ulla Gosebrink

Masque Theatre
     
22–28 Jan London Suite

presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society

The Playhouse
     
22 Jan–26 Feb Romeo and Juliet

presented by Cape Town City Ballet

Artscape
     
23–28 Jan Picture Incomplete

presented by Schoeman Smit

Alexander Bar
     
23 Jan–4 Feb Oh Baby, I’m a Wild One

written and directed by Louis Viljoen

Alexander Bar
     
23 Jan–25 Feb Life Begins

with Riaad Moosa

Baxter Theatre
     
25 Jan MADS AGM Rendezvous
     
25–28 Jan New Talent Week

hosted by the Masque Theatre

Masque Theatre
     
30 Jan–11 Feb In bocca al lupo

produced by POPArt Productions and Jemma Kahn

Alexander Bar
     
31 Jan–18 Feb Big Boys the 3rd

presented by FollowSpot Productions

Kalk Bay Theatre
     
2–4 Feb Summer Classics

presented by Cape Town City Ballet

Masque Theatre
     
3–11 Feb Blood Brothers

presented by Carnivals of the Heart

Artscape
     
5 Feb Foyer Session: Maya Spector

presented by Ulla Gosebrink

Masque Theatre
     
7–18 Feb Love, Sex, Fleas, God

directed by Celia Musikanth

Masque Theatre
     
14 Feb Valentines Evening

hosted by the Masque Theatre

Masque Theatre

 

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

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

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AUDITIONS: 21 January at 14:30

CHARACTERS

  • Sipho (a young boy)
  • Mama Wesizwa (his mother)
  • Blommetjie and Palesa (twin sisters: one pale, the other dark)
  • Zunga and Oagajaga (travellers from another place)
  • Ceres (a nature spirit)
  • Naledi (the Bright Morning Star)

A note on the characters:

  • Mama Wesizwa is a rod puppet, larger than life. She is matronly and gentle.
  • Sipho is played by a real boy. He is taciturn and clumsy. Sometimes he has to think very carefully about what he wants to say before he says it.
  • The twin sisters are two young girls who are completely inseparable: like conjoined twins, they are joined at the hip and shoulder, and can only move their right and left arms respectively. They complete each other’s sentences, interrupt each other and at all times move as a single entity.
  • The two travellers are glove puppets with oversize heads and pointy hats, one with bells on it. They may be operated by the same puppeteer and voiced by the same actor. Like Punch & Judy characters, they are raucous and vulgar.
  • Ceres, like Mama and Naledi, is also a large rod puppet. She represents earthly nature in its abundance and its parsimony, its gentleness and its violence.
  • Naledi is ethereal, completely white and silver, with a glittering and gentle, but almost cold, presence

Synopsis

Sipho is a strange young boy who lives alone with his mother in a remote village. His mother wishes he was not so strange, and wonders how she is going to handle him. She goes across the valley to visit someone, and Sipho, left alone, is approached by the two sisters who have been spying on him and giggling at his strange ways. The girls convince him that he is too strange and is a burden on his mother, so Sipho plans to run away to spare her the difficulty of raising him. He steals the money that his mother has been saving to send him to school or to buy him some new shoes and he sets off, accompanied by the sisters, teasing him all the way.

Suddenly the sisters disappear and two strangers arrive. They trick the naïve young boy out of his money and they disappear in turn, just as night is falling.

Not being able to find his way home, Sipho is met by a nature spirit who takes him under her wing for the night and watches over him while he sleeps, having struck a bargain with him that she will only keep the bad spirits away until just before dawn, otherwise she will be neglecting her work of keeping nature in balance.

On waking the next morning, Sipho finds that the nature spirit has indeed disappeared, and he is all alone, cold, scared and hungry.

As he is regretting stealing from his mother and running away, the Bright Morning Star appears and calls his name. She leads him back to his frantic mother and promises to get the stolen money back, if his mother does not punish him too harshly. As she fades away with the approaching sun, she leaves behind a trail of shiny coins for the reunited mother and son.

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DESIGN FOR LIVING by Noel Coward

Directed by Barbara Basel for Constantiaberg Theatre Players

Production dates: 2–11 March 2017 at Masque Theatre

Audition date: 5 Dec 2016
Time: 20h00
Venue: Bergvliet Girl Guide Hall, behind Acapulco Spur, Ladies Mile

PLEASE NOTE THE REHEARSAL PERIOD IS VERY SHORT AND SO ACTORS NEED TO BE VERY COMMITTED THROUGHOUT THE REHEARSAL PERIOD.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Design for Living, written in 1932, is a typical Coward comedy with witty dialogue and some juicy character roles. It concerns a trio of flamboyant characters, Gilda, Otto and Leo, who conduct their complicated three-way relationship in such exotic places as Paris, London and New York, impervious to the feelings of those around them. Coward describes Gilda, Otto and Leo as “glib, over-articulate and amoral creatures who, like moths in a pool of light, are unable to tolerate the lonely outer darkness but equally unable to share the light without colliding constantly and bruising each other’s wings”. Although the play’s “risqué subject matter” was deemed unacceptable, when it finally opened in London it ran for 5 months and the crowds of fans outside the theatre were so great during its final week that the police had to be called in to control them.

MAJOR CHARACTERS:

  • Gilda: (30 something) – a sophisticated interior decorator in love with both Otto and Leo, with whom she shares her ‘favours’
  • Otto: (30 something) – a struggling artist ‘madly in love’ with Gilda, who eventually becomes famous
  • Leo: (also 30 something) – a struggling playwright ‘madly in love’ with Gilda, who eventually becomes famous
  • Ernest Friedman: (40+) – a successful art dealer – also in love with Gilda, and whom Gilda eventually agrees to marry

CAMEO PARTS: some can be doubled-up

  • Miss Hodge: (40++) – Gilda’s Housekeeper (Act 2)
  • Mr Birbeck: (30++) – Newspaper Reporter (Act 2)
  • Henry Carver: (30++) – American Businessman (Act 3)
  • Helen Carver: (30++) – American Socialite (Act 3)
  • Grace Torrence: (40++) – American Socialite (Act 3)
  • Matthew: (40++) African American – Ernest’s manservant (Act 3)

If you need more info phone Barbara on 021 761 4289 or 082 651 1695 or email her at barbara.basel@gmail.com.

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