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AUDITION NOTICE: Equus

AUDITION NOTICE

EQUUS

by

PETER SHAFFER

Staging at the Masque Theatre from 23 April–6 May 2017

Rehearsals from 16 January at the Hok

Audition date: Saturday 5 November, 14h00, the Hok

Based on true events, this classic play by Peter Shaffer takes place in Rokesby Psychiatric Hospital in southern England, where a young man has been remanded after blinding several horses in a crazed fit of psychotic rage. The play is a “Whydunnit” and seeks to understand what could have caused him to do this. The play requires some nudity during an attempted seduction scene at the end of the play, which is the catalyst that tips Alan into temporary madness. The play is set in the early seventies.

Characters:

  • MARTIN DYSART (40–50, male) Lead role – Psychiatrist at a provincial hospital. A deep and complex man.
  • ALAN STRANG (+-17, male) Lead role – Alan has blinded six horses with a metal spike. This role is one of the great roles in theatre. It calls for strong acting ability plus the willingness to appear naked towards the end of the play.
  • FRANK STRANG, his father (50–60, male) – A printer by trade, respectable, he is a kind but strict father. An atheist, and disapproving of his wife’s religious tendencies.
  • DORA STRANG, his mother (50–60, female) – A nervous, sexually repressed woman, “excessively” religious, thinks she has married beneath her.
  • HESTER SALOMON, a magistrate (40–50, female) – Close friend and confidant of the psychiatrist, Martin Dysart. She is the motivator in trying to help Alan.
  • JILL MASON (20–25, female) – A natural, horsey, self-confident girl. She later attempts to seduce Alan. A small but juicy role requiring some semi nudity. This will be handled sensitively.
  • HARRY DALTON (40–65, male) – Owner of the stable at which Alan worked and blinded the horses.
  • A YOUNG HORSEMAN (20–30, male) – Upper crust young man. This actor will also play Nugget, the horse with whom Alan falls “in love”. This calls for a strong, well-built actor as he needs to carry Alan on his shoulders. He will need to convey “horsiness” through his body and movements when he plays Nugget.
  • A NURSE (30–55, female) – A small but juicy role. A no-nonsense competent woman and a crucial role.
  • FIVE ACTORS as horses and who also function as a “Greek Chorus” (male or female) – These are not pantomime horses. Actors stand upright but need to convey the essence of horsiness through their movements. These actors also provide atmospheric background sound from time to time throughout the play, to heighten dramatic tension.

For more info please contact Bernie Jacobs on 083 632 0429 or at bernie@berniejacobs.com

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Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708

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email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

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October 2016 – Number 161

Hi everyone!

Members evening report back

We had another very successful and well-attended members evening on 7 October. The entertainment started with a short play directed by Matt Roy, Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Willie Blignaut, despite having multiple injuries from a motorcycle accident the night before, performed admirably as the lead, backed up by Trad Nogueira-Godsey, Santie du Toit and Bryan Look.

This was followed by a short extract from Silly Cow, which is CDS’s next show and opens at the Masque on Friday 21 October. The feedback for both plays was very positive.

The rest of the evening was supposed to be theatre games but the organiser had to cancel at the last minute. So Roy Oldfield stepped in with an always-reliable quiz. Due to the impromptu nature of the quiz, it was run rather informally with three loose groups giving oral answers to the questions. There was a lot of laughter and a lot of good-natured ribbing.

Members evening 2016

Our year-end members evening, so you can diarise the date now, will be on 4 December.

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).

Silly Cow update

Opens on Friday night! Book your tickets now.

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The cast of Silly Cow: from left to right, Santie du Toit as Peggy, Trad Nogueira Godsey as Sidney, Matt Roy as Douglas, Justin Wyatt-Smith as Eduardo. In front, Kim R2 as Doris.

Front of house and box office

We have to provide volunteers for front of house and box office for the shows that we do at the Masque. So we need volunteers for the run of Silly Cow (21 October to 29 October). If you are available to help out, please contact the production secretary Melissa Marcus on melissa.marcus21@gmail.com or 082 539 9551.

Intersociety quiz

The annual intersociety quiz is coming up on 20 November, 18h30 at the Masque. It is hosted by Constantiaberg Theatre Players this year. CDS would like to field at least two teams so if you would like to be on a team, please contact one of the committee members.

Audition alert: The Full Monty

Pinelands Players will present the stage version of The Full Monty in November 2017, directed by Laura Bosman. Auditions will be held later this year or early next year, and this is a heads-up in case you would be interested in auditioning. Possible venues for the production are either the Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest, or the Artscape Arena. If you are interested and would like to put your name down for consideration, please email Laura at bosman.ld@gmail.com.

Based on the 1997 British film of the same name, this musical version is set in Buffalo, USA. We’re sure you’re familiar with the movie and the storyline. 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.

You can be assured that any required nudity will be handled with the utmost sensitivity, respect and good taste. Also, please note that the show contains some strong language and adult themes.

  • The cast requires 12 males, 8 females and 1 boy who can play a 12-year old.
  • Working class American accents are essential.
  • Cast members are expected to act, sing and move well, although there are some non-singing and non-dancing roles.
  • Some actors may play more than one role.
  • The principal men must be good actors who can find and express the underlying emotion in the script. They are ordinary, real guys to whom the audience can relate, and with a variety of body shapes and ages. They must be comfortable with dancing in their underwear on stage (even in a G-string) and be prepared to bare all if needs be. The other male roles do not require nudity.
  • The principal women’s roles are critical and powerful, and they have some brilliant numbers. As with the men, they must be good actresses, singers and dancers.

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

5–22 Oct A Steady Rain
presented by Eric Abraham
Fugard Theatre
10–21 Oct I Love You Sally Field
written and directed by Wessel Pretorius
Alexander Bar
10–22 Oct The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner
directed by Adrian Collins
Alexander Bar
12–22 Oct Ityala Lamawele
presented by New Voices
Artscape
14–22 Oct Outline
presented by Outline Dance Studio
The Playhouse
18–19 Oct Adapt or Fly
created and performed by Pieter-Dirk Uys
Alexander Bar
19–29 Oct In (s)kin/language and Syria? Artscape
20–22 Oct Second Language
featuring Schalk Bezuidenhout
Baxter Theatre
21 Oct Mike McCully and the Harmonix
presented by Mike McCullagh
Milnerton Playhouse
21–29 Oct Silly Cow
presented by Claremont Dramatic Society
Masque Theatre
24–29 Oct Die Ontelbare 48
featuring Wessel Pretorius
Baxter Theatre
27–29 Oct Jack and Jane
written and directed by Terence Makapan
Galloway Theatre
31 Oct–26 Nov Dead Yellow Sands
presented by Golden Arrow Studio
Baxter Theatre
3–12 Nov As Die Broek Pas
deur Manfred Karge
Baxter Theatre

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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Date: 23 April

Time: 10:30

Venue: False Bay Rendezvous, 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg

Show opens 4 August at the Masque Theatre

For more info contact Muizenberg Dramatic Society – Mads on FB or Richard Higgs via email (richard.higgs@uct.ac.za) or phone (083 611 1419).

Plot: The magician Prospero causes a violent storm to wreck a ship on the island where he is in exile with his beautiful young daughter, Miranda. Among the survivors of the wreck are his treacherous brother Antonio, usurper duke of Milan and the equally treacherous Alonso, king of Naples, and his handsome son. With the aid of the spirits of the island and some weird inhabitants that he has enslaved, as well as the good old fashioned magic of love, he plans to exact his revenge.

Characters:

  • Prospero: Male, 50+. An imposing and ambiguous figure, kind but sometimes cruel. (A female actor could be considered for the part).
  • Miranda: Female, 15. Prospero’s daughter. Naïve but intelligent and spirited.
  • Ariel: Female or male. Any age. A spirit freed from a spell by Prospero, but kept as his servant. Good singing voice and physically agile.
  • Caliban: Male, any age. An original inhabitant of the island, son of an evil sorceress, rough and only barely human. Prospero’s slave. The actor playing Caliban will also play the parts of Stephano and Trinculo (as puppets). Requires physical agility.
  • Ferdinand: Male, about 20. Alonso’s son. Dashing, but not very bright.
  • Alonso, King of Naples; Sebastian, Alonso’s brother; Antonio, Duke of Milan. 3 males, 40+. Three aristocratic, treacherous men.
  • Gonzalo: Male, 50+. Faithful courtier. Inclined to be a bit doddery.
  • Trinculo and Stephano: Jester and butler to Alonso (see Caliban).
  • Iris, Ceres, Juno: Female, any age. Goddesses. Small speaking parts.
  • Adrian, Francisco, Master, Boatswain: Male, any age. Small speaking parts.
  • The following characters will be played by puppets (i.e.: the actor will manipulate the puppets and deliver the lines):
    • Ariel
    • Trinculo, Stephano (by same actor as Caliban)
    • Iris, Ceres, Juno

Additional puppeteers will be required to assist character puppeteers and to manipulate other non-speaking puppets. The manipulators for Iris, Ceres and Juno will double as puppeteers for other scenes as well.

Preparation (optional): Prepare a reading of any monologue from the play (or dialogue, if you wish).

**Note: this is an amateur production; there is no financial remuneration.

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Audition Notice: Silly Cow

A play by Ben Elton

Directed by Faeron Wheeler for Claremont Dramatic Society

Audition: Sunday 22 May, 14:30

Place: The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708

Production dates:

21–29 October 2016

Aiming to start rehearsals in the last week of June. Rehearsals will be two evenings during the week and Sunday afternoon. This will be discussed and agreed upon once the cast is set.

More about the play:

Silly Cow was written by Ben Elton and originally performed in London in 1991. The story revolves around Doris, a rather nasty, over-the-top creature who writes gossip columns for a well-known newspaper. Doris is currently being sued by an actress who claims that her career was ruined after a review written by Doris came out.

The first half of the play is chaotic as everyone wants something from Doris while she is trying to get ready to go to court. However, everything seems to be going right for Doris – a new, lucrative job offer from Sydney, her accounts in order thanks to Douglas, her toy boy Eduardo has brought some drugs to celebrate with later, and Peggy is keeping everything in order. Or so she thinks.

In the second half of the play, things start to unravel. Doris may have won her court case, but everything else is going wrong. The play ends with a rather wicked and funny twist.

What to prepare for the audition:

Please prepare the below monologue in two very different characters. You don’t need to know the monologue off by heart, you can read on the day. However, there must be evidence of preparation and two distinct characters (real people not caricatures) in each performance. After the monologue, you will be asked to do some cold readings from the script.

For the ladies

The beginning. Well, beginnings are always beautiful. Beginnings are… OK, do you know Breakfast at Tiffany’s? The film, not the novella. I know, there’s a novella. Who knew? The beginning. Audrey Hepburn, the most beautiful person ever. Gets out of the cab. In Givenchy. Quadruple strand of pearls. And she walks to the window of Tiffany’s. Again with the beautiful. And then the melody of “Moon River” wafts in. The beauty quotient is excessively high.

For the men

You remember Lord Carlsbad? Lonely old bugger. Lots of money. No children. Well, I’d spoken kindly to him on occasion, even took him out to dinner once or twice. He was so grateful that one day, quite out of the blue, he promised to make me his sole heir. His sole heir! He’s worth millions, you understand! I couldn’t believe my luck. I hadn’t asked for it—never thought of it, really—but from that day forward, in order to show my appreciation, you know, I began to spend practically every waking moment in his company.

Cast:

General notes:

  • British accents are a must. The play is set in London, but any British accent will do. Please come to the audition with an accent ready to go (or at least getting there).
  • The age ranges are a guideline. If you feel you can do the character justice but don’t fit the ages in the description, please contact me to see if it will work.

Characters:

  • Doris (female, 35-45): Lead. Doris is larger than life. She is the epitome of money can’t buy taste or class. She has made quite a name for herself as a gossip columnist and “reviewer” of plays and movies. Her articles are nasty and mean spirited – all in an attempt to sensationalise any piece of potential news and gain readers. She firmly believes that she has worked hard to get to the top of her industry and deserves to be famous and have all the trappings of a wealthy and fabulous lifestyle. Doris dresses head to toe in sequins, glitter and feathers.
  • Sydney (male, 35-45): Lead. In many ways Sydney is Doris’ equal. He is also gossip columnist and has as nasty a sense of humour as Doris. However, he is far less ostentatious if still on the greasy and unpleasant side. He has a keen sense for the business side of running a newspaper or magazine and is trying to poach Doris from her current job to work for the new online magazine he is setting up. (Sydney has spent a lot of time in the USA, so I may consider an American accent for this character if that is easier for the actor.)
  • Peggy (female, 25-35): Support. Peggy is Doris’ personal assistant. She is the opposite of Doris in almost every way – far quieter, conservative in her dress and manner, and a little on the mousey side. Peggy does have a certain strength to her character as she is sure of her duties and protective over Doris when others attack her character.
  • Douglas (male, 35-50): Support. Douglas is the nerdy accountant complete with tweedy jacket and large, scuffed briefcase. He is very good at what he does and enjoys the position of trust and authority that he has. For some reason, he seems to have a slight soft spot for Doris.
  • Eduardo (male, 20-25): Support. Eduardo is the cocky, young, toy boy dating Doris. He is a typical London yob and thinks that he is the coolest person in any room. He is dating Doris because of the clubs she can get him into and Doris is dating him to look cool and young by association.

If you have any queries about the audition notice, please contact Faeron Wheeler on faerie452@gmail.com or 073 395 4457.

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Claremont Chat

 Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

 

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

 December 2014 – Number 140

 

Hi all,

Best wishes for a happy holiday season and our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year. We look forward to 2015 and all the exciting projects lined up.

 

Members Evening Feedback

New director Jenny Brandt gave us a little taste of our latest production Crimes of the Heart. Set to wow audiences from 20 February 2015.

We had a lovely braai under the large trees of Su’s school grounds. We would like to thank Su Cunningham for her generosity in allowing us the space.

Next up: AGM! Date and venue TBC.

 

Audition notice – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Director: Sheldon Cross

Stage manager: Debra Beswick

 

Audition on 17 January 2015 at the Hok

 

Vision meeting at 10:00am (for all interested in being part of the technical team)

Acting audition at 11:00am (please prepare a monologue from the play)

 

Show moves into theatre: 31 May (two-week run)

 

For more information contact Sheldon Cross on 072 596 8369 or sheldon_cross@yahoo.com.

 

Calendar

10–21 Dec    “Once Upon A Time. Com”, a pantomime for the whole family 

20–28 Feb     “Crimes of the Heart”, presented by CDS, directed by Jenny Brandt

 

 “An actor must never be afraid to make a fool of himself.”  ― Harvey Cocks

 

 

That’s all folks!

 

Love,

Sheldon

 

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.

Regards

Lindsay S,
Chairman

 

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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Hello all!

Some exciting auditions coming up:

  • A second casting call for CTP’s The Great Gatsby. The show will run from 28 November – 6 December at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg.
  • And the details are in for the auditions for the end-of-year panto, Once Upon A Time.com. This show will run from 10 – 21 December at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg. 
  • HHDS are holding auditions for Fawlty Towers (“Waldorf Salad” and “The Psychiatrist”). The show will run in Somerset West in early December for two weeks.

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The Great Gatsby

The second casting call for The Great Gatsby will take place Sunday 3 August at 14:00 in the Masque Theatre foyer. 

The show will run from 28 November – 6 December. 

Singers and dancers also welcome, as there will be a chorus group. Any further information requests can be directed to Alastair Duff by calling 021 788 4984.

LIST OF CHARACTERS

American accents are required for all characters except Meyer Wolfsheim. 

  • Jay Gatsby 25+- (Important Role) – A romantic idealist, has a disarming smile, charming although at times distant. Speaks with a self-conscious “English accent”.
  • Tom Buchanan 25-35 (Important Role) – Daisy’s husband. Powerful and cruel, Dominating and sadistic.
  • Nick Carraway 25+- (Important Role) – The Narrator, opposite of Tom Buchanan with a kind and gentle manner.
  • Jordan Baker 25+- (Important Role) – An athletic, sophisticated and elegant young lady.
  • Myrtle Wilson 25-35 (Supporting Role) – Tom Buchanan’s mistress, overblown, loud and common. A wonderful character role.
  • George Wilson 25-35 (Supporting Role) – Myrtle’s husband. Weak, spineless and spiritless character.
  • Meyer Wolfsheim 45-65 (Small Role) – Foreign looking chap, very mysterious character.
  • Mr & Mrs McKee 35+- – Typical New Yorkers, loud and unsophisticated.
  • Mrs Michaelis 35+- – Character Role.
  • Cop 25-45 – Character Role (Could be doubled but would prefer not too).
  • Dancers, Female Singer, Male Singer – These characters act as the “chorus” of the play and sing and dance at various intervals.

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Once Upon A Time.com

The audition for Once Upon A Time.com will be taking place at the Masque Theatre on Sunday 17 August from 13:00 – 16:30 (please be prepared to stay the full time duration as you will be taught a short dance and song to perform at the casting call). Singers and dancers also welcome, as there will be a chorus group. 

The show will take place 10 – 21st December 2014.

Please compile a comic poem of your choice – no longer than two verses. The director is looking for presentation, expression and voice projection. You may recite or read it. 

ABOUT THE PLAY

Once Upon a Time.Com is a locally written (2000) and adapted (2014) modern pantomime uses most of the traditional pantomime conventions, like Dames, sing-alongs, audience participation and rewritten lyric’s to well-known commercial songs.

A Pantomime (informally panto), is a musical comedy, designed for family entertainment that is fun for all ages. It was developed in England and is generally performed during the Christmas and New Year season. Modern Pantomime includes songs, slapstick comedy and dancing, employs gender-crossing actors, and combines topical humour. It is a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers. Once Upon a Time.Com is no different.

The principal story is about a virus created by the character Virulina who has a personal vendetta against the character the Webmaster – responsible for the Great Storyland Computer Service. The stories in Storyland get corrupted by this virus and the Webmaster deploys Dorothy Com and other intriguing characters to find Virulina and destroy the virus.

LIST OF CHARACTERS

Our wish is to make this a big cast:- 4 leads, 9 supports, 11 cameo’s (who will also be part of all singing and dancing production numbers) with a chorus of children. There may be additional characters created, depending on the attendance at the audition.

If you wish to audition for more than one role, you are more than welcome. Rehearsals will start in September.

  • The Webmaster (Adult male) – Principal (The Narrator)
  • Dot Com (Adult Female) – Principal
  • Jack Mac (Teen/young adult Male) – Support
  • Mac (Teen/young adult Male) – Support
  • Widow Mac (Adult Male) – Support Dame
  • W.W. Wolfe (Adult Male) – Principal
  • Cinderella (Teen/young adult Female) – Support
  • Widow Lithium (Adult Male) – Support Dame
  • Puss in Boots (Adult Male) – Cameo
  • Granny Hood (Elderly adult Female) – Cameo
  • Gigabyte (Teen Female) – Cameo
  • Megabyte (Teen Male/Female) – Support
  • Bytesize (Teen Female) – Cameo
  • Virulina (Adult Female) – Principal
  • Beef (Thug) (Adult Male) – Support
  • Streaky Bacon (Teen/adult Male/Female) – Cameo
  • Crispy Bacon (Teen/adult Male/Female) – Cameo
  • Shoulder Bacon (Teen/adult Male/Female) – Cameo
  • Two Percent the cow (2 x Teen/adult Male/Female) – Support 
  • Humpty Dumpty (Adult Male) – Cameo
  • Daphne Dumpty (Adult Female) – Cameo
  • Bo Peep (Adult Female) – Cameo May be a Dame
  • Snow White (Adult Female) – Cameo May be a Dame
  • Chorus of Angry Birds (Kids male/female)
  • Chorus of Zombies (Kids male/female)

OTHER INFORMATION

The show also needs people to help out in all realms, from costumes to scenery to backstage to publicity. If you would like to get involved, please let Kim R2 (tzar42@gmail.com) or Anthony Lister (anthonylister@mailbox.co.za) or any other CDS committee member know ASAP.

Please contact Tanya March at tanya@march.za.net or on 082 2900 6963 for any queries

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Fawlty Towers (“Waldorf Salad & The Psychiatrist”)

Auditions will be held on Sunday 3 August at 4:30pm for 5pm with a possible call-back on Sunday August 10 at 4:30pm for 5pm at the Playhouse Theatre (Somerset West). The show opens early December for a two week run. Rehearsals will be Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:30pm, and Saturday afternoons from 2pm.

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 debuted on The Playhouse stage in 2010 with “The Hotel Inspectors” and “Communication Problems”. This year we’re staging the hilarious “Waldorf Salad” and “The Psychiatrist”.

LIST OF CHARACTERS

The parts of Sybil and The Major are pre-cast, with Anthea Nixon Bosch and John Thornton reprising their roles from 2010. We are looking to cast the following parts for both episodes:

  • Basil Fawlty, Sybil’s hapless husband, and proprietor of Fawlty Towers
  • Polly, the chambermaid cum waitress cum receptionist, mid-20s to mid-30s
  • Manuel, the Spanish waiter from Barcelona, up to mid-30s
  • Terry, the Cockney chef, up to mid-30s
  • Miss Tibbs & Miss Gatsby, two elderly residents of Fawlty Towers.

For “Waldorf Salad”, we will cast the following parts:

  • Mr Hamilton, an American guest (episode lead)
  • Mrs Hamilton, Mr Hamilton’s English wife (episode lead)
  • Mr Libson, a guest
  • Mr Johnstone, a guest
  • Mrs Johnstone, a guest
  • Miss Hare, a guest
  • Miss Gurke, a guest
  • Mr Arrad, a guest
  • Mrs Arrad, a guest.

For “The Psychiatrist”, we will cast the following parts:

  • Mr Johnson, a flamboyant guest in his mid-30’s (episode lead)
  • Dr Abbott, a middle-aged psychiatrist (episode lead)
  • Mrs Abbot, Dr Abbott’s wife (principal part)
  • Raylene Miles, an attractive young Australian woman guest (principal part)
  • Mrs Johnson, Mr Johnson’s elderly mother
  • Girlfriend, an attractive young woman, who Mr Johnson smuggles into his room (non-speaking part).

MORE INFORMATION

The success of Fawlty Towers in 2010 was achieved by not deviating from the original comedy formula of the TV series. Accordingly, accents matter, and of course we’re looking for people who can faithfully recreate the performances of the original cast members, particularly for the principal parts of Basil, Sybil, Polly, Manuel, The Major and Terry the chef, and the episode leading roles.

You are welcome to prepare for the audition beforehand, by watching the two episodes we are staging, and the audition scripts will also be available on The Playhouse Facebook page prior to the audition. Rehearsals are scheduled for Monday and Thursday evenings from 7.30pm, and Saturday afternoon from 2pm. Rehearsals typically last no more than three hours.

The first rehearsal, a read-through of the two episode scripts, will take place on Monday 11 August at 7.30pm, venue to be advised at the Sunday 3 August audition.

All people who are cast in the show, must be members of the HHDS. If you’re not a member, membership forms will be available at the audition, and you can sign up right away. 

Contact Norman McFarlane on 082 554 0707 or norman.mcfarlane@gmail.com for any further information you may require.

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