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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708

PostNet Suite 345, Private Bag X1005, Claremont, 7735

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

November 2017 – Number 174

Hi everyone!

This year is galloping away at a quite scary pace at this point – I am beginning to be alarmed. Still, lots of great theatre on before we call it a year so read on, McCDS!

The Unexpected Guest

CDS’s last show for 2017 ran from 27 October to 4 November. Audiences were not quite what we’d hoped for but a fair number of people came through to support and all reactions were positive. Like this one from Sheila Chisholm from the weekendspecial.co.za:

Her [Lynn Moss] treatment of this mystery resulted in The Unexpected Guest being an entertaining piece of theatre. One the Grande Dame herself would appreciate.

The Unexpected Guest is well-directed, well-acted and every word is heard. Well done!

And this lovely shout-out from Hello Muizenberg:

Wow! What a performance by the cast of the Agatha Christie whodunnit, Unexpected Guest.

A huge congratulations to cast and crew!

A huge thanks too to all who volunteered and worked FOH, box office and bar during the run. Your help is greatly appreciated! If you would like to volunteer during any of our shows, please contact a committee member – we always need more volunteers!

Hok cleanup weekend – Take Two!

Our Hok cleanup weekend has been relocated to the weekend of 2–3 December. We need to sort out the Mayor’s Office and the prop drawers. If you can, please pop in for an hour or so to lend a hand so we can make our little clubhouse purty and organised.

Hope to see you there!

CDS members evening – 8 December

The final CDS members evening of the year will take place at the Hok on Friday 8 December. Members evening coordinator Matt is busily compiling the list of entertainment for the evening but cut him a little slack as he’s rather occupied with taking his clothes off at Roxy Revue Bar at the moment! (Don’t worry – it’s in the Full Monty script. See further down in this newsletter for more details.) More info (on the members evening not Matt’s stripping) will be revealed (ha ha) closer to the time.

Hope to see you there!

Inter-society quiz

The inter-society quiz takes place at the Masque Theatre on Sunday 19 November at 18h30 (for 19h00). Tickets are R50, including dinner. The winner of the previous year’s quiz hosts so this year Fish Hoek Dramatic Society are hosting. If you would like to form a team (minimum four members) or join CDS’s current team, please contact a committee member and we will add you to our hopefuls for the Golden Duck!

Pinelands Players present The Full Monty

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Book now through Quicket.co.za: http://bit.ly/2y1jMR0

Constantiaberg Theatre Players present The Birdcage

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Masque Theatre Players present Fame!

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The Fame Early Bird special has been extended! Hurry, hurry – tickets are flying fast!

Book now through Computicket: http://bit.ly/2zYWWOZ

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

 

10 Oct–25 Nov Shakespeare in Love

presented by Eric Abraham

Fugard Theatre
   
10–25 Nov The Full Monty

presented by Pinelands Players

Roxy Revue Bar
   
17 Oct–11 Nov Die reuk van appels

presented by Theatrerocket

Fugard Theatre
   
1–25 Nov Die dans van die watermeid

deur Amee Lekas

Baxter Theatre
   
13–25 Nov Klara Maas se Hart is Gebreek, ensomeer: Die vloeistof trilogie

opgevoer deur Wessel Pretorius en David Viviers

Alexander Bar
   
14 Nov–2 Dec Moedertaal

presented by Naskrif Produksies

Fugard Theatre
   
14–19 Nov Die Nag Van Legio

directed by Albert Maritz

Artscape
   
14–25 Nov Brother Love 2 Baxter Theatre
   
15–25 Nov The Champion

presented by Makukhanye Art Room

Alexander Bar
   
15 Nov–2 Dec The Birdcage

presented by CTP

Masque Theatre
   
24 Nov–9 Dec I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

presented by Milnerton Theatre Players

Milnerton Playhouse
   
25 Nov–9 Dec Shrek, the musical

presented by HHDS

Somerset West Playhouse
   
27–30 Nov Scars; The art in Growing up

written and performed by Shelani van Niekerk

Alexander Bar
   
27 Nov–9 Dec Nice Coat (Lekker Jas)

presented by Soli Philander

Artscape
   
28 Nov–2 Dec Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny

performed by Craig Morris

Alexander Bar
   
30 Nov–13 Jan Aunty Merle, the musical

featuring Marc Lottering

Baxter Theatre
   
1 Dec–7 Jan Evita

presented by Peter Toerien and David Ian

Artscape
   
4–13 Dec KIDCASINO

presented by Robably Productions

Alexander Bar
   
11–17 Dec Black

presented by POPUpstairs

Alexander Bar
   
12–23 Dec Fame

presented by Masque Theatre Players

Masque Theatre
   
12 Dec– King Kong

presented by Eric Abrahams

Fugard 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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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708

PostNet Suite 345, Private Bag X1005, Claremont, 7735

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com
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:

 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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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708

PostNet Suite 345, Private Bag X1005, Claremont, 7735

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

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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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

January 2015 – Number 141

Hi all,

Welcome back to another year filled with much theatre. It is only January and already so much is happening. We are looking forward to another successful year. First off, hearty congratulations to all those nominated for a CATA in 2014. We are excited for our first production of the year Crimes of the Heart directed by Jenny Brandt opening on the 20th of Feb. Not one to be missed. Also our second production of the year A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been cast. And what an amazing cast it is. A good time to catch up with old friends and get the low down on upcoming productions is at our AGM happening on the 24th of Feb. Bring on 2015!

AGM

CORRECTION: Just to let you know that the AGM will take place at Barristers on 24 February, 7pm for 7:30. Hope to see you all there! Official notice to follow soon.

CATA Awards

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

Crimes of the Heart

Crimes of the Heart is really starting to take shape. We’ve had some trials – Trad has been stuck in the US for two extra weeks because of problems with his visa, but we finally have him back! We’re in for the last haul now – the most stressful part of all, especially if it’s your first time! Our move-in date at the Masque is Sunday, 8 February, so if anyone feels like lending a hand, that would be fantastic! Please get hold of me on jennybrandt74@gmail.com. Of course what would be first prize is if as many of you as possible come to see the show. It’s the kind of funny, happy, sad story that cannot fail to speak to everyone on some level. I can guarantee that you’ll fall in love with at least one of the characters and that you’ll leave with a head buzzing with poignant memories.

– Jenny Brandt (director)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

We had an incredible turnout for the auditions on the 18th of January followed by two call backs. After much deliberation and sleepless nights, here is the dream cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Opens 6th of June at the Masque. Rehearsals start in March.

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

Thank you all! 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.

CDS outreach

Liz has been helping out at the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) recently. She was the theatre nurse there three years ago and has raised funds and donations for them ever since. The theatre and preparation rooms see hundreds of pets on the operating table each month and there is just no time to renovate and maintain when daily needs of the animals are priority. Liz identifies the needs of welfare and initiates projects where she can. She approached members of CDS to assist in preparation and painting of the theatre and it was a fabulous success. If anyone has any contacts who are able to fix aluminium windows or if someone can assist with the donation of a fitted kitchen cabinet (with sink and bottom storage only, for the prep room), please contact Liz (lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk).

The AACL in Epping had a makeover on 17 January when volunteers from CDS visited a different type of theatre. Willie Blignaut also managed to raise a R500 donation from his church so that we could purchase rollers, paint brushes, sandpaper, crack filler, etc. We had a great day and the team put so much effort into making the operational area look brand new. I would like to personally thank them for all their hard work – we had such a fun day and Dr Naylor and the staff are thrilled.

– Liz Roodt

Calendar

5–7 Feb              La Sylphide (The Masque), presented by Cape Town City Ballet

10–14 Feb         Oom Schalk from the Heart (Rosebank Theatre)

12–14 Feb         Valentine’s soirée (The Masque), directed by Barrie Howard; musical direction by Roland Perold

13–21 Feb         Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling (Somerset West Playhouse), presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society, directed by Darryl Spijkers

15 Feb                Foyer sessions (The Masque)

20–28 Feb         “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley (The Masque), presented by CDS, directed by Jenny Brandt

22 Feb                Foyer sessions (The Masque)

24 Feb                CDS AGM (Barristers, Newlands)

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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 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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email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

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March 2014 – Number 131
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Greetings All,

Your regular scribe, Sheldon, is up to his eyeballs in scripts (scholastic, not dramatic), so I (Wendy) am your purveyor of news, information and requests this month. First up, Kim shares her impressions of being part of our first show of the year:

Private Lives
On the face of it, tackling a well-known play by a legendary playwright with a new director and two brand new actors in the leading roles looks like a recipe for disaster. But, like everything that happens in “Private Lives”, things are not as they appear. John Carne knew from the outset exactly what he wanted the play to look like and was determined to do justice to Noël Coward’s classic. And he succeeded in inspiring that determination in both the cast and the crew. Under John’s patient, merry leadership and with help from the two more experienced leading ladies, the two newbies made enormous progress as actors. But that was not the greatest achievement of this production. What John ended up creating with “Private Lives” was a full theatre experience when he included the extremely talented Helen and Melissa at the start of the play with their Noël Coward cabaret. That for me highlights how dedicated John was to his vision of “Private Lives”. And in my opinion the cast and crew achieved it with 1930s style and grace.

AGM and Awards Evening

What a wonderful turnout! About 50 members and friends joined us at Barristers for our most prestigious gathering of the year. After the formalities of the AGM were out of the way (welcome to the committee, Kim, as Publicity Officer, and Jenny, adding Minutes Secretary to your bow), we moved on to the exciting bit…Awards!

And the winners are:

Best Actress: Shared between Jo Frater and Kim Randleff –Rasmussen
Best Actor: Patrick Jordi
Best Supporting Actress: Sheila Inglis
Best Supporting Actor: Gavin Werner
Best Production: Henceforward…

Certificates of Excellence:

Grace Brain: For her Portrayal of Geain, aged 13 in Henceforward…
Technical Excellence in Henceforward… Kim Randleff-Rasmussen, Ryan Mitchley, Gary Fargher, Bob Goode, Grant Bottcher

Members’ Choice Awards:
Best Actress: Jana Botha
Best Actor: Patrick Jordi
Best Production: Henceforward…

Congratulations to all of you! Many thanks to our panellists Graham Boxall, Lieske Bester, sue bolton and Mike Harris. Thank you too, to Simon for organising the trophies and certificates, and to Pamela Burger, for her magnificent calligraphy on the Members’ Choice certificates.

New Members

A warm welcome to four new members who signed up at our AGM: All of you are familiar to us already, but it’s great to have you as ‘official family’: Mandy Cardin, Nico Dreyer, Gary Fargher and Gavin Werner. We hope your stay with CDS will be long and happy.

Members’ Evening

Our first Members’ Evening of the year will be on Friday 2 May at 19h30 for 20h00. It will be a pub-style quiz, with Simon Dutton as your question master.

Maximum 4 people per team. Don’t worry if you can’t make up a team – we will find you a home for the evening. Non-members are welcome to take part, and supporters are welcome. The emphasis is more on fun than intellectual expertise. This evening will be a voorsmakie of the type of question you can expect for the Masque Fundraising Quiz which will be held on Saturday 10 May. For catering purposes, RSVP to Pamela before Tuesday 29 April on 021 657 5793 (o/h) or pamb@masterparts.com. There will be fun spot prizes throughout the evening. No charge for members, R10 for non-members.

Planning Ahead: 2015

With our first production of the year only just put to bed, can you believe that we need to start our planning for next year? Anyone who wishes to direct for CDS in 2015 should please contact Wendy on wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za, with a proposal, which should include the name of the play, genre, composition of cast (numbers and gender split), and preferred slot (beginning, middle or end of the year). Please let us have this information by the end of April, so that we can present the options to the Masque Productions Team before the end of May.

The Hollow – Agatha Christie

The auditions were well-attended, and director, Liz Roodt, was able to cast the play almost immediately. However, two cast members have since had to withdraw, and Liz is now looking for an actor and actress for the following two characters (Ages specified are only approximate):

John Cristow (30)
Friend of the Angkatells. John is an arrogant man. He is a doctor and a bit of a womaniser. He has sown his seeds in the past and had some history with Henrietta. He married Gerda for stability. I would prefer to hate John by the end of the play – he is so arrogant that he must deserve what is coming to him!

Veronica Craye (30)
Veronica had an affair with John. The only reason she is around is that she is actually stalking him. She is deeply shallow, but being a movie star, has all the men’s jaws hanging low. When my Veronica walks into the audition, I will know her because she will make everyone pay attention to her!

If you are interested in auditioning for either of these roles, please do not hesitate to contact Liz: lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk or 081 259 3607.

Auditions

No sooner is one audition over, another one appears on the horizon! Here is the audition notice for our third and final production of the year, Quartet, directed by Brenda Gray:

AUDITION NOTICE

for

QUARTET

by Sir Ronald Harwood

To be staged from October 10 – 18, 2014 at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg.

Directed by Brenda Gray for Claremont Dramatic Society.

Audition Date: Sunday 23 March 2014

Time: 11.00 am (PLEASE NOTE TIME)

Venue: The Hok

Sir Ronald Harwood was born in Cape Town and schooled at Sea Point High. After training for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he joined the Shakespeare Company and was Sir Donald Wolfit’s personal dresser, later drawing on this experience to write the stage play, ‘The Dresser’. He has written more than 21 stage plays and 10 books, and screenplays include ‘The Browning Version’, ‘The Dresser’, ‘Being Julia’, and Roman Polanski’s version of ‘Oliver Twist’. He won an Academy Award for the script of ‘The Pianist’, and received his third Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2007 for ‘The Diving Bell and The Butterfly’, for which he also won a BAFTA and the Prix Jacques du Scenario. In June 2010, he received a knighthood for service to theatre.

Sir Ronald adapted ‘Quartet’ for film, starring Maggie Smith as Jean Horton, Tom Courtenay as Reggie, Billy Connolly as Wilf and Pauline Collins as Cissy.

CAST

The action takes place in a Beecham House, a home for retired musicians in Kent.
All characters are over 70 years of age, and are past opera stars.

CECILY (CISSY) ROBSON: ‘a large woman’, delightfully absent-minded. kindly, sweet-natured’.

REGINALD PAGET: ‘slim fit immaculate serious minded collar and tie man.’

WILFRED BOND: ‘big in every sense, untidy in an artistic sort of way’. Given to a
naughty preoccupation about the female gender – i.e. sex

JEAN HORTON: a real diva (think Maria Callas) with the manner of a Grande dame, dressing accordingly.

Enquiries: phone Brenda on 021 6863554 Cell: 083 3300670

AUDITION NOTICE

for

BENEFACTORS

BY MICHAEL FRAYN

Directed by Colleen Van Staten for Muizenberg Dramatic Society

AUDITION DATES: Saturday 22 March at 14:30, Call Backs Thursday 27 March at 19:30

PLACE: Rendezvous (Old Candle Bowling Club), 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg

CONTACT: Colleen on 0721205645 or coleenvs@vodamail.co.za to obtain your audition piece prior to the audition

DATES OF RUN: 25 July to 2 August 2014 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

REHEARSALS: Start Wednesday 16 April

THE PLOT:

David, a somewhat aloof but idealistic architect has taken on the re-development of a South London slum with the “do-good” intention of providing well-built and attractive new housing for the masses. Budget constraints force him to compromise more and more, and he ends up having to design high rise tower blocks that keep getting taller as the number of obstacles in his way increase.

His wife, Jane, forever the pragmatist, grapples with her loyalty to him and his “cause” and loyalty to their friends whose floundering marriage cries out for her help. Her good intentions backfire horribly and end up being the ultimate undoing of their marriage and worse still, the ultimate failure of David’s project.

The “hapless” friends, Sheila, the quiet and needy put-upon wife and Colin, her cynical and sometime cruel husband, turn out to be the real puppet-masters of the piece as the dynamics in the relationships shift and true colours are revealed.

“Progressive Collapse” an architectural term for the tower blocks, becomes a metaphor for the collapse of a marriage and a friendship.

The plot unfolds in a series of scenes both present and past, where the actors address the audience directly, think out loud and move seamlessly between the 1980’s and 1960’s on a minimalistic set. The characters are multi-layered , the comedy subtle, the language beautiful and the structure elegant.

It’s an exciting and challenging piece of theatre.

“One of the subtlest plays Broadway has seen in years, by one of the most extraordinary writers of the English speaking theater.” – Newsweek

Awards: 1984 Evening Standard Award for Best Play; 1984 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play; 1984 Plays and Players London Theatre Critics Award for Best Play; 1986 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play

CHARACTERS:

(If desired, auditionees can audition for both parts but should indicate their preference)

David (30 – 50) Energetic, enthusiastic, self confident, idealistic. Not in entirely in tune with what is happening around him. Single-minded and focused on his work.. As the dream slips away, we see the progression from optimism to resignation.

Colin (30-50) Journalist – not very successful. Jealous of David’s success. Cynical, snide, cruel at times, his attacks are not overt, but subtle and often couched in witticisms and jibes. He takes drastic action at the end of Act one and this new direction gives him the power to call the shots and dictate the outcome.

Jane (30 – 40) Wife of David. Pragmatic, efficient, genuine – what you see is what you get. Is irritated by inaction, takes charge of situations. She has a good heart and her intentions are pure. There is an attraction to Colin that is very subtle and could turn into something, but doesn’t. She is the driving force in Act One.

Sheila (30 – 50) Wife of Colin. The “serial” damsel in distress. Naïve and self-destructive, she is the passive player in the game, but a player nonetheless. Whatever confidence she once had, has been systematically destroyed by Colin. On the surface, unsure and nervous, at a deeper level, able to manipulate people and situations to her advantage.

Calendar
14 – 22 Mar: Flat Spin by Derek S. Royle, directed by Wendy Goddard for Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque. The combination of a mouse, an aspirant model, an incompetent electrician, an Italian film director who can’t speak English and a walk-in cupboard make for hilarious situations which will leave the audience gasping for breath.

16 March: 10am – 2pm. The Summer Masque Theatre Market returns to the Masque, with hand-made gifts, records, jewellery, skin creams, pewter work and candles, homemade preserves and jams, bric a brac, and more. And of course, don’t forget about the successful, and well-stocked White Elephant stall – all the proceeds of this stall go to the roof fund so please do consider donating some items. Contact Margi on 0836286295. There will once again be a raffle with exciting prizes!! All theatre lovers are urged to support this event, so tell your friends, and please come and enjoy the Summer Market

17 March CATA Awards Evening 19h00 for 19h30

21 – 29 Mar: Here Lies Jeremy Troy by Jack Sharkey, directed by Mari Mocke for Milnerton Players at their Playhouse. This farce revolves around the main character, Jeremy Troy, who has led his wife, his boss, and his friends, to believe that he is a qualified lawyer. He invites his boss, who has never met his wife, to dinner. More characters turn up unexpectedly at Jeremy’s home and there is a merry mix-up before the important dinner-date. Bookings and further info on 0822671061 or bookings@milnertonpalyers.com. Tickets R80 and R70.

22 March: 13h00 – 19h00 Calling all classical music lovers – Dynamite Music is hosting another classical CD/DVD expo at the Masque Theatre. Dynamite Music is the only importer that bring in classical product which they sell direct to the public.

23 March: 11h00 (PLEASE NOTE TIME) Quartet audition at the Hok

23 March: 14h30 Benefactors audition at the Rendezvous

3 – 12 Apr: Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, directed by Philippe Pringiers for Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society at The Playhouse in Lourensford Road, Somerset West. . This dramatisation by an award winning playwright tells the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s rise and fall at the Austrian court of emperor Josef II through the eyes of his ambitious and envious competitor, Antonio Salieri. Tickets R90 at Computicket, Pensioners R85, HHDS members R75. R5 of each ticket goes towards the ECHO Erinvale Organisation. Contact Bettina on 0829926007 for further info, show dates and times.

4 April: Let’s be Frank, a show of swing, sing and all that kinda thing, presented by the Masque Fund-raising Committee – one show only at 20h00. Popular Cape Town singing duo, Ricky Botsis and Kevin Abbott, return to the Masque Theatre in order to raise funds for the much-needed replacement of the theatre roof. It will be a Gala Night as Ricky and Kevin delight you with many of your swing favourites – Mack the Knife, Beyond the Sea, Well Did You Ever – and many more timeless songs, from Bobby Darin to Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Ratpack. Songs that will get your feet tapping in a show that is fun, energetic and highly entertaining. Tickets are R100 each which will include a glass of wine or juice on arrival and light snacks. So come and raise the roof with us – The Masque needs you! Tickets are limited so book early.

2 May 19h30 for 20h00. Members’ Evening – pub-style quiz. RSVP to Pamela before Tuesday 29 April on 021 657 5793 (o/h) or pamb@masterparts.com.

10 May 19h30 for 20h00. Masque theatre Fundraiser – Quiz Night

Full details about all Masque Theatre events here: http://www.masquetheatre.co.za

With such a wide variety of happenings, there’s bound to be something that appeals to you, so I’m sure it’s safe to say…

See you at the theatre!

Cheers,

Wendy

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AUDITION NOTICE

for

QUARTET

by Sir Ronald Harwood

To be staged from October 10 – 18, 2014 at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg.

Directed by Brenda Gray for Claremont Dramatic Society.

Audition Date: Sunday 23 March 2014

Time: 11.00 am (PLEASE NOTE TIME)

Venue: The Hok*

Sir Ronald Harwood was born in Cape Town and schooled at Sea Point High. After training for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he joined the Shakespeare Company and was Sir Donald Wolfit’s personal dresser, later drawing on this experience to write the stage play, ‘The Dresser’. He has written more than 21 stage plays and 10 books, and screenplays include ‘The Browning Version’, ‘The Dresser’, ‘Being Julia’, and Roman Polanski’s version of ‘Oliver Twist’. He won an Academy Award for the script of ‘The Pianist’, and received his third Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in
2007 for ‘The Diving Bell and The Butterfly’, for which he also won a BAFTA and the Prix Jacques du Scenario. In June 2010, he received a knighthood for service to theatre.

Sir Roland adapted ‘Quartet’ for film, starring Maggie Smith as Jean Horton, Tom
Courtenay as Reggie, Billy Connolly as Wilf and Pauline Collins as Cissy.

CAST

The action takes place in a Beecham House, a home for retired musicians in Kent.

All characters are over 70 years of age, and are past opera stars.

CECILY(CISSY) ROBSON: ‘a large woman’, delightfully absent-minded. kindly, sweet-natured’.

REGINALD PAGET: ‘slim fit immaculate serious minded collar and tie man.’

WILFRED BOND: ‘big in every sense, untidy in an artistic sort of way’. Given to a
naughty preoccupation about the female gender – i.e. sex

JEAN HORTON: a real diva (think Maria Callas) with the manner of a grande dame, dressing accordingly.

Enquiries: phone 021 6863554 Cell: 083 3300670

Please note that this is an amateur production and no remuneration will be paid.

*Directions to the Hok: From Main Road, Claremont, turn into Claremont Boulevard (between SAB and the Southern Sun Hotel, opposite Newlands Swimming Pool). Take the first right into Hemlock Road. Drive to the end and go straight into the car park. The Hok is the second door on the left, under the bridge.

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