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DESIGN FOR LIVING by Noel Coward

Directed by Barbara Basel for Constantiaberg Theatre Players

Production dates: 2–11 March 2017 at Masque Theatre

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

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

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

MAJOR CHARACTERS:

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

CAMEO PARTS: some can be doubled-up

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

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

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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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Dear Friends and Members,

I hope you’re all enjoying the warm weather, and have finally settled into a normal work routine again. It’s almost that time again when our AGM (Annual General Meeting) rolls around, so keep your eyes peeled for the dates below.

In other society news, we’re almost finished with the CTP website, which will have more information about our wonderful society, and as always, we’re continually striving to make things easier for you to interact with us, and keep you informed about the Masque Theatre shows, auditions, and more!

Helping Hands

Many thanks to Lieske Bester, Su Cunningham, Lynn Moss, Scott Gill, and Eve Carr for being kind enough to jump on board and assist CTP with duties, in box office and FOH positions.

Those interested in helping out with future duties, please e-mail Roseanna@travelground.com.

AGM and CTP Members Eve – 4th March at 19:30

This year, our Constantiaberg Theatre Players Annual General Meeting will take place on the 4th March, at the Bergvliet Guide Hall. So we’d love to invite you to an evening of fun, food, games, and of course the exciting Adjudication of the 2013 CTP productions, which will be done by our lovely Lieske Bester and Colleen Van Staaden. This evening will also likely include a play excerpt, and if there’s time left after all the merry making, some Theatre Sports for those who’d like to show off their improvising talents. Good food, drink, and great company are to be expected as per usual, and of course the selection (or re-election) of the committee.
Upcoming Shows
There are some fantastic shows and events taking place at the Masque Theatre, and we’d hate for you to miss out on them. Please book your spot by calling the Masque Theatre Booking line: 021-788-1898. E-mail: bookings@masquetheatre.co.za. Keep your eye peeled for the 3 incredible Masque Theatre Events below too!
1 February – BINGO Afternoon
Saturday: 14:00 for 14:30
Available only to those over 18 years of age, the Masque Bingo event is set to be a day of classic fun and friendly competition, where you can win cash and spot prizes! All proceeds will go towards the Masque Theatre Roof Fund. 10 games of bingo will only cost you only R70. Drinks and snacks will be on sale, and there will also be a raffle. Please bring a highlighter or Bingo Dabber.
1 – 2 February – Lessons in Love
Saturday and Sunday: 20:00
Those who have yet to see the nostalgic and hilarious 1920s trip, should come along to enjoy an evening of laughter and song, with comedy sketches from the pen of legendary American wit DOROTHY PARKER who was known for her quips like “Men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses”. Devised by Margaret Hill and directed by Celia Musikanth, the show stars Pamela Burger, Kelly Kowalski and Gary Green with vocals by Aubrey Hindle and John Aron at the piano. So come along for a sparkling evening of fun! Come along in 1920 style or just as you are, but DON’T MISS OUT!
5- 8 February – Les Sylphide (Cape Town Ballet)
Wednesday – Friday: 20:00
Saturday: 14:30 and again at 18:30
For those who are fans of classic ballet, come and see the beautiful Les Sylphide which is followed by the best of Belles & Beaux at the Ballet. Cape Town city Ballet delivers unique, world-class dance entertainment through integrity, creativity, and excellence.
14 February – A Valentine’s Soiree
Friday: 19:30 for 20:00
For those after some memories of love, lust and duets, come along to the Masque’s own Valentine’s Soiree, and see a variety of love-related songs, dances, and performances. Love’s a many splendid thing, for “who so loves, believes the impossible”. Please note dinner is included in the R100 ticket price, and as seating is limited, booking early is recommended.
15 February – Volunteer Co-ordination Saturday afternoon

Those of you who were unable to attend the initial volunteer co-ordination even on the 18th of January, should definitely come along for a meet, greet, and something sweet taking place at the Masque Theatre, on Saturday the 15th of February. To confirm your spot, please contact Jane Cohen at jane@masquetheatre.co.za
21 February – 1 March – Private Lives
Thursdays and Fridays: 20:00
Saturdays: 14:30 and again at 18:30
Written from his sick bed in Shanghai, in 1930, Coward said that ‘Private Lives’ tells “the sophisticated tale of a couple who can’t live with or without each other”. In typical Coward fashion, the play is liberally sprinkled with fast and hilarious repartee and the hint of farce. When it opened to packed houses on Broadway, the New York review noted of the principals, “They are only adults under the skin. They are really sulky adolescents on long legs and the humour they distil is infectious and superb.”

14 – 22 March – Flat Spin
Thursdays and Fridays: 20:00
Saturdays: 14:30 and again at 18:30
If you combine an incompetent electrician, a mouse, and aspiring model, and an Italian film director who can’t speak English, and throw in a walk-in cupboard, you’ve got the recipe for a hysterical audience pleaser. This classic British farce includes mistaken identities and cover-ups.

16 March – Masque Market
Sunday: 10:00 – 14:00
After the success of our last market, we’re holding another one, with plenty of stalls selling jewellery, candles, preserves, creams, décor items, food stalls, a white elephant stall, artworks, and books, and so much more! A raffle will be taking place again and stall holder fees will be going towards the Masque roof fund. For booking a stall or more information, please contact Margi Blewett on 021 788 4664 / 083 628 6295.
Auditions
Sadly, there are no listed upcoming auditions at present.
Have a stunning week, and see you soon!

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Dear Friends and Members,
I hope you’re all enjoying the warm weather and festive atmosphere that’s finally arrived. As the year winds down, the Masque Theatre is the place to be this December, with the upcoming craft market on the 8th of December, and the volunteer programme launch on the 15th of December!
Masque News
 The karaoke fundraiser, held on 23 November 2013, was a huge success, and all who attended had a fantastic time.
 The Christmas Crafts Fair will be held on 8th December, from 10:00 – 14:00, with plenty of crafty goods to peruse, and a childrens entertainment area for those with little ones.
 The Volunteer Programme will launch on the 15th of December at 19:30 in the Masque Foyer. Come enjoy some drinks and a chat with Jane Cohen, who will head up this initiative.
CTP Member Matters
 We have had a request from the Masque to supply them with our member’s details along with a list of what duties/positions our members enjoy doing. As such, please respond to this e-mail with your contact number and duty preference (acting, directing, bar, box office, front of house, tea, back stage, sound and lights, etc.). Please also include on your reply to me, the original date / year that you joined CTP. Due to the urgency of this request, I will be calling everyone regarding these duties later today and tomorrow.
 As the year draws to a close, our Constantiaberg Theatre Players website is almost complete, but until it is, find us on Twitter (Theatre_Players) and on Facebook (Constantiaberg Theatre Players).
 Our New Year CTP members evening will be happening at the end of January / beginning of February. Details to follow soon.
Helping Hands
The time for our December duties is almost upon us. Please reply with what duty you are able to assist with. Those chosen will need to be at the theatre an hour before the show to set-up. A full list of what the duties incorporate will be e-mailed to those who apply for positions.
Show: The Unexpected Man:
 Friday 13th – show starts 8pm – 1 person for bar, 1 person for front of house
 Saturday 14th – show starts 8pm – 1 person for bar, 1 person for front of house
 Friday 20th – show starts 8pm – 1 person for bar, 1 person for front of house
Our upcoming January duties are during the show: Warrior on Wheels
 Wednesday 8th – be there before 17.30, 1 person
 Saturday 11th – be there before 17:30, 1 person
Upcoming Shows and Auditions
You can book a seat at any of the below shows by calling 021-788-1898 or by sending an email to bookings@masquetheatre.co.za. Full information on shows and auditions attached.
Shows: Please note most weekday shows start at 20:00 while weekend shows are at 14:30 and 18:30.
 Show: Rope – running from 29th November – 7 December. A clever thriller focusing on the art of murder, a dinner party, and the aftermath of crime. Definitely a show to see!
 Show: Wendy Fine’s Memories and Melodies – 8 December at 17:00. A musical evening with songs sung by an international soprano and her singers. R120 a ticket, and price includes light refreshments.
 Show: The Unexpected Man – running from 11 – 14 December. How a train journey can reveal an inner yearning for understanding, honesty, and connection.
 Show: Portraits – 20 December – one show only. Christof vd Berg will captivate audiences with his musical talents.
 Show: Shadowband – 21 December and 25 January. Tribute, a band of six musicians will recreate the passionate performances from the 60s, of Cliff and The Shadows.
 Show: Staying alive, Bee Gees Tributes – 27 and 28 December. Six musicians capture the spirit behind the Bee Gees, and will entertain and delight audience members of all ages.
Auditions:
 Audition: Here Lies Troy – 8 December at 13:30 for 14:00. Venue: Milnerton Playhouse, Performance will be during March 2014
 Audition: Dial M for Murder – 15 December 14:00pm. Venue: Masque theatre foyer. Performance will be 25 April – 3 May 2014.

I hope you have a wonderful week.

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Hello Friends, Fellow Thespians and Members!
This month I am taking a turn at writing the newsletter – bringing you a wrap of what has been happening during September and also what you can look forward to and diarise. The South Easter is blowing as I write and the mornings are definitely getting lighter earlier – so it would seem that Spring has finally sprung! Time to come out of hibernation and get to the theatre!! Speaking of which ….
Fish Hoek Dramatic Society’s “The Wisdom of Eve” enjoyed fantastic reviews and had appreciative audiences. It was nice to see that this production was quite well supported. Be sure to not miss the upcoming Claremont production of “Henceforward” . Here is what you can expect …
”Henceforward…” by Alan Ayckbourn is directed by Wendy Goddard for the Claremont Dramatic Society
“ This is a rich, touching and amusing entertainment. It features sci-fi/fantasy elements in which an android plays a poignant part. Jerome is a middle-aged composer living alone and struggling with a writer’s block. He is desperate to prove to his estranged wife that he deserves to have access to his daughter. He hatches a plot to achieve this, but everything goes awry. The more frantically he struggles, the more absurd the situation becomes – and the funnier!”
Remember that our theatre really needs our support! Henceforward promises to be very entertaining – be sure to support this production and bring friends and family along as well.
Intersociety Quiz
Barrie and Scott did a wonderful job formulating interesting and challenging questions for the quiz. There were heads being scratched, eyes screwed up and fierce mutterings and scribbling from participants. The committee did a great job putting together prizes, food, scoring, running the bar, selling tickets and bring a happy and excited vibe to the evening. Thank you to each of you and all who attended – it was a very successful event.
Set Strikes
It has been noted and greatly appreciated when CTP members arrive unexpectedly at other society set strikes, at the end of a run. It is a fabulous way to build inter-society camaraderie, and it is also help that is valued and needed from the tired cast and crew of the current production. With more hands on deck the strike happens very quickly, allowing the cast and crew to enjoy the speeches, thank-you’s and after party, far sooner than they initially expected. Anyone can come – it’s fun and only takes an hour or so of your time.
Techno-tales
Oh, yes … we are very techno-communicado-literate here in the Constantiaberg valley! We are now on twitter! Find and follow us! Our username is Theatre_Players so send some tweets to us peeps . We are also on Facebook – so if you haven’t already, pop on over and ‘like’ our page (Constantiaberg Theater Players). It is current and populated with photographs and information regarding recent and upcoming events. And for those interested, our website is almost complete, and will cover even more insider scoops.
Member’s evening
We are planning, discussing and plotting our next member’s evening. We will keep you informed when we have set the date and sorted out the final details. Watch this space.
Masque Theatre Fundraiser
SAVE THIS DATE! 23rd November!! A Karaoke party will be held in the Masque foyer to raise money for our roof. You do not want to miss this … Picture a room full of thespians, lose-your-inhibition juice from our bar, Gary’s awesome backing tracks and a few microphones … hmmm… you definitely don’t want to miss this party.
Upcoming Shows and Auditions
Don’t miss Henceforward, opening on Friday 1 November!
Shows: Please note most weekday shows start at 20:00 while weekend shows are at 14:30 and 18:30. Bookings can be made on (021) 788-1898 or online at bookings@masquetheatre.co.za.
A little Silliness: …
You know you worked in Community theater if…
* your living room sofa spends more time on stage than you do. * you’ve ever appeared on stage wearing your own clothes. * you can find a prop in the prop room that hasn’t seen the light of day in ten years, but you don’t know where your own vacuum cleaner is.. * you’ve had to haul a sofa off stage between scenes wearing a dinner gown and high heels. * you’ve had to haul a sofa off stage between scenes wearing a dinner gown and high heels – and you’re a guy. * your kids know your lines better than you do. * your kids SAY your lines better than you do. * you’ve appeared in a show where an actor leaned out through a window without opening it first. * you’ve heard the head of the set construction crew say, “Just paint it black – no one will ever see it.”

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Dear friends and members,
Though it doesn’t feel like it, we’re just past the mid-winter marker and the Winter Solstice is finally behind us (21 June)! From here on out we can look forward to longer days, shorter nights, and hopefully some warmer weather every few days, to offset the grey, gloomy skies we’ve grown accustomed to.
This year is already half-over and I for one cannot believe how quickly it’s been flying by – and with the seasonal change, there’ve also been changes within all the societies as their new committees step up to the plate. But before we delve into new committees, please send along some warm thoughts and congratulations to the newly appointed Masque manager – Nico Dreyer – on his position. We’re looking forward to getting to know and work with him, and are certain he’ll bring about beneficial changes to the Masque theatre.
Committed Committees
And while we’re on the subject of congratulations, we’d like to extend ours to those elected to their committee positions for Pineland Players, MADS, Fish Hoek Dramatic Society, Claremont Dramatic Society, and of course our own Constantiaberg Theatre Players.
It was with sadness that we said goodbye to our wonderful and warm Chairperson Di Thom, the incredible and insightful Scott Gill, and the lovely Gizelle Willows and Janice Thorne, who did not stand for a second term.
However, we would like to welcome Angela Lee-Wright and Lynda Jennings to the CTP committee, and let you know that everyone serving you, to a man (and woman), are very excited for the prospects of the year ahead and so would like to invite you all to …
Our Members Evening & Logo Launch Party
The observant amongst you will have noticed the decidedly absent logo of colourful theatre mask that normally adorns the top of the page. This is because we’ve decided that along with the new website we’re putting together (to make keeping up with CTP easier), it was time to update our look a little.
At our upcoming members evening we’re proud to announce that we’re going to unveil our new CTP Logo – and ask that you please come in smart/casual attire. There will be plenty of delightful snacks,
oodles of wine and other drinks, along with some music and dancing, as this year is CTPs 60th Anniversary as a society and that’s certainly cause to celebrate! As soon as the date for our Logo Launch Members Evening has been set, you can expect a short e-mail finding it’s way to your inbox detailing the when, where, and what’s. 😉
Braving the Future
We want to do our best for our members and the Masque theatre, so we’re busy constructing, restructuring, and forming sub-committees, and as you’ve probably guessed from the “Under Construction” logo, our newsletter will also be having a make-over! We’ll unveil all the progress in next month’s issue.
To make life easier for you, as we know most of you eagerly await the Auditions and Upcoming Shows at the Masque, these information overviews will from now on be attached as separate documents.
I won’t take up too much more of your time, as I’m sure you’re longing for a cup of hot tea or coffee, so the newsletter will end with the two soup recipes that were tasted at the CTP AGM, due to several requests for them:
Broccoli and Cheddar Soup (serves 4)
Ingredients
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
1 cup of cream and 1 cup of milk
2 cups chicken stock or bouillon
1/2 pound fresh broccoli
1 cup carrots, julienned
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
Directions:
Sauté the onion in butter and then set aside. Cook melted butter and flour (using a whisk) over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add the cup of milk and cup of cream (this is called making a roux). Add the chicken stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender for 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. The soup should be thickened by now. Pour in batches into blender and puree. Return to pot over low heat and add the grated cheese; stir until well blended. Stir in the nutmeg and serve.
Butternut Soup (serves 6)
Ingredients 1 (2 to 3 pound) butternut squash, peeled and seeded 2 tablespoons of butter 1 medium onion, diced 6 cups chicken stock Nutmeg Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste) Directions Cut squash into 1-inch chunks. In large pot melt butter. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add squash and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook until squash is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove squash chunks with slotted spoon and place in a blender and puree. Return blended squash to pot. Stir and season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Serve. Have a wonderful weekend!

Showing at the Masque
Please see below for the upcoming plays at the Masque which will make you laugh, cry, smile and sigh! To book your seat, please contact the Masque Theatre on 021-788-1898 or e-mail bookings@masquetheatre.co.za.
– Amy’s View is running from 5th July – 13th July (Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays)
Amy’s View is a fantastic show which is considered by many to be the best play written by Sir David Hare. It’s an amusing yet critical look at how miscommunication can instil biases in those who refuse to see anything but one-side of a story, and don’t believe the other side of the story bears any kind of merit.
The show takes place in the context of film vs. theatre, and is set over a time span of 16 years. It focuses mainly on three characters: Esme the mother, Amy the daughter, and Dominic, the daughter’s fiancé. This is directed by the talented Brenda Gray with set design done by David Davidson. It costs R65 per non-member ticket and R55 for theatre club members. Call the Masque Theatre for more details, matinee night prices, and their special performance on Wednesday, 10th of July, in aid of The Chaeli Campaign.
– The Best of Times – 14th July
This one-night only foyer show will entertain and delight you as you listen to the soulful rich melodies from a ménage of musicals performed by Chenara Fenton and friends. There will be a light supper served, the show will start at 7pm, and tickets will cost R95. Expect to hear songs such as Sister Act”, “Spamalot”, “Smash” and “Rock of Ages”.
– Shadowlands – A Tribute to Cliff Richard & The Shadows – 20th July
This one-night only performance will have you tapping your feet along with the beat being delivered by the Tribute band. Being devout fans of Cliff Richard & The Shadows, you’ll hear old favourites from the ‘60s such as “Atlantis”, “The Next Time”, and “Summer Holiday”. The show is set to start at 8pm, and the wonderful musicians are: Ivor Norman on the lead guitar, Peter Denyssen on Rhythm, Mike Whare on Bass, David Evans on Drums and Roger Harrison on keyboards. Michael Georgopoulos is “Cliff”, the lead vocalist.
– The Road to Mecca, running from the 26th of July to 3rd of August
This incredible play written by Athol Fugard will be directed by Barbara Basel. The play is based on the life of the original creator of the Owl House in New Bethesda, Helen Martins, during the latter half of the 20th century. It’s a fascinating look at how small-minded people deal with those who don’t conform to their standards and are thus branded ‘different’. The issues in the play are still relevant today and are certain to keep audiences spellbound by the light, humorous moments, as well as the dramatic ones.
Outside shows worth watching:
– Dracula, running from 18th to 27th July
This wonderful and delightful play about the most well-known vampire of them, all is directed by Philippe Pringiers for Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society. It will be showing at the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West. Bookings can only be done via Computicket.
– A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, running from 26th July to 4th August
This wonderful play is directed by Judith Herbig for Milnerton Players. Bookings can be done online by visiting http://www.milnertonplayers.com, or e-mailing bookings @milnertonplayers.com.

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Dear friends and members,

It’s that time of year again with Easter and all its wonderful chocolaty goodness now behind us; April Fools and the goodhearted pranks have passed, and alas, there are no long-weekends in sight for a good long while.  On a slightly personal note, I do apologise for the lack of consistency with the Constantia Theatre Players newsletter; I’ve been away from the computer for a while, have had a string of personal issues, and some other complications, but no excuses – we are now back on track with a fully-packed April offering!

The overview of great shows taking place at the Masque is at the end of the newsletter for those who want to skip ahead to see what’s coming!

Masque Committee

I’m sure most of you know that there is a board of trustees in place at the Masque Theatre, to ensure that the Masque never has the option to go quietly into that good night.

They are entrusted with its continued wellbeing, making sure that it is financially viable, and in short keeping the beloved theatre in tip-top shape. As such, please find below are the trustees and the portfolios that they are running:

  • Marketing, Advertising and Communications – Wesley Figaji
  • Remco (a human resources function) – Jane De Sousa
  • Finco (financials) – Nikki Jacobs
  • Productions – Kyla Boxall
  • Operations – Richard Magnin
  • Development (both audience and skills development, among others) – Paul Griffiths

Plays for 2014 – Submission of Proposals

Kyla Boxall is the Board member heading the Productions portfolio and her exciting news is that the Production Calendar has been opened for 2014. The new process for submitting proposals is to email them to use masquetheatre@mweb.co.za (which will be the new Theatre Manager’s email) and to copy Kyla in: kboxall@truworths.co.za. Proposals must include:

Who: The name of the author of the play

What: The type of production, i.e. Play, Musical, etc.

Genre: i.e. Farce, Comedy, etc.

What: The name of the production

When: The preferred calendar slot

Where: The venue, i.e. Theatre or Foyer

Leader: The name of the proposed director

Extras: The style of set and the name of the designer (if possible)

There are some suggestions below if you’re interested in submitting a proposal. The idea is to keep people the audience guessing, and think outside the box, so get creative!

  • Try not to use box sets and get adventurous in design, in order to avoid repetition.
  • Use the Foyer for smaller-styled productions which are easier to manage, less costly, and could be more profitable for both the society/producer and the Masque Theatre.

The closing date for your wonderful proposals will be 31 May 2013. Proposals will be considered by the Theatre Manager and the Board. Good luck to those of you who enter this!

CTP Annual General Meeting

The Constantia Theatre Players Annual General Meeting will be taking place very soon, and there will of course be a bountiful spread of snacks and eats, assorted beverages to wash it down with, and as per usual, some great entertainment! We will also be doing our annual members sign-up and subscriptions. The date is still being wrangled out, so expect an e-mail soon with the exact date and time – the venue will be, as per usual, at Bergvliet Guide Hall.

Excitement Mounts

Cyprienne, adapted from the play Divorçons by David Nicholson, directed by Barry Howard, is still generating plenty of excitement at each rehearsal, with a wonderfully cohesive cast. For those not in the know, this play is a witty comedy that revolves around the idea of the first Divorce Law being passed – and the humour in it transcends the ages. The play will be taking place at the Masque Theatre from the 24th of May until the 1st of June, 2013.

 

Showing At the Masque

3 – 13 April

Late Flowering, written by John Chapman and Ian Davidson, directed by Yvonne Copley, is a play that will be both funny, romantic, and have a dash of drama for good effect. There are only two shows left, so don’t delay in contacting the Masque theatre to book your seat today – 021 788 1898! The Cast includes Pat Boothman, Sheila Inglis, Bernie Jacobs and Jane de Sousa. Nigel Sweets, who was set to play the role of Martin, has had to withdraw, and James Skilton is his skilled replacement.

18 April – 20 April

Let’s Dance, put on by the Bronwyn Banfield Dance Studio, is a planned evening of a variety of styles of dancing, and is set to be fun for all who join in! Shows start at 19:00 on all three nights, and tickets are priced at R65.

That’s our round up of April so far with a second e-mail to be sent out to you detailing the date of our CTP AGM .

 

 

 

 

 

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