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GASLIGHT NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY VOLUME 20, ISSUE 6 – NOVEMBER 2013
Hello everyone
This will be the last time you see this logo as the final curtain has come down on what was, without question, a brilliant show. The critics were unanimous in their praise. A couple visiting from Jo’burg wanted to know when the show was moving there so they could take their friends. And how’s this for a comment, sent to our website: My wife and I just loved your production of Guys and Dolls….the best musical we have ever seen…bar none…and yes we did see the London production. Congratulations to one and all.
Congratulations indeed. Everything came together so well: those on stage outdid themselves night after night; those backstage worked tirelessly managing the huge, but magnificent set; those in the pit were outstanding and contributed so much to the vibrancy of the production. The singing was great under Bill’s direction (not forgetting Garth’s contribution in the early weeks of rehearsal). And ultimately Kyla could feel very proud of her baby. Thanks to everyone involved!

 

The great sadness was that the show was not better supported by the Cape Town public. It certainly deserved support, but from a financial point of view, the Society is facing another significant loss. Taking into account the loss on last year’s production, we are going to have to be very cautious going into next year’s show.
Another sadness was that Michelle Galloway, who was to have shared the role of Adelaide with Laura Bosman, had an accident on stage two days before opening night and broke some bones in her foot. The usual encouragement to “Break a leg” was taboo for the rest of the show! Laura soldiered on for all 28 performances and did a wonderful job. But we feel for Michelle, and trust that her foot heals quickly and leaves no lingering effects.
Once the accounts for the show have been finalised, we will need to have a Production Account meeting at which we review and analyse all aspects of the show. You will be advised of date and place in due course.
And so, as we put one show to bed, another is in the process of stirring.
By the time you get this, auditions will be under way. If you still want a chance to audition, contact Issy immediately on 021 433 0923 after 3.00 pm weekdays, and any (reasonable) time over weekends. You can download the audition form from our website. Go to http://www.gands.co.za, click on ‘About Us’, then click on ‘Downloads’ and the ‘Oklahoma Audition Form’.
The tentative dates for this show are 19 July to 3 August 2014. Preliminary rehearsal information will be available at the auditions.
You’re invited – OPSKOP 2013!
Our end-of-year OPSKOP will be held this year on MONDAY 16 DECEMBER at the home of Laura Bosman in Pinelands (thanks so much Laura!). See details below. For the uninitiated, this is our closing social event of the year. Bring your meat and drink – we’ll supply the rest. If you can help with a half drum for braaiing, please let David Bolton know (0845880133). And so that we know how much salad and rolls to prepare, please RSVP to David by Friday 13th – or earlier if you’re wary of that date! (email address below.)
A NEW CONSTITUTION

A new constitution for the Society was approved at a Special General Meeting of members on Monday 18 November. It will be available soon for viewing on our website (go the same route as for the Audition Form, but click on ‘Our constitution’.) It is hoped that this new constitution will give us a form of governance more appropriate to the Society we have become, and enable us also to seek registration as an NPO, with some of the attendant benefits. Though that new constitution becomes effective immediately, the existing Exco has been mandated to continue steering the affairs of the Society until the AGM next year.

ANNUAL INTER-SOCIETY QUIZ
Our Society entered two teams in this year’s quiz, hosted by last year’s winners, Constantiaberg Theatre Players. We came very close to top and tailing the scoreboard, as our A team (consisting of Teddy, Lorna, Gwen and Cindy) triumphed gloriously, while our B team (Alastair, Adrian K, Irene Forbes and your scribe) rather ingloriously just managed to avoid last place. So well done to the A Team! Only trouble is that as this year’s winners, we have to host and organise next year’s quiz.

 

FROM SISTER SOCIETIES
Still time to catch the Ray Cooney farce “It Runs in the Family” from Milnerton Players at the Milnerton Playhouse. The play features a couple of our members in Cindy Nixon, Nigel Sweet and Sheila McCormick.
29 November-7 December, “Rope”, presented by Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque. Loosely based on the Leopold-Loeb case, where two young, privileged men murdered another young man just for the thrill of it, this riveting play is filled with typical Hitchcockian moments. Has a murder been committed? If so, where is the body? What was the motive? Don’t miss this thriller which will have you on the edge of your seat! Book through The Masque on 021 7881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za
Something different from Pinelands Players.….FLASHMOB THEATRE! On Saturday, 30 November 2013, at the First Pinelands Scout Hall, Lieske Bester and Debbie Gildenhuys will be directing a production in just one day! Between 08h00 and 17h00, with a break for lunch, they will cast, script, rehearse, costume, set-up, perform and strike a theatre performance. Participants will receive snacks and drinks during the day. A huge challenge for the directors and great fun for the participants. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the performance. More info at http://pinelandsplayers.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/theatre-in-a-day/ .
WEBSITE
Don’t forget to check out our website from time to time. Some great photos of Guys and Dolls. http://www.gands.co.za
That’s it. Try and get some rest during the holiday season and come back fresh for another year of theatrical enjoyment. And for those engaging in special religious celebrations during the next few weeks, be richly blessed.
Ken

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GASLIGHT SPECIAL

NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY

SPECIAL AUDITION EDITION

AUDITIONS

 As previously announced, for our 2014 musical production, the Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society will be staging a new lavish production of Oklahoma! in the Artscape Opera House from 19 July to 3 August 2014 accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today.  Here the evergreen songs including  Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’;   People Will Say We’re in Love;   The Surrey With the Fringe on Top;   Many a New Day;   Out of My Dreams,  as well as vibrant dance numbers and a charming story have been triumphantly blended into one of the masterpieces of musical theatre.

The show will be staged and directed by Teddy Davies with musical direction by Alastair Cockburn and choreography by Kyla Thorburn – all musical theatre multi-award winners.

And now  – all you need to know about the forthcoming auditions:

 

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES

 

All auditions will take place at Artscape as follows:

 

  1. Saturday, 23rd November:  All auditions for the Chorus.  Prospective chorus members are required to sing a song of their own choice from a classical musical in similar style to “Oklahoma!”  Please refer to the attached cast list to identify the various categories/types of characters required for the chorus.
  1. Saturday, 30th November:  All auditions for Principal Characters.  Prospective Principals are required to sing a song from Oklahoma! if possible, or alternatively, any other classical musical in similar style.  It will be advantageous to choose a song which matches the character that you are auditioning for.  Please refer to the attached cast list for a complete breakdown of all the characters in the show.
  1. Sunday, 8th December (morning):  Auditions for all prospective specialist dancers.
  1. Further recall auditions etc. will be held in addition to the above.  Please refer to the table below for a complete overview of all the auditions times:

 

Date

 

Time frame

Audition

Room No.

Saturday, 23rd November 10h00 to 13h00

14h00 to 17h00

Chorus Singing Audition

Chorus Singing Audition cont.

RR 308
Saturday, 30th November 10h00 to 13h00

14h00 to 17h00

Principals Singing / Dialogue Audition

Principals Singing / Dialogue Audition cont.

Music Room 306
Sunday 1st December 12h00 to 17h00 Principals Recall Workshop Music Room 306
Saturday 7th December 14h00 to 17h00 Principals Recall Audition Music Room 306
Sunday 8th December 10h00 to 13h00

14h00 to 17h00

Dancers Audition

Chorus Recall Audition

RR 301

RR 301

 

Important notes for Auditionees:

 

  1. 1.      When attending your audition, all auditionees should arrive with a prepared song and, if the song is not from “Oklahoma!”, the full sheet music accompaniment must be provided to the accompanist. 
  2. 2.      With regard to Chorus auditions, it is likely that the audition panel will only listen to a portion of the prepared song in initially assessing voices.
  3. 3.      Please complete the audition form which can be downloaded from the G&S Society’s website, www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za/aboutus/downloads  and bring it with you to your audition.

 

PROCEDURE FOR BOOKING YOUR AUDITION SLOT

 

  1. Telephone the audition administrator, Issy Silbowitz, on 021 433 0923 from 3pm onwards on weekdays, and anytime on weekends.
  2. Please furnish him with your full name and contact details (telephone numbers and email address);
  3. Inform him what you wish to audition for and if you have a personal preference, the sort of time frame (morning or afternoon) in which you could be available. Please bear in mind that any request for a personal time is subject to available slots.

 

CAST FOR OKLAHOMA!

Character

Description

Age Range

Role Type

Voice Range

Notes

Aunt Eller Murphy A middle-aged down-to-earth ‘mother to everyone’.   She is Laurey’s aunt and confidante.   She is a respected community leader. 40 – 60 Comedy Mezzo  

Character

Description

Age Range

Role Type

Voice Range

Notes

Laurey Williams Her niece.   An independent young lady who is confused about her feelings for Curly and too innocent to realise that her “involvement” with Jud could lead to serious trouble. 18 – 25 Romantic female lead Soprano  
Curly McLain A handsome young cowboy madly in love with Laurey.   His heart is in the right place and he is strong in facing up to Jud. 22 – 32 Romantic male lead Light Baritone  
Jud Fry The hired hand on Aunt Eller’s farm.   Sullen, mysterious and sinister.   He lives a depressive existence in the smoke-house – a dangerous loner disliked by everyone. 27 – 38 Dramatic Baritone  
Will Parker A young cowboy who is determined to win Ado Annie.  He has a pleasant happy-go-lucky disposition. 25 – 35 Comedy Tenor A song and dance man
Ado Annie Carnes A flirtatious and gullible girl who cannot resist any man, particularly if a wedding ring is in prospect. 18 – 25 Comedy Soprano / Soubrette  
Andrew Carnes Her father and the local judge.  Very quick to brandish his shotgun! 50 – 65 Comedy / Dramatic Tenor A mature, older man. 
Gertie Cummings A local ditzy girl – another flirt whose presence is always announced by her ear-piercing laugh.   Like Annie, she just wants to get married to someone. 18 – 25 Comedy Cameo Non-singing

Role

 
Ali Hakim A Persian peddler and shrewd salesman.   A great one for the girls but not too adept at avoiding shotguns! 28 – 45 Comedy Baritone Sprechtgesang   –

(Speak-singing)

Ike Skidmore A ranch-house cowman. 40 – 65 Cameo Baritone A mature, older man
Cord Elam A farmer and Federal Marshall 45 – 65 Cameo Baritone A mature, older man
Slim and Fred Cowboy friends of Curly’s 20 – 35 Cameo Baritones  
Vivian, Ellen, Faye and Virginia Laurey’s special girlfriends 18 – 25 Cameo Sopranos  

CHORUS:

 
Younger Ladies Laurey’s friends, farmer’s daughters and the ranchers’ gals 18 – 30 Sopranos and Altos Dance training or experience in stage movement would be a recommendation.
Farmers and Cowmen’s wives / gals Mature ladies Sopranos and Altos No age restriction.
Cowboys Younger men – friends of Curly’s 20 – 35 Tenors and Basses Dance training or experience in stage movement would be a recommendation.
Farmers and Cowmen Mature men Tenors and Basses No age restriction
Children 2 boys and 2 girls 8 – 12 The girls must be dancers

DREAM BALLET CAST:

 
Laurey, Curly

and Jud

If “real principal characters” have formal dance training, they may be used for the “ballet characters” as well.
Dancers 6 x Girlfriends of Laurey’s /

6 x Cowboys /

6 x Female Music Hall Girls /

3 x “Poscard” Girls /

1 x Little Girl

Any “real chorus members” with formal dance training or experience will be considered for the “ballet characters” as well.
  • Trained dancers who audition for the principal roles of Laurey, Curly and Jud and the chorus parts of Laurey’s Girlfriends and the Cowboys, are requested to attend the Dance Audition as well;
  • Dancers with good singing voices will generally also be required to be part of the Chorus;
  • The cameo roles of Ike Skidmore, Cord Elam, Slim, Fred, Vivian, Ellen, Faye and Virginia also form part of the Chorus;
  • The full company except for Ali Hakim, Gertie Cummings and Jud Fry will sing the major “Oklahoma!” number in Act 2.

 

 

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Several brand new copies of this work are available for sale at the very low price of R400 per set.  A new set advertised on Amazon.com would cost upwards of R1000.

If anyone is interested in purchasing a set of these encyclopedias, please contact Alastair Cockburn via email to alastairc@artscape.co.za    Alastair is acting on behalf of an independent elderly gentleman who has a small stock of this publication.

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GASLIGHT

NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY

VOLUME 20, ISSUE 4 .

AUGUST 2013
Hello again
Your Exco, together with a few of our Honorary Life Members, has been engaged over the better part of a year now in a process of evaluating where we are as a Society, and where we want to be in, say, 20 years time. The fact is that we are not the Society we were 20 years ago and we recognise that our existing structures may need some tweaking to keep up with the changes. Already some fruits of this endeavour are to be seen: the new website, workshops and concerts (see later in this newsletter), some longer term production planning, and possible organisational restructuring. Some of this may require amendments to our constitution, in which case a Special General Meeting will be called. In the meantime, we continue with Guys and Dolls.
I attended a rehearsal recently, just to see how things are going. Kyla greeted me by saying, quite shamelessly, ”I want your body”. Er, yes, Kyla, I do understand, but a little more discretion would be nice. . But then it turned out that all she wanted was for me to stand in for an absent cast member. Oh well …
Cast news: Wesley Figaji is taking on the role of Nathan Detroit in the ‘Dolls’ cast, and Renco Griesel, aka ’Cheesecake Ike’h is joining the gangsters. Welcome to you both.
Tickets: These are now available from Computicket and as Prefs from cast members. Prices are (Pref prices in brackets): Evenings: R250 (R225); R225 (R200); R175 (R160) Matinees: R240 (R215); R215 (R190); R165 (R160).
And by now, we should be flying! Look out for our banner on the Artscape building as you drive past on the Foreshore. I was hoping to have a picture to prove it, but I haven’ft yet received it, and since this Newsletter is already overdue, I can’t wait any longer. So check it out for yourself.
And how have rehearsals been going? Well, apart from benches threatening to break at crucial moments, and at least one instance of the showstopping number becoming a case of ‘Fall down, you’re rocking the boat’h . rather well, I thought. But here’s a more detailed insight from one of the cast members herself.
Rehearsals for our upcoming production are well underway with plenty of exclamations of surprise being emitted recently at the news that we’ll be moving into the Artscape Theatre in just under EIGHT WEEKS! It seems like a fairly long time away still, but everyone on the team knows how quickly that will pass when everything that’s been accomplished over the last two months is pieced together into the very awesome whole.
Garth Tavares spent a few weeks putting everyone through their vocal paces and painstakingly drilling harmonies into their heads. Once that process was completed, the focus was placed on the blocking, the dance steps, the production numbers… Which, of course, means that Garth will have to go over all those harmonies againc As most of us know, multi-tasking doesn’t always work so well during movement rehearsals!
But while those harmonies may sound a little ‘interesting’ right now, Kyla, Mandy and Keenan are getting the company sitting, standing, touch-stepping, and skidding across the stage in 4 beats while trying not to crash into those skidding in the opposite direction. This sometimes involves a cast member falling off a bench and landing unceremoniously on the floor in a heap… No names shall be mentioned.
At the same time William is yelling out ‘tendu’, ‘releve’, ’echappe’ at the Waterfront Theatre School dancers. Some of us find this confusing and think he’s ordering really special coffee, but we won’t admit it. Whatever it all means, the routines already have showstopping potential!
Anyone who has chosen to pop into a rehearsal over the last many weeks hasn’t been offered the option of just relaxing and observing. A number of cast members have been involved in other productions so stand-in bodies are regularly required. No one is safe so be warned!
We’re hoping to have the full cast at rehearsals from now on as all the individual scenes start being strung together and much memorizing and polishing takes place. Tickets are on sale already so make sure you book yours soon . you do NOT want to miss this production!

With thanks to Melissa.
A special request from Stage Manager Guilma . if anyone out there has some experience in make-up, and would be willing to assist during the run of the show, please contact her at guilmastander@gmail.com
And another request: Kyla is looking for someone to act as Prompt during rehearsals, once they reach ‘Books down’ in a couple of weeks. Any takers? Contact Kyla at kboxall@truworths.co.za
Now here is a chance for all those not involved in Guys and Dolls to learn something, and then immediately put it into practice …
PROJECT ’TRIAL BY JURY’
Some exciting news for our members and other interested parties! Your Society has decided to run a workshop project around the G&S one-act opera, ‘Trial by Jury’. The idea is that members and other interested participants will have the opportunity of dissecting and learning this witty and fun work through a series of workshop sessions. Sessions will include character development and analysis; understanding and exploring the subtleties of meaning and subtext of the libretto; voice projection techniques; audition
techniques; basic rudiments of music literacy to enable easier reading and learning of G&S and Musical scores; and music and production rehearsals for ’Trial by Jury’. These sessions are sure to be great fun and very informative, and some of the sessions will be facilitated by guest experts in their specific fields.
The idea is that we will present the piece in a semi-staged production for performances in various venues around the Western Cape from the end of this year and early next year. There are currently definite performances planned for 16th December 2013 and 23rd January 2014 with others to be announced shortly. Workshop and Rehearsal sessions will be held once a week on Monday evenings starting at 19h30 on 19th August. (That’s less than two weeks away!) Workshop/rehearsal venues will be announced shortly to those participating, along with a full schedule of all the sessions.
The aim of this project is to give an opportunity to those not involved in the current major production of ‘Guys and Dolls’, to take part in an alternative production. Also, it is a great learning opportunity for those who will be auditioning for future productions . the workshop sessions generally will teach and hone skills required prior to going onto stage and on the stage itself. Over the past few years, the G&S Society has been running a series of concerts of G&S repertoire at old age homes and for other organisations and these concerts have always proved to be a popular, enjoyable and entertaining experience for all those taking part, as well as for the various audiences. This ’Project Trial by Jury Workshop’ will be similar in concept with the added dimension of being a ‘staged production’.
All those who are interested in participating are requested to urgently contact Issy Silbowitz who has kindly agreed to facilitate the initial administration of this project. Please use his email address: justbooks@telkomsa.net to indicate your willingness to participate. Include your full name, your contact details (landline and cell phone numbers, and your email address), as well as your voice type (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass) if you know it. However, don’t worry if you don’t because we will help you to identify your true vocal range. Participants will be given the opportunity (their choice) to audition for various roles in the production during the course of the initial workshop sessions. And we can promise some surprises for those who know the show. Although it is our intention that the production will be sung traditionally, some characters may just evolve a little differently from the usual!
We’re looking forward to hearing from many of you and promise a fun and rewarding experience.
Alastair Cockburn and Teddy Davies
(Project ’Trial by Jury’ Facilitators)
ODDMENTS
Jack Matthee
Jack passed away a few weeks ago. He built or part built numerous sets and props for us . and for various other amdram societies . over the years. He was one of those creative people who could create something from nothing, and take great delight in doing so. We honour his memory. He will be missed by the amdram community of Cape Town. Our loving greetings go to Karen.
Buxton/Harrogate
For those interested, it has been announced that after this year, the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will be moving from Buxton to Harrogate in the UK. For those of us who have taken our shows to Buxton in the past, that’s a little sad, as we’ve become quite fond of Buxton, but Harrogate also sounds good, and who knows, maybe we’ll get there some time in the future.
FROM SISTER SOCIETIES
Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society presents DANCE AFTER DARK at the Playhouse in Somerset West from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 17th August (there are matinees over the weekends). Tickets will be available at ticketnet.co.za or booking office: 072 097 5802.
Pinelands Players present MARVELLOUS MUSIC . a tribute to and benefit for Victor Tichardt, on August 23rd at the Pinelands Town Hall. An all music programme, featuring many artists and songs, some by people known to us who have been in our shows. A cheese and wine welcome before the show, with various raffles and prizes. Tickets R130. To book: 021-5318683, 072-4467532, or email cjwells@mweb.co.za
AUDITIONS: Pinelands Players are calling for auditions for two original plays written by Graham Leverton (now where have I heard that name before?!) and to be directed by him. Saturday 10th August from 10:00. ‘The Game of Cards’ is a drama involving a deadly game of poker. Required are 5 men (ages 20-45) & 1 woman (age 20-35). ’The Interview’ is a comedy about two bosses searching for the right candidate. Required are 4 men (20-30) & 1 woman (20-30). Performances 24-26 October.Contact Graham on 082 5509164.

And that will do it for now. If you’re not in G&D, donft forget to contact Issy soon!
Ken

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GASLIGHT

NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY

VOLUME 20, ISSUE 3 – JUNE 2013
Hello everyone
Winter has finally arrived with a vengeance. “How beautifully blue the sky” – no, that’s not right. “And yet it rained but yesterday” seems more like it (and the day before, for that matter). “Tomorrow it may pour again …” – probably. “Continue fine I hope it may” seems unlikely. And I’m certainly not too optimistic about having “a warm July”! – And for the uninitiated, that’s all from The Pirates of Penzance. However, rather more current is …GUYS AND DOLLS
There have been a couple of withdrawals and additions to the cast since the last GASLIGHT. Welcome to Kevin Abbott (Skye Masterson – Dolls cast); Clifford Graham (Lt Brannigan – both casts); Natalie Moodley and Andrea Jensen (Dolls chorus); Luke Brown (Gangster). The Dancing Dolls are: Thalia Burt, Monique van Wyk, Claire Boswell, Ambre-Chanel Fulton, Brittane van Loggerenberg, Rushney Ferguson and Skye Weiss. Additional Dancing Guys are Sonwa Sakuba, Evan Livesey, Kyle Jardine, Dirk Joubert and Sonwabo Vagi.
Our MD, Bill Holland, wound up in hospital for a double heart-bypass operation recently. I’m glad to report that he is making excellent progress and is raring to go with G&D. In fact he even put in an unexpected – but welcome – appearance at the Getting to Know You Party.
Stage Manager Guilma Stander has indicated that some backstage help will be needed. Here’s an opportunity to learn the ropes and receive training on the Artscape stage. If you’re interested, please contact Guilma on 084 5891812
Performance dates are from 18 October to 10 November, in the Artscape Theatre. Preferential ticket sales from cast members will be available from mid-July, and from Computicket from the beginning of August. Prices are (Pref prices in brackets): Evenings: R250 (R225); R225 (R200); R175 (R160) Matinees: R240 (R200); R215 (R190); R165 (R160).
G&D GETTING TO KNOW YOU PARTY
Last Saturday at the Claremont Dramatic Society clubhouse, known as The Hok, the G&D cast assembled for the first time, to meet each other, to be introduced to the production team and the principals, and to hear what was expected of them – and of course to consume vast quantities of cupcakes and various other goodies. It was good to see the high percentage of faces new to the Society. I think it would be fair to say that a fairly convivial atmosphere prevailed
AGM
The AGM took place at the Pinelands Club on 15 April. First item of business was the Society Awards for 2012.

Congratulations to all the following recipients:
 DOWNEY CUP FOR THE BEST PERFORMANCE IN A GILBERT AND SULLIVAN
OPERA: To Graham Boxall for his superb portrayal of Jack Point in Yeomen
of the Guard.
 HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS CUP FOR AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE IN A
GILBERT AND SULLIVAN OPERA OR A MUSICAL: To David Bolton, for his
fine portrayal of Wilfred Shadbolt.
 THE EUNICE WILLIAMS CUP FOR AN EXCELLENT TECHNICAL OR ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION IN A GILBERT AND SULLIVAN OPERA OR A MUSICAL: To Bronwyn Scott for her calm and outstandingly effective role as stage manager for Yeomen.
 THE ALASTAIR COCKBURN TROPHY FOR OUTSTANDING MUSICALITY: A new award went to Ferdi Oosthuizen.
 THE RICHARD SHARLAND TROPHY FOR THE BEST MUSICAL ITEM: Another new award was presented to Sian Atterbury, Adri Louw, Ferdi Oosthuizen and Stephan Le Roux for their superb singing of “Strange Adventure”.
 CERTIFICATES OF MERIT were presented to: Linda Gawronsky for her sterling work in taking over the preferential bookings at a late stage, and doing it so well; Morag Tyson for her excellent service as Assistant Stage Manager; Alison King for her effective and appropriate props; Liesl Hartje, a newcomer, for her wonderful portrayal of Elsie Maynard; Lara Milne, another newcomer, for her wonderful portrayal of Phoebe Meryll; Stephan Le Roux for his consistently high standard of performance as Sergeant Meryll; Guilma Stander for her many contributions to the success of the production.
 The PATRON’S PLAQUE for assistance from someone who is not a member of the Society, to Eugene October and his Artscape Technical Crew, for their huge contribution to the success of Yeomen.
 A PETER DONALDSON AWARD for service above the usual call of duty to Lorna Hansen, for her work in connection with the Society’s three trips to Buxton, in 2005, 2007 and 2012, as well as her work in organising concerts which showcase the G&S genre and the Society’s talents.
 HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP to Adrian van Stolk for his dedicated and successful business management of several productions over many years.
 HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP toRichard Whittaker for his many contributions to the success of our productions since 2004.

 HONORARY VICE PRESIDENCY for the year 2013: Helen Houghton.
The Financial Report made rather gloomy reading. The loss on Yeomen, plus costs incurred in the trip to Buxton, made a significant dent in the Society’s financial reserves. It is our policy that the Musicals will help to subsidise the losses on the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, so we trust that Guys and Dolls will do fantastically well and replenish our finances. We need your support for this show!
Your Exco for 2013 (with the portfolios which were subsequently allocated at the first meeting):
Ken Leverton – Chairperson (and Newsletter) Waldo Buckle – Hon. Secretary Graham Ellis – Hon. Treasurer Ian Kirkwood – Vice chair and membership Guilma Stander – Social and membership Glenda Carmichael – Wardrobe Steve Broekmann – Assets and Insurance Alastair Cockburn – Productions David Bolton – Website and marketing Anthony Storr Lister – Library and archives.
The only member of the previous Exco to retire is long-serving secretary, Niel Roux, to whom we extend our thanks.
WEBSITE
Have you had a look at our new website yet? If not, do yourself a favour and have a browse. Find it at http://www.gands.co.za Or http://www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za If anyone out there is interested in advertising on the rolling scroll bar at the bottom of each page, the fee is R800 per annum. Contact David Bolton on 084 5880133.
CATA AWARDS – An apology
In mentioning our CATA award winners in the last edition, I somehow overlooked making mention of one rather special award made on the night. It was made to one Adrian Kettle, our oldest (no, I’m not thinking of age, but duration) member. He was awarded the CODS Little Theatre cup for Outstanding Achievement in service to Amateur Theatre. Well done Adrian. You’re an institution – and I can’t help thinking that part of the service rendered is the wonderful way your inimitable laugh can get an entire audience chuckling!
NEWS FROM SISTER SOCIETIES
Festival Productions presents BOY MEETS BOY …….. and boy marries boy in this topical smash hit musical at the Artscape Arena from 29 June to 20 July 2013 (including Saturday matinees) with low price previews on 27 and 28 June. Booking at Computicket or Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695. The musical had a five star West End revival last year. Direction by Teddy Davies.
Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society present Bram Stoker’s Dracula! at the Playhouse in Somerset West on 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 July. Directed by Philippe Pringiers.
Constantiaberg Players invites you to audition for A HANDFUL OF FRIENDS, by David Williamson, to be directed by Sue Bolton. Date: 9th June. Venue: Bergvliet Guide Hall( Off Ladies Mile ) Time: 14.30. Production Dates: 20th-28th September. The play needs five characters – 2 couples and a sister to one of the men. Enquiries to Sue Bolton 021 7822506, orl 076 6703629.
SYMPATHY
The last few weeks have been a sad time for the Society.

First, Richard Whittaker’s wife, Renee, died on 17 April after a long illness.
A few days later we heard of the passing of Hon Life Member, Erika Mitchell. I thought Adrian Kettle’s brief tribute summed up beautifully her contribution to the Society: She had a very interesting career in G&S; she sang, painted scenery and was a very good allround portraitist, and a wonderful helpmeet to Ken (her late husband), as he climbed ladders under her eagle eye to install lighting. She finally said ‘enough’ when he was in his eighties, remarking to me that she prayed hard (all the while knitting furiously!). May she rest in peace.
And then just a couple of weeks later, we heard that Keith Anderson had died. Keith had a colourful career (including as a trapeze artist and trainer), but for G&S he was a set designer and builder of note.
Finally those with longer memories may remember Mervyn McCullagh who was a member of the Society in the 1970s. He died in Ireland on 11th April where he had taken Holy Orders in the Church of Ireland.
Our loving sympathy to all those affected.
CALLING ALL ALTOS
An a cappella quartet that sings mainly arrangements of 60s and 70s music is looking for a committed, confident individual with some training, between the ages of 25 and 45. If you’re interested, call Meredith Keegan (083 328 9097 or 021 462 7623) or email: advertising@womanonline.co.za
And that’s it for now. Keep warm.
Ken
EXCO: Ken Leverton – Chair/Gaslight Waldo Buckle – Hon. Secretary Graham Ellis – Hon. Treasurer Ian Kirkwood – Vice chair and Membership Steve Broekmann – Assets and Insurance David Bolton – Website/Marketing Guilma Stander – Membership/Social Glenda Carmichael – Wardrobe Alastair Cockburn – Productions Anthony Storr Lister – Archives

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GASLIGHT NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY

VOLUME 20, ISSUE 2 – APRIL 2013
Hello everyone
To those who are receiving this newsletter for the first time, especially the new Guys and Dolls on the block, a very warm welcome. Those of us who have been around a bit longer look forward to meeting you in due course. And that seems to be as good an introduction as any to news of the show.
After much soul searching and not a little agonising, the cast for Guys and Dolls is taking shape. So far, this is what we have:

CAST
GUYS CAST DOLLS CAST PRINCIPALS & SUPPORTS
Sarah Browne – Sian Atterbury, Jen Moss

Skye Masterson, Werner Viln
Adelaide – Michelle Galloway, Laura Bosman

Nathan Detroit – Andrew Weiss, Trevor Joubert

Nicely Nicely Johnson – Graham Boxall, Keenan Oliphant

Benny Southstreet – Matthew de Klerk, Keenan Oliphant
Arvide Abenathy – Dennis Benneyworth
General Matilda B. Cartwright – Fiona Carling

Lt. Brannigan Not Cast Yet
Big Julie – Graham Ellis
The following cast members are in all performances:

CHORUS OF CHARACTERS Allana Aldrige, Linda Gawronsky,Tennessee Barbar, Kimberley Stuart, Angelika Heald, Lee De Andrade, Jamie Kawalsky, Andrea Benkenstein, Carley Dowling, Phillippa Van Ryneveld, Yolanda Maholwane, Nawaal Howa, Melissa Sanderson, Michelle Hough, Luella Holland, Tersia Harley
Dudonne Diergaardt – Harry the Horse,  James Maritz, Robert Viljoen, Simon Speck – Rusty Charlie,  Justin de Vries, Waldo Buckle – MC, Chris King, Keenan Oliphant,  Adrian Kettle, Marcel Engelbrecht, Werner Van Coller, Niel Koekemoer, Grant Tattersall, Sibusiso Mpanza, Johan Roos

Congratulations to you all. We look forward to seeing you all in sparkling form on stage at Artscape in a few months time. Rehearsals begin on 3 June, with the ‘Getting to Know You’ party the previous Saturday, when I gather the cast will be learning to “Shoot craps”. Should be interesting!
Performance dates are from 18 October to 10 November, in the Artscape Theatre. We’ll keep you posted about ticket sales in due course.
DID SOMEONE SAY AUDITIONS WERE FUN?
The nail-biting wait for the Guys and Dolls cast announcement is over! After three weekends spent putting the bold, the brave, and the exceedingly nervous through their paces, the casting committee knuckled down to much debate, contention, and cups of coffee. Followed by wine at an acceptable hour, of course.
The initial auditions took place over two full weekends. Those 77 shaking-kneed individuals weren’t only required to get the vocal cords in order, but were also expected to dance and show off their acting prowess.
From there the list was narrowed down to 19 possible principals and 35 chorus members. The casting committee spent another Saturday increasing their caffeine intake to a dangerous level, grabbing the odd and rather brief nicotine fix, and hearing Adelaide’s Lament far too many times while the panicking hopefuls sweated through the process.
Keenan Oliphant survived teaching, rehearsing and performing two versions of the dance routine approximately 178 times over those weekends. He is recovering well and has finally stopped swaying his hips whenever he walks between lectures.
Helen Broekmann played Luck Be A Lady 33 times, Take Back Your Mink 57 times, and has been heard to warn that she will not be held responsible for her actions if anyone ever asks to sing Follow The Fold again.
But the choices were finally made and the cast of 46 congratulated on their success.
And it’s not over yet! The dancer auditions are still to take place….
(Thanks Melissa)
AGM
The Society AGM will be held on Monday 15 April at the Pinelands Recreation Club in Lonsdale Way, beginning with registration at 19.00. There will be the presentation of the accounts for 2012, the Chairperson will give his report, the annual Society awards will be presented, and your Exco for the year will be elected. We also hope to be introduced to our bright and shiny new website. You should have received the formal Notice of Meeting by now.
Although you are all invited to attend, a reminder that only paid up members are entitled to vote at the AGM. Subs may be paid at the door on the night. Subs remain unchanged for 2013, viz. Single R90, Couple R120, Students and Pensioners R60.

CATA AWARDS
The awards evening took place at the Masque Theatre on 18 March. We are delighted to say that our Society garnered various awards for performances in Yeomen of the Guard.
The Stars in our firmament are:
Best Supporting Actress in Play or Musical – Sian Atterbury
Downey Cup for Best Actor in a Musical – Graham Boxall
Best Musical Director – Alastair Cockburn
Then there were numerous Certificates of Excellence:
The Chorus, for their ensemble work.
Ferdi Oosthuizen for his solo “Is life a boon?”
Graham Boxall for his solo “Oh, a private buffoon”.
Graham Boxall and David Bolton for the duet “Hereupon we’re both agreed”.
Sian Atterbury, Adri Louw, Ferdi Oosthuizen and Stephan Le Roux for the Quartet “Strange Adventure”.
Liesl Hartje, Lara Milne, Ferdi Oosthuizen and Graham Boxall for the Quartet “When a wooer goes a-wooing”.
Liesl Hartje for her solo “Tis done! I am a bride”.
The Chorus (again!!) for the ensemble “The Prisoner comes”.
Warmest congratulations to all. We’re very proud of you!
And congratulations too to the many other award winners who have featured at some stage in the past in one of our shows. We’re pleased and happy for you all.
NEWS FROM SISTER SOCIETIES
Pinelands Players present an evening of Melodramas directed by Roché Haupt from 21 May to 1 June in the Pinelands Town Hall.
Milnerton Players present CHILDREN OF THE WOLF, a gripping psychological thriller by John Peacock at the Milnerton Playhouse from 24 May to 01 June. Direction by Bruce Sanderson.
Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society present Bram Stoker’s Dracula! at the Playhouse in Somerset West on 18, 19, 20 , 25, 26 and 27 July. Directed by Philippe Pringiers.
GOOD WISHES TO…
We hear that some folk, current members or associated with our Society, are struggling with health that is a long way from being what they would wish. Our love and best wishes go to Heather Earp-Jones, Lynn Moss, Jack Matthee, Renee Whittaker, and their loved ones.
We were also sad to hear of the very recent tragic death of Brenda Gray’s daughter Vivienne. Our love and condolences to you, Brenda.
That’s all folks. Hope to see you at the AGM.
Ken
EXCO: Steve Broekmann – chair Niel Roux – Hon. Secretary Graham Ellis – Hon. Treasurer Ken Leverton – Vice chair, Gaslight David Bolton – Marketing Guilma Stander – Membership and Social Ian Kirkwood – Membership Alastair Cockburn – Productions Glenda Carmichael – Social/Wardrobe Anthony Storr Lister – Archives Waldo Buckle – Website, Marketing

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You are invited to audition for the G&S 2013 musical production of “Guys and Dolls

 

Director: Kyla Thorburn

Musical Director: Bill Holland

Production dates: 18th October to 10th November 2013

at the Artscape Theatre

 

The company will include +/- 70 performers, including 10 principals and supporting roles, 16 dancers and a chorus of +/- 24 who will need to perform a multitude of cameo roles. This includes a performing supporting cast for most of the principal and supporting roles.

 

v      All auditions will be held at the Artscape Theatre Complex.

 

v      Auditions are to be held on:

–          Saturday and Sunday, 2nd and 3rd March: Chorus

–          Saturday and Sunday, 9th  and 10th  March: Principals and Supporting Roles

–          Saturday morning, 16th March: Chorus Call Backs

–          Saturday afternoon, 16th  March: Principal and Supporting Cast Call Backs

 

 

v      To book an audition slot and for further information, please email  gsguysanddolls@gmail.com

 

v      Please refer to the Cast Table below with regards to the details of roles available and what to prepare for the audition. All songs are from the musical “Guys and Dolls”. A pianist will be available for accompaniment, but if you wish to bring your own, you are most welcome.

 

v      Auditionees will be told at their first audition or soon afterwards via e-mail/telephone if they will be required to attend call-back auditions. At this time they will be informed as to what to specifically prepare for these call-back auditions.

 

v      You are free to audition for more than one role. If we consider you have the potential to fill another role we may ask you to prepare an additional song from the show as part of the call-back audition. This does not mean you are eliminated from the primary role for which you originally auditioned.

 

 

v      Please note that this is an amateur production and there will therefore be no remuneration.

 

 CAST

 

CHARACTER

NOTES

AGE

VOICE RANGE & TYPE ROLE

 

AUDITION PIECE

Sarah Brown (F) A Beautiful and innocent missionary

20-35

Soprano

 (B to High A)    Principal

Singer / Actress

If I Were a Bell / I’ll Know
Skye Masterson (M) A handsome, wealthy gambler

25-40

Light Baritone (B to Eb)        Principal

Singer / Actor

Luck be a Lady / I’ll Know
Adelaide (F) A simple minded singer/dancer at the ‘Hot Box’ club with a perpetual psychosomatic cold. She’s been engaged to Nathan Detroit for 14 years and desperately wants to get married

30-45

Mezzo

(A to D)                          Principal                            

 

 

 

Singer / Actress / Mover

Adelaide’s Lament / Take Back Your Mink
Nathan Detroit (M) Charming, but financially strapped manager of the floating crap game.

30-55

Mainly Spoken – sings part of two songs Baritone (D to High F)                                              Principal

Actor / Mover / Singer

Dialogue (Bronx accent) / Sue Me
Nicely Nicely Johnson (M) Gangster – Gambler and Nathan’s closest associate. Larger than life character

Any age over 25

Tenor (Db to High Bb)               Support

Singer / Actor / Mover

Rocking the Boat
Benny Southstreet (M) Gangster – Gambler is Nicely Nicely’s side kick and foil

Any age over 18

Baritone                             Support

Singer / Actor / Mover

Guys and Dolls
Big Jule (M) Intimidating Hustler – Gambler from Chicago

35-65

Spoken                                          Support

Actor

Dialogue (Rough Chicago growl)
Lt. Brannigan (M) Local NYPD who is desperate to catch Nathan & illegal crap game red handed.

30-65

Spoken                                          Support

Actor

Dialogue (Bronx or Irish accent)
Arvide Abenathy (M) Sarah’s kind, warm hearted Grandfather and member of the mission.

55-75

Baritone (D to High F)

 Support

Actor / Singer

More I Cannot Wish You
General Matilda B. Cartwright (F) Regional Director of the missionary. Very serious, strict and authoritive.

35-70

Mainly Spoken – sings in some chorus numbers Support

Actress / Singer

Dialogue / Guys and Dolls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHARACTER

NOTES

AGE

VOICE RANGE & TYPE ROLE

 

AUDITION PIECE

MENS CHORUS (10)  

Guys and Dolls / Luck be a Lady
Rusty Charlie Gangster – Gambler is Benny Southstreet’s side kick

Any age over 18

Baritone

Singer / Actor / Mover

 
Harry the Horse Gangster

Any age over 16

Any male range

Singer / Actor

 
Angie the Ox Gangster

Any age over 16

Any male range

Singer / Actor

 
Liver Lips Louis Gangster

Any age over 16

Any male range

Singer / Actor

 
Society Max Gangster

Any age over 16

Any male range

Singer / Actor

 
Master of Ceremonies MC of the Hot Box Night Club

Any age over 18

Any male range

Actor / Singer

 
Singing Chorus (x4) Crapshooter Gangsters / Street Personalities / Mission Band / Hot Box Patrons / Havana Patrons

All ages over 16

Any male range

Singer / Actor

 
WOMENS CHORUS (14)  

Guys and Dolls / Follow the Fold
Agatha A missionary in the Mission Band

Any age over 18

Mezzo

Actress / Singer

 
Singing Chorus (x13) Street Personalities / Mission Band / Hot Box Patrons / Havana Patrons

All ages over 16

Any female range

Singer / Actress

 
WOMENS DANCING SINGING  CHORUS (8)  

Take Back Your Mink / Guys and Dolls
Dancing Singing Chorus Street Personalities / Hot Box Dancers (2 Scenes) / Havana Dancing Chorus

16-35

Any female range

Dancer / Singer / Actress

 
MENS DANCING SINGING  CHORUS (8)  

Luck be a Lady / Guys and Dolls
Dancing Singing Chorus Crapshooters / Street Personalities / Dancing Chorus for Crapshooter Dance / Dancing Chorus for Havana Patrons

16-35

Any male range

Dancer / Singer / Actor

 

 

 

As you can see, there are a lot of opportunities for acting roles, superb principal and supporting singing roles, and lots of lovely little cameo acting, plus a large chorus of many characters.

You will certainly be busy and will never be bored!

 

Hope to see you at auditions.

 

Regards

Kyla & The Auditioning Panel

 

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GASLIGHT

NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY

VOLUME 20, ISSUE 1 – FEBRUARY 2013
Hello everyone
The new year moves on apace, and we’re already well into the second month. This edition of GASLIGHT is a little later than it should be, but that’s because I really wanted to be able to give you the latest news about our next production. Director is Kyla Thorburn with Musical Direction by Bill Holland. Kyla supplies the following:
The official audition notice for “Guys and Dolls” will be out very shortly, but until then you can whet your appetite with a few bits of tasty information, along with the dates you need to diarise.
Auditions will be held at Artscape on the following dates:
 Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 3 March: Chorus
 Saturday and Sunday, 9 and 10 March: Principals and Supporting Cast
 Saturday morning, 16 March: Chorus Call Backs
 Saturday afternoon, 16 March: Principal and Supporting Cast Call Backs
Every character in the cast – leading roles, chorus members, and dancers – is larger than life and of all ages. Musical numbers from the show will be used for the audition pieces and a very good pianist will be there as an accompanist, so no backing tracks are required.
Along with the regular chorus there will be another group who not only need to be able to sing, but also need to be top quality dancers. Auditions will be held for this male and female “Dancing & Singing” chorus at a later date.
Some leading and supporting roles will have an additional Supporting Cast who will have 8 performances spread throughout the run.
Rehearsals will commence on 29th April 2013 and will initially be held 3 times a week with more being added on a Saturday afternoon from July onwards. The production will move into the theatre on 7th October and the last performance will be on Sunday, 10th November 2013.
The Audition notice will have detailed information on the roles and audition requirements. The official audition notice will explain how to go about booking your audition slot. Once your time is confirmed you will receive an audition number and the music score for the relevant song.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you in March!
AGM
Tentative date for the Society AGM is Tuesday 19 March at 19.30, at the Pinelands Club in Lonsdale Way, Pinelands. The date is “tentative” because there is a potential delay with the preparation of the annual accounts, and audited accounts must be available at the AGM. So diarise that date for now, but do look out for the official Notice of Meeting which will confirm the date a little nearer the time.
Apart from the presentation of the accounts, the Chairperson will give his report, the annual Society awards will be presented, and your Exco for the year will be elected. Only paid up members are entitled to vote at the AGM. Subs may be paid at the door on the night. Subs remain unchanged for 2013, viz. Single R90, Couple R120, Student and Senior Citizens R60. Please be aware that our website (which will shortly be replaced by a bright and shiny new one) still reflects the out of date subscription levels. The correct subs are as mentioned above.
CATA AWARDS
It’s award season, and while the Cape Amateur Theatre Awards may not generate the international hype of the little fellow on the right, they represent important recognition for amateur theatre in Cape Town. We’re happy to note that the list of nominees for this year’s awards includes many names familiar to us from previous participation in our shows. Congratulations to you all. But of course we extend particular congratulations to the nominees from our own production of Yeomen of the Guard:
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL – Sian Atterbury
BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL – Liesl Hartje
BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL – Graham Boxall and David Bolton
BEST PLAY, BEST MUSICAL, MOST ADVENTUROUS PRODUCTION, BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR, BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL – Teddy Davies and Alastair Cockburn.
We wish you well at the awards evening on 18 March at the Masque Theatre. The full list of nominees is rather long, and has already appeared in the press, so I won’t reproduce it here. If you missed it and want a copy, let me know.
NEWS FROM SISTER SOCIETIES
Hottentots Holland presents A SLICE OF SATURDAY NIGHT, running until 9th February at the Playhouse Somerset West. Direction by Giles Scott; Musical Direction: Shiraz. Bookings through Computicket
Claremont Dramatic Society presents THE OWL AND THE PUSSY CAT by Bill Manhof at the Masque Theatre from 26 February to 02 March. Direction is by Clifford Graham. Bookings: 021 788 1898
Festival Productions will hold auditions for the very topical musical comedy Boy Meets Boy (Music and Lyrics by Bill Solly, Book by Bill Solly and Donald Ward) on Saturday 9 February at the Artscape Rehearsal Room 308. The production will be directed by Teddy Davies with musical direction by Victor Tichart and choreography by Roxy Levy and will be staged in June 2013. It requires 4 men and 1 woman – you need to phone Issy on 021 433 0923 after 14:00 to book an audition slot.
Milnerton Players will be holding auditions for Children of the Wolf at the Milnerton Playhouse on Saturday 16 February at 13.45 for 14.00. This is a psychological drama by John Peacock, to be directed by Bruce Sanderson. The play will be staged at Milnerton Playhouse from 24 May to 01 June 2013. For further information please contact the director Bruce Sanderson: Phone: 083 501 0887; Bruce.Sanderso1@gmail.com
WHY, OH WHY? RESPONSES: I GOT MAIL!!
You may remember that in the last edition of GASLIGHT I referred to an item on Savoynet (the internet discussion forum for G&S buffs) where people responded to the question “Why do you love Gilbert and Sullivan?” I invited any of you who were interested to let me know why you like Gilbert and Sullivan. I wasn’t exactly inundated with responses, but two people took the trouble to share their reasons, one a long time member, and the other a very new member. Here are their (slightly edited) responses:
If I think back to when I joined Cape Town G & S Society in the early ‘70’s, I had no specific love of G & S at all – indeed, I knew very little about the genre. All I knew was that I enjoyed singing and that it was an outlet to do just that. Moreover given the fact that I was “a man!” and men were in very short supply (sometimes prior to my joining, the society had women dressed as men) and that I thus never had to audition – merely appear!! However, the average age of the people in the shows at that time was about 22 so the social life was hectic and the various society gatherings just became another excuse to have a party – and party we did at full pace! We made posters, we put up posters on poles, we built sets, we sewed costumes, we moved scenery between scenes on stage, we moved the piano on the back of a bakkie to the various venues, we did everything ourselves. We all grew to love G & S music, the nuances of Gilbert’s language, the traditions of how certain situations in shows were to be acted out – it bound us together in an orgy of friendship! I think the love of G & S and the love of the Society’s characters and people are all bound together. There was much hard work but it was exhilarating stuff and all fun with magic memories. Rogan Earp-Jones
I’m 26 years old and a huge fan of Gilbert and Sullivan. I saw the Yeomen of the Guard production twice – what an amazing performance! I only wish I could see it again. I love Gilbert and Sullivan most of all for Gilbert’s genius. He used comedy to poke fun at the very core of British society at the time, and occasionally he hid nuggets of deep truth between. There is a belief that only “old people” can enjoy Gilbert and Sullivan, but I disagree. Over a century later, Gilbert and Sullivan remains relevant, and I’ve introduced it to many of my 20 something friends. Admittedly it’ll never be entertaining to frat boys or similar, but satire as brilliant as this never really goes out of style. In the Victorian era, Sullivan was believed to be the genius. Now, I think, we can see who the true genius was. Sullivan’s music fits, but Gilbert is the reason these operettas have lasted and will continue to last. Laura Shortridge
(Laura asks if anyone still has recordings of the old BBC radio version of the Gilbert and Sullivan story. She has a few episodes but is missing quite a lot of it. If you can help, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with Laura.)
G&S ON DVD
Peter Kramer, known to many of us through his participation in a number of our shows, has a wide range of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas available on DVD, from multi-opera boxed sets, to Opera Australia productions, and even a Mikado with Groucho Marx as Ko-Ko. Contact him on dynamite@sybaweb.co.za
WELCOME
Welcome to Johan Stapelberg, Luke Brown, Laura Shortridge and Julie Reznekov who have recently become members of the Society. We hope to meet you at the AGM and/or the auditions.
That will do it for this edition. Do look out for the audition notice and the official notice for the AGM.
Ken
EXCO: Steve Broekmann – chair Niel Roux – Hon. Secretary Graham Ellis – Hon. Treasurer Ken Leverton – Vice chair, Gaslight David Bolton – Marketing Guilma Stander – Membership and Social Ian Kirkwood – Membership Alastair Cockburn – Productions Glenda Carmichael – Social Anthony Storr Lister – Archives Waldo Buckle – Website, Marketing

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