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JULY /AUGUST 2014

 

I’m feeling a bit like an Oklahoma widow at the moment – I’m sure Marc Jacquest is too!

Both Ron and Lee are in the chorus of this production at Artscapes and, boy, do they do a lot of shows!

Almost makes one appreciate the Masque’s short runs!!

Well, on to business …

 

MEMBERS’ NEWS

 

A very warm welcome to Sixolisiwe Mdaka who recently joined our Society – hope to meet you at our members’ evening in August – details to follow in next newsletter!!

 

Lieske Bester shares details of a trip recently:

In June I had 8 wondrous days and nights on a circular tour visiting 4 national parks: Karoo, Mountain Zebra, Addo and Tsitsikamma. Great accommodation – luxurious food– vistas so beautiful that I now have fallen in love with the Karoo (as long as it is winter!). Eight passengers on a small bus – we got on well and the driver/guide was knowledgeable, kind, patient (plus youngish and good looking!) We were very lucky with the weather and therefore the sighting – I made rough notes and the elephants alone numbered some 180 – whole families crossed right in front of us and surrounded the bus – if a window was open we could have touched them. Multitudes of other beasts – large and small (loved the variety of buck and especially the meerkat looking like a pontificating preacher!) Could have done without the two lions and their tragic kill (a pregnant Buffalo). The last night was in Tsitsikamma where the log chalets are close to the ocean and the whales frolicked in and out of the water. Google www.landscapetours.co.za there are many other tempting options – I did the Spring Break last year.

 

YOU KNOW YOU’VE WORKED IN AM-DRAM IF…

I’M SURE YOU’LL RECOGNIZE YOURSELF SOMEWHERE IN THESE …..

…your living room sofa spends more time on stage than you do.

…you have your own secret family recipe for stage blood.

…you’ve ever appeared on stage wearing your own clothes.

….you’ve ever driven around the back of stores looking for discards that can be used for set.

…you’ve ever taken time off your job to work on the show.

…you’ve worked your vacation time to coincide with tech week.

MORE ON THE LAST PAGE!!

 

OUR NEXT PRODUCTION….BENEFACTORS

OPENS THIS FRIDAY 25 JULY!!!

 

There was a mesmerising interview on Taxi Radio recently – this brilliant production deserves our support – here are some comments from people who have had a “sneak-peek”:

“…bowled over by the acting, directing and sheer commitment of all involved.”

“…one of the most thought provoking, captivating plays I have seen.”

“…so well cast and the characterization is superb…”

 

AND THE ONE AFTER THAT!!

Director Barbara Basel had a good turnout for The Importance of Being Earnest and has put together what she believes is a very good team. The cast is a mixture of both new and familiar faces:

Algernon   Mike Dewar

Jack   David Sharpe

Gwendolen  Sara-Kate de Beer

Cecily    Grace Brain

Lady B  Miranda Lewis

Miss Prism  Jane Cohen

Rev Chasuble   Richard Higgs

Lane/Merriman   Andy Rabagliati

 

THEATRICAL LOGIC

In is down, down is front
Out is up, up is back
Off is out, on is in
And of course-
Left is right and right is left
A drop shouldn’t and a
Block and fall does neither
A prop doesn’t and
A cove has no water
Tripping is OK
A running crew rarely gets anywhere
A purchase line buys you nothing
A trap will not catch anything
A gridiron has nothing to do with football
Strike is work (In fact a lot of work)
And a green room, thank god, usually isn’t
Now that you’re fully versed in Theatrical terms,
Break a leg. But not really.

 

CALENDAR

Please note days, times and prices for Masque Theatre productions (unless otherwise stated) are Thurs & Fri performances at 20:00, Saturday matinee at 14:30, Saturday evening at 18:30.

Thurs eve and Sat Matinees R60 (Theatre Club members R50). Other Nights R70 (TCM R60).

Bookings: 021 7881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za or at the theatre Mon-Fri, 09:30 to 16:00.

(During run of shows also 9:30 to 12:00 on Saturdays)

Keep up with Masque news on https://www.facebook.com/masquetheatre

19 Jul to 3 Aug    Oklahoma! directed by Teddy Davies for G&S at the Arscape Opera House. Tickets through Computicket range from R100 to R235 and preferential tickets are available from cast members at a saving of between R10 and R30 each – phone Ronnie Carr on 0727847236.

24 Jul to 2 Aug    Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer, directed by Bettina Horvath for Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society at the Playhouse in Somerset West Sleuth has all the ingredients of a top-class thriller. It has a plot with twists and turns with suspense and excitement galore. It is a brilliant parody of the Agatha Christie country-house thriller, mercilessly satirizing the genre at the same as using its technical devices to the full. Set in 1970 it takes us on a journey of deceit and exploration of the “noble mind”. Bookings through Computicket (08619158000).

25 Jul to 2 Aug    Benefactors by Michael Frayn, directed by Coleen van Staden for Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque. Take an idealistic architect whose mission it is to revitalize a city slum, add his loyal wife who wants to do good at every turn, mix it up with needy neighbours who are the unworthy recipients of kindness, and have award winning playwright, Michael Frayn deliver it in an elegant script and you end up with a play that is clever, funny, thought provoking, and highly entertaining. As you take a peek into the lives of David, Jane, Sheila and Colin you may even recognize your neighbours … or better yet, yourselves! Don’t miss this award winning play! Please note there is NO matinee on Saturday 26 July. We have added a Wednesday performance.

Wed 30 July      Benefactors – a performance with a special “twist”!! As a fun activity and part of the 1000drawingsct.co.za World Design Capital Project, we are hosting a doodle session to help raise funds for the upgrading of the Thomas Wildschutt School in Retreat. Audience members are encouraged to take a sheet of the paper provided and draw something inspired by the show. All of the Doodles will be given to 1000 Drawings to sell off at their event on 28 August at the CTICC. All of the proceeds from that event will go to the school. There will be a free glass of gluhwein for the Doodlers’ efforts! Audience members are encouraged to come at 19h30 so that they can start their Doodles before curtain up at 20h00. If they don’t finish their Doodle before the show, they can complete them in interval, which will be lengthened to 30 minutes. For further info visit http://1000drawingsct.co.za/charity/ or http://1000drawingsct.co.za/ or drop Fae or Kim an email on faerie452@gmail.com or tzar42@gmail.com respectively.

8 – 10 Aug    Experience the Divine Bette Midler, a tribute show by Jodine Clare-Talbot, accompanied by Karen Rossouw on piano, in the Foyer of the Masque. After two sold-out performances in March, Jodine and Karen are returning to the Masque Theatre to raise money for the roof fund. This tribute show journeys through the Bette Midler songs (cabaret style) featured in her movies, television appearances and extravagant live shows. This show will have you singing along, laughing out loud and even drying an eye. On this Women’s Day weekend Jodine and Karen will pay tribute to a truly original woman who is larger than life! Performances Friday and Saturday at 20h00, Sunday 19h00. Tickets cost R85 and all women will receive a complimentary glass of wine or juice.

15 – 23 Aug  Califonia Suite by Neil Simon, directed by Jane Philbrick for Fish Hoek Dramatic Society at the Masque. A hotel suite is the setting for four individual plays. A couple from London has arrived for the Oscar Awards full of expectation. Two couples from Chicage, who are best buddies, find that you can be too close for comfort. From New York we have the divorced wife arriving to do battle with her ex-husban for custody of their teenage daughter and, from Philadelphia, a wife arrives at the hotel suite before her husband can get rid of a drunken hooker from his bed.

Sun 17 Aug  Cliff & The Shadows, by Tribute, in the Masque Foyer at 18h30. A show to set your feet tapping to one of the greatest sounds of the sixties. Come along for a relaxing evening and enjoy a musical journey back to the days when the original group topped the charts with hits such as “Apache”, “Atlantis”, “Summer Holiday”. Tickets cost R95 (R85).

 

AUDITIONS

Constantiaberg Theatre Players is holding an audition for The Great Gatsbyby Simon Levy in the Masque Theatre Foyer at 13h00 on Sunday 27 July 2014. The production will be directed by Alastair Duff and is on in November 2014. American accents are requiredand the cast requires 4 men (age 25+), 4 women (age 22+), a few more mature actors and a singing/dancing “chorus”. For further information contact Alastair on 021 788 4984.

 

The audition for the Masque’s pantomime, Once Upon a Time Dot.Com, which runs at the theatre in December, will take place on Sunday, 17 August at 13h00. Full details to follow!!

 

MASQUE FRONT-OF-HOUSE TRAINING WORKSHOP

Anthony Storr Lister will be presenting a Front-of-House Training Workshop for all those interested in volunteering as FOH Managers and Box Office volunteers at the Masque on Sunday 27 July 2014, 16h00–18h00. All are welcome, whether you have already volunteered, wish to volunteer or are simply curious as to the functioning of our theatre. Please RSVP to Jane de Sousa at jane@dramaticsolutions.co.za or on 072 446 5420 to facilitate catering. He has PROMISED that it will be “non-threatening” AND it will be a bit of a social event as well.

 

BIRTHDAYS

Michelle Knights starts us off on the 3rd with John McConnell next on the 10th.

Phyllis Early celebrates on the 11th with Nico Dreyer on the 12th and Tobie Beele on the 15th.

New member Sixolisiwe Mdaka has a birthday of the 16th of August.

Sandy Gee and Ralph Lawson share the 20th.

And last but definitely not least is Joan Hitchcock on the 25th.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ALL

Or, as some anonymous wit put it:

“Another candle on your cake? Well that’s no cause to pout.
Be glad that you have strength enough to blow the damn thing out!”

 

YOU KNOW YOU’VE WORKED IN AM-DRAM IF…

…you’ve ever appeared in a show where the cast out-numbered the audience by 2 to 1.
…you’ve ever had to haul a sofa off stage wearing an evening gown and heels.
…you’ve ever gotten a part because you were the only one who showed up for auditions.
…you’ve ever gotten a part because you were the only male who showed up for auditions.
…you’ve ever had to threaten someone with a gun held together with hot glue and electrical tape.
…you’ve ever played the father of someone your father’s age.
…you’ve ever been in a show where an actor leaned out through a window without opening it first.

 

Well, my hubby’s just sent a message to say he’s on his way home – this is the first time I’ve ever done a whole newsletter in one sitting!!

Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Eve

 

Our Committee:

Chair: Barbara Basel 021 761 4289/082 651 1695; Vice Chair: Wendy Morling 021 715 0694/083 462 8242; Secretary: Eve Carr 021 797 7286/082 789 2281; Acting Treasurer: Raymond Rudolph 021 794 5229/082 312 2737; Members: Su Cunningham 021 762 3875/082 902 2938; Alastair Duff 021 788 4984; Richard Higgs 083 611 1419; Di Thom 021 794 7455/082 410 9900; President: Celia Musikanth 021 788 7911/083 358 8415 Vice President: John McConnell 021 782 2743; Masque Trustee: Nick Lee

Our Website: www.mvds.co.za

Our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Mads/1740873193086

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AUDITIONS AUDITIONS AUDITIONS AUDITIONS

Michael Frayn’s acclaimed

‘BENEFACTORS’

DIRECTED BY COLEEN VAN STADEN FOR MADS

AUDITION DATES: SAT 22 MARCH – 14H30
CALL BACKS THUR 27 MARCH – 19H30

VENUE: MADS CLUBHOUSE, FALSE BAY BUSINESS & TOURISM CENTRE, PROMENADE ROAD, ZANDVLEI, MUIZENBERG

PRODUCTION DATES FRI 25 JULY – SAT 2 AUG 2014

REHEARSALS START WED 16 APRIL 2014

“One of the subtlest plays Broadway has seen in years, by one of the most extraordinary writers of the
English speaking theater.” – Newsweek Awards
• 1984 Evening Standard Award for Best Play
• 1984 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play
• 1984 Plays and Players London Theatre Critics Award for Best Play
• 1986 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play

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

His wife, Jane, forever the pragmatist, grapples with her loyalty to him and his “cause” and loyalty to their friends whose floundering marriage cries out for her help. Her good intentions backfire horribly and end up being the ultimate undoing of their marriage and worse still, the ultimate failure of David’s project. The “hapless” friends, Sheila, the quiet and needy put-upon wife and Colin, her cynical and sometime cruel husband, turn out to be the real puppet-masters of the piece as the dynamics in the relationships shift and true colours are revealed.

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

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

CHARACTERS:

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

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

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

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

Auditions: The MADS Clubhouse, Promenade Road, Zandvlei
Telephone Coleen on 072 120 5645 to obtain your audition piece or e mail coleenvs@vodamail.co.za
Auditionees must obtain the audition pieces beforehand so that they are familiar with the pieces to be
read.

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

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You have to read this RIGHT NOW – there are some very important events coming up SOON and you want to keep abreast of them.

MADS MEMBERS’ EVENING

Most importantly – and you should have this diarised – our first members’ evening of the year is taking place on Friday, 14 March 2014, which is the opening night of our production of Flat Spin. Bring out your baubles, bangles and beads, your hippie kaftans and chains, bell-bottoms, tie-dyed shirts and minis and dress up in the spirit of this comedy, set in the Swinging Sixties. The cast will stay dressed in their 60s costumes and will be on hand to meet and chat to you after the show.
Prize for best-dressed!!! Snacks provided!! Bar open!
And …….. you get to see the show at the very special price of R50!!
So, there are TWO phone calls / emails you need to attend to NOW – then you can come back and read the rest!! Number 1 is to Aubrey (021 7881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za) to book (just tell him you are taking up the MADS members offer – yes, ok, your friends can get that price too!) Number 2 is to Wendy Morling (0834628242 or home@morling.co.za) to let her know you will be joining in the fun after the show.

NO, YOU CAN’T READ FURTHER UNLESS YOU’VE DONE THAT!!

MASQUE SUMMER MARKET

This one you should also have diarised but ……… for what date?? My Feb newsletter said it would be on Saturday, 16 March but DUH! Saturday is the 15th! It is in fact SUNDAY the 16th from 10h00 till 14h00. There will be a wide variety of craft and other stalls and prizes for the Masque Fundraising Raffle will be drawn. There will be a White Elephant stall as this proved to be extremely popular at the Christmas market last year – so once again you need to chuck out your “elephants” (white/pink/green – we don’t care), create more space in your home and donate them to a worthy cause as all proceeds go directly to the theatre. And to make it even easier you can also give books and CDs to this stall as there is no official book stall!! You can contact Margi Blewett on namastehimalaya@gmail.com or 0836286295 for further info or to make arrangements for delivery of “elephants”. MOST IMPORTANTLY: tell your family and friends to come along!!

CAPE AMATEUR THEATRE AWARDS EVENING

And this is one you should already have booked for!! Taking place at The Masque Theatre on Monday 17th March, assembling at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Smart Dress would be preferable. If you haven’t already booked you may still be able to do so by phoning 021 7881898 or emailing bookings@masquetheatre.co.za.

CALENDAR

Please note days, times and prices for Masque Theatre productions (unless otherwise stated) are Thurs & Fri performances at 20:00, Saturday matinee at 14:30, Saturday evening at 18:30.
Thurs eve and Sat Matinees R60 (Theatre Club members R50),
Other Nights R70 (Theatre Club members R60).
Bookings on 021 7881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za or at the theatre Mon-Fri, 09:30 to 16:00. (During run of shows also 9:30 to 12:00 on Saturdays)
Keep up with Masque news on https://www.facebook.com/masquetheatre

14 Mar – 22 Mar: Flat Spin by Derek S. Royle, directed by Wendy Goddard for Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque. The combination of a mouse, an aspirant model, an incompetent electrician, an Italian film director who can’t speak English and a walk-in cupboard make for hilarious situations which will leave the audience gasping for breath. Mistaken identities and cover-ups abound in this uproariously funny farce revolving around the frantic efforts of a young couple, David and Jane Kenway, to keep their marriage secret so that Jane can take a much needed job. This is classic British farce at its best – good, old-fashioned, fun entertainment.

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

3 Apr – 12 Apr: Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, directed by Philippe Pringiers for Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society at their Playhouse in Lourensford Road, Somerset West. . This dramatisation by an award winning playwright tells the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s rise and fall at the Austrian court of emperor Josef II through the eyes of his ambitious and envious competitor, Antonio Salieri. But Amadeus is not merely a historical enacting of Mozart’s life: is it also a play about the battle between an ambitious but not so gifted Salieri against the genius of Mozart who as a person seems unworthy of such gifts and is incapable of turning them into his fortune. Escape to Vienna, Austria during 1783 to 1825 and enjoy an outstandingly well written play. Tickets R90 at Computicket, Pensioners R85, HHDS members R75. R5 of each ticket goes towards the ECHO Erinvale Organisation. Contact Bettina on 0829926007 for further info, show dates and times.

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

5 April: Shadowband at the Masque Theatre. An evening with the 6 piece band “Tribute” showing their passion for the music of Cliff Richard and The Shadows. To achieve that genuine Shadows sound they have gone as far as importing the same type of guitars used by the Shadows so as to capture the sound that enthralled people around the world for the last fifty years. Enjoy this show’s great sounds of the Sixties, featuring hit tunes such as “Apache”, “Atlantis”, “Summer Holiday” and many more. Show at 20h00. Tickets R85 (R75).

MEMBERS’ NEWS

I have been very sloppy lately in welcoming our new members: Agnes Thorne, Jana Botha and Pamela Burger all joined the Society late last year – belatedly a very warm welcome. And Josh van Roodt came to the AGM (brave man, that!) and also joined. We hope to see you all on the 14th!!

A very moving memorial service for Felicity Purdon was organised by Di Thom and Angela Lee-Wright at the Masque with poetry, slideshows, beautiful images and examples of her artwork. This extremely talented young actress will be sorely missed.

Our AGM saw a coupla changes in the committee and we thank Su Cunningham, Richard Higgs and Di Thom for offering their services. Thanks also to Raymond Rudolph who is still acting as Treasurer until we find someone willing to take that on! Paul Griffiths has had to resign as our Trustee and we thank him for his past efforts and welcome Nick Lee as our new Trustee.

Our thoughts are with Helen Mathers after her op and both the Lewis Ladies, Miranda and Rosemarie, the former of which snapped her Achilles tendon and the latter who had a very bad fall.

AUDITIONS
Milnerton Players is holding an audition for Don’t Dress for Dinner by Marc Camoletti as adapted by Robin Hawdon, to be directed by Wayne Hendricks, at their Playhouse on Saturday 8 March 2014, 13:30 for 14:00. The production is on at end May 2014 and requires 3 men and 3 women. For further information please contact Wayne on 0824435853 or Hendricks.wayne@gmail.com.

Our second show of the year will be Michael Frayn’s acclaimed Benefactors to be directed by Coleen van Staden. The audition will be held on Saturday 22 March at 14:30 with Call Backs on Thursday 27 March at 19:30. FULL details can be found attached to this newsletter.

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society is holding an audition on Sunday, 30 March at 15h00 at their Playhouse for Anthony Schaffer’s Tony Award-winning play, Sleuth, to be directed by Bettina Horvath. The production will be staged in July 2014 and calls for 5 male performers aged 35 to 55. Some 100 props have to be sourced, made, managed and made available, and the production calls for a great number of decorative set pieces so a dedicated technical team is also needed. Contact Bettina on 0829926007 for more info.

BIRTHDAYS
I didn’t wish our February babies last month so here they are, albeit belatedly:
1 James Skilton 2 Rudy Gibbons & Conrad Lihou 5 Lynda Jennings
18 David Muller 20 birga Thomas 21 Kyle Robbertze
23 Sue Hallinan & Luke Brown 24 Mark Jennings 27 Gareth Stewart
HOPE YOU WERE ALL SPOILT ROTTEN ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY!!
And then we move into March:
2 Barbara Bassett 10 Coleen van Staden 11 Val Stephens
15 Liz D’Alton & Michelle Belknap 22 Dawn Scholtz 27 Jeff Batt
WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST TOO!!

BTW, did you know March starts on the same day of the week as November every year?!?!

Bye for now!

Eve

MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY
AUDITION NOTICE

‘BENEFACTORS’
BY MICHAEL FRAYN
Directed By: Coleen Van Staden

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

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

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

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

REHEARSALS: Start Wednesday 16 April

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

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

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

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

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

It’s an exciting and challenging piece of theatre.

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

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

CHARACTERS:

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

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

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

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

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

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You’ve already heard from me once this month so this one is gonna be a very factual “quickie” with the promise of a bonanza newsletter in March.  But do read NOW – things are happening SOON!

Due to time constraints I am “borrowing” from other societies’ newsletters –

so my thanks to those who put them together.

MEMORIAL

 

The Masque Theatre will be hosting the Celebration of Felicity Purdon’s Life in the auditorium on Sunday, February 23rd at 17h30 for 18h00.  All friends and family are welcome. Please RSVP to Di Thom as soon as possible.  Email address dianathom@mweb.co.za. We look forward to honouring a valued and dedicated theatre member with all of you.  Please feel free to share stories of moments shared with her on stage, or outside the theatre.

PUBLIC ARTS FESTIVAL PARTICIPATION

Nadja Daehnke is the curator/creator of a project for year’s Infecting the City festival – here’s what she needs:

“I am writing to you in connection with a project which will run for this year’s Infecting the City 5-day public arts festival (www.infectingthecity.com) – and for which we are hoping to involve approximately 40 volunteers from various drama schools and groups.  The project will be staged twice, though it is fine if volunteers only make one of these times – afternoon of Friday 14 March, and morning of Saturday 15 March. Exact time still needs to be confirmed, but volunteers should put aside approximately 1 1/2 hours per event. Unfortunately there is no payment for participants, but I try to show gratitude by providing lunch and a free t-shirt, and can pay for transport where needed.   It is a relatively simple project, with volunteers only needed for the actual day of the event. Owen Manamela will direct participants.

“Argus” used to be the call around Cape Town, as defining as the wind, the arrested highways, the mountain; street corners and men with stacked papers of the daily news, brisk trade at the robot, and always the distorted cry of “Aguss”.

This ubiquitous call formed an assumed backdrop to many peoples’ growing up in Cape Town, uniquely and quintessentially part of the character and the landscape of the city. Only few were aware of the lessening of the cry, and without a defined moment, the cry had ceased to be. 

When physical heritage becomes obsolete there is an obvious marking of a disappearance – the song and fanfare for the Cooling Towers, the newspaper headlines of the Foreshore Power Station. The heritage of the Argus-men went surreptitiously, with no marker of the change. 

This event is an elegiac remembrance of the many men who had for years been part of the city landscape with their sales calls of “Argus”.

On a specific day and hour, in Adderley Street, Cape Town, approximately 30 volunteers dressed in neutral black will attentively stand, a still point in the bustle of the city streets. Simultaneously, these town criers will call out “Argus” for a set number of times.  These are not actors re-creating the newspaper sellers of old – they are commemorators who, through their relative physical immobility and formal dress-code, with gravitas recall for the passers-by a profession and tradition of past Cape Town. The tone is meant to be respectful, but the surprise of passers is as much part of the event.

Please contact Nadja on nadja.daehnke@gmail.com if you would like to be involved.

PRIVATE LIVES AT THE MASQUE

 

Private Lives by Noël Coward presented by Claremont Dramatic Society is on from 21 Feb to 1 Mar.

This hilarious and risqué comedy of manners tells the sophisticated tale of a recently divorced couple who find themselves in adjoining hotel rooms while on honeymoon with their new – and wholly unsuitable – spouses.  In typical Coward fashion, the play is liberally sprinkled with fast and hilarious repartee and the hint of farce. Witten from Coward’s sickbed in Shanghai in 1930, Private Lives is considered as his finest comedy and a “pure statement of Coward’s genius”.

Bookings on 021 7881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

AUDITION

 

Claremont Dramatic Society is holding auditions for Agatha Christie’s The Hollow at The Hok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont on Sunday 2 March at 4pm and on Tuesday 4 March at 7pm.  Please be advised that parts will only be given to those who have attended an audition.  If these dates are completely impossible and you would dearly like to audition, please do not hesitate to contact Liz on 0812593607 or lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk.  She will also provide more information on this very exciting and fun production which has plenty of great characters to audition for.

CAPE AMATEUR THEATRE AWARDS EVENING

This will be taking place at The Masque Theatre on Monday 17th March assembling at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.  Smart Dress would be preferable.  Bookings to be done by phoning 021 7881898 or email bookings@masquetheatre.co.za (confirmed by reply from Aubrey Hindle).  Seating is very limited, so please do book early!

 

MASQUE SUMMER MARKET

 

After the huge success of the Christmas market at the Masque, and as part of the fund raising drive, another Market will be held on Saturday, 16 March.  To book at stall or for more info contact Margi Blewett on namastehimalaya@gmail.com or phone 0836286295.  More details next month!

MADS MEMBERS’ EVENING

 

Next one will be on 14 March 2014 – opening night of our production of Flat Spin.

Again, details next month but diarise now!!

 

Ok, that will have to do for now.

Next newsletter will see us welcoming our NEW committee members and LOTS of new members!

Eve

Our Website:  www.mads.co.za

Our Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/pages/Mads/174087319308

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JANUARY 2014

 

SO much going on!!  Here’s your first missive for 2014!

On 23 January 1951 Groucho Marx (born Julius Henry Marx on 2 October 1890)

won the Emmy Award as most outstanding television personality of 1950.

I thought we would take a look at some of his famous quotes, starting with:

I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.

 

MASQUE VOLUNTEERS COURSES

 

Jane Cohen has asked me to remind you about the forthcoming orientation courses that are scheduled to take place Saturday, 18 January, at the Masque at 1.30 pm with a repeat of the programme on 15 February at the same time.  These afternoons are aimed at all volunteers, not just new ones, as there are various changes coming up this year at the Masque, mostly involving Front of House people in regard to Box Office and Tea duties, etc, and it is important that everyone knows what is happening.  There will also be a brief history of our theatre, as well as an outline of who’s who on the board and an explanation of the new indemnity  and waiver forms.  We are hoping to make it an informative and  fun afternoon for everyone.   The actual workshops for FOH volunteers as well as First Aid and Fire and Safety training will all take place at another time.  Please could all those who are able to attend let Jane know (jane@masquetheatre.co.za) as numbers are limited.

 

Those are my principals.  If you don’t like them, I have others.

 

AUDITION!!!

 

Constantiaberg Theatre Players is holding an audition on Sunday 19 January 2014 at 14h30 for One For The Road by Willy Russell to be directed by Lynn Moss.  The audition will be at the Bergvliet Guide Hall and the production runs at the Masque in May 2014 with rehearsals commening 24 February.  The cast for this wickedly observant comedy consists of two men and two women between the ages of 38 to 55, all of whom need British (preferably northern) accents and impeccable comic timing and delivery.  Enquiries to Lynn Moss 021 785 2466 / 084 701 8360 lynn@infomotion.co.za.

 

You’ve got the brain of a four-year-old boy … and I’ll bet he was glad to get rid of it.

 

CONGRATS!!

 

…to Barbara Basel, cast and crew of Road to Mecca for being one of Sheila Chisholm’s top five amdram shows in 2013 in the Cape Times recently!

…and I have just received the nominees for the Cape Amateur Theatre Awards which is attached to this newsletter!!  FIVE nominations!!

AND, of course, congrats to all our members who are nominated for other productions!

 

 

CALENDAR

Please note days, times and prices for Masque Theatre productions (unless otherwise stated) are Thurs & Fri performances at 20:00, Saturday matinee at 14:30, Saturday evening at 18:30.

Thurs eve and Sat Matinees R60 (Theatre Club members R50),

Other Nights R70 (Theatre Club members R60).

Bookings on 021 7881898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

or at the theatre Mon-Fri, 09:30 to 16:00.

(During run of shows also 9:30 to 12:00 on Saturdays)

 

25 Jan    Shadowband at the Masque Theatre.  An evening with the 6 piece band “Tribute” showing their passion for the music of Cliff Richard and The Shadows.  To achieve that genuine Shadows sound they have even gone as far as importing the very same type of guitars used by the Shadows so as to capture the very sound that enthralled people around the world for the last fifty years.  This is a show to set your feet tapping to one of the greatest sounds of the Sixties, featuring hit tunes such as “Apache”, “Atlantis”, “Summer Holiday” and many more.  Show (in the auditorium) at 20h00.  Tickets R85 (R75).

 

21 – 26   More Oom Schalk Stories! presented by David Muller in the Masque Foyer, directed by

Jan          Celia Musikanth.  Filled with pathos, humour and mampoer this show will delight young and old.  Performances at 20h00 Tues to Fri; 15h00 and 18h00 Sun.  Tickets Tues R40 (R30), Wed to Fri and Sun evening R80 (R60) Sun matinée R60 (R50).

 

30 Jan    A Tribute to The Shadows and Cliff Richard at The Playhouse Theatre, Somerset

31 Jan    West.  This show is returning due to huge public demand.  A group of local musi-

1 Feb      cians made up of Dave Mason, Duncan Coombe, his daughters, Inge and Jeanne, and John Ralphs, have banded together with their version of those fabulous Shadows numbers like “Apache’.  Bob Connell joins them doing some of Cliff Richard`s best known hits.  Come along and join in the fun, this show will include some new songs not used in the November show.  Fund raiser for Theatre Maintenance.  Shows at 20h00.  All tickets R85 – bookings through Computicket or phone 021 8525182.

 

1 Feb      Bingo Afternoon!!  When last did you play Bingo?  Come along to the Masque Foyer at 14h00 (for 14h30) for a fun afternoon and win cash and spot prizes.  All proceeds will go towards the Masque Theatre Roof Fund.  10 games will cost you only R70.  Drinks and snacks will be on sale, and there will also be a raffle.  Please bring a highlighter.  The Masque Theatre is a licensed Bingo operator – no under 18s.  Space is limited, so please book your seats with Aubrey on 021 7881898 or bookings at masquetheatre.co.za

 

1 Feb      Lessons in Love presented by Playbill Productions in the Masque Foyer.  A nostalgic

2 Feb      and hilarious trip back to the 1920s.  An evening of laughter and song with comedy sketches from the pen of legendary American wit Dorothy Parker.  At the height of her career in the 1920s and 1930s (her younger years), she is still remembered for 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 in 1920s style or just as you are for a sparkling evening of fun!  Performances at 20:00  Tickets R75 (R65).  Light refreshments will be for sale.

 

5 – 8        Les Sylphide and The Best of Belles & Beaux at the Ballet at the Masque presented by

Feb         Cape Town City Ballet who deliver unique, world-class dance entertainment through integrity, creativity and excellence.  Performances Wed, Thurs, Fri at 20h00; Sat 14h30 and 18h30.  Tickets R75 Evenings (R70); R65 Matinée (R60).

 

14 Feb    A Valentine’s Soiree presented as a Masque Fundraiser at the Theatre at 19h30.  An evening of Romance, Love, Lust and Memories for couples and singles alike exploring love through entertainment.  With song, dance and performance this promises to be a night which causes romantic shivers down one’s spine.  Ticket price of R100 includes a light dinner and welcome drink. 

21 Feb    Private Lives by Noël Coward presented by Claremont Dramatic Society at the Masque.

   to          This hilarious and risqué comedy of manners tells the sophisticated tale of a recently

 1 Mar     divorced couple who find themselves in adjoining hotel rooms while on honeymoon with their new – and wholly unsuitable – spouses.  In typical Coward fashion, the play is liberally sprinkled with fast and hilarious repartee and the hint of farce. Witten from Coward’s sickbed in Shanghai in 1930, Private Lives is considered as his finest comedy and a “pure statement of Coward’s genius”.

 

I intend to live forever, or die trying.

 

BIRTHDAYS

 

Birthdays in January start with Kirsty Cunnington on the 2nd followed by Shelley de Klerk on the 8th.  Andrew Blake and Wolfgang Thomas share the 19th with Marc Jacquest celebrating on the 21st.  Ron Carr rounds out the month on the 29th (and boy is he thrilled to be spending it at our AGM!)  The birth flower for January is the carnation (my favourite flower incidentally), the botanical name of which is Dianthus Caryophyllus.  Scholars cannot agree on where the name carnation came from:  some believe that it came from the Latin word “carnis” which means flesh and refers to the original colour of the flower; religious scholars believe that it comes from the word “incarnation” referring to the incarnation of God made flesh; still others believe that “carnation” was derived from the word “coronation” and that it was used in early Greek ceremonial crowns.  An interesting titbit: At Oxford University it is customary to wear a Carnation to an exam:  white Carnations are worn to the first exam, red to the last, and pink Carnations to every exam in between!

Hope you all had/have a very happy day!!

 

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

A reminder of our AGM which will be held on Wednesday, 29 January 2014, at 19:30, at the Rendezvous.  Attached to this newsletter is the list of members eligible for Members’ Choice Awards for your perusal.  Voting forms will be available at the AGM.  Please confirm your attendance or tender your apologies to Eve Carr on 021 7977286 or 0827892281 or everon@absamail.co.za by Friday 24 January 2014.

STOP PRESS:  we will be unveiling our latest fund-raising idea at the AGM!!  Please make sure you bring some cash with you!!!

 

Finishing off with more of Groucho:

“She got her looks from her father.  He’s a plastic surgeon.”

Hope you’ve had a good read!

Eve

 

Our Website:  www.mads.co.za; Our Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/pages/Mads/174087319308

  

Members’ Choice Awards 2013

 

Please give some thought to your selection from the undermentioned productions!

You may vote for ONE actor, ONE actress and ONE production out of our THREE 2013 productions.

Voting forms will be available at the AGM.

Only members of MADS are eligible for MADS awards (that’s why not all cast members are listed here).

 

Hedda Gabler – Director Richard Higgs

ACTOR

CHARACTER

ACTRESS

CHARACTER

Luke Brown

Ejlert Lovborg

Pilar Pringiers

Miss Juliane Tesman

Richard Higgs

Jorgen Tesman

 

 

Philippe Pringiers

Judge Brack

 

 

Gareth Stewart

Workman 1

 

 

 

 

Road to Mecca – Director Barbara Basel

ACTOR

CHARACTER

ACTRESS

CHARACTER

David Muller

Marius Byleveld

Su Cunningham

Miss Helen

 

 

Rope – Director Alastair Duff

ACTOR

CHARACTER

ACTRESS

CHARACTER

Gary Green

Phillip

Barbara Basel

Mrs Atwater

Richard Higgs

Brandon

Eve Carr

Mrs Wilson

John McConnell

Mr Kentley

Lizanne Peters

Janet

Wayne Ronne

Kenneth

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

CATA NOMINEE LIST FOR 2013

 

ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION & TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE

Shelley de Klerk, Charmian Thompson – Cyprienne (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

William Jones – Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

Neal van Biljon – Dracula (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

Ashley Pitout – A Streetcar Named Desire (Carnivals of the Heart)

Gary Fargher – Henceforward (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Ryan Mitchley, Kim Randleff-Rasmussen, Grant Böttcher, Gary Fargher– Henceforward (Claremont Dramatic Society)

 

BEST COSTUMES

Darryl Spijkers – Much Ado About Nothing (Carnivals of the Heart)

Barrie Howard – Cyprienne (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

Noel Pitout – A Streetcar Named Desire (Carnivals of the Heart)

 

BEST SET

Dawn Innes – Much Ado About Nothing (Carnivals of the Heart)

Jane Philbrick – Arsenic and Old Lace (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)

Barrie Howard – Cyprienne (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

Fanie Fourie – A Streetcar Named Desire (Carnivals of the Heart)

Wendy Goddard – Henceforward (Claremont Dramatic Society)

 

CAMEO PERFORMANCE

Jacqui Bloomer – Melodrama (Pinelands Players)

Sheila Inglis – Amy’s View (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Sheila McCormick – It Runs in the Family (Milnerton Players)

Nigel Sweet – It Runs in the Family (Milnerton Players)

Andy McPherson – It Runs in the Family (Milnerton Players)

Michelle Galloway – Boy Meets Boy (Festival Productions)

Dudonne Diergaardt – Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

 

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Olivia Thompson – Cyprienne (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

Michael-John Phillip – Cyprienne (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

Hannah Claassens – Amy’s View (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Brigitte Scherz – A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Milnerton Players)

Rick Harington – A Streetcar Named Desire (Carnivals of the Heart)

Barbara-Marie Immelman – ‘Who Did You Say You Were?’ (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

Nicolette Fernandes – A Slice of Saturday Night (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

Werner Viln – Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

Matthew de Klerk – Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

Pamela Burger – The Road to Mecca (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Brigitte Scherz – A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Milnerton Players)

Roxy Lombard – A Streetcar Named Desire (Carnivals of the Heart)

Fiona Carling – Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

Nicolette Fernandes – A Slice of Saturday Night (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

Jo Reid – A Slice of Saturday Night (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)


 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

James Skilton – Cyprienne (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

David Muller – The Road to Mecca (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Brian Notcutt –The Wisdom of Eve (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)

Norman McFarlane – ‘Who Did You Say You Were?’ (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

Willy Sass – It Runs in the Family (Milnerton Players)

Dennis Benneyworth – Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

Clifford Graham – Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

Keenan Oliphant – Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

Olivia Thompson – Cyprienne (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

Natasha Starkenburg – Children of the Wolf (Milnerton Players)

Lisa Squire Harris – Shirley Valentine (Carnivals of the Heart)

Su Cunningham – The Road to Mecca (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Petra Schiebe – A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Milnerton Players)

Julie Summers – The Wisdom of Eve (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)

Kim Randleff-Rasmussen – Henceforward (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Jo Frater – Henceforward (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Michelle Galloway – Boy Meets Boy (Festival Productions)

Jennifer Moss – Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

Laura Bosman – Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

 

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

Sheldon Cross – The Owl and the Pussycat (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Anthony Storr Lister – Cyprienne (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

Rick Harington – A Streetcar Named Desire (Carnivals of the Heart)

Patrick Jordi – Henceforward (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Jarred Pitout – A Slice of Saturday Night (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

Brandon Tunnicliffe – A Slice of Saturday Night (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

Lloyd Kandlin – Boy Meets Boy (Festival Productions)

Brian Winter – Boy Meets Boy (Festival Productions)

Werner Viln – Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

Wesley Figaji – Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

Andrew Weiss – Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

 

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Barrie Howard – Cyprienne (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

Darryl Spijkers – Shirley Valentine (Carnivals of the Heart)

Barbara Basel – The Road to Mecca (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

Darryl Spijkers – A Streetcar Named Desire (Carnivals of the Heart)

Wendy Goddard – Henceforward (Claremont Dramatic Society)

Giles Scott – A Slice of Saturday Night (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

Kyla Thorburn – Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

 

BEST PLAY, BEST MUSICAL, MOST ADVENTUROUS PRODUCTION

Much Ado About Nothing (Carnivals of the Heart)

Cyprienne (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

Shirley Valentine (Carnivals of the Heart)

The Road to Mecca (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)

A Streetcar Named Desire (Carnivals of the Heart)

Henceforward (Claremont Dramatic Society)

A Slice of Saturday Night (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

Guys and Dolls (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

 

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UPDATES!!!!

 

Lots more happening since the last newsletter ………….

 

AUDITION FOR OUR FIRST PRODUCTION IN 2014!

 

“FLAT SPIN”

A COMEDIC FARCE BY DEREK S. ROYLE

Directed By Wendy Goddard

AUDITION DATE:       Wednesday 27 November 2013 at 19:30

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

ENQUIRIES:               Wendy Goddard 083 414 7003 or wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za

DATES OF RUN:       14 to 22 March 2014 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

REHEARSALS:          Mondays, Wednesdays (19:30 – 22:00) and Saturdays (14:30 – 17:00) commencing Sat 7 December.  There will be a break from 19 Dec to 13 Jan.

SYNOPSIS:

The combination of a mouse, an aspirant model, an incompetent electrician, an Italian film director who can’t speak English and a walk-in cupboard make for hilarious situations which will leave the audience gasping for breath.

Mistaken identities and cover-ups abound in this uproariously funny farce revolving around the frantic efforts of a young couple to keep their marriage secret so that she can take a much needed job.

‘Flat Spin’ is classic British farce at its best – good, old-fashioned, fun entertainment.

CHARACTERS:

(Please note that this is an amateur production and there is no remuneration)

JANE KENWAY:         (25-40)            Lead. Jane is given the opportunity to become a photographic model, but needs to break the news to her husband gently.  The Advertising Agent does not employ married models, and this is where her trouble starts.

MICHAEL CARTER:   (20-80) Support.  Michael is a photographer and Jane’s upstairs neighbour. He pops in to borrow some milk while Jane is trying to catch a mouse, and this is where his trouble starts.

DAVID KENWAY         (25-55) Lead.  Jane’s husband.  David is an actor recently returned from a touring production which has been cut short.  The bills are piling up, he is looking for more work, and this is where his trouble starts.

MR DRAKE     (20-80) Support.  Advertising Agent. Elegant and charming. Even though he is eccentric, he is lovable and nice.  His client has fled to Paris with her lover, and this is where his trouble starts.

VIRGINIA LORD:         (20-35)            Cameo. Very attractive young lady.  An actress friend of David’s looking for a place to stay for a few days, and this is where her trouble starts.  .

MRS CHATHAM:         (20-80) Cameo. Lovely character role.  Comes to see Jane about some clothes Jane is selling. This is where she starts to make trouble.

WENDY WILSON:      (20-80) Support.  Lovely character role – hearty, arty type. Inept photographic assistant who calls herself the ‘lighting expert’.  This is where she starts to make trouble. Can also be played by a man.

BRIGADIER SIR RICHARD KENWAY: (45-80) Support. David’s uncle.  He brings Dino to meet David, on their way to the airport.  This is where his trouble starts. Must be able to fake speaking Italian.

DINO GIOVANNI:        (25-80) Support. Italian Film Director who cannot speak English.  Richard asks him if they can pop in to see David on the way to the airport.  He has no idea that there is any trouble at all.  Must be able to speak Italian convincingly.  Tuition will be provided if necessary.

POLICE SERGEANT  (20-80) Male or female.  Cameo. Responds to Mrs Chatham’s report of a murder.  This is where his/her trouble starts.

No accents are required except for Dino. If you cannot make the audition on Wednesday 27 November, please contact Wendy to make arrangements for an alternative date.

We also need a great crew for what promises to be a wonderful production.  If you would like to join the team (Production Secretary, Rehearsal Prompt, Stage Manager, Props Manager, Lighting and Sound Design or Operator), please let Wendy know.

 

LAUNCH OF THE MASQUE THEATRE’S NEW VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME

 

The Masque Theatre is launching a newly structured Volunteer Programme aimed at:

Managing and supporting our existing volunteers more effectively,  recruiting and training new volunteers, and offering our patrons, both audiences and producers, a highly professional and efficient service.

Come along and hear about our exciting plans for 2014 and how you will be a part of them!

We also want to say a very big THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers for your fantastic support during 2013.

When? Sunday 15 December at 7.30pm                                Where? Masque Theatre Foyer

First drink is on the house, thereafter a cash bar. Light snacks will be served.  RSVP by Friday, 6 December to Jane Cohen on jane@masquetheatre.co.za or telephone the theatre at 021-788 6999

 

So that was the “NEW” news and here’s a couple of reminders ………

 

Saturday, 23 November, from 20h00: KARAOKE & DANCE presented by Hayley and Gary Fargher in the theatre foyer.  This will be an evening not to be missed!  Come sing and dance the night away while helping the Masque Theatre raise funds for its new roof and aircon system.  Come dressed as your favourite artist, and enjoy an evening filled with good music and many laughs.  Gary Fargher will be churning out the hits and there will be a cash bar and snacks available.  Hayley Fargher will be the hostess for this great evening of fun, music and dance!  Tickets cost a mere R50.

 

Sunday, 8 December 2013 is our CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET FUNDRAISING FAIR from 10am to 2pm in the Masque Foyer.  To book your stand at a cost of R50 contact Margi Blewett, cell 0836286295.  To donate goodies for the White Elephant Stall contact Jane Philbrick on 021 7823608 or f.h.d.society@gmail .com.  To donate books for the Book Stall contact me, Eve, on

021 7977286 (a/h) or 0827892281 or everon@absamail.co.za

AND SPREAD THE WORD!!!

 

Our FESTIVE BIRTHDAY BASH is on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 19h30 at a cost of R10.

Dress for celebrating and please bring a small gift (max R20) for distribution – just mark it male/female/neutral.  It will be a great social evening interspersed with entertainment drawn from a hat!!  Yes, we want YOU, our members to put your contribution into a hat (with your name on, don’t forget!!) and we will pull out names during the evening!  Let us have your theatrical “Funnies & Faux Pas” experiences please!  RSVP to Wendy Morling by Friday, 6 Dec – you can phone on 0834628242 or email home@morling.co.za.

 

TEA WITH THE MASQUE THEATRE MANAGER in the Theatre Foyer on Sunday, 22 December 2013 at 15h00.  Nico Dreyer will be reporting on the Creative Economy Conference attended in October and answering general questions relating to the Theatre.  Please telephone the theatre (or email masq-th@mweb.co.za) by 15 December to let Nico or Hayley know if you can make it.

 

ROPE, our last production of the year at the Masque from 29 November to 7 December!!

Make sure you book!!

I’m sure I’ll see you all at the theatre very soon – for one event or another!

Eve

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AUDITION NOTICE

 

‘FLAT SPIN’

 

A COMEDIC FARCE BY DEREK S. ROYLE

 

Directed by Wendy Goddard for Muizenberg Dramatic Society

 

DATE:             Wednesday 27 November

 

TIME:              19:30

 

VENUE:          Rendezvous (Old Zandvlei Bowling Club),

57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg

 

PRODUCTION DATES:  14-22 March 2014, at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg.

 

ENQUIRIES:  Wendy Goddard 083 414 7003 or wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za

 

Rehearsals start Saturday 7 December.  There will be a break from 19 December to 13 January.  Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 19:30 to 22:00, and Saturdays from 14:30 to 17:00

 

SYNOPSIS:

 

The combination of a mouse, an aspirant model, an incompetent electrician, an Italian film director who can’t speak English and a walk-in cupboard make for hilarious situations which will leave the audience gasping for breath.

 

Mistaken identities and cover-ups abound in this uproariously funny farce revolving around the frantic efforts of a young couple to keep their marriage secret so that she can take a much needed job.

 

‘Flat Spin’ is classic British farce at its best – good, old-fashioned, fun entertainment.

 

CHARACTERS:

 

JANE KENWAY:                   (25-40)            Lead. Jane is given the opportunity to become a photographic model, but needs to break the news to her husband gently.  The Advertising Agent does not employ married models, and this is where her trouble starts.

 

MICHAEL CARTER:              (20-80) Support.  Michael is a photographer and Jane’s upstairs neighbour. He pops in to borrow some milk while Jane is trying to catch a mouse, and this is where his trouble starts.

 

DAVID KENWAY                 (25-55) Lead.  Jane’s husband.  David is an actor recently returned from a touring production which has been cut short.  The bills are piling up, he is looking for more work, and this is where his trouble starts.

 

MR DRAKE                            (20-80) Support.  Advertising Agent. Elegant and charming. Even though he is eccentric, he is lovable and nice.  His client has fled to Paris with her lover, and this is where his trouble starts.

 

VIRGINIA LORD:                  (20-35)            Cameo. Very attractive young lady.  An actress friend of David’s looking for a place to stay for a few days, and this is where her trouble starts.  .

 

MRS CHATHAM:                   (20-80) Cameo. Lovely character role.  Comes to see Jane about some clothes Jane is selling. This is where she starts to make trouble.

 

WENDY WILSON:                (20-80) Support.  Lovely character role – hearty, arty type. Inept photographic assistant who calls herself the ‘lighting expert’.  This is where she starts to make trouble. Can also be played by a man.

 

BRIGADIER SIR RICHARD KENWAY: (45-80) Support. David’s uncle.  He brings Dino to meet David, on their way to the airport.  This is where his trouble starts. Must be able to fake speaking Italian.

 

DINO GIOVANNI:                 (25-80) Support. Italian Film Director who cannot speak English.  Richard asks him if they can pop in to see David on the way to the airport.  He has no idea that there is any trouble at all.  Must be able to speak Italian convincingly.  Tuition will be provided if necessary.

 

POLICE SERGEANT             (20-80) Male or female.  Cameo. Responds to Mrs Chatham’s report of a murder.  This is where his/her trouble starts.

 

No accents are required except for Dino. If you cannot make the audition on Wednesday 27 November, please contact Wendy to make arrangements for an alternative date.

 

We also need a great crew for what promises to be a wonderful production.  If you would like to join the team (Production Secretary, Rehearsal Prompt, Stage Manager, Props Manager, Lighting and Sound Design or Operator), please let Wendy know.

 

Please note that this is an amateur production and there is no remuneration.

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