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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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SEPTEMBER 2013
I decided to go a bit “downbeat” this month and re-visit the tragedy of 9/11 – but I have tried to keep on the “up” side!!
Two of the 20 people who were pulled from the World Trade Centre rubble alive were John McLoughlin and William Jimeno, two Port Authority policemen, who were rescued after being buried in debris around a freight elevator for about 13 and
21 hours. They were the subject of the 2006 Oliver Stone film ‘World Trade Center.’
MEMBERS’ NEWS
A very warm welcome to MADS to new member Dee Gillett!!!

Member Chris Bingham shares some news from abroad:

I’m just coming to the end of my annual three month sojourn in London, where I took in some theatre, films and concerts. The ‘Official Agatha Christie Company’ still going strong in repertory and at my local pre-West end Richmond theatre – and packing the house. Took in Summer Swing concerts at Kew Botanical Gardens, much like Kirstenbosh,and saw Blondie’s last concert – the old rocker is 60 now. Twickenham Film Studios is celebrating ‘The First 100 Years’ with an exhibition of all their films at main libraries. The National theatre is broadcasting the ‘Best of British Theatre’ live to cinemas throughout London. Helen Mirren featured in June with ‘The Audience’, which had her in the role of the Queen imagining meetings with all 12 prime ministers during her reign. Coming up is The National Theatre’s latest production of Othello. The live theatre productions also feature some behind the scenes insights to cinema audiences. Don’t know if this ‘stage- to- screen’ has taken off in SA yet? Charles Dicken’s great, great grandson Harold Lloyd, is performing in some of the writer’s plays around
London at the moment. Also, it’s reported that it cost on average around £30,000 to stage a play at The Edinburgh Festival this year!

Thank you, Chris – looking forward to seeing you in SA soon.

We trust all our Jewish members celebrated a wonderful Rosh Hashanah and wish them well over the Fast
Two other survivors were Pasquale Buzzelli, a structural engineer for the Port Authority, and Genelle Guzman, a secretary, who were in offices on the 64th floor of the North Tower when the building was hit. Buzzelli was knocked unconscious for three hours, and awoke on a hill of rubble, looking at the sky. Suffering from a broken foot, cuts and a concussion, he was
removed by rescue workers and evacuated on a stretcher. Guzman, who was just below the surface, was rescued more than 27 hours after the Tower fell. Her leg was crushed but she fully recovered within four months.
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, 10:00 to 16:00 (During run of shows also 9:30 to 12:00 on Saturdays)
12 – 21 Sept A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Darryl Spijkers and presented by Carnivals of the Heart at the Playhouse in Somerset West. This award-winning American classic has a cast of 31 and includes 1950s New Orleans dance and song with creative direction from Verne Osmand and Renier Jacobs. Tickets R70 (Pensioners R50). Parental Guidance is advised – violence and drinking. Book through Computicket or email bronwyn@radis.co.za.
20 – 28 Sept  A Handful of Friends by David Williamson, directed by Sue Bolton and presented by Constantiaberg Theatre Players at the Masque. A powerful well written contemporary play written by Australia’s best known playwright – this ‘true to life’ story will captivate you to the very end. The five characters involved are all 30 something in age, and became very close friends when they all attended the same university. They were all clever and ambitious, and after graduating all followed different career paths, and met up again several years later back in their own hometown. In the interim one of the men had made a film, which was based on the unflattering behaviour of his friend as a young man and it had just been released on the circuit. The reaction of the others to this betrayal leads to a total breakdown of their friendships and of their lives. This is a cleverly written study of five professional men and women, where self-seeking can hide beneath the most cultured surface, and destroy those taken for granted values of friendship and trust.
Sunday 22 Sept at 19h30 Eating With Energy presented by Nikita McShane and friends in the Masque Foyer.  Come and join a group of talented and energetic young performers who will serve up a three-course menu of songs, dances, skits and hearty food. This foot-tapping, lip-licking sing-along of a show is not to be missed!! The duration of the show is 90 minutes and tickets at R100 (R90) include a 3 course meal. Bookings on 0743704961 or 021 785 5350. Please specify if you require a vegetarian meal.
4 – 6 Oct My Dog’s Got No Nose written by Ron Aldridge, directed by Celia Musikanth and performed by Raymond Rudolph. This one-man comedy is presented in the Masque Foyer as a fundraiser in aid of the Theatre. it is a journey around a stand-up comedian’s first ever public performance – his lifelong dream covers everything from comedy, unrequited love, dogs, the facts of life, animal-lovers and a whole lot more. In this funny, bitter-sweet story, we discover that the man and his “performance” are not quite what they seem. Hilarious, provocative & poignant, with dramatic twists in the tale, the show recently had its African premiere at the 2013 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Performances are at 20h00 on Fri 4 Oct, Sat 5 Oct & Sun 6 Oct, 2013. Book online at http://www.quicket.co.za. (Search for “Dog”). There is no set ticket-price – pay what you can afford: choose from R200, R150, R100, R80, or R60 per ticket. Full details & links to the Facebook Event, Booking Site, & YouTube trailer can be found on http://www.about.me/raymrud.
11 – 19 Oct The Wisdom of Eve directed by Celia Musikanth and presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society at the Masque. The well-loved movie classic All about Eve and the hit musical Applause Applause were both adapted from this page-turning play about the machinations of what goes on both onstage and backstage in the theatre world. Margo Crane (played by Julie Summers) is a glamorous stage star and into her life steps Eve Harrington an ardent “fan”. What follows is an intriguing story which could happen at any given time in the desperate “success at all costs ambition” of stage and screen actors. In 1998 Celia Musikanth directed this play in a little church hall to great acclaim – she feels it deserves to be staged in a real theatre. Be prepared to be totally engrossed by this intriguing play with a stellar cast.
18 Oct – 10 Nov Guys and Dolls directed by Kyla Thorburn for The Gilbert and Sullivan Society at the Artscape. This well loved musical needs no introduction! Book through Computicket.
AUDITIONS
Claremont Dramatic Society is holding an audition for Noel Coward’s classic comedy of manners, Private Lives, on Saturday, 14 September 2013 , at 10h00 at their clubhouse, The Hok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont. The production will be directed by John Carne and will be staged from 21 February to 1 March 2014 at the Masque Theatre. Two female and two male leads required aged 20 to 40 and a support role for a female 18 to 30. For more info call John on 0826310421 or email him on john@paratour.co.za.
Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society is holding an audition on Sunday, 27 October at 17h00, at their playhouse in Somerset West, for Amadeus by Peter Schaffer. This Tony Award winning play will be directed by Philippe Pringiers and will be staged in April 2014. There are 9 speaking parts: one requires an actress between 18 and 30, then the call is for 6 men between the ages of 25 and 60. A further 2 actors or actresses of any age are required. There are also about 15 small/non-speaking parts but an audition for these will be held in Jan 2014. More info: philippe@pringiers.co.za or  https://www.facebook.com/events/365140436922556.

37-year-old Canadian DiFrancesco was escaping the World Trade Center South Tower as the second plane hit between the 77th and 85th floors, immediately throwing him against the wall on impact. After making a difficult descent to the ground floor, DiFrancesco managed to exit the building – which then collapsed behind him. Engulfed in a fireball, DiFrancesco woke in hospital days later with lacerations on his head, burns all over his body and a broken bone in his back. After his miraculous escape he was one of only four people to escape from above the South Tower 81st floor.
ASSISTANCE FOR OUR NEXT PRODUCTION!!
Does anyone have a metronome which we can use for Rope?? It would be needed from about the beginning of November till mid December. Obviously we would take the best care possible but I wouldn’t loan us the family heirloom!
OTHER HAPPENINGS!!!
Nico Dreyer has very kindly undertaken to arrange a Drama Workshop with Richard Antrobus of the OddBody Theatre Co., to be held at the Masque Theatre. The workshop would cover characterisation, movement, mime, etc and would be suitable for anyone with energy and enthusiasm! Nico hopes the workshop would be priced between R50 and R70 but this obviously depends on the number of people attending. Please let Nico know by 20 September if you are interested in learning more – 021 788 6999 or nico@masquetheatre.co.za.
Pinelands Players is hosting a Line Dance Bonanza on Friday, 27 September, at 19h00 in the Pinelands Town Hall, which will be led by professional line dance teacher, Jenny Feldman. R30 entrance includes a hot dog!! Prizes galore, cash bar. Contact Tina on 0827719644 or bgough@telkomsa.net if you want to joint the fun.
Constantiaberg Theatre Players is hosting this year’s Intersociety Quiz in the Masque Foyer on Sunday 13th October, 5:45 for 6:30 starting with a wall quiz. The cost is R20 per person (contestant or on-looker) which includes a complimentary drink and light refreshments. MADS will pay team members’ entrance fees – each team consists of 4 – and there is no limit on the number of teams a society can enter!! So please let Eve know by 19 September (0827892281 or everon@absamail.co.za) if you are keen to be part of a team (or even if you just want to attend). Constantia promises this will be an evening of fun competition and dramatically orientated trivia!
Global financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald was the worst business affected by the 9/11 attacks. Unfortunately, its New York headquarters based on the 101st and 105th floors at One World Trade Center lost 658 out of its 960-strong workforce – which amounted to two third of its total NYC staff. After the tragedy hit, CEO Howard Lutnick called a colleague and said: “We could shut the firm and attend our friends’ funerals, or we’re going to work harder than we’ve ever worked before to help their families.” And that’s exactly what they did. Ten years later, Cantor Fitzgerald had handed out more than $180 million (£109 million) to the families of the deceased staff and fulfilled its promise to pay their health care.
MEMBERS’ EVENING
Wednesday, 18 September, is our next Members’ Evening. We have had to postpone the “Melodrama Evening” so this one will now be a “Poetry Evening”. You can come prepared with a short poem if you like but we will have a heap of different books for you to browse through and choose! We hope to see a lot of new faces there (and of course the “old” faces are very
welcome!!) We are doing something a LITTLE different for this one: times are tough and, in order for us to give the maximum proceeds of our shows to the Masque, we need to find a way to keep our own coffers filled!! So, there will be a “receptacle” to accept your donations – large or small, every bit helps! And also a LITTLE different will be the food – your committee will be
trying out their culinary skills on a variety of dips and snacks – think veg pickle and pretzels!!!
Some time during the evening we will be holding a short remembrance for member Tom Byrne who passed away in July – those who knew him are welcome to share an anecdote with us.

We do need to know how many to expect so please let Wendy know if you can make it by 13 September – that is THIS FRIDAY!! You can phone her on 0834628242 or email home@morling.co.za.
A dozen years after 9/11, an American musician has turned memories of grief into survivor songs — some of them surprisingly joyous. Composer and pianist Jake Heggie said that his new album titled “here/after (songs of lost voices)” is meant “to create a sense of hope and newness that can come from the grief. Otherwise, the people who did it win.”
And since we definitely need some humour in this newsletter I decided to slot it in here while wishing all our September-ers a wonderful birthday!
11th Debra Beswick
Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake.
12th Shirley Chipps
A true friend remembers your birthday but not your age.
16th Patrick Jordi
Artificial intelligence is a wonderful thing.
I told my computer that today is my birthday, and it said I needed an upgrade.
20th Aubrey Hindle
You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake…
23rd Nikita McShane
“Doctor, I get heartburn every time I eat birthday cake.”
“Next time don’t eat the candles.”
29th Celia Musikanth
What is the left side of a birthday cake?
The side that’s not eaten.

On the album mentioned above, one of the songs is from the words of a firefighter from Texas Task Force 1 who had combed through the smoking ground zero rubble: “And everything belonged to somebody/To somebody gone/And we all belonged to each other/From that moment on.”
Sad, but uplifting at the same time don’t cha think?

Bye for now, Eve

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AUGUST 2013
With petrol going up YET AGAIN, I received some fun info concerning the price of other things from friend-of-MADS, Ed Cutten, which I thought I would share with you through this newsletter which may ease the pain of your next trip to the petrol station!
Diet Coke costs R2.80 for 100ml = R28.00 per litre
MEMBERS’ NEWS
Very sad news is that member Tom Byrne passed away on 29 July. He fought a long and courageous battle with cancer and enjoyed a year of remission. However, the myeloma became active again a few months ago after which he was in and out of hospital and had two courses of radiation therapy. There was hope of a good outcome and another period of remission but sadly he was attacked by septicaemia while his body was in a very weak state. No-one on the committee was aware of this at the time: we had no idea he was so ill. We take this opportunity of thanking Tobie Beele for aiding him in this difficult time as Tom’s family is in the USA. Tom will be remembered fondly by all of us at MADS who worked with him over the years. He contributed a great deal to MADS in many ways (acting in All You Need is Love, directing Eat Your Heart Out, set-building for productions-too-many-to-mention, etc) and will be a big loss to amateur dramatics. We were awaiting details of a memorial service to pass on to members but we have just heard that the cast of Eat Your Heart Out is organising a get-together in his memory. Unfortunately the venue they are using is too small to accommodate more than the cast. We will do a “remembrance” for him at our next members’ evening.
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On a happier note, June Edwards and Ginger Pig have been a-travelling and you can read all about their Scarborough adventure in the annexure to this newsletter!!
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Margi Blewett is recovering from a knee replacement op – take it easy there, Margi!!
Amstel costs R9.50 for 750ml = R12.60 per litre
MEMBERS’ EVENINGS
The next is on Wednesday, 18 September!!
An evening of Melodramas!!
Diarise now – details to follow!!!!
Brake Fluid costs R6.00 for 100ml = R60.00 per litre
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, 10:00 to 16:00 (During run of shows also 9:30 to 12:00 on Saturdays)

22–24 Aug: Let’s Dance presented by Bronwyn Banfield’s Dance Studio at the Masque – enjoy an Aug evening of dance! Performances Thu. 22, Fri. 23 and Sat. 24 at 19:00. Tickets R65.
23 Aug:  Marvellous Music – a tribute to and benefit for Victor Tichardt presented by Pinelands  Players at the Pinelands Town Hall. Devised and staged by June Wells and Brian Winter. Many terrific artistes have volunteered their talents for this tribute! An all music programme, featuring songs such as ‘With a Song in My Heart’; ‘Mr Cellophane’; ‘Cabaret’; ‘Do You love Me?’; ‘Without a Song’; ‘Not While I’m Around’; ‘Get Happy’; ‘Stars’; ‘Cheek to Cheek’; ‘Send in the Clowns’. Tickets R130 which includes a cheese and wine welcome before the show, with various raffles and prizes. Doors open 19:45. Book on 021-5318683 or 072-4467532 or email cjwells@mweb.co.za.
28 Aug – 7 Sep: Footloose presented by The Waterfront Theatre Company at the Masque. This Broadway classic follows the success of Hairspray in 2011. Directed by Paul Griffiths with Musical Direction by Garth Tavares, Design by Deon Bisschoff, Costumes by Delia Sainsbury and Choreography by Janine Binns and Ambre-Chanel Fulton, this toe tapping hit is not to be missed. “Young Ren McCormack needs to dance… but in Bomont, a small Midwestern town, dancing is forbidden. In a place controlled by fear, can one man find the courage to inspire freedom?!” Extra performances on Weds at 20:00. Book early – certain performances are already ‘Sold Out’! Tickets R100 (R80).
12-21 Sep : A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Darryl Spijkers and presented by Carnivals of the Heart at the Playhouse in Somerset West. This award-winning American classic has a cast of 31 and includes 1950s New Orleans dance and song with creative direction from Verne Osmand and Renier Jacobs. Tickets R70 (Pensioners R50). Parental Guidance is advised – violence and drinking. Book through Computicket or email bronwyn@radis.co.za.
Energade costs R3.00 for 250ml = R12.00 per litre
AUDITION
Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society is holding an Audition on 1 September 2013 at 19:00 at their Playhouse in Somerset West for Who Did You Say You Were?, a comedy written and to be directed by Giles Scott. More info? Contact 0723841953 or go to http://www.theplayhouse.org.za or http://www.facebook.com/PlayhouseSW.
Hugo Boss Spray costs R225.00 for 50ml = R4 500.00 per litre
OUR PRODUCTIONS
Road to Mecca has just finished its run in the theatre – congratulations to director, cast and crew!
Although we did not have full houses, comments from patrons were extremely positive and this was definitely a successful production. The MADS committee would like to extend very grateful thanks to members Ron Carr, Daniel Enticott, Nicky Enticott and Rosie McBain for assisting with the set-strike – the set basically came down in half an hour and this would have taken a LOT longer without their assistance. Thanks also, of course, to Tom Groves and committee members for their help.
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A very successful audition was held for our final production of the year, Rope, and the cast and team are as follows:
Gary Green – Phillip

Richard Higgs – Brandon

Gavin Werner – Rupert
John Mc Connell – Mr Kentley

Lizanne Peters – Janet

Eve Carr – Mrs Wilson
Barbara Basel – Mrs Attwater

Wayne Ronne – Kenneth
Stage Manager – Shelley Lombard

Production Sec – Nicky Enticott

Lights & Sound – John Blewett
Alastair Duff, director, says “Thank you to all who attended, congratulations to all those who got a part and, to those who did not, the good news is that MADS has a line-up of fabulous shows next year!!” Watch this space!
BIRTHDAYS
Congratulations to those celebrating a birthday in August!!
We start with John McConnell on the 10th, with Phyllis Early the day after. Tobie Beele turns a year older on the 15th with both Sandy Gee and Ralph Lawson on the 20th. Joan Hitchcock’s birthday is the 25th with Lynwen Roman on the 29th and Michelle Knights on the 30th.
Your birthday is the perfect time to wish you nothing less than favourite memories, plans and dreams that bring you happiness. For birthdays are a link between the future and the past, reminding us to treasure most those special joys that last!
Vick’s Nasal Spray costs R9.00 for 50ml = R180.00 per litre
HELP!!
And now we have three members wanting to know if you can assist them!!
Firstly, Celia Musikanth:
I am a freelance theatre practitioner, proof reader (not thesis/textbook or dissertations/maths/science); advisor, consultant, adjudicator, public speaker, can help with preparation for auditions, a third eye (i.e. if anyone wants me to come in and give advice for productions as an objective and experienced director), character help, copy writer for publicity, etc.etc. Times are tough and at the moment I have no work at all!!
Next is Wendy Morling:
I have a new job working for Fine & Country Estate Agents in Newlands in the Letting Dept!!. So ……if any of you know of anyone who wants to LET a property (house, townhouse, flat, hovel) or who wants to RENT accommodation pleeeeeeze bear me in mind and give me their details. I have to bring in my own business and work on a commission basis only, so every referral counts. My official area is from Rosebank to Wynberg, but I also get commission if I refer people to our other offices. Hope to hear from you!
And thirdly is John Blewett (Hmmmm – I wonder if two and three can’t help each other out?!?):
To let: Furnished single room & bathroom, kitchen, living room, garden to share. Overlooking False Bay, within walking distance to station & beach. Modest rent includes electric, water and internet access. Looking for suitable studious type house mate with references, proof of employment, student status or other, Please no con-men, nutcases or party-animals. See gumtree or contact David Osborn on 0794774371 or 021 7881147.
And this is the REAL KICKER…
Evian water costs R15.00 for 500ml = R30.00 per litre!
R30.00 for WATER!
So, the next time you’re at the petrol station, be glad your car doesn’t run on Water, Coke, or Vick’s Nasal Spray!!!
Eve
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OUR VERY OWN GINGER PIG MEETS FAMOUS PLAYWRIGHT SIR ALAN AYCKBOURN
By June Edwards
Sir Alan Ayckbourn needs no introduction and many MADS members, Ginger Pig fans and his face book friends know what makes Ginger a very important pig, but to those who don’t, here’s what does.
Ginger Pig is a smaller cardboard replica of one of the puppets that featured in Alan Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings which was presented by MADS in June 2012 and directed by Coleen van Staden. This globe trotting pig has his own face book page and has become quite a celebrity and a much photographed pig. Ginger has attended many social events, stowed away in many suitcases, visited many cities and dorps and hung about in airports local and international He was born to travel!***
Whilst planning a holiday to the UK in May, I mentioned to Coleen that I would be taking Ginger along on my travels, as so many have done. She casually said something like “wouldn’t it be great to get a photo of Ginger Pig with Alan Ayckbourn”. My first reaction was “what are the chances?” and thinking about it a bit more, “nothing ventured, nothing gained”. I became more and more determined to make it happen until “come hell or high water, Ginger will be introduced to Sir Alan.”
With no idea whether Sir Alan would be remotely interested in meeting just another fan with a battered, travel weary cardboard pig with celebrity status, or indeed be available at all, I emailed Sir Alan’s assistant, Simon Murgatroyd with a very tongue in cheek appeal to assist in setting up an appointment with Sir Alan. I shared the story of Ginger Pig’s rise to fame and invited Simon to visit Ginger Pig’s face book page. Voila! Within 24 hours came the following reply (truncated).
“Thank you for your fascinating email – it’s not often I receive emails with globe-trotting puppet pigs in them! It is a very busy time for Sir Alan at the moment as he is about to go into rehearsals for his new play Arrivals & Departures, which – as I’m sure you will appreciate – will dominate his schedule for the next five weeks. Can you be a little more specific about when you’re in the UK and – more pertinently – if you’re visiting Scarborough, then we can look at Sir Alan’s schedule and see whether there is any possibility of meeting.” (Scarborough, besides being a very popular and picturesque, vibrant seaside town in North Yorkshire, is home to the Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT) where the majority of Sir Alan’s 77 full-length plays have premiered).I emailed my intended, approximate dates and the positive reply came, again within 24 hours. “I’ve spoken with Sir Alan and his PA about this and Sir Alan would be able to meet for a photo at 6pm on either Thursday 14 June or Friday 15 June at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, it is a tight timeframe – as I’m sure you can appreciate – as 6pm coincides with the end of his rehearsals for the day and prior to his evening commitments.”
Coleen and I were elated and my itinerary was fine tuned to accommodate a meeting with Sir Alan at six pm sharp on 14 June. At the end of my stay with friends near Liverpool, on the day of the appointment, I traveled from Liverpool to Scarborough by train, a relaxed journey of several hours across country, as the crow flies North East. Upon arrival I checked into my pre-booked guesthouse and with some hours to kill I did some exploration of Scarborough on foot, then it was back to the guesthouse to freshen up for the much-awaited meeting.
All ready for Sir Alan, I set off on foot, the theatre being only minutes away from the guesthouse. The sky was threatening so Ginger Pig was duly wrapped in a plastic bag and my little camera tucked inside my hooded rain jacket. About halfway to the venue the heavens opened and Ginger was quickly tucked inside my coat. I felt a rather strange hard plop against my back but paid it no attention. Two minutes in the storm was enough to leave me rather windswept and bedraggled but no amount of wind and rain could dampen my enthusiasm and I soon ducked into the SJT foyer. I did after all say “come hell or high water”. I was early for the appointment and quickly made my way to the ladies’ room in an effort to improve my appearance. I was soon to find out why the two young ladies in the box office were amused as I went up the stairs. What I had felt on my back was the delivery of the biggest bird poop in history. It could only have come from one of the huge seagulls that were swooping and screeching in the storm. A small towel soon sorted out the wet hair and the hands drier did the rest.
All ready for Sir Alan, I sat down on a couch in the foyer and fixed my gaze on the doors where Sir Alan would appear. I was as nervous as a six year old about to meet the Queen of England. Sir Alan and his wife Lady Heather soon arrived and she approached me with a wide smile while he went off in a different direction. She said: “You must be June Edwards, I’m Heather Ayckbourn”. I was initially rather overwhelmed but soon felt at ease when Lady Heather said: “Alan will join us in a minute, we’re going upstairs for drinks”. I had not known what to expect, a quick photo session and all would be over and done with or a little bit more than that, but to be invited to have a drink with them far exceeded my expectations.
Once in the restaurant upstairs I was invited to sit down at a table that was obviously reserved for Sir Alan. Lady Heather gave the bar assistant an order for our drinks as Sir Alan came walking over to the table. He sat down opposite me and just looked at me while I was feverishly wondering whether I should speak to him first or wait for him to say something, we spoke at the same time. “I am honoured and very fortunate to meet you Sir Alan and thank you for making the time to see me” fell well-rehearsed out of my mouth and I still have no idea what he said while I was talking.
Sir Alan was quiet for a few seconds and with an amused smile that reflected in his kind eyes he said: “So, June Edwards, you travelled far and long for a photograph. After that humorous and quirky appeal on email, how could I refuse you.” The ice was broken and conversation came easily after that and the photo session went well. Sir Alan wanted to know more about Coleen, the Masque Theatre in general and Ginger Pig’s travels and rise to fame. Coleen had written Sir Alan a letter, which I handed over, he opened and read it immediately saying: “I love fan mail”. Upon my request he wrote a message on Ginger Pig’s back and autographed the front as well.
In order to make sure that I did not overstay my welcome with Sir Alan, I excused myself as soon as was polite after finishing my drink. Once I was outside on the street again the rain had stopped and the sun shone. If I could, I would have run and kicked my heels with delight at having accomplished my mission. A very happy admirer of Sir Alan Ayckbourn once again took to the streets to see what else Scarborough had to offer.
What I will remember best, out of all that Sir Alan said during the few minutes I spent with him, is, “I am a much better writer than an actor. I do what I love, which is write and allow the directors and actors to run with my work” and “my title is just recognition for my work, I am just a man”.
Ginger Pig will now take pride of place in Coleen’s home and I will make a fresh travel pig that can carry on with the globe trotting tradition.

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JULY 2013

 

Since we now seem to be well into winter I decided to cheer you up with some winter-y jokes!

         Starting with ………

Q: What’s an ig?

A: A snow house without a loo!

 

MEMBERS’ NEWS

 

Goodness, but our members do seem to get around!


Barbara Basset sent me an email on 12 June to say that she wouldn’t be at the members’ evening as she was leaving for Mallorca on that day for a family wedding and, after 6 days there, in the sun, she’s off to the UK for her yearly jaunt to visit her children and grandchildren.  Barbara is back at the end of July.


And Dawn Scholtz left on 16 May to visit her daughter in South Korea –

hope you had a fab trip Dawn!


AND a little birdie tells me that Karen Riley will be visiting us from Oz some time this month.


Many of you will have seen the name Jack Matthee on the steel braces we use for sets at the Masque which were made by him, and some of us had the privilege of meeting this top class set builder, props maker, performer and comedian.  He passed away recently but his legacy lives on.


Congratulations to Val Stephens who welcomed her second grandchild,

Rachel Elizabeth, into the world on 8 May!

 


This newsletter was practically ready to go when I discovered that I had a retinal detachment in my left eye and had to have emergency surgery – so I am currently sporting a rather snazzy pirate eye-patch!!

 

 

Q: Why does it take longer to build a blonde snowman than a regular one?
A: You have to hollow out the head.

AUDITIONS

 

Our last production of the year is in November!!

See attachment for the full audition notice for Rope!!!

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society will be holding auditions at their Playhouse in Somerset West at 19:00 on Sunday, 28 July, for two One-Act Plays to be presented on a double bill on Saturday, 28 September.  The first is Beware the Ides of March which has 13 parts, most of which can be played by men or women, with ages from 16 up.  The second is the Afrikaans production of Bevange which features 7 teenagers (4 female, 3 male).  For further info visit www.facebook.com/PlayhouseSW or phone 021 852 5182.

 


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 R55 (Theatre Club members R45),

Other Nights R65 (Theatre Club members R55)

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

at the theatre Mon-Fri, 10:00 to 16:00 (During run of shows also 9:30 to 12:00 on Saturdays)

 

29 Jun to 20 Jul Boy Meets Boy presented by Festival Productions at the Artscape Arena (low price previews  on 27 and 28 June).  This topical smash hit musical had a five star West End revival last year.  Booking at Computicket or Dial-a-Seat 021 4217695.

 

5 – 13 July Amy’s View by Sir David Hare, one of Britain’s most internationally performed playwrights.

Directed by Brenda Gray and presented by Claremont Dramatic Society at the Masque.  A well-known West End actress receives a visit from her daughter Amy and her new boyfriend, an aspiring film director.  This sets in motion events which only fully come into shape sixteen years later.  A fascinating insight into three main characters and how lack of communication can cause so much confusion.

 

14 July The Best of Times performed by Chenara Fenton and friends, in the Masque Foyer at 19:00.  Be

entertained and delighted as you listen to soulful rich melodies from a ménage of musicals – expect to hear songs such as “Sister Act”, “Spamalot”, “Smash” and “Rock of Ages”.  There will be a light supper served and tickets cost R95.

 

18–27 July Dracula, a play by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston, directed by Philipe Pringiers for

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society at their Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West.  Lucy Seward, daughter of the physician in charge of a sanatorium near London, is mysteriously anaemic.  Doctor and professor Abraham Van Helsing, a specialist in obscure diseases, suspects a vampire which, according to legend, is an ugly soul that, grave-bound by day, roams the earth at night, and sustains its earthly life by sucking the blood of approachable victims.  Instituting a search, Van Helsing uncovers Count Dracula as such a vampire and, finding the grave, drives a stake through the heart of the corpse from which he comes, thus ending the vampire’s existence.  Or not?  Playgoers will go away with the satisfaction of having had more thrills than ever before in their lives inside a theatre!  Bookings through Computicket or phone 021 8525182 for more info.

PLEASE NOTE: MADS’ members Richard Higgs and Rudy Gibbons are both in this production!!

 

20 July    Shadowlands – A Tribute to Cliff Richard & The Shadows in the Masque Foyer at 20:00.  Tap your feet along with the beat being delivered by the Tribute band, consisting of Ivor Norman on lead guitar, Peter Denyssen on rhythm, Mike Whare on bass, David Evans on drums and Roger Harrison on keyboards.  Michael Georgopoulos is “Cliff”, the lead vocalist.  To achieve a similar sound they imported the same guitars used by the band.  You’ll hear favourites from the ‘60s such as “Atlantis”, “The Next Time”, and “Summer Holiday”.  Tickets R75 (R65).

 

26 Jul to 4 Aug  A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Tennessee Williams, directed by Judith Herbig for Milnerton Players at their Playhouse.  A really delightful play with four lovely characters and a great deal of humour.  Further info on 0822671061, or bookings@milnertonplayers.com.

 

26 Jul to 3 Aug The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard, directed by Barbara Basel for Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque.  Based on the life of Helen Martins, a well-known and remarkable artist who lived during the second half of the 20th Century, this is the story of a woman who dares to be different.  Helen goes from being an outsider in her own community to one of South Africa’s foremost Outsider Artists.  As a result of her quest for light and colour, Helen transforms her ordinary, dull world into one of radiance and warmth when she turns her vegetable garden into her Mecca – a splendid place of light and colour – and fills her small home with glittering, dancing candlelight.  While the Road to Mecca has its dramatic highlights, there are also some light hearted and touching moments.

BIRTHDAYS

 

Hope those who turned a year older in the latter half of June had a fabulous birthday (although chances are it was cold and wet!)  They were Rosemarie Lewis on the 17th with Wendy Morling and Wayne Ronne sharing the 18th.  June Edwards had her birthday on the 20th with Abigail Knott’s the day after.  Liz Roodt celebrated on the 24th, as did Jane Philbrick (and that was a BIG one!!).  Last but not least was Rowan Studti on the 26th.

Moving on to July we start with Anton Schafer on the 6th.  James Pape and Michaela O’Toole share the 9th; Di Thom and Nick Lee share the 11th with Su Cunningham celebrating on the 14th.  Tom Byrne follows on the 18th with Fiona Carling and Lieske Bester sharing the 21st.  Happy birthday to Samantha Davies on the 23rd and Lee De Andrade on the 29th.

Looks like I have never actually delved into the birth flower for July!  It is the Larkspur, close relative to the Delphinium.  A true blue flower that symbolizes lightness and swiftness, this flower has significance in Greek mythology as it is said to have grown from the blood of Ajax as he threw himself on his sword during the Battle of Troy.  Larkspurs grow wild and tall in pastures.  Unfortunate for cattle owners, this flower is extremely poisonous and dangerous when ingested by cattle.  Its poison makes it useful as an insecticide and in ancient times it was worn as an ointment to drive away scorpions.  Native Americans used Larkspurs to make a rich, blue dye and European settlers used it to dip their quills as ink.  Other names are lark’s heel, lark’s claw and knight’s spur.  The flower has five petals which grow together to form a hollow flower with a spur at the end, which gives the plant its name.

Q: Why didn’t the tourist in the Arctic get any sleep?
A: He plugged his electric blanket into the toaster by mistake – and kept popping out of bed all night!

MASQUE NEWS

 

Wendy Morling recently put out a plea to you all for donations towards replacing the Masque Theatre Roof and so far she has been delighted with the response!  Thanks, guys, and remember “There can be no performances without a Theatre and there can be no Theatre without a roof!!” so if you still want to donate here’s those details again:

Muizenberg Dramatic Society, Standard Bank, Blue Route Branch Code: 025-609, Current account # 27-004-494-9.  When making the transfer or deposit, please put your surname as a reference followed by “Roof” so we know who the donation is from.

Q: If the sun shines while it’s snowing, what should you look for?
A: Snowbows.

Until next time then ….

Eve

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AUDITION NOTICE

 

‘ROPE’

ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S THRILLER BASED ON THE PLAY BY RICHARD HAMILTON

 

Directed By: Alastair Duff

 

AUDITION DATE:      Saturday 3 August 2013 at 14:30

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

ENQUIRIES:              Alastair Duff on 021 7884984

DATES OF RUN:       29 November to 7 December 2013 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

REHEARSALS:          Probably Mondays and Wednesdays (19:30 – 21:30) and Saturdays (14:00 – 17:00) commencing Monday 12 August.  To be confirmed.

 

SYNOPSIS:  Is there such a thing as a perfect murder?  In this riveting play, set in New York in the early fifties, two young men who have everything – wealth, looks, talent and good-breeding – commit a dreadful crime: just because they can.  But someone from their past proves to be a greater adversary and nemesis than they ever could have imagined.

THE CAST:

There are no bit parts – every part is substantial, but Rupert, Brandon and Phillip are very large and demanding roles.  American accents are necessary, even if it is just a suggestion.  All ages are very approximate.

MR KENTLEY 50-60   David Kentley’s father, a polished gentleman of courtly manners and an urbane, sympathetic character.  Speaks with a quiet dignity.  British accent would be suitable too.

BRANDON       20-30   Good-looking, talented, clever but quite insane.  He is stronger than Phillip and dominates him.  Witty, sophisticated and malicious, Brandon is a gem of a part.

PHILLIP            20-30   Brandon’s partner, a concert pianist.  Sensitive and passive, he does however stand up to Brandon’s domineering ways.  All through the play he is tortured by what he and Brandon have done.  Also a gem of a part.

RUPERT          30-45   Phillip, Brandon and Kenneth’s former school teacher.  A clever man with

          CADELL             an analytical mind, it is Rupert who solves the mystery.  He is Brandon’s adversary, yet Brandon admires him above all.  A challenging part.

KENNETH        20-30   Phillip and Brandon’s former school mate and Janet’s former boyfriend.  Although somewhat less intelligent than his classmates, Kenneth is no fool.  A smaller but challenging role.

JANET              20-30   David Kentley’s fiancée.  A pretty, intelligent, stylish girl who tries to compensate for a lack of confidence by being witty and sophisticated.  A part that offers an opportunity for strong acting.

MRS                  40-60   David Kentley’s aunt and the sister of Mr

   ATTWATER              Kentley.  A comic part, but the comedy is largely unintentional on her part.  Vague and very “dear”, she could be played with a British accent.  A challenging role.

MRS WILSON  40-65   Brandon and Phillip’s housekeeper.  Also comic, the part would be best suited to a thin to the point of skinny woman well past her prime who is still rather vain.  Very involved in her employers’ lives, she is both motherly and interfering.  A lovely part.

ALSO NEEDED are production secretary, stage manager, prompt, props, set-builders, etc.

 

Q: Why did Frosty the snowman want a divorce?
A: Because he thought his wife was a flake

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