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THE ADLIB 

official newsletter of Pinelands Players

Pinelands Players was established in 1948 & Incorporates The Cape Town Repertory Theatre Society

JULY/AUGUST 2014

Hi Everyone!

I’m a little late with this AdLib, but we’ve been busy bees. With one show put to bed and everyone swooning with exhaustion, we have thrown ourselves into the next one! Please diarise items in our calendar and be sure to be at the clubhouse for them.

#HORROR – OUR 2014 CANDLELIGHT SUPPER – WRAP 

What a fun show! Tina Gough in her directorial debut produced a show that had audiences hooting with laughter and applauding until their hands hurt. The show was filled with ghosts, skeletons, monsters, magic and even a mad scientist; eerie stories, great choreography and haunting songs kept the theme on track throughout. From the amazing cast, the technical team of Glyn, Chris and Paul, the wonderful ladies who cooked the delicious meal, the staff of Tanya March’s Blackstone Creations, the cast who painted and were there to help set up, Graham Leverton & PP Members who helped him at the bar, Bron Paxton’s fab choreography, Ali Hofer who helped to devise the show, to Tanya Browne and her fabulous front of house staff, we owe so many thanks.

A wonderful collaborative effort that will be remembered as a highlight in the history of our Candlelight Suppers.

IN OUR CALENDAR:

FRIDAY 15TH AUGUST – JAM SESSION – 8 p.m. AT THE CLUBHOUSE

Backstage in #Horror, ideas were flying around about putting together an evening of music. Joy Millar suggested a ‘Jam Session’. If you play the guitar, keyboard, drums, flute, sax or any musical instrument come along and join in. Maybe you want to sing or have longed to show people how a comb and tissue paper can make a lovely sound? But you don’t have to jam, just be there to enjoy the vibe and have a drink or two. No charge.

22ND & 23RD AUGUST AT THE CLUBHOUSE – SONGS BY ABSURDLY TALENTED COMPOSERS AND LYRICISTS THAT YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW BUT SHOULD!

When Bonny White asked if Pinelands Players would be interested in hosting this concert, the Committee jumped at the opportunity and asked if they could stretch it from one to two performances.

Richard White (pictured below), Keenan Oliphant, Hanna Lim, Stuart Brown, Claire Simonis, Martine Kawalsky and Georgia Bailey are seven incredibly talented young people. Each of them has already achieved so much in the theatrical field; there is no doubt these are future stars. This is a rare opportunity to see them perform together on one stage.

They’ll be performing solos and duets from exciting new musicals accompanied by Reon Jacobs at the keyboard.

On for only two nights, please book early.

DON’T MISS THIS.

TICKETS ARE A MERE R30 AND YOU CAN BOOK BY EMAILING TINA ON bgough@telkomsa.net or phoning her on 082 771 9644

3RD – 18TH OCTOBER AT THE MAGNET THEATRE, OBSERVATORY – THE SOUTH AFRICAN PREMIERE OF ‘BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO’

As ‘Mama Mia’ was to ABBA so ‘Breaking Up is Hard to Do’ is to Neil Sedaka

Directed by June Wells, Musical Direction Alan van der Merwe & Ted Faulkner, Choreography Bronwyn Paxton

The show is set in the legendary ‘Borscht Belt’ in the Catskills on Labour Day Weekend 1960. Marge (Gizelle Willows) and Lois (Robyn Schurr) are spending Marge’s honeymoon there. I’d better explain: you see, Marge’s fiancé didn’t pitch for the wedding – Lois tells her that it would be an awful waste not to go (after all it was already paid for), Marge reluctantly agrees.

Their futures are changed forever as they become hilariously involved with the owner and staff of ‘Esther’s Paradise Resort’ – Del Delmonico (Shaun Holley) the ambitious handsome singer, Esther (Juliet Joffe/Erika Marais) the feisty widow who owns the resort, Harvey (Chris Laurie) the in-house comedian and confirmed bachelor and Gabe (Graham Leverton) the nerdy jack of all trades who has a secret. The Band (Alan van der Merwe, Ted Faulkner & David Bolton) with the Doo-Whap Four (Bronwyn Paxton, Jo Verfailles, Jules Hofer & Erika Marais) are an integral part of Esther’s resort.

From bouncy rock to soulful ballads, the music is just great. Including the title song, you’ll hear ‘Solitaire’, ‘Stupid Cupid’, ‘Where the Boys Are’, ‘Laughter in the Rain’, ‘Love Will Keep us Together’, ‘Calendar Girl’, ‘Oh, Carol’, ‘The Diary’, ‘Lonely Nights’, ‘My Friend’, ‘Hey Little Devil’, ‘Angel Face’, ‘Living Next door to an Angel’, ‘Happy Birthday Sweet 16’, ‘King of Clowns’ and ‘Betty Grable’.

We’re looking for someone to stage manage this show, it is a unit set, so not complicated. If there is anyone willing to come on board and have some fun, contact June on 0215318682 or 0724467532 or email cjwells@mweb.co.za.

Show dates: October 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th (2 performances), 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th (2 performances). More information on booking, prices and discounts to follow in Next AdLib.

If anyone is interested in ‘buying’ a house to raise funds, let us know. You’ll get a great discount and we are also prepared to sell a half house. Contact Tina or Alison – email addresses at end of this AdLib. 

NOVEMBER 29TH – PINELANDS TOWN HALL – CONCERT

Remember the Victor Tichart concert last year? The concept was so well received that we’ve decided to have another one! But this time we want YOU to supply the content. Can you sing, dance, tell a funny story, play an instrument, do magic? Then why don’t you volunteer to showcase your talent on stage? We’ll be looking for about 16 – 18 acts. Maybe you’d like to put something together with friends? Don’t hesitate and leave it too late to be included. Send me an email with the subject ‘CONCERT’ – cjwells@mweb.co.za tell us what you’d like to do (be specific), and your name will be on the list for the Committee to consider (obviously we can’t have 6 people playing Saint-Sans’ 3rd violin concerto, so there will be a selection process). This is going to be fun! 

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THEATRE

OKLAHOMA! You still have time to catch this mammoth musical from G&S at the Artscape Opera House. Directed by Teddy Davies. The show closes on the 3rd August, so hurry and book at Computicket now!

THE BENEFACTORS – just time to as well to catch this acclaimed production directed by Coleen van Staden for MADS at the Masque, it closes on the 2nd August. To book: 021 788 1898.

CALIFORNIA SUITE – 15th – 23rd August at the Masque. fabulous comedy by Neil Simon from Fish Hoek Dramatic Society. Directed by Jane Philbrick. Booking: 021 788 1898.

AUDITIONS

CONSTANTIABERG THEATRE PLAYERS are holding auditions for ‘The Great Gatsby’ which will run from the 28 Nov – 6th Dec. Director: Alastair Duff. The audition is this Sunday (3rd) at 2 p.m. in the Masque foyer – for more info, contact Alastair on 0217884984.

The MASQUE THEATRE is holding auditions for ‘Once upon a time.com’, which will run from 10th – 21st December. Director Kyla Thorburn. The audition is on the 17th from 1 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., also in the Masque foyer. For more info, contact Tanya March on 08229006963 or tanya@march.za.net.

AND THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND. From Milnerton Players in September, watch out for this revue of the wonderful music of Kander and Ebb at the Playhouse.

FRANCOIS HARDY & BREL, SO ALIVE, SO WELL. at the Rosebank Theatre until 9th August. Devised & directed by Paul Spence (who also co-stars) with Cat Simoni. Tickets only R50. Booking: Katherine 0835160657.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW returns to the Fugard Theatre until 2nd November. Book on Computicket.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

If you haven’t paid yet, please do.

Banking details:

FNB – CHEQUE ACCOUNT ‘PINELANDS PLAYERS’

NUMBER: 50141180659

BRANCH: 200810

PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME AS OUR REFERENCE.

YOUR COMMITTEE:

GLYN FOGEL/CHAIRMAN (gfogell@shoprite.co.za), CHRIS LAURIE/HON.TREASURER (chris@acron.biz), TANYA MARCH/HON.SECRETARY (tanya@blackstonecreations.com), TINA GOUGH (bgough@telkomsa.net), GRAHAM LEVERTON (remreveal2002@hotmail.com), TANYA BROWNE (tansha@iafrica.com), ALISON HOFER (alisonhofer@gmail.com), JUNE WELLS (cjwells@mweb.co.za)

Contact any of us for information about PINELANDS PLAYERS

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THE ADLIB – official newsletter of Pinelands Players!

Hi Everyone!

Rehearsals for the Candlelight Supper show ‘# Horror’ are well under way and it is looking fabulous! Booking is now open, get in fast and secure your booking. Remember the earlier you book the more likely you are to get a great table. Tables seat 10 and getting a group of friends together to enjoy a super dinner and entertainment is such fun.

PINELANDS COMMUNITY HALL
2 7 & 28 JUNE + 1, 2, 3, & 4 JULY @ 7:30pm
R120pp inc DINNER
Devised & Directed by Tina Gough
Bookings: Call 082 771 9644 or Email pinelandshorror@gmail.com

Ghosties, ghoulies and things that go bump in the night! Spine chilling tales, dancing skeletons, Monsters and haunting songs
You really mustn’t miss this year’s Candlelight Supper Theatre show at the Town Hall.
The meal is a delicious Bolognese with a surprise dessert to follow and of course there will be a fully stocked bar as well.

Tina Gough, Alison Hofer, the Cast and Crew are pulling out all the stops. Lighting and Sound of top quality from Chris Laurie and Glyn Fogell will be superb, using our new equipment purchased to enhance our shows at the Town Hall.

‘BONNY WHITE PRESENTS’ WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. WHAT TALENT THESE TWO YOUNGSTERS HAVE, THEY’LL GO FAR. THANKS BONNY, FOR A TERRIFIC SHOW.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

If you haven’t paid yet, please do.
Banking details:
FNB – CHEQUE ACCOUNT ‘PINELANDS PLAYERS’
NUMBER: 50141180659
BRANCH: 200810
PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME AS OUR REFERENCE.

AUDITION FOR ‘BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO’!
ALL THE DETAILS YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR

AUDITION 21st JUNE 2014 2 p.m. at PINELANDS PLAYERS’ CLUBHOUSE! Breaking up is Hard to Do, featuring the songs on Neil Sedaka; book by Erik Jackson & Ben H Winters; music by Neil Sedaka, lyrics by Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield & Philip Cody!
ABOUT BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO: Set in the Catskills at Esther’s Paradise Resort during the Labour Day weekend in 1960. This
is the golden era of the Catskills, a popular resort destination in upstate New York where, in its heyday, up and coming performers made or broke their careers, and producers such as Dick Clark might have been found scoping for talent. Marge and her stage-struck best friend, Lois arrive at Esther’s on a vacation that was supposed to be Marge’s honeymoon. But Marge’s groom left her at the alter and she is very heartsore and vulnerable. Lois tries to set Marge up with the flamboyant and self-obsessed singer, Del Delmonica, but the plan backfires. Looking on from the wings is Gabe, the geeky cabana boy and stage hand. The show revolves around actions on the resort’s stage; Harvey, the house comic and M.C. secretly carries a torch for the widowed owner, Esther. Esther is preoccupied with trying to keep the resort financially sound. It’s a fun show which revolves around two unlikely love stories and how they are finally, and of course, satisfactorily resolved.
Director, June Wells. Musical Directors: Alan van der Merwe and Ted Faulkner
SHOW RUN – MAGNET THEATRE, OBSERVATORY 2ND – 18TH OCTOBER

CAST OF CHARACTERS

THE BAND: the band is the ‘house band’ for Esther’s Paradise Resort and they participate in the show. This has already been cast:
Ted Faulkner, Alan van der Merwe and Schalk Wasserman.
MARGE GELMAN (early to mid 20’s); mezzo soprano. Abandoned at the altar, Marge is an aspiring dentist from Brooklyn who finds herself in the Catskills on what would have been her honeymoon weekend. Her self-esteem has taken a knock (think Jennifer Grey in ‘Dirty Dancing’). She’s bookish and intelligent, sweet and gullible.
LOIS WARNER (early to mid 20’s); alto with some mezzo soprano ability. Lois lives her life as if she were starring in her own movie. With a Marilyn Monroe simplicity, Lois has more red blood cells than brain cells; more heart than nous. Basically a ditzy blonde bombshell.
DEL DELMONACO (20’s to 30’s); tenor, comfortable to an A – the higher the better. He is a flamboyant self serving egoist and will do anything to become the next teen heart-throb. He gets by on charm, slinky hip moves and a great voice; but has probably never even read a magazine article to the end, let alone a book. (Think Joey in ‘Friends’)
GABE GREEN (mid to late 20’s); tenor, Bb-C range). He’s clumsy, nerdy and very shy. He is Esther’s ‘Man Friday’, doing everything from serving drinks & cleaning the pool to being the stage hand for the shows. His father wants him to join his orthodontic practice, but Gabe’s passion is music. In fact he secretly writes all of the material that Del takes credit for (he lacks the confidence to perform them himself). As with Marge, we see a great change take place in Gabe on this Labour Day weekend.
ESTHER (Mature, anywhere between 45 and 60); Alto, nice and rich in her low to mid register. Esther is a widow and has been single-handedly keeping the resort afloat since the death of her husband. She is fiercely independent, has boundless energy and is always ready with a quip or smart remark.
HARVEY (slightly older than Esther); baritone. He is the social director/MC/comedian at Esther’s Paradise. Harvey is all about the set-up and the punch line and spends most of his life cracking wise and avoiding any show of genuine emotion or vulnerability – he is also a confirmed bachelor. Esther is the one person who truly understands the man behind the jokes.
CHORUS – 2 MALES, 2 FEMALES (20’s to 30’s) all with singing ability and must be able to move with confidence. The chorus will be very involved in the show with the Band and also with the characters.

TIME: we’ll start sharply at 2 p.m. so be there by 1.30 for signing up. Please wear comfortable clothes and leave your inhibitions at home, this will be fun not torture!
ACCENTS: New York – examples: Tony Danza, Barbra Streisand, Fran Drescher, Marisa Tomei, John Travolta, Walter Matthau, Robert De Niro, Vin diesel, Joan Rivers, Rosie O’Donnel, Joe Pesci, Whoopi Goldberg, Woody Allen. Matt LeBlanc.
SINGING: You’ll be tested for range and then be asked to sing a number from the show. A list of the show songs is on the next page. Go to Youtube, punch in ‘Neil Sedaka’ and you’ll find all the songs. Sheet music will be available at the audition.
MOVEMENT: everyone will be taught a short piece of choreography, remember to wear flat shoes, no heels, no trainers that stick to the floor.
READING: if you are auditioning for the chorus, you need not take part in this. Others please prepare a monologue, no longer than 1 or 2 minutes. At this stage we don’t expect a full on accent. Try and find something appropriate to the character (dumb blonde, sleazy club singer, etc). If you can’t find anything, email me, but finding your own is much more fun – there are millions on the internet.

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO SHOW SONGS:
Breaking up is Hard to Do
Lonely Night
Where the Boys Are
Happy Birthday Sweet 16
The Diary
Stupid Cupid
Betty Garble
King of Clowns
Oh, Carol
Calendar Girl
Next Door to an Angel
Breaking Up is Hard to Do (reprise)
Solitaire
Laughter in the Rain
My Friend
Stairway to Heaven
Little Angel
Love Will Keep us Together

NOTES:
‘Breaking up is Hard to Do’ is to Neil Sedaka what ‘Mama Mia’ is to ABBA. Like ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Jersey Boys’ it is a nostalgic trip into a very different time. Computers and cell phones were in futuristic movies and a terrorist was a badly behaved 2-year-old throwing a tantrum. Bop and jive, polka dots, coke floats, hairspray and Brylcream. We’ll recreate the flavour and style of that special era.
If you are thinking of auditioning for this show, please leave your inhibitions and self-consciousness outside. Take a deep breath, let
yourself go and enjoy it!

WHAT’S HAPPENING ELSEWHERE:
OKLAHOMA! From G&S, directed by Teddy Davies. Rehearsals are well under way. Production dates, in the Artscape Opera House, are 19 July to 3 August 2014 and tickets are already on sale from cast members or from Computicket. Ticket prices through Computicket range from R110 to R235 for evening performances and R100 to R220 for matinees. Preferential tickets are available from cast members at a saving of between R10 and R30 each.

DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. From Milnerton Players. Opening 30th May. A husband a wife a mistress a lover and a cook – sounds hilarious. This info taken from website. For more, telephone 082 267 1061.

CLAREMONT D.S. will be offering acting workshops from late June. These workshops will aim to help newcomers and old. The workshops will entail basic voice and body work, text analysis, character development and at the end of workshops you will be adjudicated and will receive a certificate of attendance at a final performance/exam. Please confirm attendance by the 1st of June 2014. The cost is R50 a workshop and you must to attend all 4 workshops to receive the certificate. If you are interested or require more information feel free to contact me: sheldon_cross@yahoo.com or 072 596 8369.

HOTTENTOTS HOLLANDS D.S. presents ‘Annie The Musical’ at the Playhouse in Somerset West. 17th to 28th June. I don’t have details from HHDS, but SHAUN BROWNE is repeating his role in this production as Daddy Warbucks and bookings are through Computicket.  Please note: there is an early bird R10 discount if you book before 3 June.

THE ROSEBANK THEATRE – great things are happening at this little theatre in Alma Road Rosebank. Take a look at http://www.rosebanktheatre.com.

TAILPIECE
The latest addition to the Earp-Jones family, Connor Austin, has just arrived!!!! Congratulations to Brendon and Jade and of course, to the two very happy Grandparents, Heather and Rogan.

Alan van der Merwe and Ted Faulkner have been meeting and working on the music for ‘Breaking up is Hard to Do’. They love the songs and I’m sure you will too. Please come along to the audition on the 21st June (call backs the next day).

Hard to believe that Jack Matthee will have passed away exactly one year ago on the 16th June. Karin is coping well, but I know that day will be especially sad and that you’ll all be thinking of her.

So much to do and so little time. Mandy and Scott arrive next Tuesday – not having seen them in the flesh for over three years, I’m very excited. Lots to do between now and then, so I’ll be off!

Until next time, break a leg, June.

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ADLIB JANUARY 2014
the Official Newsletter of Pinelands Players,
established 1948 and incorporating The
Cape Town Repertory Theatre Society!
P.O. Box 131 Howard Place 7450
Scribe June cjwells@mweb.co.za
Hi Everyone
and a wonderful 2014 to you! Hope your holidays were fun.
Go and make yourself a cuppa, or pour yourself a nice glass of chilled wine, put your feet up and enjoy.
KARAOKE FRIDAY 13TH DECEMBER

What a huge success! Gary Fargher was a great D.J. with fantastic music choices and his mischievous sense of humour he kept us laughing and singing until we were all hoarse. After witnessing some fairly dreadful Karaoke on the MSC Opera, I wasn’t too optimistic – I couldn’t have been more wrong. Everyone got into the spirit of Christmas with hats & outfits (Clara Machado’s was really fun). There wasn’t a shy singer in the house. And they were all pretty damned good – who would have thought Graham Leverton could sing like that? Thanks Gary, and thanks to you all for a lovely Christmas party.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
23rd FEBRUARY 2.30 (registration) for 3 P.M.
This is your opportunity to find out all the nitty gritty details of how the society has been run throughout the past year, the ups and the downs,  the financials, the shows and what has been planned for the coming year. It is also time to consider whether you want to hang onto the Committee Members who are willing to stand for re-election or whether you want to get rid of us. The following people are prepared to remain: Glyn Fogell (Chairman), Chris Laurie (Treasurer), Tanya March (Secretary), Tina Gough, Graham Leverton, June Wells (AdLib). If you do re-elect them, we will need two more people to fill the vacant seats of Karin Matthee and Brian Winter so please think about coming on board or nominating a friend.
This is also your time to officially voice your opinion and make suggestions that will be Minuted for eternity. You will be receiving formal notification as well as the Agenda soon. But please put this date in your diary now.
Subscriptions of R90 p.a.p.p. will not change and ARE DUE NOW. The banking details are given in the box at the bottom of the AdLib. Unless you
are a Paid-up-Member, Honorary Member or Life Member, you are not entitled to vote. Please note: subs paid late in 2013 will be allocated to 2014/15 – this includes all those new Members who joined at Flashmob as well as Lyle Wilson and Michelle Galloway.

MUSICAL FOR 2014
It’s been a while since we staged a major musical…..the last one being ‘Honk’ which seems like a lifetime ago. Hard to imagine that we were once the only society staging musicals! Your Committee has been doing the rounds in search of a theatre. Not easy, but we’ve found a gem. Our Musical for 2014 will be staged in Sept/Oct at the Magnet Theatre in Observatory. It does present some challenges, the major one being that the set has to be completely cleared after each performance because the acting space is used for training during the day. With ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ we will be able to do that without much trouble. We last staged ‘Joseph’ 11 years ago; besides being a hoot to be involved in, it was a very successful financially. There are 32 characters, (with doubling, 28). The set is made up of cut-outs on wheels, which add enormously to the fun of the show and also easy to move around on and off the stage. Lots of potential for actors of all ages to get their teeth into some fabulous characters, to get to dance and also to sing some amazing songs. Auditions will be held in June. The Committee watched the DVD of the 2003 show last night, which ignited our enthusiasm, pity we’ve got so long to wait for the auditions! We
need a rainbow cast of all ages for this colourful production – so watch out for the audition dates and bring us your talent.

CANDLELIGHT SUPPER THEATRE NIGHTS AT THE PINELANDS TOWN HALL
We are still looking for proposals for two supper theatre nights. They are fun to do and well supported, which is very rewarding. We have all the infrastructure from the stage to the lighting – and there is always a cash bar and a pretty good dinner. The first is in July and the second in November. If you have ideas for a show, please contact Tanya on tanya@march.za.net. Come on folks, don’t be shy

THE NEWEST ‘LITTLE’ THEATRE IN TOWN!
There are many small new theatres that have sprung up in Cape Town – the latest being The Rosebank Theatre, Nicholas Ellenbogan’s delightful new space in Alma Road. Now we have our own – a small stage, great lighting, sound, wings and it seats 40; this is what we’ve created in the Clubhouse. We invite you to take advantage for your production. We’ve already staged Graham Leverton’s two plays and they ran for 3 nights to full houses. Talk
to us about your ideas for using our ‘theatre’. Its a great opportunity to try out a play, musical or revue you’ve written (as long as it’s small!). Contact any of the Committee Members (box at bottom of this AdLib) if you’d like to come and have a look.

OTHER SOCIETIES – NEWS, SHOWS, AUDITIONS!
AUDITION – ‘One for the Road’, Constantiaberg Theatre Players. Sunday 19th Jan. at 14h30 at the Bergvliet Guide Hall. Director is Lynn Moss, contact her on 021 785 2466 / 084 701 8360 or email her: lynn@infomotion.co.za for all the information you will need.
Playbill Productions presents ‘Lessons in Love’ in the Masque foyer on the 1st and 2nd February. Tickets are R75. 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.
THE MASQUE THEATRE needs roof repairs. There are ongoing exciting functions and activities to raise funds. They’ve already had a successful boot sale. Next is a Bingo Afternoon on 1st February at 14h00. Ten games will cost you only R70 and there are cash and spot prizes – no under 18’s. After that there is a Valentine’s Day Revue on the 14th February. Barrie Howard is putting it all together, the theme is of course, all about love! He’s already auditioned for singers, dancers and performers to participate. But if you are interested, I’m sure he’ll have room for more. Phone Barrie on 021 7152777.

C.A.T.A. NOMINEE LIST FOR 2013
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE NOMINEES ESPECIALLY JAQUI BLOOM
The list of nominees follows. The Awards Evening will be held at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg on 17 March 2014 at 19:00 for 19:30. Supporters, please email to book your seats with Hayley or Aubrey, or phone (021) 788 1898. Seating is very limited, please book early.

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 (C laremont 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 (Mu izenberg Dramatic Society)

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL cont.
• 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)
Again, congratulations to all of you and another special mention – Jaqui Bloomer – the wonderfully hysterical ‘butler’ in our Melodramas. Congratulations as well to our friends and Members: Brian Winter, Andrew Weiss, Michelle Galloway, Jennifer Moss, Laura Bosman, Keenan Oliphant, Nigel Sweet, Barrie Howard and Wendy Goddard. Good luck to you all

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ADLIB DECEMBER 2013
the Official Newsletter of Pinelands Players, established 1948 and incorporating The Cape Town Repertory Theatre
Society
P.O. Box 131 Howard Place 7450
Scribe: June cjwells@mweb.co.za

Hi Everyone
now that I’ve got my landlegs back, time to catch up with all the exciting things that have happened and those still to come. Thanks Tanya, for taking over the AdLib in my absence.

THE ONE-ACT PLAYS
Unfortunately those of us who missed Graham’s plays and the inauguration of our wonderful little theatre, have been seriously disadvantaged!
Congratulations to Graham and his cast. The clubhouse is looking amazing, I am soooooo impressed! Well done Committee, oh very well done!
FLASHMOB THEATRE – SUCCESS!
After sending out brochures in Pinelands and Mowbray, many more people are now aware that they have a vibrant Community Theatre Group on their doorstep. We asked those interested to join us on the 30th November and we had super cross section of people – from 15 to 80! Getting Lieske Bester and Debbie Gildenhuys to run the theatrical ‘happening’ was the key. They were fantastic. We watched a slightly unsure bunch of people become tight-knit groups of players who performed improvised plays with confidence and imagination. It was all so creative and enormous fun. Watching them find a character and later choose bits and pieces of costumes and props that best suited the character was fascinating.

Who would have thought that dress from ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ together with a scarf and shawl would be the perfect outfit for a fortune-telling gypsy? Or that a dancer’s outfit from ‘Forum’ with slight adjustment could transform someone into a Bollywood Delhi belly dancer?

It was all very creative and dramatic and made one realise what theatre is all about. Exciting, imaginative, collaborative fun!
Thanks Debbie and Lieske and thanks to all of the participants – what a wonderful day!
CHRISTMAS PARTY
*KARAOKE*KARAOKE* KARAOKE*KARAOKE* KARAOKE*KARAOKE* KARAOKE*KARAOKE*
FRIDAY 13TH DECEMBER – AT THE CLUBHOUSE – 7 P.M. UNTIL LATE
You don’t have to be a marvellous singer, but you do have to be an enthusiastic (or inebriated) one – come and
have a whole lot of fun as you take the mic and step on the stage to entertain us all!
BRING A GIFT WORTH NO MORE THAN R20

OTHER SOCIETIES – NEWS, SHOWS, AUDITIONS!

ROPE – MADS production at the MASQUE THEATRE UNTIL THE 7TH DEC. A Hitchcock thriller directed by Alastair Duff. Not to be missed! Bookings@masquetheatre.co.za or phone 0217881898.
IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY – MILNERTON PLAYERS at the playhouse until 7TH DEC. Don’t miss this show, saw it last week and it was great fun, super performances from Nigel Sweet, Willy Sass, Sheila McCormick and others.
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I had a great time on my trip and it was fun to join David Millar for the trip from Venice to Sorrento to Genoa and then the cruise home. Pompeii and Capri lived up to all my expectations. David had left in early September and on his travels spent some time with Anthea and Danny Spurrier. Danny is undergoing chemo – we will all have you in our thoughts and prayers, Danny and know your indomitable spirit will overcome once again.
Louis de Kock suffered a stroke just over a week ago, a hell of a shock but fortunately he is recovering and almost back to his old self. Look after yourself, old pal, we all wish you a speedy recovery with positive vibes coming your way.
Nothing left but to say I hope we’ll see you on the 13th. If not, have a wonderful festive season, drive carefully and eke out every morsel of enjoyment you can from every day of the holidays.

With love, June.

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ADLIB
The official newsletter of Pinelands Players
Established 1948 and incorporating The Cape Town Repertory Theatre society
DEAR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS,
So, while June is away cruising the high seas on the MSC Opera, I have been called on to fill the gap and keep you updated on the comings and goings of Pinelands Players over the last month or so.
Hope you enjoy, Tina
We have had quite an exciting October with the launch of our Clubhouse Theatre with an evening of one act plays. Both plays were original pieces written by Graham Leverton, and the conversion of the clubhouse into a small 40 seater theatre was thanks to the work of the committee members. A stage was built, lighting and sound rigged up, the walls were painted, windows blacked out, curtains hung and voila! a theatre. Attendance was great with opening night full and only couple of empty seats on Friday and Saturday. It was an exciting project/experiment and we are pleased that it worked out so well.
So watch this space for other productions in our Clubhouse theatre.

“What a fun evening and experience to direct .”
– Graham Leverton
THE PLAYS
The 2 plays, Sink or swim and The Interview, were directed by Graham Leverton and the cast included some newcomers to the stage and Pinelands Players. We are thrilled to have new faces on stage.Welcome to David Craig,
Michael Davids and Kyle Alexander. The rest of the cast was made of Graham himself and a Pinelands Player regular Greg Tinney.
CHRISTMAS PARTY
Friday 13 December
7 pm till late.
At the clubhouse
An evening of Karaoke!
Don’t forget your Secret Santa gift for R20 to put under the tree.  Snacks and cash bar available

FLASHMOB THEATRE
Another exciting and innovative project by Pinelands Players.
What it’s all about?
In order to get more people involved in theatre we are inviting people to participate in a creative production at the First Pinelands Scout hall on the 30th November. The production will be done in just one day, from rehearsal to performance between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. with a break for lunch. We have called on Lieske Bester and Debbie Gildenhuys to direct the production for us. A huge challenge for our amazing directors and great fun for the participants. If you wish to participate the entrance form is available in our website or send your details to me (bgough@telkomsa.net)by the 15th November. There is no charge to participate. There will be a nominal fee for people who would like to watch. Boerewors rolls and soft drinks will be on sale.
2014 PRODUCTIONS
The dates and venues have been confirmed!
• The Candlelight supper theatre will be held at the Town Hall for 6 performances : 26 June – 4 July
• The full musical will be staged at the Magnet theatre, an interesting space in the centre of vibrant Obs. The theatre has raked seating capacity for 150. There are limitations with regards to the stage settings so creativity will be required.

Dates are 28 september – 18 october
1 week move in and 15 performances
To present a proposal please contact Tanya March on tanya@march.za.net

 

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ADLIB SEPTEMBER 2013
the Official Newsletter of Pinelands Players, established 1948 and incorporating The Cape Town Repertory Theatre Society
P.O. Box 131 Howard Place 7450
Scribe June cjwells@mweb.co.za
021 5318682

Hi Everyone
the wind is whistling by my window and it’s bleak & wet out there.
AUDITIONS FOR THE ONE-ACT PLAYS
Graham has cast and the plays are happily in rehearsal. I was at the audition and the readings were great. These two works are intriguing, can’t wait to hear how they end! I’ll list the cast in the next AdLib. This will be the first time that we are using the clubhouse as a mini theatre, with stage, lighting, sound and the bar an arm stretch away. Hope this will be the first of many exciting plays that we’ll stage at ‘home’.
Good opportunity for new and innovative stuff from creative people to give their work a ‘try out’.

CLUBHOUSE – CLEAN UP!
THIS SUNDAY, 1ST SEPTEMBER, 12.30 P.M. WE ARE HAVING A CLEAN OUT OF OUR CONTAINER AND CLUBHOUSE. SOMETHING WE HAVE TO DO EVERY NOW AND THEN.
YOUR HELP WOULD BE SO MUCH APPRECIATED IF YOU ARE WILLING TO HELP MOVE STUFF OR EVEN MAKE TEA FOR THOSE WHO ARE MOVING STUFF.
NEXT SUNDAY, 8TH SEPTEMBER, 11 A.M.THIS IS WHEN WE’LL BE DOING THE SAME THING WITH THE LOFT – WHICH IS WHERE ALL THE COSTUMES AND PROPS ARE HOUSED. AGAIN WE CAN USE ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET.WE’LL BE GETTING RID OF MANY ITEMS, COME ALONG AND SEE IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT MAY BE USEFUL TO YOU BEFORE WE TOSS THEM.

MARVELLOUS MUSIC – VICTOR TICHART BENEFIT – A PERSONAL NOTE
With only ONE run through of all the items with lighting, sound and cues – and this immediately before the actual performance – the adrenalin was pumping as the audience crowded in. There were so many possibilities of things going horribly wrong. Oh me of little faith! With the honey-voiced Brian Winter charmingly holding it all together as M.C., a CAST cool as cucumbers and Glyn Fogell & Chris Laurie perfectly on cue with sound and lighting it all flowed smoothly.
So much went into this concert in such a short time. There is no way to adequately thank everyone who participated and lent us their amazing talents for the night, or sponsored fabulous prizes, or worked their butts off to get everything set up and taken down in 12 hours, or calmly dealt with front of house, or kept things running smoothly backstage. Listing everyone would take up too much space….and I’m borrowing this space from the AdLib!
Your place in Heaven is secure!
The hero of it all was PINELANDS PLAYERS, who made everything available for our use including their entire committee!
A Society with huge heart, spirit and generosity.
The feedback from audience members was gratifying – thank you all for your support. Victor was overwhelmed.

OTHER SOCIETIES – NEWS, SHOWS, AUDITIONS!
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.
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.
Lieske Bester: Soroptimist International means having friendship links all over the world. South African clubs receive support from overseas for many projects. S I Cape of Good Hope decided to assist S I Karachi Pakistan with their project: sponsoring school teachers who earn R100 per month !
On Sunday 3 November 2.30 p.m. Masque Theatre Main Road Muizenberg, we are hosting a gala production of Henceforward… with all profits to go to the project.
Tickets cost R100.00 each and include a high tea. Please join us with the knowledge that each seat filled sponsors a month of education. Contact Lieske on liesak@mweb.co.za for more info.
THEN AND NOW at the Milnerton Playhouse, presented by Bonny White 6th September.
Bonny has offered yet another evening of musical entertainment that includes 12 to 14 of her past and present singing students. Bonny’s talented young people are always wonderfully entertaining and this evening will showcase singers from beginners to advanced, performing various items from musical theatre plus some jazz and contemporary numbers. Reon Jacobs will accompany them once again on keyboard.

At only R5 for members and R10 for non-members, this is an absolute bargain for a full evening’s entertainment so don’t miss it. Doors open 7.15.
A HANDFUL OF FRIENDS directed by Sue Bolton for Constantiaberg Theatre Players will be at the Masque from 20th – 28th September. A cleverly written study of 5 professional men and women, where self-seeking can hide beneath the most cultured surface and destroy those taken for granted values of friendship & trust.
THE WISDOM OF EVE directed by Celia Musikanth for Fish Hoek Dramatic Society at the Masque from 11th – 19th October. The well loved classic ‘All about Eve’ and hit
musical ‘Applause, Applause’ were both adapted from this award winning play.
All bookings for the Masque through bookings@masquetheatre.co.za or 021 788 1898
GUYS AND DOLLS directed by Kyla Thorburn for The Gilbert and Sullivan Society runs at the Artscape Theatre from 18th October until 10th November. This well loved musical needs no introduction! Booking through Computicket.
ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL
THE COMMITTEE IS STILL DISCUSSING THE DETAILS OF REVIVING A PLAY FESTIVAL. WE DID CALL FOR FEEDBACK FROM SOCIETIES IN THE LAST ADLIB, BUT ONLY HAD RESPONSE FROM ONE. WE ARE AWARE OF THE ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF WORK THAT THIS WILL INVOLVE AND IT WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTING NOT TO HAVE MORE INTEREST SHOWN. TO START WITH, WE THOUGHT IT COULD BE A ONCE-OFF VENTURE FOR 2014, AND IF SUCCESSFUL COULD BE AN ANNUAL ‘HAPPENING’ ON THE THEATRE CALENDAR.
I’LL KEEP YOU UPDATED REGARDING THIS.

FLASHMOB THEATRICAL HAPPENING
COMBINING THE IDEA OF THE TALENT SHOW & MEMBERSHIP DRIVE, THE COMMITTEE HAVE DECIDED ON AN IDEA WHICH THEY FEEL WILL BE AN EXCITING CHALLENGE AND MEMORABLE ‘HAPPENING’.
A BROCHURE WILL BE SENT OUT, INVITING PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN A ‘FLASHMOB’ PRODUCTION. THERE WILL BE AN ENTRY FORM AND EVERYONE WHO ENTERS WILL BE PART OF A PRODUCTION IN EARLY DECEMBER. THIS WILL BE REHEARSED AND PERFORMED IN ONE DAY.
THERE WILL BE PRIZES AWARDED FOR BOTH PERFORMANCES AND BACKSTAGE. IF WE ARE OVERWHELMED BY TOO MANY ENTRIES, THERE WILL BE AUDITIONS.
THE PRIMARY IDEA IS TO PROMOTE OURSELVES AND FIND NEW TALENT IN PINELANDS. WHY PINELANDS? BECAUSE OUR FIRST CONSTITUTIONAL AIM IS TO PROMOTE THEATRE HERE.
HOWEVER THINGS HAVE CHANGED SINCE THE CONSTITUTION WAS DRAWN UP AND WE WILL NOT LIMIT THIS TO PINELANDS ONLY, BUT WILL HAPPILY INCLUDE ANYONE FROM ANYWHERE IN THE PENINSULA.
THE BROCHURE WILL BE HAND-DROPPED IN PINELANDS AND WILL BE SENT OUT TO OUR MAILING LIST, APPEAR ON FACE BOOK AS WELL AS OUR WEBSITE.
AN AUDIENCE WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRODUCTION AT A VERY NOMINAL FEE.
AS THIS GATHERS MOMENTUM, MORE PEOPLE ARE GETTING REALLY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT IT – INCLUDING YOUR COMMITTEE.
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Tailpiece
there is an Amateur Dramatic Society in a city in Australia. My children went to see one of their musical productions and were gobsmacked. They said they couldn’t believe that the public (full house!) were exposed to such poor direction and performances even though a great deal of money had obviously been spent on elaborate costumes and sets in a fabulous theatre. And here we are, Pinelands Players – no theatre, a tiny clubhouse with very little space to house costumes and sets. What we wouldn’t do for the support cultural organisations get in Oz!
But PP are not daunted by what we lack, we are enthused by what we can create!
Speak next month,

June.

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OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE PINELANDS PLAYERS
Est.1948 & Inc The Cape Town Reps. Scribe: June Wells
Hi Everyone!
got a call from Mandy this morning on Facetime (similar to Skype), they were watching the Brumbies playing the Crusaders – and there I was with them in the Canberra Stadium. Isn’t technology just amazing? It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was typing the AdLib on wax sheets and using the roneo machine with thick gunky ink to make copies. If I wanted a picture, I had to draw it into the wax with a stylis. Then the writing out of all the envelopes and taking them to the Post Office to send off as bulk mail; and they’d arrive in our Member’s letterboxes 3 days later. The ‘scribes’ in all
the other societies were doing the same thing….and their newsletters were all the more precious to read knowing how much work it took to get them out.
Now we have these wonderful tools that help us in everything we do. Instead of reel-to-reel tapes & sticky-tape for quick fixes, we have laptops & just press the key for the next sound effect; the same with lights – remember the old ‘gels’ to change colours?
Sometimes its good to remember the old times so we can appreciate progress!

MELODRAMAS – BOOKING
BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN. FOR A MERE R110 YOU WILL BE ENTERTAINED WITH NOT ONE, NOT TWO, BUT THREE MELODRAMAS. AS WELL AS THAT YOU’LL FEAST ON A PUB TYPE SUPPER WITH HOT PIES, CHIPS & PEAS, GREAT FARE FOR A CHILLY WINTER EVENING. OF COURSE WE ALSO HAVE A WELL STOCKED BAR WITH VERY REASONABLE PRICES.
THREE IS THE LUCKY NUMBER THIS TIME AS YOU HAVE THREE WAYS TO BOOK:
PHONE 021 5318682 OR 072 446 7532 OR EMAIL cjwells@mweb.co.za
IF THERE ARE VEGETARIANS IN YOUR PARTY, PLEASE LET US KNOW WHEN YOU BOOK SO THAT WE CAN CATER FOR THEM.
DATES: 23RD, 24TH, 25TH, 30TH, 31ST MAY & 1ST JUNE

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE TO CATER, SO ONCE YOU’VE BOOKED YOU MUST GIVE US AT LEAST 24 HOURS NOTICE OF ANY CANCELLATIONS; IF NOT YOU WILL BE LIABLE FOR PAYMENT.

MURDER IN THE RED BARN
William Corder is a villain you’ll want to hiss and boo! Throwing of missiles (provided in the form of popcorn) is encouraged. This melodrama is based on the true story of the 1827 Red Barn Murder and was in fact first staged just after the trial.
THE DRUNKARD’S DILEMMA
Poor Georgina has saved ten pence for the rent, but when the villainous landlord comes to collect,the money has
disappeared. Will Georgina have to pay ‘the ultimate price’ instead? will her drunken uncle never learn? will the handsome young stranger save the day? And who is he anyway?
THE WAGES OF SIN
Victorians were quite prissy – chairs & table legs were covered, even the shapely legs of the piano were deemed
provocative and discretely hidden. Yet the Lord of the Manor has no qualms about making a lunge at his wife’s twin sister the minute his wife leaves for France! (And what’s with that weird butler?)
Direction by Roché Haupt Buckle
MUSICAL(S) QUIZ
Thanks for coming – it was a bit of a squeeze, but we managed to fit everyone in. What a great evening we had! The competition amongst the teams was ferocious and very funny, with quips flying up and down and energetic dashes to get answers up in time. The winning team was Hammerstein: Tina Gough, Tanya March, Shaun Browne and Barry Coppin (my boet!). They nosed ahead in the last round with Glyn Fogell’s amazing ‘backwards’ clips, winning two bottles of wine.
The losing team got a packet of Smarties each – we thought they might help!
Grateful thanks to everyone who took turns at running the bar and to Glyn and Roy Oldfield for the sound and scoring respectively. Great turnout, and wasn’t it terrific to see some faces from way back when and also to meet some new people?
The Clubnights will be put on hold until after the Melodramas, but watch this space!

TALENT CONTEST AND MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
THIS TOO WILL GO INTO FULL SWING AFTER THE SHOW. IF THERE IS ANYONE WHO’D LIKE TO GET INVOLVED ON THE PRODUCTION SIDE OF THE TALENT SHOW, PLEASE JUST EMAIL ONE OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO OFFER YOUR SERVICES, WE ARE GOING TO NEED A GOOD PRODUCTION TEAM TO CO-ORDINATE THIS HUGE UNDERTAKING. VERY, VERY, VERY EXCITING!
QUESTION FOR ALL OF YOU, GET YOUR THINKING CAPS ON: IF YOU WERE TO CHOOSE, WHICH MUSICAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE US STAGING NEXT YEAR?
THERE ARE CRITERIA – IT HAS TO BE ‘BOX-OFFICE’, HAVE A DECENT SIZE CAST (AT LEAST 20), PREFERABLY GOOD FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT.
SEND YOUR SUGGESTIONS TO ME AT cjwells@mweb.co.za
NEWS
CONSTANTIABERG THEATRE PLAYERS: ‘CYPRIENNE’, adapted from the play Divorçons by David Nicholson,
directed by Barry Howard. For those not in the know, this play is a witty comedy that revolves around the idea of the first Divorce Law being passed – and the humour in it transcends the ages. The play will be taking place at the Masque
Theatre from the 24th of May until the 1st of June, 2013.

CTP will also be AUDITIONING ‘A HANDFUL OF FRIENDS’ on the 9th June at the Bergvliet Guide Hall at 2.30 p.m. The director is Sue Bolton (back in the saddle already Sue!)
MILNERTON PLAYERS’ annual ‘Milly’s Awards’ on Saturday was great fun. Staying with them, the Players production
of ‘CHILDREN OF THE WOLF’ runs from 24th May – 1st June bookings@milnertonplayers.com (Fantastic poster by
the way – looks chillingly thrilling!)
FISH HOEK DRAMATIC SOCIETY’S production of ‘ARSENIC & OLD LACE’ will be running at the Masque until
Saturday night. Get your tickets to see this macabre farce: Booking on 021 788 1898.

TAILPIECE
In August Pinelands Players will be facilitating a Benefit Concert for Victor Tichart. This will be a very special evening, with so many volunteers wanting to get involved, including professional artistes who have offered their services free of charge. Of course it will be all about music! There will be raffles and prizes and we already have sponsorship from a large
company. The organisation of this has also gone into limbo until June!
Please book soon to see the Melodramas, they are going to be great fun.

 

Speak next month,

cheers, June

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