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HHDS Newsletter May 2014

From the chair….

Dear Members and friends,

Anyone driving past the theatre recently would have noticed how busy the place has been. We have had 3 productions in rehearsal, one of which has been building set as well, so we can still say quite categorically that there is always something on the Playhouse.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” opens next week and this promises to be a very interesting and thought provoking production. Darryl has, as always, added his own touch to the script and we are you will enjoy the play.
The musical “Annie” is in rehearsal, and the feedback is excellent. This show opens mid June. I am supervising the set building for this one and I need volunteers to help build it.  Anyone interested in assisting please contact me.
Sleuth follows and Bettina and her team are also very busy with rehearsals.
Those of you who were at the AGM in February will recall that we identified a problem with the audited accounts. Thanks to the efforts of Onto Zaayer and Giles Scott. These have been sorted and there will be a feed back meeting on the 25th May at the theatre, 7 p.m.
In closing I would like to thank all of you for your support, help and condolences over the last couple of months. Celia passed away on the 29th March and is sorely missed by the family. I can not express how much your support has helped me thought these troubled times.
See you at the theatre,


Lindsay S,

Society News

It was sad to see two of our long standing members and supporters, Celia Small and Lawrie West, pass away. Our condolensces once again to all family & friends.

Charity Support

Our new model sees us supporting charities on a per show/per ticket basis and the model seems to prove a win/win for everyone. The charities actively help us promote the shows as a whole and their supporters can choose which particular show to go to and still support them (vs. just having one option in the model we previously used).

FOH – Front of House

That call will always be there! It’s such an important part for the successful run of our shows and we need to make sure we portray a good image. A friendly smile and welcome are what makes our patrons feel welcome. By the way, if you as a member have a Playhouse t-shirt that is a good opportunity to wear it.
To add your name to the list of volunteers click here. (If you have never done it before please contact Noel first (076 577 9338) and get her guidance on how it all works.)

Kettle in FOH

If anyone would like to donate a standard kettle to the FOH area please just leave it there or speak to Noel. Those rehearsing appreciate a smaller one vs. having to heat the big one.

Membership management

Ann unfortunately couldn’t continue with this portfolio so we are again looking for someone to take over this important portfolio to administrate and grow our membership base.

Stage Manager

We are also out of a stage manager for quite some time. This is ideally suited for someone who has a) plenty of time and b) knows the ins and outs of our stage.


Become a member and get in on the fun! Members are the closest supporters of our society and qualify for ticket discounts on HHDS productions. 
More info….


Showing next:
“To Kill A Mockingbird” directed by Darryl Spijkers
annie the musical
17 – 28 June 2014
Direction: Darryl Spijkers
Music direction: Shiraz
Choreography: Sumé Lötter
annie the musical
“Sleuth” by Anthony Shaffer
directed by Bettina Horvath

HHDS Committee

Lindsay Small 021 809 1191,
076 314 8968, 021 855 3779

Daneel van Wyk 072 824 0768

Onno Zaayer 082 901 5760,
021 855 5677

Bettina Horvath 082 99 26 007

Darryl Spijkers 072 384 1953

Lights & Sound:
Ashley Pitout 076 577 9338

please contact secretary

Costume hire:
Noel Pitout 072 132 8653

Theatre Manager:
Mike Blundell 021 850 0335
072 352 9272

Front of House Manager:
Noel Pitout 076 577 9338

HHDS president:
Ramsey Lotter 082 720 4828

“The Front of House team is always looking for volunteers to usher and sell refreshments in the Foyer, please contact Noel to get on the duty roster.”

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society 
@ The Playhouse Theatre,
cnr Lourensford Road & Swalle Street,
Somerset West, 7130
PO Box 361, Somerset West, 7129


Booking Inquiries: 072 824 0768
HHDS show bookings at Computicket

Membership application

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The Masque Theatre in Muizenberg is a vibrant community theatre presenting a variety of community and professional productions. The theatre seats 174 and is committed to the presentation of great entertainment and artistic skills development.


The Theatre Manager will be responsible for the smooth operation of the theatre and the effective implementation of all strategies and plans. These include the production schedule, marketing and PR.



  • Good understanding of theatre management
  • Relevant tertiary qualification (in area related to theatre and the arts)
  • Administration skills
  • Excellent people skills
  • Computer literate


Salary package based on level of experience.


To apply email your CV to recruiting@masquetheatre.co.za

by 31 March 2013



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