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Audition date:

Sunday 8 July 2 p.m.

Venue:

Masque Theatre Foyer, 37 Main Rd, Muizenberg.

No prepared parts are necessary. Call-backs (if required) will be announced later.

Dates of Production:

Wed 7 to Sat 10 November 2018

Rehearsals:

Mondays, Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m.

Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Rehearsals will begin in the last week of July.

Rehearsal venue:

Rendezvous Club House, Promenade Road, Muizenberg

Characters

  • Madame Ranevskaya = (+/-40) Central Character to the plot. A rather scatterbrained yet charming woman. A Large part.
  • Gayev = (+/-45) Brother to Madame Ranevskaya. A talkative eccentric, addicted to billiards. A medium part.
  • Lopakhin = A merchant (+/- 35 -55) a wealthy man, he has his sights set on the cherry orchard. He tries to help Gayev and his sister. Challenging part.
  • Pishchik = (+/-45 – 65) A landowner in financial difficulties. A comic part. Medium
  • Anya = (+/- 17) Ranevskaya’s daughter, virtous, strong and loyal to her mother. A challenging part.
  • Varya = (+/- 20 – 25) Ranevskaya’s adopted child. The opposite if Anya. She is temperamental and difficult. A challenging part.
  • Trofimov = (+/- 20 – 25) In love with Anya. He is a “perpetual student” and very left-wing. Challenging part.
  • Charlotta = (+/-25) A governess, melancholy and out of place, sees herself as a victim. Interesting part.
  • Yepikhodov = (+/-20) A loyal “yokel”, clumsy and unlucky. In love with Dunyasha. A comic part.
  • Dunyasha = (+/-18) A housemaid above her station. Trying hard to be lady-like. In love with Yasha.
  • Yasha = A manservant (+/-20) Handsome and arrogant, he is predatory and flirtatious. He despises and mocks the family. A small but effective part.
  • Fiers (pronounced “Fierce”) = (+/-60) Aging and eccentric manservant. Talks nostalgically of the old days. Represents Russia’s past. Challenging small part.
  • A tramp = a cameo part. He seems half-mad, half devious.

Please Note:

No Russian accents needed. South African accents are quite acceptable as the characters, in reality, would be speaking in Russian or French.

Chekhov billed the play as a comedy. More correctly, it is a tragic-comedy, as the plot is about a family unravelling as it faces great challenges.

The play is a great opportunity for experienced and less experienced actors.

Back stage crew is also needed:

  • Stage manager
  • Lighting and sound
  • Costumes
  • Props

Any help would be gratefully accepted!

Alastair Duff, Director (Tel: 021 788 4984)

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Audition notice

Society: Claremont Dramatic Society

Director: Jenny Brandt

Performance dates: 27 July – 4 August (at The Masque)

Characters:

  • Lady Torminster (late 20’s to early 40’s)
  • Sir Geoffrey (early 30’s to late 40’)

About the Play

This is a short one act play (approx. 20 minutes), that CDS would like to produce in conjunction with the longer one act play ‘Playing with Fire’ in our next slot.

The story concerns the unrequited love between the two characters.  Lady Torminster and Sir Geoffrey have been in love since they were first introduced to each other by Lady Torminster’s fiancé several years ago.  Sir Torminster is a close friend of Sir Geoffrey, and out of loyalty to his friend, Sir Geoffrey decided not to interfere with their engagement.

The setting of the play is the Torminsters’ home in the middle of the night.  Sir Geoffrey had been invited to stay for a month, but once he arrived and realised his love for Lady Torminster had not abated after all these years, he decided to leave early the next morning for China.  Unable to sleep and sitting in the dark he is disturbed by Lady Torminster.  An encounter follows during which they flirt with issues around their love.

If you are interested, please contact Jenny asap, on 082 492 5984 or jennybrandt74@gmail.com to arrange an audition.

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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708

PostNet Suite 345, Private Bag X1005, Claremont, 7735

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

January 2018 – Number 176

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year! I hope 2018 will bring you all the success and happiness you could want.

AGM

A reminder that the CDS AGM will be held on 27 February at 19h00 at Barristers in Newlands. Hope to see you all there!

AUDITION: Billy Liar

Billy Liar – a comedy by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall

Date: Sunday 11 March

Time: 2:30pm

Venue: The Hok, Thicket Road, Claremont

Production run: 25 May – 02 June at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

Synopsis of the play:

Bored with his job as an undertaker’s clerk and life at home with his family, Billy Fisher takes refuge in his own invented world, which makes his life tolerable, but intolerable for everyone else around him. He lies his way in and out of every situation, creating tensions at home with his parents and ailing grandma, trouble at work with missing money, as well as romantic problems with the three very different girls he’s promised to marry.

Director Lynn Moss is looking for serious actors to bring out the comedy in the following characters:

  • Billy Fisher – (to look on stage Age 18-25) Lead Role. Multifaceted character needing strong acting skills.
  • Alice Fisher – (Age 45+) Lead Role. Billy’s loving and devoted mum, who is the quiet strength and hub of the family.
  • Geoffrey Fisher – (Age 45+) Lead Role. Billy’s dad, the blustering head of the household with no time for Billy’s fantasies.
  • Florence Boothroyd – (Age 70+) Support Role. Billy’s Grandma, suffering from old age and dementia in her own shrinking world.
  • Arthur Crabtree – (Age +/- 25) Support Role. Billy’s friend, sidekick and work colleague, who covers for Billy and his lies.
  • Barbara – (to look on stage Age 18-25) Support Role. Billy’s fiancée, a stolid and down to earth type of character.
  • Rita – (to look on stage Age 18-25) Support Role. Billy’s fiancée, a working class loud and extrovert girl.
  • Liz – (to look on stage Age 18-25) Support Role. Billy’s true love, who also has dreams, she radiates warmth and generosity.

This earthy and hilarious story was a successful book, play, movie and TV series. Set in an industrial town in the North of England in the 1960s, passable Yorkshire accents will be required.

Backstage opportunities:

  • Stage Manager
  • Production Secretary
  • Props Master
  • Lighting and Sound Operators

Newcomers are welcome for both acting and backstage roles.

For more information or to book your audition, contact Lynn Moss on 021 785 2466 or 084 701 8360 or email lynn@infomotion.co.za

AUDITION: Comedy of Errors

CDS will also be presenting Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors this year. The show will be directed by Santie du Toit and Matt Roy.

Date: Saturday 17 March

Time: 2pm

Venue: The Hok

Production dates: 12-20 October

(You may think this is a bit early for auditions but there is a reason for that: Santie is currently pregnant and wants to get the auditions out of the way and make sure the cast is set before the baby arrives in April.)

Baby!

Speaking of babies, Sheldon and Genevieve Cross welcomed theirs into the world in December:

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Congratulations, guys!

Director’s tickets

We need new directors for our CDS productions. If you are interested in directing, we’d love to have you! All you need to do is stage a short play or play extract at a members evening to get your director’s ticket. For more information or to propose a play, contact our members evening convenor Matt Roy (contact details at the end of this newsletter).

Digital archive

I am still working my way through the Hok’s collection of old programmes, photo albums, posters and DVDs and am constantly updating the list of CDS (and previously SoE) productions. Please have a nose through when you have a moment and let me know what you think: http://claremontdramatic.weebly.com.

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

21 Nov–20 Jan Caliente

presented by FollowSpot Productions

Kalk Bay Theatre
   
30 Nov–20 Jan Aunty Merle, the musical

featuring Marc Lottering

Baxter Theatre
   
12 Dec– King Kong

directed by Jonathan Munby

Fugard Theatre
   
10–28 Jan Cinderella on Ice

presented by The Imperial Ice Stars

Artscape
   
15–20 Jan (W)asem

directed by Du Toit Albertze

Alexander Bar
   
15–20 Jan Nasty Womxn

directed by Dara Beth

Alexander Bar
   
22–27 Jan Pop-up Improv

presented by ImproGuise

Alexander Bar
   
22 Jan–3 Feb Funny You Should Say That

featuring Stuart Taylor

Baxter Theatre
   
24–27 Jan The Deficit

directed by Hlubi Nontlanga

Alexander Bar
   
25 Jan–3 Feb Marriage for Dummies

presented by MacBob Productions

Kalk Bay Theatre
   
29 Jan–4 Feb Dandelions and Stones: Death Goes to Therapy

directed by Beren Belknap

Alexander Bar
   
31 Jan–24 Feb When Swallows Cry

directed by Lesedi Job

Baxter Theatre
   
5–17 Feb Kafka’s Ape

directed by Phala O. Phala

Alexander Bar
   
7 Feb–1 Mar Taming of the Shrew

directed by Tara Notcutt

Maynardville
   
8 Feb– Tsotsi The Musical

presented by Cape Town Opera

Artscape
   
9–18 Feb Snoopy, the musical

presented by G&S

Artscape
   
13 Feb–3 Mar The Inconvenience of Wings

written and directed by Lara Foot

Baxter Theatre
   
13 Feb–10 Mar Another Day

presented by FollowSpot Productions

Kalk Bay Theatre

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

Simon Dutton (Chair) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350

Santie du Toit (Treasurer) santsbabe@gmail.com Cell: 074 608 2670

Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell: 082 492 5984

Matt Roy (Members Evenings): hapunkey83@gmail.com Cell: 062 485 8001

Kim R2 (Communications): tzar42@gmail.com Home: 021 671 8687 Cell: 083 619 2441

 

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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708

PostNet Suite 345, Private Bag X1005, Claremont, 7735

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

November 2017 – Number 174

Hi everyone!

This year is galloping away at a quite scary pace at this point – I am beginning to be alarmed. Still, lots of great theatre on before we call it a year so read on, McCDS!

The Unexpected Guest

CDS’s last show for 2017 ran from 27 October to 4 November. Audiences were not quite what we’d hoped for but a fair number of people came through to support and all reactions were positive. Like this one from Sheila Chisholm from the weekendspecial.co.za:

Her [Lynn Moss] treatment of this mystery resulted in The Unexpected Guest being an entertaining piece of theatre. One the Grande Dame herself would appreciate.

The Unexpected Guest is well-directed, well-acted and every word is heard. Well done!

And this lovely shout-out from Hello Muizenberg:

Wow! What a performance by the cast of the Agatha Christie whodunnit, Unexpected Guest.

A huge congratulations to cast and crew!

A huge thanks too to all who volunteered and worked FOH, box office and bar during the run. Your help is greatly appreciated! If you would like to volunteer during any of our shows, please contact a committee member – we always need more volunteers!

Hok cleanup weekend – Take Two!

Our Hok cleanup weekend has been relocated to the weekend of 2–3 December. We need to sort out the Mayor’s Office and the prop drawers. If you can, please pop in for an hour or so to lend a hand so we can make our little clubhouse purty and organised.

Hope to see you there!

CDS members evening – 8 December

The final CDS members evening of the year will take place at the Hok on Friday 8 December. Members evening coordinator Matt is busily compiling the list of entertainment for the evening but cut him a little slack as he’s rather occupied with taking his clothes off at Roxy Revue Bar at the moment! (Don’t worry – it’s in the Full Monty script. See further down in this newsletter for more details.) More info (on the members evening not Matt’s stripping) will be revealed (ha ha) closer to the time.

Hope to see you there!

Inter-society quiz

The inter-society quiz takes place at the Masque Theatre on Sunday 19 November at 18h30 (for 19h00). Tickets are R50, including dinner. The winner of the previous year’s quiz hosts so this year Fish Hoek Dramatic Society are hosting. If you would like to form a team (minimum four members) or join CDS’s current team, please contact a committee member and we will add you to our hopefuls for the Golden Duck!

Pinelands Players present The Full Monty

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Book now through Quicket.co.za: http://bit.ly/2y1jMR0

Constantiaberg Theatre Players present The Birdcage

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Masque Theatre Players present Fame!

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The Fame Early Bird special has been extended! Hurry, hurry – tickets are flying fast!

Book now through Computicket: http://bit.ly/2zYWWOZ

Director’s tickets

We need new directors for our CDS productions. If you are interested in directing, we’d love to have you! All you need to do is stage a short play or play extract at a members evening to get your director’s ticket. For more information or to propose a play, contact our members evening convenor Matt Roy (contact details at the end of this newsletter).

Digital archive

I am still working my way through the Hok’s collection of old programmes, photo albums, posters and DVDs and am constantly updating the list of CDS (and previously SoE) productions. Please have a nose through when you have a moment and let me know what you think: http://claremontdramatic.weebly.com.

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

 

10 Oct–25 Nov Shakespeare in Love

presented by Eric Abraham

Fugard Theatre
   
10–25 Nov The Full Monty

presented by Pinelands Players

Roxy Revue Bar
   
17 Oct–11 Nov Die reuk van appels

presented by Theatrerocket

Fugard Theatre
   
1–25 Nov Die dans van die watermeid

deur Amee Lekas

Baxter Theatre
   
13–25 Nov Klara Maas se Hart is Gebreek, ensomeer: Die vloeistof trilogie

opgevoer deur Wessel Pretorius en David Viviers

Alexander Bar
   
14 Nov–2 Dec Moedertaal

presented by Naskrif Produksies

Fugard Theatre
   
14–19 Nov Die Nag Van Legio

directed by Albert Maritz

Artscape
   
14–25 Nov Brother Love 2 Baxter Theatre
   
15–25 Nov The Champion

presented by Makukhanye Art Room

Alexander Bar
   
15 Nov–2 Dec The Birdcage

presented by CTP

Masque Theatre
   
24 Nov–9 Dec I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

presented by Milnerton Theatre Players

Milnerton Playhouse
   
25 Nov–9 Dec Shrek, the musical

presented by HHDS

Somerset West Playhouse
   
27–30 Nov Scars; The art in Growing up

written and performed by Shelani van Niekerk

Alexander Bar
   
27 Nov–9 Dec Nice Coat (Lekker Jas)

presented by Soli Philander

Artscape
   
28 Nov–2 Dec Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny

performed by Craig Morris

Alexander Bar
   
30 Nov–13 Jan Aunty Merle, the musical

featuring Marc Lottering

Baxter Theatre
   
1 Dec–7 Jan Evita

presented by Peter Toerien and David Ian

Artscape
   
4–13 Dec KIDCASINO

presented by Robably Productions

Alexander Bar
   
11–17 Dec Black

presented by POPUpstairs

Alexander Bar
   
12–23 Dec Fame

presented by Masque Theatre Players

Masque Theatre
   
12 Dec– King Kong

presented by Eric Abrahams

Fugard Theatre

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

Simon Dutton (Chair) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350

Santie du Toit (Treasurer) santsbabe@gmail.com Cell: 074 608 2670

Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell: 082 492 5984

Matt Roy (Members Evenings): hapunkey83@gmail.com Cell: 062 485 8001

Kim R2 (Communications): tzar42@gmail.com Home: 021 671 8687 Cell: 083 619 2441

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The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708
PostNet Suite 345, Private Bag X1005, Claremont, 7735
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

September 2017 – Number 172

Hi everyone!

Somehow we’ve hit the middle of August and I’m not entirely sure how that happened. And sooooo many shows coming up! I need to see them aaaaaaaall!

Members evening – Friday 6 October

Mark your diaries now, dear members! Our next members evening will be on Friday 6 October at the Hok at 19h00. It will be a 1920s themed evening with a murder mystery written by the talented Wayne Ronné. Dressing up is welcome, nay encouraged!

More details will be sent out about characters and how the evening will work a little closer to the time. So watch this space!

There will also be a sneak preview of CDS’s next show, Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest, directed by Lynn Moss. For more on that, read on!

Hok cleanup weekend – Take Two!

You may recall we had a Hok cleanup weekend back in December last year. Unfortunately it was rather poorly attended though we did make a huge difference rearranging the furniture. Due to lack of bodies, we didn’t get around to sorting out the Mayor’s Office or the props drawers, which seriously need some TLC. So we’re planning a second cleanup weekend for 7–8 October. Hopefully that’s enough notice that you can clear some space in your diaries to pop in and lend a hand for an hour or two.

We will be there all day Saturday and, if needed, Sunday morning too, but we’ll need to clear out (ha ha, see what I did there?) by noon to make way for Unexpected Guest rehearsals.

We hope to see you all there so we can make our little home as pretty as can be!

The Unexpected Guest

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Speaking of Unexpected Guest rehearsals, they are going well – on track to be a cracking Agatha. Check out some photos from behind the scenes (photo credit Lynda Jennings):

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Nigel Stephenson plays Inspector Thomas

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Willie Blignaut as Sergeant Cadwallader, Wayne Ronné as Julian Farrar and Tom Tew as Jan Warwick

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Nigel Stephenson (Inspector Thomas), Gizelle Willows (Laura Warwick) and Willie Blignaut (Sergeant Cadwallader)

Looking good there, guys. Be sure to come to our members evening on 6 October for an exclusive sneak preview of this intriguing show.

The Unexpected Guest opens at the Masque Theatre on Friday 27 October and runs until Saturday 4 November.

Tickets are R100 for evening performances and R90 for matinees. CDS members can purchase discount prepaid tickets for R70 for evening performances and R60 for matinees. Please contact a committee member if you would like to purchase prepaid tickets.

Masque year-end fundraiser show – FAME!

FAME is still looking for cast members!

Some ensemble roles are still open for young men who can play age 15 to 22ish, and dance and sing. Shows are 11–23 December at the Masque Theatre and rehearsals start late September/early October.

Please email manager@masquetheatre.co.za with FAME in the subject line for more information.

MADS presents After Ever After

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Pinelands Players present The Full Monty

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G&S presents The Wizard of Oz

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Milnerton Theatre Players present Art

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HHDS presents Calendar Girls

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Complete Works

For the third time this year, Daniel Enticott, Faeron Wheeler and I are taking to the stage with our Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). If you haven’t yet seen the show, I do encourage you to come and watch – I am reliably informed that it is hilarious. But of course it is – I’m in it!

We’re on at the Galloway Theatre at the Waterfront Theatre School for three shows only: 21–23 September.

Hope to see you there!

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Director’s tickets

We need new directors for our CDS productions. If you are interested in directing, we’d love to have you! All you need to do is stage a short play or play extract at a members evening to get your director’s ticket. For more information or to propose a play, contact our members evening convenor Matt Roy (contact details at the end of this newsletter).

Digital archive

I am still working my way through the Hok’s collection of old programmes, photo albums, posters and DVDs and am constantly updating the list of CDS (and previously SoE) productions. Please have a nose through when you have a moment and let me know what you think: http://claremontdramatic.weebly.com.

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

Fugard Theatre

 

12–21 Sep The Fall Baxter Theatre
13–16 Sep Broads on Broadway
directed by Nawaal Howa
Masque Theatre
16–23 Sep Calendar Girls
presented by HHDS
Somerset West Playhouse
16 Sep–8 Oct The Wizard of Oz
presented by G&S
Artscape
21–23 Sep The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
presented by F Creations
Galloway Theatre
21–24 Sep The Funeral
part of Cape Town Fringe
Alexander Bar
22 Sep–8 Oct At the Edge of Light
part of Cape Town Fringe
Alexander Bar
25–28 Sep Steke
part of Cape Town Fringe
Alexander Bar
1–8 Oct THIRST
part of Cape Town Fringe
Alexander Bar
2–15 Oct SIV-ilized Baxter Golden Arrow Studio
4–28 Oct State Fracture
presented by Siv Ngesi
Kalk Bay Theatre
6–8 Oct The Champion
part of Cape Town Fringe
Alexander Bar
6–21 Oct Art
presented by Milnerton Theatre Players
Milnerton Playhouse
10 Oct–18 Nov Shakespeare in Love
presented by Eric Abraham
Fugard Theatre

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

Simon Dutton (Chair) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350

Santie du Toit (Treasurer) santsbabe@gmail.com Cell: 074 608 2670

Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell: 082 492 5984

Matt Roy (Members Evenings): hapunkey83@gmail.com Cell: 062 485 8001

Kim R2 (Communications): tzar42@gmail.com Home: 021 671 8687 Cell: 083 619 2441

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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708

PostNet Suite 345, Private Bag X1005, Claremont, 7735

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

May 2017 – Number 168

Hi everyone!

I cannot believe it’s May already! That’s been a far-distant word I’ve used to describe the remote future when I have to move house. And now it’s here – eeeek!

Right, minor panic out of the way, let’s move on to what’s happening on the community theatre scene…

Prepaid tickets

Remember that CDS members can purchase discount prepaid tickets for the shows that CDS is staging at the Masque this year. These are Tom Stoppard’s Rozencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, directed by Jenny Brandt (21–29 July), and Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest, directed by Lynn Moss (27 October–4 November).

The prepaid tickets are R70 for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances and R60 for matinees and Wednesdays. Please contact a committee member if you would like to purchase prepaid tickets.

Equus report back

Bernie Jacobs’s directorial debut, Peter Shaffer’s Equus, closed at the Masque Theatre on Saturday 6 May. The audience reaction was overwhelmingly positive, with much effusive praise being heaped not only on the two dazzling leads – Richard Higgs and newcomer Tian Landman – but also on the director, the set and the chorus, both human and horses. Congratulations to all!

Here are a couple of reactions from reviewers and audience members:

In this her debut as a director, Bernie Jacobs has shown she has as much talent in this art as she has as an actress. … With his height, good looks, intelligent depth of understanding of Alan’s character, and excellent diction, [Tian] Landman is a talent to watch. … A first rate production.

– Sheila Chisholm, Weekend Special

Claremont Dramatic Society is to be congratulated for producing this satisfying piece of theatre, as is the new director, Bernie Jacobs, together with her cast and crew. This is a quality production.

– Colleen van Staden, False Bay Echo

 I had the opportunity to watch Equus last night at the Masque Theatre. Bernie Jacobs wow, wow, wow!!! That was absolutely fantastic! Well done. And congratulations to all cast and crew … you were all amazing.

– Erika Marais (via Facebook)

I thought it was exceptional. Everything from the stage set-up to the wardrobe to the brilliant acting. It was just world class. … It was a privilege for me.

– Joanne Halse (via WhatsApp)

 Thank you to everyone who came to support the show!

 Members evening: 21 April

Our last members evening was held at the Hok on 21 April with a small but earnest turnout. Richard Higgs and Su Cunningham performed some extracts from Equus, to whet everyone’s appetite for what turned out to be a fantastic production. Bernie Jacobs also explained a bit about her vision for the play and answered audience questions about her casting and directorial approach.

Santie du Toit and Matt Roy then ran an amusing quiz with a horsey theme, which was highly enjoyable. And my team totally would have won had they just believed me that Red Rum really was a famous racehorse and not words I randomly made up! Sigh.

Stay tuned for details of our next members evening – our traditional soup and rolls extravaganza.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead update

 An update on R&G from director Jenny Brandt:

Rehearsals for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead are up and happening. There’s been some experimenting with how different coins bounce, juggling lessons and clowning about (literally). Hopefully you won’t be seeing much of Willie and Matt in the next little while, because they have reams and reams of lines to learn!  So far – so good!

AUDITION: Art by Yasmina Reza

Translated by Christopher Hampton

Directed by Anton Schäfer

Date:                                      Sunday 21 May

Time:                                     12h00

Venue:                                   Milnerton Playhouse

Performance dates:          6–14 October

Please contact the director on 078 480 4521 or email antonschafer82@gmail.com to book an individual slot.  Callbacks (group audition) will take place on Sunday 28 May at 14h00.

Auditionees are asked to prepare a short monologue of their choice; or a short monologue from the play for a character of their choice.

The story is set in Paris and revolves around three friends (Serge, Marc and Yvan) who find their friendship on shaky ground when Serge buys an expensive painting. The canvas is white, with a few white lines.  Serge is very proud of his 200 000 franc acquisition fully expecting the approval of his friends. However, Marc scornfully describes it as a “piece of white shit”.

Marc then consults with Yvan, who is also burdened by problems of his own – an impending wedding and dissatisfaction at his job as a stationery salesman. Yvan’s attempts at peace-making between the two parties backfires. He gets pulled into the disagreement and fuels the tension between Serge and Marc. What starts off as an argument over a painting develops into a disastrous row of a personal nature. They border on destroying their friendship.

The script presents a wonderful opportunity to portray some fantastic yet complex characters.  A definite must to any performer who has a good feel for text and thought.

Cast of characters

(All three are large parts. Characters are male and of similar age, at least above 40.)

  • MARC: An aeronautical engineer who prides himself in fending off “modern culture”. He withholds no judgments and spares no feeling; yet still express the need for endorsement of his friends. He is rational, logical and (seemingly) mature.
  • SERGE: A divorced dermatologist, is steeped in modernity, but cannot fully appreciate his cultured lifestyle unless it is validated by those around him. He is emotional, passionate and inquisitive.
  • YVAN: He is the youngest of the trio, both chronologically and psychologically. A lifetime of yo-yoing between decisions and kowtowing to his friends and family is beginning to take an emotional toll on him. He is energetic, spontaneous, yet highly insecure. (A real gem of a part!)

Pinelands Players supper theatre

Imagine a Game Show … Imagine an MC, with a gorgeous assistant … Imagine a team of five women … Imagine a team of five men … Imagine a competition where these two teams have to sing songs with the names of men or women in the title …

Imagine that … and you have the beginning of an evening of entertainment, spanning 60 years of musical variety and styles, ruled by the spin of the Game Wheel.

The game is simple, entertaining and unpredictable.

For the lucky cast of 10 this show begins when and where the wheel stops! The nature of the game means that each of the 7 shows will be totally different!

SUPPER THEATRE – GAME SHOW (GAME OF NAMES)

PREVIEW 8 JUNE 20h00

9, 10, 15, 16, 17 JUNE AT 20h00

11 & 18 JUNE AT 14h00

PINELANDS TOWN HALL

TICKETS: R120 – including a light meal served an hour before the show

R60 on 8 JUNE – no meal

CASH BAR AVAILABLE

Book and pay in advance for a table of 10 to get a 10% discount!

Grab a group of friends or join a table

Watch the Mars team battle the Venus team each night as the wheel is spun to determine the next song. Always a surprise!

From solos to duets and group numbers, hear well-known pop songs from the ’60s through to the noughties

Guaranteed entertainment and loads of fun!

BOOKINGS: facebook.com/pinelandsplayers

Alternatively: pinelandsplayers@gmail.com OR 062 783 2370

The Full Monty character appeal

Pinelands Players is looking for a final cast member for their production of The Full Monty, which will be on at the Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest, from 11 to 25 November. The character description is:

Georgie Bukatinsky (Dave’s wife) – Supporting role (age: 35–45). Range: High alto/broad mezzo belter. She loves her husband and worries about him. She is exuberant, warm and down-to-earth; an extrovert who is the leader of her group of girlfriends. Must be able to hold a North Country British accent and move well.

If you know of anyone who fits the profile or you would like to audition, please contact Laura Bosman on bosman.ld@gmail.com.

Director’s tickets

We need new directors for our CDS productions. If you are interested in directing, we’d love to have you! All you need to do is stage a short play or play extract at a members evening to get your director’s ticket. For more information or to propose a play, contact our members evening convenor Matt Roy (contact details at the end of this newsletter).

Digital archive

I am still working my way through the Hok’s collection of old programmes, photo albums, posters and DVDs and am constantly updating the list of CDS (and previously SoE) productions. Please have a nose through when you have a moment and let me know what you think: http://claremontdramatic.weebly.com.

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

18 Apr– Funny Girl

presented by Eric Abraham

Fugard Theatre
25 Apr–20 May Hemelruim

presented by Naskrif Produksies

Fugard Studio Theatre
3 May–17 Jun The Play That Goes Wrong

directed by Alan Committie

Theatre on the Bay
14–20 May A Man Like You

presented by The Theatre Company

Theatre Arts Admin Collective
15–20 May Topdog/Underdog

presented by Alexander Upstairs

Alexander Bar
17 May Members evening: Quiz

hosted by MADS

Rendezvous
17–18 May Pop-up Improv

presented by ImproGuise

Masque Theatre
19–20 May Swallowers of Time

hosted by Urshulah and Carl du Preez

Milnerton Playhouse
20 May Piano recital

Wesley Wolhuter

Masque Theatre
21 May AUDITION: Art

hosted by Milnerton Theatre Players

Milnerton Playhouse
22–25 May The Lover

performed by Sjaka S Septembir and Caroline Midgley

Alexander Bar
23–27 May Improv Comedy

presented by The Long Shots

Alexander Bar
24 May FUNDRAISER: Bingo Masque Theatre
27 May Directors forum

hosted by MADS

Rendezvous
29 May–3 Jun Jersey Boy

presented by Schalk Bezuidenhout

Baxter Theatre
29 May–10 Jun In bocca al lupo

presented by POPArt Productions

Alexander Bar
29 May–10 Jun Renaissance

written and directed by Wessel Pretorius

Alexander Bar
30 May–17 Jun Au Revoir

presented by Followspot Productions

Kalk Bay Theatre
31 May–3 Jun Lear’s Fool

presented by Devilspeak Theatre Company

Galloway Theatre
2–10 Jun Table Manners

presented by MADS

Masque Theatre
7 Jun–8 Jul Suddenly the Storm
a Market Theatre production
Baxter Theatre
8–18 June Game of Names

hosted by Pinelands Players

Pinelands Town Hall
8–24 Jun The Fall Baxter Golden Arrow Studio
10 June A Song and Dance Through the Ages

presented by Phoenix Dance Productions

Milnerton Playhouse
13–15 Jun Confessions

written and directed by Mandla Mpanjukelwa

Alexander Bar
15–18 June Dance Chapters

presented by Twisted Movements Dance Studio

Masque Theatre
16–24 Jun Master Class

presented by MADS

Milnerton Playhouse
23–24 Jun The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

presented by F Creations

The Drama Factory
23–24 Jun Sillage

written and directed by Penelope Youngleson

Masque Theatre

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

Simon Dutton (Chair) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350

Santie du Toit (Treasurer) santsbabe@gmail.com Cell: 074 608 2670

Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell: 082 492 5984

Matt Roy (Members Evenings): hapunkey83@gmail.com Cell: 062 485 8001

Kim R2 (Communications): tzar42@gmail.com Home: 021 671 8687 Cell: 083 619 2441

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Direction: Yvonne Copley
Musical Direction: Wesley Wolhunter
Choreography: Alexa February
Assistant Direction: Mokoena Ramollo

By special arrangement with DALRO

Principal Auditions: 13 May, 09h00
Ensemble Auditions and Principal Call Backs: 20 May, 10h30

Venue: The Hok, Campground Road, Claremont (under the bridge)

Additional Call Backs: 27 May

Please note that time slots will be allocated

BOOK YOUR SLOT by emailing manager@masquetheatre.co.za

Important Notes:

  • Please prepare a song appropriate to the musical. It is essential that you bring a backing track on a USB or sing with the piano provided. No acapella auditions will be accepted
  • Principal roles will be told what to prepare for a call back if needed and may be asked to read for certain other characters
  • You may audition for an ensemble and principal role  You will be asked to cite read if you are auditioning for a principal role
  • Dance routines will be taught
  • An American accent is essential
  • Walk in auditions will not be accepted – so be sure to book your slot

Show details:

  • Show dates: 11 – 23 December 2017 (at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg)
  • Rehearsal venue is to be confirmed. Rehearsals will commence in late September 2017. Times will be arranged around cast needs as far as possible. The Masque Theatre Players is an amateur dramatic society and as such, no party involved in the production is financially remunerated.

Cast Breakdown

  • Adult Cast
    • Miss Bell – dance teacher, arty. Needs to act, dance and sing. Vocal range C4 to E5 (alto).
    • Miss Sherman – English teacher, traditionalist. Needs to act and sing. Vocal range F3 to F5 (alto).
    • Mr Myers – drama teacher, easy going. Needs to act.
    • Mr Sheinkopf – music teacher, distinguished. Needs to act.
  • Students
    • Carmen Diaz – insecure, talented. Needs to act, sing and dance. Vocal range Bb3 to G5 (soprano).
    • Grace Lamb – (Lambchops) comic. Needs to act and play music. Drums desirable.
    • Iris Kelly – well-to-do, classical dancer. Needs to act and dance. Classical ballet essential; pointe work desirable.
    • Mabel Washington – comic, plump, R&B. Needs to act and sing. Vocal range D4 to G5, Bb5 preferred (soprano).
    • Serena Katz – insecure, shy. Needs to act and sing. Vocal range Bb3 to Eb5 (alto).
    • Goodman King – jazz musician. Needs to act and play music. Trumpet or sax desirable.
    • Joe Vegas – high energy, charming. Needs to act and sing.
    • Nick Piazza – handsome, serious. Needs to act and sing. Vocal range D3 to G4, B4 preferred (tenor).
    • Schlomo Metzenbaum – affable, sensitive. Needs to act, sing and play music. Vocal range C3 to G4 (tenor). Violin and/or piano desirable.
    • Tyrone Jackson – headstrong, a functional illiterate. Needs to act, sing and dance. Vocal range E3 to G4 (baritone). Rap dancing desirable and classical ballet.
  • Ensemble
    • Kids from FAME Chorus: 10-16 Students at P.A., who have lines and sing, and who constantly interact and grow with the others. Need to act (some parts), sing and dance. All vocal ranges.

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