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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 2016 – Number 162

Hi everyone!

Whew, two and a half weeks since Silly Cow closed and I still haven’t caught my breath. And judging by the sheer number of things in this month’s Chat, that won’t happen for a while yet!

Six weeks to Christmas too – eek!

calm-down

Silly Cow reflection

Silly Cow has come and gone, and what an interesting, crazy ride it’s been. The feedback we received from audience members and crits was overwhelmingly positive and, as a first-time director, I couldn’t be prouder of the production my amazing team put together.

It’s a pity that audiences were so small for most of the run. However, no one let this put a dampener on the performances. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the auditorium each night, watching this talented group of people have fun up on stage, and listening to the audiences laugh.

A big thank you to the CDS committee for taking a chance on me and letting us go for it with Silly Cow!

– Faeron Wheeler, director

Silly Cow reactions

The reaction to Silly Cow was overwhelmingly positive, as Fae said, and as is evident in this email that the Masque received from a wholly satisfied patron:

Thank you so much for Silly Cow—Brilliant script and world class performers—–Such a pity only 20 in the house, anyway those that missed it don’t know what they missed and if it’s the “swearing” –for Pete’s sake you hear worse outside Checkers daily xxx

– Craig Watt

The reviews too were equally enthusiastic:

The plot centres on a day in the life of Doris Wallace … The role could have been written for Kim R2. Always noticeable – even in the smallest of cameos – she takes on Doris Wallace and plays her to the hilt in a brazen, blatant and in-your-face characterisation that is inspiring to watch.

Santie du Toit is exemplary as the submissive Peggy; Trad Nogueira-Godsey subtly repulsive as the editor of the tabloid where Doris runs her by-line; Matt Roy a prototype of a dignified accountant and Justin Wyatt-Smith’s androgynous toy boy is amusing and credible.

– Lieske Bester

Faeron Wheeler makes her directorial debut with this piece – and a sparkling debut it is!

In the role of Doris, Kim R2 cuts an hilarious figure in her gaudy, over the top, attire and produces an exceptionally well sustained and energetic performance. She takes on this the role with such juicy attack. Equally convincing with excellent character portrayals are Santie du Toit as Peggy and Matt Roy as Douglas. – Their versatility is impressive. Trad Nogueira-Godsey as Sidney and Justin Wyatt-Smith as Eduardo both make their mark, proving their mettle in the second half as the play unfolds.

– Colleen van Staden, FMR

Kim R2 does great justice to the vivaciously vicious tongue of her character, celebrity columnist Doris. If you are a fan of the character Karen Walker of the TV Series Will & Grace, you will absolutely squeal with delight at the absurdities of the opinions Doris dishes up.

Although, the cast as a whole is to be applauded for a great collective performance, for me personally, Santie Du Toit as the ‘assistant’ Peggy and Justin Wyatt-Smith as the toy-boy Eduardo really impressed.

– Barbara Loots, Theatre Scene Cape Town

Hok cleanup weekend

This past weekend (12 & 13 November) was our big Hok cleanup. The committee, aided by a handful of volunteers, worked extremely hard clearing out all the furniture, sweeping, dusting, wiping and repacking. The wardrobe got a once-over as well and has now been repacked so as to be much more accessible. (Thank you, Debbie, for your donation of clothes hangers – very much needed!) We even found a gas heater hidden away in there, which should make winter rehearsals infinitely more comfortable!

We had hoped to sort out the accessories drawers and the Mayor’s Office as well but there simply weren’t enough people to get to it. A huge thanks to those members who did give up some of their weekend to help out: Debra Beswick, Adrian Kettle, Linda Steele and Faeron Wheeler. Your hard work is thoroughly appreciated!

cleaning

Hard work and a dirty, at times rather chaotic, job but we had some fun as well

neat-and-tidy

The result: A clean, neat and “wow, look at how much space there is in here when you pack things neatly” Hok!

A few things are still planned in terms of maintenance, fumigating, cleaning, electrical work and even decoration before the next members evening and then hopefully we will have another weekend to sort out the accessories and props and even the bookshelves. Let’s do all we can to keep CDS’s home sweet home sweet!

Digital archive

Something that was unearthed during the big cleanup (among many other delightful and not-so-delightful surprises) was archive items. So the digital archive has been updated accordingly (and is still being updated – a lot happens in 64 years!). Check it out here: http://claremontdramatic.weebly.com.

As always, if you have anything you would like to add to the archive, please contact Kim R2 (contact details at the end of this newsletter).

Members evening 2016

Our year-end members evening will be on 4 December. It will take place at the Hok.

Even now, our intrepid members evening convenor, Mr Matt Roy, is scheming away to provide us with the very best in food and entertainment. The plan is to have a pizza van to provide the food, at R95 per person. They have a minimum order though so please RSVP to a committee member or claremontdramatic@gmail.com if you will be attending.

We can reveal that the entertainment will include some Christmas-themed comedy sketches compiled and directed by one Sheldon Cross.

Look out for a more detailed invitation in the coming week.

Equus cast list

CDS’s first production for 2017 will be Peter Shaffer’s Equus, directed by Bernie Jacobs and playing at the Masque Theatre from 23 April to 6 May 2017.

Auditions were held on 5 November and it is with great delight that we can announce that Bernie has her cast! A fabulous mix of familiar faces and new. Feast your eyes:

  • Martin Dysart – Richard Higgs
  • Alan Strang – Tian Landman
  • Frank Strang, his father – Graham Ellis
  • Dora Strang, his mother – Gaby Claassens
  • Hester Salomon, a magistrate – Su Cunningham
  • Jill Mason – Keshia Lee Codron
  • Harry Dalton, owner of the stable – Patrick Jordi
  • Young Horseman / Nugget – Jay-Jay Botha
  • Nurse – Kim Rasmussen
  • Five actors as horses and who also function as a “Greek Chorus”:
    • Dave Waugh
    • Eddie Newman
    • Katjenka Opperman
    • Michelle Witbooi
    • Mokoena Ramollo

We look forward to what will no doubt be a wonderful production.

In order to make it even more wonderful, Bernie is going to need a 1970s style cassette player to use as a prop. If anyone has one that they would be willing to lend for the duration of the run, please contact Bernie on bernie@berniejacobs.com.

CDS AGM

The CDS AGM for 2016 will be held at Barristers Bar and Grill, Newlands (our usual haunt) on Tuesday, 21 February 2017. You certainly can’t say we didn’t warn you well in advance! If there is anything you would like included on the agenda, please contact a committee member. A more detailed notice will be issued closer to the time.

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).

Intersociety quiz

The annual intersociety quiz is coming up on 20 November, 18h30 at the Masque. It is hosted by Constantiaberg Theatre Players this year. CDS is fielding two teams at present: Simon Dutton, Nicky Enticott, Kim R2 and Faeron Wheeler are the “Silly Cows” and Candice Burgess, Santie du Toit, Bryan Look and Matt Roy are the “Killy Sows”. If you would like to form another team for CDS, please contact one of the committee members.

Please do also make an effort to pop by to support what always turns out to be a jolly fun evening. The bar will be open and there will be numerous opportunities to laugh at just how little I know when it comes to general knowledge! (Lord of the Rings, on the other hand, I’d take J.R.R. Tolkien on.)

MADS members evening

MADS is hosting an intersociety members evening on Wednesday 30 November at 19h30. Each society will provide a table of snacks and decorations themed around a play or movie. CDS’s theme is Agatha Christie so there’ll be cucumber sandwiches and tea, murder and intrigue in the offing! Please do come along to share in the fun. And remember to come dressed in costume – there are prizes at stake!

Audition alert: The Full Monty

Pinelands Players will present the stage version of The Full Monty in November 2017, directed by Laura Bosman. Auditions will be held later this year or early next year, and this is a heads-up in case you would be interested in auditioning. Possible venues for the production are either the Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest, or the Artscape Arena. If you are interested and would like to put your name down for consideration, please email Laura at bosman.ld@gmail.com.

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

31 Oct–26 Nov Dead Yellow Sands
directed By Bo Petersen
Baxter Theatre
4–26 Nov Shout! The Mod Musical
presented by Pinelands Players
Roxy Revue Bar
8 Nov–3 Dec The Father
directed by Greg Karvellas
Fugard Theatre
8 Nov–31 Dec Au Revoir Kalk Bay Theatre
15–19 Nov Whale Nation
featuring David Muller
Masque Theatre
15–25 Nov Over There
presented by Abrahamse & Meyer Productions
Alexander Bar
15–26 Nov The Heroin Diaries
presented by Abrahamse & Meyer Productions
Alexander Bar
15 Nov–3 Dec Hashtag Lottering
with Marc Lottering
Baxter Theatre
16–26 Nov Quartet
produced by Chris Pienaar
Artscape
16–27 Nov iD
presented by Cirque Éloize
Artscape
19 Nov Black Tax
with Celeste Ntuli
Baxter Theatre
19 Nov Life
with Rob van Vuuren
Kalk Bay Theatre
19–26 Nov Orfeo
presented by Cape Town Opera
Artscape
20 Nov Intersociety quiz
hosted by Constantiaberg Theatre Players
Masque Theatre
21 Nov–3 Dec White Elephant
directed by Philip Rademeyer
Alexander Bar
22 Nov–? District Six – Kanala
created by David Kramer
Fugard Theatre
24–26 Nov Tswalo/Source
directed By Mahlatsi Mokgonyana
Alexander Bar
25 Nov–3 Dec Habeas Corpus
presented by Constantiaberg Theatre Players
Masque Theatre
25 Nov–10 Dec You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
presented by Milnerton Theatre Players
Milnerton Playhouse
26 Nov–3 Dec Florence and Watson
featuring Rob van Vuuren and Danielle Bischoff
Kalk Bay Theatre
27 Nov Foyer session: SEBA KAAPSTADT
presented by Ulla Gosebrink
Masque Theatre
28–30 Nov Theatresports
presented by Improguise
Masque Theatre
28–30 Nov An Evening with Lola
presented by The Gingerbreadman Collective
Alexander Bar
29 Nov–17 Dec The Echo of a Noise
with Pieter-Dirk Uys
Baxter Theatre
30 Nov Intersociety members evening
hosted by MADS
The Rendezvous
30 Nov–3 Dec Backstage Follies
produced by Monique van Wyk
Galloway Theatre
1–3 Dec The Funeral
directed by Phala O. Phala
Alexander Bar
1–3 Dec Picture Incomplete
directed by David Fick
Alexander Bar
2 Dec–8 Jan Annie
presented by Pieter Toerien and Hazel Feldman
Artscape
4 Dec CDS members evening
hosted by Claremont Dramatic Society
The Hok
5–6 Dec Intact/Tainted Image
written and directed by Melisa Peter
Galloway Theatre
5–10 Dec We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants
directed by Lindiwe Matshikiza
Alexander Bar
6 Dec–14 Jan Fortyfied
with Nik Rabinowitz
Baxter Theatre
12–24 Dec Love Me Tinder
directed by Megan Furniss
Alexander Bar

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

New Talent Week

Call for Applications

After a successful New Talent Weekend this year, The Masque Theatre in Muizenberg is calling for production applications for the New Talent Week that will be happening at the theatre on the 25–28 January 2017. The New Talent Week is a new and exciting festival, aiming to give a platform to young, experimental and cutting-edge theatre makers from the Western Cape. All productions must be original works and ‘out of the box’ is highly encouraged. There is no application fee for this festival but the production and the theatre will work on a profit split basis.

Applicants are to submit the following documentation:

  • A full curriculum vitae, with contactable references
  • A pitch document for the proposed production that is not longer than 5 pages
  • Images from the production or resource images to give us an understanding of the aesthetic

Please send this information to manager@masquetheatre.co.za, by no later than 18 November 2016. A panel will review these applications and select and schedule a range of diverse and interesting works. All productions will be notified of the results before the 9th of December 2016.

AUDITION NOTICE

EQUUS

by

PETER SHAFFER

Staging at the Masque Theatre from 23 April–6 May 2017

Rehearsals from 16 January at the Hok

Audition date: Saturday 5 November, 14h00, the Hok

Based on true events, this classic play by Peter Shaffer takes place in Rokesby Psychiatric Hospital in southern England, where a young man has been remanded after blinding several horses in a crazed fit of psychotic rage. The play is a “Whydunnit” and seeks to understand what could have caused him to do this. The play requires some nudity during an attempted seduction scene at the end of the play, which is the catalyst that tips Alan into temporary madness. The play is set in the early seventies.

Characters:

  • MARTIN DYSART (40–50, male) Lead role – Psychiatrist at a provincial hospital. A deep and complex man.
  • ALAN STRANG (+-17, male) Lead role – Alan has blinded six horses with a metal spike. This role is one of the great roles in theatre. It calls for strong acting ability plus the willingness to appear naked towards the end of the play.
  • FRANK STRANG, his father (50–60, male) – A printer by trade, respectable, he is a kind but strict father. An atheist, and disapproving of his wife’s religious tendencies.
  • DORA STRANG, his mother (50–60, female) – A nervous, sexually repressed woman, “excessively” religious, thinks she has married beneath her.
  • HESTER SALOMON, a magistrate (40–50, female) – Close friend and confidant of the psychiatrist, Martin Dysart. She is the motivator in trying to help Alan.
  • JILL MASON (20–25, female) – A natural, horsey, self-confident girl. She later attempts to seduce Alan. A small but juicy role requiring some semi nudity. This will be handled sensitively.
  • HARRY DALTON (40–65, male) – Owner of the stable at which Alan worked and blinded the horses.
  • A YOUNG HORSEMAN (20–30, male) – Upper crust young man. This actor will also play Nugget, the horse with whom Alan falls “in love”. This calls for a strong, well-built actor as he needs to carry Alan on his shoulders. He will need to convey “horsiness” through his body and movements when he plays Nugget.
  • A NURSE (30–55, female) – A small but juicy role. A no-nonsense competent woman and a crucial role.
  • FIVE ACTORS as horses and who also function as a “Greek Chorus” (male or female) – These are not pantomime horses. Actors stand upright but need to convey the essence of horsiness through their movements. These actors also provide atmospheric background sound from time to time throughout the play, to heighten dramatic tension.

For more info please contact Bernie Jacobs on 083 632 0429 or at bernie@berniejacobs.com

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The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708

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email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

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October 2016 – Number 161

Hi everyone!

Members evening report back

We had another very successful and well-attended members evening on 7 October. The entertainment started with a short play directed by Matt Roy, Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Willie Blignaut, despite having multiple injuries from a motorcycle accident the night before, performed admirably as the lead, backed up by Trad Nogueira-Godsey, Santie du Toit and Bryan Look.

This was followed by a short extract from Silly Cow, which is CDS’s next show and opens at the Masque on Friday 21 October. The feedback for both plays was very positive.

The rest of the evening was supposed to be theatre games but the organiser had to cancel at the last minute. So Roy Oldfield stepped in with an always-reliable quiz. Due to the impromptu nature of the quiz, it was run rather informally with three loose groups giving oral answers to the questions. There was a lot of laughter and a lot of good-natured ribbing.

Members evening 2016

Our year-end members evening, so you can diarise the date now, will be on 4 December.

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).

Silly Cow update

Opens on Friday night! Book your tickets now.

silly cow banner wordpress

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The cast of Silly Cow: from left to right, Santie du Toit as Peggy, Trad Nogueira Godsey as Sidney, Matt Roy as Douglas, Justin Wyatt-Smith as Eduardo. In front, Kim R2 as Doris.

Front of house and box office

We have to provide volunteers for front of house and box office for the shows that we do at the Masque. So we need volunteers for the run of Silly Cow (21 October to 29 October). If you are available to help out, please contact the production secretary Melissa Marcus on melissa.marcus21@gmail.com or 082 539 9551.

Intersociety quiz

The annual intersociety quiz is coming up on 20 November, 18h30 at the Masque. It is hosted by Constantiaberg Theatre Players this year. CDS would like to field at least two teams so if you would like to be on a team, please contact one of the committee members.

Audition alert: The Full Monty

Pinelands Players will present the stage version of The Full Monty in November 2017, directed by Laura Bosman. Auditions will be held later this year or early next year, and this is a heads-up in case you would be interested in auditioning. Possible venues for the production are either the Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest, or the Artscape Arena. If you are interested and would like to put your name down for consideration, please email Laura at bosman.ld@gmail.com.

Based on the 1997 British film of the same name, this musical version is set in Buffalo, USA. We’re sure you’re familiar with the movie and the storyline. Six unemployed, lower working class and out-of-shape men decide to do a one-time-only striptease to outdo a touring male strip show and make some desperately needed money. But The Full Monty is not about men taking off their pants; it’s about self-worth, dignity, honesty, authenticity and courage as these men confront their fears of inadequacy, their insecurities and their failure to provide for their families. And it’s about the women in their lives who love them and cheer them on.

You can be assured that any required nudity will be handled with the utmost sensitivity, respect and good taste. Also, please note that the show contains some strong language and adult themes.

  • The cast requires 12 males, 8 females and 1 boy who can play a 12-year old.
  • Working class American accents are essential.
  • Cast members are expected to act, sing and move well, although there are some non-singing and non-dancing roles.
  • Some actors may play more than one role.
  • The principal men must be good actors who can find and express the underlying emotion in the script. They are ordinary, real guys to whom the audience can relate, and with a variety of body shapes and ages. They must be comfortable with dancing in their underwear on stage (even in a G-string) and be prepared to bare all if needs be. The other male roles do not require nudity.
  • The principal women’s roles are critical and powerful, and they have some brilliant numbers. As with the men, they must be good actresses, singers and dancers.

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

5–22 Oct A Steady Rain
presented by Eric Abraham
Fugard Theatre
10–21 Oct I Love You Sally Field
written and directed by Wessel Pretorius
Alexander Bar
10–22 Oct The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner
directed by Adrian Collins
Alexander Bar
12–22 Oct Ityala Lamawele
presented by New Voices
Artscape
14–22 Oct Outline
presented by Outline Dance Studio
The Playhouse
18–19 Oct Adapt or Fly
created and performed by Pieter-Dirk Uys
Alexander Bar
19–29 Oct In (s)kin/language and Syria? Artscape
20–22 Oct Second Language
featuring Schalk Bezuidenhout
Baxter Theatre
21 Oct Mike McCully and the Harmonix
presented by Mike McCullagh
Milnerton Playhouse
21–29 Oct Silly Cow
presented by Claremont Dramatic Society
Masque Theatre
24–29 Oct Die Ontelbare 48
featuring Wessel Pretorius
Baxter Theatre
27–29 Oct Jack and Jane
written and directed by Terence Makapan
Galloway Theatre
31 Oct–26 Nov Dead Yellow Sands
presented by Golden Arrow Studio
Baxter Theatre
3–12 Nov As Die Broek Pas
deur Manfred Karge
Baxter 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

September 2016 – Number 160

Hi everyone!

Members evening report back

Our last members evening on 26 August was a great success and it was very gratifying to see so many people there. Roy Oldfield ran a very enjoyable quiz, which was varied and interesting and certainly proved why my default quiz team name is Jon Snow: I really don’t know anything!

Lynn Moss then ran a Shakespearean charades game which was the source of much hilarity. Gratifyingly, my team did rather well in that and won the game. (Thank goodness for that: we’d have been more than slightly embarrassed if we didn’t, considering that all three actors from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare were in the team!)

Members evenings 2016

There will be two more members evenings for CDS this year. The next one is on 7 October at the Hok. Entertainment for the evening will feature a short extract from our upcoming production of Silly Cow and a play directed by Matt Roy.

Our year-end members evening, so you can diarise the date now, will be on 4 December.

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).

Silly Cow update

Remember to come to our next members evening on 7 October for a sneak preview of this bright pink play!

Silly Cow by Ben Elton follows ballsy, foul-mouthed tabloid writer Doris Wallace as she gets everything that’s coming to her. It’s a slick, modern satire, full of razor-sharp dialogue that is at times vulgar but funny and clever from start to finish. This hilarious piece was originally produced in 1991 on London’s West End and is one of only four stage plays written by Ben Elton. In 2016, this production marks the directorial debut of Faeron Wheeler. The production runs 21–29 October and tickets are R70-R80.

New members!

A warm CDS welcome to Linda and Laurence Steele and Keshia Codron who joined the society in August. We look forward to seeing you at our events and plays!

Digital archive

As Simon mentioned at the members evening, I have started collating pictures and info about our past productions from Facebook and the newsletter archive (which is on our blog). Check out the production list here: claremontdramatic.weebly.com.

If anyone has any images or information they’d like to add, please feel free to send them to me (Kim R2 – contact details at the bottom of the Chat). I will be going through the archive at the Hok as well to put it all together though that may have to wait until a certain play is over and I have slightly more free time!

The Chessboard Killer

Pinelands Players present a new play! Written and directed by Graham Leverton, this thriller sees two detectives playing a cat and mouse game with a serial killer who bases his killing spree on the pieces of a chessboard.

The play will be staged from 30 September to 2 October at The Crossing in Pinelands.

Pa, Maak vir my ’n vlieër Pa

Milnerton Players present their first ever Afrikaans production, so if you praat die taal, make sure to come along and support this excellent, locally grown play by Chris Barnard. The set is built and painted and the three talented cast members are working very hard in rehearsals under Mari Mocke’s meticulous direction.

In the genre of Theatre of the Absurd and filled with emotional dialogue, the piece is set in the 1960s with the action taking place in a cramped untidy house where Org and his elderly, sometimes mentally unstable, mother live. The literal meaning of the title, Dad Make me a Kite, Dad, eventually becomes apparent as being the answer to a basically happy life: to belong lovingly to someone near to you, in this case, a son wanting his father to know and love him; if only they could fly a kite together.

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

 


16 Aug–1 Oct
Clybourne Park
presented by Eric Abraham
Fugard Theatre

23 Aug–24 Sep
The Painted Rocks
presented by Eric Abraham
Fugard Theatre

25 Aug–17 Sep
Remembering the Lux Baxter Theatre

31 Aug–24 Sep
Karoo Moose
presented by Golden Arrow Studio
Baxter Theatre

12–17 Sep
Egoli The Musical Masque Theatre

13–17 Sep
Anthology: After the End
directed by Louis Viljoen
Alexander Bar

13 Sep–8 Oct
Cattle Drive
created by Nicholas and Luke Ellenbogen
Rosebank Theatre

16–18 Sep
The Sleeping Beauty
presented by Cape Town City Ballet
Artscape

16–23 Sep
Born Around Here and The Rabble Artscape

18 Sep
Foyer session: Jazz without Borders Masque Theatre

20 Sep–15 Oct
Big Boys the Third
featuring Ash and Brad Searle
Kalk Bay Theatre

21–22 Sep
The Final Bow
directed by Nadine Suliaman
Galloway Theatre

22–23 Sep
Cirque Afrika
presented by The Stage Performing Arts Studio
Masque Theatre

22 Sep–1 Oct
Blood Brothers
presented by Carnivals of the Heart
Somerset West Playhouse

22–29 Sep
Death of a Clown
presented by Masidlale in collaboration with Oddbody Theatre
Alexander Bar

22 Sep–8 Oct
The Emissary
written and directed by Louis Viljoen
Alexander Bar

23–24 Sep
Puppet Guy
featuring Conrad Koch
Baxter Theatre

23 Sep–8 Oct
Pa, Maak vir my ’n vlieër Pa
presented by Milnerton Players
Milnerton Playhouse

25 Sep–1 Oct
#BALLETMUSTFALL
directed by Jared Musiker
Alexander Bar

1–2 Oct
The Chessboard Killer
presented by Pinelands Players
The Crossing, Pinelands

1–8 Oct
Cut in Two
directed by Soli Philander
Alexander Bar

2–8 Oct
Kinders van die Wind
directed by Terence Makapan
Alexander Bar

10–21 Oct
I Love You Sally Field

written and directed by Wessel Pretorius

Alexander Bar

10–22 Oct
The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner
directed by Adrian Collins
Alexander Bar

18–19 Oct
Adapt or Fly

created and performed by Pieter-Dirk Uys

Alexander Bar

21–29 Oct
Silly Cow

presented by Claremont Dramatic Society

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.comCell: 074 608 2670

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

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

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

Auditions for Fawlty Towers is
BACK AGAIN!

Fawlty Towers comes back to The Playhouse in Somerset West in December this year, directed by Norman McFarlane for the Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society (HHDS).

The immensely popular 1970s British comedy series is back on The Playhouse stage for the third time, after sellout runs in 2010 (The Hotel Inspectors and Communication Problems) and 2012 (Waldorf Salad and The Psychiatrist). This year, we’re staging the hilarious The Builders and The Germans.

Auditions for the show are scheduled for:

  • Sunday September 11 at 4.30pm for 5pm, at The Playhouse Theatre, Lourensford Road, Somerset West.
  • With a possible call-back on Sunday September 18 at 4.30pm for 5pm, at the same venue.

The part of Manuel is pre-cast, with Trevor Legonidec reprising his role for the 2012 show.

For more information on which parts we are looking to cast for both episodes, visit our website: theplayhouse.org.za/all-event-list/auditions-for-fawlty-towers-2016

Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com
August 2016 – Number 159

Hi everyone!

Holy (silly) cow, it’s August.

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).

Members evenings 2016

There will be three more members evenings for CDS this year. The next one is our traditional winter soup and rolls evening on 26 August at the Hok. Entertainment for the evening will feature a quiz by the inimitable Roy Oldfield as well as Shakespeare charades led by Lynn Moss.

The other members evening dates, so you can diarise them now, are 7 October and 4 December.

Silly Cow update

The cast and crew of Silly Cow are fully stuck into rehearsals and this is shaping up to be a great, bright pink play! Check out the poster:

silly cow poster

MADS production: Master Class

Master Class by Terrence McNally (author of The Full Monty) opens at the Masque Theatre on Wednesday 17 August and runs until 20 August. This bittersweet, poignant comedy recreates a master class given by Maria Callas after her voice had deserted her and she is desperately alone, but still impeccably elegant, sardonic and fiery as ever.

Masque regular Bernie Jacobs leads the cast as ‘La Divina’ and her students – or victims as she calls them – are played by Linda Steele, Miranda Lewis and Mokoena Ramollo. The cast is completed by Madame Zingara musician Wesley Wolhuter as the accompanist and Xolani Qotoyi, who plays the stagehand.

As the class progresses and Callas challenges each student to move beyond the limits of their capabilities to meet her own ruthless standards of technique and theatricality, a new memory is triggered. Callas begins to relive her dizzying triumphs and terrifying failures, vicious rivalries, her loveless marriage, her abortion, and her tempestuous relationship with the wealthiest man in the world as the “other woman” in both of his marriages. Her dark and self-deprecating humour and the story of her transformation from ugly duckling to glamour icon reveal a deeper truth behind the hard work that inspired both adoration and loathing: the extreme sacrifices that true art requires.

According to director Richard Higgs, audiences do not need to know anything about opera to become engrossed this intimate and inspiring play; all they need is a sense of humanity. Higgs is no stranger to Masque audiences. In 2015, he directed Gas Light and played Oberon in CDS’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Audiences are advised that the play contains strong language.

Book through Masque Theatre bookings on 021 788 6999 (weekdays 9h00–16h00 and Saturdays 9h00–12h00). Alternatively, you can email bookings@masquetheatre.co.za.

AUDITION NOTICE: Grease

To be directed by Darryl Spijkers.

Date: 28 August

Time: timeslots to be booked

Venue: Artscape rehearsal room

Run dates: 14–23 December, Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

Please note that time slots will be allocated. Book your slot by emailing manager@masquetheatre.co.za.

Important notes

  • Please prepare a song in the style of 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.
  • All dance routines will be taught.
  • An American accent is required.
  • Book a slot via email. Walk-in auditions will not be accepted.

Show details

The rehearsal venue is to be confirmed. Rehearsals will commence in October 2016. 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.

Roles

Ages are listed as approximate. If you are in the general age range or can play a particular age, please audition. Often the ages of characters are adjusted (within reason) when we are casting these shows.

  • Danny (male, 16+): The leader of the “T-Birds”. Well built, good looking, with an air of cool, easy going charm. Strong and confident. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Songs:
      • Summer Nights (with Sandy)
      • Sandy
      • Greased Lightning (with Kenickie & T Birds)
      • You’re The One That I Want (with Sandy)
    • Note: Excellent dancer
    • Range: D – high B; good falsetto to high Db
  • Kenickie (male, 16+): Second-in-command of the “T-Birds”. Tough looking, tattooed, surly, avoids any show of softness. Has an off-beat sense of humour. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Song: Greased Lightning (Lead)
    • Range: D–F#
  • Doody (male, 16+): Youngest of the guys. Small, boyish, open, with a disarming smile and a hero-worshipping attitude toward the other guys. Plays guitar (optional).
    • Songs:
      • Those Magic Changes (Lead)
      • Rock’n’Roll Party Queen (with Roger)
      • Greased Lightning (with Kenickie & T Birds)
    • Range: D–G; good falsetto to high Eb
  • Roger (male, 16+): The ‘anything for a laugh’ stocky type. Full of mischief, half-baked schemes and ideas. A clown who enjoys putting other people on.
    • Songs:
      • Mooning (with Jan)
      • Greased Lightning (with Kenickie & T Birds)
    • Range: F–G
  • Sonny (male, 16+): A wannabe tough guy who thinks he’s a real lady killer.
    • Song: Greased Lightning (with Kenickie & T Birds)
  • Eugene (male, 16+): The class valedictorian. Physically awkward, with weak eyes and a high pitched voice. A nerdy apple polisher, smug and pompous but gullible.
    • Song: Alma Mater (with choral group of 12)
  • Vince Fontaine (male, 25+): Adult, a typical ‘teen audience’ radio disc jockey. Slick, egotistical, fast-talking. A veteran ‘greaser’. Must be able to convincingly play an adult.
    • Non-singing
  • Johnny Casino (male, 16+): A ‘greaser’ student at Rydell who energetically leads a rock’n’roll band and likes to think of himself as a real rock’n’roll idol (like Elvis).
    • Songs:
      • Shaking at the High School Hop
      • (Lead) Born to Hand Jive (Lead)
    • Good energetic solo performer
    • Range: A–C; good falsetto to high C
  • Teen Angel (male/female, 25+): A good looking, falsetto voiced crooner. A singer who would have caused crowds to scream and riot back in 1958. Must be able to convincingly play a ‘celebrity’.
    • Song: Beauty School Dropout (Lead)
    • Range: E–B; good falsetto to E
  • Sandy (female, 16+): Danny’s love interest. Sweet, wholesome, naïve, cute, like Sandra Dee of the ‘Gidget’ movies. However, must be able to play sassy and sultry after her transformation. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager (16+)
    • Songs:
      • Summer Nights (with Danny)
      • It’s Raining on Prom Night (duet with Soloist 1)
      • Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee – Reprise (Solo)
      • Hopelessly Devoted To You (Solo)
      • You’re The One That I Want (with Danny)
    • Range: A–D
  • Rizzo (female, 16+): Leader of the “Pink Ladies”. She is tough, sarcastic and outspoken, but vulnerable during a pregnancy scare. Italian, with unconventional good looks. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Songs:
      • Freddy My Love (with Marty and Pink Ladies)
      • Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee (Lead)
      • There Are Worse Things I Could Do (Solo)
    • Range: A–C
  • Frenchy (female, 16+): A dreamer. Good natured but a little dumb. Heavily made-up, fussy about her appearance – particularly her hair. She can’t wait to finish high school so she can be a beautician. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Song: Freddy My Love (with Marty and Pink Ladies)
  • Marty (female, 16+): The ‘beauty’ of the Pink Ladies. Pretty, looks older than the other girls, but betrays her real age when she opens her mouth. Tries to act sophisticated. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Song: Freddy My Love (Lead)
    • Must be able to walk comfortably in high heels – please wear to audition
    • Range: C–Db
  • Jan (female, 16+): Energetic, bubbly, and eating all the time! Loud and pushy with the girls, but shy with the boys.
    •  Songs:
      • Freddy My Love (with Marty and Pink Ladies)
      • Mooning (with Roger)
    • Range: Bb–Bb
  • Patty (female, 16+): A typical all American cheerleader. Attractive and athletic. Aggressive, sure of herself, given to burst of disconcerting enthusiasm. Catty. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Song: Alma Mater (with choral group of 12)
    • Cheerleading/Baton swirling (optional)
  • Cha-Cha (female, 16+): Kenickie’s blind date, who dances the Hand Jive with Danny. Sexy, feisty and overly confident. Is, and takes pride in being ‘the best dancer at St Bernadette’s’. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Non singing but Excellent dancer
    • Must be able to walk AND dance comfortably in high heels – please wear to audition
  • Miss Lynch (female, 40+): The Rydell High School head mistress. Strict, demanding teacher, who would like to consider herself ‘hip’, but she definitely isn’t. Must be able to convincingly play an adult.
    • Song: Alma Mater (badly)
    • Doesn’t need to be a good singer but singing is a plus.
  • Ensemble: 7 character singer/dancers are required for many of the numbers. You will be required to audition with ‘We Go Together’ sung whilst dancing a routine that you will be taught.

Crew

The production also requires certain crew members as listed below. Please also book a slot for the audition for 12h45 or 14h45 to meet us and apply to be part of the crew.

  • Set builders
  • Prop managers
  • Stage crew
  • Production secretary
  • Costume manager

Acting workshops

Raine Waring is offering acting workshops. These will include work on:

  • Audition/Role preparation
  • Monologue/Scene study
  • Performance coaching
  • Vocal training – ensuring safe and effective use of the voice in performances
  • Character development
  • Stage blocking techniques
  • Coaching for castings/auditions – Stage and film

About Raine

I am very enthusiastic about the performing arts industry as a whole. I uphold an aspiration to create opportunity for up and coming actors to develop the skills of acting. In these workshops, I aim at equipping actors with the correct tools for acting, installing confidence in them, and encouraging their creative thinking, self-expression and overall growth as a person and a performer.

August dates: 20/08, 29/08
Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Methodist Church Hall, Cnr Milton and Wesley Street, Observatory
Class times: Saturdays 11:00 – 12:00; Monday 18:00 – 19:00 (the last Monday of every month)

These class times fall under Package 2: One 1-hour session a week for 1 month @ R350.
If you would prefer to start with a trial class to see if this is for you, you are welcome to do so. This trial class will be at R75 for the hour and if you are happy we can open a package for you thereafter.

If you are interested in attending these workshops, please contact Raine at raine@gam.co.za or 083 519 1548.

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

10–20 Aug A Man of Good Hope
adapted by Isango Ensemble
Baxter Theatre
15–20 Aug The Real Dirt
directed by Hayleigh Evans
Alexander Bar
15–20 Aug Unfair Lady
presented by POPArt Productions
Alexander Bar
15–27 Aug Pay Back the Curry!
presented by Golden Arrow Studio
Baxter Theatre
16 Aug–17 Sep Clybourne Park
directed by Greg Karvellas
Fugard Theatre
17–20 Aug Master Class
presented by MADS
Masque Theatre
17–28 Aug Slava’s Snowshow
presented by Showtime Management
Artscape
18—20 Aug The Great American Songbook
presented by Cabaret Man
Rosebank Theatre
22–27 Aug We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants
directed by Lindiwe Matshikiza
Alexander Bar
23 Aug–24 Sep The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
written and directed by Athol Fugard
Fugard Theatre
24–25 Aug Hinterland
directed by Caroline Smart
Artscape
24–3 Sep Broadway or Bust
presented by Waterfront Theatre College
Masque Theatre
24–27 Aug We Can Do It!
a tribute
Rosebank Theatre
25 Aug–17 Sep Remembering the Lux Baxter Theatre
28 Aug Foyer session: ND Project
presented by Ulla Gosebrink
Masque Theatre
28 Aug WCWP Fundraising Fashion Show
compéred by Irit Noble
Somerset West Playhouse
29 Aug–17 Sep Anthology: After the End
3 short plays
Alexander Bar
31 Aug–24 Sep Karoo Moose
presented by Golden Arrow Studio
Baxter Theatre
1–3 Sep Wordplay – Inspired Improv
presented by ImproGuise
Alexander Bar
8–10 Sep The Bear and The Proposal
presented by The GingerbreadMan Collective
Alexander Bar

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