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AUDITION NOTICE: The Barrets of Wimpole Street

Directed by Barrie Howard for Fish Hoek Dramatic Society

Date of run: 22-30 July (move into theatre Sunday 10 July)
Audition date: Sunday 13 March, 15h00 in the Masque foyer

Cast:

  • Elizabeth Moulton-Barrett (29/30) – an invalid with a zest for life, besotted with her loving dog “Flush” (we will have a live dog on stage)
  • Robert Browning (mid 30s) – dark handsome man, perhaps a trifle foppish, whose manner is sincere and ardent and whose speech rapid and emphasised by free gestures.
  • Edward Moulton Barrett (60) – an upstanding well set up handsome man with a stern perfectly expressionless face, fiercely tyrannical by nature and cruel.
  • Wilson (25–50) – Elizabeth’s trusty loving lady-in-waiting (maid) Lovely role with preferably a light “cockney” accent.
  • Henrietta Moulton-Barrett (17) – The youngest daughter, beautiful, high spirited, blooming. Determined and rebellious.
  • Arabel Mouton-Barrett – A few years older than Henrietta, tall, dark and serious. A sensible young girl.
  • Octavious Moulton-Barrett (19) – the youngest son, whom Elizabeth adores. A very endearing young man who has a slight stammer. Immaculate in dress.
  • Bella Hedley (29/30) – Elizabeth’s cousin, exquisitely pretty and turned out, affected. sentimental with a constitutional inability to pronounce her “r’s”.
  • Henry Bevan (40+) – a model of deportment, inwardly and outwardly. He affects a magnificent Kruger beard with beautifully rounded voice and manner. Bella’s fiancé.
  • Captain Surtees Cook (late 30s) – a large handsome frank-faced man arrayed in the full splendour of his “regimentals”, in love with Henrietta.
  • Doctor Chambers – the family doctor, elderly, caring, very concerned about Elizabeth’s well being and always happy to oblige her wishes.
  • Doctor Ford-Waterlow- elderly doctor, kindly and eager to assist Elizabeth with potential travel plans.
  • “Flush” – Elizabeth’s trusted companion, a small dog.

Check out Fish Hoek Dramatic Society’s Facebook page for more details.

masque ntw

The Masque Theatre in Muizenberg is calling for production applications for the New Talent Weekend that will be happening at the theatre on the 13th and 14th of May 2016. The New Talent Weekend is a brand 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 29 February 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 by the end of March 2016.

 

 


 

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Top Girls by Caryl Churchill

­­To be directed by Jenny Brandt for Claremont Dramatic Society

Date: Sunday, 21 February

Time: 11h00

Venue: The Hok, Claremont

Performance dates: 29 May to 18 June

Top Girls is a smart and dynamic piece of socialist theatre.  It comments on the predicament of the modern woman at work and at home and relates this to the experience of women through history.  Although it can be described as feminist in that it challenges the norms for women in society, it goes further than that, asking whether women should simply emulate men or find a unique way of being for themselves.

A comment from a critic on the original production reads:

It is splendid to see the Royal Court back in its old form, presenting virile plays on topical subjects, seizing our times by the scruff of the neck and shaking out the cant.

The play opens with a fantastical scene in which Marlene, the central character, celebrates her promotion to the position of managing director of an employment agency with a collection of intriguing historical and mythological women.

In Act 2, we are introduced to Angie, Marlene’s mildly intellectually challenged niece, and observe Marlene and her female colleagues at work in the employment agency.

Act 3 takes place a year before Act two in the kitchen of Joyce, Marlene’s sister. We learn that Angie is actually Marlene’s child and that Joyce adopted her so that her sister could pursue a career in the city.

Characters

Although there are 16 characters in the play, traditionally it is performed by seven actors, each actor taking on two or three roles, with the exception of the actor playing Marlene.  I will make a decision on how to cast the play after I have seen the auditions.

Please note that because of the potential doubling up of roles I am not going to specify the ages of each character at this stage.  The only exception is Marlene who needs to be in the range of 35–45 years.

The characters are:

  • Marlene:  A self-made business woman, who has sacrificed her family life for her career.
  • Isabella Bird:  A Victorian explorer, writer and naturalist.
  • Lady Nijo:  A concubine to the Japanese emperor who later becomes a Buddhist nun.
  • Dull Gret:  A Flemish mythological woman who leads an army of women to pillage hell in a painting by Pieter Bruegel the elder.
  • Pope Joan:  A legendary woman who, disguised as a man, reigned as pope in the middle ages.
  • Patient Griselda:  She appears in Petrach’s sonnets, Boccacio’s ‘Decameron’ and Chaucer’s ‘Clerk’s tale’ as the long-suffering wife of an impetuous marquis.
  • A waitress:  She silently attends to everyone’s needs during the three course meal.
  • Angie: Marlene’s mildly intellectually challenged teenage niece / daughter.
  • Kit:  Angie’s only, and much younger, friend.
  • Joyce: Marlene’s working class sister who makes aliving cleaning houses.
  • Win and Nell:   Two high-flying colleagues of Marlene.
  • Jeanine, Louise and Shona:  Job seekers interviewed by Marlene and her colleagues.
  • Mrs Kitt: The wife of the man Marlene beat to the management post.

Audition requirements

I would like all auditionees to choose and prepare a monologue and/or dialogue from the play (copies available from Jenny Brandt).  Please note that because of the doubling up of roles and the complication this will bring to casting, I will not limit anyone to being cast as the character portrayed in the monologue/dialogue she chooses.  In other words, select a piece that you enjoy. I merely want to see what you can do with it. I also do not expect the piece to be delivered by heart.

For the dialogues, prepare for one character and someone will read in the other character.  The forward slash used frequently in the script indicates where the next speaker interjects.  This is used throughout the play to create a greater naturalism in conversation.  It also makes the play significantly more challenging to perform!

For any further information please contact me at jennybrandt74@gmail.com or on 082 492 5984.  Please do not message me via Facebook – I never look at my page!

Map for the Hok: https://goo.gl/maps/vOaQQ

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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

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January 2016 – Number 152

Hi everyone!

Happy new year! And new it most certainly is: there is lots of new stuff going on in the theatre world and lots of things to look out for in the coming weeks too. Read on for more!

Karaoke – Masque fundraiser

A fun-filled karaoke evening was held as a Masque fundraiser on Saturday 9 January. About 40 people attended the event and a great time was had by all. Ingrid Diener and Stephan Fourie provided plenty of delicious food to sustain the singers and dancers and the bar till trilled merrily all evening: a successful fundraiser on all fronts. Based on the evening’s success, another karaoke night seems highly likely, good news for those of you who wanted to attend by were unable to.

Aubrey Hindle’s retirement

Aubrey Hindle is retiring after many years looking after the Masque Theatre bookings. He will be missed but we wish him well in his future endeavours and no doubt we will continue to see him at the theatre.

Replacing him at the Masque Theatre bookings helm is Ashley Glass, who has up to now been helping out with housekeeping at the Masque. We wish him all the best as the new Bookings Administrator.

New theatre manager: Nicola Date

A big CDS welcome to Nicola Date, who has taken over the role of Theatre Manager at the Masque. We look forward to working closely with her as we continue to put on top-quality plays at our lovely theatre.

CDS’s next production

The Masque Theatre productions committee has approved Top Girls by Caryl Churchill as CDS’s first production for 2016. The show will be directed by Jenny Brandt and will play at the Masque from 29 May to 18 June. Keep an eye out for the audition notice, which will be sent out shortly.

CATA awards

The 2016 Cape Amateur Theatre Awards are to be held at the Milnerton Playhouse on 15 February. Keep watch for the nominations, which will be announced in the coming weeks. Good luck to everyone who was involved in CDS’s four shows in 2015: Crimes of the Heart, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Honour and The Actor’s Nightmare.

CDS AGM

It’s that time of the year again: AGM time! The CDS committee will send out the official notice after their first meeting of 2016, set for 24 January. So keep an eye out for that as well.

AUDITION: Shall We Dance?

  • Date: Sunday 17 January
  • Time: 15h00 (dancers) & 17h00 (non-dancing actors)
  • Venue: Sarene’s Dance Studio, 185 Main Road, Strand
  • Performance dates: 20–30 April 2016 at The Playhouse, Somerset West

Drama Queen Entertainment is bringing this classic story based on the 2004 movie to the Playhouse in the second half of April 2016.

CAST:

DANCERS

  • John Clark (male, 40–50) – He is a good-looking middle-aged man bored with his work and his life routine looking for some excitement. The actor needs to be an experienced ballroom dancer.
  • Link (male, 40–50) – A man who you would never suspect to be an eccentric ballroom dancer. He must be able to portray two very different images of himself. Needs to have ballroom and Latin dancing experience and not be shy to overplay and be dramatic in his dancing.
  • Vern (male, 20–30) – Clumsy, preferably overweight man taking dance classes.  Needs Latin dance skills near the end.
  • Chic (male, 20–30) – Pretends to be very sure of himself and to be a ladies man but is secretly gay. Needs ballroom dancing skills.
  • Paulina (female, 20–30) – Beautiful and attractive woman. A little sad. Must be an accomplished dancer all styles.
  • Bobbie (female, 40–50) – Very eccentric dancer. Can be slightly overweight. She is very ‘common’ and down to earth but has a vulnerable side that she hides away. Needs ballroom and Latin dancing skills.
  • Miss Mitzi (female, 50–60) – Older dance teacher. Needs to have ballroom skills.
  • Lisa (female, 18–25) – Vern’s fiancée. Small part. Needs ballroom and Latin dancing skills.

NON SPEAKING PARTS

  • Francesco (male, 20–30) – Paulina’s dance partner. Needs excellent dancing skills.
  • Young people dancing at a party (various) – Need basic two-step skills.
  • Ballroom and Latin couples (4–6 couples) – For the competition. These need to be choreographed which means lots of extra dance rehearsals.

Everyone auditioning for any of the dancing parts will be asked to dance to at least one ballroom and one Latin dance at the audition. If you have a permanent dance partner and want to audition as a dance couple, please do so. You will be cast depending your experience; there are quite a few chorus parts for beginners as well. After the dancing audition you might be asked to stay for a reading of a scene as an audition for one of the lead parts.

NON-DANCERS

  • Evan Clark (male, 18–21) – Son of John and Beverly. Small part with NO dancing skills needed.
  • Devine (male, 40–50) – Private investigator, a bit clumsy but charmed by Beverly. NO dancing skills needed.
  • Scott (male, 18–25) – Young assistant to Devine. Clearly more intelligent and learned. NO dancing skills needed.
  • Presenter at the dance competition
  • Beverly Clark (female, 40) – She is a loving wife and business woman, too busy to notice that her husband is not really happy. The actress does NOT have to have any dancing skills.
  • Jenna Clark (female) – Teenager daughter of John and Beverly. Small part with NO dancing skills needed.
  • Women taking dance classes (female, 18–40) – Three needed.
  • Assistants working with Beverly (female, 20–50) – Two needed.
  • Friends of Evan (female, 18–25) – Two needed. NO dancing skills needed.
  • Tina (female, 18–30) – Bobbie’s daughter. Small part, NO dancing skills needed.

For more information call Philippe on 072 959 1372 or email philippe@pringiers.co.za.

SECOND AUDITION: P.S. Your Cat is Dead

  • Date: Saturday 23 January
  • Time: 14h00
  • Venue: The Rendezvous, Promenade Road, Muizenberg
  • Performance dates: 15–23 April at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

This very adult comedy written by renowned playwright/author James Kirkwood and directed by Alastair Duff provides excellent opportunities for comedic acting. American accents are necessary. The play is very funny, quite risqué and not for the squeamish!

CAST: (ages are fairly flexible)

  • Jimmy (male, 25–35) – A struggling actor living in a one room apartment in New York. Life is not going very well for him. It’s New Year’s Eve, he’s at a low point in his life – and then Vito happens to him!
  • Vito (male, 20–30) – A Latin American, Vito makes his living by hustling (burglary mainly). He chooses Jimmy’s apartment to burgle and the fun begins. He is a mixture of macho and sensitivity.
  • Kate (female, 20–35) – A smart, attractive career girl. She decides to dump Jimmy for a new, more promising boyfriend, Fred, and so, of course, chooses New Year’s Eve to do it!
  • Fred (male, 30–40) – A very funny smallish part with some of the best lines in the play. Fred is completely flummoxed by the whole situation!

These are four exciting parts to play. Jimmy and Vito’s roles are very big: they are on stage most of the time. Kate and Fred are supporting roles. Vito needs to have a pronounced Latino accent (Think of The Godfather) and should be comfortable with some nudity (tastefully handled).

ALSO NEEDED:

  • Stage Manager
  • Production Secretary
  • Props
  • Set Builders
  • Various crew

Contact Alastair Duff on 021 788 4984 for more information.

AUDITION: Whistle Down the Wind

  • Date: Saturday 6 February
  • Time: 10h30–13h30
  • Venue: Members of Christ Church, corner 2nd Avenue and Wrench Road, Parow
  • Performance dates: September/October, Metronome Theatre, Bellville

Please register your interest and book your audition time by emailing legendproductions@webmail.co.za. Provide your name, email address and a brief description of your acting experience. State if you are interested in adult or children’s principal or chorus parts.

See below for the list of roles and what you need to sing for the audition. Songs are available on YouTube or from us, if requested. Please note that a Southern American accent is required for all roles (kids included). We will assist with this. Please also note that this is non-remunerable and that voluntary participation and commitment is required.

CAST:

  • The Man (male, 25–35) – Demanding lead male role. Excellent singer and experienced actor. Tenor with top note of B-flat. Able to fit the “classic Jesus description” and be credible, as the children believe he really is Jesus. A manic, hunted man who must have the power to move the audience emotionally. Song: Unsettled Scores.
  • Swallow (female, 16) – Very demanding lead female role. Excellent actress and singer. Mainly a mezzo but has one high F. It is envisaged that a slightly older girl will have the maturity to cope with this very large role (on stage virtually throughout the show) with many key songs (solo, duet and group). However, it is vital that she has the innocence and naïveté to convey and make credible her unshakeable belief in Jesus. Song: Whistle Down the Wind.
  • Brat (female, 8–13) – Swallow’s younger sister. Experienced young actress and god singer for solo and group singing. Lots of dialogue. Song: No Matter What.
  • Poor Baby (male, 8–11) – Swallow’s younger brother. Experienced young male actor, good singer for solo and group singing. An older boy could sing the part if he has an unbroken voice. Lots of dialogue. Song: No Matter What.
  • Amos (male, late teens, early 20s) – The rebel of the musical, keen on Swallow but planning to leave town with equally rebellious Candy. Strong singer and good acting skills. Tenor who needs to hit a top B. Southern American accent required. Amos is the cocky Harley Davidson-riding James Dean type character. Song: Tire Tracks and Broken Hearts.
  • Candy (female, late teens, early 20s) – Amos’s girlfriend, a rebel rock chick. Black or mixed race actress required. Good singing voice and acting skills. Mezzo whose top note is a D-sharp. Song: Tire Tracks and Broken Hearts.
  • Boone (male, 35–45) – The children’s father, recently widowed and struggling to cope with his young family, especially his almost grown-up daughter Swallow. Strong singer and actor required. Tenor whose top note is G-sharp/A-flat. Song: Whistle Down the Wind.
  • Edward (male, 40s–60s) – The family retainer who looks out for the kids and family. Black actor required. Excellent singer and actor required. Baritone with a top note of F-sharp. Song: Cold.
  • Sheriff (male, 35+) – Typical small town sheriff. He is concerned about the safety of the townsfolk with an escaped convict loose in the town. Dialogue and some solo singing. Baritone whose top note is a D. Song: No Matter What.
  • Preacher (male, 45+) – The leader of the revival meetings. Uses snakes to gain religious recruits. Good actor with some singing. Tenor whose top note is A. Leads Wrestle With the Devil number. Song: No Matter What.
  • Earl (male, 20s–30s) – Snake handler travelling with the religious revivalists. Some singing and dialogue. Bass or baritone. Song: No Matter What.
  • Minister (40–60) – The town’s church minister who promises “the Saviour will return”, which is why the kids believe The Man is Jesus. Some dialogue and ensemble singing. Song: No Matter What.

CHORUS:

Various ages and genders required for small speaking roles and company singing. Song: No Matter What.

Team of good character actors and singers (boys and girls) aged 8–16 required for some solo lines in both dialogue and singing. Song: No Matter What.

For more information, contact Legend Productions:

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

14–31 Jan Swan Lake on Ice Artscape Opera House
presented by The Imperial Ice Stars
17 Jan AUDITION: Shall We Dance? Sarene’s Dance Studio
presented by Drama Queen Entertainment
21–23 Jan New Journey The Masque
presented by Rhythm Productions Dance Centre
21–23 Jan Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Playhouse
presented by Carnivals of the Heart
23 Jan AUDITION: P.S. Your Cat is Dead The Rendezvous
presented by FHDS
24 Jan–21 Feb Night and Day – Cole Porter in Dance Maynardville Open Air Theatre
presented by Cape Town City Ballet
26 Jan–23 Feb Othello Maynardville Open Air Theatre
presented by Artscape
27 Jan MADS AGM The Rendezvous
27–31 Jan Exhibit S: An Ode to Saartjie Baartman The Masque
presented by Thola Antamu
27 Jan–6 Feb Die Sideboard Musical Artscape Theatre
gebaseer op Simon Brunders se roman
1–20 Feb Santa Gamka Baxter Theatre
presented by Golden Arrow Studio
2–6 Feb Cape Town City Ballet The Masque
6 Feb AUDITION: Whistle Down the Wind Members in Christ Church
presented by Legend Productions
7 Feb Pinelands Players AGM Pinelands Clubhouse
9–20 Feb A Beautiful Wreckage Kalk Bay Theatre
created by Grant Jacobs and Liam Mcdermott
12–14 Feb Valentine Soirée The Masque
presented by Masque Theatre Players
26 Feb–5 Mar The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) The Masque
presented by Constantiaberg Theatre Players

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2015: 

Simon Dutton (Chair) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350
Santie du Toit-White (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
Kim R2 (Communications): tzar42@gmail.com Home: 021 671 8687 Cell: 083 619 2441

diepe grond

Oudisies: Diepe Grond deur Reza de Wet

Aangebied deur Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society

Regie: Richard Higgs

Opvoering: 11-20 Februarie 2016

Repetises: Afhangend van beskikbaarheid van spelers.

Hierdie bekende toneel van Reza de Wet speel af op ‘n bouvallige plaas in die Vrystaat, tydens ‘n droogte. Deurdronge van troebele implikasies en sielkundige misdade, dit is nie vir die flou van hart nie. Dié gotiese verhaal handel oor ‘n broer (Frikkie) en suster (Soekie) wat onder in die vloer hul huis grawe met die welwillende waarneming van hie huisbediende (Ou Alina), tot die gruwel van ‘n onverwagte gas, Grové. Pleks van water is daar heelwat meer sinsistere gegewens wat opgegrawe word.

Karakters
Soekie – 30, ‘n kind-vrou. Haar opregte naïwe spontaneiteit gaan gepaard met ‘n ryp sensualiteit. Sy speel met pligsgetroue selfbewus eintlik 3 versillende persona’s: dié van haarself, dié van ‘n sesjarige dogtertjie, en dié van ‘n streng ma.
Frikkie – 25,  waaksaam en gevaarlik roofdieragtig, maar nes Soekie is hy ook veelsydig, en kan ‘n lomp en onsekere jong seun wees, volgens die konteks.
Ou Alina – +/- 60, die plaasbediende.  Sy straal ‘n byna magiese krag uit en wanneer sy op die verhoog verskyn, het sy ‘n oorheersende teenwoordigheid.
Grové – 40+, ‘n prokureur uit Bloemfontein. Pynlik netjies en korrek, word al effens bles en is bleek van aangesig.

LW: Die akteurs wat Soekie, Frikkie en Grové speel moet gemaklik wees op ‘n verhoog in hul onderklere, asook met intieme fisiese kontak met mekaar.  Die spelers moet ‘n oortuigende Vrystaat-aksent kan voordra.

Verdere inligting: Richard: 083 611 1419, of richard.higgs@uct.ac.za

(Oops! I’ve been terribly remiss at posting newsletters in recent months. Apologies!)

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email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

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October 2015 – Number 149

Hi everyone!

Wow, lots of stuff in this month’s Chat! Auditions coming up for a whole range of shows, lots of theatre on the horizon and some fun social events too.

CDS’s next production: Honour

Don’t forget that CDS’s next production, Honour by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Breda Gray, opens at the Masque on Friday 23 October and runs until 31 October.

An extract from the press release:

The play revolves around Gus and Honor, a couple who have been happily married for 32 years – until now. This play is a modern, feminist tale that was described by the London Times as a “powerful gripping piece”.

One New York critic called this piece as “a gem of a play”. It’s an insightful and original treatment of the all too familiar tale of a middle-aged man’s mid-life crisis. It is a play that rides on a dense, intelligent script and on the character portrayals of the four actors.

For this production, Brenda Gray has chosen to set the action in modern-day South Africa. With Gray at the helm, “Honour” promises to be a strong, emotional production of the highest standard.

The cast includes some well-known names to Masque audiences, including John Carne who was last seen at the theatre directing “Private Lives” in 2014. Trish Sutton, Hannah Claassens and Gizelle Willows round out the rest of the incredibly talented cast.

For the set and design of the production, Gray has teamed up with David Davidson and Stephan Fourie. These two are well-known names when it comes to design at the Masque Theatre, and both have received CATA nominations and awards for their work.

Book now through the usual channels: bookings@masquetheatre.co.za or 021 788 1898.

There are also still a few open slots for FOH, box office and bar duty so, if you can, please volunteer to help out during the run.

The Actor’s Nightmare

Bookings are also now open for CDS’s foyer show, The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang, which will be on 05, 06 and 07 November at 20h00 in the Masque Theatre foyer. There are three shows only and limited seating so you would be well advised to book now for this hilarious production.

Inter-society quiz

A MADS team won the 2014 quiz and so they are hosting this year’s intersociety quiz in the foyer of the Masque Theatre on Sunday, 15 November, at 18h00 for 18h30.

If you would like to be a member of a team or think you can provide some interesting questions or help on the evening, please contact either Barbara Basel (barbara.basel@gmail.com) or Richard Higgs (richard.higgs@uct.ac.za) by 20 October.

The R50 cover charge includes a meal and there will be a cash bar for drinks.

Inter-societal evening

CDS is teaming up with MADS and CTP to host an inter-societal evening in November! Each society will choose a theme (a country or other location) and provide food based on that theme. Everyone will dress up as well. If you have any ideas for what CDS’s theme should be, please contact someone on the committee – they will make the decision at their next meeting.

Masque Theatre manager

With Nico Dreyer having resigned from this position, a new manager is being sought. The position has been restructured and the focus is on someone with strong marketing and PR skills who will be able to look for and liaise with outside shows and oversee all aspects of theatre management, as well as have some technical capability with lighting and sound.

The day-to-day administration work will be shared by another portfolio holder, but computer literacy is required by the new incumbent. Interested parties should send their CVs, as soon as possible, to Michelle Belknap at belknap@iafrica.com.

The position will shortly be formally advertised.

AUDITIONS: The Lion in Winter

1 November, 18h00 at the Playhouse in Somerset West

Proposed production dates: 11–20 February

Synopsis:

Set during Christmas 1183 at Henry II of England’s castle in Chinon, Anjou, Angevin Empire. (England actually owned half of what we know now as France during this period.)
The play opens with the arrival of Henry’s wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, whom he imprisoned in England 10 years previously, for plotting against him.
The story concerns the gamesmanship between Henry, Eleanor, the three surviving sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, their Christmas Court guest, Philip II of France and his half-sister Alais, who is betrothed to Richard, but has become Henry’s mistress.

Characters:

  • Henry II, King of England (male; approx. 50): Henry is still very nearly as he was in his youth. His manipulations of family and others are portrayed as spontaneous and emotional as opposed to the well thought-out stratagems of Eleanor and the cold calculating machinations of Geoffrey.
  • Queen Eleanor (female; approx. 60): Eleanor is the wife of Henry and an attractive woman of great temperament, authority and presence. She has been a queen for nearly 46 years and, while possessing feminine qualities, she is thoroughly capable of holding her own in a man’s world. She schemes against Henry and intensely loves him at the same time. She has contempt for her children but is not willing to see them harmed. (She was, for her time one the most liberated woman around.)
  • John (male; 16): He is the youngest son of Henry and Eleanor. He is sulky and sullen, with a boyish outlook on his position. He is described by many as a spoilt brat, pimply and smelling of compost. He is Henry’s favourite, but is also the weakest of the three sons. He constantly vacillates throughout the play, not out of cleverness, but out of fear and weakness. He is easily tricked and manipulated by Geoffrey.
  • Geoffrey (male; 24): Son of Henry and Eleanor, and a man of energy and action. He is attractive, charming and the “brains” of the family; he is also a cold amoral schemer. His view of himself is one of one who yearned greatly for the love of his parents while receiving none.
  • Richard the Lionheart (male; 25–26): The eldest surviving son of Henry and Eleanor. Richard is handsome graceful and impressive and has been a famous soldier since his middle teens. War is his profession and he is good at it. He is easily the strongest and toughest of the sons. (Richard and Phillip II of France have been sexually involved prior to the action of the play. Philip declares he participated in the affair for political purposes, whilst Richard indicates he had genuine affection for Philip.)
  • Alais (female; 23): Half-sister to Philip, she is beautiful and in love with Henry. She is initially portrayed as innocent, but by the end of the play she has acquired a ruthless streak of her own.
  • Philip II, King of France (male 18): Philip has been King of France for three years. He is not initially as accomplished as Henry in manipulating people, but seems to acquire greater skills as the play progresses. He is impressive and handsome without being pretty.

AUDITIONS: musicals

First round: Sunday 08 November:

  • 14h00 – Ensemble roles for children under the age of 14
  • 16h30 – Ensemble and dancers only (14+)
  • 18h30 – Principal AND Support roles

Call backs: Sunday 15 November

  • 14h00 – Crew Interviews (anyone interested in getting involved with costume-making, props, set building, backstage, lighting)
  • 14h30 – Dog audition for the role of Toto
  • 15h00 – Children
  • 17h00 – Adults

The Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society and Carnivals of the Heart are each presenting a musical in 2016 at the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West. We invite actors, singers and dancers of all ages to audition. You may audition for roles in both.

Both societies operate on a not for profit basis in service of the community based theatre complex, the Playhouse Theatre. No party in the cast or crew is remunerated for these amateur productions.
A third musical is being considered for 2017 and will only commence rehearsal after the 2016 musicals. Planning, however, must be done and a suitable cast possible found. There are therefore only five roles open for audition for this musical.

Full details of musicals and available roles can be viewed at http://theplayhouse.org.za/all-event-list/auditions-musical/.

You will be instructed as to what you will need to prepare.

You must book a slot by emailing thedashingwriter@gmail.com. Call Christalla on 082 701 2319 should you have any questions.

AUDITIONS: Whistle Down the Wind

Audition date: 14&15 November

Venue: The Metronome Theatre, Bellville

Show dates: September/October 2016, Metronome Theatre, Milnerton

Synopsis:

Whistle Down the Wind is loosely based on the 1960s film of the same name. The setting has moved from Lancashire to small town Louisiana in 1959. It tells the story of three children — 16 year old Swallow, sister Bluejay (known as Brat), and younger brother Robin (known as Poor Baby) — as they approach their first Christmas since the death of their mother. Discovering an escaped criminal hiding in their barn, they become convinced that he is Jesus, and agree to keep his location secret. The plot contrasts the innocence of the children with the fervour of the town’s residents to inflict punishment on the supposed evil in their midst.

Characters:

  • The Man (male; 25–35): Demanding lead role. Excellent singer and experienced actor required. Tenor with top note of B♭. Able to fit the ‘classic Jesus description’ and be credible, as the children believe he really is Jesus. A manic, hunted man, who must have the power to move the audience emotionally. Audition song: Try Not to be Afraid
  • Swallow (female; 16): Very demanding lead role. Excellent, actress and singer. Mainly a mezzo but has 1 high F. It is envisaged a slightly older girl will have the maturity to cope with this very large role (on stage virtually throughout the show) with many key songs solo duet and group. However it is vital she has the innocence and naïveté to convey and make credible her unshakeable belief in Jesus. Good Southern American accent. Audition song: Whistle Down the Wind
  • Brat (female; 8–13): Experienced young actress, good singer for solo singing and group singing. Lots of dialogue and good Southern American accent required. Audition song: No Matter What
  • Poor Baby (male; 8–11): Experienced young male actor, good singer (an older boy could sing the part if he has unbroken voice) for solo singing and group singing. Lots of dialogue and good Southern American accent required. Audition song: No Matter What
  • Amos (male; late teens, early 20s): Strong singer and good acting skills. Tenor; needs to hit a top B. Southern American accent required. Amos is the cocky Harley Davidson-riding ‘James Dean’ type character. The rebel of the musical, keen on Swallow but planning to leave town with equally rebellious girlfriend Candy. Audition song: Tire Tracks and Broken Hearts
  • Candy (female; late teens, early 20s): Amos’ girlfriend – a rebel rock chick. Black or mixed-race actress required. Good singing voice and acting skills. (Mezzo; top note is D♯). Southern American accent required. Although the role requires a Black girl, it does depend on who turns up for auditions. Audition song: Tire Tracks and Broken Hearts
  • Boone (male; 35–45): The children’s father recently widowed and struggling to cope with his young family especially his almost grown up daughter Swallow. Strong singer and required. Tenor; top note G♯/A♭. Southern American accent required. Audition song: Whistle Down the Wind
  • Edward (male; 40s–60s): The family retainer character who looks out for the kids and family. Black actor required. Excellent singer and actor required. Baritone; top note is F♯. Southern American accent required. Audition song: Cold
  • Sheriff (male; 35+): Typical small town Sheriff. He is concerned about the safety of the townsfolk with an escaped convict loose in the town. Dialogue and some solo singing. Baritone; top note is a D. Southern American accent required. Audition song: No Matter What
  • Preacher (male; 45+): The leader of the revival meetings. Uses snakes to gain religious recruits! Good actor with some singing. Tenor; top note is A. Leads wrestle with the Devil company number. Southern American accent required.
  • Earl (male; 20s/30s): Travelling with the religious revivalists. Snake handler. Some singing (bass/baritone) and dialogue. Audition song: No Matter What
  • The Minister (male; 40–60): The town’s church minister who promises “the Saviour will return”. Some dialogue, ensemble singing. Southern American accent required. Audition song: No Matter What
  • Deputy (male; 25+): Some dialogue and company singing. Southern American accent required. Audition song: No Matter What
  • Townspeople/Snake handlers/Mob/Shop owner/Newscaster (male/female; all ages): Various small speaking roles. Lots of company singing. Southern American accent required. Audition       song: No Matter What
  • Children’s chorus (male/female; 8–16): Good character actors/singers required. Some solo lines both dialogue and singing. Southern American accent required. Audition song: No Matter What

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

13–31 Oct The Cat’s Miaouw
presented by Followspot Productions
Kalk Bay Theatre
14–24 Oct Reza de Wet’s Missing
directed by Mdu Kweyama
Baxter Theatre
16–18 Oct We Can Do It!
a tribute by Jodine Clare-Talbot
Masque Theatre
20–31 Oct Die Seemeeu
directed by Christiaan Olwagen
Baxter Theatre
21–30 Oct Further Than the Furthest Thing
presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
The Playhouse
23–31 Oct Honour
directed by Brenda Grey for CDS
Masque Theatre
30–31 Oct We Will Survive
presented by Irit Noble
Milnerton Playhouse
31 Oct–15 Nov AUDITION: My Fair Lady
Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Artscape
01 Nov AUDITION: The Lion in Winter
Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
The Playhouse
03–07 Nov Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny
directed by Roslyn Wood-Morris
Kalk Bay Theatre
05–08 Nov The Actor’s Nightmare
directed by Sheldon Cross for CDS
Masque Theatre
08 Nov AUDITION: various musicals
Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
The Playhouse
10–21 Nov Maybe Baby It’s You Kalk Bay Theatre
12–28 Nov Sean Bovim’s Private Presley
a salute to the King
Baxter Theatre
13–21 Nov Gas Light
presented by Muizenberg Dramatic Society
Masque Theatre
15 Nov AUDITION: Whistle Down The Wind Metronome Theatre
15 Nov Inter-society quiz
hosted by Muizenberg Dramatic Society
Masque Theatre
17 Nov International Evening
Inter-societal evening (CDS, CTP & MADS)
Bergvliet Guide Hall
27 Nov–12 Dec Noises Off
presented by Milnerton Players
Milnerton Playhouse

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2015:

Simon Dutton (Chair/Hok Manager) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350
Santie du Toit-White (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): hapunkey@yahoo.co.uk Cell: 072 265 3502

Sheldon Cross, director of CDS’s June production of Midsummer Night’s Dream, will be directing Christopher Durang’s The Actor’s Nightmare in the Masque Theatre foyer in November. Auditions will be held at the Hok on 6 September. Please prepare a short section from the text (the_actors_nightmare) for the audition.

This will be a very short, intensive rehearsal process and a simple production with no set and minimal props and costumes.

AUDITION NOTICE

Play: The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang
Date and time: 6 September 2015, 13h00
Venue: The Hok, Thistle Road, Claremont
Performance dates: 5-8 November 2015

Cast:

  • George Spelvin, an accountant
  • Meg, a stage manager
  • Sarah Siddons, a grand actress
  • Ellen Terry, another actress, not as grand
  • Henry Irving, a grand actor