The referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on Thursday, 18 September 2014. During the debate an article appeared in the Guardian newspaper listing apologies to Scotland on behalf of England, covering everything from the Highland Clearances to digs at Susan Boyle. So, of course, Scottish papers responded in kind! And just to show that I have NO bias WHATSOEVER, I’ve given you both sides. So look out for some interesting “bits” in between all the other news!!
A great number of our members have been travelling lately – to mention just a few: Celia Musikanth visited family in the USA; Alastair Duff spent two weeks in Turkey and Greece; Val Stephens and Di Thom went on a flower trip to Namaqualand. And here’s some news from “swallow” Chris Bingham, who is (hopefully) now back in SA and will join us at the members’ evening:
A little update on the theatre scene in England:
A useful way of enjoying West End theatre at only 10 pounds is to go, or phone early, for a Wednesday matinee. Two plays packing them in are both Arthur Miller vehicles. At The Old Vic is a visceral re-imagining of The Crucible. It’s running now, adapted and set in South Africa by internationally acclaimed SA writer and director Yael Farber- featuring Bongile Mantsai and Hilda Cronje. It’s part of Kevin Spacey’s 10th anniversary in the round at The Old Vic. And at The Young Vic, another Arthur Miller play A view from the Bridge. This theatre proudly runs ‘Taking Part’ a project for local communities and young people to appear on stage with professionals. Meanwhile, pub theatre is going great guns with the ‘Permanently Bard Company’ sponsored by Fullers Brewery, touring pub gardens in the South of England. They are currently on at my local Twickenham pub, The Turks Head, with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
England says: Sorry that some of us lift your kilts up at weddings. You know, to check. That’s not on.
Scotland says: Sorry for never failing to remind Union-Jack waving sports fans that athletes such as Christine Hoy and Andy Murray are actually Scottish.
We’re welcoming lots of new members this month – hope to meet you all at the Members’ evening on the 17th! (details elsewhere in this newsletter). So a warm “Hello!” to:
Sara De Beer-De Vos, a yoga teacher from Muizenberg;
Jane Cohen, well-known to many for her work as Masque Volunteer Co-ordinator;
Michael Dewar, an accountant from Pinelands;
David Sharpe, an engineer from Constantia;
Arlene Herbert who is in sales and hails from Meadowridge;
Tamara-Lee Wannenberg, a speech and drama teacher from Tokai.
England says: Sorry for David Cameron stressing his Scottish ancestry to belatedly ingratiate himself with you. Even we thought that was embarrassing.
Scotland says: Sorry for consistently producing the funniest folk on the planet: Billy Connolly, Craig Ferguson, Ronnie Corbett, Kevin Bridges, Stanley Baxter, etc.
A teeny-tiny crop of birthdays in September – but a lot more than we had in 2009 when the only ones were Aubrey and Celia!! Debra Beswick starts us off on the 11th, followed by Patrick Jordi on the 16th. Aubrey Hindle celebrates his birthday on the 20th with Nikita McShane following on the 23rd. We round out the month with Celia Musikanth on the 29th. And to my great surprise I have never delved into September’s birthstone! The traditional birthstone is the Sapphire which is associated with truth, sincerity and constancy. The traditional colour of the Sapphire is a deep blue and this is strongly favoured as a popular gem in jewellery. However, Sapphires can be found in a variety of colours, including yellow, pink and white and different shades of blue. Sapphires with colours other than blue are generally referred to as fancy sapphires.
Wishing you all a great year ahead!
Our society is looking for the following furniture for The Importance of Being Earnest which is set in the Edwardian period, early 1900s:
For the London apartment – a couch or chaise and some easy chairs upholstered in black, white or grey or a mixture, plus a fairly ornate-looking wooden dining-room table (does not have to be very large), 3 chairs and a coffee table.
For the garden of a country estate – a garden table and 3 chairs that need to look like ‘wrought iron’ (can be a synthetic version) and two larger, comfortable wicker/basket-work garden chairs.
These would be needed from Thurs 30 Oct to Sun 16 Nov. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
And Claremont Dramatic Society is also needing help with the following:
If you have any of these that you’re willing to lend for the duration of their production of Quartet (at the Masque 10 – 18 Oct) please contact Faeron Wheeler, prod sec, on email@example.com.
Please note days, times and prices for Masque Theatre productions (unless otherwise stated) are:
Keep up with Masque news on https://www.facebook.com/masquetheatre
Voices of the Guitar presented by Dimmitrios Giannakis in the Masque Foyer at 20h00. This virtuoso guitarist, together with Al Farid and Jonathan Walters perform masterpieces for the Spanish, Flamenco, Classical and Jazz guitar. Expect dazzling playing and heart-warming harmonies. Guest artist is Garth Keyster on flute. Tickets R90 – R100
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, directed by Barrie Howard and presented by Constantia Theatre Players at the Masque. This production has all the earmarks of Williams unique dramas, involving as it does, his emotionally biographical themes of ambivalence in sexual orientation, disaffection and difficulty in maintaining intimate relationships. The play concerns a young man’s disgust with mendacity and descent into alcoholism following the death of his college friend, and his wife Maggie the Cat’s efforts to stop him drinking so that he can take over his dying father’s plantation. This play won Williams his third New York Drama Critics Award and his second Pulitzer Prize and was considered his personal favourite of all his plays. Tickets from R60.
Agnes of God, a drama by John Pielmeieron, presented by DQ Productions at the Play-house, Somerset West. This is a new drama group started in Gordon’s Bay and the play is directed by P. Pringiers. “I want to believe that somewhere, somehow, there is a happy ending for every story. It all depends how thoroughly you look for it.” Tickets R90 through Computicket.
Muizenberg Festival 2014 – see below
The World Goes Round, the Songs of Kander & Ebb, directed by Sheila McCormick and presented by Milnerton Players at their Playhouse. This fast moving revue consists of an eclectic collection of love songs, torch songs and acerbicly witty comic numbers, some well-known and some not so well-known, from some fourteen Broadway shows such as New York, New York, Chicago and Cabaret. This cast of five talented and seasoned musical theatre performers cope with quick changes of costume and mood while adroitly handling difficult harmonies under the expert musical direction of Jeremy Quickfall. Book on 0822671061 or www.milnertonplayers.com. Tickets R90 evenings and R80 matinees.
Dynamite Music will be hosting another classical cd/dvd expo on the Masque Veranda from 10h30 till 19h00. Dynamite Music is the only importers that bring in classical products which they sell direct to the public. So for all music lovers from Muizenberg to Simonstown and surroundings…if you love classical music, this is your chance to browse through South Africa’s largest selection of classical music.
All Things Dance presented by the Amanda Peaceful Dance Company at the Playhouse, Somerset West. Further info and bookings on 0763377246.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do, the South African Premiere of the musical featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka, directed by June Wells for Pinelands Players. Musical direction by Alan Van der Merwe and Ted Faulkner with choreography by Brendon Van Blerk. This fun musical is on at The Magnet Theatre in Observatory and you can phone 0609304961 to book or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to sing along to “Calendar Girl”, “Stupid Cupid’, “Solitaire”, “Laughter in the Rain”, “Happy Birthday Sweet 16” and many other toe-tapping numbers! Let your hair down and dance in the aisles! Tickets cost R130 and R100 for matinees. All bookings must be paid for before being confirmed.
Wednesday, 17 September, at the Rendezvous.
I know we are already in spring but I’m sure there’s still some cold weather to come! So this is going to be our soup-and-bread evening. Those of you who have attended before know that this is always a very special treat! Our little cash bar will of course be open but you are welcome to BYO – we’ll supply glasses and ice. We’re going to be something fairly challenging this time round – spontaneous speaking – which should also be lots of fun! Here’s how it will work: there will be a “receptacle” with various (single) words on pieces of paper. If you would like to participate you grab one and then at some time during the evening you will be called upon to speak about “your word” – you can sing, say a poem, give your experience, explain it, whatever!! We are molly-coddling you a bit in that you WILL have some time to think about it!! For catering purposes we do need a head-count so please RSVP to Wendy Morling on email@example.com or 7150694 or 0834628242 by Friday 12 September.
Scotland says: Sorry for eternally gloating at having provided cinema with the best Bond ever (it’s true though).
England says: Sorry for blaming you for Tony Blair. Yes, he is Scottish, but we voted for him.
Nico Dreyer is appealing to the Masque Societies for someone to volunteer to help him put up posters in the foyer (a job that Wendy Goddard used to do). Please contact him on 021 7886999 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Please see below for details of The Masque Supporters’ Clubs!!
The Cape Town G&S Society is holding auditions on Saturday, 13 September at 13h30 for all those interested in participating in the Viva Voce programme over the next 12 months. It will be held in Rehearsal Room 308 at Artscape. Viva Voce is an arm of the Society where participants can experience G&S operas and musicals in any form of vocal ensemble. This may take the form of either an informal or formal gathering. Performers for specific concerts will be selected from the broader group depending on availability, available rehearsal time and voice parts required. For further info visit www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za or email Email Philippa van Ryneveld at email@example.com.
Scotland says: Sorry that Scotland is THE place to be this year with the Commowealth Games, Ryder Cup, Bannockburn Celebrations, MTV Awards. But you’re welcome to join us!
England says: So very sorry for taking so long to say sorry. But look. Tell us what you’d need to stay. A no-peeking-under-the-kilt law? Done. A 25-0 start in future rugby internationals? Nae bother. Let’s talk. Anything is possible. Except you going. We couldn’t bear that.
Hope to see you all on the 17th!!
Chair: Barbara Basel 021 7614289/0826511695; Vice-Chair: Wendy Morling 021 7150694/0834628242;
Secretary: Eve Carr 021 7977286/0827892281; Acting Treasurer: Raymond Rudolph 0217945229/0823122737;
Members: Su Cunningham 021 7623875/0829022938; Alastair Duff 021 7884984;
Richard Higgs 0836111419; Di Thom 021 7947455/0824109900
President: Celia Musikanth 021 7887911/0833588415 Vice-President: John McConnell 021 7822743
Masque Trustee: Nick Lee
Our Website: www.mvds.co.za
Our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Mads/1740873193086
To Friends and Supporters of The Masque Theatre
As most of you know, we have just replaced the entire roof of the theatre, but now we also need to replace the air-conditioning system before the heat of summer; as well as on-going maintenance of the stage mechanics, fire-proofing and all the other things that need to be done to ensure that the theatre – your theatre – is kept in a safe and comfortable condition for everyone who uses it.
The Masque does not have a reserve of funds to cover these costs so we need to ask YOU, our loyal supporters, to help us – as every theatre across the world has to ask its supporters.
At our AGM in May we decided to launch two new Masque Supporters Clubs based on the very successful clubs run by St Luke’s Hospice and a number of other charities.
The Masque 200/50 Club will be made up of 200 ‘angels’ who each donate R50 a month, by debit order or R600 per annum by cheque or direct deposit to The Masque Theatre account. They will each be given a membership number.
The Masque 200/100 Cub will be made up of 200 other ‘angels’ who donate R100 a month or R1 200 per annum. They will also receive membership numbers.
Every month there will be a draw in which 2 membership numbers from each club will be randomly selected to receive complimentary tickets to The Masque Theatre productions.
These tickets will be able to be used to reserve seats for any shows at The Masque, including outside productions, as long as the show is not sold out and the producer agrees. (There will be a maximum of 8 seats per show allocated to Club members) The complimentary Club tickets must be used within 3 months of being issued.
In addition there will an annual Masque 200 Club function to recognise and thank all the members and a Masque 200 Club board will be put up in the foyer with the names of all the contributors.
The founder member of The Masque 200/100 Club is Brian Commins, who took out a debit order for R100 month in February because he knew that we needed money and, as he said “I love the Masque and The Masque Theatre is a blessing for Cape Town and particularly for the southern suburbs. I believe it has hundreds or even thousands of fans and adherents more than willing to donate regularly to ensure the flourishing of the Masque.”
So if you love The Masque too, and are in a position to make a monthly donation towards the costs needed to keep it going, please contact out theatre manager Nico Dreyer on 021 788 6999 who will be delighted to add your name to one of the Masque Supporters Club lists.
THANK YOU for your continued support of this great little theatre.
The first half of October 2014 sees the first formal Muizenberg Festival! The Festival is a celebration of Muizenberg’s commitment to creative, collaborative, community-led transformation and is an opportunity to maximise the resources, connections, talents, skills and collective power of the community.
Activities will take place throughout the whole month, but the high point is the week ending the 11th & 12th of October, with a variety of exciting events, culminating in a fabulous weekend of activities. Music concerts, theatre, exhibitions, and the like.
The full programme is due to be released shortly, but we can reveal that MADS will have a presence – Barabara Basel, director of the upcoming MADS show at the Masque Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest, has agreed to open up one night’s rehearsal to the public, and to host a Q & A session afterwards. The rehearsals are held at the False Bay Rendezvous where our MADS members’ evenings are held, and the open session will be at 19h30 on Wednesday, 8 October. Donations will be accepted and these will be used towards the upkeep of the Masque Theatre.
On Mon 6th & Tue 7th, at 8pm, MADS member Raymond Rudolph will be performing the one-man show, Hovering, which he produced at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this year. Written by UK writer Ron Aldridge, adapted for South Africa by Raymond , and directed by Celia Musikanth, it will be staged at the Alive Cafe Creative Experience Hub, a lovely intimate venue at 11 Atlantic Road, close to the railway bridge. Billed as a seriously funny comedy, it runs for an hour and is rated PG13, so teenagers may have to explain certain things which their parents may not understand. Kaiser Chiefs, dentists, waiting, the afterlife – random thoughts of a man waiting in hospital for news of his comatose wife, hovering between life & death. Why is he waiting? Is there more to him than meets the eye? A hauntingly funny piece of theatre, teetering on the border between laughter & tears. “With a lot of mind picking and thought-provoking messages this performance is targeted at an adult audience. A wonderful experience.” (Cue Review, Grahamstown 2014). Tickets are R50 and part of the proceeds will be donated to the Festival in aid of local projects. Contact Raymond at firstname.lastname@example.org or 082 3122 737 for info.
We’ve heard rumours that well known local muso’s, Steve Newman (guitar), and Chris Tokalon (Sax & flute) may also be doing gigs. Details to be confirmed!
For more info please check out the official Festival website: www.muizenbergfestival.co.za, or the Facebook page. For info on the above two events, click on the “Projects” link on the Festival site, and then on the green-circus-tent “Celebrate Muizenberg” icon. For info on Alive Cafe Creative Hub please check out www.alivecafe.co.za.
If you are a wonderfully creative and talented individual, as most of our MADS members are, there is an opportunity for you too to take part in the Festival. The coordinator of informal events at the Festival, Robyn Wainwright, is looking for people who’d like to perform street theatre on sidewalks or sing or dance or play music, or simply walk around in wacky, bizarre, colourful costumes, interacting with people and generally creating a vibe. Phone Robyn on 0723118442 or email her at email@example.com if you are interested or have any suggestions. There is no remuneration involved but you’ll certainly have fun. Or you can contact the Festival Manager, Fergus Turner, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
The Hok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont, 7708
I am not going to lie; it is tough out there for a thespian. Well, for some … some get starring roles in American drama series (no names mentioned *cough* Gary Green). I am not jealous or anything, but he may have made some of us more than a little green. Other than that, I can smell hope and springtime … I hope I don’t have a brain tumour. Enjoy this month’s chat!
Quartet has begun rehearsals and there isn’t much to report other than rehearsals are going well so far and the cast members are working hard and looking good.
Next members evening is 3 October. We are busy recruiting budding directors to show us what they got so there will be a showing of new directors’ work followed by a Q&A session.
If you are interested in showcasing your talents as a director feel free to contact Liz Roodt our multi-talented members evening coordinator at email@example.com or 081 259 3607.
Please come and support the new talent and share your acquired wisdom with them.
We would like to welcome our new members and we all look forward to meeting you soon.
Our new members are: David Ryan, Cathy Myers and Willie Blignaut
Not in that way. Nico really needs someone to help him put up the posters in the foyer, like Wendy used to do.
You all know Nico: he’s that nice chap at the Masque. Please someone step forward for this.
Fish Hoek Dramatic Society presents Neil Simon’s California Suite Directed by Jane Philbrick
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do at the Magnet Theatre presented by Pinelands Players
The Rocky Horror Show at the Fugard Theatre Book through Computicket.
I think theatre ought to be theatrical. You know, shuffling the pack in different ways so that it’s … there’s always some kind of ambush involved in the experience. You’re being ambushed by an unexpected word, or by an elephant falling out of the cupboard, whatever it is. – Tom Stoppard
That’s all folks!
Some exciting auditions coming up:
The second casting call for The Great Gatsby will take place Sunday 3 August at 14:00 in the Masque Theatre foyer.
The show will run from 28 November – 6 December.
Singers and dancers also welcome, as there will be a chorus group. Any further information requests can be directed to Alastair Duff by calling 021 788 4984.
American accents are required for all characters except Meyer Wolfsheim.
The audition for Once Upon A Time.com will be taking place at the Masque Theatre on Sunday 17 August from 13:00 – 16:30 (please be prepared to stay the full time duration as you will be taught a short dance and song to perform at the casting call). Singers and dancers also welcome, as there will be a chorus group.
The show will take place 10 – 21st December 2014.
Please compile a comic poem of your choice – no longer than two verses. The director is looking for presentation, expression and voice projection. You may recite or read it.
Once Upon a Time.Com is a locally written (2000) and adapted (2014) modern pantomime uses most of the traditional pantomime conventions, like Dames, sing-alongs, audience participation and rewritten lyric’s to well-known commercial songs.
A Pantomime (informally panto), is a musical comedy, designed for family entertainment that is fun for all ages. It was developed in England and is generally performed during the Christmas and New Year season. Modern Pantomime includes songs, slapstick comedy and dancing, employs gender-crossing actors, and combines topical humour. It is a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers. Once Upon a Time.Com is no different.
The principal story is about a virus created by the character Virulina who has a personal vendetta against the character the Webmaster – responsible for the Great Storyland Computer Service. The stories in Storyland get corrupted by this virus and the Webmaster deploys Dorothy Com and other intriguing characters to find Virulina and destroy the virus.
Our wish is to make this a big cast:- 4 leads, 9 supports, 11 cameo’s (who will also be part of all singing and dancing production numbers) with a chorus of children. There may be additional characters created, depending on the attendance at the audition.
If you wish to audition for more than one role, you are more than welcome. Rehearsals will start in September.
The show also needs people to help out in all realms, from costumes to scenery to backstage to publicity. If you would like to get involved, please let Kim R2 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Anthony Lister (email@example.com) or any other CDS committee member know ASAP.
Please contact Tanya March at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 082 2900 6963 for any queries
Auditions will be held on Sunday 3 August at 4:30pm for 5pm with a possible call-back on Sunday August 10 at 4:30pm for 5pm at the Playhouse Theatre (Somerset West). The show opens early December for a two week run. Rehearsals will be Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:30pm, and Saturday afternoons from 2pm.
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 debuted on The Playhouse stage in 2010 with “The Hotel Inspectors” and “Communication Problems”. This year we’re staging the hilarious “Waldorf Salad” and “The Psychiatrist”.
The parts of Sybil and The Major are pre-cast, with Anthea Nixon Bosch and John Thornton reprising their roles from 2010. We are looking to cast the following parts for both episodes:
For “Waldorf Salad”, we will cast the following parts:
For “The Psychiatrist”, we will cast the following parts:
The success of Fawlty Towers in 2010 was achieved by not deviating from the original comedy formula of the TV series. Accordingly, accents matter, and of course we’re looking for people who can faithfully recreate the performances of the original cast members, particularly for the principal parts of Basil, Sybil, Polly, Manuel, The Major and Terry the chef, and the episode leading roles.
You are welcome to prepare for the audition beforehand, by watching the two episodes we are staging, and the audition scripts will also be available on The Playhouse Facebook page prior to the audition. Rehearsals are scheduled for Monday and Thursday evenings from 7.30pm, and Saturday afternoon from 2pm. Rehearsals typically last no more than three hours.
The first rehearsal, a read-through of the two episode scripts, will take place on Monday 11 August at 7.30pm, venue to be advised at the Sunday 3 August audition.
All people who are cast in the show, must be members of the HHDS. If you’re not a member, membership forms will be available at the audition, and you can sign up right away.