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email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
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March 2015 – Number 142

 

Hi everyone!

Our first show of the year has come and gone. Jenny Brandt’s directorial debut, Crimes of the Heart, was very well received by audiences and reviewers alike. Well done to all involved! Jenny shares with us what she experienced directing her first show.

Rehearsals are now underway for our second show, Shakespeare’s great comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is being directed by Sheldon Cross in June. Everyone is very enthusiastic and working very hard so this is shaping up to be a great show. Keep an eye out for sneak previews and updates!

In the meantime, there’s lots of theatre, events and auditions to keep everyone busy in the weeks leading up to Easter. Enjoy!

 

Crimes of the Heart

Directing my first play has been a challenging experience on many levels. Firstly, as an introvert, getting a group of vibrant actor types to toe the line was not always easy! Secondly, and more importantly, was finding the confidence to commit to my vision of the play. In this regard, I must say, that I was hugely supported by the cast. From the outset everyone bought into the process and worked together to create a trusting environment.

We spent a lot of time initially analysing the characters and their relationships, a process that everyone seemed to enjoy immensely, including me. This laid the foundation for what, I think, approached a psychologically truthful production, which was ultimately my goal.

Needless to say what I’ve enjoyed most about directing this play has been watching each actor grow as a performer. I know that every one of them was challenged by their individual role and that at least two actors were cast completely against type! Well done to you all!

I would like to thank everyone again who supported this production, whether in set-construction, backstage, front-of-house, or just by coming to see the play.

– Jenny Brandt (director)

 

CATA Awards

The CATA Awards are approaching fast – ceremony is next week on 23 March at the Masque.

Congratulations to all CATA nominees and a particular congratulations to the CDS members who were nominated – you’ve done us proud!

Here again is the full list of nominees:

ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION & TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE

  • Sumé Christodoulou-Lötter – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Kyla Thorburn – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Roxy Levy – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Bettina Horvarth – Sleuth (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Fiona Tanner & Shaun Klaasen – The World Goes Round (Milnerton Players)
  • Jenny Merrit – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Fanie Fourie – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Lindsay Small – Sleuth (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Gary Fargher & John Blewett – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

BEST COSTUMES

  • Pilar Pringiers – Amadeus (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Corrie Luijk – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Noel Pitout – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Roché Haupt-Buckle – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

BEST SET

  • Fanie Fourie – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Barrie Altwig – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Sheldon Cross – The Hollow (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Zanodean Cassiem – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Fanie Fourie – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players

JUNIOR PERFORMANCE

  • Jessica Matthews – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Julia Mattes – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Michelle Juncker – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Julia Mattes – To Kill a Mockingbird – (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Tristan Slater – To Kill a Mockingbird – (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Timothy Stadler – To Kill a Mockingbird – (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

CAMEO PERFORMANCE

  • Kim Randleff-Rasmussen – Private Lives (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Jana Botha – Flat Spin (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Heather Scott – To Kill a Mockingbird – (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Jared Hendricks – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Jay Heale – Quartet (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Patrick Jordi – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Angela Lee-Wright – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)
  • Sibusiso Mpanza – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)
  • Lynn Moss – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

  • Zanodean Cassiem – (Set design) To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Lynn Moss – (Director) One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Floris Baker – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Hilary Abels – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Jason October – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Wynand du Plessis – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

  • Jane Stone – One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Pamela Burger – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Roz Fitzgerald-Turner – The Game’s Afoot (Milnerton Players)
  • Jane Sutherland – The Great Gatsby (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Nicolette Fernandes – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Kristine Berg – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Fiona Carling – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

  • Alastair Duff – Flat Spin (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Wesley Figaji – One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Robin Louw – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Dylan Damonse – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Sheldon Cross – The Hollow (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Jarred Pitout – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • David Bolton – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Neil Leachman – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Nico Dreyer – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

  • Samantha Taylor – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Lauren Meeser – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Debi Hawkins – Benefactors (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Jennifer Moss – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Cindy Nixon – Quartet (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Miranda Lewis – The Importance of Being Earnest (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Marzanne Kriek – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Sian Atterbury – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Victoria Harris – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Melissa Sanderson – The World Goes Round (Milnerton Players)
  • Fiona Tanner – The World Goes Round (Milnerton Players)
  • Jennifer Moss – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

  • Richard Higgs – Amadeus (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • James Skilton – One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Thomas Agates – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • David Bullard – Sleuth (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Norman McFarlane – Benefactors (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Rick Harington – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Brian de Kock – Quartet (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Trevor Joubert – The Game’s Afoot (Milnerton Players)
  • Wynand du Plessis – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Fanie Fourie – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Renier Jacobs – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Shaun Browne – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Werner Viln – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

  • Esté Rabé – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Darryl Spijkers – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Teddy Davies – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Darryl Spijkers – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Judith Herbig – The Game’s Afoot (Milnerton Players)
  • Barrie Howard – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

BEST PLAY, BEST MUSICAL, MOST ADVENTUROUS PRODUCTION

  • Amadeus (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • The World goes round (Milnerton Players)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Sleuth (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • The Game’s Afoot (Milnerton Players)

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Rehearsals have begun for CDS’s mid-year production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Everyone is super enthusiastic and really going all out to make this one a show to remember!

In case you missed it, here is the cast:

The Athenians

  • Theseus (Duke of Athens) – Simon Dutton
  • Hippolyta (Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to Theseus) – Jo Frater
  • Philostrate (Master of the Revels) – Faeron Wheeler
  • Egeia (mother of Hermia) – Bernie Jacobs
  • Hermia – Tahnee Steyn
  • Helena – Santie du Toit White
  • Lysander – Willie Blignaut
  • Demetrius – Matthew Roy

The Fairies

  • Oberon (King of the Fairies) – Richard Higgs
  • Titania (Queen of the Fairies) – Michele Belknap
  • Puck – Jana Botha
  • Peaseblossom – Lucy Frater
  • Cobweb – Bernadette Langeveldt
  • Moth – Setareh Rajaei (Seti)
  • Mustardseed/Fairy 1 – Dieter Strumpher

The Mechanicals

  • Patricia Quince (carpenter, troupe leader, plays Prologue) – Liz Roodt
  • Nick Bottom (weaver, plays Pyramus) – Mokoena Ramollo
  • Francine Flute (bellows-mender, plays Thisbe) – Kim R2
  • Robin Starveling (tailor, plays Moonshine) – Hishaam Loofter
  • Tom Snout (tinker, plays Wall) – Ian Belknap
  • Snug (joiner, plays Lion) – David Sharpe

If you are interested in getting involved backstage, helping with props, costumes, sound and lights, please contact the stage manager Debra Beswick on debrazoeb@gmail.com.

 

AUDITION: Till the Boys Come Home (Pinelands Players)

Pinelands Players will be presenting their traditional candlelight supper show at the Pinelands Town Hall from 15 to 24 May. The show this year is the musical Till The Boys Come Home. Auditions are being held on 21 March at the Pinelands Clubhouse at 14h00.

Director: Helen Brain

Musical Director: Ted Faulkner

CAST

  • Hazel: housemaid, feisty, cynical. 18. Comes from an orphanage. Loves Jannie Cupido.
  • Mrs McMurray: arty, wafty, vague and disorganised. Middle aged and wealthy. Doesn’t have to sing.
  • Dolores McMurray: lugubrious pessimist. Aged 26. Spinster older sister. Drippy nose.
  • Florence McMurray: pretty and girly. Pretty singing voice. Cheerful. Twin sister of William. Aged 22
  • Mrs Daphne de Villiers: young woman, pregnant, faints a lot, gets hysterical. Wife of Dr de Villiers
  • Mrs Cupido: Cook. 50ish Doesn’t believe Hazel is good enough for her son. Brusque, no nonsense.
  • Mrs Patrick: tone deaf and bossy. Married to the Rector. Middle aged.
  • William McMurray: soldier. 22. Trying to be brave, but missing home and scared.
  • Jannie Cupido: soldier Cape Corps. 24. Loves Hazel, but can’t declare it because his mother doesn’t like her. Bit of a mummy’s boy. Has to learn to set boundaries for mom.
  • Dr de Villiers: 35, doctor in Delville Wood. Wife at home, pregnant.
  • Phoebe Spencer: 23, nurse, shell shocked and over tired. Depressed by all these young men being killed and injured. Falls in love with William. Pretty, sings well.
  • Soldiers

SONGS

  • Pack up your troubles
  • It’s a long way to Tipperary
  • Goodbyee
  • Oh we don’t want to lose you
  • When this lousy war is over
  • Hush here comes a whizzbang
  • Oh it’s a Lovely War
  • Keep the Home Fires burning
  • I wanna go home/the Bells of Hell

 

AUDITION: Honour by Joanna Murray Smith

To be staged for Claremont Dramatic Society from 9–17 October at the Masque Theatre, directed by Brenda Gray.

Audition: Sunday 28 March, 14h30 at the Hok, Claremont

Described by one New York critic as “a gem of a play”, Honour is an insightful and original treatment of the all too familiar tale of a middle-aged man who leaves his wife for a younger woman.

This is not a plot-driven play, but a play that rides on a dense intelligent script and on the character portrayals of the four actors: “… a fly-on-the-wall view into the lives of this upper middle-class couple’s exhausting, confronting, yet also tender and poignant journey through life and love.”

It premiered in Melbourne in 1995, and has since been performed in more than three dozen countries, including Broadway (1998) and London’s National Theatre (2003).

CAST

  • Honor: A beautiful, elegant, cultivated woman in her fifties.
  • Angus (Gus): Honor’s husband. An attractive, slightly youthful man in his fifties.
  • Sophie: Their 24­year­old daughter.
  • Claudia: A striking young woman in her late twenties.

Enquiries: 083 330 0670 (SMS) or 021 686 3554

 

Subs reminder

A reminder to all to please pay your 2015 subscriptions (R50 for the year) if you have not already done so.

Bank details:

  • Claremont Dramatic Society
  • Standard Bank
  • Account no.: 072637676
  • Branch code: 051001

Please add your name as reference and send proof of payment to Anthony Storr-Lister (anthonylister@mailbox.co.za).

 

Calendar

12–21 March – Murder on the Nile (presented by HHDS) at The Playhouse (Somerset West)

21 March – AUDITION: Till the Boys Come Home (Candlelight Supper musical to be presented by Pinelands Players in May) at the Pinelands Club House

23 March – CATA Awards at The Masque

25 March – MADS members’ evening (Lynn Moss will be speaking about CATA) at the Rendezvous, Muizenberg

25–28 March – Ella’s Horses and Happy (a double bill of plays by Charles J Fourie presented by the Cape Theatre Ensemble) at The Masque

28 March – AUDITION: Honour by Joanna Murray-Smith (directed by Brends Gray, to be presented by CDS in October) at The Hok, Claremont

2–4 April – Resurrection (passion ballet presented by Jesus Street Show) at The Masque

6–10 April – Storyland (featuring “The Princess and the Pea” and “Jack and the Beanstalk”, presented by the Masque Theatre Players) at The Masque

11 April – Voices of the guitar (featuring Dimmitrios Giannakis and Jonathan Walters) at The Masque

12 April – Foyer sessions (Claire de Kock Quartet) at The Masque

17 April – Pinelands Players members’ evening at the Pinelands Clubhouse

19 April – Foyer sessions (Matthew Rice) at The Masque

24 Apr–2 May – House Guest (presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society) at The Masque

 

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2015:

 

Simon Dutton (Chair/Hok Manager) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350
Anthony Storr Lister (Treasurer) anthonylister@mailbox.co.za Home: 021 671 1443 Cell: 082 357 7677
Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell:082 492 5984
Liz Roodt (Members Evenings): lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk Cell: 081 259 3607

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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
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January 2015 – Number 141

Hi all,

Welcome back to another year filled with much theatre. It is only January and already so much is happening. We are looking forward to another successful year. First off, hearty congratulations to all those nominated for a CATA in 2014. We are excited for our first production of the year Crimes of the Heart directed by Jenny Brandt opening on the 20th of Feb. Not one to be missed. Also our second production of the year A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been cast. And what an amazing cast it is. A good time to catch up with old friends and get the low down on upcoming productions is at our AGM happening on the 24th of Feb. Bring on 2015!

AGM

CORRECTION: Just to let you know that the AGM will take place at Barristers on 24 February, 7pm for 7:30. Hope to see you all there! Official notice to follow soon.

CATA Awards

Congratulations to all CATA nominees and a particular congratulations to the CDS members who were nominated – you’ve done us proud! Here is the full list of nominees:

ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION & TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE

  • Sumé Christodoulou-Lötter – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Kyla Thorburn – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Roxy Levy – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Bettina Horvarth – Sleuth (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Fiona Tanner & Shaun Klaasen – The World Goes Round (Milnerton Players)
  • Jenny Merrit – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Fanie Fourie – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Lindsay Small – Sleuth (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Gary Fargher & John Blewett – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

BEST COSTUMES

  • Pilar Pringiers – Amadeus (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Corrie Luijk – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Noel Pitout – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Roché Haupt-Buckle – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

BEST SET

  • Fanie Fourie – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Barrie Altwig – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Sheldon Cross – The Hollow (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Zanodean Cassiem – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Fanie Fourie – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players

JUNIOR PERFORMANCE

  • Jessica Matthews – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Julia Mattes – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Michelle Juncker – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Julia Mattes – To Kill a Mockingbird – (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Tristan Slater – To Kill a Mockingbird – (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Timothy Stadler – To Kill a Mockingbird – (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)

CAMEO PERFORMANCE

  • Kim Randleff-Rasmussen – Private Lives (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Jana Botha – Flat Spin (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Heather Scott – To Kill a Mockingbird – (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Jared Hendricks – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Jay Heale – Quartet (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Patrick Jordi – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Angela Lee-Wright – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)
  • Sibusiso Mpanza – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)
  • Lynn Moss – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

  • Zanodean Cassiem – (Set design) To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Lynn Moss – (Director) One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Floris Baker – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Hilary Abels – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Jason October – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Wynand du Plessis – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

  • Jane Stone – One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Pamela Burger – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Roz Fitzgerald-Turner – The Game’s Afoot (Milnerton Players)
  • Jane Sutherland – The Great Gatsby (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Nicolette Fernandes – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Kristine Berg – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Fiona Carling – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

  • Alastair Duff – Flat Spin (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Wesley Figaji – One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Robin Louw – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Dylan Damonse – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Sheldon Cross – The Hollow (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Jarred Pitout – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • David Bolton – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Neil Leachman – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Nico Dreyer – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

  • Samantha Taylor – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Lauren Meeser – Don’t Dress for Dinner (Milnerton Players)
  • Debi Hawkins – Benefactors (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Jennifer Moss – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Cindy Nixon – Quartet (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Miranda Lewis – The Importance of Being Earnest (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Marzanne Kriek – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Sian Atterbury – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Victoria Harris – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Melissa Sanderson – The World Goes Round (Milnerton Players)
  • Fiona Tanner – The World Goes Round (Milnerton Players)
  • Jennifer Moss – Once Upon a Time Dot Com (Masque Theatre Players)

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL

  • Richard Higgs – Amadeus (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • James Skilton – One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Thomas Agates – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • David Bullard – Sleuth (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Norman McFarlane – Benefactors (Muizenberg Dramatic Society)
  • Rick Harington – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Brian de Kock – Quartet (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Trevor Joubert – The Game’s Afoot (Milnerton Players)
  • Wynand du Plessis – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Fanie Fourie – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Renier Jacobs – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Shaun Browne – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Werner Viln – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

  • Esté Rabé – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Darryl Spijkers – Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Teddy Davies – Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Darryl Spijkers – To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Judith Herbig – The Game’s Afoot (Milnerton Players)
  • Barrie Howard – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)

BEST PLAY, BEST MUSICAL, MOST ADVENTUROUS PRODUCTION

  • Amadeus (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Annie (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • The World goes round (Milnerton Players)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Legend Productions)
  • Oklahoma! (Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • One for the Road (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Sleuth (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • The Game’s Afoot (Milnerton Players)

Crimes of the Heart

Crimes of the Heart is really starting to take shape. We’ve had some trials – Trad has been stuck in the US for two extra weeks because of problems with his visa, but we finally have him back! We’re in for the last haul now – the most stressful part of all, especially if it’s your first time! Our move-in date at the Masque is Sunday, 8 February, so if anyone feels like lending a hand, that would be fantastic! Please get hold of me on jennybrandt74@gmail.com. Of course what would be first prize is if as many of you as possible come to see the show. It’s the kind of funny, happy, sad story that cannot fail to speak to everyone on some level. I can guarantee that you’ll fall in love with at least one of the characters and that you’ll leave with a head buzzing with poignant memories.

– Jenny Brandt (director)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

We had an incredible turnout for the auditions on the 18th of January followed by two call backs. After much deliberation and sleepless nights, here is the dream cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Opens 6th of June at the Masque. Rehearsals start in March.

The Athenians

  • Theseus (Duke of Athens) – Simon Dutton
  • Hippolyta (Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to Theseus) – Jo Frater
  • Philostrate (Master of the Revels) – Faeron Wheeler
  • Egeia (mother of Hermia) – Bernie Jacobs
  • Hermia – Tahnee Steyn
  • Helena – Santie du Toit White
  • Lysander – Willie Blignaut
  • Demetrius – Matthew Roy

The Fairies

  • Oberon (King of the Fairies) – Richard Higgs
  • Titania (Queen of the Fairies) – Michele Belknap
  • Puck – Jana Botha
  • Peaseblossom – Lucy Frater
  • Cobweb – Bernadette Langeveldt
  • Moth – Setareh Rajaei (Seti)
  • Mustardseed/Fairy 1 – Dieter Strumpher

The Mechanicals

  • Patricia Quince (carpenter, troupe leader, plays Prologue) – Liz Roodt
  • Nick Bottom (weaver, plays Pyramus) – Mokoena Ramollo
  • Francine Flute (bellows-mender, plays Thisbe) Kim R2
  • Robin Starveling (tailor, plays Moonshine) – Hishaam Loofter
  • Tom Snout (tinker, plays Wall) – Ian Belknap
  • Snug (joiner, plays Lion) – David Sharpe

Thank you all! If you are interested in getting involved backstage, helping with props, costumes, sound and lights, please contact the stage manager Debra Beswick on debrazoeb@gmail.com.

CDS outreach

Liz has been helping out at the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) recently. She was the theatre nurse there three years ago and has raised funds and donations for them ever since. The theatre and preparation rooms see hundreds of pets on the operating table each month and there is just no time to renovate and maintain when daily needs of the animals are priority. Liz identifies the needs of welfare and initiates projects where she can. She approached members of CDS to assist in preparation and painting of the theatre and it was a fabulous success. If anyone has any contacts who are able to fix aluminium windows or if someone can assist with the donation of a fitted kitchen cabinet (with sink and bottom storage only, for the prep room), please contact Liz (lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk).

The AACL in Epping had a makeover on 17 January when volunteers from CDS visited a different type of theatre. Willie Blignaut also managed to raise a R500 donation from his church so that we could purchase rollers, paint brushes, sandpaper, crack filler, etc. We had a great day and the team put so much effort into making the operational area look brand new. I would like to personally thank them for all their hard work – we had such a fun day and Dr Naylor and the staff are thrilled.

– Liz Roodt

Calendar

5–7 Feb              La Sylphide (The Masque), presented by Cape Town City Ballet

10–14 Feb         Oom Schalk from the Heart (Rosebank Theatre)

12–14 Feb         Valentine’s soirée (The Masque), directed by Barrie Howard; musical direction by Roland Perold

13–21 Feb         Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling (Somerset West Playhouse), presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society, directed by Darryl Spijkers

15 Feb                Foyer sessions (The Masque)

20–28 Feb         “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley (The Masque), presented by CDS, directed by Jenny Brandt

22 Feb                Foyer sessions (The Masque)

24 Feb                CDS AGM (Barristers, Newlands)

That’s all folks!

Love, Sheldon

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2014:

Simon Dutton (Vice-Chair/Hok Manager) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350
Anthony Storr Lister (Treasurer) anthonylister@mailbox.co.za Home: 021 671 1443 Cell: 082 357 7677
Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell:082 492 5984
Sheldon Cross (Chat) sheldon_cross@yahoo.com Home: 021 801 5610 Cell: 072 596 8369
Liz Roodt (Members Evenings): lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk Cell: 081 259 3607

Claremont Chat

 Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

 

 The Hok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont, 7708
 email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
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 December 2014 – Number 140

 

Hi all,

Best wishes for a happy holiday season and our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year. We look forward to 2015 and all the exciting projects lined up.

 

Members Evening Feedback

New director Jenny Brandt gave us a little taste of our latest production Crimes of the Heart. Set to wow audiences from 20 February 2015.

We had a lovely braai under the large trees of Su’s school grounds. We would like to thank Su Cunningham for her generosity in allowing us the space.

Next up: AGM! Date and venue TBC.

 

Audition notice – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Director: Sheldon Cross

Stage manager: Debra Beswick

 

Audition on 17 January 2015 at the Hok

 

Vision meeting at 10:00am (for all interested in being part of the technical team)

Acting audition at 11:00am (please prepare a monologue from the play)

 

Show moves into theatre: 31 May (two-week run)

 

For more information contact Sheldon Cross on 072 596 8369 or sheldon_cross@yahoo.com.

 

Calendar

10–21 Dec    “Once Upon A Time. Com”, a pantomime for the whole family 

20–28 Feb     “Crimes of the Heart”, presented by CDS, directed by Jenny Brandt

 

 “An actor must never be afraid to make a fool of himself.”  ― Harvey Cocks

 

 

That’s all folks!

 

Love,

Sheldon

 

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2014:

Simon Dutton (Vice-Chair/Hok Manager) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350
Anthony Storr Lister (Treasurer) anthonylister@mailbox.co.za Home: 021 671 1443 Cell: 082 357 7677
Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell:082 492 5984
Sheldon Cross (Chat) sheldon_cross@yahoo.com Home: 021 801 5610 Cell: 072 596 8369
Liz Roodt (Members Evenings): lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk Cell: 081 259 3607

Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont, 7708
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

November 2014 – Number 139

Hi all,

I cannot believe it is nearly Christmas time and we are busy wrapping up the year. What an incredible year it has been. We have so much to be proud of with another three successful productions under the belt. We are already looking forward to the New Year, but before we do that let us all have a party!

  

Next Members Evening 

On 30 November we are having our final Members Evening of 2014.

This year we will be having a wonderful picnic/bring-and-braai.

Hosted by Su Cunningham at her Kenilworth School

139 1st Avenue, Kenilworth

6pm

We will provide salads and rolls and some light entertainment, you bring meat and booze (maybe a blanket or camping chairs).

We look forward to seeing you all there for real special close to a very productive year.

 

Please give Pam Burger a ring on 021 657 5700 (w) or 082 488 0442; or email her on pamb@masterparts.com to let her know if you will be joining us for another great evening.

 

Quartet 

Once again we would like to thank everyone involved with this exceptional production. It was not only exceptional but successful artistically as well as financially. We are so proud of everyone. Hopefully we can celebrate this success at our upcoming members evening.

 

Crimes of the Heart

Our first production for 2015 has been cast by the director, the lovely Jenny Brandt:

“I have been very fortunate in finding a wonderful cast for my first production!   Included in my cast are a couple of well-known and well-loved faces, two very pretty new faces, a Scotsman with a surprisingly convincing southern accent and our very own Southerner from Mississippi!”

They are:

Lenny McGrath:                         Jana Botha

Chick Boyle:                                   Liz Roodt

Meg McGrath:                              Michaela O’Toole

Babe McGrath:                            Ashleigh van der Hoven

Barnette Lloyd:                           Trad Nogueira-Godsey

Doc Porter:                                     Matt Roy

 

Masque 200 Clubs

If you haven’t yet joined one of the Masque’s 200 Clubs (in which you donate a monthly amount to the Masque for general theatre upkeep so we can keep our little theatre running), please do consider it. It’s not a huge amount of money, but it could make a huge difference to the future of the Masque. All details can be found on the Masque website: www.masquetheatre.co.za.

 

The Fact Is …

Love is contagious and no-one is immune! Now in a concert of songs old and modern, Bonny White & Alison Hofer have found the answers just for you.

With classics from The Great White Way and The West End as well as ballads from around the world, the talented singers will tickle your funny bone, grip your heart and trigger your tear ducts. Be prepared to be spellbound!

29 November, 8 pm at the Pinelands Town Hall

Seating limited – one show only!

Tickets R100 (includes 2 glasses of wine, sherry or juice)

Book on 021 531 8682 OR 072 446 7532 OR cjwells@mweb.co.za0

Cast: Talia Bernhardt, Lesley Boxall, Suwi Chibale, Michelle Galloway, Chris Laurie, Kirsten Pienaar, Julian Place, France Sholto-Douglas, Keenan Oliphant, Samantha Sadler, Robyn Schurr & Amy Walton. Accompanied by Reon Jacobs.

 

Calendar

23 Nov                       Inter-Society Quiz (6pm, Artscape Theatre foyer)

 30 Nov                       Claremont Christmas Party! (6pm, 139 1st Avenue, Kenilworth)

28 Nov – 6 Dec       “The Great Gatsby” at the Masque Theatre, directed by Alastair Duff for Constantiaberg Theatre Players

29 Nov                       “The Fact Is …”, a concert of old and modern love songs presented by Pinelands Players (8pm, Pinelands Town Hall)

10 Dec – 21 Dec     “Once Upon A Time.Com”, a pantomime for the whole family, at the Masque Theatre, directed by Kyla Thorburn 

 

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. – Thornton Wilder

 

That’s all folks!

Love,

Sheldon

 

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2014: 

Simon Dutton (Vice-Chair/Hok Manager) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350
Anthony Storr Lister (Treasurer) anthonylister@mailbox.co.za Home: 021 671 1443 Cell: 082 357 7677
Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell:082 492 5984
Sheldon Cross (Chat) sheldon_cross@yahoo.com Home: 021 801 5610 Cell: 072 596 8369
Liz Roodt (Members Evenings): lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk Cell: 081 259 3607

From the chair….

Dear Members and friends,

Half way through October and we were already seeing Xmas trees etc. in the shops! We have had very good feedback on the September productions. The Shakespeare festival went well with good support from local schools. Pity there was not more members of the general public there.

The tribute to Cliff Richard and the shadows present by “The Young Ones” on the 5th and 6th September was sold out and the DQ Productions “Agnes of God” received very good reviews. The Amanda Peaceful Dance Company did a sterling job with their show.  The Aba tribute show sold out! Interesting to note whilst the Abba Show was on stage performing, Morne de Wet was busy painting  Gail’s set behind the black curtain!

Gail Hattingh’s “Fantasia” opened on Friday the 17th with a bang and as promised, has provided excellent entertainment. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t miss the last shows TONIGHT at 7:30pm or TOMORROW Saturday,1st Nov at 2pm & 7:30pm!

Bookings are open for Johan Liebenberg’s “Tribute to Neil Diamond” on the 6th and 7th November. Johan has an excellent reputation and we are looking forward to this one.

“Fawlty Towers” booking will open shortly and the show dates are 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 December. The 2015 Production schedule is almost completed and we have auditions for the first 2 productions in November.

Darryl Spijkers will be doing “Steel Magnolias” in February. Auditions will be held on 9th November.

On the 23rd November we have auditions for “Murder on the Nile” to be directed by Philippe Pringiers. This production is scheduled for March.

We have other shows coming up, more news of those later. Please pencil in 17th January for the ANNUAL AWARDS EVENING, and the 8th February for the AGM.

Regards

Lindsay S,
Chairman

 

Society News

Charity Support

The Abba Show has raised funds for Helderberg Hospice as will the Neil Diamond production.

Fawlty Towers will be raising funds for the Society for the Aged.

 

FOH – Front of House

That call will always be there! It’s such an important part for the successful run of our shows and we need to make sure we portray a good image. A friendly smile and welcome are what makes our patrons feel welcome. By the way, if you as a member have a Playhouse t-shirt that is a good opportunity to wear it.

To add your name to the list of volunteers click here. (If you have never done it before please contact Noel first (076 577 9338) and get her guidance on how it all works.)

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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
 The Hok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont, 7708
 email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
 www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

 

October 2014 – Number 138

Hi All,

Apologies for the late chat – October has been rather overwhelming. October has also been a month of triumphs. The cast and crew of Quartet presented a truly beautiful and heart-warming production. There was the fantastically enjoyable and classy members evening introducing the directing talents of Ms Faeron Wheeler and the preparations have begun for next year’s first production with the super-talented Jenny Brandt at the helm … never fear I will catch you all up on these latest developments.

 

Quartet

Thank you to Brenda, cast and crew of Quartet for a great night out at the theatre. Comedy, a stellar cast and brilliant director made for a memorable piece of theatre for all the right reasons. With full houses for most performances, word quickly spread that this was a must-see. Well done to Brenda, her cast and crew.

 

Members evening feedback

Our members evening on the 3rd of October kicked off with a scene from a delightful love story about a conservative couple on their way to their honeymoon, directed by Faeron Wheeler. Jana Botha and Willie Blignaut were wonderful to watch and Faeron secured her directing ticket for 2015. After drinks and snacks, there was a chance to enjoy some improvised Monty Python skits. There were three different scripts and willing volunteers had the chance to revel in the great comedy that is Monty Python. Thank you to everyone involved and we hope to see more of you at our next event. Remember our end of year Christmas party is coming up on the 30th of November – further details to follow in the next chat.

 

Auditions

Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley

Director: Jenny Brandt.

Dates: Sunday, 26 October at 3pm; Tuesday, 28 October at 7pm

Place: The Hok, Claremont

Performance dates: 7–14 March, 2015

Set in a small town in Mississippi, the Pulitzer prize-winning ‘Crimes of the Heart’ explores the relationship of three sisters as they come to terms with life changing events. Lenny, a thirty-year-old ‘old maid’ faces the loss of her only companion, her grandfather. Twenty-seven-year-old Meg, the Hollywood hopeful, is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Childlike Babe, the youngest, has shot her husband in a fit of despair. All three now come together as they try to get Babe off the hook with the help of an absurdly sincere young lawyer.

Although the subject matter is dark, the actual play is not. The playwright tells her tale with a delicate and humorous touch and the result is a rather quirky, heart-warming gem.

There are six characters:

Lenny McGrath (30; female; large part). Lenny carries the world on her shoulders. She is long-suffering, has little self-belief and tends to get rather flustered. However, she has always managed to be an anchor to her sisters, and holds her head up high in her home town.

Meg McGrath (27; female; large part). Meg is something of a rebel. She is the one who, as a little girl, discovered their mother after she’d hung herself along with her beloved cat. This is something that Meg has never really got over, but it’s also the reason why she’s gotten away with things her sisters haven’t.

Babe McGrath (24; female; large part). Babe is very childlike and a dreamer. One gets the sense that she doesn’t quite live in the real world. She is, however, a startingly honest person and doesn’t lack in sympathy for the suffering of others.

Chick Boyle (29; female; medium part). Chick is the sisters’ first cousin and Lenny’s next door neighbour. She has resented her cousins ever since they came to live with the grandparents and got special attention from them. A self-righteous and self-important bigot, Chick is a wonderful comic foil to the sisters.

Barnette Lloyd (26; male; medium part). Barnette is a very serious and sincere young lawyer. He genuinely cares for the sisters, particularly Babe, and is prepared to help them to the point of sacrificing a personal vendetta.

Doc Porter (30; male; small part). An old flame of Meg, Doc is a mellow, everyday guy, who is just a touch smooth. Having grown up in the sisters’ circle and always wanting to have become a doctor, he now leads a disappointingly ordinary family life as a house-painter up north.

If you’re interested in attending, these are Jenny’s contact details.

Cell: 082 492 5984

Home: 021 785 7610

Email: jennybrandt74@gmail.com

 

Calendar

 7–15 Nov       Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of being Earnest at the Masque Theatre, presented by MADS.

28 Nov–6 Dec             The Great Gatsby at the Masque, directed by Alastair Duff for Constantiaberg Theatre Players.

30 Nov           Claremont Christmas party! Save the date!

 

That’s all folks!

 

Love,

 

Sheldon

 

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2014:

Simon Dutton (Vice-Chair/Hok Manager) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350
Anthony Storr Lister (Treasurer) anthonylister@mailbox.co.za Home: 021 671 1443 Cell: 082 357 7677
Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell:082 492 5984
Sheldon Cross (Chat) sheldon_cross@yahoo.com Home: 021 801 5610 Cell: 072 596 8369
Liz Roodt (Members Evenings): lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk Cell: 081 259 3607

Hello from the Chairman…

Hi Everyone,

CTP have been going through some changes and some reorganisation over the last couple of months. But we are back on top of things now!

We have just finished the fantastically successful “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” directed by our own Barrie Howard. He received some of the best reviews I’ve ever seen so huge congratulations to him and his dedicated cast.
Alastair Duff is directing our next production, “The Great Gatsby” and this opens at the end of November. Watch this space.
Auditions for our first production of 2015 are being held on Saturday 18 October at 1400 at the Hok in Claremont. Directed by Bernie Jacobs, “Life and Beth” by Alan Ayckbourn promises to be an exciting and hilarious production. We are looking for all sorts of cast members and the audition notice is below.

We are busy planning our next members evening and this invite will go out shortly as well.

A full and complete newsletter will follow shortly.

Yours in theatre
Daniel

Audition Notice

Constantiaberg Theatre Players

Date: Saturday 18th October 2014
Place: The Hok, Claremont
Time: 2pm

Play: “Life and Beth”, a comedy by Alan Ayckbourne.
Director: Bernie Jacobs

Production Dates: 18 -28th February 2015
Rehearsal Dates: 20th October onwards, with a three-week break over the Festive Season.
Rehearsal Venue: The Hok, Claremont

The Play…

“Life and Beth” opens on Christmas Eve, in the aftermath of the death of Beth’s husband Gordon. It has not been an unhappy marriage, but Beth has – over the years – made every effort to paper over the cracks and present the image of a happy couple, even when it is hinted it has frequently been difficult for Beth to live with a man such as Gordon.

In Beth’s sitting / dining room, Gordon’s sister, Connie, is singing the praises of her deceased brother to Beth hinting that Gordon was his family’s favourite and she was another person living in the shadow of a revered but, it becomes increasingly clear, mediocre man. Connie makes it clear that she – and the rest of the family – do not believe that Beth can cope without Gordon.

Unexpectedly, the local vicar, David, calls to offer his condolences. David suggests he say a prayer for Beth. Beth reluctantly agrees – only to be saved when her son Martin and his new girlfriend, Ella, arrive.

Ella is a morose and silent cordon bleu chef who is obviously not happy about the trip and having second thoughts about her relationship with Martin; who believes his father was practically perfect and was the glue that kept the entire family together and functioning. With the entire family gathered together, David gets the chance to say his prayer and asks for help for Beth now that Gordon has gone.

Martin, meanwhile, is trying to recreate Christmas as his father would have wanted it, from the pre-prepared Christmas tree to the flashing reindeer for the garden. His ineptitude at anything practical soon manifests itself while Ella prepares a cold collation for tea. As Martin prepares the tree, his and Beth’s somewhat differing opinions on Gordon become apparent.

Martin decides to switch the Christmas tree on only for the lights to blow and the living room to be plunged into darkness. Martin lights a candle and at the head of the table – only seen by Beth – sits Gordon.

Apparently officially summoned back by David’s prayer, he intends to look after Beth forever…

Life & Beth: Characters

Beth Timms (Large Role)
Recently widowed, 50s
Attempting to re-establish her identity after a lifetime of being in her husband’s shadow.

Gordon Timms (Medium Role)
Her late husband, formerly a maintenance engineer, 50s
A rather pedantic and tedious man with a high opinion of both himself and his role in the family.

Martin Timms (Large Role)
Their son, a car salesman, 30s
Blustery, full of enthusiasm.

Ella Packer (Small Role)
His girl friend, 20s
Sour and morose.

Connie Bunting (Large Role)
Beth’s sister-in-law, also a widow, 50s
A “victim” who loves wine.

David Grinseed (Medium Role)
A clergyman, a widower, 50s
Kindly and well meaning, a little bumbling.

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