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Notice is hereby given of the 65th Annual General Meeting of Claremont Dramatic Society, to be held at Barristers on 21 March.
Date: 21 March 2017
Time: 18h00 for 18h30
Venue: Barristers Grill and Cafe, Cnr Kildare Rd & Main St, Newlands
The agenda, last year’s minutes as well as the audited accounts will be sent at least one week prior to the meeting. The menu choices and list of awards nominees will also follow.
Please RSVP or send apologies to a committee member or reply to claremontdramatic@gmail.com.
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Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708
PostNet Suite 345, Private Bag X1005, Claremont, 7735
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com
February 2017 – Number 165

Hi everyone!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

CDS AGM

As you will have gathered from the lack of official notice, the AGM has been postponed from the original date of 28 February. The accounts were not yet finalised and we wanted to avoid a repeat of last year so we thought it best to postpone. The accounts are currently being audited by Brian de Jager. In addition, we have been awaiting the awards panel’s adjudications, which we are expecting shortly. The new date for the AGM is 14 March, venue still being Barristers. Official notice (including the accounts!) will follow shortly.

Equus update

Rehearsals for Equus are well underway and the play is shaping up nicely. I think everyone will be pleased and impressed with our young Alan Strang (Tian Landman) – I know I am. Bernie also has a very lovely surprise up her sleeve for the horses. I am under strict instructions to say no more but suffice it to say that it will be a show you won’t want to miss!

Director’s tickets

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

Digital archive

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

 

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

21 Jan–25 Feb Twelfth Night

presented by Artscape

Maynardville
     
22 Jan–26 Feb Romeo and Juliet

presented by Cape Town City Ballet

Artscape
     
31 Jan–25 Feb Big Boys the Third

presented by Followspot Productions

Kalk Bay Theatre
     
7–18 Feb Love, Sex, Fleas, God

directed by Celia Musikanth

Masque Theatre
     
7 Feb–4 Mar The Mother

presented by Eric Abraham

Fugard Theatre
     
11–18 Feb Rigoletto

presented by Cape Town Opera

Artscape
     
16–18 Feb Laced

created by Lee van der Merwe

Alexander Bar
     
16–18 Feb MATE

written and directed by Samantha Gray

Alexander Bar
     
16–25 Feb Rent

presented by The Stephan Fourie Theatre Company

Artscape
     
17 Feb Three of a Kind

presented by Andrew Young

Somerset West Playhouse
     
19 Feb Little Karoo

presented by Jenny Brandt

Masque Theatre
     
19 Feb HHDS AGM Somerset West Playhouse
     
20–25 Feb Sillage

presented by Rust Co-Operative

Alexander Bar
     
21–22 Feb The Plothole

directed by Rob van Vuuren

Alexander Bar
     
24–25 Feb Boarding Pass

presented by the Kit School of Ballet

Artscape
     
24–25 Feb Love Swings

featuring Ike Moriz

Somerset West Playhouse
     
26 Feb Little Karoo

presented by Jenny Brandt

Masque Theatre
     
20–22 Feb Macbeth

presented by Fabrik Theatre Company

Masque Theatre
     
23 Feb Dark Side of the Moon

presented by Mel Botes

Masque Theatre
     
23 Feb­–25 Mar Marat/Sade

presented by Flipside

Baxter Theatre
     
24–25 Feb TheatreSports

presented by ImproGuise

Masque Theatre
     
24–25 Feb On Probation

Performed by Michaela O Toole & Shannon Hiebner

Galloway Theatre
     
26 Feb Pinelands Players AGM The Clubhouse
     
27 Feb CATA ceremony Somerset West Playhouse
     
27 Feb–15 Mar bash

written by Neil LaBute

Alexander Bar
     
28 Feb–2 Mar Dangled

performed by Rob van Vuuren

Alexander Bar
     
28 Feb–11 Mar Chapter 2 Section 9

presented by Golden Arrow Studio

Baxter Theatre
     
28 Feb–18 Mar El Blanco

featuring James Cairns

Kalk Bay Theatre
     
1–3 Mar An Audience with Pieter Dirk-Eish Somerset West Playhouse
     
3–11 Mar Design for Living

presented by Constantiaberg Theatre Players

Masque Theatre
     
4–5 Mar 65 Glorious Years

celebrating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II

Somerset West Playhouse
     
6–11 Mar 5th Annual Improv Festival

presented by ImproGuise

Alexander Bar
     
8–11 Mar The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

presented by F Creations

Galloway Theatre
     
11–19 Mar Calendar Girls

presented by HHDS

Somerset West Playhouse
     
16 Mar SA Eco Film Festival Masque Theatre
     
17–18 Mar Love Swings

presented by Ike Moriz

Masque Theatre
     
18 Mar Milly’s Awards

hosted by Milnerton Theatre Players

Milnerton Playhouse
     
21–25 Mar Sipho and the Bright Morning Star

presented by MADS

Masque Theatre
     
31 Mar–1 Apr Flowers for Algernon

presented by DQ Productions

Milnerton Playhouse
     
5 Apr–5 May Theatre skills workshops

run by Milnerton Theatre Players

Milnerton Playhouse
     
7 Apr Milnerton AGM Milnerton Playhouse

 

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

Simon Dutton (Chair) 
simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350
Santie du Toit (Treasurer)
santsbabe@gmail.com Cell: 074 608 2670
Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer)
jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell: 082 492 5984
Matt Roy (Members Evenings)
hapunkey83@gmail.com Cell: 062 485 8001
Kim R2 (Communications)
tzar42@gmail.com Home: 021 671 8687 Cell: 083 619 2441

glass-menagerie

AUDITION NOTICE

Carnivals of the Heart will present The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams at the Masque Theatre from 7 – 13 May 2017 by special arrangement with Samuel French. Darryl Spijkers will direct the show. Auditions for this production will be between 6 and 11 February at allocated slots. Auditions will be by appointment only.

Please email thedashingwriter@gmail.com to make an appointment. Auditions will be held in 10-minute interviews. Actors should arrive 10 minutes early to fill out an audition form. A headshot will be taken or actors may provide their own headshot. Actors will read from a selection of sides for the audition. Sides will be mailed when you book.

Roles available are as follows: 

  • Amanda Wingfield (The Mother): 40-60 years old; an iron butterfly; a proud woman fiercely devoted to her children; still holds onto the ideals of her genteel southern upbringing; girlish and grotesque; narcissistic and loving; sensitive and harsh; a realist while living in the reveries of a lifelong vanished; charming and manipulative; a survivor.
  • Tom Wingfield (The Son): 20-30 years old, 30-ish in the present, 21 in the memory; narrator of the play; a poet who works in a warehouse; caught between responsibility to his family and following his dreams; explosive, mercurial, lonely, and caring; deeply devoted to his sister; a suffocating dreamer.
  • Laura Wingfield (The Daughter): 20-25 years old; sensitive; painfully shy; a childhood illness has left her physically impaired; retreats from reality through her collection of glass animals; loves her mother and brother; always puts others before herself; seeking disabled and non-disabled
  • Jim O’Connor (The Gentleman Caller): 20-30 years old; Tom’s lone friend at the warehouse and former classmate of Laura’s; a nice guy; pleasant in appearance and demeanour; peaked in high school; he is the outside world.

Members cast will need to commit to rehearsals 2-3 evenings per week (based on which dates cast is available) beginning mid-March until the show opens.

If you are interested in helping behind the scenes for The Glass Menagerie, we have a few technical roles available as well. Please contact thedashingwriter@gmail.com with any questions.

CATA Nominations 2016

Artistic Contribution and Technical Excellence:

  • Sumé Lötter – The Wizard of Oz (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Kyla Thorburn – My Fair Lady (CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Zanodean Cassiem – Of Mice and Men (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Nicolette Fernandes – Blood Brothers (Carnivals of the Heart)
  • Tamsin Williams – You’re a good man, Charlie Brown (Milnerton Players)
  • Ramsey Lötter – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Carnivals of the Heart)
  • Ashley Pitout – The Wizard of Oz (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Ashley Pitout – Blood Brothers (Carnivals of the Heart)
  • Robert Minshall – You’re a good man, Charlie Brown (Milnerton Players)
  • Neil Leachman – You’re a good man, Charlie Brown (Milnerton Players)

Costumes:

  • Santie du Toit – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Noel Pitout – The Wizard of Oz (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Barrie Howard – The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)
  • Ann Coltham – You’re a good man, Charlie Brown (Milnerton Players)
  • Darryl Spijkers/Christalla Fernandes – Grease the Musical (Masque Theatre Players)

Play or Musical Set:

  • Zanodean Cassiem – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Carnivals of the Heart)
  • Margi Blewett – Fallen Angels (MADS)
  • Barrie Howard/Jane Philbrick – The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)
  • Barry Altwig – Boeing Boeing (Milnerton Players)
  • Barry Altwig – Pa, Maak vir my ‘n Vlieër, Pa (Milnerton Players)
  • Zanodean Cassiem – The Wizard of Oz (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Zanodean Cassiem – Blood Brothers (Carnivals of the Heart)
  • Barry Altwig/Fin McCormick – You’re a good man, Charlie Brown (Milnerton Players)
  • Zanodean Cassiem – Grease the Musical (Masque Theatre Players)

 Cameo Performance:

  • No nominations

 Junior Performance:

  • Jordyn Linklater – Blood Brothers (Carnivals of the Heart)
  • Amy Reed – You’re a good man, Charlie Brown (Milnerton Players)
  • Bryony Bosman – Grease the Musical (Masque Theatre Players)

 Most Promising Newcomer:

  • Keanetse Fothoane – Curl Up & Dye (Milnerton Players)
  • Tamika Sewnarain – Fallen Angels (MADS)
  • Candice Burgess – Top Girls (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Zuko Katase – Of Mice and Men (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Hanno Fourie – Pa, Maak vir my ‘n Vlieër, Pa (Milnerton Players)
  • Ilse van Niekerk – Pa, Maak vir my ‘n Vlieër, Pa (Milnerton Players)
  • Cameron Murray – Blood Brothers (Carnivals of the Heart)
  • Enyha Swanepoel – Shout! The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)
  • Megan Spencer – Shout! The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)
  • Leonard Moeng – You’re a good man, Charlie Brown (Milnerton Players)
  • Georgia Bailey – You’re a good man, Charlie Brown (Milnerton Players)
  • Maileen Jamey – Grease the Musical (Masque Theatre Players)

Support Actress in a Play or Musical:

  • Samantha Taylor – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Carnivals of the Heart)
  • Su Cunningham – Top Girls (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Jane Cohen – The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)
  • Leanne Ferreira – The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)
  • Miranda Lewis – Master Class (MADS)
  • Nicolette Fernandes – The Wizard of Oz (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Veronica Suckling – My Fair Lady (CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Fiona Carling – My Fair Lady (CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Nicolette Fernandes – Blood Brothers (Carnivals of the Heart)

Support Actor in a Play or Musical:

  • John McConnell – The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)
  • Aubrey Hindle – The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)
  • Zuko Katase – Of Mice and Men (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Anton Schäfer – Pa, Maak vir my ‘n Vlieër, Pa (Milnerton Players)
  • Mark Wilkes – Habeas Corpus (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • James Bone – The Wizard of Oz (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Liam Walsh – The Wizard of Oz (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Graham Boxall – My Fair Lady (CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Michael Harris – My Fair Lady (CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Duncan Reid – Grease the Musical (Masque Theatre Players)
  • Wesley Rudd – Grease the Musical (Masque Theatre Players)

 Lead Actress in a Play or Musical:

  • Julie Summers – The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish (Masque Theatre Players)
  • Candice Burgess – Top Girls (Claremont Dramatic Society)
  • Natasha Futeran – The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)
  • Bernie Jacobs – Master Class (MADS)
  • Ilse van Niekerk – Pa, Maak vir my ‘n Vlieër, Pa (Milnerton Players)
  • Lesley Boxall – Habeas Corpus (Constantiaberg Theatre Players)
  • Linda Pledger Eedes – My Fair Lady (CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Jennifer Human – My Fair Lady (CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Michelle Galloway – Blood Brothers (Carnivals of the Heart)
  • Laura Bosman – Shout! The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)
  • Megan Spencer – Shout! The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)

 Lead Actor in a Play or Musical:

  • James Skilton – The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish (Masque Theatre Players)
  • Liam Walsh – Of Mice and Men (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Travis Pitout – Of Mice and Men (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Trevor Joubert – My Fair Lady (CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Nick Plummer – My Fair Lady (CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Liam Walsh – Blood Brothers (Carnivals of the Heart)
  • Matthew de Klerk – You’re a good man, Charlie Brown (Milnerton Players)
  • Richard White – You’re a good man, Charlie Brown (Milnerton Players)
  • Leonard Moeng – You’re a good man, Charlie Brown (Milnerton Players)
  • Rob Coutts – You’re a good man, Charlie Brown (Milnerton Players)

Play, Musical, Director of a Play, Director of a Musical:

  • Helen Dooley – The Wizard of Oz (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Alastair Cockburn – My Fair Lady (CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Kathy Lin – Blood Brothers (Carnivals of the Heart)
  • Neil Leachman – You’re a good man, Charlie Brown (Milnerton Players)
  • Darryl Spijkers – The Wizard of Oz (Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society)
  • Kyla Thorburn – My Fair Lady (CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society)
  • Darryl Spijkers – Blood Brothers (Carnivals of the Heart)
  • Darryl Spijkers – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Carnivals of the Heart)
  • Barrie Howard – The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Fish Hoek Dramatic Society)
  • Richard Higgs – Master Class (MADS)
  • Garth Tavares – Shout! The Mod Musical (Pinelands Players)
  • Nigel Sweet – The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish (Masque Theatre Players)
  • Mari Mocke – Pa, Maak vir my ‘n Vlieër, Pa (Milnerton Players)

Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708

PostNet Suite 345, Private Bag X1005, Claremont, 7735

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com
January 2017 – Number 164

 

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping 2017 will be kinder to us than 2016 was.

AUDITION: Sipho and the Bright Morning Star (MADS)

Production dates:  21–25 March 2017, Masque Theatre foyer

Audition date:        21 January, 14:30

Venue:                       Rendezvous, 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg

Characters:

  • Sipho (a young boy). Played by a real boy. He is taciturn and clumsy. Sometimes he has to think very carefully about what he wants to say before he says it.
  • Mama Wesizwa (his mother). A rod puppet, larger than life. She is matronly and gentle.
  • Blommetjie and Palesa (twin sisters: one pale, the other dark). Two young girls who are completely inseparable: like conjoined twins, they are joined at the hip and shoulder, and can only move their right and left arms respectively. They complete each other’s sentences, interrupt each other and at all times move as a single entity.
  • Zunga and Oagajaga (travellers from another place). Glove puppets with oversize heads and pointy hats, one with bells on it. They may be operated by the same puppeteer and voiced by the same actor. Like Punch and Judy characters, they are raucous and vulgar.
  • Ceres (a nature spirit). A large rod puppet. She represents earthly nature in its abundance and its parsimony, its gentleness and its violence.
  • Naledi (the Bright Morning Star). Ethereal, completely white and silver, with a glittering and gentle, but almost cold, presence

Synopsis:

Sipho is a strange young boy who lives alone with his mother in a remote village. His mother wishes he was not so strange, and wonders how she is going to handle him. She goes across the valley to visit someone, and Sipho, left alone, is approached by the two sisters who have been spying on him and giggling at his strange ways. The girls convince him that he is too strange and is a burden on his mother, so Sipho plans to run away to spare her the difficulty of raising him. He steals the money that his mother has been saving to send him to school or to buy him some new shoes and he sets off, accompanied by the sisters, teasing him all the way.

Suddenly the sisters disappear and two strangers arrive. They trick the naïve young boy out of his money and they disappear in turn, just as night is falling.

Not being able to find his way home, Sipho is met by a nature spirit who takes him under her wing for the night and watches over him while he sleeps, having struck a bargain with him that she will only keep the bad spirits away until just before dawn, otherwise she will be neglecting her work of keeping nature in balance.

On waking the next morning, Sipho finds that the nature spirit has indeed disappeared, and he is all alone, cold, scared and hungry.

As he is regretting stealing from his mother and running away, the Bright Morning Star appears and calls his name. She leads him back to his frantic mother and promises to get the stolen money back, if his mother does not punish him too harshly. As she fades away with the approaching sun, she leaves behind a trail of shiny coins for the reunited mother and son.

Inquiries: Sue Wilkes, 021 788 3963 or 078 878 6896

AUDITION: The Birdcage (CTP)

 Production dates:  17–25 November 2017, Masque Theatre

Audition date:          22 January, 14:30

Venue:                       Bergvliet Guide Hall

Rehearsal dates to be confirmed, but two evening weeknights one weekend afternoon per week would be required.

Synopsis:

Armand and Albert have built the perfect life for themselves tending to their gaudy, camp Miami nightclub. But their pastel tranquility is shaken when Armand’s son announces that he’s getting married to the daughter of ultra-conservative Senator Keeley … and they’re all getting together for dinner! Can Armand and Albert transform themselves into Mr. and Mrs. Family Values in time? It’ll take the performance of their lives, but they’ll do anything – and everything – to pull the chiffon over Senator Keeley’s eyes!

Principal cast members:

  • Armand Goldman (male, 45–50): owner of the Birdcage, a venue for drag shows in Miami
  • Albert “Starina” (male, 35–45): main attraction at the club and Armand’s partner. Preferably slightly ‘rotund’ and exceptionally camp
  • Val Goldman (male, 20–25): Armand’s son, strapping clean cut all American jock
  • Senator Keeley (male, 50+): typical American straight laced macho conservative politician with a penchant for candy
  • Louise Keeley (female, 40–45): the Senator’s sometimes dim-witted wife, but well turned out and caring
  • Barbara Keeley (female, 18–20 max.): their daughter, very level headed for her tender years
  • Agador (male, 20–30): this peach of a role, the maid/man servant/cook must have a Spanish accent, be well built and not feel shy in tight micro hot pants only
  • Katharine (female, 40–45): Armand’s original wife and mother to Val. Gym owner so should have exceptional body
  • The Goldman Girls (20s–30s): three top ‘drag artists’ who sing (or mime) dance in five-inch heels in costume
  • Cyril (male, 20–40): stage manager of the Birdcage

There are several other bit parts that can be doubled up.

For more info and to book your audition slot please contact director Barrie Howard on 021 788 2877 or 082 7424 720 or email barriejinh@gmail.com.

AUDITION: The Full Monty (Pinelands Players)

Production dates:  11–25 November 2017, Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest

Audition date:          29 January (callbacks 5 February)

Venue:                       Rendezvous, 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg

Rehearsals will commence in July: twice a week and once on the weekend.  This will increase as we get nearer to opening.

More information:

  • The show will be directed and choreographed by Laura Bosman, musically directed by Barend van der Westhuizen and stage managed by Philippa van Ryneveld. The rest of the production team will be confirmed once the show has been cast.
  • The show is set in Sheffield, England, and British accents will be a requirement. For the auditions, any British accent from any part of England will do. However, it is also not a train smash if you cannot do a British accent for the auditions, as long as you show potential to be able to learn one. Please note that the show contains some strong language and adult themes.
  • The songs “Hot Stuff” and “Leave Your Hat On” will be included as part of the show.
  • The cast requires 12 males, 8 females and 1 boy who can play 13–15 years old. Some of the ensemble members may play more than one role.
  • This is a show for both men AND women. Although the movie neglects the women significantly, the stage show is quite different and there are some meaty, powerful and crucial roles for women of all ages with brilliant solo and group singing numbers.
  • Age range and racial ethnicity of the characters are a guide only. If a certain character appeals to you and you believe that you have the ability to perform it well, please do not let either stop you from auditioning. Casting will very much depend on who auditions and who can best support the role vocally and physically.
  • This is a musical which requires singing, dancing and acting. However, above all, excellent acting skills are essential. The Full Monty deals with very real and heartfelt emotional issues which require a genuine acting approach. Do not be put off if you’re not the best singer, but you can really carry the acting and dancing. Come to the auditions anyway. The same with the dancing and singing. Please also note that there are some non-singing, non-dancing roles.
  • The final scene in The Full Monty contains full frontal nudity, backlit carefully so as to avoid any audience members seeing any “hot stuff”! Men auditioning for one of the sixmain roles do need to be comfortable enough with their bodies to strip down in this scene. Bear in mind that we are looking for men of all ages, shapes and sizes – preferably NOT Greek gods – in order to carry the roles successfully and realistically. With regard to all and any nudity in the show, please be assured that the rehearsing and staging of it will be handled sensitively and carefully. There will be no nudity required at the auditions.

Synopsis:

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

To read more and to see a list of the songs, visit http://www.mtishows.com/the-full-monty

Audition details:

  • Auditions will be held on Sunday, the 29th of January 2017 at The Roxy Revue Bar at GrandWest. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, the 5th of February.
  • To book your audition slot, please email thefullmontypp2017@gmail.com. Please indicate which character/characters you are keen to audition for. Further details will be sent to you along with your time slot.
  • Please prepare the song(s) indicated for each character. The sheet music for the song(s) will be sent to you along with copies of the dialogue for the auditions once you have confirmed your time slot.

Characters:

  • The six “hot metal” men:
    • Jerry Lukowski (35–45, Rock tenor, strong controlled falsetto, strong actor) – Unemployed mill worker. A regular guy, spontaneous, tough, cocky, with an excellent sense of humour. He is fighting to maintain his pride and the custody of his only son. Physical requirements: Not bad-looking and with a ‘nice rear’, as referenced in the script. What to prepare: “Man” and “Breeze Off The River”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Dave Bukatinsky (35–50, Lyric tenor with strong falsetto) – Unemployed mill worker. Dave is Jerry’s best friend and has a big heart, but he is very self-conscious about his excess body weight and struggles with self-esteem issues. He is lovable and more a follower than a leader. Physical requirements: Rather overweight. What to prepare: “Man” and “You Rule my World”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Harold Nichols (35–60, High baritone/tenor) – Unemployed mill worker. He is slightly older and more authorative than Jerry and Dave, a stuffed-shirt cynic. He dotes on his wife and hides from her the fact that he’s been unemployed for the last six months. His dancing skills make him the group’s choreographer. What to prepare: “You Rule my World”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Ethan Girard (25–45, Baritone/tenor) – Unemployed mill worker. Ethan is a determined optimist regardless of his unemployment problems, loneliness and regular failed attempts to copy the wall-walking scene from Singin’ in the Rain. He is energetic and enthusiastic, but does not possess the strongest intellect. Physical requirements: Preferably slim, with an athletic build (but not essential). What to prepare: “You Walk With Me”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Malcolm MacGregor (25–45, High tenor, smooth falsetto) – Unemployed mill worker. Sweet and sincere, Malcolm is a shy, gay man who is coddled by his mother and has few friends. He is rescued from a suicide attempt, and his self-esteem grows around his new companions. What to prepare: “Big Ass Rock” and “You Walk with Me”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Noah “Horse” T. Simmons (35+, Baritone/tenor) – Unemployed mill worker. He was a good mover back in the day. Sings and dances the brilliant number, “Big Black Man”. Physical requirements: Black man. What to prepare: “Big Black Man”. Dialogue to follow.
  • Supporting male roles:
    • Nathan Lukowski (13–15) – Pam and Jerry’s son. Wise for his age. Stoic, sincere and charming; loves his dad but knows he sometimes has to play the father. In the show he sees and hears adult-themed content and says “f**k” once. What to prepare: Dialogue only (to follow).
    • Teddy Slaughter (35–55) – Pam’s live-in boyfriend. Quite the opposite of Jerry, he is clean-cut and well-off. What to prepare: “Scrap”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Buddy ‘Keno’ Walsh (21–35) – A male stripper. He opens the show with a striptease for the women. No full frontal nudity. Physical requirements: Good body and moves well. What to prepare: “Scrap”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Reg Willoughby (30–55) – Union leader. What to prepare: “Scrap”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Tony Giordano (20–50) – Club owner. What to prepare: “Scrap”. Dialogue to follow.
  • Supporting female roles:
    • Pam Lukowski (30–45, High alto/broad mezzo belter) – Jerry’s estranged wife. She wants Jerry to be an active father and wants him to succeed, but has strong reservations. A strong, firm woman with a very big heart. What to prepare: “The Goods”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Georgie Bukatinsky (30–45, High alto/broad mezzo belter) – Dave’s wife. She loves her husband and worries about him. She is exuberant, warm and down-to-earth, an extrovert who is the leader of her group of girlfriends. What to prepare: “It’s a Woman’s World” and “You Rule My World (reprise)”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Vicki Nichols (30–55, High alto/broad mezzo belter) – Harold’s wife. She is classy and energetic, and loves to dress up and travel but is still one of the girls. She adores and understands her husband. What to prepare: “Life with Harold” and “You Rule My World (reprise)”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Jeannette Burmeister (“Of indeterminate years” but preferably with a been-around-the-block look, Low alto belter) – A piano player. A sassy, showbiz veteran with a smoky voice who has been there and done that, and has the scars and stories to tell. She’s so keen to get involved that she brings her own piano. An excellent actress required. What to prepare: “Jeanette’s Showbiz Number”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Estelle Genovese (25–35, Alto) – Jerry’s occasional girlfriend. Bold, brassy, sexy, slightly insensitive. What to prepare: “It’s a Woman’s World”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Susan Hershey (30–45, Alto) – A friend of Pam and Georgie’s. What to prepare: “It’s a Woman’s World”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Joanie Lish (30–45, Alto) – A friend of Pam and Georgie’s. What to prepare: “It’s a Woman’s World”. Dialogue to follow.
    • Molly MacGregor (60–70, Non-singing role) – Malcolm’s aged and ailing mother. Dialogue to follow.

CDS AGM

The CDS AGM for 2016 will be held at Barristers Bar and Grill, Newlands (our usual haunt) on Tuesday, 21 February 2017. If there is anything you would like included on the agenda, please contact a committee member. A more detailed notice will be issued closer to the time.

Director’s tickets

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

Digital archive

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

 

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

22 Nov–31 Jan District Six – Kanala

created by David Kramer

Fugard Theatre
     
16 Jan–4 Feb Hashtag Lottering

with Marc Lottering

Baxter Theatre
     
17–28 Jan Life

presented by Rob van Vuuren

Kalk Bay Theatre
     
18–21 Jan Nice Coat

presented by Soli Philander

Masque Theatre
     
18–28 Jan Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of the Queen’s Diamond Theatre on the Bay
     
19–21 Jan Two Parrots and a Sandcastle

presented by Megan Furniss

Alexander Bar
     
19–29 Jan Michael Jackson History Tour

starring Dantanio

Artscape
     
21 Jan AUDITION: Sipho and the Bright Morning Star

hosted by MADS

Rendezvous
     
21 Jan–25 Feb Twelfth Night

presented by Artscape

Maynardville
     
22 Jan Foyer Session: Mthwakazi

presented by Ulla Gosebrink

Masque Theatre
     
22–28 Jan London Suite

presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society

The Playhouse
     
22 Jan–26 Feb Romeo and Juliet

presented by Cape Town City Ballet

Artscape
     
23–28 Jan Picture Incomplete

presented by Schoeman Smit

Alexander Bar
     
23 Jan–4 Feb Oh Baby, I’m a Wild One

written and directed by Louis Viljoen

Alexander Bar
     
23 Jan–25 Feb Life Begins

with Riaad Moosa

Baxter Theatre
     
25 Jan MADS AGM Rendezvous
     
25–28 Jan New Talent Week

hosted by the Masque Theatre

Masque Theatre
     
30 Jan–11 Feb In bocca al lupo

produced by POPArt Productions and Jemma Kahn

Alexander Bar
     
31 Jan–18 Feb Big Boys the 3rd

presented by FollowSpot Productions

Kalk Bay Theatre
     
2–4 Feb Summer Classics

presented by Cape Town City Ballet

Masque Theatre
     
3–11 Feb Blood Brothers

presented by Carnivals of the Heart

Artscape
     
5 Feb Foyer Session: Maya Spector

presented by Ulla Gosebrink

Masque Theatre
     
7–18 Feb Love, Sex, Fleas, God

directed by Celia Musikanth

Masque Theatre
     
14 Feb Valentines Evening

hosted by the Masque Theatre

Masque Theatre

 

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

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

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

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

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

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

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AUDITIONS: 21 January at 14:30

CHARACTERS

  • Sipho (a young boy)
  • Mama Wesizwa (his mother)
  • Blommetjie and Palesa (twin sisters: one pale, the other dark)
  • Zunga and Oagajaga (travellers from another place)
  • Ceres (a nature spirit)
  • Naledi (the Bright Morning Star)

A note on the characters:

  • Mama Wesizwa is a rod puppet, larger than life. She is matronly and gentle.
  • Sipho is played by a real boy. He is taciturn and clumsy. Sometimes he has to think very carefully about what he wants to say before he says it.
  • The twin sisters are two young girls who are completely inseparable: like conjoined twins, they are joined at the hip and shoulder, and can only move their right and left arms respectively. They complete each other’s sentences, interrupt each other and at all times move as a single entity.
  • The two travellers are glove puppets with oversize heads and pointy hats, one with bells on it. They may be operated by the same puppeteer and voiced by the same actor. Like Punch & Judy characters, they are raucous and vulgar.
  • Ceres, like Mama and Naledi, is also a large rod puppet. She represents earthly nature in its abundance and its parsimony, its gentleness and its violence.
  • Naledi is ethereal, completely white and silver, with a glittering and gentle, but almost cold, presence

Synopsis

Sipho is a strange young boy who lives alone with his mother in a remote village. His mother wishes he was not so strange, and wonders how she is going to handle him. She goes across the valley to visit someone, and Sipho, left alone, is approached by the two sisters who have been spying on him and giggling at his strange ways. The girls convince him that he is too strange and is a burden on his mother, so Sipho plans to run away to spare her the difficulty of raising him. He steals the money that his mother has been saving to send him to school or to buy him some new shoes and he sets off, accompanied by the sisters, teasing him all the way.

Suddenly the sisters disappear and two strangers arrive. They trick the naïve young boy out of his money and they disappear in turn, just as night is falling.

Not being able to find his way home, Sipho is met by a nature spirit who takes him under her wing for the night and watches over him while he sleeps, having struck a bargain with him that she will only keep the bad spirits away until just before dawn, otherwise she will be neglecting her work of keeping nature in balance.

On waking the next morning, Sipho finds that the nature spirit has indeed disappeared, and he is all alone, cold, scared and hungry.

As he is regretting stealing from his mother and running away, the Bright Morning Star appears and calls his name. She leads him back to his frantic mother and promises to get the stolen money back, if his mother does not punish him too harshly. As she fades away with the approaching sun, she leaves behind a trail of shiny coins for the reunited mother and son.

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December 2016 – Number 163

Hi everyone!

Sorry about the lateness of this Chat – I completely lost track of time what with the public holiday. December brain!

That being the case, I hope you all have a wonderful festive season to recover from this, in some ways, rather brutal year sufficiently to bounce back for a wonderful 2017. If you’re travelling, travel safe and if you aren’t, stay safe!

Members evening feedback

Our year-end members evening was held at the Hok on 4 December and was definitely a success. It was great to see all the familiar faces as well as a few we haven’t seen recently! Sheldon Cross put together a collection of SNL sketches for the entertainment and there was a huge spread of salads and veg to accompany the braai. All in all a delightful afternoon. Thank you to all who attended!

CDS AGM

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

Director’s tickets

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

Intersociety quiz

The annual intersociety quiz was held on 20 November at the Masque, hosted by Constantiaberg Theatre Players. CDS fielded a team called the “Silly Cows”, consisting of Simon Dutton, Nicky Enticott and Kim R2, who managed a very respectable fourth place. The winner, and therefore next year’s host was Fish Hoek. Well done!

MADS members evening

MADS hosted an intersociety members evening on 30 November. Each society was asked to provide a table of snacks and decorations themed around a play or movie. CDS’s theme was Agatha Christie so we had cucumber sandwiches, scones and tea.

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The other themes were Titanic (MADS) and Wild Wild West (CTP) so ther was a fun range of costumes and food and all told it was a fun and successful evening. Disappointing how few CDS members were there, though.

Audition alert: The Full Monty

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

Digital archive

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

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

8 Nov–31 Dec Au Revoir
presented by Follow Spot Productions
Kalk Bay Theatre
22 Nov–31 Jan District Six – Kanala  created by David Kramer Fugard Theatre
29 Nov–17 Dec The Echo of a Noise 
with Pieter-Dirk Uys
Baxter Theatre
30 Nov–31 Dec Murdering Agatha Christie
written by Nicholas Ellenbogen
Rosebank Theatre
2 Dec–8 Jan Annie
presented by Pieter Toerien and Hazel Feldman
Artscape
6 Dec–14 Jan Fortyfied 
with Nik Rabinowitz
Baxter Theatre
8–17 Dec Joanie Galant Hulle  
directed by Nolan Africa
Artscape
8–23 Dec Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
presented by Stagecraft Drama Studio
Artscape
12–24 Dec Love Me Tinder  
directed by Megan Furniss
Alexander Bar
13 Dec–? Bad Jews 
presented by Eric Abraham
Fugard Theatre
14–23 Dec Oh Baby, I’m a Wild One
written by Louis Viljoen
Alexander Bar
15–23 Dec Grease
presented by Masque Theatre Players
Masque Theatre
16 Dec–8 Jan Peter Pan and Tinker Bell
presented by Cape Town City Ballet
Artscape
19–24 Dec Cinderella 
presented by Lilliput Children’s Theatre Company
Baxter Theatre
20 Dec–14 Jan Whistle Stop 
presented by Hijinks Theatre
Baxter Theatre
26 Dec–7 Jan Single Minded
presented by Jack Hardcastle Productions
Alexander Bar
27 Dec–7 Jan Dani and the Lion 
directed by Nicholas Spagnoletti
Alexander Bar
31 Dec Stairway to Heaven 
presented by Cape Town City Ballet
Artscape

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

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

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

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

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

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