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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)

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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

DESIGN FOR LIVING by Noel Coward

Directed by Barbara Basel for Constantiaberg Theatre Players

Production dates: 2–11 March 2017 at Masque Theatre

Audition date: 5 Dec 2016
Time: 20h00
Venue: Bergvliet Girl Guide Hall, behind Acapulco Spur, Ladies Mile

PLEASE NOTE THE REHEARSAL PERIOD IS VERY SHORT AND SO ACTORS NEED TO BE VERY COMMITTED THROUGHOUT THE REHEARSAL PERIOD.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Design for Living, written in 1932, is a typical Coward comedy with witty dialogue and some juicy character roles. It concerns a trio of flamboyant characters, Gilda, Otto and Leo, who conduct their complicated three-way relationship in such exotic places as Paris, London and New York, impervious to the feelings of those around them. Coward describes Gilda, Otto and Leo as “glib, over-articulate and amoral creatures who, like moths in a pool of light, are unable to tolerate the lonely outer darkness but equally unable to share the light without colliding constantly and bruising each other’s wings”. Although the play’s “risqué subject matter” was deemed unacceptable, when it finally opened in London it ran for 5 months and the crowds of fans outside the theatre were so great during its final week that the police had to be called in to control them.

MAJOR CHARACTERS:

  • Gilda: (30 something) – a sophisticated interior decorator in love with both Otto and Leo, with whom she shares her ‘favours’
  • Otto: (30 something) – a struggling artist ‘madly in love’ with Gilda, who eventually becomes famous
  • Leo: (also 30 something) – a struggling playwright ‘madly in love’ with Gilda, who eventually becomes famous
  • Ernest Friedman: (40+) – a successful art dealer – also in love with Gilda, and whom Gilda eventually agrees to marry

CAMEO PARTS: some can be doubled-up

  • Miss Hodge: (40++) – Gilda’s Housekeeper (Act 2)
  • Mr Birbeck: (30++) – Newspaper Reporter (Act 2)
  • Henry Carver: (30++) – American Businessman (Act 3)
  • Helen Carver: (30++) – American Socialite (Act 3)
  • Grace Torrence: (40++) – American Socialite (Act 3)
  • Matthew: (40++) African American – Ernest’s manservant (Act 3)

If you need more info phone Barbara on 021 761 4289 or 082 651 1695 or email her at barbara.basel@gmail.com.

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November 2016 – Number 162

Hi everyone!

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

Six weeks to Christmas too – eek!

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Silly Cow reflection

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

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

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

– Faeron Wheeler, director

Silly Cow reactions

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

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

– Craig Watt

The reviews too were equally enthusiastic:

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

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

– Lieske Bester

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

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

– Colleen van Staden, FMR

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

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

– Barbara Loots, Theatre Scene Cape Town

Hok cleanup weekend

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

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

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

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

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

Digital archive

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

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

Members evening 2016

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

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

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

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

Equus cast list

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

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

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

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

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

CDS AGM

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

Director’s tickets

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

Intersociety quiz

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

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

MADS members evening

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

Audition alert: The Full Monty

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

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

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

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

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