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The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

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January 2016 – Number 152

Hi everyone!

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

Karaoke – Masque fundraiser

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

Aubrey Hindle’s retirement

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

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

New theatre manager: Nicola Date

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

CDS’s next production

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

CATA awards

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

CDS AGM

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

AUDITION: Shall We Dance?

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

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

CAST:

DANCERS

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

NON SPEAKING PARTS

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

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

NON-DANCERS

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

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

SECOND AUDITION: P.S. Your Cat is Dead

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

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

CAST: (ages are fairly flexible)

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

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

ALSO NEEDED:

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

Contact Alastair Duff on 021 788 4984 for more information.

AUDITION: Whistle Down the Wind

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

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

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

CAST:

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

CHORUS:

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

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

For more information, contact Legend Productions:

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

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

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2015: 

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

diepe grond

Oudisies: Diepe Grond deur Reza de Wet

Aangebied deur Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society

Regie: Richard Higgs

Opvoering: 11-20 Februarie 2016

Repetises: Afhangend van beskikbaarheid van spelers.

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

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

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

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

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

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October 2015 – Number 149

Hi everyone!

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

CDS’s next production: Honour

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

An extract from the press release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Actor’s Nightmare

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

Inter-society quiz

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

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

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

Inter-societal evening

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

Masque Theatre manager

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

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

The position will shortly be formally advertised.

AUDITIONS: The Lion in Winter

1 November, 18h00 at the Playhouse in Somerset West

Proposed production dates: 11–20 February

Synopsis:

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

Characters:

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

AUDITIONS: musicals

First round: Sunday 08 November:

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

Call backs: Sunday 15 November

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

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

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

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

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

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

AUDITIONS: Whistle Down the Wind

Audition date: 14&15 November

Venue: The Metronome Theatre, Bellville

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

Synopsis:

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

Characters:

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

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

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

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2015:

Simon Dutton (Chair/Hok Manager) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350
Santie du Toit-White (Treasurer) santsbabe@gmail.com Cell: 074 608 2670
Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell:082 492 5984
Matt Roy (Members Evenings): hapunkey@yahoo.co.uk Cell: 072 265 3502

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

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

AUDITION NOTICE

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

Cast:

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

Claremont Chat

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The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

June 2015 – Number 145

Hi everyone!
 

Chairman’s note

It was noted at the last members’ evening that we had slipped up in not publishing the results of the awards presentations for 2014 presented at the AGM. We apologise for that, but better late than never, so with no further ado the awards as adjudged by the CDS reviewing panel were as follows:

  • Best Play: Quartet
  • Best Director: Brenda Gray
  • Best Set: David Davidson
  • Best Actor: Brian de Kock
  • Best Actress: Cindy Nixon
  • Best Supporting Actor: Brandon Gregory
  • Best Supporting Actress: Jana Botha

And for a bit of fun the Members Awards voted for by those members present at the AGM:

  • Best Play: The Hollow
  • Best Actor: Brian de Kock
  • Best Actress: Faeron Wheeler

We are pleased to advise that the society accounts are currently with the auditor and when he has concluded the audit will be distributed to all members.

We are also pleased to announce that Mike Harris has accepted the CDS nomination as the CDS trustee appointed to the Masque and he will take over his duties in this respect from the end of August. For that Mike – thank you.

We take this opportunity to thank Yvonne Finch for her service and dedication to her service as trustee and, when the choice came, for putting her loyalty to CDS first. We wish her well and will support her in her ‘new’ role on the Masque Board.
 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Opening weekend was a resounding success, eliciting nothing but praise from three very appreciative audiences.

There was also a lovely review from Lieske Bester for the False Bay Echo:

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

There’s magic at the Masque where one of the Bard’s best loved works is given a splendid new look which highlights the timelessness and universality of the writing.

A vaguely Victorian time space is spiced by a trace of Scheherazade’s bewitching story telling. The setting, sound track and marvelously eclectic costuming are enhanced by perfect lighting – creating a dream within a dream. The endearing antics of the simple and earnest Mechanicals – individually and together – enrich the presentation.

The Athenian court scenes are stylishly amusing, the lovers are truly romantic and real in their interaction, and the fairies defined figments of the imagination.

The success of a production of the Dream depends a great deal on the roles of the mischievous Puck and the stolid Nick Bottom. Jana Botha, quirkily dressed and lithe of limb delivers a fire cracker performance and Mokoena “MK” Ramollo imbues his character with style and a strong stage presence.

I loved the little changeling (Lucy Frater) – the source of the ensuing merriment – as it sat aside clearly sulking while Titania played with her unusual lover.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is indeed a play about love and dreams and fun, in this case great fun. Directed with a clear vision that is shared by a committed and talented cast and crew, there isn’t a false move anywhere. Shakespeare himself would have been proud of the originality of the presentation

If you know the text you will relish the interpretation of familiar moments and if this is your first acquaintance – you may well be intrigued to learn more about the greatest playwright of all time.

All’s well that ends well. Every player and many members of the audience remain in the dream until its glittering dust settles and fades in a beguiling finale.

Four more chances to catch this beautiful production: Thursday 18 June @ 20h00, Friday 19 June @ 20h00 and Saturday 20 June @ 14h30 and 18h30. Book now on 021 788 1898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za.
 

AUDITION: Shaken not Stirred (Pinelands Players)

You are invited to audition for the Pinelands Players production of Shaken, not Stirred

Director: Kyla Thorburn

Musical Director: Justin Wardle

Production dates: 2 October to 10 October 2015

Venue: New Space Theatre, Cape Town CBD

The company of 12 will consist of:

  • 4 solo singers (2 female and 2 male)
  • 4 support singers (2 female and 2 male)
  • 4 singing dancers

Audition details:

  • Venue: The New Space Theatre, Long Street
  • Date: Sunday 28 June 2015
  • Time: 13.30 to 16.00

Call back auditions:

  • Venue: The New Space Theatre, Long Street
  • Date: Wednesday 1 July 2015
  • Time: 19.30 to 20.30

To enlist and for further information, please email pinelandplayers@gmail.com

On enlisting, you will be sent the music to prepare for the audition. A pianist will be available for accompaniment and you will be asked to sing with a microphone. Auditionees will either be told at their first audition or via email if they will be required to attend the callback auditions.
 

Masque FOH appeal

With Julia on leave, Nico is trying to compile a schedule of front-of-house and box office volunteers for upcoming shows at the Masque. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Nico on 021 788 6999 or nico@masquetheare.co.za.
 

Calendar

12–20 Jun A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Sheldon Cross at The Masque

12–20 Jun – The Great Gatsby presented by Carnivals of the Heart at The Playhouse, Somerset West

14 Jun – Foyer sessions: Christopher Dry at The Masque

21 Jun – The Great American Songbook presented by Roland Perold at The Masque

25–27 Jun – Put Your Foot Down presented by The Dance Project at The Masque

28 Jun – AUDITION: Shaken Not Stirred to be presented by Pinelands Players 2–10 October at the New Space Theatre, Long Street

29 Jun–3 Jul – How Stories Began presented by Jungle Theatre at The Masque

2–4 Jul – The Star Spangled Burlesque Show presented by High Tease Burlesque Company at The Masque

10–12 Jul – BeeGees tribute show at The Masque

19 Jul – Foyer sessions: Liesl Jobson at The Masque

23 Jul–1 Aug – The Crucible presented by HHDS at The Playhouse, Somerset West
 

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2015:

 

Simon Dutton (Chair/Hok Manager) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350
Santie du Toit-White (Treasurer) santsbabe@gmail.com Cell: 074 608 2670
Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell:082 492 5984
Liz Roodt (Members Evenings): lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk Cell: 081 259 3607

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The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

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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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
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