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Auditions for Fawlty Towers is
BACK AGAIN!

Fawlty Towers comes back to The Playhouse in Somerset West in December this year, directed by Norman McFarlane for the Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society (HHDS).

The immensely popular 1970s British comedy series is back on The Playhouse stage for the third time, after sellout runs in 2010 (The Hotel Inspectors and Communication Problems) and 2012 (Waldorf Salad and The Psychiatrist). This year, we’re staging the hilarious The Builders and The Germans.

Auditions for the show are scheduled for:

  • Sunday September 11 at 4.30pm for 5pm, at The Playhouse Theatre, Lourensford Road, Somerset West.
  • With a possible call-back on Sunday September 18 at 4.30pm for 5pm, at the same venue.

The part of Manuel is pre-cast, with Trevor Legonidec reprising his role for the 2012 show.

For more information on which parts we are looking to cast for both episodes, visit our website: theplayhouse.org.za/all-event-list/auditions-for-fawlty-towers-2016

Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com
August 2016 – Number 159

Hi everyone!

Holy (silly) cow, it’s August.

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).

Members evenings 2016

There will be three more members evenings for CDS this year. The next one is our traditional winter soup and rolls evening on 26 August at the Hok. Entertainment for the evening will feature a quiz by the inimitable Roy Oldfield as well as Shakespeare charades led by Lynn Moss.

The other members evening dates, so you can diarise them now, are 7 October and 4 December.

Silly Cow update

The cast and crew of Silly Cow are fully stuck into rehearsals and this is shaping up to be a great, bright pink play! Check out the poster:

silly cow poster

MADS production: Master Class

Master Class by Terrence McNally (author of The Full Monty) opens at the Masque Theatre on Wednesday 17 August and runs until 20 August. This bittersweet, poignant comedy recreates a master class given by Maria Callas after her voice had deserted her and she is desperately alone, but still impeccably elegant, sardonic and fiery as ever.

Masque regular Bernie Jacobs leads the cast as ‘La Divina’ and her students – or victims as she calls them – are played by Linda Steele, Miranda Lewis and Mokoena Ramollo. The cast is completed by Madame Zingara musician Wesley Wolhuter as the accompanist and Xolani Qotoyi, who plays the stagehand.

As the class progresses and Callas challenges each student to move beyond the limits of their capabilities to meet her own ruthless standards of technique and theatricality, a new memory is triggered. Callas begins to relive her dizzying triumphs and terrifying failures, vicious rivalries, her loveless marriage, her abortion, and her tempestuous relationship with the wealthiest man in the world as the “other woman” in both of his marriages. Her dark and self-deprecating humour and the story of her transformation from ugly duckling to glamour icon reveal a deeper truth behind the hard work that inspired both adoration and loathing: the extreme sacrifices that true art requires.

According to director Richard Higgs, audiences do not need to know anything about opera to become engrossed this intimate and inspiring play; all they need is a sense of humanity. Higgs is no stranger to Masque audiences. In 2015, he directed Gas Light and played Oberon in CDS’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Audiences are advised that the play contains strong language.

Book through Masque Theatre bookings on 021 788 6999 (weekdays 9h00–16h00 and Saturdays 9h00–12h00). Alternatively, you can email bookings@masquetheatre.co.za.

AUDITION NOTICE: Grease

To be directed by Darryl Spijkers.

Date: 28 August

Time: timeslots to be booked

Venue: Artscape rehearsal room

Run dates: 14–23 December, Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

Please note that time slots will be allocated. Book your slot by emailing manager@masquetheatre.co.za.

Important notes

  • Please prepare a song in the style of the musical. It is essential that you bring a backing track on a USB or sing with the piano provided. No acapella auditions will be accepted.
  • Principal roles will be told what to prepare for a call back if needed and may be asked to read for certain other characters.
  • You may audition for an ensemble and principal role.
  • You will be asked to cite read if you are auditioning for a principal role.
  • All dance routines will be taught.
  • An American accent is required.
  • Book a slot via email. Walk-in auditions will not be accepted.

Show details

The rehearsal venue is to be confirmed. Rehearsals will commence in October 2016. Times will be arranged around cast needs as far as possible.

The Masque Theatre players is an amateur dramatic society and as such, no party involved in the production is financially remunerated.

Roles

Ages are listed as approximate. If you are in the general age range or can play a particular age, please audition. Often the ages of characters are adjusted (within reason) when we are casting these shows.

  • Danny (male, 16+): The leader of the “T-Birds”. Well built, good looking, with an air of cool, easy going charm. Strong and confident. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Songs:
      • Summer Nights (with Sandy)
      • Sandy
      • Greased Lightning (with Kenickie & T Birds)
      • You’re The One That I Want (with Sandy)
    • Note: Excellent dancer
    • Range: D – high B; good falsetto to high Db
  • Kenickie (male, 16+): Second-in-command of the “T-Birds”. Tough looking, tattooed, surly, avoids any show of softness. Has an off-beat sense of humour. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Song: Greased Lightning (Lead)
    • Range: D–F#
  • Doody (male, 16+): Youngest of the guys. Small, boyish, open, with a disarming smile and a hero-worshipping attitude toward the other guys. Plays guitar (optional).
    • Songs:
      • Those Magic Changes (Lead)
      • Rock’n’Roll Party Queen (with Roger)
      • Greased Lightning (with Kenickie & T Birds)
    • Range: D–G; good falsetto to high Eb
  • Roger (male, 16+): The ‘anything for a laugh’ stocky type. Full of mischief, half-baked schemes and ideas. A clown who enjoys putting other people on.
    • Songs:
      • Mooning (with Jan)
      • Greased Lightning (with Kenickie & T Birds)
    • Range: F–G
  • Sonny (male, 16+): A wannabe tough guy who thinks he’s a real lady killer.
    • Song: Greased Lightning (with Kenickie & T Birds)
  • Eugene (male, 16+): The class valedictorian. Physically awkward, with weak eyes and a high pitched voice. A nerdy apple polisher, smug and pompous but gullible.
    • Song: Alma Mater (with choral group of 12)
  • Vince Fontaine (male, 25+): Adult, a typical ‘teen audience’ radio disc jockey. Slick, egotistical, fast-talking. A veteran ‘greaser’. Must be able to convincingly play an adult.
    • Non-singing
  • Johnny Casino (male, 16+): A ‘greaser’ student at Rydell who energetically leads a rock’n’roll band and likes to think of himself as a real rock’n’roll idol (like Elvis).
    • Songs:
      • Shaking at the High School Hop
      • (Lead) Born to Hand Jive (Lead)
    • Good energetic solo performer
    • Range: A–C; good falsetto to high C
  • Teen Angel (male/female, 25+): A good looking, falsetto voiced crooner. A singer who would have caused crowds to scream and riot back in 1958. Must be able to convincingly play a ‘celebrity’.
    • Song: Beauty School Dropout (Lead)
    • Range: E–B; good falsetto to E
  • Sandy (female, 16+): Danny’s love interest. Sweet, wholesome, naïve, cute, like Sandra Dee of the ‘Gidget’ movies. However, must be able to play sassy and sultry after her transformation. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager (16+)
    • Songs:
      • Summer Nights (with Danny)
      • It’s Raining on Prom Night (duet with Soloist 1)
      • Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee – Reprise (Solo)
      • Hopelessly Devoted To You (Solo)
      • You’re The One That I Want (with Danny)
    • Range: A–D
  • Rizzo (female, 16+): Leader of the “Pink Ladies”. She is tough, sarcastic and outspoken, but vulnerable during a pregnancy scare. Italian, with unconventional good looks. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Songs:
      • Freddy My Love (with Marty and Pink Ladies)
      • Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee (Lead)
      • There Are Worse Things I Could Do (Solo)
    • Range: A–C
  • Frenchy (female, 16+): A dreamer. Good natured but a little dumb. Heavily made-up, fussy about her appearance – particularly her hair. She can’t wait to finish high school so she can be a beautician. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Song: Freddy My Love (with Marty and Pink Ladies)
  • Marty (female, 16+): The ‘beauty’ of the Pink Ladies. Pretty, looks older than the other girls, but betrays her real age when she opens her mouth. Tries to act sophisticated. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Song: Freddy My Love (Lead)
    • Must be able to walk comfortably in high heels – please wear to audition
    • Range: C–Db
  • Jan (female, 16+): Energetic, bubbly, and eating all the time! Loud and pushy with the girls, but shy with the boys.
    •  Songs:
      • Freddy My Love (with Marty and Pink Ladies)
      • Mooning (with Roger)
    • Range: Bb–Bb
  • Patty (female, 16+): A typical all American cheerleader. Attractive and athletic. Aggressive, sure of herself, given to burst of disconcerting enthusiasm. Catty. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Song: Alma Mater (with choral group of 12)
    • Cheerleading/Baton swirling (optional)
  • Cha-Cha (female, 16+): Kenickie’s blind date, who dances the Hand Jive with Danny. Sexy, feisty and overly confident. Is, and takes pride in being ‘the best dancer at St Bernadette’s’. Must be able to convincingly play an older teenager.
    • Non singing but Excellent dancer
    • Must be able to walk AND dance comfortably in high heels – please wear to audition
  • Miss Lynch (female, 40+): The Rydell High School head mistress. Strict, demanding teacher, who would like to consider herself ‘hip’, but she definitely isn’t. Must be able to convincingly play an adult.
    • Song: Alma Mater (badly)
    • Doesn’t need to be a good singer but singing is a plus.
  • Ensemble: 7 character singer/dancers are required for many of the numbers. You will be required to audition with ‘We Go Together’ sung whilst dancing a routine that you will be taught.

Crew

The production also requires certain crew members as listed below. Please also book a slot for the audition for 12h45 or 14h45 to meet us and apply to be part of the crew.

  • Set builders
  • Prop managers
  • Stage crew
  • Production secretary
  • Costume manager

Acting workshops

Raine Waring is offering acting workshops. These will include work on:

  • Audition/Role preparation
  • Monologue/Scene study
  • Performance coaching
  • Vocal training – ensuring safe and effective use of the voice in performances
  • Character development
  • Stage blocking techniques
  • Coaching for castings/auditions – Stage and film

About Raine

I am very enthusiastic about the performing arts industry as a whole. I uphold an aspiration to create opportunity for up and coming actors to develop the skills of acting. In these workshops, I aim at equipping actors with the correct tools for acting, installing confidence in them, and encouraging their creative thinking, self-expression and overall growth as a person and a performer.

August dates: 20/08, 29/08
Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Methodist Church Hall, Cnr Milton and Wesley Street, Observatory
Class times: Saturdays 11:00 – 12:00; Monday 18:00 – 19:00 (the last Monday of every month)

These class times fall under Package 2: One 1-hour session a week for 1 month @ R350.
If you would prefer to start with a trial class to see if this is for you, you are welcome to do so. This trial class will be at R75 for the hour and if you are happy we can open a package for you thereafter.

If you are interested in attending these workshops, please contact Raine at raine@gam.co.za or 083 519 1548.

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

10–20 Aug A Man of Good Hope
adapted by Isango Ensemble
Baxter Theatre
15–20 Aug The Real Dirt
directed by Hayleigh Evans
Alexander Bar
15–20 Aug Unfair Lady
presented by POPArt Productions
Alexander Bar
15–27 Aug Pay Back the Curry!
presented by Golden Arrow Studio
Baxter Theatre
16 Aug–17 Sep Clybourne Park
directed by Greg Karvellas
Fugard Theatre
17–20 Aug Master Class
presented by MADS
Masque Theatre
17–28 Aug Slava’s Snowshow
presented by Showtime Management
Artscape
18—20 Aug The Great American Songbook
presented by Cabaret Man
Rosebank Theatre
22–27 Aug We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants
directed by Lindiwe Matshikiza
Alexander Bar
23 Aug–24 Sep The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
written and directed by Athol Fugard
Fugard Theatre
24–25 Aug Hinterland
directed by Caroline Smart
Artscape
24–3 Sep Broadway or Bust
presented by Waterfront Theatre College
Masque Theatre
24–27 Aug We Can Do It!
a tribute
Rosebank Theatre
25 Aug–17 Sep Remembering the Lux Baxter Theatre
28 Aug Foyer session: ND Project
presented by Ulla Gosebrink
Masque Theatre
28 Aug WCWP Fundraising Fashion Show
compéred by Irit Noble
Somerset West Playhouse
29 Aug–17 Sep Anthology: After the End
3 short plays
Alexander Bar
31 Aug–24 Sep Karoo Moose
presented by Golden Arrow Studio
Baxter Theatre
1–3 Sep Wordplay – Inspired Improv
presented by ImproGuise
Alexander Bar
8–10 Sep The Bear and The Proposal
presented by The GingerbreadMan Collective
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

Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com
July 2016 – Number 158

Hi everyone!

Rather a lot going on theatre-wise at the moment: auditions galore and many interesting productions in the offing.

Reflections on Top Girls from Jenny Brandt

Directing ‘Top Girls’ was an enriching experience for me on several levels. It was a challenge to me intellectually and artistically because I was working with a style of theatre (Brechtian) that was unfamiliar to me. It was rewarding on a philosophical level because it raised women’s issues to the forefront of my mind, challenging me to see the world from a particular view. On an emotional level, I took great delight in working with a team of enthusiastic, passionate women, who were unafraid to share of their deepest selves.

Unfortunately, fulfilling as the experience of the production was to everyone involved, we did not manage to share our final product with many people. Audiences were extremely small, which was disheartening for everyone, particularly those actors who are new to the Masque and Claremont Dramatic Society. Admittedly, the subject and style of the play were not easily accessible, but I feel that the greater community of thespians that our societies form should have been more supportive.

Traditional Masque audiences are not going to appreciate this type of theatre, which is all the more reason for the support to come from the ‘theatre community’. Surely we all wish to grow thought-provoking, artistically merited theatre. If this is indeed the course we want to take, we need to make a concerted effort to support the artistically brave in their endeavours.

– Jenny Brandt

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).

Members evenings 2016

There will be three more members evenings for CDS this year. The next one is our traditional winter soup and rolls evening on 26 August at the Hok. Entertainment for the evening will feature a quiz by the inimitable Roy Oldfield as well as a short play extract.

The other members evening dates, so you can diarise them now, are 7 October and 4 December.

Silly Cow update

The cast and crew of CDS’s next play for the year, Ben Elton’s Silly Cow, moved into the Hok this week to start rehearsals. The play is directed by Faeron Wheeler and will open at the Masque Theatre on 21 October. The cast:

  • Doris – Kim R2
  • Sidney – Trad Nogueira-Godsey
  • Peggy – Santie du Toit
  • Douglas – Matt Roy
  • Eduardo – Justin Wyatt-Smith

AUDITION NOTICE: Habeus Corpus by Alan Bennett

Nigel Sweet will be directing HABEAS CORPUS by Alan Bennet for Constantiaberg Theatre Players. It will play at the Masque Theatre from 25 November to 3 December.

Date: Sunday 17 July

Time: 14h00

Venue: Bergvliet Guide Hall

From the director

In my opinion this is the most complete script and vehicle for competent actors to give an evening’s farce/comedy entertainment of great worth.

Personally it has given me the most memorable theatrical experience, including meeting and falling in love with Felicity when I played in my first major stage role as Shanks in 1975. Felicity is now Mrs Sweet known to most as Yvonne Finch/Copley.

Anyway, having played both Shanks and Cannon Throbbing during a two week run at The Baxter both on alternate shows! I feel well confident to be able to say I understand the piece very well.

So to characters I would like to audition, the interpretations are mine, you may wish to elaborate or re-evaluate.

In general, all characters are believable but all verging on over the top fantasy, but never going quite that far.

  • Dr Wicksteed (40–60, Male) – An intelligent dashing mature rogue who does little to disguise his lecherous desire for young ladies. All his implied comments are with twinkle in the eye. A great role for a male mature actor confidence in himself.
  • Muriel Wicksteed (30–60, Female) – His long suffering, though mildly tolerant frustrated wife.
  • Dennis Wicksteed (20–30, Male) – Their son who lives a loveless life due to his permanent “incurable fantasy” diseases.
  • Constance Wicksteed (20–30, Female) – Their flat chested romance seeking daughter who longs for a “bigger bust”.
  • Mrs Swabb (20–70, Female) – Now here is a character who really knows all and keeps it to herself, till it suits her, lovely comedy link role.
  • Cannon Throbbing (30–50, Male) – His name tells all, a closet lecherous (but hidden) vicar looking for someone to love, “so to speak”.
  • Lady Rumpers (50–70, Female) – A “lady” of the past now totally at a loss as to where her power has wasted away: “England my poor England what have they done to you”.
  • Felicity Rumpers (20ish, Female) – Lost in the wilderness drop dead gorgeous girl, in the family way, looking for a possible “blame for her misfortunate accident”.
  • Mr Shanks (any age, Male) – Lovely role, great fun. Requires great “feeling” and sense of the moment.
  • Sir Percy Shorter (45–60, Male) – Again lovely character role, trying to achieve loves lost desires with Muriel (not to give any of the plot away).
  • Mr Purdue (Male)Desperate God bless him has few lines but one desire to “end it all” … which he doesn’t get done.

For more info please contact Nigel Sweet 082 351 1143 or bolero@worldonline.co.za.

AUDITION NOTICE: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Date: 6 August

Time: 10h00

Venue: Milnerton Playhouse

Production dates: 25 November to 9 December

Milnerton Players’ end-of-year musical production will be directed by Neil Leachman. He is looking for four male and two female singing actors. For further information, contact Neil on 072 833 2655.

Synopsis

Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair. Whether you’re keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find “Happiness,” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a crowd-pleasing classic.

The Barretts of Wimpole Street by Rudolf Besier

Fish Hoek Dramatic Society’s first 2016 production, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, opens at the Masque on Friday 22 July. Written in 1930, this production is playwright Rudolf Besier’s biggest success. It’s a tale of romance inspired by the true-life love story of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.

The setting is 1845, and Elizabeth is an invalid after suffering a riding accident which, it was said, injured her spine. From her sofa she has corresponded with many of the great literary figures of the day and written poetry, which has been acclaimed as great. However, her frailty has denied her any mobility and normal life at all. Like an enchanted prince, Robert Browning comes to break the prison walls. Admiration for her work leads him to Elizabeth and his love for her seems to instil vitality into her. They wish to marry, but their greatest obstacle is not Elizabeth’s health but her father, whose tyrannical attitude to his children seems to ruin any chance of happiness.

The large cast features several names that are well-known to Masque audiences, including John McConnell, Jane Cohen, Erika Marais, Dennis Benneyworth, Wayne Ronne and Aubrey Hindle. Directing this beautiful period piece is CATA winner Barrie Howard, who was last seen at the Masque at the helm of the Valentine’s Soiree in 2015 and the hugely successful Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 2014.

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

7–16 Jul Pulp
presented by Underground Dance Theatre
Rosebank Theatre
11 Jul–7 Aug Jive Cape Town Funny Festival Baxter Theatre
12–16 Jul Oom Schalk: From the Heart
directed by Celia Musikanth
Somerset West Playhouse
12 Jul–13 Aug The Inconvenience of Wings
by Lara Foot
Baxter Theatre
13–17 Jul Little Red Riding Hood
presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
Somerset West Playhouse
16 Jul–7 Aug My Fair Lady
presented by Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Artscape
17 Jul AUDITION: Habeus Corpus
to be directed by Nigel Sweet for CTP
Bergvliet Guide Hall
18 Jul–3 Aug Niqabi Ninja
directed by Megan Furniss
Alexander Bar
20–23 Jul Pulp
presented by Underground Dance Theatre
Galloway Theatre
20 Jul–6 Aug I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
presented by VRG Theatrical
Theatre on the Bay
21–23 Jul To Stand Somewhere
directed by Moses D. Rasekele
Alexander Bar
21–23 Jul Wait
directed by Nathalie Vijver
Alexander Bar
22–30 Jul The Barretts of Wimpole Street
presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society
Masque Theatre
22 Jul–6 Aug Boeing, Boeing
presented by Milnerton Players
Milnerton Playhouse
24 Jul Foyer session
presented by Ulla Gosebrink
Masque Theatre foyer
26–30 Jul Borderline
presented by Followspot
Kalk Bay Theatre
28–30 Jul The Worst Auditioner in the World
directed by Megan Furniss
Alexander Bar
30 Jul–6 Aug Of Mice and Men
presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
Somerset West Playhouse
31 Jul–5 Aug Balck Prophet Down
written and directed by Ian Tucker
Alexander Bar
4–6 Aug Romeo and Juliet
produced by Michaela Richards
Galloway Theatre
4–6 Aug Hello & Welcome …
presented by Mother City Sketch Show
Alexander Bar
5–13 Aug The Real Inspector Hound
presented by Constantiaberg Theatre Players
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

Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708 
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com
www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com
June 2016 – Number 157

Hi everyone!

Apologies that the Chat is a bit late this month – I have only just got back from America and am still trying to remind myself about my life!

Top Girls at the Masque

CDS’s first production for the year, Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, directed by Jenny Brandt, is currently showing at the Masque. The feedback from audiences and reviewers has been astounding. You do not want to miss this one!

Here are some extracts from the reviews:

Theatre should make one think long after the curtain falls. This production achieves this. Hats off to Jenny Brandt for her courage in directing a play which needs the audience’s full concentration and is understandably confusing (for some) at interval. But do not let that deter you, it tests one’s brain (and we all need that). After interval it becomes clearer and by the end one is left with a feeling of having attended a very well-written play with excellent performances.

Congratulations to all involved for an intelligent and thought provoking production. Do see this interesting production for a really different experience.

– Celia Musikanth, The False Bay Echo

This is a challenging piece of theatre for an audience who want their theatre fare dished up on a plate (linear with a distinct story line), but it held my attention throughout.

There were some great performances from new young talent and the director Jenny Brandt (a new and promising director) tackled the piece with obvious passion and commitment.

The director Jenny Brandt is to be applauded for great casting and fostering an obvious love for the piece by her cast. It comes across and one cannot help but be engaged by this unconventional and clever theatre offering.

– Coleen van Staden, FMR

You have three more opportunities to catch this wonderful play:

  • Friday 17 June 20h00
  • Saturday 18 June 14h30
  • Saturday 18 June 18h30 (closing night)

Book now through Masque Theatre bookings (contact details, as if you didn’t know them already, are 021 788 1898 or bookings@masquetheatre.co.za).

Director’s tickets and 2017 productions

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).

Speaking of directing, do you have a show that you would like to put on at the Masque in 2017? The committee is currently putting together a list of proposed production for submission to the Masque at the end of this month. If you have a show you would like considered, please get hold of a committee member (contact details at the end of this newsletter).

Cast list: Silly Cow

Silly Cow by Ben Elton is to be directed by Faeron Wheeler for Claremont Dramatic Society in October. The audition took place earlier this month and the play has been cast:

  • Doris – Kim R2
  • Sidney – Trad Nogueira-Godsey
  • Peggy – Santie du Toit
  • Douglas – Matt Roy
  • Eduardo – Justin Wyatt-Smith

Keep an eye out for updates as this hilarious play moves into rehearsals.

AUDITION NOTICE: Pa, Maak Vir My’n Vlieer Pa

Date:         Saturday 18 June

Time:         13h30 for 14h00

Venue:      Milnerton Playhouse

Veteran director Mari Mocke will direct Milnerton Theatre Players’ first Afrikaans production, a play by prize-winning dramatist Chris Barnard (not the heart surgeon). Written in the 1960s in the genre of Theatre of the Absurd, it draws on emotions that move the heart and embrace universal problems.

The literal meaning of this title is Dad, Make me a Kite, Dad. The play has been translated into English by Antony Dowes and his translated title, Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, captures the emotional state of the three characters who are actually not coping with their uncertain existence, because they are searching and hoping to find a true and happy, loving identity. We will be performing the Afrikaans version of the work.

The action concerns three characters: a middle-aged man, Org, his elderly, ill mother, who is also mentally unstable at times and a young man in his early twenties, who is hoping to be accepted by his totally estranged father during this first visit. Org and his mother are expecting a visit from a man, but they do not know who he is. His identity becomes apparent as the story unfolds.

It takes place in the cramped, untidy space where Org and his mother live, and is packed with emotional dialogue revealing their efforts to find answers to their problematic existence, which eventually reveals the answer to a basically happy life – to belong lovingly to someone dear to you, in this case a son wanting his father to know and to love him. – If only they could fly a kite together …

The parts are large and challenging, requiring sensitive understanding of the deep emotional background of each character to be revealed in the portrayals.

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

7–18 Jun One Night Stand
by Candice Michelle
Kalk Bay Theatre
10–18 Jun Top Girls
presented by Claremont Dramatic Society
Masque Theatre
15–30 Jun The Wizard of Oz
presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
Somerset West Playhouse
16­–19 Jun Identirrhaging
presented by Age of the Artist
Rosebank Theatre
16–25 Jun The Bear and The Proposal
presented by Gingerbreadman Collective
Galloway Theatre
17–18 Jun Tswalo/Source
directed by Mahlatsi Mokgonyana
Alexander Bar
20–21 Jun The Bats Theatre on the Bay
20–21 Jun Pay Back the Curry!
directed by Rob van Vuuren
Alexander Bar
20–22 Jun The Plothole
directed by Rob van Vuuren
Alexander Bar
21–22 Jun Mpinga Mornings Rosebank Theatre
21 Jun–2 Jul The Yellow Wallpaper
by Henri Landon
Kalk Bay Theatre
22 Jun Winter Wonderland
with Beverley Chiat and Violina Anguelov
Baxter Theatre
22–25 Jun God of Carnage
presented by Circle Productions
Masque Theatre
22–25 Jun COCK
directed by Paul Griffiths
Alexander Bar
23–24 Jun Ebola
by Hilda Cronje
Rosebank Theatre
23–25 Jun Pulp
presented by Underground Dance Theatre
Alexander Bar
23–25 Jun André the Hilarious Hypnotist Milnerton Playhouse
24–26 Jun The Firebird
presented by Janni Younge Productions
Artscape
25–26 Jun Raiders, Spaced Out Rosebank Theatre
25–26 Jun Private Parts
directed by Keenan Tyler Oliphant
Alexander Bar
26 Jun Dragging 30
presented by Page to Stage Productions
Galloway Theatre
27 Jun–9 Jul More Adventures of Noddy
presented by Stagecraft Drama Studio
Artscape
27 Jun–16 Jul The Emissary
directed by Louis Viljoen
Alexander Bar
28–29 Jun Actresses
directed by Rachel Shull and Raven Scott
Alexander Bar
29 Jun–2 Jul Jerry
presented by Vulture Productions
Artscape
29 Jun–1 Jul Die Stripshow
presented by Lefra Produksies
Artscape
30 Jun–2 Jul Dani and the Lion
directed by Nicholas Spagnoletti
Alexander Bar
4–9 Jul Pop-up Tales
presented by Tangible Productions
Galloway Theatre
4–16 Jul Court.
directed by Richard Wright-Firth
Alexander Bar
5–9 Jul André the Hilarious Hypnotist Masque Theatre
5–9 Jul Pieter-Dirk Uys on Stage
presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
Somerset West Playhouse
11 Jul–7 Aug Jive Cape Town Funny Festival Baxter Theatre
12–15 Jul Heart of the Jungle
presented by AfriCan Children’s Theatre
Masque Theatre
12–15 Jul Pieter Dirk Uys Kalk Bay Theatre
12–16 Jul Oom Schalk: From the Heart
directed by Celia Musikanth
Somerset West Playhouse
12 Jul–13 Aug The Inconvenience of Wings
by Lara Foot
Baxter Theatre
13–17 Jul Little Red Riding Hood
presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society
Somerset West Playhouse
16 Jul–7 Aug My Fair Lady
presented by Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Artscape
20–23 Jul Pulp
presented by Underground Dance Theatre
Galloway Theatre
22–30 Jul The Barretts of Wimpole Street
presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society
Masque Theatre
24 Jul Foyer session
presented by Ulla Gosebrink
Masque Theatre foyer
2–6 Aug The Real Inspector Hound
presented by Constantiaberg Theatre Players
Masque Theatre foyer

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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Date: 23 April

Time: 10:30

Venue: False Bay Rendezvous, 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg

Show opens 4 August at the Masque Theatre

For more info contact Muizenberg Dramatic Society – Mads on FB or Richard Higgs via email (richard.higgs@uct.ac.za) or phone (083 611 1419).

Plot: The magician Prospero causes a violent storm to wreck a ship on the island where he is in exile with his beautiful young daughter, Miranda. Among the survivors of the wreck are his treacherous brother Antonio, usurper duke of Milan and the equally treacherous Alonso, king of Naples, and his handsome son. With the aid of the spirits of the island and some weird inhabitants that he has enslaved, as well as the good old fashioned magic of love, he plans to exact his revenge.

Characters:

  • Prospero: Male, 50+. An imposing and ambiguous figure, kind but sometimes cruel. (A female actor could be considered for the part).
  • Miranda: Female, 15. Prospero’s daughter. Naïve but intelligent and spirited.
  • Ariel: Female or male. Any age. A spirit freed from a spell by Prospero, but kept as his servant. Good singing voice and physically agile.
  • Caliban: Male, any age. An original inhabitant of the island, son of an evil sorceress, rough and only barely human. Prospero’s slave. The actor playing Caliban will also play the parts of Stephano and Trinculo (as puppets). Requires physical agility.
  • Ferdinand: Male, about 20. Alonso’s son. Dashing, but not very bright.
  • Alonso, King of Naples; Sebastian, Alonso’s brother; Antonio, Duke of Milan. 3 males, 40+. Three aristocratic, treacherous men.
  • Gonzalo: Male, 50+. Faithful courtier. Inclined to be a bit doddery.
  • Trinculo and Stephano: Jester and butler to Alonso (see Caliban).
  • Iris, Ceres, Juno: Female, any age. Goddesses. Small speaking parts.
  • Adrian, Francisco, Master, Boatswain: Male, any age. Small speaking parts.
  • The following characters will be played by puppets (i.e.: the actor will manipulate the puppets and deliver the lines):
    • Ariel
    • Trinculo, Stephano (by same actor as Caliban)
    • Iris, Ceres, Juno

Additional puppeteers will be required to assist character puppeteers and to manipulate other non-speaking puppets. The manipulators for Iris, Ceres and Juno will double as puppeteers for other scenes as well.

Preparation (optional): Prepare a reading of any monologue from the play (or dialogue, if you wish).

**Note: this is an amateur production; there is no financial remuneration.

Audition Notice: Silly Cow

A play by Ben Elton

Directed by Faeron Wheeler for Claremont Dramatic Society

Audition: Sunday 22 May, 14:30

Place: The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708

Production dates:

21–29 October 2016

Aiming to start rehearsals in the last week of June. Rehearsals will be two evenings during the week and Sunday afternoon. This will be discussed and agreed upon once the cast is set.

More about the play:

Silly Cow was written by Ben Elton and originally performed in London in 1991. The story revolves around Doris, a rather nasty, over-the-top creature who writes gossip columns for a well-known newspaper. Doris is currently being sued by an actress who claims that her career was ruined after a review written by Doris came out.

The first half of the play is chaotic as everyone wants something from Doris while she is trying to get ready to go to court. However, everything seems to be going right for Doris – a new, lucrative job offer from Sydney, her accounts in order thanks to Douglas, her toy boy Eduardo has brought some drugs to celebrate with later, and Peggy is keeping everything in order. Or so she thinks.

In the second half of the play, things start to unravel. Doris may have won her court case, but everything else is going wrong. The play ends with a rather wicked and funny twist.

What to prepare for the audition:

Please prepare the below monologue in two very different characters. You don’t need to know the monologue off by heart, you can read on the day. However, there must be evidence of preparation and two distinct characters (real people not caricatures) in each performance. After the monologue, you will be asked to do some cold readings from the script.

For the ladies

The beginning. Well, beginnings are always beautiful. Beginnings are… OK, do you know Breakfast at Tiffany’s? The film, not the novella. I know, there’s a novella. Who knew? The beginning. Audrey Hepburn, the most beautiful person ever. Gets out of the cab. In Givenchy. Quadruple strand of pearls. And she walks to the window of Tiffany’s. Again with the beautiful. And then the melody of “Moon River” wafts in. The beauty quotient is excessively high.

For the men

You remember Lord Carlsbad? Lonely old bugger. Lots of money. No children. Well, I’d spoken kindly to him on occasion, even took him out to dinner once or twice. He was so grateful that one day, quite out of the blue, he promised to make me his sole heir. His sole heir! He’s worth millions, you understand! I couldn’t believe my luck. I hadn’t asked for it—never thought of it, really—but from that day forward, in order to show my appreciation, you know, I began to spend practically every waking moment in his company.

Cast:

General notes:

  • British accents are a must. The play is set in London, but any British accent will do. Please come to the audition with an accent ready to go (or at least getting there).
  • The age ranges are a guideline. If you feel you can do the character justice but don’t fit the ages in the description, please contact me to see if it will work.

Characters:

  • Doris (female, 35-45): Lead. Doris is larger than life. She is the epitome of money can’t buy taste or class. She has made quite a name for herself as a gossip columnist and “reviewer” of plays and movies. Her articles are nasty and mean spirited – all in an attempt to sensationalise any piece of potential news and gain readers. She firmly believes that she has worked hard to get to the top of her industry and deserves to be famous and have all the trappings of a wealthy and fabulous lifestyle. Doris dresses head to toe in sequins, glitter and feathers.
  • Sydney (male, 35-45): Lead. In many ways Sydney is Doris’ equal. He is also gossip columnist and has as nasty a sense of humour as Doris. However, he is far less ostentatious if still on the greasy and unpleasant side. He has a keen sense for the business side of running a newspaper or magazine and is trying to poach Doris from her current job to work for the new online magazine he is setting up. (Sydney has spent a lot of time in the USA, so I may consider an American accent for this character if that is easier for the actor.)
  • Peggy (female, 25-35): Support. Peggy is Doris’ personal assistant. She is the opposite of Doris in almost every way – far quieter, conservative in her dress and manner, and a little on the mousey side. Peggy does have a certain strength to her character as she is sure of her duties and protective over Doris when others attack her character.
  • Douglas (male, 35-50): Support. Douglas is the nerdy accountant complete with tweedy jacket and large, scuffed briefcase. He is very good at what he does and enjoys the position of trust and authority that he has. For some reason, he seems to have a slight soft spot for Doris.
  • Eduardo (male, 20-25): Support. Eduardo is the cocky, young, toy boy dating Doris. He is a typical London yob and thinks that he is the coolest person in any room. He is dating Doris because of the clubs she can get him into and Doris is dating him to look cool and young by association.

If you have any queries about the audition notice, please contact Faeron Wheeler on faerie452@gmail.com or 073 395 4457.

AUDITION NOTICE: The Barrets of Wimpole Street

Directed by Barrie Howard for Fish Hoek Dramatic Society

Date of run: 22-30 July (move into theatre Sunday 10 July)
Audition date: Sunday 13 March, 15h00 in the Masque foyer

Cast:

  • Elizabeth Moulton-Barrett (29/30) – an invalid with a zest for life, besotted with her loving dog “Flush” (we will have a live dog on stage)
  • Robert Browning (mid 30s) – dark handsome man, perhaps a trifle foppish, whose manner is sincere and ardent and whose speech rapid and emphasised by free gestures.
  • Edward Moulton Barrett (60) – an upstanding well set up handsome man with a stern perfectly expressionless face, fiercely tyrannical by nature and cruel.
  • Wilson (25–50) – Elizabeth’s trusty loving lady-in-waiting (maid) Lovely role with preferably a light “cockney” accent.
  • Henrietta Moulton-Barrett (17) – The youngest daughter, beautiful, high spirited, blooming. Determined and rebellious.
  • Arabel Mouton-Barrett – A few years older than Henrietta, tall, dark and serious. A sensible young girl.
  • Octavious Moulton-Barrett (19) – the youngest son, whom Elizabeth adores. A very endearing young man who has a slight stammer. Immaculate in dress.
  • Bella Hedley (29/30) – Elizabeth’s cousin, exquisitely pretty and turned out, affected. sentimental with a constitutional inability to pronounce her “r’s”.
  • Henry Bevan (40+) – a model of deportment, inwardly and outwardly. He affects a magnificent Kruger beard with beautifully rounded voice and manner. Bella’s fiancé.
  • Captain Surtees Cook (late 30s) – a large handsome frank-faced man arrayed in the full splendour of his “regimentals”, in love with Henrietta.
  • Doctor Chambers – the family doctor, elderly, caring, very concerned about Elizabeth’s well being and always happy to oblige her wishes.
  • Doctor Ford-Waterlow- elderly doctor, kindly and eager to assist Elizabeth with potential travel plans.
  • “Flush” – Elizabeth’s trusted companion, a small dog.

Check out Fish Hoek Dramatic Society’s Facebook page for more details.