Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708
January 2016 – Number 152
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com.
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).
- Stage Manager
- Production Secretary
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 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.
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:
- Sean Dryden (Producer) – 061 468 9954
- Corné Basson (Production Manager) – 078 880 9066
See you at the theatre!
|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) email@example.com Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350
Santie du Toit-White (Treasurer) firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 074 608 2670
Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): email@example.com Cell: 082 492 5984
Matt Roy (Members Evenings): firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim R2 (Communications): email@example.com Home: 021 671 8687 Cell: 083 619 2441