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April 2017 – Number 167

Hi everyone!

April, it would seem, is the month of auditions – no fewer than six audition notices in this month’s Chat! So lots of opportunities to get involved in community theatre!

CDS AGM

Simon will send out a comment on the AGM after the next committee meeting, which is happening on 18 April.

CDS Awards

The following awards were handed out at the AGM:

  • Best Actress: Santie du Toit for Top Girls AND Silly Cow
  • Best Supporting Actor: Matt Roy for Silly Cow
  • Best Supporting Actress: Su Cunningham for Top Girls
  • Best Newcomer: Candice Burgess for Top Girls
  • Best Play and Best Director: Shared between Top Girls and Silly Cow
  • Outstanding contribution to the society: Kim R2 and Santie du Toit Roy
  • Certificate for an excellent portrayal in a cameo role: Justin Wyatt-Smith for Silly Cow
  • Promising performance: Krystle Marrier d’Unienville for Top Girls

Members’ choice awards

  • Best Actor: Matt Roy
  • Best Actress: Santie du Toit
  • Best Play: Silly Cow

Prepaid tickets

CDS members can purchase discount prepaid tickets for the three shows that CDS is staging at the Masque this year. These are Peter Shaffer’s Equus, directed by Bernie Jacobs (28 April–3 May), Tom Stoppard’s Rozencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, directed by Jenny Brandt (21–29 July), and Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest, directed by Lynn Moss (27 October–4 November).

The prepaid tickets are R70 for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances and R60 for matinees and Wednesdays. Please contact a committee member if you would like to purchase prepaid tickets.

Equus update

 Equus moves into the theatre this Sunday, 23 April, to prepare for opening night on 28 April!

Here’s a little about the play from the director:

I have always loved “Poor theatre”, with minimal sets symbolising place, and where odd pieces of costume evoke the rich complexity of character, and thus the responsibility lies with the actors to create very real and truthful dramatic situations. I have also always been drawn to psychology, and the rich, deep and complex dynamics that shape human behaviour.

In Peter Shaffer’s Equus, all of these elements coalesce, which is why I was drawn to it as the piece of theatre with which I wanted to make my directorial debut. The play digs deep into the human psyche, and the staging calls for Brechtian techniques where the audience sees both the actor and the character as the drama unfolds. Equus also calls upon elements of Greek drama, through the choral work, and indeed Greek symbolism is threaded through the play.

– Bernie Jacobs

Members evening: 21 April

Our next members evening will be on Friday 21 April at the Hok. We look forward to seeing you there!

Rozencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead cast list

Jenny Brandt will be directing this Tom Stoppard absurdist play at the Masque Theatre from 19–29 July.

Auditions were held on 19 March and the cast is as follows:

  • Guildenstern – Willie Blignaut
  • Rosenkrantz – Matt Roy
  • The Player – Patrick Jordi
  • The Actors:
    • Santie du Toit
    • Leigh Mather
    • Michelle Witbooi
    • Michael Anthony Jenkins
  • Hamlet – David Wilke
  • Claudius – Simon Dutton
  • Ophelia – Lea Blerk
  • Gertrude – Kim R2
  • Polonius – Stephan Fourie

AUDITION: Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh

A Masque Theatre production directed by Lynn Moss.

Production dates: 12–15 July 2017 (5 performances)

Audition date:          Sunday 23 April

Time:                         14h00

Place:                        The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont

Characters

  • Beverly [female, 30–40] – She is the life and soul of the party, ex-beautician, married to Laurence. The main anchor of the play, ascorbic, cutting and tactless to her husband, and eventually to her party guests. A social climber, who is very image and status conscious.
  • Laurence [male, 30–40] – The understated, overlooked and stressed estate agent husband to Beverly. Tries to be the peacemaker, and the man of the house, often failing in the eyes of his wife.
  • Angie [female, 25–35] – Married for three years to Tony. She is a nurse and a blatant social climber, wanting to be liked in the new neighbourhood. Admires and aspires to be like her idol Beverly.
  • Tony [male, 25–35] – Married to Angie. He is a computer operator working shifts, and one-time professional footballer. The quiet unassuming type, but with a sexy smouldering attraction.
  • Sue [female, 40– 50] – Abigail’s mother. Nervous and quiet, but rather refined. A divorced mother bringing up her teenage children in one of the larger homes of the street.

For more information and to book your audition please contact Lynn Moss on 021 785 2466 or 084 701 8360 or email lynn@infomotion.co.za.

Rehearsals scheduled to commence weekend of 13 May. Rehearsal location TBC.

About this production

This Masque Theatre production is being produced and staged on behalf of the theatre for fund raising purposes.  The production run maybe short, but the energy and commitment of the members of the Masque Board producing this adventure will be dynamic, fast paced and above all FUN!!

The intention is to stage a theatrical experience that starts for the audience the moment they step into the Masque Theatre. Patrons will be invited to dress in 70s theme and enjoy Abigail’s Party starting in the Masque Theatre foyer, with refreshment and snacks served before the show, and photos afterwards with the cast, when the party continues in the bar.

Abigail’s Party was fist staged in the UK in 1977, 40 years ago, yet its topic is still relevant today. The characters we can all identify with, and have no doubt experienced a party hosted by an overbearing Beverly. The play also holds the record of the highest ever viewed on televisions, with a staggering 16 million viewers tuning into watch.

The action takes place on Saturday night, in suburban North London. Abigail has convinced her mother Sue, to allow her to have a party. Neighbour Beverly insists on hosting a small intimate soiree, in order to give Sue something to do whilst the teenager’s party takes place. Laurence, Beverly’s uptight husband arrives home late, just in time to see the first guests arrive, new neighbours Angie and Tony. Beverly’s hosting skills consist of plenty of drink, nuts, maybe an olive or two and cheesy pineapple on sticks. The evening unfolds with some spectacular conversation, dancing and the ultimate unforgettable finale. The power of this play lies in the characterisations, which will be developed to the full. British accents or the ability to learn them are necessary for this production.

Backstage opportunities

  •  Stage manager
  • Props master
  • Sound and lighting technician

Production run characters

Abigail’s party guests (pre-show, foyer only).

Six young adults to act as teenagers. Mixture of male and female, dressed in 1970s outfits some punk era clothing and makeup. Will be required to mix with the theatre goers, handing out drinks and canapés, and assist with fund raising activities each evening and matinee.

 AUDITION: After Ever After

 A MADS production to be staged at the Masque Theatre in the September holidays.

Date:              Sunday 23 April

Time:             14h00

Venue:           The Rendezvous, Muizenberg

This family fun play provides everyone in the family with the opportunity to be on stage together. It is an original and magical play that tells us what happens after our fairy-tale friends lived happily ever after. A good mixture of singing, dancing and laughing so everyone can show off their talents.

Characters

  • Pinocchio – He is a naughty boy
  • Snow White – She is an intelligent, kind young lady
  • Prince Hans – Treacherous young male
  • Cruella – An evil woman, obsessed with material wealth
  • Jafar – He is evil, but a bit pathetic
  • Wicked witch – ‘Classic’ witch
  • Kaa – A clever snake
  • Wolf – Cunning and clever
  • Shrek – Goofy but kind-hearted
  • Rapunzel – Classic princess type
  • Genie – He is kind but a trickster, depending on who is master is
  • Puss in Boots – Full of him/herself
  • Beauty – She is intelligent, strict but kind
  • Donkey – Funny and caring
  • Ana – Adolescent female
  • Elsa – Young adult female
  • Sven – Clumsy reindeer
  • Merlin – Wise, kind, intelligent, composed, a senior adult male
  • Merida – Brave female warrior
  • Bambi – Possibly a part for a child
  • Thumper – Possibly a part for a child
  • King Arthur – Can be played by anybody: because it is ‘Olaf’ dressed-up as Arthur

Dancers of all ages and genders are most welcome.

AUDITION: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

A Milnerton Theatre Players production directed by Shiela McCormick (musical direction by Tersia Harley). Music and book by Joe DiPietro; music by Jimmy Roberts.

Production dates:  24 November–9 December

Audition date:          Sunday 30 April

Time:                         13h30 for 14h00

Venue:                       Milnerton Playhouse

The witty relationship musical comedy, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change explores everything you ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws but were afraid to admit.

This award-winning musical was the second longest running off-Broadway show.

This show requires strong singers and character actors and the original cast of four may be expanded.

Presented in a revue style series of vignettes, connected by the central theme of love and relationships, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change cleverly explores the hilarious, yet poignant view of the modern relationships, from the ups and downs of single life, first dates, marriage, children, divorce and even dating in the twilight years. In fact, everything you have secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit. The show is often described as “Seinfeld set to music.”

It was originally written for a cast of four actors (2m/2f) but may be extended to six or eight.

Because of the vignette scenes, there are not traditional character descriptions for the show. Actors will be chosen for their acting and vocal strengths and ideally should be able to read music. Age range is 25–45 years. There is some choreography involved but dance experience is not a necessity.

Vocal ranges

  •  Females: Soprano range (low A to top Bb) Alto range (low F# to Db)
  • Males: Baritone/tenor ranges (Middle C to high G#)
  • All should have a strong middle range.

Audition requirements

Prepare an up-beat musical theatre song from a Broadway show in your voice range (no pop songs). Please bring sheet music. No acapella auditions. There will also be short, cold readings to assess your ability to portray the range of characters who appear throughout the show.

For further information please email Sheila on macdram@afrihost.co.za or phone 079 877 2466.

AUDITION: Let’s Murder Marsha by Monk Ferris 

A Milnerton Theatre Players production directed by Judith Herbig.

Performance dates:          28 July–12 August

Audition date:                      Saturday 6 May

Time:                                     14h00

Venue:                                   Milnerton Playhouse

Rehearsal period:              June–July

A happy housewife named Marsha, hopelessly addicted to reading murder mysteries overhears her loving husband discussing her upcoming birthday surprise with an interior decorator. To her ears, though, it sounds like they are planning to murder her! With the assistance of her next door neighbour she tries to turn the tables on them with a poisoned potion. When her own mother shows up for her birthday a day early, Marsha thinks she is in on the diabolical scheme. When her maid’s date, a policeman, shows up to take the maid out, Marsha think he is on to her poisoning attempt. Well, finally, just when you would think all this would be cleared up, Marsha’s intended victims discover what she has supposed, and decide to teach her a lesson by actually pretending to be murderers. This is a terrific show for family audiences who like their comedy broad and fast and nonstop.

Characters

 Please note: The character’s ages are approximate – if you can look and act the part, it will be fine!

  • Tobias Gilmore [male, 30–40] – A Wall Street broker
  • Marsha Gilmore [female, 30–40] – His wife
  • Virgil Baxter [male, 20–40] – A friend and neighbour
  • Persis Devore [female, 30–50] – Interior decorator, a lady with a secret
  • Bianca [female, 20s] – The Gilmores’ maid
  • Lynette Thoren [female, 50–70] – Marsha’s mother
  • Ben Quade [male, 20s] –Bianca’s boyfriend

For more information contact 084 27 99 557 or judekins@hotmail.com.

AUDITION: Nobody’s Perfect, a comedy by Simon Williams, directed by Sue Bolton

Date:                                     Sunday 7 May

Time:                                     11h00

Venue:                                   Masque Theatre, Main Road, Muizenberg

Performance dates:          11–19 August

What’s it about?

In the fast moving and witty comedy shy, staid, statistician Leonard, working from home, is suffering jibes from his teenage daughter, Dee Dee, and his rascally father Gus. He is anxious to break into print and sends book after book to Love Is All Around, a feminist publisher dedicated to printing “for woman by woman”. Editor Harriet rejects his masculine efforts until Leonard submits a noval, based on his experiences as a single parent, under the pseudonym Myrtle Banbury. Harriet takes notice and offers a deal. Leonard must carry on the pretence, creating Murtle as an enigmatic aunt, more often heard than seen, but eventually she must appear and Leonard has no choice but to assume her identity.

In doing so he falls in love with Harriet but finds he has more courage as the flamboyant Myrtle than the stammering Leonard. In the truly funny final sequence – involving entry phones, mobiles and landlines – everyone manages to sort themselves out, with not a little help from Dee Dee and Gus!

Characters

  •  LEONARD: a middle-aged statistician in his late 40s
  • HARRIET: a publisher in her late 40s
  • DEE DEE: Leonard’s daughter, 16–22 years old
  • GUS: Leonard’s father, 70 years or over

AUDITION: HHDS summer musical

Were you born to be a superstar? Do you love to entertain, sing, act and dance? If so, the Playhouse Theatre Somerset West is looking for YOU!!

The director that brought you Annie, Grease, The Wizard of Oz and Blood Brothers, together with musical director Kathy Lin (Blood Brothers) and their team, is looking for the right cast for HHDS’s dynamic summer musical production – Shrek, Hairspray or Charlotte’s Web.

RSVP to auditionshhds@gmail.com for an audition slot. No previous experience required. See the full audition notice on the HHDS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PlayhouseSW/) for more information.

Director’s tickets

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

Digital archive

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

 

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

30 Mar–22 Apr Scenes From an Execution

featuring Jennifer Steyn

Baxter Theatre
     
4–29 April Elton and friends

presented by FollowSpot

Kalk Bay Theatre
     
5 Apr–5 May Theatre skills workshops

run by Milnerton Theatre Players

Milnerton Playhouse
     
13–29 Apr Hamlet

presented by Pieter Toerien

Theatre on the Bay
     
18–29 Apr Tartuffe

directed by Sylvaine Strike

Baxter Theatre
     
18–29 Apr Cold Case: Revisiting Dulcie September

directed by Basil Appollis

Alexander Bar
     
from 18 Apr Funny Girl, the musical

presented by Eric Abraham

Fugard Theatre
     
20–22 Apr Love Sex Fleas God

presented by Circle Productions

Playhouse Theatre
     
20–22 Apr Tapera Baba

presented by Ubuntu Dance

Galloway Theatre
     
21 Apr CDS members evening The Hok
     
21 Apr Masque Theatre karaoke fundraiser Masque Theatre
     
23 Apr AUDITION: After Ever After

hosted by MADS

Rendezvous
     
23 Apr AUDITION: Abigail’s Party

hosted by Masque Theatre

The Hok
     
24–29 Apr Love Sex Fleas God

presented by Circle Productions

Alexander Bar
     
25 Apr–20 May Hemelruim

presented by Naskrif Produksies

Fugard Studio Theatre
     
27–30 Apr Hello & Goodbye

presented by HHDS and Carnivals of the Heart

Playhouse Theatre
     
28 Apr–6 May Equus

presented by CDS

Masque Theatre
     
30 Apr AUDITION: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

hosted by Milnerton Theatre Players

Milnerton Playhouse
     
4–6 May Defending the Caveman

presented by Plewman

Playhouse Theatre
     
6 May AUDITION: Let’s Murder Marsha

hosted by Milnerton Theatre Players

Milnerton Playhouse
     
7 May AUDITION: Nobody’s Perfect

hosted by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society

Masque Theatre
     
7 May AUDITION: HHDS summer musical

hosted by HHDS

Playhouse Theatre
     
11–13 May Hello & Goodbye

presented by HHDS and Carnivals of the Heart

Masque Theatre

 

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

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

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

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

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

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

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AUDITION NOTICE: ‘Abigail’s Party’ by Mike Leigh

Directed by Lynn Moss
A Masque Theatre Production
Production Dates: 12-15 July 2017 (5 performances)
Time: 14h00
Date: Sunday 23 April
Place: The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont
Cast of Characters: 

  • Beverly, female [30 – 40], she is the life and soul of the party, ex-beautician, married to Laurence.  The main anchor of the play, ascorbic, cutting and tactless to her husband, and eventually to her party guests. A social climber, who is very image and status conscious.
  • Laurence, male [30 – 40]  the understated, overlooked and stressed estate agent husband to Beverly. Tries to be the peacemaker, and the man of the house, often failing in the eyes of his wife.
  • Angie, female [25 to 35], married for three years to Tony. She is a nurse and a blatant social climber, wanting to be liked in the new neighbourhood. Admires and aspires to be like her idol Beverly.
  • Tony, male [25 to 35], married to Angie. He is a computer operator working shifts, and one-time professional footballer. The quiet unassuming type, but with a sexy smouldering attraction.
  • Sue, female [40 to 50], Abigail’s mother. Nervous and quiet, but rather refined. A divorced mother bringing up her teenage children in one of the larger homes of the street.

For more information and to book your audition please contact Lynn Moss 021 785 2466/084 701 8360 or email: lynn@infomotion.co.za

Rehearsals scheduled to commence weekend of 13 May. Rehearsal Location TBC

About this Production
This Masque Theatre Production is being produced and staged on behalf of the theatre for fund raising purposes.  The production run maybe short, but the energy and commitment of the members of the Masque Board producing this adventure will be dynamic, fast paced and above all FUN!!

The intention is to stage a theatrical experience that starts for the audience the moment they step into the Masque Theatre. Patrons will be invited to dress in 70’s theme and enjoy ‘Abigail’s Party’ starting in the Masque Theatre foyer, with refreshment and snacks served before the show, and photos afterwards with the cast, when the party continues in the bar.

‘Abigail’s Party’ was fist staged in the UK in 1977, 40 years ago, yet its topic is still relevant today. The characters we can all identify with, and have no doubt experienced a party hosted by an overbearing Beverly. The play also holds the record of the highest ever viewed on televisions, with a staggering 16 million viewers tuning into watch.

The action takes place on Saturday night, in suburban North London. Abigail has convinced her mother Sue, to allow her to have a party. Neighbour Beverly insists on hosting a small intimate soiree, in order to give Sue something to do whilst the  teenager’s party takes place. Laurence, Beverly’s uptight husband arrives home late,  just in time to see the first guests arrive, new neighbours Angie and Tony. Beverly’s hosting skills consist of plenty of drink, nuts, maybe an olive or two and cheesy pineapple on sticks. The evening unfolds with some spectacular conversation, dancing and the ultimate unforgettable finale. The power of this play lies in the characterisations, which will be developed to the full. British accents or the ability to learn them are necessary for this production.

Back Stage opportunities:

  • Stage Manager
  • Prop’s Master
  • Sound and lighting technician

Production run characters: Abigail’s Party Guests, pre-show, foyer only.

  • Six young adults to act as teenagers.
  • Mixture of male and female, dressed in 1970’s outfits some punk era clothing and make up.
  • Will be required to mix with the theatre goers, handing out drinks and canapés, and assist with fund raising activities each evening and matinee.

AUDITION NOTICE: ‘After Ever After’

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AUDITION NOTICE

Jane Eyre adapted by Alastair Duff

Directed by: Alastair Duff

Production Dates: 30 June – 8 July 2017

Audition Date: Sunday 2nd April 2017

Time: 12h00

Venue: Masque Theatre, 37 Main Road, Muizenberg

Society: Constantiaberg Theatre Players

ABOUT THE PLAY:

Jane Eyre (originally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography) is a novel by English writer Charlotte Bronte. Adapted for the stage by Alastair Duff, this script follows the original story very closely and brings Bronte’s’ pages to life.

Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its named heroine, including her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester, the master of fictitious Thornfield Hall. Jane Eyre revolutionised the art of fiction in the 19th century. The script contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of Christian morality at its core, but is nonetheless a story which many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the exploration of classism, sexuality, religion, and feminism.

CHARACTERS:

  • CHARLOTTE/JANE EYRE: (Age 20+) plays Charlotte as somewhat older. Quiet, shy but with a strong character. A wonderful opportunity to play this famous fictional role, and the writer of the novel.
  • EDWARD ROCHESTER: (Age 25+) At first cold and taciturn, he reveals a kind, passionate side. A great part to the play
  • MRS FAIRFAX: (Age 40+) Not a servant, she is a relative of Rochester’s, but also is his housekeeper. Kind and sympathetic, she is also very opinionated.

The following parts are smaller but present a wide variety of characters to play:

  • Young Jane: (Age 10+) A little girl who has quite a strong will. Possibly double as Adele
  • Helen Burns: (Age 13+) Jane’s friend, calm almost passive. A challenging part.
  • John Reed: (Age 14+) A bully, mean and spiteful. A small but challenging part. Could double up as a house guest.
  • Mrs Reed: (Age 30+) Jane’s cold-hearted aunt. Doubles up as a house guest or Grace Poole.
  • Mr Brocklehurst: (Age 50+ )School Administrator. Cold, cruel and hypocritical. Challenging part. Doubles as The Minister and/or a house guest.
  • Miss Miller/Miss Temple: (Age 25+) Both are teachers at Lowood School, one mean, the other kind. Double as house guests.
  • Adele Verans: (Age 10+) Mr Rochester’s ward, she is Jane’s pupil. French, light-hearted but sweet little girl. Should be able to manage a French accent.
  • Blanch Ingram: (Age 20+) Rochester’s girlfriend, very sophisticated. Could double up as Miss Temple, Diana Rivers or Bertha Mason.
  • Lady Lynn: (Age 40+)Aristocratic lady, could double as Miss Miller
  • Lady Ingram: (Age 40+) Aristocratic and superior. Could double as Grace Poole
  • Richard Mason: (Age 25+) Rochester’s brother-in-law. Emotional part. Double as Biggs.
  • Carter, The Surgeon: (Age 35+) Could double as house guest
  • The Minister: (Age 40+) A small part, double as house guest
  • Mr Biggs, the solicitor: Small part, double up as house guest.
  • Grace Poole: (Age 25+) A servant, double as house guest
  • Bertha Mason: (Age 25+) Insane, dangerous, a great cameo part. Could Double
  • St John Rivers: (Age 25+) A medium-size role. A missionary, could, moody. Challenging part
  • Diana Rivers/Mary Rivers: (Age 20+) St. John’s sisters. Medium-size role, with doubling possible.

Backstage Crew also needed: Costumes/Props, Stage Manager and Production Secretary.

If you need more info phone Alastair on 021 788 4984.

To book your audition slot please email secretary@ctptheatre.co.za.

Date: Sunday 19 March

Time: 10h00

Venue: The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont

Performance dates: 19-29 July, Masque Theatre

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is an absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard. The play expands upon the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The action of Stoppard’s play takes place mainly in the wings of ‘Hamlet’, with brief appearances of major characters from ‘Hamlet’ who enact fragments of the original’s scenes. Between these episodes the two protagonists voice their confusion at the progress of events occurring on stage, of which they have no direct knowledge.

List of roles:

  • Guildenstern (lead)
  • Rosenkrantz (lead)
  • The Player
  • The Actors (5-6)
  • Hamlet
  • Claudius
  • Ophelia
  • Gertrude
  • Polonius
  • Fortinbras
  • Horatio
  • Courtiers

I am looking for actors (particularly for the two main roles) who are able to understand and experiment with highly intricate word play, as well as, access and portray a range of emotions within a short period of time. Naturally, comic timing – or the ability to develop it – is crucial. In addition, the two leads ‘must’ be good at learning lines, and willing to work intensively.  (No short order – but, in my opinion, these roles are two of the most challenging and rewarding roles in the history of modern theatre!)

The third largest part is that of the leader of the troupe of actors, i.e. The Player.  This part also requires everything that is mentioned above.  It is a wickedly comic part.  The leader is in charge of a troupe of clueless, clowning ‘actors’ who must somehow put together a play worthy of the court.  The actors playing ‘the actors’ need to have a feel for physical comedy (they do not have any lines, so rely entirely on body language to convey the humour).

Although all the other parts, e.g. Hamlet and Claudius, are small, they are spoken in the original Shakespearean language.  Actors taking on these small, but not easy parts, need to be able to master the language.

To prepare

For all the speaking parts, please familiarise yourselves with the relevant piece below.  You don’t need to learn the pieces by heart, but need to be able to show what you can do with them.  (There will be someone reading in the other part/parts for you).

reading-rosenkrantz-and-guildenstern

Auditionees for non-speaking parts need simply arrive.

Contact

If you have any queries or cannot make the audition and would like to schedule an alternate time, please contact Jenny Brandt, the director, on jennybrandt74@gmail.com, 082 492 5984 or 021 785 7610.

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

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February 2017 – Number 165

Hi everyone!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

CDS AGM

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

Equus update

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

Director’s tickets

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

Digital archive

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

 

See you at the theatre!

Calendar

21 Jan–25 Feb Twelfth Night

presented by Artscape

Maynardville
     
22 Jan–26 Feb Romeo and Juliet

presented by Cape Town City Ballet

Artscape
     
31 Jan–25 Feb Big Boys the Third

presented by Followspot Productions

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

directed by Celia Musikanth

Masque Theatre
     
7 Feb–4 Mar The Mother

presented by Eric Abraham

Fugard Theatre
     
11–18 Feb Rigoletto

presented by Cape Town Opera

Artscape
     
16–18 Feb Laced

created by Lee van der Merwe

Alexander Bar
     
16–18 Feb MATE

written and directed by Samantha Gray

Alexander Bar
     
16–25 Feb Rent

presented by The Stephan Fourie Theatre Company

Artscape
     
17 Feb Three of a Kind

presented by Andrew Young

Somerset West Playhouse
     
19 Feb Little Karoo

presented by Jenny Brandt

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

presented by Rust Co-Operative

Alexander Bar
     
21–22 Feb The Plothole

directed by Rob van Vuuren

Alexander Bar
     
24–25 Feb Boarding Pass

presented by the Kit School of Ballet

Artscape
     
24–25 Feb Love Swings

featuring Ike Moriz

Somerset West Playhouse
     
26 Feb Little Karoo

presented by Jenny Brandt

Masque Theatre
     
20–22 Feb Macbeth

presented by Fabrik Theatre Company

Masque Theatre
     
23 Feb Dark Side of the Moon

presented by Mel Botes

Masque Theatre
     
23 Feb­–25 Mar Marat/Sade

presented by Flipside

Baxter Theatre
     
24–25 Feb TheatreSports

presented by ImproGuise

Masque Theatre
     
24–25 Feb On Probation

Performed by Michaela O Toole & Shannon Hiebner

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

written by Neil LaBute

Alexander Bar
     
28 Feb–2 Mar Dangled

performed by Rob van Vuuren

Alexander Bar
     
28 Feb–11 Mar Chapter 2 Section 9

presented by Golden Arrow Studio

Baxter Theatre
     
28 Feb–18 Mar El Blanco

featuring James Cairns

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

presented by Constantiaberg Theatre Players

Masque Theatre
     
4–5 Mar 65 Glorious Years

celebrating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II

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

presented by ImproGuise

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

presented by F Creations

Galloway Theatre
     
11–19 Mar Calendar Girls

presented by HHDS

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

presented by Ike Moriz

Masque Theatre
     
18 Mar Milly’s Awards

hosted by Milnerton Theatre Players

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

presented by MADS

Masque Theatre
     
31 Mar–1 Apr Flowers for Algernon

presented by DQ Productions

Milnerton Playhouse
     
5 Apr–5 May Theatre skills workshops

run by Milnerton Theatre Players

Milnerton Playhouse
     
7 Apr Milnerton AGM Milnerton Playhouse

 

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

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

glass-menagerie

AUDITION NOTICE

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

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

Roles available are as follows: 

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

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

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