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

June 2015 – Number 145

Hi everyone!
 

Chairman’s note

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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

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

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AUDITION: Shaken not Stirred (Pinelands Players)

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

Director: Kyla Thorburn

Musical Director: Justin Wardle

Production dates: 2 October to 10 October 2015

Venue: New Space Theatre, Cape Town CBD

The company of 12 will consist of:

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

Audition details:

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

Call back auditions:

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

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

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

Masque FOH appeal

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

Calendar

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

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

14 Jun – Foyer sessions: Christopher Dry at The Masque

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

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

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

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

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

10–12 Jul – BeeGees tribute show at The Masque

19 Jul – Foyer sessions: Liesl Jobson at The Masque

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

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2015:

 

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

The Hok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont, 7708

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com

July 2014 – Number 135

Hi all,

It is a new season for CDS and with some exciting events in store. We are now done with post-production on The Hollow as we start rehearsals and preparation for Quartet. There is plenty to look forward to, especially our upcoming members’ evening – we hope to see you all there.

 

From Wendy…

Wendy and Bob are settling down nicely in Mthatha, and making the most of a whole new lifestyle. Wendy has been helping out at the local primary school, and is working on their upcoming talent show (mid-August). She is also involved with the Round Table Variety Show, which is happening at the end of July. For those of you not on Facebook, you may like to follow their progress on Wendy’s blog: www.hakunamthatha.blogspot.com

 

Members’ evening

Just a reminder about our upcoming members’ evening on Friday 18 July, 19h30 for 20h00. It will be an exciting monologue programme performed by those who attended the acting workshop. This will be the final step in their workshop process and we have eleven actors to entertain you. We also have two wonderful adjudicators to help give feedback, our very own Michelle Belknap and Yvonne Finch.

We look forward to seeing you all; it has been too long.

 

The Hollow: Another triumph for Claremont Dramatic Society!

Who says Agatha Christie cannot be done well? You? Well, if so, you clearly did not see CDS’s recent production of The Hollow at the Masque.

Director Liz Roodt’s debut was an excellent production with polished performances from all concerned. Despite the press criticism of the French detective and much semi-informed discussion re Poirot the entire cast gave convincing performances in front of an excellently conceived and executed set. The action was well sustained and characterisation appropriate. Special mention, for me, must be made of the acting of Faeron Wheeler and Sheldon Cross. Jenny Brandt handled the transition from “mouse” to vicious killer chillingly well. The tour-de-force in acting terms, though, was from Su Cunningham. She was at the same time delightfully dotty and wickedly scheming.

And, to top it all, we made a handy profit.

Well done to all concerned, both on the tapis and behind, on a really good production.

A.J. Storr Lister

Co-Vice-Chairman/Treasurer

 

The Hollow raffle winners

As you know, we raffled off two Hollow set pieces in aid of the Masque roof fund.

Here are the winners!

“Ainswick” by Libby Harrison was won by Christine Doyle.

“The Worshipper” by Earnest Peake was won by Nigel Stevenson.

Enjoy!

 

Auditions: The Great Gatsby by Simon Levy

Directed by Alastair Duff for Constantiaberg Theatre Players

American accents are required for all characters except for Meyer Wolfsheim

Auditions will be held Sunday 27 July 2014, 13h00–15h00, in the Masque Theatre foyer, Muizenberg.

 

Front of House training workshop

Anthony Storr Lister will be presenting a non-threatening workshop for all those interested in volunteering as FOH Managers and Box Office volunteers at the Masque on Sunday 27 July 2014, 16h00–18h00.

All are welcome, whether you have already volunteered, wish to volunteer or are simply curious as to the more arcane functioning of our theatre. Please RSVP to Jane de Sousa at jane@dramaticsolutions.co.za or on 072 446 5420 to facilitate catering. (Yes, it will be a bit of a social event as well.) Please mention to her that you saw this ad in the CDS Claremont Chat.

 

Directors’ workshop

I will be facilitating a directors’ workshop next month; this will be a once-off, half-day intensive workshop. This workshop is not only for those who wish to be a director; it is also a very valuable workshop for stage managers and production secretaries.

The workshop will be hosted at the Hok on 9 August 2014, 09h00–14h00.

Cost: R200

The workshop will cover:

  • Decision-making
  • The director’s book
  • Exercises for actors
  • Time management
  • Setting, place and time

Those wanting to receive their director’s tickets will be given an opportunity to showcase a short scene they have directed at the October members’ evening.

For more info contact me (Sheldon): sheldon_cross@yahoo.com or 072 596 8369.

 

Calendar

18 July                        Members’ evening

Monologue showcase with soup and rolls … promises to be good old catch up too!

19 July – 3 August   OKLAHOMA!

From G&S, directed by Teddy Davies, in the Artscape Opera House.

Tickets are already on sale from cast members or from Computicket. Ticket prices through Computicket range from R110 to R235 for evening performances and R100 to R220 for matinees. Preferential tickets are available from cast members at a saving of between R10 and R30 each.

25 July – 2 August   Benefactors

Michael Frayn’s award-winning play presented by MADS at the Masque Theatre and directed by Coleen van Staden.

27 July                        Great Gatsby audition

13h00–15h00, in the Masque Theatre foyer.

27 July                        FOH training workshop

16h00–18h00, in the Masque Theatre foyer.

15 – 23 August          California Suite

Fish Hoek Dramatic Society presents Neil Simon’s California Suite, directed by Jane Philbrick.

 

That’s all folks!

Love,

Sheldon

 

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2014:

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

Anthony Storr Lister (Treasurer) anthonylister@mailbox.co.za Home: 021 671 1443 Cell: 082 357 7677

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

Sheldon Cross (Chat) sheldon_cross@yahoo.com Home: 021 801 5610 Cell: 072 596 8369

Liz Roodt (Members’ Evenings): lizroodt@yahoo.co.uk Cell: 081 259 3607

Kim Randleff-Rasmussen (Publicity): tzar42@gmail.com Cell: 083 619 2441

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REMINDERS
 
 
 
 
AUDITION
JUST A REMINDER EVERYONE THAT THE AUDITION FOR ‘BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO’ IS THIS SATURDAY AT 2 P.M. AT THE PINELANDS PLAYERS’ CLUBHOUSE INTHE CROSSING.
PLEASE BE THERE AHEAD OF TIME. ENQUIRIES: JUNE 0724467532 or 021 5318682 or cjwells@mweb.co.za
 
#HORROR OPENS NEXT WEEK
IF YOU HAVEN’T BOOKED YOUR TICKETS YET, STOP HESITATING. COME AND ENJOY SOME HUMOROUS, YET SPINE-CHILLING, FUN WITH US. TICKETS ARE R120, WHICH INCLUDES DINNER AND DESSERT. THERE IS ALSO A FULL CASH BAR.
TO BOOK: 082 771 9644 or pinelandshorror@gmail.com

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Claremont Chat

Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, 162 Campground Road, Claremont, 7708

email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

www.claremontdramatic.wordpress.com 

June 2014 – Number 134

 

Greetings all

CDS is doing us proud again on the boards with Liz Roodt’s version of Agatha Christie’s The Hollow. We are also looking forward to Brenda Gray’s next endeavour with a deep-rooted excitement. June is all about warm beds, chocolate cake (blocked arteries) and good theatre. Here is this month’s chat …

 

Masque Theatre – YOUR THEATRE NEEDS YOU!

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY AT THE MASQUE THEATRE: MAINTENANCE COORDINATOR NEEDED

Our theatre needs an experienced Maintenance Coordinator to join the dynamic Operations Team that keeps the theatre functioning together with Nico Dreyer, the theatre manager.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: To ensure the good maintenance, health and safety standards of the Masque Theatre

MAIN FOCUS AREAS:

  • Assessment of maintenance requirements
  • Drawing up of a maintenance plan to meet these requirements
  • Overseeing general maintenance
  • Managing major maintenance projects
  • Ensuring health and safety assessment is conducted
  • Overseeing theatre becoming health and safety compliant
  • Putting system in place to ensure theatre remains health and safety compliant
  • Overseeing this health and safety system 

If you have the skills our theatre needs or know of anyone who does, please contact Jane de Sousa on jane@dramaticsolutions.co.za. Jane is the board member responsible for HR issues.

 

Auditions

Pinelands Players is holding auditions at 14h00 on 21 and 22 June at their clubhouse for Breaking Up is Hard to Do, which is set in the 1960s with the music of Neil Sedaka. More info from Tina on 082 771 9644 or bgough@telkomsa.net.

Milnerton Players has Don’t Dress For Dinner opening on 30 May. A husband, a wife, a mistress, a lover and a cook – sounds hilarious. For more info telephone 082 267 1061.

 

The Hollow

Firstly we would like to thank each and every person who has helped and supported this production. It has been a very exciting undertaking with the inclusion of many members, new and old. Liz promised us at the beginning of the rehearsal process that her ultimate goal, other than producing a high quality Agatha, was that it would be a fun process and I can honestly say it has been precisely that. It has been an absolute joy to work with such wonderfully dedicated and talented folk, the very nature of community theatre brought to fruition. I hope everyone who hasn’t yet come to watch, will come and let us entertain you with our whole hearts.

The Hollow runs until 21 June at the Masque.

 

Acting workshops

There are still a few spaces left. If you are interested please feel free to join us on 21 of June, from 09h30 to 12h00 at the Hok.

  • Saturday 21 June – basics: voice and body, emotional connectivity, improvisation
  • Saturday 28 June – improvisation and scene work, acting techniques
  • Saturday 5 July – monologue, text into performance
  • Saturday 12 July – monologue rehearsal and final workshop
  • Friday 18 July – members’ evening performance and adjudication

For more info please email sheldon_cross@yahoo.com

 

Calendar:

6–21 June: Agatha Christie’s The Hollow – presented by CDS and directed by Liz Roodt

18 July: Members’ evening – A showcase of performances (audition pieces) and soup and rolls

19 July–3 August: OKLAHOMA! – presented by G&S, directed by Teddy Davies, at the Artscape Opera House. Tickets are already on sale from cast members or through Computicket. Ticket prices through Computicket range from R110 to R235 for evening performances and R100 to R220 for matinees. Preferential tickets are available from cast members at a saving form R10 to R30 per ticket.

17–28 June: Annie the musical – presented by Hottentots Holland DS at the Playhouse in Somerset West. I don’t have details from HHDS, but Shaun Browne is repeating his role in this production as Daddy Warbucks and bookings are through Computicket.

 

The Rosebank Theatre

Great things are happening at this little theatre in Alma Road, Rosebank. Take a look at http://www.rosebanktheatre.com.

 

“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.” ― Agatha Christie

 

That’s all folks,

Sheldon

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[Poster’s note: Sorry for the lateness of this post. This newsletter did go out to members on 1 May]

 

PINELANDS PLAYERS ADLIB – May 2014

Hi Everyone!
Told you not to change your wardrobe just yet. I was bundled up in winter woolies while writing the last AdLib and here I am in a t-shirt & cotton pants.
Exciting times, lots to tell you, so put the kettle on and come back with a nice culpa to settle down and read.

URGENT – NOT MANY SEATS LEFT FOR BONNY’S SHOW THIS WEEKEND
PHONE TINA NOW ON 082 771 9644 or email her: bgough@telkomsa.net
CHRIS (WHO IS DOING THE LIGHTING) SAYS IT’S REALLY, REALLY GOOD. TICKETS ARE ONLY R40
AT THE CLUBHOUSE AT 7.30 THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ONLY.

OUR CLUBHOUSE & NEW EQUIPMENT:
The loft clean up is done and dusted – more dust than you can imagine. The Committee worked like a well-oiled machine over the two days and the results are brilliant. Everything sorted and neat as a pin. The new ‘intelligent’ lights have arrived and Chris has even managed to repair a couple of the old ones which we thought had given up the ghost. One of the new lights is already being put to use this weekend for Bonny’s show.

It is so great to be on a Committee with people who are really committed and make work seem like fun.

QUIZ FEEDBACK
It hit just the right balance. If you didn’t know the answer to a question, it was informative and interesting.!
The winners were Shaun Browne and (blush) June Wells and runners up were Louis & Denise de Kock and Thomas Bowman.!
Thanks Tina and your team (Tanya Browne and Glyn Fogell), a splendid evening of fun! More please?!

ALISON HOFER’S PLAY-READING TUESDAY 1ST APRIL – was not as well supported as we’d hoped, the miserable weather probably had an effect. But the play was brilliant (‘Gods of Carnage’) and those who were there were totally engrossed. Watch out for more from Alison and if you missed the last one, don’t miss the next. Alison is sure to choose another intriguing play for us.
CANDLELIGHT SUPPER THEATRE IN JUNE/JULY
If ghosts and ghouls are your bag, this is for you! Tina Gough and Alison Hofer are already in rehearsal with their show.
Creaking doors, spine-chilling tales, freaky dances and haunting songs (all liberally splashed with lots of laughs and just a
little bit of blood & ectoplasm). The menu sounds delicious – spaghetti bogeynaise and a dessert of mire-ingues with
screaming ice…mmmmmm…
AUDITION
‘BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO’
Set in 1960 with the music of Neil Sedaka
21ST AND 22ND OF JUNE AT 2 P.M.
AT THE PINELANDS PLAYERS CLUBHOUSE.
MORE INFORMATION WILL BE IN THE NEXT ADLIB.
Director: June Wells
Musical Directors: Alan van der Merwe and Ted Faulkner

 

SUBSCRIPTIONS

If you haven’t paid yet, please do.

Banking details:
FNB – CHEQUE ACCOUNT ‘PINELANDS PLAYERS’
NUMBER: 50141180659
BRANCH: 200810
PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME AS OUR REFERENCE.

WHAT’S HAPPENING ELSEWHERE:
OKLAHOMA! From G&S, directed by Teddy Davies. Rehearsals are well under way. Production dates, in the Artscape Opera House, are 19 July to 3 August  2014 and tickets are already on sale from cast members or from Computicket. Ticket prices through Computicket range from R110 to R235 for evening performances and R100 to R220 for matinees. Preferential tickets are available from cast members at a saving of between R10 and R30 each.

DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER.

From Milnerton Playrs. Opening 30th May. A husband a wife a mistress a lover and a cook – sounds hilarious. This info taken
from website. For more, telephone 082 267 1061.

MASQUE THEATRE is raising funds and on the 10th of May there is a quiz in the foyer at 7.30 p.m. Bookings: 021 788 1898, or
bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

Sorry, I’ve searched the web for more up to date info on our sister societies, but this was all I could find. Other scribes, please keep me updated.

Tailpiece
Wendy Goddard and Bob Goode are re-locating to Umtata (Mthatha) for a period of three years. Like her Mum, Jill Cooke, Wendy is a theatrical marvel – director, artist, actor and much, much more. Claremont Dramatic Society are going to miss her as Chairperson and we’ll all miss her vibrant presence on the Amdram scene.
Our sincere and heartfelt good wishes for your sojourn in the Eastern Cape, Wendy and Bob, enjoy the adventure!
Welcome to new Member, Bobbie Fitchen – great to have you. There are a number of new faces in Tina and Alison’s show, we hope you’ll be joining soon – gals, please send this AdLib on to them?
Have bought a shredder and while sorting through things I found some fascinating stuff. Amongst them a little notebook I kept when I was Hon. Sec. Did you know that Ruth Allsopp joined the society in 1952? And Tony Murray joined the Committee in 1959? Peter Torien was in the chorus and also Business Manager for ‘Vagabond King’ in 1964, he was a mere schoolboy then and a pupil of one of our founders, Madge Harding. In 1981 our ‘Brush up’ (what we now call Candelight Supper Theatre), was ‘Brush up die Bosveld’ – I just can’t remember it, but I described it in the AdLib as ‘..a splendiferous affair with jolly company, great cabaret and
simply splendid food’. All our bookings were done through Pinelands Drapers at Howard Centre – oh, how I miss them. Difficult to find a draper/haberdashery shop anywhere now.
June

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HHDS Newsletter August 2011
Showing next at the Playhouse:

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AUDITION
on Sep 11 at 6.30 pm for
‘Are you being Served?’
directed by Ann Coetzee

The characters from this play are well-known from the 1970’s BBC TV series of the same name. We are not looking to impersonate these characters but rather the English accent and humour. The customers of Grace Brothers and the staff of the Don Bernardo Palace Hotel are open to personal interpretation. The parts of Don Bernardo and Cesar will be played by Mr. Nash and the Male Customer. The part of Teresa will be played by the Lady Customer. The part of Conchita will be played by the nurse. Show dates will be November 27 – December11, 2011 Week nights: 8pm Saturdays: 6.30pm and a Sunday Matinee: 2.30pm.

Mr. Grainger: Head of the men’s department and has been since God was a boy. He is a doddering old fool with surprising moments of clarity, but is currently suffering from an affliction of a gastro-intestinal nature.
Mr. Mash: Maintenance worker at Grace Brothers whose crude mannerisms often offend the ladies of the staff. A canny fellow who always seems to know what is going on … a fact which he often uses for his own amusement and profit.
Mr. Rumbold: Manager of the ladies’ and gentlemen’s departments. He tries to come off as competent and decisive to his superiors, but is often played for a fool by his staff.
Mr. Lucas: Young and handsome junior assistant on the men’s counter. He works very hard to be suave and dashing so as to attract the “birds”. He is especially interested in Miss Brahms.
Miss Brahms: Young and sexy junior assistant on the women’s counter. She has a pronounced cockney accent and is not at all interested in Mr. Lucas.
Captain Peacock: Achieved his rank from the army through self-promotion, having served as a corporal. He currently serves as floor walker for Grace Brothers, showing customers to merchandise of interest. He fancies himself quite a ladies’ man, often vies for Miss Brahms’ attention.
Mrs. Slocombe: Senior assistant of ladies’ ready-mades where she sells bras and knickers. She maintains a dignified air in speech and manner-which often slips. She is well known for her oddly coloured hair, her grasping for her fleeting youth, and her fiery temper.
Mr. Humphries: Flamboyant assistant on the men’s counter, showing an amazing aptitude for selling y-fronts. He is a little light in his loafers, but in reality is “neither one way nor the other”. His warm personality makes him instant friends with anyone he meets and often assists him in extracting himself from strange situations in which he finds himself.
Don Bernardo: Owner of the Don Bernardo Palace Hotel. He is very prosperous in this enterprise because of his ability to cater to British tourists and military revolutionists alike.
Cesar: Aforementioned military revolutionist. He likes to relax with a nice woman before overthrowing the country…and he isn’t very particular. Conchita: Staff member at the Palace Hotel. She is efficient, sexy, and canny enough to realize that she would be safe in the arms of Mr. Humphries while avoiding the attentions of both her employer and the militia.
Mr. Grace: Younger of the two Grace Brothers, is a success in business despite his best efforts. His hobbies include secretaries, nurses, and other fallen women. He is not on stage for long, but will be expected to deliver the curtain speech in character.

The remaining roles are small, but are doubled with other parts.

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We were like movie stars — I used to imagine we didn’t walk we glided— now all we do is stumble — it wasn’t supposed to be like this
Mona: We have a laugh. That’s what we have, a laugh.
Donal: We’re alcoholics.
Mona: Don’t use that word. Don’t ever use that word

Days of Wine and Roses by Owen McCafferty.

This is a love story!

Donal, an overconfident bookie’s clerk & Mona, an unfathomable lower rung civil-servant, living in an unfamiliar city fall in love with life, each other — and booze. Their life is an exciting voyage of discovery which begins to spiral out of control as the bottle takes its grip.

Donal and Mona meet in Aldergrove airport in 1962 while both are on their way to start a new life in London. Excited, hopeful and slightly apprehensive, their spontaneous conversation leads to an eight-year relationship which evolves during the course of the play. In the first scene, Donal offers the hitherto teetotal Mona a sip of whiskey from his flask. When his back is turned, however, Mona helps herself to a couple more mouthfuls.

When living in London, their mutual retreat into perpetual drunkenness has him arguing that he has to drink to keep his job, and she countering that she has to drink at home to be level with him when drinking friends arrive. The increasingly tyrannical presence of drink in their lives gradually becomes more persuasive. At this stage Donal is more aware and in control than the naively impulsive and impressionable Mona.

Donal joins the AA, Mona refuses. In an arresting moment Donal faces the audience at his first AA meeting and makes his introduction and excuses. While Donal seeks the AA, Mona spirals disgustingly into the gutter at this time. Her proposition that he can only prove his continuing love for her by taking a drink and physically making love, becomes the play’s most disturbing scene, an ethical dilemma of weighty proportions.

As a background to their life, McCafferty makes the legendary, iconic Irish racehorse Arkle full of symbolic significance. The horse’s astounding success on the track reflects the hopeful prosperity of Donal and Mona’s new London life, but when Arkle eventually dies the realization of their own dream’s death is close at hand. This is how the play ends, heart-breaking, exhausting, but never less than enthralling. It may not sound too appealing but there are at least 3 good reasons why you should see the play:

It’s a love story that should tug at your heartstrings.
It will give you a better understanding of the problems that anyone affected by substance abuse can encounter.
The performances are powerful, layered and precise.
The actors are relative newcomers, but are so good that you will see them again in the future.

The original film, directed by Blake Edwards, starring Jack Lemon & Lee Remick, was made in 1962 (nearly 50 years ago) and was nominated for 4 Oscars. Neither Blake Edwards nor Jack Lemon were alcoholics but both gave up drinking shortly after the film and remained teetotal for the rest of their lives. The film is still compulsory viewing in many US rehab centres.
Opening October 28 at the Playhouse.

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My Fair Lady Oct 1 at 6.30 pm

As director’s ticket Amanda Peacefull will present a scene from this well known musical. The scene is fairly early on in the play – starting with Eliza Doolittle knocking on Professor Higgins’ door, to ask for speech lessons, and ending with him agreeing to take up the challenge, as a bet with Colonel Pickering.

The cast:
Eliza Doolittle: Jo Williams
Henry Higgins: Norman McFarlane
Colonel Pickering: Brian Peacefull
Mrs Pearce: Anne Walsh

The +/- 25 min performance will be followed by snacks and live music in the Green Room. First Option will provide “Much More Music”.

Entrance R25 for members, R35 for non-members.
Enquiries: Call Eppie 0825551014

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It is with sadness that we were informed of the passing away of Ray Frewin. Ray joined our theatre in 1978,and was an active member backstage mainly lights and sound.
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What’s on at the Playhouse …

The Emperor’s Groove – KADS September 17-24
My Fair Lady (a scene) Director’s Ticket by Amanda Peacefull, Octo 1, 6.30 pm
Days of Wine & Roses to be directed by Lawrie West, 25 Oct – 5 Nov
Are you being served? directed by Ann Coetzee 28 Nov – 11 Dec

Der Verkaufte Grossvater directed by Bettina Horvath 5-7 Jan (in German)
Fawlty Towers directed by Norman McFarlane 8 Jan – 12 Feb
Birds of Paradise directed by Lawrie West March 2011
Struggle and Romance directed by Philippe Pringiers 25 Mar – 22 Apr
Relative Values directed by Bettina Horvath 22 Apr -20 May
Culture Month 3 -30 Jun (details tbc)
Crimes of the Heart directed by Kelly Westraad 29 Jul – 26 Aug (show dates tbc)
Ballet Show by Gail Hattingh 2 – 30 Sep (show dates tbc)
Musical by Lindsay Small (October)

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DVD’s OF PREVIOUS Productions are available at R 120.
The Spare Room; Duets; Fawlty Towers; Allo, Allo Suite 214; Spring and Port Wine; The Boy Comes Home; Africa, My Africa; I Have Been Here Before; Midsummer Night’s Dream; Gulls; Hansel & Gretel; Flat Spin; Waiting in the Wings; Look Who’s Talking …
If you wish to buy one please contact Lindsay 021 809 1191, 076 314 8968,021 8553779 or lindsay@dcisp.co.za

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AUDITION: ‘CHAPTER TWO’ BY NEIL SIMON

Directed for Milnerton Players by Wendy Goddard

Performance Dates: 25 March – 2 April 2011 Milnerton Playhouse
(rehearsals start mid-January)

Audition Date: Sunday 7 November 2010

Time: 14h00

Venue: Milnerton Playhouse, Pienaar Road, Milnerton (behind library)

Chapter Two is widely perceived to be an autobiographical revelation of Neil Simon’s coming to terms with the death of his first wife, followed by his love affair and subsequent marriage to actress Marsha Mason.

This very funny but poignant play is based around four brilliantly penned characters: George Schneider, a mourning writer; Jenny Malone, a levelheaded actress; Leo, George’s garrulous but loving brother; and Faye, Jenny’s utterly clueless but enchanting friend.

George has not moved on from the untimely demise of his wife, despite Leo’s best efforts to hook him up with other women. Then he meets Jenny, who’s just walked out of a terrible marriage to a football player, and in a very short space of time they’re in love. But George’s memories catch up with him and he soon finds himself trapped between the past and the present, and the new relationship starts to crumble. Can he reconcile his past and move forward with Jenny, a sentimental woman with a strong head on her shoulders? Do they give up or work things out?

Although it seems like a heavy subject to deal with, Simon’s wonderful narrative and witty and humorous dialogue makes Chapter Two an immensely likeable piece. In George and Jenny, he shows us complexity and simplicity. In Leo and Faye, he presents us with two of the most confused yet adorable characters that we connect with right from the word go.

The play was nominated for the 1978 Tony Award for Best Play, and is considered one of Neil Simon’s finest works. In 1979, Chapter Two was released as a film, directed by Robert Moore and starring James Caan and Simon’s then-wife Marsha Mason, on whom the character of Jennie was based.

Cast of Characters:

George Schneider (40-55)
Leo Schneider (30-45)
Jennie Malone (30 – 45)
Faye Medwick (20 – 35)

For further information or a copy of the script, please contact Wendy on 021 671 2888 or 083 414 7003.

 

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