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The hilarious British sex farce


by Ray Cooney and John Chapman

directed by Wesley Figaji

WHEN: Sunday, 18 December 2011, at 2:30pm.

WHERE: The Guide Hall, Glen Alpine Way, Bergvliet.

DIRECTIONS: From Ladies Mile Road, turn into Children’s Way (at traffic lights near the main road), then immediately right into Glen Alpine Way. Follow the road until you see a parking lot on your left. The Guide Hall is opposite the parking lot.

RUN: At the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg, from 4 to 12 May 2012.

REHEARSALS: From February 2012 – possibly Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

CONTACT: Wesley Figaji on 073 286 9871 or email wes@mseed.co.za


Philip Markham is a straight-laced publisher of children’s books. He and his wife Joanna have planned to go out for the evening. Philip has reluctantly agreed to allow his partner, Henry Lodge, to use his empty apartment for an illicit ‘rendezvous’ with a certain Miss Wilkinson. Meanwhile, Henry’s wife, Linda Lodge, has made a similar arrangement with Philipâ’s wife. Linda is planning a ‘meeting’ with a Walter Pangbourne. Same venue. Still with me?

Add to this already improbable scene the very camp and arty Alastair Spenlow, who is redesigning the Markham’s apartment. He is the third person planning to use the same apartment at the same time for a secret assignation with the beautiful Swiss maid, Sylvie Hauser. Keep up now.

Furthermore, a misplaced letter leads Philip to believing that his innocent wife is having an affair, and his suspicions and jealousy are immediately aroused. Confusion, mayhem and sexual innuendo abound, and into this madness enters Olive Harriet Smythe, an eccentric and very successful children’s book author, looking for a new publisher. She has come to Philip’s firm because she hears they ‘don’t go in for sex’, unlike her previous publisher. See where we’re going with this?

Philip and Henry can’t afford to lose this profitable new client and, to rescue the situation, everyone is forced to assume someone else’s identity and to desperately hide any hint of sexual impropriety. Oh, good grief.


Ages are approximate. Comedy timing is essential.


Age 30s / 40s. Large role. English accent.

Sophisticated and attractive. Married to Philip Markham.


Age 30s / 40s. Large role. English accent.

Vivacious, but slightly scatter-brained. Married to Henry Lodge.


Age 20s. Medium role. Swiss accent.

A gorgeous Swiss maid. She appears in a short nightie at one stage.


Age 20s. Medium role. English accent.

Very pretty, kooky, with large horn-rimmed glasses. Quick to strip down to her underwear, and then runs around wrapped only in a sheet.


Age 60 +. Medium role. English accent.

A very successful author of children’s books. An eccentric, dog-loving, imposing, no-sex-please lady with a somewhat butterfly mind.


Age 30s / 40s. Large role. English accent.

A pleasant, studious man with a worried air which comes from years of being on the losing side of life. Married to Joanna.


Age 30s / 40s. Large role. English accent.

Successful, rakish, full of masculine confidence, a ‘man’s man’ as well as a ladies’ man.


Age 20s / 30s. Large role. English accent.

London’s latest fashionable interior designer. A virile male lurks beneath his arty, camp exterior. Removes his trousers and stands in his colourful underpants at one stage.


Age 40’s. Small role. English accent.

A stiff, slightly vacuous businessman. Wears a bowler hat.


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Newsletter – September 2011


Spring and the Bokke

With spring in the air and a spring in their step, the Springboks have been sent off to New Zealand to bring back the Webb Ellis Cup – and become the first team to do it twice in a row. But what’s this got to do with theatre? Well, they “perform” on the field, don’t they? Yes, I know it’s a rather tenuous link, but who cares? Viva, bokke bokke, viva!!!

Spring is sprung, de grass is riz
New Zealand is where dem Springboks is.

Inter-Society Quiz

We just love a good quiz, don’t we? We’ve pulled off a couple of good ones lately and now we have the honour of hosting the annual Inter-Society Quiz on Sunday, the 9th of October.

If the rules haven’t changed, then we can submit 2 teams of 4 contestants each. So, by applying the correct mathematical formula, I’ve calculated that we can accommodate up to 8 Constantiaberg members who are chomping at the bit to participate.

Now, judging by their outstanding performances at our recent The Weakest Link evening, it is clear that we have a number of highly intelligent members in our society who have the skill and knowledge to utterly devastate the opposition and bring the glory home to Constantiaberg Theatre Players.

I will be organising our teams, so if you’re keen to participate in the systematic and consummate demolition of the other teams, then please email me at wes@mseed.co.za. More details to follow.

In short, in matters vegetable, animal and mineral
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.

For your diary

9 September Fiddler of the Roof
to 1 Oct Ooh, that sounds rude. No, not that kind of fiddler, you silly thing you. And we’re also not referring to what Nero did while Rome burned. We’re talking about the multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway musical directed by Teddy Davies for the Cape Town G&S Society at the Artscape Opera House. Book at Computicket and Dial-a-Seat or visit http://www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za for more information.

16 September CTP Members’ evening
Our next members’ evening will be the opening night of Steel Magnolias at the Masque Theatre. Make sure you book early!

16 to 24 A “blooming” good show at the Masque
September Angela Lee-Wright directs Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias for Constantiaberg Theatre Players. The story is based on a true incident and is set in a small-town hair salon in Louisiana. It spans several years in the lives of six women – the salon’s owners and her customers.

And now, about those Wallabies, Sheila:
A limerick fan from Australia
Regarded his work as a failure
His verses were fine
Until the fourth line

Masque Theatre bookings

Bookings: Call 021 788 1898 – 9am to 4pm weekdays and 8.30am to 11am Saturdays.

And the Welsh team, who we’ll play in our first World Cup game:
Said the apes as they swung by their tails
To their offspring both female and males
“From your offspring, my dears
In a couple of years
May evolve some players for Wales.”


Happy birthday to our two spring babies, Scott Gill (12 September) and Maureen Dubber (22 September). We hope that you have a wonderful birthday and that you’ll get that special present you’ve always wanted. Like that flashy red car with the little horse on the emblem, or that large mansion on the hill that you can see from Kirstenbosch Gardens.

And not forgetting the team from England:
A player that came from the isles
Had suffered severely from pisles
He couldn’t scrum
‘Cause the pain in his bum
Would send him hopping for misles.

Our next production and members’ evening

Guess what? I’ve never seen the movie. What!? you say, how can you possibly not have seen Steel Magnolias starring Julia Roberts? Okay, okay, I get the point. Don’t rub it in. I’ll make up for it by seeing the play. After all, it promises to be better than the movie.

Yes, our next production at the Masque Theatre will be Steel Magnolias, directed by Angela Lee-Wright.

The opening night will double as a members’ evening (because we can multi-task exceptionally well, my dear, regardless of gender), so please book for Friday, the 16th of September.

Okay, that’s a wrap. If you’re a rugby fan, then I hope you enjoy the World Cup. May the best team win. See you at the members’ evening.


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Newsletter – August 2011


In memory of Janice Willis-Benham

It was with great sadness that we recently bade farewell to Janice. She was so very involved with amdram, whether on-stage, backstage or active on society committees. She was dependable, kind, humble and well-loved by all of us. I’ve never seen the Masque Theatre more packed with bums on seats than at her memorial service. And what a standing ovation! The CTP committee will dearly miss her presence, but her memory will always live in our hearts.

The Weakest Link

If you missed this event, then you should find a ruler right now and slap yourself across the knuckles. This was one of the very best members’ evenings we’ve had in recent years. 30 contestants. 4 teams. 100’s of quiz questions. Plenty of prizes. Lots of laughs. A flood of food. A glut of gluhwein. And heaps of hugs and good cheer.

Our host and quizmaster, Anne Robinson Shelley Lombard, did a marvellous job of maintaining order and sanity. It’s amazing how, when you’re sitting in the audience, you seem to know all the answers, but when you’re a contestant you just seem to get difficult and obscure stuff like “Which famous musician was originally named Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.?”

So, on the back of this success and due to public demand, we will consider producing a sequel – The Weakest Link II: The Missing Link. But when the news comes out, you MUST book your place ahead of time because the demand will be great and the number of contestants will be limited. Watch this space.

1. J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books. What is her middle name?

For your diary

7 August Back by popular demand for one show only!
at 7pm Rock ‘n Rouge returns to the Masque for one show only. With this singular sensation you can forget the rest. This brand new show, full of showstopping numbers from well-known musicals, is one not to be missed. Tickets R75 (R65 for Theatre Club members).

12 & 13 Sisters are doing it for themselves at the Masque
August In their first concert together, sisters Kim, Julie, Bronwen and Victoria will perform song and dance favourites from yesteryear in Together at Last: The Harris Sisters’ Show.

18 to 20 Treat yourself to a history of dance
August Bronwyn Banfield’s Rhythm and Dance Studio presents Dancing Thru Time, showcasing the history of dance from waltz in the courts to present day. Tickets available at the Masque Theatre half an hour before each show.

24 August The ultimate feel-good musical for the whole family!
to 3 Sept Directed by Paul Griffiths and presented by The Waterfront Theatre College, Hairspray The Musical promises to wow audiences at the Masque Theatre. The show includes a huge cast of forty talented singers and dancers. Methinks it will sell out fast, so be sure to book early. Tickets R70 (R60 for Theatre Club members).

2. Which American president said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”?

Masque Theatre bookings

Bookings: Call 021 788 1898 – 9am to 4pm weekdays and 8.30am to 11am Saturdays.

3. Which animal is featured on the front of a R20 note?


What?! No birthdays in August? How strangely peculiar … do couples not couple in November/December?

4. What is the first word sung in Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody?

Our next production

As you should know by now, our next production is Steel Magnolias, directed by Angela Lee-Wright. Rehearsals are well under way and I understand that they are going very well. The show is scheduled for September at the Masque, so keep an eye out for it. We will combine the opening night with a members’ evening.

5. In the Disney film, the names of the seven dwarfs are Bashful, Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy and …?

Th-th-th-that’s all folks. Scroll all the way down for the answers to the questions.


6. In the film Grease, what is the first name of the character played by John Travolta?

1. She has no middle name. The “K” is part of her pen name.
2. Bill Clinton.
3. Elephant.
4. “Is” (is this the real life …)
5. Dopey.
6. Danny (Zuko)

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Newsletter – April 2011

Society news

“It’s a way to exteriorize all my sh*t. To scream and cry and laugh on screen. For me, acting is therapy.”
Eva Green.

• Well done to Barrie Howard and the cast and crew of Come Back, Little Sheba. I was there on opening night (which was also our members evening) and enjoyed it thoroughly.

• Our AGM is coming up in May. We’d love to rub shoulders with you there.

• The audition notice for our upcoming production, Steel Magnolias, has been sent out. Directed by Angela Lee-Wright and running 16 to 24 September.

For your diary

“I got into acting because I was really shy. I wanted to live in my imagination. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to be and acting gave me the opportunity to do a lot of different things.”
Daryl Hannah.

15 – 24 April The Gospel according to St. Matthew
Catch Godspell at the Artscape if you haven’t already been. Bookings through Computicket or Dial-a-seat (021 421 7695).

13 – 21 May Agatha Christie at the Masque
Cecil Jakins will direct an Agatha Christie mystery. Always popular with Masque Theatre goers.

15 May Audition for Osage County
Production dates are 28 October to 5 November. Large cast required. Be at the Masque at 14.30 if you’re interested or contact birga Thomas (birgatom@iafrica.com).

22 May Euphony for Sunday only at the Masque
Euphony is a new Cape Town-based trio featuring Russell Davies, Shirley Sutherland and John Walton.

26 – 28 May Teen angst told through song and dance
You were a teenager (or maybe still are). You know what it’s like (or maybe you’ve repressed the memory). Come and be reminded of the journey to adulthood in Going Places at the Masque Theatre. Call Janine on 073 368 3069 to book your seat.

4 June Audition for Steel Magnolias
14.00 at the Bergvliet Guide Hall. Contact Di Thom on 082 410 9900. Backstage crew also needed.

Masque Theatre bookings

Bookings: Call 021 788 1898 – 9am to 4pm weekdays and 8.30am to 11am Saturdays.


“As actors, I think we are responsible for making people more aware of their inner world.”
Juliette Binoche.

To Jane Cohen who celebrates her birthday on the 30th of April – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JANE!!

If we’ve missed your birthday, it probably means that we don’t have your date of birth. We’re pretty certain that you have one, so please contact your committee to rectify. You may leave out the year if you so wish.

The (long week-) End

“Acting is about showing people what it means to be human, both the beauty and the ugliness.”
Larry Moss.

See the AGM reminder below. Otherwise I’m outta here. Support as many shows at the Masque Theatre as you can fit into your busy schedules.

Have a lovely long weekend or two.







7.30 pm for 8.00 pm

The Directors and Cast of Romantic Comedy and God’s Favorite
are cordially invited to attend this meeting.

Our Adjudicator for the Awards will be our excellent Director,
Sue Bolton.

All members are asked to attend this very important meeting and to send apologies if unable to attend. Please contact Di Thom, Debbie Bentley-Buckle or Wesley Figaji.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

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Constantiaberg Theatre Players


Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling

When: Saturday, 4 June 2011 at 14h00 with call backs on Wednesday, 8 June 2011 at 19h30
Where: Bergvliet Girl Guide Hall, Glen Alpine Way, Bergvliet (directions*)

Rehearsal Days:Rehearsals begin on 11 June and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 19h30 and Saturdays from 14h00 (please note that some rehearsals during the week will start at 20h30) If you want to be in this cast, you need to commit to these dates. This is a small cast and all members are required at every rehearsal.

This highly acclaimed movie and play is based on a true incident of the playwright Harling’s mother and sister. The story is set in a small-town hair salon in Chinquapin Louisiana, and spans several years in the lives of the shop’s owner and her customers. There is a small cast of only six women, but they are all equally important. This play deals with the bond between women, especially in times of despair, and this really needs to come across on stage. I therefore need a cast of strong female actresses. The ages span across the spectrum and the characters are quite specific. I will be keeping the accents (Southern US).
Author’s Note: The women in this play are witty, intelligent, and above all, real characters. They in no way, shape or form are meant to be portrayed as cartoons or caricatures.

Character Breakdown

Truvy Jones (late 30s to mid 40s); owner of the beauty salon where the action of the play takes place; married with two college-age kids; friend and neighbour to her clientele. Very friendly, bubbly character. Will be required to do hair on stage.

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto (18-30); Truvy’s new assistant, new in town; married but separated from her outlaw husband; she’s naive, serious, full of apprehensions, but she truly loves and cares the people in her life. She also becomes quite religious. Will be required to do hair on stage.

Clairee Belcher (50 – 70); widow of the former mayor of Chinquapin, Louisiana; she is a true grande dame; very comfortable in her own skin; very wealthy; socially prominent but unpretentious.

Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie (20 – 30); a lovely, independent, adventurous young woman; knows what she wants in life and won’t let anything stop her, not even her well-meaning mother. She has quite a bad form of diabetes and has an ‘attack’ in the first scene.

M’Lynn Eatenton (late 40s – mid 50s); Shelby’s mother; married 30 years with three children, two boys and Shelby; very protective of Shelby but not smothering; she works as an administrator at the Mental Guidance Center.

Ouiser Boudreaux (50 – 70); a true character; a very wealthy woman who doesn’t look or play the part; she’s an eccentric and a curmudgeon; speaks her mind at all costs; she possesses a wicked tongue but a heart of gold.

Note: Please do not watch the movie before coming to audition. I don’t want replicas of the characters in the movie, I would like to see what you come up with.

*Directions to the Bergvliet Guide Hall
From Main Road turn into Ladies Mile Road.
Turn first left into Children’s Way and then immediately right into the Ladies Mile service road.
Follow that road around the left-hand bend and turn first right into Glen Alpine Way.
Down to public parking area on the left and the Guide Hall is directly opposite that parking area.

For audition pieces, or if you would like to be involved backstage, please contact the Production Secretary Di Thom on 0824109900 or email her at dianathom@mweb.co.za

Hope to see you all there! 🙂

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Newsletter – March 2011

Test Yourself: a really quick quiz with very predictable answers …

Question 1: What do these people have in common?

Luise Rainer, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Vivien Leigh, Ingrid Berman, Glenda Jackson, Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Jodie Foster, Hillary Swank and Elizabeth Taylor.

Answer: They’re all two-time Academy Award winners for Best Actress.

Question 2: What do these people have in common?

Roddy McDowall, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury, Robert Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters, Stewart Granger, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Paul Newman, Katherine Hepburn, Richard Burton, Marlon Brando, Mia Farrow, Warren Beatty, Michael Caine, Jane Fonda and Ava Gardner.

Answer: Elizabeth Taylor. They all appeared in movies with her.

Question 3: What do these people have in common?

Conrad Hilton, Michael Wilding, Michael Todd, Eddie Fisher, Richard Burton, John Warner and Larry Fortensky.

Answer: Elizabeth Taylor. They all married her.

Question 4: What do Christian Science and Judaism have in common?

Answer: Elizabeth Taylor. She converted from Christian Science to Judaism.

Question 5: What do Larry Fortensky and Michael Jackson have in common?

Answer: Elizabeth Taylor. She married Larry at Michael’s Neverland Ranch.

No longer afraid of Virginia Woolf

“I don’t know what was more impressive – her magnitude as a star or her magnitude as a friend.”
Shirley MacLaine in tribute to Elizabeth Taylor.

Legendary screen icon, AIDS activist and humanitarian (and one of the few people who understood Michael Jackson), the always glamorous and stunningly beautiful Dame Elizabeth Taylor, passed away on Wednesday the 23rd of March at the age of 79.

Elizabeth appeared in her first movie at the age of 9. It turned out to be the only movie she made for Universal Studios – they fired her after less than a year. I’ll bet they’re still kicking themselves.

Congratulations to the CATA winners

“Success is a great deodorant.”
Elizabeth Taylor.

Hearty congratulations to fellow society members Barrie Howard (God’s Favorite) and Jane Cohen (Lady Windermere’s Fan) for winning Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a play respectively.

Well done also to G & S for their 12 awards out of 19 nominations for Annie and to Milnerton Players for receiving the Best Play for Road to Mecca.

Society news

“I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.”
Elizabeth Taylor.

• Never mind a pink cloud. While working on the set of Come Back, Little Sheba, Debbie Bentley-Buckle had a bad fall from a ladder and broke an ankle which needs surgery as I write. We wish Debbie a speedy recovery. Yes, yes, I know – break a leg and all that. Not funny right now.

• The only (sob, sniff, wipe) CATA award winner for one of our 2010 productions, Barrie Howard, is directing Come Back, Little Sheba opening 1 April. Book for opening night now because it also happens to be our next members evening.

• Our AGM is scheduled for Wednesday, the 25th of May. All members are invited to attend and Sue Bolton will be adjudicating the awards. Scroll down for the official notice.

• Our September production will be Steel Magnolias (ooh, must remember to bring my tissues) directed by Angela Lee-Wright. An audition notice will be published soon.

• If you’re interested in learning more about sound and lighting for the stage, then you’re just the kind of person the Masque Theatre wants. Gary Fargher will do the training – contact Gary at gary.fargher@za.bp.com

Next members’ evening

“I adore wearing gems, but not because they’re mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.”
Elizabeth Taylor.

Our next members’ evening is the opening night of Come Back, Little Sheba at the Masque Theatre on the 1st of April. Book now and wear your gems proudly.

For your diary

“So much to do, so little done, such things to be.”
Elizabeth Taylor.

1 – 9 Apr Domestic drama and members evening at the Masque Theatre
An alcoholic husband. A frumpish wife. A pretty young student. All the ingredients for a realistic, domestic drama. Burt Lancaster starred in the movie and Lawrence Olivier starred in the television adaptation. William Inge’s Come Back, Little Sheba directed by Barrie Howard for Constantiaberg Theatre Players is not to be missed. See you at the members evening on opening night.

4 – 8 Apr Holiday fun at the Masque Theatre
The Troll, Sleeping Beauty and Rumpelstiltskin are three brand new stories to be enjoyed when you take your kids to see Storybook at the Masque. Call Carol or Carley on 021 782 0875 or 071 569 7930 or email dowling@xsinet.co.za to book. Tickets for all shows are R30 each.

15 – 16 Apr Operettas from the stages of Europe
Celia Musikanth directs The Wonderful World of Operetta for Playbill Productions at the Masque. Come and treat yourself to beautiful, romantic music performed by top singers, together with a magic violin and Viennese dancers.

13 – 21 May Who dunnit?
Cecil Jakins will direct an Agatha Christie mystery. There was a competition to guess which play it is, but it’s still a mystery to me.

22 May Euphony for Sunday only
No, it’s not pronounced “you phony”. The word actually means “beautiful sounds”. Euphony is a new Cape Town-based trio featuring Russell Davies, Shirley Sutherland and John Walton.

26 – 28 May Teen angst told through song and dance
You were a teenager. You know what it’s like. Come and be reminded of the journey to adulthood in Going Places at the Masque Theatre. Call Janine on 073 368 3069 to book your seat.

Masque Theatre bookings

Bookings: Call 021 788 1898 – 9am to 4pm weekdays and 8.30am to 11am Saturdays.

Audition notice

“Everything makes me nervous – except making films.”
Elizabeth Taylor.

If you’re feeling nervous, go and attend an audition. Scroll down to see the notice for the upcoming audition for a Muizenberg Dramatic Society production with a long title and / or an alternative production with an even longer title.


“I think I’m finally growing up – and about time.”
Elizabeth Taylor.

To Debbie Bentley-Buckle who celebrates her birthday today, the 25th of March. HIP, HIP, HOORAY AND MANY HAPPY RETURNS! And get well soon, dear.

If we’ve missed your birthday, it probably means that we don’t have your date of birth. We’re pretty certain that you have one, so please contact your committee to rectify. You may leave out the year if you so wish.

The End

“I’ve been through it all, baby. I’m mother courage.”
Elizabeth Taylor.

That’s it for now. Support as many shows at the Masque Theatre as you can fit into your busy schedules.

See you at the members evening.







7.30 pm for 8.00 pm

The Directors and Cast of Romantic Comedy and God’s Favorite are cordially invited to attend this meeting.

Our Adjudicator for the Awards will be our excellent Director, Sue Bolton.

All members are asked to attend this very important meeting and to send apologies if unable to attend. Please contact Di Thom, Debbie Bentley-Buckle or Wesley Figaji.

We look forward to seeing you all there.




Directed By: Miranda Lewis

AUDITION DATE: Saturday 16 April 2011 at 14:00

PLACE: Rendezvous (Old Zandvlei Bowling Club), 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg

ENQUIRIES: Andrew Blake on (021) 781 0114 or 082 493 3330

Both these hilarious comedies are exercises in coarse acting. Performers in this genre play the parts absolutely straight and it is their belief in their characterisation that make the plays funny to the audience.
Final choice of play will be made after audition.

Both productions feature the talents of “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society”.

In the case of “Haunted Through Lounge” these are:

Thelma: (playing June) Quick-tempered, prima donna, age 30+

Lottie (playing Marty) Homely, down-to-earth, with strong accent, age 50+

Mrs Reece (playing Lady Madge Graves, Mrs Slaughter)
Elegant, bossy, enterprising, age 45+

Felicity (playing Crematia) Nervous, well-meaning but incompetent actress, age 25-35

Jasmine (playing Old Yokel, Arnold Death, Dr Blood, Rev Tombs)
Attractive, versatile, fraught, age 30s

Producer Harassed, age under 35

In the case of “SS Farndale” these are:

Mrs Reece (playing Mr St Clair, Lillian, Steward, Mavis Smith, Captain Brown, Jolly Tar)
Elegant, bossy, enterprising, age over 45

Thelma (playing Constance Lombard, A Jolly Tar)
Quick-tempered, prima donna, age over 30

Felicity (playing Daisy, Cicely, Captain Jones, Porter, A Jolly Tar)
Nervous, well-meaning but incompetent actress, 25-35

Gordon (playing Noël Nightingale, Gwendolyn, A Jolly Tar)

Long-suffering stage manager, frozen faced and monotonous when acting, age immaterial

Disc Jockey Slick and extrovert performer, age under 30

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Newsletter – November 2010

Well, hello there …

2010 is nearly over.

Eish … enough already, let’s move on.

Past CTP Production … God’s Favorite

If you didn’t get to see this production, then shame on you. The houses were reasonably good throughout the run and the reviews were ALL brilliant. Audience reactions were wonderful, from giggles and unrestrained laughter to tears and even standing ovations.

The crew were amazing – the set itself was a major character in the play and the transformation from a “big house with a small fireplace” to “a small house with a big fireplace” (i.e. the house burned down) drew appreciative applause from the audience. And all the goings-on were magnificently enhanced by very effective lighting and sound.

Well done Constantiaberg for putting on a very enjoyable and successful production! Yes, I know I’m biased but I’m trying very hard to be objective.

Upcoming CTP production …Come Back Little Sheba

Barrie Howard will be directing William Inge’s Come Back Little Sheba for Constantiaberg. This successful Broadway play was made into a movie starring Burt Lancaster, there was a television version starring Laurence Olivier and Carrie Fisher, and it was even adapted for the musical stage. It’s scheduled to open on the 1st of April 2011. Keep an eye out for the audition notice.

Next members’ evening … The Barn Dance, of course

We’ll see you there, won’t we? Read on.

THE BARN DANCE … a GENTLE reminder, not that you need it, I know. Because you can’t wait, can you?

This is our initiative to raise much-needed funds for the Masque Theatre. If you love the Masque then come and show your support. Bring your family and friends – it’s going to be such fun, even if you have two left feet … especially if you have two left feet! It’s not too late, you can buy your tickets at the door.

WHEN: Saturday, 6 November 2010

TIME: 19.30 to 23.00 (or 7.30pm to 11pm)

WHERE: Bergvliet Primary School hall, Children’s Way, Bergvliet

TICKETS: An incredibly cost-effective, affordable R80 per person.

You can buy tickets:
– At the door or
– From Di Thom (021 794 7455 or 082 410 9900) or
– From Debbie Bentley-Buckle (082 921 3940) or
– From Alphen Vet in Constantia Main Road

For your diary

6 Nov Barn Dance fundraiser for the Masque Theatre (and CTP members’ evening)
Bergvliet Primary School Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets R80 per person at the door.

13 Nov Audition notice
The Crucible by Arthur Miller, directed by Barbara Basel. Large cast. Please see the attached audition notice.

14 Nov Annual Inter-Society Quiz presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society
6.30pm for 7pm in the Masque Theatre foyer. Each society is invited to enter up to two teams. Free finger supper! Cash bar! Lots of fun to be had by all!

12 – 20 Nov A gripping thriller at the Masque
Ira Levin’s hit Broadway play, Deathtrap, directed by Aubrey Hindle for Fish Hoek Dramatic Society, opens at the Masque Theatre on 12 November.
13 Nov – Little orphans at the Artscape
5 Dec G & S presents the award-winning musical, Annie, at the Artscape Opera House. Many members of our societies are involved with this production in one way or another. Tickets are available through Computicket or via the cast and crew at a discounted price.

2 – 18 Dec A musical collaboration
Pinelands Players and Claremont Dramatic Society have joined forces to produce the musical Gigi at the Masque Theatre.

Masque Theatre bookings

Bookings: Call 021 788 1898 – 9am to 4pm weekdays and 8.30am to 11am Saturdays.


To our members who celebrated their birthdays in October and November – HIP, HIP, HOORAY AND MANY HAPPY RETURNS!

3 October Wesley Figaji
14 October Denise Dubber
5 November Pam Ross
28 November Peter Moxley

If we’ve missed your birthday, it probably means that we don’t have your date of birth. We’re pretty certain that you have one, so please contact your committee to rectify. You may leave out the year if you so wish.

You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November. You will attend the Barn Dance fundraiser on 6 November.

And I’ll see you there.


Directed by Barbara Basel for MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY

Saturday, 13 November 2010, at 14.00.

The Rendezvous (Old Zandvlei Bowling Club), 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010, at 19.30.

– Gill Charman (Production Secretary) on 021 788 1642 or gfb@sun.ac.za
– Barbara Basel (Director) on 082 651 1695 or barbara.basel@gmail.com

4 to 12 March 2011 at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg.

Every Monday and Wednesday (19.30 to 22.00) and Saturday (14.00 to 17.00) commencing Saturday, 20 November 2010. Christmas break from Thursday, 16 December 2010 to 9 January 2011. Recommencing Monday, 10 January 2011. The rehearsal period is longer than normal to allow for the Christmas break. Auditionees must be able to commit to these dates.

Auditionees must prepare for the audition with the prescribed which may be obtained from Gill or Barbara. Full scripts are also available. Auditionees are welcome to read for more than one character.

Early in 1692 in the small Massachusetts village of Salem, a collection of girls fall ill, falling victim to hallucinations and seizures. In extremely religious Puritan New England, frightening or surprising occurrences were often attributed to the devil or his cohorts. The unfathomable sickness spurred fears of witchcraft, and it was not long before the girls, and then many other residents of Salem, began to accuse other villagers of consorting with devils and casting spells. Old grudges and jealousies spilled out into the open, fuelling the atmosphere of hysteria. The Massachusetts government and judicial system, heavily influenced by religion, rolled into action. Within a few weeks, dozens of people were in jail on charges of witchcraft. By the time the fever had run its course, in late August 1692, nineteen people had been convicted and hanged for witchcraft.


Abigail Williams (+-18)
Abigail, Rev Parris’s niece, is smart, wily, a good liar, and vindictive when crossed. Abigail was the servant for the Proctor household, but Elizabeth Proctor fired her after discovering she was having an affair with her husband.

John Proctor (35-40)
Husband of Elizabeth Proctor who has a farm just outside Salem. A stern, harsh-tongued man, John hates hypocrisy. He had an affair with Abigail, but when the hysteria begins he hesitates to expose her as a fraud because he worries that his secret will be revealed and his good name ruined.

Elizabeth Proctor (35-40)
John Proctor’s wife. She is supremely virtuous, but often cold. She is jealous of Abigail and suspicious of her husband.

Rev. Parris (+-45)
The minister of Salem’s church whose main concern is building his position in the community. He is a paranoid, power-hungry, yet oddly self-pitying figure. He is disliked by many of the townsfolk, especially John Proctor.

Rev. John Hale (25-30)
A young minister reputed to be an expert on witchcraft who is called in to Salem to examine Parris’s daughter Betty. Hale is a committed Christian and hater of witchcraft. His critical mind and intelligence save him from falling into blind fervour. His arrival sets the hysteria in motion, although he later regrets his actions and attempts to save the lives of those accused.

Judge Danforth (50+)
The Deputy Governor of Massachusetts and the presiding judge at the witch trials. Honest and scrupulous, at least in his own mind, Danforth is convinced that he is doing right in rooting out witchcraft.

Judge Hathorne (45-50)
A judge who presides, along with Danforth, over the witchcraft trials.

Herrick (40)
The marshal of Salem.

Francis Nurse (60-65)
A wealthy, influential man in Salem. Nurse is well respected by most people in Salem, but is an enemy of Thomas Putnam and his wife.

Rebecca Nurse (60-65)
Francis Nurse’s wife. Rebecca is a wise, sensible, and upright woman, held in tremendous regard by most of the Salem community. However, she falls victim to the hysteria when the Putnams accuse her of witchcraft and she refuses to confess.

Giles Corey (60-65)
An elderly, but feisty, farmer in Salem, famous for his tendency to file lawsuits. Giles’s wife, Martha, is accused of witchcraft, and he himself is eventually held in contempt of court and pressed to death with large stones.

Martha Corey (60-65)
Giles Corey’s third wife. Martha’s reading habits lead to her arrest and conviction for witchcraft.

Thomas Putnam (50+)
A wealthy, influential citizen of Salem, Putnam holds a grudge against Francis Nurse for preventing Putnam’s brother-in-law from being elected to the office of minister. He uses the witch trials to increase his own wealth by accusing people of witchcraft and then buying up their land.

Ann Putnam (40+)
Thomas Putnam’s wife. Ann Putnam has given birth to eight children, but only Ruth Putnam survived. The other seven died before they were a day old, and Ann is convinced that they were murdered by supernatural means.

Ezekiel Cheever (30-40)
A Salem man who acts as court clerk during the witch trials. He is upright and determined to do his duty for justice.

Tituba (35-40)
Rev. Parris’s black slave from Barbados. Tituba agrees to perform voodoo at Abigail’s request.

Ruth Putnam (10+)
The Putnam’s only surviving child out of eight. Like Betty Parris, Ruth falls into a strange stupor after Reverend Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the woods at night.

Mary Warren (16)
Thomas Putman’s servant and a member of Abigail’s group. She is timid and easily influenced, she tries unsuccessfully to expose the hoax and ultimately recants her confession.

Betty Parris (10+)
Rev. Parris’s ten-year-old daughter. She falls into a strange stupor after Parris catches her dancing in the forest with the other girls and Tituba. Her illness and that of Ruth Putnam fuel the first rumours of witchcraft.

Mercy Lewis (16)
One of the girls in Abigail’s group.

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