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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
Box 50, Eppindust, 7475
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August 2010 – Number 90


Wow… what fun that was! It is always an absolute honour to work with Brenda on one of her beautiful creations – and Lady Windermere’s Fan was no exception J We’re all feeling a little hollow this week after spending almost 4 months together working on this Oscar Wilde classic.

It’s impossible to mention everyone involved, but I have been asked to make a special mention and send thanks to all the people who helped with the set building on Lady Windermere’s fan: Wendy Goddard, Steve and Michelle Belknap, Clifford Graham, Bruce Edwards, Vivienne Grey, Sven Yaffe, Alison King, David Campey, Elza-Lynne Kruger, Adrian Kettle, Allison Blaire, Simon Sutton, Peter Ford, Wesley Wolhuter and Kim Harris

Apart from being terribly grateful to each and every person associated with the play for all their help and teamwork – I want to send a huge Thank You to the audiences. To all our members, their family and their friends that came to watch. We appreciate it immensely – you helped make it the success that it was!

Member & Committee news

We are sad to have lost our Secretary – Simon Dutton – to the mine dumps of the north for a longer period than anyone anticipated (including Simon himself). Due to longer than expected commitments in Johannesburg, Simon has resigned has secretary of the CDS committee, but we hope to see him around whenever we can.

If you are unsure about having paid your membership fee send an e-mail to cds.members@gmail.com to find out if you have paid or not.

We wish Allison Blair a speedy return to health – and are very sad that she missed the last week of Lady Windermere’s Fan.

Help Thee at the Masque!

We’ve had a request from the Masque for more volunteers to help once or twice a month with bar duty during the runs of the various shows. We’ve all enjoyed a drink or two before, during and after a performance – and it would be great to get a few more of us to spare a couple of hours to help. Please contact Rick Magnin directly – richard.magnin@engenoil.com

Member’s evening

Friday 10 September at 19h30 for 20h00 as usual.

This next member’s evening as been transformed slightly from a play reading to a movie about a play – our very own Lady Windermere’s Fan!

In light of the great interest and positive accolades that the Society received from many people (some visiting the Masque Theatre for the 1st time!) about Brenda’s Production of Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Masque – both as a superb production; excellent acting as well as set and costuming – we’re planning a movie evening that incorporates the ‘Period’ Stage production perspective (Brenda’s take on that) – versus a ‘modern’ film adaption (2004) directed by Mike Barker.

The movie that we’ll be screening is called “A Good Woman” – this is a 2004 drama film directed by Mike Barker based on the 1892 Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wild. It offers a ‘modern day’ movie interpretation compared against the period stage play approach that was on at the Masque.

Director Brenda Gray will discuss the different production attributes of theatre for the Stage versus theatre for Film. She will share the different considerations that she as a Director took into account when she planned the Stage Production: i.e. Casting; Set Design; Costumes; Period setting etc.
She will also discuss taking a period play like Oscar Wild’s and making it relevant for modern audiences without compromising the ‘period’ and ‘stage’ production values. She will also review the movie against this backdrop – how the film’s contemporization to ‘modern day’ period works in this context.

Kim Harris-Dalla will provide a review (sharing anecdotes) of the Production Co-ordination for this period play – Researching; Costumes; Hair and set Considerations.

Of interest – there were 2 other movies based on Lady Windermere’s Fan:

  1. 1925 Ernst Lubitsch silent film – called ‘The Fan’
  2. 1949 Otto Preminger adaption – called “the Fan’.

Do come and join us all for what is bound to be a wonderful evening J

Get Thee to the Theatre!

Please note days, times and prices for Masque Theatre productions

(unless otherwise stated) are Thurs & Fri performances at 20:00,

Saturday matinee at 14:30, Saturday evening at 18:30

Thurs eve and Sat Matinees R50 (Theatre Club members R40)

Other Nights R60 (Theatre Club members R50)

Bookings on 021-7881898

02 – 04 September (yes, tomorrow!)

“A Woman Alone” and “The Human Voice” – a visiting double bill (see below). At the Masque.

01 – 09 October

Joe Orten’s fast moving 1960s farce “What the Butler Saw” is being presented by MVDS at The Masque. Visiting director Ralph Yarrow is giving this cast of 6 a different take on auditions and rehearsing!

Please support our visiting production – come in your droves J

MILNERTON PLAYHOUSE THEATRE

Pienaar Road, Milnerton

(Behind Library)

10, 11, 16, 17, 18 September @ 20.15

Matinee Saturday 18 September @ 14.15

Milnerton Players presents

THE ROAD TO MECCA

By Athol Fugard

This beautifully sensitive and emotional play traces the complex life of Helen Martins, the eccentric sculptress who lived and worked in the now famous ‘Owl House’ in Nieu Bethesda, and her relationship with two people who were near and dear to her.

Following her award winning production a couple of years ago of  ‘Sorrows and Rejoicings’, director Mari Mocke has chosen a talented cast to portray the roles in another of Fugard’s highly acclaimed works.

Helen Martins will be played by Judith Herbig. The young social worker Elsa Barlow who becomes her close friend and confidante is Renee Stirling and Bruce Sanderson plays the empathetic Dominee Marius Byleveld.

A definite not-to-be-missed experience for lovers of good theatre.

Evening performances: R60

Matinee: R50

Block bookings and special discounts for school groups available

Bookings:

021 557 3206 or 082 267 1061

E-mail: macdram@afrihost.co.za

Th – Th – That’s All Folks J

See you at the theatre!

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