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THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD
or
The Merryman and his Maid

The Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society who brought you the outstanding and lavish productions of My Fair Lady, H.M.S. Pinafore – The Musical, Annie and most recently the highly acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof, will stage Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic tragic-comedy The Yeomen of the Guard at the Artscape Theatre in June 2012. Thereafter, it is intended that the production will transfer to the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton, UK during August 2012. Yeomen is the nearest that Gilbert and Sullivan got to achieving something close to “real” opera. It is a wonderful work with stunning chorus work and beautiful solos and ensembles, all accompanied by full symphony orchestra, and the story- line is believable and dramatic with underlying typical Gilbertian comedy mingled with tragedy on this occasion. Gilbert said that he regarded it as ‘…the best thing we have done’ and Sullivan declared that it was his favourite of all their joint works.

Director Teddy Davies and musical director Alastair Cockburn who have collaborated in bringing so many wonderfully successful Savoy Operas to Cape Town audiences in the past are once again teamed up. The CPO will again play for this production.

Generally, several of the lead principal cast require trained “operatic” voices and good singers are needed for the splendid four-part harmony chorus work. Please go to the Society website http://www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za for full particulars. (If for some reason the information does not appear on the Home Page – click on Productions – then click on the 2012 window)

The principals are required to sing a number from the score (on website) pertaining to the particular character for which they wish to audition and the chorus may sing a piece of their own choice, generally and preferably in “classical” style. Several chorus numbers from “Fiddler on the Roof” for example would suffice, but pop songs in an American accent should be avoided. You may download and complete the Audition Form and bring it with you, or you may complete one at the audition venue. All the above may be found on the website.

All those auditioning must be available to perform in Buxton, UK in the beautiful Victorian Opera House on Thursday 16 August (was Monday 13). The plans are currently intended for the G&S Society to subsidise participants by paying half the travel costs and the full accommodation costs in Buxton. Special consideration will be given to Society members who wish to perform in the production but are unable to commit themselves to Buxton.

Auditions will be held at the Artscape Theatre Complex, Rehearsal Room 301 (entrance via the stage door) in November on the following days: Chorus: Saturday 19 and Principals: Sunday 20 both from 10.00am. Recalls will be as follow: Chorus: Saturday 26 and Principals: Sunday 27 both from 2.00pm. You are kindly requested to email yeomen.auditions@gmail.com giving your name and contact number to book an audition time.

THE CAST

The Yeomen of the Guard
(Set in the Tower of London in the 15th Century)

Vocal Ranges and Vocal Descriptions of the Principals

Elsie Maynard : (A Strolling Singer/Minstrel girl.) A lyrical, young, bright soprano. Must have excellent diction and attention to detail whilst able to create a beautiful line. (Top B-flat required)

Kate: (Dame Carruthers’ niece.) A cameo soprano role. Must have a musical ear and excellent ensemble singing ability. Also sings with the chorus sopranos. (Top G required)

Phoebe Meryll : (Sergeant Meryll’s daughter.) A very light, easy and young mezzo. Higher notes (top C to F) must come relatively easily but must also be strong and resonant all the way through the lower range of the voice. Could be a soprano with a strong lower register. (Bottom A-flat below middle-C required)

Dame Carruthers : (Housekeeper to the Tower of London.) A mature, rich, resonant contralto or mezzo. Good strong low notes with real power in the higher register. (Range from G below middle-C to top F)

Colonel Fairfax : (Prisoner in the Tower – under sentence of death.) A strong, secure and clear tenor. Must have a strong presence in the higher register (top A-flat required), but not too overpowering or ‘heavy’ – this tenor must be able to navigate in the head voice with ease and delicacy.

Leonard Meryll : (Son of Sergeant Meryll.) A light tenor who is very at ease with the top notes (top A-Flat required) and excellent ensemble singing ability.

1st and 2nd Yeomen: Two of the chorus Yeomen who have solo lines, one is a high baritone (or tenor) and the other a bass-baritone.

Jack Point: (A Strolling Jester and friend of Elsie Maynard.) A comic light baritone with a good solid range. Light and easy at the top, rich and resonant at the bottom. Must have impeccable diction and an easy, light, but very secure voice. (Range from A below middle-C to top F)

Wilfred Shadbolt : (Head Jailor and Assistant Tormentor – Torturer – in the Tower of London.) Solid baritone with a bit of weight to it. Not too ‘heavy’ especially as the voice ascends into his upper register. (Range from A below middle-C to top E)

Sir Richard Cholmondeley : (Lieutenant of the Tower of London.) A nice rich, pleasant bass-baritone voice but still is relatively flexible and not too ‘heavy’. Good ensemble singing required. (Range same as Wilfred Shadbolt – see above)

Sergeant Meryll : (Sergeant of the Yeomen of the Guard of the Tower of London.) Bass-baritone or bass. Very secure rhythmically. Must have depth and richness to the voice and sound very weighty and mature. (Range from low G to top E-flat)

1st and 2nd Citizens: Two members of the male citizen chorus with solo spoken lines.

1 Male and 1 Female Strolling Players: These are two youngish dancers and also members of the Citizens Chorus.

Chorus of Yeomen: The Yeomen comprise mature men divided up into 1st and 2nd tenors and 1st and 2nd basses for their male-voice choruses. Otherwise they join the full chorus of citizens, singing tenor and bass. The Yeomen need to have good choral voices and the ability to sing ensemble (male-voice choir) well.

Chorus of Citizens: The large chorus of Londoners generally has stunning music to sing – the best choral music in the entire G & S repertoire. The chorus comprises ladies and men (sopranos, altos, tenors and basses) of all ages, shapes and sizes and offers the opportunity of creating wonderful individual characters from sophisticated ladies and men to street urchin type youngsters.

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GASLIGHT
NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY
VOLUME 18, ISSUE 5 – SEPTEMBER 2011
http://www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za

Hello everyone
Spring has sprung – or so some would have us believe. But as I look at the rather bleak scene outside my
window right now, I remain to be convinced. And the Springboks have sprung from the blocks and kicked
off the defence of their World Cup crown. Can they retain it? Again, I remain to be convinced. However,
there’s nothing unconvincing about the way “Fiddler” has kicked off its run. And so to …

The Final Fiddler Files
Fiddler is set to be a resounding success. The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, and comment from the average “bum on seat” (if you know what I mean!) has been extremely enthusiastic.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all who brought the show to life – the months of planning, the design and making of sets and costumes, the long weeks of rehearsals, and then the wonderful performances on
stage, backstage, and in the orchestra pit. Thank you one and all – you’ve done us proud. To those of you for whom this was your first G&S Society show, we hope to see you back again some time soon.

And what have the critics been saying?
The Cape Times headline: From Sunrise to Sunset, it’s a winner.
Mariana Malan in Die Burger: Die Gilbert & Sullivan Vereniging van Kaapstad sit op ‘n goudmyn van
potensiële professionele akteurs en sangers – Dit is moeilik om te glo dat almal, van die hoofkarakters tot
die enorme groep byspelers, amateurs is.

Beverley Brommert – Argus/IOL: There is nothing small about this polished production … it boasts a
large cast, lavish visuals and a big heart. … With so much to commend it visually and aurally, this
offering from the Gilbert and Sullivan Society deserves every one of its four stars.

Daniel Dercksen: Fiddler on the Roof is bold, brave and beautifully sassy, a musical for everyone to
enjoy, no matter whether you are a fan of musical theatre or not … You are guaranteed to leave the theatre with a song in your heart and a story and characters that will constantly remind you that true happiness is only a musical away.

John Caviggia – FMR: For an enthralling evening’s entertainment, I recommend you wander to watch and
listen to “Fiddler On The Roof” at the Artscape Opera House … every word can be heard – professionalism is evident with the entire cast … If you want to spend an enchanted evening, I thoroughly recommend you attend a performance at the Artscape Opera House of “Fiddler On The Roof”.

2012 – YEOMEN OF THE GUARD

As mentioned in the last GASLIGHT, our big show next year will be the Gilbert and Sullivan opera “The
Yeomen of the Guard”. It will run in the Artscape Theatre in June, and a performance has been
provisionally booked for us at the International Festival of Gilbert and Sullivan in Buxton, UK, on Monday
13th August.

“Yeomen” is the least frivolous of the G&S operas, and the only one that doesn’t have an entirely “happy
ending”. Jack Point and Elsie Maynard, two travelling minstrels, get caught up in a scheme to save Colonel
Fairfax, who has been unjustly sentenced to death. Sergeant Meryll of the Yeomen of the Guard, and his
daughter Phoebe, contrive to help Fairfax to escape. The plot goes on to involve switched identities, the
mandatory complicated romantic interest, and eventually, after a typically convoluted G&S story line, ends
happily enough – except for Jack Point. It all plays out against the backdrop of the Tower of London, where
the yeomen, more familiarly known to us today as the “Beefeaters”, are the prison warders.

Auditions will probably be held early next year. Watch this space! Principal roles include Jack Point
(baritone), Elsie Maynard (soprano), Col Fairfax (tenor), Dame Carruthers (alto), Sgt Meryll (baritone),
Phoebe Meryll (alto), Wilfred Shadbolt (bass) and Sir Richard Cholmondeley (baritone). There are several
minor roles, and an extensive chorus of yeomen and villagers will be required.

May I remind you that if you hope to be in the cast and be part of the group that goes to Buxton, you will
need to meet a significant portion of the costs yourself. We hope to secure some sponsorship, but that
cannot be guaranteed at this stage. Hopefully there will be more concrete information by the next edition
of GASLIGHT.

FROM SISTER SOCIETIES

Support our fellow thespians where you can:

Constantiaberg Theatre Players present Steel Magnolias at the Masque from 16-24 September. Bookings
021 7881898.

Fish Hoek Dramatic Society offers us Hayfever, also at the Masque from 7-15 October. Bookings 021
7881898.

At the Bergkroon Theatre in Wellington: The Sound of Music (Adri Louw is in the cast). From 13-16
October. Bookings: tickets@wellingtonproductionhouse.co.za

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society presents Days of Wine and Roses at the Playhouse in Somerset West
from 25 October – 5 November.

And as we get towards the end of the year, Claremont Dramatic Society presents Separate Tables at the
Masque from 18-26 November, and the Pinelands Players Christmas offering is Honk! at the Little Theatre
from 9-17 December (directed by Kyla Thorburn).

ROTARY AWARD
On 20th June 2011 the Rotary Club of Newlands presented our Society with a Vocational certificate
acknowledging our rôle in advancing the careers of members in the performing arts over many years. The
award resulted from a nomination by Rotarian Bill Holland (thank you Bill), who has been a musical director
for G&S – most recently as assistant MD for Annie last year – and was received by Chairman Steve
Broekmann on behalf of the Society.

Inter-Society Quiz

This annual event is scheduled for Sunday 9th October and will be hosted by last year’s winners,
Constantiaberg Theatre Players. Venue is the foyer of the Masque theatre, and the doors open at 17.30,
with the main quiz starting at 18.30. We have already entered one team (Lorna Hansen, Teddy Davies,
Cindy Nixon and Gwen Sharland) but we can enter more – if there is enough interest to make up another
team. Teams have to be in multiples of four, so if you want to be part of the fun and be included in a team, please contact Lorna who will supervise our teams. (lorna@revelfox.co.za) ‘She’ll give you any further information.’

CONGRATULATIONS! – to Yolanda Kotze and and Guilma Stander whose company, Siggis Make-Up (most of us have used their products!) was nominated for the 2011 Small Business Awards. Sadly they didn’t win, but they can be justly proud of the fact that they were nominated.

If you give me your attention …
Now is not that ridiculous, and is not that preposterous, a thorough-paced absurdity, explain it if you can! Not a soul was prepared to give me their attention. Oh, Woe is me, alack-a-day. So I’ll just have to be contented with your heartfelt sympathy. If I have that, then I guess I’ve nothing whatever to grumble at! (And if you haven’t read the last couple of GASLIGHTs, that last paragraph will make very strange reading!)

Till next time – a blessing on all your heads!

Ken

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GASLIGHT
NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY
VOLUME 18, ISSUE 3 – JUNE 2011

Hello everyone

Some of you are receiving GASLIGHT for the first time, as you have joined the Gilbert and Sullivan Society in order to take part in FIDDLER. Welcome! We trust your association with us will be a happy one, and extend to future shows as well. May 29th marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir William Schwenck Gilbert. He died at the age of 74 whilst trying to rescue a young lady who had got into difficulties while swimming in a lake at Gilbert’s home. He suffered a heart attack and drowned. It had been some 15 years since his last collaboration with Sir Arthur Sullivan. The legacy of that collaboration lives on – and we are the happy beneficiaries. We pause to honour the memory of one of the most gifted librettists in the English language.

The Fiddler Files

Sunday 1st May saw the cast and others involved with the show getting together for the first time in a “Getting to know you”
party. What made this a little different from the usual GTKY parties was that this one started at the Jewish Museum in Hatfield Street. We were given an insight into certain Jewish customs, and, in particular, viewed a reconstruction of a typical shtetl of the kind in which Tevye and his family might have lived. We were given an explanation of their way of life with its traditions and hazards. All in all, an excellent idea as a very appropriate venue! The party then shifted to a rather more convivial location for refreshments and introductions.

Music rehearsals are now well underway and making excellent progress. It’s noticeable that a few of the gents are beginning to look a little more hairy than we are accustomed to seeing them!

Fiddler will run at the Artscape Opera House from Friday 9 September to Saturday 1 October. Ticket prices will range from R150-200 for Friday and Saturday evenings, with weekend matinee prices being R50 cheaper. Wednesdays and Thursdays, R120-170 (no performances on Mondays or Tuesdays). Pref tickets, bought through cast members, are R20-30 cheaper in each category.

CONCERT GROUP

There are already a couple of concerts on the horizon for early next year. Bearing in mind that there is an existing core ‘concert group’, if you would like to be considered when a vacancy arises, please give your name to Lorna. When there is a vacancy in the group, she will contact you. However, please be aware of the following:

* The group has to be small (max 24) as some of the venues cannot accommodate more than that.

* When a vacancy occurs in the group, it will be filled by someone of the same voice part, not necessarily by the next name on the list.
* Sometimes a vacancy needs to be filled by someone who can sing a solo or two.

* Rehearsals are few, so it helps if you can read music or have some knowledge of the G&S operas.

FROM OUR SISTER SOCIETIES

Claremont Dramatic Society presents MACBETH from 1-9 July 2011 at the Masque Theatre.
Directed by Clifford Graham. Contact him on 083 948 9115.

The Pinelands Players production for their annual mid-year Candelight Theatre at the Pinelands Town Hall is FOREVER PLAID directed by June Wells. 25 July – 7 August.

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society will present DRIVING MISS DAISY in the Playhouse Theatre, Somerset West, from 19-30 July. Booking at Computicket.

Message from Glenda re our Wardrobe in Tenby Road, Wynberg:

Hi, everyone!

As Heather, who has managed the wardrobe so effectively for so many years, will be moving to Onrus later this year, she has asked me to take over the wardrobe management. I’d like to give her a huge “thank you” for the sterling work that she has done, in what is probably the most difficult and unappreciated job in the Society. Lorna and I have always been very happy to work with her and help whenever and wherever necessary.

I have had a long discussion with our Executive Committee, and we have decided that from now onwards, because of the huge escalation in the costs of acquiring our many wonderful costumes, and the inevitable damage and losses which occur when we lend them out, we will unfortunately no longer be able to lend or hire them to other societies or individuals.

On another note, the Wardrobe building is in very poor condition, and our tenancy will only last until the Council decide to go ahead with the Wynberg bypass, at which time it will be demolished. So, we are looking for a new storage facility, with a low rental – perhaps in an industrial area which is easy for us to access, and preferably with some sort of security. If anybody has any suggestions to make about this, please contact me at glendac@tiscali.co.za.

If you give me your attention …

In an article in a recent “Gilbert and Sullivan News” (magazine of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society in London, with which our own Society is affiliated), the writer spoke of how certain Gilbertian lines from the operas suggest themselves in the course of daily life – even if not always within the original Gilbertian context. For example, when the grandchildren visit: There are one or two rules, half a dozen maybe … (I can relate to that!) Or when you’re trying to phone Telkom/SARS etc. and have been holding for 20 minutes because ‘your call is important to them’: I can’t sit up here all day; I must shortly get away … Or those occasions when someone dares to question whether you really did leave your missing keys on the sideboard: Of that there is no manner of doubt – no probable, possible shadow of doubt … Or, do you say ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea’ when you could say: If you give me your attention …
So, I wondered whether any of you out there had other examples to share of situations in life when a line or two from one of the G&S operas just seems like a perfect fit. Let me know, and I’ll publish the best ones in the next GASLIGHT. (klever@telkomsa.net )

WEBSITE

Have you checked our website recently? http://www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za Lance has been doing his best to keep it up to date.

Receiving GASLIGHT by post?

If you have an email address but still receive GASLIGHT by post, please let me have your email address. It will save the Society money, and save me time. It will also mean you get your GASLIGHT more promptly and in colour.

Till next time …

Ken

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GASLIGHT
NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SOCIETY
VOLUME 18, ISSUE 2 – APRIL 2011

Greetings!

This edition reflects a whole bunch of decision-making: a cast for “FIDDLER”, a new G&S Exco, and the
recipients of various awards. So let’s get straight to it. The news we’ve all been waiting for ………

After many long hours of auditions and callbacks, and many more long hours of discussion and decision-making, eventually the casting process for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF was completed. Congratulations to those who have been successful.

The cast list is as follows:
CHARACTER /MAIN CAST / SUPPORT/SWINGS/U.Study
THE FIDDLER /DARRYL SPIJKERS /JOHAN MARAIS
TEVYE /SHAUN BROWNE /DAVID BOLTON
GOLDE/ JULIE DICKSON/ MICHELLE GALLOWAY
TZEITEL /ASHLEIGH DOWNES /PHOEBE SNAYER
HODEL/ AMI-ROSE BARBER /CLAIRE SIMONIS
CHAVA/ DANIELLE SCHER /KATE OLMESDAHL
SCHPRINTZE/ EMILY SCHNEIDER or EMILY TURNBULL
BIELKE /HELENA COMITIS or NAOMI FOKKENS
YENTE/ MICHELLE GALLOWAY/ LIORA STANDER
MOTEL/ JULIAN FERNANDEZ /KEENAN OLIPHANT
PERCHICK/ DANIEL FISHER /CHRISTOPHER THOMAS
FYEDKA/ MARIUS BOTHA /CHRISTOPHER THOMAS
LAZAR WOLF/ JOHN CARNE/ IAN KIRKWOOD
MORDCHA/ BRUCE CLAYTON/ DUDONNE DIEGAARDT
RABBI /BRIAN DE KOCK /GARY COLLINS
MENDEL YUSSEL/ DANIEL HORWITZ or DEAN DE KLERK
AVRAM /WAYNE TUCKER/ DUDONNE DIEGAARDT
GRANM TZEITEL /TO BE CAST/ LORNA HANSEN
FRUMA–SARAH/ MELISSA SANDERSON /TBA
CONSTABLE/ DARREN TELFORD /TBA
SHANDEL/ TO BE CAST
RIFKA/ LEZEL GUNTER /GUILMA STANDER
ESTHER/ NAWAAL HOWAL /GUILMA STANDER
IVAN (RUSSIAN TENOR)/ FERDI OOSTHUIZEN /TBA
PRIEST /ADRIAN KETTLE

MAMAS
ADRI LOUW, AUDREY ROBINSON, FIONA WEIR, GLENDA CARMICHAEL, GUILMA STANDER, LEE DE ANDRADE, LEZEL GUNTER, LINDA GAWRONSKY, LORNA HANSEN, MARIZA DIQUE, MICHELLE USHER, MICHELLE SCHER, NAWAAL HOWA, NICOLE McINTYRE, VERONICA MILLER, YOLANDA KOTZE

DAUGHTERS
ALEXANADRA CLAYTON, ALLANA ALDRIDGE, AMY TROUT, CLAIRE SMITH, GEORGIA CROESER, KIRSTY DU PLESSIS, MADELEEN FALK, MEGAN PATON, RENE SILJEUR, TEGAN PEACOCK

PAPAS
DUDONNE DIEGAARDT, FREDDIE KUEHIRT, GARY COLLINS, GRAHAM GOBLE, GREG LAWSON, JEROME JACOBS, KEITH BENJAMIN, LOURENS ERASMUS, LYLE WILSON, STEVE BROEKMANN, VERNON DESCHAMPS

SONS
ALEX MIDDLEBROOK, BULELANI NKUME, CHRISTOPHER KING, DANE MARAIS, DOUGLAS MIDDLEBROOK, JAMES MARITZ, JUSTIN DE VRIES, RIAAN VAN GREUNEN

(Principals and swings/understudies will join the mamas, papas, daughters, sons when not performing.)

RUSSIANS
CORNE OPPERMAN, DAVID O’BRYAN, GABRIEL HOFFMAN, JOHAN MARAIS, JOHNATHAN BEVAN, MATTHEW MARTIN, PATRICK O’BRYAN

We wish you well as you begin rehearsals and look forward to an outstanding show in due course.

AGM
The AGM took place at the Pinelands Club on 8 March.

First item of business was the annual awards. First
up were the awards presented by the Honorary Life Members, represented by Teddy Davies.

1. HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS CUP FOR THE BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL: Graham Boxall, for
his fine portrayal of Oliver Warbucks in “Annie”.

2. HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS CUP FOR AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE IN A GILBERT AND SULLIVAN
OPERA OR A MUSICAL: David Bolton, for his portrayal of Rooster Hannigan.

3. THE EUNICE WILLIAMS CUP FOR AN EXCELLENT TECHNICAL OR ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION IN A
GILBERT AND SULLIVAN OPERA OR A MUSICAL: Awarded jointly to Kyla Thorburn for her
magnificent job as Director, and Morag Tyson, for her brilliant managing of the props.

4. CERTIFICATES OF MERIT: Presented to Roxy Levy, both casts of orphans, Julia Holzberg, Kirsty Du
Plessis, and Guilma Stander, for their huge contribution to the success of “Annie”.

Two other Society awards were made:
1. The PETER DONALDSON Award for service above the usual call of duty went to Adrian van Stolk,
for his inspired, dedicated and effective business management of “Annie”

2. The JOHAN ROUX Award for her contribution to the spirit of the Society, particularly in her role as
Production Secretary for “Annie”, to Jennifer Moss.

Warm congratulations to all!

Your EXCO for this year is:

Honorary Chair: Steve Broekman
Secretary: Niel Roux
Treasurer: Lance Kotze
Additional members: David Bolton, Ian Kirkwood, Ken Leverton, Lynn Moss, Audrey Robinson, Guilma Stander.

These are the people to whom you may direct your bouquets and brickbats.

CATA AWARDS

The annual CATA awards evening was on 1 March. And … Leaping lizards! “Annie” did us proud!

Julia Holzberg and Kirsty du Plessis claimed special Junior Awards; certificates of Excellence went to Graham
Boxall for the best male solo, as well as the Orphan’s chorus and the adult chorus; Roxy Levy and Kyla
Thorburn were recognised for choreography; the best supporting actor and actress in a musical went to
David Bolton and Jennifer Moss; Shaun Browne and Graham Boxall shared the award for best actor in a
musical; Kyla was voted best director of a musical, and to top it all off, the best musical was … ANNIE!
Hope I haven’t missed anyone. Congratulations one and all! Well deserved in every case.

CONCERTS

Over the past few weeks, the G&S Concert group has presented 5 concerts: 3 at Homes for Senior Citizens,
one for a church womens’s group, and concluding with an invitation from the Hermanus Musical Society.
This is Lorna’s account of the Hermanus trip. ‘And in this case, it all took place exactly as she says’!
It was with a sense of delicious decadence that I slipped out of the office at lunchtime on Friday 25 March, in
order to have plenty of time to get to Hermanus. It was a glorious, champagne day, with the sun shining
brightly, and a little breeze. Cyndy, Richard, Adrian, Ken, and I met at Richard’s house, and we all set out in
Ken’s car. We arrived in Hermanus at about 16h00, and found the bistro, “Feathers”, where the Hermanus
Musical Society had arranged for us to meet. Caroline of “Feathers” had, at the request of the Musical
Society, laid on a huge tea, with scones, sandwiches and cake for us all. Carload by carload, the gang
arrived, and after a little warm-up, we left for the venue, which was the Bouchard Finlayson wine cellar on
the Hemel en Aarde road. Bouchard Finlayson is a working wine cellar, with a cement floor, a strong smell of
fermenting wine, and the walls lined with rows of wooden barrels. The Musical Society had arranged a
platform at one end, chairs in between the barrels (they could fit only eight chairs per row, so it was a long
narrow space), a very good quality upright piano to one side, and a lectern with hand-held mic for the
narrator – that’s me. There was gentle pink lighting on the stage, which made us all look extremely
glamorous, but it caused a problem: it was impossible to see our scores. Our intrepid Chair, Steve, then risked all sorts of things by climbing on top of a wine barrel and moving two of the downlighters along, to
improve the lighting on the stage. Then we discovered that they had sold more tickets than they had chairs,
and extra seats were being put in all sorts of unlikely places, eventually accommodating about 160 people.
Because of Lance and Yolanda’s sad absence (they had gone to Namibia to Lance’s father’s funeral), we had
to do a certain amount of dodging with the programme, but as Ian said, a crowd who had made it to Buxton
in 2005 in the middle of an airline strike, and managed to get an award, nogal, is not easily fazed by a few
little programme changes. Nevertheless, huge thanks go to Graham Boxall for filling in as Captain Corcoran
in Never Mind the Why and Wherefore trio from HMS Pinafore; Ken for singing Dick Dauntless in the
Ruddigore Madrigal; Niel for bravely and successfully tackling the dreaded Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes;
and Cyndy for stepping in at the very last minute as Yum-Yum in Three Little Maids, when Michele, who had
been suffering with a scratchy throat, lost her voice totally and nudged Cyndy forward. Imagine my surprise
when I looked up from my score and saw a dark head where I was expecting to see a blonde one! Oh, yes,
and I almost forgot, I reached down into the bottom of my boots and sang Kate’s line in Climbing Over
Rocky Mountain, which Yolanda had been going to sing.
The audience was large and enthusiastic, and very responsive – it was a pleasure to perform for them. And
of course the more responsive they got, the more we played to them, so it really was a sparkling
performance. After our final “Hail Poetry”, they shouted for more, so we gave them the Cachucha, and were
rewarded by the sight of Nicola and Brian de Jager dancing at the back of the cellar. They eventually let us
go, and we were given drinks in the tasting room of the cellar, as well as two cases of Bouchard Finlayson
wines which we shared out. Those singers who were available then met at a restaurant which had been
recommended to us by Caroline of Feathers, where we had a light supper before leaving either for our
accommodation in Hermanus, or for the drive back to Cape Town.

A wonderful end to our 2011 series of concerts.

We will be working up an entirely new programme for next year, and we already have two bookings for
early 2012, so if you are interested in singing with our concert group, please feel free to contact me.

NEWS FROM SISTER SOCIETIES

15 & 16 April The Wonderful World of Operetta presented by Playbill Productions at the Masque.
Directed by Celia Musikanth, musical direction by Lorraine Rothenburg and choreography by Gladys
Bullock. Featuring soprano Liesl Hartje, tenor Matthew Overmeyer, Dermod Gloster, Margaret Hill and
Cherith Bain on violin, this production showcases popular music from operettas. Tickets: Evenings R65,
Matinee R55.

Godspell directed by Roché Haupt Buckle for Pinelands Players in the Artscape Arena. Starts 15th April.
Bookings at Computicket. Contact Tina Gough on 082 771 9644

Sympathy. Our sincere condolences to Lance Kotze on the passing of his father in Windhoek.

And that’s all for now. Take care everyone.

Ken

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GASLIGHT

NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY

VOLUME 17 – ISSUE 1 – JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2010 EDITION

Hi Folks!

On behalf of the Chair and Committee a happy new year!

I have been enjoying “The Palace Peeper”, the journal of the New York G&S Society. Among the plenitude of articles, a production of “HMS Pinafore: Her Majesty’s Starship”, with “We sail the Milky Way and our saucer ship ’s a beauty!” It is set in the future, as imagined in films and TV from 30 or 40 years ago. The cast were without pointy ears or space suits – mercifully! Sir Joseph Porter KCB (I prefer Riaan Hunter’s KFC!) is described as the Ruler of The Galaxee. Dick Deadeye is portrayed as a three-cornered alien mutant –oo, er!

Another item is the NYGASP’s foray into Wikipedia wherein may be found a fount of knowledge and information, thanks to Sam Silvers. Be sure to check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:G&S.

We had a wonderful time on 16 December at the 2009 Opskop!! Thank you to everybody who joined us for the social prior to Pinelands Players’ evening performance of “A Christmas Carol – A Pantomime”. We had such positive feedback on this ‘new’ way of spending 16 December together, that it makes one wonder what the 2010 EXCO will have up their sleeves for this year’s gathering… 😉

ANNIE. . . OUR 2010 G&S PRODUCTION!

!! AUDITION NOTICE !!

You are invited to audition for the G&S 2010 musical production of “Annie

Director:- Kyla Thorburn

Musical Director:- Alastair Cockburn

Choreographer:- Roxy Levy

Set Design:- Dicky Longhurst

Production dates: – 12th November to 5th December 2010

At the Artscape Opera House

The company will include +/- 80 performers, including 2 casts of children (11 girls in each cast – including Annie), 6 Principals & Supporting roles, 2 Cameo roles, 14 Dancers and a Chorus of +/- 24. This includes a supporting (performing) cast for all the Principal & Supporting roles.

Auditions are to be held on:-

Sunday 21st February:- Chorus (Male & Female) from the ages of 18 to 60

Saturday 27th February:- Children (Girls only) from the ages of 8 to 15.

Sunday 28th February:- Principals / Supporting roles / Cameo’s.

Saturday 6th March:- Call-Backs

Sunday 7th March:- Dancers (Male & Female) from the ages of 18 to 30.

All auditions will be held at Springfield Convent School, Wynberg, in the Centenary Hall.

To book an audition slot, please contact:-

CHILDREN (Girls ages 8 to 15 years)

Benita Faiers on benitaf@vodamail.co.za or benitaf@genelouw.co.za, or 0791568384

ADULTS

Jennifer Moss on anniemail2010@gmail.com, or 0745589283

Please ask Benita or Jennifer to send you the list with regard to the specifications of roles available and what to prepare.  All song are from the musical “Annie”.   A pianist will be available for accompaniment. If you wish to bring your own pianist, you are most welcome. You may use a backing track as long as there is no vocal accompaniment in the backing track.   A CD/tape deck will be available or you may bring your own.

Auditionees will either be told at their first auditions or via e-mail/telephone if they will be required to attend call-back auditions and what to specifically prepare for these auditions.

You are free to audition for more than one role. If we consider you have the potential to fill another role we may ask you to prepare an additional song from the show as part of the call-back audition. This does not mean you are eliminated from the prime role you are auditioning for.

Please note that this is an amateur production and there will therefore be no remuneration.

There are a lot of opportunities for acting roles, superb singing roles both in principal and supporting roles and a lot of lovely little acting cameo roles plus a large chorus of many characters. You will certainly be busy and will never be bored. Hope to see you at auditions!”

Kyla & The Auditioning Panel

BUT WHERE DID IT ALL START?

As we will be in the company of this famous little girl for quite some time, I thought it might be interesting to find out a little more about her… Isn’t the internet just a wonderful resource?!

In 1924, Harold Gray created Little Orphan Annie for the Chicago Tribune. Gray’s original concept starred a boy named, Otto. (That’s right, Little Orphan Otto!) Thankfully, there were many strips featuring boys and none about a girl, so Gray changed the protagonist’s gender and name.

Comic strips in the 20’s were very different from today’s strips.  Dailies were printed in a much larger format and often only one Sunday strip appeared on a newspaper page.

Adventure strips ran stories for many months and sometimes for more than a year!

Little Orphan Annie was different; she met do-gooders, crooked politicians, gangsters, and fought the Nazis. The strip had elements of the supernatural. There were ghosts, leprechauns, and Mr. Am, who has lived for “millions of years.” After months of fending for herself, travelling through the small towns of America, “Daddy” showed up for an adventure before disappearing again to allow Annie some adventures on her own.

Harold Gray died in 1968 and never saw his little orphan girl’s big moment when “Annie,” had its world premiere on August 10, 1976 at the Goodspeed Opera the Musical House in East Haddam, Connecticut. The original Broadway production opened at the Alvin Theatre on April 21, 1977.

This success story was followed by, you guessed it… the film.

This Columbia Pictures’ movie was released in 1982 and starred amongst others Aileen Quinn as Annie, Carol Burnett as Ms Hannigan and Albert Finney as Mr. Warbucks.

CATA Awards Evening – 22 March 2010

Congratulations to all our G&S Members who are nominated for the 2010 CATA’s! We are very, very proud of you. The Awards Evening will take place on Monday, 22 March at 7:30 for 8:00pm. Dress is smart, but not formal. Champagne will be served upon arrival and a finger supper will follow the proceedings. The prizes will be presented by Paul Griffiths, well known professional actor and director.

Bookings are open and we therefore encourage all nominees and members to book early to ensure your seat. There is no cost to attend, but due to limited space you must book in advance. Remember to mention whether you are a nominee or not!

Please contact Hayley Fargher to make your bookings on 021-788 6999. She is available for booking on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.00am till 1.00pm.

Here is a list of the Categories and respective Nominees:

BEST PLAY, BEST MUSICAL, MOST ADVENTUROUS PRODUCTION, BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL:

Teddy Davies – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Other nominees: Birga Thomas – Hello, Goodbye (MADS) ; Marlisa Doubell – Private Lives

(Milnerton) ; Barrie Howard – Time of my life (Constantia) ; Sue Bolton – Breath of Life

(CDS) ; Graham Boxall – Isn’t it romantic (CDS) ; Kyla Thorburn – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER OF A MUSICAL:

Kyla Thorburn – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

The other nominee: Kim Harris-Dalla – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL:

Riaan Hunter – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Other nominees: Wesley Figaji – Hello, Goodbye (MADS) ; Trevor Joubert – Private Lives (Milnerton) ; Dennis Benneyworth – Time of my life (Constantia) ; Shaun Browne – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL:

Julie Harris – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Sian Atterbury-le Roux – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Other nominees: Yvonne Copley – Breath of Life (CDS) ; Suzy Gehr – Hello, Goodbye (MADS) ; Tamryn Spiers – Private Lives (Milnerton) ; Jane Cohen – Time of my life (Constantia) ; Carey Wallace – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS) ; Jo Darby – Abigail’s party (Constantia)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL:

David Bolton – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

John Carne – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Other nominees: Theo Swartz – A lesson from aloes (HHDS) ; Alastair Duff – No sex please, we’re British (FHDS) ; Gordon Molloy – Trap for a lonely man (Milnerton) ; Scott Cooper – Appointment with death (MADS) ; Michael Harris – A Christmas carol (Pinelands)

ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION:

Gary Kok – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Heather Earp-Jones – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Riaan Hunter – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Sian Atterbury-le Roux & Ferdi Oosthuizen – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Kim Harris-Dalla, Victoria Harris, Jennifer Moss, Christine Thonissen – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

Other nominees: Margaret Mortelmans – Private lives (Milnerton) ; Phoebe Snayer – Rodgers and Hart, a celebration (Milnerton) ; Glenda Carmichael – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands) ;

Jennifer Moss – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands) ; Laura Bosman and Graham Stabler – A Christmas Carol (Pinelands)

BEST CAMEO PERFORMANCE:

Lynn Moss – HMS Pinafore (G & S)

The other nominee: Jane Philbrick – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY OR MUSICAL:Denise Dubber – Time of my life (Constantia) ; Trish Sutton – Time of my life (Constantia) ; Michele Belknap – Isn’t it romantic (CDS) ; Victoria Harris – Return from Oz (CDS) ; Laura Bosman – A Christmas carol (Pinelands) ; Jennifer Moss – A Christmas carol (Pinelands)

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER:Kevin Smith – Play Misty for me (HHDS) ; Angela Lee-Wright – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS) ; Thomas Agates – Spring and port wine (HHDS) ; Curtis Dunn – Abigail’s party (Constantia)

BEST SET:Jane Philbrick and Margi Blewett – No sex please, we’re British (FHDS) ; Anne Coetzee – Play Misty for me (HHDS) ; Debbie Bentley-Buckle and Barrie Howard – Time of my life (Constantia) ; Finn McCormick – Trap for a lonely man (Milnerton) ; Debbie Bentley-Buckle and Barrie Howard – Abigail’s party (Constantia) ; Richard Whittaker – A Christmas carol (Pinelands)

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE:Roland Sweet – Special occasions (Milnerton) ; John Blewett – Time of my life (Constantia) ; Gary Fargher – Isn’t it romantic (CDS) ; Andrew Ward-Cox – Trap for a lonely man (Milnerton) ; Gary Fargher – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS) ; Dylan Ford – Haunting of Hill House (FHDS) ; Grant Faiers – A Christmas carol (Pinelands) ; Kyla Thorburn – A Christmas carol (Pinelands)

A FUN THING TO DO ON VALENTINES DAY!!

Attend the G&S Concert at the Masque Theatre

Ten years ago, Lorna Hansen was asked to give a lecture on the work of Gilbert and Sullivan to the Fine and Decorative Arts Society. She thought that an unillustrated lecture on the works of our boys would be deadly dull, so she opted to round up a group of people from the Society, who illustrated the talk with different numbers from each of the operas in the canon. This group has, with some additions and alterations, been performing around Cape Town and surrounds since then.

Lorna says:” At the end of last year, we were asked if we would give
a Valentine’s Day Concert at the Masque on Sunday 14 February, at 15h00. So we have chosen a whole lot of songs which have something to do with LOVE. We’ll be singing them (with Mike Nixon, who usually plays the trombone in our orchestra, conducting, and Helen Broekmann at the piano).”

If you are interested in having a fun afternoon, and supporting your Society at the same time, contact the booking office at the Masque on 021 7881898, and book.

R50-00 per seat for members of the Masque, R60-00 for non-members.

You can also get G&S Society prefs at R50-00 per ticket by sending the money, with your name and contact details to Lance, our Treasurer (lance@gilbertandsullivan.co.za), and he will ensure that your ticket(s) are either delivered to you, or left in an envelope with your name on at the box office on the day. Hope to see you there!

2010 AGM – 02 March

An official notice with more detail will be distributed to our members in due course, but be sure to pencil the date in your diaries so long!

2010 G&S MEMBERSHIP FEES

A reminder from our Membership Secretary, Michele Belknap:

Membership fees and categories are as follows:

Single: R80

Couple: R110

Student/Pensioner: R50

Patron: R600

If you prefer not to pay your subs at the AGM, you can send The Treasurer a cheque, or do an electronic transfer or do a direct deposit.


Cheques can be posted to:

The Treasurer

Gilbert and Sullivan Society

P O Box 23941,

Claremont

7735

Please put your name as reference!

If you are unsure whether you have paid or not, or if you have any queries, you are welcome to contact Lance Kotze, our Treasurer at lance@gilbertandsullivan.co.za or on 082 770 7782.

AN UDOUBTABLE FACT!

I’m off to the Masque Theatre to go and support our Membership Secretary, Michele, who will be in the Muizenberg Dramatic Society’s “Improbable Fiction” from Friday, 05 February until Saturday, 13 February!! This comedy is directed by Coleen van Staden.

To quote Michele: “It is quite zany and a good laugh!” To book, contact the Masque Theatre during office hours on 021 7881898.

Cheers

Adrian

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GASLIGHT

NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY
VOLUME 16 – ISSUE 5 – OCTOBER /NOVEMBER 2009

Hi Folks!

HMS PINAFORE

HMS Pinafore has been dismantled; the brave Man O’ War now lies
forlornly on the dockside, Captain and crew having signed off, with
the ships’ cat having beaten a hasty retreat ashore.

The postshow party was a glittering affair with speeches by Anthony
Storr-Lister awarding the Vincent Costello Award to Raymond
Rudolph – by popular choice. The Coarse Actor’s Award went to
Shaun Bosch whose escapade sowed confusion among the cast by
taking the wrong pair of shoes (all the men wore white but of different
sizes – ‘no one size fits all!’) Fortunately the dilemma was sorted out
and the show went on. ChairPerson Audrey Robinson, in a very gracious speech, congratulated all on a magnificent job well done. ‘Hear, hear’, Scribe.

But let’s go a bit further back into the past…

Shortly after moving into the theatre, the backstage listened with heightened interest to an account of a garment malfunction, brought on by vigorous choreography. A young lady recounted, in titillating detail, how the garment failed, leaving her, as it were, exposed;
mercifully, a stouter outer garment spared her blushes! We were assured that there would not be a repeat!
From my perch in the backstage, I had a clear view of the magnificent set, with the ship’s cat reposing, with seeming indifference, in a ventilator while furious action ebbs and flows. I had hoped to see the cat fall but it is too canny a creature and seems sure-footed despite the ‘fury of the gale.’

Hebe now joins the Annie Oakley Seagull league. Ralph is about to end it all when Josephine rushes in to profess her love for him. Buttercup snatches the mean-looking pistol from his hand and gives him a look -alike toy derringer. In all the excitement that follows, Hebe is
handed Ralphs’ pistol, but in her enthusiasm that ‘ove conquered all, she points the pistol skyward and fires off a shot (more like a rocket than the sound of a simple pistol!) and a seagull hits the deck. (Some members of the cast were thinking of saying ’duck’ and others ‘Albatross’)

GET WELL SOON!

Staying with the “HMS Pinfore” production for the moment: Kim Harris- Dalla hurt an ankle while on stage. Our resident paramedic, Richard “Doc” Whittaker, roared into action, flashing red light clearing the way (scribe’s imagination getting carried away). The necessary remedial remedies were put in place but Kim is now on a few weeks’ recovery treatment for an injury more serious than at first thought. Kim did come to visit the show and was her usual cheerful self.
Fiona Weir recently underwent an operation. We wish both of you a speedy recovery!!

“OPSKOP” AT THE THEATRE!!!

This year we are going to have the annual “Opskop” at the THEATRE!! Yes, you read quite right.
And we would like as many of you to join us on the public holiday, 16 December, for the evening performance of With no less than 23(!) current and past Gilbert and Sullivan members involved in this
production, joining them on this traditional “Getting Together & Having A Great Time With G&S Friends” – Day just seems like a very good idea!!
Apart from the names mentioned above, other friends include Benita Faires (Stage Manager), David Bolton (Marketing), Clifford Graham & Shaun Holley (Technical Co-ordinators), Richard Whittaker (Set Designer & Construction). And that’s just the guys in the background!! The great cast includes some of the aforementioned people, as well as Shaun Brown (Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, Annie Get Your Gun, The King & I) as Scrooge, Mike Harris (My Fair Lady) portraying the dual roles of Ghost of Xmas Present & Mr Daughty, Laura
Bosman (The Sound of Music) as Sandra, Simon Sutton (G&S Life Member) as Mr Smithers.
Other friends include: Rudolph Mare, Martin Heinrich, Ronnie & Eve Car, Greg Tinney, Jennifer Moss, Alex & Douglas Middlebrook, Lyle Wilson, Graham Stabler and Andrea Faires.

Sounds like a plan?!
Well, let us know as soon as possible (and by no later than 01 December!) if you would like to join the G&S Group for the 7:30pm show on Wednesday, 16 December. Ticket Prices: R80 per adult / R40 for children under the age of 12.
Instead of bringing your tjops and wors, just bring your wallet along  The G&S Society will provide snacks from 6pm and a cash bar will be available.
Contact Yolanda or Guilma if you have any questions or if you would like to join the group!
They will be able to provide you with banking details to deposit your ticket money and give out additional info you might require closer to the time. Yolanda’s contact details: 082 877 8766 /
021 555 1957 (w) / yolanda@gilbertandsullivan.co.za. Guilma’s contact details: 084 589 1812
/ 021 555 1957 (w) / guilma@gilbertandsullivan.co.za.

REMINDER: 2010 G&S PRODUCTION

The Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society will stage the popular
Meehan/Strouse/Charnin musical, “Annie”, in the Artscape Theatre during September / October 2010. “Annie”, which is based on the famous US comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie” was one of the biggest Broadway hit musicals of the 1970’s.
Director: Kyla Thorburn
Musical Director: Alastair Cockburn
General Management: Adrian van Stolk.
This musical gives plenty of opportunity for the members of the large chorus to sing in the well-known choruses, and also to play the different cameo roles of all ages, for example Mr Bundles the laundry man, a policeman, Bert Healy the radio announcer, members of
Roosevelt’s cabinet, the “doo-wah” Boylan sisters and many more.
Auditions will be held in early 2010.

JUST FOR FUN!
Although the story that actress / vocalist Julie Andrews commemorated her 69th birthday in fine style in 2004 by making a special appearance at the Manhattan ‘s Radio City Music Hall
turned out to be nothing but an eRumor (electronic rumour), it still makes for good reading:

The rumour would have us believe that one of the musical numbers she performed was “My Favourite Things” from the legendary movie “The Sound Of Music.” Here are the lyrics:

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favourite things.
Cadillac’s and cataracts, and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favourite things.
When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favourite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad.
Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favourite things.
Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin’,
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin’,
And we won’t mention our short, shrunken frames,
When we remember our favourite things.
When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I’ve had,
And then I don’t feel so bad.

‘The Sound of Music’ won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1965 and continues to be one of the most popular musicals ever produced.
SOMETHING THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU…

AUDITION NOTICES

“NUNSENSE A-MEN” (Festival Productions)

Nunsense A-Men is basically the original “Nunsense” show with all of the characters being portrayed by male musical comedy performers.
Director: Teddy Davies
Musical Director: Victor Tichardt
Choreography: Kyla Thorburn
Set Design: David Davidson
Costumes: Heather Earp-Jones
Lighting Design: Gary Fargher

May 2010

Venue: Artscape Arena, Cape Town

AUDITION DATES

Wednesday, 04 November 2009 @ 19.30

Rehearsal Room 308, Artscape Theatre (entrance via Stage Door)
Call backs: Sunday, 15 November 2009 @ 14h00 (as above)

Sister Mary Regina
– Mother Superior-
A feisty Sophie Tucker-type who can’t resist the spotlight

Sister Mary Hubert
– Mistress of Novices-
The second in command, she is always competing with the Mother Superior

Sister Robert Anne
A streetwise tough character from Brooklyn. A constant source of aggravation for the Mother Superior

Sister Mary Amnesia
A very sweet nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.

Sister Mary Leo
The novice, who entered the convent with a firm desire to become the first nun ballerina.

All men auditioning for the now famous roles of the five deliciously wacky nuns, must have good singing voices and sense of comedy. Contact Pat McDonald 021 531 8261 to book a
time slot. For further information phone Teddy 083 396 3132.

GRIM’S DYKE HOTEL
Did you know that Sir William Gilbert’s former home is now a hotel and popular tourist attraction in Old Redding, Middlesex in the UK?
Here’s a bit more info that we found on http://www.grimsdyke.com:
Grim’s Dyke is most famous for its association with the librettist, Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, the writing half of the Gilbert & Sullivan
partnership, who lived in the house from 1890 to his death in 1911.
The name Grim’s Dyke comes from an ancient defensive earthwork which runs from Pinner Hill to Bentley Priory. The House was built there in 1870 for the Victorian Painter Frederick Goodall, who had bought 100 acres of land at Harrow Weald in 1856 but was unable to build
for 12 years until the expiry of a lease. During that time he landscaped the area and planted trees, setting aside 30 acres parallel to the ancient earthwork for the house and gardens.
Work started on the house in 1870 and was completed in 1872.
The Gilberts bought the property in 1890. During his 21 years there, Gilbert planted trees and rhododendrons, developed the farm which was part of the estate, and built a number of greenhouses beyond the moat and over the dyke. There was a kitchen garden, orchard and
vinery and, for Lady Gilbert who was a keen gardener, a sunken rose garden was constructed on the terrace above the moat.
Gilbert’s greatest joy was the large lake he had excavated to the south of the house. It had an island in the middle and a changing hut and boathouse on the shore. Every day in the summer he would bathe there – a habit which eventually cost him his life. On 29 May 1911
Gilbert invited two local girls to swim in the lake. He died attempting to help one of them when she got into difficulties…
Gilbert seems to have lived very happily at Grim’s Dyke surrounded by animals and pets, of which there were a great number, many wandering freely about the house. He worked every day in the library where he could look out through the French windows onto the croquet lawn.
Lady Gilbert remained in the house until her death in 1936.
From 1963 and 1968 the house was used as a film and television location. In 1970, when it was converted into a hotel, Grim’s Dyke was designated a building of special architectural and historical interest. The present owners took over the property in 1996 when the Grade II listed building was extensively restored and refurbished in the country house style.
This international hotel is now a shrine for Gilbert & Sullivan enthusiasts from all over the world as many of the G&S works are performed, in costume, at various times of the year. Murder mysteries are also popular, as are teas, lunches and tours. Their dinners are
world class!

Cheers

Adrian

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NEWSLETTER OF THE CAPE TOWN GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY

VOLUME 16 – ISSUE 4 – AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2009

Ahoy!

Very appropriate as HMS Pinafore gets ready to sail! Alexander Graham Bell favoured that as the word to answer the telephone; it was not too well received and ‘Hello” became the English language introduction – telephonistes were known as “Hello Girls!”

HMS PINAFORE – THE MUSICAL

18 SEPTEMBER – 3 OCTOBER

The Artscape Theatre, Cape Town

With the theme of the show being set in the 1950’s our young and energetic cast will be taking you back to an era characterised by icons like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.  “The story takes place aboard the British ship H.M.S. Pinafore.  The captain’s daughter, Josephine [Sian Attebury], is in love with a lower-class sailor, Ralph Rackstraw [Ferdi Oosthuizen], although her father intends her to marry Sir Joseph Porter [David Bolton], the First Lord of the Admiralty. She abides by her father’s wishes at first, but Sir Joseph’s advocacy of the equality of humankind encourages Ralph and Josephine to overturn conventional social order. They declare their love for each other and eventually plan to elope. Her father, the captain [Riaan Hunter], discovers this plan, but, as in many of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, a surprise disclosure changes things dramatically near the end of the story.”

(Summary courtesy of Wikipedia)

Get R10 off the normal ticket price by purchasing your ticket through our preferential cast ticket sales!

 

Feel free to contact Lance Kotze should you wish to purchase preferential tickets or have any other queries regarding this show. lance.kotze@gmail.com / 082 770 7782 /

http://www.gilbertandsullivan.co.za/vbo.html

Alternatively, you can book your tickets though Computicket (083 915 8000) or log onto

http://www.computicket.com/web/event/h_m_s_pinafore/18909635 / 083 915 8000

WHAT IS HAPPENING BEHIND THE SCENES?

Raymond Rudolph lets us in on a few secrets… (Thanks, Raymond!

Reflections on ‘HMS Pinafore’ Rehearsals

 

) – From ‘Unseemly Sound Malaise’ to ‘Dreamy Sound Amaze’ –

Since mid-May 2009, the boards of the Congregational Church in Pinelands have been resounding with the muscular sounds of stamping feet, curling lips & flashing eyes, and the dainty sounds of gaily-tripping feet & lightly-skipping legs, oftentimes simultaneously.

Under Alastair’s patient musical direction, the initial ‘Unseemly Sound Malaise” has been transformed into something almost slightly harmonious. Helen has provided the necessary musical accompaniment, always so obligingly and with impressive technical consistency.

Kyla has managed, despite obstacles like fifteen sets of two left feet, to instill some sort of artistically logical pattern to the movements. Heather and Gary, have managed, totally

obtrusively, to pull the performers off the floor at various critical times, for measurement & fittings… (a necessary evil, I guess?) All the while, Teddy’s eagle eye has carefully observed the whole process, interjecting where necessary, amending the tempo or lyrics or dialogue (or ALL THREE) while surprisingly always (… well, except for once) maintaining a remarkably calm & controlled outward demeanour.

It seems only right that each of these folk be accorded the honour of his/her own Pinafore song:

MUSICAL DIRECTOR:

(Alastair Cockburn)

When Alastair was a lad he took on the job

Of harmonising this naughtycal mob.

His energetic wrist ..

is not so easy to resist.

And he himself has not said it ….

… and it’s greatly to his credit,

That he IS a Gentle-man.

YES, he is a Ge-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-entle-man !

CHOREOGRAPHER:

(Kyla Thorburn)

When Kyla was a lass she took a chance

at teaching this bunch to try to dance.

With a step .. cross .. heel-toe .. here,

A cross .. step .. heel-toe .. there.

Here a step – click; there a step – click;

Every-where a step – click ….

Old Macdonald’s farm had NOTHING on this ..

Ee-eye .. ee-eye … oh-ver the Bright Blue

Sea-ea !

COSTUMIER:

(Heather Earp-Jones)

When Heather was a lass she served a spell

as Pinafore’s costumier from hell.

The sailors’ measurements were written in a book,

.. at which the tailor CLEARLY took no look.

We KNOW the trousers are supposed to be slinky,

But the zips won’t close on even the TINIEST

winky!

ACCOMPANIST:

(Helen Broekmann)

When Helen was a lass she wanted something

more,

So she became accompanist for Pinafore.

She’s an over-achiever & a consummate Diva,

And when she’s finished playing, we don’t WANT

to leave-er.

The OTHER night she was a REAL hit …

Played a wrong note and cried out “Oh SH%T!!”

DIRECTOR (“TD”):

(Teddy Davies)

TD: My gallant cast, Good Morning

Chorus: Teddy, good morning.

TD: I hope you’re all quite well.

Chorus: Quite well. And you, Ted?

TD: I’m in reasonable health, and happy to direct you once again.

Chorus: You do us proud, Ted.

TD: (singing) I am the Director of the Pinafore ..

Chorus: (singing) … and a right good Director too.

.. he’s very, very, good and be it understood .. he directs us very good too !

For in spite of much consternation, He shows no sign of irritation

And he’s only had ONE tantrum. YES, he too is a Ge-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-entle-man !

 

2010 G&S PRODUCTION

The Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society is proud to announce that its 2010 production will be the popular Meehan/Strouse/Charnin musical, “Annie”, to be staged in the Artscape Theatre during September and October. Direction is by Kyla Thorburn, with musical direction by Alastair Cockburn and General Management by Adrian van Stolk.

“Annie”, which is based on the famous US comic strip,”Little Orphan Annie” was one of the biggest Broadway hit musicals of the 1970’s.

The story, set in 1933, concerns the 11-year old Annie, who is in an orphanage presided over by Miss Hannigan, who keeps the little girl orphans in line by bullying and threatening (“It’s the Hard-Knock Life”). Annie decides to escape to find her parents, running into a friendly dog, Sandy (“Tomorrow”) and the people made homeless because of the Great Depression (“We’d Like To Thank You, Herbert Hoover”). However, she is returned to the orphanage. Her luck changes when Grace Farrell, assistant to Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks” picks her to live in the millionaire’s palatial home over Christmas (“I Think I’m Gonna Like it Here”). Warbucks wants to adopt her, but Annie insists that her parents will come for her. Assisted by President and Mrs Roosevelt, Warbucks offers a reward for the parents (“You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile”). Miss Hannigan, her brother, Rooster, and his ditzy girlfriend, Lily, pretend to be Annie’s parents so that they can collect the reward (“Easy Street”). When they are found out and arrested, and it transpires that Annie’s parents have died, Warbucks and Annie become a family (“I Don’t Need Anything But You”).

This musical gives plenty of opportunity for the members of the large chorus to sing in the well-known choruses, and also to play the different cameo roles of all ages, for example Mr Bundles the laundry man, a policeman, Bert Healy the radio announcer, members of Roosevelt’s cabinet, the “doo-wah” Boylan sisters and many more.

Auditions will be held in early 2010.

SOMETHING THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU…

THE CAPE TOWN SCHOOL OF SONGWRITING (

http://www.songwriters.co.za)

…is the brainchild of Clive Ridgway, Program Director for Kfm 94.5 from 1999 to 2007, leader of legendary country-rock band Rocking Horse and author of the book “Crack the Songwriting Code.”

The next 8 week / 8 module Songwriting Course starts on

The course culminates with a Demo Recording, Certificate Presentation & End-of-Course Party.

Course Fee – R1 950 (terms available) includes a copy of Clive’s book “Crack the Songwriter Code”, a Workbook, Refreshments as well as a Demo Recording.

Chenara Fenton recently attended this course and had the following to say about her experience: “I had a wonderful time over the 8 weeks, and found the song-writing process challenging, but so worth it! At the end of the course, we recorded a song which we had written in collaboration with another student from the course.

My song is a bit corny, but it has a catchy tune and being in studio was wonderful. I made some great new friends would highly recommend the course for any aspiring song-writer!

Monday, 12 October @ 7 pm.

Bookings: Clive – 082 3194500 / Elaine – 082 777 3133 / clive@songwriters.co.za

DANCE SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS with SAIM

The South African Improvisation Meeting (SAIM) invites you to join them from

The SAIM, an initiative by Jori Snell (Baba Yaga Theatre), in collaboration with UCT – School of Dance, Stellenbosch Drama Department and Illinois University, provides a unique opportunity to learn from artists: Kirstie Simson (Chicago) and Bo Madvig (Denmark).

Both of them are directly associated with Contact provisation- and Improvisation pioneers like Steve Paxton and Julyen Hamilton.

“This series of workshops, master classes, discussions and jamming during SAIM will be a reconnecting, evolving experience for all who join” says joint partner, Gerard Samuel of UCT, School of Dance.

The classes will be open to all level participants and be built on very simple physical principles allowing students to explore their experience of moving and to understand their own

bodies more profoundly. Contact Improvisation and Improvisation are ways for dancers to rediscover the authentic joy of movement. It develops a “readiness” in the body for the unexpected and therefore has both technical and choreographic uses. For a performer the study of improvisation is the most exquisite way of becoming present and learning to adapt creatively to any situation.

For more information on the programme or should you wish to attend this event, contact Jori Snell on 076 0205772 or email her at

 

22 September – 02 October to be part of a meeting between some of the leading international exponents of Contact Improvisation as a dance practice, and Cape Town dancers, movers, teachers & performers.babayagatheatre@gmail.com

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations go to Gwen Sharland who has become grandmother to Benjamin Richard Sharland!

GOODBYE

Dr Rowena McKenzie is going to live in London. Our good wishes go with her. One hopes that email will keep her informed, and that we will have news from her, from time to time.

GONDOLIERA

Venice has been rocked to its watery foundations by the news that the first female ‘gondoliera’ has joined an almost feudally run fraternity (frasority/sorfranity?) The testosterone-laden gondoliers grumble that she is too big for her britches and she has been warned to reign in her new-found celebrity or risk being expelled! Her father feels she needs a bit more muscle as the boats weigh more than half a ton and seat more than a dozen passengers. She agrees it’s physically taxing, ‘but try childbirth.’ (LA Times / Cape Argus,18 August 2009)

It’s time for us to raise the anchor, say “Bon Voyage” and we’ll see you at HMS Pinafore –

The Musical!!

Cheers

Adrian

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