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FORBIDDEN BROADWAY
Created & Written by Gerard Alessandrini

Direction: Sheila McCormick – Musical direction: Jeremy Quickfall
Choreography: Fiona Tanner

Venue: Milnerton Playhouse
Pienaar Road, Milnerton (Behind library)
Date: Sunday 05 June
Time: 13.30 for 14.00

Forbidden Broadway is a fun, satirical, rip off of a number of well-known Broadway musicals including: Chicago, Annie, Hello Dolly, Wicked, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Mama Mia, Rent, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray and A Chorus Line.
It also sends up several showbiz personalities such as: Carol Channing, Chita Rivera & Rita Moreno (Stage & screen Anita in West Side Story), Liza Minelli, Barbara Streisand, Bob Fossie and Cameron Macintosh.

It requires a cast of four very strong singers (2 Male & 2 Female), with good stage presence and the ability to act and move well, plus a small singing/dancing chorus.

The show will be staged at Milnerton Playhouse from 25 November to 10 December with rehearsals beginning mid to end August.

Auditionees are asked to prepare a song in their voice range from one of the above mentioned or any other popular musical show. Please bring sheet music for accompaniment or a backing CD.

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes as you will also be required to take part in a movement audition to be arranged by the choreographer.

For further information please contact Sheila :
021 557 3206 or 079 877 2466
e-mail: macdram@afrihost.co.za

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Welcome to 2011 and a Very Happy New Year to all our members and friends in theatre.

We have some great news to start off the year but before I get to that, I have to offer my sincere apologies for there being no edition of the Prattle in December. Our computer was out of action for a couple of weeks and by the time we had it up and running again, I’m afraid preparations for Christmas (which as usual I left to the last minute) had to take preference and by then the holidays were upon us and all I wanted to do was relax for a couple of weeks. However, I hope you all enjoyed the season in whatever way you chose to spend it.

We ended the year on a high with wonderful revues and audience reaction for our comedy ‘Nobody’s Perfect’. I can honestly say it was one of the most pleasurable shows I have directed and I must say thanks yet again to my wonderful cast and crew who made the whole experience such a delight.

We also made a little profit which helped to warm the cockles of our treasurer’s heart while he spent Christmas away from wife and home in cold, snowy England.

And now to the good news I mentioned earlier:
Milnerton Players have been awarded no less than 12 nominations for the CATA Awards for our productions in 2010. Isn’t that just the most fabulous achievement for the society?
Our nominees in the various categories are:
Technical Excellence
Willy Sass & Wayne Hendricks (Nobody’s Perfect)
Best Set
Fanus Bothma (Road to Mecca)
Fin & Sheila McCormick (Nobody’s Perfect)
Most Promising Newcomer
Marius Botha (Death by Fatal Murder)
Claire Simonis (Nobody’s Perfect)
Best Supporting Actor in a Play
Bruce Sanderson (Road to Mecca)
Gordon Molloy (Nobody’s Perfect)
Trevor Joubert (Death by Fatal Murder)
Best Actress in a Play
Judith Herbig (Road to Mecca)
Best Actor in a Play
Nigel Sweet (Death by Fatal Murder)
Andrew Weiss (Nobody’s Perfect)
Best Play/ Best Director of a Play
Mari Mocke (Road to Mecca)
What an absolutely wonderful way to begin our theatrical year. Congratulations and well done to all the nominees and also to their fellow cast members and the backstage & technical crews whose teamwork and effort supported them.
The full list of CATA nominations is attached and we send our congratulations to all the other worthy nominees from our fellow societies.
The awards evening will take place at the Masque Theatre on Monday 7 March at 19.00 for 19.30. Booking details to follow.

SOCIAL EVENINGS
There was no social in December due to the run of ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ but the preceding one in November provided us with some excellent and varied entertainment with our friends from Pinelands Players preview of their musical Gigi, prior to it’s successful run at the Masque, and the enthusiastic young people from the Ikamva ‘n Blank Ink group in Dunoon. The latter are keen to return to show us some new material they’ve been working on.

Andy McPherson’s play, National Madness, was really excellent and so well acted one was hardly aware they were using scripts.
I must admit to having been a little nervous beforehand about possible reaction to the amount of strong language in it but it was so much in context with the theme and setting of the play that no one seemed to find it at all offensive.
I think it’s high time you directed another production for us, Andy. What about it?

NEXT SOCIAL EVENING
FRIDAY 11 February
The committee have decided, for a number of practical reasons, that socials will not always be held on the first Friday of every month so make sure you check your Prattle each month for the dates of future evenings this year.
The next one will take place on the second Friday in February. The entertainment has still to be finalised but to date we have some stand-up comedy lined up for part of the evening by our nominee for Best Actress in a Play, Judith Herbig, who gave such a brilliant performance in the role of Helen Martins in ‘The Road to Mecca’. Judith is no stranger to comedy, having spent a year working with The Comedy Collective, so we look forward to seeing the lighter side of her talents on our stage.
We may also include a romantic item as it’s close to Valentine’s Day.
Our Blotto draw has a rollover from November of R448 so you’ll have the chance of winning back some of the cash you spent over the holidays.
Wayne will send out a flyer beforehand to advise you of what the rest of the evening’s content will be, so put the date in your diary and come along and join us for a belated New Year’s get-to-gether

PRODUCTIONS
Rehearsals for Neil Simon’s comedy, Chapter Two, have just begun under the direction of Wendy Goddard.
Wendy has successfully cast the following people to play the four roles in the play.
Bruce Sanderson, one of our nominees for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in ‘The Road to Mecca’, plays George.
Renee Stirling, who performed last year in ‘Death by Fatal Murder’ & ‘The Road to Mecca’ is Faye.
Anton Schafer, after successfully stage-managing ‘Nobody’s Perfect’, now appears on stage for the first time as George’s Brother Leo.
Award-winning actress/director Marlisa Doubell is Jenny.

With this talented foursome and Wendy’s direction this promises to be another blockbuster.

Production dates: 25 March to 02 April
Booking opens 28 February

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OTHER PLAYHOUSE HAPPENINGS
Lots of aspiring young musicians and actors will be using the theatre on a regular basis this year

Fiona Tanner will run another course of drama classes for KTO in the foyer on Saturday mornings from 29 January to 02 April. Last year the course culminated with a little show by the kids on the foyer stage and Fiona is planning the same again this time.
For more details and to enrol visit:
http://www.kto.co.za or phone 083 296 3885

Jill and Eschel Manuel are a young local couple who last year opened a training school for aspiring young musicians called Roving Music Academy. They hired the theatre for an evening in December to show off their student’s progress to family and friends and although they have a long way to go before they become virtuosos, the progress these children and young adults have made in just a few short months is most impressive. They run the academy as a community project on a non-profit basis. The tuition is at subsidized rates with the aim of developing future musicians. Their tutors are all qualified music teachers who teach music theory and a wide range of instruments that include flute, clarinet, violin, guitar, brass and also vocal training. Jill is one the violin tutors and Eschel plays and teaches tuba.
They will be utilising all the various areas in the theatre on Monday and Tuesday Evenings from 18.00 to 20.00 for their classes.

For further info e-mail: info@rmacademy.co.za

MEMBERS’ MURMURS
We warmly welcome the following new members who have recently joined the society:
Derek & Kathryn Wilcock, Maridi Jooste, Mr & Mrs Waddington, Bruce Sanderson, Bronya Hirschman and Judy & Ivor Drewienke.

Irene Withcombe sent me a mail in November in which she and Jeff wished everyone a fabulous Christmas and a Happy New year so I am very belatedly passing on their message. In a more recent mail, Irene said they were on holiday in Sydney the day Oprah Winfrey jetted in with her 300 odd American guests whose holiday she had financed. The Australian media re-named the famous Opera House ‘The Oprah House’. Local shows back home in Palmerston North over the Festive season included ‘Tutus on Tour’ by the New Zealand Ballet, a production of ‘Pinocchio and a locally written play called ‘Party Girls’ with a ‘Chinese New Year Concert’ coming up soon. (I wonder if they will have a chorus of bunny girls for The Year of the Rabbit?)

Our CATA nominee for Best play/Best Director and long time member of our Milly’s Adjudication panel, Mari Mocke, is recovering from some recent, serious surgery. We wish her strength throughout her ongoing treatment and hope she will soon be returned to full health.

We also send belated birthday wishes to all those whose birthdays we missed in December and the earlier part of January and to those who have still to celebrate theirs in January and February. We hope you all have a wonderful year and that includes anyone I may inadvertently have missed from this long list.
December:
Elsie Baxter (2nd), Willy Sass (6th), Ted Faulkner & John Gosling (8th), Gordon Molloy (9th), Selma Burger (15th), Wanda Herring (22nd), Jeff Withycombe (24th)
January:
Carole-Ann Buizedenhout (10th), Jim Hutchison (13th), Betty Norris (14th), Warren Frost (20th), Selwyn Epstein (22nd), Tamryn Spiers (27th)
February:
Margaret Mortelmans (2nd), Val Nijkamp & Peter Pettiquin (5th), Maridi Jooste (9th), Renee Stirling & Veronica Suckling (13th), Chloe Kruger (15th), Clive Oosthuizen (20th), Alan Merritt (23rd), Jeanette Kent (25th)

OTHER THEATRE NEWS
Masque Theatre
4 to 12 February
Claremont Dramatic Society presents
BRIEF LIVES
Adapted by Patrick Garland
from John Aubrey’s ‘Book of Lives’
Starring Brian de Kock as John Aubrey

Direction: Brenda Gray

Bookings: 021 788 1898
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Arena Theatre (UCT Hiddingh Campus)
37 Orange Street
19 to 29 January
RELATIONSHIT! It could happen to you
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
A sexy, adult comedy that follows the story of three couples relationships and their issues….You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll identify
Written and directed by Marlisa Doubell

The cast of six includes Gavin Werner who appeared in our 2009 award winning production of Private Lives, also directed by Marlisa.
Bookings: Computicket
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The Theatre in the District
Sunday 06 February
The Theatre Club’s monthly lunchtime event features
Jonathan Roux from ‘A Handful of Keys’
Further details & booking info attached

Well folks, I think that’s about all the news to date. If you have any other items of interest, please send them to me via e-mail and I’ll include them next time.
Don’t forget the new date for the next social 11th of February and watch your mail for the flyer with details.

Yours in theatre,

Sheila

TAILGATE

(For all those who over-indulged and put on weight over the holidays.)

One of life’s mysteries is how a 1-kilo box of chocolates can make one gain 3 kilos.

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.

Skinny people irritate me. Especially when they say things like…. ‘You know sometimes I forget to eat’…. Now, I’ve forgotten my telephone number, my mother’s maiden name and my keys but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat.

Amazing! You hang your work clothes in the wardrobe over the holidays and they shrink 2 sizes

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AUDITION: ‘CHAPTER TWO’ BY NEIL SIMON

Directed for Milnerton Players by Wendy Goddard

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

Audition Date: Sunday 7 November 2010

Time: 14h00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cast of Characters:

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

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

 

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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

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MILNERTON PLAYHOUSE

27 November to 12 December 2009

Milnerton Players presents

RODGERS & HART – ‘A Celebration’

A revue with music & lyrics by the renowned song writing team

Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart

Concept Richard Lewine and John Fearnley

Direction: Sheila McCormick Musical direction: Keith Benjamin

A rousing pastiche of almost 60 songs by the prolific song-writing team of Rodgers & Hart.

The first act sets the stage for romance while the second act is comprised of their more satiric gems with a brief narration highlighting the Rodgers & Hart story.

Featuring such standards as ‘Manhattan’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘The Lady is a Tramp’ and ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’, this fast paced revue is a guaranteed evening of enjoyable musical entertainment.

The cast of seven singers includes: Phoebe Snayer, Evan Witten, Nicole Nefdt, Carl de Lange, Lisa Stiliano, Simon Speck and Julie du Plessis.

Bookings: 021 557 3206 or 082 267 1061

E-mail: macdram@absamail.co.za

Ticket prices: R60 evenings

R50 Saturday matinees

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES

Friday 27 November 20.15

Saturday 28 November – Matinee 14.15

Evening 20.15

Tuesday 01 December – Sold performance

Wednesday 02 December 20.15

Thursday 03 December – Sold performance

Friday 04 December 20.15

Saturday 05 December – Matinee 14.15

Evening 20.15

Tuesday 08 December – Sold performance

Wednesday 09 December 20.15

Thursday 10 December 20.15

Friday 11 December 20.15

Saturday 12 December Matinee 14.15

Evening 20.15

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