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[Poster’s note: Sorry about the lateness of this post! This newsletter did go out to MADS members on 7 May]

 

MADS MESSENGER – MAY 2014

Coupla things I need to advise you about fairly urgently……..

 

DIRECTORS’ FORUM – POSTPONED!

Oooooooops, we may have boobed a bit!!  This was scheduled for this coming Sunday, 11 May, which is of course MOTHERS’ DAY!!  So although we have had some interest we have also had a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth and have POSTPONED it to NEXT Sunday, 18 May 2014.  And because the hall is in use we have also revised the time – arrive 13h45 for a 14h00 start.  It is at the False Bay Rendezvous, 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg and we invite all directors (old and new) to present their ideas for 2015.   The MADS’ Committee will then submit their selection to the Masque Theatre for approval.  We will need a copy of the script for the committee to read and certain other information, which is contained in the application form.  This can either be completed beforehand and sent to eve@liquidators.co.za (with a copy of the script if you like) or it can be completed at the Forum.  Please also confirm your attendance at the Forum by no later than 16 May: call Eve on 021 7977286 or email everon@absamail.co.za.

 

AUDITION – STILL ON!!

And although the 11th IS Mothers’ Day, the morning doesn’t seem to be quite such an issue and Fish Hoek Dramatic Society’s audition is going ahead at 10h00 in the Masque Theatre Foyer for California Suite, a comedy by Neil Simon.  Jane Philbrick will be directing and the show is in the theatre 15 to 23 August.  The play takes place in a hotel suite in California and depicts four different stories.  Cast ages range from 20 to 55: up 5 males and 5 females are required, although there could be some doubling up..  For further info contact Jane on 021 7823608.

 

QUIZ NIGHT – ATTEND!!! 

This coming Saturday, 10 May, in the Masque Foyer.  Arrival time 19h00 for 19h30.  Tickets are R60 which includes snacks.  You still have time to book for this (although I believe it is getting full!) by phoning Aubrey on 021 7881898 or emailing bookings@masquetheatre.co.za or visiting him at the theatre.  The questions will range from easy to cryptic, across a wide range of topics.  The evening is more about having fun than being super smart, so come along and enjoy yourself while helping raise funds for a good cause.  Teams will consist of four people.  Don’t worry if you can’t make up a team, just come along and join a team on the night.  There are loads of prizes to be won!  This will also be an opportunity to say “bye” to Wendy Goddard.

 

NEXT MEMBERS’EVENING – DIARISE!!!!

More details to follow but diarise Thursday, 29th May!!

We will be playing “Parlour Games”!!

And serving Hot Dogs and Ice Cream!!

 

MASQUE THEATRE AGM 

Notice is given of the Stern Masque Theatre Association’s AGM to be held on Tuesday 27 May 2014 at 19h30 at the Masque Theatre.  The AGM is an opportunity to look back at what has been achieved and share the Board’s plans for meeting the challenges and taking advantage of opportunities to ensure the continued growth and sustainability of this very special independent community theatre.  There will be delicious sponsored snacks and a welcoming complimentary glass of wine.  Attending will also be other important stakeholders, such as the press, other theatres and dramatic societies that form part of CATA.  Please RSVP to Aubrey Hindle at the Masque Theatre on bookings@masquetheatre.co.za or 021 – 788 1898.

 

HAVE YOU PAID YOUR 2014 SUBS??

I know I’ve JUST reminded you about this but something came up at the last committee meeting which has a direct bearing on it ……… if you have been a member of MADS for 25 years or more you AUTOMATICALLY become a “life” member and no longer have to pay subs!!  BUT we need you to tell us how long you have been a member so that we can make a note not to bug you for fees!  We have already identified the following as life members: Lieske Bester, the Blewetts, the D’Altons, Alastair Duff, Gary Fargher, the Hitchcocks, Walter Hodges, Ralph Lawson, the Magnins, Celia Musikanth, Robin Rattle, Peter Sharp and Coleen van Staden.  So if you have been a member for 25 years, drop me a line on everon@absamail.co.za so I can update the list.  Oh!  And can the rest of you let me know when you joined our society (approximately will do!!) so that when YOUR 25 years come up we will recognize that fact?

 

THE LAST LAUGH

I had some corny horse jokes leftover from last time and a little bit of space to fill………

What is the best type of story to tell a runaway horse?

A tale of WHOA!

When do vampires like horse racing?

When it’s neck and neck.

What kind of horses go out after dusk?

Nightmares!

 

Wishing all the moms:

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

 

Love, Eve

 

               Our Committee:

Chair: Barbara Basel 021 7614289/0826511695; Vice-Chair: Wendy Morling 021 7150694/0834628242;

Secretary: Eve Carr 021 7977286/0827892281; Acting Treasurer: Raymond Rudolph 0217945229/0823122737;

Members: Su Cunningham 021 7623875/0829022938; Alastair Duff 021 7884984;

Richard Higgs 0836111419; Di Thom 021 7947455/0824109900

President: Celia Musikanth 021 7887911/0833588415  Vice-President: John McConnell 021 7822743

Masque Trustee: Nick Lee

Our Website:  www.mvds.co.za

Our Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/pages/Mads/1740873193086

 

 

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AUGUST 2011

This being Women’s month ‘n all I thought I would see what I could dig up for a combination of “women” and “August”. A very appropriate start:

On 1 August 1775, the first article proposing women’s rights in America was written by Thomas Paine for the Pennsylvania Magazine, of which he was the editor

BIRTHDAYS

Before we get onto September birthdays, let me just apologise to Phyllis Early for missing her 11 August birthday – hope it was a great one, Phyllis!!
AND I missed the fact that Jabu Hallinan attains the ripe old age of 21 on the 27th of August – congratulations, Jabu, and we wish you well for your UK studies!
And then moving on to those born next month
(gee, that does sound odd but I THINK it’s right!?!):
We start on the 11th with Debra Beswick who shares this day with DH Lawrence, author of Lady Chatterly’s Lover (1958) and Leo Kottke, Experimental guitarist virtuoso (1945).
The 12th is Shirley Chipps; Maurice Chevalier, actor (1881); Barry White, singer (1944).
Patrick Jordi was born on the 16th as was Peter Falk, Actor (Columbo), born 1927.
Aubrey Hindle’s birthday is on the 20th which also saw the birth of Sophia Loren, actress (1934); Jelly Roll Morton, pioneering pianist (1885); film director Vittorio Taviani (1929).
Kathryn Luyt turns a year older on the 26th sharing with actresses Olivia Newton-John (1948) and Linda Hamilton (1956) as well as Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music (1946).
Last but certainly not least is Celia Musikanth on the 29th, the day that Lord Horatio Nelson was born in 1758 and rock ‘n roller Jerry Lee Lewis in 1935.

On 4 August 1900, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother,
was born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

AUDITION

Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society will be holding an audition on Sunday, 18 September at 18h30 for Are you being Served?, the legendary British comedy-turned-stage-show, to be directed by Ann Coetzee. The show run is late November/early December 2011. For info contact Lindsay Small on 021 8091191 or info@hhds.org.

On 5 August 1884, the Statue of Liberty cornerstone was laid

CALENDAR

24 Aug – Hairspray – The Musical presented by The Waterfront Theatre College at
3 Sept the Masque. Directed by Paul Griffiths, designed by Deon Bischoff, musical direction by Jeremy Quickfall and choreography by Janine Binns & Deon Bischoff. This production includes a cast of forty talented signers and dancers and is the ultimate feel-good show for the whole family. All shows R70 (R60). Contact number below for show dates and times.

2 – 10 The Sum of Us by David Stevens, directed by Johann Van Der Merwe at the
Sept Milnerton Playhouse. A witty and poignantly funny play all about family understanding and tolerance, revolving around the special relationship be-tween a widowed father, his gay son and their respective love lives. The play has been localised and set in Port Elizabeth. For production times and prices and to book, phone 0822671061 or go to http://www.milnertonplayers.com.

9 Sept – Fiddler on the Roof directed by Teddy Davies for the Cape Town G&S Society
1 Oct at the Artscape Opera House. This lavish production will be accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra with well-known and highly respected designers Penny Simpson and Keith Anderson designing costumes and sets respectively. Rich in historical ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof has touched audiences around the world with its humour, warmth and honesty. Its universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. Based on stories by Sholem Aleichem, its celebrated score features songs loved the world over: Sunrise, Sunset, If I Were a Rich Man, Matchmaker and many others – it is simply Broadway at its very best! Info on production times and prices through Computicket and Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695.

16 – 24 Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling at the Masque. Directed by Angela Lee-
Sept Wright for Constantiaberg Theatre Players. Set in a small town in Louisiana in the 1980s, the production takes place in a small hair salon which plays an important part in the lives of the clients. Based on a true story, this heart-warming play is guaranteed to make you laugh and cry!

Sunday Tribute to Lorraine presented by Playbill Productions in the Masque Foyer.
18 Sept This is the first of the Sunday Soirées to be held in memory of the popular and wonderful pianist, Lorraine Rothenburg, who passed away recently. She bequeathed her beautiful boudoir grand piano to the theatre, which will be housed in the foyer and used whenever possible. One show only at 20h00.
Victor Tichart (acclaimed pianist) will present a programme of Romantic Light Classics. Cherith Bain (violinist) will join Victor to play instrumental works which she performed with Lorraine in the recent Playbill Productions’ presentation of The Wonderful World of Operetta, the last show Lorraine performed in. At the request of Lorraine’s family, part of the proceeds for this soirée will go to St Luke’s Hospice. Tickets are R75 each and R65 for Masque Theatre Club members. Light snacks will be served.

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

DO YOU NEED …..

A MUSICIAN? Deborah Cairns is a musician who has recently moved to Fish Hoek, who teaches part-time at Fish Hoek High and Springfield Covent and also does some freelance performing from time to time. She is available to give private music lessons in piano, flute, voice, aural, and music theory at a reasonable fee and, with her accompanist Christopher Cameron-Dow, is also available to play at weddings. She may also be able to assist with incidental music for any plays which require same. You can contact her on chi.aras@hotmail.com or http://sites.google.com/deborahcairns10/.
A HOLIDAY? Member André Thomas has fled the corporate world and started his own company – World of Africa Travel. They will arrange personalized holidays in southern Africa – both for visitors from abroad, and also for locals wanting to visit any of our neighbouring countries – out as far as Malawi and Madagascar. So for any of your dream holidays on a beach on Lake Malawi, diving in Mozambique or game viewing in the Okavango Delta – or for your friends and family to visit Kruger, Madikwe or the Drakensberg – please give him a shout. His website is still being completed, but follow him on twitter (World_of_Africa) or facebook at http://www.facebook.com/worldofafricatravel.
A PLAY? Lieske Bester has advised that she has the complete set of catalogues of the plays available at the National Library in Bloemfontein and is willing to lend out the box if anyone would like it. She can be contacted at liesak@mweb.co.za to arrange collection.

On 13 August 1910, Florence Nightingale died in London

MEMBERS’ EVENING

Wednesday, 17 August, saw a good crowd at the Rendezvous – unfortunately chairperson Andrew was unable to make it so Celia started proceedings by having some of our newer members tell us about themselves, We then proceeded to “the main event”: Play without a Title directed by Richard Higgs. Well, it certainly was thought-provoking! Someone commented in the question-an-answer session which followed the soup and bread: “ Ok, now we know more about it, can we see it again please?”!! Your committee once again outdid themselves on the food front: four very different but equally yummy soups, lots of really different breads – using the slightly-out-of-date-beer to make bread was a good move … and I had such fun experimenting!

On 24 August 1932, Amelia Earhart, was the first woman to fly across the United States

MVDS’ PRODUCTIONS

The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle ran late in July at the Masque Theatre and I’m sure those who saw it agree that it was a very different and hugely entertaining production. Hats off to director and cast and ESPECIALLY to the crew – a production such as this is very reliant on the things that AREN’T seen by the audience!!
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Our last production of the year is August: Osage County which is being directed by birga Thomas and will run at the Masque early in November. This is now well into rehearsals and fully cast as follows:
Violet Weston MICHELE BELKNAP Barbara Fordham WENDY GODDARD
Bill Fordham PATRICK JORDI Jean Fordham NIKITA MCSHANE
Ivy Weston JANA BOTHA Karen Weston RENEÉ GOWAR
Mattie Fae Aiken SU CUNNINGHAM Charlie Aiken LEON LAUBSCHER
Johnna Monevata LYNWEN ROMAN Steve Heidebrecht RAYMOND RUDOLPH
Beverly Weston BRIAN DE KOCK Sheriff Deon Gilbeau CLIFFORD GRAHAM
GETTING TO KNOW YOU ….

Jennifer Brandt (likes to be known as Jenny) joined our society late in 2010 and has so far appeared in both “The Crucible” and “Farndale”. She and I took time out during “Hay Fever” rehearsals for you to get to know her:
E: Jenny, which was your favourite production of the two?
J:: Oh, they were so different! Crucible was quite challenging because the role that I played was this person who was quite important in the village. She had had 7 children die the day they were born so she was someone who had suffered a lot. She comes on only in the first act but I had to imagine…..sort of put myself into her space. The challenge was trying to make her real as she was quite a foreign character to me.
E: And your role in Farndale? Or should I say roles?
J: I enjoyed that because it was the first time I have really been involved in comedy and in the beginning I had no idea how to deliver the lines – I was totally lost. Then gradually, listening to the director and seeing how everyone else did it, I got a feel for it after a while. I enjoyed finding the comedy.
E: What do you see yourself doing in 2012?
J: I really do want to direct my own play somewhere down the line …
E: Do you mean written by you or someone else’s?
J: No,no I am not a writer! I have some ideas but it is too early to let on!
E: And acting next year?
J: I ‘d like to do as much as I can without alienating my husband and exhausting myself!
E: How does your husband feel about your involvement in Amdram?
J: He is very happy that I am doing something that I really enjoy and has been very supportive with coming to the plays and that.
E: Can we maybe rope him in in some capacity?
J: Possibly.
E: What do you do when you’re not on stage? In your REAL life I mean
J: I work in a secondhand bookshop in Tokai of which I am part owner.
E: Do you have any children?
J: No.
E: Pets?
J: Three parrots, three cats and one dog.
E: What would we find in your fridge right now?
J: Leftover vegetable curry, nothing meaty as we are vegetarians, nothing interesting!
E: How did you get involved in AmDram?
J: Well, I studied acting at the Waterfront Theatre School about ten years ago, after which I taught drama at Sweet Valley Primary for about 4 years. I then heard about AmDram audtions and started regaining my confidence by attending these which culminated in my role in the Crucible.
E: What do you think of MVDS members in general?
J: There are a lot of eccentric characters but I feel quite at home already!

On 30 August 30 B.C., Cleopatra, the seventh and most
famous queen of ancient Egypt committed suicide

MEMBERS’ NEWS

Chris Bingham emailed me from the UK with the following news:
I’m spending my last two weeks in London trying to get to two very different plays:
Kevin Spacey is playing Richard 111 at the Old Vic in the modern version directed by Sam Mendes who last worked with him in American Beauty. The other is a rollicking stage version, ‘Ghost the Musical’, at the Piccadilly Theatre with music by Dave Stewart (former Eurythmics). Many of the smaller theatres are not opening at the moment because of the rioting. Riots got very close to my home in Richmond-on-Thames the other night – shops boarded up and closed early. Also planning a few days at the Edinburgh Festival where I desperately want to see ‘One Thousand and One Nights’, which is the ticket to get. A brief outline: “Directors love to moan about how hard taking a show to the Edinburgh festival is, but few of them have ever had to deal with a full-scale revolution. Six months ago, Tim Supple was in Egypt, about to start rehearsals for his production of One Thousand and One Nights (originally translated into English as The Arabian Nights). He’d spent months travelling around the Arab world, casting actors from Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Lebanon. His 25 actors were finally assembled in Egypt and all set to begin rehearsing when, on 25 January, the uprising began.” Anyhow, they got it together and it should be quite interesting – if I can get a ticket. If London does not burn down, I leave on August 25 back to calm Cape Town.

On 31 August 1997, Lady Diana, Princess of Wales died tragically in a car crash in Paris

UPCOMING EVENTS

Looking ahead, Sunday, 9 October, is the date this year’s Inter-Society Quiz will be held. Further details in September, but all those who wish to be on a team can contact birga Thomas on 021 7885272 or birgatom@iafrica.com.
And the members’ evening on 29 November promises to be a lot of fun!
It will also be a quiz and will be held at Upper Crust Restaurant in Marina Da Gama.
Diarise that now and full details will follow.

And, yes, I DO know August is nearly over
but ………..better late than never!
Eve

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JUNE 2011

In my search for “interesting stuff” to amuse you this month, I came across a short list of some of the more unusual, and unusually named, employment positions available. Ok, no prizes for guessing what an Armpit Sniffer does – yeah, you guessed it – checks how well deodorants work! And a Chicken Sexer? Of course – determines the sex of newly hatched chicks! Read on for more!

BIRTHDAYS

Let’s firstly congratulate our July babies: Starting with James Pape on the 9th – when, in 1934 Donald Duck made his debut in “The Wise Little Hen”. Di Thom and Nick Lee share the 11th , the day in 1970 when Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington officially received their ranks as the first female U.S. Army Generals. On to 14 July when Su Cunningham was born and the day on which, in 1789, whiskey distilled from maize was first produced by American clergyman Rev Elijah Craig – aptly named Bourbon as he lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Tom Byrne was born on the 18th – a more solemn date in that that was the day in 1981 that a disease cluster, which would later be known as AIDS, was recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco. Fiona Carling and Lieske Bester were both born on the 21st when Pluto’s newly discovered moons were officially named Nix and Hydra in 2006. The 25th is Leah Appolis’ big day which also saw the release in theatres of “Long-Haired Hare” starring Bugs Bunny in 1949. Kim Leih has her birthday on the 26th the day on which, in 1927 the Cyclone roller coaster opened on Coney Island.
And (drum roll please!) Lee de Andrade turns the big 50 on the 29th
– welcome to the club, Lee, and here’s to the next 50 years!!

A “Lag Screwer” does WHAT?!?!
Inserts the bolts in table legs.

WELCOME

A big HI to our newest members Shirley Chipps, Tara Lee Essack and Tayla Van Blerck!!

GETTING TO KNOW YOU!

It is high time that someone besides me blabs on in this newsletter and we thought it would be fun if our members shared a few facts about themselves! So, who wants to start the ball rolling? Maybe YOU have a really unusual job or an exciting hobby (other than amdram of course!!) or you may want to share some of your acting experiences with us. C’mon, don’t wait until our intrepid reporter comes knocking on your door – drop me a line for the next edition!!

CALENDAR

1 – 8 Romantic Fools written by Rich Orloff and to be performed at the Grahamstown
July National Arts Festival. Presented by On The Shoulders of Giants, a duo comprising MVDS’ members Raymond Rudolph and Kelly Kowalski, and specially adapted by the former for South Africa. Nine 2-character comedies examining love, lust, dating and romance: from a date with a caveman to the joys of dull sex and a hilariously lecherous wedding planner. With influences of Monty Python, the Marx Brothers and classic vaudeville comedy these sketches vary but all celebrate the inherent comedy of male-female relationships. Bookings through Computicket or at the Festival or contact Raymond on 021 794 5229 or raymrud@netactive.co.za.

1 – 9 Macbeth written (of course!) by William Shakespeare, directed by Clifford Graham
July (with co-direction by Brenda Gray), presented by Claremont Dramatic Society at the Masque. A tale of lies, manipulation and treachery. This production is set to a rousing soundscape and rich lighting and is a feast of poetry and prose.

4 – 9 River of Life – Umlambo Wobomi presented by The Jungle Theatre Company at the
July Masque Theatre at 11:00 daily. An African fairytale about a rural tribe of villagers and a special princess. Suited for 5 to 10 years old but great for the whole family. Cost: R30 per ticket.

19 – 30 Driving Miss Daisy to be presented by Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society at the
July Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West. Book through Computicket.

22 – 30 The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle by
July David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr, directed by Miranda Lewis and presented by Muizenberg Dramatic Society at the Masque Theatre. In this hilarious comedy, the audience become spectators at the annual production by the Farndale Avenue Townswomen’s Guild, a small but industrious local guild of community-minded women. Their presentation of a play about a mysterious castle is beset with all of the challenges facing every amateur dramatic society, from props and costumes to the lack of men to play the male roles. This delightful comedy will warm your winter evenings and leave you chuckling for days afterwards.

25 Jul – Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross, presented by Pinelands Players Candlelight Theatre at
7 Aug the Pinelands Town Hall. Tickets for this “harmonised fun from the 50’s” production, directed by June Wells with musical direction by Victor Tichart, cost R100 which includes an American Diner style meal. For bookings contact 0729231035 or bgough@telkomsa.net.

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

A “Carroter” does WHAT?!?!
Conditions fur for use in hat manufacture.

MASQUE WINE TASTING

We unfortunately missed this Masque Theatre fundraising event which was held in the foyer of the Masque on Sunday 12 June. Chairman Andrew Blake attended and had this to say:
Superbly organised by Sue Hallinan, the evening took the unusual form of a “Truth or Lies” wine tasting. In this fun type of tasting, hosts Fred and Dennis (both specialists in the wine environment) each took a turn to explain what the wine in your glass was, using the characteristics of colour, nose, cultivar and vintage. The trick was, however, that one was telling the truth and one was lying. And you had to try and pick!! The packed foyer enjoyed seven different wines with the accompanying banter. Afterwards, “blotting paper” in the form of lovely sandwiches and snacks was served. Special thanks to Sue, Jabu and Thandi for the arrangements and to Fred and Dennis for the fun evening.

A “Snailer” does WHAT?!?!
Operates a machine which polishes and inscribes clocks and watches.

MEMBERS’ EVENINGS

Congratulations to those few hardies who braved the shocking weather on Wednesday, 15 June, to attend the quiz evening at Upper Crust Restaurant and Bar in Marina Da Gama!! We had never been to this venue and were truly impressed – REALLY reasonable prices, SUPERB pizzas, WARM (ish) smoking area, GREAT ambience. Thanks to Jonathan Duguid and Isobel Byers for organising a wonderful Africa-based quiz – although there were only four teams competing I’m sure all who were there agree that this was an evening that should become a regular event – minus the rain however!
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As previously advised, Richard Higgs will be directing an adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s unfinished one-act play Play without a Title at our next members’ evening on 17 August. But be warned – the script includes some blasphemy. Richard is looking for people to play the following characters – some roles are a great chance for novices to get their feet wet!
The Director Male, any age. Authoritative and confident. Large role.
Male Spectator Male, middle-aged. Aggressive, domineering. Medium-sized role.
The Actress Female, any age. “Old school repertory”-type actress, histrionic and overbearing – plays Titania and Lady Macbeth. Medium role.
1st Female Spectator Wife of Male Spectator. Downtrodden and submissive. Smallish role.
Waitron Male or female, preferably very young (teenager). Small role.
A Youth Male, student type. Small role
Nick Bottom Male, any age. Feels quite sorry for himself/ put upon. Smallish role.
2nd Female Spectator Female 25-45. Whiny, neurotic mother. Smallish role.
Stage Manager Male or female, any age, but should be a convincing stage manager-type. Medium-sized role.
Man In Black Male, any age. Small role.
Richard is also looking for a production assistant (who could be a cast member). A get-together to cast the roles and discuss the play will be held at the MVDhouse on Thursday, 30 June at 18:30. For further info you can contact Richard on 0836111419 or 021 6504441.

A “Gambreler” does WHAT?!?!
Hangs animal carcasses on hooks before the butchering process.
AUDITION!

Pinelands Players is holding auditions on Sat 25 June, Sun 26 June, Sat 2 July, Sun 3 July and Sun 17 July at Pinelands Players clubhouse, The Crossing Road, Pinelands for “Honk – The Ugly Duckling Musical” based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen with Kyla Thorburn as Director and Justin Wardle as Musical Director. The production will run from 7 to 17 December 2011 at the Little Theatre in Cape Town with a possible short February 2012 run at the Masque. The production requires a large cast with very varying ages and role sizes. Please contact Tina Gough at Bgough@telkomsa.net or on 0827719644 to ascertain specific audition times and what you need to prepare for the audition.

A “Getterer” does WHAT?!?!
Applies solution to wires in lamp manufacture.

HELP!

Rick Magnin has very competently run the bar at the Masque Theatre for some years but pressure of work means that he is unable to continue doing so. A replacement is desperately needed. It involves allocating duties to our team of volunteer bartenders, checking and ordering supplies and keeping track of monies taken. Best suited to someone who lives close to the Theatre and has some spare time to utilise. Please contact Rick on 021 715 5288 or richard.magnin@telkomsa.net for further information.

A “Nut Steamer” does WHAT?!?!
Immerses almonds, pecans, and other nuts in hot water in order to soften their shells.

MORE HELP!

birga Thomas is looking for an Eric Clapton LP record which features the song “Lay down, Sally” for her upcoming production. She would only need to borrow it for a short while to record that (and perhaps a second) song and scan the album cover.
If you can assist contact birga on birgatom@iafrica.com or 021–7885272.

In closing, my personal favourite in the occupation titles is a “Wrinkle Chaser”!
Removes the defects from new shoes!

Stay Warm and Well,
Eve

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APRIL 2011

Hi to those very few people who are actually staying at home this Easter weekend!!
Half my firm has taken leave ‘cos of all the holidays over this period!
Some interesting holidays throughout the world in April ……..
Cyprus remembers the 1955-59 Revolution on the 1st;
Georgia has its Day of National Unity on the 9th;
Burma has its New Year Holidays from the 11th to the 20th;
30 April in the Netherlands is known as Queen’s Day as it is the birthday
of the Queen Mother Juliana and the date of the accession to the throne
of her oldest daughter and current monarch Beatrix.

CALENDAR

15 – 24 Godspell, a musical based on the Gospel according to St Matthew, presented by
April Pinelands Players at the Artscape Arena. Original concept by John Michael Tebelak with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Directed by Roche Haupt Buckle with musical direction by Justin Wardle. Bookings through Computicket or Dial-a-Seat 021 4217695.

13 – 21 Alibi, by Michael Morton, based on a book by Agatha Christie, directed by Cecil
May Jakins and presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society at the Masque. Full of the usual Christie red-herrings, plot twists and well-defined characters, this production has a cast of twelve, SEVEN of which are MVDS’ members so make sure you get to see this one!

Sunday Euphony at the Masque for two shows only – 15:00 and 18:00. Tickets R60
22 May (R50). Featuring the exciting new trio of Shirley Sutherland (vocals), Russell Davies (euphonium) and John Walton (piano), who produce a unique blend of sounds across a broad range of musical genres.

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

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Committee member Jonathan Duguid is hard at work setting this up.
WATCH THIS SPACE!!!!
FUTURE PRODUCTIONS

A very fruitful Directors’ Forum was held on 26 March with all our 2012 slots being filled ……… and some very positive input for 2013. A taste of what’s to come ……..Breakfast Club, The Great Gatsby, Yerma (F G Lorca), Man for all Seasons, Blithe Spirit, Passion Play (Peter Nichols), A Chorus of Disapproval (Ayckbourn), Eat Your Heart Out (Nick Hall). Well, maybe not ALL of them – some choices still need to be made. But doesn’t that look GREAT?

The audition for our second production for 2011 was held on Saturday, 16 April – not a huge turnout but the play “The Haunted Through Lounge And Recessed Dining Nook At Farndale Castle” has been successfully cast! Yippee!! (We really are going to have to find an abbreviation for that – suggestions?!?!)

And without stopping for breath …….. the audition for our final production will be held on Sunday, 15 May. Please note this is NOT at the Rendezvous but at the Masque itself – full details are attached.

Constantiaberg Theatre Players is holding an audition on 4 June 2011 at 14:00 at the Bergvliet Girl Guide Hall, Glen Alpine Way, Bergvliet for “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling. This is to be directed by Angela Lee-Wright who requires a cast of six strong (no, I don’t mean well-muscled!) women, ages 18 to 70. For further information contact Di Thom on 0824109900 or dianathom@mweb.co.za.

WELCOME!

A hearty MVDS’ welcome to Carley Dowling. And to Noel and Angela Pratten – who both jumped in boots ‘n all to assist backstage with The Crucible. Thanks guys!! We know we’re gonna love having you around. Which brings us rather nicely to ……….

HELP!!

Your theatre needs you IN FRONT and not just BACK, or ON the stage!
If you at any stage ticked boxes on your application form for helping out with teas, bar or box office and nobody has yet asked you to do a duty or come along for a training stint ……. it probably means that your name has not been passed on to the right person! Please, please, pretty please, with bells on: get hold of ME and say “Duh, yeah, I volunteered for xyz but haven’t been asked yet” and I will make SURE you get that opportunity.

And…….your society is looking for a copy of the ‘70’s play Eat Your Heart Out by Nick Hall, to either buy or borrow. Please contact birga Thomas on 021 7885272 or birgatom@iafrica.com if you can assist.

MEMBERS’ EVENINGS

Our MADhatters party was a very cool, laid-back affair with lotsa laughs provided by John McConnell’s wacky riddles and star-studded snippets! Some super hats with one of Chris Bingham’s guests taking it to the nth degree with a bunny hat, teeth and tail! It was decided to award the prizes to the most ingenious home-made hats with first going to Val Stephens for her pretty pink bonnet made from a gift bag! And second to the concoction on the head of Richard Higgs. Thanks to those who brought riddles and shared them with us. In usual MVDS’ fashion Sue Hallinan’s food was SCRUMPTIOUS – especially those cupcakes – I hope everyone managed to grab one ‘cos they certainly disappeared quick!
BIRTHDAYS

Quite a crop of birthdays for May (and quite a crop of public holidays too). We start with Janice Budd (oooooh, sorry she is now Mrs Benham!) on the second which this year is May Day in Gibraltar. Alastair Duff and Carley Dowling share the 5th which is Constitution Day in Kyrgystan. Gary Fargher is on the 12th with the dubious distinction of not having that day declared a public holiday anywhere in the world (that I could find anyway)!! The 13th is Barbara Basel’s birthday and Ascension Day is a celebrated with a public holiday on that day in Luxembourg. We have three birthdays on 23 May: Detlef Basel, Dave D’Alton and Brenda Gray and on that day in Canada this year Victoria Day will be celebrated. The 24th is Education and Culture Day in Bulgaria ….. and sees the birthdays of Bronwyn Ferraz and Helen Mathers. Hope you all have a great year regardless of whether your birthday is on a public holiday or not!

NEWS OF MEMBERS (& AMDRAM FRIENDS)

Congratulations to James Skilton and Jane de Sousa who are celebrating their marriage on 24 April – it was in fact in my April newsletter 2010 that I announced their engagement!

Recently saw the cast list of G&S’s Fiddler On The Roof – spotted Lee De Andrade in the ladies’ chorus – did I miss anyone else’s name? Good on you Lee – enjoy!

Saw June Edwards very recently – the huge, nasty, cast is now OFF her arm – still in sling and what-have-you but a definite improvement!

Following June’s lead, Debbie Bentley-Buckle also took a tumble at the theatre during set-building for Little Sheba! SHE bust up her ankle/leg pretty badly and we wish her a speedy recovery.
THE UNPLEASANT BIT

Well, it’s not reeeeeeeeeely unpleasant! It’s just a gentle reminder that your yearly subs are (over)due. You may pay any member of the committee or payment may be made by cheque or electronic transfer/deposit or leave your payment in the Masque office, clearly marked “birga Thomas, MVDS subs”. Single R40; Couple R60; Pensioner/Student R25.

Member Chris Bingham usually spends about 6 months of the year in the UK
yet one of the first things he does when he hits our sunny shores is …….
pay his membership!! And he is a “regular” at our members’ evenings.

I do hope you all enjoy “Worker’s Day” on the 1st (and 2nd!) of May –
be grateful you do not live in America as they do not celebrate
May Day because of its communist origins!
Happy Easter
Eve

MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY

AUDITION NOTICE

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
By Tracy Letts

Directed By: birga Thomas

AUDITION DATE: Sunday 15 May 2011 at 14:30
PLACE: Masque Theatre, 37 Main Road, Muizenberg
DATES OF RUN: 28 October to 5 November 2011, Masque Theatre, Muizenberg
REHEARSALS: Three times a week commencing first week in August
ENQUIRIES: birga Thomas on birgatom@iafrica.com or 021–788 5272 (who can also provide more detailed character descriptions)

ABOUT THE PLAY:
This darkly comic drama won its author the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008 as well as the Tony Award for Best Play of that year. It is full of “rich compelling characters and scintillating criticism of the modern American family”. The story takes place on the excruciatingly hot plains of Oklahoma in the dog days of 2007. Osage County, where the middle-class residence of the Westons is situated, lies entirely within a Native American (Indian) reservation, home of the Osage Nation. Memories of the dark days of colonisation creep up at occasions. There are several layers to the story, and audience members can “dig” as deep as they prefer. The Weston family gathers in their home after their patriarch goes mysteriously missing. They are mostly intelligent and sensitive people, but each harbours one or other dark secret . They have come to support each other, but soon it seems that everybody is attacking everyone else. Not only the weather but also the tensions in the Weston household soon reach boiling point … and some pots indeed boil over. There are more twists and turns than in the average Christie thriller. Tracy Letts has been compared to Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill. The play (first performed by the Steppenwolf company to which Letts belongs) has been performed all over the world, to audience as well as critical acclaim. Our production will be the South African première.

CHARACTERS:
Ages given are only approximate. Brackets indicate how many pages the character is on stage (out of 127)

Beverly Weston 69 Patriarch of the family. Polite, soulful, melancholic … and ultimately suicidal. (7)

Violet Weston 65 Devious matriarch of the family. Addicted to pills. Sharp tongue and shrewd awareness of the many family secrets which she does not hesitate to reveal. (101)

Barbara Fordham 46 Eldest Weston daughter. Trying to control everything and everyone. Cynical. (99)

Bill Fordham 49 Barbara’s estranged husband. College professor. (78)

Jean Fordham 14 Barbara and Bill’s pot- smoking daughter, vegetarian. Bitter about parents’ split. (79)

Ivy Weston 44 Middle daughter, known as “Mom’s favourite”, though Violet constantly tells her that she is plain and needs a man. Teaches at the local college. Has a dark secret or two.(64)

Karen Weston 40 Youngest daughter. “Fled” to Florida. Claims to have never been happy in her life, but is now happily engaged to Steve, whom she considers the “perfect man”. (54)

Mattie Fay Aiken 57 As jaded as her sister Violet. She is naïve but also controlling and belittles her husband Charlie and especially the son Little Charles. (42)

Charlie Aiken 60 Mattie Fay’s husband of 40 years. A genial man who was a lifelong friend of Beverly’s. Hen-picked and timid … till he finally puts his foot down. (41)

Little Charles Aiken 37 Mattie Fay and Charlie’s son. His mother calls him a “screwup”. Has a dark secret. (38)

Johnna Monevata 26 Cheyenne Indian woman, hired by Beverly as a live-in housekeeper shortly before his disappearance. Not many lines, but is the most compassionate and morally grounded of all – swoops in like a warrior-angel, saving characters from despair and destruction. (86)

Steve Heidebrecht 50 Karen Weston’s fiancé, businessman in Florida. Loathsome, psychopathic character (54)

Sheriff Deon Gilbeau 47 High-school classmate/boyfriend of Barbara. Investigates Beverly’s disappearance. (12)

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APRIL 2010

The 23rd of April is the day claimed to be the birth date of Shakespeare.  Although birth and death dates were not recorded in Shakespeare’s time, churches did record baptisms and burials.  The infant William was baptised on 26 April 1564 in the parish church Holy Trinity of Stratford-upon-Avon.  By tradition and guesswork, William is assumed to have been born three days earlier on April the 23rd.  More follows on “The Bard” later in this newsletter – courtesy of the National Drama Library!

CATA AWARDS 2009

The CATA awards have been and gone – a well-organised and enjoyable evening – the food, prepared by our own Sue Hallinan, was wonderful; Constantia’s entertainment was top-notch; the cash bar was ably manned by Rick Magnin and Hayley Fargher.  A full list of the winners is attached.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

Firstly, again my sincere apologies to both Mark Jennings and Marc Jaquest for my faux pas last month – I mentioned that MARK had lost his dad whereas it was in fact MARC.  On the bright side of that boob was the fact that a great many people gave MARK their condolences – meaning that you guys actually take note of this missive of mine!

*******

Andrew Blake was recently advised of the sudden and unexpected death of Pat Drake, who was a stalwart member of Anchor Players where she both performed and directed.  Although I cannot put a face to the name I am advised that Pat Drake was a member of MVDS back in “the good ol’ days”.  Our thoughts are with her friends and family.

*******

Tom Byrne is recovering from the removal of a “mass” on his hip – thankfully the biopsy results were negative and he is definitely “on the mend”!

******

Saving the good news for last ……….. Jane De Sousa is now sporting a spiffy engagement ring!!  Congrats to her and James Skilton.

FUTURE PRODUCTION

Our third slot opens at the Masque on 1 October 2010.  Auditions for What the Butler Saw, a comedy/farce by Joe Orton, to be directed by Professor Ralph Yarrow will be held early in August and an audition notice will follow with the next newsletter.  BUT this is a very short rehearsal period and anyone auditioning will have to make a dedicated commitment to attend each and every rehearsal!!

OUR THEATRE NEEDS ……….

A SECRETARY!

A brief “Job” description follows:

We (the four societies owning the Masque Theatre: Claremont Dramatic Society, Constantiaberg Theatre Players, Fish Hoek Dramatic Society and MVDS) are looking for an enthusiastic, committed, dramatic, organised, efficient, patient, articulate, literate as well as computer-literate [mainly Word, some Excel] person of any age, gender, size, colour, religion (etc.) who is willing to stand at our forthcoming AGM for the portfolio of secretary (N.B. this is an honorary position, no salary involved).  The tasks?  Take minutes, type minutes, copy minutes, distribute minutes … and  correspondence … and send e-mail reminders to (or phone the electronically challenged)  fellow Man.Com. members with regard to the next meeting [or round  robin] … and the next … etc.  Keep one eye on the constitution, another one on Man.Com. decisions – and follow up … Sounds simple? …One thing is for sure: With all “those egos” you find attached to a theatre environment, my “job” is never boring!  The advantages: There are really nice people around one has to work with – but I am not going to single out anyone [except, perhaps, the “big boss”, Rick Magnin].  The perks? Be actively involved at the pulse of our theatre!  Your involvement (regarding other tasks as the above) is entirely up to you. In a sense you can write your own job description – people are always grateful if you do more than the above.

For more information contact birga at birgatom@iafrica.com

PRESENT PRODUCTION

A word from Robyn Hobson who takes the part of Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice, which is our next production at the Masque:

Rehearsals are now in full swing!  The cast is fantastic, with a great mix of old and new who are all enjoying coming to grips with Jon Jory’s adaptation.  The boys have learnt how to bow, the girls have learnt how to curtsey and the cast’s younger members picked up quite a few new words during the first read-through.  We have just completed the blocking and books are scheduled to be down on the 1st May. Unbelievably several characters already know their lines and special mention to Isobel who has known her lines since day one!  We are polishing our happy manners and British elocution, some delightful characters are forming and it’s going to be a wonderful production!

Thanks Robyn!!


ONE LAST DANCE CHANCE!

Our AGM is long gone which means …………  your Subs are OVERDUE!!!  Our very efficient secretary has already DELETED non-payers from the list ……..BUT as she has not yet given me the update you have not yet been deleted from mine!  So ……… you may pay any member of the committee or payment may be made by cheque or electronic transfer/deposit to Muizenberg Dramatic Society, Standard Bank, Blue Route Tokai (code 025 609), Current account 270 044 949 (using your surname as reference) or leave your payment in the Masque office, clearly marked “birga Thomas, MVDS subs”.  Single R40; Couple R60; Pensioner/Student R25.  Otherwise, next month “You’re history, babe”!!!

CALENDAR

23 Apr –  1 May  Rumours by Neil Simon directed by Sue Bolton for Claremont Dramatic Society at the Masque.  Four couples are invited to a beautiful London home to celebrate their friends’ 10th wedding anniversary – the first discover their host injured and make up a story to cover up what they fear may be a terrible scandal.  The story gets changed and enlarged as the other arrive, resulting in an evening of sparkling silliness!

25 Apr       Sweeter Than Roses at the Masque, English and Italian songs of the joys of love, presented by Albert Combrink featuring Shirley Sutherland, Louise Howlett and John Hardie.  These performers are known for their variety and versatility in different styles.

25 Apr       Masque AGM at the Theatre.  19:00 for 19:30.  See notification attached.

14-22 May         Romantic Comedy by Bernard Slade directed by Wendy Goddard for Constantiberg  Theatre Players at the Masque. A light-hearted confection about love, friendship and theatrical trauma.

16 May      Julie Andrews Tribute presented by Shirley Sutherland at the Masque for one show only (15:00). Tickets for this trip down memory lane cost R60 (R50).  Our own Simon Sutton will be partnering Shirley with John Walton arranging and performing the music.

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

BIRTHDAYS

Looking ahead to our May birthdays : the birthstone for that month is the Emerald.  These much admired wonderful green stones are said to give the wearer the gift of good eyesight and intellect.  Emerald stones are also said to cure headaches, soothe fears and irritations and prevent attacks of epilepsy.  Just place the emerald stone on the forehead for a few minutes and see the effect.

So, still on the “birthdays” bit:  Our May birthday girls and boys start with Janice Budd on the 2nd, Alastair Duff on the 5th, and Gary Fargher on the 12th.  Detlef and Barbara Basel are the 3rd and 13th respectively!  We then have a little break to the 23rd which Dave D’Alton shares with Brenda Gray.  Bronwyn Ferraz and Helen Mathers share the 24th with Julie Summers a day later.

The flower for the month of May is the lily of the valley.  One of the colloquial names for the lily of the valley is Our Lady’s Tears because legend claims that the flower sprung up from the Virgin Mary’s tears, which she shed at the foot of the cross.  As a result, the flower became associated with Mary.  In ancient times, boys and girls would pick bouquets of lily of the valley because it was supposed to bring good fortune in love. Because of the timing of the plant’s blossom, it was often referred to as May Lily or May Bells.  Another beguiling legend tells that nightingales only sing after the scent of the lily of the valley fills the air.  Perhaps this whimsical legend is the source of another one of the plant’s common names, Fairy’s Bells.

MORE ON “THE BARD”

Each year Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, arranges celebrations in honour of him, which are attended by official representatives of the nations of the world and many distinguished personalities.  This year they celebrate the occasion, which marks the 446th anniversary of his birth, in many ways from 22 – 25 April.  This is a unique event that has been taking place for nearly two centuries.  The tradition brings together the local community, professional and amateur performers and artists and ambassadors from around the world in a vibrant celebration of the life and works of Stratford’s favourite son.  The town’s streets will overflow with pageantry, music and drama and people can enjoy a packed programme of special celebratory activities, e.g. great days out at Shakespeare’s historic houses, literary and music events and amazing theatre. Shakespeare’s Birthday is celebrated over four days with the customary Saturday morning parade marking the highpoint of the festivities.  Led by the Band of the Corps of the Royal Engineers, international dignitaries, local schoolchildren, community groups and performance artists come together in a colourful, walking spectacle that culminates in the laying of flowers on the dramatist’s grave at Holy Trinity Church.  Onlookers are invited to join the special ‘People’s Procession’ flanked by carnival bands, dancers and wandering Shakespearean actors … with the revelry guaranteed to continue throughout the day!  The afternoon will see Stratford buzzing with street entertainers, children’s parties and workshops with lots of opportunities for people to get involved.

Hmmmmmm … we will actually be in England for those

Shakespeare celebrations – wonder if we could make a turn to that

part of the country?  Will let you know next month if we made it!!

Eve

APRIL 2010

The 23rd of April is the day claimed to be the birth date of Shakespeare.  Although birth and death dates were not recorded in Shakespeare’s time, churches did record baptisms and burials.  The infant William was baptised on 26 April 1564 in the parish church Holy Trinity of Stratford-upon-Avon.  By tradition and guesswork, William is assumed to have been born three days earlier on April the 23rd.  More follows on “The Bard” later in this newsletter – courtesy of the National Drama Library!

CATA AWARDS 2009

The CATA awards have been and gone – a well-organised and enjoyable evening – the food, prepared by our own Sue Hallinan, was wonderful; Constantia’s entertainment was top-notch; the cash bar was ably manned by Rick Magnin and Hayley Fargher.  A full list of the winners is attached.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

Firstly, again my sincere apologies to both Mark Jennings and Marc Jaquest for my faux pas last month – I mentioned that MARK had lost his dad whereas it was in fact MARC.  On the bright side of that boob was the fact that a great many people gave MARK their condolences – meaning that you guys actually take note of this missive of mine!

*******

Andrew Blake was recently advised of the sudden and unexpected death of Pat Drake, who was a stalwart member of Anchor Players where she both performed and directed.  Although I cannot put a face to the name I am advised that Pat Drake was a member of MVDS back in “the good ol’ days”.  Our thoughts are with her friends and family.

*******

Tom Byrne is recovering from the removal of a “mass” on his hip – thankfully the biopsy results were negative and he is definitely “on the mend”!

******

Saving the good news for last ……….. Jane De Sousa is now sporting a spiffy engagement ring!!  Congrats to her and James Skilton.

FUTURE PRODUCTION

Our third slot opens at the Masque on 1 October 2010.  Auditions for What the Butler Saw, a comedy/farce by Joe Orton, to be directed by Professor Ralph Yarrow will be held early in August and an audition notice will follow with the next newsletter.  BUT this is a very short rehearsal period and anyone auditioning will have to make a dedicated commitment to attend each and every rehearsal!!

OUR THEATRE NEEDS ……….

A SECRETARY!

A brief “Job” description follows:

We (the four societies owning the Masque Theatre: Claremont Dramatic Society, Constantiaberg Theatre Players, Fish Hoek Dramatic Society and MVDS) are looking for an enthusiastic, committed, dramatic, organised, efficient, patient, articulate, literate as well as computer-literate [mainly Word, some Excel] person of any age, gender, size, colour, religion (etc.) who is willing to stand at our forthcoming AGM for the portfolio of secretary (N.B. this is an honorary position, no salary involved).  The tasks?  Take minutes, type minutes, copy minutes, distribute minutes … and  correspondence … and send e-mail reminders to (or phone the electronically challenged)  fellow Man.Com. members with regard to the next meeting [or round  robin] … and the next … etc.  Keep one eye on the constitution, another one on Man.Com. decisions – and follow up … Sounds simple? …One thing is for sure: With all “those egos” you find attached to a theatre environment, my “job” is never boring!  The advantages: There are really nice people around one has to work with – but I am not going to single out anyone [except, perhaps, the “big boss”, Rick Magnin].  The perks? Be actively involved at the pulse of our theatre!  Your involvement (regarding other tasks as the above) is entirely up to you. In a sense you can write your own job description – people are always grateful if you do more than the above.

For more information contact birga at birgatom@iafrica.com

PRESENT PRODUCTION

A word from Robyn Hobson who takes the part of Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice, which is our next production at the Masque:

Rehearsals are now in full swing!  The cast is fantastic, with a great mix of old and new who are all enjoying coming to grips with Jon Jory’s adaptation.  The boys have learnt how to bow, the girls have learnt how to curtsey and the cast’s younger members picked up quite a few new words during the first read-through.  We have just completed the blocking and books are scheduled to be down on the 1st May. Unbelievably several characters already know their lines and special mention to Isobel who has known her lines since day one!  We are polishing our happy manners and British elocution, some delightful characters are forming and it’s going to be a wonderful production!

Thanks Robyn!!


ONE LAST DANCE CHANCE!

Our AGM is long gone which means …………  your Subs are OVERDUE!!!  Our very efficient secretary has already DELETED non-payers from the list ……..BUT as she has not yet given me the update you have not yet been deleted from mine!  So ……… you may pay any member of the committee or payment may be made by cheque or electronic transfer/deposit to Muizenberg Dramatic Society, Standard Bank, Blue Route Tokai (code 025 609), Current account 270 044 949 (using your surname as reference) or leave your payment in the Masque office, clearly marked “birga Thomas, MVDS subs”.  Single R40; Couple R60; Pensioner/Student R25.  Otherwise, next month “You’re history, babe”!!!

CALENDAR

20

23 Apr –    Rumours by Neil Simon directed by Sue Bolton for Claremont Dramatic Society at

1 May         the Masque.  Four couples are invited to a beautiful London home to celebrate their friends’ 10th wedding anniversary – the first discover their host injured and make up a story to cover up what they fear may be a terrible scandal.  The story gets changed and enlarged as the other arrive, resulting in an evening of sparkling silliness!

25 Apr       Sweeter Than Roses at the Masque, English and Italian songs of the joys of love, presented by Albert Combrink featuring Shirley Sutherland, Louise Howlett and John Hardie.  These performers are known for their variety and versatility in different styles.

25 Apr       Masque AGM at the Theatre.  19:00 for 19:30.

14-22  May         Romantic Comedy by Bernard Slade directed by Wendy Goddard for Constantiberg Theatre Players at the Masque. A light-hearted confection about love, friendship and theatrical trauma.

16 May      Julie Andrews Tribute presented by Shirley Sutherland at the Masque for one show only (15:00). Tickets for this trip down memory lane cost R60 (R50).  Our own Simon Sutton will be partnering Shirley with John Walton arranging and performing the music.

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

BIRTHDAYS

Looking ahead to our May birthdays : the birthstone for that month is the Emerald.  These much admired wonderful green stones are said to give the wearer the gift of good eyesight and intellect.  Emerald stones are also said to cure headaches, soothe fears and irritations and prevent attacks of epilepsy.  Just place the emerald stone on the forehead for a few minutes and see the effect.

So, still on the “birthdays” bit:  Our May birthday girls and boys start with Janice Budd on the 2nd, Alastair Duff on the 5th, and Gary Fargher on the 12th.  Detlef and Barbara Basel are the 3rd and 13th respectively!  We then have a little break to the 23rd which Dave D’Alton shares with Brenda Gray.  Bronwyn Ferraz and Helen Mathers share the 24th with Julie Summers a day later.

The flower for the month of May is the lily of the valley.  One of the colloquial names for the lily of the valley is Our Lady’s Tears because legend claims that the flower sprung up from the Virgin Mary’s tears, which she shed at the foot of the cross.  As a result, the flower became associated with Mary.  In ancient times, boys and girls would pick bouquets of lily of the valley because it was supposed to bring good fortune in love. Because of the timing of the plant’s blossom, it was often referred to as May Lily or May Bells.  Another beguiling legend tells that nightingales only sing after the scent of the lily of the valley fills the air.  Perhaps this whimsical legend is the source of another one of the plant’s common names, Fairy’s Bells.

MORE ON “THE BARD”

Each year Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, arranges celebrations in honour of him, which are attended by official representatives of the nations of the world and many distinguished personalities.  This year they celebrate the occasion, which marks the 446th anniversary of his birth, in many ways from 22 – 25 April.  This is a unique event that has been taking place for nearly two centuries.  The tradition brings together the local community, professional and amateur performers and artists and ambassadors from around the world in a vibrant celebration of the life and works of Stratford’s favourite son.  The town’s streets will overflow with pageantry, music and drama and people can enjoy a packed programme of special celebratory activities, e.g. great days out at Shakespeare’s historic houses, literary and music events and amazing theatre. Shakespeare’s Birthday is celebrated over four days with the customary Saturday morning parade marking the highpoint of the festivities.  Led by the Band of the Corps of the Royal Engineers, international dignitaries, local schoolchildren, community groups and performance artists come together in a colourful, walking spectacle that culminates in the laying of flowers on the dramatist’s grave at Holy Trinity Church.  Onlookers are invited to join the special ‘People’s Procession’ flanked by carnival bands, dancers and wandering Shakespearean actors … with the revelry guaranteed to continue throughout the day!  The afternoon will see Stratford buzzing with street entertainers, children’s parties and workshops with lots of opportunities for people to get involved.

Hmmmmmm … we will actually be in England for those

Shakespeare celebrations – wonder if we could make a turn to that

part of the country?  Will let you know next month if we made it!!

Eve

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FEBRUARY 2010

Hello, hello!  Yes, I KNOW that Feb is practically over but better late than never!!  Did you know that before Julius Caesar reformed the calendar, February was the only month with an even number of days?  Februarius, as the Romans called it, took its name from februs, “means of cleansing”.  This was the cleansing appropriate to the ushering in of spring and a new year.  Further Fab Feb Facts to follow!!!

NEXT MEMBERS’ EVENING

  

As advised last month, this will take place on Wednesday, 17 March 2010, at 19:30 at the Rendezvous.  (You DID have it in your diary, didn’t you?)  That date is St Patrick’s Day so we have decided to “go green” and have a Spud & Pud evening!  Coming from Irish stock myself, I grew up with potatoes – mashed, boiled, baked, fried!  So our main meal will consist of baked potatoes with a variety of toppings: hot, cold, meat, vegetarian – something for everyone!  We will finish with home-made mint ice-cream – yum, Alastair – can’t wait!  You can do your bit by dragging out your leprechaun outfit or AT LEAST a green T-shirt!  There will be a small prize for best-dressed.  The entertainment will be “An Evening with Brendan (Begorrah!)” and YOU are invited to read one of the hilarious extracts which have been chosen!  Contact Wendy on 021 7158970 or 0834628242 or home@morling.co.za to volunteer and/or to advise that you will be attending – by 10 March please for catering purposes.  We will have our normal cash bar but you are more than welcome to bring your own “tipple”.

FEEDBACK

 

Hey, I FINALLY got a member’s contribution to the newsletter!!  Gary Fargher commented on my “year 2000” bit in the January newsletter as follows:  “Hi Eve, I’m impressed that you’re the first one that mentions Y2K computer problems (or lack of) correctly – “….after years of preparation for Y2K…. ” pretty much nothing happened, as it was supposed to be.  As opposed to the morons that keep saying it was a con!!  Funnily though, a Y2K program fix came back to bite us now, 10 years later. When we went from 2009 to 2010, a particular program crashed as the Y2K fix had a bug, in that it did not handle the single digit year to double digit year correctly. Cheers, G”

Well, Gary, thanks for that titbit and thanks for taking time to put “pen to paper” – well, finger to computer anyway!

ASSISTANCE PLEASE!!

 

YOUR society needs YOUR input!!  We can all be exceptionally grateful to Brenda Commins who has very kindly volunteered of her time to gather together all the MVDness from plays gone by and create a MVDS archive!  I cannot think of a better person for the job – especially since she will have the assistance of Brian, who has of course appeared in so many of our productions.  So, any photos, programs, reviews, etc you may have skulking in a cupboard at home need to be ferreted out and given to Brenda.  You can contact her on bcommins@kingsley.co.za or 021 7881290.  The Masque Theatre can also be utilized as a drop-off/pick-up point.

And MORE ASSISTANCE …… very much in the same vein ……… CATA are trying to piece together the history of the awards, which appears annually in the CATA Awards Program and for this they desperately need your help!  A full list is attached to this newsletter

MEMBERS’ NEWS

We have stacks of new members who have paid their subs for 2010!!  The majority of these have already appeared in one of our 2009 productions and obviously realized that they just HAD to become part of our “family”!  So welcome to them all – strictly in alphabetical order of course:  Belinda Batt (Appointment with Death), Heather Gibbons (Mothers of the Criminal Element), Patrick Jordi (Improbable Fiction), James Pape, Lynwen Roman and Marie-Louise Rouget (Appointment with Death).

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Unfortunately we have had to say goodbye to Jo Darby who has emigrated to Australia – we wish her all the best.

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Very VERY belated congratulations to Tracey Cahill who was married in November last year and is now Tracey Burger-Cahill.  Well, when we bumped into her at the volunteers’ party she was certainly looking like a happily married lady!!

GOOD LUCK!

……to Kurt Egelhof whose has opened a movie club in the new Theatre in the Muze in Muizenberg!  Kurt will be remembered for his great one man show entitled “Four Generations” recently performed (twice!) at our very own Masque Theatre.  Email theatreinthemuze@gmail.com for further details on joining.  We wish this venture every success for the future.

CALENDAR

  

5 – 13 Mar    Towards Zero by Agatha Christie, presented by Fish Hoek Dramatic Society at the Masque Theatre.  Thomas Royale expounds the theory that murders begin long before they are actually perpetrated.  The author, with this theory in mind, uses the first act to set the stage for the murder and the second act to solve it.  Christie’s trademark twists and turns are back!

7 Mar         Rock ‘n Rouge by the burlesque-inspired cabaret group of the same name, at the Masque Theatre for one show only at 19:00. Tickets R60 (R50 club members).  An evening of fun, laughter and entertainment covering a variety of hits from musicals.

10 Mar       Have you RSVP’ed for our Members’ Evening???

17 Mar       St Patrick’s Day!!  And, more importantly, MVDS Members’ Evening.

22 Mar       CATA Awards Evening at the Masque Theatre.  Bookings through Hayley Fargher on 021 788699 Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 13:00. There is no cost but space is limited.  Please advise if you are a nominee when booking.  Start is 19:30 for 20:00, dress is smart not formal, champagne will be served upon arrival, finger supper will follow proceedings, prizes will be presented by Paul Griffiths, well known professional actor and director.

18 – 27 Mar  I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change presented by Bigleaf Productions at the Masque Theatre.  Two extra Wednesday shows at 20:00 (R50/R40), Matinees R50/R40, other nights R60/R50.  A collection of hilarious scenarios depicting the age-old ritual of the suburban mating game.

27 Mar       MVDS’ Directors’ Forum for 2011 productions.  14:00 at the Madhouse, 57 Promenade Road, Lakeside.  If you would like to apply for one of our 2011 slots, please prepare a short presentation of the production you have in mind (it would be ideal if the committee could get a copy of the script in advance in order to have read it by the time of the forum), including pros and cons, estimated costs (as best you can!) and any information you might think useful for the committee.  Non-members and members of other societies are also welcome to make a presentation.  Newcomers (i.e. people who have not yet directed) will be very much appreciated. Why not make a presentation for a one-act play to be presented at one of the 2011 (or even 2010) members’ evenings?  Please contact birga Thomas (by Monday 1 March) at birgatom@iafrica.com or leave a message at 021–788 5272  You can also discuss delivery or collection of a script with her.

10 Apr       Audition for “Gigi”, a collaboration between Pinelands and Claremont, to be staged at the Masque during December.  Details to follow.

25 Apr          Masque AGM at the Theatre.  Details to follow in a further newsletter.

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

BIRTHDAYS

We have a nicely spaced crop of birthdays in March, starting with Barbara Bassett on the 2nd.  Coleen van Staden follows on the 10th with Val Stephens the day after.  Liz D’Alton celebrates on the 15th with Margot Hattingh the day after.  We round out the month with Dawn Scholtz on the 22nd and finally, our youngest member, Grace Brain, on the very last day of the month.

Your birthstone is the Amethyst which is a violet variety of quartz.  The name comes from the Ancient Greek a- (“not”) and μέθυστος methustos (“intoxicated”), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness; the ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.

Your birth flower is the violet, of the Viola species.  One quirk of some viola is the elusive scent of their flowers; along with terpenes, a major component of the scent is a ketone compound called ionone, which temporarily desensitises the receptors of the nose, thus preventing any further scent being detected from the flower until the nerves recover.

 

FEB FACTS!!

What is that little disclaimer they use in newspaper articles?  Something about “the views expressed are not necessarily the views of this publication”?  Well, in calling these “facts” I am definitely invoking that disclaimer!  But they ARE Feb Fun anyway!

February is the only month that can pass without a full moon.

This last happened in 1999 and will next happen in 2018.

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Much Ado About Nothing is the only Shakespeare play that mentions February

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Anyone born in Sweden on the last day of February in 1812 never had

another birthday.  Uniquely, as the country dithered between Julian

and Gregorian calendars, February had 30 days in that year.


 

PAST PRODUCTION

Improbable Fiction has just finished its extremely successful run at the Masque – hope everybody saw the rave reviews and made sure to catch it!  June and Bruce Edwards were responsible for the majority of the props (and, boy, were they something!).  See next page for more news on this wonderful production.  Firstly here’s a snippet from June:

Our papier mâche wallnut spacepod (1.6m tall, circumference 4.4m) comes close to an item mentioned in the Guinness World Records 2010, namely:  “The largest papier mâche sculpture has a height of 2.1m and a circumference of 6.6m. A model of the globe (earth) was presented at Ma’a lot Meshulam School in Rehovot, Israel, on 5 May 2008”.
So many people saw the pod in progress and asked what it was. As the pod grew, during construction, so did an interesting list of names for it and references to it. When it landed at the Masque it was recognised for what it is. Aubrey Hindle took one look and asked: “What is the giant walnut for?”  My reply was: “Thank you Aubrey you made my day!”
It started out as :Birdcage (when it was just a skeleton clad with garden mesh), then grew into: The dome thing; Beehive; Bird’s nest; Nest with worms; Funny round thing; Cupcake; Easter egg; That egg thing; Acorn.

To put the cherry on the cupcake, a patron phoned Celia to ask for a booking for “The Alan Acorn show”.

Thanks to June for a good laugh!!  On a more serious note but still with reference to the play:  Sue Hallinan knows someone who is in email contact with Sir Alan Ayckbourn himself and who sent him the following email:

“Dear Sir Alan, I’m in Cape Town and today a friend came by and told me how much she’d enjoyed Improbable Fiction.  She enacted practically the whole play and said the audience adored it and the amateur cast was terrific.”

To which he responded

“Dear Geraldine, Thanks so much for the message.  So glad Improbable Fiction is still entertaining people.  I hear now and then that amateur societies in particular seem to be having fun with it.  Thanks so much for letting me know.”

Now isn’t that tremendous??!

Enjoy what is left of the shortest month of the year, folks!

Eve

 

CATA – HISTORY OF AWARDS

In each category for each year of every award, they need the following three things:
Name of the person who won; Name of the winning production; and Name of the winning society.

You will see below the info that is missing. Could you please look through the list and forward any “answers” to Lynn Moss at lynn@dramaticsolutions.co.za

Key for societies listed on the awards…
1018 = 1018 Players
AK = Akademiespelers
AP = Anchor Players
BATS = Belville
BDS = Bergvliet D.S.
CDS = Claremont D.S
CTP = Constantiaberg Theatre Players
FHDS = Fish Hoek D.S
FP = Festival Productions
G&S = C.T. Gilbert & Sullivan S.
HHDS = Hottentots Hollands D.S.
MADS = Muizenberg D.S.
MTP = Masque Theatre Players
 MP = Milnerton Players
PP = Pinelands Players
PR = Pinelands Reps.
PT = Parow Toneelvereniging
RT30 = Round Table 30 George
SOE = Sons of England D.S.
SP = Sentinel Players

* denotes missing info
THE HARRY HARGREAVES CUP for BEST SET
1990 Jill Cooke for ‘Uncle Vanya’ – *
1991 (no record)*
1992 (no record)*
1994 Barrie Howard for ‘The Importance of Being Ernerst’ – *
1995 * for * – HHDS
1996 John Farrell for ‘Steel Magnolias’ – *
1997 Jack Matthee for ‘Little Foxes’ – *
   ..  Barrie Howard for ‘Little Foxes’ – *
1998 (no record)*
1999 Jeremy Blackburn for ‘Sleuth’ – *
2000 (no record)*
2001 (no record)*
2002 (no record)*
2003 (no record)*
2004 (no record)*
2005 (no record)*
FIONA CHISHOLM CUP for BEST CAMEO PERFORMANCE
1998 Barrie Howard in * – PP
IMPS SHEILD for MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
1998 Karin Barrish in * – *
1999 Shaun Holley in * – *
2000 Carina Bartram in * – *
2001 Tamzyn Murphy in ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ – *
2004 Stacey Rae in * – *
2006 Thandeka Magona in ‘Vukani’ – *
2007 Marlisa Dubell in * – *
THE AWARD for BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A PLAY
1990 Veronica Suckling in * – *
   ..  Ann Buxton in * – *
1991 (no record)*
1992 (no record)*
1993 Celia Musikanth in ‘Lettuce & Lovage’ – *
1994 Michelle Galloway in ‘My Mother Said’ – *
1995 Julie Summers in ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ – *
1996 Ruth Allsopp in ‘The Scottish Play’ – *
1997 (no record)*
1998 (no record)*
THE AWARD for BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
1995 Vicki Berg in ‘West Side Story’ – *
1998 (no record)*
THE AWARD for BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A PLAY
1991 (no record)*
1992 (no record)*
1993 Wesley Figaji in ‘The Foreigner’ – *
1994 Norman Sargeant in ‘Nuts’ – *
1995 John McConnell in ‘The Good Doctor’ – *
1996 John McConnell in ‘The Crucible’ – *
1998 (no record)*

 

THE AWARD for BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
 (no records prior to 1995)*
1995 Donal Slemon in ‘West Side Story’ – *
1998 (no record)*
2000 (no record)*
2003 Oliver Stevens in ‘Hells Bells’ – *
DORIS TANSLEY CUP for BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY
1988 Vivian Baard in * – *
   .. Elize Meiring in * – *
1989 Yvonne Copley in * – *
   .. Linda Denham-Botha in * – *
1990 Miranda Lewis in * – *
1992 June Ball in * – CTP
   .. Linda Barrans in * – MP
1994 Yvonne Copley in ‘My Mother Said’ – *
   .. Pam Ross in ‘Lloyd George Knew’ – *
1996 Marion Hind in * – MP
1998 Colleen van Staden in * – MADS
   .. Suzy Gehr in * – AP
2000 Denise Dubber in * – MADS
2001 Julie Summers in ‘Return Engagements’ – *
WALTER SWANSON TROPHY for BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
 (history prior to 1995 lost with cup*)
1998 (no record)*
2000 (no record)*
GEOFFREY TANSLEY CUP for BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY
1988 Louie Cowen in * – *
1989 Rick Rogers in * – *
1990 Alan Kenyon in * – *
1991 Willie Sass in * – *
1992 Brian de Kock in * – *
1993 Graham Boxall in ‘Pippin’ – * !!!!!!!!!! see Actor in Musical
1994 Tony Stiglingh in ‘The Mikado’ – G&S !!! see Actor in Musical
1996 Graham Boxall in * – MTP
   .. Simon Sutton in * – MP
1997 Nigel Sweet in * – MP
1998 Bob Connell in * HHDS
2000 Mark Pile in * – MP
2002 Mike Tompson in ‘When we are Married’ – *

DOWNEY CUP for BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
1989 (no record)*
1990 (no record)*
1991 (no record)*
1992 (no record)*
1993 Graham Boxall in ‘Pippin’ – *
1994 Tony Stiglingh in ‘The Mikado’ – G&S
1998 (no record)*
2000 (no record)*
CODS – LITTLE THEATRE CUP for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SERVICE TO AMATEUR THEATRE
2003 (No record)*
JOSEPH MANCA CUP for BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
1991 (no record)*
1992 (no record)*
1994 June Wells – * – *
.. Philip Hoole -n * – *
1996 Kyla Thorburn – ‘Half & Half’ – *
1998 (no record)*
BERTIE STERN CUP for BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
1988 Norman Sargeant – * – *
1989 Rozelle Edwards – * – *
1990 Estelle Knott-Craig – * – *
1992 Brenda Gray – ‘The Dining Room’ – *
   .. Joan Turner – ‘Once Upon A Time’ – *
1993 Terry Best – * – MADS
   .. Sheila McCormick – * – MP
1994 Estelle Knott-Craig – * – *
1995 Sol Rodsell – ‘Gaslight’ – *
   .. Barrie Howard – ‘The Heiress’ – *
1996 Kyla Thorburn – * – G&S
1997 Brenda Gray – * – MADS/MP
1998 Celia Musikanth – * – MADS
MARCIA LAWTON CUP for BEST MUSICAL
1986 ‘Caught Napping’ – PR (Runner up !!!!!!!!!!!)*
1987 ‘Die Fisici’ – AK (Runner up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)*

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OCTOBER 2009 

Ooooh – can you believe the shops have had CHRISTMAS decorations out for nearly a month already???!!!  Talk about rushing the year away!  I, however, have already bought TWO Christmas presents – good hey?  Well, I suppose MVDS’ dramatic year IS coming to a close what with our last production opening on 15 October and our last members’ evening being held next month ….

PRESENT PRODUCTION

Mothers of the Criminal Element will now only open on Thursday, 15 October, instead of the previous week.  This decision was bravely taken by the committee, Tom Byrne and his cast when Janine Scher was recommended on medical advice not to continue.  Niki Hodson stepped in at literally the 11th hour and it was felt that the production would benefit greatly from one more week of rehearsals.  We wish them the best of luck and trust that Janine will make a speedy recovery.

 

MEMBERS’ EVENING

Last month I promised you more details about our next members’ evening in this newsletter.  Well, since there was no October committee meeting, my information is still a bit sketchy:  Wednesday, 25 November, will celebrate MVDS’ birthday, and will be a light, social and humorous evening.  Still looking for people to contribute a 3 to 5 minute “bit” to the evening’s entertainment!  Come on guys – this is YOUR society – be a part of it!  Contact a member of the committee (details below) for more information.  So, put this in your diary NOW and I promise full details early in November. 

 

INTER-SOCIETY QUIZ

The 2009 Inter-Society quiz is to be hosted by Claremont Dramatic Society and is scheduled for Sunday 22 November at the Masque Theatre.  We need to put together a couple of teams – their entrance fee (which usually includes a yummy meal) is sponsored by MVDS – so, please, if you are interested email birgatom@iafrica.com.  More details to follow.  BUT Andre Thomas is still asking for submissions of questions in the categories of TV, Politics, Musicals, Technical, Logos and World History.  If you have any bright ideas email him at andrethomas@vodamail.co.za.

 

 

EVENTS TO DIARISE

Mothers of the Criminal Element written and directed by Tom Byrne for MVDS opens at the Masque Theatre on Thursday, 15th October and runs until Saturday 17th October.  This zany comedy promises to be huge fun.

 

Abigail’s Party written by Mike Leigh and directed by Wesley Figaji for Constantiaberg Theatre Players opens at the Masque Theatre on Friday 30th October and runs until Saturday 7th November.  Described as a dark comedy, this very funny social satire is set firmly in the 1970’s.  Not to be missed!!!!

 

Love’s old sweet Songs, one show only, 15:00 Sunday 1 November, at the Masque Theatre featuring Leon Dreyer, Veronica Miller, Paul Stevens and Desiré Walker accompanied on piano.  Included in the enjoyable programme are “Love is a many-splendoured Thing”, “You are my Heart’s Delight”, “As Time goes by”,“Merry Widow Waltz”. Tickets: R50 (R40 Theatre Club members).

 

Return from Oz written and directed by Yvonne Copley for Claremont Dramatic Society at the Masque Theatre from 20 to 28 November.  Ever wondered what happened to Dorothy when she clicked her red shoe heels together?  This light-hearted story tracks Dorothy’s journey with her three friends as they travel back to Kansas.  Full of familiar songs from The Wizard of Oz that dovetail with popular songs.  Great family entertainment.  Please note extra show at 15:00 on Sunday 20 November.

 

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

 

  

WELL WISHES

 

 

Mav Magnin, who so ably handles the Masque reservations, has had a bad time with her leg since her return from England some time ago – hope the hospital stays are now a thing of the past, Mav!  Terry Best also had an unexpected hospital stay – an emergency hip replacement!  Make sure you take that recovery very slowly Terry!

 

A PLEA

 

Wesley Figaji is urgently looking for the following 70’s style props for Constantiaberg’s Abigail’s Party:

Coffee table, 4 matching dining chairs, framed picture of “The Wings of Love” (a naked man standing on a swan’s wing and a naked woman sitting on the ground), an empty Estee Lauder Youth Dew bottle (the one with the gold bow) and the amplifier/radio part for a record player plus two speakers.

If you can help with any of the above, please email Wesley on wes@mseed.co.za or call him on 073 286 9871

 

FUTURE PRODUCTIONS

 

 

The audition for Improbable Fiction, to be directed by Coleen Van Staden, is on Sunday, 18 October – full details attached.

 

BIRTHDAYS

The most common birthstone for November is the Topaz.  But the alternate is Citrine, which I had never even heard of!  The name is derived from the Latin “Citrus” meaning lemon and describes a transparent quartz stone in shades ranging from orange to yellow.  Symbolising generosity, this delicately coloured stone was thought to safeguard secrets and was regarded as a stone of mystery and subtly.
Our birthdays for November are Simon Sutton on the 7th, Sandy Alexander on the 9th, Ryan Cyster 13th, Rick Magnin and Christin Sterly share the 19th with Suzi Gehr and Luke Luies on the 22nd and 26th respectively.
November’s flower is the Chrysanthemum, which is closely related to the daisy and is often referred to by cultivators and gardeners as “mums”.  In some countries in Europe Chrysanthemums are the symbol of death and are only used in funeral arrangements, while the opposite is true in America where it is seen more as positive and cheerful.

THE NOTHING TO DO WITH DRAMA BIT

 
While I was wondering how to entertain you this month I asked myself the question “Why is October called October when Oct means 8 and October is the 10th month?” (And ditto for September, November and December).  Well, here is ONE answer:
Because the ancient Roman calendar (instituted by Romulus, supposedly) originally was determined by the cycles of the moon and the seasons of the agricultural year, it began in March, in the spring, and ended in December with the autumn harvest (the Med has a longer growing season than Temperate zones AND the world was actually warmer in 700 BC than it is now).  The Roman year was ten months long (304 days) and had six months with thirty days and four with thirty-one.  The two winter months, when there was no work in the fields, were not counted.  October was the eighth month on this calendar.  We then changed to the Georgian calendar, which was designed to coordinate Christmas with the winter solstice, and October (and the other months) retained their names.

Use it, don’t use it.

 

Okey Dokey Smokey – till next time!!

  

Eve

MUIZENBERG DRAMATIC SOCIETY

AUDITION NOTICE
‘IMPROBABLE FICTION’
BY ALAN AYCKBOURN
Directed By: Coleen Van Staden

 

AUDITION DATE:   Sunday 18TH October 2009 at 14:00

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

CALLBACKS:          Sunday 25TH October 14:00

ENQUIRIES:           June Edwards (Production Secretary) on sunshinedesign@intekom.co.za /

         0825577873 or Coleen Van Staden on coleenvs@vodamail.co.za / 072 1205645

DATES OF RUN:    5 to 13 February 2010 – Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

REHEARSALS:       Every Monday and Wednesday (19:30 – 21:30) and Saturday (14:00 – 17:00) commencing Mon 2 November 2009.  A Christmas break  from Thurs 17 December 2009 to 5 January 2010.  Recommencing Wed 6 January 2010. The Rehearsal period is longer than normal to allow for the technical challenges of the costume/scene/character changes and the Christmas break.  Auditionees must be able to commit to these dates.

PLEASE NOTE:      Auditionees must prepare for the audition with prescribed readings which may be obtained from June or Coleen (as above).  Full scripts are also available.  Auditionees are welcome to read for more than one character.

SYNOPSIS:  6 aspiring authors meet at their last monthly “Writers Circle” Meeting of the year in the home of their host, Arnold.  It is Ayckbourn’s usual bunch of misfits!  Each is pursuing their own particular “style” of writing, but few are succeeding in even putting pen to paper! In an attempt to encourage and motivate them, Arnold suggests that they collaborate and write something together.  The suggestion is not at all popular as they cannot agree on subject matter or style! The meeting breaks up and it is at this point that the play takes a weird and wonderful turn!  The second act is Arnold’s suggestion played out with the actors taking on parts in a number of storylines in a number of genres, resulting in a comedy that is zany and very funny.  The play is set in a house in the English countryside.

THE CAST:

ARNOLD   40+   Mild Mannered, gentle man who lives with his dementia-suffering mother (unseen but heard!)   He writes Instruction Manuals.  He stays in the “real world” throughout the play. 

ILSA           18+   Uncomplicated, happy girl from the local village who comes in to look after Arnold’s mother while the meetings are held.  English regional accent.  Also plays a Victorian ward, a 1930’s housemaid and Doblin the Goblin. (All will be revealed!)

GRACE      35+   Insecure, “put upon” wife and mother who wants to write children’s books. Also plays a Victorian cook (regional accent)  a villain in the 1930’s Detective story, an Alien hunter in the Sci Fi story (American accent)

CLEM        25 +  Nerdy, city council worker writing science fiction. Also plays a Victorian fop, a poetry quoting Detective in the 1930’s Detective Story and an Alien hunter in the Sci Fi story (American accent)

VIVVI          25+   Outgoing, vivacious – a man pleaser.  Has a nervous laugh.  Is the most prolific writer in the group but has nothing published.  Writes 1930’s Detective Novels.  Also plays a Victorian Housekeeper, Detective in the 1930’s Detective Story,  an Alien hunter in the Sci Fi story (American accent)

JESS          40+   Butch lady farmer – straight talking, pragmatic and is pursuing the Victorian Romance genre.  Also plays a Victorian tutor and narrator, a mother in the 1930’s Detective story (regional accent) and Sid the Squirrel!

BREVIS     60+   Retired schoolteacher. Cranky and overbearing. Writing a musical based on the Pilgrim’s Progress.  Also plays a Victorian Doctor,  the leading Alien hunter in the Sci Fi story (American accent)  a father in 1930’s Detective story (regional accent).  This Actor should be able to play the piano, but could be taught!

 

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