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PLEASE BE THERE AHEAD OF TIME. ENQUIRIES: JUNE 0724467532 or 021 5318682 or cjwells@mweb.co.za
TO BOOK: 082 771 9644 or pinelandshorror@gmail.com

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[Poster’s note: Sorry for the lateness of this post. This newsletter did go out to members on 1 May]



Hi Everyone!
Told you not to change your wardrobe just yet. I was bundled up in winter woolies while writing the last AdLib and here I am in a t-shirt & cotton pants.
Exciting times, lots to tell you, so put the kettle on and come back with a nice culpa to settle down and read.

PHONE TINA NOW ON 082 771 9644 or email her: bgough@telkomsa.net

The loft clean up is done and dusted – more dust than you can imagine. The Committee worked like a well-oiled machine over the two days and the results are brilliant. Everything sorted and neat as a pin. The new ‘intelligent’ lights have arrived and Chris has even managed to repair a couple of the old ones which we thought had given up the ghost. One of the new lights is already being put to use this weekend for Bonny’s show.

It is so great to be on a Committee with people who are really committed and make work seem like fun.

It hit just the right balance. If you didn’t know the answer to a question, it was informative and interesting.!
The winners were Shaun Browne and (blush) June Wells and runners up were Louis & Denise de Kock and Thomas Bowman.!
Thanks Tina and your team (Tanya Browne and Glyn Fogell), a splendid evening of fun! More please?!

ALISON HOFER’S PLAY-READING TUESDAY 1ST APRIL – was not as well supported as we’d hoped, the miserable weather probably had an effect. But the play was brilliant (‘Gods of Carnage’) and those who were there were totally engrossed. Watch out for more from Alison and if you missed the last one, don’t miss the next. Alison is sure to choose another intriguing play for us.
If ghosts and ghouls are your bag, this is for you! Tina Gough and Alison Hofer are already in rehearsal with their show.
Creaking doors, spine-chilling tales, freaky dances and haunting songs (all liberally splashed with lots of laughs and just a
little bit of blood & ectoplasm). The menu sounds delicious – spaghetti bogeynaise and a dessert of mire-ingues with
screaming ice…mmmmmm…
Set in 1960 with the music of Neil Sedaka
Director: June Wells
Musical Directors: Alan van der Merwe and Ted Faulkner



If you haven’t paid yet, please do.

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OKLAHOMA! From G&S, directed by Teddy Davies. Rehearsals are well under way. Production dates, in the Artscape Opera House, are 19 July to 3 August  2014 and tickets are already on sale from cast members or from Computicket. Ticket prices through Computicket range from R110 to R235 for evening performances and R100 to R220 for matinees. Preferential tickets are available from cast members at a saving of between R10 and R30 each.


From Milnerton Playrs. Opening 30th May. A husband a wife a mistress a lover and a cook – sounds hilarious. This info taken
from website. For more, telephone 082 267 1061.

MASQUE THEATRE is raising funds and on the 10th of May there is a quiz in the foyer at 7.30 p.m. Bookings: 021 788 1898, or

Sorry, I’ve searched the web for more up to date info on our sister societies, but this was all I could find. Other scribes, please keep me updated.

Wendy Goddard and Bob Goode are re-locating to Umtata (Mthatha) for a period of three years. Like her Mum, Jill Cooke, Wendy is a theatrical marvel – director, artist, actor and much, much more. Claremont Dramatic Society are going to miss her as Chairperson and we’ll all miss her vibrant presence on the Amdram scene.
Our sincere and heartfelt good wishes for your sojourn in the Eastern Cape, Wendy and Bob, enjoy the adventure!
Welcome to new Member, Bobbie Fitchen – great to have you. There are a number of new faces in Tina and Alison’s show, we hope you’ll be joining soon – gals, please send this AdLib on to them?
Have bought a shredder and while sorting through things I found some fascinating stuff. Amongst them a little notebook I kept when I was Hon. Sec. Did you know that Ruth Allsopp joined the society in 1952? And Tony Murray joined the Committee in 1959? Peter Torien was in the chorus and also Business Manager for ‘Vagabond King’ in 1964, he was a mere schoolboy then and a pupil of one of our founders, Madge Harding. In 1981 our ‘Brush up’ (what we now call Candelight Supper Theatre), was ‘Brush up die Bosveld’ – I just can’t remember it, but I described it in the AdLib as ‘..a splendiferous affair with jolly company, great cabaret and
simply splendid food’. All our bookings were done through Pinelands Drapers at Howard Centre – oh, how I miss them. Difficult to find a draper/haberdashery shop anywhere now.

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The Official Newsletter of Pinelands Players
(Established 1948 & Incorporating The Cape Town Repertory Theatre Society)
P O Box 131 Howard Place 7450

Hi there readers
With all the school holidays, countless public holidays behind us and the over consumption of chocolate bunnies, we hope that the start of a new term welcomes the arrival of the Cape winter, (along with soup evenings huddling by the fire,) but does not deter our fellow thespians from supporting each other in the various shows and productions taking place over the next few months.

The conclusion of the highly successful Pinelands Players production Godspell, has left all involved completely overwhelmed by the intensity of the messages of the show, the spiritual journey each member has travelled as well as their intrinsic desire to entertain. Amidst the hard work, long hours, tears and laughter, some life-long friendships have emerged and been cemented.

So much is to be said for this fruitful production, and its success would not have been achieved without each and every person’s commitment, responsibility and dedication. The reviews, feedback, emails and influx of compliments were nothing short of awe-inspiring. This fed the cast & crew’s enthusiasm & perseverance, despite the fact that many of them suffered personal issues or the afflictions of colds and flu. Thank you too to our wonderful audiences, whom it was such a pleasure to entertain. A special thank you is also extended to Tony Murray, Louis de Kock & June Wells for their generous donations.

Godspell, for varying reasons, will be remembered and treasured by a myriad of people!

The clubhouse renovation is 98% complete, and is looking rather spiffing indeed. The official ‘roof wetting’ night will take place on Friday 6th May 2011 at 19h30. All members are welcome.

I have endeavoured to compile accurate distribution lists for the Ad Lib, but should you receive a duplicate copy, please let me know (I am only human & email servers can be temperamental). Also, I invite you to forward me names & email addresses of anyone you wish me to add to the distribution list.

The society’s aim is to ensure that as many people possible know about our exciting society, fantastic productions and the abundant amount of fun we have.

Wrap up warm. Keep dry. Be mindful of those less fortunate than ourselves.
Tanya March

News from the editor
Did you know that Nigel Stevenson has the role of Hercule Poirot in Fish Hoek’s Agatha Christie production?
Support one of our stars

Luella Holland, Roland Perold, Shannyn Fourie and David Fick have been cast in Edges. Directed by Paul Griffiths and Garth Tavares.

“One of the biggest notions that the show drives, is that we often have a vision of who we are meant to be. So we pressure and drive ourselves to try to actualize the perfect concept in our heads. Edges is driven by the modern inability to live in the moment, that leaves us all desperately looking either backwards or forwards, but never savouring the now. Edges is funny, moving, confrontational and deeply serious all at once” says Luella. More information about performance venues and dates to follow.

Opening Friday 13 May 2011
An appropriately sinister date for a murder mystery!
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd “ was the first of Agatha Christie‟s novels to be staged and the play follows the book closely. “Alibi” (with a cast of 12) is full of the usual Christie red-herrings, plot twists and well-defined characters.
Directed by Cecil Jakins.
“Alibi” runs at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg from Friday 13 to Saturday 21 May (excluding Sunday to
Wednesday). Week nights are at 8pm and Saturdays at 2.30 and 6.30pm.
Tickets are R60 for evenings and R50 for
matinees and Thursday evening.
Book through Masque Theatre Bookings on 021 788 1898 (o/h)

Godspell Memories

“Highly recommended” – Lieske Bester

“Pinelands Players have done themselves proud” – Sheila Chisholm

“Bright , colourful, beautifully cast and directed”
– Teddy Davies

My darling cast,
Thank you so much for believing in this production and for working together so well to ensure its success. It was better than I ever expected it to be, and YOU made the difference. Thank you for trusting me.
Lots of love,
Roché xx

Message from Tina Gough, Chairperson
“Godspell is over and what a production that was! Lets face it, we took some risks with this show – with the choice of show, the venue, a brand new director and choreographer. The theme of Godspell was not everyone’s cup of tea, but we were able to fill seats including 2 full houses. All involved have learnt a lot about putting a show on at the Artscape complex, which is great! We have also got ourselves some stars!!!!!! Roché, in her debut as director, has excelled herself. Kerry‟s choreography was amazing, and Justin and his band added their flair to the success. Waldo’s first bash at set design and construction (not to mention his
programmes & posters) was pretty awesome. And what a team of characters! So a huge thanks to everyone else who helped with this production… as the Cape Times review said…. You did us proud!”

Article from ”The Muse”

An interesting article, following an interview with Tina Gough and June Wells, about Pinelands Players recently featured in the Pinelands Community Magazine, The Muse. This magazine‟s focus for this issue was on the heritage and history of Pinelands, where Pinelands Players has played a big role over the decades.

From the beginnings in 1948 at the St. Stephens Church Hall, under the guidance and persuasion of Madge Harding, a repertory society was formed to bring the theatre to Pinelands. The first major production was “The Man from Toronto”, with the players being responsible for all the tasks, as they are today, of making costumes, backdrops, lighting, sound, directing, ticket sales, programmes & advertising.

Over the years the society moved from place to place to find a suitable venue for their productions. In the sixties the Pinelands Players decided to take advantage of the new Pinewood cinema complex and arranged to use the facilities to present the pantomime “Babes in the Woods”. However, the production encountered many difficulties with poor facilities for backdrops and the only available time for rehearsals being late at night after the cinema shows had finished.

Then in the early 90‟s, June Wells negotiated with the municipality for the use of an old substation belonging to the railways, at the top of Sunny Way. Chris Wells set about renovating the substation into a functioning clubhouse, which is now used for social meetings, rehearsals and storage space for costumes, props and the precious archives of a society that has been operating for more than 60 years.

Tina Gough and June Wells enthusiastic about continued success of this dramatic society, which has been instrumental in the development of the successful careers of Peter Torien, Clare Watling, pop idol Daniel Buys, Russel Boast (who has his own theatre in Las Vegas) and Daniel Jones (TV personality). There is a great spirit amongst the Pinelands Players who are serious about fun. They meet four times a year for club evenings,
which range through a variety of events such as play readings, musical quizzes, melodramas or even line dancing. They do two main productions a year, one of them being the Candlelight Suppers at the Pinelands Town Hall, which will be in July/August this year titled “Forever Plaid”.

The Pinelands Players carry on the tradition that was noted in the newspaper in 1952 when the Mayor and Mayoress of Pinelands attended the presentation of “Yeoman of the Guard”, which they said was „played with a generosity that will ensure full houses for the rest of the week‟.
Courtesy of The Muse Issue 7/May 2011.

What’s On

15 – 16 April 2011 Masque Theatre
The wonderful world of Operetta
Playbill Productions
Bookings on 021-7881898

7 – 14 May 2011 Artscape Arena
Brief Lives directed by Brenda Grey
Claremont Dramatic Society
Bookings at Computicket or Dial a Seat 021 421 7695

13 – 21 May 2011 Masque Theatre
Alibi directed by Cecil Jakins
Fish Hoek Dramatic Society
Bookings on 021-7881898

25 July – 7 August 2011 Pinelands Town Hall
Forever Plaid directed by June Wells
Pinelands Players production for the annual mid-year Candelight Theatre at the Pinelands Town Hall

1 July – 9 July 2011 Masque Theatre
Macbeth directed by Clifford Graham
Claremont Dramatic Society production
Contact Clifford Graham on 083 948 9115

9 September – 1 October 2011 Opera House Artscape
Fiddler on the Roof directed by Teddy Davies
Gilbert & Sullivan Society production

Congratulations again to Len Pye on his 80th Birthday which was on the 19th of April

24 June 2011
Remember to keep this date free!
Next club night

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Here you are able to post comments & photos, make comments etc. We want to hear from you!

Forever Plaid – Forthcoming production
Please let us know of any shows, auditions, special
occasions, achievements and happenings
25 July 2011 — 7 August 2011
Rehearsals are under way at the Clubhouse for this off-Broadway musical comedy. The cast of 4 dynamic males will leave you breathless and in awe. Their culmination of good looks, humour, style and vocal talent makes this production “a must to see”. More mention of the directors at a later stage.
Varying walks of life add to the interesting characters involved in this show. Simon Speck, a well known performer in the Pinelands Players community, has performed in numerous shows among which most recent are Guys & Dolls, Rogers & Heart (Milnerton Players), An Inspector Calls (Milnerton Players), and Other Clowns (Pinelands Players Candlelight Theatre). His passion for singing and acting is enhanced by his love
for running, and he has just completed his 13th Two Oceans marathon. Simon‟s cheeky view on the show at this stage is “No comment”.
Chris Laurie has only performed with a choir and his own solo act at the Mowbray Town Hall. His genre of music is mostly classical and has written a number of songs himself (accompanied by his guitar skills), but this is his first performance in this type of musical production. Chris is Cape Town born, who had the demise of living in the “Transvaal” for 15 years, but has returned and now lives in Pinelands. His hobby is „making music‟
and raising his 7 year old daughter is a full time hobby. Chris commented “ This show is a growing experience for me. The harmonies are difficult, but it is very stimulating”.
John Lambrou, not yet a true Capetonian (as he hails from Gauteng and has only lived here for 18 months), travels from Mouille Point to rehearsals.
His show experience dates back to the lead role of Grease in high school – but refuses to tell which year that was. He is the owner of a health spa at Century City, so be nice to him for discounted prices. John sings in a male choir, where his vocal talents have been nurtured. His comment on the production so far: “OMG! The harmonies!!!”
Richard White is the youngest of the cast. His passion for music and theatre is not a surprise, as he comes from a very talented family. The apple does not fall far from the tree, is a very apt idiom. Richards states “I am very excited to be in this show, and despite the complexity of the style of show, it is a lot of fun”. Richard performed with G & S in Annie, and recently won the Christopher Brown Trophy at the SACS school singing competition.

Other Society Auditions
Please let us know of any shows, auditions, special occasions, achievements and happenings tanya@march.za.net

Muizenberg Dramatic Society
Osage County by Tracy Letts
Directed by Birga Thomas
Performance dates: 28 October – 5 November 2011
Audition date: Sunday 15 May 2011 at 14h30
Place: Masque Theatre, 37 Main Road, Muizenberg
Enquiries: Birga Thomas on birgatom@iafrica.com or 021–788 5272

Constantiaberg Theatre Players
Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling
Directed by Angela Lee-Wright
Performance dates : 16 – 24 September 2011
Audition date: Saturday 4 June at 14h00
Place: Bergvliet Girl Guide Hall, Glen Alpine Way, Bergvliet
Enquiries: Di Thom on 082 410 9900 or dianathom@mweb.co.za

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Est. 1949 Inc. The Cape Town Repertory Theatre Society

P.O. Box 131, HOWARD PLACE, 7450







From the book “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

Loosely adapted by Alistair Clinton

Production dates: – 4th to 19th December, 2009

Little Theatre – Cape Town

As you can see by the multitude of characters and cameo’s below, that there is something for everyone. Pantomimes are always extremely fun to be in and a wonderful way to end the year by involving your whole family.



Ebenezer Scrooge:-     Male Principal – Acting role with comic flare. 

Grumpy, stingy and nasty. Would be nice if he

could sing but not a necessity.

Charles Dickens:-     Male Supporting – Acting role. Pompous Panto  

Narrator – who loves telling bad jokes.

Marley’s Ghost:-     Male Supporting – Acting, comic character and 

not scary at all. Not too bright and an apprentice

ghost.  May double up as Ghost of Xmas Yet to

Come (see notes below).

Ghost of Christmas Past:-     Male Supporting – Acting comic character role.  

1960’s 70’s “Austin Powers” rip off.

Mrs. Slapan:-     Male Supporting – Acting Dame. From the Black 

Sash who have completed many courses incl.

First Aid and Karate. Fund raising for Christmas.

Should be able to sing.

Mrs. Tickle:-     Male Supporting – Acting Dame. From the Black 

Sash who have completed many courses incl.  

First Aid and Karate. Fund raising for Christmas.

Should be able to sing.

Fezziweg:-     Male Supporting – Acting, dancing, comic, mix 

between hippy, disco fevered afro’ed dancer

singer. The party animal that gets the audience

moving. Dance / sing / be funny

Ghost of Christmas Present:-     Male Supporting – Big, jolly, roly polycharacter –  

Full of the joys of Christmas

(Father Christmas in look and character)

– Can double as Mr Doughty – the butcher

(see notes below)r.

Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come:-     Male or Female Supporting – Non speaking part.  

Rather spooky, totally shrouded figure

(face is never seen) who just points. Double up

as Ghost of Christmas Past or can be in Chorus.

Funeral Pall Bearers:-     Male and Female Cameo’s – Four  Cheeky ‘  

Victorian Cockney’ type characters that

carry Scrooge’s coffin to the cemetery. Sing and

move. Would be great if 2 could tap dance (on

the coffin of course)! 3 Double up as Ghostbusters.

Ghostbusters:-     3 x Male Cameo – Doubled up as Pall Bearers  

(refer to notes above) 

Fred:-     Male Supporting – Actor – Scrooge’s likable nephew 

– doubles as chorus member (in character)


Sandra:     Female Supporting – Actress – Fred’s wife – well-  

meaning dumb blond / Paris Hilton type

character – doubles as chorus member (in


Young Scrooge:-     Male Cameo – Actor – Very serious – obsessed with  

money. Would be nice if could sing (add in a 

song).  Age 20’s to early 30’s – doubles as chorus

member (in character) 

Belle:-     Female Cameo – Actress / Singer – Young woman  

who loves Young Scrooge. Sing love song. Age

20’s  – doubles as chorus member (in character)

Mrs. Cratchet:-     Female Cameo – Hardworking housewife who  

hates Scrooge – doubles as chorus member (in

character). Mother of squabbling teenagers.

Emma Cratchet:-     Teenage Female Cameo – Squabbling teenager –  

Age 14 to 19 – doubles as chorus member (in

character). (Need double cast of this character)

Gemma Cratchet:-     Teenage Female Cameo – Squabbling teenager –  

Age 14 to 19 – doubles as chorus member

(in character). (Need double cast of this


Tiny Tim:-     Boy Cameo – Nice if could sing. Act as cripple  

with only one line repeated -doubles as chorus

member (in character). (Need double cast of

this character)

Mr. Smithers:-     Male Cameo – Actor – Pompous upper class  

Victorian snob – Christmas guest of Fred &

Sandra’s – doubles as chorus member (in


Mrs. Smithers:-     Female Cameo – Actress – Pompous upper class  

Victorian snob – Christmas guest of Fred &

Sandra’s – doubles as chorus member (in


Boy in Street:-     Teenage Male Cameo –  Victorian street urchin  

who sounds remarkably like a modern teenager –

Dood! Bro! Doubles as chorus member (in

character) . (Need double cast of this character)

Mr. Doughty:-     Male Cameo – Butcher with prize turkey. Double  

up  as Ghost of Christmas Present and doubles

as chorus member (in character).

Victorian Mom with small girl:-     Female and child chorus member – Only in first  

street scene. Ideal for a mother and a young girl

(5 / 6 years of age). Would like to double (even

treble) these 2 parts to accommodate only

performing every 2nd / 3rd night)




Principal and Supporting Roles

Please to choose either a short soliloquy or poem (or both if you like) that emulates the character/s that you are auditioning for. You may audition for more than one.

If you are auditioning for any of the characters below – please could you prepare a song that will show off your voice.  Please bring sheet music for the pianist to accompany you or you may bring a cd / tape as your accompaniment.

Mrs Slapan /  Mrs Tickle /  Fezziweg

The Chorus and Kid Roles

Please to choose either a short nursery rhyme or poem that emulates the character/s that you are auditioning for. You may audition for more than one.

Please sing a Christmas Carol of your choice.  Piano accompaniment will be supplied.

If you are auditioning for any of the characters below – please could you prepare a song that will show off your voice.  Please bring sheet music for the pianist to accompany you or you may bring a cd / tape as your accompaniment.

Funeral Pall Bearers (Male and Female)  / Young Scrooge / Belle / Tiny Tim

Everyone will be taught a little disco, boogie dance at the audition, so please wear suitable shoes.

WHERE: –     TO GO

Pinelands Players clubhouse -The Crossing Road: Pinelands

From Forest Drive with mountain behind you, take first left after the Vincent Palotti hospital, left at the t junction into Sunny Road, right into The Crossing, brick building on left next to railway line.

 WHEN: –     DATE & TIME

Chorus & Kids.

Sunday, 10th May:- 1:30 to 3:00 (13h30 to 15h00)

Principals and Supporting Roles

           The same Sunday, 10th May:- 2:00 to 5:00 (14h00 to 17h00)

Yes, yes  – overlapping times (remember the dancing  bit????)


Call Backs

Sunday, 24th May:- 2:00 to 5:00 (14h00 to 17h00)

You will be advised within 3 (three) days after the audition whether you are needed at the call back. If you are not called back, this  does not mean that you have not been successful.



Please be kind enough to phone Tina Gough on 0827719644 to let her know if you are going to attend the audition.

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Audition for Pinelands Players Supper Theatre One Act play


Monday 30th March – 7.30 pm at the clubhouse.


Production dates: 2nd, 3rd & 4th July 2009. 


Rehearsals to start after Easter.


Director – Shirley Nixon 


RED  HOT  IN  AMSTERDAM   by  Patricia Robinson


The action of the play takes place in the parlour of Madame Celestine’s “establishment” in the Red Light District of Amsterdam.


Running from Amsterdam police, diamond thieves Frank and Mickey find an open window, clamber inside, and discover they are in a brothel !!  They hide the diamonds and escape, planning to return later.  Two “working girls”, Corrine and Kora, find the diamonds and move them to a vase, but their boss, Madame Celestine, finds them in turn and vows to keep them.  Chaos ensues !! 


C H A R A C T E R S :


CORRINE:    French prostitute –  20 – 30 (Slight French accent )


KORA:          Dutch prostitute –  30 – 40 (Slight Dutch accent )


FRANK:      British burglar – Tall –  40 ish (Cockney or any “regional” British accent)


MICKEY:    British burglar – Short – 40 ish (Cockney or any “regional” British accent)


MADAME CELESTINE:  Owner of the “establishment” 50 – 60 (Slight European accent)


CHIEF OF POLICE:     Tall – well-built – 50 ish (Slight European accent)


MAN:  (Thief):     Walk-on part – no speaking.


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