"A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur", by renowned playwright Tennessee Williams (directed for Milnerton Players by Judith Herbig) runs at the Milnerton Playhouse from 26 July until 3 August.
It is a warm June morning in the West End of St. Louis in the mid-1930s - a lovely Sunday for a picnic at Creve Coeur Lake. This delightful play, featuring four of Williams' most engaging female characters, skilfully explores, with comic irony and great tenderness, the need for human connection as well as the inevitable compromises one must make to get through 'the long run of life'.
This light comedy focuses on four friends striving for their independence. Dorothea, looking for her Prince Charming, the good-hearted hard-of-hearing Bodey, Sophie Gluck, a German immigrant manic-depressive and Helena, Dorothea’s haughty colleague. Will Dorothea succeed?
Bookings are open on the Milnerton Players' website or by telephone on 082 267 1061.
Reviewing the play in the New York Post, Clive Barnes said, "This is not your usual Tennessee tourist trip" and added, "it is sweet, honest, compassionate, different and totally enjoyable".
Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society (HHDS) will be holding auditions at their Playhouse in Somerset West at 19:00 on Sunday, 28 July, for two One-Act Plays to be presented on a double bill on Saturday, 28 September.
The first is Beware the Ides of March which has 13 parts, most of which can be played by men or women, with ages from 16 and up. The second is the Afrikaans production of Bevange which features 7 teenagers (4 female, 3 male). For further info visit the Playhouse Facebook page or phone (021) 852 5182.
Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, based on the play by Richard Hamilton. Directed for Muizenberg Dramatic Society by Alastair Duff.
Audition Date: Saturday 3 August 2013 at 14:30
Is there such a thing as a perfect murder? In this riveting play, set in New York in the early fifties, two young men who have everything – wealth, looks, talent and good breeding – commit a dreadful crime: just because they can. But someone from their past proves to be a greater adversary and nemesis than they ever could have imagined.
There are no bit parts – every part is substantial, but Rupert, Brandon and Phillip are very large and demanding roles. American accents are necessary, even if it is just a suggestion. All ages are very approximate.
MR KENTLEY (50-60
David Kentley’s father, a polished gentleman of courtly manners and an urbane, sympathetic character. Speaks with a quiet dignity. British accent would be suitable too.
(20-30) Good-looking, talented, clever but quite insane. He is stronger than Phillip and dominates him. Witty, sophisticated and malicious, Brandon is a gem of a part.
Brandon’s partner, a concert pianist. Sensitive and passive, he does however stand up to Brandon’s domineering ways. Throughout the play he is tortured by what he and Brandon have done. Also a gem of a part.
Phillip, Brandon and Kenneth’s former school teacher. A clever man with an analytical mind, it is Rupert who solves the mystery. He is Brandon’s adversary, yet Brandon admires him above all. A challenging part.
Phillip and Brandon’s former school mate and Janet’s former boyfriend. Although somewhat less intelligent than his classmates, Kenneth is no fool. A smaller but challenging role.
David Kentley’s fiancée. A pretty, intelligent, stylish girl who tries to compensate for a lack of confidence by being witty and sophisticated. A part that offers an opportunity for strong acting.
MRS ATTWATER (40-60)
David Kentley’s aunt and the sister of Mr Kentley. A comic part, but the comedy is largely unintentional on her part. Vague and very “dear”, she could be played with a British accent. A challenging role.
MRS WILSON (40-65)
Brandon and Phillip’s housekeeper. Also comic, the part would be best suited to a thin to the point of skinny woman well past her prime who is still rather vain. Very involved in her employers’ lives, she is both motherly and interfering. A lovely part.
ALSO NEEDED are a production secretary, stage manager, prompt, props master, costume and set builders.
Patrons of the popular Playhouse in Somerset West will have an ample feast of the mysterious, uncanny and the supernatural during the second half of July, when the great vampire play “Dracula” (directed by Philippe Pringiers) will run. This thriller is a dramatisation of Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name, originally published in England many years ago, and has since sold phenomenally all over the English-speaking world.
Productions of this nature have been staged at the Playhouse in the past, but "Dracula" is so remarkably chilling and overwhelming in every respect that it is bound to prove a rare treat.
The first performance, on July 18th, will be a gala evening in support of the Somerset West shelter for homeless people, followed by only 5 more performances! Be sure to book your tickets in advance in order to avoid missing this exciting show!