Prattle February 2019

In this issue: Milnerton Players CATA winners; Auditions for Hay Fever; Bookings open for And Then What and what’s hot and happening in community theatre in Cape Town….

Awards season!

 The Prattle is a little later this month as we waited until after we knew the results of the CATA Awards  The CATA panel saw a total of 20 plays and musical productions in 2018 and we were honoured to have been nominated in twenty-one categories.
At the event that was held at the Masque on Monday 25 February, we were delighted to be awarded three of the big ones. Miracle on South Division Street won the award for the Best Play and Judith Herbig was awarded Best Director of a Play for the same production. Trevor Joubert won the Best Supporting Actor in a Play award for his role as Uncle Bernie in The Christmas Spirit. Trevor was, unfortunately, not there to collect his award, which I received on his behalf.
The picture above shows our happy, award winning director and her equally happy cast, Thomas van Niekerk, Tania Lemme and Petra Baker, who were all nominees.  Congratulations Judith and Trevor and also all our nominees. You have done the society proud!

Our own Milly’s Awards evening on Saturday 16 February, was an extra special occasion this year, when we also celebrated our Rubies and Pearls anniversaries; the 40th Birthday of Milnerton Players and the 30th of Milnerton Playhouse. The theatre was packed with members, guests and friends from other societies. The foyer and stage were beautifully decorated and festooned with red and white balloons and most people dressed up for the occasion. Founder member, Isobel Ormandy, gave a short account of the first ten years of Milnerton Players, when we were a nomadic society, performing in various municipal and school halls, then I recalled the exciting time we had moving in and equipping our very own theatre. Laura’s power point presentation included posters of all the shows produced since the society’s inception, while Beryl & Werner, our hosts for the evening, related all the many plays that had won either Cape Times or CATA awards over the years. In between the presentation of the awards for productions in 2018, there were nostalgic interludes of songs from past musicals, some performed by the original artists from those shows.

Beryl has already sent out a flyer with the details of all our Milly’s winners but congratulations once again to all of you. A big thank you to you and to all the casts and crews of our productions in 2018. Hearty thanks also to everyone who worked so hard to make the evening such a success. It was not achieved without some considerable stress, thanks to Eskom’s threat of load-shedding on the night. We went to the expense of hiring a generator, rather than risk the event being ruined by a blackout, which in the end, turned out not to be necessary as the lights stayed on.

Saturday 9 March @ 14h00

Next event on the Playhouse calendar is the audition for the delightful Noel Coward classic scheduled for our May/June slot. This light, fluffy comedy in true Coward style will be directed by founder member, Isobel Ormandy and has a large cast of interesting characters. An audition notice with full details is included at the end of the Prattle.

And Then What?

Our March/April production AND THEN WHAT?, the première production of an original play by local playwright and Milly’s member, Werner Asher Steffen is well into rehearsal and bookings are now open.

The cast is as follows: Bryan – Anton Schäfer, Fiona – Lizanne Peters, Anne – Hannah Crafford, Barman – Shaun Saal. The play centres around three friends who meet up on a summer’s evening for what is supposed to be quiet, after-work drinks. What ensues, however, might just change the trajectory of their lives and the decisions that they make, whether for better or for worse. How will asking the question ‘And Then What?’ influence each of the characters? Is it sometimes better not to think too hard about that question and to throw caution to the wind?

Booking is open for And Then What

And Then What? runs from 29 March to 13 April.
Evening Performances: 29 and 30 March; 5, 6, 12 and 13 April @ 20h00.
Matinées: 6 and 13 April @ 14h30.

Please note: Online Bookings – NEW BOOKING SYSTEM!  Book and pay online with your credit card or EFT.

Standard – R95.00
Seniors – R85.00
Members & Students – R75.00
Afternoon Matinees R10.00 discount.

Please print your tickets or have them digitally on your cell phone, and bring them to the theatre to be scanned to validate entry.

Our theatre does allow wheelchair access. Front row (“A”) easily accessible (can be booked online) or we have three wheelchair spaces at the back – contact us to book these.

We will continue to take bookings via email, if you prefer to book “manually” email Barry on  Kindly note that there is a R5.00 surcharge for manual bookings.

This adorable poster is for a show Bonny White has put together to raise badly needed funds for SA Basset adoptions, a cause very close to our Chairman’s heart as he has six of these lovely dogs.
Although over two months away, seats are already filling up fast so book yours soon if you’d like to enjoy an evening of great musical theatre, that Bonny is always guaranteed to deliver, while helping to support this society that finds homes for these delightful canines.

Tickets cost R120 and bookings are open now. ONE NIGHT ONLY! Saturday 4 May 2019

Click Here to book now.

Members Murmurs

Those of you who live locally and receive the Tabletalk community newspaper, may have noticed a recent article about a lady who was crocheting  ‘Octopals’, small octopuses made from soft wool, for babies in the Tygerberg Hospital prem unit. The tentacles soothe the babies by simulating the umbilical cord to which they cling, which prevents them from pulling out their tubes. I told our talented techie, Laura Singh, who nearly always has a interesting item of crochet work on the go, in between operating sound or lights, about this and she immediately volunteered to make them for this very worthwhile cause. The photo is of a couple she’s completed.
Any other ladies (or gentlemen) with this skill, who may be interested in assisting with the venture, should contact:


Our young friends in the Jo Slovo Youth Theatre Group will be taking part in the Zabalaza Festival at the Baxter Theatre’s, Masambe Theatre with a play called EVOKEthat’s based on the Marakana massacre. Performances on Sunday 10 March @ 13h00, Monday 11 March @ 11h30 & Tuesday 12 March @ 13h00. The play is in English with a little bit of IsiXhosa. Tickets are just R30 and can be bought at the door.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Masque Theatre they are presenting a series of re-boot shows and offering a special re-boot package.
Book all 5 shows for any night for R300 (saving you R200)
Book any three shows any night for R200 (saving you R100)

Please note these bookings can only be made with Ashley Glass on 021 788 1898 or via email:    
Bookings for individual shows:

17 February to 2 March
Hottentots Hollands presents
A dramatisation of the novel by CS Lewis
Direction by Darryl Spijkers


Milnerton Playhouse Saturday 9 March
 13h30 for 14h00

UPDATE 12 March: Please note that casting is still underway … if you are interested, please contact Isobel 062 304 4642 

by Noel Coward

Direction by Isabel Ormandy

The action takes place in the Country House of the Bliss family over the course of a weekend where each member of this ill-mannered family has privately invited a guest for the weekend, unbeknownst to anyone else.
By being over the top and theatrical in their actions the members of the family cause each guest to be paired off with the wrong person causing much confusion and mayhem.
The guests are so angered by the strange behaviour of their hosts they plot to escape the antics of this dysfunctional family with hugely comic results!
JUDITH BLISS:   (45 – 58 years old )
A retired English actress who harks back to her younger years when she was beautiful and successful – she’s always looking out for someone to tell her she is still desirable.  
P.S: ‘wants to return to the Stage!’
DAVID BLISS:   (45 – 58)
A novelist looking for his next muse. He, like Judith, seems to be in a bit of a mid-life crisis.  
P.S: He invites guests down to the house as research for the characters in his novels.
SOREL BLISS:   (21 – 32)
Judith and David’s daughter; she is more like her father and is capable of some compassion.  
P.S: ‘very spoilt and Bohemian!’
SIMON BLISS:   (21 – 32)
Judith and David’s son. He is spoilt, effete and unemployed! P.S: ‘more like his mother!’
CLARA:   (over 30 – ?)
Clara was Judith’s dresser and is now their maid (& does everything!) She’s is a bit rough around the edges.   P.S: ‘slight Cockney accent?’
MYRA ARUNDEL:   (30 – 40)
Myra is Simon’s weekend guest – she is quite a vamp!   She’s not really interested in Simon but wants to meet David!   P.S: ‘a terrible flirt & very over the top!’
A very proper English diplomat – suave, sophisticated and is Sorel’s weekend guest.  
P.S: ‘a bit stiff but likeable!’
SANDY TYRELL:   (25 – 32)
Judith’s weekend guest. He is a sportsman and is completely star-struck over Judith.  
P.S: ‘comes from a completely opposite world!’
JACKIE CORYTON:   (21 – 32)
Jackie is a goodhearted, rather bemused innocent. She is David’s guest and totally out of her depth in this company.   P.S: ‘a bit of a “flapper” in more ways than one!
Please note that ages listed for each of these characters are relative – they are not set in stone; obviously David and Judith need to be old enough to be the parents of Simon and Sorel & everyone’s “love interest” character needs to be of an age that works for the play.
Isobel would also like to extend an invitation to the society for an “Assistant to the Director”.
This role would be ideal for someone who wishes to learn more about Stagecraft and the Art of Direction.
Backstage crew will also be required.
During rehearsals we shall be developing our vocal ability and our frightfully English accents as well as Stage Movement; also, most importantly, developing a sense of 1920’s Style!
It’s going to be hugely rewarding developing our Characterisations and as Noel Coward himself said :- “WORK IS FAR MORE FUN THAN FUN!”
For more details please contact the director, Isobel Ormandy.
Phone: 062 304 4642 


 9 March                                    Auditions for Hay Fever

28 March to 13 April                 AND THEN WHAT?
Friday 26 April                          MILNERTON PLAYERS AGM
24 May to 8 June                      HAY FEVER

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