July News

“The Rat Trap”

With only a week to go until show time, set building for our mid-year production is in its final stages and is looking nothing short of Sistine Chapel spectacular! Excitement is brewing and cast and crew are looking forward to a successful run.

If you have not booked, make sure to do so asap as tickets are selling fast and I assure you, you DO NOT want to miss out on this one! Bring all your friends and family as the characters in this farce are sure to be talked about at social gatherings for a long time to come!! Hehe

Performance dates are 28 & 29 July and 4 & 5 August, all shows 7 for 7.30pm.

Tickets are a steal at R80 (adults), R60 (students / pensioners), and R50 (Franklin members).

Bookings can be made through 082 366 9987 (WhatsApp and SMS only) and bookings@franklin.org.za – tickets will also be available at the door on performance nights.

There will be a tuck shop available every night, but feel free to bring your own picnic baskets and refreshments.

10% of ticket sales will go to this year’s charity, Barking Mad / Dogtown SA (www.barkingmad.co.za). This is a super worthy cause and we’d really like to collect a tidy sum to hand over at the end of the year!


Inter-society Happenings


Our winning play from our 2017 One Act Play Festival, “For The Love Of Cheesecake” (starring Seane Mew, James Harris & Traci Scerri, and directed by Mark Paps & Ashley Nader) is taking to the stage again this weekend at RLT’s “Killa’ Jewels In July” play festival.

Let’s pull through in true Franklinite form and support our stars!! Other shows on offer include “Midlife Rendezvous” (EADS) and “One Last Time With Feeling” (RLT).

Show times:
Friday 21 July – 7.30pm 
Saturday 22 July – 2.30 & 7.30pm

The Basement @ Roodepoort Theatre (Civic Centre, 100 Christiaan de Wet Road, Florida Park)

Full Price: R100
Pensioners/Students/Scholars: R80

Send your details to RLTProductions1950@gmail.com or call 083 332 9683


“Peter Goes to Wonderland”

If you would like to audition for our year-end pantomime, please be sure to take note of the character synopses and audition requirements and diarise the following audition dates and times:

  • Sunday 20 August, from 2.30pm
  • Monday 21 August, from 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 23 August, from 7.30pm

We have 22 roles available, both male and female, in varying ages. Some of the roles include Wendy, Shadow, Peter, Tonkerbell (Tinkerbell’s cousin), Hook, Smee, the Red Queen, Alice, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and March Hare, and the chorus.

Please note that the auditions will consist of acting, dancing and singing.

Auditions are around the corner – see you there!!
(See last month’s newsletter for some Panto Audition Tips)



Please give a warm welcome to Samora Mabuya who has joined Franklin Players as a professional videographer and will be recording all our shows going forward, hooray!!

Be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel called “The Discussion Room”. 




Our next much anticipated and sought after social event will be happening on Saturday 12 August – diarise it now and be there or be rhomboid… details to follow… “I see you shiver with antici….PATION!!”



Basic Rules of Theatre Etiquette

Remember, a live theatre performance can be very exciting. All of the people involved in the production, both cast and crew, work very hard to be sure they give a great performance. It is the job of the audience members to help the performers give their best performance possible.

The audience can do this by practising the rules of theatre etiquette.


  • Arrive on time.
  • Visit the restroom before the performance begins.
  • Turn off your cell phone or, if it must be on, put it on vibrate. Do not speak on the phone during the performance. If you must call the person back, do it outside during intermission or after the show has finished.
  • Pay attention to announcements that are made prior to many shows about the rules of the theatre you are attending and the location of the fire exits.
  • Don’t speak during the performance… whispering is still speaking, so only in an emergency.
  • Remember that the Overture (introductory music) in Musical Theatre is part of the performance, so be quiet when it begins.
  • Do not take pictures during the performance. It can be very distracting to the actors and can cause a mishap.
  • Remain in your seat for the entire performance. If you must leave, exit during intermission. In an emergency, wait for an appropriate break in the show. It is rude to get up in the middle of a quiet moment… rude to the actors and your fellow audience members.
  • Do not put your feet up on the seats or balcony and do not kick the seat in front of you.
  • Do not angle your head together with your “special someone” as you obstruct the view of the people behind you.
  • Do not put or throw anything on the stage.
  • Do laugh when the performance is funny.
  • Do applaud when it is appropriate during the performance.
  • Do applaud when the performance is over… this tells the performers and crew that you appreciate their work.
  • Stand and applaud if you really thought the show was great.

Just as rehearsal is important to the success of a show, so is the “practice” of good manners at the theatre. Make each and every show you attend the best it can be, by doing your best to be a great audience member. Start with the next show you see, and spread the word to your family and friends.



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