January News

First of all, a huge round of applause to everyone who participated in and contributed towards another amazing year-end panto! We had fantastic audience turnouts which we are so very grateful for, and much fun was had both on and off the stage with fun competitions and cool prizes.

As part of our social responsibility efforts, we enjoyed hosting Hotel Hope Children’s Home and Rose Village Retirement Home at both matinee shows. Our teddy bear drive was also well supported and we thank you for your donations which are surely still comforting children who spent the festive season in hospital.


OAPF 2020

And so the countdown begins… We simply can’t wait for our highly anticipated annual Franklin & Friends One Act Play Festival! 

Script pieces will be available and you’ll have enough time to prepare before you audition. Diarise these dates now!

  • Sunday 19th January, 2.30pm
  • Monday 20th January, 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 22nd January, 7.30pm

Before you audition, please make sure you will be available to perform on the following show dates:

  • Friday 27th March
  • Saturday 28th March
  • Friday 3rd April
  • Saturday 4th April

Script submissions are now closed. Thank you to those who sent their scripts before the deadline.

For those who showed interest in directing a production, you will be contacted by the committee.

Be sure to familiarise yourself with the festival rules and guidelines.


Director’s workshop

We will be holding a Director’s Workshop on Sunday 26th January from 12 to 3pm. Free for Franklin members and only R50 for non-members. Please let us know if you plan to attend so that we prepare enough material.


Actor’s workshop 

We are also running an Acting Workshop on Sunday 16th February from 12 to 3pm. Free for Franklin members and only R50 for non-members. Please let us know if you are interested in attending so that we prepare enough material.


The Franklin family

All actors cast in our shows automatically become members and pay membership for the year (R200 for adults, R100 for students and half price after July 1st). We welcome and encourage you to join for reduced ticket prices, free workshops and a wonderful community just as interested in the stage life as you. 

It’s easy to become a member – simply complete the membership form and email it to committee@franklin.org.za together with proof of payment. For more information and background about The Franklin Players, read more about us here.


WhatsApp community

Both members and non-members are welcome to join the Franklin WhatsApp group to stay informed about future auditions, events and upcoming shows. Send us a message on 082 366 9987 to join the community. And don’t worry, commenting is disabled (admin only) so you won’t be spammed with a barrage of messages!



If you think you might enjoy working with stage lighting and sound equipment, or if you are already skilled in this area and would like to get involved with our productions, please give us a shout because we are always looking to expand our tech team.

We offer training on all the equipment and you will work together with someone who already knows the ins and outs, so don’t worry you’ll never be thrown into the deep end! Since this is voluntary community theatre, there is unfortunately no payment (other than free show tickets which you can offer to family and friends 🙂 


Protea Stage Productions

Once again, Protea will be wowing the audience with their excellent productions at the Franklin & Friends One Act Play Festival. Watch this space for more info!

Follow Protea on Facebook.


Startime Players

Notice is hereby given of the THIRTY-FIFTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF STARTIME PLAYERS to be held on Monday, the Twentieth Day of January, Two Thousand and Twenty (20.01.2020)
VENUE: Cherrylane Gourmet Cafe – 14th Avenue & 5th Street, Northmead, Benoni
TIME: 6:30 for 7pm

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Everyone is welcome to attend. Should you wish to discuss or present anything at the AGM, please notify us by Friday, 17 January 2020, so we can allocate time for it in the agenda.
Please let us know if you are interested in joining the Main Committee or being part of a Production Committee for 2020. Should you wish to find out more information regarding the positions and duties of the various committee members please contact Vivian on the contact details provided below. Please note: anyone wanting to be on the committee has to have been a member of Startime Players for at least 6 months.

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Vivian McDonald on 083 308 8630 or e-mail startimeplayers@gmail.com
Look forward to seeing you there!

Follow Startime on Facebook.


RLT Productions

Roodepoort Little Theatre (RLT Productions) will be holding their 69th Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 5 February 2020 at the Sooffah Guesthouse Conference Centre, 91 Goldman Street, Florida, 19.15 for 19.30.

All are welcome to attend the meeting, but please note that only members in good standing (i.e. subscriptions paid in 2019), who have been members for a minimum of three months at the time of the meeting, will be eligible to vote. 

To confirm your attendance, please contact Nikki Forbes (Acting Secretary) at rltproductions1950@gmail.com by 17.00 on Monday 3 February. 

Follow RLT Productions on Facebook.


Events calendar

  • 19, 20, 22 January
    OAPF auditions 
  • 26 January
    Director’s workshop
  • 16 February
    Actor’s workshop
  • 27, 28 March & 3, 4 April
    Franklin & Friends OAPF
  • 10, 11, 13 May
    Franklin Players mid-year auditions
  • 24, 25, 31 July & 1 August
    Franklin Players mid-year show
  • 16, 17, 19 August
    Franklin Players year-end auditions
  • 20, 21, 27, 28 November
    Franklin Players year-end show
  • 6 December
    Franklin Players AGM


You tell us!

When we put on a production, we try and select a script that will delight and entertain our audiences. It’s difficult to please everybody all of the time, so we are asking YOU –

What would like to see performed on the Franklin stage?

You can be specific and give us the names of plays, or just let us know your preferences in terms of comedy, drama, slapstick, mystery etc. 

We also want to do our best when communicating with you, so we want to know your preferred method of communication. Is it email? Whatsapp? Facebook? In other words –

How should we communicate with you?

Telling us what you prefer will give us the opportunity to meet and hopefully exceed all your expectations. So please pop an email to committee@franklin.org.za or simply reply to this newsletter. You could also drop us a Facebook message or send a Whatsapp to 082 366 9987. 

Thank you for taking the time to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!


Great acting quotes
“If you have the emotion, it infects you and the audience. If you don’t have it don’t bother; just say your lines as truthfully as you are capable of doing. You can’t fake emotion.”

Sanford Meisner

Source: Stagemilk.com




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