February News

Happy Month of Love! Mwah!

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
–Charles M Schultz
 


OAPF 2017

Auditions are over, casts finalised and rehearsals are already underway. With three external societies on board already, our festival line up is nothing short of full and fabulous.

Festival tickets are going to be the hottest items around so make sure to save the show dates and get your tickets as soon as bookings open!!

Friday 31st March & 7th April
Saturday 1st and 8th April
 


Social Event

Our first social of the year will take place on Saturday 11th March and due to popular demand will be back at Emmarentia Dam for theatre sports, laughs and fun in the sun! Be there or dare to be square – again!
 


2017 Charity Choice

After a rather dismal voting turnout for our online poll (huge thanks to those who took the time and effort to “click click” – all 11 of you…), our chosen charity for 2017 will be (drum roll please)… Barking Mad – Dogtown SA !!!
 


Go check them out at barkingmad.co.za – a truly worthy cause so let’s make some money in support of our furry friends.
 


Rebranding

We are super stoked to announce that Franklin’s branding is to undergo a modern facelift!!

Watch this space to be the first to see our new look hot off the press!!
 

 


Membership Fees

Some membership fees are still outstanding. Please can we request that all membership fees are paid by the end of February. We are adopting a strict policy of “NO PAY – NO PLAY” this year. As such, no one will be allowed on stage unless we have a signed indemnity form and membership fees.

The fee for 2017 is merely R200 (less than R17 per month and less than R4 per week!!)  Active students only pay R100 for the year! For those members joining from July to December, the membership fee is halved to R100 and R50 respectively.

Bank details are as follows:
Account: Franklin Players
FNB Branch Code: 250655
Current Account: 50400030074
Reference: Name & Surname

No cash deposits please! If you wish to pay cash please hand it to a committee member or directly to the Treasurer, Ashley Nader.

 


Tips

Warm ups are a great way to get everyone in the right mental, emotional and physical space before starting to rehearse. As such, each month we will be featuring a different warm up technique / game for cast members to try before rehearsals! Have fun with it!

Warm Up of the Month: Murder Winks

  1. One person waits outside the room.
  2. The remaining cast form a circle and close their eyes.
  3. The director selects one cast member to be the murderer by squeezing them on the shoulder.
  4. Everyone opens their eyes and the person waiting outside is let into the room and circle.
  5. The person in the centre of the circle has three chances to guess who the murderer might be.
  6. The murderer’s job is to wink at different people around the circle. As each person gets winked at they must die an active, dramatic death.

You might also like to try having the entire cast guess who the murderer is rather than one particular person.
 

 

January News

Happy New Year!

We trust you all had a cracker of a festive season and a superb kick-off to 2017! May this year see you and your loved ones healthy, happy and hopping around the Franklin stage!
 


2017 Charity Poll

We have yet to decide what our chosen charity will be for this year and so we would like to give you guys the choice! Please go to our Facebook page to vote in our poll. There is also space for you to suggest a charity of your own choice.
 


AGM

A huge thank you to all who made the effort to attend the AGM – issues were raised, decisions were made and a new committee with fresh, creative juices and duracell-bunny-like energy was formed! May the force be with these brave souls as they take on the thespian challenges awaiting them with courage, vigour and spirits – I mean spirit!

The 2017 Committee is as follows:

Mark Paps – Chairperson
Samantha Keller – Vice Chair
Ashley Nader – Treasurer
Wendy Brehm – Secretary
Ralph Roos (Social Media)
Traci Scerri (PR / Communications)
Ayrika Hunter
Lise Wessels
Adam Brand
 


Membership Fees

A new year also means it’s time to pay membership fees again. Please can we request that all membership fees are paid asap. The fee for 2017 is R200 (less than R17 per month and less than R4 per week!!)  Furthermore, active students only pay R100 for the year! For those members joining from July to December, the membership fee is halved to R100 and R50 respectively.

Bank details are as follows:
Account: Franklin Players
FNB Branch Code: 250655
Current Account: 50400030074
Reference: Name & Surname

Please may we ask that you refrain from making cash deposits as the bank charges incurred therefrom are rather exorbitant! If you wish to pay cash please hand it to a committee member or directly to the Treasurer, Ashley, himself.

We are adopting a strict policy of “no pay – no play” this year. As such, no one will be allowed on stage unless we have a signed indemnity form and membership fees.
 


One Act Play Festival 2017

Auditions for the One Act Play Festival start this Sunday 15th January (2.30pm), Monday 16th (7pm) and Wednesday 18th (7pm). Make sure you are there to show your acting chops in all their glory! We have received some juicy scripts and this year looks set to be a ripper!!

On that note please also be mindful of the show dates for the festival and make sure you are available for ALL the dates BEFORE you audition!

Friday 31st March & 7th April
Saturday 1st and 8th April

Head on over to our Auditions page for some good audition tips!
 


Social Event

Our next exciting social event will take place on Saturday 11th March so please diarise the date. We will tell you all about it in next month’s flyer.

 

December News

 Aladdin and the Lamp - Franklin Players 2016 Year End PantomimeAladdin and the Lamp

Aladdin and the Lamp was such a massive success that it has now broken Franklin records for the most sold out performances as well as being the highest grossing production to date!! Huge thanks go to everyone who came through to support.

The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and congratulations must go out to all cast and crew for a truly phenomenal job!

 

 


OAPF 2017

We have not had as many script submissions or director requests as we would’ve liked thus far. Please, please, please pretty please remember the deadline is 5th January!! The committee need time to read and approve the scripts before auditions.

Email your submissions to committee@franklin.org.za and remember to take the One Act Play Festival Rules into consideration.

For those keen to try directing, make sure you put your name forward if you have not already done so!

On that note, please make sure you have diarised the audition dates and times:

Sunday 15th (14h30)
Monday 16th (19h30)
Wednesday 18th (19h30)

 


Season’s Greetings

On behalf of the outgoing 2016 committee we wish you all a safe, relaxing and very merry festive season!

Take time to unwind and recharge for 2017 as it promises to be ELECTRIC!!

 

 

November News

 Aladdin and the Lamp - Franklin Players 2016 Year End PantomimeAladdin and the Lamp

Rehearsals are in the final week and things are looking nothing short of  SENSATIONAL for this once in a lifetime version of the classic tale of Aladdin with a fantastical Franklin twist! Bookings are selling like hot cakes so best you book NOW!

To book please call Wendy on 082 366 9987 or send an email to bookings@franklin.org.za

This is a must see show for the whole family so bring the kids along to the Sunday matinee! Remember our charity this year is FORA so let’s add some sizeable digits to the total we’ve collected for them so far!

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
If anyone is keen to help out with tuck shop or front of house for the show, please let us know as soon as possible, extra hands are always welcome!

TICKET PRICES
R80 for adults
R60 for students and pensioners
R50 for paid up members

SHOW DATES AND TIMES
Friday 18th and 25th November (7:30pm)
Saturday 19th and 26th November (7:30pm)
Sunday 20th (2:30pm) and 27th November (5:30pm)

 


AGM

Another reminder to please make every effort to attend the AGM on 4th December at 10.30am. (Bloody Mary’s can be ordered in advance if you are expecting to be hungover… you won’t be the only one!!) 

Should you wish to nominate anyone for the committee please ensure they are keen to stand for nomination, understand the time constraints, dedication and expectations involved in being a committee member, and last but not least, please make sure they will be attending the AGM!

If you are unable to make the AGM, please complete a Proxy form and email it to committee@franklin.org.za

Here’s a reminder of last year’s AGM minutes.

This year we will also be introducing a suggestion / complaints box for those wishing to voice anything they feel needs to be brought to the committee’s attention whilst having the option of remaining anonymous. 

 


 

OAPF 2017

Franklin and Friends One Act Play Festival 2017

A reminder to all our budding scriptwriters and anyone else who has a fabulous one act script they would like to see brought to life framed by emerald green curtains – script submission deadline is 5th January, so get those fingers typing, those eyes reading and the creative juices flowing!

Email your submissions to to committee@franklin.org.za and remember to take the One Act Play Festival Rules into consideration.

For those budding Steven Spielberg’s out there or anyone else keen to try directing, make sure you put your name forward if you have not already done so!

And lastly to all our dramatically dapper divas out there, the audition dates and times in January for you to diarise now are as follows:

Sunday 15th (14h30) Monday 16th (19h30) Wednesday 18th (19h30)

 


Constitution

As from next year we will be asking each and every member to ratify the Constitution. As such, we provide a link hereto – please be sure to brush up on the content.
 

 

October News

 Aladdin and the Lamp - Franklin Players 2016 Year End PantomimeAladdin and the Lamp

Bookings are now open for this not to be missed story of Aladdin, his genies and Princess Jazz!! This is a pantomime with pizzazz and offers something for everyone with our colourful characters, spectacular set design, funky dance routines, a Cave of Wonders and a Magic Carpet!!! To book please call Wendy on 082 366 9987 or send an email to bookings@franklin.org.za

This is a must see show for the whole family so bring the kids along to the Sunday matinee! Remember our charity this year is FORA so let’s add some sizeable digits to the total we’ve collected for them so far!

TICKET PRICES
R80 for adults
R60 for students and pensioners
R50 for paid up members

SHOW DATES AND TIMES
Friday 18th and 25th November (7:30pm)
Saturday 19th and 26th November (7:30pm)
Sunday 20th (2:30pm) and 27th November (5:30pm)

 


AGM

Please make every effort to attend our AGM on 4th December at 10.30am. Be there and be heard! Please make sure that your membership is current and fully paid up so you can cast your vote! If you cannot make the meeting, we will be sending out a proxy form soon so please keep a look out and do the necessary!

This year we will also be introducing a suggestion / complaints box for those wishing to voice anything they feel needs to be brought to the committee’s attention whilst having the option of remaining anonymous.

 


Social Event

A truly awesome day was had by all who attended – huge loss for those of you who didn’t, you missed out BIG time!! Gorgeous weather, overtly eager cyclists, impromptu “Absolutely Fabulous” skits, belly aching laughs and memorable moments. This is definitely something we will look at doing again so be sure you make it next time!

social

 


OAPF 2017

Franklin and Friends One Act Play Festival 2017The end of the year means 2017 is just around the corner and THAT means it’s time to start submitting any and all scripts for our Franklin and Friends One Act Play Festival next year.

Please note that submission deadline is 5th January and be sure to take the Festival Rules into consideration. Likewise, if you would like to try your hand at directing a One Act play for the festival, please put your name forward as soon as possible!

Likewise, if you would like to try your hand at directing a One Act play for the festival, please put your name forward as soon as possible!

 


Constitution

As from next year we will be asking each and every member to ratify the Constitution. As such, we provide a link hereto – please be sure to brush up on the content.

 


EADS

EADSThe EADS end of year show this year is “The Jungle Book.” We would love to turn this into a social event and go and support our fellow thespian friends at EADS. Please let us know if you would be keen to go in a group and we can organise a block booking. Alternatively you can book directly at EADSbookings@gmail.com or 063 200 3725.

TICKET PRICES
R75 for adults
R40 for children under 12

SHOW DATES AND TIMES
4, 5, 11, 12, 18 November (7:30pm)
6 November (2pm Matinee)

VENUE
St Chad’s Anglican Church Hall
Cnr 4th Street and 8th Ave, Edenvale
(Safe parking available on cnr 7th Ave & 4th Street)

 

 

Year End Musical

ALADDIN AND THE LAMP

While ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ has some technical difficulties with the script we are happy to announce our plan B. Auditions were intense and after a very difficult deliberation the cast has finally been chosen for Aladdin And The Lamp, Franklin’s end of year musical written and directed by Els De Bundel.

It’s far away and long ago when storytelling was an art. When Sinbad sailed the seven seas and Ali Baba led his 40 thieves. So begins the massive task of rehearsing Aladdin and his Genies. Yep, you heard it here… Not one, but twoooo genies! Added to this tale is pretty Princess Jazz, her father the Emperor of China and our evil Zaritha, sorceress extraordinaire and the Emperor’s right hand woman. Give it some Ying and Yang, two ditzy sergeants named Chop and Suey, and you have an year end play. Now we just need to rehearse….

So be it ‘salam wa aleikum’, ‘ni hăo’ or just hello, come along for a magic carpet ride with the Franklin Players in November 2016. Keep an eye out for developments and our double whammy of fundraising attached to this massive project all in the name of developing community theatre.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November
Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November

 

August News

TERRIFIC TALENT

Gareth Meijsen from Franklin Players ~ awarded scholarship to IMTA New York!We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Gareth Meijsen on being awarded a scholarship to IMTA New York!!! This is such an awesome achievement and we are super duper stoked that his roots will forever be with us here at Franklin.

Gareth, we wish you all the success imaginable and can’t wait to see your name in huge neon lights on Broadway in the near future!

 

 

 


CHARITABLE DONATIONS

Just to prove that we do stick to our word and donate a percentage of our ticket sales to chosen charities, we have included herewith a letter of thanks from last year’s chosen charity, the Randburg SPCA.

 


VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR

AUDITIONS EXTENDED!!!
We have added another two audition days as follows:
Sunday 21st August at 14h30
Monday 22nd August at 19h30

AVAILABLE ROLES:
– 3 non-singing actors from three different generations (gender not specific)
– 4 or 5 strong vocal actors: 2 female, 2 or 3 male (singing a bonus, not essential)
– An ensemble of singers (group and soloists) and dancers

Our big bang year-end musical spectacular is titled Video Killed The Radio Star and promises entertainment through the decades! We start from way back when radio theatre was all the rage and then continue our musical journey through music from the Kings of Soul, Jazz, Rock ‘n Roll, Pop and beyond. Come and enjoy old fashioned entertainment including upbeat music from a whole collection of genres guaranteed to be enjoyed by young and young-at-heart alike. The show will open around late November.

 


AGM

The date for this year’s AGM will be 4th December at 10.30am – diarise now!

 


SOCIAL EVENT

Our next social event will be a theatre sports/improv event (think “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”).

It will take place at Emmarentia Dam, September 17th from 1pm.

Please bring along friends, family, a picnic or stuff to braai, and let’s have a laugh and just hang out in the Spring time sun together!

 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Best wishes to all our August babies!

 

 

Run For Your Wife

Run For Your Wife - Franklin Players mid year 2016 productionAs promised, our mid-year production was nothing short of spectacular and has definitely raised the bar as far as productions at Franklin go!

A resounding well done and congratulations to Hennie and everyone involved.

We also raised over R1400 for our furry friends at FORA (Friends Of Rescued Animals) so thank you for filling those seats!

Download the programme »

 

NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR:

When first approached to direct the 2016 mid-year production, my immediate choice was Run For Your Wife by Ray Cooney. The first play I starred in as a Franklin Players member, 13 years ago.

Auditions spanned over two weekends and with a very limited budget, the production crew and I set out on the mammoth task of putting together a cast and then building a stage set.

Over a period of 11 weeks the crew spent a total of 75 hours on stage that went by in a flash and before we knew it opening night loomed before us.  Needless to say sleepless nights and constant worry had taken its toll on my frayed nerves. Was my cast ready? Would they remember their lines verbatim? Would the audience find the play funny? And why, oh why did I agree to direct this play in the first place?

Then the curtains parted on opening night and, like the audience, I was swept away by the hilarious madness unfolding on stage and all my fears dissipated like mist before the rising sun.

Looking back now, the stress of directing seems trivial, because the laughter from audiences each evening during the four performances was a reward that only directors and cast members can truly appreciate.

My conclusion is that the 2016 mid-year production was a resounding success and without a doubt the best cast ensemble that I’ve had the privilege to work with. This may have been an amateur production but it was performed by true professionals.

So until the 2017 mid-year production, I say to everyone involved, a heartfelt thanks and “Break a leg”.

Hendrik Greyvenstein
“El Directore”

 

July News

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

Run For Your Wife - Franklin Players mid year 2016 productionWith less than two weeks to go, our mid-year production is looking nothing short of spectacular! The set is phenomenal, lines are slick and Hennie still has his hair intact!!! This laugh-a-minute farce is sure to be one of Franklin’s best productions to date, so make sure you are there!

BOOK NOW
Don’t waste any time in dropping Wendy a line to secure your seats. Send an email to franklinbookings@gmail.com or call Wendy on 082 366 9987.

 

TICKET PRICES
R80 for adults, R50 for pensioners and students and R40 for paid up members.

WORTHY CAUSE
Remember that 10% of all ticket sales go towards this year’s charity, FORA (Friends of Rescued Animals), so be sure to rope in as many supporters as you can and let’s make sure we get some full houses!

SHOW DATES
July – Friday 29th and Saturday 30th
August – Friday 5th and Saturday 6th

All shows 7 for 7.30pm.
As usual the tuck-shop will be available to take care of all your snack attacks!

 


END OF YEAR MUSICAL AUDITIONS

We certainly hope by now you have diarised the audition dates for our year end musical. If not, the dates and times are as follows…

AUDITION DATES
Sunday 14th August at 14h30
Monday 15th August at 19h30
Wednesday 17th August at 19h30

Be sure to bring along a backtrack (preferably mp3 format) you feel best showcases your vocals!

Please note non-singing roles are also available!

See you there!

 

 

 

June News

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

Run For Your Wife - Franklin Players mid year 2016 productionCast and crew have been braving the cold winter days and nights and putting in a ton of hard work for our upcoming mid-year production. This one is most definitely “not to be missed” so make sure you diarise the following dates and bring along family and friends for a superbly side-splitting and fantastically funny farce!

SHOW DATES:
July ~ Friday 29th, Saturday 30th,
August ~ Friday 5th, Saturday 6th

 

 


AUDITIONS

Auditions for the end of year show will take place on the following dates in August – be there!!

Sunday 14th, Monday 15th, Wednesday 17th

 


RLT MAY-RIOTY FESTIVAL

Congratulations to all who participated and all who supported. The festival was an undisputed success! Thanks again to RLT for including us in the line up – what a jol!!

 


RLT AT GRAHAMSTOWN FESTIVAL

We would like to wish RLT all the best for the Grahamstown Festival. Here’s to having an
absolute blast and breaking loads of metaphorical legs!!

 


“ABBADashery” – EADS

If you are an ABBA / Kardashian fan, make sure you do not miss EADS’ latest production,
“ABBADashery.”

Show dates in July are 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th and bookings can be made through Storm
on 063 200 3725 or EADSbookings@gmail.com

Tickets are R70 pp. Let’s pull through and support our fellow thespians in what’s sure to be a fantastic production!