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!

 

RLT May-Rioty Show

And now for something completely different …

RLT May-rioty Show

THE FABULOUS MAY-RIOTY SHOW

In a colourful community theatre collaboration RLT PRODUCTIONS presents THE MERRY WIVES, THE FRANKLIN PLAYERS and PHOENIX RISING in 3 great plays for 2 shows only! 

Karen Zaal and Sheila Smith, leading lights of the acclaimed Merry Wives ensemble, and two of the stars of RLT’s recent Summer Funsations Showcase, will be bringing their unique musical and comedic talents to the fore with A Bit of This and a Slice of That, a fun and frothy frolic featuring super songs, brilliant banter and one or two delicious surprises!

Next up Ladies and Gentlemen: The winning production in the recent Franklin & Friends One Act Play Festival, My Middle Name is Angry. Written by Ashley Nader, directed by Jessica Urbani and starring Traci Scerri and Taryn Brehm. When two sisters with vastly different outlooks on life are forced to share an apartment for a week, there are bound to be clashes, tears and plenty of laughs.

And rounding off the programme: Phoenix Rising’s National Arts Festival-bound.

Death’s Reject. Written by Josie Pelzer and directed by Oriela van der Walt. Hazel Brown (Josie Pelzer) is feeling more than a little blue and decides to end it all. However, her hopes of a peaceful eternal slumber are rudely shattered when she finds herself a most unwelcome guest in the lair of the Grim Reaper himself (Graham Shirley). Will kindly but firm Dr Durrell (Oriela van der Walt) be able to coax her back to the land of the living, or will the sinister, scabrous and thoroughly unpleasant Reaper succeed with his own plans for her immortal soul?

Please note: Some items contain strong language and adult content and parental guidance is advised.

When: Friday 27 May 2016 @ 19:30 
Saturday 28 May 2016 @ 14:30 

Where: The Basement @ Roodepoort Theatre
Civic Centre Complex 
100 Christiaan de Wet Road
Florida Park 

Tickets: Full-price: R80 
Students, scholars & pensioners: R60 

Space is limited and advance booking is strongly advised: Drop a line to rltproductions1950@gmail.com or give Oriela van der Walt a call on 082 456 7528.

Seating is unreserved at tables of four. Patrons are welcome to bring their own eats but the theatre requests that drinks be purchased from the Basement bar.

 

2016 One Act Festival

Franklin Players and Friends One Act Play Festival 2016

This year’s Franklin & Friends One Act Play Festival brought a variety of plays to the stage keeping our audiences on the edge of their seats. With a variety of different genres this festival has been growing from strength to strength becoming an institution within Franklin itself. On behalf of the Franklin Players I extend a heartfelt thank you to YOU, our patrons for your continued support!

We were also very pleased to have welcomed fellow amdram societies ‘Protea Stage Productions’ from Benoni, and ‘The Inklings – TUKS’ from Pretoria who entered this fest with 2 productions ‘All By Myself’ and ‘Porcelain & Pink’ respectively.

To all participants, Franklinites and friends, a warm thank you for bringing your talents to our stage once more. My personal thanks as producer of this year’s festival also go to the committee members of The Franklin Players for their support and assistance in producing this year’s festival, as well as Vernon Janse van Rensurg and Traci Scerri.  A thank you is also extended to our wonderful adjudicators Cati Muller, Lynda Bomyer and our ghost adjudicator, Thorsten Wedekind, all of whom provided constructive and insightful comments throughout the festival.

It has been a privilege to have seen the festival grow over the last two years and we are pleased to announce that 10% of all ticket sales will be donated to our chosen charity for the year, Friends of Rescued Animals (FORA).

If you missed the festival this year, keep your eyes open for our calendar dates 2017.

If you wish to become part of The Franklin Players family and our next project, simply join us for auditions for our mid-year play on 24 and 25 April 2017. Further details are available in our monthly flyer, on our website Auditions page and other social media platforms. Hope to see you there!

Keep singing, acting and dancing!
Els


 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE AWARD WINNERS:

Best Overall Production – My Middle Name is Angry
Runner-up Best Production – All By Myself
Best Original script – Ashley Nader (My Middle Name is Angry)
Best Director – Jessica Urbani (My Middle Name is Angry)
Runner-up Best Director – Ben Frey (The Surrogate)
Best Actor – Michael Brownhill (All By Myself)
Best Supporting Actor – Mark Worrell (All By Myself)
Best Actress – Euwelia Louw (The Surrogate)
Best Supporting Actresses – Taryn Brehm & Traci Scerri (My Middle Name is Angry)
Best Newcomer – Dylan Liebenberg (All By Myself)
Best Novice Production – A Silly Afternoon
Best Cameo Role – Jessica Urbani (50 Shades of Gay)
Best Set – 50 Shades of Gay
Best Lighting – 50 Shades of Gay
Best Music – My Middle Name is Angry

MERIT AWARDS:

Merit Award – Best Production – The Surrogate
Merit Award – Best Adapted Script – A Likely Suspect
Merit Award – Most Socially Relevant Script – The Surrogate
Merit Award – Convergence of Theatrical Styles – Porcelain and Pink
Merit Award – Most Innovative Use of Props on Stage – Porcelain and Pink
Merit Award – Best Use of Costume – Tracey von Bulow (One Way or Another)
Merit Award – Best Poster Design – Porcelain and Pink
Merit Award – Best Ensemble – The Surrogate
Merit Award – Most Physically Convincing Performance – Gareth Meijsen (A Silly Afternoon)
Merit Award – Most Convincing Emotional Performance – Traci Scerri (My Middle Name is Angry)
Merit Award – Best Suited Casting of a Role – Tracey von Bulow (One Way or Another)
Merit Award –  Best Suited Casting of a Role – Kathy Clayton (A Likely Suspect)
Merit Award – Most Improved Acting Year on Year – Wendy Brehm (50 Shades of Gay)
Recognition Award – Most Diverse Acting Roles – Ralph Roos (50 Shades of Gay, One Way or Another)
Polyfilla Award – Most Committed – Carri Lyons

ACTING MERIT AWARDS (SCORE OF 75 & ABOVE):

Acting Merit – Jessica Urbani (A Likely Suspect)
Acting Merit – Mary Collyer (A Likely Suspect)
Acting Merit – Devan Fleetwood (A Silly Afternoon)
Acting Merit – Gareth Meijsen (A Silly Afternoon)
Acting Merit – Taryn Brehm (A Silly Afternoon)
Acting Merit – Ben Frey (The Surrogate)
Acting Merit – Neil Meyer (The Surrogate)
Acting Merit – Amorita van den Heever (The Surrogate)
Acting Merit – Dirk Jonker (All By Myself)

 

This year’s festival showcased a line up of 8 productions, including 2 entries from fellow societies, Protea Stage Productions and The Inklings – TUKS.

Download the Programme »

Here are posters of the 8 plays that took part:

50 Shades of Gay - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 201650 Shades of Gay

An extremely funny below the belt comedy that loves poking fun at life in Joburg. Every South African can relate to it. This slightly off-centre, embarrassingly side-splitting play, also has some romance weaved intricately with the emotive language of music. Audiences will be able to enjoy a real violinist at his best during scene changes. These characters are far from perfect thus making their mishaps all the more relevant.

 

 

Porcelain and Pink - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016Porcelain & Pink (The Inklings – TUKS)

Reminiscent of the times of F. Scott-Fitzgerald and written in a contemporary Wildean style, Porcelain and Pink provides a vignette of the lives of sisters Alexis and Louise, who couldn’t be more different. One of the few things they have in common is Jamie Morris, but does he know it?

 

 

 

All By Myself - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016All By Myself (Protea Stage Production)

Seven years alone on an island after his shipwreck have driven Larry to the edge of sanity, but that’s nothing compared to the shock of discovering he’s not – and never has been – alone!

 

 

 

 

My Middle Name Is Angry - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016My Middle Name is Angry

When two sisters with vastly different outlooks on life are forced to share an apartment for a week, there are bound to be clashes, tears and plenty of laughs.

 

 

 

 

A Silly Afternoon - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016A Silly Afternoon

One fine day in the middle of the night on the good morning of a wonderful English eve, there is a man who is believed to have the silliest walk of all those who silly walk. This man finds that his walk is, in fact, not silly and embarks on a series of adventures finding himself feeling that the silly world he once believed to be silly is not the silly life he thought to be so great. It is here that the audience will find themselves immersed in the wonderful silly world of total silliness, from arguing for money to silly pet shops to silly jobs. We can all get the idea of what it’s like to live a day in the life of a silly afternoon.

 

A Likely Suspect - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016A Likely Suspect

This dark drama tells the story of two estranged best friends, Brenda and Iris, who meet up 13 years after a huge argument. Iris’ son has gone missing and needs Brenda, now a high ranking social worker, to pull strings and help find the missing boy. However, all is not what it seems as we follow this tale of unspoken truths, deceit, lies, sacrifices and murder. After all…“We all act stupid when it comes to love.”

 

 

The Surrogate - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016The Surrogate

Felicity Plaatjies is knocked up and leaves her boyfriend, Terrence (who beats her twice a week now). She decides to cash in on her surrogacy agreement with her (previous) employer Paul and his (previous) boyfriend Ocean. Watch as the lives of four people unfold over the term of her pregnancy. Is Paul the father or Ocean or Terrence… or none of them?

 

 

One Way Or Another - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016One Way or Another

Just a typical day in the life of an aging Hollywood star. Everything is as it should be… Mercia’s life is filled with reporters, agents, fan mail, stalkers and most of all drama… or is it?

 

 

 

 

One Act Fest about to kick off!

Hi everyone, hope your Easter weekend was awesome!

Soooo have you booked for the One Act Play Festival yet?! Technical rehearsals are done & dusted and everyone is feeling pumped and excited! It kicks off this Friday so the time has finally arrived to start harassing family and friends! Be sure to book as soon as possible (franklinbookings@gmail.com or call Wendy on 082 366 9987).

Enjoy a relaxed night out, barnyard-theatre style where you bring your own refreshments or buy something at the tuck shop. With four evenings jam-packed with a lineup of up to 3 shows every night, including a top two final play-off, it’s great entertainment at a bargain price of only: R50 Adults, R35 Pensioners & Students, R25 Members, R110 Festival Ticket

Plus, by supporting the shows you will be contributing to a really good cause – 10% of all ticket sales will be donated by Franklin Players to FORA (Friends Of Rescued Animals) – a worthy cause if ever there was one. FORA is an animal shelter that survives purely on fundraising & donations from the public. They are pro-quality of life and are currently home to around 300-350 dogs & 100-150 cats. Please feel free to bring an extra donation of dog/cat food, cat litter and PEP blankets or fleece (winter is around the corner!). Visit their website to find out more about this wonderful organization and how we can help: www.fora.org.za

There are 8 productions taking part this year. Performance dates and lineup are as follows:

FRIDAY 1st APRIL (3 shows)

50 Shades of Gay - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 201650 Shades of Gay

An extremely funny below the belt comedy that loves poking fun at life in Joburg. Every South African can relate to it. This slightly off-centre, embarrassingly side-splitting play, also has some romance weaved intricately with the emotive language of music. Audiences will be able to enjoy a real violinist at his best during scene changes. These characters are far from perfect thus making their mishaps all the more relevant.

 
 

Porcelain and Pink - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016Porcelain & Pink (The Inklings – TUKS)

Reminiscent of the times of F. Scott-Fitzgerald and written in a contemporary Wildean style, Porcelain and Pink provides a vignette of the lives of sisters Alexis and Louise, who couldn’t be more different. One of the few things they have in common is Jamie Morris, but does he know it?

 

 

 

All By Myself - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016All By Myself (Protea Stage Production)

Seven years alone on an island after his shipwreck have driven Larry to the edge of sanity, but that’s nothing compared to the shock of discovering he’s not – and never has been – alone!

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 2nd APRIL (2 shows)

My Middle Name Is Angry - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016My Middle Name is Angry

When two sisters with vastly different outlooks on life are forced to share an apartment for a week, there are bound to be clashes, tears and plenty of laughs.

 

 

 

 

A Silly Afternoon - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016A Silly Afternoon

One fine day in the middle of the night on the good morning of a wonderful English eve, there is a man who is believed to have the silliest walk of all those who silly walk. This man finds that his walk is, in fact, not silly and embarks on a series of adventures finding himself feeling that the silly world he once believed to be silly is not the silly life he thought to be so great. It is here that the audience will find themselves immersed in the wonderful silly world of total silliness, from arguing for money to silly pet shops to silly jobs. We can all get the idea of what it’s like to live a day in the life of a silly afternoon.

 

FRIDAY 8th APRIL (3 shows)

A Likely Suspect - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016A Likely Suspect

This dark drama tells the story of two estranged best friends, Brenda and Iris, who meet up 13 years after a huge argument. Iris’ son has gone missing and needs Brenda, now a high ranking social worker, to pull strings and help find the missing boy. However, all is not what it seems as we follow this tale of unspoken truths, deceit, lies, sacrifices and murder. After all…“We all act stupid when it comes to love.”

 

 

The Surrogate - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016The Surrogate

Felicity Plaatjies is knocked up and leaves her boyfriend, Terrence (who beats her twice a week now). She decides to cash in on her surrogacy agreement with her (previous) employer Paul and his (previous) boyfriend Ocean. Watch as the lives of four people unfold over the term of her pregnancy. Is Paul the father or Ocean or Terrence… or none of them?

 

 

One Way Or Another - Franklin (and Friends) One Act Play Festival 2016One Way or Another

Just a typical day in the life of an aging Hollywood star. Everything is as it should be… Mercia’s life is filled with reporters, agents, fan mail, stalkers and most of all drama… or is it?

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 9th APRIL (2 shows)

The Top Two productions battle it out in the finals, followed by adjudication and prize giving.


To all the actors, break a leg!!

To the production crew, a big thanks and VASBYT we’re almost there!

To the audience members, hope you enjoy the shows and thanks for your support!

Now, let’s do this!! 🙂


CALL FOR BACKSTAGE

If anyone is keen to help out backstage for the festival please let us know. Duties include giving timing calls to all casts and crew, as well as the opening and closing of curtains. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in acting but still a bit hesitant to dive in or for those just interested in seeing what goes on behind the scenes…

 

February News

ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL

Franklin Players and Friends One Act Play Festival 2016One Act rehearsals are now well underway and all our dedicated cast and crew are furiously busy ensuring that this year’s festival maintains the high standard Franklin is now renowned for.

Bookings will open at the beginning of March so start making sure all your friends and family diarise the following show dates in April:

Friday 1st and 8th
Saturday 2nd and 9th


CHARITY

FORA (Friends of Rescued Animals)Last year we raised funds for the SPCA and this year the committee has decided that the chosen charity shall be… (drum roll please)… FORA (Friends Of Rescued Animals)!! This means that 10% of all ticket sales from all shows this year will be donated to our furry friends at FORA – an extremely worthy cause! Let’s make sure all our shows are well supported so we can donate a very tidy chunk of dosh at the end of the year.


MID-YEAR SUBMISSIONS

If you have an amazing script that you would like to see performed on stage as the mid-year production, send your suggestions to the committee (committee@franklin.org.za) as soon as possible! Submissions are now open!


MEMBERSHIP FEES

Membership fees for 2016 are only R150 and now include a super suave, highly sought after membership card!!!! Get yours today!! 😉

Banking Details:
Franklin Players
50400030074 (FNB)
Branch (253705)
Name and Surname as reference

One Act Play Festival 2016

Franklin Players and Friends One Act Play Festival 2016It’s time for our fab One Act Festival once again.

Come along and join us for the auditions, we have a variety of roles and scripts to choose from.

Call for Directors! If anyone is keen to direct, please let us know asap. Come on – you know you want to!

See you at auditions:
Sunday 17 & 24 January 2016 14h30
Monday 18 & 25 January 2016 19h30

December News

CINDERELLA AND HER FELLA

Cinderella and her Fella - Franklin Players Year-end Pantomime 2015

This show definitely ended off a fabulous year on the most amazing Franklin high!

With sold out performances and five star rated feedback we can, without a doubt, call this yet another super spectacular panto success!!

Thanks again for the tremendous effort made by all involved both on stage and behind the scenes.

 

 

 


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Our AGM took place on Sunday 6th December and we had a really awesome turnout! Thanks to all those who took the time and effort to come through and offer their contributions. Concerns, suggestions and much needed feedback was discussed and there will no doubt be some changes and different approaches taking place in 2016 – watch this space!

The 2016 Committee was voted in and stands as follows:

Els De Bundel (Chairperson)
082 494 1539

Mark Paps (Vice Chair)
083 324 1591

Wendy Brehm (Secretary)
082 366 9987

Sam Keller (Treasurer)

Carri Lyons

Ashley Nader

Juanita Meijsen

Craig Strydom

Welcome, congratulations and here’s to a productive and super successful 2016!!

 


ONE-ACTS 2016 – SCRIPT SUBMISSION

This is the last call for One-Act script submissions! Deadline is Monday 4th January and so far we have received some really promising looking scripts – yay! If you still wish to submit please forward your scripts to franklinbookings@gmail.com

 


ONE-ACTS 2016 – AUDITIONS

We will be kicking off the year with auditions for our annual Frankin and Friends One-Act Play Festival.

Sunday 17th and 24th January, 14h30
Monday 18th and 25th January, 1930

Best wishes to all for a joyful, blessed festive season and a happy, healthy and fruitful New Year!

 

 

Cinderella and Her Fella

Cinderella and her Fella - Franklin Players Year-end Pantomime 2015

This show definitely ended off a fabulous year on the most amazing Franklin high!

With sold out performances and five star rated feedback we can, without a doubt, call this yet another super spectacular panto success!!

Thanks again for the tremendous effort made by all involved both on stage and behind the scenes.

 

 

 

Pantomime time is finally here!

CINDERELLA AND HER FELLA

Cinderella and her Fella - Franklin Players Year-end Pantomime 2015If you are keen for some toe-tapping-sing-along hot and happening panto vibes, join the Franklin Players for their rendition of the classic fairy tale “Cinderella & her Fella”.

But be prepared for the Fairy Godmother with a love for acronyms and shiny things and two of the ugliest step sisters you have ever seen. This truly is the only place where pumpkins turn into carriages and a plain country bumpkin can marry a Prince Charming. Anything is possible!

Bookings can be made at franklinbookings@gmail.com

Show times and ticket prices are as follows:

November 27th – 19h00 for 19h30
November 28th – 19h00 for 19h30
November 29th – 18h00 for 18h30

December 4th – 19h00 for 19h30
December 5th – 19h00 for 19h30
December 6th – 18h00 for 18h30

Adults – R70
Members, Pensioners and Students – R40

Remember the show will be donating to this year’s chosen charity, Randburg SPCA. I think it goes without saying that this is a fantastic incentive to get some extra bums in seats!

Let’s kick off the Festive Season with a BOOM, BANG!!