June News

“The Rat Trap”

Rehearsals for our mid-year production are in full swing, scripts are down, and characters are already starting to come alive and take shape beautifully. The cast is working tirelessly and “The Rat Trap” is set to be a comedic show stopper of side-splitting spectacular proportion!

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).

Don’t miss out – bookings are now open and 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 our ticket sales will be donated to our selected charity for 2017 – Barking Mad / Dogtown SA.

Join us – it’s going to be fun!


Inter-society Happenings


A massive congratulations to EADS for a super successful showcase festival. We thoroughly enjoyed performing “Your Last Resort”.

Huge thanks must go out to the members of the Franklin team for putting on this hilarious skit in such professional fashion in the least amount of time! Thanks also to those members who ventured out on a chilly winter evening to show support!

We look forward to participating again next year and having several more performance items to include in the line up.

EADS is also putting on a musical comedy “W.T.F. @ The Pot Luck Club” on 30 June and 1, 7 and 8 July. Tickets are selling at R100 per person which includes finger foods. Bookings can be made on eadsbookings@gmail.com or 063 200 3725. Find them on Facebook for more information.



We are proud to announce that the winning play from this year’s Franklin & Friends One Act Play Festival, “For The Love Of Cheesecake“, will be taking to the stage again during the RLT show festival in July.

Performance dates are 21 July at 7.30pm, and 22 July at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets will be going on sale soon at R100 (full price), or R80 (pensioners, students and scholars). Please be sure to get in touch with us should you wish to make a block Franklinite booking.

RLT is also hosting a Quiz Evening on 7 July at 7.30pm at the Stages Restaurant Roodepoort Theatre. Entrance fee is R50. Space is limited so RSVP to rlt@rltproductions.co.za or 083 332 9683. Visit their Facebook page for more info.



Our other sister society, Protea Stage Productions, wrapped their performance of “The Musical Adventures of Mulan” last week. We are positive it was a stellar performance by everyone on stage! Visit their Website and Facebook page to learn more about their upcoming productions.


“Peter Goes to Wonderland”

If you would like to audition for our year-end pantomime, please be sure to 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 – from 17 to 50 years. 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.

Round 1: Dancing – auditionees will be taught a basic dance routine which will be performed in groups.

Round 2: Acting – pieces of script will be posted on Franklin’s website for those who would like to prepare ahead of time. Otherwise pieces of script will be available for various characters at the auditions. Auditionees will have 15min to prepare their chosen piece for performance.

Round 3: Singing – a prescribed list of songs will be made available here on our Website or Facebook page for those who wish to prepare ahead of time. Auditionees can bring their own backtracks, should they wish, or contact us for backtracks. For those who do not prepare, an acapella singing audition is required.

Download detailed character synopses and audition process here.

See you at auditions!! 
(Don’t miss our Panto Audition Tips below…)



June has seen the resignation of two committee members, Adam Brand and Ralph Roos (our social media magician). We are very sorry to lose these two members and the committee would like to thank them for all the time, effort and hard work they have given during their time on the committee.

This is certainly not the end of their Franklin days and we wish them all the best for their future endeavours! Looking forward to catching up with you guys at future shows!


Social Media Appointment

We would like to announce that Lise Wessels will now be taking over the social media post. No doubt she is going to razzle dazzle our social media pages with as much ease as she razzle dazzles in everyday life!!


Pantomime Audition Tips

Be prepared and be on time! Make sure you get there, warmed up, and ready. Be bright! At pantomime auditions, the director will be looking for a performer who has a bright, vibrant personality with a good level of energy.

It’s a completely different ball game! It’s a bright and bouncy two hour Christmas extravaganza – or something similar. Enjoy it – it’s both a great and unique experience to audition for a pantomime. The more you enjoy it and throw yourself into all the conventions of panto, the more it will be appreciated by the casting panel and audience.

You will have to sing at a pantomime audition. Always choose an uptempo number, and make sure the songs are ones that you can sing.

Also remember that there is no fourth wall – all the principal characters, especially the dame, the comic lead and the villian, will have to address the audience directly and interact with them. So make sure that your audition piece has an element of audience interaction within it.


Medieval Fayre

A little mystery, a little madness and a lot of magic! – 2 September, Kyalami

Avaunt all ye merry, minstrels, strolling players, stilt walkers, fire dancers and all manner of buskers and barons, knights, jousters, fair maidens and their steeds to join us for a midsummer night of merriment!

Knights in shining armour, fair damsels (in not so much distress), warlocks, wenches, ruffians and rogues, handsome steeds and huge hunting hounds.

The team that organises South Africa’s biggest annual Magical Medieval Fayre, Meryl Rosenberg and Dayle Robyn Mallinson, have a flair for the fantastic and this year’s event is going to be bigger and better. The Medieval Fayre is now in its 6th year and the ladies Dayle and Meryl wish to make the experience event more authentic.

This is where you come in. They are looking for drama students, performers and all those with a flair for the fabulous to help bring this experience to life.

This is what they need:

  • Town criers who are strong of voice, sound of mind and brave of spirit.
  • Singers, dancers, jugglers – all manner of artistic flair.
  • Actors who are able to take on character roles and bring them to life.
  • Buskers.

The event will run from midday until 21:00 on the 2nd of September. Participants will be watered, fed and costumed on the day and will be required to perform their roles at specified intervals throughout the event. Scripts will be provided and rehearsal dates will be confirmed closer to the time.

The Fayre is a special event, well attended by over 5000 people. Please email hearye@medievalfayre.co.za for more information.

Website: www.medievalfayre.co.za
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MedievalFayreSA



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