October News


“Peter Goes To Wonderland”

It’s the news you’ve been waiting to hear… Ticket sales for this super showstopper extraordinaire are NOW open, so get in and get them fast!!!

Peter Goes To Wonderland

Ticket prices are a steal! 
Adults (R80)
Scholars, students and pensioners (R60)
Children 2-6 years of age (R50)
Franklin Members (R50)

Only prepaid bookings secure your seat!
Account: Franklin Players
FNB Branch Code: 250655
Current Account: 50400030074
Reference: Name and Surname

Kindly send proof of payment to Wendy 0823669987 (SMS or WhatsApp only) or email bookings@franklin.org.za

Show dates are as follows:
17th, 18th, 24th and 25th November, 19h00 for 19h30
with a matinee on Saturday 25th, 13h30 for 14h00

A reminder that this year 10% of all ticket proceeds will be donated to Barking Mad / Dogtown SA (www.barkingmad.co.za) so please do spread the word and bring everyone along so we can raise some much needed moolah for our furry friends! So far this year we have raised R3,193!! Let’s see if we can double this amount and then some after the panto ticket sales!!

This year, in the spirit of giving, we have also decided to collect items to be donated to a food shelter so please bring along any non-perishable foods you would like to donate (tins, pap, samp, rice, etc.) Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Franklin Fundraiser – Quiz & Karaoke

Our end of year pantomime is throwing out all the stops this year and we are looking to rent and make use of radio mics. Unfortunately our budget does not allow for such luxuries and as such, the cast and crew would like to host a fundraising event in order to raise the necessary funds.

Please be so kind as to join us next Saturday 28th October for a Disney-themed Quiz evening, combined with Karaoke for a bit of fun and laughter, and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to top it all off! Tickets can be purchased for a mere R50 per person. Tea, coffee, juice, cakes and light savoury snacks will be on sale, but feel free to bring your own dinner and “adult juice” if you so wish! 

So bring LOADS of friends and family and please come and support this endeavour! The fun starts at 6pm! Kindly book with Wendy 0823669987 (SMS or WhatsApp only) or email bookings@franklin.org.za

Franklin Fundraiser - Quiz & Karaoke & Mad Hatter's Tea Party


Inter-society Happenings



RLT will be presenting their festive Christmas extravaganza Bards of ‘Parodise’ at the Basement in the Roodepoort Theatre complex, so for some summer solace and December delights, diarise the following dates: 

Fri 24 & Sat 25 Nov, Fri 1 & Sat 2 Dec @ 19h30
Sat 25 Nov & Sat 2 Dec @ 14h30 

For bookings email RLTproductions1950@gmail.com or call / message 083 332 9683. 
Thanks to all who attended the RLT Quiz night on 14 October, we are super proud to announce that our Franklin Players team took first place! Go Team Franklin!! Visit RLT’s Facebook page to see all the fun that was had.




EADS is putting on King Arthur as their end of year panto. Bookings are now open for their November run, check out their poster for all the details.



Protea will be kicking off 2018 with a one act play festival which will take place around mid to late January. More news to follow.




If you have not yet diarised the date for our AGM, it will take place on Sunday 3rd December from 12pm. Please do attend and have your say for 2018! Also, if there is anyone who would like to join our society please pull through and become a member. Click here for more details about membership.


2018 OAPF

The show dates for our One Act Play Festival have been confirmed – 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th April 2018 – so please make sure you are available on these dates should you wish to take part in the festival.

Closing date for script submissions will be 5th January. Please be sure to get your scripts in timeously.

Any budding directors out there wanting to direct a one act play in the festival, please do take a quick squizz at the Festival Rules and Guidelines and let us know as soon as possible! We are ALWAYS on the lookout for new directing talent and this is the perfect way to hone your skills.

Then for all our dazzlingly delightful drama queens wishing to take the spotlight this festival, please diarise the following audition dates and times:

Sunday 21st January (14h30)
Monday 22nd January (19h30)
Wednesday 24th January (19h30)

See you there or dare to be a trapezium…!!


11 Tips for doing your own Stage Make-up like a Pro

By Katelynn Johnston

Theatre is all about telling a story. Transporting the viewer to someplace else, far away for just a few hours. While your performance is what will ultimately sell the story, your appearance is part of that package. From the moment those lights hit your face.

1. Act like a Boy Scout
Don’t forget to prepare your skin before you start. Moisturize and apply a primer to help the makeup to last longer and keep both your skin and pores happy.

2. Less is not more
The adage does not apply in this situation. Packing on the foundation will ensure that when the stage lights hit you, your face does not appear shiny or melt into the curtain. Key tip: don’t forget to apply foundation to your neck as well or you will look like you are wearing a mask. Not great, unless you are playing the Phantom or Lady Gaga. Concealer is also crucial for hiding the evidence of your late night rehearsals under your eyes. Just be sure to find the right shade for your skin tone in both concealer and foundation. Search out a consultant in the store or if all else fails, dab a little of the tester bottle on your hand and see if it blends nicely.

3. It’s all in the eyes
Liquid liners are the way to go to avoid the smudging you will get from a pencil. When choosing eye shadows, browns, pinks and golds tend to work best and show up well onstage. You will want to avoid a smoky eye unless it is specific to your character. When it comes to your lashes, false ones can indeed be your friend as they show up well for the audience. While they seem like a pain, all it takes is a little bit of practice to put them on. It can be tempting to buy cheap ones at dollar stores that come with cheap glue, but I assure you, this is one situation where you usually get what you pay for. Your eyes will be itching the whole show. Good lashes will stand the test of time and be easy to wear.

4. Pucker up
For starters, chap stick is your friend on a regular basis. Not only do some of them taste great, having smooth lips helps to avoid lipstick clumping. Before applying lipstick, run a wet toothbrush over your lips a few times to help exfoliate. Then choose a bright color, pink or red for ladies is pretty safe. Pick a long lasting lipstick to avoid having to reapply multiple times.

5. Highlighting
I know contouring and highlighting are really hot right night, but it is very easy to overdo. Stick to highlighting your t-zone and under your eyes to be safe. However, blush your cheeks to your heart’s content! You may feel you look like the clown of your childhood nightmares with those overly rosy cheeks, but from the audience, it will appear perfectly normal. Don’t forget to fill in those brows! A friend of mine once forgot, and because she was blonde and had applied foundation over top of them, when she got onstage it looked like she had lost her eyebrows in a tragic barbecuing accident. Highly embarrassing. To avoid moments like these, don’t forget that brow pencil.

6. Seal the Deal
Using a setting powder, loose or pressed, will help to ensure your face stays picture perfect throughout the show. My personal preference is the light reflecting powder, helping to combat shine once again from sweat or oily skin.

7. Special Features
Some shows will call for special effects makeup. Youtube and Pinterest can be a gold mine for how-to tutorials if you are panicking. After all, practice makes perfect. But here are a few tricks I have gleaned over the years.

8. Scales
Mermaid? Dragon? Lizard from The Magic School Bus? Get yourself acheap pair of fishnet stockings and cut a piece as large as the area you are making scaly. Hold the stocking over the area and use a brush to apply shimmering eye shadows in your desired colors generously. When you lift the stocking off, you will have created the appearance of scales.

9. Bruises
Creating bruises are all about smudging and blending. Shadow colors like black, purple, yellow, blue and even red are great colors to layer. Remember, fresh bruises would be red, black and purple, while a healing bruise would be yellowing.

10. Aging
Give yourself a few wrinkles with the help of Liquid Latex. Haven’t got any? Non-toxic school glue also works well. Apply it to the area and let it dry. Accentuate the now wrinkled area by applying makeup to it. Make sure the makeup gets in the creases.

11. Open Wounds
Once again, reach for that Liquid Latex or non-toxic school glue and apply to the spots that you want to be the outside of the wound. Once dry, cover with foundation and then apply red and black shadow or makeup paint to the inside to simulate blood. Don’t forget to add red or purple makeup to the outside for swelling; it will make it appear more realistic.



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