Welcome to Pinelands Players

Pinelands Players is a community theatre society based in Pinelands, Cape Town.  We have a long, proud, award winning history, spanning more than 70 years.  We don’t do this for money, but for the love of theatre.

If you’ve always wanted to get involved but didn’t know where to start, then you’ve come to the right place.  The world of theatre is varied – whether onstage or backstage from performing, directing, choreography and stage management to props & make-up, costumes, set-building (calling all DIY hobbyists), lighting, sound, front-of-house and marketing.

You don’t have to be a professional to get involved.  All you need is commitment, passion and talent.  So if you’d like to mix with like-minded, theatrical, creative and often slightly zany types, then feel free to contact us.

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Hairspray update!

We are delighted to announce that Neil Leachman will be taking on the roles of both Director and Musical Director for Hairspray The Musical!

Neil has a degree in music and has been involved in various aspects of theatre, including direction, musical direction, acting and singing, as well as in such technical aspects as lighting, sound and effects.  His production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in 2016 won a number of CATA awards, including Best Musical, Director, Musical Director and Sound & Effects.  His most recent production was The Producers at The Masque Theatre (just last month) for which he was both Director and Musical Director, as well as the Sound & Effects Designer.  We are super excited to have Neil on board!

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Auditions for Hairspray the Musical

AUDITION NOTICE

P2 Productions (Pinelands Players) will be holding auditions for the stage musical version of Hairspray The Musical! The production will be staged in the Artscape Theatre in February 2019 with approximately 15 shows over a three-week period.

SYNOPSIS

It’s 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Tracy Turnblad, a quirky, plus-sized teenager with a plus-sized hairdo has a big dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show on national television. Her successful audition transforms her into a local celebrity, but she faces discrimination because of her weight, her choice in friends and her hairdo. Tracy becomes determined to use her influence to push for social change and racial integration in the show.

With memorable songs such as Good Morning, Baltimore and You Can’t Stop The Beat, the show continues to be a widely produced musical. Its timeless message that everyone should be treated equally regardless of social, cultural and physical differences, is as relevant today as it was in the sixties.

Hairspray The Musical is a feel-good comedy and winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, as well as four Laurence Olivier Awards. A critically and commercially successful film version was released in 2007.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Dates and details regarding rehearsals, the run of the show, the audition and characters are on the following pages.

If you have any questions or if you’re interested in joining our production crew, please send an email to p2phairspray2019@gmail.com.  Please note that there will be no remuneration for cast members as this is a community theatre production.

REHEARSALS AND RUN

REHEARSALS:

• Venue: Pinelands Players Clubhouse (Pinelands) and later at Artscape.
• Initially Tuesdays and Thursdays in the evenings and Sunday afternoons.
• August and September for singing.
• October and November for acting and dancing.
• December and January for polishing (no rehearsals over the December break, but will regroup in January).

RUN:

• Move into the theatre on 28 January.
• Run from 1 to 17 February.
• Shows on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

AUDITION DETAILS

DATES AND TIMES:

• Venue: Artscape rehearsal room 207.
• Saturday 21 July for ensemble.
• Sunday 22 July for lead and supporting roles.
• Audition times will be allocated when you book your slot.

BOOK YOUR AUDITION SLOT:

• Book your audition slot by sending an email to Tina Gough at p2phairspray2019@gmail.com, and state which character you’d like to audition for.
• You may audition for more than one character.
• You will then be sent dialogue and a song to prepare.

PREPARATION:

• First, make sure that you’re available for the rehearsal period and the run!
• American accents are essential.
• There are a number of roles for principals, chorus and cameos.
• Some roles require a specific stage age, body shape or ethnicity. You should physically look the part of your chosen character.
• Cast members are expected to act, sing and move well, although there are some non-singing and non-dancing roles.
• As mentioned above, once you have booked your slot, you will receive lines to read and a song to prepare.
• Piano accompaniment will be provided.
• Some choreography will be taught on the day, so please dress appropriately.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

Tracy Turnblad
LEAD
Female
Stage Age: 16 – 22
Caucasian
Body: Plus-sized
Mezzo‐Belt
Performs in 10+ numbers
Strong dance ability

Tracy is a pleasantly plump teenager with a big heart who has dreams of being a dancing star. She isn’t afraid to be herself and stand up for what she believes in. She is friendly and optimistic with a vibrant, lovable personality. She loves to sing and dance, which she does with style and charisma. The actress must have stamina and talent since Tracy is on stage a lot of the show.

Song to prepare: Good Morning, Baltimore
Lines to read: Pages 5 – 6, 11 – 12, 50 – 51

Edna Turnblad
LEAD
Male, playing a woman
Stage Age: 40+
Caucasian
Body: Plus-sized
Tenor
Performs in 5+ numbers
Able to move

This role is traditionally played by a man (Harvey Fierstein on Broadway and John Travolta in the film). Edna is Tracy’s kind, plus‐sized mother. She runs a laundry business at home and hasn’t been out in a while. This drag role requires a strong male performer with excellent comic timing. Note: Edna is not a man pretending to be a woman, she is all woman!

Song to prepare: You’re Timeless to Me
Lines to read: Pages 11 – 12

Amber von Tussle
LEAD
Female
Stage Age: 16 – 24
Caucasian
Body: Slim
Belt
Performs in 7+ numbers
Strong dance ability

The daughter of Velma. Amber is a spoiled brat who is the resident princess of The Corny Collins Show due to her mother’s position as producer. She simply cannot understand why Tracy is so popular and seeing Link Larkin fall for Tracy is her last straw. She is her mother’s daughter right down to the bone.

Song to prepare: Cooties
Lines to read: Pages 54 – 57

Seaweed J. Stubbs
LEAD
Male
Stage Age: 16 – 22
African American
Tenor
Performs in 4+ numbers
Strong dance ability

The son of Motormouth Maybelle and a talented dancer on The Corny Collins Show, but only allowed on “Negro Day”. Ends up in detention with Tracy and falls in love with Penny.

Song to prepare: Without Love (from bar 54 to end)
Lines to read: Pages 50 – 51

Link Larkin
LEAD
Male
Stage Age: 16 – 21
Caucasian
Crooning Baritone
Performs in 7+ numbers
Strong dance ability

A very charismatic character who is the lead dancer on The Corny Collins Show, as well as a council member. Link is a teenage heartthrob, a young Elvis Presley. He falls for Tracy, much to the dismay of Velma von Tussle and Amber (who was initially his love interest).

Song to prepare: It Takes Two
Lines to read: Pages 50 – 51

Penny Pingleton
LEAD
Female
Stage Age: 15 – 22
Caucasian
Belt
Performs in 4+ numbers
Strong dance ability

Penny is Tracy’s lovable and slightly dorky best friend. She is often by Tracy’s side (when not grounded for life by her mother, Prudy). She falls head over heels in love with Seaweed Stubbs against her mother’s wishes.

Song to prepare: You Can’t Stop the Beat (from bar 73 to 90, full verse plus chorus)
Lines to read: Pages 5 – 6, 50 – 51

Velma von Tussle
SUPPORTING
Female
Stage Age: 40+
Caucasian
Body: Slim
Belt
Performs in 4+ numbers
Able to move well

Determined, scheming, ambitious, feisty, cruel. Velma is a great villainess role. She is the slim and attractive but unpleasant producer of The Corny Collins Show, and her main aim is to maintain the all-white purity of the show’s council. She is the overbearing mother of Amber and she relentlessly drives her daughter to seek stardom.

Song to prepare: Velma’s Revenge
Lines to read: Pages 8 – 9, 54 – 57

Motormouth Maybelle
SUPPORTING
Female
Stage Age: 35+
African American
Soulful Alto
Performs in 3+ numbers
Able to move well

The sassy Corny Collins “Negro Day” DJ. She is the owner of a record store and mother to Seaweed and Little Inez. Plus‐sized, she helps Edna find pride in herself.

Song to prepare: I Know Where I’ve Been
Lines to read: Pages 54 – 57

Corny Collins
SUPPORTING
Male
Stage Age: 35+
Caucasian
Tenor
Performs in 4+ numbers
Able to move well

The exciting, confident, dancing and singing host of his own TV dance show (think American Bandstand at its inception). Corny is in favour of Tracy and racial integration.

Song to prepare: Nicest Kids in Town
Lines to read: Page 9

Wilbur Turnblad
SUPPORTING
Male
Stage Age: 40+
Caucasian
Baritone
Performs in 2+ numbers
Able to move

Wilbur is married to Edna and is Tracy’s father. He who owns a joke shop and has a goofy personality. He is still madly in love with his wife and encourages Tracy to follow her dreams no matter what.

Song to prepare: You’re Timeless to Me
Lines to read: Pages 11 – 12

Little Inez
FEATURED
Female
Stage Age: 12 – 15
African American
Belt
Performs in 3+ numbers
Strong dance ability

Little Inez is Seaweed’s younger sister and is a talented dancer. She tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away by Velma because she is black.

Song to prepare: Run and Tell That (from bar 77 to end)
Lines to read: Page 53

The Dynamites (3 roles)
FEATURED
Female
Stage Age: 20+
African American
Belt
Perform many numbers
Able to move well

Judine, Kamilah and Shayna are a talented black vocal trio, a la The Supremes. They are featured in many numbers together and usually in tight harmony. May double for other ensemble roles such as Cindy Watkins, etc.

Song to prepare: Welcome to the Sixties (from bar 34 to 40, and from 57 to end)

Council Members (8 roles)
FEATURED
4 Male and 4 Female
Stage Age: 15 – 22
Caucasian
Range: Soprano to Bass
Perform in 5+ numbers
Strong dance ability

These are 8 different performers.  Tammy, Brad, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, IQ and Lou Ann are dancers and singers on The Corny Collins Show.

Song to prepare: You Can’t Stop the Beat

Female Authority Figure
FEATURED
Female, plays 3 characters
Stage Age: 40+
Caucasian
Performs in general chorus

The roles of Prudy Pingleton (Penny’s uptight mother), the sadistic gym teacher and the prison matron are often played by one cameo performer.

Song to prepare: You Can’t Stop the Beat

Male Authority Figure
FEATURED
Male, plays 3 characters
Stage Age: 40+
Caucasian
Performs in general chorus

The roles of Harriman F. Spritzer (President of Ultra Clutch cosmetics, sponsor of The Corny Collins Show), the high‐blood pressure principal and Mr. Pinky (owner of a plus‐sized dress shop) are often played by one cameo performer.

Song to prepare: You Can’t Stop the Beat

Students (5 roles)
CHORUS
Male and Female
Stage Age: 15 – 22
Caucasian/African American
Range: Soprano to Bass
Perform in 4+ numbers
Able to move well

These are 5 different performers.  Gilbert, Duane, Lorraine, Stooie and Thad are kids we find in detention and in Motormouth Maybelle’s record shop.

Song to prepare: You Can’t Stop the Beat

 

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Game of Names: June Supper Theatre

Pinelands Players is excited to be presenting another of their ever-popular supper theatre productions at the Pinelands Town Hall. This year Kyla Thorburn has conceptualised a clever game show centred around pop music over the eras.

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Each song chosen for the show features a name, hence the catchy title of the production, and covers the late 1950s to the present. And every performance holds surprises, not only for the audience but the cast as well. The song selection comes down to the spin of the wheel and the ensuing lucky dip into an appropriate box of categories. Whatever comes out, must be performed!

The cast is divided into two teams – the male Mars team and female Venus team – competing for the prized status of Winning Team at each performance. Each song, including solos, duets, and group numbers, that is selected and performed carries a certain amount of points and the Game Show Host will be keeping score, encouraging the audience, and preventing any cheeky cheating tactics the teams might employ.

The Venus team is made up of Melissa Sanderson, Tanya March, Lindsay Kruger, Shayni Pappin, and Uta Higgs, while the Mars team features Barend van der Westhuizen, Louis Fourie, Bruce Clayton, Lyle Wilson, and Chris Laurie. Kyla Thorburn is directing this fun-filled package of entertainment, Bronwyn Harvey is taking charge of musical direction, and Andrew Weiss will be keeping the audience (and cast) under control as the Game Show Host.

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Other than the half-priced preview on 8 June, all performances include a delicious light meal which is served an hour before the show begins. Arrive a little earlier, settle in at your table, pay a visit to the cash bar, and get ready for an evening (or afternoon) filled with fun, laughs, toe-tapping music, great singing, and loads of entertainment.

Performances take place at 20h00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, and also at 14h00 on Sundays for an enjoyable wintry lunchtime. Tickets are priced at R120 per person for 9 to 11 June and 15 to 18 June. The preview on 8 June is priced at R60 per person. Book a table of 10 and pay in advance for a 10% discount on your ticket price!

So grab a group of friends or join a table for some superb entertainment. You’re sure to be tapping your feet and singing along!

Bookings can be done online, via email or by calling 062 783 2370

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Game of Names: Book Now

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Audition Announcement!

Pinelands Players will present The Full Monty at The Roxy Revue Bar at GrandWest from the 11th to the 25th of November 2017.  Congratulations on making a choice to audition for this show.  It’s going to be a fabulous experience; a great show and lots of fun too!

full-monty-title-colorSOME POINTS TO CONSIDER:

  1. Rehearsals will commence in July: twice a week and once on the weekend. This will increase as we get nearer to opening.
  2. The show will be directed and choreographed by Laura Bosman, musically directed by Barend van der Westhuizen and stage managed by Philippa van Ryneveld. The rest of the production team will be confirmed once the show has been cast.
  3. We will be setting the show in Sheffield, England, and British accents will be a requirement. For the auditions, any British accent from any part of England will do.  However, it is also not a train smash if you cannot do a British accent for the auditions, as long as you show potential to be able to learn one.  Please note that the show contains some strong language and adult themes.
  4. We will be including the songs Hot Stuff and Leave Your Hat On as part of the show.
  5. The cast requires 12 males, 8 females and 1 boy who can play 13-15 years old. Some of the ensemble members may play more than one role.
  6. This is a show for both men AND women. Although the movie neglects the women significantly, the stage show is quite different and there are some meaty, powerful and crucial roles for women of all ages with brilliant solo and group singing numbers.
  7. Age range and racial ethnicity of the characters are a guide only. If a certain character appeals to you and you believe that you have the ability to perform it well, please do not let either stop you from auditioning.  Casting will very much depend on who auditions and who can best support the role vocally and physically.
  8. This is a musical which requires singing, dancing and acting. However, above all, excellent acting skills are essential.  The Full Monty deals with very real and heartfelt emotional issues which require a genuine acting approach.  Do not be put off if you’re not the best singer, but you can really carry the acting and dancing.  Come to the auditions anyway.  The same with the dancing and singing.  Please also note that there are some non-singing, non-dancing roles.
  9. The final scene in The Full Monty contains full frontal nudity, backlit carefully so as to avoid any audience members seeing any “hot stuff”!  Men auditioning for one of the 6 main roles do need to be comfortable enough with their bodies to strip down in this scene.  Bear in mind that we are looking for men of all ages, shapes and sizes – preferably NOT Greek gods – in order to carry the roles successfully and realistically.  With regards to all and any nudity in the show, please be assured that the rehearsing and staging of it will be handled sensitively and carefully.  There will be no nudity required at the auditions.

A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE STORY:
This musical stage version is based on the 1997 British film of the same name.  Six unemployed, lower working class and out-of-shape men decide to do a one-time-only striptease to outdo a touring male strip show and make some desperately needed money. But The Full Monty is not about men taking off their pants; it’s about self-worth, dignity, honesty, authenticity and courage as these men confront their fears of inadequacy, their insecurities and their failure to provide for their families.  And it’s about the women in their lives who love them and cheer them on.

Read more and find a full list of the songs here.

THE NITTY GRITTY:

  1. Auditions will be held on Sunday 29 January 2017 at The Roxy Revue Bar at GrandWest. Callbacks will be held on Sunday 5 February.
  2. To book your audition slot, please email thefullmontypp2017@gmail.com. Please indicate which character/characters you are keen to audition for.  Further details will be sent to you along with your time slot.
  3. Please prepare the song(s) indicated for each character.  The sheet music for the song(s) will be sent to you along with copies of the dialogue for the auditions once you have confirmed your time slot.

CHARACTERS AND DESCRIPTIONS:

THE SIX “HOT METAL” MEN
Jerry Lukowski (an unemployed mill worker) – Lead role
Age: 
35 – 45
Range: Rock tenor. Must have a strong controlled falsetto and should be able to sing across genres. Strong actor.
Description: A regular guy, spontaneous, tough, cocky, with an excellent sense of humour. He is fighting to maintain his pride and the custody of his only son.
Physical requirements: Not bad-looking and with a ‘nice rear’, as referenced in the script.
What to prepare: Man and Breeze Off The River – dialogue to follow.

Dave Bukatinsky (an unemployed mill worker) – Lead role
Age:
 35 – 50
Range: Lyric tenor with strong falsetto.
Description:  Dave is Jerry’s best friend and has a big heart, but he is very self-conscious about his excess body weight and struggles with self-esteem issues. He is lovable and more a follower than a leader.
Physical requirements: Rather overweight.
What to prepare: Man and You Rule my World  – dialogue to follow.

Harold Nichols (an unemployed supervisor at the mill) – Lead role
Age:
35 – 60
Range: High baritone/tenor.
Description: He is slightly older and more authoritative than Jerry and Dave, a stuffed-shirt cynic. He dotes on his wife and hides from her the fact that he’s been unemployed for the last 6 months. His dancing skills make him the group’s choreographer.
What to prepare: You Rule my World – dialogue to follow.

Ethan Girard (an unemployed mill worker) – Lead role
Age:  25 – 45
Range: Baritone/tenor.
Description: Ethan is a determined optimist regardless of his unemployment problems, loneliness and regular failed attempts to copy the wall-walking scene from Singin’ in the Rain. He is energetic and enthusiastic, but does not possess the strongest intellect.
Physical requirements: Preferably slim, with an athletic build (but not essential).
What to prepare: You Walk With Me – dialogue to follow.

Malcolm MacGregor (an unemployed mill worker) – Lead role
Age: 
25 – 45
Range: High tenor, smooth falsetto.
Description: Sweet and sincere, Malcolm is a shy, gay man who is coddled by his mother and has few friends. He is rescued from a suicide attempt, and his self-esteem grows around his new companions.
What to prepare: Big Ass Rock and You Walk with Me – dialogue to follow.

Noah “Horse” T. Simmons (a retired mill worker) – Lead role
Age:
35 +
Range: Baritone/tenor.
Description: He was a good mover back in the day.  Sings and dances the brilliant number, Big Black Man.
Physical requirements: Black man.
What to prepare: Big Black Man – dialogue to follow.

OTHER MALE ROLES
Nathan Lukowski (Jerry and Pam’s son) – Supporting role
Age:
 Must be able to play anywhere between 13 and 15.
Description: Wise for his age. Stoic, sincere and charming; loves his dad but knows he sometimes has to play the father. In the show he sees and hears adult-themed content and says “f**k” once.
What to prepare: Dialogue only – to follow.

The following roles may double up:
Teddy Slaughter (Pam’s live-in boyfriend) – Supporting role
Age:
35 – 55
Description: Quite the opposite of Jerry, he is clean-cut and well-off.
What to prepare: Scrap – dialogue to follow.

Buddy ‘Keno’ Walsh (a male stripper) – Supporting role
Age:
21 – 35
Description: He opens the show with a striptease for the women. No full frontal nudity.
Physical requirements: Good body and moves well.
What to prepare: Scrap – dialogue to follow.

Reg Willoughby (union leader) – Supporting role
Age:
30 – 55
What to prepare: Scrap – dialogue to follow.

Tony Giordano (club owner) – Supporting role
Ages:
20 – 50
What to prepare: Scrap – dialogue to follow.

THE WOMEN
Pam Lukowski (Jerry’s estranged wife) – Supporting role
Age:
30 – 45
Range: High alto/broad mezzo belter.
Description: She wants Jerry to be an active father and wants him to succeed, but has strong reservations. A strong, firm woman with a very big heart.
What to prepare: The Goods – dialogue to follow.

Georgie Bukatinsky (Dave’s wife) – Supporting role
Age:
 30 – 45
Range: High alto/broad mezzo belter.
Description: She loves her husband and worries about him. She is exuberant, warm and down-to-earth; an extrovert who is the leader of her group of girlfriends.
What to prepare: It’s a Woman’s World and You Rule My World (reprise) – dialogue to follow.

Vicki Nichols (Harold’s wife) – Supporting role
Age:
30 – 55
Range: High alto/broad mezzo belter.
Description: She is classy and energetic, and loves to dress up and travel but is still one of the girls. She adores and understands her husband.
What to prepare: Life with Harold and You Rule My World (reprise) – dialogue to follow.

Jeannette Burmeister (a piano player) – Supporting role
Age:
“Of indeterminate years” but preferably with a been-around-the-block look.
Range: Low alto belter.
Description: A sassy, showbiz veteran with a smoky voice who has been there and done that, and has the scars and stories to tell. She’s so keen to get involved that she brings her own piano. An excellent actress required.
What to prepare: Jeanette’s Showbiz Number – dialogue to follow.

The following roles may double up:
Estelle Genovese (Jerry’s occasional girlfriend) – Supporting role
Age:
25 – 35
Range: Alto.
Description: Bold, brassy, sexy, slightly insensitive.
What to prepare: It’s a Woman’s World – dialogue to follow.

Susan Hershey (a friend of Pam and Georgie’s) – Supporting role
Age: 30 – 45
Range: Alto.
What to prepare: It’s a Woman’s World – dialogue to follow.

Joanie Lish (a friend of Pam and Georgie’s) – Supporting role
Age: 30 – 45
Range: Alto.
What to prepare: It’s a Woman’s World – dialogue to follow. 

Molly MacGregor (Malcolm’s aged and ailing mother) – Supporting role
Age:
60 – 70.
Non-singing role – dialogue to follow.

Send that email and book your audition slot now!

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2016: A Year of Success

As we head into an exciting 2017 we can truly look back on 2016 with great pride as a huge success of a year. Our staging of Shout! the Mod Musical as our “big show” for 2016 was critically acclaimed and wowed audiences in November.

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We were thrilled to have Garth Tavares back as Director, Musical Director and Choreographer. His wealth of talent brought in superb Set Design and Lighting Design as well to ensure a production of professional artistic standards.

Our five colourful performers – Blue Girl (Christine Thonissen), Orange Girl (Melissa Sanderson), Green Girl (Laura Bosman), Yellow Girl (Megan Spencer), and Red Girl (Enyha Swanepoel) – had only two months from first rehearsal to opening night to learn these demanding roles. Harmonies, choreography, lead singing, and characterisation were all challenging, but so thrilling when it all came together!

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Our technical and backstage crew worked tirelessly for every performance and were aided by the friendly front-of-house team, talented artists who brought Garth’s set design to life, and the production team managing finances, marketing, and show details.

The Roxy Revue Bar proved to be an ideal venue for our production of Shout! The Mod Musical with its luxurious setting and excellent facilities. We will be happy to place ourselves at Grand West Casino for future productions and hope that our loyal audiences will get used to supporting Pinelands Players in this vibrant venue. The cast and crew can certainly advise on the best places to find an after-show drink, good dinner, or pre-show junk food!

Our thanks go out to all those who made this fantastic production the success that it was and all those who supported it. Here’s to a great 2017 filled with theatre!

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THE CHESSBOARD KILLER: A Thrilling, Original Play

Pinelands Players is hosting a thrilling new play, written and directed by Graham Leverton, at their intimate Clubhouse Theatre, The Crossing, in Pinelands.

The story follows Ron Bingham, a failed screenwriter and senior lecturer at a film school in New York, played by Thomas Bowman.  After years of rejection, Ron decides to make the world “watch” as he re-enacts a screenplay that he has written. Inspired by the character in his head, Ron becomes a serial killer. However, he is not the average killer. Each of his victims represents a chess piece. His goal? To complete the set, from pawns, to rooks, to queens and kings – 32 in total. Achieving this goal would make him the most prolific serial killer in New York history.

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Trying to put a stop to the killing spree is Detectives Joel Stringer (played by Leverton) and Vicky Conway (played by Kerryn Lloyd). Stringer is a veteran homicide detective and leads the investigation of these bizarre and random killings. With the assistance of his partner, Conway, the two try to piece together the puzzle, hoping that they’ll be able to prevent the killer from completing his goal of a full set. They watch as the killer moves from pawns (the lower classes of society) to rooks, knights and bishops (the middle and upper classes). But the question remains: who are the Kings and Queens?

In the centre of this fast-paced thriller is Richard Walker (played by Byron Hite), who is an aspiring screenwriter and a student in Ron Bingham’s class. Walker turns to Ron for mentorship, but unbeknownst to him, his mentor is a serial killer and uses Walker as a chess piece in his sick game.

“A lot of consideration has gone into staging my script; the venue is quite challenging due to its size, so we’ve had to be creative in terms of scene changes and how we portray the intricacies of the script,” says Leverton. “I actually wrote the script with the venue in mind, so we have some clever ways to assist with the scene changes, as well as to allow the plot to advance in an interesting way. This includes voice overs and some amazing music to set the tone of the play. I’m excited to finally see my script come to life on stage.”

This refreshing, original play will be running from the 30th of September to the 2nd of October. Bookings can be made by emailing pinelandsplayers@gmail.com. Tickets cost R40 and can be paid at the door.

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