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MADS is a vibrant Cape Town community-based theatre group producing live stage productions at the Masque Theatre
MADS is a vibrant Cape Town community-based theatre group producing live stage productions at the Masque Theatre

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Movement, Music and Media in "Below My Feet" this June at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg Cape Town
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Celia Musikanth gives 'A Taste Of Bette Midler'

On at the Intimate Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town from 3 - 12 April 2013. Bookings on e-mail: bookingsbette@gmail.com
 
Written and produced by Debby Jamieson
Directed by Celia Musikanth
Musical Director: Ted Faulkner
Alan van der Merwe on Piano; Ted Faulkner on Bass; Ivor Jacobson on Drums 
Choreographer: Paul Johnson; Lighting and Sound: Gary Fargher


Reviewed by Lieske Bester

Supported by a quality and sensitive trio of musicians this is a classy and most enjoyable production.  Debby Jamieson sings and dances a treat and looking lithe and lovely with a strong stage presence is an undeniable bonus. Whether you do or do not know Bette Midler and her musical career (there is more than a passing visual resemblance) this young artist has put together an amusing and informative script and a varied programme presented with gusto. 

Against a backdrop (Johnson) that is both glamorous and minimal. Defined direction and choreography enhance the selection. Ballads (From a Distance, the stirring Wind Beneath My Wings and The Rose)  are effectively contrasted with physical numbers (Boogy Woogy Bugle Boy, the provocative Stuff like That), witty theatrical gems (Miss Otis Regrets, Shattered Illusions, Is That All There Is?). Combining all her performing skills makes Masochism Tango a dazzling finale. 

The instrumental interludes (In the Mood and Chattanooga Choo Choo) fittingly display the talents of the musicians individually and together. 

Debby Jamieson has cut her teeth in the competitive UK entertainment market, and this is a promising debut on the South African professional stage. 
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Muizenberg Dramatic Society

Directors' Forum for 2014 productions

This invitation is open to any director who wishes to direct a MADS production in 2014.

Please see our post for full details.
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Read our article which explores all the different areas of a theatre stage, as well as directional terms used by the director during rehearsals. It is essential for every beginner to know them!
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CATA Awards 2012 Winners
picture courtesy of Lynda Jennings (official CATA photographer
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