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Darryl Spijkers

Darryl Spijkers

HHDS Chairperson, Director, Actor, Writer

Darryl is a Drama teacher and Head of Culture at Parel Vallei High School by day, with a passion for
his learners, school plays and the Playhouse Theatre (of which he is the chairman), by night.

Ann Coetzee

Ann Coetzee

HHDS Secretary, Actress, Director

Ann finds herself as Secretary of HHDS after 14 years with The Playhouse Theatre. She has won a number of theatre accolades for her contributions over the years and has also acted as an adjudicator for various local amateur theatre award panels.

Noel Pitout

Noel Pitout

Front of House Manager, Member of HHDS sub-committee

Noel joined the theatre in 2009. She became involved in dressmaking and has costumed various
productions.

Caryl Currin

Caryl Currin

Backstage, Props Manager, Production Secretary, Stage Manager, Front of House volunteer

Caryl has been involved with the Playhouse for 9 years; it started with assisting with costumes when
her daughter was performing, and slowly progressed to helping backstage, making props, managing
props, stage managing and acting as production secretary.

Jarred Pitout

Jarred Pitout

Actor, Singer

Jarred is the Head of Sport at Parel Vallei High School; he is an avid sportsman and hockey coach but likewise loves to step onto stage and into the spotlight. He has been in many shows at the Playhouse from musical productions, to dance shows and music showcases. In 2019 he also became featured male vocalist for Playhouse favourites; the Shiraz band.

Gretel Schulze-le Roux

Gretel Schulze-le Roux

Director, Actress

Gretel has always had a love of theatre from a young age. Whether acting or directing she has
always been in search of the magic that the stage provides.

Shiraz Band

Shiraz Band

Musical Band

Having been part of a successful international recording band, The Dooleys, Anne, Bob and Helen
emigrated to Somerset West in the early 1980’s. Wishing to maintain their love for music in their
lives, they formed a band (later called Shiraz) and became a well-known crucial part of any local
function, including Carols by Candlelight and as the most popular participants in the Sunset Concert
Series at the Helderberg Nature Reserve.

Sue Lötter

Sue Lötter

Member of HHDS sub-committee, Bar Manager

Sue joined the Playhouse in 1981. She’s never been on stage but she’s done just about everything
else; she’s made costumes, made props, stage managed, cooked and washed glasses.

Jon-Paul Ruschenbaum

Jon-Paul Ruschenbaum

Musical Director, Actor, Singer

Jon-Paul is a Life Science teacher at Hottentots-Holland High School following the completion of a
BSc in Human Life Science and PGCE at Stellenbosch University. He is actively involved in HH’s extra-
curricular Culture Department where he acts as Director and Musical Director for school productions, in early 2020 he also founded the school choir.

Bobby Bennett

Bobby Bennett

Member of HHDS sub-committee, Facilities Manager, Actor

Samantha Taylor

Samantha Taylor

Director, Actress

Sam first joined The Playhouse Theatre while in high school, working backstage assisting with
costumes and make-up, followed by a few minor roles in a number of productions.

Jessica Matthews

Jessica Matthews

Actress, Singer, Member of HHDS Youth Committee

Jess is a member of the HHDS Youth Committee and is a Grade 11 scholar at Rhenish Girls High
School where she is an energetic student, participating in numerous sporting and cultural activities.

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