In the Wings
The Newsletter of the Concord Players
June 2010                                                    Robert Runck, Editor
If you have a business or service you'd like to advertise in next season's program, now is the time! Many members already do. The rates are very reasonable: $100 to $400 for the season, depending on ad size. As many as 6,000 theater-goers from Concord and surrounding towns will see your ad, and you receive two complimentary tickets for the opening night of your choice. Questions? Contact Claiborne Dawes, 978-369-5899, or email claiborne333@comcast.net

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Crossing Delancey is a charming, insightful romantic comedy set amid the pickle shops and park benches of Manhattan's Lower East Side.
Auditions: Friday, June 25 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, June 26 3-5 p.m. with callbacks 6-8 p.m., at 51 Walden Street, Concord MA. Audition readings will be from the script.A script is available at the reference desk at the Concord Main Library. Production dates: Nov. 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 2010. Characters: Isabelle ("Izzy"), an attractive, independent Manhattanite in her 20s. Bubbie, Isabelle's elderly but vivacious and quick-witted grandmother. Hannah, a nosy, blunt, loud, middle-aged woman hired as a professional match maker to find a man for Izzy. Sam, a contemplative, earnest pickle salesman in his early 30s. Tyler, an attractive, well-educated fiction writer and literary critic in his late 30s to early 40s.
     For more info, email co-producer Cheri Fletcher at
Cheri_Fletcher@hotmail.com To fill out an audition form, go to http://www.concordplayers.org/ and click on Auditions.

Calling all Players! There are many summer volunteer opportunities for those of you who are interested in helping The Concord Players get better organized, reach out to people in town who haven't been to our theater before, and sign up more new members and subscribers!
To find out how you can help:
Program ad solicitation now through June 30. Contact Claiborne Dawes at claiborne333@comcast.net
Concord Players Booth at the July 4 Picnic in the Park. Concord Players will have a booth to help boost awareness of The Concord Players, particularly among young families. We will be running a puppet theater, so if you have puppets and/or a puppet theater we can borrow for the day, or want to help put on puppet shows 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., please contact Marketing Head Marilyn Cugini at m.cugini@ampersand.com
Inventory props and set dressing. Contact Linda McConchie at lcmcconchie@yahoo.com or Charlotte Kelley at grauntie1@verizon.net
Organize costumes. Contact Costume Heads Pat Kane at cstmcloth@yahoo.com or Kathy Booth at boothdka@gmail.com
Green Room deep clean. Contact Jay Newlon at jnewlon@logixinc.com
Organize Green Room office records and files. Contact Jill Henderson at jillhenderson@rcn.com

The Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres (EMACT) Festival will be held June 11-13, 2010, at the Marion D. Campbell Performing Arts Center of Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts. Eleven groups will be competing for awards in sixteen categories and the chance to compete in the regional festival, March 2011.
     Save by buying your tickets in advance; save more by buying a full-festival ticket: one show, $12.00 at the door; two-show session, $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door; three-show session, $22.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door; full festival, $65.00 in advance, $90.00 at the door.
     Advance-sale tickets are available on-line at  http://www.emact.org
Groups Participating
Acme Theater, Arlekin Studio, Burlington Players, Colonial Chorus, Hovey Players, Lexington Players, Nashoba Players, Theatre Company of Saugus, Walpole Footlighters, Washington Street Players and Wellesley Players. For more information go to  http://www.emact.org or email festival@emact.org
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Our madcap end-of-year frolic is June 6, 7:13 p.m., at 51 Walden Street. There will be a reception with refreshments, and entertainment by the crews of the season's productions: an irreverent look back at the three shows performed this year, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Man Who Came to Dinner and the musical, The Scarlet Pimpernel, complete with wigs, styrofoam heads, boats, a bed, penguins--and many more surprises! The pot luck was such a success last year that we're bringing it back. Please feel free to bring your favorite dish to share with all the other Frolic-ers! Come and celebrate!!

Vanessa Gould, daughter of long-time Players Kirsten Gould (award-winning director) and David Gould (past president), has won a 2010 Peabody Award for her documentary film, Between the Folds (Green Fuse Films ITVS), an exploration of the work of ten practitioners of origami (the art of specialized paper folding), who explore the connections of art, mathematics, science and sculpture. The film will air on PBS Thursday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. The Peabody is the oldest and most prestigious award for electronic media work.

In the recent IRNE awards, James Fitzpatrick (The Emcee in Cabaret) tied for Best Supporting Actor (Musical) for his performance in The Producers at Turtle Lane Playhouse.

Our new board member, Paul Murphy, played Billy Crocker, as well as a sailor, chef, harried businessman, Chinese ambassador, Spanish lover, Mrs. George Bernard Shaw, and Public Enemy One, in the Actors Inc. May production of Anything Goes.

"The other Ethan." That's what they called Ethan Butler in high school. Who was the first Ethan? Just Ethan Hawke. It won't seem surprising then that this talented performer is modest and unassuming. "I rarely have a performance that I'm perfectly happy with," says the man who played Percy Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel.
     It's a demanding role. Percy shifts from idle aristocrat to comic fop to passionate courtier within minutes. Soon he becomes the heroic Pimpernel. Only a creative and talented actor can make us believe that Percy is real. And did we mention his voice? The voice that stilled the room during tryouts? All the more surprise then to learn that he's never had a singing lesson. He has studied classical piano and plays the trumpet. And, by the by, he earned two masters degrees in engineering and management at MIT. Ethan Butler is living evidence that parents should give their children a well rounded upbringing, with exposure to all the arts and sciences.
     Butler may have come in second to the other Ethan for lead roles in high school, but since then he's done pretty well. He was nominated for a DASH award in 2008 for the role of Georg in The Longwood Players' production of She Loves Me, and sang the role of Frederick in the Savoyard Light Opera Company's production of Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. He was even cast as a professional understudy for the Huntington Theater's recent production of Pirates (an adaptation of Pirates of Penzance). All in all, a very accomplished fellow, wouldn't you agree?
-Linda McConchie

A number of Players members are involved in Savoyard's fall show, The Music Man: John Alzapiedi, Chuck Holleman, Connie Benn, Mike Lague, Liz Bishop, James Sheehan and Johnny Kilcoyne are in the cast, and Jay Newlon is choreographing. For more info go to savoyardlightopera.org/MusicMan_2010.htm
Visit the website at www.concordplayers.org for more detailed information.
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