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The Newsletter of the Concord Players
October 2010                                                    Robert Runck, Editor
Members of The Concord Players participating in the parade celebrating Concord's 375th birthday!
Like browsing before you buy a book? How about previewing a play before attending it?  On Thursday Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. you'll get your chance: The Concord Players and the Concord Bookshop (65 Main Street) are teaming up to showcase a dramatic reading of Crossing Delancey at the Concord Bookshop during its evening hours.
     Enter the set--an independent bookstore--where our lead Izzy lovingly labors by day (promoting handsome authors), then browse for your book club's next title! Tell your friends, young and old, to come and savor a snippet from this insightful comedy! The reading starts at 7:00, followed by a short Q&A and ticket raffle.
     The play runs Nov. 5 through Nov. 20. Don't miss our opening night gala or the post-matinee director's talk-back. And do bring your grandmother, your teen, a friend. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available.

CD rehearse

Leah Fine (last seen on CP's stage in Cabaret) and Leslie Wagner (last seen in CP's Man Who Came to Dinner) rehearse as the dreamy Izzy and her wisecracking, Yiddish grandmother, Bubbie.

On Nov. 5, there will be a 7 p.m. reception, sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank, for opening night ticket holders of Crossing Delancey, featuring appetizers, desserts and beverages that reflect the themes of the play. (Curtain is at 8 p.m.) The rich cultural and gastronomic history of the lower east side of New York City, the setting of the play, will be presented in the style of the famed delicatessen fare of New York: cured and smoked meats, fish, pickles, bagels, cheese, pastries and sweets. The Players' opening night receptions have been great reunions for both actors and audiences of local theater communities. If you have opening night tickets, we hope you will join us.

The Players have decided to take on the challenge of upgrading the 51 Walden arts center sound system. The enhancements are expected to occur in three phases.  First, the auditorium sound system will receive an upgraded speaker system to support the needs of musical performances. This involves wireless microphones, special processing of the audio mix, and a focused delivery of dialogue, music, and lyrics through a custom-tuned, high-fidelity loudspeaker array.  We will begin by acquiring and installing a loudspeaker array and its support electronics. The second phase will include improvements in equipment for hearing-impaired audience members. The third phase will include upgrades to the lighting control board and its associated equipment. These planned technical improvements to enhance audience enjoyment are an excellent opportunity for the community to offer financial support to the arts in Concord.

The 2010-2011 Concord Players Yearbook will be available at the Fall Huddle on Oct. 17. Those not picked up by members at that time will be mailed to them.

Come support Concord Youth Theatre! October 2 is right around the corner, and calendars are filling quickly. On that date, CYT will be holding a wine-tasting party (for patrons over 21 only!) Come taste wines from different countries that complement various shows (as in wines from Austria or Germany, depicting The Sound of Music or Cabaret! for example.) The event is 7-9 p.m., in West Concord, at the spacious LensProToGo, 152 Commonwealth Ave. (near Nashoba Bakery). Joe Saia of the West Concord Liquor Store and his wine distributors are graciously sponsoring this event. All proceeds support CYT. Tickets are $35.00. You may purchase them on the CYT website at www.concordyouththeatre.org or by mail to Concord Youth Theatre, 50 Beharrell St., Concord, MA 01742. Questions? Call CYT at 978.371.1482, mailbox 1
Rick Frese, Players board member and one of the organizers of the 375th Concord birthday celebration, had this to say about it: "It was an absolutely beautiful weekend for our 375th celebration. With 95 groups involved, the parade may have been the longest in Concord's history. The Saturday night Birthday Bash at the armory attracted 500 people. Sunday night's fireworks display, in the eyes of many viewers, was the most spectacular they had ever seen. The celebration was organized by a very dedicated, enthusiastic ten-member 375th Committee, led by Meg Gaudet, with scores of energetic volunteers. Stephanie Bowen, 25, was born at the time of the last celebration. We have now identified Concord's 375th baby, born 9/12/2010. What wonderful continuity!"

Rick Frese reports that the Play Director/Selection Committee is energetically preparing for the 2011-2012 season. The season will open next fall with a terrific musical, followed by an appealing comedy and closing with the tenth anniversary production of Little Women. The first round of directors interviews will take place on October 24th and 25th. We welcome member suggestions for a comedy or musical for next season. You may e-mail Rick at rfrese@bentley.edu

FunkGeorge Funk, long-time member and volunteer extraordinary of The Concord Players, passed away Sept. 7, 2010. George and his wife Bette (who passed away in 1998) first came to The Players in 1975. Both worked on set construction, painting, graphics, front of house and as producers. They were involved with as many as 16 plays over the years.
     During WWII, George was a U.S. Navy "SeaBee" (for CB, or Construction Battalion) in the Pacific area of operations. Professionally, after the war, George designed highways, bridges, tunnels, airports and buildings with various consulting firms. He was also a volunteer with the COA and Emerson Hospital, and served on several Town Committees.
     Gifts in George's name may be made to Emerson Hospital, 133 ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 16, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord.

It is with sincere regret that the Board of Directors of The Players announces that Marilyn Cugini, board member and chair of publicity, has found it necessary to leave the board. Marilyn has found that her other commitments, most notably her work with CCTV, take up too much of her time to continue on the board. Marilyn has made substantial contributions to expanding the audience for Players productions, and she will be missed. The board wishes her well, and looks forward to future contributions she will make to The Concord Players.


Come Sunday, Oct. 17, to 51 Walden. Come and eat, say hello to your friends, and meet some new ones, during the kick-off to our 2010-2011 season: Crossing Delancey, Breaking Legs, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (the musical). Directors Roxanne Myhrum, John Alzapiedi and Michael McGarty will share their visions of the shows they will be directing, and you will get a sneak peek at the fall play, Crossing Delancey. There's more: Claiborne Dawes has adapted a short story by Roald Dahl, The Landlady, which is directed by Lida McGirr. Come one, come all to our fall festival!

John Alzapiedi will be playing Harold Hill in the Savoyard Light Opera Company's upcoming production of The Music Man. Jay Newlon is choreographer. Performances are Nov. 13, 19, and 20 at 8:00 p.m. and Nov. 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m.
      Shana Dirik is currently rehearsing the role of Charlotte in the Metro Stage Company's production of A Little Night Music, performing Oct. 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 p.m., Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 17 at 2 p.m., at the YMCA Theatre, Central Square, Cambridge. For tickets, call 617-524-5013 or go online at www.metrostagecompany.com
Visit the website at www.concordplayers.org for more detailed information.
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