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The Newsletter of The Concord Players
March 2011                         Robert Runck, Editor
DRS cast
The cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Kat Aberle as Christine, Ethan Butler as Freddy, Eric Hanselman as Lawrence, Craig Howard as Andre, Paula McNabb as Renee, Tracy Nygard as Muriel and Rachel Savage as Jolene.
The President and Board of Directors invite you the the Annual Meeting of The Concord Players on Sunday, March 20, at 7p.m. at 51 Walden. Various members will present updates on the activities of the Board this past year and what's in store for the coming year. dancer
The slate of shows for 2011-2012 will be announced, along with the vote for new officers. Enjoy some refreshments and an entertainment from the Concord Traveling Players. Please join us as we celebrate another successful year!

The position of box office/subscription manager is open as of June/July 2011 and offers a stipend. The Players produce three shows/year and sell subscriptions late summer to early fall. We will provide hands-on training this spring during our production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. If you are interested in filling this key and very important position for us, please email jnewlon@logixinc.com

Cheryl Carter-Miller will be joining the Players Board of Directors. She has been a familiar face on stages all over Worcester County for the past 30 years. She holds a degree in theatre education from Bridgewater State College, and is currently the drama teacher at R.J. Grey Junior High in Acton.

The following is adapted from a story in the Boston Globe, February 10, 2011, by Lenny Megliola. In the case of one community theater, the back story is as compelling as the productions it puts on. The history of the Concord Players dates to 1856, when Louisaalcott May Alcott helped form the Concord Dramatic Union. In 1872, it became the Concord Dramatic Club, and in 1919 The Concord Players. Two years later, it added a stage to an armory at 51 Walden St., the group's home to this day. The Walden Street building also serves as home to the Concord Orchestra, the Concord Band, and a ballet studio, all under the umbrella of the Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord.
      The Players put on three major productions a year. Every 10 years since 1972, the ensemble stages a version of Alcott's Little Women, which is always box office gold.
      Doing strong productions is the lifeblood of theater. And it's just as much about the people behind the scenes, the ones handling lighting and sound, set construction, props, and makeup; the stage manager quarterbacking cues. "The thing that impresses me is the depth of the talent offstage,'' says John Alzapiedi, an actor and director for The Players. "Everyone knows their jobs. It's a wonderful group of dedicated people.''
      The Concord Players ensemble has relied on a core of actors, directors, and stage hands who stay on for years or even decades, in many cases. The record is held by Heddie Kent, who joined as a teenager and was a member for 73 years before she died in 2009. Sally Bull, with the troupe since 1980, calls the Players "my second family.'' It's a sentiment a lot of theater people in The Players have voiced through the years. Louisa May Alcott would be proud.

Christopher DiGrazia, who was in 1776 (Secretary Thompson) and The Odd Couple (Roy) has just published his first novel, The Director's Cut. Set in 1914, it's a mystery starring Theda Bara, the silent screen's first
sex symbol, who goes searching for a killer after two 'accidents' shut down her movie. This is the first of the Theda Bara Mysteries series. The series website is www.kissmemyfool.com
The publisher website is www.1921PVG.com
Be sure to come see the spring musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a show with an interesting, fast-moving and complicated set. Placed among the breezy beaches and glitzy fashions of the French Riviera, this musical comedy pays tribute to the shows of the 1920s and 1930s with catchy tunes in the style of Cole Porter. The set changes will take place during the action, with crew members dressed as bellhops, waiters, and hotel clerks. 
      Directed by Michael McGarty, with musical direction by Mario Cruz. Performs April 22, 23, 29, 30 and May 1, 6, 7.
      The cast is shown above. The Pit singers are Kate Alexander, Connie Benn, Emily Earle, Paula McNabb, and Dennis Roach. The Dancers are Rachel Bruce, Kelly Flanagan, Chris Karaleskas, Jay Newlon, Jake O'Hara, Katrina Rotondi, Maryellen Skulski, and Kate Wendt.

Marilyn Cugini, host of Discussing Creativity on CCTV, has invited producer Doug Cooper and director Mike McGarty of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to appear on the show. They plan to focus on the challenges of bringing a Broadway musical to the stage of a community theater, with an emphasis on the Players' set design. If all goes well, the episode will be broadcast on Channel 8 (local access cable for Carlisle and Concord) on April 11 at 9 p.m., April 13 at 5 p.m., and April 15 at 9 a.m.

Chuck Holleman is in Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon, as Max Prince, the Sid Ceasar character, a part calling for an over-the-top performance. Anyone who has seen Chuck knows he will be up for it.
     Chuck says, "In this show I literally drop my pants to get a laugh. And the first time I had to do that was at Concord Players, in Cinderella, directed by Paul Murphy. Now I can start a list of shows where I have to drop my pants to get a laugh."
      Presented by Nashoba Players opening March 11 at the PCA in Westford, the show is directed by Ben Delatizky (directing a show next winter for The Players). Also starring is Michael Gilman, last seen as Sam the Pickle man in our Crossing Delancy. For info, go to www.nashobaplayers.org

Lis Adams will be appearing in

Bus Stop at Vokes, March 4-19.
       Tom Frates will perform as Captain Corcoran, and Mike Lague as the boatswain's mate, in Sudbury Savoyards' HMS Pinafore, directed by Kathy Lague, March 11 and 12 at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School. (All three were in Scarlet Pimpernel.)

      Andy Swansburg, Tricia Akowicz and Jenny Gratz will appear in Curtains at Arlington Friends of the Drama, directed by Paul Murphy, with costumes by Tracy Wall.



Come enjoy favorite tunes from the world of opera and Broadway. Featured vocalists are Robin, Kim Moller, Ben Clark, Rebecca Haines, Ray Bauwens, Kim Peck Lamoureux, Tom Frates, Connie Benn, Lonnie Powell, Thom Kenney and Jeramie Hammond. They will be joined by the FOPAC Chorus and Orchestra. Two performances at 51 Walden: April 2 at 8 p.m. and April 3 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students.
      On Saturday, March 12, 8:00 p.m., at 51 Walden, Amanda Carr, well-known vocalist, will appear with the Silver Fox Jazz Quintet, featuring favorites from The Great American Songbook. Tickets are $30 per person (or reserve a table for six for $160). Dance space is available with cabaret seating and cash bar. More information about Amanda at www.amandacarr.com
      These two events are sponsored by FOPAC, to benefit building maintenance and operations. For tickets for both events, call 978 369-7911, go to www.51walden.org or email fopac@verizon.net

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