|ANNUAL MEETING A GREAT SUCCESS!|
Concord Players held their 90th Annual Meeting on March 21 , at 51
Walden Street. The meeting opened with a cheery welcome from
President Jay Newlon. Last year's annual meeting minutes were
read by secretary Joanne Hines, and an update on the organization's
financials was given by Treasurer Chuck Holleman. Vice President
Jill Henderson shared highlights of current fund raising, and Vice
President Linda McConchie talked about this year's
productions. Cheri Fletcher, Chair of the Nominating
Committee, announced board nominations and conducted voting by the
members. Voted for a one-year term on the Executive Committee were Jay
Newlon, President; Jill Henderson, First Vice President of
Committees; Tracy Wall, Vice President of
Productions, Chuck Holleman, Treasurer; and Joanne Hines,
Secretary. Board members for a one-year term ending June 30, 2012,
were Tom Sikina, Director of Finance; Paul Murphy, managing the
Volunteer Program; Edward Bernard, Director of Marking/Publicity; and
Cheryl Carter-Miller, Director of Special Events. Board Members
nominated for a two-year term ending June 30, 2013, were Rick
Frese, Play Selection Committee Chair; Paul Gill; Robert
Runck, Director of Planning; and Corinne Kinsman, Director of
Membership. Board member retiring June 30, 2010: Linda McConchie,
VP of Productions, Executive Committee. Rick Frese announced the slate
of plays and directors for the 2011-2012 season. Entertainment
was provided by the Concord Traveling Players who performed scenes from
Arsenic and Old Lace, Harvey, and I'm Herbert from I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running. Refreshments were organized/ coordinated by Sally Bull and Susie Baldwin.
DON'T MISS THE NEXT SEASON!
The Players 2011-2012 season, playgoers can look forward to a
Tony-Award-winning musical in the fall that promises to be an homage to
American musicals in the jazz age. In the winter we will bring you Amateurs
by Tom Griffin, which follows the misadventures and antics of an
even more unruly cluster of thespians than those you usually see in
Players productions! In the spring of 2012 we will be celebrating not
only our decennial event of producing Little Women but also joining the community at large in honoring the Louisa May Alcott Centennial.
NEXT SEASON'S DIRECTORS
for 2011-2012 season are Donnie Baillargeon, new to the Concord
Players, who will direct the fall musical. Donnie has been a stage
director, producer, technical director, play committee member, general
manager and president of Vokes Players. The winter comedy will be
directed by Ben Delatizky, new to the CP, who has directed 13 shows,
produced 5, performed in 27 and received 13 Dash, Earp and Drama
Festival awards. Concord's own Kate Clarke will direct Little Women. Kate was in the 1992 production of Little Women
and a crew member in the 2002 production. She has enjoyed a rich set
of experiences in the theater and has an M.F.A. from Brandeis
OTHER PLAYERS NEWS
Tom Large and Paul Held have gone from being madcap Italians in Breaking Legs to madcap Brits in the farce Funny Money at TCAN in Natick center. The show goes up in early June. For info: www.TCANPlayers.org
|COME SEE THE SPRING MUSICAL!|
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
opens April 22 and runs April 23, 29, 30 and May 1, 6, 7. Directed by
Michael McGarty, with music direction by Mario Cruz, and choreography by
Karrie Stang Mason, and featuring a stellar cast of singers, dancers
and backstage crew! Opening night ticket holders will be treated to an
elegant reception, beginning one hour before the 8 p.m.
... AND CATCH THE RADIO SHOW
Don't miss the performance of selections from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
on the radio program "Standing Room Only," on Sunday, April 3, at 1:00
p.m., at 88.9 WERS HD2, as part of their series, "The Best Of
Broadway And Beyond" on Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon to
2 p.m. during their Live Music Week.
Attending our performance will be Michael McGarty (Stage Director) and
Mario Cruz (Music Director). Mario will be the accompanist.
Performing will be Eric Hanselman (Lawrence), Ethan Butler (Freddy), Kat
Aberle (Christine), Rachel Savage (Jolene). They will sing "All About
Ruprecht" (Eric, Ethan, Rachel), "Nothing Is Too Wonderful To Be True"
(Kat, Ethan), and possibly a third selection if there is time.
Also, at the Live InStudio session that Sunday, listeners
will be offered two pairs of tickets to the opening night performance on
Friday, April 22. The tickets include admission to the opening
HEAR YE, HEAR YE
In November, beginning with curtain speeches
by Players President Jay Newlon and followed by written and emailed
appeals sent to members and subscribers, The Concord Players launched a
fund-raising campaign for a sound enhancement project. The original goal
of $25,000 was raised to $29,900, based on the higher than expected bid
costs received for the new speakers, which is part one of a multi-phase
We still have more money to raise and will include donation envelopes in the programs of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, opening April 22. We hope to reach our goal by June. We have added a new on-line donation capability to the Players' website, www.concordplayers.org and are pleased that our donors have used it.
Gifts have been given in memory of Heddie Kent, Harry Schecter, Jack
Sweet and Leroy Newbold for all their talents and time devoted to The
Concord Players. Gifts were also given in honor of Mark Elliott, Bill
Smith, Bob Carter, Susan Tucker, Theater Arts, The Scarlett Pimpernel,
new granddaughter Ruby Hope, Nanci, Owen and Maggie Butler, Patricia
Till, Miles Petrie, Dorothy Schecter, William Pordon, and Lyneath Floyd.