In the Wings

The Newsletter of The Concord Players
November 2011                                       Robert Runck, Editor
The dancers get it on for The Drowsy Chaperone!
The Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord is the umbrella organization for The Concord Players, The Concord Orchestra, and The Concord Band, and operates, maintains and schedules events in the theatre building at 51 Walden in Concord. FOPAC is directed by a board consisting of representatives from each of the three sponsoring organizations, and includes an Executive Director, Carole Wayland, who handles the day to day affairs of FOPAC.
      On December 18, FOPAC will sponsor a fund-raising performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors, with members of the Concord Orchestra directed by Alan Yost, music direction by Robin Farnsley, and stage direction by Robert Runck. In addition to Amahl, there will be a performance of a medieval mystery play, The Second Shepherd's Play, adapted and directed by Robert Runck.
      In the spring, to celebrate its 40th year of incorporation, FOPAC will present Puccini's La Bohème on June 9 and 10, 2012. This fully staged performance, a collaboration of members of The Concord Band, The Concord Orchestra, and The Concord Players, along with other friends of 51 Walden, will be performed in Italian, with surtitles. The opera will be conducted by Alan Yost. Kathy Lague will be stage director and Paula Eldridge will be the chorus master.
Purchased by the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association in 1911, Orchard House, the Concord home of the Alcott family, opened as a museum in 1912. It is now engaged in a year-long centennial celebration, which will culminate in another event, The Concord Players decennial production of Little Women, a dramatization drawn from the novel by the founder of The Concord Players. A tradition that began in 1932, the centennial of Louisa May Alcott's birth, the production has gone up every 10 years since then, except in 1942, a war year.

You've seen him on Antiques Roadshow; Find!; and the new reality show, Buried Treasure. Now, hear what the engaging and accomplished Leigh Keno has to say about collecting and enjoying antiques in the 21st century. Keno will be the Concord Museum's Guest of Honor on Saturday, November 5, 2011, 2 p.m., at 51 Walden, for a special event called Hidden Treasures: An Afternoon with Leigh Keno. In honor of the Concord Museum's 125th anniversary, this special event is free and open to the public, but by reservation only. Reserve early by calling the Concord Museum at (978) 369-9763.

Players member JulieAnn Charest is directing Anne of Green Gables for the Concord Youth Theatre. The show runs Dec 2-11. For tickets or more information, call 978-371-1482, or visit www.concordyouththeatre.org
      Featuring many local vocalists who have graced the boards at 51 Walden, Gilbert & Sullivan's Yeoman of the Guard will be produced by Savoyard Light Opera, November 12-20, at the Corey Auditorium on 117 Church Street in Carlisle. Call 978-369-7562 for tickets.
Imagine this: you're sitting in a theatre, the lights dim, the first character walks on stage and declares: "I hate theatre." Welcome to The Drowsy Chaperone, presented by The Concord Players, opening Friday, Nov. 4. It turns out that the character, simply known as The Man in the Chair, does love musical comedy from the Golden Age of the late 1920-1930s. And because he's feeling blue, he turns to his favorite (fictional) show from that era, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens, the musical scenes from that show literally burst through the walls of his apartment, giving him (and the audience) an up-close-and-personal encounter with memorable music, foot-stomping dance, rollicking comedy, and a joyous good time.  
      "I knew I wanted to direct this show some day," says director Donnie Baillargeon, "and Concord is probably the one community theatre in the region that could pull it off."
      Another first for this show is the introduction of a new assistive listening system. If you wish to try out a pair of headphones, you can do so in the lobby before the show!


On Friday, for opening night ticket holders, The Concord Players is holding a party, beginning at 7 p.m. before the 8 p.m. curtain. Following the theme of the show, we will present a 1928-style wedding reception, complete with Prohibition champagne punch, Mrs. Tottendale's Teetotaller Punch, and hors d'oeuvres made by five mom and daughter teams from the National Charity League. We'll add to the menu Wedding Cake, a "Toledo Surprise" delicious dessert, and elegant pastries for your pleasure.
      These opening night galas have become real reunions for Players actors and crews, and we will be introducing Donnie Baillargeon, director of the show, to attendees. Tickets can be purchased at our website www.concordplayers.org
See you there!!

Auditions will be held for the Players' February production, Amateurs, on November 16 and 17, 7-10 pm, with callbacks if necessary on November 20th at 7 pm. Rehearsals will be Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, and possibly some Friday evenings. Performance dates are Feb. 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, and 25, 2012.

Since the Yearbook went to print, there've been several member additions, so please add them into your book if you wish. These members have given permission to print their email addresses in the membership book, but if you would like additional information about them, please email corinne.kinsman@gmail.com and she will provide you with other information that the member gave permission to share.
 BENN, Connell and Michael 
 !DEVINE, Jean and CHISHOLM, Phil jeanm.devine@verizon.net
 FRATES, Tom tomfrates@yahoo.com
 PRESCOTT, David Allen dallenprescott@yahoo.com

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