|FUND-RAISING A GREAT SUCCESS! |
Concord Players have been pursuing a three-part fund-raising plan. (1)
Thanks to generosity and financial help from the Sudbury Foundation
and the Valerie Beth Schwartz Foundation, they were able to install a
new speaker system last April. It has been a great success. (2) After
research by Paul Gill and Bruce Gray, with help from Allen Bantly, into
hearing assistive devices, and the results of a focus group, Jill
Henderson submitted two grant proposals.
December 6th, Jill and President Jay Newlon received a $2,000 check
from Ken Vona and Meg Ramsey of the Foundation for Metrowest,
as shown above. In that same week, the Valerie Beth Schwartz
Foundation granted The Players $5,000! These two grants have fully
funded new hearing assistive headsets now available for performances.
When asked for his opinion, Rik Pierce said, "I have hearing aids that
help me a lot so I thought I didn't need to wear a headset in the
theater, but when I did try it, it made all the difference between
hearing and understanding." (3) The third phase of Concord Players
fund-raising will be replacing the lighting board and updating the
lighting equipment.SLATE FOR 2012-13 CLOSE TO FINISH
Play/Director Selection Committee has identified a number of plays
under consider- ation for 2012-2013. The committee has scheduled
January interviews with eight directors matched to these plays. In
February, the PDSC will present a slate of recommended shows to the
Concord Players Board.Ray
Bauwens, Michael Prichard and Thomas Dawkins as the Kings and Brad
Amidon as the Page ask for shelter at the door of Amahl and his mother.AMAHL A RECORD SUCCESS!
Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord produced, under the able
music direction of Alan Yost and Robin Farnsley, a flawless
performance of Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors,
to an overflow and record-setting audience of 285 on December 18. At
the conclusion, the audience responded with a standing ovation.
|AUDITIONS FOR LITTLE WOMEN|
will be held Wednesday and Thursday, January 11 and 12, 2012, at 7:00
p.m. in Robb Hall at the Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, for The
Players' decennial spring production of a stage version of the novel Little Women, written by Louisa May Alcott, who with her sisters founded the drama group that became The Concord Players. She wrote Little Women
in 1868 at Orchard House in Concord, where she lived. Orchard House is
this year celebrating its centennial as a museum. The Players have
produced a stage version of Little Women every
ten years since 1932, with the exception of 1942, during World War II.
Performance dates will be Fridays at 8:00, Saturdays at 2:00 and 8:00
and Sundays at 2:00, on April 27, 28 (two shows), 29 (matinee), May 4, 5
(two shows), 6 11, 12 (two shows), 13 (matinee), 2012.
AMATEURS PROCEEDS APACE
Director Allen Bantly, with assistance from Frank Gill and Larry
Blundell (above), are moving ahead rapidly with construction of the set
-- along with progress of rehearsals of the play.
Below, Julian Willard, as Nathan, teacher and wannabe ventriloquist in Amateurs
, practices with his puppet backstage.
The membership committee would like to welcome three new members: Julian Willard, from the Amateurs
cast, and returning members David and Louise Hannegan and Gerald and Lydia Lauderdale.