In the Wings

The Newsletter of The Concord Players
October 2012                           Robert Runck, Editor
Director Doug Cooper and his casting committee have selected a first-rate cast for our fall show, Mr. Roberts. Lt. Roberts: John Alzapiedi; The Captain: Chuck Holleman; Doc: Craig Howard; Ensign Pulver: Gordon Ellis; Chief Johnson: Robert Pascucci; Stefanowski: Jay Newlon; Lindstrom: Larry Griffin; Mannion: Nick Bennett-Zendzian; Insigna: Stephen Russo; Wiley: Russ Gannon; Gerhard: Jamie Shea; Dowdy: Paul Held; Dolan: Ben Delatizky; Lt. Ann Gerard: Sydney Holleman; Shore Patrolman: Leland Bixby.
    Be sure to come see this rollicking production, and a for-sure can't miss is the remarkable revolving set designed and constructed by Allen Bantly and his crew! The show opens Nov. 2 and runs Nov. 3, 9, 10, 11 (matinee), 16 and 17.
Mr. Roberts set

The Players will be holding auditions for The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, written by
John Bishop and directed by John Pease.  Audition dates will be Nov. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m., Nov. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m., and callbacks if needed on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Warm up the long winter months by participating in this wildly comedic romp, which pokes non-stop fun at show business and the corny thrillers of old Hollywood. The tale unfolds in a Chappaqua, N.Y., estate library, with secret passageways, sliding panels, and people who aren't what they seem to be.

On Sunday, September 30, 28 people gathered at a Player's lighting workshop, conducted by Bruce Gray. The attendees ranged from seasoned directors of Players shows to brand-new people interested in learning how to operate our new lighting system. Bruce began by explaining the play production process from a lighting designer's perspective. After explaining all the components, parts and processes of the lighting system, Bruce hung light fixtures on a pole just above the stage and physically demonstrated their use. It was a remarkable display of Bruce's knowledge, and it showed us the amount of time and effort that goes into designing and hanging the lights for a show. Everyone stayed for the whole three-hour workshop, and many stayed to try out the system. We now have a batch of new volunteers who want to learn about designing and operating show lighting. This workshop for volunteers was the first in a series we plan to present during the coming year. Thank you, Bruce!
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Sunday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. It's that time again! While the weather is slowing down and bringing us cool breezes and falling leaves, The Concord Players are at full speed in preparing for our brand new season! Come join us at 51 Walden Street for tasty nibbles, some light entertainment and a first-hand look inside the creative minds of our new directors. Douglas Cooper will tell us about the season's kick-off show, Mr. Roberts, written by Thomas Heggen. John Pease will fill you in on the winter show, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, written by John Bishop. Kirsten Gould will talk about our spring musical, The Sound of Music, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. We look forward to seeing you there!

Ed Bernard will be performing in Murdered to Death at Cannon Theatre in Littleton, opening Oct. 26 and running for four weekends. In October, Faith Pelletier is directing a show at the new Chelmsford Center for the Arts, called Yes, My Darling Daughter, by Mark Reed. Connie Benn, Tom Frates, Ethan Butler, and Jon Saul, all of whom appeared in the Players production of The Scarlet Pimpernel, will be performing in Anything Goes for the Savoyard Light Opera Company in Carlisle, which opens on November 10 and will run for two weekends.

First of all, save money, and then get several other benefits. A subscription is $55, almost 20% off regular ticket prices. You may keep the same seats from year to year (providing you subscribe to the same series), or first choice of upgrading if seats become available. You will receive a Stage Source "Circle of Friends" card (buy one ticket/get one free) which is valid at approximately 50 participating theaters in the greater Boston and Metro West area. If you wish to purchase additional tickets to go along with your subscription seats, you can take a $2.00 discount off the regular price of each ticket (Regular ticket prices are $20 for Mr. Roberts and Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and $25.00 for Sound of Music). This discount does not apply to a website purchase, though. Finally, if you want to exchange your tickets, we will make every effort to give you seats close to your regular ones. But please note that your tickets can only be exchanged for another performance of the same show.

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