In the Wings

The Newsletter of The Concord Players
December 2013                           Robert Runck, Editor


There's still time to order one of the Les

 Miserables souvenir mugs! These were custom made for Concord Players and are not available anywhere else. The script is a copy of Victor Hugo's handwritten title for his masterpiece. Interested? E-mail Paula McNabb at gaels1974@aol.com The mugs are $8.00, with all of the proceeds going to defray the cost of our fantastic production.



Tracy Wall
Tracy Wall, current president of The Concord Players, started Civil War reenacting around 1990. She went back to school get her B.A., and found herself interested in women's history, and the history of clothing in particular. After doing career tests that pointed to something "in the entertainment industry" she thought she might like to investigate costuming for theater or film, and decided to volunteer at a local theater to see if it would be something worth pursuing. In 2002, The Players were doing Little Women and she showed up, and as Pat Kane likes to say, "they nailed her foot to the floor."  While she realized she would most likely not go into professional costume design, she found her passion! She loves to research and come up with costumes that help put the play into its time period. In 2007 she designed her first show, She Loves Me, and she was nominated for a DASH award. She has worked on almost every show since then.  She received DASH nominations for two other shows, and won one for The Scarlet Pimpernel. She joined the board of directors in 2010 to do special events, and then became VP of Productions before being selected as president. By day, Tracy is a research program coordinator for the Harvard Divinity School. She has been at Harvard for 12 years. Prior to that she was a tour guide, leading groups in the U.S., Canada, Western Europe and Australia and New Zealand. Before that, she worked for eight years at the Museum of Science in Boston running events. She grew up in Cambridge.



Concord Players Ethan Butler and Craig Howard will be appearing in Ira Levin's murder mystery, Deathtrap, at Theatre III in West Acton, under the co-direction of alumni Michael McGarty and Paula McNabb, January 17-26! For further details, visit www.theatreiii.org

    Also, Craig Howard will be making his annual appearance as that jolly old elf Santa Claus for the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce Dec. 7-8 and 14-15. His little workshop will be right outside the barber shop on Inn Street, Saturdays from approximately 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m!

    Concord Players members Johnny Kinsman (Amateurs) and Chloe Little (Les Mis) are performing together in Anthem Theatre Company's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, directed by former Concordian Michael Poignand. Johnny will play Fezziwig and Chloe will play Fan and Belinda Cratchit. Ebenezer Scrooge will be played by Kevin B. McGlynn (member Actors' Equity Association). The adaptation is by Steve Wargo, with musical arrangements by Dianne Adams McDowell. The show will run from Dec. 5 through 21 in the Plaza Black Box Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Tickets $35 on bostontheatrescene.com For more information, www.anthemtheatre.org

    Robert Runck is performing in the staged reading of short plays offered by Wheelock College's Emerging Playwrights Program. The playwrights are Boston-area high school students. Admission is free. The performances will take place at the Strand Theater in Dorchester on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and at the Wheelock Family Theatre, 180 Riverway, Boston, on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.


Auditions for Nightwatch will be held on Sun., Dec. 1 7:00-10:00 pm and Wed., Dec. 4, 7:00-10:00 pm. Callbacks Sun., Dec. 8, 7:00-10:00 pm. Auditions and callbacks will be at at 51 Walden Street, Concord MA. Notification of callbacks and casting will be posted on the Players website. Callbacks will be posted on Dec. 5. Cast list will be posted by Dec. 9. In the event of inclement weather, any audition cancellations will be posted here along with information about rescheduling.

    Please print the audition form from the Players website, and bring the completed form with you when you audition. Make sure to include ALL conflicts. Please bring a legible listing of any previous theatre experience.

    Rehearsals: Wednesday evenings, 7:00-10:00 p.m.; Thursday evenings, 7:00-10:00 p.m.; Sunday evenings - 7:00-10:00 p.m.

You must be be available for all tech and dress dates: Tech Sun. Feb. 9; Full Dress Wed., Feb. 12; and Open Dress Thurs. Feb. 13.

    Performances: Feb. 14, 15, 21, 22, 23 (matinee); 28 (matinee); March 1.

If you are cast in the production, you will be expected to become a Concord Players Member ($25 for the year).

Perusual copies of the script will be at the Main Concord Library.


ELAINE WHEELER: An insomniac and haunted heiress. 35-60

HELGA: Observing German maid. 20-60

BLANCHE COOKE: Elaine's best friend and compassionate nurse--or is she? 35-60

DR. TRACY LAKE: A psychiatrist (think Venus Nicolini from LA shrinks-or present your own spin). 35-60

JOHN WHEELER: Elaine's handsome (trustworthy?) husband. 35-58

APPLEBY: Eccentric/heartbroken neighbor. 50 and up

VANELLI: A pleasant policeman with an appreciation for art and beauty. 25-30

LIEUTENANT WALKER: Detective who is all business, tough and intolerant. 45 and up

SAM HOKE: Pissed off New York deli owner. A cameo. 50 and up



As chair of the Play/Director Selection Committee, Craig Howard is pleased to report that he and his team (Nick Bennet-Zendzian, Linda Burtt, Russ Gannon, Laura Gouillart and Michael McGarty) are well on the way to putting together an entertaining 2014-15 season for The Concord Players! They have offered suggestions for a musical, and will shortly be suggesting a choice of dramas and comedies as well, from which the Board of Directors will choose the upcoming season. The committee will also send out feelers to potential directors to interview for the season.



Because The Concord Players could not announce Les Miserables until the end of August, we mailed our subscription brochure to Concord residents in September, with great results. We have added more than 100 new subscribers to the CP family! We had our largest opening night ever with 310 people attending and lots of new faces enjoying hors d'oeuvres, desserts and French wine. Thanks to our new Subscription Manager, Sydney Holleman, for processing more than 725 subscribers in total!



We want to express our gratitude (moral as well as financial) to the many organizations who placed ads in our Les Mis program. Thank you also to our tireless ad salesman, Jay Newlon!

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