In the Wings

The Newsletter of The Concord Players
February 2014                           Robert Runck, Editor
Terri Muller and Russ Gannon try to comfort Night Watcher Liz Robbins having a meltdown. 




Get ready for The Concord Players' rollicking spring production of Monty Python's SPAMALOT! Based on the iconic movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, SPAMALOT parodies Arthurian legend with such beloved and memorable characters as King Arthur and his knights, the Lady of the Lake, the Black Knight, the Knights Who Say Ni, and the ever-popular Not Dead Fred. There is truly something for everyone except for children, the faint of heart, and the chronically uptight--truly enjoyable for all who are "not yet dead."

    The multi-talented cast features Craig Howard as King Arthur, Chris Holownia as Robin, and Quinton Kappel as Lancelot. Andrew Swansburg plays Patsy, Lonnie Powell is Galahad, and Anthony Huntington plays Bevedere. Joshua Wright is the Historian/Herbert and Sarah Jackson plays the Lady of the Lake. The male ensemble is comprised of Crisanto Guadiz, Joe Kandra, Mike Giblin, Bob Pascucci, Roger Alix-Gaudreau, and Mike Cicolella. Heather Pruiksma, Caroline Kurman, Jenna Leavitt, Sarah Cadarette, and Brianna Bensenouci make up the women's ensemble.

    SPAMALOT is directed by Brian Kelly, with music direction by Kate Engel Meifert, and choreography by Katie Alexander. It is produced by Doug Cooper, Pam Holleman, and Tom Sikina. SPAMALOT will feature costumes by Kathy Booth and Pat Kane and will be stage managed by Paula McNabb. The amazing and dazzling set, designed by Brian Harris, is sure to enthrall.     

    SPAMALOT's book and lyrics are by Eric Idle, with music by John Du Prez, Eric Idle, and Neil Innes.Tickets, priced at $25, will go on sale in the spring. SPAMALOT runs April 25, 26, May 2, 3, 9, & 10 at 8:00 p.m. Matinees are April 27 and May 4 at 2:00 p.m. The opening night reception (on 4/25) will feature themed offerings, and is included in the ticket price.



Be sure to save March 16 for The Concord Players Annual Meeting, 7 p.m. at 51 Walden, when The Players will announce their 2014-2015 season.



Here are the brave volunteers who agreed to join two key committees. The members of the  Play/Director Selection Committee are Craig Howard, chair, Nick Bennett-Zendzian, Linda Burtt, Russ Gannon, Laura Gouillart, Michael McGarty, and Paula McNabb, Board liaison. The members of the Board Nominating Committee are Jay Newlon, Chair, Connie Benn and Joanne Hines.



That's the premise for the riveting thriller

Night Watch, opening in February. Sensitive Elaine Wheeler sees what she believes to be a murder in the building across from hers. When all appears to be normal, her husband and friends begin to think that Elaine is losing her grip on reality, while Elaine struggles to make them or anyone believe her. Things spiral out to an exciting and surprising conclusion.

    Directed by Lida McGirr, Night Watch includes Liz Robbins as Elaine Wheeler, Russ Gannon as John Wheeler and Lis Adams as Helga the maid. Joe Kandra plays Vanelli and Kent Miller plays Curtis Appleby. Teri Muller plays Blanche Cooke, Drew Shadrawy is Lieutenant Walker, John Small is Sam Hoke, and Leslie Wagner plays Dr. Tracy Lake. 

    Night Watch runs February 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and March 1 at 8 p.m. and February 23 at 2 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased for $20 online, on the Concord Players website, or by calling 978-369-2990. Groups of 10 or more get a discount.

    Bring your Valentine to the opening night of Night Watch! Ticket holders for Friday, February 14, are invited to come at 7 p.m. for a  reception with bubbly, hors d'oeuvres and desserts before the 8 p.m. performance.



Bring in a ticket for a given night's show (either before or after) and Serafina's on Sudbury Road will give you 20% off the food portion of your bill. Offer valid only for the day of a performance. Similar deals with more restaurants are in the works.



Tricia Akowicz will be appearing in The Mai at Arlington Friends of the Drama Feb. 28 to March 2 and March 7 to 9.

    Chloe Little, young Cosette in Les Mis, and Chris Govang and Parker Fisher, who played Gavroche in Les Mis, are in rehearsal for  Concord Youth Theatre's production of HONK! coming up March 7-16. Tickets available at Concord Youth Theatre

    Chuck Holleman (past Treasurer, last seen in Sound of Music and Mister Roberts), along with Ben Delatizky (also in Mister Roberts) and Jack Dacey (set designer for To Kill a Mockingbird) are appearing in Nashoba Players Valentine's Day radio theater production based on the motion picture Casablanca. Performances are Feb. 14 & 15 in Westford, MA. Information available at Nashoba Players

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