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The Annual Meeting of The Concord Players is Sunday, March 22, 7 p.m. at 51 Walden. We will announce our 2015-16 season.
PDSC HAS BEEN HARD AT WORK
addition to this year's Play and Director Selection Committee having
pored over a multitude of scripts, they have recently completed their
interviewing of potential directors as part of the process of putting
together a 2015-16 season to present to the Board of
Directors. This exciting season will be announced at the March
Annual Meeting. Chairperson Craig Howard would like to send many thanks
to his committee members, John Alzapiedi, Nick Bennet-Zendzian, Linda
Burtt, Russ Gannon and Laura Gouillart, for all the time, effort and
thought that they've put into their recommendations for the coming stage
season for The Concord Players!
THE TRAVELING PLAYERS GOT A GRANT!
The Concord Cultural Council (CCC) has awarded a grant of $400 to The
Concord Traveling Players, matched by The Concord Players, giving the
Traveling Players a budget for 2015 as they travel from nursing home to
rehabilitation facilities to retirement homes to councils on aging and
other venues, taking live theater to elders all over the region. Our hats are off to our Traveling
Players, who give so much pleasure through their theatrical
performances to patients and elders in so many towns touching
Concord and beyond.
SUMMER SHAKESPEARE AUDITIONS
Auditions for three characters in the upcoming summer Shakespeare production of The Comedy of Errors are being held at 51 Walden on Saturday, February 21, 1:00-3:00. For details, see the Players website
Armstrong plays Felicity and former Player Larry Lickteig plays Brian
in Michael Christofer's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, The Shadow Box, now playing through February 8 at Theatre III in Acton MA. Tickets at 978-263-9070 or theatre III
Concord Players Paige Winn, Amanda Casale Eldridge and Craig
Howard will be competing at the end of February at the New England
Regional Festival, to be held in Torrington, CT. As cast members of
the Lexington Players' production of Spring Awakening, they
won one of the two Outstanding Production awards at the EMACT
competition this past June. Come on down and cheer them on!
KISS ME, KATE IS CAST
The Cast for Kiss Me, Kate has been announced. Concord Players members Tom Frates, Elaine Crane,
Craig Howard, Kathy Lague, Connie Benn, Jenny Gratz and Chuck Holleman
are included in a stellar group of actors. Directed by Nancy Curran
Willis and produced by Anne Bantly and Paula McNabb, this show will be
fabulous. Be sure to get your tickets early because you know this one
will be sold out!
Get your tickets now to our winter show! Opening Night Gala is on February 13. Go to the Players website
THE SET FOR THE DESK SET
DaVinci, Tesla, Edison, Gates: geniuses all, whose brilliance changed
the course of human events. Their talents more than match Merriam
Webster's description of "exceptional intellectual or
creative power or other natural ability." Imagine if they had worked in a
theater, our theater. Imagine the special effects, the props, the set
designs! But wait! We have a few geniuses of our own at 51 Walden and
while they might not be planning to alter the course of human events,
four of them have definitely applied their "exceptional creative power"
to getting the Players production of the The Desk Set curtain-ready for its February 13th opening night.
Allen Bantly, engineer, designer, inventor, and occasional curmudgeon
has created a set that will transport audiences back to the late 1950s
so convincingly they'll be expecting to see Jack Paar on their
televisions when they get home. Allen has built an old-school computer
with lights and gadgets. Its capacities are incalculable. Get it? His
two story office suite boasts, among other things, beautifully crafted
wooden desks that he designed and built with the help of Larry Blundell,
and authentic looking glass office doors that close with the quiet
whoosh we all remember. It's a set that becomes a charming character in
this story about a team of researchers who worry for their jobs when
modern technology threatens to outpace them.
Bantly's latest marvel will dazzle but not surprise us, given some of
his previous triumphs: a working airplane, a ship that materialized
through the stage floor; a guillotine that didn't kill anybody, and a
replica of Tutankhamen's sarcophagus engineered better than the
Concord Players' sets are always among the best appointed, and this one
is no different. Allen's wife Anne and her partner Charlotte Kelley,
two inveterate set dressers, have suited up the space with over 1,000
books appropriated from local libraries and private residents. Yes, you
did see three zeroes, that's 1,000 books. The offices are furnished with
real and fabricated period-perfect accoutrements--but you won't be able
to tell the difference! These two are pros..
And speaking of genius, pay close attention to the dictaphone provided
by Brian Harris. His genius has been responsible for gilded spackle
mouldings, realistic macaroni topiaries and reproductions of
masterpieces that could fool the curators at the MFA. We won't reveal
the secret about how he created this very special prop, but it's so
convincing, you'll want to make your own recording. Just like in the old
days, before smart phones could anticipate our thoughts and relay them
across the globe in living color ... Oh wait, maybe those characters in The Desk Set do have cause for alarm!
The Desk Set opens Friday, February 13, 2015 and runs until through the 28th.
Written by William Marchant, directed by Michael McGarty and Paula
McNabb, produced by Pam Holleman and Tom Sikina.