In the Wings

The Newsletter of The Concord Players
March 2015                           Robert Runck, Editor



The annual meeting of The Concord Players will  be held on Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at 51 Walden. Join us for refreshments, updates on the year, voting for new officers, announcement of the slate of plays for the coming year, and a little entertainment. Hope to see you there!


There's a long-standing tradition in theater that "the show must go on," and despite most impediments it usually does. Backstage catastrophes, natural disasters, even ailing headliners take a backseat to opening curtain. Massive snow storms like the ones we've seen this year rarely trump the Great White Way. It's just like the Post Office. With drama. Examples from Playbill prove that troupers hold on to their mettle even when they aren't on the road:
February 13, 2014: All shows went on despite heavy snow, but producers of The Bridges of Madison County offered a special "Blizzard Bargain" of two tickets $35 each to anyone who could make their way to the musical's box office.
February 8-9, 2013: A midwinter nor'easter dumped 11 inches of snow on New York City, and up to 30 inches in parts of Long Island and Connecticut, but nearly all shows went on. Shows that were not sold out offered "snow day" ticket prices for those performances.
March 2, 2009: A Monday night blizzard resulted in no cancelations among the handful of shows playing that night. Good thing Mondays are usually dark. 


Lida McGirr and Mike Lague will be appearing in Tartuffe at The Umbrella, and Craig Howard was named Best Supporting Actor at the New England Regional Festival for the Lexington Players production of Spring Awakening. That production also won Best Ensemble, Excellence in Stage Management for Becca Flint, and Outstanding Production Alternate.



Vocalist Janet Casey and Powder House Jazz will heat up 51 Walden with a jazz concert on March 14 at 8 p.m. FOPAC is sponsoring the event, which will have table seating, a dance area, cash bar and refreshments for sale. The group will perform repertoire from The Great American Songbook, the collection of popular music written for stage and screen musicals from the 1920s to the 1960s. Tickets are $25, $20 for groups of six or more. To reserve a seat, call 978 369-7911 or buy on-line at 51 Walden. All proceeds will benefit the operation of 51 Walden. 




But sometimes Mother Nature does get her way. In December of 1947 a major storm dropped so much snow onto Manhattan's grid that the only lights to be seen on The Great White Way were emergency vehicles.

    It seems appropriate that Mother Nature should neutralize modern traditions from time to time, especially when considering the origins of "the show must go on." The maxim was declared in the late 19th century for circus performances. Occasionally, a wild animal would escape its cage or defy its trainer. Since this usually happened under an enclosed tent, a panicked audience might easily bring the house down. Circus operators avoided a riot by directing the conductor to strike up the band as rogue elephants and felines were being corralled. Mother Nature, she's a tiger.

--Linda McConchie