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The Newsletter of The Concord Players
May 2016                                          Robert Runck, Editor

Amadeus set, costumes and performances, all splendid. Photo by Rik Pierce.


Patricia Till passed away on April 19, 2016. She attended Smith College, from which she graduated as a theater major. She performed professionally, holding both Screen Actor's Guild and Actor's Equity Cards. She was active with The Concord Players since 1955 both on and off stage in 51 productions. As a director, she has to her credit three winning productions at the Brandeis Theatre Festival and two Moss Hart Awards. She originated the Showbus, a Concord Players institution, and expanded that concept to form the Concord Theatre Tours, leading amateur theatre groups and theatre tours in Britain. Patricia is survived by husband Derek Till and her children. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Patricia's life on Saturday, June 11, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Parish Church in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, with a reception to follow in the church hall.

Marion Pohl passed away on April 16. She is survived by her sons Ray and Mark, her daughter Lisa and seven grandchildren. In 1958 she married her high-school sweetheart, Raymond Pohl. Marion began with The Concord Players working on the props crew for the 2002 production of Little Women, and was engaged in eleven productions since then, working backstage on crew, properties, set dressing and even costumes. Marion also served on the Membership Committee. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Performing Arts, 51 Walden St., Concord MA 01742.
Audience members sprang to their feet in tribute within seconds of the closing scene of the Players' production of Amadeus last Friday night. Hoots, whoops and shouts of "bravissimo," punctuated the extended applause for a cast who delivered a bravura performance of Peter Shaffer's Tony Award-winning play. John Alzapiedi plays the stricken Salieri, whose age shifts back and forth 30 years throughout the story.  He masterfully sustains his energy and fervor throughout a performance that requires his presence onstage for every moment of the show. Tom Sullivan as the mercurial Mozart transports his character from triumph to desolation with the same unflagging intensity that surely characterized the composer's own persona. Medical historians now speculate that Mozart's genius was at times fueled by the manic energy of bi-polar disorder. A supremely talented supporting cast, sumptuous costumes, meticulously crafted from scratch and a splendid, gilded hand-constructed set all contribute to a production that well deserves its "bravissimo" for every performance.
For tickets, go to the Players ticketstage
--Linda McConchie
Robert Runck is directing Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for Theatre III in West Acton. Performances June 3-4 and 10-11 at 8:00 p.m. For tickets, see ticketstage or call 978-263-9070.
    Players Sandy Armstrong, Nick Bennett-Zendzian and Kevin Nessman are in Leading Ladies, by Ken Ludwig, performing May 6-21 at  8 p.m., May 8 at 2 p.m. and May 15 at 7 p.m. for the Burlington Players. For tickets, see BurlingtonPlayers or call 781-229-2649.
    Liz Robbins is in My Old Lady by Israel Horovitz, directed by Nancy Curran Willis. Performances May 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21, 2016, Quannapowitt Players, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and May 15 matinee at 2:00 pm. For tickets, see qptheatre or call 781-942-2212.

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