logoIn the Wings
The Newsletter of The Concord Players
September 2016                                          Robert Runck, Editor
The Concord Players were glowing with success at EMACT's  gala  August 27, after taking home six DASH awards for Distinguished Achievement and Special Honors. John Alzapiedi went home as best actor for his portrayal of the chagrined Salieri, rival to Mozart in the Players' production of Amadeus, which tells the story of Mozart's prodigious genius poised against Salieri's desperate yearning for fame and glory. 
Best Actor John Alzapiedi as the chagrined Salieri
in the Players' production of Amadeus.
Audiences rose to their feet for a rousing ovation at every performance of the production, in tribute to Alzapiedi and his talented colleagues.
Lea Oppedisano and Anne Bantly earned honors for the Players' production of Stephen Sondheim's smash musical hit, Follies for best actress and best set dressing respectively. Follies examines the unhappy decline of entertainers whose dazzling fame turned out to be as evanescent as their youth and beauty. Marc Capizzi and Karen Burum received their nod for hair and make-up in the same production.
Anne Bantly took the stage for a second award for set dressing in Proof, David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the fragile border between madness and genius. Finally, Concord Players' president Tracy Wall was awarded best costume design for Amadeus, which was nothing less than dazzling. 
--Linda McConchie
Craig Howard will be performing various roles in a live recreation of two old-time radio scripts about the mysterious adventures of The Shadow, sound effects included! Performances will take place on Saturday afternoons, September 3 and 10, at the studios of Billerica Access Television in Billerica Center. For address and (free) ticket information, please contact Craig at PSEUDOL@aol.com

On September 18, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. the Concord Orchestra will hold a Gala Reception with chamber music featuring Robin Farnsley, Siri Smedvig, Grant Anderson and Jeff Stewart. $25 at the door, but free to donors, subscribers, volunteers, members and their guests. This is a great way to become acquainted with the Orchestra and subscribe to the 2016-17 season.

Rehearsals are underway for the Players' fall production of Around the World in 80 Days, a play by Mark Brown, based on the novel by Jules Verne. Director Teddy Crecelius describes the story as a "Victorian fantasy of armchair travel," or, "the original amazing race," if you will. He has chosen six very talented actors whose versatility will be well employed as they inhabit 29 different characters to tell the story of this madcap adventure. Verne's very British gentleman, Phileas Fogg, has bet his fortune and will risk his life to circle the globe in just 80 days with his manservant Passaportout. Fogg's penchant for perfection and meticulous planning confounds a dogged detective who thinks he is a robber on the run. Genius designer/builder Allen Bantly is busy creating a set befitting a trip 'round the globe to exotic and dangerous places.  The show is a whirlwind of slapstick, romance, anger and adventure. There's even a damsel in distress! The show is produced by Paula McNabb and Kent Miller and will open November 4, 2016. Stay tuned ... 
--Linda McConchie

The Players garnered 22 nominations for its 2015-2016 season in almost every category. The other categories included Allen Bantly, best set design Proof; Brian Harris, best set design Amadeus; David Berti, best actor, Follies; Kirsten Gould, best director, AmadeusJohn Murtagh, Best Stage Management, FolliesFollies itself for best production, and so many more. "This is a real boost for kicking off our next season," says Concord Players President, Tracy Wall.  "It's simply a joy to work with so many talented people and as wonderful as it is to receive recognition, the work is its own reward. Congratulations to the nominees and winners at The Concord Players and to all of our counterpart organizations in Eastern MA."

The Players have already begun work on their 2016-2017 season. Rehearsals are underway for Around the World in 80 Daysbased on Jules Verne's adventure novel, which will be followed by Noel Coward's comedy, Blithe Spirit, and Mel Brooks' blockbuster musical, The Producers. For more information go to the Players website
--Linda McConchie

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