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The Newsletter of The Concord Players
October 2016                                          Robert Runck, Editor
John Alzapiedi, recent winner of a DASH best actor award, will be playing Mickey Fox in the Nashoba Players production of 45 Seconds From Broadway, Neil Simon's last play. Also in the cast are Sandy Armstrong as Rayleen,
Elizabeth Hoermann as Zelda, and Miranda Cashman as Meghan. The show goes up the last weekend of October and the first weekend of November. Ticket info at nashobaplayers

Along with fifteen other local actors, Player Johnny Kinsman stars as Sir Toby Belch in the Anthem Theatre Company production of Twelfth Night of the Living Dead, October 27-November 5, at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theatre. This campy, bloody, gory, romantic romp through Illyria will delight Shakespeare and zombie fans alike--and it's just in time for Halloween! See bostontheatrescene

Johnny Kinsman will also perform dramatic readings of Edgar Allen Poe at Newbury Court in Concord on October 18 at 10 am. Admission free. Space limited. Call for reservations, 978-402-8274.

Appearing in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge will be Craig Howard (Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, Mister Roberts, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Joshua Wright (Spamalot) as Bob Cratchit, Tom Richardson (The Drowsy Chaperone, The Scarlet Pimpernel) as Marley's Ghost, and Laura Deschaines (Kiss Me, Kate) as Ensemble and Assistant Choreographer in the Weston Friendly Society production of a musical version of A Christmas Carol at the Weston Town Hall, November 26 to December 4, 2016. See westonfriendly

October 8 and 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rummage Sale to support the Opera51 fully staged and costumed production of Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss, on June 9, 10 and 11, 2017. Clothes, shoes, purses, luggage, household goods, boutique area, kitchen items, antiques, books, toys, and small furniture for sale. Bake sale too!

October 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. The Concord Orchestra Fall Concert:  Alex Kinmonth plays Mozart's Oboe Concerto in C. Also on the program is Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 and Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz. Tickets $25 adults, $10 students. Call 978 369-4967 or purchase on-line.

October 22 at 8 p.m. The Concord Band Fall Concert: Suite Spots. The program includes Weber's Concertino with clarinet, with soloist David Puritan, Danzon by Bernstein, and Ravel's Bolero, featuring percussion soloist Dan Diamond. Admission is free, contributions appreciated. For more information call 978 897-9969 or visit  concordband

October 28, 2016 at 8 p.m. Bella and the Fellas, People Will Say We're in Love. Soprano Kim Lamoureux, tenor Michael Merullo and pianist Nicholas Pothier perform scenes from music theatre greats. Tickets available at the door. General admission $15, students and seniors $10.

    The next time you come to 51 Walden you will notice some significant improvements to our lobby. We have replaced the carpet with lively carpet tiles and recovered the bench cushions with a terra cotta Sunbrellla fabric. Gail Penrod, a long-time 51Walden board member, who also plants and maintains the flower boxes, has made some elegant new pillows which complement the carpet and cushions.

Have you ordered your subscription yet? Tickets for Around the World in 80 Days will go on sale soon! Order a subscription for all three shows. The rate of $58 is 20% off the combination of individual ticket prices, and you can request a seat assignment before they go on sale to the general public. Don't miss out on this season of wonderful comedies!  Visit our website to get your subscription today.

There's no hot air balloon, no train or steamship and certainly no elephant. Instead, all of the conveyances in The Concord Players' upcoming production of Around the World in 80 Days exist in the imaginations of the characters, and among the props on set.  Jules Verne's fanciful tale about Phileas Fogg's 80-day adventure is animated with the creative repurposing of objects in the character's drawing room. It is 1872 in London, and Mr. Fogg has made an outrageous wager with the gentlemen at his club.  He can circumnavigate the world in precisely 80 days. Accompanied by his very
resourceful servant Passaportout, he ventures forth where no funeral pyre, typhoon or Wild West shoot-out can stop him. How does he do it?
    Need a railroad train to cross the American west? Try a few steam trunks. Need an Indian pagoda? This lampshade with bullion trim should do the trick. How ever to weather the coming typhoon? A few billowing window coverings are sure to hold against the storm. The actors in this production have to be as quick-witted and creative as the characters in the story as they bound through the managed mayhem of Fogg's escapade, and they are. With an occasional sleight of hand and their poise as seasoned performers, they transform an elegant Victorian drawing room into multiple modes of industrial-age transportation and then into exotic destinations.
    It wouldn't be possible without a truly ingenious (emphasis on the genius) set design and equally inspired props. Allen Bantly, Concord Players' resident set-building mastermind, has once again designed a set that will work as hard as the actors. Special effects and quick changes will take place almost magically, thanks to Allen's inventive application of stagecraft and sophisticated engineering. Charlotte Kelley and Allen's wife Anne Bantly head up a properties dream-team, studying the shapes and durability of myriad objects that will have to serve multiple uses, and be historically accurate for the story's place in time.
    Director Teddy Crecelius has harnessed the vast imagination and creativity of his talented cast.  He's encouraged them to bring their own "exotic objects" to use on the set, which they have done, and adroitly coaxes intrepid thinking and new ideas during rehearsals. The result is a whirlwind lesson in history, geography and madcap comedy. Around the World in 80 Days is funny, witty, complicated, intelligent and immensely entertaining.
    Around the World in 80 Days, by Mark Brown, based on the novel by Jules Verne, directed byTeddy Crecelius, and produced by Paula McNabb and Kent Miller. The Players:  Andrew Harrington, Terrence Hamm, Mary Helan Turner, Kate Bromley, Chuck Holleman and Alex Jordan. Dates: November 4-November 19. Tickets and info, concordplayers
--Linda McConchie