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The Newsletter of The Concord Players, July 2017

Much Ado About Nothing
You aren't going to want to miss the upcoming 2017-18 season! We'll open with Noises Off  written by Michael Frayn. Brian Kelly (The Producers, Spamalot) will direct this classically comic play of slamming doors, onstage and offstage intrigue, and a plate of sardines. To warm up the winter, Kathy Lague makes her CP directing debut with the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, You Can't Take it With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, about an eccentric family and their not-so-eccentric prospective in-laws. And finally to close the season,Nancy Curran Willis (Proof, Kiss Me Kate, Cabaret) will direct Disney's adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic, Hunchback of Notre Dame. Brian Harris and Allen Bantly are already working on transforming 51 Walden into the famous French cathedral. Go to the Players website today to sign up for a $58.00 subscription to our 2017-2018 season. To ensure the best seats, we encourage you to take advantage of this great value of 20% off the individual ticket price now, before our big marketing push. Tip: Opening Night ticket holders are invited to a 7 p.m. reception with hors d'oeuvres, drinks and desserts before our first performance. These receptions are great reunion opportunities for local actors and friends.

Guitarist/singer/songwriter/storyteller/comic Van Nadler presents a program celebrating the life of Henry David Thoreau, wise men, and wise guys, through story and song. For the child in everyone from ages 2 to 92. Donations accepted at the door.
The Siebert Family donated our inviting new patios and benches (see below) in memory of William Siebert, a founder of FOPAC.

July 19 at 730 p.m. "Not Less Than The Good," a new work for saxophone quartet and electronics composed by David Morneau in celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau. General admission $15/$10 at the door.
July 26 at 7:30 p.m. Powder House Assembly with vocalist Janet Casey performs classic rock from the 1960s and 70s, good for dancing! General admission $15/$10 at the door.
The Concord Band will be performing at Picnic at the Park on Thursdays July 20 and 27 at 7:15 p.m. The charge for parking is $15. Themes include Star Spangled Spectacular, For Kids of All Ages, American Masters, and A Summer Retrospective.

Join us July 22 and 23 and 29 and 30 for the Bard's most frequently performed comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, in a special abridged version. Directed by Nicholas Meunier, and produced by Tom Sikina. Check out the website for the cast and more information. Bring your lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy a lovely summer evening.
Performances begin at 5 p.m. and admission is free.

It's ON!  Noises Off, that is.  A farcical farce by Michael Frayn that has been described by many as the funniest farce every written. Directed by Brian Kelly and produced by Corinne Kinsman and Linda McConchie, The Concord Players production of this hilarious romp will open on November 3, 2017, with an all-star cast of some new and some veteran players: Jennifer Bubriski; Terry Tamm; Josh Wright; Katie Moore, Hannah Clifford, Adam Leavitt; Barbara Douglass; John Linden and Chris Erath will cross the boards at 51 Walden to bring this sidesplitting comedy to life. And oh yes, the doors. A farce is not a farce without too many doors for slamming, locking and hiding behind.  Allen Bantley has again employed his prowess to create a set that is a character in itself, as lively as the actors who will caper  in, out and across its thresholds.

Seven Concord Players will be in the November 2017 production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Carousel with The Savoyard Light Opera Company.  Tom Frates will play Billy Bigelow, Connie Benn will play Nettie Fowler, Lonnie Powell will play Enoch Snow, John Small will play both The Starkeeper and Dr. Seldon, Jon Saul will play The Policeman, and Margaret Healey, Emily Chapman, and Jon Saul will be members of the Ensemble.  For more information visit the SLOC website

BAH DAH DAH DUM snap, snap!
A few fiends ... I mean, friends from The Concord Players will be haunting Acton's Theatre III stage this coming October in The Addams Family musical, under the direction of Kristin Hughes! Craig Howard will be playing Gomez Addams, Kimber Lynn Drake will be playing Morticia Addams, John Lynch will be appearing as Lurch, Elaine Crane will be Alice Beineke, and the Ensemble will include Laurie Penney, Heather Pruiksma, and Erika Wilde. For more information, go to theatreiii

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