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The Newsletter of The Concord Players, November 2017
The Noises Off! cast celebrates another performance without injury.

Shhhh, we're still in the quiet phase, but we wanted you to know....
   The Concord Players have teamed up with 51 Walden and the Orchestra and Band to raise some much-needed funds for our home on Walden Street.
   Our building here at 51 Walden started its life in 1887 as an Armory to house a pair of cannons given to the town by the Governor.  It was used by local military companies for over 30 years. 
   In 1919 the Players started using the building for performances. In 1920 it was designated the Veterans Building and we shared it for more than 50 years with other users, including the American Legion, the Red Cross, the town for large meetings and for offices, a youth center and even a dog training club! 
   During this 50 years of multi-use it was threatened with demolition many times over and in the early 1970s with a new threat of demolition looming, the Players and the Concord Orchestra got together and petitioned the town to let them take over the running and maintenance of the building as a performing arts center under the aegis of the Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord or FOPAC (which was re-named 51 Walden a few years ago).  The Concord Band joined a couple years later. 
   In the 1970s, after its first capital campaign, which raised over $220K, the dance studio and shop were added, as well as the sound system and acoustical tiles over the music stage.  
   In 2004, after 80 years of use, the stage was in need of a serious upgrade. So a second major capital campaign was undertaken and $240K was raised to create the beautiful stage and greenroom we have now. 
   Well, the old girl is creaking again and she's in need of some TLC. So the board of 51 Walden in conjunction with the three resident groups have decided to embark on a third major capital campaign that we're calling Access 51, and it's for three key initiatives: to make our facilities more accessible to folks with mobility issues; to do something about the ventilation in the building to make the space more comfortable for everyone who comes here in the warm months; and to create some padding for future access to the performing arts in Concord.  
   For the first and most immediate need, we are purchasing a portable lift that will give access to the drama and music stages. The access ramp outside and its doorway will be upgraded to meet current code. The handicap bathroom off the lobby will be enlarged to better accommodate wheelchairs, and a bi-level water fountain will be added to the lobby. We're also going to connect the bathrooms to the town's sewer. 
   The next phase will be the overhauling of the ventilation system, making it more comfortable for audiences and performers in fall and spring months and setting some infrastructure in place for future HVAC improvements. 
   And the last pot of funds will be for future projects, such as a need to replace the roof, or other major expenses an old building like this might need.
   Our goal to make all of this happen is $500K.  Yes, it's ambitious, but we have a plan in place that involves major donors, local businesses, grants, special events, and smaller initiatives that allow everyone to participate to help keep our beloved building operating. 
   We are still in the quiet phase of the campaign, and we'll be doing a soft opening in November and a larger kick-off in January. I wanted to tell you now, as we kick off our season, that you'll be seeing more about this in the coming days. We'll be doing mailings and making calls, but also having some fun events to help in the effort. There is more info up on the 51 Walden website

The Savoyard Light Opera Company presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel this November in Carlisle. Carousel was an adaptation of Ferenc Molnar's play Liliom. The cast features Concord Players members Tom Frates as Billy Bigelow, Lonnie Powell as Enoch Snow, Connell Benn as Nettie Fowler, and John Small as the Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon. The cast also includes Players Emily Chapman, Margaret Healey and John Saul. Carousel runs November 11, 12, 18 & 19. Please visit our website for show times and ticket info: savoyardlightopera

Audiences were on their feet this weekend in tribute to the Players' hilarious production of Noises Off by Michael Frayn. Actors spent the weekend running up and down stairs and in and out of doors, not to mention keeping track of an ever-increasing supply of sardines and a zany relay of dozens of props. They ought to be exhausted, but not this troupe! They are ready to do it again next weekend and the weekend after that-just for the laughs! And why not? The laughs from this show are surely worth the trouble. Go to concordplayers.org and get your tickets now to see the funniest production of "the funniest play ever written."

The Play and Director Selection Committee will soon begin the director interview process for our 2018-19 season! While emails with our recommended play list will be going out to directors later this month, we also invite any and all interested directors to get in touch with PDSC chair Craig Howard at PSEUDOL@aol.com so that we can be sure to send you our invitation and Board-approved playlist (keeping in mind that we are also open to workable suggestions of known scripts that might be a good fit for our particular venue). The RSVP deadline is Thanksgiving. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you did not receive our invitation this past year and want to be added to our list, please send an email noting your interest!  If you got it before, you should be all set!

By now all of you who renewed your membership for the 2017-18 season should have received your Yearbook and Stage Source cards. If you haven't and you want to check on it, please email Corinne at membership
   There is one address change if you'd like to change it in your book.  It's for Mike Lydon. His correct address is 11 Woodland Road.  
   Also, Barbara Douglass has become a member, but her info was not received  in time to make it into the book. You might remember her from last season in Blithe Spirit; come see her and the rest of the cast this month in Noises Off. Also, the hair designer for Noises Off, Cheri Fletcher, has renewed her membership. Welcome to both Barbara and Cheri.

Auditions for You Can't Take It With You by Kaufman and Hart will be Sunday, Nov. 12 and Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., with callbacks scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. This enchanting comedy follows the Sycamore family and their unconventional ways of living and looking at things. When their daughter falls in love with the boss's son (from a very conventional family), hilarity (and fireworks!) ensue. Directed by Kathy Lague; performances are Feb. 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24, 2018. For more information on the auditions, please check our website