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The Newsletter of The Concord Players, January 2018

Are you interested in helping the Players plan for our 100th anniversary? In a little less than two years (Fall 2019), the Players will kick off our 100th Anniversary season. What an amazing accomplishment--one that few community theatres in the area or across the country can boast. The Players want to start planning for that special year now. If you have an idea that you would like to spearhead or energy to support our centennial year calendar of events, contact Paul Murphy at paulwmurphy@gmail.com

January 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Concord Youth Theatre Cabaret: Lights, Camera Action. A fun-filled evening of song, skits and dance by high school and college students. Further information available at concordyouththeatre
January 26-27, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
The Concord Orchestra Winter Concert: Collaborations. Walton's Viola Concerto with Steven Ansell, BSO principal violist. Also on the program is Brahms' Symphony No. 3 and How the Solar System was Won by Matthew Browne. Tickets are $25/$10. Call 978 369-4967 to reserve or buy on-line at 

She is the one you wish you could be. Serene and competent, beautifully appointed, composed and unruffled. Chaos retreats in her wake as quickly as a ripple recedes in a stream. She is Andrea Roessler, chairman of the Players' Marketing committee with a hand in so much more of the organization's work. 
   Since cutting her teeth in the theater as a talking doll in Santa's workshop for the first grade Christmas play, Andrea has immersed herself in the craft.  "...ever since [that first grade appearance] I have loved being on-stage and especially wearing costumes," she confesses. So she set out to stay on the boards. "I grew up in Sudbury and was destined to be somewhere in the chorus, playing a Pick-A-Little Lady in The Music Man in 7th grade (Paula Poundstone was 'Winthrop') and a factory worker in The Pajama Game in 8th grade." She branched out after that, learning how to succeed in the back and the front of the House. At Lincoln Sudbury H.S. she joined the Drama Club and learned how to design, build and paint sets along with trying her hand at make-up, costumes and publicity. 
   Ardent for history, and with the advantage of having a father who taught her mechanical drawing and a mother who studied fashion design (she can boast of having the best-dressed Barbie dolls) she studied architecture for a while and then switched gears to earn her degree in Interior Design from Syracuse University. Now a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, she earns her living at the craft, and applies it to her love of all things theatre. She's been designing sets since the 1990s, many for the grand productions of the Sudbury Savoyards' Gilbert & Sullivan performances, and more recently for The Concord Players. We'll enjoy an extant example of her talent in the Players' upcoming production of You Can't Take it With You.
   Andrea's calm exterior belies an inexhaustible energy. She's appeared in 13 consecutive Gilbert & Sullivan choruses, produced numerous shows, continues in her role as Company Archivist for the Savoyards and bears the well-deserved honor of "Yeoman of Regard." All this while dressing sets for the TCAN players in Natick (two DASH nominations) and taking on the herculean task of marketing for the Concord Players. 
   This multi-dimensional woman simply doesn't slow down. Her special affection for canine friends landed her on the board of Save A Dog of Sudbury, a non-profit, all-breed rescue organization. She helps with fundraising and publicity and has even cast one of her pups in a stage performance at TCAN!  
   Yard sales and flea markets know her name and she can't resist their siren call. Her house is filled with vintage everything, which comes in handy when she's dressing or propping a show.  She confesses to a fetish for tiaras, probably a result of being crowned Miss Sudbury in 1976.  
She's joined the Players in 2015 when she received a flattering email from Donnie Baillargeon asking for assistance with publicity for Follies. A year later she was recruited to co-produce Blithe Spirit with her long-time friend Kathy Lague. She joined the Board of The Concord Players this year.
   Never one to rest on her laurels, Andrea is looking ahead to other ways she can serve:
"I am very excited to add Set Designer to my CP resume for the February production of You Can't Take It With You and to work with the great Allen Bantly, and director Kathy Lague, among so many others. I am also looking forward to working with the committee to help plan Concord Players' 100th celebration!"
   So, what else is there to say when there's a Renaissance woman like Andrea on your team?  Thank you Andrea. Thank you very much!
--Linda McConchie


Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 2 p.m.
The Access 51 capital campaign officially kicks off!  Join us for a ribbon-cutting announcing the public phase of the Access 51 Capital Campaign. Local officials and representatives from the resident groups will join together to mark the occasion with cake and Champagne.

Mix together snakes, fireworks and steamy stage scripts. Add a gawky ballerina, a xylophone, a bohemian grandfather, and a stuffy industrialist.  Now you have it: You Can't Take it With You, George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning play and timeless treasure. But you can take it with you when The Concord Players' production opens on February 9, 2018! Yes, you can take all the laughs right home with you and the memory of a merry night of theatre. The play asks and answers some of the existential questions that have dogged the human condition for as long as there have been humans. Can money buy happiness? Can we live without our personal truth? Where, how and with whom do we really find fulfillment?  
   Oh wait, we said laughs, right? That's right. It's funny. Very funny. All those heady subjects give way to improbable, absurd, impossibly funny scenes. It's exactly like real life.
   Grandfather Vanderhoff turned his back on a conventional lifestyle long ago, choosing instead to follow his bliss, which includes not paying taxes. His daughter, Penny Sycamore, finds her truth by writing plays with too much sex and not enough story. Her daughter, Essie, is a wannabe ballerina who makes and sells candy in between performing clumsy pirouettes in the dining room. Her other daughter, Alice, works an ordinary day job and has doubts about the life-style of her eccentric family. She falls in love with the boss' son, and that's where the story unfolds. Worlds collide and reality bites. Truths are laid bare and the very meaning of a meaningful life is thrown on its crucible in the middle of a madcap household.
   Director Kathy Lague has cast the show with some of the Players' most talented regulars and has welcomed some new talent to the stage at 51 Walden. Chuck Holleman, David Berti, Ed Bernard, Kate Mahoney, Anne Damon, David Dooks, and "Boot" Boutwell are some of the familiar faces who will cross the boards, while Melissa Stine, Julia Kennedy and Ryan Leverone are among those making their debut on the Players' stage. Other talented thespians populate this jewel of a show with exactly the right mix of comedic pauses and dramatic effects.
   A set designed by the talented Andrea Roessler will give us a cozy welcome to the Vanderhoff-Sycamore home and lights by inveterate designer Susan Tucker will set exactly the right mood for every scene.
   February is the shortest month of the year, but always feels like the longest. Buy your tickets at the Players
website, put on your coat, come see You Can't Take it With You and laugh the cold away.                                 --Linda McConchie

We have two new members and would like to welcome them from the cast of You Can't 
Take it With You: Kate Mahoney and Lynn Vaillancourt.

The spring musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, is cast! You'll see some familiar faces as well as some new ones.  Check out concordplayers to see the complete list. In addition, we have cast the Choir of Notre Dame, but are still looking for a few good men. Know of any celestial voices out there?  Contact Tracy at concordplayers@gmail.com The show runs April 27 through May 12. Tickets go on sale soon.
The Concord Traveling Players have reorganized and beefed up the performer list, now including Sandy Armstrong, Katy Blair, Betty Cloud, Joanne Hines, Paul Gill, Bill Maxwell, Rik Pierce and Tom Ruggles. Under the organizing hand of Sandy Armstrong, assisted by stage manager and performer Joanne Hines, they have put together a brand-new program of light-hearted and entertaining staged readings to add some spice to the holiday season. 
   They have made entertainment the aim and fun the game as a senior group of actors putting together a selection of staged readings that takes a look inside some Council on Aging groups, as well as some classic entertainment like our own comical version of The Christmas Carol "Radio Show" with sound man, etc., performed to rave revues!
   Interspersed with entertaining songs from our own Tom Ruggles, and ending with a carol sing which we encouraged our audiences to join in with us, we left to resounding calls of "more"! We have now removed the holiday items and have replaced them with some more seasonal stuff to be used to welcome 2018!
   We all look for clever pieces to do, we all choose to be involved, and I can truthfully say we are all having as much fun as our audiences, if not more! Come see us if you get a chance and I dare you not to have a good time!
--Sandy Armstrong