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The Newsletter of The Concord Players, March 2018
Our winter show You Can't Take it With You was an overwhelming success. More than 1,800 patrons came to visit the Sycamore household, and all enjoyed their time there. Congratulations to everyone who helped with this production! 

It was a beautiful day for the 2017 parade!
Paul Murphy is directing the hilarious musical comedy 9 to 5 at the Arlington Friends of the Drama. The show also features Tricia Akowicz, with props by Charlotte Kelley. Based on the classic movie, the musical version of the show features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. The show runs March 9-25, and tickets can be purchased at  afdtheatre.org 
Diana Doyle will be performing in a production of Private Lives by Noel Coward at Norwood Theatre March 9-11. Andy Swansburg will playing Vernon Hines and Julia Bandini is in the Ensemble of the Weston Friendly Society's production of The Pajama Game, going up in March. 

"Work hard, play fair, be kind." Meg Spring learned to live by this motto as a young student at Nashoba Brooks School in Concord. She has threaded the philosophy through all the strands of her life, including her role as a board member for The Concord Players. It is one of the many roles she excels at as part of a busy, purposeful life.
  Meg doesn't make her living at theater, but it's possible her early introduction to the craft (she started in the first grade) informs the profession she chose as far back as the fifth grade: law. Learning about the American Revolution and people who determined to govern themselves with equal rights and protections was an idea that ignited her passion for justice.    
  Later, the civil injustices exposed by a study of the Civil War and a reading of To Kill a Mockingbird honed that passion into a sense of purpose that led her to the place she occupies now as a District Court Judge in Massachusetts. As the youngest judge in the state, she had to face down some skepticism about her readiness for the bench, but ever true to the principles of that early motto she prevailed, and now hears civil and criminal cases as a seated judge in Worcester.
  So how does a young woman who loved to sing and dance and who went through school performing in plays attain the honorific The Honorable? It's actually a pretty straight road.
   "I always loved to sing when I was a kid," Meg says. "My first play was the musical version of Wind in The Willows. I sang a little song about living in my hole and being comfy. I loved it!"  
  All through school, she kept on performing, with the law never out of sight. In high school the theater became a family affair.
   "I did my first play with my dad (Players' member Charlie Streff) my senior year in high school. We did Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat with Theater III in Acton. I loved having that much time with him, especially with leaving for college so close. I did his makeup for him and led him on and off stage because he wasn't allowed to wear his glasses!" 
Later, they again performed together in a Players' production of Our Town. Meg found she had a lot in common with her character, Emily. "I love that she loves school and is not afraid to excel at it. I love that she has big dreams despite what society had planned for her. I love that she is brave," says Meg. 
From there the father-daughter team went on to perform in Little Women. "I love being in plays with him because we get to spend so much time together we wouldn't ordinarily have. Our last play was The Sound of Music. I hope one day my daughter Lizzie will do a show with both of us. She absolutely has the bug!" Definitely a family affair. 
  Ever dogged in pursuing her goals, Meg worked her way into law school, where she decided that she wanted to join the District Attorney's office. That's when her experience in the theater and her love of the law found Kismet. 
  "I wanted to stand up for victims of crimes and hold people accountable. In order to be good at that job you have to be a good multi-tasker and a bit of a performer, so my acting background certainly helped me in that regard. Part of being a successful trial attorney is being able to tell a story and react to unexpected occurrences. It's the ultimate in live theater!" 
  Meg manages her multiple roles with aplomb and grace. She is mother, daughter, wife, judge, actor, Players board member, softball coach and backstage mom. At board meetings for The Concord Players, it is always her reasoned, articulate voice that brings the group round to sound decisions. At Players' events, it is Meg who has organized the food, the entertainment and the clean-up with a finesse that suggests she has nothing else in the world to worry about. One wonders; does she have a work/life balance?
  "I couldn't do it without my husband or dad," she says. When I was applying to be a judge I had to go to all kinds of interviews over the course of almost two years. My husband took over pick-ups and drop offs of Lizzie. One of her classmates started calling him 'business suit guy' because he was always rushing to school from work. Dad picks up Lizzie from school every day now that he is retired and takes her to dance class, voice lessons and softball. He gives her dinner and takes her to lunch on half days. They have a regular order at Johnny Rockets in Acton."
Thank goodness she has some help. 
  But even with help, a lesser woman couldn't accomplish all that Meg Spring has. She cites her natural empathy and affinity toward fairness as the traits that led her to the law, and credits her parents for instilling in her a can-do attitude from her earliest years.
"Work hard, play fair, be kind." Meg Spring does it every day.
--Linda McConchie
The Players will be participating in Concord's annual Patriots Day parade on Monday, April 16, which marks the 243rd anniversary of the fight in Concord and the beginning of the American Revolution. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and covers a distance of about 3 miles over the course of 2 hours, including a stroll over the Old North Bridge, where a brief ceremony commemorates the events of April 19, 1775. We are looking for volunteers to march in costume and display our banner. If you would like to participate, please contact Andrea Roessler at ajroessler@gmail.com Further details will be sent to those who sign up regarding costume fittings and a collation lunch following the parade. 

Join us for our first event to benefit the Access 51 Capital Campaign. Mix and mingle with fellow music lovers while supporting this wonderful cause. Tickets are available at 51walden.org

The Players have four new members: Melissa Sine, Randy Glidden, Samantha Sickorez and Thomas Caron. Melissa, Randy and Samantha are from the Hunchback cast and Thomas is a returning member, currently living in China! We have gone international. Welcome to all.

While the winter show was in full swing on the main stage, the spring show was quietly (though some might not say so quietly) ramping up behind the scenes. In addition to a full cast with ensemble, The Hunchback of Notre Dame has the added bonus of a choir of 18. They have been meeting on Sundays in February at the Fenn School and here at 51 when they could squeeze in to begin the complicated choral music that is woven into the entire show. Music Director Don Boroson (Drowsy Chaperone and Follies) was thrilled and amazed to find out that every single one of them reads music! They all have theater or choir experience and will raise this show to another level. A great beginning to this spectacular show, which runs April 27 through May 16. Tickets are up and running at concordplayers.org

Choir Members: Lucy Arrigo, Cal Atkinson, Rick Barnes, Beth Connors, Jim Curley, Anthony Ead, Bob Forgione, Randy Glidden, Elizabeth Holbrook, Craig Howard, Jim Jordan, Kimberly McClure, Marian Morrison, Jen Ryan Gelzleichter, Jon Saul, Sam Sickorez, Maria Sundquist and Rand Sutton.


March 3, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. The Concord Band Winter Concert: 1818-1918-2018. Petite Symphonie by Gounod, Irish Tune from County Derry & Shepherd's Hey by Grainger, A Trumpeter's Lullaby by Leroy Anderson with soloist Richard Given, and Bernstein's Overture to Candide. Admission free, donations appreciated. 

March 10, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Jazz concert by Grammy-award winning composer/pianist Paul Sullivan with vocalist Theresa Thomason. Fundraiser for the Access 51 Capital Campaign. $100 ticket includes priority seating and reception with the artists; $50 for general seating. Call 978 369-7911 to purchase or buy on-line

March 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Balkan Music Night. Concert and Balkan Dance Party featuring more than twenty bands and choruses from the greater Boston area. For tickets, call the Folk Arts Center of New England 781 438-4387 or visit www.facone.org

March 23 and 24, 1018 at 8:00 p.m. The Concord Orchestra Concert: Spring Awakening. Alex Goldberg, winner of the Ehlers Young Artist Competition, performs Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2. Also on the program is Printemps by Debussy and Schumann's Symphony No. 2. Pre-concert recitals at 7:15 p.m. by competition honorees. Tickets are $25/$10 students.