CELEBRATE THE PLAYERS' 100TH BIRTHDAY!
fall, the Players turn 100, and we have a year of exciting programming
planned. We are kicking off the 100th with a birthday party on Sunday,
October 20 at 7:00 p.m. at 51 Walden. Cake, games, a preview of our
100th season, and costume fashion show by our own Divas are all being
planned. All attendees also get a present. It's going to be one party
you won't want to miss!
KATHY LAGUE'S BOARD TERM ENDS
Players' treasurer Kathy Lague's term on the board ends this year, and
the Players are feeling all at sea at the thought of being without her.
As treasurer, she has kept the Players' coffers in the black, no doubt
with the employment of her now-famous and indispensable spreadsheets! As
actor, chanteuse, director, producer, tickets manager, and all-round
theatrical Renaissance woman, she is as refined as pure gold. In tribute
to her myriad talents and contributions to our work, we've reprinted a
profile of her that appeared in In The Wings last year. It's
hard to imagine she could have outdone herself since this article
appeared, but being Kathy, there are a few more accolades to bestow.
During the production of You Can't Take It With You, which she
directed, one of the actors was too sick to go on. Unfazed (or at least
that's how she made it look!), Kathy donned a costume and stepped into
the role reciting every line to perfection. The audience was none the
has been a keen thinker in crafting Players' strategy, a creative voice
on and off the stage, and a volunteer whose work and time continues to
propel the Players' success. We have no intention of letting her get
away for good, but given how hard she's been working, she deserves a
little rest. Bravissima! Kathy -- and thank you, thank you, thank you,
thank you! We'll be here with the door, and our arms, wide open when
you're ready to come back!
From In The Wings, February 2018:
Lague has oft' been overheard saying something like "you can accomplish
anything with a spreadsheet." Those with less ordered minds might find
this a dubious proposition, but time and time again, she's proved
herself right. Kathy is treasurer of the Concord Players and her
fastidious attention to the organization's checkbook has kept the
Players on budget, on time, and to the penny. It's not surprising; we
expect those "numbers types" to use spreadsheets and balance the bottom
surprising is how successfully Kathy employs her approach in her
artistic endeavors. When casting her latest directorial project, the
Concord Players' production of You Can't Take It with You, she
relied on an organized system of spreadsheets, delineating actors and
characters into neat rows and columns, making adjustments after each
reading. Guess what happened. She cast the show with actors who slipped
into their roles as easily as a skater's blade glides across the ice.
doesn't make her living at theatre, but it was her first love. "My
father was in a community theatre group," she explains. "I would
occasionally tag along to rehearsals and work days. My elementary
schools always put on pageants and I enjoyed doing those, so between the
two things, I was hooked. I sang in the church choir, did the high
school musicals, and got my degree in vocal performance. I realized I
would probably not make it professionally, so I got a 'real' job, and
turned to community theatre for my artistic outlet."
could argue that she might well have had a go at a professional singing
career. Anyone who has heard her sing knows that her vocals are
transformative. As Abigail Adams in 1776, her lyrical missives
to husband John filled the house with choral strains that were as
enchanting as any elixir, and as Heidi in Follies -- well, just
look at what director Donnie Baillargeon had to say: "She came out and
sang with such a clear, clarion, enunciated sound. It brought me to
CONCORD PLAYERS MEMBER NEWS
Subscriptions for our Centennial Season (2019-2020) are available now! Check the website
for complete details.
Carmen: Concord Players' Jay Newlon is choreographing Opera 51's fabulous production of George Bizet's Carmen, one of the most popular and most performed operas of all time, playing on the main stage June 7-9, 2019.
THE WINTER'S TALE
outdoor summer Shakespeare theater is pleased to announce this year's free performance of The Winter's Tale
. The show will be performed on the Concord Public Library lawn at 5pm
on July 27th and 28th, and August 3rd and 4th. There will be an indoor
performance at 8pm at 51 Walden on Friday, August 2nd (also for free!).
This rendition of
Shakespeare's classic will be set in the 50s and 60s. Come watch as
Leontes, king of Sicilia, is driven mad with jealousy over the thought
that his wife is pregnant with his best friend's child. See the inner
struggle of his trusted advisor, Camillo, who must decide whether he is
loyal to his king or his own conscience. Journey with the poor
babe, whose rough start would make anyone doubt that this could have a
happily ever after. Come and see how it all turns out!
And remember, though the fight for the Iron Throne is over... Winter('s tale) is coming!
NADINE SA, OUR NEW PDSC MEMBER
The Play and Director Selection Committee is very happy to introduce its newest member, Nadine Sa.
many years, Nadine has demonstrated a great love of theatre. "My
mom brought me up on show tunes, especially the work of Rodgers and
Hammerstein. When I was younger, I was on stage in such shows as Oliver, The Sound of Music and The Music Man. I always have enjoyed singing and dancing."
her college years, she shifted gears and began learning the different
management positions of the backstage world. At this point, she
stopped trying to be on stage and focused on being backstage.
has worked with the Nashoba Players, the Needham Community Theater,
the Savoyard Light Opera Company, the Sudbury Savoyards, the Cannon
Theater, Arts After Hours, and, of course, the Concord Players, where
she served as Stage Manager for Blithe Spirit and You Can't Take it With You, and recently was Assistant Stage Manager for The Secret Garden.
each show I have done holds a special place in my heart, because each
one has taught me so much and allowed me to meet new friends, the
following are just some of the ones I truly remember with great
fondness: Clue with the Nashoba Players, Yeoman of the Guard with the Sudbury Savoyards, The Little Mermaid at Needham Community Theater, Nice Work If You Can Get It with the Savoyard Light Opera Company, and You Can't Take It With You and The Secret Garden" - the latter two shows on our own Concord Players stage.
loves beyond theater walls include Disney, travel, music, family, and
watching musical theater productions. She has worked in Special
Education Tech for the Needham Public Schools, has been an After-School
supervisor for the Needham Extended Day Program, and is now a Customer
Care Rep for Boston Heart Diagnostics.
look forward to again having Nadine share her knowledge, skills and
enthusiasm with the Concord Players, now in our Play and Director
Selection Committee! Welcome, Nadine!
UPCOMING EVENTS AT 51 WALDEN
June 7, 8, and 9, 2019; Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m.:
Opera51's performance of Carmen
by Georges Bizet. Fully costumed and staged, with chorus and
orchestra conducted by Alan Yost. Sung in French, with projected
English surtitles. Lead roles will be sung by Eduardo Gonzalez,
Margaret Beaty, Christopher Eaglin, Ethan Bremner, Theodora Cottarel,
Juhan Choi, Caroline Corrales, Veronica Nguyen, Max Rydqvist, Joshua
Dixon, and Thaddeus Bell. Advance tickets are $30/$25 seniors and
students, available for purchase on-line
. All tickets at the door are $30.