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The Newsletter of The Concord Players
June 2019                              Amanda Casale, Editor 
This 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!
Concord 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 wiser.
Kathy 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:
Kathy 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 line.
What is 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.
She 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."
One 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 tears." Wow.
--Linda McConchie 
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CarmenConcord 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.
Concord Players' 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!  
The Play and Director Selection Committee is very happy to introduce its newest member, Nadine Sa.  

For 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."
During 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.
Nadine 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.
"While 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.
Her 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.
We 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!   
--Craig Howard  
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.