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September, 2000


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Greetings, Players!

Last month we informed you that our fall show will be Private Eyes, and now we are delighted to announce that we have a director, Bob Stachel. New to the Concord Players, he comes highly recommended, and we look forward to seeing what vision he brings to this production. We also have a new producer in David Atwood, with assistance from Bob Carter. Cathie Regan will Stage Manage. Auditions are Sept. 6 and 7 at 7:30, with callbacks on Sept. 10 at 7:00. Scripts are available at the Concord Library.

We are very excited that our production of Jacques Brel..., which won the Best Production Award at EMACT, will be competing in the New England Regional Festival 2000 on September 16 at the Bromfield School in Harvard, Mass. The performance will take place at 2:00 PM, and tickets are $5.00. Come cheer on the fabulous cast of this terrific production. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Players to let the wider world know of our excellence. For more information about the festival, and what other groups are performing, go to on the web. We could also use some enthusiastic volunteers (approximately 4) to help load and unload the truck, and possibly work on running crew. If you’d like to participate, email Giselle Ganz at Ganzchic@aol.com.

Pat Morrow and the Concord Players’ EMACT Festival Host Group Committee are asking for your ideas for a 2001 Festival theme and logo. Since The Concord Players won the 2000 Festival, we have the honor of presenting theme and logo ideas for the next festival to the EMACT Board of Directors. No idea is too outrageous or too simple. Tell us what you think of when you think about a community theater celebration! Please forward all ideas to Pat Morrow (patmorrow@juno.com). The Festival Host Group Committee will be meeting in September to develop ideas to present to the Concord Players’ Board at the October meeting, so get those creative juices flowing!

We are exploring the idea of having a gala pot luck dinner and auction, possibly on Dec. 16, as a fund raiser. This would be a lot of fun to work on and to attend. If you might be interested in being on the committee to organize this, or helping out in any way, please email Shana Dirik at shanadirik@yahoo.com. Also, start thinking about items or services you might like to contribute - for instance, do you own a vacation home you could offer for a weekend, or do you prepare fabulous meals and could cook for a dinner party? Could you offer someone a ride to the airport? Do you bake scrumptious pies? Use your imagination, I know there are many varied talents among our membership!

We will have a fall cleanup day at 51 Walden on Saturday, Sept. 23, starting at 9:00 AM. Come help us spruce things up and get our facility ready for the upcoming season - we’ll have a good time!

Thanks to Rick Shamel, Cathie Regan and John Althouse for modifying the dimmer shed and stage left platform so the new rigging will fit; also to Cathie and Rick for painting the stage right wall.

We would like to express our appreciation to Corinne Kinsman, Ann Killough, Dolores Carabillo, Jean Devine, Dorothy Schecter, Cathie Regan, Kate Blair, Nat Bearg and Marlene Mandel, who spent an industrious evening stuffing subscription brochures into envelopes prior to mailing.

We are still in urgent need of producers for the upcoming season’s shows (although we have a couple for Private Eyes, it would be great to have another). If you’ve produced before, consider mentoring a newcomer; if you never have, think about teaming up with someone who can teach you the ropes. It will be a fun and rewarding experience, and you’ll earn the admiration and appreciation of a great many folks. Contact Marlene Mandel at marleneman@aol.com for more information.

Katie Blair, as Mrs. Bradman, Pam Schweppe as Madame Arcati and Lida McGirr, as Edith, will be performing in the Hovey Players production of Blithe Spirit this fall. Performance dates are Sept. 22, 23, 29, 30; Oct. 1, 5, 6, and 7. The theater is at 9 Spring Street in Waltham. Call 781-893-9171 for info or tickets.

Jackson Royal will be appearing in the Arlington Friends of the Drama production of The Miracle Worker from Oct. 6- 8 and 13- 15. Iain Basin is producing this show. Call 781-646-5922 for tickets and information.

Next Door Theatre Presents Statics and Dynamics, seven original short plays written and directed by Player Patrick Cleary. Performances are September 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 8:00 p.m., September 10 at 3:00 p.m. at Volpe Center Auditorium, 55 Broadway, Kendall Square, Cambridge. Tickets are $10. For reservations or more information, call 781-224-9773, or visit the Statics and Dynamics website at www.members.tripod.com/~one_act_statics.

Joseph Zamparelli Jr. is performing through Oct. 9 on a Boston Harbor cruise (in conjunction with the Boston History Collaborative) called Boston by Sea: Living History in Story, Sites, and Songs. For more info or tickets call 617-227-4321.

Recuperating: Leslie Wagner, our policewoman in Rumors, is in the intensive care unit at Beth Israel Hospital. We wish her luck and a speedy recovery. Betsy Connelly had successful knee replacement surgery in early August; we hope to see her mobile and reigning over the costume room again soon.

Our FOPAC co-tenants, The Concord Orchestra, will hold a fund-raising Yard Sale on Sat. Sept. 23 at 51 Walden from 9:30 to 2:30. Look for treasures among the more ordinary stuff; there will also be baked goods, maybe even some musical entertainment. Donations of items will also be gratefully accepted; call Marian Levinstein at 369-7352.

We hope to see you all at the Fall Huddle on Oct. 1st. Come find out what will be happening this coming year and what opportunities there are for you to participate, enjoy the refreshments, and say hello to old friends (and maybe make some new ones!). Bring along a friend and introduce them to the fun we have in the Players; we love to welcome newcomers!

That’s all the news for now! Please send your news to me at: Sara Ballard, 9 Stacey Circle, Concord, MA 01742, or e-mail me at sara@sb.org. The next newsletter deadline is September 20.