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Jan, 2002


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Greetings Players,

Happy New Year to you all. We wish peace and prosperity to everyone in the coming year.

Rehearsals for Sideman are underway. We hear that the cast is very good; it consists of Robert De Vivo, Larry Jay Tish, Gordon Ellis, Mark Baumhardt, Mark Soucy, Lida McGirr, and Meghan Snowdwen. The Production Team are Mike Jacobs, Director; Gail Gauthier, Producer; Marilyn Cugini, Producer's assistant ; Amanda Lagovich, Stage Manager; Rick Shamel, Light Design; Mark Elliot, Sound Design; Matthew Rabkin, Set Design; David Atwood, Head of Set Construction; Jack Wickwire, Makeup; Rik Pierce, Photography; and Iain Bason, Program. Performances are Feb. 8, 9, 15, 16, 17 (matinee), 22, and 23. This play is a tragic and touching tale of alcoholism and estrangement in the family of a jazz sideman in the waning days of the big bands. Be aware that this play has adult themes and language.

Auditions for our Decennial Production of Little Women, adapted by David Fielding Smith, and directed by Dorothy Schecter, are coming up this month.They will take place on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, at 51 Walden, and Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM, at First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road. Callbacks are on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 51 Walden. Performances will take place April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, and May 3, 4, and 5. Perusal scripts are available at the Concord Libraries, and no prepared audition piece is required. For more information, please email Producer Lillian Anderson, or see our web site.

From Rik Pierce: "We seem to have a monthly informal play reading set up and it's been great fun. On Saturday, Jan. 5 at 4:00 in the green room at 51 Walden, we will be reading the Maxwell Anderson thriller, The Bad Seed. You may remember the movie, but before that it was a successful Broadway play.All members are welcome to come and read or just enjoy. We'll have pizza this session. Please, anyone who wants to come, e-mail me , or call me 978-371-7491 so I'll have a good idea how many pizzas to order. In February we'll read Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit."

Come to a great mid-winter party, The Many Loves of Will Shakespeare, and enjoy Players' members reading staged love scenes and sonnets from Shakespeare, at 51 Walden on January 19 at 8:00 PM. This will be a fun evening of socializing, with music, food, and wine, which will give a chance for some of our very talented members to perform for us. Suggested donationis $5. For reservations, call 978-369-2990. Thanks to Charlie Atherton for putting this all together!

The Town of Concord has given Concord Players' member Thomas Caron permission to form a free, outdoor theater in Anne Chamberlain Park, fifty feet west of Monument Square, on Lowell Road. Named for the fact that colonial Concord kept a town cow for the use of the less fortunate, The Town Cow Theater Company will debut in August 2002 with twelve performances of William Shakespeare's The Life of Timon of Athens, the story of a man who turns his back on society to live in the woods, transposed to Concord, Massachusetts in 1845. For further information email Thomas or phone him at 617-784-5224.

Speaking of Thomas Caron, we reported last month that he will lead the annual Concord Players Shakespeare Workshop, which will take place on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, for six weeks, beginning February 5, 2002. It will be held in the green room at The Concord Youth Theatre,which contains a small proscenium stage. Membership is limited to ten, and the cost of the Workshop is $120. Members will work on a scene of their own choosing, and will each share the title role in scenes from Hamlet. We erroneously reported last month that these would be performed at the Spring Frolic; in fact they will be performed at the Annual Meeting. There are afew spaces left, but sign up now, as the workshop is filling up quickly. See the paragraph above for contact information.

There are some additions and corrections for the membership book. Please add these names and addresses: Charlie and Susan Atherton, 388 Lowell Road, Concord, MA 01742, phone number 978-371-7109, e-mail <chas@athertonco.com>;Gail Gauthier, 29 Cottage Lane