Concord Players


January, 2004


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 BRRRRRrrrrrrr!!  Baby, it's cold outside, but at 51 Walden, things are “Cooking" up rather nicely” as Director Paul Murphy  and our steadfast producers  Marlene Mandel, Corinne Kinsman and Sheryl Blair put the finishing touches on “Dinner With Friends”  The show has been cast by four very talented actors - Eric Ruben, Kerrie Miller, Chuck Schwager and Linda Goetz.  Please come and join us for an evening of love, laughter, tears and maybe even a cooking tip or two on Feb. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28, at 8:00 p.m.  A matinee will be shown on Feb.22nd @ 2:30 p.m. 

Also, save your appetites if you come opening night as there will be complimentary Hors'doevres with our "friends" before the show at 7:00 p.m.  Sunday's matinee will have a talk-session with the director and cast following the performance, so please stay and gab with the crew!

RING THE BELLS!  RAISE THE ALARM!  1776 the Musical is about to go to Battle!!!  Auditions for this rousing musical are:  Jan. 28th and 29th @ 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. @ the Fenn School, 516 Monument St. Concord.  Call backs will be Sunday, Feb. 1st. @ 1:00-5:00 p.m. @ 51 Walden.  We need ALOT of men here - over 20 I believe, so all you men - march over and give us a shout!!!  Believe me, working with Kirsten Gould (director) and Susan Minor (musical director) was one of my most memorable experiences in theater, so I KNOW all of you will want to come and audition or come and see these ladies' work and dedication come to life!!!

Okay, on to notices!  We hope some of you got the chance to see "This song's for you"  - A World War II Radio Memory - at the First Parish in Concord Jan. 9 & 10.  Fellow members of the Players performing were:  Sara Ballard, Art Crooke, Lillian Anderson, Tim Jacoby and Sean Kavanagh.            

Lis Adams just finished up @Acme Theater in Maynard with the "New Works Festival" - A showcase of original short plays and Jackson Royal is performing in "Twelve Angry Men" @ BCA from Jan. 10 thru the 24th.          

Ian Bason has been cast in the critically acclaimed "Laramie Project" (A play EVERYONE should witness) at Arlington Friends of the Drama starting on Jan. 30, 31st & Feb. 1, 6, 7, and 8.         

Leslie Wagner  has just announced that she has been cast in  "Titanic"  also at Arlington Friends of the Drama.  She will be playing dual roles as 1st. Class passenger Marion Thayer and 2nd Class passenger Caroline Neville.  The show starts Mar. 31, April 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 16, 17-(matinee) &18.

We're going to warm your cockles when we tell you about an exciting adventure coming up June 23 - 27, when AACT is holding a convention @ the Park Central Hotel in New York City!  Four nights, 2 Broadway tickets to the show of your choice, plus panel-talks about the shows and lots more!  Stay tuned for more details in our next newsletter!!!

On a disappointing note, Rik Pierce and Kerrie Miller have had to cancel their "Act Up!" show due to lack of interest. However, they will present a scene for the March Annual Meeting.  A great idea for those who have a talent that may go missed.  Oh well- maybe next year guys!  Speaking of Rik Pierce, I want to thank him for holding my hand through my "maiden voyage" of wiriting my very first Newsletter.  Rik has been my guide through this whole process and I couldn't have done it without him!  I have had the pleasure of working with him and have talked with him a bit about life as an actor in the Big Apple.  Rik got bitten by the theater bug a bit later in life, but nevertheless, theater has always circled around him, since that is how his parents met - at a NY Amateur Comedy Club.  "Little Rik" couldn't imagine going on stage, trying to remember lines and actually ENJOYING the process until he met a girl (oh boy...likely story) in college who was known as "The Actress" on campus.  Needless to say, Rik toddled after her and despite himself, came to LIKE IT!  Rik moved on to doing several very popular t.v. commercials, such as "Hostess Donuts" (his first gig) and then on to a series of "Hai Karate" commercials, which virtually made him a recognized actor on the street.....much to the bewilderment of his son!  Rik joined the Players in 1988 and since then has been a dedicated volunteer, actor, director, web-site Guru, and Board Member.  So, my hat's off to Mr. Pierce for all his help......And also a huge thanks to Claiborne Dawes for her guidance and for putting her confidence in me.  I just hope I can live up to the style and comfortable words she's graced us all for so long! 

Any news, information, or comments (only nice ones please....I'm new here!) please email me at or you can write me at:  Lisa Astbury  8 Spring Lane, Maynard MA 01754 .  If saving paper is your way of helping out Mother Nature and would like this newsletter via email, then please email and put the word “Subscribe” in the subject.

Until Next Month.........STAY WARM!!!!!

Lisa Astbury