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February 1, 2005



Neither snow, nor rain, nor sleet, nor the Blizzard of ‘05 could keep the crowds from selling out Full Gallop,” Patricia Till’s tour-de-force performance as the legendary priestess of high couture, Diana Vreeland. Brava, Patricia.

Angel Street” is poised to swoop onto the stage of 51 Walden and wrap our patrons in its dark and paranoiac plumage. Brain-teasing and heart-stopping, Players Iain Bason, Cherry Zinger, John Small, Tillie Sweet, and Philana Gnatowski will lead you through a maze of menace and madness, under the diabolical direction of Mark Baumhardt. Be there for Opening Night, on February 11, because you’re going to want to come back for an encore of thrills, chills, and good will versus ill! Produced by David Atwood and Peggy Elliot.

Auditions for “The Memory of Water,” directed by Fred Robbins, will be held at 51 Walden Street on Thursday, February 17, and Sunday, February 20. The story of three sisters coming to grips with the death of their mother and the meaning of what they remember and why, their palliating pirouettes are by turns caustic, comical, caring, and confused.

Lis Adams will be appearing in “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” at Quannapowitt Players from February 3 - 26.

Derek and Patricia Till will share “Love Letters” on Saturday, February 12, at 7 p.m., in the home of Tom and Anette Bagley, 77 Lexington Road, in Concord. A donation of $25 will benefit the Concord-Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center. A cocktail reception will follow the performance. RSVP to (978) 369-7060, or at

Talene Monahon and Mark Nimar, late of “Sunday in the Park with George,” will perform on Valentine’s weekend in a revue about the nature of love, entitled “Take It To Heart,” at the Winchester Players on February 11 and 12.

Myron Feld portrays Goodman Adams, and Adam Winegarden plays Robert Blood, in “Under the Chestnut Tree: A Chronicle of Carlisle, Massachusetts,” an original play by Anne-Marie Brako Sayde, celebrating the bicentennial of our neighbor to the north at the Carlisle Middle School on February 18, 19, and 20. Directed by Thomas Caron and Laura Sweet.

Thomas Caron gave the performance of his life in Guangzhou, China. As a condition for issuing his fiancee a visa, the American Consulate required him to make a five minute video speaking in Mandarin! The visa was granted.

On Friday, June 21, Concord Player Curtis Billings passed away at the home of his daughter, in Maryland. Best remembered for his outstanding performance as the King in “The King and I,” Curtis was an expert actor, an ace sailor, and dear friend to the many who will miss him.

The Director

“A director should be as reverent, knowledgeable, and technically expert as the conductor of a great symphony orchestra. He should either refuse to work with unqualified actors or else undertake to qualify them. He should know more about the language and frame of reference than the professors, and more about the theatre than the builders of models. At the same time he should regard the anxiety of the professors and model-builders to get the record straight with tolerance, and as relevant as his own conscience. Finally he should be a hopeful kind of person and assume that if he achieves the best, it will be appreciated, even in the United States.”

- Alfred Harbage

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