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April 1, 2006




Again, a very lively and productive board meeting was held at 51 Walden Street on March 13, beginning with President Judith Broggi reading a lovely letter from Sherman Hill commending the Players’ production of Spitfire Grill. We sincerely thank him for taking the time to encourage our efforts, and the board wishes to add our thanks to all the people who made this terrific show the success that it was.

We’ll be needing lots of help for our production of Cinderella. We need men who can sing, to play townsfolk, and lots of additional help for offstage activities, including the technical crew, as well as assistance with the special events being planned in conjunction with the run of the show. Please offer your free time, if possible!

Fund raising for the renovations of 51 Walden Street are proceeding very well, and the response to our first mailing has again given proof to the generosity and community spirit of Concord. Such a heartening start! But there's still a long way yet to go. Our next step is to secure funds from the Concord Preservation Commission. This will be discussed (as Article 28) at the next town meeting, on April 24th. We hope you’ll turn out to support the motion that the funds proposed for this project be awarded. Please try to be there, as the securing of these funds is crucial to our renovations. The thought that our fund-raising efforts could fail, and that we’d risk losing all that this building has meant and means to our community, is not even to be considered.

The Annual Meeting was held on March 19, where we were treated to a cocktail hour and hilarious entertainment from Laura Sweet, Jay Newlon, Rik Pierce and Tom Sullivan. Getting down to business, our financial report reflected an upswing this year - encouraging news, given our current initiatives for Special Events and Publicity related to Fundraising for 51 Walden Renovations. Next year's slate of plays was announced. As you may already know, they are:

Fall Show: All My Sons, by Arthur Miller, to be directed by Doug Cooper
Winter show: Lend Me a Tenor, by Ken Ludwig, to be directed by Patricia Till
Spring show: She Loves Me, by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff,
to be directed by Corey Jackson, music direction by Art Finstein

Finally, votes were cast in favor of our new slate of officers. This is a crucial time in the life of our company, as these new officers will not only be serving during a very exciting season, but also acting on behalf of the organization during our proposed renovations, a huge responsibility. Our New Officers are:

Executive Committee – 1 year term
President – David Gould
Vice-President – Ellie Hutchins
Vice-President - Bill Maxwell
Treasurer – Myron Feld
Secretary – Marion Pohl

2 year term (expires 2008)
Linda McConchie
Laura Sweet

1 year term (expires 2007)
Derek Till

Remaining on the Board
Term ending 2008

Susie Baldwin
Chuck Holleman
Jay Newlon
Tom Sullivan

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Shana Dirik is playing the title role in “Kiss Me, Kate” with the Pentucket Players.  The show opens on Thursday, April 20th and runs through Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, with an additional matinee on Saturday the 22nd.  The show will perform at the state of the art Rogers Center for the Arts, at Merrimack College, in North Andover.  Ticket info and directions can be found at their web site at

Charlie Atherton, Ben Layman, and Webb Tilney will join Myron Feld, Lida McGirr, Thomas Caron, John Small, and Christopher Lockheardt in the cast of The Town Cow Theater Company’s free outdoor production of “Measure for Measure,” by William Shakespeare, July 14 - 30 in Anne Chamberlin Park, on Lowell Road, in Concord center, 50’ west of Monument Square. Pamela Dritt directs. For more information go to

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“I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across this bare space while someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged.”

Peter Brook

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