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January, 2008

Editor: John Small

Tom Large and Lis Adams play Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine in Concord Players' upcoming production of William Goldman's The Lion in Winter. Tom and Lis previously appeared together on our stage in Death of a Salesman.


AUDITIONS FOR WEST SIDE STORY, our spring show, will be on January 16 & January 17 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, and on January 20 from 1:30 – 4:30 PM, at The Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord, MA. Callbacks will be on January 20 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, also at The Fenn School.  Performances will be on April 25, 26, 27 (matinee), May 2, 3, 4 (matinee), 8, 9, and 10. For more information, please visit our website at , or email our WEST SIDE STORY production team at , or call (978) 369-2990.

Be sure to get your tickets now for our winter show, The Lion In Winter – performances will be on February 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 8:00pm, and February 17 at 2:00pm. The three ways to get your tickets are: (1) Order online on our website, , or, (2) Call (978) 369-2990 and leave a ticket request on the answering machine, or, (3) Send an email with your ticket request to

Casting News:

Auditions for our celebration of the wit and wisdom of the brilliant Dorothy Parker, "Dorothy Parker Revived", will be held at the Trinitarian Congregational Church across the street from 51 Walden on Sunday, January 13, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  A script will be available for perusal at the Concord Public Library beginning in January.  Readings will be from the script, or come prepared to read one of your personal favorite Dorothy Parker pieces.  We will make every attempt to include everyone interested. "Dorothy Parker Revived" will be performed on February 24 at 7:00 pm at 51 Walden. For more information, call Lida at 978-369-2047.

The Concord Players, Concord Orchestra, and Concord Band are collaborating to put on two semi-staged concert performances of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta H.M.S. Pinafore at 51 Walden in Concord on April 5 and 6. Auditions for the principals (Sir Joseph Porter, Captain Corcoran, Ralph Rackstraw, Dick Deadeye, Bill Bobstay, Bob Becket, Tom Tucker, Sergeant of Marines, Josephine, Hebe, and Little Buttercup) will be held at 51 Walden on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 7:00 pm, and across the street at the Trinitarian Congregational Church on Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 2:00 pm. Auditionees should prepare an aria or excerpt from Pinafore but are also encouraged to sing a piece of their own choosing. An accompanist will be provided for you but please bring 2 additional copies of the music if you will be singing something in addition to the Pinafore excerpt. Singers are also needed for the chorus of First Lord’s Sisters, Cousins and Aunts, and Sailors and Marines. The chorus need not audition, but should come to either one of the two aforementioned auditions to sign up and have a picture taken. Cast and chorus must be available for a number of rehearsals in February, March, and early April. Alan Yost will conduct the performance, which is being sponsored by the Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord (FOPAC). For further information, contact the FOPAC office at (978) 369-7911.

Other News:

The Second Annual FOPAC Messiah Sing was held on Friday, December 21, 2007, after being postponed by a snowstorm. Charlie Streff portrayed King George II; Tom Ruggles appeared as J.S. Bach; the soloists, conductor, and historic guests were costumed by Kathy Booth; and Cheri Fletcher helped with hair and makeup.

We want to hear YOUR ideas and suggestions for what the Concord Players should perform at the EMACT Annual Drama Festival, which will take place at the Groton School, Thursday through Sunday, June 12 - 15, 2008 – please let us know at (978) 369-2990 !! The Festival occurs annually in late spring. This popular long-weekend event, which accommodates 18 participating member companies, entertains as well as educates. The Concord Players presented part of The Importance of Being Earnest last year, and won the Festival’s award for Outstanding Costume Design (Pat Kane), as well as nominations for the Mary E. Guinan Set Design Award (Jenn Shea), for Best Supporting Actor (Bill Maxwell), and for the Special Adjudicators Award for Notable Theatrical Risk Taking.

Patricia Till had a day of shooting in a small speaking role in the upcoming major motion picture, The Lonely Maiden, with Christopher Walken. Looks like an interesting movie – don’t miss it!

Lida McGirr will be playing Amanda in The Glass Menagerie on January 25 & 26 and February 1 & 2 at 8:00 pm, and on January 27 and February 3 at 2:00 pm, at the Amazing Things Arts Center, 55 Nicholas Road in Framingham (Saxonville).  For tickets and information, call 508-405-ARTS or visit

Kate Beattie will be playing Linda Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman at Wakefield’s “Theater To Go”. Performances will be on January 18, 19, 25 & 26 at 8:00pm and January 27 at 2:00pm at Greenwood Union Church, 4 Oak Street, Wakefield, MA. For more information, call 781-279-0835.


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