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March, 2008

Editor: John Small

Early rehearsal for West Side Story. Shown here Camilo Aladro as Bernardo, Jay Newlon as Riff, Casey Woodard as Anybodys and Casey Preston


The Concord Players’ Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, March 16, at 6:00pm, at 51 Walden Street in Concord. The officers and Board for 2008-2009 will be nominated and voted on, the Treasurer’s report will be presented, and an amendment to the By-laws will be proposed and voted on. Refreshments will be served both before and after the business meeting, there will be live music for listening and dancing, and everybody will hear about our exciting new lineup of shows for the 2008-2009 season!

Be sure to get your tickets now for our spring show, WEST SIDE STORY – performances will be on April 25 and 26 at 8:00pm, May 2, 3, 8 (Thursday), 9, and 10 at 8:00pm, April 27 at 2:00pm, and May 4 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

ALSO – Plan on being in port when Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore sails into 51 Walden the weekend of April 5 & 6 !!  This semi-staged production (another collaboration of the Concord Players, Concord Orchestra, and Concord Band) will be conducted by Alan Yost, assisted by chorus director Sarah Telford. Concord Players member John Small will sing the role of Sir Joseph Porter, and you'll spot a number of other Concord Players in the chorus, including Bill Maxwell, Sara Ballard, Cliff Bean, John Hutchins, Mike Lague, David Atwood. Gail Sahney, Peter Yensen, and Jim Miller. Sally Bull will co-produce along with David Atwood and Carole Wayland. Dolores Carabillo will handle costume design, and Dorothy Schecter is assisting with publicity. Everyone who was fortunate enough to get a ticket to last-year’s sold-out performance of The Pirates of Penzance can tell you that you’ll be in for an evening of top-notch music, magnificent operatic singing, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s timelessly entertaining and hilariously silly comedy! TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY at 51 Walden Street in Concord, on Saturday April 5 at 8:00pm and Sunday April 6 at 2:00pm. This production of H.M.S. Pinafore is being sponsored by Friends Of the Performing Arts in Concord (FOPAC), 51 Walden Street, Concord, MA. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students. You can buy them on-line or call the FOPAC office at 978 369-7911. Proceeds will benefit the operation of 51 Walden.

Dorothy Parker Revived was very well received by an enthusiastic and appreciative audience at 51 Walden on Sunday, February 24 – look for even more special theatrical events in the future! (click for slideshow)

Casting News:

Chuck Schwager is in the cast of Sub-Zero, a new play by Anastasia Townsend: “Set in Cambridge, MA, where prestigious academia rubs shoulders with urban bohemia. A painter riding the highs and lows of bipolar disorder seeks the ultimate masterpiece and uncovers the cost of Art.” Performance dates are March 6 through March 23 (Thursdays through Saturdays, and Monday March 10, all at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm) at The Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Tickets are $20 each (general admission), and can be purchased through Ridge Productions’ website at

Cherry Zinger will be performing in three shows in three months! First, Cherry will be playing Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire (Fri/Sat 7pm Mar 7-22, Whitinsville, MA,  – click “Massachusetts”), then she will be appearing as Rose in Enchanted April Apr 3, 4, 5 at 8pm, Apr 5, 6 at 2pm, Nashua, NH,  and in May, Cherry will play Melissa in Love Letters (May 3, Medway, MA, ).  Cherry played Bella Manningham in our 2005 production of Angel Street, and Cherry’s sister, Kimber Lynn Drake, will be playing Anita in our 2008 production of WEST SIDE STORY.


Other News:

Lori (Livermore) and Bruce Hack would like to announce the birth of their son, Carter Albert, on January 1, 2008. Carter arrived at 10:55pm weighing in at 7lbs. 13oz. and 21 inches long. Carter was the first Concord baby to be born at Emerson Hospital for the New Year! Everyone is doing well and Lori looks forward to having Carter meet her Players family!

The Membership Committee would like to send a welcome out  to our most recent members: Lis Adams, Joanne Hines, Tom Large, John McAuliffe, and Fred Sheldon.

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