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April, 2008

Editor: John Small

We're gonna rumble tonight! West Side Story heading into dress rehearsal next week. Opens April 25


“I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theater
is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture.”

Sir Laurence Olivier, English Actor, Producer, and Film Director, 1907-1989


Our spring show, WEST SIDE STORY, is here!  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) Click to PURCHASE TICKETS on line, (2) Call (978) 369-2990 and leave a ticket request on the answering machine, or, (3) Send an email with your ticket request to

The Concord Players’ slate of shows for the 2008-2009 season is now official!

Our fall production will be Noel Coward’s hilariously farcical comedy, Hay Fever, directed by Mickey Coburn

Our winter show will be the Kander and Ebb musical, Cabaret, directed by Nancy Curran Willis.  

And our spring production will be Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird, from the book by Harper Lee, directed by JulieAnn Charest Govang.

At the Concord Players’ annual meeting on March 16, the following two new members of the Concord Players Board of Directors were announced: Joanne Hines and Marcia Marlowe.  Officers elected for next year include Bill Maxwell (President), Cheri Fletcher (Vice President), Jay Newlon (Vice President), Chuck Holleman (Treasurer), and, as mentioned above, Joanne Hines (Secretary). Continuing on the Board are current Board members Lisa Astbury, Faith Pelletier, Susan Tucker, Rick Shamel, Linda McConchie, Lida McGirr, and Tom Sikina.

“The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life.”
Arthur Miller, American Playwright, 1915-2005

Other News:

Corinne Kinsman is recuperating from a recent gall bladder operation which she calls her "weekend escapade".  She and Artty are resting at home.

We are looking to fill the following positions.  Unless otherwise noted contact Bill Maxwell at 978 369 5257  or

  • Program Ad co-ordinator – Committee of 4 is already in place, but looking for someone to boss them.  Here's the opportunity for power you've always wished for.
  • Director for "St. George and the Dragon" and committee for Winter Welcome Dec.8 – You will work with Sara Ballard who organizes/directs the Madrigals.  Contact her at 978 371 0723 or
  • Producers for all three shows next year (see descriptions up above at the top of this newsletter) – Contact Cheri Fletcher (VP of Production) at 978-369 1561  or
  • Subscriptions promotion committee
  • Subscriptions Operations manager to succeed the retiring Corinne Kinsman;  this comes with a stipend.


Casting News:

John Small and Brad Walters are in the cast of The Drawer Boy, a play by Canadian playwright Michael Healey which is being directed by JulieAnn Charest Govang and produced by Vokes Theatre in Wayland, Massachusetts. Robin Gabrielli, who appeared in Concord Players’ 2002 production of The Many Loves of Will Shakespeare, rounds out the play’s 3-person cast. At Vokes Theatre, Route 20, Wayland, MA. Performance dates and times: Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15, at 8:00pm, Fridays, May 2, 9, 16, at 8:00pm, Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17, at 8:00pm, and matinees on Saturdays, May 10, 17, at 2:00pm. Ticket Prices: $13.00 (Thursday Evenings & Sat matinees), $16.00 (Fri & Sat Eves). Click to PURCHASE TICKETS online.

OR you may reserve tickets by phone at Vokes’ box office: (508) 358-4034

Craig Howard has been cast as Cervantes/Don Quixote and Shana Dirik has been cast as Aldonza in Theatre III’s upcoming spring production of Man of La Mancha (directed by Kathy Lague). Dates May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 at 8PM and May 18 at 2PM Click to PURCHASE TICKETS online.

In Memory: Dr. John Leland Sosman

The Concord Players note with sadness the passing of Concord Players member John Leland Sosman, M.D.  Dr. Sosman passed away at his home in Concord on April 3, 2008, at the age of 87. Radiologist at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston. Active in international ski racing. Husband of the late Mary Jo (Kibler) Sosman. Father of Eric Sosman and his wife Sully Bonn of Newton, Nancy Sosman of Sebego, ME, Carol Clary Sosman and her husband Peter Ham of Mansfield, Amy Sosman of Portsmouth, NH and the late Honorable Martha Sosman. Grandfather of Jeremy and Ethan Ham. Memorial Service Sunday, April 20 at 1:00 PM in The Conference Center in Waterville Valley, 1 Ski Area Rd., Waterville Valley, NH. Gifts in his name may be made to WVBBTS Ski Foundation, P.O. Box 442, Waterville Valley, NH 03215. Late WWII U.S. Army Veteran. For full obituary and online guestbook visit: , MacRae-Tunnicliffe's Concord Funeral Home Concord, MA 978/369-3388



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