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June, 2008

Editor: John Small

Lillian Anderson and Lida McGirr in the Players EMACT entry, Dorothy Parker Revived.



Dorothy Parker Revived, a celebration of the wit and wisdom of the legendary New York literary figure, which was performed at 51 Walden as a special event last February, has been chosen as the Concord Players' entry in the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres (EMACT) Spring Festival, June 13-15, 2008, at the Groton School Performing Arts Center, Groton, Mass. Our performance time at the Festival is Friday, June 13, at 7:00 P.M. Two other community theatres will also perform that evening, making it a full program of good theatre. Tickets for one session or for the whole 3-day series may be ordered at or at the door. All are encouraged to come to see community theatre at its best in one of the most beautiful facilities in New England! 

In preparation for this event, the Players are eager to present a preview performance of a revised script before an audience. Please mark your calendar for Friday, June 6, 2008, at 51 Walden St., Concord, at 8:00pm, and support this effort to represent Concord in a major regional event! Tickets at the door; suggested donation, $5. Reception to follow the performance!  The cast features Lillian Anderson, Sandy Clifford, Patricia Collins, Waldo Fielding, Bill Maxwell, Lida McGirrand Barry FriedmanDorothy Parker Revived was compiled by Lida McGirr, and is being directed by Lida McGirr and Dorothy Schecter.

Our spring show, WEST SIDE STORY, played to sold-out houses, and the cast and crew gave their audiences memories to cherish for a lifetime. Many thanks to all who contributed to the show’s success!

At their May 2008 meeting, the board approved the purchase of two dehumidifiers for the Concord Players’ storage rooms at 51 Walden.

Other News:

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 ; or contact Kate Henchman ( 978 369 7503), who is co-producing and looking for a companion co-producer.
  • 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.

Special Invitation From Our Webmaster, Rik Pierce:

Ten years ago, Concord Players’ faithful Peggy Elliott said to me: "Rik, You know about this stuff. Do you think you might be able to put our auditions for Oklahoma! on the Internet?" Thus began .  When I started I knew nothing about how to code html. But I learned by doing. For ten years I have been delighted to maintain and improve the web site.  So while I continue to enjoy working on it, I believe it is time to make the transition to another webmaster who can come up to speed on the content and the coding.  If you are interested, please contact me.

Casting News:

Lida McGirr played Amanda in Flat Earth's May 22, 23 and 24th production of "The Glass Menagerie" at the Arsenal in Watertown.  Following that, she will appear in the Playwrights' Platform Festival at the Boston Playwrights' Theater June 12-14 and July 19-20 (as an actor, playwright and director).

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