Highlights from the Newsletter

  April, 1998
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PRODUCERS WANTED for next season's slate: Sylvia, directed by Joe Zamparelli, Jr.; Wait Until Dark, directed by Dave Sheppard; and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum, directed by Sharon Bizantz. Anyone remotely interested in producing next year, please call Marlene Mandel or any other member of the Executive Committee, PLEASE!

NAMES ABOUT TOWN: Tillie Sweet stepped into to play Lady Saltburn in Present Laughter at the Arlington Friends of the Drama three weeks before opening. The show runs April 24, 25, May 1, 2 and 3, 1998. Tillie and Jack Sweet were asked to perform an original play, Just Talk to Me written by Cantabrigian, Eddie Dean. Performance will be a reading at the Belmont Dramatic Club annual meeting on June 4. Jack has been cast as Baptista in Kiss Me Kate at the Arlington Friends of the Drama. Performance dates are June 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27. They miss being part of the Oklahoma gang and say, "Break-a-leg, guys!"

Fran Huxley appeared as Leaena in Theatre Ludicrum's production of The Curculio by Plautus in April. Joseph Zamparelli, Jr., Julie Dapper, and Lida McGirr of McDapperelli Players will be performing in A Perfect Analysis Given By a Parrot for Boston Center for Continuing Education's Retired Persons Association in mid-May. Joe and Lida will also be seen breezing on stage at the Huntington Theatre come mid-June in Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending. If you tune into channel 38, you may hear Lida's voice on a disability law commercial.

EMACT UPDATE: Concord's entry to the EMACT festival in the Irish play, At The Hawk's Well, by William Butler Yeats. The play was first performed at the Abbey Theatre at the turn of the century and is based on Irish mythology. Charlie Atherton will direct, Marlene Mandel will produce, and the production crew includes: Cathie Regan as stage manager, Bob Peters as set designer, Rick Shamel as lighting designer, Bill Smith as sound designer and Pat Kane as costume designer. The cast includes: Bob Peters, Iain Bason, Kate Blair, Julia Case, Terry Coe and Gisele Ganz. Our EMACT time slot will be on Saturday afternoon May 30, 1998 at Brandeis University. Please plan to come and cheer on your fellow Concord Players memebers. If you can't make it to Brandeis, then come see our grand dress on Tuesday night, May 26 at 51 Walden Street. Both our production and the show that Jackson Royal is bringing from the Boulevard Players will be previewing that night.

SPRING FROLIC, June 5. Come join us for some fun entertainment and the FAMOUS STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE!

SHOW BUS for Neil simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor will leave 51 Walden Street at 7pm promptly on Thursday, May 14. Join us for a light supper at Lynn Devitt's, 82 Walden Street, at 5:55pm. Supper, motor coach and tickets: $30. Make checks payable to the Concord Players, and send to Sally Bull, 926 Maple Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. QUESTIONS: Call Sally or between April 27 and May 7, call Heddie. Laughter on the 23rd Floor is Neil Simon's valentine to the wonderful early television show Your Show of Shows when Simon wrote for Sid Ceasar and Imogene Coca. This hilarious and sweetly touching play has characters thinly veiled as Caesar himself, writers such as Mel Brooks, and others who created one of the most beloved shows on television in the 1950's

FOPAC REPRESENTATIVE NEEDED to represent the Concord Players for a 3 year term. Someone with technical background desired. Contact Marlene Mandel.

WEB PAGE. Rik Pierce has been putting together a Web Page for the Concord Players at http://home.att.net/~rik-pierce/index.html. E-mail him with your input. Also, a Web Page committee is forming -- so if you are Internet literate, or not, and would like to join, call Rik Pierce at 371-7491.

Yours Anne, a musical, will be performed by the Concord Youth Theatre at the Emerson Umbrella on May 8 at 7:30 and 2:30 an May 9 at 8:30 pm. For info and tix, call 371-1482.

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