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February, 1999


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EMACT workshops are coming up, several taught by Concord Players. Jean Devine will give one titled Selling Your Organization, on doing public relations for community theatres, and Mikki Lipsey will teach you hyow to Polish Your Monologue. This and 20 other workshops will be given March 13 at Emerson Theatre; phone 978-667-7079 for a registration form.

Bill Mason, producer of Wait Until Dark, reports good audiences for the thriller's first week-end; one audience member gave a frightened shriek during Friday's performance - always a good sign, don't you think? First-time producer Mason is doing a terrific job.

It's not too early to mark your calendars for the EMACT Festival over the Memorial Day week-end. Our entry will be a cutting from Sylvia, so let's go and cheer rousingly. We should know by next month the time slot we've been allotted. Patrick Cleary will take Brad Walters' place in the roles of Tom, Phyllis, and Leslie... Also for your calendars: our Annual Meeting on Sunday evening, March 21st, to be followed by scenes prepared by participants in the Shakespeare Workshop.

An upcoming FOPAC event is Swing Night at 51 Walden, from 8 to 11 pm on Saturday, March 20th, with a hot, live swing band (including Dick Chick on reeds.) A beverage bar will be available; price is $20 per person, reserve by calling 978 369-7911. Tickets will be available at the door only if the event doesn't sell out. You've been WARNED!

Tillie and Jack Sweet, Lis Adams, and Iain Bason have been cast in Sweet Bird of Youth directed by Joe Zamparelli, Jr.

.....Boss Finley
.....Aunt Nonie

Dates are March 5-21, location is the Delvena Theatre in the Boston Center for the Arts. For tickets phone 617-426-0320. Iain is also in the Arlington Friends of the Drama production, Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon, as are Anne Damon and Denis Fitzpatrick (as Milton Berle ... THAT should be fun!) Cathie Regan is stage managing. Performances begin February 19 in the former St. John's Episcopal Church.

Sara Ballard will be in the cast when the Savoyard Light Opera company gives a free concert titled Oh Joy! Oh Rapture!, a potpourri from Gilbert & Sullivan musicals, fully choreographed and costumed. Date is Friday March 19th, place: the Wayland Hight School, time: 8 pm. ... and Mike Jacobs and Giovanni Cappello are in Quannapowitt's production of Arthur Miller's The American Clock, running Feb 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 8 pm and Feb 21 at 7 pm. Location: 55 Hopkins Street in Reading. Tickets are $10 and $9 for students and seniors. Phone 781-942-2212.

John Kinsman was cast as an extra in All My Children. Rick Shamel designed lighting for the Stow Middle School production of Bye Bye Birdie to go up the end of March.

Claiborne D.