Highlights from the Newsletter

Sept, 1999


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Greetings, Players!

From the producers of Jacques Brel we have a cast! Familiar to the Players will be Shana Dirik (our dynamic Evita and funny, furry, touching dog from our award winning Sylvia last season,) and the multi-talented Larry Peterson. In addition, we welcome Carissa Burkhardt, Lewis Blair, and Tom Dinger. To quote our exuberant director, Kirsten Gould, "The 20 beautiful songs in this musical revue are intensely intimate and passionate; they spead to us in the universal language of the heart." To bring Jacques Brel to you, we have enlisted the best of the best: Susan Minor as Musical Director, Kate Beattie as Assistant Director, Susan Tucker to design the all-important lighting, Pat Kane for costumes, and Bob Peters for the set where it all happens. In addition, you have that talented producing tham that brought you Oklahoma!, with the addition of Sally Bull, who can do anything! John Murtagh is Stage Manager, with Gisele Ganz as Assistant Stage Manager. Betsy Spaulding will head the Box Office team, so please call her if you would like to sell or handle tickets at the door one night. Sue Tunniclife will be looking for people to usher or serve refreshments. Audiences that have see Jacques Brel frequently return a second time; it's that intriguing. So don't miss out!

Auditions for Our Town will take place on Sunday Nov 14 at 6:00 PM, Thurs Nov. 18 at 7:00 PM, and callbacks will be on Sun, Nov 21 at 6:00 PM. Come on down and try out. It's going to be a great show!

There will be a fall cleanup day on Saturday, Oct 23, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM at 51 Walden. Please show up and help us clean out the costume room and some storage areas. Many hands make light work!

This memo comes from Bill Butcher: "Attention: Third Class Mailers. The proper wording for the return address area is: RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED - if the address is wrong, the mail is then forwarded to the correct address and corrected copy of the address is sent to us."

Bill also reminds us that memberships expire on October 1. You must renew by October 15 if you want your name and address in the new membership booklet.

Louise Hannegan, who had a hip replaced on September 13, thanks the Players for the flowers that we sent. She should be released from the hospital by the weekend of Sept 23. She and George Bramhall have been keeping each other company of the 6th floor at Emerson. We wish them both a speedy recovery.

In June Frannie Huxley received an Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Acting from EMACT for her portrayal of "Daisy" in Driving Miss Daisy with the Woods Hole Theatre Company in summer of 1998. In July she was notified that her full-length play, Flowering Spurge, had won the Biennial Promising Playwright Contest from the Colonial Players, Inc. of Annapolis, MD. She received a prize, and, in addition, they will premiere the play in full production next summer. The play was also selected as one of three finalists out of 120 for the David James Ellis Memorial Award. Her production of Deathtrap, which she directed for the Woods Hole Theatre Company, was sold out for most performances and played to standing room only on the final performance. Congratulations, Frannie, you had quite a summer!

Jack Sweet and Waldo Fielding are starring in Mornings at Seven, a wonderful comedy from Broadway, at The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St. Boston. Cathie Regan is Stage Manager.

D.Schweppe is directing MacBeth at Vokes Theatre in Wayland, and Iain Basin appears in it as "Malcolm." Performance dates are Oct. 28, 29, 30, Nov 4,5,6, and 11, 12, 13.

Danielle Sacks is appearing in The King and I at the Turtle Lane Playhouse in Newton. Performance dates are Oct 22, 30, Nov 4, 5, 13, 18, 19, 27, Dec 3, 27, and 28 all at 8:00 PM, and Sundays, Oct 31, Nov 14, 28 and Dec 26 at 2:00 PM

Jackson Royal will appear in Love Letters at the Belmont Dramatic Club on Oct 22 and 23 performed at the All Saints Church, 17 Clark St, Belmont. Call (617) 484-9174. He will also be in It Runs in the Family with the Quannapowit Players on Nov. 19, 20, 26, 27, and Dec 3, 4, 5, 10, 11. (781) 942-2212

The Play Selection Committee is beginning to research plays for the 2000-2001 slate, and invites suggestions. If there is a play you would like the Committee to consider, email Jackson (jroyal@110.net).

Kate Henchman has been busy organizing a toru of the Northeast by the Ionian Singers, a 30 member Chamber Choir from London, England. Their local venue is First Parish in Concord, where they will perform a concert, "Splendors of the English Choral Tradition," on Sat Oct 2 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $12 and $8 for under 18 and are available in the church office and at the door.

The Savoyard Light Opera Co. in Carlisle is producing George Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing, and is looking for a few more chorus members and particularly a young male lead. Performance dates are Nov 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21.

Don't forget to come to the Fall Huddle on October 15. Remeber to send your news to me Sara@sb.org