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The Newsletter of the Concord Players

April 2021
Amanda Casale, Editor

The Concord Players is very excited, after this long year, to share our plans for our 2021-2022 season! We are welcoming directors old and new to the company,
and we are so excited to present this slate of shows for everyone's enjoyment
as we raise our curtain again for 2021!

Alternatively hilarious and touching, Steel Magnolias is a beloved comedy-drama by Robert Harding that portrays the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. It reveals, over time, the depth of the strength and purposefulness of its unforgettable characters - ladies who are "as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel."
Performances: September 3-12, 2021
Directed by: Paul Murphy
Produced by: Corinne Kinsman and Linda McConchie

Next will be a relatively recent adaption of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. This classic story will be directed by a newcomer to our company. Michelle Aguilon is well known in the area for her fine work as a stage director, and we happily welcome her to the Concord Players fold with this upcoming production! 
Performances: November 8-21, 2021
Directed by: Michelle Aguillon
Produced by: Jay Newlon

We welcome back director Mark Baumhardt for our winter 2022 production of Harvey. Seriously, who wouldn't enjoy a play about an invisible, 6ft tall rabbit? Mark directed last (regular) season's well-received production of The Country House, and we are very happy to have him back with us to direct this classic comedy. 
Performances: February 11-26, 2022
Directed by: Mark Baumhardt
Produced by: Susan Tucker

Another newcomer to our company is Doug Hodge, who will be at the helm of our ambitious spring 2022 production of Titanic: The Musical (no spoilers)! The founder and producing artistic director of the now retired Woodland Theatre Company of Medfield, Doug brings a strong background of experience and professionalism to our group, and we welcome him with open arms. 
Performances: April 21 - May 14, 2022
Directed by: Doug Hodge
Produced by: Tracy Wall and Linda McConchie

We can't to have you join us again - either on stage, backstage, or in the audience!
Dear Members,

The Board of Directors met virtually last Sunday, March 21 for the Players' Annual Meeting, and after a very brief intro by yours truly (no, really, it really was brief, ask anyone), we approved the minutes, the Treasurer’s Report, and the slate of new Board Directors presented by Kerry Tilney. We are very pleased to welcome our incoming Directors who will be joining us in July as we continue to steer our theater slowly out of the pandemic crisis that’s made us dark every night since last March. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of all of us starting next fall when we plan on opening the building in earnest, but in the meantime here’s a quick overview of the new members that close to fifty of you voted in through your proxy - to which we are most grateful for your support.
Faith Pelletier is happy to be invited to serve again on the Concord Players Board. Her first Concord Players production was Angel Street in 2005 and since then she has served as a board member, play selection committee member, and producer. Faith also directs and produces shows for the Chelmsford Players.
Tom Powers has over two decades of live theater experience including serving on the board of directors for another theater group. He has been involved with Concord Players since 2017 when he did sound for The Producers. He designed, purchased, and installed the current sound system upgrades. Tom is a member of two highly respected industry organizations: USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) and AES (Audio Engineering Society).
Mike Lague lives in Sudbury with his wife Kathy and Arrie, the ninja cat. He is a retired software engineer with a strong interest in finding, integrating, (and creating), free software solutions to improve the flow of information that keeps community theaters running smoothly. On stage, Mike has acted in over fifty shows with more than a dozen local theater groups. Off stage, he has been on the Board of Trustees for the Sudbury Savoyards, serving on their Development and Information Management committees, and is currently the group’s Membership Coordinator. Mike is the Website Administrator for the Concord Players, has been active with The World’s A Stage Players as actor and producer, and is the mailing list admin for the Players and another local group. He looks forward to working even more actively with the wonderful team at the Concord Players.
Lisa Astbury’s resume claims she began her theatre experience in 1996, but her BEST work began with Concord Players in the 2005 production of Bad Seed, in which she slayed it as the busybody neighbor who never discovers that the kid next door is a murderer. Lisa has directed full-length shows since 1999, including Concord’s The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park. Lisa’s other theatre experience includes stage managing and producing, teaching at Concord Youth Theatre, and serving on a previous Concord Player board position and on a few CP special projects.
Carol Antos has enjoyed designing costumes for over 40 years since she missed the bus in 9th grade and found her way to the Home Ec. room. Credits include TitanicCarouselGrey GardensA Little Night Music, and Boy from Oz at AFD as well as Sunday in the ParkCabaretChicagoLes MisThe Producers, and The Secret Garden at Concord. She won a DASH award in 2015 for her designs for My Fair Lady with the Wellesley Players and was nominated in 2018 for Terra Nova costumes at Quannapowitt Players. 
Thank you all again for continuing to support the Players and look for our new presentation in May!

--Jay Newlon, President
The Players presented a virtual showcase March 19-21, comprised of three short plays: DMV Tyrant by Christopher Durang, Words, Words, Words by David Ives, and Sure Thing by David Ives. The showcase was well received with 150 views over the three days. The patrons were also very generous, donating over $1000.00 to the Players during that same period. Many thanks to the casts and crew who worked on this production!
The Spring issue of Discover Concord is here! We invite you to enjoy complimentary access to our eBook edition here.
Or look for a copy around town, and enjoy! Want to know more? Please visit our website.
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Thank you!
We are all going through one of the most momentous years of our lives and are all finding new ways of adjusting. Concord Players is adapting through the use of different platforms to bring you the best of community theater. At 100 years and counting, we are persevering through this difficult time for live theater by producing theatrical productions as our gift to the community. However, we do need your financial support in order to continue bringing you the entertainment we all crave. Please click here to see how you can help. As a non-profit and a critical member of the local arts scene, your contribution is tax deductible. We appreciate your donation!
What a joy it is to recall the Concord Players’ 2004 production of 1776!   It was exceptional in so many ways.
Musical Director Susan Minor and I held extended auditions which resulted in an absolutely stellar cast, including our Thomas Jefferson who actually learned to play the fiddle.
Luckily, I had the distinct pleasure of sharing lunch with David McCullough, author of the biography, John Adams, who gave me great insight into the characters of 1776.   And a trip to Independence Hall in Philadelphia provided me with valuable photos for our set and props crews.
We also created a special Prologue by adding six historical characters who connected the history of Concord to the story of 1776.  Before the start of each actual performance, these six Prologue actors were escorted up the center aisle to the stage by a different unit of Minutemen from Concord and from our surrounding towns.
Following our run at 51 Walden, we took the show on the road with performances in Quincy, MA organized by the John Adams National Park, and at Faneuil Hall in Boston.  The Faneuil Hall performance was jam-packed full, with people from all across the country waiting in line outside.  It was a particular thrill to have the bust of John Adams as part of our set in Faneuil Hall!  And lastly, our cast was honored to march in Concord’s Patriot’s Day parade!
The success of this production was only possible due to the efforts of so many – producers, actors, designers, and crew.  It was a pure joy!

--Kirsten Gould, Director/Choreographer
Visitor Center opening news!

The Visitor Center will be open April 5-16, Monday-Friday from 9am to 3pm.

Beginning Monday, April 19th, we will be open Monday-Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Bathrooms are open year round.

For Family Vacation week tours, the Women of Concord Walking tour, and more, visit our website.
Virtual Patriot's Day information is available here.
Please welcome our two newest members, Kimber Lynn Z. Drake and Richard Rubinstein. Also, after the membership book went out, we were made aware that the home address for David Berti was incorrect, as was the email address for Marie Louise (Weezie) Petrie. If you would like any further information on any of these four parties, please send an email to Corinne and she will be happy to forward your email to them for them to respond to you.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, performances at 51 Walden have been cancelled
since last March, but the resident groups have been rehearsing in small groups and
recording performances to stream to the public. Please check the websites of our
resident groups and our Events page for current information:
Visit the Concord Players website for more detailed information.
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