In the Wings
T he Newsletter of The Concord Players
Febru ary 2020                 Amanda Casale, Editor 
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word, having just come from their honeymoon suite at the Plaza in mid-town Manhattan to start their life together. He's a straight-arrow lawyer just getting into practice; she's a free spirit looking for the latest kick. After just moving into their first apartment, a surprise visit from her lonely mother allows Corie to get things in motion and play matchmaker with an eccentric neighbor in the attic, Mr. Velasco. Whatever can go wrong does and hijinks prevail!


Come to the City That Never Sleeps during the era of Mad Men! The lights, the music, the food, the costumes, the loft - it's all groovy baby and who knows, maybe another crazy nut will show up at the Bratter's front door! Could be...? 

Join us for fun and frolic at the Opening Night Gala at 7:30 on February 7! Runs 2/7-2/22. 

Tickets are going fast so follow the link to get yours now!
ANNOUNCING OUR 2020-2021 SEASON!
Concord Players is very proud to be able to quietly share with you our plans for the 2020-21 season! We will be welcoming directors old and new to the company, and think we have a nice slate of shows selected for everyone's enjoyment!

Our fall 2020 production 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! 

We welcome back director Mark Baumhardt for our winter 2021 production of Harvey. Seriously, who wouldn't enjoy a play about an invisible, 6ft tall rabbit? Mark directed last 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. 

Another newcomer to our company is Doug Hodge, who will be at the helm of our ambitious spring 2021 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. 

We will be sharing more details at our upcoming annual meeting, but wanted to give you this tantalizing little taste of what's in store for our upcoming season! We look forward to having you join us either on stage, backstage, or in the audience.
--Craig Howard, PDSC
A UDITIONS FOR STEEL MAGNOLIAS!
Auditions for Steel Magnolias are just around the corner, February 12 and 13 at 7:00 p.m. at 51 Walden. Callbacks will be held Sunday, February 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the theater. Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  Currently all audition slots are full.  Please email magnolias@concordplayers.org if you would like to add your name to the waiting list.  We will notify you if an audition slot becomes available.
LITTLE WOMEN BREAKFAST EVENT
JOIN US FOR A CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR GREGORY MAGUIRE
Sunday, April 5th, 4:00-6:00pm
51 Walden Street, Concord
Free admission ( reservation required)


Photo (c) 2008 Andy Newman

As part of the Concord Players' 100th Anniversary year, we are excited to host an afternoon conversation with Gregory Maguire. Maguire is the author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and numerous other novels for adults as well as for children. One of Broadway's longest running and most adored musicals, Wicked, was inspired by Maguire's first novel for adults. Join us as Maguire talks about his creative process, shares what sparked his interest in children's literature, and discusses his current projects.

BIRTHDAY BASH
Check out photos from our Birthday Bash held back in October!
 
SAVE THE DATE: ANNUAL MEETING
The Annual Meeting of The Concord Players will be held on Sunday, March 22nd, 7:00pm, at 51 Walden.  At this meeting, in addition to regular business, we will celebrate members from years past and the Traveling Troupe will be performing cuttings from our first shows from 1919
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SAVE THE DATE: PLACES PLEASE!
Join us June 6th and 7th for Places Please: Celebrating 100 Years in 100 Minutes with the Concord Players.  As we cap off the season, we will offer revue-style entertainment paying homage to the Players' first 100 years.  The revue will feature songs, dance numbers, and memories, performed by Players past and present.
CONCORD PLAYERS MEMBER NEWS
RipcordAnne Damon and Mel Bisso will be performing in Ripcord at Vokes February 21st through March 7th.

Seminar :  Danielle Wehner will be performing in Acme Theater's production of Seminar, March 6th through 21st.  

Leap Year Film Concert:  Several Concord Players members will be singing with the New England Film Orchestra for their Leap Year Film Concert on February 28th and 29th.  Get your tickets now here!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT 51 WALDEN
February 28th at 8 p.m.:  Violinist Sarah Whitney presents Beyond the Notes, with Mike Block and Sandeep Das.  This cross-genre duo met as members of Yo Yo Ma's Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble.  Tickets $30/$15. Buy online.

February 29th at 7 p.m.:  The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary presents Emersong, a fundraiser for the hospital featuring a cappella groups.  Table seating, refreshments for sale.  Tickets $25.  Call (978) 287-3019 for further information. 

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