|GOODBYE, FIVE GUYS!|
the burger chain, but five stalwart members of the Players Board
of Directors, who are leaving at the end of this term, on June 30.
Newlon, retiring President, who has guided our board through two terms;
Chuck Holleman, who has taken care of our budgets as Treasurer; Tom
Sikina, as chair of the Finance Committee, making sure we have spent our
money wisely; Paul Gill, sound man extraordinaire; and Rick Frese, who
has shepherded our Play and Director Selection Committee, as they worked
to select our season slates for the past three years. Good luck to them
all! We will miss them.
THE TEMPEST PROCEEDS APACE
Rehearsals are going well for the summer Shakespeare production of The Tempest,
to be performed on the front lawn of the Concord Main Library. Newbury
Court has again graciously granted us space to rehearse the play. On
occasional weekends we have rehearsed on the lawn beside 51 Walden, and
plan to rehearse on the library lawn during some Sundays in June and
early July. The production goes up in the afternoons of July 13 and 14
and 20 and 21 at 4 p.m. Admission is free, so please bring a blanket or
chair to sit on and enjoy one of Shakespeare's most magical plays.
BURLINGTON SHOW GOING TO NATIONALS
Burlington (MA) Players are honored to represent New England at the
American Association of Community Theatre's (AACT) national festival in
Carmel, Indiana, June 17-23. The Festival will be comprised of
12 representative groups from around the United States, who will
compete for best production.
Burlington's production of Radium Girls
successfully competed at the EMACT Fest and again at NERF, the New
England regional festival. A major effort to raise $37,000 was
begun to pay the way of some 27 cast and crew members to Indiana. The
cast and crew includes Concord Players Craig Howard, Michael Govang,
Nick Bennett-Zendzian, and Douglas Cooper. It was directed by Celia
Couture, who will be directing the Players fall 2013 musical. Hundreds
of donations and numerous other fund-raising efforts were successful in
fully paying for the trip. Before Radium Girls leaves for
Carmel, you have one more opportunity to see it at the Next Door Theatre
in Winchester at 8 p.m., June 13. For more information, go to Burlingtonplayers.com
The Concord Players and Mr. Roberts invite
you to the Sound of Some Musical Comedy ... minus the Murders! Join us
for an evening of good food, celebration of the year's shows and some
spoofing entertainment. We will be doing potluck, so bring a favorite
entree or side dish to share. The Players will provide the beverages and
the strawberry-inspired desserts. Sunday, June 2, 2013, 7:03 pm sharp!
At 51 Walden Street, Concord, MA.
SYDNEY HOLLEMAN IS OUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION MANAGER
Sydney Holleman, who played Nurse Lt. Ann Girard
in Mr. Roberts last fall, has signed on to be Subscription Manager for
The Players, responsible for managing our list of faithful subscribers,
and encouraging more playgoers to subscribe to each full season.
Welcome, Sydney, and thank you for stepping up!
CAM LEGER PASSING
Camille Armand Joseph (Cam) Leger, a long-time Concord Player, died on
May 21. Mr. Leger was born and raised in Fitchburg, Mass. A graduate of
UMass Amherst, Mr. Leger held positions at IBM, Raytheon and Prime
Computer, as well as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In his spare
time, Mr. Leger was an avid piano player and an active participant in
community theatre, acting, directing and producing. In lieu of flowers,
the family requests donations to the Arena Stage in Washington D.C.
A 51 WALDEN COLLABORATION!
Lague, who becomes the Treasurer of The Concord Players on July 1, is
directing the FOPAC production of The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, to be
performed on June 14, 15 and 16 at 51 Walden. The fully staged
operetta will be sung in English, as adapted by Quade Winter. Tickets
are $25 and may be purchased at www.51walden.org
TRAVELING PLAYERS ON THE GO
Concord Traveling Players, our intrepid gang of senior actors, have a
busy summer schedule lined up. Members Sandy Armstrong, Michael
Henchman, Birgitta Knuttgen, Rik Pierce, Tom Ruggles, Robert Runck,
Dorothy Schecter, Tillie Sweet and Tom Viers will be bringing their
several programs on June 3 to Robbins Brook, Acton; June 13, Concord
Park; June 20, Carlisle COA, St. Irene's Church; June 25, Acton COA; and
in the fall (so far) November 20, Acton Methodist Church.
PLAYERS NEWS FROM ALL OVER
Booth and Tracy Wall are creating a costume display for the Whistler
House Museum of Art's annual gala, "The Art of Fashion" in Lowell on
Saturday, June 8. They will be creating a dozen or so ensembles
using items from the Concord Players collections to highlight different
time periods from the late 19th century to the present. They will also
be attending the gala attired in vintage costumes from early 20th
John Small has been cast as
Announcer II and Lars The Butler in a Henrik Ibsen parody, to be
performed at the Playwrights' Platform Annual Festival in June 2013 at
Boston Playwrights' Theatre.