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Friday, May 4, 2001

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GBYSO plans spring concert

Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ (GBYSO) Repertory Orchestra will present their spring concert on Sunday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at the Tsai Performance Center.

GBYSO is one of the nation’s leading youth orchestras. More than 300 youths, ages six to 18, from the six New England states, make up the five GBYSO orchestras. Tickets for the Spring Concert are $7 and can be purchased at the door. The Tsai Performance Center is located on the Boston University campus at 685 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. For tickets, call 1-617-353-8724. For more information, call 1-617-353-3359.

Concord Orchestra to hold pops concert

This season’s Concord Orchestra Pops will be performed at 8 p.m. on May 18, 19, 25, and 26. The program is “An American Salute,” featuring the music of Gershwin, Copland, Gould, Porter, Youmans, and Sousa. Joan Storey will be vocal soloist. Friends of the Orchestra will serve refreshments.

Join the Concord Orchestra for Pops at the Friends of the Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street, Concord Center. Tables are available at $15 per person; $12 for groups of 12 or more; $10 for groups of 30 or more. For tickets, call 1-978-369-4967.

Physician in benefit concert at Carlisle School

On Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m., Acton physician Elliot Steger will perform a concert to benefit Minute Man Arc for Human Services at the Carlisle Public School Auditorium at 83 School Street.. Tickets can be purchased at Daisy’s Market. The ticket price is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Homemade baked goods will be available during intermission.

Steger will perform original piano compositions that include jazz, New Age and blues styles along with jazz standards. The concert will include selections from his popular CDs “Transitions” and “Images.” Elliot will also debut new songs that will be included on his third CD, planned for release in 2002.

The concert will also feature Josh Davis, a professor at Berklee School of Music, on acoustic bass and Christine Horn, a member of the Jen Spengla band, on drums.

Minute Man Arc for Human Services is a human services agency that serves infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays and individuals of all ages with specific developmental disabilities and their families. The agency serves a nine-town region including Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard and Stow. Agency programs include the Early Intervention Program, Residential Services, Day Services, Family Services and the Damon Family Resource Center. Minute Man Arc for Human Services relies on fund-raising, including events like this concert to raise ten percent of its annual operating budget..

‘Charlie Brown’ on stage in Acton

Theatre III, 250 Central Street, W. Acton, closes out its season with he delightful family musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” by Clark Gesner and based on the “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. Seven performances are scheduled for May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8:00 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. on May 6. The show is under the direction of Gary M. Kendall, with musical direction by Dave “Div” Slomin and produced by Sandy Armstrong.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is a peek into an average day in the life of Charlie Brown and his friends (the “Peanuts” gang) along with his crazy but lovable furry companion, Snoopy. The show is presented in a series of sketches, scenes and songs that mirror the daily appearance of a newpaper comic strip. The group of “child philosophers” is a delight to not only kids and fans of the “Peanuts” comic strip, but also to adults who can see and laugh at themselves through the whimsical and clever humor of Charles M. Schulz.

The Theatre III cast features the talents of Tom Lupien as Charlie Brown, Beth Fielding of Carlisle as Lucy, Mandi Isaacs as Snoopy, Ed Knights as Linus, Andy DeSisto as Schroeder, Meghan Dalton as Peppermint Patty and Amy Clark, Emily Kobelenz, Debra Siriani, and Josh Isaacs as Violets, Sally, Frieda and Pigpen respectively.

Tickets are $15 each, $12 for seniors and students. For reserved seating, call 1-978-263-9070.

Barn and nature tours are back

Beginning Sunday, May 6, Great Brook Farm State Park will conduct Sunday barn tours at 12:30, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., milking tours at 6:15 p.m., and guided trail walks at 3 p.m. Weekday tours are given by reservation only. Barn tours originate at the gate next to the ice cream stand. Nature walks originate at the kiosk in the parking lot.

Tours are limited due to shortage of staff. We hope to introduce Saturday tours by July. At that time, Sunday tours will be given twice instead of three times. Milking tours will remain the same.

Park hayrides resume

Due to popular demand, Great Brook Farm State Park is now offering weekend hayrides! As of May 19, hayrides will be available several weekends through the end of October.

Jim and Nancy Burnham offer horse-drawn wagon hayrides to the general public beginning and ending at the animal pens near the kiosk. All rides will be offered from 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer months as listed below, A $2 fee will be charged per person per ride.

For groups larger than 20, contact the Burnhams for reservations. For confirmations or questions, telephone the park office at 1-978-369-6312. Upcoming hayride dates are May 19, 20, 26 and 27, and June 16, 23 and 24.

Encore for library murder mystery

Fun and laughs were had by all who saw “Murder at the Library,” the murder mystery fundraiser at the Gleason Library last Saturday night. Due to popular demand, the Friends of the Gleason Public Library are sponsoring another performance on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. The show takes place in the Hollis Room (third floor of the library) and tickets are available for $10 at the library and Daisy’s Market.

As cast and audience assemble, we will be celebrating the publication of Deader Than a Doornail, a new novel by Agatha Mystery (Joan Parker). A crime is committed. Then audience members will help Chief of Police, Sam Slayed (Marty Galligan) solve the crime. Was it: the town’s corrupt Mayor Ron Bonzo (Frank Rigg)? Glamorous actress Alexa Dynasty (Vivian Chaput)? Mercenary publisher Dell Doubleday (Tim Hult)? Naive bookseller Dalton B Walton (Simon Jensen Fellows)? Book critic Page Turner (Marilyn Harte)? Or quiet librarian Lotta Books (Phyllis Hughes)?

As the audience questions cast members and ponders their responses, light refreshments will be served. This humorous whodunit is directed by Marilyn Cugini.

Auditions for Savoyards’ ‘Kiss Me Kate’

The Savoyard Light Opera Company invites all who enjoy performing on stage to consider auditioning for a role in its fall production of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate,” directed by Sharon Bisantz and Fred Frabotta. Auditions will be held at Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street, Carlisle on May 14th and 15th.

Lead Auditions are scheduled by calling 1-978-371-SLOC or sending e-mail to to request an appointment. Ensemble auditions will start promptly at 7:00 p.m., and no prearrangement is required.

This spectacular show will be produced with a cast of outstanding vocalists and actors, a full orchestra and magnificent stage sets and scenery. There will also be opportunities to perform backstage: in roles such as lighting, set construction, costumes, makeup, painting and production.

Rehearsals will start on September 4. Production is scheduled for the second and third weekends in November. For further information, please call 978-371-7562 or visit our web-site at

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