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Friday, August 30, 2002


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Auditions for 'The Bad Seed' coming up

Westford Street resident Rik Pierce will direct the latest Concord Players' production "The Bad Seed." (photo Nancy Pierce)
Looking for something to fill your fall nights? The Concord Players are holding auditions on Wednesday, September 4, and Thursday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m. for their fall production of The Bad Seed by Maxwell Anderson. There are juicy roles for everyone: a sly, evil, yet charming little girl (someone who looks between eight and twelve years old); her increasingly horrified mother; the chatty, nosy landlady; the caretaker who knows the little girl is not what she seems, even though he is a little slow himself; and a variety of other men and women.

At the center of the play is little Rhoda Penmark, a sweet, charming, well-mannered child, admired by all her elders. But her mother becomes increasingly uneasy about her daughter, especially after her classmate wins the penmanship award that Rhoda covets, then mysteriously drowns at a class picnic.

Director Rik Pierce, Carlisle resident and longtime Players member, makes his directorial debut with this show. Although he has been an actor his whole life, performing both on television and Broadway as well as the Concord stage, he had never had the urge to direct before this. "I read this play, and I just knew how I wanted to direct Rhoda," Rik says. He has always enjoyed trying to do what a director wanted, and now he's looking forward to directing others in this intriguing play.

Auditions take place at 51 Walden Street; callbacks will be at the Trinitarian Church across the street on September 9 at 7:30 p.m. The show runs Friday and Saturday nights November 8 through the 23, with a matinee on November 17. Scripts are on reserve for perusal at both the Concord and West Concord libraries.

For more information on this and other Concord Players shows, check out their web site at

Conscom invites public to conservation coffee

On Tuesday, September 10, at 7:30 a.m. the Carlisle Conservation Commission will sponsor another of its morning conservation coffees. It will be held in the Clark Room at the Town Hall. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for informal gathering of individuals interested in conservation and land-related issues as they pertain to Carlisle.

Coffee and muffins will be available to help make this informal gathering a sociable exchange. There will be an opportunity for an around-the-room discussion allowing anyone to ask questions, make suggestions, share information about upcoming events, good birding spots, great books and articles and discuss future possibilities. The coffee will last about 1 1/2 hours, will have no set agenda and anyone may arrive and leave as their time allows.

Yankee Notions to perform September 7

The Carlisle Cultural Council will present a concert by the acoustic folk music duo Yankee Notions on Saturday, September 7 at 2:30 p.m. The concert will take place at Great Brook Farm, and will be performed rain or shine. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the barn.

Widely known for their high-spirited programs, Yankee Notions performs traditional and contemporary music of New England. The folk duo consists of Jim Douglas on vocals, guitar, and concertina, and Tim Van Egmond on vocals, hammered dulcimer, and limberjack.

Kindergarten playground dedication

The new Carlisle Public School kindergarten playground will be dedicated on September 18 at 11:15 a.m. The playground committee, spearheaded by Holly Salemy, Kim Rusling, and Rich Colman, organized a successful community-wide fundraising effort in the fall of 2001 to create the new playground.

Refreshments will follow the short dedication ceremony.

Summer parables at FRS

On Sunday, September 1 at 9:30 a.m., Steve Bagshaw will lead a service at the First Religious Society titled "Summer Parables ­ Stories for All Ages." This service will have stories for everyone, spoken and sung. Come and join us as we say ,"Once upon a time."

CSA meeting and Fair on September 19

The first meeting of the Carlisle School Association, the parent-teacher organization for the Carlisle Public Schools, takes place Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson will speak about goals for the coming year. Afterward, join us for the CSA Fair in the cafeteria and meet representatives of various school and community organizations. Sign your kids up for Scouts and other activities, and explore volunteer opportunities. Husky Handbook phone directories will be available, free with your paid CSA membership. All parents are invited, and refreshments will be served. Call Muggsie Rocco at 1-978-371-2656 or Gio DiNicola at 1-978-287-5407 for more information.

CSA web site is ready

The CSA web site has been updated for the fall, and will be maintained throughout the year. Check it out for information on upcoming CSA events by accessing the school web site and following the link for CSA. We welcome your comments and feedback.

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