The Concord Players

A Profile of the Concord Players, Inc.

The Concord Players trace their history to 1856 and the Concord Dramatic Union, which Louisa May Alcott helped to found. In 1872, the Union became the Concord Dramatic Club, and, ultimately, in 1919, the Concord Players. In 1921, the Players added the stage with fly space, scene dock, storage facilities, and Green Room to the town-owned building at 51 Walden Street, then used also as an armory.

In 1972, the Players joined with the Concord Orchestra and the Concord Band to form the Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord (FOPAC), and the town of Concord agreed to allow this organization to refurbish 51 Walden as a performing arts center. In addition to a music stage for the band and orchestra, a ballet studio was built to house day and evening classes for both children and adults. In 1975, 51 Walden was designated as a “Permanent Bicentennial Memorial.”

The Concord Players’ membership is approximately 400. The subscription fluctuates from 600- 800. A constant effort is made to increase new membership and to widen our audience. Four social events throughout the year, plus trips to other theatres via “The Showbus,” encourage member participation. Subscribers have been treated to “extras” such as free performances of one-act plays or new scripts.

The Players make every effort to reach out to a broad following. Tryouts for Concord Players’ shows are widely publicized and open to all. With a variety of abilities and tastes in mind, a Play/Director Selection Committee works a year ahead of each season to choose a balanced slate of plays. The Committee matches the best directors available to these plays.

Contact Information

51 Walden St. Concord, MA 01742

Phone: 978-369-2990

Reviews

Phyllis Uloth   February 22, 2020
Always produce great shows, but this one was exceptional. Almost makes me forget how uncomfortable the seats are.
Jeri Cammarano   February 9, 2020
Had a great time! Friday,opening night,very well executed.
Anthony Huntington   November 16, 2019
Excellent productions ,professional and entertaining
Marina Matuzek   May 10, 2019
Professionally produced community theatre shows
Joy Tucker   February 24, 2019
This play was excellent. Thanks for the experience!
Carolyn Goff   May 6, 2018
How often do you go to see a musical at a local theater only to be transported to another time and place forgetting your own day to day drama? Last night we were enthralled by Nancy Curran Willis’ production of Hunchback of Notre Dame at Concord Players. From the moment you step into the theater, you are in the medieval cathedral in Paris with exquisitely crafted stained glass windows, and in the tower with Quasimodo, the stone saints and gargoyles. The choir lofts held the most magnificent voices as were those of the entire cast. From the set to the wonderful costumes, the pace of the show had people holding their breath. Such highs and lows with crescendos’ that punctuated the air. I have yet to see such a tight nit cast all of equally professional level talent. The dance and fight numbers were spot and well choreographed. One would hardly know there was such a large orchestra that became one with the singers. You empathize with each character, getting caught up in their own plight, one that resonates with us all. It truly is a tour de force! Congratulations Nancy! Please don’t miss this fabulous show playing through May 12th.
David S.   May 5, 2018
The Players' production of Noises Off was hilarious - wonderful entertainment by a very talented cast. They mastered the physical comedy and comedic timing...
Jim Gettys   February 28, 2017
Quite a good production of Blithe Spirit. Sound could have been better, particularly early in the show.
Izabela B.   May 9, 2011
Hands down, the Concord Players have put on the BEST community theater shows I have ever seen. While they only put on a few shows every season, they are...