CONCORD – Earlier this year, the world got to see Chris Evans portray Steve Rogers, also known as Captain America, in the highest-grossing movie of all-time. In Avengers: Endgame, Captain America went toe to toe with the super-villain Thanos, and he ended up helping to save the world.
But it is not just Captain America who can save us all. Chris Evans himself has also been known to dabble in heroic acts.
Evans, a native of Sudbury, Massachusetts, used to spend much of his youth at the Concord Youth Theatre, a local theater company for kids who loved acting and had ambitions of performing roles. However, the group is perennially underfunded and always dealing with a sense of impermanence, in terms of their role in the community. It always seems like the artistic outlets suffer the most in local communities when budgets get tight.
But that's where Evans stepped in. Not only did he spend a lot of time with this group, but his mother, Lisa Evans, is the art director of the entire company. And so it was that Evans stepped in to help dedicate the Concord Youth Theatre in its brand new home, which will hopefully stand for a long time.
Regarding the theater at its ribbon cutting ceremony, Evans said, “It was a home away from home, a place to feel safe, to take risks and explore what would ultimately be my career...We didn’t think we were going to Broadway. We thought this was Broadway.’’ He went on to remark about how he hopes the Concord Youth Theatre will be able to grow and branch out even further now that it has a permanent home in one of the country's most artistically-minded states.
In terms of the future of the theater, its brand new, state-of-the-art performance and workshop space will be able to seat 200 people this Thursday when its first play of the season, "Godspell," debuts, as directed by Carly Evans, Chris' sister.
As for Evans, when he is not busy rooting for the New England Patriots this season, he can next be seen in Knives Out, a new murder mystery movie from director Rian Johnson that is slated to be released on the week of Thanksgiving. It has been an amazing year for the star and I am sure that many of the participants in the Concord Youth Theatre company would agree.
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