Life may not always be a ball, but a ball can add some fun to life. For the member organizations of the 51 Walden St. Center for the Arts in Concord, it is also a way to raise funds for the historical building they call home, and where they will stage the comical operetta, “Die Fledermaus.”

Life may not always be a ball, but a ball can add some fun to life.

For the member organizations of the 51 Walden St. Center for the Arts in Concord, it is also a way to raise funds for the historical building they call home, and where they will stage the comical operetta, “Die Fledermaus.”

“It is a collaborative effort among all the different groups that use the center, including the Concord Players and the Concord Orchestra,” said Sarah Telford of Sudbury, who directs the production and also stars as Prince Orlofsky, the restless aristocrat at the center of the story.

“We are all collaborating on one fantabulous event that takes place outside the regular season of those groups,” said Telford. She is a member of the Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord -- or FOPAC, a non-profit organization dedicated to maintenance of the 51 Walden St.. facility -- and is affiliated with the Concord Orchestra and Concord Players.

More than 100 participants are involved off stage and on in the production, which will be staged in English rather than the original German to make it accessible both to fans and those not as familiar with the operetta.

Organizers have tweaked the English versions a bit to make it more contemporary, Telford said.

The plot of “Die Fledermaus” – German for, “the bat” -- centers on Orlofsky, a scion of an upper class family who is suffering from the ennui that an existence of luxury uninterrupted by productivity can bring. To add some excitement, he instigates a grand ball, which becomes the setting of lovelorn musings, identity confusion and a fair amount of chaos and silliness.

The operetta is layered with performances that take place within it, as various entertainers come to regale the ball goers. In this production, the entertainment includes a Gypsy violin solo by Siri Smedvig, concertmaster for the Concord Orchestra, and the Concord eXpress barbershop quartet.

Telford said there will also be much nodding and winking at the audience, whom she said will feel a part of the show before the magic of the evening is through.

If you go

‘Die Fledermaus’
WHEN Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27, 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 28, 2 p.m.
WHERE 51 Walden St. Center for The Arts, 51 Walden St., Concord
TICKETS $25,  $20 seniors/students
FOR MORE INFORMATION Call 978-369-7911 or visit www.51walden.org.

Margaret Smith is Arts and Calendar editor at GateHouse Media New England's Northwest Unit. E-mail her at msmith@cnc.com.