AYER -- The Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters held its annual Distinguished Artists Recognition Honors (DASH) program, and the nearby Concord Players, including Ayer resident and Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School sixth-grader Christopher Govang, received high praise.

Govang, who portrayed Kurt Von Trapp in the Players' production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music," was present at the ceremony with his fellow cast members onstage to perform a short medley from the show and to accept one of the night's highest awards -- Best Production of a Musical.

This year's EMACT DASH Program reviewed over 125 productions throughout the region during the year (June 2012-May 2013), all of which were open to nominations in categories ranging from Best Actors and Actresses, Design awards, awards for Choreography, Direction, etc.

The Von Trapp children in the Players production were also nominated for a Specialty Ensemble Award. Overall, in addition to their big win, Concord's "Sound of Music" received multiple nominations for Direction, Set Design (winner), Best Hair & Makeup Design (winner), Best Youth Actress in a Musical (winner) and Best Leading Actress in a Musical (winner).

The Concord Players traces its 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.