When The Marco Players raises the curtain on its 2014-2015 season, The Players will celebrate their 40th year! Started in the 1970’s (est. 1974) as a children’s play reading group, it was eventually re-created as an adult community theater known as The Marco Island Players. Originally, a for profit theater, the Players incorporated several years later as a non-profit corporation, now known as The Marco Players. As the oldest not-for-profit, 501(c)3, theater, The Marco Players is eligible to apply for government grants that will help with the future growth of the theater. Contributions to the theater are tax deductible to the extent of the law, provided no goods are exchanged.
For many years the theater had no home base. Performances were done at the Radisson, Marriot and Hilton hotels, Marco Island Town Center and local restaurants. Then, almost sixteen years ago, with the cooperation of Marco Island Town Center, The Marco Players settled into its current space. Much has changed since then. In 2004, thanks to generous supporters and a grant from the Collier County Arts Foundation–plus a Herculean effort by volunteers–the theater was completely remodeled with theater seating, risers, carpeting and a new stage.
Several years ago, in addition to removing the “infamous” pole in the middle of our theater we added a fourth production to our season. We extended our show performances from twelve to fifteen per show. In addition, we added the Ladies Who Lunch Series, now known as the Lunch Box Series. Then, the Players went online with a website, online box office and nearly 300 “likes” on Facebook.
Last year, we collaborated with local artists by celebrating “Play with the Arts” and partnered with other artistic organizations including Shakespeare in Paradise, Marco Island Shakespeare Festival, Marco Island Academy and WOW Improv.
With the 40th season comes our first-ever Summer Productions–A Summer Double Dip of Comedy and WOW Improv! “Far Out!”
Join us to “Reflect on 40 years of live theater performance. Have fun with our “70’s” theme, “Hey man, Can you dig it?” “To the Max!”
See you at the theater. “Be There or Be Square.”