When The Marco Players raises the curtain on its 2012-2013 season, it will be the organization’s 38th Anniversary. Started in the 1970’s 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. With its new standing as a non-profit, 501(c)3, the theater would be eligible to apply for government grants that would help with the future growth of the theater.
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 fourteen 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 which is now known as the Lunch Box Series. This series creates an opportunity for our theater patrons to enjoy professional, solo performances in an intimate setting. Originally only four solo performances, it now enjoys 6 solo performances by talented actors and writers from our area.
Last season, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, we added our website, on-line ticketing and Facebook.
New this season we have added The Marco Players Children’s Theater to our roster.
This is only the beginning. Keep watching. See you at the theater.