My first summer volunteering with The Marco Players was approaching local businesses to sell advertising space in the production playbills for the 2013-14 season. Small business owners have a great impression of the theater; many of them shared fond stories of a family member or friend who have acted, volunteered or attended performances.
With committed board members, a visionary leader, and a strong community following from advertisers, sponsors, donors, and patrons, this little theater is truly a gem filled with good people who get an "A" for effort and professionalism.
Working with The Marco Players is a wonderful experience. Whether performing on stage or helping out backstage you find yourself working beside capable, friendly people. The quality of their shows are excellent. It may be small but it's DYNAMITE It truly is The Greatest Little Theater in Southwest Florida
As a retired educator of English, speech and drama for Minneapolis Public Schools in Minnesota, I was a director of high school plays and musical productions. Since 1998, when I came to Marco, my favorite cultural activity has been to attend all of the Marco Player productions.
I presently am a member of their Play Reading Committee to select plays for the upcoming season. My husband and I are Angels for the theatre. I hold season tickets annually, for their four plays, 4 Lunch Box Series, and the two Children's productions.
The commitment of volunteers in putting together superb productions is exemplary. Under the leadership of a skilled, compatible President/Artistic Director, who with her board, crew and casts, send audiences away after shows on Marco, anticipating the joy of the next production in the Marco Players Theatre.
I saw "Last Chance for Love Last Season" it was wonderful and far exceeded my expectations. The acting and opera was right on perfectly professional. The stage set was interesting, inventive and professional. The sound was excellent. The entire presentation was excellent. I have seen many Marco Players shows and each was consistently good. Phyllis Pransky Artist
I am a board member & volunteer at The Marco Players Theater. I have a great opportunity to be creative & always learn new techniques of "illusion" and stage presence. Everyday is a challenge with so many triumphs. My only hope is that others will find the fun & joy of our little theater. Please join us .
During my winter stay on Marco Island I attend every play put on by The Marco Players. Not only have they built a small professional quality theatre but you can also choose and book your seats on line. Their productions are well chosen and superbly cast and I look forward to every new show. I visit from Jersey in the Channel Islands (Google it), where I am a similar admirer of the JADC (Jersey Amateur Dramatic Society) an equally dedicated bunch of volunteers. Keep up the good work. Charles
I had the honor and privilege of acting with five other veteran actors and many other volunteers in the November, 2012 production of "Plaza Suite." The staff was always professional, especially the Stage Carpenter, Jim Swanker, who recreated the suite at New York's Plaza Hotel with an exquisite attention to detail. All crew, lighting, sound, ushers, stage managers contributed many hours of their time to allow this production to be personally rewarding and successful.
The Marco Players' tradition of having the actors interact outside on the sidewalk after the show was also a rewarding touch and allowed me to thank the patrons who were delighted to be entertained. This venue is a precious gem on Marco Island and deserves much praise with Artistic Director, Beverly Dahlstrom at the helm.
Many theater organizations are extremely cliquey and difficult to "penetrate" because of this phenomenon- The Marco Players is NOT one of them, I am pleased to say.
Each season when we visit Marco Island I try to get to a production of The Marco Players - at least one show or more. The shows I've seen have all been great for a small theatre group. Friendly people from the box office to the players themselves. Seats are comfortable and I always enjoy the complimentary drinks/snacks served at intermission. If you're visiting Marco Island be sure to catch one of their shows - if you go once you will want to return.