Anna Maria Island Theater – Island Players

Anna Maria Island Theater

If you are in town while the Island Players are in session be sure to visit the Anna Maria Island theater!

Take in a fantastic “home grown” play at the historical Players theater at 10009 Gulf Drive in the city of Anna Maria. Usually the Island Players have five different shows that go on from middle of October to the middle of May. They claim to be “the best little playhouse in Florida” and also the oldest community theater in Manatee County.

The Island Players Theater seats 143 in tiered rows. Tickets cost $20/person or season tickets can be purchased for $92.50. Tickets can be bought at the box office in person or by phone at (941) 778-5755.

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Island Players
10009 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria City, FL, 34216

Anna Maria Island theater

Enjoy the latest comedy at the Island Players theatre

Anna Maria – The comedy “Dearly Departed” will be performed by the Island Players from January 22nd through February 8th and you won’t want to miss it. Dearly Departed is a comedy set in the bible belt about the Turpin family, a group of people who prove that living, dying and dealing with it in the south can be hilarious.

Director Kelly Woodland will be working with a 12 person cast of veterans and newcomers. Returning actors include Cathy Hansel-Edgerton as Raynelle, Jeannie Hudkins as Lucille, Jennifer Eddy as Suzanne, Robin Rhodes as Marguerite, Mike Lusk as Royce and Lora Morales as Veda. The newcomers are Joseph Mammina as Junior, Jalex Scott as Delightful/Clyde, Tod Butler as Reverend Hooker/Norval, Bethany Dhennin as Nadine and Janet Raines as Juanita.

For reservations or information call the box office at 941-778-5755 or head on over to

The Island Players theatre is located at 10009 Gulf Drive at the corner fo Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. Performances are taking place Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.

Island Players 2014/2015 Season

Anna Maria – Imagine what the Island Players Theater house has seen season after season, play after play; ballet recitals, concerts from many genre’s, hurricanes, actors polishing their craft, a school room, a church, the Anna Maria Garden Club and Women’s Club meetings, a service club during WWII, town hall meetings and tourists.

The actual building was brought by barge to the island in 1912 and it became the home of the Island Players organization in 1949. Originally the home was built in Parrish for the William Gillette family and floated down the Manatee River and set right where it still stands on the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. With termites threatening the historic building in the 1970’s, the Players took on the project of not only saving the building from these ravenous bugs, but to preserve it’s historical value and making improvements that benefitted all who come to enjoy our little community theater.

What a great night out! Come see what this season has in store for patrons. For a mere $20 you can lose yourself in drama, comedy and the small town feel that is part of the magic of Anna Maria. Click HERE for their season schedule.

Local theatre, Island Players of Anna Maria Island

The Island Players are at it again! 2014 Season.

Anna Maria  – For the 66th season in a row the Anna Maria Island Players have a fantastic line up of shows put on by some of the islands finest thespians. So next time you find yourself on Anna Maria and you feel the urge to laugh, cry or just experience something new check out some of the following productions that are sure to please.

October 9-19-2014

Tribute by Bernard Slade – Scottie Templeton, a popular actor, has spent his life shirking responsibility. When life deals Scottie a difficult blow, he attempts to reconnect with his son. Jack Lemmon played this lovable but flawed character in the film of the same name.

December 4-14

Regrets only by Paul Rudnick – this comedy of Manhattan manners explores the latest topics in marriage, friendships and squandered riches. The setting: a Park Avenue penthouse. The players: a powerhouse attorney, his deliriously social wife and their closest friend, one of the most staggeringly successful fashion designers. Add a daughters engagement, some major gowns, the president of the United States and stir.

January 22 – February 8

Dearly Departed by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones – in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the south are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpins other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion.

March 26 – April 12

Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz – Caught in middle age, in middle management and in a middle marriage, Becky Foster feels there has to be more out there for her, but doesn’t see any prospects for change on the horizon… until her daily routine of working at a car dealership is flipped upside down.

May 21-31

The Murder Room by Jack Sharkey – Just back from their honeymoon Edgar catches Mavis, a villainess if there ever was one, telling obvious lies about where she has spent the evening. From then on, complication follows complication until chaos reigns supreme. This zany spoof of British mysteries will leave you rolling in the aisles.


The Island Players present "And The Winner Is" by Mitch Albom

Anna Maria –  The Island Players, located at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, is pleased to present the play, “And The Winner Is”, by Mitch Albom. The show opens on Thursday, May 15 and runs through May 25th.

The Island Players - Anna Maria Island only theater troupePerformances are Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. The Box Office opens on Monday, May 5th and is open from 9 – 1 on Mondays – Saturdays. On performance nights, the Box Office opens at 7:00 p.m. and for Sunday Matinees, it opens at 1:00 p.m. Visa, MasterCard or Discover are accepted.

Tyler Johnes, a self-obsessed movie star, is finally nominated for an Oscar but dies the night before the awards. Furious at his bad luck, but determined to know if he wins, he bargains with his heavenly gatekeeper to return to Earth for the big night to hear the words, “And The Winner Is”……

One of Island Player’s favorite directors, James Thaggard, directs the veteran cast consisting of Talley Reeve as Tyler, Jim Faltot as Seamus, Pamela Hopkins as Sheri, Herb Stump as Teddy, Michael Eddy as Kyle, Jennifer Eddy as Serenity, and newcomers Mitcheal Pearl as Tony and Kristina Klein as Emmy.

For reservations or for information, please call our Box Office at 941 778-5755 or go to our website,

Island Players is pleased to announce their 66th Season Schedule:

Tribute, by Bernard Slade, Oct. 9 – 19 (Auditions Aug. 24, 2014, 7:30 at the theatre)

Regrets Only, by Paul Rudnick, Dec. 4 -14

Dearly Departed, by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, Jan. 22- Feb. 8

Becky’s New Car, by Steven Dietz, March 26 – April 12

The Murder Room, by Jack Sharkey, May 21 – 31

Don’t miss Delval Divas at The Island Players Anna Maria

The Island Players Anna Maria Island’s only theater, is pleased to present the play Delval Divas by Barbara Pease Weber. The show opens on Thursday, Jan 23rd and runs through Feb 9th.

The Island Players - Anna Maria Island only theater troupe


The Island Players Anna Maria

Tickets are $20 each. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm. The box office also opens on Monday, Jan 13th and is open from 9:00am – 1:00pm, Monday through Saturday. On performance nights the Box Office opens at 7:00pm. Saturday Matinees open at 1:00pm.

“Delval Divas” is a comedy. Its about professional women living luxurious lifestyles despite being incarcerated in Delaware Valley Federal Correctional Facility. The were in trouble for having committed white collar crime. Gracing the stage as the Divas are Sylvia Marnie as Stella, Diane Phinney as Rosemary, Robin Rhodes as Linda. Also featuring Melissa Anderson as Beth, Laura Morales as (Lucille) and Chrissy Abdala as Sharon. Heiko Knipfelberg is the director. Come find out how the Divas save Delval, solve a murder and reunite on a Roman holiday.

For reservations or for information, please call our Box Office at 941 778-5755 additionally, go to the website.

Auditions for the next play, “Mama Won’t Fly”, directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland, will be on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, (10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria).

Over the River and Through the Woods! Anna Maria Island Players Benefit Dec 3 @ 8pm

On Tuesday, December 3rd at 8pm, the Island Players will perform “Over the River and Through the Woods” at the Island Players Theatre on Anna Maria Island.  Doors will open at 7:15 and seating opening at 7:30pm. This warm-hearted comedy presents an Italian-American family trying to prevent their son from moving to Seattle and starting a new life. Tickets to this enjoyable production are available for a mere $20 donation to the AMICCO, the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra. This benefit will help the Island Players continue to provide our island community with the live classical concerts we love.

But, don’t go to Island Players for a ticket to this entertaining evening! You can get yours, first-come, first-serve through any of the following:

  • Visit Creations by L at 5500 Marina Drive (hours Mon-Sat 10am-5pm)
  • Visit the Beach Market at Coquina Beach on Sundays from 10am to 4pm
  • Call Nancy Ambrose at 941-799-2181, 941-518-4431 or
  • Visit

Get your tickets now, and we will see you there!

amicco island players curtain poster

Island Players Open House in Anna Maria City


On Sunday August 18th, from 2-4 pm, the Island Players on Anna Maria Island will be hosting  an open house. This event is for the public as well as returning volunteers to learn more about getting involved. The afternoon will start with tours of the theatre and descriptions of volunteer opportunities, including set construction, acting, box office assistance, and more. Afterwards, some of the most exalted directors in the Bradenton/ Sarasota area will discuss the Players’ upcoming season. Refreshments and appetizers will be served throughout.

Island Players Open House

Sunday August 18th, 2-4 pm

10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria FL


Cast of Neil Simon’s “Fools”

Island Players of Anna Maria Island


For 65 seasons, the Island Players has brought Shakespeare, modern comedy, and chilling thrillers to the beautiful beaches of  north Anna Maria Island. Conveniently located at 10009 Gulf Drive (on the corner of Pine Avenue), the Island Players fulfills all of your histrionic needs! If you’re looking for musicals, be sure to check out the Sarasota Players or the brand new Manatee Performing Arts Center.

Cast of "Til Beth Do Us Part".
Cast of “Til Beth Do Us Part”.

Island Players 2013-2014 Performance

An Act of the Imagination: October 10-20

Over the River and Through the Woods: December 5-15

Delval Divas: January 23-February 9

Mama Won’t Fly: March 20-April 6

And the Winner Is: May 15-25


Island Players

10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Florida

Box Office: (941) 778-5755

Performances run Tuesday through Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $20.

Island Players Theater Anna Maria


Join the Island Players Theater
of Anna Maria Island for an evening of fun while you are on the island!

The theater, located on the corner of Gulf Dr and Pine Ave in Anna Maria, offers a season of theatrical events.

Performances are evenings at 8pm and Sunday matinees are at 2pm.

Box Office telephone: 941-778-5755

The 64th Season started with the show Postmortem which was performed October 4-14.

4 more shows will round out the season:

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