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).

Players Theatre of Sarasota 2013-2014 Season

Cast of "9 to 5".
Cast of “9 to 5”.

A great option to night time entertainment while visiting Anna Maria Island is the Players Theatre.  The Manatee Performing Arts Center is another great choice for Anna Maria Visitors.

A pleasant 40 minute drive down Longboat Key from Anna Maria Island will bring you to the heart of Sarasota, where the Players Theatre resides at 838 North Tamiami Trail. They are celebrating their 83rd season with a truly phenomenal array of productions. Need more musicals? Visit the Manatee Performing Arts Center, or if you want a night of theatre that’s closer to home, check out the Island Players.

Players Theatre of Sarasota 2013-2014 Performances

Steel Magnolias: September 18-29

Crazy For You: October 23- November 3

Cast of "Sideshow".
Cast of “Sideshow”.

White Christmas: December 4-15

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel: January 8-19

Sordid Lives: February 12-23

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: March 19-30

Urinetown: April 16-27


Players Theatre of Sarasota

838 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Florida

Box Office: (941) 365-2494

Tickets are $25.


Manatee Performing Arts Center 2013-2014 Season

541377_189862984471444_1339358763_n The national award winning theatre group the Manatee Players has moved into a gorgeous new facility now called the Manatee Performing Arts Center, located at 502 3rd Avenue West, just 20 minutes away from Anna Maria Island’s public beach.  They are kicking off their first season in the new main stage with a bang! Visit their website for a full listing of second stage performances. Sarasota Players also has a variety of musicals this season, but if you are looking for something closer to home, be sure to check out the Island Players.

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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.