Naples Players goes to the dogs – and comic con men — for coming season

What: Naples Players 2010-2011 season. Current series holders may renew before Saturday. New subscribers may begin ordering series on Saturday. Individual show tickets for the summer productions will be available beginning May 1; indivdual tickets for the rest of the season, in mid-September.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, as well as two hours before any performance

Where: 701 5th Ave. S. at Sugden Plaza, Naples

Information: 263-7990 or www.naplesplayers.org

The Naples Players is planning on a “ruff” season in 2010-2011.

It has scheduled two dog-prominent stories: “Sylvia,” A.R. Gurney’s comedy of life with a conflicted couple from an adopted female mutt’s perspective; and the musical “Annie,” in which Sandy, the famous orphan’s canine companion, is always in tow. There are also dastardly con men, vintage marrieds, young connivers and a classic ghost tale.

The new season begins in October 2010 at the Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Season subscriptions are currently on sale only to previous season subscribers, but subscriptions will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Season subscriptions offer discounts on individual ticket prices as well as a discount on the special summer musical. To further sweeten subscription sales, Naples Players offers subscribers the right to exchange tickets at no charge for a different performance of the same show if they can’t attend on their chosen date.

NAPLES PLAYERS 2010-2111 SEASON

Blackburn Hall mainstage

* “I Do! I Do!” Oct. 6-30. Called “a marriage set to music,” the two-character musical spans 50 years of the Snows’ married life, its ups and downs, its laughter and sorrow, all to a score that includes the hit “My Cup Runneth Over.” Its Broadway debut was in 1966, with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt

* “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 24-Dec. 19. The Naples Players artistic director, Dallas Dunnagan, directed the world premiere of this adaptation of the classic holiday tale in South Carolina, and now brings it to the Sugden Theatre for its Naples debut. This twist on the tale has Charles Dickens himself becoming part of his story, replete with ghosts, magic and the charm of Victorian London. It’s an adaptation by John Jakes of Charles Dickens’ book

* “Sylvia “ Jan. 12-Feb. 5, 2011. Called A “biting comedy’, this A.R. Gurney work goes to the dogs in a love triangle featuring a man, his wife and their dog (played by a female). One of the most popular of Gurney’s comedies, it is a ménage a trois that is alternately whacky and sincere.

* “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” March 2 to April 2, 2011. Book by Jeffrey Lane, music and lyrics by David Yazbek. When two con men clash trying to fleece the same rich mark on the French Riviera, things come unglued in this musical comedy based on the film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

* “Rumors” April 20-May 15, 2011. Neil Simon’s mystery comedy pits four well-to-do couples alternately against and with each other when murder throws a blanket over a party at the home of the deputy mayor.

Tobye Studio

* “Regrets Only” Oct. 27-Nov. 20. By Paul Rudnick. This comedy of modern manners explores marriage, friendship and politics within the posh confines of Park Avenue, melding character and caricature

* “Art of Murder” Feb. 2-26, 2011.by Joe DiPietro. The winner of the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play, “Art of Murder” takes on the cutthroat world of art, artists and success. An eccentric painter, his wary wife and his unethical art dealer ride a roller-coaster of murder and mystery in this contemporary black comedy.

* “Rabbit Hole” March 30-April 23, 2011. By David Lindsay-Abaire. A couple with a seemingly perfect life confronts a life-changing event that turns their world upside-down and leaves them drifting apart. It was the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In addition to the presentations at Blackburn Hall and at the Tobye Studio, there will be special family-friendly, nonsubscription productions this summer:

Summer 2010

* “Greater Tuna” May 12-22. By Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howards. Set in Tuna, Texas (“the third smallest town in the state”), the show’s two protagonists portray all twenty of Tuna’s leading citizens, including the town’s Pet of the Month. What began as a simple party skit over twenty years ago has become a world-wide phenomenon, winning acclaim for both its affectionate comment and withering satire on small-town life.

* “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” June 11-27. In the spirit of last summer’s “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” comes this year’s crowd-pleaser, in which adults perform, for families, this side-splitting comedy about how one innocent gesture can wreak havoc. Special “kid friendly” show times are offered.

* “Annie” July 2-Aug. 1. Book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin. This year’s special summer musical presents the musical based on the adventures of comic-strip sweetheart Little Orphan Annie, her dog Sandy, her cute fellow orphans and the villain, Miss Hannigan. A family classic, its score filled with such hits as “It’s a Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” and the irrepressible “Tomorrow.”

Tickets and information are available at The Naples Players Box Office, 701 5th Ave. S. The box office is open, 1 Phone 263-7990, or visit the Web site: www.naplesplayers.org

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