Marcophiles: All of Marco is a stage this fall and winter

CHRIS CURLE
Don Farmer Special to the Eagle
Beverly Dahlstrom, president of the Marco Players,with other volunteers,striking the set after a successful production last year.

Don Farmer Special to the Eagle Beverly Dahlstrom, president of the Marco Players,with other volunteers,striking the set after a successful production last year.

From left to right, Gene Rowles, Pattie Ziesig and Pat Berry,  the founders of the new theater group, Island Players. Joanna Chau Special to the Eagle

Photo by JOANNA CHAU

From left to right, Gene Rowles, Pattie Ziesig and Pat Berry, the founders of the new theater group, Island Players. Joanna Chau Special to the Eagle

— Auditions start this evening, Wednesday, for Marco’s newest theater troupe, The Island Players.

Opening night for their first production will be Sept. 30, a wacky comedy entitled “A Bad Year for Tomatoes.” It will run through Oct. 15 at the home of the Island Players, the Rose Auditorium at the Marco Historical Society.

That facility will offer as many as 250 seats for stage productions, according to Pattie Ziesig, one of the three founders of Island Players.

“We’re looking for at least 150 seats per house, compared to 80 seats for the Marco Players,” Pattie says. “And we’re opening early in the year because we want to bring the community in.”

Now the part about you. If you’re a veteran of community theater or even if you’ve never been on stage, the Island Players welcomes you to audition. The tryouts for the first play will be the 13th and 14th at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor in the Centennial Bank Building, 615 E. Elkcam Circle.

About the auditions: “No singing or dancing is required and dialogue from the play will be provided. A current photo and resume are requested but not mandatory.

“If you can’t make either of these two evening auditions, call (239) 394-0080 to schedule an appointment with the directors. Six acting roles are available, three senior females, one young female and two males.”

Double high hopes for new theater season

Less than two weeks after the Island Players end the run of their first play, The Marco Players will get underway with some ambitious productions for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.

The first, November 2-20, will be a Neil Simon favorite, “Chapter Two.” Don’t you love those brief, catchy descriptions of plays and movies? Try this one for “Chapter Two”: “This is a touching and hilarious story of relationships that mixes, love, heartache and the frustrations that go along with trying to begin a new life.”

A challenging work also scheduled is “Twelve Angry Jurors,” originally known as “Twelve Angry Men” when it was a live TV Drama in 1954 and the Henry Fonda film a few years later. It runs Jan. 11-29.

A play designed to make you laugh and cry often is called a comedy-melodrama. That’s what people call the Marco Players third show this season – “Visiting Mr. Green.” It’s about a young man whose car almost hits an older guy, a retired dry cleaner. But there’s a lot more to it and the play has a shelf full of awards. It runs Feb. 15-March 4.

What do you get when you combine playwright William Inge and his characters, a naive but stubborn cowboy and a saloon singer with whom he falls in love.? It’s a famous play, “Bus Stop,” performed by the Marco Players March 28 to April 15.

When “Chapter Two” opens in November it will begin the Marco Players’ 35th season.

For information on auditions, volunteer openings and more, you can email Marco Players President Beverly Dahlstrom.

Here’s a question. Do you think some people who love being in community theater productions might audition for plays at both venues – the Marco Players and the Island Players?

Maybe some day our two community theater groups will prosper amidst a rivalry not unlike, maybe the Yankees and the Mets or, even more likely, the Cubs and the White Sox.

You know, the south siders versus the north siders, that sort of thing? Or in a more theatrical vein, the two Players groups could combine for a production of West Side Story, one troupe playing the Jets and the other the Sharks.

We do suggest they consider their Marco audience and change the ending, to make the competition less like gang warfare and more like Dancing with the Stars.

Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail chris@chriscurle.com.

Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail: don@donfarmer.com.

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