'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... TheatreZone and Opera Naples

“Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ takes the first of two looks at the performing arts — and dining. This week’s guests are TheatreZone’s artistic director Mark Danni, Opera Naples artistic director Steffani Pearce, and Tony Ridgway and Sukie Honeycutt, who mark their 40th anniversary as local restaurateurs.

The 30-minute program airs this morning at 10 on ABC7.

Text and video highlights are at naplesnews.com/newsmakers

Here are excerpts:

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NewsMakers: Mark Danni

A look at the performing arts.

Mark Danni

Lytle: TheatreZone is based at the Community School on Livingston Road in North Naples. How do you describe the niche that your organization fulfills in the arts marketplace.

Danni: TheatreZone was created as a professional equity regional theater company here in Naples, not unlike what is in many major cities — in Chicago and San Francisco and places like that — and our mission was to bring quality professional theater. We like to do mostly musicals here to Naples. So we’re bringing in Broadway veterans and celebrities and what have you, and self-producing it right here in Naples in an intimate setting.

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NewsMakers: Steffanie Pearce

A look at the performing arts.

Steffani Pearce

Lytle: Please outline the niche that your organization has in the arts marketplace.

Pearce: Well, that’s easy, because we’re the first and only professional opera company in the Southwest Florida region. You’d have to go two hours in any direction to find another company of our category professional regional opera.

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