The Players Centre for Performing Arts
838 N Tamiami Trl
Phone: (941) 365-2494
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Although The Players Theatre is a non-professional community theatre, being located on the “Cultural Coast” gives us an incredible talent pool to work with. From our Artistic Director to our stage hands, literally half of the volunteers working on a production have at one time been professionally paid performers. Many professional performers retire and are drawn to the area thanks to all of Sarasota’s arts offerings. These professionals bring their experience, training, their families and often extensive resumes with them to our stage.
When we scatter professionals in amongst the nonprofessional actors and students, everyone wins! The productions are stronger, the newer actors receive excellent training, and everyone learns from the examples set by these talented and trained volunteers. The Players also hires many professionally trained Directors, Choreographers and Musical Directors as well.
A LITTLE HISTORY
When the idea of Community Theatre began, Sarasota was a small town with a population of 8,000 which grew by 5,000 visitors in the winter months. Fanneal Harrison and Catherine Gavin, owners of the Out-Of-Door School, were looking for activities which would interest its faculty. Finding that theatre was at the top of the list, they gathered a group of friends to discuss the possibility of starting one.
In 1936 the new theatre became a reality and The Players moved into a real theatre of its own at the corner of north Tamiami Trail and 9th Street. Built of pecky cypress, it had 246 seats, a lobby with a welcoming fireplace, a large, deep stage and complete lighting system. They began with 256 members who contribute just $2 each for subscriptions.
In the early 70’s the current building went up in its place, with a seating capacity of almost 500.
We hope to see you at the theatre!
HoursMon: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Finding Your Best - Teen & Adult Audition Workshop(For ages 14 - up) Berry Ayers and Jeffery Kin will be holding a very special interactive class that will help perfect both musical and non-musical audition materials....
05:30 PM - 07/24/2017
Celebration of Life for Randy GarmerA life well lived. Please join us for a service in memory of a beautiful person, Randy Garmer on Sunday, July 23 at 7pm. Those that knew Randy are invited to The...
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Finding Your Best - Youth Audition Workshop(For ages 8-15) Berry Ayers and Jeffery Kin will be holding a very special interactive class that will help perfect both musical and non-musical audition materials....
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The Marvelous WonderettesWednesday, July 12 at 7:30pm – PREVIEW PERFORMANCE July 13-15 & 20-22, 2017 at 7:30pm July 16 &23, 2017 at 2pm This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958...
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Once on This Island Jr.Through non-stop music and dance, our Summer Campers tell the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side...
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Auditions The Players New Play FestivalPrepare a ONE MINUTE MONOLOGUE that best shows you off! Local playwrights submit brand new, never before-performed plays in this annual competition. Five are performed...
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Make-Up Workshop(Ages 12 - adult) Wednesdays 5-6pm from June 21 - July 26 This tutorial, with required Stage Make-up kit purchase, will take you through various stages of make-up...
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Musical Theatre Master ClassThis workshop is for Intermediate to Advanced students led by actor, chorographer and dance instructor, Brian Finnerty. Join us for a high evergy "Broadway Jazz"...
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Tap Master ClassThis Intermediate/Advanced two-hour workshop run by actor, choreographer and dance instructor Brian Finnerty, will cover a warm up, rhthm tap, hoofing and Broadway-style...
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Showcase 2017 TimeJoin The Players Studio as we celebrate another stellar year of classes with our end of year showcase! Our students have been working all semester preparing songs,...
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Auditions "The Crucible"THE CRUCIBLE Directed by Elliott Raines Show Dates: Aug. 31 – Sept. 10, 2017 AUDITIONS: SATURDAY, May 20 from 2pm – 5pm CALLBACKS: Sunday, May 21 at 6pm Auditions...
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Workshop: Stage Make-Up(ages 13-Adult) Instructor: Berry Ayers Wednesday 5:00-6:30pm Workshop Fee: $150 This six-week tutorial, with required Stage Make-Up Kit purchase (included in workshop...
05:00 PM - 04/05/2017
Workshop: Playwriting(Ages 18-Adult) Instructor: Louise Stinespring Monday 2:00-4:00pm Workshop Fee: $200 This course will help students with all aspects of how to write a play. We...
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Workshop: Actors at Work(Ages 18-Adult) Instructor: Debbie McLeod Monday 6:00-7:30pm Workshop Fee: $100 Do you love acting? Do you want to be better? Go deeper? Be funnier? Be free-er?...
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