Welcome to The Island Players 

Founded in 1949, The Island Players, Inc. is located on Anna Maria Island, and is Manatee County's oldest Community Theater. We are an Award Winning organization dedicated to providing artistic experiences for the communities of Anna Maria Island and its neighboring cities through the presentation of stage productions.



The Island Players Theater is located on

Anna Maria Island, Florida
(corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue)


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Greetings Island Players Supporters!


We hope each of you is well, healthy and coping during this difficult time. Thankfully, all of us at Island Players are doing well.


We wanted to reach out to you to let you know that we are feeling positive about our future and that our plans are to re-open when it is safe to do so. We are already working on plans to have measures in place to keep you safe when that time comes.


During the past 9 months since Covid-19 hit us, we have been very busy renovating and updating our beloved theater and are now very pleased to unveil our accomplishments.


Here is what we have done:

  • Replaced the wiring from the 1960’s – SAFER WORKING ENVIRONMENT
  • Replaced the speakers
  • Tented the building – NO MORE TERMITES
  • Renovated the air conditioning –  BETTER AIR QUALITY
  • Installed a whole new sound system – BETTER TO HEAR ACTORS
  • Renovated the lighting and sound booth – BETTER TO SEE ACTORS
  • Painted the ceiling
  • Installed new duct work
  • Replaced part of the outdoor siding
  • Built new steps in one area
  • Cleaned & Renewed the fireplace area
  • Hung a new chandelier in the lobby
  • Installed a new glass window in the lighting booth
  • Put a new counter top in the lighting booth
  • Cleaned the stage lights
  • Refinished and painted all entry doors
  • Replaced the wood boards on the porch, back steps and back stage entrance
  • Installed a new cabinet in the lobby pantry
  • Renovated and re-finished the 3 outside benches in teak oil – LOOK SO NICE
  • Cleared the back stage area, hung new signs and touched up the painting
  • Installed new dehumidifier – NO MORE DRIPPING ON OUR ACTORS!
  • Cleaned up the landscaping – EASIER TO SEE US FROM THE STREET
  • Redesigned our Logo – EYE CATCHING
  • Painted the building in colors that coordinate with our new logo – BEAUTIFUL
  • Trimmed palm trees
  • Reorganized and painted prop area


Future plans include renovating the bathrooms and sprucing up the Box Office as we ready for your return. Meanwhile, thank you for your support during this difficult time.


Although we cannot open our doors yet, we are excited to tell you that a very special, original, live, free virtual performance is coming soon via Zoom. Details will be in our next email blast scheduled for early December. Meanwhile, we wish you the best and a very Happy Thanksgiving.


Stay safe,

The Island Players Board of Directors

Sylvia Marnie, President


"One of the many reasons I'm praying for a vaccine is so that The Best Little Theater In Florida can come fully alive again.” - Mary Selke


"Your wonderful volunteers certainly have been busy. We look forward to next season when, hopefully, we can once again experience some normalcy and enjoy our favorite theater. Thanks to all who make it happen.”- Bette Conner & Ruth Jansson


“Nice job on the theater!  Makes me nostalgic for the good old days!”                                                                                                              - Linda & Ted Davis


"Can't wait for the next play.  Thanks to all the hard workers.“ - Pauline Fleischer


“Great job and well done to you all.”  - Beverly & Ian Jennings

The Island Players, Inc.
10009 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria, Florida 34216

Phone: +1 941 778-5755+1 941 778-5755  


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